Critics’ Oscar Predictions… er Choice Awards: The Artist, Hazanavicius, Clooney, Davis

The Broadcast Film Critics Association played it completely safe with their Critics’ Choice Awards tonight, but that’s better than playing it completely stupid. With the exception of that godawful Muppet musical abomination (they at least picked the least worst of the three nominated Muppet songs), these are respectable if uninspired choices and I won’t be (read…)

Kansas City: We Heart The Descendants!

Please enjoy this fine collection of award from the Kansas City Film Critics Circle. I can’t criticize them for elevating a mediocrity like The Descendants as the “Best Film of the Year” because my own city of Los Angeles did the same. Best Film: The Descendants Best Foreign Film: A Separation Robert Altman Award for (read…)

George Clooney to co-write, direct, star in “Monuments Men” about Allied rescue of art from the Nazis

The Monuments Men will be a big-budget adaptation of the book (subtitled Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History) by Robert M. Edsel about a group of American and British art experts who worked behind enemy lines between D-Day and V-E Day to track down and keep precious works of art (read…)

Oklahoma Crickets: “The Artist”

Not much to say about these picks from the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle other than to ask what they mean by “no-so-obviously worst” and how it is that The Hangover Part II‘s awfulness is not plain to see. In fact it’s much much worse than their “Obviously Worst” film Transformers: Dark of the Moon which, (read…)

The Women Film Critics Circle

“The Women Film Critics Circle is an association of 57 women film critics and scholars from around the country and internationally, who are involved in print, radio, online and TV broadcast media. We came together in 2004 to form the first women critics organization in the United States, in the belief that women’s perspectives and voices (read…)

Southeastern Film Critics: The Descendants

TOP TEN FILMS The Descendants The Artist Hugo Moneyball The Tree of Life Drive Midnight in Paris Win Win War Horse The Help BEST ACTOR Winner – George Clooney (The Descendants) Runner-up – Michael Fassbender (Shame) BEST ACTRESS Winner – Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady Runner-up – Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin (read…)

St. Louis Film Critics: The Artist, Hazanavicius, Clooney, Mara

How you can tongue kiss The Artist in just about every other category without acknowledging the best part of the film which is Jean Dujardin is a total mystery to me, but whatever. No one asked me. Best Film: The Artist Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) Best Actor: George Clooney (The Descendants) Best Actress: Rooney Mara (The Girl (read…)

Trailer: George Clooney in ‘The American’

One of LiC’s 30 to watch for 2010, it’s Anton (Control) Corbijn’s The American starring George Clooney as an American assassin who finds it’s not so easy to retire after a job goes badly. Much darker and moodier than I expected to be. Could be interesting. The American opens September 1.

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…)

A.O. Scott on Ryan Bingham vs. Jerry Maguire

AO Scott illuminates UP IN THE AIR with a nice compare/contrast to JERRY MAGUIRE

Trailer #3 TV Spot: Up in the Air

Another month, another trailer for Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air courtesy of Apple (Update: ok, factually this is a TV spot that ran during the season finale of Mad Men, but clocking in at 2 minutes it still feels like a trailer to me). I’ve liked each successive trailer for this thing less and (read…)

AFI Fest: Fantastic and not-so-fantastic


BS Watch: My Fair Lady – Pick a star, start a rumor

The real question is, who HASN’T been lined up to direct or star in the rumored My Fair Lady remake?

Trailer #2: The Men Who Stare at Goats

Yeah, sure. I could spend all day running down bootleg copies of the new Avatar trailer, but if you’re at all interested in that movie you’ll do yourself a favor and not watch it. It’s one of those deals filmed by some overeager shmuck on his iPhone in an actual movie theater and it looks (read…)

Trailer #2: Up in the Air

A new trailer and a new release date for Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air starring George Clooney and Vera Farmiga

AFI Fest to open with ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’

Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox has been announced as the opening night film of AFI Fest 2009 which runs in Hollywood from October 30 to November 7. The film featuring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson opens in limited (read…)

Character Posters: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Click to enlarge Courtesy of Empire, the obligatory character posters for Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox which opens November 13th. This one is facing a bit more flack lately than Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are (can we have a moratorium on the word “twee” now? Please?), but my enthusiasm is still running high. (read…)

Poster: The Men Who Stare at Goats

This poster for The Men Who Stare at Goats made me chuckle more than the trailer. It still smells like Coen light though.

Venice ’09: Cox, Akin and Clooney

A look at the recent Venice world premiere’s of Alex Cox’s Repo Chick, Fatih Akin’s Soul Kitchen and Grant Heslov’s George Clooney starring The Men Who Stare at Goats

Trailer: Up in the Air

Ready for the third Up in the Air post in a row? Source: /Film.

Telluride ’09: Up in the Air

Up in the Air. d:Jason Reitman s:George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Danny McBride, Melanie Lynskey, Sam Elliott, J.K. Simmons, Zach Galifianakis. Variety’s Todd McCarthy: The tale of an aloof, high-flying exec whose millions of frequent-flyer miles can’t keep him permanently above the emotional turbulence he seeks to avoid, “Up in the Air” (read…)

Future DVD gewgaw: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Apple has an exclusive (well it was exclusive until it popped up on YouTube and everywhere else) behind the scenes look at Wes Anderson’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. It’s narrated by Jason Schwartzman (Mr. Fox’s son Ash in the film) who sounds like he’s speaking to the 7-year-olds at which the film (read…)

Trailer: The Men Who Stare at Goats

The trailer for Grant Heslov’s The Men Who Stare at Goats starring George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor and Kevin Spacey.

Poster: Up in the Air

Update: Paramount requested the poster be taken down. There’s supposedly another kosher version, but screw ’em. Here’s the first official, non-crappy, non-iPhone snapped, non-Cinexpo teaser poster for the comedy written and directed by Jason Reitman (director of Juno), starring George Clooney as a traveling corporate downsizing expert who himself is downsized just as he’s approaching (read…)

Release Date Roulette: Informant!, Capitalism, Goats

Release date updates: The Informant! and Capitalism: A Love Story move up, The Town and Due Date move down and Men Who Stare at Goats gets added.

Trailer: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Here’s the trailer for Wes Anderson’s upcoming stop-motion animated Fantastic Mr. Fox featuring the voice talents of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman.

Jeunet’s ‘Micmacs’ to premiere at TIFF

Like Mr. Creosote and his wafer thin mint, Toronto International Film Festival organizers crammed a few more titles into their lineup bringing the total number of films to 129. The biggest add as far as LiC is concerned is the world premiere of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Micmacs a tire-larigot which we’ve been following anxiously for the (read…)

2nd or 3rd Look: Fantastic Mr. Fox

McPaper has a bunch more images of Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated adaption of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox featuring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray

First Look: Fantastic Mr. Fox

A really lame image of Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox featuring the voices of George Clooney Meryl Streep, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman

Clooney: A goat starer and a ‘Gentleman’

Because of our embarrassing man-crush on George Clooney, we’re constitutionally required to pass along all movie-related Clooney news we hear that is not gossip. With that in mind, here we go with two unrelated Clooney items… Variety reports out of Cannes that Clooney will star in Anton (Control) Corbijn’s A Very Private Gentleman for Focus (read…)

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