Circuit Breaker Episode 44: ‘Wonder Woman’ Talk, Cannes Winners, and Oscars Check Up

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

WATCH: First Trailer for ‘The Mountain Between Us’ with Kate Winslet and Idris Elba

What if your life depended on a stranger? 20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US, directed by Academy Award nominee Hany Abu-Assad and stars Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba. Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive […]

Awards Speculation: #OscarsSoWhite Returns From Hiatus?

Welcome back to the 2017 Awards Speculation series, where we speculate on specific Oscar categories, analyzing big players, potential dark horses and upcoming narratives. For the next few weeks, we will bring you a category every Friday to talk about how it might shake out over the upcoming months. If you have a suggestion, please include it in the comments below. […]

2017 Awards Circuit In Line Series: 25 Actors for an Oscar Nomination

Welcome to the official 2017 AWARDS CIRCUIT IN LINE SERIES! The Academy Awards get tons of flack for not rewarding actors and actresses in the prime of their careers. It often boils down to poor timing, but sometimes the Academy’s choices are downright baffling. Here at Awards Circuit, we will begin an annual tradition called […]

Showtime Exec Says ‘Purity’ Won’t Keep Daniel Craig From Next ‘Bond’ Film

  Rumors have been circulating since last fall, well before the release of the latest Bond film “Spectre,” that Daniel Craig is ready to leave the iconic role of 007. Craig raised eyebrows with his comments that he “would rather slash [his] wrists” than play the character (which requires grueling stunts and training) again. Then, Craig took […]

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Idris Elba to Make Directorial Debut with ‘Yardie’

  From TV (“Luther“) to live-action features (“Beasts of No Nation“) to voice-overs (“Zootopia,” “Finding Dory” and “The Jungle Book“), Idris Elba has been a very busy man in the last few years. Now, it appears the prolific star is looking to add another title to his resume: director. Indiewire is reporting Elba will direct […]

Kate Winslet Circling ‘The Mountain Between Us’ with Idris Elba

Academy Award winner Kate Winslet is in negotiations to star in “The Mountain Between Us,” according to Variety. The actress would star opposite Idris Elba in the film, which is being touted as a romantic drama. Elba has been attached to the film for a few months now. “The Mountain Between Us” is an adaptation […]

John Boyega to Star as Idris Elba’s Son in ‘Pacific Rim’ Sequel

Newly minted star John Boyega is heading to another sequel. The “Star Wars” star is set to join the cast of the upcoming sequel to the 2013 film “Pacific Rim.” It’s being reported that Boyega will be playing the son of Idris Elba’s character from the first film; his character will also reportedly be the […]

2016 BET Awards Nominations Announced

The nominations for the annual BET Awards were announced earlier today, and the list features some of Hollywood’s biggest names in entertainment. The awards, which were created in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network, honor African Americans and other minorities in sports, music, film and other parts of the entertainment industry. In film and […]

Film Review: The Jungle Book (★★★½)

Anticipating the live action adaptations of some of our beloved animated classics of our childhood has been a task to endure.  Add that with an even grueling process of waiting for “The Jungle Book,” as directed by “Iron Man” director Jon Faverau, and you would find my expectations down with anything surrounding another “Scary Movie” […]

Tom Hiddleston Talks Possibility of Playing James Bond

Fans of Idris Elba as James Bond be warned: there’s a new actor vying for the role. Tom Hiddleston, also known as Loki in the Marvel cinematic universe, is speaking up about his desire to play the infamous MI6 super spy. Rumors have been circulating since last fall, well before the release of the latest […]

Film Review: Zootopia (★★★½)

Coming off the heels of Pixar’s Inside Out winning the Oscar for “Best Animated Feature,” rival Walt Disney Animation Studios wastes no time reminding us it was them – not Pixar – that released Frozen, the new standard of animation excellence that every competitor aims to mirror. Their latest effort Zootopia might not achieve Frozen’s […]

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Stephen King Confirms Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey for ‘The Dark Tower’

The film adaptation of Stephen King’s fantasy series “The Dark Tower” has been in production hell for several years now, but it seems the film is finally getting off the ground. Stephen King himself tweeted the news, as well as confirming its long-speculated stars: Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. In his tweet, King references the […]

SAG Awards Predictions and Preview: Looking Like 2006 All Over Again?

On Saturday, the SAG Awards will take place, handing out awards to actors by actors.  With the Oscar nominations officially out, and stirring up their own set of controversies, it’ll be interesting to see if SAG-AFTRA becomes a barometer for the most coveted award show for Hollywood or a reactionary response to recent dealings and changes […]

Casts of ‘Straight Outta Compton’ and ‘Spotlight’ to Present at SAG Awards

Stars will be out in droves Saturday when the 2016 SAG Awards take place. Executive producer for the awards, Kathy Connell, announced a slew of new presenters Wednesday, including some of the cast from “Spotlight” and “Straight Outta Compton.” Connell announced that Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo would be presenting at the 22nd […]

#OscarsSoWhite, Part II

If memory serves me right, the conclusion we all came to last year with #OscarsSoWhite – when the Academy’s nominees for Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Lead/Supporting-If-We-Feel-Like-It Role were released and were made up of only white actors and actresses – was that it wasn’t necessarily the voters’ fault this time. The only […]

Washington DC Film Critics Winners – Spotlight, Mad Max shine

Spotlight continues its strong showing with regional critics awards, taking at least its FOURTH Best Picture prize.  Its director, Tom McCarthy still hasn’t been crowned as a Best Director, but I’m loving the trend of awarding Spotlight Best Picture and giving George Miller a win in Best Director for his stellar work on Mad Max: […]

LFF Film Review: Beasts of No Nation (★★★½)

  LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: Originally known for his first two films Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre, Cary Fukunaga was put on the map for most by his audacious work on the first season of HBO’s True Detective last year, unconventionally directing every episode. He got all-time worthy performances from Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey and boasted a […]

Venice 2015: InstaTweet Reactions to Beasts of No Nation

If you’re not following Film Twitter’s reactions to the 2015 Venice Film Festival, you’re missing out (check out #Venezia72 or #Venice72 for a full rundown on Twitter).  Judging by the reactions to Emmy-winner Cary Fukunaga‘s Netflix-produced civil war boy solider drama, Beasts of No Nation might well be a beast of its own during awards […]

Awards Profile: Beasts of No Nation

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 seen a […]

Awards Profile: Avengers: Age of Ultron

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 […]

Film Review: The Gunman (★★)

It’s kind of surprising to me that director Pierre Morel hasn’t worked more consistently since shepherding the out of nowhere hit Taken to the big screen and launching veteran actor Liam Neeson as a newfound action hero. He didn’t helm either of the sequels Neeson trucked on with, and since then has actually only made […]

Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Liam Neeson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Channing Tatum to present at 87th Oscars®

Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Liam Neeson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Channing Tatum will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. Bateman appeared in the Best Picture Oscar®- nominated films […]

‘The Gunman’ Starring Sean Penn Gets Moved to February 2015

It’s time to cross one more film off our lists, at least for 2014.  Pierre Morel’s The Gunman starring two-time Academy Award winner Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, and Idris Elba has been given a February 20, 2015 release by Open Road Films. The three year old distribution company announced today that the thriller will not […]