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Entries in Sam Elliott (12)

Saturday
Oct272018

Tweetweek

I was going to answer this brilliant question but David Call's answer cannot be beat. After the jump more curated tweets for you involving: Steven Yeun, Helen Mirren, A Star is Born, and remake culture... 

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Wednesday
Oct242018

Complete these 'A Star is Born' Sentences...

Complete the sentences in the comments. Have at it!

1. Sam Elliott is to A Star is Born what ________________ is to ______________."

and...

2. Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga's chemistry reminds me of __________ and ___________."

and...

3. A Star is Born is going to win ________________. "

Tuesday
Oct162018

Everyone needs to calm down about "A Star is Born" winning all the Oscars

You guys. Everywhere I look there are articles or tweets positing that A Star is Born is going to sweep the Oscars, or win 3/4th of the acting categories or whatnot.  This is unlikely. It's only because it's the biggest contender currently playing that people are losing their minds. Well, that and because the movie is a terrific piece of big studio entertainment aimed at adults that's also a hit at the box office. You know, the exact kind of movie that people pretend doesn't exist (it does almost annually) and also pretend that Oscar doesn't like (they do almost annually) whenever they write those dumb articles proclaiming "the Oscars are irrelevant!" 

A Star is Born is just about at $100 million domestic at this writing but people are acting as if its earned one billion; I definitely wasn't expecting to hear it compared to Titanic today. So, let's all relax for a bit and talk about what is probable/possible since we've just barely finished UPDATING ALL THE OSCAR CHARTS

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I think it's too soon to call A Star is Born the frontrunner. It's just the first big Best Picture possibility to open since February (!) so that's a lot of time since Black Panther to bottle up armchair punditry feeling... bring on awards season! I dont currently believe Star will win (the remake stigma will catch up to it eventually) but let's say for the sake of argument that it does. That's one Oscar. Let's look at the other categories...

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Friday
Oct052018

Review: A Star is (re) Born

This piece was originally published in Nathaniel's column at Towleroad. The movie was first screened at TIFF but he hopes to see it many times. 

Overnight success is a myth. Great artistic success in show business generally comes from working hard and learning the craft, often for years, so that you're ready should a big break ever come. 'Overnight'  is only just that moment when the world suddenly notices your long-standing gifts. A Star is Born as a franchise always synthesizes this myth and this truth for something like a fairy/cautionary tale; just as quickly as a star rises, a star can fall. Talent is never the question, but the starting point; whether the world notices and for how long, is out of your hands. The screenplay for the latest telling of A Star is Born, emphasizes this last point, as Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) urges Ally (Lady Gaga) to give it her all because the world might not always be listening. 

For those who've been living under a cultural rock the story of A Star is Born is ancient and simple: One already established successful showbiz man 'discovers' an absurdly gifted but basically unknown female performer and takes her under his wing. They fall in love but as her fame rises, his falls, plagued as he is by personal demons in liquid form. The story never has a happy ending so if you need a good cry, queue up...

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Thursday
Sep202018

Supporting Actor - New Oscar Chart!

by Nathaniel R

Barring a late year surprise like, oh any number of famous guys from the Dick Cheney biopic Vice (formerly known as Backseat), we may know the shape of the Best Supporting Actress race before any of the other acting races this year. That's unusual since the supporting shortlists usually clear up last since Best Picture heat is so (generally speaking) crucial to their composition.

So why the early cementing buzz? That's because  Mahershala Ali in Green Book, Sam Elliott in A Star is Born, and Timothée Chalamet in Beautiful Boy have all already staked a very solid claim. They look like the three who will be battling it out for the actual statue. The race would arguably already be wrapped up for Sam Elliott to honor both his long long career and this perfect fit of a role but for the fact that it looks like Ali and Chalamet, both co-leads in their films, will be competing in this category (sigh) since their co-leads (Viggo Mortensen and Steve Carell, respectively) also have penises but the advantage of top billing. So... you know how that goes with Oscar campaigns.

Check out the newly revised Supporting Actor Chart. All new text and photos for everyone!

Thursday
Aug092018

Showbiz History: Betty Boop, Bob Aldrich, and the Muscles from Brussels

We're still so terribly depressed about the Academy's foolhardy new decisions, that we're looking for ANYTHING else to think about today as distraction. Herewith...

12 random things that happened on this very day (Aug 9th) in history...

1918 HAPPY ROBERT ALDRICH CENTENNIAL! The director was born 100 years ago today in Rhode Island. Among his best known films: The Big Knife, The Dirty Dozen, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Autumn Leaves, Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte, and The Longest Yard. Alfred Molina was recently Emmy-nominated for playing him in the TV series Feud: Bette and Joan...

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