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  • The Oscars: Fresh story ideas a tough sell in Hollywood

    The Oscars: Fresh story ideas a tough sell in Hollywood
    David Seidler first sparked to the idea of writing a movie about the life of King George VI in 1980. A stutterer himself, he found the real-life narrative of the English monarch's struggles to overcome a debilitating stammer moving and profoundly...
  • If you liked (or hated) 'Black Swan,' you'll love 'Red Shoes'

    If you liked (or hated) 'Black Swan,' you'll love 'Red Shoes'
    Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky often tells interviewers that "The Red Shoes" (1948) is the one film comparable to his own "Black Swan." How modest of him! Aronofsky was right to say that the classic by British masters Michael Powell and Emeric...
  • Dinner and a movie

    Dinner and a movie
    Man, I wish I'd gotten this assignment two years ago. The task of matching Oscar-nominated films to appropriate restaurants is challenge enough, but it's even harder these days, thanks to the Academy's esteem-building decision to expand the number of...
  • 'The Social Network' and 'The King's Speech' face off at the Academy Awards

    'The Social Network' and 'The King's Speech' face off at the Academy Awards
    So will it be "The King's Speech" or "The Social Network" that wins the top prize Sunday at the 83rd Academy Awards? "The Social Network," the acclaimed drama about how Harvard computer nerds created the social networking site Facebook, had been the...
  • Critic's Notebook: Annette Bening takes the ordinary to Oscar-worthy heights

    Critic's Notebook: Annette Bening takes the ordinary to Oscar-worthy heights
    There is a very particular art to playing the ordinary. Few actors do it well — Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney always come to mind. Of those, most fail to get their due come Oscar night — thoughts of Giamatti and Linney rise again. The...
  • Critic's Notebook: Endless Oscar predictions, analysis take the fun out of the big night

    Critic's Notebook: Endless Oscar predictions, analysis take the fun out of the big night
    When it comes to the Oscars, both ways is the only way I want it. That phrase isn't mine — it's the title of an exceptional short story collection by Maile Meloy and a line from an A.R. Ammons poem — but I've borrowed it because it...
  • Comments & Curiosities: The 'King' of all award shows

    "Hooray for Holly." Come on, everybody, "Hooray for Hollywood, that screwy bally-hooey Hollywood, where any office boy or young mechanic, can be a panic." No, wait, stop, please. That was awful. We try that every year and it never gets any better....
  • 'The King's Speech' dethrones 'The Social Network'

    'The King's Speech' dethrones 'The Social Network'
    Hollywood's coronation of "The King's Speech" culminated Sunday night when the story of stuttering King George VI and his speech therapist won four Academy Awards, including best picture. But if the Oscars completed the historical drama's ascension, the...
  • TV review: Nice try, Oscars

    TV review: Nice try, Oscars
    Oscar producers, the more you try to make your annual Hollywood lovefest appeal to young viewers, the older you seem. And you are 83! "Anne, I must say, you look so beautiful and so hip," James Franco, 32, deadpanned as he and co-host Anne Hathaway, 28,...
  • 'Black Swan'

    'Black Swan'
    Natalie Portman rightfully earned raves and many awards - including an Oscar - for her impressive, complex portrayal of a ballet dancer who projects herself too much into the themes of "Swan Lake," the piece she is chosen to star in. Not helping is...
  • Holiday movies: Toe to toe with Aronofsky on 'Black Swan'

     
    2010 HOLIDAY MOVIE PREVIEW: On the stage of the Performing Arts Center at SUNY's Purchase College, Natalie Portman, wearing a tutu and a distressed mesh top, elegantly pirouettes and then dips into the arms of dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied....