Monday, June 30, 2008
Teenage boys may be glued to the latest action adventure, but the rest of the family will be having a rollicking good time and dancing in the aisles to Swedish pop group ABBA's irresistible songs. It's a delightful piece of filmmaking with a marvelous cast topped by Meryl Streep in one of her smartest and most entertaining performances ever.
Full review HERE.
I'm guessing we'll see a Golden Globe nod in the Musical/Comedy category for Streep. What do you think?
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Also opening to good (albeit less enthusiastic) reviews is the Angelina Jolie/James McAvoy action flick "Wanted." It initially looked like a bomb to me, but if the flick has good WOM, it could turn in pretty decent numbers.
What about you? What are you seeing this weekend?
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Among those invited:
Sacha Baron Cohen – "Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street", "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"
Josh Brolin – "American Gangster", "No Country for Old Men"
Marion Cotillard – "La Vie En Rose", "A Good Year"
Ruby Dee – "American Gangster", "Just Cause"
Allison Janney – "Hairspray", "Juno"
Jet Li – "War", "Unleashed"
Ray Winstone – "Beowulf", "Sexy Beast"
What do you think of the list?
Sunday, June 22, 2008
That could all change this year now that "Cheri" is slated for a 2008 release.
This will be Pfeiffer's first movie with Stephen Frears since he directed her to an Oscar nomination for 1988's "Dangerous Liasions." Of course, any Oscar talk now is premature, but perhaps "Cheri" may be the Oscar comeback we Pfeiffer enthusiasts have been waiting for.
On paper, it looks right. She has the right role; the right director; the right timing. Plus, 19 years later, Jessica Tandygate still burns.
Still, with Pfeiffer having been gone for so long, it's tough to predict how the tides will turn for her, so I open the floor to you: Will "Cheri" be the movie to earn Pfeiffer's fourth Oscar nomination? Will she merely come close like in 2002? Or will she completely miss Oscar's radar again?
Best Actress Updates HERE.
1 N GET SMART WB $39,155,000 - 3,911 - $10,011 $39,155,000 12
2 KUNG FU PANDA P/DW $21,700,000 -35.4% 4,053 -83 $5,354 $155,596,000 3
3 1 THE INCREDIBLE HULK Uni. $21,557,000 -61.1% 3,508 +3 $6,145 $96,476,000 2
4 N THE LOVE GURU Par. $14,000,000 - 3,012 - $4,648 $14,000,000 1
5 3 THE HAPPENING Fox $10,000,000 -67.2% 2,986 - $3,348 $50,267,000 2
6 5 INDIANA JONES & THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL Par. $8,414,000 -42.9% 3,171 -633 $2,653 $290,835,000 5
7 4 YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN Sony $7,200,000 -56.0% 3,278 -188 $2,196 $84,055,000 3
8 6 SEX AND THE CITY NL $6,465,000 -34.0% 2,442 -713 $2,647 $132,385,000 4
9 7 IRON MAN Par. $4,002,000 -28.8% 1,912 -491 $2,093 $304,788,000 8
10 8 THE STRANGERS Rog. $1,949,000 -51.6% 1,578 -832 $1,235 $49,586,000 4
Tell me, bloggers: Where did The Love Guru go wrong? Was it the result of shameless overpromotion? Unfunny material? Mike Myers? All of the above? Discuss below.
Also: did anybody else fall for Get Smart's cute, harmless entertainment?
Saturday, June 21, 2008
In any event, WALL-E, opening in theaters next Friday, is going to be one of the films to watch this summer, whether it's for Oscars or simply box office receipts. If all goes well, it should join the ranks of Toy Story and Finding Nemo as one of Pixar's most successful films to date.
But can Pixar go beyond the box office? On paper, it seems likely; almost inevitable. Since Toy Story was released in 1995, the studio has released one hit after another. With the exception of Cars (you know it sucked!), their films have earned huge numbers, and in some cases, Academy Awards. At the very least, we can expect WALL-E to be nominated in the [lowly contested] Best Animated Feature category.
But what about Best Picture? The more I think about it, the more I doubt it. After all, it's only happened once (Beauty and the Beast, 1991). And now in its 8th (?) year, Best Animated Feature will likely serve as a consolation prize in the style of Best Foreign Language Film.
But foreign films do break out occasionally, so it's safe to assume that a Pixar flick can, too. Will it is the question, and I open the floor to you.
I haven't given the list a full look yet, but a few of their choices left me scratching my head (Michael Clayton?) But I am assuming this list is based more on importance than quality. Or at least I hope it is.
What say you? And what do you think of the list overall? What movies were ranked too high? Too low? And most importantly: what did they forget?
Friday, June 20, 2008
I also have A LOT of catching up to do this weekend. I haven't been posting as much, but I will kick things back into gear tomorrow with predix updates and Reader's Choice ballot counting. The ballot turnout was good this month, so I look forward to seeing what you guys chose.
In the meantime, what are you watching this weekend?
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Feel free to discuss tonight's telecast in the comments section below.
Acting updates TBA.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Pixar's Biggest Gamble
By RICHARD CORLISS
The dusty cityscape shows remnants of a civilization: an empty bank, a cratered warehouse mall, tattered billboards for colas and travel agencies, all bearing the logo of Buy-N-Large. TOO MUCH TRASH--EARTH COVERED reads an old headline, and we note that some of the skyscrapers are made of compacted trash cubes. The planet has become one huge junkyard, as if all humanity were a rock band that had made a shambles of a hotel room, then just strolled out. The only remaining sign of organic life on Earth is that unkillable little bugger, a cockroach.
Among this urban detritus, something else is moving. It looks like another trash cube--but with binocular eyes, forklift plates for arms and Caterpillar tracks to navigate the rough terrain. The thing is called a Waste Allocation Load Lifter, Earth-Class--WALL•E--and its job is to clean up the mess of consumerism run amok. It's also apparently the last of its kind still functioning.
Full review here.
If you see any more reviews, post links in the comments section below.
Also, Best Actor & Actress will be switched around tomorrow now that we know "The Road" and "Cheri" are in the race after all.
Oh, and if you haven't submitted your READER'S CHOICE ballots yet, please do so ASAP. The deadline is TUESDAY.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Still: what are you watching this weekend?
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
Also: what are YOU predicting for Best Supporting Actress? Surely your lineups are more exciting than mine turned out to be. ;)
Friday, June 06, 2008
Luckily, there won't be any distractions at the theater this weekend. Kung Fu Panda opened to better reviews than I expected, but it still screams DVD to me. And there is no. way. in. hell. anyone could get me to see You Don't Mess with the Zohan in theaters. Adam Sandler is a tired actor who needs to stay away from these crappy comedies, even if they did make him famous.
What about you? What are you watching this weekend?
Monday, June 02, 2008
The eagerly awaited film version of the award-winning Broadway musical Nine will begin filming in the fall, according to Variety.
Daniel Day-Lewis will head the cast of the Rob Marshall-helmed screen adaptation of the Maury Yeston-Arthur Kopit musical. The star of "There Will Be Blood" has stepped into the role of Italian filmmaker Guido Contini that was recently vacated by an over-worked Javier Bardem.
What do you think: will this be the next great movie musical or the next great flop?
The same rules apply as before. Please send me a list of TEN performances that were snubbed (key word here) by the Academy over the past 8 years (2000-2007). All lists must be RANKED, with 1 being the highest and 10 being the lowest. Remember to include "Reader's Choice" in the subject of your email. Otherwise, it might get lost among the piles of junk mail I receive every hour.
Lists are due no later than Tuesday, June 17th at 5 PM EST. Results will be announced at the end of the month.
For a list of which performances were nominated in the 2000s, use the following links:
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Final reminder: performances nominated for an Oscar are INELIGIBLE.
If you have any questions, please post them in the comments section below. Or feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com.
Otherwise, happy voting!
PS: I promise to participate this time, and I will reveal my personal list after the results.