‘Gravity’ Screenwriter Jonas Cuaron Set to Direct New Zorro Film ‘Z’

Jonás Cuarón, co-writer of “Gravity” and director of “Desierto,” has signed on to write and direct the latest Zorro film, “Z.” Lantica Media and Sobini Films, the producers of the film, announced the news Thursday. The Wrap reports that specific details on the film are being kept under wraps, however, the film will present a […]

Good Reads: “Django Unchained” & “Argo”

Hello, welcome to Good Reads where I look into what makes the screenplay winners Oscar worthy. We’ve already discussed the winners of 2014 and 2013, now it’s Tarantino and Terrio’s turn. Next week we’ll look into Midnight In Paris and The Descendants, a rare year which doesn’t include the Best Picture winner (unfortunately). “Django Unchained” […]

Here’s the First Poster for Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’

The film isn’t even close to shooting yet, but we already have a Poster to share with you for Quentin Tarantino‘s eighth film The Hateful Eight. Furthermore, it teases a 2015 roadshow type release at some point for Taratino’s follow up to Django Unchained. We’re still not 100% sure who will be in the film, […]

Quentin Tarantino wants to make a ‘Django Unchained’ miniseries?

One of the coolest things going on at the Cannes Film Festival besides, you know, the movie screenings, happened to be the celebration of Quentin Tarantino‘s Pulp Fiction. Tarantino was in Cannes holding court and one of most interesting tidbits that he let loose (aside from that he was working on a new draft of […]

Quentin Tarantino’s Next Film to be Another Western

It’s always a bit of mystery what Quentin Tarantino has going on in his mind when it comes to upcoming projects (since he seems to have a bunch of projects perpetually on the back burner), but apparently he’s not keeping his thoughts to himself about what’s imminently next for him anymore. While appearing on The […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 4/21)

Hello there, Awards Circuit fans! We started things off very ironically by posting the winners of a recent awards show. An awards show this early in the year, you say? Why, yes, the MTV Movie Awards is the red-headed stepchild of the award shows since it airs after the Oscars®, and certainly after everyone’s mostly […]

Circuit 3: Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born on March 27, 1963 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tarantino is known best for his non-linear story-lines and excessive on-screen violence. His first completed feature film, Reservoir Dogs (1992), screened at the Sundance Film Festival and received immediate praise. The critics followed suit in their admiration of the film and its director. Tarantino’s success continued […]

Writer’s Block: Quentin Tarantino

“You’re so cool, You’re so cool, You’re so cool.” Alabama Worley’s thoughts while watching Clarence negotiate himself out of a chaotic and botched drug deal pretty much sum up the general consensus on the films of Quentin Tarantino.  Although True Romance (1993) was optioned off and eventually directed by Tony Scott, in one of the […]

Oscar 2013 Will Win/Should Win Selections (Mark Johnson)

(The annual “Will Win/Should Win” of the Awards Circuit has been our most popular yet most challenging series where each writer let’s their final thoughts be known on the Oscar categories.  Each writer will reveal their choices everyday leading up to the Oscar ceremony.  Think you can do better?  Let your final thoughts be known […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Supporting Actor

And the Nominees are… Alan Arkin – Argo Oscar Scene: “Argo fuck yourself” Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook Oscar Scene: “When life reaches out with a woman like this it’s a sin if you don’t reach back, I’m telling you its a sin if you don’t reach back!” Philip Seymour Hoffman – The […]

Oscar 2013 Will Win/Should Win Selections (Young)

(The annual “Will Win/Should Win” of the Awards Circuit has been our most popular yet most challenging series where each writer let’s their final thoughts be known on the Oscar categories.  Each writer will reveal their choices everyday leading up to the Oscar ceremony.  Think you can do better?  Let your final thoughts be known […]

Christoph Waltz stars in ‘Djesus Uncrossed’

Christoph Waltz hosted NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” last night and participated in a spoof of his Oscar-nominated film, Django Unchained.  While there are many that may be offended by the act, as a catholic, I couldn’t help but laugh until I cried.  It was absolutely hilarious.  Check it out!

The Tarantino Effect – When Will Oscar See Him as a Director, Not a Writer

With all the craziness of awards season, I hadn’t fully noticed the big story circulating among the writers branch that the two great screenwriters Mark Boal and Quentin Tarantino were squaring off in the Original Screenplay category once again.  The last time the two dueled was in 2009 when Boal’s The Hurt Locker triumphed over Tarantino’s Inglourious […]

2013 Writers Guild of America Preview

The Writers Guild of America will be announcing their winners tomorrow, Sunday, February 17.  All season long there have been many instances, which I’m just as guilty of, where we doubt Argo’s chances in an awards show.  The BFCA and Golden Globes seemed expected.  The Producers Guild of America was cool.  The SAG Ensemble win was jaw-dropping.  The Directors […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Original Screenplay

Whether viewed as a consolation prize for a well-regarded film that has no chance of winning Best Picture, or a sign that a film in the discussion for the Academy’s highest honor has broad and far-reaching support, the Writing categories – Adapted Screenplay and Original Screenplay are not always that easy to predict. A case […]

Oscar Circuit: Sound Editing

And the nominees are: Argo – Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn Django Unchained – Wylie Stateman Life of Pi – Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton Skyfall – Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers Zero Dark Thirty – Paul N.J. Ottosson When it comes to the Oscars, one of the questions I hear most often […]

Oscar Circuit: Cinematography

And the Nominees Are: Roger Deakins, Skyfall Janusz Kaminski, Lincoln Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi Seamus McGarvey, Anna Karenina Robert Richardson, Django Unchained Few realize how integral cinematography is to the film experience. Without the technical prowess of “the man behind the camera,” we are lost, the magic of movies disappears, and our eyes are […]

‘Django Unchained’ Becomes Tarantino’s Highest Grossing Film Ever

The Weinstein Company is pretty proud of Quentin Tarantino’s latest effort, Django Unchained. Aside from the two Golden Globe wins for Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz) and Best Screenplay (Quentin Tarantino), and along with the five Oscar nominations the film received (including Best Picture), Django Unchained has officially become Tarantino’s highest grossing film to date (domestically). […]

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 34: New Year’s Spectacular

We start the podcast off with the Academy Idol Results.  Are you surprised by the results?  You may be. All the writers make New Year’s Resolutions for Filmmakers and for Ourselves. We talk about Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables and the pros and cons about each. Happy New Year to All […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 12/30)

Happy New Year (almost), readers of The Awards Circuit. In less than twenty-four hours, we’ll all be citizens of the year 2013, so get excited! I don’t need a crystal ball to know how many of you spent the last few days of the year. Based on the popularity of our “reaction” thread for Django […]

Weekend Openings: 12/25-12/28

Quentin Tarantino’s career-long itch to put his stamp on the beloved Spaghetti Western finally takes form with the release of Django Unchained to begin the Christmas weekend.  It’s going head-to-head with Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the epic musical drama, Les Miserables.  Rounding out the long weekend is Gus Van Sant’s latest, Promised Land. Django Unchained […]

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 33: Critics Choice, Golden Globes, SAG, and Django Unchained

It’s all about the critics’ awards this week as we dive into the choices by the Critics Choice Movie Awards, Golden Globe Nominations, Screen Actors Guild Nominations and a slew of other groups that announced last week. We are also finally given an opportunity to talk about Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.  Don’t worry, no spoilers, […]

Zero Dark Thirty, Middle of Nowhere win big with African-American Film Critics Association

Add another tally to the impressive amount of critics awards Zero Dark Thirty has won. The African-American Film Critics Association has named the Bigelow film the best film of 2012. However, Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere, proved to be the big winner taking home four prizes including Best Actress, Screenplay, Independent Film and Music. Other […]

Houston Film Critics Society announces nominations, Lincoln leads with 8

Contrary to popular belief, I am not a member of the Houston Film Critics Society. But you’ll be hard pressed to see me arguing with the nominations they’ve released. Lincoln leads the diverse groups of chosen films with 8 nominations, with Les Miserables and The Master behind it with 6. They also threw some love to […]

Writers Guild of America Disqualifies Several Films for their Awards!

Via Kris Tapley over at HitFix/In Contention, he took a look at the ballot for the Writers Guild of America upcoming awards and took note of several omissions that include Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables, Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Michael Haneke’s Amour.  He counted fifteen in total. Tarantino […]

Trailergate: The Great Trailer Debate

There’s the infamous Watergate scandal; sports followers still get a kick out of Crygate; and Antennagate  briefly plagued Apple’s release of the iPhone 4.  Well, here’s a new one for you: Trailergate.  It’s completely made-up and involves no impeachable offenses or villainous superstar athletes, so bear with me while I set this up. DISCLAIMER: This […]

Analysis of the Golden Globe Nominations

The stars have aligned for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.  They announced their nominations for the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards.  For the first time, their nominees don’t seem as blatant for trying to have the biggest stars in Hollywood join together for a dinner party.  Of course, there are some glaring omissions from a few […]

Django Unchained (***)

There’s been no film more divisive or more igniting in terms of strong Oscar speculation then Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.  After months of shooting, word of a last minute edit (some believe editing is still going on currently), the film has finally hit cinematic eyes and the “final” product is both bold and misguided.  Django […]

American Film Institute (AFI) names Top Ten Films and Television Shows for 2012!

The prestigious American Film Institute has released their top 10 films and television programs for 2012. The American Film Institute’s annual awards are selected by scholars, film and television artists, critics and AFI Trustees. This year’s juries were chaired by producers and AFI Board of Trustees Vice Chairs Tom Pollock for movies and Rich Frank for […]

Weinstein Company Confirms Christoph Waltz back in SUPPORTING for ‘Django Unchained’

A representative for the Weinstein Company has just confirmed that Christoph Waltz’s role in Django Unchained will be campaigned as a Supporting role for the rest of the awards season.  Waltz, who plays Dr. King Schultz ,will now compete against co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio, who just won the National Board of Review’s award for Supporting Actor […]