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Nothing in a Wes Anderson movie is quite like life. He creates odd, gorgeous miniature universes on screen, setting his characters in italics, so that they become characters playing themselves in a pageant inspired by their own lives. The storybook...
CANNES, France -- Here's Bill Murray, a rumpled riot in mismatched summer wear, talking about his ongoing screen collaboration with writer-director Wes Anderson, the filmmaker (who still shoots on actual, tactile-friendly film, Super 16 millimeter in this...
Gold DerbyNow that it seems like there will be 16 or more entries in the Oscar race for best animated feature, there probably will be five nominees for only the second time since the category was created in 2001. "Up" leads the way to win, of course, but another...
Pop & HissNot quite Western and not quite orchestral, perhaps a better word to describe Alexandre Desplat's score for "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is "fragile." Like the meticulously detailed stop-motion creatures that populate the Wes Anderson film, Desplat's score is...
Gold Derby"The Hurt Locker" swept the awards bestowed today by the National Society of Film Critics during its voting conclave held at Sardi's restaurant in New York. The Iraqi war drama won best picture, director (Kathryn Bigelow) and actor (Jeremy Renner as a...
Our own experts -- the forum moderators -- predict Golden Globe winners: Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep & Robert Downey Jr.Gold DerbyUnlike the 19 pro pundits who weighed in with Golden Globe predictions, 7 of our forum moderators think that the main competition for "Up in the Air" as best drama picture is "Inglourious Basterds" rather than "Avatar." While the pros were almost evenly...
Gold DerbyHere's video of some acceptance speeches that I took at last night's presentation of awards by the National Board of Review at Cipriani's restaurant in New York. Pardon the amateur quality of the shoot. For most of the videos, I had to use my hand-held...
About Last NightAnna Kendrick (left) and Jason Schwartzman (right) promote "Scott Pilgrim vs the World" at a downtown hotel in Chicago. (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune / August 9, 2010) Jason Schwartzman came to Chicago on Sunday to promote his new film, "Scott Pilgrim vs....
Gold DerbyThroughout awards season, "Fantastic Mr. Fox" has been as sneaky as, well, a fox. Though many awards gurus believed Pixar's "Up" would soar invincibly above all rivals, "Fantastic Mr. Fox" won top prizes as the year's best animated film from prestigious...
Gold DerbySo how did "A Serious Man" pull off that underdog Oscar nomination for best picture? Perhaps because it was among the first wave of DVD screeners shipped to academy members, long before the deluge of discs that arrived during the holiday season. Such an...
Gold DerbyThe Motion Picture Sound Editors have decreed their award winners, which usually foretell the equivalent Oscar champs. Considering its two guild victories, "Avatar" now seems like a good bet to win the academy's kudo for best sound editing, maybe mixing...
Gold DerbyThe 82nd Academy Awards followed the script set down by pundits, as the front-runners for all of the major Oscars won Sunday night. "The Hurt Locker" led with six Oscars, including best picture and best director for Kathryn Bigelow, who became the first...
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