Rex Reed Takes Offensive to a New Level

You know, most of us have long since dismissed Rex Reed as a joke. It’s a wonder he’s still a working critic while so many brilliant ones have lost their jobs – from J. Hoberman to Stephanie Zacharek who left Movieline. Why are these great writers being let go...
Posted On 07 Feb 2013

Screenwriter Tony Kushner Responds to Congressman

The Carpetbagger has done the reporting no one else cared to do  on this story (leave it to the NY Times, that’s why I pay $20 a month to keep them around) about Congressman Joe Courtney’s “before the Oscars” plea — this year, everyone wants to tell...
Posted On 07 Feb 2013

Oscar Bits and Bites

The Weinstein Oscar Playbook continues today as David O. Russell and Bradley Cooper meet with Joe Biden to discuss mental health.  They have nothing to lose so why not? It’s not like they have to defend their frontrunner status – they get to be scrappy underdog coming...
Posted On 07 Feb 2013

International Film Music Award Nominations – Life of Pi, Lincoln, Cloud Atlas!

The largest numbers this year are, for the most part, split evenly between four composers, all of whom received four nominations: MYCHAEL DANNA, ALEXANDRE DESPLAT, FERNANDO VELÁZQUEZ and veteran composer JOHN WILLIAMS. The nominations for Danna, Velázquez and Williams were each...
Posted On 07 Feb 2013

The State of the Race: Do the Guilds Tell Oscar What to Do?

“People will think…” “What I tell them to think.” — Citizen Kane This year has set up a situation where it really does test the influence of the growing guilds. So much so that you have to wonder whether there is any point to having an Academy...
Posted On 07 Feb 2013