The 85th Academy Awards
Update: Well, now we have an extra hour and a half of the red carpet! Talk amongst yourselves!
What is it about the Academy Awards? Intellectually, it’s hard to muster up that much enthusiasm about who “wore it best” (Ang Lee) or how modest Katniss will be in her acceptance speech, hopefully avoiding a First Wives’ Club reference that sounded like she was hating on Meryl Streep this time. And yet … we still feel compelled to watch. Maybe it’s because secretly, deep down, we still find it fascinating that the guy who does the voice of Stewie looks like the host of a reality game show about finding true love by having a dance-off on a stripper pole.
Or maybe it’s because we’re just suckers, who deep down believe that Beasts of the Southern Wild might still possibly have a chance against Argo or Lincoln.
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Tonight is the 85th Academy Awards, and for all intents and purposes it should be a good one. Look at all those serious films, and the one movie by Quentin Tarantino! And with big snubs for Best Director for both Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, does that mean one of them will be be sweeping up the Best Picture Award as a consolation prize? And most importantly, is it too late to write in a ballot for Javier Bardem in Skyfall? Because he was great.
If you’re under 17 and reading this, we have to ask: What on earth did you do this weekend? The top four movies at the box office were all rated R, with the field paced by The Final Destination; the 3-D horror sequel opened in the top spot with $28.3 million. Also debuting was Read More
If you head to movie theaters on this, the last weekend of August, be on the lookout for some film critics. Once again, the week’s major releases went unscreened for reviewers, meaning if A. O. Scott wants to see Halloween 2, he’ll have to wait in line just like everyone else. Welcome to Read More
The thunder rolled and the rain poured down, but the stars were out at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema on the Lower East Side on Wednesday, July 29, for the premiere of director Ang Lee’s latest movie, Taking Woodstock, about the germinal (and very muddy) hippie concert that celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
Flowers were Read More
Brokeback Mountain is coming back to New York, this time in the form of an opera.
The New York City Opera has commissioned American composer and New York native Charles Wuorinen to adapt the E. Annie Proulx short story and subsequent Oscar-winning film for its 2013 spring season. It will be Mr. Wuorinen’s second Read More
We’d been wondering what director Ang Lee’s next move would be, especially following Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger’s fatal overdose in late January. It turns out Mr. Lee’s next project is a bit more light-hearted than that film, or his last, Lust, Caution. It’s a comedy about the original Woodstock music festival based on Read More
Ang Lee, the Academy-Award winning director of 2005’s Brokeback Mountain, which starred Heath Ledger, has just released a statement concerning Mr. Ledger, who was found dead yesterday.
Mr. Lee said:
“Working with Heath was one of the purest joys of my life. He brought to the role of Ennis Read More
Adam B. Vary of Entertainment Weekly asks why Hollywood hasn’t put out a gay-themed film since the commercially and critically acclaimed "Brokeback Mountain."
Brokeback was more than a movie. It was a phenomenon that commanded the cultural conversation for months, from Jay Leno to YouTube to the cover of The New Yorker. Read More
Running Time 157 minutes
Written by Wang Hui Ling and James Schamus
Directed by Ang Lee
Starring Tang Wei, Tony Leung
Lust, Caution, Ang Lee’s first film since his phenomenal masterpiece, Brokeback Mountain, signals a return to his geographical roots, but in no way dilutes his passion for Read More