Box Office: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Obliterates Competition

(NOVEMBER 18 – NOVEMBER 20, 2016 estimates) “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (Opening) – $75,000,000 “Doctor Strange” (Week 3) – $17,676,000 “Trolls” (Week 3) – $17,500,000 “Arrival” (Week 2) – $11,800,000 “Almost Christmas” (Week 2) – $7,040,000 “Hacksaw Ridge” (Week 3) – $6,750,000 “The Edge of Seventeen” (Opening) – $4,825,000 “Bleed for This” […]


Box Office: Holdovers Win but Newcomers Also Soar on Busy Weekend

(NOVEMBER 11 – NOVEMBER 13, 2016 estimates) “Doctor Strange” (Week 2) – $43,032,000 “Trolls” (Week 2) – $35,050,000 “Arrival” (Opening) – $24,000,000 “Almost Christmas” (Opening) – $15,564,000 “Hacksaw Ridge” (Week 2) – $10,775,000 “The Accountant” (Week 5) – $4,570,000 “Shut In” (Opening) – $3,700,000 “Boo! A Madea Halloween” (Week 4) – $3,550,000 “Jack Reacher: Never […]

Weekend Openings: An ‘Arrival’ for ‘Billy Lynn’ and Zoe Kazan

This weekend, we have a really nice assortment of new releases. For one, sci-fi fans get a treat with the release of “Arrival.” Independent cinema hounds have a riveting Zoe Kazan performance to bite into. There’s also “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” limping into theaters, among other titles of note. This is another week that […]

Oscars: ‘Fences’ Lands and Golden Globes Chasing the Hollywood Couples?

The beginning of Phase 1 has officially kicked off. FYC ads and sites are up and running, pundits are chiming in with predictions and commentary, and events are taking place to put the right films and performers in front of the right voting member. Over the next four weeks, studios are setting up special screenings […]

Circuit Breaker Episode 14: NYFF Closing, ‘Billy Lynn’ Reaction and Best Picture

Welcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “CIRCUIT BREAKER!,” a weekly podcast from featuring host Clayton Davis along with panelists Sam Coffey, Mark Johnson and Joey Magidson. We discuss movies, television and all the awards shows that need predicting. New episodes are released every Monday. Find us on Twitter [email protected]_Pod, email us at [email protected], and […]

NYFF Film Review: ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Focuses on Technology and Nothing Else

2016 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: With a luxurious resume that includes timeless films like “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Brokeback Mountain,” there has been an expectation that there isn’t anything that director Ang Lee can’t accomplish. His last venture “Life of Pi,” which also premiered at the New York Film Festival in 2013, pushed the […]

Oscar Circuit: Wrapping Up the New York Film Festival and Looking Ahead to Precursors

The festival doors at the Film Society at Lincoln Center have closed. The 2016 New York Film Festival is officially in the books with a few answers coming for questions on the Oscar race. The biggest thing to come out of the festival was surely Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women.” Boasting some beautiful notices for […]

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Oscar Circuit: Have the Acting Winners Already Been Seen?

With three big festivals behind us, and #NYFF54 fully underway, the acting races are heating up. In the midst of the race unfolding, the Oscar-loving community is desperate for a frontrunner. When Awards Circuit writer Mark Johnson returned from Telluride a few weeks ago, he stated there’s a chance that he saw all four acting […]

Circuit Chat: Fanning v. Fanning Face-Off in Supporting Actress?

Welcome to Circuit Chat!  Each Wednesday that Circuit Chat lands, we’ll be talking about a specific category either in depth or a particular film or narrative taking place through the season.  Think of this as Clayton’s Oscar Circuit, but about one race rather than all of them!  For example: the potentially historic strength of the Best Actress […]

2016 Oscar Circuit Guide: Award Hopefuls Debuting at Venice, TIFF, and NYFF

The Oscar season will officially be underway this week with the start of the biggest festivals of the fall. Over the next four weeks we will venture off into the Venice Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and New York Film Festival. This is a preview of the fall festivals and what […]