All posts tagged "Entertainment/Culture"

  • Festivals
    2013 LAFF: My Little Pony Equestria Girls (***)

    ‘My Little Pony Equestria Girls‘, created by Hasbro, from the beginning somewhat baffled me. With no recap leading into the world of Equestria, though careful exposition helped my understanding of the world of sparkles and ponies with extreme attitudes. As the trailer had shown, Twilight Sparkles jumps worlds, into one  that turns...

  • Article
    A Bigger Picture

    A trend that started in Asia is hitting the rest of the world quickly. When Toyota’s mini-series came out featuring top actors from Korea, Toyota’s popularity shot up. Not only did hundreds more people pay attention to the cars, but the mini-series itself, directed by Kyo Sung Kim, though overly dramatic and...

  • News
    Box Office (12.16.12)

    Congratulations! With the release of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘ (WB), the epic prequel to The Lord Of The Rings series, the sun has set on ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2‘ (Sum.) and ‘Skyfall‘ (Sony) has jumped to the top of many charts, including the American box office. Behind it is ‘Rise of...

  • Editor
    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...

  • News
    75 Songs Submitted for Original Song Oscar including Adele’s ‘Skyfall’

    It is eligible folks!!!  After much speculation from the staff and I, Adele’s hit-song “Skyfall” from Sam Mendes’ Skyfall is submitted and eligible for Oscar’s Best Original Song category.  The full list is listed below in the official Academy Press Release.  Which five do you see nominated? BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Seventy-five...

  • Article
    Critics Choice Nominations Announced!

    18th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Winners to be announced live on the CW Television Network from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on January 10, 2013. BEST PICTUREArgoBeasts of the Southern WildDjango UnchainedLes MiserablesLife of PiLincolnThe MasterMoonrise KingdomSilver Linings PlaybookZero Dark Thirty BEST ACTORBradley Cooper – Silver Linings PlaybookDaniel Day-Lewis – LincolnJohn Hawkes...

  • Article
    Oscar Predictions include more ‘Beasts,’ ‘Master,’ and Dowd!

    Short Oscar Circuit this week folks! As LAFCA, NYFCO, and BSFC all proved yesterday, you can’t keep a good ol’ film when its down.  The Master resurrected after being nearly shut out thus far and won Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress with the prestigious Los Angeles Film Critics. Normally,...

  • Article
    Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Preview

    Tomorrow morning, the Critics Choice Awards will bestow their nominees for the world to see.  While it might sound biased, I very much respect the organization’s choices more times than not.  While their known for predicting the outcome of the Academy Awards, they do reward powerful and eclectic cinema when everyone else seems to...

  • Precursors
    Bigelow and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ hit big with Washington Film Critics

    Thanks to reader Jamie for the heads up! Washington Film Critics have announced their winners after just announcing their nominees a day ago.  Zero Dark Thirty emerged victorious along with director Kathryn Bigelow. Read the Press Release and check out the full list of winners down below: Washington, D.C. — This morning, the...

  • Precursors
    Bigelow and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ hit big with Washington Film Critics

    Washington Film Critics have announced their winners after just announcing their nominees a day ago.  Zero Dark Thirty emerged victorious along with director Kathryn Bigelow. Read the Press Release and check out the full list of winners down below: Washington, D.C. — This morning, the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) announced...

  • Trailer/Clips
    Trailer for ‘Oblivion’ starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman arrives!

    It’s rare that we hear at the staff get surprised by a film existence, but I had no idea this movie even existed. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as the trailer for Oblivion is so good it’s now on my radar as one of next spring’s must see films. The sci-fi...

  • News
    Box Office (12.09.12)

    As we near 12.12.12, the big question of who will be #1 on, the rumored, the end of the world is, currently, up for grabs! Unsurprisingly, ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2‘ (Sum.) has been dethroned in several other countries around the world, being replaced with the happy holiday 3D flick, ‘Rise of the...

  • Interview
    Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 32: FYC Telethon and Interview with Ann Dowd

    We had our first LIVE show this past Sunday at 6:00 pm on the Power Hour.  For the most part, it was a success and with small kinks to work out, it may be something we adopt and do much more often. This week we were joined by Ann Dowd, winner of...

  • Editor
    Les Miserables (****)

    In what seems like an eternity, Tom Hooper’s long-awaited Les Miserables starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway has finally been screened and finished.  Director Hooper came out to introduce his film at the Alice Tully Theater at Lincoln Center on Friday, November 23, 2012 and explained that he had just...

  • Article
    Los Angeles Film Critics Awards Preview

    New York, National Board of Review, and Boston have all pounced on the awards and rewarded Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty both Best Picture and Best Director.  Next up, the Los Angeles Film Critics will unveil their choices tomorrow.  Many believe this is an opportunity for either Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master...

  • Editor
    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...

  • General
    The Underestimation of the Lead Actor Brad Pitt in ‘Killing Them Softly’

    In 2007 no one saw the Best Actor nomination for Tommy Lee Jones in In the Valley of Elah (2007), it was one of those happy surprises that reminded us the acting branch really does watch the films and pay some attention. Way back in 1975 there was another such shock when...

  • General
    Why ‘Lincoln’ Can Still Win Picture…

    While Zero Dark Thirty, admittedly a brilliant, troubling film, has taken two of the major Best Picture and Best Director Awards, I am still a firm believer that Lincoln will take the Academy Award for Best Picture. Steven Spielberg I am less sure about, though the members of the Academy will acknowledge...

  • Community
    For Your Consideration Power Hour with special guest Ann Dowd!!!

    It’s time again we’re taking questions for Power Hour, but with a twist! As you all know awards season is upon us and we need your help to parse it all. Clayton has to turn in his ballot for BFCA this weekend and we want to know what films, performances or technical...

  • News
    National Board of Review Winners Announced!

    Winners will be announced somewhere between 12:00pm and 2:00pm Eastern time.  We’ll be bringing you the winners here.  Make sure to include your own predictions of who’s going to get an Oscar boost today and read my predictions to the awards here. WINNERS Best Film:  ZERO DARK THIRTY Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, ZERO DARK THIRTY...

  • Article
    National Board of Review Preview and Predictions

    Tomorrow the prestigious National Board of Review will unveil their slate of films and performances they consider the best of 2012.  After yesterday’s long and sort of surprising announcement of the New York Film Critics, all eyes are on this group.  The National Board of Review are known to kick-start campaigns for...

  • Article
    Spotlight on Scores: Prometheus and Looper

    Musical scores are the last thing added to movie, but are often the lynch pin in the cinematic experience. Think about how you found yourself humming along to the themes or being moved to tears by a scene underscored with emotional music. There have been so many good scores this year so...

  • News
    Seth MacFarlane to Follow Up ‘Ted’ with Western Comedy

    After his surprisingly successful live-action directorial debut, Ted, Seth MacFarlane is gearing up for his next project, which he plans to direct and star in.   He’s joined by his Ted co-writers, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, in penning A Million Ways to Die in the West, an offbeat comedy in the...

  • Editor
    McConaughey and Weisz Surprise with NYFCC, Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln take 3 awards

    The New York Film Critics have announced their winners for the best in cinema for 2012.  The East Coast group that awarded Best Picture to Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist last year chose the brilliant Zero Dark Thirty directed by Kathryn Bigelow.  The film won a total of three awards from the coveted...

  • Editor
    New York Film Critics Winners Announced!!

    Will be announced shortly!  Check back for the winners as they are announced!  My predictions are here. WINNERS Best Picture – Zero Dark Thirty!!!!! Best Director – Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty Best Screenplay – Tony Kushner for Lincoln Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln Best Actress – Rachel Weisz...