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From Studio Daily, an interview with frequent Michael Mann collaborator and Public Enemies cinematographer, Dante Spinotti. This can serve as a launchpad for your own feelings about the HD lensing, and your reactions to the film in general. Dante Spinotti: …we looked at the potential that the digital camera gave us. First, you see what […]

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Dashing from stage to stage, from the Tonys to the Emmys, Neil Patrick Harris has a cummerbund busier than Hugh Jackman’s. EW all but confirms this morning’s Variety rumor. Multiple sources are now confirming that the legen…dary How I Met Your Mother cad has formally signed on to emcee the ...

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Thanks to limeymcfrog for tipping us to Roger Ebert’s 4-star review for Tilda Swinton in Julia, a movie that had completely slipped past our radar. Tilda Swinton is fearless. She‚Äôll take on any role without her ego, paycheck, vanity or career path playing a part. All that matters, apparently, is ...

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Capping off Gay Pride Month, Stephen Holt attends the Provincetown International Film Festival, and shares his impressions. ======= John Hurt as Quentin Crisp, An Englishman in New York “CHAMPAGNE AND PEANUTS” Provincetown Film Festival 2009 Wrap-Up by Stephen Holt I found my first trip to the Provincetown International Film Festival, ...

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The tributes for Karl Malden are pouring in. Thanks to readers Alexander and Erik for sending in the news. It’s kind of old news by now but it’s never too late to honor a great man. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYmbXNKtjzI[/youtube] Nominated twice, once for the above, and won for A Streetcar Named Desire.

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Gregory Ellwood over at Hitfix has posted the teaser poster for Precious and wrote the following: If there is any movie I can’t wait to see again this year it’s “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sappire.” The winner of this year’s Sundance Film Festival’s grand jury and audience ...

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Clocking in with a 91% Metacritic rating, with a film that will surely become one of the best of the year, it is time to start taking Ms. Bigelow, and her moody, brilliant war film, seriously. We were already taking it seriously last year when it was pulled from the ...

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The LA Times’ last man standing, Kenneth Turan gives major props to Michael Mann’s Public Enemies, but particularly in the way it looks: Simultaneously an art film and a crime film, Mann’s latest work (he shares screenplay credit with Ronan Bennett and Ann Biderman) may not give you a ton ...

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Some chippies are a pushover for any hard-boiled hood. But this swanky dame from Salon is on the square: The glamour quotient in “Public Enemies” is high, and in a landscape of contemporary movies in which “sophistication” is seemingly a dirty word, it’s a relief to see actors in period ...

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Nothing embeddable yet, but you can click on over to Apple trailers for a look at The Informant trailer, and here in HD. (Since when did they add the exclamation point to the title!? I’m twice as excited now!!) [UPDATE: Thanks to Alex Billington at First Showing for loaning us ...

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Using your “no way!” reactions to eliminate movies that stand little chance of a Best Picture nomination, I cut about 1/3 of the titles from the long list posted yesterday. There are still plenty of snowballs struggling to survive in Hell left on the poll, but it’s not the pollsters ...

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Of course the actors are on top, but there are members invited from other branches, who “who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2009 to the Academy‚Äôs roster of voting members.” The 2009 invitees are: ...

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There aren’t many films that would be considered Oscar-worthy for the 82nd Academy Awards that have already been screened and/or reviewed this year, even with the ten slots opened up. There are many movies that feel Oscar-bound even though they haven’t opened and haven’t been reviewed by major critics.¬† I’m ...

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John Dillinger and Johnny Depp Roger Ebert gives Public Enemies 3.5 stars, though it reads like a 4-star review right up to very last paragraph. This is very disciplined film. You might not think it was possible to make a film about the most famous outlaw of the 1930s without ...

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Thanks to Yvette for finding this trailer for The September Issue, a documentary look at Prada-wearing Vogue editor, Anna Wintour.

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It is still surprising to me that so many see the ten best picture nominees change as a negative. In any given year, there are at least twenty “best pictures.” Ten of them is better than five. Five never does justice to a year and, in fact, rewards the best ...

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Tomorrow I’ll post a poll of 30 or 40 films that seem to be the most likely Best Picture contenders. When we did this last year, the poll results were collected the week after the Oscars, March 2008. We scored 4 eventual nominees in our first 7 poll positions. So ...

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I hadn’t seen this until it ran after True Blood last night. Happy to find somebody else has already youtubed it, saving me the trouble. Currently standing with a score of 70 on RT, we’re keeping our eyes peeled all day for any reviews that might tip that average up ...

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In the avalanche of stunning events last week — both good and very bad — a couple of guest essays got elbowed out of the way for more urgent breaking news. We’ll kick off the pre-holiday relaxation this morning by kicking back and catching up with tjose two AD reader ...

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As mentioned above, last week we were offered a pair of special contributions that got lost in the news cycle of Academy chaos and celebrity tragedy. Eric Beck wrote us with his thoughts about the announcement of 10 Best Picture nominees, taking a look at 10 significant films that might ...

The State of the Race

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During out latest podcastof Oscar Poker, Jeff Wells and I contemplated the idea that this could be a year where the Best Picture race might depart from last year’s lineup ...
In this photo provided by the Producers Guild of America, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures for “Birdman” on stage at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Producers Guild of America/AP Images)

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