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Oscarwatch: Brad Pitt in Fury

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The film is set during the last months of World War II in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened U.S. Army sergeant in the 2nd Armored Division named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank called “Fury” and its five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic…

Press Play and the Shoulds

Press Play and the Shoulds

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Back in the early days of Oscarwatch we had a rule: it wasn’t about advocating; it was about predicting.  It wasn’t about what SHOULD win; it was about what WILL win.  But all of that changed as the Oscar watching industry grew.  Now, just like internet dating, there is no stigma to it.  The best way to write about the Oscars, I figure, is to advocate – the reason is…

Brad Pitt, Bennett Miller, Jonah Hill talk to Charlie Rose

Brad Pitt, Bennett Miller, Jonah Hill talk to Charlie Rose

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You can watch the entire 53-minute conversation at CharlieRose.com. Meanwhile, yesterday Moneyball passed the the $100 mil worldwide baseline. True to the equations of the film itself, home runs aren’t required to win the box-office game. For a movie in its 11th week of release, Moneyball has enjoyed a remarkably gracefully slope in terms of weekly drop-off percentage. (Thanks to re-expansion to more screens last weekend, it’s numbers actually doubled…

Brad Pitt, Celebrity and a Random Act of Kindness

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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 driveway, not ever.  Once on the lot, I often get lost trying to find the right theater, and then get lost again trying to…

Oscars 2011: Single Fathers and the Vanishing Mothers

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One of the threads running through this year’s Oscar race is the single father who must pull things together for the sake of his kids.  This is especially poignant in three films – Moneyball, The Descendants and We Bought a Zoo.  It’s even funnier that it happens to be George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, the Oceans gang, but also the Sexiest Men Alive troika.  Remember how Clooney and…

Oscarwatch: For Your Consideration

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Why does it seem like the beginning of October is already too late to push through an Oscar contender?  If you’re a big star in a big movie you’re already on the radar of those who write about Oscar buzz, a thing that increasingly has no there to it.  But if you’ve just given the performance of your life in a movie nobody has seen how does your publicist get…

Best Actor Talk

Best Actor Talk

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For the second in our series of talks, Thelma Adams, USA Today’s Susan Wloszczyna talk about Best Actor. Since our talk, I’ve seen Moneyball.  Best Actor is boiling down to a few strong performances out a large group of actors this year.  Brad Pitt is going to be a force to be reckoned with I have a feeling: sometimes these things just happen and it’s nothing to do with anything…

Moneyball – Even the Losers Get Lucky Sometimes

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There is a reason we have long since married our American spirit to baseball, and a reason why it’s the only sport with any romanticism attached to it, and there’s a reason why the camera loves baseball movies.  The crack of the ball hitting the bat, that ten seconds of waiting to see where the ball will go, writing your ending off a wing and a prayer.  But it isn’t…

Oscar Buzz on the Web

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I am often asked on Twitter that so and so says so and so is the frontrunner or is going to win and what do I think about it.  Here’s what I think: there are a lot of Oscar writers and bloggers out there with their fingers on the trigger to be out front first with such and such.  I like to think of them as millions of sperm heading for…