UA-17272164-1 July 2012 - AwardsCircuit.com - By Clayton Davis
  • News
    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...

  • Film Reviews
    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...

  • News
    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...

  • News
    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...

  • News
    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...

  • Trailer/Clips
    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...

  • Blu-Ray/DVD
    Joey’s DVD Picks of the Week (7/31/2012)

    This week, it’s again a light slate of releases hitting Blu-Ray/DVD. I prepped everyone last week for this, but we’re right in the middle of it now, so just take a deep breath and make the best of it until things brighten up in a few weeks. Once the summer ends, we’ll...

  • Podcasts
    Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 13: Toronto Lineup, Trailers, Flops for the Fall

    Great news for our readership!  Our “Power Hour” will be moving to a weekly delivery.  As the thick of the race heats up and the Awards Circuit begins to move to the next phase of its existence, our conversations are moving  to Mondays.  So now, every Monday, our “Power Hour” will be...

  • Article
    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...

  • News
    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...

  • Article
    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...

  • Article
    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...

  • Film Reviews
    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...

  • Historical Circuit
    Historical Circuit: Deliverance (1972)

    The moment that stunned me in Deliverance (1972), the moment that caused me to jump in my seat in sheer terror comes about an hour into the film. What is remarkable is that it is a simple cut to another character that causes the terror, the knowledge that all of a sudden...

  • Article
    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...

  • News
    Kimberly Peirce has another remake in mind?

    It wouldn’t surprise me one bit to find out that I’m about the only critic out there who thinks that Kimberly Peirce is 2 for 2 as a filmmaker. ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ is obviously a tremendous film, but I actually quite like ‘Stop Loss’ as well. She’s now tackling a remake of...

  • General
    Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 7/29)

    And…we’re back! Coming off a huge week with The Dark Knight Rises, you’d expect us to slow down at The Awards Circuit. Hah, not a chance! We began the week with some wrap-up thoughts on Christopher Nolan’s final film in his heavily acclaimed — although polarizing to some — Batman Trilogy. First...

  • Film Reviews
    Killer Joe (**½)

    There was a time when a film directed by William Friedkin was met with excitement, but that was a very long time ago. It was for The French Connection (1971) that Friedkin won the Academy Award for Best Director, a brilliant and tough crime thriller based on a true story about a...

  • News
    ABC Fall Television Schedule

    Summer may not be over just yet, but ABC has released their Fall Television line up. Below you will find the official ABC Fall Television schedule. Friday, September 14th Shark Tank 8:00pm What Would You Do? 9:00pm 20/20 10:00pm Monday, September 24th Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars 8:00pm Castle 10:00pm Tuesday, September...

  • Poster
    Poster for “Cloud Atlas”

    With the 5-minute trailer premiering this past week, this simple poster has hit.  Do we have an Oscar contender on our hands?  We shall see.  Comment and see the full poster after the jump.

  • News
    The Weinstein Company moves up the release date of ‘The Master’ to September!

    Yes, believe it or not…you won’t have to wait much too much longer to see Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film ‘The Master’. Originally scheduled to hit theaters during the middle of October, Variety is reporting here that The Weinstein Company now has the film opening in limited release on September 14th, with...

  • News
    Boyle Pays Tribute to British Film in Olympics Opener

    “Hilariously quirky,” claimed The New York Times. “A terrific night, a glorious ceremony, a rousing history lesson and far and away the best film that Danny Boyle never made,” said Guardian film critic Xan Brooks. Whilst The New Yorker simply led with “Danny Boyle Wins the Gold.” Last night all eyes fell...

  • News
    Dancing with the Stars All Star Cast Revealed

    After 14 seasons, Dancing with the Stars if finally having an All-Star season. When it was released what season 15 would entail, fans of the famous dance show wondered which of their favorite stars would be brought back to dance once more for the coveted mirror ball trophy. Well, the list of...

  • Film Reviews
    The Watch (**)

    A nightwatchman gets skinned alive and obliterated at a Costco in a suburban town and store manager Evan (Ben Stiller) assembles a neighborhood watch group to find his co-worker’s killer in The Watch, a science-fiction/comedy which, in fits and starts, is an amusing movie. Proudly crude and vulgar, The Watch tells an...

  • Images
    First Images drop for “Trouble with the Curve”

    First images have surfaced for Robert Lorenz’s film Trouble with the Curve starring Academy Award Winner Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, and Justin Timberlake.  The film tells the story of an ailing baseball scout that takes his daughter along for one last recruiting trip. This has been labeled the “final” acting performance from...