• News
    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”...

  • Oscar Circuit
    Oscar Circuit: Best Makeup

    Makeup is a wonderful thing. I put it on every morning and I am transformed into a better looking version of myself and a happier and hotter Anna. In cinema it’s used to transform an actor into a character, to display wounds and massive injuries or just to make an actor look...

  • Blu-Ray/DVD
    Joey’s DVD Picks of the Week (1/31/2012)

    This week, not only does the best film of 2011 hit DVD/Blu-Ray (in my humble opinion, at least), but it’s joined by over a dozen other flicks for what has to be one of the biggest columns to date, at least going by quantity. The quality is a bit light, with the...

  • Film Reviews
    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...

  • Article
    Screen Actors Guild Awards: Worst Dressed

    Judging what celebrities wear is fun! Now, I’ve made it clear I’m not above judging those who can afford to look good, so here is a list of the stars I’ve chosen as the Worst Dressed at The Screen Actors Guild Awards!

  • News
    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...

  • News
    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...

  • Oscar Circuit
    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...

  • News
    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...

  • Film Reviews
    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...

  • Article
    Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Dressed

    Judging what celebrities wear is fun! Now, I’ve made it clear I’m not above judging those who can afford to look good, so here is a list of the stars I’ve chosen as the Best Dressed at The Screen Actors Guild Awards!

  • General
    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”...

  • Editor
    ‘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...

  • Editor
    SAG Awards Live Blog Starts @ 7:45pm

    Come join us for the Screen Actors Guild Awards LIVE Blogging tonight and make sure to include your predictions. Check out the predictions also. It begins at 7:45pm sharp. See you there!

  • Article
    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...

  • Editor
    Oscar Circuit: Best Original Score

    And the Nominees Are: Ludovic Bource – “The Artist” Oscar Scene: “Bang!” (in the home theater) John Williams – “The Adventures of Tintin” Oscar Scene: Tintin and the big chase through the town square. Howard Shore – “Hugo” Oscar Scene: Georges Méliès’ movie Alberto Iglesias – “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” Oscar Scene:...

  • News
    Michel Hazanavicius wins DGA Award!

    If you still weren’t willing to call the Oscar for “The Artist,” you should now.  Not sure if this will necessarily translate to an automatic Directing win for the French director but the film is signed, sealed, and delivered for Oscar gold.  Here’s the press release: LOS ANGELES —The winners of the Directors...

  • News
    Directors Guild of America Predictions

    The Nominees Are: Michel Hazanavicius – “The Artist” Alexander Payne – “The Descendants” David Fincher – “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Martin Scorsese – “Hugo” Woody Allen – “Midnight in Paris” Prediction: Michel Hazanavicius for “The Artist” Alternate: Martin Scorsese for “Hugo”

  • Film Reviews
    Big Miracle (**)

    A well intentioned film with little going in its favor, ‘Big Miracle’ wastes its potentially interesting subject matter on a plot and characters that go nowhere, and slowly. A true story more fit for a documentary than a romantic comedy, the tale of a group of people trying to save some trapped...

  • Weekend Openings
    Weekend Openings (January 27-29)

    Whoa, where did I go?  Well, duty called for the last few weeks, and in my stead Joseph graciously stepped in for me to inform you all of January’s openings.  For this week I’ll be able to “drink to the foam” as they say and preview the new releases for the last...

  • News
    Academy Award Nominated ‘Bullhead’ opens February 17th

    Read the Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – Friday, January 27, 2012 – Drafthouse Films announces that Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award-nominee BULLHEAD will open Friday, February 17 in New York, Los Angeles and Austin in the following theaters and will expand to new markets following its initial limited release. New York – AMC Empire...

  • Article
    Isolation of the Issues

    Sasha Stone of Awards Daily wrote this very passionate piece about racism and the Oscars.  I never share opinion pieces with readers but I was very taken by the truth that was said in the piece.  Here’s an excerpt and please give it a quick read: It’s really hard, isn’t it, to...

  • Television
    American Idol Auditions: Week 2 Wrap Up

    Picking the Top 5 Contestants to Watch from San Diego, Aspen, and Houston. Welcome everyone to week two of the American Idol auditions. This week was the largest set of episodes strung together over a three day period. Some east coast fans missed parts of the telecast from the San Diego auditions,...

  • Precursors
    ‘The Artist’ receives 10 César nominations!

    France’s César Award nominations have been released, and The Artist has done quite well, nabbing 10 nods. Leading the field with 13, however is Poliss. Here’s the full list (apologies that they’re in French) of nominees for your perusal: Meilleur film : The Artist de Michel Hazanavicius La Guerre est déclarée de...