The wire services this week have been abuzz with stories that Israeli delegates have asked Oscar to stop calling "Paradise Now" a film from Palestine and re-label it as being from the Palestinian…
For years, Hollywood has avoided hot-button topics, but this year, Oscar pushed all of those buttons. Steven Spielberg, a double nominee for "Munich," said, "This is a wakeup call to all studios: We…
And the award for most confusing new rules goes to ... the song category. The Academy holds a "bake-off" (though it doesn't like to call it that) in which 40 or so songs are shown in three-minute…
By now, Oscar hopefuls know if they're in the race. But still to be determined is whether the screener system -- and Cinea specifically -- is a winner. Cinea's major victory occurred months ago, when…
Reel Life: Warner Independent's "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World" is currently in theaters. Coming soon are "Snakes on a Plane," "Dead Man's Shoes" and "The Notorious Bettie Page."
Oscar has provided his own intrigue to the plot-twisty "Syriana": The screenplay has been classified as an original, rather than an adaptation -- and for nearly three weeks, nobody seems to have…
Reel Life: According to statistics, newspaper readership is declining, but how can this be? Life has many pleasures, but few can compare with the joy of reading the entertainment section of a paper…
Every year, studio execs proclaim that it's a wide-open year for Oscars -- convincing themselves that their film has a chance. But this time, they mean it.