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The kids are NOT all right (or alright, for that matter)

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 10:02 am · June 14th, 2010

This post is so unnecessary because it is an obvious lost cause. It really shouldn’t even be enough to get a rise, but in me, it just…does. You know, once upon a time the MTV Movie Awards (which are voted on publicly) actually seemed to reflect an edge in America’s youth. Think about it. “Terminator [...]

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International Film Music Critics nominees

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 11:18 am · January 29th, 2010

This just arrived via press release.  Talk about your refreshingly diverse list of contenders. Predicting the Academy’s Best Original Score category can often be a bit of a chore.  There is no “guild” for the composers, after all, nothing to serve as a barometer.  For the longest time you could generally count on the group [...]

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Good point

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 9:19 am · December 30th, 2009

I’d also suggest that the resurgence of women as box office makers or breakers is not to be under-estimated. Yes, women went to the movies before “Sex and the City: The Movie” last year (18 months ago), but it seems that since then there have been more women-oriented hits that can be solely claimed as [...]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Brothers’ gloom

Posted by Chad Hartigan · 11:11 am · December 6th, 2009

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. As I already mentioned, the first weekend in December is a veritable dead zone at the multiplex as audiences start shifting more towards Christmas shopping and making vacation plans. Or maybe they are just too busy having sex. (More people are born in August than any [...]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: Thanksgiving leftovers and new turkeys

Posted by Chad Hartigan · 7:34 pm · December 4th, 2009

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Sorry this is a little late, as I’ve been super busy this week. Luckily, it’s one of the slowest box office weeks of the year and there is little to look forward to. You can bet the farm that “The Blind Side” will win the weekend [...]

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SUNDAY CENTS: New releases ‘Blind’ sided

Posted by Chad Hartigan · 5:55 pm · November 29th, 2009

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Did you enjoy your Thanksgiving? If you are Sandra Bullock or work for Warner Bros. then I think I already know the answer. The number one movie for the second weekend in a row is “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” with $42.5 million. This is a [...]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Lovely Bones’ bows, ‘New Moon’ reigns

Posted by Guy Lodge · 4:25 pm · November 29th, 2009

• “The Lovely Bones” finally landed this week, to decidedly mixed reviews. • Kris and Anne offered their thoughts on the film (among others) in this week’s Oscar Talk. • In Off the Carpet, we combed through the Best Adapted Screenplay contenders (which now include “District 9″). • “New Moon” surprised nobody with a record-breaking [...]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: ‘Old Dogs,’ new pics

Posted by Chad Hartigan · 9:53 am · November 27th, 2009

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. If you are like most of America, then you vaguely had an idea that some movies opened on Wednesday, you stuffed your face on Thursday and you will flock to the multiplex today. This five-day period is extremely lucrative for the box office [...]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Twilight’ning strikes again!

Posted by Chad Hartigan · 4:26 pm · November 22nd, 2009

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Well, that happened. “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” proved the franchise was no one-hit wonder by opening with $140.7 million over the weekend, breaking numerous records in the process. The $72.7 million pulled in on Friday is a new single day record, leaving “The Dark Knight” [...]

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Making the werewolves of ‘New Moon’

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 8:53 am · November 21st, 2009

I’m only posting this because it cracks me up how, I don’t know, disinterested Chris Weitz appears at the beginning of this clip (courtesy of MakingOf).  “One more big pay day before hanging it up.  Just get through it.  Go through the motions.”  Probably the wrong read, but anyway: And this thing bitch-slapped “The Dark [...]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Doc shortlist, honorary Oscars and more

Posted by Guy Lodge · 6:38 pm · November 20th, 2009

• The shortlist of contenders for the documentary Oscar was announced, surprising many — we dug into it a little. • The season’s first Oscars were handed out, as Lauren Bacall, Gordon Willis, Roger Corman and John Calley were celebrated at the Governors’ Awards. • This week’s Off the Carpet column broke down the wide-open [...]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: Bad ‘Moon’ rising

Posted by Chad Hartigan · 8:40 am · November 20th, 2009

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. It’s Edward and Bella’s world and we’re just living in it. The film to beat for the Holiday season is “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” and fans finally got their chance to lay eyes on it tonight at midnight. Twi-hards have been lining up and breaking [...]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Original Score — Volume II

Posted by Gerard Kennedy · 7:12 pm · November 19th, 2009

Some categories haven’t had that much renewal since I last reviewed them. Best Original Score is an exception. Principally, this is because the category is very difficult to judge before hearing the scores, not to mention last minute personnel changes (as composers always seem to be the most disposable members of film crews). As I [...]

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‘New Moon’ director says he might hang it up

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 9:44 am · November 18th, 2009

Geez, are the “Twilight” films really so bad that poor Chris Weitz would call it quits? Of course I’m being facetious.  The real reason Weitz is giving for “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” being his penultimate film, according to MovieMaker Magazine, is the heavy studio influence on “The Golden Compass,” a film the director says [...]

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11/18 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 9:00 am · November 18th, 2009

• The swashbuckling spirit behind “Pirate Radio.” [Los Angeles Times] • Anne Thompson wants to know where the screeners of “The Hurt Locker” are.  Probably waiting on “New Moon” box office receipts. [Thompson on Hollywood] • The gall: Why Roger Corman doesn’t deserve an Oscar.  Apparently there’s a “pro” side on the way. [Cinematical]

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Alexandre Desplat: Hollywood’s most prolific composer

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 10:09 am · November 17th, 2009

A quick glance at Alexandre Desplat’s 2009 resume reveals a whopping seven titles.  That’s pretty prolific for someone who offers up quality work each and every time out, rather than coasting on simplicity like a few other hard-working film music composers out there.  This weekend alone there are two films bearing Desplat’s musical signature — [...]

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Kevin Smith talks ‘Twilight’ at Comic-Con

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 11:41 am · July 27th, 2009

One of my favorite parts of Kevin Smith’s Saturday Comic-Con appearance was his take on the “Twilight” series, video of which Dennis over at Think Hero has dug up and passed along.  Great stuff (originally at ScreenCrave.com):

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7/24 Web Round-up

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 8:30 am · July 24th, 2009

• Sam Toy reports from the set of “Coco Before Chanel.” [Empire] • Evan Davis on the cinema of Nicolas Ray. [The Auteurs' Notebook] • Peter Sciretta (who I finally ran into yesterday) video blogs “Avatar” footage reactions with his crew (which is hitting the pavement hard at the Con). [/Film]

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