This Day in Oscar History: August 1 (2015)

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Trailer Watch: The Good Dinosaur, updated (2015)

Trailer Watch: The Good Dinosaur, updated (2015)New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#2) / Page Redesigned

The Good Dinosaur, updated

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 31, 2015)

Every week, we’ll take a look back in 5-year intervals in the box office past to explore how Oscar’s nominees were doing at the box office that weekend historically. All data is collected from Box Office Mojo. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office (as well as a section looking at the inflation-adjusted numbers). The third section is an alphabetical list of those films and the categories in which they were nominated. And to start each week off, we’ll be looking at the films releasing over the weekend that have the best chance of getting Oscar nominations and specifying the categories where we think they have the best chance at this stage of the game. If you have any suggestions for more data you’d like to see, please let us know.

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Wide)

Oscar Potential: Sound, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #105

We started over at the beginning of August 2013, but with a new, more streamlined methodology to collecting votes. Just choose one selection in each of the ten categories (or fewer depending on the week) below. Our first few weeks were to select winners in cases of ties or in years where multiple categories existed for each discipline. After that, we started going into the full face-off contest where each winner will then move on to a second round to face off against others.

Here is this week’s ten (or fewer) face-offs. So, let’s get started.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 31 (2015)

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Poll: Best Original Screenplay (1966 – 1970)

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Trailer Watch: Spectre, updated (2015)

Trailer Watch: Spectre, updated (2015)New Trailer (#2) / Page Redesigned

Spectre, updated

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Oscar Profile #247: Marcello Mastroianni

Oscar Profile #247: Marcello MastroianniBorn September 28, 1924 in Fontana Liri, Lazlo, Italy, Marcello Mastroianni soon moved with his family to Turin and then Rome. He made his film debut as an extra in 1939’s Marionettte at the age of 14. His first starring role was in 1951’s The Accusation aka The Charge Is Murder. He became a major star in Mario Monicelli’s 1958 megahit Big Deal on Madonna Street, which was not released in the U.S. until November, 1961, seven months after the U.S. release of Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita which made him an international superstar.

The year after La Dolce Vita, Mastroianni starred opposite Jeanne Moreau in Michelangelo Antonioni’s La Notte and the following year starred in perhaps his greatest role, as the Italian director patterned after Fellini in 8 1/2. In between he starred in Pietro Germi’s Divorce Italian Style, a satire on the state of Italy’s lack of a divorce law, which earned him the first of his three Oscar nominations. He remains the only thespian to have been nominated three times for performances in foreign language films. Sophia Loren, Liv Ullmann, Isabelle Adjani, Javier Bardem and Marion Cotillard have two each.

Mastroianni’s major films of the mid-1960s included Mario Monicelli’s The Organizer, Vittorio De Sica’s Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow and Marriage Italian Style both opposite Sophia Loren, Monicelli’s Casanova ‘70 opposite Virna Lisa and Elio Petri’s The 10th Victim opposite Ursula Andress.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 30 (2015)

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2015)

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Film Preview: Freeheld (2015)

Film Preview: Freeheld (2015)

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Release Date:

October 2, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester, and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, both battle to secure Hester’s pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer.”

Poster Rating: B (3)

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Review: (#1-#3) Trying to sell a film with a symbol that gained prominence after the events in the film took place is a poor excuse for a design, but there is little use denying that it has a strong modern connotation that will elaborate its story elements quite well.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The trailer meanders a bit, but it gives a lot of potentially poignant moments. Those moments, however, are cut off with frequency and the romantic elements of the story seem to be a touch minimized. Still, anyone who knows something about this story or who wants to celebrate gay rights will give this one the benefit of the doubt.

Oscar Prospects:

One of the year’s top two contenders for Best Actress, Julianne Moore could pull off a rare back-to-back win in Best Actress for this piece. The film is also likely to pull Ellen Page along for a nomination and I wouldn’t be surprised if Michael Shannon also nabbed one. The film could also be in the race for a Best Picture nomination, but something about the film just doesn’t seem like it can do much with Oscar outside of its performances. Of course, it taps into a cultural zeitgeist that may give it a bigger boost than it might have had otherwise.

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Looking at the Weekend: Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2015

Looking at the Weekend: Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2015The competition will be fierce this week with two major contenders for the box office crown. Tom Cruise has proven time and again that he has the ability to bring people to the theater. While he’s had some duds recently, the Mission: Impossible franchise has been nothing if not steady. Ghost Protocol revitalized a flagging franchise, so it’s likely residual good will can make this a top opener.

Hot on its heels, however, is Vacation, the sequel/reboot of the National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise. It’s been 18 years since the Griswolds last ventured onto the big screen with the dud Vegas Vacation. Revisiting its roots, the simply titled Vacation takes the young son of Clark Griswold in the first film, Rusty, and makes him the new patriarch as he and his family make the hijinks-filled trip to Wally World. Counting on nostalgia for the original film, the studio hopes to re-launch the franchise for a new generation. It seems well poised to be the latest July/August R-Rated comedy to score box office gold, but I doubt it will be enough to take over first place.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 29 (2015)

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Film Preview: The Revenant (2015)

Film Preview: The Revenant (2015)

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Release Date:

December 25, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, set out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.”

Poster Rating: –

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Review: There was no poster immediately available for my review. Should one become available in the future, this section will be updated.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: There isn’t much to this trailer, though the film certainly looks well filmed. What it has to say about the old west is hard to understand since much of the plot is left out in place of background breathing. Still, you have to give it some leeway considering the talent involved, but will audiences?

Oscar Prospects:

Alejandro González Iñárritu is now one of a handful of directors whose every film will be talked up as an Oscar contender. Like Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and David O. Russell, he’ll likely land nominations even when he presents weaker work. That doesn’t mean this looks like. On the contrary, the film is sure to be a major player even if he hadn’t just won, but we’ll never know for certain whether it’s the quality of the film or the success of its director that made the determination.

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Eye on Warner Archive: Jul. 21, 2015

Here are some highlights of the recent releases to the Warner Archive Collection. DVD’s and Blu-rays are manufactured on demand. They also have a streaming service. Before you visit Warner Archive to check out their selection, check out the selections below an a few of my thoughts.

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