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Choose The 1998 Academy Award Winners!

23 December 2010 6:30 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

I love that a heated discussion over Titanic’s infamous Oscar sweep of 1998 has already begun over at Laurent’s excellent retrospective. I guess it’s just the nature of this particular film. There is something about Titanic that hits a raw nerve in people and they feel a need to defend/criticize it so passionately.

As it happens, I fall in the ‘unconditional love’ category and I’m not afraid to admit it. To this day I have a passion for Titanic, a film that so perfectly matches what a glorious, spellbinding, big spectacle romance against an historic backdrop should be, and those films are so rare, especially when they are made with such precise and meticulous detail from James Cameron.

We shouldn’t be embarrassed over how much we loved Titanic in the 90′s. We should embrace it. So as our third ‘Choose The Winners’ article, we are »

- Matt Holmes

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Retrospective: Oscars 1998

23 December 2010 8:21 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Alfred Hitchcock famously quipped that the three things you need to make a good film are a “good script, a good script and a good script.” In February 1998 however the Academy voters decided to ignore these pearls of wisdom, much like they ignored the achievements of Hitchcock himself, when they chose to reward Titanic with a Best Picture win despite the film lacking a screenplay nomination.

This was the first time this had transpired in over thirty years and pretty much confirmed the idea that Titanic was being praised as a spectacle even though it has been proven time and time again that any spectacle without the benefit of good storytelling is only impressive until the next spectacle comes along. L.A. Confidential on the other hand which is as fresh and watachable in 2010 as it was thirteen years ago compliments the quote that “good storytelling never goes out of fashion. »

- Laurent Kelly

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TV ratings – 7 December: Holby City suffers at hands of Coronation Street and Emmerdale

8 December 2010 10:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Late editions of soap operas push BBC drama below 4 million viewers, while Channel 4 has weak evening

Holby City Hospitalised

Holby City, BBC1, 8pm – The long-running drama was given a bloody nose by ITV1's pairing of Emmerdale and Coronation Street in later-than-normal slots, sinking to 3.901 million viewers, a 14.6% share of the audience. It is understood to be Holby's worst share of the audience since at least 2003.

Emmerdale averaged 8.142 million (31.5%) between 8pm and 8.30pm, but the real star of the night was once again Coronation Street, 50 years old this week, which in the aftermath of Monday night's tram accident averaged 11.831 million viewers, a 42.6% share.

It was the second Emmerdale of the night, after the 7pm episode averaged 7.826 million, a 33.7% share.

Have You Heard It's Corrie's 50th Birthday?

Coronation Street: 50 Years, 50 Moments, ITV1, 9pm – The first of this two-part nostalgia fest had 5.681 million viewers, a 22.7% share, enough to give »

- John Plunkett

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Frankie Boyle comedy slips below 1m

8 December 2010 4:52 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The first solo series from Glaswegian comic Frankie Boyle slipped below 1m viewers on Tuesday evening, according to overnight audience data. Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights averaged 980k (4.7%) for Channel 4 from 10pm, down 380k week-on-week. A further 159k (1.4%) watched the show an hour later. On ITV1, Tonight: The Ice Storm was seen by a combined audience of 4.93m (20%) from 7.30pm. Later, Coronation Street: 50 Years, 50 Moments brought in 5.68m (22.7%) in the 9pm hour. The One Show appealed to 5.46m (23.5%) on BBC One from 7pm, before Holby City fetched 3.9m (14.6%) in the 8pm hour, down 2m week-on-week. Turn Back Time: The High Street mustered 4.15m (16.6%) from 9pm. On Channel 4, Kirsty and Phil's Perfect Christmas grabbed 1.68m (6.3%) in the 8pm hour and 249k (1%) on +1. The Family continued with 830k (3.3%) from (more) »

- By Andrew Laughlin

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Did Ya Know These 15 Facts About Natalie Portman?

5 December 2010 5:13 PM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

The lovely Natalie Portman is getting Oscar's attention with her stunning performance in "Black Swan," but did you know that she turned down the role in "The Horse Whisperer"? Find out more about this compelling actress in these 15 fun facts!

Fun Facts about Natalie PortmanThe Israeli Roots

Natalie Portman was born on June 9, 1981 in Jerusalem, Israel, as the only child of a Israeli father, a fertility doctor, and an American artist mother.

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Framed: The Ice Storm

25 November 2010 2:05 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Columns, Cinematical, Holiday Movies

Welcome to Framed, a column at Cinematical that runs every Thursday and celebrates the artistry of cinema -- one frame at a time.

Though director Ang Lee has drawn influence from Asian cinema and his Taiwanese heritage, he's traversed genres, time periods, and cultures throughout his filmography - navigating the intimate and complicated worlds of his characters with a reverence and curiosity that some have dubbed clinical. While Lee's controlled and distant approach isn't for everyone, it undoubtedly fits the bill for 1997's 'The Ice Storm' - a film about two families coming to grips with the rapidly changing political, social and sexual climate of the 1970s in the sterile Connecticut suburbs. Mark Friedberg's production design and Frederick Elmes' cinematography highlights the internal narrative of Lee's lonely characters.

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- Alison Nastasi

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Framed: The Ice Storm

25 November 2010 2:05 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Columns, Cinematical, Holiday Movies

Welcome to Framed, a column at Cinematical that runs every Thursday and celebrates the artistry of cinema -- one frame at a time.

Though director Ang Lee has drawn influence from Asian cinema and his Taiwanese heritage, he's traversed genres, time periods, and cultures throughout his filmography - navigating the intimate and complicated worlds of his characters with a reverence and curiosity that some have dubbed clinical. While Lee's controlled and distant approach isn't for everyone, it undoubtedly fits the bill for 1997's 'The Ice Storm' - a film about two families coming to grips with the rapidly changing political, social and sexual climate of the 1970s in the sterile Connecticut suburbs. Mark Friedberg's production design and Frederick Elmes' cinematography highlights the internal narrative of Lee's lonely characters.

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- Alison Nastasi

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Jamey Sheridan talks Handsome Harry

2 November 2010 9:01 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Award-winning stage and television actor Jamey Sheridan.s a familiar face to lovers of the Law & Order franchise. Over five years, he created a brooding, almost Byronic hero in Captain James Deakins on Law and Order: Criminal Intent. Sheridan.s diverse body of work includes art films like The Ice Storm, mainstream episodic television and Hollywood films. But Sheridan currently stars in Handsome Harry, an independently produced road movie, which he also produced. It tells the moving story of a Vietnam veteran desperate to learn more about a homophobic crime he witnessed as a young Marine. He searches for people he hopes can shed some light on it, and learns hard truths about himself. The film co-stars Steve »

- Anne Brodie

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Fun Montage Covering 15 Years of Fox Searchlight

27 October 2010 12:00 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

It’s hard to believe Twentieth Century Fox’s indie offshoot Fox Searchlight is 15 years old this year.

Ed Burn’s debut The Brothers McMullen was the first production for this multiple award-winning company, whose input has successfully straddled the line between audience pleasers and work of a more serious nature, as The Full Monty and The Ice Storm (two features released towards the end of the nineties), exemplifies.

The studio’s productivity in the next millennium has included Sexy Beast, Sideways, 500 Days of Summer, Little Miss Sunshine and 28 Days Later (a relationship with the latter’s director Danny Boyle, which has continued through to his award-winning Slumdog Millionaire and this year’s London Film Festival closer, 127 Hours.)

To celebrate this anniversary, /Film reader Kees van Dijkhuizen put together a short video highlighting some of the studios best work, and you can watch it below.

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- Adam Lowes

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Horse Sense

11 October 2010 6:12 AM, PDT | Screen Comment | See recent Screen Comment news »

With Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Dylan Baker, Dylan Walsh and Aj Michalka. Directed by Randall Wallace.

By Kevin Bowen - October 11, 2010

Poor Sham.

In 1973, the magnificent chocolate stallion ran the second fastest time in the history of the Kentucky Derby. His mark remains to this day. He probably had the talent to win horse racing’s Triple Crown. Instead, he has gone down as the forgotten rival to a horse whose only real competition was the limits of reality.

There is a very good movie to be made about Sham, an artsy, angsty Sisyphean drama about the horse that never quite could. Needless to say, that film won’t be made by Walt Disney. Instead, the Mouse House has made an inspirational sports film about Sham’s great rival, Secretariat.

The 1973 winner of horse racing’s Triple Crown, the first horse to achieve that cherished feat in twenty-five years, became a national sensation. »

- Screen Comment

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Ricci: 'I'm A Big Character In Real Life'

7 October 2010 9:06 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Christina Ricci wants to move away from playing shy characters - because in real life she is "always the loudest one" in the room.

The former child star is famed for her more powerful roles in dramas including Black Snake Moan and The Ice Storm but admits she'd love to infuse her own feisty spirit into her acting.

And she reveals she jumped at the chance to star in Broadway play Time Stands Still, playing a young events planner, Mandy Bloom.

Ricci tells the Associated Press, "While on film I can be very quiet and be this one kind of intensity; in real life I tend to be very big.

"I'm always the loudest one. I'm always the one in the make-up trailer who's making a fool of themselves... or getting in trouble for this or that or the other. So I was like, 'I'd like to bring some of that more into my acting.' And just as I was starting to do that, the play came along." »

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Flashback: Maggie Cheung and... Sigourney Weaver?

20 September 2010 8:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

A very happy birthday to the incomparable and elusive Maggie Cheung who turns 46 today. We haven't seen her mysterious mojo onscreen in about six years -- since Clean and 2046 hit and she announced that unfortunate retirement -- but she did do a cameo earlier this year in the Chinese film Hot Summer Days (pictured left), an all star ensemble romance about a heatwave.

Here in this ancient clip from the Golden Horse Awards, you can see Maggie winning one of her four Golden Horse Best Actress awards for Comrades a Love Story (1996) aka Tian Mi Mi... good flick - rent it. And who is presenting this award but Sigourney Weaver herself! It's an Ang Lee connection since Sigweavie was doing The Ice Storm round about that time. They switch to English about a minute into the clip.

Leslie Cheung (Rip) is also in the clip. *sniffle*

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- NATHANIEL R

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IFC Picks Up James Gunn’s Super Starring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page – Updated with Press Release

12 September 2010 2:53 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Less than 48 hours after it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, James Gunn’s (Slither) Super has found its distributor.  IFC Films has paid seven figures to secure the U.S. rights to Gunn’s everyman take on the superhero archetype.  While IFC normally pays less for its deals, they apparently faced some stiff competition for the film from potential buyers such as Magnolia.

Super stars Rainn Wilson as an “average guy” who takes on the persona of “The Crimson Bolt” upon learning that his wife is having an affair.  Starring alongside Wilson are Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, and Kevin Bacon.  To learn more about Super, check out Steve’s video blog/review of the film which he recorded shortly after its Toronto premiere.

[Update: You can now check out the official press release after the jump.]

IFC Films Takes U.S. Rights To James Gunn’S Super First Big Sale During Toronto Film Festival

Star-studded cast includes Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, »

- Jason Barr

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Flashback: Best of the 90s. (Pt 1)

28 August 2010 1:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Remember when I shared those 80s scrapbook pages on "Before Websites Pt 1 and Pt 2"?

Well inbetween scrapbooking two decades back and the total new digital world of the Aughts, there was the long transitional period of the 1990s. Remember when the internet was just text (Anyone? Anyone?). The last two issues of my 90s zine (that pre-website relic mentioned in the Julianne Moore interview) were published in 2000.

I had just moved to NYC and was in the process of chucking Quark for Dreamweaver. The first version of the site was already up and rapidly taking over my life so I'm not sure why I was trying to do both web & print. It was transitional hedging maybe. Plus html was way confusing at first before apps starting doing all the coding for you. Different era.

Interior "Ten Best" pages --- >

I thought I'd share these ancient lists on "Best of the 90s" for fun. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Price of a Movie: 8.24.10

24 August 2010 1:00 AM, PDT | TribecaFilm.com | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Get cultured with The Ice Storm author Rick Moody, see Travolta start a disco inferno, and Bird is the word this weekend... and best of all, everything's free! "Word for Word Author" with Rick Moody and John Wesley Harding Hey all you midtown office drones! Instead of noshing at the local Subway, take your $5 foot-long to Bryant Park and check out this lunchtime talk and mini-concert with author Rick Moody and songwriter John Wesley Harding. Moody will read from his new book The Four Fingers of Death, the novelization of the 1963 horror flick, The Crawling Hand, and will join Harding for a musical performance. Where: Bryant Park Reading Room, 42nd Street side of Bryant Park, Manhattan When: Wednesday, August 25, 12:30 Pm to 1:45 Pm Price: Free! Central Park Conservancy Film Festival: Saturday Night Fever As Tony Manero, John Travolta hustled his way into our hearts, becoming one of the most »

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Lymelife DVD Review

23 August 2010 3:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

It has taken Lymelife almost two years to find its way onto DVD, having done well on the festival circuit last year and boasting a very impressive cast, Derick Martini’s film is a coming of age drama which seeks to find its own identity in the crowd of similar fare.

Em wrote an excellent review here, and spoke to the director Derick Martini here and both are required reading as there is much to recommend this film, which bats away the easy comparisons to American Beauty and The Ice Storm with its ensemble cast being the biggest weapon in its arsenal. Martini was blessed with a very strong cast whose intimate and understated performances resonate throughout the film, and his confidence in his storytelling allows an organic flow of narrative in which our interest ebbs and flows but ultimately we are carried along, engaged and invested.

Those currently enjoying »

- Jon Lyus

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Christina?

6 August 2010 12:44 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Christina Ricci plays a dead girl in the horror flick After.Life (new on DVD). I'm not trying to be cheeky when I say that I wish her performance were more lively.

It's justifiable, as a characterization decision, to play this role like a corpse even before the death (for reasons you'll have to watch the movie to understand) but it doesn't exactly make for an exciting star turn.. Perhaps she was counting on her body -- she's quite naked -- to do the heavy lifting. Maybe Justin Long just wasn't the right scene partner? But even so. When will this girl get her mojo back? I feel like we almost got there with Black Snake Moan... but then. No. As child and teen stars go, there were few that felt more regularly inspired. She's adult-sized funny and showstopping in Addams Family Values, my choice for 'best in show' in the »

- NATHANIEL R

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Hugh Dancy, Kathryn Hahn, Shirley Knight, and Janet Montgomery Round Out My Idiot Brother Cast

21 July 2010 1:26 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

To cast Paul Rudd at the center of your comedy, as My Idiot Brother casting director Jeanne McCarthy chose to do, is a solid start.  To surround him with the likes of Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Rashida Jones, and Adam Scott approaches brilliance.  As such, you can trust that the remaining roles — now filled by Hugh Dancy, Kathryn Hahn, Shirley Knight, and Janet Montgomery — are in good hands.

Described as “a comedy about family and the sacrifices it takes to deal with them”, My Idiot Brother is currently shooting in New York City.  Hit the jump for the official press release.

Hugh Dancy, Kathryn Hahn, Shirley Knight And Janet Montgomery Join The Cast Of “My Idiot Brother

New York, NY – July 21, 2010 – Anthony Bregman of Likely Story and Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub of Big Beach announced today that Hugh Dancy (“Confessions of a Shopaholic,” “Adam”), Kathryn Hahn (“Revolutionary Road, »

- Brendan Bettinger

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This week's new film releases

2 July 2010 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Shrek Forever After (U)

(Mike Mitchell, 2010, Us)

Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy. 93 mins.

Like us, Shrek yearns for the good old days here, and – somewhat tellingly – the premise finds the green ogre trying to regain his former fearsome edge. Instead, he gets tricked into an alternate reality where he basically has to re-enact the first film all over again. In some ways, such familiarity is a strength as much as a weakness, and it's nice to see these characters again. Compared to the Toy Story trilogy, though, Shrek is merely The Flintstones to Pixar's Simpsons; fun enough, but really no match.

White Material (15)

(Claire Denis, 2009, Fra/Cam)

Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert, Isaach De Bankolé. 106 mins.

After the touchy-feely 35 Shots Of Rum, Denis switches to stronger medicine with a sparse evocation of wartorn west Africa. Huppert is a defiant colonial matriarch striving to keep her family and plantation together.

CrimeFighters (Nc)

(Miles Watts, »

- Steve Rose, Damon Wise

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Trailer Park: 'The Extra Man' and Other Eccentrics

12 June 2010 5:02 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Last week's Trailer Park could have been called "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World War II puppet movie," given that for awhile the poll results were neck and neck between Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Jackboots on Whitehall. In the end, the latter won with 59% of the votes compared to Pilgrim's 24%. But will the Nazi puppets really draw better than Michael Cera's comic book adaptation? The poll would indicate Jackboots will do better at the box office, but I doubt that will be the case.

As if last week's effeminate puppet Hitler wasn't enough, this week saw some really strange movie trailers come our way. One is for kids (Rango), one is not for kids (Dogtooth), one is definitely not for kids (Showgirls 2) and one is -- I'm not sure who it's appropriate for exactly (Separado!). And then there is The Extra Man, which isn't so much strange as quirky. »

- Christopher Campbell

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