Daily Archives: February 2, 2013

MacFarlane’s Oscar spot is Billy Crystal lite

I have said before and I will repeat it here, I think Seth MacFarlane will do OK hosting the Oscars. But you have to be too young to remember the Billy Crystal epoch to not find this incredibly lame. Played. … Continue reading

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Does “Would You Rather” have a hint of Poe about it?

Love the set-up to this low budget Brittany Snow vehicle — sort of a “Dinner for Schmucks” with deadly and perhaps unjust dessert. Gather people together, strap-em down, and play “Would You Rather” get eaten by a shark or nibbled … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Warm Bodies” does $8 million Friday, a $20 million+ weekend/Stallone bombs

“Warm Bodies” is surfing the wave of middling expectations to a probable $20 million weekend at the box office on Super Bowl weekend, thanks to a $500,000 Thursday midnight/$8 million plus Friday. Decent reviews for that one won’t hurt (Here’s … Continue reading

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Directors Guild Awards tonight — more honors for “Argo”?

The DGA field for best film director — Bigelow, Affleck, Ang Li, Tom Hooper and Spielberg — is closer to conventional than the Oscar nominees in that category, with Affleck and Bigelow both left out. And if “Argo” wins — … Continue reading

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Neil Jordan’s “Byzantium” gives Gemma and Saoirse fangs

Yes, I know. Another vampire tale. From a guy who’s already done his time with the bat people. This is the international trailer to Neil Jordan’s film, “Byzantium,” with Saoirse Ronan as the girl narrator and Gemma Arterton as the … Continue reading

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“John Dies at the End” is blowing up?

Apparently, Magnolia has the makings of a a cult hit on its hands. “John Dies at the End” has a good cast (Paul Giamatti has a supporting role), decent reviews and an offbeat plot and sensibility, and that’s drawing viewers … Continue reading

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NAACP Image Awards honors Denzel, Viola, Kerry, Samuel L. and…”Red Tails”?

The stars of “Flight” and “Django Unchained” were feted at last night’s NAACP Image Awards. As was the botched but well-intentioned “Red Tails,” the George Lucas-produced account of the exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen. Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington … Continue reading

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