National Board of Review Preview (and No Guts, No Glory)

Tomorrow, the National Board of Review announces its top ten.  Although the New York Film Critics stole their thunder, and many of my colleagues write them off as being irrelevant, it’s hard not to notice their track record.  They’ve been awarding films headed for...
Posted On 30 Nov 2011

Are The Muppets headed for the Golden Globes?

In one week The Muppets have earned $43 million, and with Christmas around the corner, it’s a cinch Kermit and Co. have the legs to dance past $100 mil with ease. (Adjusted for inflation, The Muppets Movie in 1979 brought in $210 mil.) Audiences (53% female) have awarded...
Posted On 30 Nov 2011

Sundance lineup for feature films in competition

Sundance will premiere 16 American narrative feature films, and 26 films in the world cinema dramatic and documentary competitions. (via LATimes) U.S. Dramatic Competition: “Beasts of the Southern Wild”: In this mythological tale inspired by the coastal erosion crisis...
Posted On 30 Nov 2011

Brad Pitt, Celebrity and a Random Act of Kindness

Photo posted on JustJared I was invited to a special screening for Moneyball on the Sony lot.  If you’ve never been there, or don’t live on the Westside, it’s quite a trek out to Culver City.  I’m almost always late, and I can’t find the right...
Posted On 30 Nov 2011

Actor Corey Stoll To Read Hemingway's Letters at the JFK Library

Scene stealer Corey Stoll currently put forth as the best chance for any of the marvelous actors in Midnight in Paris to get recognition.  I rather liked Kathy Bates as Gertrude Stein — but, like Stoll, her role is fairly small for Oscar. Actor Corey Stoll, recently...
Posted On 30 Nov 2011

Actor Corey Stoll To Read Hemingway’s Letters at the JFK Library

Scene stealer Corey Stoll currently put forth as the best chance for any of the marvelous actors in Midnight in Paris to get recognition.  I rather liked Kathy Bates as Gertrude Stein — but, like Stoll, her role is fairly small for Oscar. Actor Corey Stoll, recently...
Posted On 30 Nov 2011

Woman On Top: Streep Triumphs, Spirit Awards Shuts Out Close and Barkin

Meryl Streep apparently won the New York Film Critics with no contest. Some rumblings that Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams were close, Viola Davis in the mix as well. Streep’s impressive performance as Margaret Thatcher earned her this award, and indeed, it’s a...
Posted On 29 Nov 2011

Shame RedBand trailer launched on Facebook

Shame RedBand trailer NSFW peek, after the cut.
Posted On 29 Nov 2011

The Artist, Moneyball and Tree of Life Big Winners at the New York Film Critics

After all of their drama about changing their date and forcing the Dragon Tattoo to be screened too early, in the end the awards, for the most part, were fairly predictable.  The Artist was my early prediction, I then switched it to Tree of Life and then to Moneyball!  All three...
Posted On 29 Nov 2011