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March 2, 2011

Kate Winslet on Melissa Leo: "My kind of cool."

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I don’t feel bad lifting this item from Zap2it in its entirety because here we can spell the words out without using f**king asterisks like they do. Added value. In an exclusive interview with Zap2it, Kate Winslet says, rather colorfully, that she understands and appreciates why Melissa Leo dropped the first ever F bomb at the Academy Awards. On Tuesday’s (Mar. 1) “Ellen” show, Leo reflected on her colorful acceptance…

"You Know Who Lives Up There?" Taxi Driver Rolls into Theaters

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Cinemablend brings the happy news that Martin Scorsese’s effing masterpiece, Taxi Driver, will be hitting theaters for two days – Saturday March 19, and Tuesday, March 22. ¬†Says Cinemablend: The only downer is that it‚Äôs being shown in digital 4K format, rather than on film. I‚Äôm not opposed to films shooting in digital, there‚Äôs really no way around it these days, but Taxi Driver is a dirty, grimy film and…

Josh Brolin & Javier Bardem's censored Oscar kiss

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Turns out there might have been some memorable moments at this year’s Oscars after all. We just didn’t get to see any of them. When Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin came appeared to present the Best Screenplay awards, Movieline noticed a long and awkward cutaway to the audience. What was happening onstage too shocking for home audiences to handle? With their nervous fingers on the 7-second delay button, the puritan…

Cannes and the Kodak – A World Apart

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Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir wonders why the Palme d’Or and Oscar’s Best Picture are so far apart in terms of films they choose to win. In this case, he looks at The King’s Speech and Uncle Boonmee: “The King’s Speech” is a well-crafted, old-fashioned entertainment, a nostalgic costume drama aimed at middle-class adult filmgoers all around the world. It was constructed to win Academy Awards, and it delivered. “Uncle Boonmee Who…

From Precious to Violet and Daisy

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Oscar winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher makes his directorial debut with Violet and Daisy, from his own script. The film stars Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel as grrrl assassins, The Playlist reports: The story finds Ronan and Bledel (who are shockingly 13 years apart) playing a pair of teenage assassins who are lured into what is supposed to be just another quick and easy job, only to find complications as the…

Michelle Williams in Meek's Cutoff with a parched trailer & poster

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The trailer for Meek’s Cutoff dropped 2 days ago, but I held off posting because the quality was poor. This looks to be a film that deserves to be introduced with a premium presentation. Notably the first feature film shot by cinematographer Chris Blauvelt but he’s been camera operator for some of the greats for more than a decade — working with Harris Savides on Fincher’s The Game and Zodiac,…

Oscars 2011 – War Horse

Oscars 2011 – War Horse

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One of the upcoming films that will most certainly make early pundits’ list — rising expectations unrealistically high and giving it no place to go but down — is Spielberg’s upcoming War Horse. It sounds like a moving, heartbreaking story that I really hope has a happy, non-True Grit, ending. I almost can’t bear the trailer for the Broadway show. So, yeah, it seems to have everything a Best Picture…

Paul Giamatti in Win Win, trailer & poster

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Director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent) and Fox Searchlight showcase Paul Giamatti in Win Win with a screenplay THR says in its Sundance review, “never strikes a false note”: It’s no surprise that McCarthy is a skilled actor’s director, but the heartfelt compassion and observational acuity that infuses the writer-director’s films is what distinguishes them most. In all three features, he has shown a rare ability to shape unexpected connections…