Tom Hanks to Present at 84th Academy Awards®

Read the Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA – Two-time Academy Award®-winning actor Tom Hanks will present at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced today. Hanks, who is a governor of the Academy, won consecutive Oscars® in 1993 and 1994 for his lead performances in “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump.”  […]

Don’t Go in the Woods (*½)

Actor Vincent D’Onofrio has always been a thespian willing to take a risk. His performances are always very different and usually distinctly so. Going by that, it makes perfect sense for his directorial debut to be about as unique as it gets. Sadly, while D’Onofrio often turns in a compelling and quality performance, his film […]

Tate Taylor to Receive 2012 WGAW Paul Selvin Award

Read the Press Release: LOS ANGELES – Screenwriter-director Tate Taylor has been named recipient of the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2012 Paul Selvin Award for his adapted screenplay for the civil rights-era drama The Help. The Guild’s Selvin Award recognizes written work which embodies the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties. Filmmaker Taylor will be […]

Jennifer Lopez to Present at the 84th Academy Awards®

Read the Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA – Jennifer Lopez will present at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced today. Lopez, who serves as a judge on “American Idol,” will be seen next in the feature “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and recently completed work on “Parker” […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Foreign Language Film

And the Nominees Are: Bullhead – Belgium Footnote – Israel In Darkness – Poland Monsieur Lazhar – Canada A Separation – Iran If I were king for a day…well, a lot of things would happen, but one of them would be to get rid of this damn category and force Academy members to venture out of the U.S. and Britain […]

Here are the Award Winners from the Sundance Film Festival!

Over in Sundance, the festival awards have been given out, and the primary beneficiary is ‘The Surrogate’, which could be headed to some real Oscar consideration later this year. Also getting a nice boost is the very popular sci-fi tinged romantic comedy ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’. Anyway, here’s the full list of award winners, for your […]

The Grey (***½)

Incredibly bleak but undeniably powerful, ‘The Grey’ is a tough picture to sit through, but a rewarding one, especially in terms of Liam Neeson’s terrific lead performance. There was talk a few months ago of giving the film a quick qualifying run in December to have Neeson eligible for Oscar consideration (and the plan now […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 01/29)

Not much happened last week, just a small announcement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences – perhaps you’ve heard of them? – on their nominees for the best film achievements of the year.  Clayton Davis gave us his own take on the news, Joey Magidson played his annual “Alternative” Oscars game, and […]

‘The Help’ Leads with 3 SAG Wins

Here are the winners: Best Performance by a Cast Ensemble – “The Help” Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role – Jean Dujardin for “The Artist” Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role – Viola Davis for “The Help” Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role […]

Screen Actors Guild Predictions

Tonight, the Screen Actors Guild will present their winners for the very best in film and television.  The SAG awards have presented themselves as the most telling precursor of them all.  Last year, they matched up with Oscar 100% in their choices.  This year will be even more telling as the race seems wide open […]