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Roger's little rule book

28 December 2008 4:59 PM, PST | | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

There will be no further discussion of Minutegate. I have now devoted 5,000 words to "Tru Loved," and read more than 114,000 words of comments. The Miami Herald even did a round-up of their critics discussing Minutegate. But all those words were focused entirely on the single issue of not watching a movie all the way through. There are many other ethical issues involved in film criticism, and with the current unemployment crisis, we should all be mindful of them.

We can't be too careful. Employers are eager to replace us with Celeb Info-Nuggets that will pimp to the mouth-breathers, who underline the words with their index fingers whilst they watch television. Any editor who thinks drugged insta-stars and the tragic Amy Winehouse are headline news ought to be editing the graffiti on playground walls. As the senior newspaper guy still hanging onto a job, I think the task of outlining enduring »

- Roger Ebert

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1000 Greatest Films?

20 December 2008 7:45 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The movie lists that get the most attention these days are sadly fan-pandering lists from major movie publications (EW, Empire, etcetera) that cater to the last 25 years or are overly worried about mainstream relevance and DVD sales (AFI)... forgetting that the most noble purpose of 'all time lists' is not to pat people on the back for what they love but to inspire them to dig deeper. "Great" lists should be filling up our rental queues. Best book lists are not best seller charts after all but encouragements to read. Best music lists are often about new discoveries, too. What haven't you heard? So I'm totally excited to study They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? reworked "Top 1000 Films of All Time" list.

I am powerless against a good list. Here's two samples from their top 1000. First, the top 20 and I've picked two that I really insist that you see right now »


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Document This!

19 December 2008 8:11 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Glenn here again. I don't leave quietly.

I know Nathaniel isn't quite as big of a documentary watcher as some others out there, so I thought I'd give the genre a bit of a spruik (apparently that's an Australian slang word so don't worry about not knowing what it means). I've made an effort this past year to see more documentaries - theatrically and otherwise - and while the number may only be hovering around the ten mark, considering I barely see more than four a year I think I have reason to be chuffed with myself.

It is, however, incredibly disappointing to realise that of the fifteen documentary titles shortlisted by the Academy only three have received a theatrical release here in Australia. How is it that even a Werner Herzog film - that'd be Encounters at the End of the World doesn't warrant a release? I can't imagine »

- Kamikaze Camel

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The Knicks-Lakers Rivalry Heats Up as Stars Take Sides

17 December 2008 9:00 AM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

If you want a good star sighting, Staples center is the place to be, and last night's Knicks-Lakers game was packed with celebrity sports fans. The nail-biter of a game made for lots of animated faces but ultimately smiles when the Lakers prevailed. David Beckham sat next to David Arquette, while Leonardo DiCaprio looked a little worried as he stayed fixated on the court. Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale cracked occasional smiles from the front row. Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens were the most energetic as they rooted their team on and cuddled up on their sporty date night. To see more photos including Spike Lee, Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, and others, just read more. Source »

- PopSugar

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Barack Obama Set for Star-Spangled Inauguration

12 December 2008 6:30 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Everyone expects to see plenty of the Stars and Stripes at any presidential inauguration, but this is getting ridiculous. In what may qualify as the most star-spangled inaugural event in history, celebrities from all over the entertainment spectrum are planning to flock to Washington, D.C., to welcome Barack Obama as the new president of the United States. Headliners at an inauguration ball hosted by the Creative Coalition on Jan. 20 include musicians Sting, Elvis Costello and Sam Moore. And the group says it's already confirmed a bevy of big-name guests to the inauguration ceremony itself, including Anne Hathaway, Susan Sarandon, »

- Michael Y. Park

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It's All Love and Basketball for David and Tea

8 December 2008 2:00 PM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

David Duchovny and Tea Leoni brought Madelaine and Kyd out to watch the Knicks defeat the Pistons yesterday. They looked like they were having a blast all together in the front row at the game, stopping to talk to some of the players and buying basketball souvenirs to bring home with them. Whether they are back together for good or not, it's clear that David and Tea are putting their family first and trying to leave their drama in the past. More good news for David and Tea is that Californication was picked up for a third season, which will help them pay for their rumored new $7.5 million home in Manhattan. To see more photos of the Duchovny family, as well as Chloe Sevigny and Spike Lee, just read more. Images include: David Duchovny, Kyd Duchovny, Madelaine Duchovny, Tea Leoni, Spike Lee, Chloe Sevigny Source and Splash News Online »

- PopSugar

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More Sundance goodies, here's the genre stuff!

4 December 2008 1:01 PM, PST | | See recent QuietEarth news »

First off, the best news, as I predicted (in private) Duncan Jones' Moon will be premiering, yay! The comedy Adventureland starring the talented Bill Hader is playing. The sweet kid soldier film Johnny Mad Dog is playing in the spectrum section, and the Jesco White story White Lightnin' which we reported on earlier is in the Park City at Midnight section.

But where the hell is Stingray Sam?

Full list after the break.


* "Adventureland," directed and written by Greg Mottola, stars Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds and Bill Hader in the story of a college grad who gets a job at an amusement park. A Miramax release.

* "Brooklyn’s Finest," directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Michael C. Martin, a drama about three Brooklyn cops who come together at the same deadly location. With Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Don Cheadle and Ellen Barkin.

* "Earth Days," directed by Robert Stone, »

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Sundance's 2009 noncompetitive lineup

4 December 2008 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »


To showcase the diversity of contemporary independent cinema, this section offers the latest work from American and international directors and world premieres of highly anticipated films.

Adventureland / U.S. (Director-screenwriter: Greg Mottola)

In 1987, a recent college graduate takes a nowhere job at his local amusement park and discovers the job is perfect preparation for the real world. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Bill Hader. World premiere

Brooklyn's Finest / U.S. (Director: Antoine Fuqua; screenwriter: Michael C. Martin)

After enduring vastly different career paths, three unconnected Brooklyn cops wind up at the same deadly location. Cast: Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Don Cheadle, Ellen Barkin. World premiere

Earth Days / U.S. (Director: Robert Stone)

The history of our environmental undoing through the eyes of nine Americans whose work and actions launched the modern environmental movement. World premiere, closing-night film

Endgame / U.K. (Director: Pete Travis; screenwriter: Paula Milne)

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Cinematheque honors Samuel L. Jackson

2 December 2008 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

There probably never have been so many expletives used to show appreciation at an awards show as there were at the 23rd annual American Cinematheque Awards, which honored Samuel L. Jackson.

From Justin Timberlake to George Lopez and Andy Garcia to Sharon Stone, the F-bomb and the longform version of "mofo" were tossed around like chicken feed Monday night as the town celebrated the actor whose name has become synonymous with "badass."

The honoree, when the time came to accept the award from presenter George Lucas, was more pensive and measured by comparison. Jackson talked about how much the experience of going to the movies meant to him, when he would catch Saturday double features in a segregated theater in his hometown of Chattanooga, Tenn., and how important he thinks the Cinematheque's work is in promoting the social side of filmmaking.

"I felt a bond with everyone in that theater, »

- By Borys Kit

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Five Ways to Get Tickets for Obama's Inauguration

1 December 2008 8:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Want to be witness history when President-elect Barack Obama is officially sworn in Jan. 20? Join the club! Washington, D.C., officials predict 1.5 million visitors will descend for the swearing-in, parade and dozens of balls and celebrity-filled parties. Here, for the truly committed, are tips for getting in on the action: . Roll with Oprah! If you're in O's entourage, you're in luck: word is the Obama's mega-supporter is planning a star-studded fete at the Kennedy Center on inauguration night. Winfrey told radio host Ed Lover on Election Day she had been planning her look for months. "I got me a board »

- Kristen Mascia

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Beyonce & Sasha Take Their Number One Selves Around NYC

26 November 2008 9:00 AM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Beyonce Knowles and Jay-z looked like they were having a blast on a date at the Knicks-Cavaliers game in NYC last night. Beyonce's double album scored the top spot on the charts her opening week, and she expressed her excitement in between performances on The Today Show this morning. Dressed in an all black catsuit, Beyonce and Sasha Fierce took turns singing songs, and she spoke to Matt Lauer about her intense character role in Cadillac Records. She'll be back to showing off her acting skills when the movie is out next week, but for now we'll keep practicing the "Single Ladies" dance over the long weekend. To see more photos from the game plus videos of Beyonce performing and talking to Matt just read more. Images include: Beyonce Knowles, Jay-z, Chloe Sevigny, Julia Stiles, Spike Lee Source and Splash News Online »

- PopSugar

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Stars Team Up For Obama Inauguration Event

19 November 2008 8:14 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood heavyweights Susan Sarandon, Spike Lee and Anne Hathaway are among the long list of stars hosting a forthcoming event to celebrate U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration.

The Creative Coalition's Gala Inaugural Ball will see a legion of A-list attendees joining the five million people expected to attend the historic bash next year.

Organisers of the non-profit event are reportedly using their star supporters to solicit sponsorships of up to $150,000 (GBP99,700) from corporations and lobby firms, according to the New York Post.

The ball is scheduled for 20 January - the same evening Obama will be sworn into office. »

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Sunday Discussion: The Return of the World War II Movie

9 November 2008 5:04 PM, PST | | See recent news »

In just a few hours I'm heading down to catch the AFI Fest Closing Night screening of Defiance. Although this screening is well in advance of the film's actual theatrical release, to me it marks the beginning of Hollywood's interest in yet again exploring World War II. Like westerns, a handful of films set during World War II pop up almost every year, but the upcoming selection of WWII films is coming from a diverse selection of Hollywood's finest filmmakers and features some of the best on-screen talent. As excited as I am to dive right into it all, I'm not sure the rest of America is. Others might believe that we haven't yet seen the return of the World War II movie, but with this line-up, it's pretty hard to disagree. We've already seen a handful of WWII movies this year, including Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna, »

- Alex Billington

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Oprah, Star Jones at Chicago Obama Rally

4 November 2008 5:24 PM, PST | | See recent The Insider news »

"The Insider"'s own Victoria Recano is on the ground in Chicago, amongst throngs of people, including director Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee and Star Jones, waiting to hear Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama speak. CNN is reporting that between 500,000 and a million people are expected to attend Obama's election night speech tonight in Grant Park in his home city. Obama is expected to speak with unprecedented levels of security, including bulletproof glass, later tonight. Keep checking back here for updates from the event throughout the night!

[Read full story on The Insider] »

- TheInsider

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Election Day timeline

4 November 2008 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

From the tiny township of Dixville Notch, N.H., to the sidewalks of Santa Monica, voters flocked to the polls in record numbers Tuesday in what is arguably the most important as well as the most exhilarating election in decades. And for these last crucial 24 hours, the media -- starting abroad with foreign broadcasters, the worldwide blogosphere, cable news networks, radio pundits and the Big Four -- rose to the occasion with blanket coverage of the historic returns. The Hollywood Reporter also fielded a global team to provide readers with a blow-by-blow rundown of the round-the-clock highlights. All times Est.

2 a.m. MSNBC reports amazing numbers from the Minnesota Senate race. With 89% of precincts reporting, Norm Coleman leads Al Franken by 172 votes -- 1,048,956 to 1,048,784. (Read more about Franken's too-close-to-call race)

1:03 a.m. Ktla cuts from its election coverage to show breaking news of a high-speed pursuit.

12:50 a.m. »

- By Erik Pedersen

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Yves Simoneau Helming Wwi Story Harlem Hellfighters

21 October 2008 5:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

We've got George Lucas' Red Tails, about first African-American fighter pilots in WWII, heading into production soon; Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna, about four black soldiers from the all-black 92nd Infantry Division in WWII, just hit theaters last month. Next up is Harlem Hellfighters, written by Travis Adam Wright (of Eagle Eye), that tells the true story of black soldiers from Harlem who brought jazz music to France when they were sent there during World War I. Lord of the Rings producer Rick Poras will help co-produce with Wright and Canadian filmmaker Yves Simoneau has signed on to direct. Wright has high ambitions for the project and hopes to assemble a cast of "the greatest living black actors." The project will most likely shoot in the Us and Gaul. Wright has already started talking with the French Ministry of Defense about recreating a half a mile of »

- Alex Billington

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Lee Dumps Agent After Film Flop

21 October 2008 12:08 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Spike Lee has parted ways with his agent after his new movie Miracle At St. Anna failed to top the box office.

The moviemaker axed the William Morris agency after 15 years together and is now represented by Endeavor.

Miracle At St. Anna has grossed $7.5 million (GBP4.4 million) to date - $163 million (GBP93 million) less than his 2006 thriller Inside Man.

Lee had yet to comment on the move as WENN went to press. »

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Spike Lee moves to Endeavor

20 October 2008 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Spike Lee has jumped from William Morris to Endeavor.

The combative writer-director-producer left his agency of more than 15 years in the wake of the critical and boxoffice disappointment of his most recent film, "Miracle at St. Anna."

"Anna," a period war movie and Lee passion project that had trouble finding a backer, was eventually released by Disney late last month. It has grossed just $7.5 million to date.

The Brooklyn-bred director had several movies already set up by his longtime Wma rep, Dave Wirtschafter: Universal's "Inside Man 2," written by Terry George ("Reservation Road"); Touchstone's "Time Traveler," which Lee adapted himself from the Ronald Mallett book; and Universal's "L.A. Riots," penned by John Ridley ("Three Kings").

Before "Anna," Lee directed his largest-grossing film to date, the Universal heist thriller "Inside Man," which drew $176 million worldwide in 2006.

Lee did not respond to a request for comment. »

- By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

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Discuss: Too Attractive to Be Believable?

17 October 2008 10:02 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Casting, Celebrities and Controversy, Newsstand, Angelina Jolie

There is something rather odd in the way Hollywood values the external beauty of its players, while simultaneously decrying it for being shallow and unrealistic onscreen. Have you ever noticed that? This came to mind when I was reading Changeling press a few weeks ago -- you might have read Clint Eastwood's sincerely lovely quote regarding his leading lady, Angelina Jolie: "She is an actress hampered by her gorgeous face, I think the most beautiful face on the planet. People sometimes can't see past that, to her talent. She's on all these magazine covers so it's easy to overlook what an amazing actress is underneath." It's an interesting thought, and a valid point when it comes to Jolie's career -- her looks and personal life outstripped her Oscar win long ago, and her acting talent was called into question soon after meeting Brad Pitt. »

- Elisabeth Rappe

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This Honey's Saccharine

17 October 2008 8:24 AM, PDT | | See recent New York Post news »

Dakota Fanning plays another traumatized young woman who is assisted by what Spike Lee refers to as "Magical Negroes" in "The Secret Life of Bees."

While it's by no means as dire as Dakota's last such effort, the despicable melodrama "Hounddog," it's surprising that a promising African-American director like Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Love & Basketball") would choose a story in which the black characters exist primarily to help the white protagonist.

Instead of coping with a rape, as in "Hounddog," Fanning's character, Lily, as a 4-year-old, »


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