Hawk Koch Elected New Academy President!

Read the Full Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA – Producer Hawk Koch was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight (July 31) by the organization’s Board of Governors. This will be his first term in the office. Koch, who is beginning his ninth year as a governor representing the Producers […]

The Babymakers (***)

I can’t say that I’ve ever been a fan of the Broken Lizard comedy troop’s films. ‘Super Troopers’ seems to be the one that’s most admired by their fans, but it never did anything for me. Director Jay Chandrasekhar has been the man behind their flicks for some time (along with the big screen incarnation […]

Academy Opens the Pod Bay Doors for ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ in 70mm

AMPAS has unveiled the fifth film in its “The Last 70mm Film Festival” series, and it is Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Kubrick was the subject of last week’s Circuit 3, in which I selected this epic film as my personal favorite of his career, so I am glad to […]

The 17th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards Have a Date

The awards ceremony honoring excellence in production design will be held on February 2, 2013 at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Here is the press release and official timeline for the Art Directors Guild Awards: BEVERLY HILLS, July 31 — The 17th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards honoring […]

MTV Video Music Award Nominations!

MTV announced the nominees for Video Music Awards, not that they even play music videos anymore, they still like to pretend from time-to-time they care about music. Rihanna and Drake lead the nominations with five.  Check out the full nominees below. The 2012 MTV VMAs airs live September 6, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET. Vote […]

Full Trailer for ‘Skyfall’

Many of us have been looking for a big film to begin eagerly anticipating now that ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is over and done with. Personally, now I’ve got it with the latest James Bond flick ‘Skyfall’. Today we have a new Full Trailer for the movie, and it’s pretty sweet (complete with a few […]

The Secrets of Mario Van Peebles

Mario Van Peebles is not a synonymous name that goes with awards, Oscars, or even groundbreaking acting and/or directing.  Believe it or not, Peebles has been in the game for some time.  He’s been acting for over forty years and directing for almost twenty-five.  Coming from a strong acting family including his father, Melvin Van Peebles, he […]

Producers Guild Launches Online Job Board

The Producers Guild of America has created a new website for their members as a way to provide better access to those looking for work. They started working on this back in February, and seem pleased with the final outcome. Here is the official press release: LOS ANGELES (July 30, 2012) – The Producers Guild of […]

TIFF Golden Moments

The movie had not gotten a great deal of press coming into the festival, in fact, very few people had actually seen it. The festival programmer for sure had seen the film, and later I learned that Francis Ford Coppola had screened it for his friend, offering some advice. Part way through the picture I […]

Box Office Review: Surprise! ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Remains Number One

The Dark Knight Rises ($64.1 million) repeats as the box office champion in its second week to no one’s surprise. However, after a 60 percent drop from its week one totals it’s looking less likely that Nolan’s final Batman film will catch The Avengers’ incredible box office mass (its running about $84 million behind The Avengers’ […]

Klown (***)

For anyone who thought that ‘The Hangover’ was too tame,’Ted’ was too innocent, wish that the Monty Python gang had gone X rated with their films, or dreamed that the Dogme movement would have tackled lowbrow comedy, the minds behind the Danish TV show ‘Klovn’ have filled in those blanks with the hilarious and raunchy […]

Examining the ‘Margaret’ Extended Cut

A few weeks ago, I was delighted to see Kenneth Longergan’s ‘Margaret’ get a well deserved second moment in the sun. The hype and attention for the Blu-Ray release of ‘Margaret’ has obviously died down now, but a film as interesting and worthwhile as this one deserves an extra moment in the sun, no? Combined […]