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October 2012

Cloud Atlas infographic seeks to unbraid the plotlines

Cloud Atlas infographic seeks to unbraid the plotlines

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Micah J Gordon at Moviefanatic has made an interesting attempt to match recurring patterns in each of the six storylines and slot 18 of the characters into 3 sets of archetypes. Ordinarily I’d resist efforts to reduce the movie’s formula of challenging complexity to a handfuls of common denominators, but there’s a lot of merit in the pathways he’s found through this maze. As long as we don’t stop hearing…

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Spooky Halloween Story and Giveaway!

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Back in the 1970s, women bought fat juicy novels to take with them to the beach. Those were the days of Jackie Suzanne. Because I was a kid then I remember so many of these books floating around and my sisters and I were read them, even grossly inappropriate ones like Valley of the Dolls. It was how we first saw the novel Jaws, that giant shark swimming up to…

Director Kathryn Bigelow holds her DGA Feature Film Award that she won for her work on the film "The Hurt Locker" at the 62nd annual Directors Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles on January 30, 2010. Bigelow became the first woman to win the best director award from the Directors Guild of America on Saturday with her Iraq war thriller "The Hurt Locker," a film gathering awards momentum ahead of the Oscars.     UPI/Jim Ruymen. (Newscom TagID: upiphotos989371)     [Photo via Newscom]

With No DGA, How Might Best Director Go?

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A major crutch has been pulled out from under Oscar voters this year and that’s their reliance on the DGA and the PGA.  For now we’ll focus on how the DGA’s date change could affect the Best Director nominations, expanding on a Twitter conversation I had with Ashley Reynolds regarding Paul Thomas Anderson. The way I see it, the Weinstein Co. will get one of their directors in but they’ll…

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The State of the Race: Leaps of Faith

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“All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.” — William Faulkner We’re always in a rush to judgment about movies: hit/flop, success/failure, best picture winner/loser. Spurred on by the impulse to check insta-polls in 2012, we’ve been in such a hurry to reach snap verdicts that we often don’t bother to take the…

Disney Buys LucasFilm, New Star Wars Coming in 2015, Twitter Explodes

Disney Buys LucasFilm, New Star Wars Coming in 2015, Twitter Explodes

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Improvise, adapt, overcome. So the news broke a while ago that George Lucas had sold LucasFilm to Disney to “let Hooper take a turn.” So now Disney will start making the new movies, etc. Twitter had a total meltdown over it, with names like Brad Bird and Joss Whedon being bandied about. Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back are the only two good ones, in my opinion. I also…

Wells Still Mad that Central Park Five Doesn’t Blame the Victim Enough

Wells Still Mad that Central Park Five Doesn’t Blame the Victim Enough

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Jeff Wells over at Hollywood-Elsewhere.com dragged out an old interview with the Central Park Jogger and Oprah in order to prove his point, that he’s been making since Telluride, that the jogger is somehow at fault for choosing to jog in Central Park (on the upper east side, I might add) after dark. But at the same time let’s not go overboard with praise for The Central Park Five, which I…

UK quad poster for Quartet

UK quad poster for Quartet

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(Thanks, GoOnNow. Click to supersize.)

Nicole Kidman in a music video promo for Stoker

Nicole Kidman in a music video promo for Stoker

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Is this clip spoilery? I can’t say, because I’m not sure I want to find out. Some brave soul want to check it out and see if it’s safe for us? The song is ‘Becomes The Color’ featuring Emily Wells. Poster after the cut.

EW Sneaks the Costumes of Les Miz

EW Sneaks the Costumes of Les Miz

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Since the awards stuff has to get out there early, like really really early, and Les Miz doesn’t start screening until the end of November, the tech stuff has to get out there before the movie does. From the looks of it, Les Miz is a top to bottom Oscar contender in the techs, at the very least: costumes, art direction, sound, makeup. Entertainment Weekly has a preview of those…

Deadline Gets Ready to Launch Site with Oxymoron, “Awards Intelligence”

Deadline Gets Ready to Launch Site with Oxymoron, “Awards Intelligence”

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Every time one of these erupts God punches a kitten in the face.  I suspect it will be similar to the LA Times, the New York Times and various other sites that cover Oscar news.  So, get ready Oscar watchers.  Here comes another one. AwardsDaily’s saying has long been “covering the Oscar race 24/7″ but we expect others to steal from us – that’s how it goes in the blog…