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Feed the Queue #182

Here are the results of last week's poll.

  1. Lone Star
  2. Michael Collins
  3. Fly Away Home
  4. Marvin's Room
  5. That Thing You Do!
  6. The Nutty Professor

Lone Star wins and goes into my queue.

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Oscar Profile #196: Lasse Hallstrom

Premiere Of Screen Gems' "Dear John" - ArrivalsBorn June 2, 1946 in Stockholm, Sweden to a dentist father and a famous writer mother, Lars Sven (Lasse) Hallstrom’s maternal grandfather was Sweden’s finance minister from 1926-28 and again from 1930-33. Having studied music in Stockholm, the future award-winning film director learned his craft making music videos for ABBA in the 1970s. His first wife, Malou, to whom he was married from 1974 to 1981, was the editor on his 1977 documentary film, ABBA: The Movie.

Moving to feature films, Hallstrom’s 1985 Swedish film, My Life As a Dog became an international success that received two Oscar nominations following its 1987 U.S. release, both of them going to Hallstrom, one for directing and the other for writing shared with three others.

From 1991 on, most of Hallstrom’s films have been U.S. productions beginning with that year’s Once Around with a cast headed by Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter. 1993’s much admired What’s Eating Gilbert Grape was the director’s first U.S. film nominated for an Oscar, earning Leonardo DiCaprio the first of five acting nominations to date.

Hallstrom married second wife, Oscar nominated actress Lena Olin (Enemies, a Love Story) in 1994. His 1995 film, Something to Talk About earned Kyra Sedgwick a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress. 1999’s The Cider House Rules returned Hallstrom himself to Oscar glory. The film earned seven nominations including Best Picture and Director and won two, one for Best Supporting Actor Michael Caine and another for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 24 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

Born


Died

Released


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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Jul. 25-27, 2014)

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What Are You Watching? (Jul. 25-27, 2014)

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Trailer Watch: The BoxTrolls, updated (2014)

New Trailer (#4) / New Posters (#2-#12)

The BoxTrolls, updated

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Game: 2014 Summer Box Office Week 13

For a full list of rules, click here: 2014 Summer Box Office Predictions Game Rules.

Submit Your Predictions for This Week

  1. Top Ten Films at the U.S. Box Office of the week in order from most money to least.
  2. Individual monetary predictions for each film.
  3. Final box office tally for all new wide releases.
  4. # of Weeks each new wide release will spend at #1.
  5. # of Weeks each new wide release will spend in the top 10.

This Week's New Wide Releases

And So It Goes (1,800 screens)
Hercules (3,500 screens)
Lucy (3,200 screens)

Box Office Prediction Increments

  1. $50 million or higher - $5 million increments
  2. $25 million to $49 million - $1 million increments
  3. $5 million to $24.5 million - $500,000 increments
  4. $4.9 million or lower - $100,000 increments

Last Week's Results

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Looking at the Weekend: Jul. 25-27, 2014

The blundering oaf that is The Rock should have no problem topping the box office. For some reason, people can't get enough of his action antics. Lucy might do ok, but will probably come in under the third week of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: I have no desire to see yet another mixture of Greek and Roman mythologies (at least where Heracles isn't paired with Zeus and Hercules paired with Jupiter as intended), but Lucy might be mind-numbing fun. Of course, on the indie front there are a lot of options including the new Woody Allen film.
Peter J. Patrick: Some seemingly pleasant summertime fare releasing this week - nothing to either improve or hurt the brain.

Thomas LaTourrette: There are some interesting actors in some not terribly exciting looking films coming out this weekend. Magic in the Moonlight seems the best of the bunch.

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2014 Summer Season Preview: August

There are no two bigger months at theaters. While the Summer may provide box office swing, both box office and Oscars dominate the final two months of the year with November likely the biggest of them all. This year, a number of top notch films will compete for audience dollars and critics' appreciation going into the final weeks of pre-Oscar wrangling. This November features one of the most impressive line-ups Oscar has seen in some time, with many of them strong contenders for one or multiple nominations.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 23 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Revisionist Oscar: 1996, Part 1 Redux

You can read more about this project in the article at this link. Below is our first poll, covering the best starting point there could be: Best Picture. As a refresher, here is where we obtain the titles will be included in the polls that will be conducted:
Four-Field Categories:

  • The actual Oscar nominees in the selected category.
  • The Top Ten films at the U.S. box office.
  • The ten highest-rated films according to Rotten Tomatoes
  • The best of the precursor winners (or nominees if not enough available) in the selected category.

Best Picture

We're going to be using Survey Monkey this time around. You get to rank all of the appropriate titles how you see fit, but preferably in order of preference.

Revisionist Oscar: 1996, Part 1 Poll

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Trailer Watch: Big Hero 6, updated (2014)

New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#2-#3)

Big Hero 6, updated

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5 Favorites #191: 5 Favorite Character Actors, Part III

Every week, we'll pose a new "five favorites" question. You just list your five favorites that fit in that category (preferably in preference order) and you're welcome to discuss and debate the selections and see just how much you do or do not have in common with others. If you want to take a look back at our past articles to comment or enjoy, here is a post set aside to track all of our articles (updated infrequently).

Moving into the 1970's and 1980's for our favorite character actors.

What are your 5 Favorite character actors of the 1970's and 1980's?

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Eye on Warner Archive: Jul. 15, 2014

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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The DVD Report #370

NorthStarFrom the 1930s through the early 1960s, film distribution was different than it is now. Instead of major films opening in wide release, all major films, not just a select few, would have limited initial releases followed by wide distribution in neighborhood theatres. In New York City, neighborhood theatres were primarily owned by RKO and Loew’s. RKO theatres would get 20th Century-Fox; Warner Bros., Universal, Republic and RKO releases when they finished their initial runs, accompanied by a minor film that could be from one of those studios or one of the minors such as Monogram or Allied Artists. RKO was also the distributing arm of Walt Disney and Samuel Goldwyn as well as films made at RKO itself. Loew’s, originally owned by MGM, would get MGM, Paramount, Columbia and United Artists films. Films that played neighborhood theatres would generally run their double features for seven days, Wednesday through Tuesday. Occasionally, however, when a weak major film would play the theatres, the chain would substitute a lesser program from Sunday to Tuesday or just on Monday and Tuesday to close out the week.

In September, 1957, Fox’s Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? and its co-feature was withdrawn after four days and another program substituted for an unusual Sunday through Wednesday run, to be replaced by Warner Bros.’ The Curse of Frankenstein and a co-feature that would run from Thursday through the following Tuesday. This program consisted of two films from NTA (National Television Associates), which was not a theatrical film distribution company but a distribution company for television. The two films on the program were two previously released films the company had purchased for future broadcasting. They renamed them Battle Stripe and Armored Attack.

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This Day in Oscar History: July 22 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Died

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