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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....
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).
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 20, 2006 |
IT'S no secret that Oscar campaigns are a lot like political campaigns. They're run by wily consultants, fueled by endless flesh-pressing (the Hollywood meet 'n' greet assuming the role of a campaign appearance), tirelessly critiqued by bloggers and financed by huge outlays of advertising dollars. If the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures award winners are the equivalent of the Iowa caucuses, then the New York and Los Angeles Film Critics awards represent the New Hampshire primary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
January 10, 2007 |
For the first time in nearly three decades, the Directors Guild of America on Tuesday nominated a directing team for its DGA award for outstanding directorial achievement in a feature film. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris were nominated for the 2006 DGA award for "Little Miss Sunshine," a dark comedy about a dysfunctional family determined to have its young daughter participate in a beauty contest.
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.