August: Osage County: Family Ties

by Ethan Alter December 26, 2013 5:01 pm
<i>August: Osage County</i>: Family Ties

Since I never caught the theatrical run of August: Osage County, I'm just going to have to assume that Tracy Letts's dark comedy chronicling the most dysfunctional family reunion ever deserved its many stage awards -- which ranged from Pulitzer Prizes to Tonys. Lord knows that the movie version isn't at all a good advertisement for whatever the virtues of the play might have been. Gracelessly directed by John Wells and wildly overacted by its all-star ensemble cast, this is one of those creative misfires that makes you feel terrible for everyone involved, as well as yourself for having to sit through it.

SAG Awards Nominations: Cate Blanchett's Gonna Shiv Somebody!

by Mindy Monez December 18, 2008 10:57 am
SAG Awards Nominations: Cate Blanchett's Gonna Shiv Somebody! The SAG Awards are fun because they're light and fluffy and just about acting and not any real movie jobs like writing or directing. On the other hand, who gives a shit about acting? Anyway, several people were nominated for this award today, and almost all of them are quite famous. I'm here to tell you who and what's what about it.

Contract Hopes Sag… So To Speak

by Kasey McDonald May 1, 2008 3:44 pm
Contract Hopes Sag… So To Speak

Just when you were finally getting used to scripted TV being back on the air and had settled into the blissful comfort of not having your weekend jaunts to the movie theater disrupted too much, news came in today that the talks between the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers and the Screen Actors Guild are not going well. According to The Hollywood Reporter, any chance of SAG and the AMPTP agreeing to a contract by Friday, which had been the fervent hope of industry insiders and casual entertainment consumers alike, are over.

<I>Breaking Dawn: Part 1</I> — The Most Ridiculous <I>Twilight</i> Installment Yet!

As I said the last time I reviewed one of these Twilight "films", writing a proper review is utterly pointless because the fans of these books are going to go see it, no matter how hard any critic out there may try and dissuade them. But while I really despised the majority of Eclipse, I've been desperately in need of a good laugh and there is nothing more preposterous than the fourth installment in this series. The Breaking Dawn book was so insanely bizarre that I almost couldn't wait to see this dreck in living color. And... it was everything I could have hoped for and worse. And don't worry, Twiharders, Bill Condon does absolutely nothing to elevate the quality of this material, so you don't need to imagine that an acclaimed director was somehow able to change the ridiculous storytelling of Stephenie Meyer and make it passable for normal human consumption. It is still the terrible mess that she created, now with bonus terrible acting. And it's stretched out for two movies. They want all your money. After seeing where they ended this one, and watching how padded out this was, there is absolutely no reason this couldn't be a single film. This isn't The Hobbit, it's Twilight. Even worse, this first installment didn't even end where it logically should have based on the novel -- instead, it kept going for what seemed like an eternity. Still, I did laugh... a lot. So here's a look at the most ridiculous things about the film. [If you are a spoilerphobe and actually care about Twilight, stop reading now.]

Strike update: Nothing's happened!

by DeAnn Welker July 28, 2008 4:41 pm
Strike update: Nothing's happened! It's been easy to forget that a possible Screen Actors Guild strike is looming over Hollywood like a cloud of L.A. smog. We haven't even talked about it in almost a month. But just because no one is paying attention doesn't mean it's gone away. Quite the contrary in fact.

The latest development (really more of a non-development) was on Saturday, when the SAG board backed its negotiators' efforts to gain more control (and money) from web content that features SAG actors.

Who, us? Strike?

by DeAnn Welker June 30, 2008 3:09 pm
Who, us? Strike? It's June 30th, and we all know what that means: The deadline for a deal between the Screen Actors Guild and studio owners is at midnight, so a strike is imminent, right?

Acronyms Gone Wild

by Odie Henderson May 7, 2008 11:38 am
Acronyms Gone Wild

Continuing the downward spiral reported in Thursday's Contract Talks SAG Further, both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety report that talks between the SAG and AMPTP have shut down. AMPTP will now begin negotiations with AFTRA, pushing SAG negotiations to the back burner. AFTRA had been waiting over two weeks for AMPTP to deal with SAG, and will get their chance now that talks with SAG have hit a snag. According to AMPTP, SAG refuses to go along with deals AMPTP made with the WGA, the DGA and the aforementioned AFTRA. If this is beginning to sound like Alphabet Soup On Crack to you, you're not alone. Writing these acronyms makes me feel like I'm on LSD. Now I'm passing my letter-filled hallucinations to you.

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