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Anatomy of Oscar: Nothing Gels, and No Surprises

John Farr | Posted 06.11.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

The show tried too hard to be topical, cute and tongue-in-cheek, and though it offered scattered moments of freshness at the start, it soon curdled.

Live-blogging the 2011 Oscar telecast

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
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Marshall Fine

8:39PM EST Off to a good start with the hosts, James Franco and Anne Hathaway, inserted into scenes from several of the Oscar nominees, on an Incept...

The 2011 Academy Awards: It Gets a C-Plus at Best

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

You know the writers are in trouble when they have to rely upon Hathaway's mother and Franco's grandmother to help out in the audience. All in all the show was mediocre, but not a disaster.

Melissa Leo's F-Bomb Victory In The Face Of Embarrassing Ads

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Despite widespread criticism for her self-promotional Oscar campaign, Melissa Leo took home the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 'The...

QVC's Pre-Oscar Bash

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Irene Rubaum-Keller

Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to attend QVC's annual pre-Oscar party at the swanky Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills. It was a night ...

Melissa Leo Changes Her Story On Embarrassing Oscar Ads

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Melissa Leo, once a frontrunner in the Oscar race for supporting actress, launched her own campaign in the Hollywood trades earlier this month. The ad...

Did Melissa Leo Ruin Her Oscar Chances? | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Since my last round of predictions, two major Oscar-related events have taken place. The Writers Guild Awards were handed out to The Social Network an...

Oscar Picks and Predictions: A Year of Few Surprises

John Farr | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

This field of 10 illustrates how movies that would once have been judged just solid are now praised to the skies. To my mind, the Best Picture nominees that meet the historical standard number five.

I (Heart) The Fighter

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Last week's retrospective of David O. Russell's career had me thinking of a new category: Movie with the Biggest Heart. The Fighter may vie with Toy Story 3, but in the end would topple all contenders.

Kevin Smith REJECTS Hollywood

Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

PARK CITY, Utah -- Kevin Smith has premiered his latest movie at the Sundance Film Festival and sold it to the highest bidder - himself, for $20. S...

Melissa Leo -- She's a Fighter

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

She's been a working actor for almost 30 years - having dropped out of Purchase College of the State University of New York to take a role on All My C...

Golden Globes Got a Lot of it Right: Not so With Host Ricky Gervais

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

I was also delighted when Katey Sagal won for Sons of Anarchy. Kudos also for Chris Colfer's win for Fox' Glee. But then we had to listen to Gervais again.

The Fighter: A Mayor Koch Review

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ed Koch

Most fight movies are very much alike. This one, starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, broke no new ground, but if you're a movie buff and looking to add another "round" to your repertoire, go see it.

Melissa Leo -- the Fighter's Spartan Star

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Nancy Doyle Palmer

Melissa Leo is, without question, an unrecognizable wonder as Alice Ward in The Fighter - a teased and acid-washed Lowell, Mass. version of the Sparta...

The Fighter Takes the "Rocky" Road to Success

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

In watching the film you might have a little sense of déjà vu, and might find yourself listening for a shout out to "Adrian," but not for long.

David O. Russell Battles for The Fighter

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

David O. Russell is on the phone, eager to talk about The Fighter, a movie whose unexpected dash to the top is not all that dissimilar from the story it tells.

The Fighter May Not Win Oscars, but It Ought to As the Best Fight Film Since Rocky

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

I'm not a boxing fan, but when it's part of a good story my heart races. That's how I felt encountering Rocky many years ago, and the experience was matched at a screening of The Fighter.

HuffPost Review: The Fighter (2010)

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Warts and all, The Fighter is a completely entertaining and compelling character study. It may be just another 'underdog attempts to triumph with the help of a trusted girlfriend' fable, but thanks to the cast, it's a darn-good entry in a well-worn genre.

HuffPost Review: The Fighter

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Who exactly does the title of David O. Russell's The Fighter refer to? There are so many possibilities to choose from. The obvious answer is "Irish" ...

The Story Behind "Conviction" and a Path to End Injustice

Barry Scheck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Barry Scheck

Conviction tells a story about just one family's fight against injustice, but there are many others -- every time an innocent is imprisoned a family pays a steep price.

HuffPost Review: Welcome to the Rileys

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Welcome to the Rileys isn't world-beating cinema. But it's a beautifully understated story with deep emotion that will capture the receptive viewer with surprising force.

Movie Review: Conviction

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Conviction is as straightforward as storytelling gets in a movie. Will that be its undoing with critics?

Tribeca Film Festival Cast Interview: The Space Between Then and Now

Caitlin Colford | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Caitlin Colford

Melissa Leo guides the cast of The Space Between through a heartbreaking tale of a Pakistani-American boy trying to reach his father, a World Trade Center worker, on September 11.

Treme: A Complex, Enthralling New Drama

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Treme, like a well-cooked meal, it reveals its pleasures gradually -- not all in the first bite. This isn't a hot dog -- it's a gumbo, with layers of flavor to surprise, delight and move you.

HuffPost Review: Don McKay

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Thomas Haden Church is one of those under-utilized treasures of cinema who only recently has started to get the kinds of roles he deserves.