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BYOB – The Non-Political Movie One (Traitor Opens)

14 Responses to “BYOB – The Non-Political Movie One (Traitor Opens)”

  1. leahnz says:

    never go full retard

  2. SJRubinstein says:

    As if to almost reference your post below, the first WGA awards season screening schedules arrived in the mailbox today – “Blindness” and “Happy-Go-Lucky” from Miramax.
    It’s just under six months ’til Oscar night!
    P.S. “Trouble the Water” rulez.

  3. Has anybody seen The American Astronaut? It’s got a limited midnight right at the Centre of the Moving Image down here and was thinking of trying to coax somebody to see it with me. Looks… surreal. A black and white surreal sci-fi musical western from 2001 that I’d never heard of before until it got a midnight screening last year and has since returned again and again.

  4. Spacesheik says:

    RE: TRAITOR
    Steve Martin (yes *that* Martin co-wrote this) and Don Cheadle and Guy Pierce are first rate actors – looks like a smart thriller – anyone seen this here? Any good?

  5. doug r says:

    My Oscar list so far:
    Christopher Nolan for director for Dark Knight.
    Ben Stiller for director for Tropic Thunder.
    Robert Downey Jr for actor for Tropic Thunder-with a hat tip to his performance in Iron Man.

  6. leahnz says:

    doug r, if downey jr. is by some miracle oscar nom’d for his turn in ‘tropic’, i just hope and pray they use the scene from which my line above came for his performance clip…i’m still laughing out loud whenever i think about it

  7. LexG says:

    OK I want to ask a question here.
    Has anyone seen this preview for some wack looking comedy with Simon Pegg and Jeff Bridges? Everything about it looks lame and unfunny but then Kirsten Dunst and MEGAN FOX show up. IN THE SAME film. Are you understanding what I’m saying?
    TOTAL HOTNESS. Hotness times a million. So if you were a filmmaker and you got Dunst and Fox to be in your movie, why would you make a movie that looks like some lame comedy? They should have made something that would totally rule. Once those two signed I’d immediately change my script to ensure that the final product befits two silver-screen legends. They should be like modeling swimsuits and hanging out with Jason Statham in 2.35:1, not doing some flat-shot comedy bullshit.
    When I pay to see people who own I want a movie that owns. I want what I pay for.

  8. yancyskancy says:

    I liked Tropic Thunder, but I’d put Stiller’s chances for a Best Director nod at about zero. And if Downey has a shot, it’s in Supporting, not Lead (for TT, that is. Longshot for Lead in Iron Man, I guess).

  9. movieman says:

    Aww, I didn’t think that Simon Pegg movie looked so bad, Lex. Sure looks a helluva sight better than that frigging Dane Cook/Kate Hudson rom-com opening a few weeks earlier.
    Downey deserves nods for “Iron Man” (Best Actor) AND “Tropic Thunder” (Best Supporting Actor), but the sad thing is that if he receives any recognition at all this year it’ll probably be for his work in Joe Wright’s Oscar-baiting “The Soloist.” Unless that turns out to be a grown-up version of “August Rush…”

  10. movieman says:

    …and am I the only one who got an “oh-oh” sensation when Weinstein announced they were opening “The Reader” at year’s end for “awards consideration”?
    Sure hope that Kate Winslet doesn’t wind up the victim of Weinstein-ian muscle-flexing by splitting votes for “Revolutionary Road” and “Reader” and end up empty-handed.
    I was really hoping that this would finally be her year.

  11. james12 says:

    Did anyone happen to catch the Don Cheadle skit on the Jimmy Kimmel Show last night? It was a goofy behind-the-scenes look at his new film Traitor, and it had me laughing non-stop! He’s such a great actor, and it’s nice to see he has an awesome sense of humor too! Traitor is in theaters now. If you missed the skit, you can find it here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wzOOwvRJ_E

  12. james12 says:

    Did anyone happen to catch the Don Cheadle skit on the Jimmy Kimmel Show last night? It was a goofy behind-the-scenes look at his new film Traitor, and it had me laughing non-stop! He’s such a great actor, and it’s nice to see he has an awesome sense of humor too! Traitor is in theaters now. If you missed the skit, you can find it here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wzOOwvRJ_E

  13. james12=PLANT! PLANT! PLANT!
    I keed…I keed…

  14. movieman, considering the Academy have had no qualms whatsoever in the past of calling lead performances supporting, I’m sure her role in The Reader will be qualified as such, while Revolutionary Road will be a lead.
    Lest we forget that Jamie Foxx was marketed as a supporting actor in Collateral despite being one of the most obvious examples of a lead performance all that year (and a good one too boot, better than he was in Ray that’s for sure).

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