In the vapid, nearly transparent mess that television sitcoms have become, one show that has stood above the rest as the freshest and most endearing comedy in quite some time is ABC’s “Modern Family.” In the 30-minute uproar of laughs sitcom, we follow three non-traditional families through their everyday antics and how they deal with them by just being…themselves.
The series stars a wonderful ensemble of authentic, genuine characters: “Married with Children” star Ed O’Neill is Jay Pritchett, the patriarch of the family who is married to Gloria, (played beautifully by the even more beautiful Sofia Vergara) who is very much younger than Jay and just as high-tempered. Gloria has a son, 11-year old Manny (Rico Rodriguez), from a previous marriage. But don’t let the number 11 fool you, Manny is wise beyond his years and effectively just as funny as the next adult. Jay has two children from his ex-wife (played occasionally by the delightful Shelly Long), Claire and Mitchell.
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Well, we are now out of HTML format (in most aspects), some of the kinks of the new Awards Circuit are still being worked out but everything for the most part seems to be running quite smoothly. Twice a month, and more often when we get into the real epicenter of season, I’ll be diving into the Oscar predictions with an in-depth analysis here while then transitioning into the official Oscar predictions of the Awards Circuit.
Predictions have begun and for the first time ever in my predictions career, I’ve inquired with a few of the writers and close colleagues on some of their thoughts on one or two categories to see if I discovered something new or feel validated in making certain choices. There are various things flying around the web as this article is being written: Venice Film Awards have gone out, Toronto is in full swing and some films are making a ton of money. With the Academy’s decision to not fully commit to ten films but at least five, prognosticators are speculating how many films there will be. I estimate there will be somewhere between seven or eight. Until December sometime, I’ll keep predicting ten just for accuracy purposes.
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Laurence Fishburne (L) and Dr. Sanjay Gupta (R) in "Contagion" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
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The star-studded viral disaster epic “Contagion” ended the impressive run at the top for “The Help” this weekend delivering Warner Bros. and director Steven Soderbergh a $23.1 million opening. While it easily won the weekend, reports coming from behind the scenes are mixed as to whether Warner Bros. are pleased with the totals. With this opening performance, the film should conclude its theatrical run with an approximate $65-$70 million domestic take. Budgeted at $60 million, overseas numbers will ultimately decide how big or small a success this was.
Robert Hamer predicted this film would open at $18-$23 million.
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