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Could ‘Interstellar’ be an Oscar winner?

Last week, I was one of the lucky first members of the press to lay eyes on Christopher Nolan’s new opus Interstellar. Now that the embargo has lifted, I can say without hesitation that it’s his best work to date, an absolutely enthralling and deeply moving science fiction drama that[...]

Spotlight on Billionaire David Ellison

NAME: DAVID ELLISON SOURCE OF WEALTH: Family BIO: Son of Oracle’s Larry Ellison, whose net worth is estimated between 41.8 billion (Bloomberg) and $48 billion (Forbes). Brother of uber-producer Megan Ellison. USC film school graduate. Accomplished acrobatic pilot. MARITAL STATUS: Married to actress/singer Sandy Modic. HOLLYWOOD CONNECTIONS: His father once co-owned the 450-foot,[...]

Spotlight on Billionaire Jeff Skoll

By Robert Welkos NAME: JEFF SKOLL NET WORTH: $2.7 billion (TheRichest.com) to $3.8 billion (Forbes) SOURCE OF WEALTH: eBay ‘BIO: Born to a middle-class family in Canada, Skoll graduated with honors in electrical engineering program at the University of Toronto, then went backpacking around the world before entering Stanford Business School, where he[...]

Clint Eastwood: Spotlight on the Stars

For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to go old school and take a look at a classic A-lister, and that happens to be one Clint Eastwood. Depending on your age, he’s either a director who used to be an actor or a childhood icon who’s now become a rather[...]

Bennett Miller: 2015 Best Director contenders

As you folks all know, it’s one thing to read early Academy Award predictions at this point in the year in order to see what folks like myself think will happen six months from now, but it’s another thing entirely to actually know something about what will be in contention.[...]

Predicting the Palme d’Or at Cannes

HOLLYWOOD ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK: Over at the Cannes Film Festival tomorrow, the awards announcements will take place, leading up to the crowning of this year’s Palme d’Or winning film. There doesn’t seem to be a movie there that’s the obvious frontrunner, so we have a situation where the festival jury (led[...]

Are Passion Projects actually a good thing for filmmakers?

If you’re a lover of cinema like I am, there’s an inherent extra bit of interest on hand when a director announces that he or she is finally going to make a passion project of theirs. Just this year, we’ve seen Darren Aronofsky finally get Noah to the big screen,[...]

Spotlight on Billionaire Arnon Milchan

BY ROBERT WELKOS BILLIONAIRE: ARNON MILCHAN NET WORTH: $4.7 billion (Forbes); $4.2 billion (CelebrityNetWorth) HOLLYWOOD CONNECTIONS: Producer began his Hollywood career in 1977 after being introduced to producer Elliot Kastner (“Harper”). Set up New Regency Productions in 1991. Has worked with directors like Martin Scorsese, Terry Gilliam, Oliver Stone, Roman Polanski and[...]

Spotlight on the Stars: Kevin Costner

Here we go with another installment of my Spotlight on the Stars series. Each week, I’ll look at an actor/actress/filmmaker that I’d like to celebrate in some kind of a way. It could be due to something of theirs coming out that weekend (like last week and this week, for[...]

Big and Bleak ‘Noah’ Draws Strong Reviews

The reviews are trickling in on “Noah,” director Darron Aronofsky’s Biblical epic adventure starring Russell Crowe in the title role, and the critics, so far, are suitably impressed. “Aronofky Goes Big and Bleak,” reads the headline on the Film School Rejects website. “A lot of Noah is so dark that you wonder[...]
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