Inglourious Basterds

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Tarantino Film Editor Dies During LA Heat-Wave Hike

Sally Menke worked with director beginning with Reservoir Dogs

(Newser) - Renowned movie editor Sally Menke, 56, was found dead after going for a hike in the Hollywood Hills during yesterday's record-breaking heat wave . Investigators believe she became disoriented in the extreme heat and suspect heat stroke was the cause of her death, the Los Angeles Times reports. Her severely dehydrated... More »

Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock Capture Top Acting Honors

Mo'Nique, Waltz Win Supporting Oscars for 'Precious,' 'Basterds'

(Newser) - Jeff Bridges took home the top acting award at the Academy Awards tonight for his turn as a boozy country singer trying to clean up his act in Crazy Heart, and Sandra Bullock won for her role as the adopted mom of an unlikely football prodigy in The Blind Side.... More »

Here's What Oscar Darlings Should Have Been Titled

The Blind Side as White Lady Saves the Day and more

(Newser) - It’s just about time for the Oscars, but first, check College Humor ’s list of what some of the nominated films should be called, if we’re being honest with ourselves.
  • Avatar: Predictable, with James-Cameron-ripping subtitle, “From the guy who knows how to spend $280,000,000.
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Hurt Locker, Bigelow Dominate BAFTAs

Iraq war movie captures best film, director, original screenplay

(Newser) - The Hurt Locker ran roughshod over the competition at tonight's BAFTAs, capturing best film, best director, and best original screenplay among its six trophies—four more than Avatar scored. "My heart's beating so fast I can barely talk," said Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow, whose rivalry with ex-husband... More »

Avatar, Hurt Locker Nab 9 Oscar Noms Each

Nine nominations each for Cameron, Bigelow films

(Newser) - The science-fiction sensation Avatar and the war-on-terror thriller The Hurt Locker lead the Academy Awards with nine nominations each, including best picture and director for James Cameron and ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow. Also nominated for best-picture: District 9; the animated comedy Up; the World War II saga Inglourious Basterds; the football... More »

Bridges, Bullock Continue Roll at SAG Awards

Sandra, Mo'Nique build momentum in run-up to Oscars

(Newser) - Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, and Mo'Nique firmed up as Oscar favorites after picking up honors at the SAG Awards last night in an awards show oddly reminiscent of the Golden Globes—save Inglourious Basterds' triumph over Avatar for best ensemble performance. Calling her awards season success a "fluke,"... More »

Streep, Bullock, Hangover, Avatar Clean Up

Jeff Bridges, Mo'Nique, 'Mad Men,' 'Glee' also among winners

(Newser) - Avatar and The Hangover captured the top film awards, Meryl Streep and Drew Barrymore charmed with stream-of-consciousness acceptance speeches, and host Ricky Gervais generally behaved at tonight's Golden Globes ceremony. Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock established themselves as Academy Award favorites with victories in the leading dramatic role categories, as... More »

Hurt Locker Wins Critics' Choice Best Picture

Inglourious Basterds and Avatar pick up the most awards

(Newser) - Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker and its director took top honors at the Critics' Choice Awards, while Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and James Cameron's Avatar won the most awards. Director-producer Kathryn Bigelow was named best director at last night's ceremony for Locker, winner of the best picture prize. "... More »

Why Inglourious Basterds Will Win Best Picture

Tarantino's flick has the best shot at top Oscar

(Newser) - Though everyone is buzzing about Avatar’s best-picture prospects, Tom O'Neil was an early predictor of Inglourious Basterds snagging the top Oscar prize—and now he’s defending his position. Even though it came out eons ago (in August), the disappointing performance of many much-hyped late-year films leaves Basterds in... More »

Precious, Basterds Lead SAG Noms

Up in the Air also scores three Screen Actors Guild nominations

(Newser) - Award-season frontrunners Inglourious Basterds, Precious, and Up in the Air led today’s Screen Actors Guild nominations with three apiece. Included in those nominations for Basterds and Precious is a nod for outstanding performance by a motion picture cast—SAG’s answer to the typical “best picture” category. Other... More »

Up in the Air Leads Globe Noms

Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock score two Golden Globe nods each

(Newser) - Up in the Air ruled this morning’s Golden Globes nominations with six, including best director, actor, and picture (drama). Nine was a close second with five nominations, including best picture (comedy/musical). In the television categories, Glee came in first with four nominations, including best series—and, not surprisingly, HBO... More »

Weinstein Co. in Trouble, Despite Success of Basterds

Company needs more hits to pull itself out of debt

(Newser) - Inglourious Basterds’ success has provided a stay of execution for Weinstein Co., but the firm needs several more blockbusters like it to stay afloat, sources tell the Wall Street Journal reports. The 4-year-old company hasn’t released as many films as it thought it would, but it’s burned through... More »

Box Office Is Good to Bad

Tyler Perry's newest success defies advertising formula

(Newser) - The box office was good to I Can Do Bad All By Myself, which took in $24 million this weekend, USA Today reports. Tyler Perry’s latest flick rode the same under-the-radar marketing blitz that drew legions of Christians and African Americans to his Madea movies. The digitally-animated 9 made... More »

Women Keep Final Destination in First Place

'All About Steve' comes in close second

(Newser) - Female moviegoers kept The Final Destination on top and propelled Sandra Bullock’s All About Steve into second this Labor Day weekend, Variety reports. Scoring $12.4 million and $11.2 million respectively, the films beat out Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds ($10.8 million), Gerard Butler shoot-'em-up Gamer ($9 million),... More »

The Final Destination Makes a Box Office Killing

Teen slasher knocks off Pitt's Inglourious Basterds

(Newser) - Supernatural slasher flick The Final Destination slaughtered its competition at the box office this weekend, taking in $28.3 million, USA Today reports. The latest installment of the Final Destination franchise—this time in 3D—knocked Inglourious Basterds ($20 million) to second. Halloween II, the 10th Michael Myers movie, debuted... More »

Basterds Hunts Down Box Office Win

(Newser) - Inglourious Basterds had a glorious opening weekend, scalping the box office for $37.6 million to give Quentin Tarantino the best opening of his career, USA Today reports. District 9 continued its strong showing in second place with $18.9 million, while GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra ($12.5... More »

Basterds' Opening Day Is Tarantino's Best

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein can breathe a sigh of relief. Inglourious Basterds mowed down the competition at the box office yesterday with an estimated haul of $14.3 million, reports Variety. That makes it Tarantino’s best opening ever, and the second-highest R-rated opener August has ever seen—behind American Pie 2... More »

Basterds Should Be Last WWII Movie Ever: Pitt

...and calls Tom Cruise's Valkyrie 'ridiculous'

(Newser) - Brad Pitt thinks Inglourious Basterds is so good that no one should ever bother making a World War II movie again, People reports. “I believe that Quentin put a cover on that pot. With Basterds, everything than can be said to this genre has been said,” he said... More »

Critics Find Basterds Glorious

(Newser) - Not every critic loves Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, but many do, and they really love it. Here’s what they’re saying.
  • It’s not just Tarantino’s best movie, “It's the first movie of his artistic maturity,” writes Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle. It
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Weinsteins to Basterds: Please Save Our Careers

Fallen Miramax founders desperate for Hollywood comeback

(Newser) - Once Hollywood’s highbrow hitmakers, Bob and Harvey Weinstein are hitless, humbled, and hoping that a movie about Nazi-killers can save them, the New York Times reports. They once raked in Oscars by producing films like Pulp Fiction and The English Patient, but since leaving Miramax to start their own... More »

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