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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 […]

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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” […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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#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 […]

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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: […]

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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 […]

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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 […]