A Tale Of Two Countries

After many talks about forming an American-China co-production for Iron Man 3, China is stubborn about their rules and regulations as to how American Production Companies must go about shooting in Beijing, China. As one of the most anticipated movies of 2013, even Marvel’s heroes don’t get any slack when it comes to co-productions. But, […]

Dancing with the Stars All-Stars: Week 6 Results

Monday night on Dancing with the Stars All-Stars, the stars were tasked with incorporating country into their routines while performing a 20 second solo and then following it up with a group dance in which Kirstie Alley received 2 extra bonus points. Disney star Sabrina Bryan led the pack while soap star Kelly Monaco found […]

AWARDS CIRCUIT’S SEASON SIX OF “ACADEMY IDOL” TO FEATURE 26 FILMS

As awards season gears up, The Awards Circuit (http://www.awardscircuit.com) is preparing for its sixth season of the internet game, Academy Idol.  Loosely based on FOX’s hit-show “American Idol,” the game is constructed to give the Awards Circuit readership a voice during awards season.  In partnership with the popular Awards Circuit Community Awards (or ACCA), any […]

Samsara (***½)

A cinematographically brilliant documentary film meant to be a guided meditation filled with breathtaking landscapes and beautiful performances over the span of 58 countries, Samsara (2012) defines the world by its very meaning, impermanence. Referring to the life cycles in the ever-changing world we live in, Samsara contains a series of comparisons between desolate images […]

Starlet (*½)

When it comes to awkwardness, there’s a fine line between endearing and uncomfortable, with a delicate balance being hard to come by.  Sean Baker’s (Prince of Broadway) second directorial feature, Starlet, struggles to find a happy medium between the two stages of the social handicap.  The indie film spends most of its time trying to […]

The Bay (***)

When you think of Director Barry Levinson and the many different movies that he’s made in his career, I’m sure you don’t think of scary movies, unless of course you take particular issue with one of his past works. Regardless, Levinson is among the last people you’d expect to make a found footage horror film, […]

31 Days of Horror: Terrible Tuesday Way to Die (The Worst Death Ever)

Ah, the final installment of this part of 31 Days of Horror is upon us here at The Awards Circuit. For this last time around, why beat around the bush? I’m going with what I feel is the greatest death scene in film…the infamous chestbursting scene from ‘Alien‘. It’s certainly a classic, so just sit […]

Disney acquires LucasFilm for $4.05 billion, Star Wars XII to arrive in 2015

It takes something pretty big to unseat a hurricane from the discussions on Twitter, but leave it to the Mouse House to give us a great distraction. In a stunning development, it was announced that the Walt Disney Company would be acquiring LucasFilm for a cool $4.05 billion in stock and cash. Also, and perhaps […]

Academy To Salute Stanley Kubrick

The great Stanley Kubrick – director of such classics as 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and A Clockwork Orange (1971) – is about to be honored by AMPAS. Here is the official release: BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the life and career of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick […]

“The Voice” Recap: Knockout Rounds, Team Adam & Team Cee Lo

Between its stellar ratings and beyond-talented crop of contestants, The Voice is slowly but surely becoming the definitive singing show in America. Look, my first love will always remain the same, so don’t think I’m jumping ship from my beloved Idol just yet, but The Voice has improved so much this go-around that I can’t […]

Dancing with the Stars All-Stars: Week 6

It’s country night on Dancing with the Stars All-Stars!! Last week because of the presidential debate, Dancing was split into two nights resulting in nobody getting eliminated. This week last week’s scores will be combined into Monday night’s scores leading to an elimination Tuesday night. Monday night on Dancing the stars had to perform to […]

Daniel Craig Joins Clooney’s ‘The Monuments Men’ All-Star Cast

George Clooney’s fourth directorial effort, The Monuments Men, has added Daniel Craig to its all-star cast that already includes Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban, and Clooney himself. Clooney and long-time partner Grant Heslov are adapting Robert M. Edsel’s book “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the […]

31 Days of Horror: Favorite Horror Movie Experience Open Thread

When the weather outside is frightful…watch a movie! Inspired by Kel Doucette’s podcast question and the Frankenstorm currently bearing down on the East Coast (stay safe everyone!), we thought we’d engage in a little discussion about our favorite horror movie experiences. My personal favorite was when I went to go see The Omen remake on […]

Box Office (10.28.12)

The ever-changing box office never ceases to amaze as movies are released around the holidays. The first noticeable difference earlier this week was Taken 2 (Fox Studios) falling off its number 1 spot on the international charts and, mostly, being replaced by Paranormal Activity 4 (Paramount Studios), but that only lasted a couple days before Taken 2 […]

Wreck-It Ralph (***½)

In true topsy-turvy form, where this summer’s Brave is a Pixar film with Disney sensibilities, Wreck-It Ralph is a Disney film in name only. From its intimate characterizations, right on down to its all-ages accessibility, everything about this wholly unique video game adventure feels so wonderfully Pixar-esque! This is due in large part to the […]

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 26: Cloud Atlas, Lack of Documentary Viewing, and Oscar Predictions

The Awards Circuit Power Hour returns twelve hours earlier before Hurricane Sandy plows through the East Coast.  Just in case my internet and electricity go out, you’ll have our episode down in the books.  The staff and I discuss the following things on this week’s episode. The reception to Cloud Atlas.  Is it an Oscar contender?  What […]

Nobody Walks (**½)

‘Nobody Walks’ is a strange little film. Somewhat of a West Coast take on the Mumblecore sub genre, the movie itself is a really well acted drama that consists of a whole lot of scenes that don’t really piece together that well. Almost every moment here in this character study is a little one, and […]

Gayby (***)

It’s almost refreshing to see an indie comedy embrace its broad humor these days. Jonathan Lisecki’s ‘Gayby’ is a good example of how a small scale flick like this one can use broader jokes normally more in line with a mainstream movie in the service of an appealing independent film. There’s a strong likability and […]

31 Days of Horror: Quote of the Week

Via The Exorcist…with some creepy test footage after the jump! Demon: What an excellent day for an exorcism. Father Damien Karras: You would like that? Demon: Intensely. Father Damien Karras: But wouldn’t that drive you out of Regan? Demon: It would bring us together. Father Damien Karras: You and Regan? Demon: You and us.

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 10/28)

Never a dull moment at The Awards Circuit, we began with two fantastic articles from our newest contributing writers, Nicole Melkonian and Tiff Chai. Nicole goes with her heart — which we are so thankful of — and lists the 10 Greatest Films by a Female Director. Tiff Chai, who is spearheading the site’s focus […]

Taking Questions for Power Hour!

It’s that time of the week again where we are taking your questions for our upcoming episode of The Awards Circuit Power Hour!  If the East Coast isn’t washed away this weekend, we’ll be recording our episode on Sunday night and it will be premiering on Monday morning. Ask anything your heart desires!

Editor Snippets: Documentaries

Head Games (***½) American football is a staple in American culture.  The Super Bowl is always one of the most watched events of the calendar year and the players are revered and admired by children and adults alike.  In Steve James’ Head Games, a documentary about former football player and wrestler Chris Nowinski’s quest to […]

5 Books that Hollywood Needs to Read

How many of your favourite movies began their lives in the mind of a novelist? I daresay more than you might imagine. A quick glance through the Academy’s Best Picture nominees from years gone by will bring up a plethora of films based on books. From last year’s The Help, to epics like Lord of […]

Snippet Reviews

Cloud Atlas (***½) Simply put, Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer’s Cloud Atlas is an allegory about love, freedom, and the connectivity of the human spirit throughout all of time, space, and everything in between. But there is nothing simple about this film – this challengingly ambitious and wildly intrepid film – that weaves six […]

“Did You Know?” Episode 4: They Always Forget About Me

When was the last time you saw a movie director younger than thirty strike gold in Hollywood, with film earnings of over $100 million? Let’s face the facts: Hollywood is an old man’s playground, and only through experience, a buildup of contacts, and a gradual respect by the major studios are you finally granted the […]

Around the Circuit: October 20th – October 26th

It’s time to visit the week that was via our Around the Circuit piece, where we look back at articles that we feel are worth your time covering the Oscar race, new releases, or really just anything film related. Link(s) of the week: Sasha Stone of Awards Daily gave us her latest state of the […]

Acting Snubs in the Leading Categories (2000-2012)

We all know they happen, those performances that are somehow ignored by the Academy voters, often in favor of lesser work. In fact it has been happening since almost the very beginning, but in these days if intense campaigning, we are much more aware of who gets snubbed and who gets the nod. What shocks […]