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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwBGSS63B2o[/youtube] It isn’t film related but the E. Street Band’s Danny Federici has just died. He was only 58. Mr. Federici, who was born in Flemington, N.J., met Mr. Springsteen in the 1960s. By 1969, Mr. Federici ‚Äî often introduced in concert by Mr. Springsteen as ‚ÄúPhantom Dan‚Äù ‚Äî was playing with Mr. Springsteen in […]

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With his new one-acts currently on Broadway, it’s interview time for Ethan Coen who had this to say to the Canadian Press (“hosted by Google”): But ask him what his clutch of Oscars means to him, and he bursts into an asthmatic, snorting, “Revenge-of-the-Nerds” laugh and says: “That was weird. ...

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Picked this up on ONTD. It should come as no surprise that director David O’Russell pissed off James Caan so much that the actor walked off the set of Nailed and quit. O’Russell should feel lucky that all Caan did was walk off the set. He might have done this ...

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Beautiful still from the film have popped up on Oh No They Didn’t and Apple has some featurettes on the new movie and Slashfilm has posted some lovely stills. Kidman is a brilliant actress, especially when playing villains.

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The X-Files movie now has a title, Cinematical reports. Very little is known about the movie except that it’s something fans have wanted for a long time, something Gillian Anderson has said will be “scary and gruesome, and may rescue the careers of Anderson and David Duchovny who, despite creative ...

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It’s odd in a way that director Barry Sonnenfeld has so many cryptic and terrifying things to say about the internet, as reported by Reuters: “The medium is the message, and the medium has invaded our home and taken over our minds. . . . The really scary part is ...

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This link, via Kottke.org, points out how few women/women films masses of human beings will shell out money for. An interesting tally: Two Female Leads Quick, name a few recent popular movies where the two top-billed stars are female. Here’s a miscellaneous survey I just did, tallied by gender of ...

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download In what we hope will be an ongoing podcast series at AwardsDaily, we have our very own Ryan Adams talking to one of his favorite writers, Nancy Oliver, about Lars and the Real Girl. Check it out. [display_podcast] For IE users who can’t ...

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Slashfilm has posted the new Hulk poster, via IGN:

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Key Dates Announced for 81st Academy Awards® Beverly Hills, CA — The 81st Annual Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, Academy President Sid Ganis announced today. The ceremony will again take place at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be ...

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One of my new favorite blogs is LA Metblogs and it has been running a series of “64 Worst Things About LA.” The one that is film related and thus, something I can post to this site, just held a contest between “asshole bus drivers” and “neighborhood film shoots.” You ...

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SlashFilm points us to this sociological experiment where the terrifying birds were painstakingly removed from this famous scene in The Birds (this movie is chicken soup for my soul) by Martijn Hendriks in a series he calls “Give us Today Our Daily Terror.” Slashfilm also provides some handy stills:

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I wasn’t going to get back into this and I especially don’t want to bring any publicity to the Stupidity Squad but since Variety has revealed a Christian underpinning in its review, yet more gobbledygook about “intelligent design,” which is essentially Creationism, I have no choice but to “go there.” ...

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Update: As Tom O’Neil says in the comments, yes, there was a test screening of Doubt so the post stands. I thought it seemed real simply because what plant would be complaining about the AC going out? Previously: AD reader Charlie passed on this tidbit about Doubt, which has been ...

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CinemaBlend gives Forbidden Kingdom a rave, writing: The Forbidden Kingdom features the first ever on screen pairing of cinema’s two greatest living martial arts legends: Jet Li and Jackie Chan. That alone makes this movie a must see for anyone and everyone, but screenwriter John Fusco and director Rob Minkoff ...

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4 months in, 2008 has only yielded a couple of artistic gems — and most of us can’t see either one of them yet. Opening two weeks ago was Alexandra, (“a film of startling originality and beauty”). This quietly luminous story of a Chechnyan grandmother’s visit to her grandson’s army ...

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In case it slipped your mind, Scott Foundas takes another opportunity this week to remind everybody: Hollywood is liberal (!!) And boy, does that ever tick him off. Right up front, in his review of The Visitor (in the sole negative opinion on metacritic) Foundas lets us know where he’s ...

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I’m not sure whether The Edge of Love will be able to overcome the tabloid status of Ms. Sienna Miller who seems to have been quiet of late anyway. Perhaps it won’t be that at all. Perhaps the film will be good? Either way, ONTD has posted some loverly shots ...

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I’ve been absent lately (reenacting Michael Moore’s Sicko the past few days, and too cranky to be allowed near a keyboard.) This video via Salon.com from Red State Update is as uneven as any they churn out, but I think it’s worth the slog through the fizzled bits to cull ...

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In the same way it now seems surreal that the tabloids are going after celebrity children as their latest obsession, it is also strange that it is now the norm to discuss a film’s script, as if reading a script is any indication of how well a film will succeed ...

The State of the Race

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)

When this website first began its grand experiment of cracking the code of why some films make it into the Oscar race and why other films don’t, there were three major ...
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ADTV continues its Making the Case series with today’s entry for HBO’s Silicon Valley to win Outstanding Comedy Series. Clarence praises the shaggy-dog nature of the workplace sitcom and engaging ...
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From Sasha’s review of Youth at Cannes in May: Paolo Sorrentino just hit it out of the park here at Cannes, delivering what has to be the most compelling screening ...
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The Year of the Man marches on with Bradley Cooper in Burnt. Oh look, there’s Emma Thompson propping him up – and look, there’s Siena Miller helping him out. I ...
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