In defense of the Joan Rivers In Memoriam snub

Every year there’s a big to-do about certain people being left out of the In Memoriam reel and judging by the early reactions, the biggest complaint has been about the omission of Joan Rivers (you know, other than people who forgot that Roger Ebert, Paul Walker, Philip Seymour Hoffman and various others died in 2013 more »

Nick Cage, Timothy Olyphant in for Stone’s “Snowden”

After the first film about Edward Snowden, the documentary “CitizenFour,” won an Academy Award Sunday night, there’s tons of news about the other Snowden film, the Oliver Stone-directed feature film set for later this year. Here’s what we know: The film, via Variety, has a release date of Christmas Day in the U.S. And the more »

“You’re so cool”: The Oscars and “True Romance”

For a movie that came out 23 years ago, “True Romance” wasn’t far from my mind on Oscar night. Why’s that? First, the movie’s female lead, Patricia Arquette, won Best Supporting Actress for “Boyhood,” in the process delivering a memorable speech calling for wage equality (thus earning the enmity of certain out-of-touch Philadelphia hockey writers.) more »

Oscar night: The 40 best tweets

The 2015 Academy Awards are in the books. “Birdman” won several awards, except for Michael Keaton losing Best Actor to Eddie Redmayne. The musical numbers were better than usual. Neil Patrick Harris was a game host, but was stuck with shockingly lackluster material, including a running bit involving his predictions that failed to pay off, more »

The bird is the word: “Birdman” comes out on top at Oscars

Following an Oscar ceremony that surged past the three-and-a-half hour mark, “Birdman (Or: the Unexpected Virture of Arrogance”) took home several awards, including Best Picture. Director Alejandro G. Inarritu took three separate trips to the stage, for Picture, Director and Original Screenplay. The only big surprise in the acting categories was Eddie Redmayne’s win over more »

Welcome to Technology Tell Entertainment’s 2015 Oscar night live blog

This Sunday night, for the third year in a row, the editors and writers of Technology Tell’s entertainment section will be live-blogging the Academy Awards. Join us here at around 8 p.m. Eastern time Sunday night, when the festivities will get rolling. In the meantime, you can read the 2014 version of the live blog here, more »

Stephen Silver’s 2015 Oscar predictions

The Oscars are two days away. I’ve seen, for all intents and purposes, every nominated movie. Now, it’s time to predict who will win and why: Best Picture: A rare year in which not a single film that I outright detest is up for Best Picture. There’s not a “Crash” or “Beautiful Mind” among the more »

Awful Oscar voter opens up about awful Oscar ballot

There’s an increasingly loathsome subgenre of Oscar-season writing that typically surfaces this time of year, in which a writer interviews an individual anonymous Oscar voter about his or her ballot. These articles very seldom draw any useful analysis, and usually just imply that Oscar voters are stupid people who make voting decisions for stupid reasons. more »

On the Grammys, Chris Brown and domestic violence hypocrisy

One of the more memorable moments Grammy Awards Sunday night was when domestic violence survivor Brooke Axtell delivered an eloquent speech prior to Katy Perry’s performance. President Obama also contributed a two-minute taped statement on the topic of domestic violence. It was all well done, and unlike when the NFL did it, it wasn’t a more »

Grammy roundup: Beck and Sam Smith win; Kanye nearly does that “thing” again

On Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, Sam Smith collected trophies for record and song of the year as well as Best New Artist, while Beck won the big Album of the Year. But it wasn’t all about the young ones; the show opened with AC/DC, and one of the more talked about performances was from… Annie more »

An Interview with “Black Sea” director Kevin Macdonald: There’s no substitute for a good “sub” genre… literally.

Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald’s newest film “Black Sea” manages to resurrect a long-forgotten SUB-genre (more on this particular pun later) — the submarine movie. While films like “Below,” “Das Boot,”Crimson Tide,” “U-571,” etc. frequently “surfaced” (sorry, I just can’t help myself) during the 1980’s, 1990’s and even the 2000’s, this forgotten style of action-thriller has more »

Joel and Ethan Coen are the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Jury Presidents

Maybe this is why their next film, ‘Hail Caesar,’ isn’t opening until 2016. Two of the greatest working filmmakers in movies today, Joel and Ethan Coen, have been appointed by the Cannes Film Festival to preside over the jury once the international bellwether begins on May 13, 2015. The guys are no strangers to the more »