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 […]

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 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 […]