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Oscar Update: Is the Best Picture Race Between 'Social Network' and 'The Fighter'?

20 December 2010 8:25 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

(from left) Jack Lally, Anthony Molinari, Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale in The Fighter

Photo: Paramount Pictures Last week was a big week for Oscar prognosticators. Starting last Sunday we had the Los Angeles and New York film critics weigh in with their best of 2010. Then the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild added their nominations. Then, just last night the Satellite Awards were announced and while they aren't exactly the best indicator of what films are going to do what, they add their own numbers to the formula. Patterns have formed and front-runners have clearly been sorted, but there are still some questions up in the air.

After the dust settled, The Social Network was the clear Best Picture front-runner. This, however, can be attributed to more than just one thing. Obviously, the critics have been all over it, but when predicting Oscar's Best Picture you have to remember »

- Brad Brevet

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Walter Matthau TCM Schedule: Fail Safe, The Sunshine Boys, The Fortune Cookie

11 August 2010 1:03 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

George Burns, Walter Matthau in Herbert RossThe Sunshine Boys, based on Neil Simon‘s play Walter Matthau on TCM Schedule and synopses from the TCM website: 3:00 Am Indian Fighter, The (1955) A trail guide has to bring two crooked traders to justice to save his wagon train from Indian attack. Cast: Kirk Douglas, Elsa Martinelli, Walter Matthau. Dir: Andre de Toth. C-88 mins. 4:45 Am Onionhead (1958) An irresponsible student enlists in the Navy expecting to sit out World War II. Cast: Andy Griffith, Felicia Farr, Walter Matthau. Dir: Norman Taurog. Bw-111 mins. 6:45 Am Fail Safe (1964) A failure in the U.S. defense system threatens to start World War III. Cast: Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman. Dir: Sidney Lumet. Bw-112 mins. 8:45 Am Ensign Pulver (1964) A young officer on a World War II supply ship battles his captain to keep the men happy. Cast: Robert Walker, Jr., Burl »

- Andre Soares

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“Star Wars,” Indiana Jones and Marilyn Monroe part of massive Hollywood auction

18 May 2010 3:58 AM, PDT | | See recent news » We place a lot of emphasis on modern Hollywood. Which Jonas brother is cutest? Who is Paris Hilton dating? What did Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and the “Twilight” cast eat for lunch yesterday. But it’s important that we remember Hollywood’s past every now and again.

With that in mind, Profile’s In History will be conducting a massive online auction of vintage Hollywood memorabilia, and one of the items on the block is Marilyn Monroe’s iconic pink satin gown from the “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” sequence in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” The auction will be held June 10-12.

The gown was worn by the late bombshell in her role of Lorelei Lee. It was later used (or, a replica, at least) by Madonna in her “Material Girl” video. The dress is estimated to sell for between $150,000 and $250,000.

That’s not the only item of note in the auction, »

- Sean O'Connell

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The Best Director Oscars by Decade

13 March 2010 2:03 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Many movie buffs love to complain about the Oscars, me more so than anyone else, but I have to admit something. If you break down the awards decade by decade, from the 1930s to the "noughties," the Best Director category shaped up to be the best one, ever, over these past ten years. Let's take a look.

The 1930s: Frank Borzage won, but for one of his less interesting movies, Bad Girl. John Ford won for The Informer, a gorgeous film that has since fallen out of favor with critics and fans. I'm not even sure what to say about Norman Taurog for Skippy or Frank Lloyd for Cavalcade. (Has anyone seen those movies in the past 30 years?) Frank Capra won three times (!) during this decade. I like Capra, but I don't really love him; I'd say he probably deserved one Oscar, maybe for It Happened One Night, but not »

- Jeffrey M. Anderson

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Mickey Rooney, Malcolm McDowell: Boys Town Poster

10 February 2010 11:36 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Collector Mike Kaplan, Jan Rooney, Mickey Rooney and Malcolm McDowell at the opening of the exhibition "The More the Merrier: Posters from the Best Picture Nominees, 1936-1943" at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Wilshire Grand Lobby in Beverly Hills on Friday, January 22, 2010. The exhibition, which features posters from 80 movies, will remain open until April 18. Among the represented films are Frank Capra’s Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Victor Fleming’s Captains Courageous, Leo McCarey’s The Awful Truth, William Wellman’s A Star Is Born, William Wyler‘s The Little Foxes, and Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca. Mickey Rooney co-starred with Spencer Tracy in Norman Taurog’s sentimental drama Boys Town (1938), in which Tracy [...] »

- Anna Robinson

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