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Weekend Openings (June 29-July 1)

Looks like this weekend will go down in the books as one of pleasant surprises, both financially and quality-wise.  Whether that will translate into Oscar nominations...

Ted (***)

One of the most different “bromance” movies in recent memory, ‘Ted’ is the story of the love between a boy and his teddy bear. Of course, the...

Disney Media Distribution and Academy Extend Oscar Telecast Agreement

Looks like the Oscars will be telecast on the Disney affiliated ABC network for the rest of this decade. Here’s the official release: Beverly Hills, CA – Disney...

New Trailer for Rian Johnson’s film ‘Looper’!

So far, Rian Johnson is two for two as a filmmaker in my book (though I did like ‘Brick’ a lot more than ‘The Brothers Bloom’) and has shown...

Academy Invites 176 New Members

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) already has a membership of more than 6,000 men and women working in the film industry in its membership. Well...

Marvel’s THE AVENGERS on Blu-ray & DVD 9/25!

Read the Official Release after the jump.

A Chat with A.R. Rahman

A few days ago I had the chance to speak with the Oscar winning composer A.R. Rahman for about 10 minutes in relation to this week’s release of the film...

‘People Like Us’ Press Day Roundtables

As you all probably know, Alex Kurtzman’s directorial debut (former screenwriter of ‘Transformers’ and ‘Star Trek’) People Like Us is...

Understanding the Character: Alfred

30 Days of Batman I must admit that upon learning I had been tasked with writing about Alfred, the dutiful yet dull butler, out of all the great characters in the Batman...

Beasts of the Southern Wild (***)

Another year, another widely loved indie Oscar contender that I just can’t get as excited about as the masses do. Last year, it was ‘The Tree of Life’...

James Cameron has 3 more ‘Avatar’ flicks in the works!

It’s no secret that James Cameron wants to make a sequel or two to his record-breaking hit ‘Avatar’, but I don’t think any of us quite expected...

First Trailer and Poster for ‘The Sessions’

The first trailer for the drama The Sessions (formerly Six Sessions, formerly The Surrogate) has arrived, and as someone who has been predicting John Hawkes to win his...

RULES APPROVED FOR 85TH ACADEMY AWARDS®

Read the Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA – The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved rules for the 85th Academy Awards. The...

First ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ trailer unveiled!

After receiving an Oscar nomination for his directorial work in The Fighter, David O. Russell returns to screens with his new movie Silver Linings Playbook. Starring...

New Trailer for Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’

It feels like a long time since Tim Burton directed a film that I truly enjoyed (Sweeney Todd – 2007), but I have a feeling  his upcoming stop-motion animated...

Circuit 3: Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York, of strong Jewish descent. After serving in the United States Army in World War II, Brooks...

Trailer for the new Spike Lee joint ‘Red Hook Summer’ arrives online!

After creating some of more though provoking and controversial films of recent memory and finding commercial success with Inside Man, Spike Lee has been rather quiet...

Understanding the Character: Catwoman

30 Days of Batman With The Dark Knight Rises in theaters in just a few weeks I have been assigned to give you all a little back story on the character of Selina Kyle,...

James Marsden to order around Mark Wahlberg in ‘Two Guns’

James Marsden, most known for being a dependable supporting player in films like the X-Men series and Enchanted, is set to tackle another supporting role alongside some...

Casey Affleck to direct a biopic of Josh Hamilton

Aside from New York Mets knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey (who’s written a book I expect will be made into a film before too long), the athlete I’ve always...

Historical Circuit: Across the Universe (****)

With the success of juke box musicals, this new phenomenon of using pre-existing pop and rock tunes and plunking them into a story, building the plot around the music,...

Charlie Kaufman’s next directorial project is on life support

I don’t think it surprises anyone that Charlie Kaufman was planning a real weird film for his sophomore outing behind the camera. He’s perhaps the most...

Magic Mike (***½)

If Robert Altman had chosen to make a film about the lives of male strippers, the end result might have resembled ‘Magic Mike’, a shockingly great flick...

Understanding the Character: Bane

30 Days of Batman Even without having seen ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ at the time of writing this piece (another week or so for me), I can safely say that the...

Nora Ephron (1941-2012)

Sad news ladies and gentlemen.  The cinema world lost one of its voices last night, as filmmaker Nora Ephron passed away from a struggle with pneumonia that was brought...