UA-17272164-1 November 2012 - AwardsCircuit.com - By Clayton Davis
  • News
    Visual Effects Narrows Down to Ten

    During the debacle of the site being down, I didn’t get a chance to weigh in on the Visual Effects that were narrowed down to ten films.  The ten films still in contention for the Visual Effects Oscar are: “The Amazing Spider-Man” “Cloud Atlas” “The Dark Knight Rises” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected...

  • News
    2013 PGA Nominees for Best Documentary

    Ummm…first thing that comes to mind, where the hell is Amy Berg’s West of Memphis?  Don’t know what the standards are but that film and Searching for Sugar Man, stand as one of the year’s best period, in any category. Check out the full press release below: LOS ANGELES, CA (November 30,...

  • Film Reviews
    Barrymore (*½)

    As a film reviewer, I am not really ever allowed to say that I don’t get something. But sometimes honestly, I don’t get it. Sometimes the logic escapes me. And sometimes, I am ill equipped to speak on things I am occasionally expected to know something about. With these self-deprecating disclosures out...

  • Film Reviews
    Lore (***½)

    Unlike the one-sided views of the tormented Holocaust victims and their suffering during Hitler’s terrifying reign, ‘Lore’ brings the audiences into the lives of a German family after the removal of Hitler from power. Winner of countless film festivals and an official selection for the 2013 Academy Awards in the category of Best...

  • Around the Circuit
    Around the Circuit: November 24th – November 30th

    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: In the wake of last weekend’s screenings for Tom...

  • Film Reviews
    Hitchcock (**)

    One of the more intriguing additions to the slate of Oscar contending films in 2012 is Hitchcock, a quasi-biopic which focuses on the legendary Alfred Hitchcock’s process in creating the most storied horror film of all time, Psycho. With truly little left to be said about Psycho, the idea of a look...

  • Film Reviews
    King Kelly (**½)

    In many ways a found footage flick, ‘King Kelly’ is notable not just for the first person approach, but for the fact that it was shot exclusively on iPhones. If that sounds like it could be torture, it actually isn’t, and in fact looks far better than you’d expect. Featuring a memorable...

  • News
    11 Live Action Shorts Advance in Oscar® Race

    WE’RE BACK!!! Attempting to catch up on news, the 11 Live Action Short Finalists have been announced!  Check them out after the jump with the press release:

  • Weekend Openings
    Weekend Openings: 11/30/2012

    We have a bit of a slow weekend for new releases this week, with a few stragglers trying to occupy theaters in the calm before the end-of-year, heavy-hitter storm.  Killing Them Softly, Andrew Dominik’s mob thriller, is the most notable newbie.

  • General
    Giant monsters terrorize San Francisco in ‘Pacific Rim’ viral video!

    In terms of cities being blown up/destroyed/at the center of global disasters, San Francisco is second only to New York City in most destroyed city in film. As someone who grew up in the Bay Area, I always find a perverse delight in seeing San Francisco at the center of destruction in...

  • Community
    Circuit 3: Sir Ridley Scott

    On Friday, November 30th, Sir Ridley Scott turns 75 years old. While he might be best known for his achievements in science fiction cinema, Scott’s films range extensively in backdrop and eras. Born in the town of South Shields, England, Scott would eventually study at the Royal College of Art and go...

  • Television
    Dancing with the Stars All-Stars: Winner Results

    After weeks of competition, the winner of Dancing with the Stars All-Stars is… Melissa Rycroft. This season Melissa Rycroft was the only non-Olympic contestant to step outside of her comfort zone and take risks during her performances. It’s easy to do flips when you know how to, but Rycroft put it all...

  • General
    Awards Circuit Upgrade in Progress

    To All the Faithful Readers of the Awards Circuit, I sincerely thank you for your patience during this past week.  As you may or may not know, the Awards Circuit has become one of the premiere stops for film and Oscar coverage.  As a result of that, we have to upgrade to...

  • General
    2013 Sundance Film Festival Dramatic and Documentary Competition lineups revealed!

    After receiving more than 12,000 submissions, the folks behind the 2013 Sundance Film Festival have unveiled the lineup of films for the US, World and Documentary Competition. Often a proving ground for up and coming talent, there will be 27 first time directors competing alongside returning vets like Lynn Shelton, Shane Carruth...

  • News
    Palm Springs to Honor Robert Zemeckis

    The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is set to name Flight director, Robert Zemeckis, as the director of the year. Previous honorees include Stephen Daldry, Ang Lee, Anthony Minghella, Alexander Payne, Sean Penn, Jason Reitman and David O. Russell.

  • News
    Emmy nominated shows dominate Producers Guild TV and Digital Series nominations

    The Producers Guild of America announced their nominations today for TV and Digital Series and as one might expect, many of the nominees were also Emmy nominated. In the Drama category, every Emmy nominated show except for Boardwalk Empire, made it while Louie is the lone Comedy choice that wasn’t up for...

  • Theater Reviews
    Theatre Circuit: Kiss Me Kate (***)

    As the world awaits the much-anticipated movie adaptation of classic West-End musical Les Miserables, the man who first brought the epic tale to the stage, Trevor Nunn, focuses his energy on a somewhat more modest project. Last week I was lucky enough to attend a preview performance of Kiss Me Kate at...

  • News
    2013 Independent Spirit Award Nominations

    2013 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS BEST FEATURE Beasts of the Southern Wild Bernie Keep the Lights On Moonrise Kingdom Silver Linings Playbook BEST DIRECTOR Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom Julia Loktev, The Loneliest Planet David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook Ira Sachs, Keep the Lights On Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern...

  • Article
    Joey’s DVD Picks of the Week (11/27/2012)

    This week, it almost seems like studios are racing to get some of their films from August out onto Blu-Ray and DVD in time for the holiday shopping season. 4 major releases from that month are hitting shelves today, and one of them will be my top choice. One is also damn...

  • News
    ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ gets an official synopsis, trailer announcement

    One of 2009’s pleasant surprises was J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot, a film that succeeded in being both a great crowd-pleaser and critical success. With a trailer for the sequel set to premiere in front of The Hobbit, Paramount has released an official synopsis for Star Trek Into Darkness, available after the...

  • Article
    ‘The Voice’ Recap: Reviewing the Top 8

    Welcome back, lovers of The Voice! Many called last week’s performance show one of the best episodes in The Voice’s three season history, much to my utter disagreement. However, compared to last night’s blasé outing, I may need to rethink those Scroogish sentiments. Only one performance yesterday was truly worth praising, and...

  • News
    Moonrise Kingdom, Benh Zeitlin and Emayatzy Corinealdi take home Gotham Awards

    The Gotham Independent Film Awards were handed out yesterday with Moonrise Kingdom taking home the Best Feature prize. Other winners included a Breakthrough Actor prize for Middle of Nowhere actress Emayatzy Corinealdi, Breakthrough Director for Benh Zeitlin, and How to Survive a Plague picked up Best Documentary. In addition to the regular awards  actress Marion Cotillard, actor/writer Matt...

  • Podcasts
    Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 30: Les Mis, 0 Dark Thirty, and the Leading Categories

    *UPDATE* – We know there are some difficulties with the podcast.  It will be resolved later today! Sorry for the lateness but certain events had to occur in order to record this latest episode of The Awards Circuit Power Hour effectively.  We’re talking four big movies: Ang Lee’s Life of Pi –...

  • Television
    Dancing with the Stars All-Stars: The Finals

    It’s the Finals on Dancing with the Stars All-Stars!! This is the first time in Dancing with the Stars history that three women have made it to the finale to compete for the mirror ball trophy. Monday night the stars were tasked with the challenged of performing a repeat dance and a...

  • Film Reviews
    Zero Dark Thirty (***½)

    Among the many successful elements of Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s new film ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, the thing I feel they should be most proud of is the fact that this movie lingers in your mind the way a good documentary does. Yes, there’s elements of action and thriller moments, but this...