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 may happen for at least one of them… Steven Soderbergh and Channing Tatum take us into the world of male strippers in Magic Mike, about a seasoned dancer who […]

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 bear is one that’s magically brought to life and they grow up into vulgar stoners. Seth MacFarlane’s first foray into films is more or less ‘Family Guy: 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 Media Distribution and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have extended their agreement for DMD to distribute the annual Academy Awards® telecast internationally through 2020, […]

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 today invitations went out to 176 new candidates to join the party. Those who accept will be eligible to vote in this year’s Oscars. There are too many […]

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’, and I’m pleased to be able to share that conversation with you now here at The Awards Circuit. The Academy Award winning […]

‘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 hitting theaters this weekend. Two weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the press junket for People Like Us, where I participated in four separate roundtables featuring some of the film’s cast […]

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 series, I was a little bit peeved. However, having revisited the entire film series as part of our 30 Days of Batman season, […]

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’ that left me cold and wanting more (and ‘The Artist’ to a much lesser extent), and now I find myself not as crazy about ‘Beasts of the […]

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 this. Not only does he plan to wind up with 4 flicks in the franchise in total, he’s going to be shooting the 3 sequels back-to-back-to-back, according to […]

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 first Oscar for this vehicle, it does not disappoint. Hawkes plays a man in an iron lung who would like to lose his virginity. After confiding in his priest (played […]


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 most significant changes affect the Music, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Visual Effects categories. In the Music (Original Song) category, the Executive Committee may recommend that […]

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 Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, the movie is about a former teacher who, after spending four years in a mental institution, moves back in with his mother […]

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 film, Frankenweenie, will be a return to form for the unique auteur. The movie – which is being distributed by Disney – tells a children’s version of the […]

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 worked nightclubs and resorts as a drummer, after having been taught by the legendary American jazz drummer and bandleader Bernard “Buddy” Rich, who grew up with […]

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 on the movie making front. However, he’s poised to make a comeback with his new film Red Hook Summer, which premiered at Sundance this year. Returning to his Brooklyn roots might […]

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 big names. Variety is reporting that Marsden has signed on to join 2 Guns as a naval commander. He joins previously announced actors Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, […]

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 thought had a life story tailor made for the movies is Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton. His story is amazing, and Deadline is reporting here that Casey […]

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, films such as Mamma Mia! (2006) and Rock of Ages (2012) have enjoyed both popularity and solid box office success. I say new, however this type […]

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 unique screenwriter in the business, and if anything, he goes even further out there when he gets to direct as well. His next project is the musical ‘Frank or […]

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 that’s far better than it probably has any right to be (I’ll talk more about the Altman connection in a bit). A ton of credit goes to filmmaker […]

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 upcoming version of Bane that filmmaker Christopher Nolan has in store for us will be far different from any we’ve seen before…and that’s likely […]

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 on by Leukemia. Ephron was one of the very best at the romantic comedy game and she surely will be missed. She was 71, and after […]

‘The Avengers’ to Cross $600 Million Domestic Today!

Why is this such big news, you ask? By crossing the $600 million mark domestically, Marvel’s The Avengers becomes only the third film to ever register such a feat. The film’s global total is now estimated at $1.438 billion, and it stands as the number three film of all time both globally and domestically. Check out […]

Question for our Awards Circuit Readers!

How do you feel about a preliminary Golden Globes-type announcement mid-way through ACCA 2000? We would reveal the results next Friday in Drama and Musical/Comedy categories and then the official ACCA nominations on July 6th.  A special group of readers will be selected to vote on the winners of the Preliminary ACCA categories.

Awards Circuit Community Awards Year 2000 opens up for voting!

Welcome to the Awards Circuit Community Awards Voting Station.  We are diving back in time to revisit films and performances that might have deserved more recognition than previously thought.  The next year in question is 2000, the year Ridley Scott’s Gladiator defeated the likes of Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic. […]

First Trailer and Poster for Thriller ‘Alex Cross’

It’s Tyler Perry like you’ve never seen him before. But can you take him seriously? The actor, best known for being in full drag as Madea, is taking over the role of Alex Cross, a D.C. detective based on the character from the best-selling James Patterson novels. Morgan Freeman previously played Cross in Along Came a Spider […]

Understanding the Character: Batman

To best understand who Batman is, you must first go to the man behind the mask: Bruce Wayne. Bruce Wayne is often seen as an “irresponsible and superficial playboy” who lives off the inheritance of his family’s private technology firm, Wayne Enterprises, when in essence he has created this childish persona to hide his secret identity. The […]

TV Review: Newsroom (***)

A flawed, but endlessly fascinating and enjoyable show, The Newsroom is more like enjoyable romps True Blood and Scandal that reach occasional greatness but aren’t classics like The Sopranos or Sorkin’s wonderful The West Wing. Sorkin has crafted a very romantic, some would say idealistic, look at a newsroom and even when this show gets a bit messy […]

Joey’s DVD Picks of the Week (6/26/2012)

This week, we have a very interesting group of films hitting Blu-Ray/DVD for your purchasing pleasure. Especially in terms of my top two selections, there’s an intriguing relationship, since they share the same genre but couldn’t be any further apart from each other otherwise. The other flicks out as well don’t really have that much […]