Published June 30, 2009
Atlanta Stuff , News
Tags: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Back to the Future 2, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Coca-Cola Film Festival, Do the Right Thing, Fantasia Barrino, Finding Nemo, Fox Theatre, John Turturro, Jonah Hill, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Pixar, Roger Guenveur Smith, Rosie Perez, Slumdog Millionaire, Spike Lee, Stanley Kubrick, Star Trek, The Color Purple, Up, Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music
I’ve had mixed feelings about the Fox Theatre since I arrived in Atlanta in September. I drive past it frequently on Peachtree Street on the way to assignments or friends’ places, and it’s a pretty gorgeous building. It’s clearly old. It’s clearly a landmark. It clearly stands for something. Continue reading ‘Fox Theatre finally welcomes something awesome for film fans’
Published June 25, 2009
Tags: Academy Awards, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Deadline Hollywood Daily, Iron Man, Nikki Finke, No Country for Old Men, Oscars, Shotgun Stories, Slumdog Millionaire, The Departed
Nikki Finke just posted a shocker of a story: The Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences will now nominate 10 (10!) movies for Best Picture starting with the 82nd Academy Awards next year. She assumes what’s pretty obvious: that big studios shoved this down the academy’s throats because they want shit like “Iron Man” getting Oscar nods. (It shouldn’t. That movie is awesome, but, for Christ’s sake, don’t compare it to “Slumdog Millionaire” or “No Country for Old Men” or “The Departed.” Please.) Continue reading ‘What the crap? Oscars to allow 10 nominees in Best Picture category’
Dev Patel, left, and Freida Pinto in "Slumdog Millionaire"
After tearing it up at the Oscars last night, Freida Pinto is already landing new gigs. The “Slumdog Millionaire” banger is in Woody Allen’s umpteenth movie this year, which also stars Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin and Anthony Hopkins. Allen has a penchant for casting of-the-moment actors, and he tends to do it nicely, particularly in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” most recently. Continue reading ‘Woody buys a Pinto’
Dev Patel and Freida Pinto in "Slumdog Millionaire"
Despite the boundless cruelty of its villains, the destitution of its protagonists and the hopelessness of its setting “Slumdog Millionaire” is a fairy tale, and it is difficult to watch the movie without keeping that firmly in mind.
As director Danny Boyle whips you through the three main characters’ desolate childhoods, he avoids the manicured poverty, the clever, focused dialogue and the safe direction of so many fantasies intent on assuring their audiences that, yes, good indeed triumphs over evil, and, yes, our characters — the good ones, at least — are in safe hands. Continue reading ‘REVIEW: ‘Slumdog Millionaire’’