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September 2010

Second Trailer for Burlesque

Second Trailer for Burlesque

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This one does look a little better, but still – if this doesn’t become the camp classic of the year, I don’t know what. ¬†Thanks to Chongweikk for the tip.

Left tor right, William Castle, Mia Farrow, and Robert Evans during the production of ROSEMARY'S BABY, 1968.

Oscar Flashback – Great People Behind Great Movies

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For some reason I never got around to seeing The Kid Stays in the Picture when it was released a few years back. Now that it’s in rotation on HBO, I had the great opportunity to be schooled in the way Hollywood works. The Kid Stays in the Picture is absolutely worth a look, if you haven’t seen it already. It chronicles the beginnings of Evans’ career, where he wasn’t…

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Aronofsky, Swank, Duvall and James Schamus to Honored at Gotham Awards

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It was just announced that Darren Aronofsky, Hilary Swank, Robert Duvall and Focus Features’ James Schamus will all be presented with a Career Tribute award at the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards‚Ñ¢ on Monday, November 29th at Cipriani Wall Street, New York, New York.

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The Social Network Clocks in as the Best Reviewed Film of the Year

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The year is not over. There are still a few films left. Interesting, though, that The Social Network sits at 97 on Metacritic (sans Armond White’s pan). It has more scores of 100 than even Toy Story 3. Right now, Metacritic has as the top ten best reviewed films of the year: The Social Network -97 Sita Sings the Blues -94 Toy Story 3-93 Children of Tokyo-91 A Prophet-90 Winter’s…

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Entire Star Wars Saga to Be Released in 3-D

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My first thought when I heard this news was that crappy movies in 3-D are still crappy movies. The only two films I would want to see again in any form, 3-D or not would be the original Star Wars (Episode 4) and The Empire Strikes Back. The rest of them aren’t really going to be improved by 3-D technology. They might look cool and all, but the films are…

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Tony Curtis: 1925 – 2010

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MSNBC: Curtis appeared in Billy Wilder’s “Some Like It Hot” with Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon, and received an Oscar nomination in 1959 for “The Defiant Ones,” in which he starred with Sidney Poitier. Clip from my favorite Tony Curtis film The Sweet Smell of Success, after the cut.

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NYFF: Inside Job, a look at documentaries

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New York Film Festival impressions by Brian Whisenant I used to play a game with myself years ago…trying to not only figure out which 5 films would be nominated for Best Picture, but also trying to see them all before the nominations were announced. I remember incredibly well the first year I accomplished that. It was 2003 when I saw “Gangs of New York” the night before the nominations were…

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For Your Consideration

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As we head out of September and into the true heat of Oscar season, it is time to turn our attention to those who may get left behind in the excitement. This is a casualty of the mania that swells around the next three or four months. It happens every year. It is the aim of Craig Kennedy, Ryan Adams and I to make part of our next podcast about…

Arthur Penn: 1922 – 2010

Arthur Penn: 1922 – 2010

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David Kehr, New York Times: A pioneering director of live television drama in the 1950s and a Broadway powerhouse in the 1960s, Mr. Penn developed an intimate, spontaneous and physically oriented method of directing actors that allowed their work to register across a range of mediums… ‚ÄúArthur Penn brought the sensibility of ‚Äò60s European art films to American movies,‚Äù the writer-director Paul Schrader said. ‚ÄúHe paved the way for the…

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Three More Notable Social Network Raves

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While David Edelstein, who reports for CBS News Sunday Morning, gave The Social Network a mostly positive review, his was the first that criticized the film publicly for not being “fair” or truthful to Mark Zuckerberg. He also seemed to take offense at the notion (not put forth by the filmmakers, of course) that the film “defines the decade.” No one would ever assume this film would define David Edelstein’s…