Oscar Circuit: Best Director

And the nominees are: Amour – Michael Haneke Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin Life of Pi – Ang Lee Lincoln – Steven Spielberg Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell Ah, the film director: the man or woman behind the curtain. The director is the person responsible for the entire production – […]

Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman Named as Oscar Presenters

Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman – two acting legends with five Oscars between them – are the latest names to be added to the Oscar ceremony as presenters. One of the last times we saw Jack present at the Oscars was when he famously announced Crash as the Best Picture winner for 2005. Maybe he can […]

Oscar Speeches – Who Would You Thank?

Whether it’s the veteran finally getting up on stage or an ingenue looking to make an impression, Oscar speeches are just as much a part of an actor’s legacy as their wins for their work. Have you ever thought about what you would say if you won? Luckily, Thank the Academy is here to help […]

Previewing the Independent Spirit Awards!

I’ve often said that my favorite awards show each year usually winds up being the Independent Spirit Awards. Part of that has to do with how the nominees often reflect my tastes more so than many other awards, but also I just really enjoy how unpredictable they can be. It’s not a total love affair […]

Jeremy Jordan to relive ‘The Last 5 Years’ with Anna Kendrick

I know we have some big Broadway afficianados like myself who are longing for more movie musicals, preferably cast with people who can sing. Luckily the producers of The Last 5 Years understand this and have cast rising star Jeremy Jordan to sing alongside Anna Kendrick in the adaptation of the musical. Jordan will play […]

American Idol Recap: Sudden Death Round, Week One (The Boys)

Last night, American Idol sprung some more talent on us in the form of ten boys from Season 12’s Top 40. The men were nowhere near as stellar as Wednesday’s girl group, but the top five who sailed on through to the next round were all deserving. In an unprecedented, unexpected moment, Thursday’s show introduced us […]

Snitch (***)

Snitch is one of those films that you go in expecting one thing and get those judgments and preconceived notions blown to bits by a sharp screenplay, fantastic acting, and confident direction. A fascinating character study wrapped in the thin shroud of an action thriller, Snitch, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a powerful statement film about drug […]

Weekend Openings: 2/22/2013

As Awards Season draws to a close this weekend, new releases feebly hoping for some viewership are kept to a conservative minimum.  With no shortage of derivative action and horror pictures monopolizing theaters in the year’s early months, Dwayne Johnson (in his first of many) joins they fray with Snitch along with paranormal thriller Dark […]