The entire writing staff have updated their Oscar Predictions for 2013. Lots of diversity among our writers in what they believe or not believe may come to fruition.
Use this post to include your own predictions for the following year. Also, the official pages by myself will be updated throughout the weekend so watch out for that. Enjoy!
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Presented as a live-action family film, Mirror Mirror is the first of two very different, but equally high profile 2012 adaptations of the iconic tale of a princess named Snow White and her quest in finding her handsome Prince Charming. Aiding in that pursuit, are seven dwarves who work with Snow White in helping her vanquish an evil queen and restore a wondrous kingdom to its rightful heir. It is indeed a tale that has been told, interpreted, and reinvented countless times, but in all honesty, “Snow White” seems a story well suited for the dazzling and innovative director Tarsem Singh.
Singh’s approach to the story, Mirror Mirror features a fair amount of alterations made to the original Brothers Grimm fairy tale, but essentially this is a simple take on the classic tale; one which seems to have an eye towards a possible franchise moving forward. The evil queen (Julia Roberts) is “raising” her orphaned step-daughter, the beautiful and kind-hearted Snow White (Lily Collins), who is banished to her bedroom. Snow White’s father left her the gift of a dagger and promised to return as he set off to battle, but he never came home and his wife, the queen, controls his and his daughter’s kingdom. The opulent palace they call home is bathed in a stunning colorful palette with its architecture and is an extraordinary backdrop to the queen’s expensive and lavish parties and galas. Just outside the queen’s palatial estate however, the neighboring towns are bleak, dark, and destitute.
Read more on Mirror Mirror (**½)…
Check it out the trailer for the film starring Kathleen Turner after the jump. The film opens in New York and Los Angeles on May 4th and May 11th. A national rollout for “The Perfect Family” will follow.
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One of last year’s potential Oscar contenders that got pushed out of the race to this year was Sarah Polley’s film ‘Take This Waltz’. It had solid reviews from festivals, but just never really got going in 2011. Could this be the year that it gets some recognition? Well, it opens this June, and there’s a new Trailer that you can check out below after the jump. Personally, I think it looks like a winner, but we shall see…
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This dropped a few days ago on various websites, but it got lost in the shuffle here, so we’re a few days behind on this one. Hey, it’s still worth displaying, so here it is regardless of time. This image is our first actual look at what the characters in Tom Hooper’s take on ‘Les Miserables’ could look like. This one is of course of Hugh Jackman (who will be essaying the role of Jean Valjean), but I’d imagine we’ll be seeing more from everyone else in the coming months. As for the image itself, I don’t think it’s particularly good or bad, but after the jump is something from a very different film that it reminds me a lot of and I thought I’d compare it to. You can judge for yourself below…
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I know some of you are as morbidly curious about ‘The Human Centipede’ franchise (yes, it’s a full fledged franchise now) as I am, so this news of tension over script issues between filmmaker Tom Six and his would be returning star Dieter Laser might be of some interest. Apparently, lawsuits are the true horror of ‘The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)’ not, you know…the other stuff that goes on in the flicks. Anyway, Deadline has a short post on the friction that you can see after the cut. My guess is we still wind up seeing this movie, or at least I will, and it of course won’t be pretty. Mike Fleming has some harsh words to say below for the movie (thoughts I somewhat echo, if you remember my reviews, but he’s a little more blunt about it), so just be aware of that going in…
Read more on The Human Centipede in danger of not becoming a trilogy!…
This weekend, the odds will not be in favor of the two opening titles vying against The Hunger Games at the box office. Strong word-of-mouth and momentum of ticket sales throughout the weekdays could see it score a jackpot that may even challenge Avatar’s record for second-weekend grosses.
That’s not to say its take won’t fall a little, primarily due to competition from films like Wrath of the Titans. This sequel to Clash of the Titans finds Hollywood butchering Greek mythology yet again, with the Austrailian-accented Perseus leaving his quiet life as a fisherman once more to save the world when the Titans overthrow Zeus. Despite expressing a desire to continue this franchise, Louis Leterrier is not returning for this installment, instead ceding to Jonathan Liebesman of Darkness Falls and Battle: Los Angeles…which, you know, whatever. At least according to critics the special effects are an improvement, even if most of them say it is just as soulless and incoherent as the first film. Audience enthusiasm seems to be weaker than the last one as well, with online activity relatively weak and advance ticket sales being swamped by The Hunger Games, though it does have the advantage of being in more 3D and IMAX theaters. I’m expecting a $35-40 million weekend take.
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Maybe I’m more curious than most, but I’ve been keeping an eye on the film ‘People Like Us’ (formerly known as ‘Welcome To People’) for a little bit of time now. I haven’t had much to go on, but I’m a sucker for a dysfunctional family flick. The movie now has a Trailer to judge it on, and after the jump you can go ahead and do just that!
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This week on American Idol, the standing ovations were at an all time rise, pun intended. I swear, there were about five standing ovations for the whole performance evening — an Idol record to be sure. These ridiculous moments of praise may be our next big drinking game following Melissa McCarthy’s “Scorsese” drinking game that began at the SAG awards this year. If we had put this game into effect, we’d all be sloshed by the end of the night, and what a pity that would have been as the final performance of the night will probably go down in Idol record books as one of the all time great rock performances this show has seen. I’m so pumped up to begin my review session, so I’m not wasting time and instead jumping right into things. Catch all my thoughts and reviews of this week’s Top 9 below!
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, Colton Dixon
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, Jennifer Lopez
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Directed by: Andrew Dominik
Written by: Andrew Dominik
Cast: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Sam Shepard, Garret Dillahunt, and Slaine
Synopsis (from Coming Soon): Adapted from George V. Higgins novel and set in New Orleans, “Cogan’s Trade” (now entitled Killing Them Softly) follows professional enforcer, Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt), who investigates a heist that occurs during a high stakes, mob-protected, poker game. The film also features Scoot McNairy (“Monsters”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Animal Kingdom”), Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins (“The Visitor”), with James Gandolfini, Vincent Curatola, Max Casella, Sam Shepard and Bella Heathcote among others.
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We’re getting closer and closer to the start of the 65th Cannes Film Festival, and with so many titles still up in the air for inclusion, it’s an exciting time for festival junkies and awards nuts alike. So far, we only know that Wes Anderson’s film ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ will be playing the fest, but other and larger scale Oscar hopefuls could very well be headed there as well. The official list of films at Cannes this year won’t be revealed for about another 3 weeks or so, but The Hollywood Reporter has done some digging and seems to have a good idea of what other films might be the likeliest for a debut over in France. You can see their educated guesses after the jump…
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I freely admit that I’m not as big a fan of ‘Anchorman’ as most are (I still like it, but it isn’t the funniest film ever made or anything), but part of that might be that I’ve only seen it once and can’t quote it like a surprisingly large amount of the general public can. Still, I’m not opposed to the idea of a sequel at all, and while one collapsed last year, it seems that Judd Apatow has come to the rescue of Will Ferrell and Ron Burgundy will be returning to theaters next year, with the entire cast returning for a second romp in the news studio. Deadline has the story of this cinematic resurrection, and you can read all about it after the jump…
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Owen Wilson and Zach Galfianakis are set to star in Matt Weiner’s directorial debut. After directing and writing several episodes of AMC’s hit show “Mad Men,” which just premiered last Sunday, Weiner will take to the big screen. SNL alum Amy Poehler in talks for a role. Check out the press release after the jump. Read more on Matthew Weiner to Make Feature Directorial Debut for Gilbert Films…
It’s been rumored for almost a month now that Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film ‘The Master’ would be getting an October release date (we even had a previous news piece about it earlier this month here at The Awards Circuit), but we haven’t had any official timeframe given by The Weinstein Company. Well, that’s all changed now as Box Office Mojo has reported (and you can see it for yourself here) that October 12, 2012 is the day that PTA is back in theaters with this highly anticipated new movie. Hit the jump for what little we know about the project so far…
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So far, we’ve only seen a few short looks at the upcoming Sacha Baron Cohen film ‘The Dictator’, and honestly it looks like more of the same after ‘Borat’ and ‘Bruno’, only far less original looking. This new trailer has shown more of a plot, and makes me slightly more optimistic for the flick. Take a look at his next collaboration with filmmaker Larry Charles after the cut…
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The last two weeks of Dancing with the Stars have been mighty impressive. I have to say that this is by far the best beginning to a season I have ever seen. But, it doesn’t change the fact that someone has to be eliminated.
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Elizabeth Banks and Jennifer Lawrence in Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games"
Banking on broader appeal than the Twilight franchise and delivering the third-largest opening weekend of all time, Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games surpassed even the most optimistic of expectations, with a $152.5 million opening weekend. In a snap of one’s fingers, Jennifer Lawrence will forever be associated with Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson will likewise forever be linked to Peeta Mellark. Their anonymity is gone. Next November 2013, Liam Hemsworth will likely join them in being branded as Gale, with his role exponentially increased in the sequel Catching Fire, and the lives of these three young actors have been irrevocably changed forever. Most who saw the film were in favor of Gary Ross’ adaptation, with yours truly giving it, admittedly, one of the strongest reviews of the lot. Audiences were thrilled, the record books rewritten and Lionsgate’s all in gamble on the franchise rivals that of New Line’s investment in “Lord of the Rings” and Summit’s daring risk on “Twilight”. Everyone knew this franchise would be a success, but third-biggest-opening-of-all-time success? Lots of jaws are still falling open as numbers are continually crunched.
- THE HUNGER GAMES BREAKDOWN
- Lionsgate’s Biggest Grossing Film Of All Time
- Largest Spring Seasonal Opening Of All Time
- Largest March Opening Of All Time
- Second Fastest Film to Gross $100 million
- Third Fastest Film to Gross $150 million
- Biggest Grossing Film in the “Reality TV” genre
- Largest Per Screen Average of the Weekend ($36,871 @ 4,137 screens)
Read more on Box Office Final: A “Hunger” Burns Inside (March 23-25, 2012)……
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, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
, Jiro Dreams of Sushi
, John Carter
, Project X
, Safe House
, salmon fishing in the yemen
, Seeking Justice
, The Hunger Games
, The Raid: Redemption
Directed by: Ruben Fleischer
Written by: Will Beall
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Giovanni Ribisi, Nick Nolte, Frank Grillo, Robert Patrick, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackie, Josh Pence, and Mireille Enos
Synopsis (from Warner Brothers): Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and—if he has his way—every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop…except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart.
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, Nick Nolte
, Oscar hopeful
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, Ruben Fleischer
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, The Gangster Squad
To everyone’s dismay, The Voice saved its worst Battle Rounds episode for last. There were no perfect performances; heck, I’d venture to go as far as saying only one Battle Round performance was even good. The worst offense of the night was committed by Adam Levine, who might have just made the dumbest decision in his career when choosing one Battle Round victor. The whole show felt like NBC was scraping the bottom of the barrel, serving us performances you would find at the back alley of a Mardi Gras festival as opposed to a legit singing competition program. Needless to say, this was a very weak night, with one amazing performer sent packing for no good reason other than his talent being “very specific.” Um, worst rationale ever! We’ll get to the shocking boot a bit later on, but let’s dive straight into the single worst Battle Round Episode of The Voice Season 2 and get some performance analysis underway! Read more on ‘The Voice’ Recap: Battle Rounds Part 4…
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, karla davis
, Moses Stone
, naia kete
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This week, there’s not too much to get excited about in terms of DVD releases (or really even theatrical releases, but that’s another story), but since this is nothing new to the faithful readers of this column, we won’t have any trouble pressing on regardless. This is also a rare occasion where I’m going to be recommending something that I previously didn’t when doing my original review of the film. Astute readers will know that I wasn’t big on either of this week’s major releases, but only one of them changed my mind somewhat on a subsequent viewing (I even said as much in the comments section of that particular review), and that film is the one that’s getting this week’s top honor. I won’t argue that it’s an especially strong PICK OF THE WEEK, but it’s the best of a mediocre bunch. The film in question that I’m admitting to being too harsh on initially? Well, it’s:
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
I maintain that this movie has a lot of issues (mainly in terms of the script), but even the first time around I admitted that it had some real emotional power to it. I gave it a second chance after that and found that my issues were diluted somewhat (I still think the screenplay is the weak link and things get pretty monotonous in the 2nd act), but the power of the story wasn’t (especially in terms of the acting and some of the visuals). The flick still isn’t as good as I’d hoped it to be when predicting it to win Best Picture last summer, but it’s not as flawed as I found it to be on that first screening. Now that it’s out on home video, those who didn’t bother with it can see for themselves and make up their mind as to whether or not the pseudo surprise Best Picture nomination was a just decision by the Academy or not. I gave it another chance, so why don’t you do the same as well!
Read more on Joey’s DVD Picks of the Week (3/27/2012)…
It’s been a long time coming! I love the Awards Circuit and I love our readers. I pride myself on being called a ‘Film Geek’ nearly on a daily basis. Here at the Awards Circuit, we should all pride ourselves as “Gold Geeks.” We love the Oscars, and just plain award shows in general. Wear a shirt to prove it. Give it a buy!
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There are the directors, movies, actors, that put us on the film bandwagon. We have some specialty shirts for great directors like Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Alfred Hitchock (with more coming in the near future!).
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It’s week two of Dancing with the Stars! After an amazing beginning to the new season, the stars are back this week dancing the Quick Step and Jive. Every star raised the bar last week, but this week we were able to see clearly who is strong and who could possibly go home. Monday the stars danced their hearts out because tonight will be the first elimination. So who will be the first star to waltz off the dance floor? Let’s review.
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Directed By: Tim Burton
Written By: John August
Cast: Winona Ryder, Christopher Lee, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Atticus Shaffer, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Robert Capron, Tom Kenny, James Hiroyuki Liao
Synopsis: Tim Burton’s 1984 Short Film, Frankenweenie, is being brought back to life on the big screen.
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