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Casting News Roundup: Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson Nab Juicy New Roles

In more casting news, actors Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson have signed on for exciting new projects. Elba, fresh off his double win at the SAG Awards, is in...

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SAG Winners: ‘Spotlight’ Prevails with Idris Elba Making History as a Non-Oscar Nominee

The SAG Awards handed out their awards tonight offering up some more insight into the Oscar race.  The big winner of the night was the cast of Tom McCarthy’s...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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‘Beasts of No Nation’ Posters Show the Transformation from Child to Killer and Savior to Criminal

One the most anticipated films of the year is Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation” with Idris Elba.  Set to bow at the Toronto Film Festival, the...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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‘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...

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Six Spot #8: Best Actor 2013

Welcome back to The Six Spot! In case you missed last week’s 1997 Best Actor Six Spot, you can catch it here. This week, I finally tackle what has by far been the most...

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AFI Fest: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (★★)

I know, I know. I’m shocked too. The last thing I’d ever want to do is slam a film dedicated to the heroic liberator of South Africa, the beyond incredible...

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A Place at the Table – Minorities in Desperate Need of More Roles

I know it’s a horse that’s been beaten for years but it’s always worth bringing up…with examples.  The status of minorities getting valued works...

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‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ to Screen for President Obama at the White House

President Barack Obama will screen the Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, at the White House this Thursday, according to representatives from The...

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TWC Releases New Trailer for ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ with Original Song by U2!

The buzz has been building for The Weinstein Company and their new film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” by director Justin Chadwick and starring the terrific...

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Best Actor Predictions – Can Hanks Become the New Day-Lewis?

For the past two years, Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis joined a very small group of actors that have won three Academy Awards.  Streep won two Oscars in Lead Actress...

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TORONTO : ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ Puts Idris Elba in the Oscar Hunt!

One of the big question marks of the awards season is Justin Chadwick’s “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” in which the very underrated Idris Elba...

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Luther – Season 3 (★★★)

(Please note this is a review of the whole series and there are some mild spoilers ahead.) In a world of dark TV shows and cop dramas, there may be few that push the...

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Oscar Circuit – Supporting Players Riding the Wave

It’s happened nearly every year since I’ve followed the Academy Awards race this closely.  A performance is touted as THE performance of the year with no...

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Ten Best Studio Films – The Weinstein Company

Continuing the Best Films by the Studios Series. The Weinstein Company, the name that’s synonymous with Oscar-bait projects that gathers excitement from awards...

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The God of Thunder Returns: New Trailer For ‘Thor: The Dark World’

The next installment in Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now in full swing – it began with Iron Man 3 earlier this summer and now continues with the new...