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Batman Opens. I stay home.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is opening to the general public in a matter of minutes. The midnight screenings in IMAX are going for $100 a pop. So says the Wall Street Journal. I could care less. I’m glad that people EN MASSE can still get so excited over a movie. But I’m just shrugging it off…

Anyway, I couldn’t get in if I wanted to this weekend it seems it’s TOTALLY sold out!

I can wait.

I didn’t like “The Dark Knight” particularly either. Though of course, the screen just ignited whenever Heath Ledger’s The Joker appeared, and posthumously, he totally deserved his Oscar. Sad. And Frightening.

The only reason I’d want to see this film is Anne Hathaway’s Cat Woman. Oh, and Marion Cotillard’s Miranda Tate, who seems to be Batman’s wife in this.

Oscar Goddess Sasha Stone raved about the two women’s performances, but as I looked over all the Top Critic reviews I could stand on Rotten Tomatoes, NOBODY mentions Annie or Maid Marion except to say they’re THERE.That’s not good for Oscar.

The only one whose buzzing about them is Sasha. Still, there’s “Les Miz” where that TRAILER! That trailer for “Les Miserables” with Annie singing “I Dreamed a Dream” just hits it out of the ballpark! And if Catwoman isn’t an Oscar-ish role, the doomed Fantine in “Les Miz” IS. So Catwoman and the mega-hype and the mega-millions that “The Dark Knight Rises” is going to inevitably make is not going to hurt her Oscar chances, but I don’t think ANYbody in TDKR is going to get Acting Nods for this one. Just based on how the major critics are reacting.

Rex Reed’s review was so negative I couldn’t bare to read it. And of course, there’s the whole Marshall Fine~Death Threats scandal that forced Rotten Tomatoes to close down its’ comments section on TDKR. I am NOT going to go any further into THAT brouhaha, but you can read what Sasha has to say about it at http://www.awardsdaily.com.

I don’t think Marshall Fine will ever be FIRST with a negative review of ANYthing ever again. Oscar Grouch Jeffrey Wells loved it sez Sasha, but again, he, even if it loves something, he spoils it rotten in his reviews, so I guess since I AM going to see this film eventually, I’m just staying away from what everyone has to say as much as one possibly can in this Bat Blitz were going through. Just read the headline captions of the Top Critics at http://www.rottentomatoes.com That tells you everything you need to know, without spoilage.

Me? I wasn’t even INVITED to see it! I did see TDK in IMAX at at press screening, and thought it was too dark and TOOOOO long. But there was wonderful Heath giving a performance for the centuries…

It was like he was having a nervous breakdown and Christopher Nolan(the director) just recorded it. It’s like the camera was pressing him to madness. Or was he just going mad anyway? Poor Heath…

I guess the question is will the Academy having snubbed TDK, which caused SUCH a furor back in the day, will they nominate it NOW? Now that it’s the last one, and it’s finished? Maybe….

They’re NOT nominating it several years back for Best Picture is what caused the Academy to change that category to Ten. Then change it again.

Will they try to make amends now? Well, the overall favorable reviews indicate they just might.

Me? I’ll wait til the stampede of the crowds is over.

This also begs the question ~ Will the Academy FINALLY nominate Christopher Nolan? He’s been snubbed, notoriously, over and over and over again. With only five Best Director slots, will he get in or remain in the Comic Book Ghetto for several years more? Until he does something AWAY from Batman? The fact that the actors and actresses are not being praised(except for Sasha) then I don’t think it will win Best Picture, no matter if it surpasses “The Avengers” which was just total crap-ola.

And “Spiderman”? It’s like it didn’t even open…

And the weather in NYC was back in the heavenly 70s for a most welcome change! It’s been over 100 one way or the other for what seems like a month!

Oscar’s Thanksgiving Wishes for Michelle’s Marilyn Pour In!

A Happy, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, my dear readers, dear cineastes! And on this Thanksgiving Day I have one great big movie movie to be Thankful for, which is, you guessed it, you who have been reading this humble blog since Day One, it’s Michelle Williams and all the rest of the wonderful cast in the Best Film of the Year, “My Week with Marilyn.”

Oscar Goddess Sasha Stone has compiled a list of wonderful rave reviews from the likes of Rex Reed to David Denby of the “New Yorker” to Roger Ebert. You can read them all at www.awardsdaily.com

Add to them Stephanie Zacharek at www.movieline.com as well as Oscar, the Grouch Jeff Wells at www.hollywood-elsewhere.com and yes, by George it’s a consensus! Jeff saved his review until today. Wild. But I’m happy it’s at last there.

Only it’s not a race between Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady” and Michelle’s Marilyn.

I don’t think Meryl stands a ghost of a chance with the Academy. She will no doubt get a 17th Oscar nomination, which is PHENOMENAL, record-breaking and an award in itself. I don’t think the Academy will ever give her a third Oscar. She already has two.

And yes, they were earned at the beginning of her career a LONNNNNG time ago. And I really doubt that her Margaret Thatcher turn(I haven’t seen it yet. But soon, I hope) will melt the Academy’s icy heart.

Why? Well, she’s got, well, too much. She’s rich. She’s happily married for over 20 years or more actually. She has four happy and healthy children, two of them, Mamie and Grace are also actresses, and her son Hank is a musician.

No discernible tragedy in her life. Just success, success, success and more money.

Oscar? Well, lately his eye has been on the young’uns in the Best Actress category. Last year’s match between Natalie Portman in “Black Swan” and Annette Bening in “The Kid’s Are All Right” I think is going to be indicative of what happens again this year. The young, cute, NAKED girl wins! And Michelle is pretty nude, pretty often in “Marilyn.” It’s a very sexy performance.

One that turns on every male who sees it and many of the women, too. Like Zacharek and also Claudia Puig in USA Today. And on and on…Not however Manola Dargis in the NYTimes…

If the Nominees turn out to be Meryl, Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs”, Williams, Tilda Swinton(or Charlize Theron) both of whom have Oscars already, and Viola Davis….I see only Viola Davis as perhaps Williams’ competition. For “The Help”.

But with stellar, glittering reviews like Michelle is getting most of the time…I don’t think she can be beat.

Harvey Weinstein HIMSELF is even doing a Satellite Interview Tour – ON BEHALF OF “MARILYN”. This is unprecedented! And I’m guessing he’s going the whole nine yards on behalf of this beautiful, sexy, lovely, funny, moving movie movie because he thinks it has a shot at a Best Picture nomination, too. As well as the obvious nominations of Michelle and Kenneth Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier.

And I think he’s right.

Day Three – Eaten. Day Four-Riot at the Scotia Bank!

Oh no! My third day at TIFF has disappeared completely! And I was so happy — yesterday…

Saw the Best Film Of the Year “The King’s Speech” and interviewed both Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush! As well as their British/Australian director Tom Hooper. Who nicknamed me their “Oscar Messenger”! I think I’ll add it as a subtitle! A.K.A THE OSCAR MESSENGER!

And — all of it has disappeared!

And now I’m feeling absolutely sick, because I was caught in a near mob scene, yes, TIFF does it again! It this was Day Four RUINED! Because like an idiot I was made to stand for over an hour waiting to get into see Danny Boyle’s new movie “127 Hours” which is how long it felt standing in that line! With  over 1000 people and the airconditioning not really working. And Cameron Bailey, TIFF’s CEO, rising to his full height, which must be over six feet and operating in crowd control mode, if not riot…People were sooo weakened by this….

I’m just a shadow of my former self. My knees are KILLING me. And I’m afraid to go back into that building, the Scotia Bank, again….Makes the case for going to Telluride, doesn’t it?

But I did see two movies this morning. Marion Cotillard’s “Little White Lies” and also Fridrik Thor Fridriksson’s best film in AGES “Mama Gogo” Icelandic, of course. And I just loved it. About a filmmaker(obviously him) played by  my old friend Hylmer Snaer Gudnudsson, trying to get a film made while his senior citizen mother, Mama Gogo, is losing it to Alzheimer’s. I loved it.

Tomorrow is going to be a killer day. What with the Bell Lightbox opening, then the Woody Allen press conference which is now an AUDIO press conference. No video allowed. And then Marion herself and my big reunion with her both of these in the Four Seasons, then I’m supposedly back at the Scene-Of-the-Riot the Scotia Bank…to interview Fridrik…something tells me, we won’t be getting back downtown for that one…

I am so upset that the Blog about “The King’s Speech” disappeared! I was so excited, and it truly was a wonderful, wonderful film experience! One of the best I’ll ever have! IN MY LIFE! A high so high that it justifies all you have to go through for TIFF’s sake. It was magnificent. The audience was transfixed. An audience of CRITICS no less. Who applauded. Laughed. And the at the end didn’t want to leave. They stayed and READ THE CREDITS?!?! Oscar nominations for everyone! And the buzz now is that Colin Firth has won the Oscar…

Depends entirely on how sick Michael Douglas is – or isn’t…

I met Peggy Siegel in the sweltering hallway outside the “King’s Speech” junket in a remote part of the building that no one knew was there! Talk about clandestine!?!? Is Colin Firth THAT famous? Well, he sure is the talk of the Festival!

I typed this all yesterday and now I am just repeating myself. But it was a sublime movie and a sublime moment for me and him and Geoffrey Rush and their director, Tom Hooper, who all seemed astonished that I was their “Oscar messenger.” I think Tom Hooper said that.

I told Colin that it was the Best Film of the Year and that it’s one of the greatest screen performances EVAH! And it is…

I’m not overstating this. Everyone here is just breath-took by it. And I think it only had ONE measly P&I screening and won’t be seen in the States until November.

I also told Colin that he was going to win every single critics award and was for sure going to get nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor and that he COULD win.

This was after saying two days ago when I saw Wall Street 2 that it was Michael Douglas’…!!! OOOPS! I knew Colin was the other contender and I knew he would be very, very good. Excellent, too. But I didn’t judge that it would be a HISTORIC performance! But it is! It’s one of the great screen performances.

I told Colin this and he was really non-plussed. At a loss for words. And then he wondered whether or not he really would win…I think after losing last year to Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart” he’s not at all sure about things like this…

I said his role had everything. He’s playing a Royal. Brit, Brit, Brit AND he’s disabled. He’s got a handicap. His stutter, which is a VERY hard thing to play and play convincingly and SUSTAIN it for the entire film.

Geoffrey Rush is equally sublime as the Australian speech teacher who helps him overcome it and he’s equally magnificent.

He’ll be nominated for Best Supporting Actor and even though he already has an Oscar he could win there, too.

AND they’ve got Harvey Weinstein behind them!

The film that this reminded me the most of was “Shakespeare in Love” which Rush also scored a Supporting nom for but he didn’t win, though the film did. And Gwyneth. AND Colin Firth was actually  in that movie, too, as Gwyneth’s disliked fiancee…

So now I have to change my Facebook headline. Two days ago it was Michael Douglas’ to lose. But now I think he’s just lost it. To Colin Firth. Well, it will be a big critical hit, f’r sure.

And Colin said to me ON CAMERA “Can I carry you with me everywhere?”(Well, maybe he said “take me with you”…) And I said,

“Yes! I’m ostentatiously available!”

And THEN I get stuck in another TIFF near riot….They should’ve expected this. They had nothing strong programmed AGAINST “129 hours” this afternoon.

MISTAKE!

Opening “The King’s Speech” at the same time as the “Black Swan” as far as P&I is concerned was actually a brilliant stroke of programming. Nobody rioted and everybody got in – to one or the other. NOT THE CASE with “129 Hours.”

This just in — there was a fire alarm! They didn’t tell us! On the anniversary of 9/11!?!?! I could’ve DIED there!

I saw Tom O’Neill and also Rex Reed, at a distance. Neither looked happy. OMG! A BOMB SCARE! Or whatever it was.

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