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'Dark Knight' Movies Box Office Comparison + Colin Farrell Sci-Fi Remake Bombs

'The Dark Knight Rises. 'The Dark Knight Rises' passes $600 million milestone at the worldwide box office Sept. 10 update: The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman movie, is lagging far behind its predecessor, The Dark Knight, at the domestic box office. Outside North America, however, The […]


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'Dark Knight' Movies Box Office Comparison + Colin Farrell Sci-Fi Remake Bombs



Marvel 'Avengers' Box Office: Ahead of 'The Dark Knight' & 'Star Wars'?

Marvel 'The Avengers' movie vs. 'The Dark Knight' June 29 update: Starring Scarlett Johansson (photo, as Black Widow), Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, Tom Hiddleston, and Jeremy Renner, Joss Whedon's The Avengers movie has officially surpassed Titanic's original box office take. Back in 1998, James Cameron's […]


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Marvel 'Avengers' Box Office: Ahead of 'The Dark Knight' & 'Star Wars'?



'Brokeback Mountain' Analysis: Technical Brilliance, Iconic Character

Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain As I sit here writing, I am finding it hard to gather my thoughts together. Most of this essay has already been outlined, and yet I'm still not sure if it fully expresses my feelings toward Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain. I realize that although […]


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'Brokeback Mountain' Analysis: Technical Brilliance, Iconic Character



'Brokeback Mountain': Tragic Gay Cowboy Love Story Partially Succeeds

Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain is without a doubt a culturally significant motion picture. The same-sex romantic drama won numerous awards, it was discussed all over the media upon its release, and has been labeled “groundbreaking” by numerous film critics. Of course, the fact that […]


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'Brokeback Mountain': Tragic Gay Cowboy Love Story Partially Succeeds



'Monster's Ball' Review: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry

Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton, Monster's Ball In Monster's Ball – the title refers to the macabre partying held the night before the execution of a death-row inmate – first-time screenwriters Milo Addica and Will Rokos join forces with third-time feature-film director Marc Forster to create a motion picture of […]


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'Monster's Ball' Review: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry



AFI FEST: Heath Ledger 'Doctor Parnassus'

Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (top); A Lake by Philippe Grandrieux (middle); Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint in North by Northwest (bottom) AFI FEST 2009 highlights, Nov. 2: Daniel Raim's documentary Something's Gonna Live, which features interviews with several behind-the-scenes veterans, including Robert F. Boyle, Conrad Hall, […]


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AFI FEST: Heath Ledger 'Doctor Parnassus'



Christopher Plummer & Viggo Mortensen Tributes: AFI FEST

James McAvoy, Christopher Plummer in The Last Station (top); Viggo Mortensen in A History of Violence (bottom) AFI FEST 2009 has selected Christopher Plummer, who'll turn 80 next December, and Viggo Mortensen, 51, as this year's tribute honorees. Sponsored by the Skirball Cultural Center, Plummer's tribute will precede the screening […]


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Christopher Plummer & Viggo Mortensen Tributes: AFI FEST



When Worlds Collide: The Science of Movies

Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (top); Tobey Maguire in Spider Man 3 (bottom) “When Worlds Collide: The Science of Movies” is the title of the Academy's Science and Technology Council's program about the physics behind some of Hollywood's best-known action and science-fiction scenes. “When Worlds Collide” will be presented […]


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When Worlds Collide: The Science of Movies



Cannes: Heath Ledger 'Doctor Parnassus' & Lars von Trier Controversial 'Antichrist'

Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian: “Heath Ledger takes a poignant final bow in Terry Gilliam's loopy, sweet-natured but madly self-indulgent fantasia The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, showing here at the Cannes film festival out of competition. Halfway through shooting, Ledger had made a desperately sad early exit, so the director […]


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Cannes: Heath Ledger 'Doctor Parnassus' & Lars von Trier Controversial 'Antichrist'



Oscar 2009

2009 Academy Awards 2009 Academy Award nominations: Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Jan. 22, 2009 2009 Academy Award winners: Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles on Feb. 22, 2009 (“*” denotes the winner in each category)     Best film The Curious Case of Benjamin […]


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Oscar 2009



SAG Awards: Jeremy Piven & Anthony Hopkins + Meryl Streep & Penélope Cruz

SAG Awards: Laura Linney Holly Hunter Dev Patel, Freida Pinto Photos: Lester Cohen (Hunter), Kevin Mazur (Patel/Pinto), Michael Buckner (Linney) Sean Penn Kate Winslet, Sally Field Meryl Streep Photos: Kevin Mazur (Field/Winslet, Penn), Michael Caulfield (Streep) Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick Penélope Cruz, Kate Winslet Photos: Kevin […]


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SAG Awards: Jeremy Piven & Anthony Hopkins + Meryl Streep & Penélope Cruz



Oscar Trivia: Meryl Streep Ties Katharine Hepburn Record

Oscar nominations announcement 2009: Forest Whitaker and Academy president Sid Ganis. Oscar trivia: 2009 Academy Awards Most nominated films David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, with 13 nominations. Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, featuring Dev Patel and Freida Pinto, with 10. Gus Van […]


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Oscar Trivia: Meryl Streep Ties Katharine Hepburn Record



Veteran Jan Troell Film Tops Swedish Oscars + BAFTA Longlist Snubs

Jan Troell's Everlasting Moments, a 2008 Golden Globe nominee and Sweden's entry for the 2009 best foreign-language film Academy Award, received eight Golden Beetle nominations, including best film, director, actor, actress, and screenplay. Set in the early 1900s, Everlasting Moments follows a young working-class woman (Finnish actress Maria Heiskanen) who wins a camera in a lottery, thus gaining a […]


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Veteran Jan Troell Film Tops Swedish Oscars + BAFTA Longlist Snubs



Kate Winslet Beats Penélope Cruz: Golden Globe Winners + Meryl Streep Breaks Record

Kate Winslet, Leonardio DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road (top); Winslet, David Kross in The Reader (bottom) There were few surprises among the 2009 Golden Globe winners. The biggest one was Kate Winslet's best actress, drama, win for Revolutionary Road. Pundits everywhere – including those in this blog – were predicting either […]


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Kate Winslet Beats Penélope Cruz: Golden Globe Winners + Meryl Streep Breaks Record



Bollywood-ish Sleeper Hit Tops DGA & Critics Choice Awards

2009 Directors Guild feature film nominations: January 8, 2009. Documentary and television nominations: January 9, 2009 2009 Directors Guild award winners: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, January 31, 2009  FEATURE FILMS DANNY BOYLE, Slumdog Millionaire Mr. Boyles Directorial Team: * Unit Production Manager: Sanjay Kumar * First Assistant […]


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Bollywood-ish Sleeper Hit Tops DGA & Critics Choice Awards



Heath Ledger's Potential Posthumous Oscar

Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight With Heath Ledger in mind, Scott Feinberg remembers the various posthumous Oscar nominations and wins – 53 individuals for a total of 70 nominations and 13 wins, as per Feinberg's count – in his Los Angeles Times blog: “As you may recall, the announcement […]


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Heath Ledger's Potential Posthumous Oscar



Critics Poll: Why So Few Favorites Winning Critics Groups Awards?

Flight of the Red Balloon with Juliette Binoche. Directed by Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien, who also co-wrote the screenplay with François Margolin, Flight of the Red Balloon / Le voyage du ballon rouge stars Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, 1996) as the puppeteer mother of […]


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Critics Poll: Why So Few Favorites Winning Critics Groups Awards?



'Slumdog Millionaire' Awards: Critics' Best Film Favorite + Heath Ledger Tops & Best Actress Wide Open

Slumdog Millionaire awards: After winning a number of Best Picture awards from various U.S.-based critics groups while on its way to becoming 2008's most notable sleeper hit, Danny Boyle's Bollywood-inspired mix of drama, music, and social commentary is the odds-on favorite for the 2009 Best Picture Oscar. Dev Patel (pictured) […]


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'Slumdog Millionaire' Awards: Critics' Best Film Favorite + Heath Ledger Tops & Best Actress Wide Open



Academy Award Predictions: Meryl Streep & Clint Eastwood + Posthumous Best Supporting Actor Nomination

Meryl Streep in Doubt. Academy Award Predictions: In case she gets another Academy Award nomination in early 2009 – her 15th – Meryl Streep will tie with Katharine Hepburn for the record of most nominations in the lead actor/actress categories: 12 in all. Next in line is Bette Davis with […]


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Academy Award Predictions: Meryl Streep & Clint Eastwood + Posthumous Best Supporting Actor Nomination



Bollywood-Inspired Drama & Swedish 'Twilight' Top Film Critics Awards + Kate Winslet vs. Anne Hathaway

Slumdog Millionaire with Dev Patel and Anil Kapoor. Danny Boyle's Bollywood-inspired drama seems to be on its way to becoming this awards season's top Best Film pick among U.S.-based critics groups. Dev Patel stars as a former Mumbai slum dweller who may succeed in becoming a millionaire – see image […]


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Bollywood-Inspired Drama & Swedish 'Twilight' Top Film Critics Awards + Kate Winslet vs. Anne Hathaway



Hugh Jackman Oscar Host + Surprising Best Actor & Best Picture Ties + Sally Hawkins Academy Award Fave?

Hugh Jackman: Oscar host. Nicole Kidman's co-star in the box office disappointment (in the U.S.) Australia has been selected as the next Oscar host. Hugh Jackman's other screen credits include the X-Men movies, Christopher Nolan's The Prestige, and Stephen Sommers' Van Helsing. Hugh Jackman image: ABC/Brett Ratner. Next Oscar host: […]


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Hugh Jackman Oscar Host + Surprising Best Actor & Best Picture Ties + Sally Hawkins Academy Award Fave?



'Brokeback Mountain' Gay Love Scenes Censored on Italian TV + Heterosexual Sex Scene Left Intact

Brokeback Mountain with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as gay cowboy lovers kept apart by fear and bigotry. Directed by Ang Lee (Sense and Sensibility, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), the 2005 romantic drama became both a critical favorite and a sleeper box office hit, ultimately collecting $178 million worldwide. Brokeback […]


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'Brokeback Mountain' Gay Love Scenes Censored on Italian TV + Heterosexual Sex Scene Left Intact



Los Angeles & New York Winners: 1st Animated Film & Slain Gay Politician Drama Tops

WALL-E. The Best Film winner at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, Disney/Pixar's Andrew Stanton-directed WALL-E became the first animated film to top that particular category. Curiously, the L.A. Film Critics selected Ari Folman's Israeli-made Waltz with Bashir as the year's Best Animated Feature. Los Angeles Film Critics Awards: […]


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Los Angeles & New York Winners: 1st Animated Film & Slain Gay Politician Drama Tops



'Brokeback Mountain': Oscar Loss One of Biggest Upsets in Academy History

Ang Lee's 2005 Best Picture nominee Brokeback Mountain, based on E. Annie Proulx's short story about the thwarted two-decade romance between a ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy, will be the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Great To Be Nominated” series. The romantic melodrama […]


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'Brokeback Mountain': Oscar Loss One of Biggest Upsets in Academy History



'The Dark Knight' Trailing Only 'Star Wars' & 'Titanic'?

'The Dark Knight' with Heath Ledger as The Joker and Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes: Latest Batman movie trailing only 'Star Wars' and 'Titanic'? 'The Dark Knight' has climbed to third spot on all-time domestic box office chart – or has it? Aug. 11, '08, update: The Dark Knight topped […]


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'The Dark Knight' Trailing Only 'Star Wars' & 'Titanic'?



Oscar Ceremony Biggest Surprises Include 20-Time Loser

As the saying goes, it's not over until the fat lady sings. Since Amy Adams is anything but fat, that meant another three hours of Oscar give-aways after her rendition of “Happy Working Song” from Enchanted. Nearly four hours into the Oscarcast 2008… And it's finally over. No Country for […]


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Oscar Ceremony Biggest Surprises Include 20-Time Loser



Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain (top); in Casanova (middle); with Matt Damon in The Brothers Grimm (bottom) A few hours ago, Heath Ledger was found dead at his home in New York City, possibly from an overdose of sleeping pills. He was 28. I'm not a fan of Brokeback Mountain, […]


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Heath Ledger



Australian Aborigines' Ancestors Top AFI Awards + Winners Heath Ledger & Rachel Griffiths

Australian aborigines' ancestors in Ten Canoes. Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr's depiction of the lives of a group of egg-hunting and story-telling Australian aborigines prior to contact with Europeans – along with the cautionary story of these aborigines' ancestors, one of whom coveted one of the wives of one […]


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Australian Aborigines' Ancestors Top AFI Awards + Winners Heath Ledger & Rachel Griffiths



Heath Ledger Movie Up for Australian Film Institute Awards

The Australian Film Institute's 2006 AFI Award nominees include Candy, by Neil Armfield, with Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, and Geoffrey Rush, Ten Canoes, by Rolf de Heer and Peter Dijigirr, with Jamie Gulpilil, Kenny by Clayton Jacobson, with Shane Jacobson and Ronald Jacobson, Suburban Mayhem by Paul Goldman, with Emily Barclay and Anthony Hayes, and Jindabyne by Ray Lawrence, with Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne.


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Heath Ledger Movie Up for Australian Film Institute Awards



'Cabiria' 1914: Restoring 1 of Most Influential Movies + 'Brokeback Mountain' (Not) in Muslim World

Cabiria 1914: Reconstructed silent epic to be screened in Turin Giovanni Pastrone's Cabiria (1914), one of the most influential films ever made, “has been reconstructed from long-lost rushes recently found in a Turin basement,” reports ANSA. Missing only 5 percent of its original footage, the restored Cabiria will have its […]


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'Cabiria' 1914: Restoring 1 of Most Influential Movies + 'Brokeback Mountain' (Not) in Muslim World



Independent Film Spirit Awards: 'Brokeback Mountain' Tops

Independent Film Spirit Award winner 'Brokeback Mountain,' with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Independent Film Spirit Awards 2006: 'Brokeback Mountain' is Best Film Ang Lee's gay romantic drama and 2006 Academy Award favorite Brokeback Mountain won two top awards – Best Film and Best Director – at the Independent Film […]


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Independent Film Spirit Awards: 'Brokeback Mountain' Tops



Oscar Nominations: Gay Cowboys & Multiple Nominee George Clooney

The Academy Award nominations are in. Brokeback Mountain (above, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger) led the pack with 8 nods. Crash, Good Night and Good Luck., and Memoirs of a Geisha tied with six nominations each, while Munich and Capote received five nominations apiece. Of the aforementioned six films, […]


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Oscar Nominations: Gay Cowboys & Multiple Nominee George Clooney



SAG & DGA Award Winners: Reese Witherspoon & Rachel Weisz + Ang Lee & Clint Eastwood

Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line (top); Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener in Capote; Sandra Bullock in Crash Among the winners of the 2006 Actor statuettes, the Screen Actors Guild awards, were: Best actress Reese Witherspoon for playing country singer June Carter in the Johnny Cash biopic […]


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SAG & DGA Award Winners: Reese Witherspoon & Rachel Weisz + Ang Lee & Clint Eastwood



BAFTA Nominations: Corruption, Racism & Doomed Gay Love

The 2006 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) have been announced. The largest number of nominations went to The Constant Gardener (10), Crash (9), and Brokeback Mountain (9). All three films were nominated for best picture, while The Constant Gardener (above) also received a best British film nod. Mirroring the trend […]


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BAFTA Nominations: Corruption, Racism & Doomed Gay Love



Golden Globes: Gay Cowboys vs. Racial Tensions + Palm Springs Film Festival Winners

2006 Golden Globes 2006 Golden Globe winners: Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on January 16, 2006 (“*” denotes the winner in each category)   James Schamus, Diana Ossana, Ang Lee. © HFPA / Hollywood Foreign Press Association / 63rd Golden Globe Awards® Best Motion Picture - Drama * Brokeback […]


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Golden Globes: Gay Cowboys vs. Racial Tensions + Palm Springs Film Festival Winners



'Brokeback Mountain': Critics Awards Go to Gay Cowboy Romantic Drama

Brokeback Mountain. The Best Film winner in San Francisco, Boston, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Las Vegas, Florida, Utah, and most elsewhere in the U.S., Ang Lee's gay love story stars star-crossed cowboy lovers Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger – the latter selected as the year's Best Actor in, among other locations, San […]


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'Brokeback Mountain': Critics Awards Go to Gay Cowboy Romantic Drama



Brave Journalist vs. Far Right + America the Homicidal: Movie Awards

Brave Journalist vs. the Far Right: Good Night and Good Luck. with David Strathairn. George Clooney's black-and-white drama about television journalist Edward R. Murrow (played by David Strathairn) was the National Board of Review Awards' Best Film winner. Clooney also co-wrote (with Grant Heslov) and “co-acted” in Good Night and […]


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Brave Journalist vs. Far Right + America the Homicidal: Movie Awards



Gay Cowboy Romance & Troubled Gay Writer: Awards Season Favorites + Major Vera Farmiga Upset

Gay cowboy romance with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain was the Los Angeles Film Critics' Best Film of the year, while Heath Ledger, as a laconic 1960s Wyoming-ite enjoying/suffering through a big gay cowboy romance with fellow buckaroo Jake Gyllenhaal, was the runner-up in the Best […]


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Gay Cowboy Romance & Troubled Gay Writer: Awards Season Favorites + Major Vera Farmiga Upset



AFI FEST: 'Casanova' Movie Traffic Chaos, George Clooney 'Charmer'

AFI FEST showcases Heath Ledger in 'Casanova': Chaos in Hollywood area. AFI FEST 2005: 'Casanova' movie chaos The worst thing I can say about the 2005 edition of the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival a.k.a. AFI FEST 2005, is that it ended – with a mix of bangs and […]


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AFI FEST: 'Casanova' Movie Traffic Chaos, George Clooney 'Charmer'