One year on Halloween, I wore a Wilfred costume as I handed out candy to kids and, later, walked around a famous street in Berkeley, near the Cal campus, known for its Halloween houses. It wasn't just a costume that looked like Wilfred, the dog — or rather, the man-in-the-dog-suit character on the brilliant FX series. No, it was a real Wilfred costume that FX had made up for Comic Con, where ostensibly someone wore it around in the hot sun before I got it. I don't know. FX sent it to me as a joke because I had been one of the earliest and most vocal critics professing his love for a series about, well — let me try to recreate how I explained it to the neighbors back then. When I was wearing the furry gray suit with black stuff on my nose and holding a beer, handing out candy. "Are you a bear?" one of my neighbors asked. "No, I'm Wilfred. I'm a dog. It's a TV show." "I'll bet the dog doesn't drink beer!" the neighbor said. "Actually, he drinks lots … [Read more...] about Hidden Gems: The Ridiculously Funny, Bong-Fueled Existentialism of ‘Wilfred’
"I've had the good fortune over the years to work with some really talented people, both in front and behind the camera, and I've had nice notices over the years," says Sam Elliott, one of Hollywood’s all-time greatest character actors, as we sit down at the offices of The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of THR's 'Awards Chatter' podcast. Indeed, the 74-year-old, who has been acting on the big screen for 52 years, counts among his credits fine work in 1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1971’s The Lifeguard, 1985’s Mask, 1993’s Gettysburg, 1998’s The Big Lebowski, 2000’s The Contender, 2005’s Thank You for Smoking, 2009’s Up in the Air and 2017's The Hero. "But," he continues, in reference to his latest project, Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born, in which he plays Cooper's much older brother, "I've never had anything like this. This thing's a fucking tidal wave, man. I've never seen anything like it. It's astounding." * … [Read more...] about ‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Sam Elliott (‘A Star Is Born’)
Have you now or have you ever tweeted anything offensive? That's the question that Hollywood awards strategists may need to start routinely asking their clients now that a 2015 tweet from Green Book writer-producer Nick Vallelonga — in which he agreed with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump that Muslims in New Jersey cheered the 9/11 attacks — has threatened to derail that movie's Oscar campaign. While shrewd strategists spend months doing everything they can to promote films — from seeking impressive endorsements to throwing seductive soirees — they have yet to take proactive measures to bury any potentially explosive tweets. "Every single company except Netflix is just so understaffed or overworked," says one strategist. "Who has the time to do this?" Old news stories, reflecting negatively on an awards hopeful, have haunted strategists in the past. And on Jan. 9, the same day Vallelonga's tweet resurfaced — it first was posted by an anonymous … [Read more...] about Why Aren’t Awards Campaigns Taking Measures to Bury Offensive Tweets?
Monday's announcement by Comcast that it would finally create a streaming service (not surprisingly using its NBCUniversal brand) was funny, flawed and insightful. Funny, because even though it's precariously late in the game, it at least proves Comcast is trying to stop lying to itself about the future — a future that is unavoidable, like the steam train giving way to the jet airplane. Flawed because even though it will have a non-commercial option, NBCUniversal seems most excited that it will be touting it as ad-supported (gah!) but free if you have a cable subscription (translation: not free), which is exactly what a cable company would get excited about. And informative because, as the last major player into the streaming game, Comcast believes that the future will be one where consumers have a huge cable bill and then, you know, a bunch of other streaming bills, all while living in a world where they try to save money by watching five minutes of ads instead … [Read more...] about Critic’s Notebook: The Tipping Point for Cord-Cutting and the Streaming Revolution Has Come
Virtually every usually-reliable indicator suggests that all of the women at the center of The Favourite — Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz — will receive Oscar nominations on Jan. 22. Should that happen, Yorgos Lanthimos' period dramedy will become only the 19th film in history to produce three or more female acting nominations. The prior titles to achieve this feat, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Margaret Herrick Library confirms, span from Gone with the Wind (1939) through The Help (2011). In between there were The Little Foxes (1941), Mrs. Miniver (1942), The Song of Bernadette (1943), Mildred Pierce (1945), Gentleman's Agreement (1947), I Remember Mama (1948), Come to the Stable (1949), Pinky (1949), All About Eve (1950), The Bad Seed (1956), Peyton Place (1957), Tom Jones (1963), The Turning Point (1977), The Color Purple (1985), Working Girl (1988), Chicago (2002), Doubt (2008) and The Help (2011). All About Eve is the only film on … [Read more...] about Oscars: ‘The Favourite’ Could Make History Thanks to Its Trio of Female Stars