UPDATE: ‘Last Airbender’ Opens To $16M Thursday, Including $3M Midnights

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CANNES: ‘Fair Game’ Gets Mixed Reaction

By | Friday May 21, 2010 @ 3:10am PDT

Naomi Watts Fair Game CannesAfter some initial good press, there were boos as well as applause for the only American movie In Competition at its first screening at Cannes. Critics here feel it’s too conventional to be … Read More »

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CANNES: UK Critics Review ‘Wall Street 2′

By | Saturday May 15, 2010 @ 4:10am PDT

Wall Street Money Never SleepsUK reviews on Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps have come in after its Cannes debut. “Utterly gripping. It’s been 23 years but it was worth the wait,” says London tabloid the Daily Read More »

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CANNES: Not All Aquiver For ‘Robin Hood’?

By | Thursday May 13, 2010 @ 4:19am PDT

UPDATE: ‘Robin Hood’ Opens To $6M In 3 Countries

crowe cannesThe 63rd Cannes Film Festival opened with Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood. Stars Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett (but not director … Read More »

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UPDATE: First ‘Avatar’ Reviews Crashing Websites; Great Buzz On Blockbuster

By | Thursday December 10, 2009 @ 3:47pm PST

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BREAKING NEWS! So much for the accuracy of tracking. There’s obviously huge online curioisty about James Cameron’s 3-D latest. The Hollywood Reporter‘s glowing early review of Avatar released just now has crashed the trade paper’s website because of a Drudge Report … Read More »

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First Reviews Of Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Inglourious Basterds’ Shown At Cannes: “Gott-Awful”, “Grisly-Comic”, “Camp-Operatic”, “Subverts Expectation”

By | Wednesday May 20, 2009 @ 9:03am PDT

There was an audience screening at noon Cannes Time. Great reaction from the general audience with a huge ovation. But the reviews range from good, to mixed, to really rotten. The real question is how Inglourious Basterds will do at the box office when it opens in August and how it will … Read More »

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Longtime Dubya Reporter Reviews ‘W.’ As “Remarkably Accurate Portrait”

By | Saturday October 18, 2008 @ 11:50am PDT

Few journalists have covered George W Bush for as long or as in depth as The Dallas Morning News‘ senior political writer Wayne Slater who was at the epicenter of Dubya’s two campaigns for Texas governor, his tenure in Austin, … Read More »

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Roger Ebert Leaves The Lede For Last

By | Friday October 17, 2008 @ 2:30pm PDT

The long respected film critic really stepped in it this week when he wrote a long negative review of a movie without revealing until the very end that he only saw the beginning of a 99-minute film before he stopped watching. (Ebert … Read More »

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Israel’s Oscar Bid: ‘Waltz With Bashir’

By | Tuesday September 23, 2008 @ 3:02pm PDT


You may recall that last year the Israeli Academy of Motion Pictures chose The Band’s Visit as the country’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar only to see it disqualified by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for having too much English … Read More »

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2008 Emmy Winners (…analysis coming)

By | Sunday September 21, 2008 @ 8:29pm PDT

Emmy By The Biz
HBO  10
NBC  4
AMC  3 
ABC  3
FX  2
CBS  2
Comedy Central  2
PBS  1
FOX  1

Emmy By The Win
30 Rock (NBC)
Mad Men (AMC)

John Adams (HBO)
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock (NBC) 

Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad (AMC)
Tina Fey – 30 Rock (NBC) 

ACTRESS IN A … Read More »

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2008 Emmy Events, Parties & Lounges

By | Tuesday September 16, 2008 @ 12:55pm PDT

Sunday, September 14th
1-7 PM Connected Gift Rooms Emmy Awards Celebrity Gift Lounge
Sofitel Hotel, Beverly Grand Ballroom, 8555 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles

6-9 PM ATAS hosts Emmy Producers Nominee Party
Citrus at Social Hollywood, 6525 W Sunset Blvd, Hollywood

Monday, September 15th
1-7 PM Connected Gift Rooms Emmy Awards Celebrity Gift Lounge
Sofitel Hotel, Beverly Grand Ballroom,

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Wkd Prediction: Robot $70M, Angie $40M

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I’m told that not only is Pixar/Disney internally hoping for a $70+ million dollar opening for Wall-E, but also a Best Picture Oscar nomination for the L’il Robot. It’s possible with 100% great reviews from top … Read More »

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‘Wall-E’ Orbiting Best Picture Oscar Nod?


I’m told that Disney and Pixar are going to push hard for a Best Picture Oscar nomination for Wall-E on the basis of its anti-toon moody darkness and rave reviews by critics who matter. Certainly many toons have tried for that high honor over the years, … Read More »

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Los Angeles Press Club Awards…


Last year the Los Angeles Times‘ Patrick Goldstein graciously handed off the Los Angeles Press Club’s Entertainment Journalist Of The Year title for print, broadcast or online to me, and now I fittingly hand it off to the L.A. Times‘ John Horn after Saturday’s 2008 … Read More »

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R.I.P. George Carlin


I’ve just been told by a source that George Carlin died this evening. This is indeed shocking. Last week, it was announced that on November 10th the veteran comic whose infamous “Filthy Words” routine reached all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court would be the 11th person inducted into … Read More »

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Thank You, Vanity Fair…

By | Friday June 13, 2008 @ 12:07pm PDT


Vanity Fair magazine has created a Blogopticon which charts the tone and content of what it considers ”the most influential or amusing blogs” vying for the attention of the world’s billion-plus Web surfers. The sites are categorized along four attributes: “news” vs “opinion”, “earnest” vs “scurrilous”, … Read More »

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Two 1st Places: 2008 AltWeekly Awards

By | Sunday June 8, 2008 @ 3:58pm PDT

The winners of the 2008 AltWeekly Awards were announced yesterday in Philadelphia at a luncheon held as part of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies’ annual convention for alternative newsweeklies across the United States and Canada. The contest administered by Northwestern University’s Medill School Of Journalism seeks to … Read More »

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Jorge Camara Re-Elected HFPA President

It’s been the most challenging year on record for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — well, if you don’t count 1982′s uproar over naming Pia Zadora best “New Star Of The Year” — that saw the cancellation of its Golden Globe Awards dinner … Read More »

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Live-Blogging IFC’s Indie Spirit Awards…

By | Saturday February 23, 2008 @ 1:45pm PST

ifc-2008.JPGJuno won. All the winners below:

First, some background: this year’s 23 Annual IFC Spirit Awards, hosted by The Office‘s Rainn Wilson who has a small role in Juno, was the first event event to honor independent film exclusively and is the premier awards … Read More »

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