April 13, 2009
RT on DVD: Frank Miller Talks The Spirit, Michel Gondry Releases New Music Video DVD
It's a light week for home video entertainment, but never fear -- RT on DVD is here! We'll kick things off with the biggest title of the week: Frank Miller's The Spirit, which had fans drooling with anticipation...until the stylized comic strip adaptation hit theaters. Better reviewed, but nonetheless controversial in its own right, is Kate Winslet's The Reader, which nabbed the British actress her first Academy Award but also drew the ire of critics thanks to its sensitive subject material. Horror fans will get a pleasant surprise with an indie creature feature (Splinter), while '80s enthusiasts should embrace a new eight-DVD set that combines the star power of Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Barrymore, and Jon Cryer (The Lost Collection). Fans of director Michel Gondry should check out his latest compilation of music videos and short films (Michel Gondry 2: More Videos). Finally, see if an overlooked science fiction flick holds up in High Def (The 13th Floor on Blu-ray).
February 24, 2009
Backstage at the Oscars: My First Time
In the movie world there is no event greater, no red carpet glitzier, no awards show more meaningful, than that of the Academy Awards. While millions watch the biggest night in Hollywood via television and thousands post show commentaries on their blogs (or, in the case of this year, on Twitter), Rotten Tomatoes was on the ground, right smack dab in the middle of it all. Read on as RT's Jen Yamato recounts this year's Oscars show, from the best parts of the musical-laden telecast to the quiet moments backstage with the night's triumphant winners. Read her full report here.
February 17, 2009
RT Interview: Reading The Reader with Stephen Daldry
In bringing the best-selling German novel The Reader to the big screen, director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) had more than a few hurdles to overcome -- breaks in production, the recasting of his lead character, headline-grabbing in-fighting between executive producers Scott Rudin and Harvey Weinstein, and the tragic loss of producers and mentors Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella. But somehow, the veteran stage director and self-professed Superman (who more closely resembles a distinguished, British Clark Kent) pulled it all together to earn a Best Director nomination for this weekend's Academy Awards, where his film is up for honors in five major categories.
February 13, 2009
Debating the Merits of The Reader
When you read the list of Best Picture nominations for this year's Academy Awards and saw "The Reader" nestled in between "Slumdog Millionare" and "Milk," were you surprised? Well, you're in good company -- and for some, the response goes further than mere surprise: There's a small backlash movement brewing among writers who believe "The Reader" makes some questionable (to say the least) statements about the Holocaust, and this week, Slate's Ron Rosenbaum and the Huffington Post's Rod Lurie used their columns to make a case against the film.
January 27, 2009
Academy Makes Exceptions for Pollack, Minghella
When the Academy Award nominations were unveiled last week, producer credits for Best Picture nominee The Reader were yet to be announced. A press release issued today revealed the reason for that delay; would the Academy contradict its own contentious policy of awarding only three producer credits per film?
January 6, 2009
Scripter Award Nominations Announced
The nominees for this year's Scripter Award, handed out by the USC Libraries for the best book-to-film adaptation, have been announced, with the screenwriters behind "Iron Man," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Reader," "Revolutionary Road," and "Slumdog Millionaire" receiving nominations.
December 28, 2008
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Marley Takes #1, The Spirit Tanks
This weekend people were in the mood for movies over Christmas weekend as multiplexes were jam-packed with customers that powered four different new releases to more than $30M in ticket sales each over the long Thursday-to-Sunday holiday session. The Owen Wilson-Jennifer Aniston
dog drama Marley & Me led the way with a huge debut that exceeded expectations.
December 11, 2008
Golden Globe Nominations Announced
"Benjamin Button," "Frost/Nixon," "The Reader," "Revolutionary Road" and "Slumdog Millionaire" battle it out for Best Drama while "Burn After Reading," "Happy-Go-Lucky," "In Bruges," "Mamma Mia! and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" fight for Best Comedy or Musical at this year's Golden Globes -- the nominations were announced today.
November 4, 2008
Trailer Bulletin: The Reader
You've read about the delays -- and producer Scott Rudin's abrupt departure from the movie. Now you can watch the first trailer!
October 10, 2008
Scott Rudin No Longer a Reader
The ongoing battle between Scott Rudin and the Weinsteins over "The Reader" took another turn yesterday, when Rudin walked away from the project completely.