Posts by Leslie Gornstein
- Yahoo Movies8 days ago
Was that a real pizza place that delivered to Ellen in the middle of the Oscars telecast?
Oh yes. Big Mama's & Papa’s pizza is a real place at a very real address on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. As the crow flies, it's less than a mile from the Dolby Theatre, home of the big telecast. According to a man who picked up the phone at the shop, the delivery was arranged through the "boss" of the place, which, I assume, would be Big Papa, though he wasn't there when we rang. In fact, they hung up on us when we called back asking to speak with the aforementioned Papa.
An Academy rep did confirm to Yahoo that the deliveryman was not an actor and really worked for the pizza shop. Turns out DeGeneres's TV show has ordered from the restaurant's Burbank location before.
- Yahoo Movies13 days ago
With Oscar odds and predictions changing throughout award season, and different films winning different prizes, is there such a thing as Oscar momentum? And if so, who has it right now?
Unlike unicorns, centaurs, and non-lip-biting performances by Kristen Stewart, there is such a thing as Oscar momentum. It's real. And according to Academy voters, oddsmakers, and others I interviewed, it has three main sources of fuel:
Wins. Or, as Matthew McConaughey might put it, winnin'. W-I-N-N-I-N. The nominee for Best Actor for "Dallas Buyers Club" already has logged two major triumphs for that performance, and those accolades matter.
"McConaughey was the second favorite at 3-2 behind Chiwetel Ejiofor initially when we opened [our Oscars] odds," says Kevin Bradley, sports book manager for Bovada.lv. "But after winning the Golden Globe and SAG awards, he quickly began to drop in odds and now is a clear and overwhelming favorite at 1-5.
[Related: 2014 Oscar Predictions]
Burning Question: What Chance Does Real-Life 'Wolf' Character Have in Toupee-Targeting Defamation Case?Yahoo Movies20 days ago
The man who inspired a supporting character in "The Wolf of Wall Street" is suing the producers of the film, saying the movie defamed him to the tune of $25 million. Does he have a chance in court?
Not really, attorneys tell me. But, in a way, Andrew Greene already has won, hasn’t he? Here we are, sitting in front of our screens, giving free publicity to a man so angry about the way his toupee was mocked onscreen that he needed to launch a lawsuit.
That's the crux of Greene's legal salvo, by the way — not the fact that the flick renamed him as Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff, but rather that the tale highlights his hairpiece in an unflattering fashion, along with drug use and other undesirable behavior. (In the film, the character is played by P.J. Byrne.)
- Yahoo Movies21 days ago
Is it true that Russell's Crowe's upcoming Noah film veers substantially from the Biblical story? If so, does the movie stand a chance?
You mean is it dead in the water? Sorry. I had to go there. Don't flood me with hate mail. OK! OK! I'll stop now!
Director Darren Aronofsky has said that he hopes his telling of the great deluge will offer something for everyone. "Noah," which opens March 28, does, in fact, depict vignettes straight from the Bible, including a scene in which Noah goes on a wine-fueled bender. The director also paid close attention to detail, such as the precise shape of the ark, and whether the doors of the ark could be closed by anyone other than God.
- Yahoo Movies1 mth ago
Why are so many actors willing to work with Woody Allen while abuse allegations continue from family members?
Since when does Hollywood care about allegations? Heck, many of them don’t even care about all-out convictions; stars such as Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, and Kim Cattrall have had no problem working with court-certified sex abuser Roman Polanski. I can't even count how many musicians have lined up to work with Chris Brown since he admitted to assaulting Rihanna.
- Yahoo Movies1 mth ago
The Academy has rescinded the Best Original Song nod for "Alone Yet Not Alone" over campaign violations. How rare is it for the Oscar folks to take away a nomination?
Rare, but not unheard of. According to Oscar historians, this snub of snubs by cinema’s snobbiest snobs has happened at least five times before.
The Academy has been in the take-backs business since at least 1942, when the film "Dive Bomber" got fragged for reasons now lost to history. "Bomber" was, however, replaced by a film with the equally derring-do title of "The Sea Wolf."
And of course writers have gotten their fair share of freeze-outs; this is the movie industry, after all. The years 1954 and 1956 both saw scribes booted from the Best Writing category, for "Hondo" and "High Society," respectively. The former film lost its status after the nominee, Louis L'Amour, pointed out that the script derived from his own previously published short story, a fact not noted in the credits, a fact that cost L'Amour L'nomination.
- Yahoo Movies1 mth ago
Every time Lindsay Lohan’s career looks dead, some new project comes up for her. Is she really that desirable? Is she more of a financial risk or a reward?
- lesgorn at Yahoo Movies1 mth ago
Why all the Academy hate for 'Saving Mr. Banks'? Wasn't that supposed to be an Oscar favorite?
Except for a Best Original Score nomination, the Disney biopic sure was shut out of the Oscar race this year. Then again, so was "Fruitvale Station" and "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Blackfish," and (perhaps more understandably) "The Butler."
- Yahoo Movies2 mths ago
The Desolation of Smaug rules the box office for the third straight weekend in a row! Is this a record? And what movie will finally shoot the dragon out of the sky? It may be a record for movies about dragons facing off against hobbits, elves and peculiarly hot dwarves. It may be impressive in this current era of blockbusters, when it seems like every week we’re getting a new No. 1 “hit.” “Staying on top of the box office three weeks in a row is akin to three-peating in the NBA Finals these days,” Exhibitor Relations box office analyst Jeff Bock tells me. “It rarely happens anymore.” But enjoying such a span at the top of Lonely Mountain is nowhere near a milestone when you look at the long history of movies. Oh, how quickly we forget the ship that launched a thousand faces. Or, at least, two: Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. "Titanic," the spectacle that spurred director James Cameron to crown himself king of the woooorrrrld, spent 15 consecutive weekends at the top of the box office back in 1997.
- Leslie Gornstein at Yahoo Movies2 mths ago
On the awards circuit, the current attitude toward AMC's ad agency retro melodrama appear about as cold as a well-shaken martini parked in the middle of Madison Avenue on Christmas Eve. After all, the Golden Globes nominations just came out, and the show is nowhere to be found. "Mad Men" was also left off of the Best Drama nominee list last year ... and the year before that.
The Emmys, meanwhile, remembered to acknowledge "Mad Men's" existence with seven nominations last fall, but that's as far as the love went, given that, you know, Bryan Cranston still had a show on TV.
So what's happening, here?
Well you can stop blaming "Breaking Bad." The much-loved AMC drama was, of course, nominated in the Best TV Series, Drama category for this year's Globes. But the real interloper here isn't meth, but rather sex.
As in, "Masters Of."