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"Tell Me We Haven't Blown It": Peter Fonda Reflects on 'Easy Rider' and Its Unanswered Question

If 1939 was cinema's golden year, 1969 was its watershed. Though Hollywood was still producing big-budget films (Hello, Dolly!) and features starring such veterans as John Wayne (True Grit), the counterculture was quickly taking root. That year heralded the arrival of such new filmmakers as Paul Mazursky (Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice) and three X-rated dramas — John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy, Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool and Frank Perry's Last Summer — which all became critical and commercial successes. Midnight Cowboy even claimed the best picture Oscar at the 42nd Academy Awards over relatively lighter fare like Dolly! and Butch ...
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Was 2010 a Down Year for Movies? | Ranking the Quality of Film Over the Last 5 Years

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Now that we've posted our Best Films of 2010, individual and group, and many of you have had your say, I now put the question to all of you: Was 2010 a down year for movies?

On first blush, to me it felt like a good year, one that may not have had many great films, but one that at least had a lot of pretty good ones. Dan's been suggesting for a while now, however, that it's been a pretty mediocre year for movies overall (which probably demonstrates why he had two movies -- Black Swan and The Town -- in his top ten list that he didn't review that favorably). I thought Dan was just being curmudgeonly until I actually looked back at our top ten movies from previous years. Relative to those other years, I'd have to agree: It's been a down year.

Maybe that's the point: You need
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'Tron Legacy,' 'Black Swan' and 'True Blood' lead Art Director's Guild nominees

The prestigious Art Director's Guild of America announced the nominees for their 2010 Awards this morning and on the movie side there were absolutely no surprises.  Every expected best picture contender made the cut with guild's three categories (Period Film, Fantasy Film, Contemporary Film) with only the animated "Toy Story 3," "Winter's Bone" and "The Kids Are All Right" failing to get recognized.  Unfortunately, the surplus of nods make it hard to determine who will make the Academy Awards cut of just five honorees, but "Black Swan," "Inception," "Alice in Wonderland" and "True Grit" are prime contenders. On the television side,...
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'Inception', 'Social Network' get WGA noms

'Inception', 'Social Network' get WGA noms
Inception and The Social Network have secured nominations at the 2011 WGA (Writers Guild of America) Awards. Christopher Nolan's script for his mind-bending heist thriller Inception faces competition from boxing biopic The Fighter, Black Swan, and indie dramas The Kids Are All Right and Please Give for the 'Original Screenplay' prize. For 'Adapted Screenplay', Sorkin's Social Network - based on Ben Mezrich's book The Accidental Billionaires - is up against 127 Hours, I Love You Phillip Morris, The Town and True Grit. The Writers Guild Awards will take place on February 5. The WGA movie nominations in full: Original Screenplay

Black Swan (Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John McLaughlin)

The (more)
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Video Evidence of The Fighter's Poetic License Reveals Shocking Lack of Chewing Gum

Video Evidence of The Fighter's Poetic License Reveals Shocking Lack of Chewing Gum
Much like the fighting style of boxer Micky Ward, The Fighter is one of those Oscar contenders seemingly lying in wait to make its big strike. It doesn't have the box office pedigree of True Grit or The Social Network, and it isn't as critically acclaimed/debated as Inception or Black Swan, but David O. Russell's criminally entertaining return stands as good a chance as any film to garner multiple Oscar nominations and wins (for Christian Bale and either Amy Adams or Melissa Leo). Not bad! But will the fact that the film plays fast and loose with some facts about Ward, his brother Dicky and girlfriend Charlene be detrimental to the campaign?
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Art Directors Nominations Run Gamut from 'King's Speech' to 'Social Network' to 'Robin Hood'

Art Directors Nominations Run Gamut from 'King's Speech' to 'Social Network' to 'Robin Hood'
Here's a batch of nominations that includes some new names alongside the usual suspects. The Art Directors Guild announced its nominations on Wednesday morning – and by separating the feature film nominees into Period Film, Fantasy Film and Contemporary Film categories, they were able to make room for the likes of "Shutter Island" (left), "Robin Hood" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader" alongside awards heavyweights like "True Grit," "The King's Speech," "Black Swan," "The Fighter" and "The Social Network." On the television side, nominees included "Mad Men," "True
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Ballots Are Out and the Heat Is On

Happy New Year, Tribeca readers! With the new year comes reminiscences, resolutions and... Oscar ballots. When we last spoke, ballots hadn't even gone out yet. They were mailed out to the Academy's 6,000+ voters directly after Christmas, and they're due back on Friday, January 14. Did you know they were color-coded? The bulk of nomination voting is done during the holiday week that just passed and, well, now. The natural question is what is in the cultural air right now influencing those votes? True Grit the Hit Over the past two weeks True Grit, the new Western from the Coen Brothers, has emerged as a genuine hit. Despite occasional media griping to the contrary, Oscar voters love a hit film. (Last year's win for The Hurt Locker was something of an anomaly, as it's actually the lowest grossing Best Picture winner.) Hollywood runs on blockbusters, and gold can often follow green. Just
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2011 Writers Guild of America (WGA) Nominations Announced

The Writers Guild of America (WGA), West (Wgaw) and East (Wgae) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2010.

The WGA said that many acclaimed films were not eligible. They include: Another Year, Biutiful, Blue Valentine, The Ghost Writer, The King’s Speech, Made in Dagenham, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Toy Story 3 and Winter’s Bone. Of course, last year great screenplays like Inglourious Basterds and An Education didn’t make the cut, and those went on to get Oscar nominations later in the same month.

Winners will be honored at the 2011 Writers Guild Awards held on Saturday, February 5, 2011, simultaneously at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel-Grand Ballroom in Los Angeles and the Axa Equitable Center in New York City.

Both the “Original Screenplay” and “Adapted Screenplay” categories have matched the Academy Awards 11 out of the last 16 years.

A complete list of all of this year
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The 50 Films You Must See Before Oscar Night 2011

Here’s a post from a reader called Marshall which was simply too good not to post. Marshall is an avid movie goer and will often see 5 films on any given weekend. With this in mind, he decided to write this post called ‘The 50 films you Must see before Oscar Night 2011′ which are based on critics awards, industry buzz and my own personal opinion – not to be confused with preference.

Read on for the full low-down:

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Movies are important. Maybe not as important as family, politics, the environment, etc., but they are still important. And the Academy Awards are the essence of what this industry is all about. It’s a night where the best films and performances are celebrated throughout the world and movies as a whole are given a chance to shine. But unless you’re as devoted of a movie geek as I am, it can be
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Robert Duvall: A Career Retrospective on the Man's 80th Birthday

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Filed under: Features, Cinematical

We all have our favorite actors that we've carried with us since childhood. Every movie fanatic has a dozen or more (fine, maybe hundreds) but among my particular generation (and perhaps the one that preceded it) few "character actors" are as widely respected as Mr. Robert Duvall. He's absolutely one of those "I'll see whatever movie he's in" actors, which means I've seen a ton of his films. Gathered below are a handful of Mr. Duvall's best moments. You can find dozens more just by picking through his filmography.

'To Kill a Mockingbird' (1962) -- He played Boo Radley! And it was his very first film! (Read Peter Martin's views on this auspicious debut right here.)

'True Grit' (1969) -- Played a great villain in the original film. And not the dumb one, either. The role played by Barry Pepper in the remake.

'M
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Robert Duvall: A Career Retrospective on the Man's 80th Birthday

Robert Duvall: A Career Retrospective on the Man's 80th Birthday
Filed under: Features, Cinematical

We all have our favorite actors that we've carried with us since childhood. Every movie fanatic has a dozen or more (fine, maybe hundreds) but among my particular generation (and perhaps the one that preceded it) few "character actors" are as widely respected as Mr. Robert Duvall. He's absolutely one of those "I'll see whatever movie he's in" actors, which means I've seen a ton of his films. Gathered below are a handful of Mr. Duvall's best moments. You can find dozens more just by picking through his filmography.

'To Kill a Mockingbird' (1962) -- He played Boo Radley! And it was his very first film! (Read Peter Martin's views on this auspicious debut right here.)

'True Grit' (1969) -- Played a great villain in the original film. And not the dumb one, either. The role played by Barry Pepper in the remake.

'M
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DVD: DVD: True Grit; Monte Walsh

The Coen brothers’ new movie adaptation of Charles Portis’ Western novel True Grit relies more on its source material than the Academy Award-winning 1969 version, but the older True Grit is a fine film, too, and fascinating for the ways it was out of step with its times. Director Henry Hathaway and screenwriter Marguerite Roberts worked hard to smooth out the kinks in Portis’ novel, retaining some of Portis’ comically elevated language and the basics of the plot—which sees a teenage girl hiring a drunken marshal to track the man who murdered her father—but shooting it in a ...
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Writers Guild of America Announces Nominees

The Writers Guild of America has announced their nominations for the best screenplays of 2010. If you are like me and you like to bet on who’s going to win at the Oscars, you will want to take a close look at the nominees. The Writers Guild of America is one of the strongest voting bodies in Hollywood and usually a reliable predictor for Oscar gold. In fact the winner of the WGA award has gone on to win the Oscar in the same category 11 of the last 16 years. Oscar favourites Winter’s Bone, Toy Story 3 and The Kings Speech failed to meet eligibility requirements to be considered, and was therefore disqualified (as were a number of other scripts).

Check out their 2010 nominees below from the press release:

Original Screenplay

Black Swan, Screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin; Story by Andres Heinz; Fox Searchlight

The Fighter,
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Writers Guild Names Their 2011 Nominations

The Writers Guild of America has announced their nominations for the best screenplays of 2010. Like the Producers Guild nominations, these specialized lists are typically an excellent bellwether for Oscar enthusiasts (or gamblers). However, it’s important to note that critically acclaimed films like Toy Story 3, The King’s Speech, Winter’s Bone, Never Let Me Go, Biutiful, and How to Train Your Dragon were deemed ineligible by the guild for various reasons.

I’m surprised to see a nod for The Social Network, not because it’s not a brilliant piece of work by Aaron Sorkin, but because he gave the guild a solid drubbing at a recent round table discussion with a few other notable screenwriters. It’s also strange to see I Love You Phillip Morris receiving any kind of awards consideration, especially in an extremely competitive year of great screenplays.

The WGA winners will be announced
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The Ten Best Films of 2010

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Before we get to our Ten Best Films of 2010, we should first take a moment to recognize two important notes:

1) Top Ten Lists of this nature are a farce. First of all, it's possible, but not likely, that any critic could see every film released in a year (it would take the ability to see 60 films in the month of December alone). And by combining the lists of a staff or organization, you're basically weeding out some of the fringe (or interesting) picks, which is good because it adds homogeneity to the list, but bad because it adds homogeneity to the list. What you end up with, essentially, are not necessarily the best films of any one list, but the films mentioned the most among all the lists. That's why his year, we're also providing the top ten lists of each regular critic here, and if you align more or less with one of us,
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2011 Writers Guild Awards Screen Nominees Announced (WGA)

Here is the rundown of nominees for the 2011 Writers Guild Awards held on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. Nominees were decided by both The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2010.

Original Screenplay

Black Swan, Screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin; Story by Andres Heinz; Fox Searchlight

The Fighter, Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Paramount Pictures

Inception, Written by Christopher Nolan; Warner Bros.

The Kids Are All Right, Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg; Focus Features

Please Give, Written by Nicole Holofcener; Sony Pictures Classics

Adapted Screenplay

127 Hours, Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy; Based on the book Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston; Fox Searchlight

I Love You Phillip Morris,
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True Grit: See 500 Rooster Cogburns, and Learn the Truth About Matt Damon’s ‘Abs Double’

True Grit: See 500 Rooster Cogburns, and Learn the Truth About Matt Damon’s ‘Abs Double’
Is True Grit going to be the new The Big Lebowski, inspiring fan gatherings all over the country? Probably not, but on the eve of the opening of Joel and Ethan Coen's new version of True Grit, hundreds of people gathered in front of Judge Parker's gallows at Fort Smith, Arkansas to partially recreate the classic showdown between Marshall 'Rooster' Cogburn and Lucky Ned Pepper. Watch video of the unusual gathering after the break. And, as a bonus, get the truth about the most curious credit in the film: Matt Damon's Abs Double. Here's the video of Gritapalooza, via In Contention [1]. Seeing all those people perform the dialogue in unison is almost like seeing True Grit: The Musical. Hmm... From the YouTube posting comes this explanation: Fort Smith, Arkansas is the setting and inspiration for True Grit, so on the eve of the new Coen Brothers' release,
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Writers Guild Awards Nominations! Check Out Full Movie, TV Nominees! Yes, There Are Few Surprises!

"I Love You Phillip Morris" came out of nowhere and secured a nod for the 2011 Writers Guild Awards. Based on the book by Steven McVicker, the film starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGRegor as prisoners in love received a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination.

"Phillip Morris" will be competing with awards-favorites "127 Hours" (screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy), "The Social Network" (screenplay Aaron Sorkin), "The Town" (screenplay by Peter Craig and Ben Affleck & Aaron Stockard), and True Grit (screenplay by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen).

In the Original Screenplay category, critics-darlings "Black Swan" (screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin), "The Fighter" (screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson), "Inception" (Christopher Nolan), and "The Kids Are All Right" (written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg) will be competing with "Please Give" by Nicole Holofcener. Much like "I Love You Phillip Morris," "Please Give," a family dramedy set in New York,
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Writers Guild Award nominations arrive!

Big day for award announcements today, and here’s the 2011 Writers Guild Of America award nominees.

Black Swan, Inception, The Fighter, Please Give and The Kids Are All Right won nods in the original screenplay category, while 127 Hours, I Love You Phillip Morris, The Social Network, The Town and True Grit scored in the adapted screenplay category.

The WGA awards give us a very good indication as to what may be nominated come Oscar time.

The WGA Awards will be dished out in ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles on February 5thm 2011.

Original Screenplay

Black Swan, Screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin; Story by Andres Heinz; Fox Searchlight

The Fighter, Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Paramount Pictures

Inception, Written by Christopher Nolan; Warner Bros.

The Kids Are All Right, Written by Lisa Cholodenko
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