Universal Pictures Unveils New Logo and Details for ‘Dark Universe’ Franchise

Ahead of Universal’s June 9 release of “The Mummy,” today the studio unveiled a new logo for its Dark Universe. The Dark Universe comprises reboots of Universal’s classic monster movies. This begins with Tom Cruise fighting Sofia Boutella in a modern-day version of “The Mummy.” They are joined by Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll. […]

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

WATCH: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ First Full Length Trailer

The first full length trailer for the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” film, “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” debuted Thursday on “The Ellen Show.” The new clip features Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa and Javier Bardem‘s villain, Captain Salazar. New characters are introduced as well, but still no glimpse yet of […]

Top 10: Great Foreign Language Performances Overlooked by Oscar

In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite, the headlines coming out of this year’s Oscar nominations were inevitably going to focus on the prevalence – or lack thereof – of persons of color. There was therefore much to celebrate when this year’s nominations featured an unusually diverse slate. Particularly in the acting categories, it was a pleasant […]

Oscars

OSCARS: New Batch of Presenters Includes Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Javier Bardem and More

Read the press release: LOS ANGELES, CA – Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd today announced the third slate of presenters for the 89th Oscars® telecast.  Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live Sunday, February 26, on the ABC Television Network. The presenters, including past Oscar® winners and nominees, are Amy Adams, […]

Top 10: Real Hollywood Couples Who Co-Starred Together

Chemistry between co-stars is an elusive art. It’s almost as if lightning has to strike in order to find the perfect on screen romantic pair. One way to try and ensure on screen chemistry is to hire stars who are actually romantically linked in real life. Even then, real life chemistry isn’t always able to […]

Javier Bardem Sought for Frankenstein Role

  Another day, another Universal Monster movie. Academy Award-winner Javier Bardem is reportedly being sought for the role of Frankenstein in an upcoming Universal Monster film. Variety, who first broke the news, says that Bardem would likely appear in “another monster pic first with the possibility of getting a spin-off down the road” instead of “Bride […]

Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz in talks to star in an Asghar Farhadi Spanish Language Thriller

Since 2011, Asghar Farhadi has been on a roll. This year “The Salesman,” based on Arthur Miller’s iconic “Death of A Salesman” play, took home both Actor (Shahab Hosseini) and Screenplay awards at Cannes. His 2011 film, “A Seperation” was nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar, won both the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Foreign […]

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney Joins “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”

Paul McCartney is following in the footsteps of another famous rocker, Keith Richards, with a recently announced cameo in the upcoming “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” Richards previously made an appearance in “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” as Jack Sparrow’s father. The former Beatle will join the likes of […]

Awards Profile: The Last Face

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 […]

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 […]

Stat Awards Monday #1 – Making sense of the fresh faces in Best Actor

Welcome to Stat Awards Monday (or, SAM, for short—see what I did there?—I know, but just go with me here). In this new awards season weekly column for Awards Circuit, I—Sam—will be taking you on an investigation of interesting stats currently brewing in the Oscar race. Sometimes, it’ll be big (have the Oscars ever “split” […]

Top Ten Greatest Performances of All Time (Karen Peterson)

When I found out we were doing this Top Ten Greatest Performances of All Time series, I was immediately nervous about it. For a couple of reasons. First, how was I ever going to narrow down thousands of performances into my personal Ten Greatest? And second, I could very well be run right out of […]

‘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 […]