In the summer of 1996, I sat in an art house theater watching Emma, and about halfway through, some girl half-whispers to her friend, “They’re totally copying Clueless.” I was eighteen, heading off to college with dreams of being a screenwriter and I realized that this was going to be my audience. While it may be true that every story has already been told, this writer knows there are great scripts waiting for their chance to make best original screenplay history. Hilarious, tragic, beautiful, entirely made up stories just waiting for their day in the sun....more
Now that the snow has melted and the sun has returned, it's time to think about summer movies! Big blockbusters, exciting sequels and best selling adaptations are all in the mix, so here's my take on some of the movies you can look for this summer:...more
Last week, I pawed through the newsstand, gathering as many issues as I could shove into my bag. To my dismay back at home, two of the four magazines that made the cut included pictures of Gwyneth Paltrow, promising to reveal how she got that "amazing" body. Inside the mags, I learned that she got this "miracle figure" by "never" letting up on her workouts. I also learned about the routine that had Cameron Diaz comparing her arms to those of her pilled up lover, A-Rod. Now, let me show you what I was looking at:...more
Living in the backwoods of the Ozarks is no picnic in the best of circumstances -- but even worse when your Daddy’s skipped out on his bail and your house and land are at stake. That’s the pickle 17-year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself in. Daddy Jessup skipped out on a “crank cooking” charge and now Ree, her young brother, young sister and incapacitated mother are close to being thrown off their land and into the woods.
My family has been making movies for a long time. Long before CGI, before Technicolor, before sound. They helped create and support the organizations giving out awards this season. And maybe that’s why I’m always more interested in who takes home a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award than a Golden Globe.
See this is why ten Academy Award Best Picture nominees is ridiculous. We're talking Christopher Nolan, folks. Yep, the director of Inception. It's ironic that the reason the ten nominations came into being last year was because of the work of one of the best directors in Hollywood -- who's now been stiffed by the 2011 Oscar nominations. Two years ago in my post about the expanded Best Picture nominees, I saw this as a potential problem:...more
Blame it on the booze, the amazing food, the intimate table seating and the fact that the celebs get to share a table with their cast and crew mates, that makes for a more relaxing and easygoing experience for everyone, not to mention the timely fashion in which they finish ... but let's get to what we really watch award shows for, shall we: TO SEE WHAT THEY'RE WEARING of course!