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Last week's poll could possibly be one of the most predictable polls we have ever done, and although Rocky was always going to be the clear winner, I was somewhat curious to see whether or not Raging Bull might also "go the distance", so to speak. As it turns out, Rocky received nearly 50% of the votes while Raging Bull was at 35%... close, but not close enough. This left just 15% of the votes to be divided among the rest of the choices. Million Dollar Baby was a distant third, followed by the documentary When We Were Kings. Cinderella Man and On the Waterfront tied for the fifth spot. Perhaps a better question would have been, what is the best Rocky movie? 1. Rocky -- 47.1% 2. Raging Bull -- 34.9% 3. Million Dollar Baby -- 5.8% 4. When We Were Kings -- 3% 5. Cinderella Man -- 2.5% 5. On the Waterfront -- 2.5% 7. Ali -- 1.9% 8. The Hurricane -- 1.1% 9. The Set-Up -- 0.6% 9. Somebody Up There Likes Me »
Yes, I know, it’s kind of a ridiculous question. But as we all well know, winning an Oscar isn’t just about delivering a worthy performance. It’s about how a performer is perceived within the industry. So on the heels of Black Swan star Natalie Portman’s announcement that she’s expecting her first child, I was curious: How have pregnant nominees fared over the years?
Rachel Weisz was noticeably pregnant when she won her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Constant Gardener. Catherine Zeta-Jones was too when she won the same category for Chicago. Same with Eva Marie Saint »
- Dave Karger
Let's talk about the best Fyc campaign of the year. The one where Pixar tries to build a case for Toy Story 3 as the Best Picture of the year, not just a nominee. Pixar won't be happy to just get the annual ghetto Oscar for Animated Feature, they want the big one. Do you believe this is possible? I can't say that I do...
Or, rather, it's possible but not bloody likely. A good correlation might be the foreign language film category. They also have their own category and very few have ever been nominated for Best Picture and none have won (the closest to a "foreign" winner is Slumdog Millionaire which is technically a British film but is partially in Hindi).
But let's look at the ads themselves, from worst to best, which use "Not since _____ " to compare TS3 to previous Best Picture winners.
Here's the two I find most problematic. »
- NATHANIEL R
Despite its stellar reviews and near universal approval, Toy Story 3 is still looking like a long shot for a Best Picture Oscar, and will likely end up settling for Best Animated Feature. But after these clever Oscar campaign posters, let's at least give Disney some points for effort! The promos feature various stills from the film that bring to mind (sort of) previous Best Picture winners, from On the Waterfront to...Silence of the Lambs. Take a look. »
Disney’s Rich Ross told Deadline , “We’re Going For The Best Picture Win” For Toy Story 3. We wanted to have the best movie and the reviews have clearly said that and it’s the number one box office hit of the year so I’m not sure why we would not go for it all,” The Walt Disney Studios Chairman was of course referring to their worldwide billion dollar grosser which also happens to sit atop the Rotten Tomatoes chart as the best reviewed film of 2010.
In order to secure a victory, the studio has recently launched an incredible Oscar campaign using the Toy Story characters in movie posters aping some of the great best picture nominees of the past including The Godfather Part II, West Side Story, On The Waterfront, Shakespeare In Love, The Silence Of The Lambs, Titanic, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and Forrest Gump. »
As you probably know by now, Disney and Pixar have been pushing for not only Best Animated Feature, but the Academy Award for Best Picture. We've written in the past about the ambitious Oscar campaign  launched by the mouse house -- Industry trade newspaper advertisements which feature characters and scenes from the film compared to previous Best Picture winners that had something going against them such as being a different genre, a sequel or a plain old underdog. Films such as The Godfather Part II, West Side Story, On The Waterfront, Shakespeare In Love, The Silence Of The Lambs, Titanic, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and Forrest Gump. We've featured a couple of these ads on the site in the past months, and today we learned that Disney has released the whole batch of "for your consideration" campaign ads on their online awards site. Hit »
- Peter Sciretta
DVD Playhouse December 2010
America Lost And Found: The Bbs Story (Criterion) Perhaps the best DVD box set released this year, this ultimate cinefile stocking stuffer offered up by Criterion, the Rolls-Royce of home video labels, features seven seminal works from the late ‘60s-early ‘70s that were brought to life by cutting edge producers Bert Schneider, Steve Blauner and director/producer Bob Rafelson, the principals of Bbs Productions. In chronological order: Head (1968) star the Monkees, the manufactured (by Rafelson, et al), American answer to the Beatles who, like it or not, did make an impact on popular culture, particularly in this utterly surreal piece of cinematic anarchy (co-written by Jack Nicholson, who has a cameo), which was largely dismissed upon its initial release, but is now regarded as a counterculture classic. Easy Rider (1969) is arguably regarded as the seminal ‘60s picture, about two hippie drug dealers (director Dennis Hopper »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
I was a guest on this week's /Filmcast, where I joined regular co-hosts David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley to discuss Gareth Edwards' indie monster movie "Monsters." I always have fun chatting with the /Filmcasters, but I thought this episode was especially thought-provoking. At least it was for me; half a week later, I'm still mulling over the issues we raised, in particular the question of context in criticism.
Context was already on my mind while I was watching "Monsters." From a technical perspective, the film is a marvel: expansive without being expensive, made for well under a million dollars by a tiny crew (Edwards himself did all of the film's numerous alien special effects on his own computer using off-the-shelf software). It presents a creative and convincing post-apocalyptic world where aliens have landed, taken control of the area around the Us-Mexico border, and human life has, rather believably, »
- Matt Singer
The TV Trip duo make it hard to take Michael Caine seriously
Sir Michael Caine was on American television the other week, on the Charlie Rose Show, promoting his new book, The Elephant to Hollywood. It was very nice, if you like that sort of thing. He ran through the big films in his life. You can guess what they were, even if 10 is a stretch: Zulu, The Ipcress File, Alfie, The Italian Job, Sleuth, Get Carter, The Man Who Would Be King, Educating Rita, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Cider House Rules, The Quiet American … How many is that?
I'm sorry, but I'm a bit upset. You see, it's not the same any more. Just a few weeks earlier, on YouTube, I'd seen a clip from The Trip on BBC 2 in which Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon do competing Michael Caine impersonations. It's not that they're unkind about it. »
- David Thomson
Slash Film has had a peek at Disney and Pixar’s drive to earn Toy Story 3 a place within the Best Picture category for next year’s Academy Awards.
“For some reason an animated film has never gotten Best Picture and I always wondered was there not an appetite? We decided this year we have the biggest and best reviewed film of the year. If not this year, and not this movie, when?”
It’s understandable what the company would want to try and push for the Best Picture award rather than Best Animated Feature. As well as receiving an almost unanimous critical thumbs-up (as illustrated in The Return of the King homage) the film itself delivers an emotional and storytelling quality that »
- Adam Lowes
Disney’s Rich Ross told Deadline this week , “We’re Going For The Best Picture Win” For Toy Story 3. We wanted to have the best movie and the reviews have clearly said that and it’s the number one box office hit of the year so I’m not sure why we would not go for it all,” The Walt Disney Studios Chairman was of course referring to their worldwide billion dollar grosser which also happens to sit atop the Rotten Tomatoes chart as the best reviewed film of 2010.
In order to secure a victory, the studio has recently launched an incredible Oscar campaign using the Toy Story characters in movie posters aping some of the great best picture nominees of the past including The Godfather Part II, West Side Story, On The Waterfront, Shakespeare In Love, The Silence Of The Lambs, Titanic, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King »
Walt Disney Studios chairman Rich Ross created a bit of a stir earlier this week when he told Deadline the plan wasn't just to win a Best Animated Feature Oscar, but instead, "We're going for the Best Picture win," he told Deadline's Pete Hammond. "We wanted to have the best movie and the reviews have clearly said that and it's the number one box office hit of the year so I'm not sure why we would not go for it all."
The plan is to campaign for a Best Picture win for Toy Story 3 by creating advertisements that associate past Best Picture winners with the animated film, such as the image of Mr. Pricklepants to the right in a pose to compare to surprise 1999 Best Picture winner Shakespeare in Love.
- Brad Brevet
I guess Pixar is getting bored with being a lock for the Best Animated Feature Oscar every year, and now with one of their best films in a while, they're going to be gunning for the top award. They're planning a major push for Toy Story 3 as a serious contender for Best Picture. The campaign is going to include some advertisements featuring Toy Story characters acting out various scenes from other best picture winners including On The Waterfront, West Side Story, Shakespeare In Love, Silence »
- Paul Tassi
You will not like something about this list. In your mind, undeserving inclusions and unthinkable omissions probably abound. That is as it should be. Film, for all the scholarship, expertise and pretense that surrounds it, remains, like all art, firmly subjective. Feel free to tell us what we missed, what we misplaced, or congratulate us on a job well done, if you feel so inclined. Just remember to keep it clean, civil and respectful. With that said, these are The Moving Arts Film Journal’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time:
#1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Kubrick)
#2. Citizen Kane (1941, Welles)
#3. The Godfather (1972, Coppola)
#4. Andrei Rublev (1966, Tarkovsky)
#6. Casablanca (1942, Curtiz)
#7. Vertigo (1958, Hitchcock)
#9. Seven Samurai (1954, Kurosawa)
#10. The Godfather Pt. II (1974, Coppola)
#11. The Third Man (1949, Reed)
#12. The Wizard of Oz (1939, Fleming)
#13. Dr. Strangelove (1964, Kubrick)
#14. Goodfellas (1990, Scorsese)
#15. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972, Herzog)
#16. 8½ (1963, Fellini)
#17. Singin’ In The Rain (1952, Donen, »
- Eric M. Armstrong
A unique event - a convention centered solely on the undead and “zombie culture” - took place here in the Emerald City. Organized by promoter Ryan Reiter (of “Red, White, and Dead” fame), this was an undertaking the size of which would have been bold for even an already established convention. For a first-time con, the scope of it was impressive, to say the least.
The guest list alone was one that would cause most promoters to lay awake at night fitfully worrying over logistics: George Romero, Bruce Campbell, Malcolm McDowell, Chuck Palahniuk (author, Fight Club), Max Brooks (author, World War Z), John Amplas (Martin, Day Of The Dead), Terry Alexander (Day Of The Dead), Scott Reiniger (Dawn Of The Dead) Ted Raimi (Spider-man), The Ladies of The Evil Dead (Theresa Tilly, Betsy Baker, Ellen Sandweiss), Danny Hicks (Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn), Timothy Patrick Quill (Army Of Darkness), the Zombie Research Society, »
Kazan (the filmmaker behind such reputable classics as On The Waterfront and East of Eden), had an equally dramatic life off-camera. In 1952, he testified against several peers in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities and revealed them to be Communists. The move cost Kazan many friends within the film industry.
Previous to this, he founded The Actor’s Studio in 1947 – a non-profit workshop which became famous for promoting the “Method” style of acting which is still practised by many performers today.
Scorsese documentary is included within an 18-disc box set celebrating the films of the director (who passed away, aged 94, in 2003).
As reported by Ugo.com.
- Adam Lowes
Photo: Paramoun Pictures
One of the top Oscar hopefuls this year is The Fighter starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. It's the story of Micky Ward (played by Mark Wahlberg) and his stepbrother Dickie Eklund (played by Christian Bale) from Boston, Ma. For those of you who don't know, Irish Micky Ward was a light welterweight contender best known for his three exciting bouts with the late great Arturo Gatti. Eklund was a fighter as well and once sent Sugar Ray Leonard to the canvas before succumbing to a serious crack habit that derailed his career. The film is directed by one of my favorite directors David O. Russell (Three Kings, Flirting With Disaster) and along with Wahlberg and Bale, the film also features Amy Adams and the underrated Melissa Leo.
Boxing pics have historically been a tough sell, but I have high hopes for this one. »
- Bill Cody
Want to know more about who Martin Scorsese considers his inspiration for becoming a filmmaker? Then look no further than A Letter to Elia, Scorsese's upcoming documentary that serves as a personal tribute to Elia Kazan, a man he considers his inspiration and one many others considers as one of the most influential directors of all time. The film will be available on November 9th as a part of the Elia Kazan Film Collection DVD gift set. To mark the release, we're giving away one movie poster of the flick signed by Martin Scorsese himself. Synopsis For Martin Scorsese, growing up in Little Italy, seeing On the Waterfront and East of Eden as a young man was a life-changing experience. Scorsese appears on and off camera throughout A Letter to Elia, taking us through Kazan’s life and through his own as well, and through his growing realization that there »
- Buzzfocus Staff
Happy birthday to Best Actress winner Joan Fontaine (Suspicion, 1941), also known as the second Mrs. DeWinter. She turns 93 years young today. What on earth was she thinking about when she won the Oscar. This photo to your left fascinates me on account of "who knows?" It seems so much more candid than many Oscar night photos.
I keep the following "still with us!" list, not from any morbid curiousity but from a genuine happiness that some legendary screen stars are still walking the earth even though most of them aren't walking the screens these days. This year has been rough with the losses so maybe I'm going to stop keep this list. My heart was in the right place! We want the following to know that their past accomplishments are acknowledged by new generations.
The Oldest Living Oscar Nominees
All of them were born before the movies even had sound! »
- NATHANIEL R
From animated flicks to epic dramas, Zagat Survey has released The World's Best Movies! 20,773 moviegoers voted and they collectively watched 2.4 million films this year. Wow!
Did your favorite films resonate with the survey participants?
Take a look at the article below taken from Zagat.com:
Make Him an Offer He Can't Refuse: Each film in the guide has been rated on Zagat's signature 30-point scale in four categories: Overall Quality, Acting, Story and Production Values, followed by an editorial review complete with surveyor comments in quotation marks. In addition, the guide boasts over 60 top lists and indexes ranging from genre and year of release to Oscar winners.
"This new Survey puts the ratings and reviews of over 20,000 avid moviegoers at your fingertips so that no matter what your age, sex or preference, there's an easy way to find the perfect film for every occasion," said Tim Zagat, CEO and Co-Founder of Zagat Survey. »
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