Critics Choice: First set of predictions for the first major awards show

Continuing our weekly trend of not just predicting the Oscars, but all the major guilds, we move on to the Critics Choice Awards.  Hosted by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the 21-year-old group (guess now it can start drinking) has been a strong barometer for the Academy Awards.  While internet chatter can criticize the group […]

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 […]

Beauty and the Beast

New Concept Art, Images Show First Look at Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Producer Jack Morrissey is teasing the first images from Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast.” The images offer up the first glimpses of Cogsworth, Lumière, Gaston, the Prince, Belle and more. Morrissey, who shared the images on his Facebook page, started with concept art of the newly imagined Cogsworth and Lumière characters. Ian McKellen voices Cogsworth […]


Community: What is your favorite Ewan McGregor performance?

With the release of “Our Kind of Traitor” this week, we’re looking at the great career of Ewan McGregor. McGregor came to the public eye in the late 90s with his roles in “Trainspotting,” “Moulin Rouge!” and the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy. Since then, McGregor has bounced around to various projects but has yet to […]


WATCH: First Trailer for ‘American Pastoral’ from director Ewan McGregor and Lionsgate

In one of the latest updates on the Oscar Prediction pages, I spoke about rumors circling Ewan McGregor‘s directorial debut “American Pastoral“.  The early buzz is HUGE, and we’re always handed a few under-the-radar surprises during the awards season. Case in point, Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight” last year.  The film was looked upon as nothing more […]


NYFF: ‘Miles Ahead’ is an equally ambitious and flawed biopic

An unconventional musical biopic that works most successfully as a filmmaking calling card for actor turned writer/director Don Cheadle, Miles Ahead is the sort of ambitious, flawed, and just plain odd movie that you often see on the festival circuit. Probably best viewed as more of an indie experiment than an Oscar contender, the New […]


Danny Boyle is planning to make his next film a ‘Trainspotting’ sequel

Hot off the heels of Danny Boyle‘s upcoming film Steve Jobs premiering to excellent reviews at the Telluride Film Festival as a “work in progress” (ahead of an actual debut soon at the New York Film Festival), news has potentially broken on his next project. Reports have Boyle actually planning to finally make a sequel […]


‘Jane got a Gun’ Gets Pulled from Relativity Media’s Calendar

It seems like this film just can’t catch a break. After all of the various controversies surrounding Jane Got a Gun, including the last minute departure of filmmaker Lynne Ramsay and the subsequent cast comings and goings, which saw Bradley Cooper, Michael Fassbender, and Jude Law sign on and then drop out (sometimes within a […]

Jane Got a Gun

Awards Profile: Jane Got a Gun

Directed By: Gavin O’Connor Written By: Brian Duffield and Anthony Tambakis (rewrite) Cast: Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Rodrigo Santoro, Joel Edgerton and Noah Emmerich. Synopsis: After her outlaw husband returns home shot and barely alive, Jane reluctantly reaches out to an ex-lover who she hasn’t seen in over 10 years to help her defend her […]