Posts by Joal Ryan
- Yahoo Movies4 days ago
The press room at the 86th Annual Academy Awards was the same as it ever was-- journalistic griping, the sound of a thousand keyboards tapping, and, above all, the sealed-off feel from the rest of the show, if not the world. And then Jared Leto showed up. And then things generally got interesting.
- Yahoo Movies7 days ago
Rob Lowe and Snow White "brutalized" "Proud Mary." Critics pounced. Disney sued. Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, and more than a dozen other Hollywood luminaries declared the 61st Annual Academy Awards an "embarrassment."
But other than that? The Allan Carr-produced Oscars, which marks its 25th anniversary next month, wasn't that bad.
Held on March 29, 1989, the show, which employed no host, was marked by a near-sweep of the top categories by "Rain Man," a coming-of-age victory for Jodie Foster, named Best Actress for "The Accused," and a breakthrough win for Pixar, which claimed the studio's first Oscar, Best Animated Short for "Tin Toy."
- Yahoo Movies8 days ago
They're the things we expect from the Oscars: the decked-out stars, the cheering fans, the breathless press, the "luxury automobiles."
Yes, the scene painted in Bronwyn Cosgrave's "Made for Each Other: Fashion and the Academy Awards," is familiar. It's also perhaps surprising: It's not a depiction of the show's 21st century red carpet; it's a description of its silent-film era.
If the question is when did the Oscars, which on Sunday night should again dominate the pop-culture conversation, become a spectator sport, then the answer is that the Oscars has never not been a spectator sport.
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo Movies9 days ago
Update to story originally published Feb. 24: According to The Hollywood Reporter, the "Ghostbusters III" script will be reworked following the death of Ramis.
First off, let's pause a moment out of respect for Harold Ramis, who died Monday at the age of 69. The director ("Groundhog Day"), writer ("Animal House") and actor ("Stripes") was a "brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher," and Dan Aykroyd, who posted that tribute on Facebook, would know.
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo Movies13 days ago
Will this be the Oscars that Jennifer Lopez decided?
Last summer, a record 276 Hollywood players, including Lopez, Chris Tucker, "Machete" star Danny Trejo and "The Hangover" director Todd Phillips, were offered membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Subsequently, the number of eligible Oscar voters pushed past 6,000, another new high mark.
How will this numbers game affect the outcome of the races, including Best Picture where "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" appear locked in duel? Maybe it won't.
"If anything, increasing the size only further guarantees the more obvious winner is likely to take the prize," Brad Brevet, creator of the film site RopeofSilicon.com, said in an email.
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo Movies18 days ago
When "Footloose," the original, Kevin Bacon "Footloose," opened in theaters 30 years ago this month, Barack Obama was writing business newsletters, Brad Pitt was a journalism major, and the Apple Mac was 3 weeks old.
Ah, 1984. So colorful, so bursting with promise, so very, very, long ago.
We took a visit back there recently, and so can you. All you need to do is log onto Netflix — or better, fire up the VCR — and lose your blues, kick off those Sunday shoes, and, switching it up here, let "Footloose" be your time machine. Prepare to be amazed at the sights and sounds of an ancient people strutting around to Kenny Loggins like they're all modern and stuff.
Here's our viewer's guide to the most awesome stuck-in-the-'80s moments from the dance-movie favorite:
- Yahoo Movies20 days ago
Some movies inspire respect. Others inspire facepalms. Guess where "Blame It on Rio" falls?
"It's been a long while since I've seen 'Blame It on Rio,'" film historian and author John DiLeo said via email, "but I remember it as an especially tasteless and embarrassing example."
Yes, "Blame It on Rio," the 1984 comedy about a 43-year-old man, played by Michael Caine, who carries on a would-be madcap affair with his best friend's teenage daughter (then-newcomer Michelle Johnson), still has it. Thirty years after its release — billed as a romantic comedy, opening in theaters on the coattails of Valentine's Day, on Feb. 17, 1984 — the film still has the power to generate a facepalm, if not the question: What were they thinking?! (To be fair, the film also continues to generate interest for Johnson's topless scenes.)
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo Movies23 days ago
Shirley Temple, who died on Monday at the age of 85, was a child star of another time.
But what if she were a child star today?
At first, it's difficult to see where she'd fit in with the Selena Gomez crowd, or how she'd compete against the Justin Bieber juggernaut.
In Temple's heyday it was kids, not teens, who ran the table. Temple was a descendant or contemporary of the likes of Jackie Coogan, Baby Peggy, Jackie Cooper, and the Little Rascals. From Coogan's appearance in the Charlie Chaplin silent classic "The Kid" on into the Depression, wide-eyed moppets were where the money and the audiences were. The smaller, the better.
In the age of the adorable, where kids' movies were not only profitable, but prestigious (as in the case of the Cooper-led "Skippy," still the one and only comic book movie nominated for a Best Picture Oscar), Temple emerged as the "tiniest toast of America."
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo Movies1 mth ago
Did J.K. Rowling pull a George Lucas?
In a recent interview with Wonderland Magazine, the wizard saga's author says one of the book's central couples, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger (played in the film series by Emma Watson), is together for all the wrong reasons.
"I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That's how it was conceived, really," Rowling says, per London's Sunday Times which published excerpts from the Wonderland interview. "For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron."
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo Movies1 mth ago
"Her" and "Captain Phillips" scored big wins at the 2014 Writers Guild of America Awards, presented Saturday night in Los Angeles and New York.
Spike Jonze took Original Screenplay honors for the wildly inventive "Her," while Bill Ray won Adapted Screenplay for his ripped-from-the-headlines "Captain Phillips." The former marked the first career WGA victory for Spike Jonze, who also directed the operating-system love story.
"Her" marked a relatively big upset over the favorite "American Hustle," while the adapted category was considered more wide open; the other two awards heavyweights, "12 Years a Slave" (ineligible) and "Gravity" (a more visually driven film), weren't nominated.
Elsewhere on Saturday, "Gravity" was honored as Best Feature Film at the 28th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards in Hollywood. The WGA and ASC awards nearly capped the weeks-long run of guild awards that lead into the Oscars. (Still to come, among others: the Eddie Awards, for editing.)