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HISTORICAL ERROR IN LINCOLN WILL STAND, SAYS WRITER

February 12, 2013 by · 5 Comments 

Neither Lincoln director Steven Spielberg nor writer Tony Kushner nor anyone at DreamWorks or the Walt Disney Co. is apparently going to apologize for misrepresenting Connecticut’s vote on the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery in the U.S. — or correct the “historical inaccuracy” in the DVD release. Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney demanded […]

SNUBBED BY OSCAR VOTERS, AFFLECK IS HONORED BY CRITICS

January 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Bypassed this week by Academy members in their choice of Oscar nominees for best director, Ben Affleck was the winner of the director award presented by the 250-member Broadcast Film Critics Association at its Critics Choice Awards ceremony Thursday night. Accepting the award for his work on Argo, in which he also starred, Affleck began […]

OSCAR NOMINATIONS: LINCOLN LEADS THE FIELD

January 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

One hundred fifty-two years after being nominated for president, Lincoln has been nominated again, 12 times in fact. Steven Spielberg’s biopic received the most nominations for this year’s Academy Awards at announcement ceremonies in Hollywood early today (Thursday). With 11 nominations, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi came in second. In something of a surprise, the […]

ROGER EBERT LISTS HIS FAVORITE FILMS OF 2012

December 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Until Roger Ebert was sidelined recently by a hairline hip fracture, he had been on a tear, turning out 300 reviews this year — an average of nearly one review a day — a personal record, he said on his blog Thursday. The venerable Chicago Sun-Times columnist, who has been sidelined in the past by […]

WITH 7 GOLDEN GLOBE NODS, LINCOLN BECOMES OSCAR FRONTRUNNER

December 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln continued to pile up the awards nominations today (Thursday), picking up seven Golden Globes nods — more than any other film of 2012. Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Ben Affleck’s Argo tied for second place with five nominations each. All three films received best film nominations in the drama category as did […]

SAG AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

December 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The cast of Lincoln, Les Miserables, Silver Linings Playbook, Argo, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will be competing for the Screen Actors Guild’s top prize. Lincoln and Les Miserables received the most nominations for individual performances. Daniel Day-Lewis, who starred as the 16th president, was nominated in the lead actor category, while Sally Field […]

IN FIFTH WEEK SKYFALL RISES TO NO. 1 (Updated)

December 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In a slow weekend at the box office, Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond thriller, rose to No. 1, pushing The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 to third place, behind the third week of the animated Rise of the Guardians. The numbers for each of the top three were nothing to cheer about. Skyfall […]

TWILIGHT FINALE TOPS BOX OFFICE IN THIRD WEEK

December 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The competition for the top two spots on the weekend box-office list did not turn out to be quite so close as studio estimates had indicated on Sunday. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 placed first, as predicted, with $17.42 million, but Skyfall, which Sony thought would be a close challenger with $17 […]

KILLING THEM SOFTLY IS KILLED AT BOX OFFICE (Updated)

December 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In the 30 years that CinemaScore has been asking audiences to grade the movies they have seen on opening weekends, only five films have ever received F grades. CinemaScore has now added a sixth: the Brad Pitt starrer, Killing Them Softly. Going into the weekend, the question had been whether Pitts’s name on the marquee […]

STUDIOS BENEFIT FROM BLACK FRIDAY

November 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Black Friday this year not only provided a bonanza for retailers but, what with cineplexes anchoring most shopping malls, for movie exhibitors and studios as well. Ordinarily, ticket sales on Friday are 25-35 percent lower than on Saturday. But on the Friday of this Thanksgiving Day holiday, they actually were about 5 percent higher. The […]

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