Top Ten: Best Mother-Daughter Movie Relationships

There’s nothing like spending Mother’s Day in the movie theater with your mom. Opening this weekend, “Snatched” brings to life a new mother-daughter pairing in Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn. The film marks Hawn’s return to film after a 15-year hiatus. As mother and daughter find themselves kidnapped while on a South American vacation, “Snatched” […]

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Bill Murray on How He Lost the ‘Toni Erdmann’ Role to Jack Nicholson

News broke last week that Oscar-nominated film “Toni Erdmann” will get a U.S. remake starring Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig. According to CNBC, though, Bill Murray was almost involved in the new film. In the interview, he explained that Wiig initially brought the project to his attention, but he dropped the ball. “Kristen Wiig, who I […]

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UPDATE: Original Producers, Director Won’t Work on ‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake

“Toni Erdmann” director Maren Ade and the film’s producers won’t be working on the newly announced U.S. remake. The comments were made today at the Berlin Film Festival. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the comments also suggest that previous reports of a done deal for Paramount are inaccurate. Per the outlet: Komplizen Film, the Berlin-based […]

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‘Toni Erdmann’ To Be Remade With Kristen Wiig and Jack Nicholson

That was fast. According to Variety, who broke the news, Oscar-nominated “Toni Erdmann” is getting the remake treatment. The German-made film premiered just last year at the Cannes Film Festival. Per the report, Jack Nicholson, who hasn’t appeared in a film since 2010, will star. Kristen Wiig will play his daughter in the film. The […]

The Overdue: Can Michael Keaton’s Comeback Win Him an Oscar?

Few careers go from not being third billed in a poorly reviewed “Robocop” remake to leading two consecutive Best Picture winners. However, not many actors have a career that spans three decades like Michael Keaton does. If there’s one thing that Hollywood loves more than a movie star, it is a comeback story. No longer […]

Oscar Rematch: ‘Chinatown’ vs. ‘Day for Night’

In this week’s Oscar rematch we’re talking about one of the best film noir’s of all-time going once again with one of the best films about filmmaking of all-time. Roman Polanski’s ‘Chinatown’ and Francois Truffaut’s ‘Day for Night’ were both nominated for Best Original Screenplay back in 1975 with Robert Towne’s script for ‘Chinatown’ named […]

Circuit Madness Final Two Voting Open! – Daniel Day-Lewis vs. Jack Nicholson

We’re finally here!  The Circuit Madness final vote of the season.  Two breathtaking Lead Actor winners pitted against each other. Jack Nicholson won his first of three Academy Awards for his stunning work in Milos Forman’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” which five Oscars overall.  He’ll take on Daniel Day-Lewis’ second Academy Award winning […]

Circuit Madness Final Four Games Begin! Nicholson vs. Hopkins and Day-Lewis vs. DeNiro

We’re near the end of Circuit Madness and we’re down to the final four Lead Actor winners.  These are two of the most competitive matches we’ve ever had in the tournament.  Make sure to choose your winners and listen to the Awards Circuit Power Hour for the results. Whoopi Region Winner vs. Crystal Region Winner […]

Good Reads: “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” & “Dog Day Afternoon”

The second instalment of ‘Good Reads’ takes us back to 1975 with two classics winning the top screenplay prizes. Adapted: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, written by Bo Goldman and Lawrence Hauben (based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Ken Kesey) and original: Dog Day Afternoon, written by Frank Pierson. (links […]

Ten Greatest Performances of All Time (Mark Johnson)

When considering the greatest screen performances of all time, you have to acknowledge the fact that not all eras in film were created equal. Before Constantin Stanislavski’s Method Acting  – later adapted by the great Lee Strasberg – revolutionized the way thespians portrayed their characters on screen – with emotion being at the forefront of the performance […]

Top Ten Greatest Performances of All-Time (Michael Balderston)

I hate the word ‘greatest’ when it comes to making a list like this. The word is so definitive for something so imprecise and personal. I have loved reading all the lists from my fellow Awards Circuit staffers because they picked some great performances that didn’t spring to mind for me initially, but definitely deserve […]

Six Spot #7: Best Actor 1997

Welcome back to The Six Spot! In case you missed last week’s 2007 Best Director Six Spot, you can catch it here. This week, in honor of ACCA 1997, we dive into the 1997 Best Actor race (thanks to Terence for his persistent suggestion of this Six Spot idea). The last time we saw the […]

Jack Nicholson Retires from Acting Due to Memory Loss?

UPDATE (9:46pm) – Maria Shriver as confirmed that Jack Nicholson is not retiring from acting and is actively reading scripts.  Times are good again. UPDATE: Several sources are reporting that the report is not true.  Waiting on final confirmation from Nicholson’s representative.  It’ll be happy news to say the least.   At 76, this day was […]

Historical Circuit: Terms of Endearment (**½)

Familial tear jerks have always been a popular staple in cinema, but boy were they popular in the 1980s.  Past Oscar winners like Kramer vs. Kramer and Ordinary People both dealt with families going through crisis; the latter, especially, looked at the death of a family member.  In the interest of full disclosure, Terms of […]

Circuit 3: Jack Nicholson

John Joseph “Jack” Nicholson was born on April 22, 1937 in New Jersey. Upon moving to Hollywood, Nicholson worked running errands for William Hanna and Jack Barbera, the famous animation giants, at their MGM studios. Wanting to pursue a career in acting, he declined an offer to work for them as an animation artist. His first film, […]

Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman Named as Oscar Presenters

Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman – two acting legends with five Oscars between them – are the latest names to be added to the Oscar ceremony as presenters. One of the last times we saw Jack present at the Oscars was when he famously announced Crash as the Best Picture winner for 2005. Maybe he can […]

Casting News for Jack Nicholson, Kit Harington, and Brandon T. Jackson

Warner Brothers is courting Jack Nicholson for their upcoming courtroom dramedy, The Judge, in which they hope the 3-time Academy Award winner will play the alienated and Alzheimer’s-stricken father of a lawyer played by Robert Downey Jr. In the film, Nicholson’s character is a judge who is the prime suspect in the murder of his wife, while […]

Lead Actor Overstuffed

This year’s race for the Academy Award for Best Actor will have no shortage of worthy nominees; in fact I daresay they could nominate five worthy actors right now. However there are still many more performances to be unveiled, work that will end up in the category, work that will not, disappointing audiences, the Academy […]

TIFF: Wright Falters while Room 237 doesn’t “Shine”

ANNA KARENINA (**) In 1977 Sidney Lumet gave audiences his film version of the superb, award-winning stage play Equus (1977) about a boy who blinds six horses with a hoof pick. Superbly staged with actors wearing massive horse head crowns that towered over the actors, their height increased by the “hooves” they stood on, the effect was blindingly […]

Best of the Decades: 1980s

The great and the good films of the eighties were often box office failures, re-discovered within a few years by audiences and critics on video, as home entertainment brought a whole new world to audiences and the movies. Suddenly audiences could watch the films at home, on their TV by renting a video, which became […]

Oscar Shocks: Best Actor

Yes I was horrified when Roberto Benigni won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Life is Beautiful (1998), but the Screen Actors Guild had prepared me for the fact it might happen when they awarded him their Best Actor prize a few weeks earlier. There had been such a groundswell of love for the […]

Understanding the Character: The Joker

Though he will not appear – or even be mentioned, for that matter – in The Dark Knight Rises, no discussion of the film or its eponymous character can be reasonably made without his arch nemesis, The Joker.  He is arguably the most famous comic book villain in history and has been featured in just […]

Historical Circuit: The Dark Knight (***½)

30 Days of Batman continues… I’ve revitalized my review from 2008 of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight with a hybrid, truly analyzing the film with hindsight and perspective: Director Christopher Nolan has created the newly invented and ultimately prestigious, The Dark Knight, the sequel to his revolutionary Batman Begins. Nolan has completely raised the bar […]

Historical Circuit: Batman (1989)

“30 Days of Batman” Continues…. Tim Burton’s Batman (1989), remains one of my favorite superhero films to hit the big screen.  Showcasing the many talents of director Tim Burton, when he was still innovative and fresh, while exhibiting two outstanding performances from Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson.  Being born in the mid-1980’s, I (and perhaps […]

Re-visiting Gatsby (1974) Brings High Hopes Luhrmann’s adaptation

Francis Ford Coppola wrote the screenplay to the Jack Clayton directed film The Great Gatsby (1974), a banner year for cinema with some of the greatest films ever made. For those who hail 1939 as the greatest year in film history, I suggest they look hard at 1974 which is infinitely stronger. All in ’74 […]