Iran’s Oscar-Winning THE SALESMAN — Review by Susan Granger

Iran’s Oscar-Winning THE SALESMAN — Review by Susan Granger

Iran’s Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Language Film is another marital drama from Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi (“The Separation”). When Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) Etesamis are forced to evacuate their crumbling Tehran apartment, they move into a more dilapidated abode, one that was previously occupied by a single woman with a young child. The clutter she left behind when she was evicted gives subtle clues as to who she is and the promiscuous life she led. She’s described as “a woman with lots of acquaintances…who lived a wild life.” Read on…

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Oscar 2017 Predictions — Susan Granger

Oscar 2017 Predictions — Susan Granger

Every film year acts as a mirror & reflects the tenor of the times. When the Oscars began in 1929 to celebrate the motion picture industry, the winner was William Wellman’s anti-war “Wings.”

The subsequent Depression years celebrated character studies like “Grand Hotel,” “The Great Ziegfeld” and “Rebecca.” After the turmoil of Kennedy’s assassination, the Academy chose light-hearted fare like “Tom Jones,” “My Fair Lady,” and “Oliver!” And in 2000, the last time a Republican won the White House, after losing the popular vote, “Gladiator” won the Oscar.

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Oscars and Movies and Targeting Millennials — Michelle McCue comments

Oscars and Movies and Targeting Millennials — Michelle McCue comments

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced – to widespread chagrin– that the press and publicists would no longer be a part of the annual tradition of being at AMPAS headquarters in Beverly Hills at the Samuel Goldwyn theater when the Oscar nominations are revealed on January 24.

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Rooney Mara’s Evolution With Clues from Cate Blanchett, Todd Haynes – Quendrith Johnson comments

Rooney Mara’s Evolution With Clues from Cate Blanchett, Todd Haynes – Quendrith Johnson comments

To hear fellow Oscar-nom, two-time winner Cate Blanchett, gush about her Best Supporting Actress and Carol consort Rooney Mara, is almost as shocking as when Blanchett uses the word “startling” to describe Mara’s acting chops. Next “The Great Cate,” a woman many Oscar watchers believe will one day match or best Katharine Hepburn in lead wins, cobbles together some descriptive sentences worthy of a literary titan…

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Why Sylvester Stallone Could Take the Oscar, Thanks to Ryan Coogler’s CREED – Quendrith Johnson comments

Why Sylvester Stallone Could Take the Oscar, Thanks to Ryan Coogler’s CREED – Quendrith Johnson comments

Maybe it’s a little known fact that a deep bond between Hollywood icon Sylvester Stallone and newly minted phenom director Ryan Coogler, who turns 30 in May, is that they both were homeless once and fought their way to the big leagues in movies. Deadline’s reporter Pete Hammond, on hand to present Stallone with the Montecito Award in Santa Barbara, prods Stallone on this, skipping the connection with Coogler who lived in his car on and off while attending USC Film School.

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Spotlight’s Real-life Sacha Pfeiffer On “How We Got The Story” & The Power of Subtext – Quendrith Johnson comments

Spotlight’s Real-life Sacha Pfeiffer On “How We Got The Story” & The Power of Subtext – Quendrith Johnson comments

One thing is certain, in Oscar contender Spotlight, Rachel McAdams is well-cast as Boston Globe investigative reporter Sacha Pfeiffer. McAdams is as intense as her real-life counterpart, and jokingly credits “17 years of figure skating” for her tenacity. RacheSachaPfeiffer packs an editorial punch, and has earned her stripes as was part of the Pulitzer Prize winning team that cracked open the Priest sex-abuse scandal and dethroned Catholic powerbroker Cardinal Law. But in person, Sacha tilts her head to one side and leans back when introduced, as if to welcome you into her zone…

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Why SPOTLIGHT Is Front Runner, #OscarsSoWhite, The Big Five & A Contentious Award Season – Quendrith Johnson comments

Why SPOTLIGHT Is Front Runner, #OscarsSoWhite, The Big Five & A Contentious Award Season – Quendrith Johnson comments

If Oscar-winner Sean Penn can go interview El Chapo, then the state of journalism really is in trouble — oh, never mind, this is just indicative of how movie people perceive and interpret the craft of journalistic writing and reporting. A cocky Penn goes on Charlie Rose to call out those who ‘don’t think I’m a real journalist,’ while having committed a de facto ethical violation of the profession by grandstanding for Rolling Stone with a fugitive, mass-murdering, drug Lord. But, if turnabout is fair play, most journalists would happily take a shot at starring in his next straight-to-video motion picture. But what are we really discussing here, writing, reporting, The Death of The Media, The Rise of The Internet? Nope. This inelegant segue leads directly to our Oscar front runner for Best Picture, SPOTLIGHT.

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Spike Lee’s CHI-RAQ: The Most Inventive & Poignant Film of The Year

Spike Lee’s CHI-RAQ: The Most Inventive & Poignant Film of The Year

“Has the world gone crazy?” This is the refrain coming from the San Bernardino, Calif., and the Paris mass shootings; but it also echoes in filmmaker Spike Lee’s new movie Chi-Raq, which opens tomorrow. While Chi-Raq is ostensibly a high-art adaptation of Aristophanes’ Greek satirical classic “Lysistrata” set in the inner city, it is a call-to-action on the shock topic of gun-related violence worldwide.

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EAST LA INTERCHANGE: “If This Film Could Vote” With Director Betsy Kalin

EAST LA INTERCHANGE: “If This Film Could Vote” With Director Betsy Kalin

No one disputes that there are a lot of LA’s, from the ancient Los Angeles of Pueblo and Missions, to Hollywood and LA Film Noir, to the Watts Towers, to Dog Town Surf Culture, to CGI pioneers and Silicon Beach. But director Betsy Kalin’s new documentary East LA Interchange is likely one of the few to explore the neighborhood known as Boyle Heights.

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OSCAR CALCULUS: Why Best Actor is a Two-Way Race Between Keaton and Redmayne

OSCAR CALCULUS: Why Best Actor is a Two-Way Race Between Keaton and Redmayne

An informal red carpet survey may not be the most accurate way to gauge the Best Actor race for 2015, but this year it does confirm prevailing insider Hollywood sentiment that predicts a two-way tug between veteran Michael Keaton and newcomer Eddie Redmayne. leaving Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper and Benedict Cumberbatch on the sidelines. To understand voter calculus, let’s take a measure of the golden profiles of the Best Actor nominees, see what they bring to the gate, and reflect on what voters have said about their chances.

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