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1982

Summer of ’82: Today is tomorrow’s nostalgia

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32 years ago today. Friday June 25, 1982. Newborn Prince William was 3 days old. Sidney Lumet was celebrating his 58th birthday. Ricky Gervais turned 21. Two movies premiered that afternoon. Blade Runner and The Thing. The top 10 movies at the box office that weekend: 1. E.T. (its 3rd week in theaters) 2. Blade Runner 3. Firefox 4. Rocky III 5. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 6….

William Friedkin on casting The Exorcist

William Friedkin on casting The Exorcist

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Harper has made available a generous excerpt from William Friedkin’s newly published autobiography, The Friedkin Connection. Anyone familiar with Sidney Lumet’s memoir Making Movies will find their rat-a-tat-tat no-time-for-bullshit prose style quite similar. The Exorcist was 340 pages. A 100-page screenplay, more or less, would result in a two-hour film. We worked for several months as David Salven assembled the crew and we started talks with Nessa Hyams, head of…

The State of the Race: Climbing the tree and finding Best Picture, branch by branch

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In the circle of gal pals we’re playfully calling Oscar’s Angels, I discuss with Anne, Thelma and Susan the Best Picture race.  Eventually, it got to the undeniable truth about the Oscars: they’re won by consensus. How you get to a Best Picture nomination is broad support among the various branches.  If you have a film that is beloved by the writers, the designers, the directors, the executives and especially…

Learning Oscar history off the Tee-Vee news

Learning Oscar history off the Tee-Vee news

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True or False: “Peter Guber has earned 50 Oscar nominations” (Answer: Number of Oscar nominations earned by Peter Guber)

83rd annual Oscars to revisit 1970 template?

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(Which of these filmmakers actually won the Oscar they’re posing with?) As already reported tonight, the Academy is discarding the lovely heartfelt tributes to each of the lead acting nominees in an effort to eliminate any genuine flavor from the broadcast, boiling it down to the slick chemical consistency of low-fat sugar-free pudding. Producer Bruce Cohen says, “we found a version of that, without using the five people on stage,…

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All About Eve gets Blu-ray makeover

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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced that it will bring the 1950 classic All About Eve to Blu-ray on February 1, 2011. Nominated for 14 Oscars and winner of 6, including Best Picture and Best Director for Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Next year is big on Blu for the Mankiewicz brothers since 2011 should see the release of a spruced up Citizen Kane for its 70th anniversary edition. Kane, of…

Studios to AMPAS: Fix your shit quick, or else.

Studios to AMPAS: Fix your shit quick, or else.

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Last night I made an off-the-cuff remarks about how I wouldn’t mind if the Oscars just went full retard this year, and handed out some truly gag-inducing awards to match their batch of gasp-inducing nominations. I’d much rather be a worthy nominee who goes down in Oscar history as having been robbed, instead of being forever maligned and ridiculed with fickle fanboy backlash. Londoner mistakenly thought I was trying to…

It’s a honor just to be nominated… (dammit)

It’s a honor just to be nominated… (dammit)

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There’s a Thai saying that translates roughly as “pick your face up off the floor.” Good subtitle for this Salon montage called “And the Oscar goes to… not you.”

Tally ho!

Tally ho!

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THE JOKER: It’s not about money. It’s about sending a message… Well, ok. It’s a little bit about the money. Last year the sweet spot between ‘oh you poor thing’ and ‘stop showing off’ was around $40 mil. The record of the past 12 years shows that an Oscar winner can be rich or poor. But as you can see from the comparison charts on the next page, rich never…