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Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, teaser

Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, teaser

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Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing

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

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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 — Awards Hopefuls, Top Tier, Oscar Fodder. I’m not labeling them. Part One lists just the 65 films that we’re most familiar…

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

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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 at Sundance already, the audience award and the Grand Jury prize.  The plot, as written by HR’s Todd McCarthy: The sort of material that you might more…

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The Weinstein Co 2013 release dates

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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……….. 8/30/13 Fruitvale……… 10/18/13 August: Osage County 11/8/13 Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 11/29/13 Grace of Monaco… 12/27/13 (thanks rufussondheim)

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On Oscar’s Horizon – Best Picture for 2013

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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 all the way even when they aren’t very good.  This is a matter of timing, of less “real”…

Oscarwatch: The Directors – Seven Contenders, Five Slots

Oscarwatch: The Directors – Seven Contenders, Five Slots

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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 is known is that Django Unchained and Lincoln are two views of the same moment in our history.  Both are satisfying…

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

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

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  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 people, I am still left with what Leo did with J. Edgar Hoover. I know that it isn’t the popular choice right now for one of the…

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Best Director 2011: When I Paint My Masterpiece

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“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 reason.” — Hugo This year saw films by arguably the greatest directors America has ever produced — Woody Allen,…

The Artist Takes the Lead in Oscar’s Best Picture Race, Says the Gurus of Gold, Gold Derby

The Artist Takes the Lead in Oscar’s Best Picture Race, Says the Gurus of Gold, Gold Derby

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If there were any doubts before, there are no doubts now.  The black and white silent French film, The Artist, has taken the lead in this year’s Best Picture race, according to we Gurus of Gold and of course, over at Gold Derby.  There is always that point in the year when you just know.  And there is no stopping this movie. If there had been any stopping it it…