Oscar Circuit: “Right Category, Right Time”

Cannes is over.  We have a possible Best Picture contender in Michael Haneke’s Amour, which you can see added to the Oscar Tracker.  In the past month, trailers for big Oscar contenders have dropped like Roger Michell’s Hyde Park on Hudson, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, and even as late as yesterday with Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables.  Any talk circling […]

Emmys to combine Supporting and Lead Actors for TV Movies/Mini-Series in 2013

The TV mini-series/movie has given us but the respect for this form has dwindled, even in the minds of the TV Academy. Deadline is reporting that the TV Academy is planning combine the supporting actor/actress prizes with that of their lead counterparts. The new categories, to be presented in 2013, will be called Outstanding Actor in […]

My Night With Marilyn: Opening of the new “Marilyn Monroe” Exhibit at the Hollywood Museum

Some like it hot, some prefer blondes, but all adore the legend that is, and will forever be, Marilyn Monroe. In honor of her 86th birthday and the 50th anniversary of her untimely passing, the Hollywood Museum has decided to celebrate the world’s most treasured Hollywood icon by showcasing a brand new exhibit that features […]

Circuit 3: Morgan Freeman

On Friday, Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman will celebrate his 75th birthday. The veteran actor/narrator/producer/director was born June 1st, 1937, in Memphis, Tennessee, the youngest of four children. His family never stayed in one place long while he was growing up, moving frequently from Tennessee, to Mississippi, to Indiana, and Illinois. After serving as a mechanic in the […]

Awards Profile: Amour

Directed by: Michael Haneke Written by: Michael Haneke Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, William Shimell, Alexandre Tharaud Synopsis (Courtesy of IMDB): Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The […]

13th Annual Golden Trailer Awards – Who Will Win?

Today, eight to 15 judges from all around the business will decide the very best in trailers for the past year. Last year’s top prize (“Best in Show”) went to Mark Woollen and Associates for their incredible trailer for The Social Network (yeah, the one with the choral presentation of Radiohead’s “Creep”). The winners are […]

TV Review: Hemingway & Gellhorn (**½)

“Why should I be a footnote to someone else’s life” — Martha Gellhorn. Thanks to Nicole Kidman’s headstrong, passionate, and balls-to-the-wall performance as famed war correspondent, Martha Gellhorn — more recognized in history as the third wife of Ernest Hemingway — I doubt Gellhorn will ever be regarded as a footnote again. The title of […]

‘Game of Thrones’ star Richard Madden to be in for ‘Long Nights’

Richard Madden is currently trying to become King of the North on HBO’s fantasy series Game of Thrones, but later this year he’ll be tackling a modern character with decidedly different priorities. Variety is reporting that the Scottish actor is in talks to headline the erotic drama Long Nights Short Mornings. The story will follow a young man (Madden) […]

Award Winning Architects to design AMPAS Museum

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has long had plans to build a movie museum in Los Angeles. But as with any construction slated to happen in California, the plans were hit with several delays. However, things seem to be back on track to build the museum now and the Academy has […]

First Teaser Trailer for Tom Hooper’s ‘Les Misérables’

Hugh Jackman stars as Jean Valjean in Academy Award winning director Tom Hooper’s (The King’s Speech) Les Misérables, based on the tale by Victor Hugo. The first teaser has dropped for the film, and while we just get to chew on the beautiful imagery – set to Anne Hathaway singing “I Dreamed a Dream” –  I feel […]

Awards Profile: ParaNorman

Directed by: Chris Butler and Sam Fell Written by: Chris Butler. Cast (Voices of): Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Tucker Albrizzi, Casey Affleck, John Goodman, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Elaine Stritch, Tempestt Bledsoe, Hannah Noyes. Synopsis (Courtesy of Focus Features): The new 3D stop-motion comedy thriller from animation company LAIKA, reteaming the company with […]

Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor are reuniting on a new script

One of the things that I’d been rather curious about the past year or so in regards to Alexander Payne was why exactly he wasn’t still working with his writing partner Jim Taylor. On ‘The Descendants’ he co-wrote the film with Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, while his in development projects ‘Nebraska’ and ‘Fork in […]

Character List for ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3 Revealed!

If you’re starved for epic settings, intricate plotting, two faced characters or Peter Dinklage, then Game of Thrones is the show for you. With the excellent Blackwater episode that aired this past Sunday, Game of Thrones is more than proving that it’s one of the top television shows on air. Sunday is the finale of Season […]

New Images from ‘Les Miserables’

The adaptation of musical sensation Les Miserables is set to hit screens on December 14 but Tom Hooper and Co. have decided to whet our appetites with some high quality images from the film.  While many are nervous about how the epic musical will fare on screen,  the images released via USA Today give a great glimpse […]

Andrew Dominik to make his long Marilyn Monroe biopic

Before Andrew Dominik committed to make ‘Killing Them Softly’ (then called ‘Coogan’s Trade’) his next film, he was eyeing a Marilyn Monroe biopic called ‘Blonde’. According to The Playlist here, Dominik is planning on making that adaptation of the Joyce Carroll Oates novel now if all comes together properly. Originally supposed to star Naomi Watts, […]

Joey’s DVD Picks of the Week (5/29/2012)

This week, there’s a decent enough crop of films available on Blu-Ray and DVD for your viewing pleasure. I wouldn’t call it an especially good slate, but that’s more because of a few popular flicks didn’t affect me like they did for others (especially in one case to be seen shortly). There’s quantity though, if […]

J.J. Abrams has another mystery project in development

So far, I’ve been a big fan of the “secret” projects that J.J. Abrams seems to come up with every few years. Both ‘Cloverfield’ and ‘Super 8’ challenged for Top Ten spots in their respective years, and now word comes that Abrams has another film of that ilk up his sleeve. Variety reports here that […]


Though it has taken many false starts and much concentration to sit down at the computer again and begin writing, I am back at it in earnest. I need to extend a huge thank you to Clayton Davis and all the writers here for their understanding and support over the last ten months, and in […]

Cannes 2012 Post Mortem

With Amour taking the Palme d’Or yesterday, another Cannes FIlm Festival was put to rest. As the dust settles, it’s now a little clearer how this year’s Cannes will factor into the Oscar race. While there doesn’t appear to be three Best Picture films in this lineup, there are several highly regarded films that could […]

‘Moonrise Kingdom’ sets a limited release record at the Box Office!

While I was pretty mixed on Wes Anderson’s new film ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ (seen in my review here), it seems that both critics and audiences aren’t. The former has heaped some of the best reviews in a long time for an Anderson flick, and the box office has been record-breaking actually, according to Deadline here. After […]

Trailer and Poster for Cannes Standout, ‘Holy Motors’

Leos Carax’s new film, Holy Motors, was a big hit at the Cannes Film Festival. The film centers around Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant, longtime collaborator with Carax), a mysterious man of many personalities who jumps from one character to the next while being chauffeured around in a limousine. Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue, and […]

Moonrise Kingdom (**½)

Few filmmakers are as easily identifiable as Wes Anderson in terms of knowing their work when you see it. For some, he’s a constantly quirky delight, while for other’s his films are a struggle to sit through. I find myself usually somewhere in the middle, and that’s again where I find myself with his latest […]

Take This Waltz (***½)

Actress-turned-filmmaker Sarah Polley continues to explore love in a very unique way with the romantic drama ‘Take This Waltz’, a tremendously acted and emotionally wrenching film that’s about much more than initially meets the eye. Michelle Williams again is doing excellent work in the lead role, and Seth Rogen is as good as he’s ever […]

Box Office Report: There’s a New Sheriff in Town

That’s right folks, The Avengers is out of the top spot this weekend after Men in Black 3 raked in over $55 million (domestically) to dethrone the former champ. MiB3 took in an additional $132 million overseas, and is well towards earning back its massive $230 million budget (read Michael’s 2-star review of the film here). […]

Fred West drama ‘Appropriate Adult’ wins big at TV BAFTAs

Essentially the British version of the Emmys, the 58th annual BAFTA Television Awards took place tonight at London’s Royal Festival Hall, with the big winners including Dominic West, Emily Watson, and Rolf Harris, who was inducted into the prestigious BAFTA Fellowship. Presented by Irish comedian Dara O’Briain, the show takes a more fun and mischievous […]

Cannes Film Festival Award Winners

The 65th Cannes Film Festival has ended and the jury have announced their prizes. The Palme d’Or was awarded to Amour directed by Michael Haneke, his 2nd Palme d’Or win making him the first director ever to win back to back Palme d’Or prizes. American director Behn Zeitlin picked up the Camera d’Or for his […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 5/27)

Another week has come and gone at The Awards Circuit. This week was especially important because we began our first ever ACCA TV. I hope everyone has voted for their favorites in television, because your nominations will be announced very soon! Personally, I absolutely have no idea which shows or performances jive with everyone, but […]

Predicting the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Winners

And so the most prestigious film festival in the world comes to an end, with the “awards season” taking a vague shape right behind it.  Cannes, usually to its credit, has almost always been far outside of Oscar’s wheelhouse, opting for indie and world cinema superstars over Hollywood royalty that make the cinema snobs raise […]

Men In Black 3 (**)

If you are going to invest the time and money to see Men In Black 3, the investment comes for one reason and one reason only…Josh Brolin. As a younger version of Tommy Lee Jones, Brolin is fantastic and not only nails Tommy Lee Jones’ temperament, voice, mannerisms, and caricatures, but he almost makes you […]

Weekend Openings (May 25-28)

And the reign of The Avengers may finally come to an end during – of all times – Memorial Day weekend.  The film itself isn’t exactly a notable release, but then again, giant killers usually do not appear as such in the movie business.  I am of course referring to… …Men in Black3, which marks […]