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Nov152012

The Man With the Golden Link

Natasha VC Melancholiay Kiki was right. Noooooo....
MovieLine on Sam Raimi's purchase of Angelfall, the YA series that's meant to be the next Hunger Games. The only thing getting me through the endless repetitiveness of today's cinema culture is that most of these series have an end date. So once Hunger Games ends, people will be looking for the next Angelfall instead. (Can you tell I'm so excited that Twilight is over!!!?)
HitFix talks to Matthew McConaughey about a Magic Mike sequel and all that weight he's lost for The Dallas Buyers Club.  
Movies Now profiles GKids, that winning animated indie distributor who should be taken seriously in each year's Oscar race 

Awards Daily on the ever present narrative of Oscar's Difficulty with Race. Which, to be fair if you ask me, is not so much Oscar's problem as Hollywood's difficulties; Oscar is only a prism. 
Hollywood Elsewhere Newsflash: Jeffrey Wells apparently takes Armond White seriously (suggesting his partly negative Lincoln review matters)! Who does that?!? (White just takes whatever position is contrarian. That's why his reviews always come out later than everyone else's.)
Gawker thinks Joe Wright's artistic gamble with Anna Karenina pays off. I'm noticing enough positive reviews to wonder if the worm is turning on this thing in terms of Oscar (people were so weirdly and prematurely down on it post Toronto from the lack of consensus I suppose) but maybe that's just wishful thinking since I liked it and thought Keira Knightley was truly fab in her divisive gutsy jaw-first way.
i09 Five minutes of the new Star Trek film to play in select IMAX theaters before The Hobbit. Because I am not a Trekkie and don't pay close attention I had somehow missed that this film is called Star Trek Into Darkness and now I am embarrassed for everyone involved. Sounds SO hokey and jokey and pretentious all at the same time! A feat you might say.
Vulture Sigourney Weaver pretended she was doing Shakespeare while acting in Alien (1979) "I was such a snob" 

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Tom O'Neill at Gold Derby talks to Tony Kushner about Abraham Lincoln's much-speculated upon sexuality and why there's precious little of it in Spielberg's Lincoln.

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I was very curious to see how American critics received Anna Karenina, compared to British ones. So far, it doesn't look like there's a significant difference of opinion (the Americans might actually be a tiny bit harsher), but I'll still be keeping an eye on reviews as they roll out.

I'm going to see it on Saturday, and I absolutely cannot wait. I <3 Joe Wright.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz N.

Is Keira Knightley even better than she was in Pride and Prejudice?

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBVR

Do you think McConaughey will be a major contender for the dallas buyers club next year? Its an amazing role and not your average AIDS film. He isn't playing a very likable character actually. Its my most anticipated film of 2013

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

How is Jude Law? Any chances? I can't wait to see him getting a nomination again. He is a fantastic actor.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

It certainly doesn't mean anything in the larger world the way Wells seems to think it does, but for what it's worth I thought White's Lincoln review was actually quite good. Every so often he seems to lock in and have a series of coherent thoughts and manages to get them down on paper.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoark

I had somehow missed that this film is called Star Trek Into Darkness and now I am embarrassed for everyone involved. Sounds SO hokey and jokey and pretentious all at the same time!

The Chris Nolan Effect will be with us for a long time. I hate that journeymen and hacks worship the ground he walks on, and don't give me that PTA likes him crap, PTA welcomes all that's not him, when he wants to unwind.

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I'm sick of talking about race and sexism in Hollywood. — I'm going to break into Streep's house, steal her Iron Lady statuette, unscrew the gold band with her inscription, and mail it to Viola's house. With apologizes from an over praised slice of ham.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

I agree with Roark, that's one of White's better recent reviews. (I haven't seen Lincoln, so I'm just talking about the review itself.) He actually spends most of the review analysing Spielberg's movie and sometimes mentions other related films. It's a nice change of pace from his usual habit of spending 1/10th of a review talking about the movie and the other 9/10ths comparing the movie to, say, a piece of used chewing gum that he found on the side of the road the day before.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz N.

Don't get too excited about the end dates of female-driven franchises. That old crone Star Wars will always be there, rearing its white male driven-head for years to come

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWill h

I have never seen Wright's rendition of P&P, but I guess I'm pride and prejudice prevent me from trying to appreciate the film, as Knight was nommed when Greer Garson was not recognized for the original. Now, I'm faced yet again with Knight being in the running for an Oscar in a classic role that yet another great actress who I admire--Garbo--had etched in our collective memory, yet had been snubbed by the Academy. Sorry, but Knight just isn't THAT good! And this just does not seem right.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

^T.R. Knight was in Pride and Prejudice?!

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWill h

Oops, sorry, Knightley

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

3rtful... I will say this for the first time... After rewatching "The Help", Viola didn't deserve this Oscar. I can understand the values of racism in Hollywood -As a latino, I understand-, but clearly Viola's acclaim last year is still puzzlin for me. One of the most overrated performances in this decade, hands down. For the lineup, I prefer Rooney Mara, for the year Anna Paquin.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterleon

Leon -- as you know i wholeheartedly disagree. Viola was brilliant in that movie. So deeply felt. Every single moment in that performance was working at such a high level. To me she was easily the best of the nominees. (the only one to make my lineup) The movie isn't up to her quality but whatever. That's often the case with brilliant actors.

November 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Octavia Spencer didn't deserve her cakewalk to Supp Actress — Meryl Streep's myth based reputation is undeserved, but the fact remains these two won over superior nominees in their categories. Viola and Close, Chastain and McTeer — any combination of these women and I would have less to bitch about and the world would be a better place.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

Close with an oscar? No, the world's a better place with that still a falsehood.

Given the number of complaints about racism after Streep's victory of Davis (including your own, Nathaniel), I'm a little disappointed in the take presented on Awards Daily, but cannot deny it's got some force to it.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan

Aarkan: I'd be surprised if Nathaniel called the Academy racist after Viola's loss. That's not really his nature.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

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