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Is Dustin Hoffman going to be nominated for director?

27 December 2012 10:25 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Last night, the 35th annual Kennedy Center Honored Dustin Hoffman among others. We are very proud of Dustin Hoffman. His new film and directorial debut,”Quartet,” is doing very well and it has been recognized by many organizations. Dustin Hoffman has long harbored a desire to direct a film, and having only ever done so on stage, he can officially call himself a Director this year with the release of his first feature film “Quartet.” Debuting at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, “Quartet” stars Dame Maggie Smith, Sir Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins, Billy Connolly, and Sir Michael Gambon. Based on the play by Ronald Harwood, the film follows four retired opera singers as they attempt to put on a concert to save their beloved home — and celebrate Verdi’s birthday in the process. Of his experience with the first time director, Connolly explains, “Dustin’s a brilliant director because he’s such a brilliant actor, »

- jbblog@hollywoodnews.com (Joseph Braverman)

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Grover Norquist: Obama ‘May Decide To Go Blow Up Small Countries’ Out Of Boredom

13 December 2012 11:48 AM, PST | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist believes Republicans will hold President Obama on such a tight fiscal leash that he will have no choice but to launch unnecessary wars against small countries in order to fulfill his desire to spend more money. Appearing on C-span’s Washington Journal this morning, the Americans for Tax Reform founder made the Wag the Dog-esque prediction while discussing how the Gop will make sure Obama is fiscally restrained during his final four years as president. »

- Andrew Kirell

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5 Comedy Films That Give You No One To Root For

17 November 2012 1:14 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Perhaps more than any other genre, comedy films generally revolve around characters the audience can identify with. They’re people we want to see succeed in their endeavors, regardless of any faults they may have. If it’s a romantic comedy, we want to see the two lovers end up together. If it’s a buddy comedy, we want to see the two friends overcome whatever obstacles they might be facing. Even black comedies tend to have someone we can get behind. But every once in awhile, there comes a comedy where all the main characters are lacking in relatable traits. Whether they’re selfish jerks, just in it for the money or are simply too stupid for their own good, these are not people who can reasonably be called “heroes”.

So here are five comedies that eschew likability in favor of an examination of the dark side of humanity. »

- Thomas Ahearn

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NBC Developing George Washington Drama Script With Barry Levinson

14 November 2012 5:12 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NBC is already putting Bill Pullman in the White House with its upcoming comedy "1600 Penn"; now the network is developing a drama project centered around real-life president George Washington. The network is developing a script based on the New York Times bestseller "Washington: A Life," by Ron Chernow, an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap. Barry Levinson ("Rain Man," "Wag the Dog") is executive-producing the project, with "The King's Speech" screenwriter David Seidler writing and also executive-producing. Also read: Barry Levinson Leaves ICM for UTA "Downton Abbey" executive-producer Gareth Neame, Jason »

- Tim Kenneally

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Something is Lurking in The Bay: A Movie Review

11 November 2012 10:49 AM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Director: Barry Levinson. Writers: Michael Wallach. Cast: Kristen Connolly, Jane McNeill, Christopher Denham, Michael Beasley, Kether Donohue, Anthony Reynolds and Andy Stahl. Director Barry Levinson is no stranger to storytelling. He has a history of telling tales of politics and humour in films such as Good Morning Vietnam and Wag the Dog. In The Bay, Levinson was again motivated to tell a film based somewhat in reality involving the Chesapeake Bay. Fishing and oyster harvesting have declined in the fictional town of Claridge, Maryland. And, there are a treasure trove of monsters to blame. Levinson keeps the real cause of this catastrophe cloaked in fog, but this director's archaeological viewpoint keeps the visual presentation interesting and sometimes macabre. The film begins with a very normal July 4th celebration in Anytown, USA. Families come together for chicken wing eating contests, fireworks and pool parties. But, there is something growing in the water. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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Argo reviewed

9 November 2012 4:54 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ben Affleck's smart comedy about a bogus film shoot cooked up by the CIA to rescue Americans trapped in Tehran takes an unfortunate last turn

Ben Affleck's new movie as a director is an amazing real-life caper straight out of Ripley's Believe It or Not! It tells the true story of some imaginative derring-do on the part of a brilliant and unorthodox CIA agent called Tony Mendez. This is a watchable, enjoyable film, with some hilarious and nail-biting moments, but it sets its face disconcertingly against satire and mischief with a final lurch into schmaltzy, liberal-patriot piety. It is as if Aaron Sorkin, in his most solemn mood, had suddenly taken over screenwriting duties for the final 10 minutes.

The movie is, in effect, based on Mendez's own testimony; as with all spies' tales, we're entitled to our pinch of salt, but his story is just so incredible it »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Remix: POTUSes — Movie Presidents of the United States

6 November 2012 10:31 AM, PST | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

In a perfect video to watch on Election Day — or really any day for that matter — video mixologists Wreck & Salvage have put together an astounding compendium of clips of U.S. presidents from sci-fi flicks, comedies, drama, action movies and more. If you have trouble matching each Potus with each movie, below is a handy guide provided by W&S of the 51 films they’ve cribbed from.

The clips, of course, aren’t strung together willy-nilly. There’s a definite arc, flow and rhythm that provide a quasi narrative. Most movie presidents are there to deliver the “oh shit” news to the country — aliens are going to kill us all, an asteroid is going to kill us all, the economy’s in the toilet, all plant life is dying, etc. You know the “oh shit” news is coming when you hear the clichéd refrain, “Good evening, my fellow Americans.” (Actually, »

- Mike Everleth

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7 Great Political Comedies to Help Take The Edge Off Election Day

6 November 2012 10:00 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Election Day is stressful. No matter which side you fall on, Democrat, Republican or that guy who wants to legalize pot, this 2012 Election has been one for the books. It’s a race that will come down to the wire as the nation shows how split it is ideologically. And for anyone with emotional investment in either candidate, there will be some grey hairs gained before it’s all said and done. As a born-and-raised Ohioan, my thoughts are with the pummeled masses in my home state. Friends and family who have all had their lives shaken up with an onslaught of campaign ads and robocalls. As someone who lived through two elections as an adult living in Ohio, I can vouch that it’s torture. So this list is for you, my dearest friends and relatives in Ohio. A list of 7 movies you can watch today that are political and enjoyable. Because »

- Neil Miller

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Can a Presidential-Election Movie with an Incredible Cast Hold Up to the Test of Time?

5 November 2012 11:18 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

"What did television ever do to you?"

"It destroyed the electoral process."

During Christmas of '97, tamagotchis were the season's hot toys, Bill Clinton was in office, and a movie about a president involved in a sex scandal during an election was in theaters. Wag the Dog features Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman at the top of their game and boasts an Oscar-nominated screenplay from David Mamet, but is that enough to make it timeless?

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- Mandy McAdoo

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Barack Obama and Mitt Romney Aren't the Only Candidates: 15 Movies About Elections!

3 November 2012 5:52 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Here's a question for you: Can you make a movie about an election without including a scandal? Probably not, it seems, if you're going by Election (sex scandal...in student government!), The Ides of March (suicide! Secret pregnancies!), Wag the Dog (sex scandals and fake wars!) or The Manchurian Candidate (the old brainwash-a-candidate-into-becoming-president-and-a-killing-machine story). But who doesn't like a little political drama in their cinema? So with one week left until President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney's election fates are decided, we decided to recall our favorite candidates (George Clooney! Will Ferrell! Julianne Moore!) involved in big-screen elections. »

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‘The Bay’ Review

2 November 2012 11:45 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Joining a growing list of films that attempt to put a unique stamp on found footage horror, The Bay is ambitious in its efforts – attempting to deliver a frightening movie experience interconnected with a precautionary tale about environmental irresponsibility.

Director Barry Levinson is well-known in Hollywood for a long line of classic character-focused films including Good Morning, Vietnam, Sphere, Wag the Dog, as well as Rain Man, and, in recent years, the Oscar winner has dedicated the majority of his effort to TV projects and documentary films. As a result, when it was revealed that Levinson would helm a fictional eco-horror film (shot as found footage), more than a few eyebrows were raised. Given the politically-charged setup for The Bay, many movie fans wondered if the esteemed director would be ...

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- Ben Kendrick

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The Campaign, Game Change and 15 Other Movies About Elections—so Who Gets Your Vote?!

30 October 2012 1:52 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Here's a question for you: Can you make a movie about an election without including a scandal? Probably not, it seems, if you're going by Election (sex scandal...in student government!), The Ides of March (suicide! Secret pregnancies!), Wag the Dog (sex scandals and fake wars!) or The Manchurian Candidate (the old brainwash-a-candidate-into-becoming-president-and-a-killing-machine story). But who doesn't like a little political drama in their cinema? So with one week left until President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney's election fates are decided, we decided to recall our favorite candidates (George Clooney! Will Ferrell! Julianne Moore!) involved in big-screen elections. »

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The Bay | Review

30 October 2012 12:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Bay Day: Levinson Mines Horror Genre to Surprising Effect

In what may be one of the year’s most curious entries in the horror genre, The Bay, master filmmaker Barry Levinson makes a found footage screamer that works to great effect. A rare example of successful eco-horror, this mock documentary, though straightforward, uses a simple narrative structure to chilling effect, which is only more fascinating coming from the director of fare like Rain Man (1988) and Wag the Dog (1997).

A framed narrative, we’re told via a present day interview with Donna Thompson (Kether Donohue) about a hushed up 2009 plague-like incident that struck a small Chesapeake Bay town. But now, all the filmed footage of the July 4th event that had been confiscated has been leaked and Thompson, a student reporter who had been on her first televised assignment as an intern, shares her experiences from that day. While Thompson was »

- Nicholas Bell

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Anne Heche’s Blog: Winning the Sunblock Wars

22 October 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | People - CelebrityBabies | See recent People - CelebrityBabies news »

Thanks for welcoming our latest celebrity blogger, Anne Heche!

Best known for her roles on Men in Trees and Hung, the actress, 43, also appeared in Return to Paradise, Six Days Seven Nights, Donnie Brasco and Wag the Dog.

She’s currently starring in That’s What She Said, out now, as well as NBC’s upcoming comedy Save Me, and recently launched Tickle Time, a line of mineral powder sunblock for kids.

Heche is “forever engaged” to James Tupper and is mom to two sons: Atlas, 3, and Homer, 10.

She can be found on Facebook as well as Twitter @AnneHeche.

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- Sarah

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The Collision – Episode 21: American Cinema on the Global Stage and Argo

16 October 2012 4:59 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

This week on The Collision, we talk about American cinema on the global stage: what are the box office implications, what are the cultural repercussions, how is China shaping our filmmaking, and more.  This all leads into our discussion of Ben Affleck's new film, Argo.  And as always, we finish up with our recommendations. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Horror and Frankenweenie“), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations. Adam's Recommendation: The Perks of Being a Wallflower Dave's Recommendation: All the President's Men Matt's Recommendation: Wag the Dog »

- Matt Goldberg

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'Silver Linings Playbook' Star De Niro Gets Into Oscar Race with a Push from Santa Barbara

16 October 2012 4:56 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Robert De Niro may land his first Oscar nomination in 20 years for his moving supporting turn as Bradley Cooper's father in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook." De Niro has won two Oscars (for the second "Godfather" film and "Raging Bull") but he has not been nominated since Martin Scorsese's "Cape Fear."  Why? Look at his resume. In the intervening years, not to put too fine a point on it, De Niro has been chasing the money and dining on comedies ("The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle," "Analyze This," "Meet the Fockers") that sometimes even make fun of the iconic roles that inspired generations of actors. While he did the odd Indie flick for pals such as Art Linson and Barry Levinson ("What Just Happened," "Wag the Dog"), you have to go back to the 90s to find a cluster of films like "Copland," "Marvin's Room" or "Jackie. »

- Anne Thompson

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Why Has Oscar-Winning Director Barry Levinson Made a Horror Film? (Video)

5 October 2012 9:50 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

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Belive it or not, Barry Levinson, the 70-year-old filmmaker who won the best director Oscar for Rain Man (1988) and has also made several other modern-day classics including Diner (1982), The Natural (1984), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Bugsy (1991), and Wag the Dog (1997), has now made a found-footage horror flick called The Bay.

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- Melissa Buckman

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Why Has Oscar-Winning Director Barry Levinson Made a Horror Film? (Video)

27 September 2012 3:16 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Belive it or not, Barry Levinson, the 70-year-old filmmaker who won the best director Oscar for Rain Man (1988) and has also made several other modern-day classics including Diner (1982), The Natural (1984), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Bugsy (1991), and Wag the Dog (1997), has now made a found-footage horror flick called The Bay. Video: Scott Feinberg Interviews Director and Producer Barry Levinson Horror has always been regarded as a second-class genre in Hollywood. For most of film history, it was the reserved for low-budget B-movies. Then, a little picture called Jaws (1975)

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- Scott Feinberg

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Podcast: A Master Class in Podcast Greatness with New DVDs and Blu-rays, Oscars, NFL and Much More

25 September 2012 12:00 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

We are bringing it today with a master class in podcasting greatness. It's a tight, 68-minute episode filled with topics so wide ranging we explore film, cell phones, the NFL, Oscars, DVDs and Blu-rays, the Emmys, over/unders, buy or sell, "Watch This or Watch That" and pretty much anything else that comes to mind. We didn't get into the Fall Box Office Challenge as there are still only two releases on the board and one is still in relatively limited release. I have updated the numbers and have them below, but it won't really be until October that things are really going to start picking up. As always, I have broken down this episode on a minute-by-minute basis if you would like to skip ahead and below I have featured the information on how to download the podcast, find us on iTunes or merely just listen in your browser. »

- Brad Brevet

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Robert De Niro to be honored at the Hollywood Film Awards by Josh Abraham

25 September 2012 8:34 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Times, has announced that two-time Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro will be honored with the "Hollywood Supporting Actor Award" at the festival's Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony for his fantastic performance in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook." The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Awards. He said: "Robert De Niro is not only highly regarded for his body of work as an actor, producer, and director, but also for the passion, integrity, and dedication he brings to his performances on camera, as well as his intense off-camera preparation and study of the characters he brings to life. His performance in the upcoming film "Silver Linings Playbook" is outstanding." The 2012 Hollywood Film Awards has also announced that it will honor Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard with the "Hollywood Actress Award, »

- Josh Abraham

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