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BLACK SWAN DOMINATES SPIRIT AWARDS

February 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Black Swan was the big winner at independent filmdom’s annual Spirit Awards, winning for best picture, best actress (Natalie Portman) and best director (Darren Aronofsky). James Franco won the best actor award for his performance in 127 Hours. Films eligible for an award must have been produced for less than $20 million. Black Swan reportedly […]

BOX OFFICE LIKELY TO GO TO THE DEVIL

January 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

There are probably enough moviegoers eager to watch Anthony Hopkins exorcising demons and succumbing to them to drive New Line’s The Rite to the top of the box office this weekend with about $15-20 million. The horror film is expected to beat out CBS Films’ action flick The Mechanic, starring Jason Statham, which is likely […]

FRANCO, HATHAWAY TO HOST OSCARS

November 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Breaking with the tradition of naming comics or song-and-dance men to host the annual Oscar ceremonies, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today (Monday) announced that James Franco and Anne Hathaway will host next year’s presentations. In a statement, Oscar telecast co-producer Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer said, “James Franco and Anne Hathaway […]

127 HOURS PRESENTS MARKETING NIGHTMARE

November 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In times past, publicists for studios releasing horror movies would make the most of reports that audience members had fainted, vomited, suffered heart attacks or fled theaters in panic during intense sequences. They’ve been doing that at advance screenings of 127 Hours, too — but the studio, Fox Searchlight, is at work trying to play […]

BOYLE’S NEW FILM BETWEEN ROCK AND HARD PLACE

September 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Director Danny Boyle has replied to comments that his critically praised 127 Hours, the true-life tale of hiker Aron Ralston who, after being trapped for five days by a boulder, amputated his own arm in order to free himself, may be too graphic for audiences to stomach. Reports from the Toronto Film Festival, where the […]

HOLLYWOOD TO BE WELL REPRESENTED AT LONDON FILM FEST

September 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Although Hollywood films have been given short shrift at several leading overseas film festivals in recent years, they dominate the lineup announced today (Wednesday) for this year’s London Film Festival. Of 197 feature films being screened at the festival, which runs from Oct. 13-28, 34 are from the U.S., plus several restored prints of U.S. […]