1. Harvey Weinstein thinks that Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels should replace Brett Ratner as the producer of this year’s Oscars, and that Tina Fey should be involved with writing material for host Eddie Murphy. No objections here. [via Deadline]
2. Exciting news for fans of Alison Bechdel’s excellent work: Her graphic… Read More
At the time of this writing, Natalie Portman’s odds of winning the Academy Award for Best Actress — for her portrayal of a certifiable prima in Black Swan — are hovering somewhere between 1/11 and 1/12. In other words, Portman is so likely to win that to pry a dollar from a bookie on such an outcome, you’ll have to lay down twelve times that amount. If Annette Bening, the 13/2 favorite to upset Natalie Portman, wins Best Actress, the film will go on to double or triple its modest $20M earnings to date, and J. Todd Harris and Focus Features stand to make an unholy sum. Translation: When it comes to Oscar upsets, the stakes are incredibly high.
With that in mind, after the jump, our list of the greatest upsets of the past 20 years. Leave comment on which wins you feel were actually deserved.
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According to our friends at Vulture, Harvey Weinstein is playing around with the not-so-brilliant idea of releasing a PG-13 version of The King’s Speech. Now that it’s everyone’s favorite to win Best Picture at the Oscars, we understand that a more kid-friendly rating makes financial sense in theory — but how many teens… Read More
Reservoir Dogs. sex, lies, and videotape. El Mariachi. Clerks. Slacker. The Blair Witch Project. Blood Simple. Napoleon Dynamite. Memento. Yes, the Sundance Film Festival (which kicks off less than a week from today) is the Holy Grail for aspiring indie filmmakers, who can rattle off those titles (and more) as examples of the wildest-dream scenario: Make a movie on the cheap, take it to the ‘dance, ignite a fierce bidding war, sell it to a scrappy and ingenious distributor with deep pockets, watch as they unleash it on the world, do big box office, become the next Tarantino or Soderbergh.
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1. Thanks to high-magnification techniques, experts have discovered tiny little letters hiding in the Mona Lisa’s pupils, which should be really exciting news for anyone who has ever wished that the Da Vinci Code was real. [via NYP]
2. Jersey Shore star Jenni “JWoww” Farley is writing an advice book for young girls… Read More
1. After Harvey Weinstein personally argued his position at yesterday’s hearing, an MPAA board has unanimously overturned the NC-17 rating on Blue Valentine. The film will be given an R rating instead. [via Deadline]
2. The Winklevoss twins — who already walked away with a $65 million settlement — are suing Mark Zuckerberg… Read More
Today’s announcement of the close of Miramax Films marked a day of sorrow for film buffs everywhere. So to pay our respects, some of our favorite Award-worthy Miramax films. And yes, we’re adding them to our Netflix queue and preparing for a full-on movie marathon/sob fest this… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we were scandalized by this sassy letter from Harvey Weinstein to Errol Morris. We came face to face with 20 outrageous cover bands — including but not limited to Pete Loaf and Sack Blabbath. We found out how a performance artist becomes a Vh1 reality show famewhore in a… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we went inside of Michael Jackson’s closet. We enjoyed the visual irony of a cloud umbrella. We watched a festival founder and a controversial filmmaker duke it out in the ring over the state of indie film. We couldn’t wait to DVR TLC’s newly-announced reality series BBQ Pit… Read More
Last night we went to the launch party [Correction: it was actually a friends and family event] for Tina Brown’s new Web site, The Daily Beast, a fun read that describes itself as “the omnivorous friend who hears about the best stuff and forwards it to you with a twist.”
The quiet affair… Read More