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Harvey Weinstein Speaks on Movies

Harvey Weinstein Speaks on Movies

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This is one reason Harvey Weinstein is good for the movie business — he gets the bigger picture. This is also why he’s great at Oscar campaigning — when he has a horse that can win — he knows what they want in the end. You have to take your hat off to him for what he did for Inglourious Basterds last year: that is one of the weirdest films…

Cannes and the Kodak – A World Apart

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Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir wonders why the Palme d’Or and Oscar’s Best Picture are so far apart in terms of films they choose to win. In this case, he looks at The King’s Speech and Uncle Boonmee: “The King’s Speech” is a well-crafted, old-fashioned entertainment, a nostalgic costume drama aimed at middle-class adult filmgoers all around the world. It was constructed to win Academy Awards, and it delivered. “Uncle Boonmee Who…

The State of the Race: The Aftermath

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Last night’s Oscars will be remembered for several reasons. ¬†The first, there has never been a film that won the NBR, the NYFCC, the LAFCA and the Globe (Picture, Director and Screenplay) and not won the DGA and then the Oscar for Best Picture. ¬†Moreover, until last night, no film with as few awards heading into the guilds had ever won. ¬†The result? ¬†Three paltry Oscars for The Social Network…

"Your Bloody British Fetish": Hollywood's U.K. myths

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UK author and historian Dominick Sandbrook voices his own dismay that “the Redcoats have conquered Hollywood,” once again: The success of “The King’s Speech” is not the only example of what looks like a creeping Anglicization of American culture. Britain may cut a sadly reduced figure on the world stage these days, our military hobbled by cuts and our economy hamstrung by debt, but in Hollywood the Union Jack has…

Tom Hooper's personal journey behind "The King's Speech"

Tom Hooper's personal journey behind "The King's Speech"

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The critical and commercial success of The King’s Speech, has been an affirmation of Tom Hooper’s instincts as a director. Speaking with the Director’s Guild recipient on the phone from New York in January, he discussed how the project was introduced to him, “I only came to know about the film because I was half Australian and half English and living in London. So late 2007 my Australian mother, Meredith…

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Editorial: Why Mark Zuckerberg Was Always Destined To Get No Further Than The Oscar Bike Room.

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[notice]This editorial was written by a British 15 year-old named Michael Dalton living in Switzerland. [/notice] When The Social Network won every critic award in sight many, including me believed that this love would continue right up to the Oscars. The Social Network was the ‚ÄúZeitgeist‚Äù film, it supposedly captured us today, it was the film that the Oscars would want to reward in order to maintain their image as…

Why the King's Speech Should Win Best Picture

Why the King's Speech Should Win Best Picture

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The Guardian has done each film – so in the interest of fairness, here is the one for The King’s Speech, by Michael Hann: You can watch all of their videos for the Best Picture nominees here.

That Gay Porn Video Thing…Confirmed

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Moviline confirms that The King’s Speech therapist’s home was used to film the gay porn flick Snookered, which had great art direction. According to Jonno, his video (which was done for the website UK Naked Men) was indeed shot in the exact same room as The King‚Äôs Speech at 33 Portland Place, though well before the King of England ever stepped foot onto the set. Snookered was filmed in August…

The King's Speech Sails over Home Plate with 60 Minutes Episode

The King's Speech Sails over Home Plate with 60 Minutes Episode

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Yes, the mark of a true Oscar game player is that the film finishes the season with its being anointed by 60 Minutes. The King’s Speech already got a mini review by Andy Rooney the week before who said he liked movies about things he knew about, as opposed to things he had to ask his grandchildren to explain to him, which was the gist. Game, match. But then this…

History will be Made One Way or Another

History will be Made One Way or Another

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If the King’s Speech wins, it will become the first film in 83 years of Oscar history with a British monarch as the central figure to win Best Picture. [source] If the Social Network wins Screenplay, Editing, Directing but then loses Best Picture it will join the ranks of only two movies in Oscar history to do so: A Place in the Sun Traffic In the years that Oscar has…