The King's Speech is an extremely well-made film with a seductive human interest plot, very prettily calculated to appeal to the smarter filmgoer and the latent Anglophile. But it perpetrates a gross falsification of history.
- Christopher Hitchens on the historical revisionism of The King's Speech
. The LA times suggests that this, along with the History Channel digging up footage
of King George VI not really stuttering all that badly at all, might be the beginning of a backlash
against the film, which has been gaining Oscar momentum
since it's SAG Award wins
. With The Social Network, 127 Hours
and The Fighter
also having a basis in reality, is today's film making too hung up on the "true" story?
Say "cheese" — stinky, expensive, overprocessed American cheese.
The venerable Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its set design
for the Seventy-Eighth Academy Awards® Telecast. This year's edition is described as "an homage to old movie theaters" by designer Roy Christopher. "It's a no-holds-barred return to classic Hollywood glamour." Others may beg to differ.
The Key Art Awards
honor theatrical trailers, posters, TV commercials, Internet ads and more. Here are this year's winners
De Niro non disputandis est
or, in English, don't fuck with Bobby De Niro
. Which is what the English have been doing recently, naming Al Pacino
as the greatest movie star of all time. Askmen.com
is a little more appreciative but also brackets Pacino with De Niro
. The American Film Institute
] will be giving De Niro their 31st Lifetime Achievement Award on June 12 but - there they go again - he's merely described as "widely regarded as one of the most skillful actors of the last three decades". Is nothing sacred anymore? Who's the man [read "of a certain age, experience and cojones"
], after all? I mean, after Jack Nicholson
, of course. Now I'm all confused!
The Pianist by Roman Polanski
has been nominated
for several Acadamy awards including best picture and best direction. The issue is that it's director Roman Polanski
fled the US in 1977 when he was accused of sexually assaulting a 13 year old girl. (and after his wife Sharon Tate
was killed by the Manson family). He fled because while he had worked out a deal with the prosecuter and the girls family, the judge in the case had set aside the plea bargain and Polanski faced up to a 50 year jail term. Now even the victim in the case Thinks Polanski should be allowed back into the states
for the acadamy awards
1st Annual Alties
, the champion of indie journalism, has entered the movie
award business. This "celebration of film and film culture" is accepting nominations in 15 different categories (including "Reinvention of the Chick Flick," "The Doobie Award"
and "Best "Feel Bad" Movie of the Year"
) until February 10 and voting begins on February 14. Could this really be "your chance to think about and discuss
your favorite movies and what they really mean" or will Chicago
end up snagging "Best Soundscape"
Pick Your Winners For The Oscars:
UK-based Blue Square
gives you the odds. So how would you
bet a virtual $100? And how much would you stand to win?(That is, if you could do the maths...
Lord of the Rings sweeps Baftas
It must be wierd for Peter Jackson to be working on the final two acts of his trilogy when the first part is winning awards. I think this is what can be termed 'pressure to perform'.
"Thanks for the honour. Oh, and for the Oscar too..."
Is that an MBE
on Russell Crowe's chest? A quick google suggests his grandad received one: dunno the protocol of wearing someone else's medal, but is that the first time an Oscar winner's gone on stage with a British gong?
The Oscar® nominations won't get announced until tomorrow, which means that the noms for The Razzies
were announced today. The biggest contender? John Travolta revolting pet film, "Battlefield Earth," with eight.
The Oscars TM AMPAS will NOT consider any movie that was first shown on the Internet.
Looks like our firends at HowWrong Productions
, the creators of "Jesus! The Semi-Animated Sorta-Movie!"
Now they'll have to rent a theater for the sequel: "Jesus' Big Score", and then probably nobody'll show up.. cause they'll all be at The Schmolympics!
You owe me, Talbot. Big time.
dis-honor the worst achievements in film for 1999. My personal favorite, Heather Donahue in Blair Witch. Forget the Oscars.
This year's list of Oscar nominees seems way, way off.
But here's my big five predictions given their lame choices (along with my personal faves if I could choose anything): best pic: American Beauty (Magnolia), Actor: Denzel Washington (John Malkovich), Actress: Hilary Swank (same), Supporting Actor: Tom Cruise (Philip Hoffman), and Supporting Actress: Angelina Jolie (same, she was amazing).