Edward Norton signs on for Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s Birdman

Over the past couple of days, the cast roster for Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s comedy Birdman has been quickly inked in. Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis are all set to appear in a film that sounds almost as if it might have been written by...
Posted On 08 Mar 2013

The Most Anticipated Movies of 2013: Looking forward to 140 films

We’ll begin with 120 titles. I hope and expect to be told I’ve forgotten some that need to be added. To make this survey more manageable, I’ve tried to divide the list roughly in half. Part One holds most of the high-profile films. Call them what you want...
Posted On 03 Mar 2013

Fruitvale, Before Midnight, Stories We Tell first Oscar contenders of 2013

The year starts slow, builds to a climax, then the inevitable disappointing conclusion. ¬†But now’s the time when hope springs eternal and we might as well start the year with two auteurs. Fruitvale launches the career of writer/director¬†Ryan Coogler, whose Fruitvale won big...
Posted On 03 Mar 2013

The Weinstein Co 2013 release dates

Count on a few important acquisitions later in the year, as yet unknown. The Sapphires….. 3/22/13 Kon-Tiki………. 4/19/13 Unfinished Song… 6/21/13 Populaire……… 7/19/13 Haute Cuisine….. 8/16/13 Satanic……….....
Posted On 02 Mar 2013

On Oscar’s Horizon – Best Picture for 2013

It’s not as difficult these days as it once was to early-predict Best Picture. The thing about the awards race that we can pretty much count on: the fix is in. There was a time when Big Oscar Movies could be very disappointing out of the gate. Not anymore. Somehow movies go...
Posted On 27 Feb 2013

Oscarwatch: The Directors – Seven Contenders, Five Slots

This year, Best Director seems to be pairing up in interesting ways. Tarantino has launched into the race in a spectacular 11th hour surge. Whether this means he will, in fact, steal the last director’s slot from Tom Hooper or David O. Russell is still not known. But what...
Posted On 20 Dec 2012

Oscarwatch: Counting Down the Year’s Best Performances – Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar

  When I think of the male performances of the year I think there is Leonardo DiCaprio and everyone else. Setting aside Michael Fassbender, for the moment, Michael Shannon, Gary Oldman and Woody Harrelson – those actors who transformed themselves into wholly other...
Posted On 05 Jan 2012

Best Director 2011: When I Paint My Masterpiece

“I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some...
Posted On 28 Dec 2011