Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Celebrating 17 Years of Film.Biz.Fans.

the Blogs

recent Posts

  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    Can Joaquin Phoenix's Career Be Saved? Watch Letterman Tonight!

    Suddenly, after two years of retirement, we are seeing photos of a clean shaven, slim, Joaquin Phoenix amid reports of movie deals in the offing. Will he join Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood's Hoover as FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover's love interest Clyde Tolson? (UPDATE: The answer is no, as producer Rob Lorenz denies that Eastwood has expressed any interest in Phoenix for the role.) Or land a role opposite Jennifer Garner in Disney's The Odd Life of Timothy Green? Or play a foot fetishist in Steve Shainberg's latest off-beat narrative? His appearance on David Letterman tonight will be crucial to removing his recent druggy natty-haired image.

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    John Steinbeck Award To Go to Michael Moore

    The family of Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck (The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, Of Mice and Men) and the Center for Steinbeck Studies will give this year's John Steinbeck "In the Souls of the People" Award to documentary filmmaker and political gadfly Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine).

    Read More »
  • Leonard Maltin
    0 comments

    film review: You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger

    I’m partial to Woody Allen, but that doesn’t mean I’m a pushover. I have some quibbles with his latest film, You Will Meet a Dark Stranger, but I had a good time watching it, and that’s what really matters. As usual, he has assembled an impressive cast and given them interesting roles to play. It’s a treat to watch Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Antonio Banderas, Gemma Jones, Freida Pinto, Lucy Punch, and a fine supporting cast in this mordantly amusing social roundelay set in London. If the whole isn’t quite as good as the sum of its parts, I’m not inclined to complain.

    Read More »
  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
    0 comments

    The 2010 New York Film Festival | Just Call Me Joe

    Read More »
  • Todd McCarthy's Deep Focus
    0 comments

    Review: "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole"

    Before embarking upon “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole,” somebody should have given more thought to the fact that it's really hard to tell owls apart. Especially when they're flying. This is just one of many reasons it's difficult to engage with this elaborate animated 3D adventure fantasy, which goes through all the motions of trying to create an owl-world mythology but, despite a stellar vocal cast, ends up feeling like a pale rehash of so many similar kid-friendly ventures that have come before. Zack Snyder's fans will be hoping he gets back to more heavy duty action in short order.

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    Starbucks Digital Network Adds SnagFilms Programming

    Scheduled to launch later this fall, the Starbucks Digital Network has so far announced content providers The New York Times, USA TODAY, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment with iTunes, Nick Jr. Boost, Wellness with Rodale, Patch and Zagat. Now SnagFilms is the latest content contributor to the Starbucks Digital Network’s upcoming entertainment channel. SnagFilms, which offers over 1600 free non-fiction movies, will co-curate with Starbucks themed film festivals created specifically for the Network, launching with A MusicFest of a range of award-winning musical films.

    Read More »
  • Spout
    0 comments

    5 Steven Spielberg Movie-Turned-Musicals You Didn't Know Existed

    Yesterday's New York Times announced that a musical version of "Catch Me If You Can" (pictured) is opening on Broadway in April of next year (previews begin in March). The production seems a pretty big deal, and I would be surprised I'd never heard of this if every single movie in history wasn't rumored or reported to have a musical coming at some time or another. This one is from writer Terrence McNally (movie-turned-musicals include "The Full Monty" and an opera version of "Dead Man Walking") and the songwriters, choreographer and director who previously collaborated for the "Hairspray" musical.

    Read More »
  • Jared Moshé's Blog
    0 comments

    Have you gotten your Michael Kinsley Fix?

    Michael Kinsley has (as always) a must-read piece in the Atlantic Monthly on the last ride of the baby boomers.

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    Bening vs. Moore for First Oscar Win, Weisz Gets Promiscuous, Guardian's Genre Questions

    Bening vs. Moore for First Oscar Win, Weisz Gets Promiscuous, Guardian's Genre Questions

    - Not surprisingly, Annette Bening and Julianne Moore will both be pushed toward a Best Actress Oscar by The Kids Are All Right distributor Focus Features. If they are indeed both nominated, notes Deadline EW, The Kids Are All Right would be the sixth movie to have double nominees in this category: Thelma and Louise, Terms of Endearment, The Turning Point, Suddenly, Last Summer and All About Eve). Moore has been nominated four times; twice as supporting actress (The Hours in 2003, Boogie Nights in 1998) and twice for leading roles (Far From Heaven in 2003, The End of The Affair in 2000). Bening has three prior nominations; one supporting (The Grifters in 1991), two leading (American Beauty in 2000, Being Julia in 2005). Should either actress take home a statue in 2011, it will be their first.

    Read More »
  • SydneysBuzz
    0 comments

    Women & Hollywood's Melissa Silverstein Goes to L.A. ♀

    Of the top 250 domestic grossing films released in 2009, women comprised 16% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors. This is 3 percent less than 2001. The numbers break down as follows: women directed only 7%; wrote only 8%, were only17% of all executive producers, were only 23% of all producers, 18% of all editors and only 2% of all cinematographers.

    Read More »