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This Day in Oscar History: August 31 (2014)

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This Day in Oscar History: August 30 (2014)

Here's what happened today in Oscar History.

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Film Preview: Radio Free Albemuth (2014)

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Release Date:

June 27, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Berkeley record store clerk Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe) begins to experience strange visions from an entity he calls VALIS that cause him to uproot his family and move to Los Angeles where he becomes a successful music company executive. With the help of best friend, science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick himself (Shea Whigam) and a mysterious woman named Silvia (Alanis Morissette), Nick finds himself drawn into a dangerous political-mystical conspiracy of cosmic proportions. The story is set in an alternate reality America circa 1985 under the authoritarian control of President Fremont, a Nixon-like clone (Scott Wilson)."

Poster: B

Review: A futuristic design that alleviates any concern that a largely no-name cast is starring in an adaptation of a Philip K. Dick story. Visually, it's striking, but that might not be enough to sell the film.

Trailer: D+

Review: A lumbering, clunky bore of a film with leaden performances and heavy-handed political plotting is how the film can easily be perceived with a trailer like this. The trailer itself is plodding, meandering and overzealous, failing to adequately account for the fact that the premise isn't as easily accessible as it needs to be.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(August 24, 2014) Original

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 35, 2014)

Every week, we'll take a look back 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years into the box office past to explore how Oscar's nominees were doing at the box office that weekend historically. All data is taken from Box Office Mojo. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office. The second 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. Please let us know if you like our new feature or if you want to see more information and we'll see what we can do!

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #56

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 below. Our first few weeks will be to select winners in cases of ties or in years where multiple categories existed for each discipline. After that, we'll go 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 face-offs. So, let's get started.

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This Day in Oscar History: August 29 (2014)

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Poll: Best Costume Design (1968 – 1972)

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Best Costume Design Poll: 1968 - 1972

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Film Preview: Young Ones (2014)

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Release Date:

October 17, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "Set in the future when water is hard to find a teenage boy sets out to protect his family and survive."

Poster: C / B-

Review: (#1 & #2) Bold, white backgrounds may be symbolic, but they aren't helpful. The first design is bland, uneventful and doesn't adequately hint at the film's premise. The second design is more creative and certainly plays up the scorching of the sun, but doesn't otherwise talk about the film enough, which could be difficult in convincing someone who hasn't seen the trailer to watch the film.

Trailer: C

Review: A futuristic story about a water-starved society is not original, nor is it particularly inviting when presented like this film is in this trailer. There are plenty of action elements and conflict on display, but there's no rooting interest, making it difficult for the viewer to latch onto a reason to watch the film in the first place.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(August 24, 2014) Original

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Feed the Queue #187

Here are the results of last week's poll.

  1. The Royal Tenanbaums
  2. Black Hawk Down
  3. Iris
  4. Training Day

The Royal Tenenbaums wins and goes into my queue.

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Oscar Profile #202: Charles Boyer

BoyerBorn August 28, 1899 in the small town of Figeac, France, the son of a merchant and his wife, Charles Boyer was an internationally famous actor who appeared in more than eighty films between 1920 and 1976. A philosophy student, he entertained soldiers while working as orderly in a local hospital during World War I. He made both his stage and screen debuts in 1920.

Boyer was signed by MGM in 1929 and made several films for the studio, the most noteworthy being 1932’s Red-Headed Woman as Jean Harlow’s chauffer. Dissatisfied with his Hollywood career, he returned to France where he had a major hit with 1934’s Liliom. Back in the U.S. he had his first starring role in 1934’s Caravan opposite Loretta Young. That same year he married his wife, actress Pat Paterson.

A major star now, the actor had major successes from the mid to late 1930s with Private Worlds opposite Oscar nominated Claudette Colbert; Break of Hearts opposite Katharine Hepburn; the French Mayerling opposite Danielle Darrieux ; The Garden of Allah opposite Marlene Dietrich; History Is Made at Night opposite Jean Arthur; Conquest as Napoleon opposite Greta Garbo (his first Oscar nomination); Tovarich again opposite Colbert; Algiers (his second Oscar nomination) opposite Hedy Lamarr; Love Affair opposite Oscar nominated Irene Dunne and When Tomorrow Comes also opposite Dunne.

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This Day in Oscar History: August 28 (2014)

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Aug. 29-31, 2014)

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What Are You Watching? (Aug. 29-31, 2014)

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Film Preview: White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

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Release Date:

October 24, 2014

Synopsis:

From IMDb: "In 1988, a teenage girl's life is thrown into chaos when her mother disappears."

Poster: C

Review: Focusing on star Shailene Woodley will certainly help bring it to the attention of her myriad fans, but the design is otherwise weak and bland, not even doing an adequate job conjuring images of the film's title.

Trailer: B-

Review: The trailer presents a film that looks almost bizarre, a faint invocation of the work of the Coen Brothers, but without the snappy dialogue. The premise itself doesn't look too inventive and predicting the film's outcome may not be too difficult from watching the trailer.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Revisions:

(August 24, 2014) Original

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Game: 2014 Summer Box Office Week 18

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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

As Above / So Below (2,500 screens)
The November Man (2,400 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: Aug. 29-31, 2014

It looks like Guardians of the Galaxy might end up with another week at the top of the box office. Neither As Above / So Below or The November Man look like they'll do very well.

Individual Commentaries

Wesley Lovell: Neither of the week's new wide releases look even remotely interesting, though a couple of interesting pieces may be coming to the specialty box office.
Peter J. Patrick: Nothing of consequence opening tis weekend - find another way to enjoy the Labor Day weekend.
Tripp Burton: The doldrums of August are in play...when does Oscar season ramp up again?
Thomas LaTourrette: The Congress sounds like it could be an interesting take on digitizing actors. Definitely the best of the weekend.

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