Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary

Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary

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First two production stills from FilmTotaal via SlashFilm.


Emmy Ballot FYC

Emmy Ballot FYC

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Over at HollywoodChicago, Brian Tallerico thought it would be helpful to jot down a few key names to help television Academy members who might not have a clue as to whom to vote for (it doesn’t matter – they always vote for the same people over and over again). But if Brian had a choice: Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Ty Burrell, ‚ÄúModern Family‚Äù Peter Facinelli, ‚ÄúNurse Jackie‚Äù Neil…


Toy Story 3 – Making Grown-Ups Cry

Toy Story 3 – Making Grown-Ups Cry

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Here is what I think about Toy Story 3′s position in the race. ¬†If it is making grown men cry, which it obviously is — men AND women — it will be a formidable contender, landing easily in the Best Pic 10, but also duking it out with How to Train Your Dragon for the Animated Feature prize. ¬†Dragon has surprise word of mouth and an original story (not a…


Hilary Swank in the new Conviction trailer

Hilary Swank in the new Conviction trailer

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(Thanks for the heads up, Sēbastián!)


The American gets a neo-pop poster

The American gets a neo-pop poster

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Nice. Really digging the stripped-down silkscreen Pop Art presence. I know judging a film by its poster is as foolhardy as “the book by its cover” thing, but I can’t help appreciate when there’s an effort to establish some tonal consistency in promo materials. The American feels handmade and artful instead of compromised by a marketing committee. Found this at heyyouguys.uk but I’d advise against reading the synopsis there; it…


Is There an Emmy Category for This?

Is There an Emmy Category for This?

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If not, there should be.


Hobbit housing boom halted in New Zealand

Hobbit housing boom halted in New Zealand

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Coming Soon has a few photos from Herr-der-Ringe-Film of The Hobbit set construction underway in New Zealand. These shots predate the departure of director Guillermo del Toro. More after the cut.


Trailer for Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Trailer for Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe earned three Oscar nominations and won for Best Makeup. Some of the novelty had faded for the second Narnian adventure and the Academy overlooked Prince Caspian. If the trailer for The Voyage of the Dawn Trader seems to have a cleaner more coherent visual scheme than the first two installments, maybe some credit goes to 2-time Oscar nominee Dante Spinotti. The Narnia films…


Oscar Flashback: Psycho Turns 50

Oscar Flashback: Psycho Turns 50

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How do you explain Norman Bates to someone who has never seen Psycho? ¬†Do you describe him as a serial killer? ¬†Probably you don’t. You can’t watch the Hitchcock masterpiece without feeling badly for Norman. ¬†Hitchcock put down so many cinematic rules with this one film it and it alone could be used to TEACH filmmaking. Hitchcock always said that he knew the audience would somehow be on Norman’s side…


Toy Story 3 — Matches, Exceeds Expectations

Toy Story 3 — Matches, Exceeds Expectations

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By all accounts, and according to the majority of critics so far, Toy Story 3 not only captures the beauty and emotional depth of the first two, it surpasses them. ¬†Reduces EW’s Owen Gleiberman to mush: Yet even with the bar raised high,¬†Toy Story 3 enchanted and moved me so deeply I was flabbergasted that a digitally animated comedy about plastic playthings could have this effect. Fifteen years after¬†Toy Story,…

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(thanks to Jazz for contributing to this post) Beyonce sings a new version of her hit single, ‘Crazy in Love’ as Christian Grey and...