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Spielberg’s Obama…

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Created for White House Correspondents Dinner…

Two Different Kinds of People: Ken Taylor and Joe Courtney

Two Different Kinds of People: Ken Taylor and Joe Courtney

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After listening to the Dick Gordon podcast of one of the houseguests in Iran (they weren’t hostages) only then did I realize the role that Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor played in both keeping the Americans safe and in enlisting the CIA to get them home. I get that Argo tells the story from the point of view of Tony Mendez and I get that Mendez never got any credit for…

Oscar bits and bites

Oscar bits and bites

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David O. Russell probably didn’t know there was a camera on him when he heard Emmanuelle Riva had just won the BAFTA. In Contention’s Kris Tapley does his annual Best Shots of the Year post.   In typically old Hollywood fashion, you can’t have a leading actress race without a feud – but Chastain calls out media instead for needing this narrative.  And it’s true, right? Admit it. Jeff Wells…

Happy Birthday to Abe Lincoln (and Charles Darwin)

Happy Birthday to Abe Lincoln (and Charles Darwin)

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“If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what’s said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end…

Connecticut’s Constitutional Amendment denied the franchise to African Americans

Connecticut’s Constitutional Amendment denied the franchise to African Americans

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I’m really tired of this puffery regarding Connecticut being “tarnished” because they are shown voting no on the 13th amendment to abolish slavery (the whole “just in time for Oscar” October surprise against Lincoln). Here’s the thing to know about that time, something the film makes very very clear. The key abolitionist was Thaddeus Stevens who all but had to lie to squeak this amendment through. Even people voting on…

Screenwriter Tony Kushner Responds to Congressman

Screenwriter Tony Kushner Responds to Congressman

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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 the Academy what to do – to write their individual wrongs, whether it’s Ed Asner and Martin Sheen, or this guy.  Pulitzer Prize-winning…

Connecticut congressman Mistaken about Lincoln Script

Connecticut congressman Mistaken about Lincoln Script

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It’s definitely that moment in the Oscar race where people feel like they have to cheat to win – and that’s what chest-thumping negative campaigning is.  Cheating.  So big brave Rep Joe Courtney, whom Ben Affleck once campaigned for, discovered that Connecticut did not vote no against the 13th amendment, though in the movie it says they did.  A mistake, in a very dense painstakingly attended to script. A mistake gets turned…

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The State of the Race: Ruminating on Argo as The Frontrunner

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Before I begin, let me explain. It’s true that we’ve reached the moment in every Oscar year where the pundits and the bloggers have thrown up their hands and decided, the Oscar race is over.  Argo will win Best Picture and for the win to make sense it has to take Screenplay, Editing and perhaps one other award — score? Supporting Actor? Sound? Something in me prevents me from being…

How Whisper Campaigns Work and Why they Suck

How Whisper Campaigns Work and Why they Suck

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If you’re in this business, “business,” long enough you’ll see a lot of nasty shit. I don’t just mean regular old shit you can flush down the toilet, I mean the kind someone leaves slumped in a pile outside, back behind the dumpster where it sits for weeks until the scent mercifully evaporates.  There is nothing you can do it about it, of course, because the press drags it around…

Comment from an Unlikely Source

Comment from an Unlikely Source

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Over at Hollywood-Elsewhere, Jeff Wells is working hard to convince the world that Lincoln is both an unworthy film and an unworthy Oscar contender.  The truth is, what Lincoln is transcends the Oscar race, as most great films do. It is a trap to start thinking that the votes of a general consensus equates with greatness and that not getting those votes somehow equates with failure.  This could not be…