Watercooler: True Grit’s a hit, Illusionist falls short (for me)

. The Coen Bros. at the Box Office Title Total Box Opening Box Theaters Opening Day No Country for Old Men $74,283,625 $1,226,333 28 11/9/2007 Burn After Reading $60,355,347 $19,128,001 2,651 9/12/2008 O Brother, Where Art Thou? $45,512,588 $195,104 5 12/22/2000 The Ladykillers $39,799,191 $12,634,563 1,583 3/26/2004 True Grit* $36,068,000 $24,850,000 3,047 12/22/2010 Intolerable Cruelty (read…)

You want awards? I’ve got some awards.

I was digging under the cushions of my couch and I found some awards that went down over the weekend! Imagine that. Art Director’s Guild Period Film: Sherlock Holmes Fantasy: Avatar Contemporary: The Hurt Locker American Cinema Editors Drama: The Hurt Locker Comedy: The Hangover Documentary: The Cove The Muriels: Best Web-Based Criticism (Muriel voters (read…)

Oscar Noms: Avatar, Hurt Locker with 9

Avatar and The Hurt Locker top the nominations with 9 each while Inglourious Basterds nets 8. The Blind Side surprised (some) by sneaking in with a nomination and A Serious Man overcame doubts it could make it. Maggie Gyllenhaal was also something of a surprise in the Supporting Actress category. Picture Avatar The Blind Side (read…)

Watercooler: Catching up with ‘Tyson.’ ‘Avatar’ keeps rolling

Catching up with TYSON as DAYBREAKERS and YOUTH IN REVOLT disappoint. Meanwhile, AVATAR keeps rolling.

Number of films to lose VFX Oscar to ‘Avatar’ trimmed

Less than a month after announcing the short list for the Visual Effects Oscar, AMPAS has cut the list further to 7 titles. Avatar District 9 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Star Trek Terminator Salvation Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2012 6 of these films are not in Kansas anymore. They are on Pandora. (read…)

Watercooler: Is ‘Titanic’ record really unobtainium for ‘Avatar’?

As AVATAR crosses $1 billion worldwide in just 17 days, is TITANIC’S $1.84 billion within reach?

Slow boat to the New Year

Action on the movie front is reduced to a crawl between Christmas and New Year’s Eve and it leaves my brain open to having songs like the above stuck in it. I don’t want to go quietly insane by myself, so I’m sharing it with you. Enjoy! Elsewhere, things are so slow that folks are (read…)

Shelter from the Avatar storm

I hope you loved Avatar because there aren’t going to be many places to hide from it between now and March 7 when it wins multiple Oscars. With pretty unanimous praise from the top critics (I wish I had some of whatever was in the Kool-Aid they drank when they watched this thing last week), (read…)

Review: Avatar (2009) *** 1/2

James Cameron’s AVATAR takes a step forward in 3D visuals, but a step backward in 2D storytelling

Avatar, Too… and Three

Avatar will be sequelized. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised.

Leona Lewis goes full Avatard

Here’s I SEE YOU, Leona Lewis’ artificially heartfelt single for James Cameron’s AVATAR. Ugh. The fan boys will have a high time crapping on this one

Avatar: You know, for kids!

Marketers often tailor trailers to play to specific audiences, but it’s been awhile since I’ve seen the line drawn so clearly and distinctly as in these two recent Avatar TV spots. One of them played during The World Series and the other one played on kids’ network Nickelodeon. See if you can tell which one (read…)

Commence ‘Avatar’ media bombardment

20th Century Fox is hoping to get the word about about AVATAR in a big way during Fox NFL Sunday this weekend.

Trailer #2: Avatar

Will AVATAR’s mix of action-spectacle/love story recapture the magic of TITANIC or will it crash and burn like PEARL HARBOR?

The Downfall of Avatar Day

I promised myself I wasn’t going to watch another one of these goddamn viral Downfall mashups, but people kept telling me this one was awesome. Maybe it’s because I haven’t seen one for months or maybe the writing is just especially good, but this one made me laugh. A lot. Rather than repost all the (read…)

Jar-Jarvatar Day: Post game recap

Avatar just sashayed off the screen, lovingly tongue-massaged my eyeballs, gave me a 3-D lapdance, made me a Manhattan and then gently spooned me until I fell into a blissful, childlike slumber. When I awoke, it was waiting for me with a plate of eggs Benedict and my nearsightedness had been cured. I shit you (read…)

‘Glourious’ Friday

I’m still mulling over Inglourious Basterds, but the good news is that it’s terrific. It’s much slower, talkier and in a way more serious than I expected, but damnit it works. I haven’t dug into the negative reviews yet, but its safe to say a certain movie blogger who was morally outraged by the movie (read…)

Shmavatar Day

For those of you who just can’t wait until December 18th to lay your eyes James Cameron’s Avatar and are willing to wait in line for 15 minutes of precious, eye cancer-curing footage on August 21st, free tickets will be available online at noon PST Monday, August 17th at www.avatarmovie.com. There’s little information on the (read…)

Is it too early for Avatar backlash?

Avatar Day Shmavatar Day

Updated: Avatar nerdgasms threatened by XX chromosome

The Comic-Con crowd is worried that New Moon-loving tweens are going to ruin all of their Avatar fun.

Premature Avatarulation

Yes someone actually took the time to take this photograph of a comic-con advertising banner featuring James Cameron’s Avatar.

Cameron teases ‘Avatar’ at Cinema Expo

James Cameron shows 24 minutes of his highly anticipated new film Avatar to exhibitors at Cinema Expo in Amsterdam

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