UA-17272164-1 June 2012 - AwardsCircuit.com - By Clayton Davis
  • Weekend Openings
    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...

  • Film Reviews
    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...

  • News
    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...

  • Trailer/Clips
    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 himself to be an auteur with a real vision, so I have no reason not to be excited for a movie of his....

  • News
    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...

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

    Read the Official Release after the jump.

  • Interview
    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...

  • Article
    ‘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...

  • Article
    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...

  • Film Reviews
    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...

  • News
    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...

  • Trailer/Clips
    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...

  • News
    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...

  • Trailer/Clips
    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...

  • Trailer/Clips
    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...

  • Community
    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...

  • Trailer/Clips
    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...

  • Article
    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, also known as Catwoman. Selina Kyle was first introduced in 1940 with an alter ego known as “The...

  • General
    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...

  • News
    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...

  • Historical Circuit
    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,...

  • News
    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...

  • Film Reviews
    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...

  • Article
    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...

  • News
    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...