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Hollywood Reporter says Oscars ‘still have bounce’

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Whilst it’s true that the Oscars don’t hold the same level of prestige that it once did, American entertainment bible Hollywood Reporter‘s  Gregg Kilday has contended that last week’s event proved the Academy Awards still have bounce. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Is Hollywood still mad at Mickey Rouke?

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Last week, Sean Penn won the Oscar for Best Lead Actor for his portrayal of gay San Francisco Senator Harvey Milk, despite the widespread support for Mickey Rourke’s turn as washed-up wrestler Randy “The Ram” Robinson. Does Penn’s victory signal that Tinseltown has not forgiven Rourke for previous sins?

“It’s going to be a show that takes some bold risks,” Academy of Motion Picture Art and Science (AMPAS) president Sid Ganis told reporters the night before the Oscars. (Eds note: AMPAS, in case you didn’t know, is the official name of the organisation which runs the Oscars.) Well, ‘bold’ and ‘risk’ are both words packed full of punch. Let’s investigate. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 2, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Pre-Oscars talk

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Rumour has it that anti-Israeli feeling may stop Waltz With Bashir from winning Best Foreign Film at the Oscars tonight. I really hope this isn’t true – mixing politics with awards shows is pretty stupid. In fact, I’d go one step further than that: mixing politics with film is fine on-screen but absolutely not behind the seens.

The big screen is for entertainment, not for political messages.

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February 22, 2009 at 8:06 pm

News round-up: Alfie Patten doc, Oscars odds and a makeover for The Simpsons

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It’s been a very busy week for film and television…here’s the round up.

Channel 4 won’t be going ahead with the proposed Alfie Patten documentary, after concerns were raised about payment to his family. Publicist Max Clifford told MediaGuardian.co.uk that the family had been expecting a £25,000 cheque for the programme. Probably best judging by the weird masks he and his dad wore this week. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 21, 2009 at 4:07 pm