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Even though it’s not summer yet, I was inundated with May books that seem intended to be read in one sitting, as if we’re on vacation or something. And if we’re not, we’ll just have …

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BENJAMIN BUTTON Q & A with Brad Pitt and David Fincher

November 12, 2008 – 6:59 pm | 2 Comments

On Monday, November 10, Brad Pitt and David Fincher came to the Mann Bruin theater in Westwood to discuss The Curious Case of Benjamin Button after a preview screening (click here for my review). Pitt, …

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Scoop! Review of THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON Plus Q & A with Brad Pitt, David Fincher

November 11, 2008 – 6:00 am | 33 Comments
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Last night, I attended the first L.A. audience screening (meaning not a test screening) of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (out Dec. 25), where Brad Pitt and director David Fincher did Q & A …

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Exclusive Backstage Look at the BAFTA/LA Awards–Conclusion

November 9, 2008 – 6:12 pm | One Comment
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This is Part Two of an exclusive report from inside the BAFTA/LA Awards. Click here for Part One. All pictures are also exclusive.
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The next award was The Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film. …

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CHANGELING Script Required No Changes

November 4, 2008 – 5:01 pm | One Comment
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Over the years, many movies have been made that were “based on a true story.” At the beginning of Changeling, I noticed something different: A title card read simply “A True Story.”
The movie’s writer, J. …

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WHAT JUST HAPPENED with Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Bruce Willis

October 17, 2008 – 2:49 pm | No Comment
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When I was invited last week to a screening of What Just Happened (limited release, Oct. 17), my first reaction was, “What the who?” Though the movie was directed by Barry Levinson (Diner, Rain Man) …

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I’ve seen WATCHMEN!

October 13, 2008 – 3:53 pm | 5 Comments
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OK, I haven’t seen the whole thing but I did some work on it and got to see quite a bit and what I saw was craaaaaaazy. Zack Snyder, the director, loves him some violence. …

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Review of HAPPY-GO-LUCKY

October 8, 2008 – 11:15 pm | 6 Comments
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I consider myself a pretty happy person. Of course I have my grumpy days but it takes a lot for me to stop being optimistic. So I looked forward to seeing a movie called Happy-Go-Lucky …

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Who IS that actor?

October 5, 2008 – 9:10 pm | 3 Comments
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Have you ever been watching a movie or TV show when an actor/actress shows up and you think, “Who IS that? S/he’s been in everything!” but for the life of you, you just can’t name them …

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Review of SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK–a Charlie Kaufman experience

October 4, 2008 – 2:28 am | One Comment
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I attended a screening of this movie where the writer Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich) was present and I immediately wanted to write a review of it. But I …

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Review of THE DUCHESS

October 4, 2008 – 12:10 am | No Comment
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Since Keira Knightley plays the title role, let’s just get her out of the way. She looks gorgeous, gives a spirited portrayal of Georgiana Spencer (great-great-great-not sure how many-aunt of Princess Diana) and suffers convincingly. …

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Rachel Getting Married–impressive acting, uncomfortable movie

October 1, 2008 – 10:16 pm | One Comment
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Anne Hathaway is immensely watchable. Her enormous brown cows make her seem vulnerable and accessible and there’s always intelligence in her performances. All of that applies in Rachel. She plays Kym, a recovering drug addict …

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