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I posted my review of FOX's "Allen Gregory" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched, what did you think? Was Jonah Hill funny as an obnoxious 7-year-old? Were you distracted by his dad's resemblance to "Community" Dean Pelton? And are you going to watch again?
Have at it.
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When I spoke to Sony Classics honcho Michael Barker at this year's Telluride Film Festival, he told me, "Watch out for Jodie Foster." We were talking about the lead actress category at the time, and Roman Polanski's "Carnage" had just played the Venice fest. He was high on her chances and feeling invigorated by reactions to her showy turn in the film.
Well, things change in an Oscar season. According to screening literature recently placed at the studio's official site, not only will Foster actually be campaigned in the supporting actress category, but so will co-star Kate Winslet. Additionally, the other actors in the film's quartet -- Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly -- will be campaigned for supporting actor, taking the entire cast out of lead contention.
This, I think, is a smart way to go. The Best Actress race is already filling up and seems to have little room for movement between seven or eight serious possibilities. Meanwhile, the film's best shot at a nomination is probably for Christoph Waltz's smarmy lawyer (the character portrayed by Jeff Daniels on Broadway). And in a category that has a lot of wiggle room, I think he becomes a real possibility now.
The decision by the New York Film Critics' Circle to announce their year end honorees at the end of November has left a bad taste in the mouths of many in the industry, but their early move didn't have any repercussions with their West Coast brethren. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association met today and, as expected, decided to keep their own year end awards announcement on the second weekend of December. That means LAFCA will chime in on awards season on Sunday, Dec. 11. Currently, the awards dinner is set for Sat. January 14, 2012 at a location to be determined.
Most importantly, LAFCA also announced that this year's lifetime achievement award will go to iconic screen legend Doris Day.
The 87-year-old icon was a box office star of the '50s and '60s appearing in such films as "Pillow Talk," "Calamity Jane," "The Pajama Game" and Alfred Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much." She received an Academy Award nomination for best actress for "Pillow Talk" in 1960 and was nominated for 11 Golden Globes, winning three as well as the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1989. Day ended her film career in 1968 with "With Six You Get Eggroll" and transitioned to television where she starred in "The Doris Day Show" on CBS from 1968 to 1973. Day also has a very successful singing career and is most famous for "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" which was first introduced in "The Man Who Knew Too Much" and also became the theme for her TV show. More recently, Day became a champion for animal rights causes and those charitable efforts was a key reason she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.
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It was a short week for me as I was out of town last weekend and didn't get to the usual Monday column, but that will be back on track next week. It's a holiday weekend, and I'm looking forward to just keeping it low key in the house with some scary movies.
On that front, I was watching Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" last night, still for me one of the greatest thrillers ever conceived directorially. It struck me while watching it -- probably because of yesterday morning's "Titanic 3D" presentation -- that, while I'm aware it's sacrilege, "The Shining" would be all the more stunning with a quality 3D conversion. Hear me out. Kubrick always worked with a dramatic depth of field, but that film in particular plays with foreground/background in ways that are already unsettling in two dimensions. Imagine further immersion. Just thinking out loud.
A few weeks ago, in reviewing HBO's "Enlightened," I suggested it hadn't cracked the tricky problem of how to generate comedy out of a character largely lacking in self-awareness. At the time, I wrote:
The trick to making a comedy with this kind of character work usually involves some combination of putting them in a position of power over the people they're inadvertently offending, making them so blissful in their idiocy that it barely matters how often they embarrass themselves, or making them jerks in need of comeuppance.
Since then, I watched "Allen Gregory," a new animated comedy that FOX will debut Sunday night at 8:30, and it follows that script to a T, giving us an oblivious central character who is able to bully and walk over everyone, who is extraordinarily pleased with himself and his cultured ways, and who is very much in need of comeuppance.
And in watching it, I realized that the game is much more complicated than I suggested earlier, because "Allen Gregory" is vastly more unpleasant to watch than "Enlightened" could hope to be.
James Cameron hopes a new generation will discover an almost 3D or 2.99-D 'Titanic' on the big screen
It's hard to believe, but almost 15 years ago to the day (O.K., maybe month), I sat in the Paramount Theater on the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood and was one of the first 100 or so people to watch James Cameron's epic "Titanic." At the time, I was a very young assistant at 20th Century Fox International (I would actually work for Paramount later), fresh out of grad school and trying to work my way into the business (note to readers: marketing is not the way to go, trust me). My boss invited me to join him and watch what had become one of the most buzzed about films of the past few years. Pop into the next century and I'm now far removed from the studio side (or the dark side as I like to call it) and am watching 18 minutes of Cameron's "Titanic," now in 3D, back in the same Paramount Theater. The more things change, the more things stay the same. Of course, a lot has changed since then.