Before he was announced as the 12th incarnation of The Doctor (previously
), Peter Capaldi was probably best known for his turn as the foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker
in Armando Iannucci's political satire The Thick of it
. But, as The Guardian handily illustrates – via a collection of some of Capaldi's best moments over the past 30 years – there's much more
to Peter Capaldi than his ability to turn swearing into a creative artform. [more inside]
posted by Len
on Aug 5, 2013 -
RT @bijli Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the German-born screenwriter and novelist who, as the writing member of the Merchant Ivory filmmaking team, won two Academy Awards for adaptations of genteel, class-conscious E. M. Forster novels, died on Wednesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 85. Her 1975 novel, “Heat and Dust,” about an Englishwoman exploring a family scandal in India, received the Man Booker Prize, Britain’s highest literary honor. She wrote the screenplay for the Merchant Ivory version in 1983 as well. New York Times obit
posted by infini
on Apr 3, 2013 -
Watch the Oscar-nominated
animated film Logorama in its (glorious 16 minute, corporate-logo assaulting, nsfw
maniacal Ronald McDonald flaming queen Mr. Clean) entirety on Facebook
posted by WolfDaddy
on Feb 11, 2010 -
Andrew Stantion, director of Wall-E, briefly talks
about a sequel, why the female robot has a gun and the separation of animated and live action films.
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Jan 23, 2009 -
“Wouldn’t you know, the kid they pick to play tramps is the only good girl in Hollywood.”
Before Myrna Loy
rose to stardom with Manhattan Melodrama
and The Thin Man (both 1934)
, she was often relegated to playing vamps, mistresses, and other assorted flavors of wicked women
. Then, after 80 movies playing mostly bad girls, Montana native Loy
became “the perfect wife.” “Men Must Marry Myrna Loy
” clubs were formed around the country. She and Clark Gable, in a poll conducted by Ed Sullivan, were voted by 20 million of the nation’s moviegoers as The King and Queen of Hollywood. She was FDR's favorite actress, and John Dillinger died just to see her new movie
. A staunch anti-Nazi since the mid-Thirties
(to MGM's dismay, Hitler promptly banned her films from the lucrative German market
), wondered aloud in the press why blacks were always given servants' roles, and was the first major star to buck the studios in a contract dispute (the issue: equal pay for equal work. She was making half what William Powell was, didn't like it and quit work for nearly a year until MGM capitulated
). When WWII broke out she quit Hollywood and worked full time for the Red Cross
, and helped run a Naval Auxilary Canteen. More inside.
posted by matteo
on Feb 3, 2006 -
Eastwood wins. Clint Eastwood
got the double dipper tonight with Best Pic and Director. Not that Scorsese isn't badly due one, but the fact is, The Aviator is not one of Marty's top five films, while Million Dollar Babies is top five among Eastwood's pics. It's that simple.
My thought: I think this film and Mystic River proves, once and for all and without argument, that Eastwood is among the top American directors ever, up there with Scorsese, Sidney Lumet, Woody Allen, and the others. (He's actually better than Allen). I think all of the critics like Pauline Kael who dissed Clint without thinking over the years have to eat it and eat it hard.
posted by Leege
on Feb 27, 2005 -
The 10 unwritten rules of Oscar
"For the Academy, whatever stands out the most is best – even though, in terms of quality of work, it’s usually exactly the opposite: the less you notice something, the more accomplished it actaully is. But when it comes to second-guessing Oscar voters, it never hurts to ask yourself: Who did the “most” acting? Most editing? Most noticeable cinematography or music? Most conspicuous costumes or makeup or production design or screenwriting or directing?"
posted by Turtles all the way down
on Feb 23, 2005 -
Revoke the Oscar.
Should "Bowling For Columbine" be considered non-fiction if it manipulated scenes and knowingly left out key information? Would a new category be better, like say adjusted documentary or propaganda? Or is it impossible
to make a documentary without some point of view?
posted by destro
on Apr 18, 2003 -
The Oscar Nominees Page is up...
...and it looks like both Gladiator and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon are the two big movies this time, with 10 Nominations each, including Best Picture. In addition, Julia Roberts finally has her oscar nod, as well as Tom Hanks, Ed Harris and Geoffrey Rush returning for another round in the Best Actor Category.
posted by Cavatica
on Feb 13, 2001 -