January 6, 2008 |
"There Will be Blood," Paul Thomas Anderson's epic tale of oil, power and greed, was named best picture of 2007 on Saturday by the National Society of Film Critics. The complex and ambitious adaptation of Upton Sinclair's "Oil!" also won best director for Anderson, best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis and best cinematography for Robert Elswit. Both the drama and Day-Lewis have been gaining momentum this awards season. Last month, the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.
December 13, 2006 |
"The Departed," "Babel," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Dreamgirls" dominated the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.'s nominees for the 12th annual Critics' Choice Awards on Tuesday with seven nods each. Also competing for best picture are "Blood Diamond," "Letters From Iwo Jima," "Little Children," "Notes on a Scandal," "The Queen" and "United 93." "Letters," which is in Japanese with English subtitles, is also nominated for best foreign film -- a first in the awards' history.
February 13, 2007 |
Not only is Martin Scorsese one of the most influential filmmakers of the last four decades, the iconoclastic director consistently delivers superior audio commentaries that offer rare insight into his life and the directing process. Unfortunately, there is no Scorsese audio commentary on the two-disc set of "The Departed" (Warner, $35).
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December 15, 2002 |
"About Schmidt," Alexander Payne's comedy-drama about a recently widowed retiree, was voted best picture of 2002 on Saturday by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. "Far From Heaven," Todd Haynes' paean to '50s movie melodramas, was the runner-up. "About Schmidt" won three awards Saturday. Besides best film, the New Line release picked up best-actor honors for Jack Nicholson and screenplay honors for director Payne and co-writer Jim Taylor.
December 6, 2001 |
Let the movie awards season begin. The race for the Oscars kicked off Wednesday with "Moulin Rouge," Baz Luhrmann's expressionistic and audacious musical drama, being named best film of 2001 by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. "It's fabulous news," said Luhrmann, reached in London where he is casting the opera version of "Moulin Rouge." "I think there has been a building acceptance of 'Moulin Rouge' over the past three months....
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January 7, 2007 |
Guillermo Del Toro's gothic fairy tale, "Pan's Labyrinth," was named best picture of 2006 on Saturday by the National Society of Film Critics. The Mexican film faced fierce competition from two other foreign-language films -- the Romanian drama "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu" and Clint Eastwood's World War II drama "Letters From Iwo Jima" -- with only a few votes separating the three. Because "Labyrinth" is a foreign-language film, no separate award was given in that category.
February 25, 2007 |
The Life After 1: The first collaboration between director Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe was the 2000 epic "Gladiator," which won the best picture Oscar and an Academy Award for the New Zealand-born actor. But their second teaming, "A Good Year," fizzled with critics and audiences last fall.
December 10, 1997 |
MOVIES Jail Time for Slater: Just one day after fellow actor Robert Downey Jr. was sentenced to six months for drug problems (see story, F1), actor Christian Slater was sentenced to 90 days in jail Tuesday for getting into a drug-induced brawl. Slater, 28, was also ordered to spend an additional three months in a residential drug treatment program. The sentence was part of a plea bargain stemming from an Aug.