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September 2, 2013

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The State of the Race: Telluride and the Best Picture Oscar Race

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Over the past few years, Telluride has become the launching pad for Oscar contenders and winners. You’d probably had to have been watching the race evolve over the past 15 years to understand why. Back before they changed the date for Oscar, roughly 2003, the Oscars were held in March. That meant, awards madness really didn’t start until January or so. Funnily enough, I remember the days when December wasn’t…

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Telluride Review: Salinger

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Who hasn’t been captivated at one time or another by J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, one of the greatest American novels ever written. Probably we shouldn’t need to know much about the genius behind the book because, as the genius himself admits, the work should speak for itself. And indeed, Catcher in the Rye has spoken to many for decades, in ways good and bad. Is it Salinger’s fault…

33 years of films that held on at #1 for 3 consecutive weeks

33 years of films that held on at #1 for 3 consecutive weeks

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I’ve cherry-picked the dramas. Many of these films held the #1 spot at the box-office for more than 3 weeks. (For obvious reasons, this list sifts out most all the sci-fi, fantasy, raunchy comedies, animated and franchise films that held at #1 for multiple consecutive weeks). It’s a fact that only 4 or 5 films per year pull off box-office champ 3-peats. It almost never happens for a drama. I…

Lee Daniels’ The Butler Takes Number One for Third Consecutive Weekend

Lee Daniels’ The Butler Takes Number One for Third Consecutive Weekend

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Only three Best Picture nominees have ever been number one for 3 consecutive weeks, and no black writer/director is among them. This film should hit $100 million without blinking.  Here is how dominance at the box office has helped a film get a Best Picture nod, at the very least. Three weeks at number one: Unforgiven (winner) Erin Brockovich The Help A Few Good Men Inception Fellowship of the Ring…