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Alicia Vikander is New Lara Croft in ‘Tomb Raider’

After months of different actresses being considered for the role of Lara Croft in the upcoming “Tomb Raider” film, it was announced this week that none other than Alicia Vikander had landed the part. The Academy Award-winning star of “The Danish Girl” will tackle the leading role made famous by Angelina Jolie. “Star Wars: The […]

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Daisy Ridley Confirms Talks of Starring in “Tomb Raider” Reboot

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” breakout star Daisy Ridley is confirming that she is in talks to play Lara Croft in the reboot of the famous “Tomb Raider” series. She told The Hollywood Reporter at Sunday’s Empire Awards (where she won Best Female Newcomer) there “have been conversations” about her tackling the iconic role last […]

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Film Review: Kung Fu Panda 3 (★★★)

Visually dazzling and outrageously funny, DreamWorks Animation’s hit franchise shows no signs of petering out. With this third entry, Kung Fu Panda 3 allows audiences to simply marinate in the pleasures that its memorable roster of characters produce. Jack Black’s Po is as lovably buffoonish as ever, while the elite Furious Five – Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey […]

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AFI Fest: By the Sea (★★½)

Glamorously messy and deliriously deranged, Angelina Jolie Pitt’s By the Sea is boldly uncategorical but sadly features too little of Jolie and her artistic voice to merit victory. As always, Jolie and husband Brad Pitt are watchable in any given frame, able to comfortably expose their intimate chemistry for the sake of human truth. Playing […]

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Angelina Jolie’s ‘By the Sea’ Sets Fall 2015 Release Date

I know that there are a few on staff here at The Awards Circuit who are super excited for By the Sea, which will represent Angelina Jolie‘s next film as director. In addition to her directorial duties, Jolie has also written the movie and will co-star alongside husband Brad Pitt. Well, those of you looking […]

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Awards Profile: By The Sea

Welcome to the 2015 Awards Profiles series. For the next two months, every day (except for Saturday), we will bring you a run down of a future 2015 film that we see as a potential awards vehicle for next year’s Academy Awards. This is all speculative since with just about all these films, we haven’t […]

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2016 Oscars: A Year for Minority Directors on the Horizon?

The Oscar Predictions overhaul continues this month and next on the docket is Best Achievement in Directing.   With Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu snagging the trophy for “Birdman,” all eyes are on him this year on “The Revenant.”  When it comes to looking far out, you can easily make a career case for many overdue auteurs and […]

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Top 40 Anticipated Women-Centric Films of 2015 (Part II)

Women in Cinema: Welcome back to the second installment of the 40 Women-Centric films of 2015, if you missed Part 1, click here. Again, this is in no particular order and, as always, release dates are subject to change: 20. “Jane Got a Gun” Director: Gavin O’Connor Writers: Brian Duffield, Anthony Tambakis Starring: Natalie Portman, […]

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SAM #5: Best Director and its precursors

Welcome to Stat Awards Monday (or, S.A.M., for short). In this new awards season weekly column for Awards Circuit, I—Sam—will be guiding an investigation of interesting stats currently brewing in the Oscar race. Three weeks ago, in the inaugural S.A.M., I scrutinized the unlikelihood that Best Actor will be populated with ZERO former nominees. And […]

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Oscars: Why ‘Unbroken’ Is NOT Out of the Race Just Yet

We read reviews from various outlets to seek out an Oscar contender.  When a film is panned, dragged through the mud, or even just receive standard reception, we take those words and translate it into a language for understanding a gold statue.  Pundits, critics, and audiences seem very quick at the moment to write off Angelina Jolie‘s World War II […]

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Oscars Circuit: Golden Globes Analysis, Ava DuVernay, and Predictions Updated

The Golden Globes unveiled their nominees on Wednesday with “Birdman” leading the way in nominations.  When it comes time for Oscar nominations morning, I suspect that will be the film that leads the nominations tally.  “Unbroken” was completely shut out of every category, which is surprising considering how this group loves Angelina Jolie (they nominated […]

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SAM #4: Actresses Turned Producers & Best Picture

Welcome to Stat Awards Monday (or, S.A.M., for short). In this new awards season weekly column for Awards Circuit, I—Sam—will be guiding an investigation of interesting stats currently brewing in the Oscar race. Three weeks ago, in the inaugural S.A.M., I scrutinized the unlikelihood that Best Actor will be populated with ZERO former nominees. And […]