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: 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 […]

Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor” Comes to Blu-Ray/DVD on February 11!

The Counselor An all-star cast, featuring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Penélope Cruz, sizzles in this adrenaline-fueled thriller from visionary director Ridley Scott and Academy Award-winning novelist Cormac McCarthy.  A talented lawyer (Fassbender) known for doing the right thing for the wrong people decides to put his connections to the test by diving into a treacherous drug […]

The Counselor (★★)

There was so much promise leading up to the final unveiling of Ridley Scott‘s long-awaited crime thriller, The Counselor written by the great Cormac McCarthy.  Assembling a top-notch cast that included Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, and Academy Award Winners Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, the stars seemed to be aligning for one of the great thrillers of the year.  Check your expectations at […]

New Poster and Images From Ridley Scott’s ‘The Counselor’

Ridley Scott’s The Counselor has a pretty impressive cast, and the new poster wastes no time in reminding us of that fact. Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt grace the dazzling new collage-style placard for the film based on the first original screenplay from Cormac McCarthy. The Counselor will hit […]

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 lovers everywhere and manages to get shortlisted in dozens of categories, even when the odds are not in their favor.  Harvey Weinstein, love him or hate him, is one of the most […]

Full Trailer for Ridley Scott’s ‘The Counselor’ Starring Michael Fassbender!

The first full trailer has dropped for Ridley Scott’ The Counselor from Warner Bros.  The film, which stars Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt, tells the story about a lawyer that gets caught up in crime. Written by Cormac McCarthy, the film looks primed up for possible awards consideration in […]

Check Out the New Trailer for Ridley Scott’s ‘The Counselor’

A new trailer has premiered for Ridley Scott’s upcoming crime thriller The Counselor written by Cormac McCarthy.  If you’ve followed my Oscar Predictions throughout the year thus far, I’ve gone balls to the wall for the film and am currently predicting it in many of the top categories including Best Picture and Director. While many […]

Will Jessica Chastain Join the Cast of ‘A Most Violent Year?’

It looks more and more likely that Jessica Chastain will join Javier Bardem in A Most Violent Year. The Academy Award nominated actress of The Help and Zero Dark Thirty is currently in negotiations to star in J. C. Chandor’s next project. Little is known about the film other than it being a crime/thriller. Chastain […]

Idris Elba to be a ‘Gunman’ with Sean Penn and Javier Brdem

Idris Elba’s star has really been rising in Hollywood lately. After turning in years of good work on TV shows like The Wire and BBC’s Luther, he’s finally getting noticed by major Hollywood studios. The actor is currently in talks to join Sean Penn and Javier Bardem in the film Gunman, which is centered around […]

To the Wonder (*½)

It’s no secret that Terrence Malick is a filmmaker who isn’t for everyone, but up until now it’s always seemed like his movies have at least been for someone. With To the Wonder however, this seems like the type of film he made for him and him alone, resulting in absolutely no enjoyment for the […]

Awards Profile: The Counselor

Directed By: Ridley Scott Written By: Cormac McCarthy Cast: Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Dean Norris Synopsis: A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking. Award Speculation: It’s so unusual how it seems the internet gets their hands on things even before the […]

Are We Underestimating the British Voting Bloc? (‘Skyfall’ Edition)

Exactly two hours before I began writing up this article, the Producers Guild of America had just announced its complete list of nominees. In the “Theatrical Motion Picture” category, one film appeared that virtually no pundit had thought to anticipate: Sam Mendes’ British-produced Skyfall. But after recently crossing the $1 billion mark worldwide, not to […]

Malick’s ‘To the Wonder’ Trailer Arrives

Terence Malick’s latest film, To the Wonder, played at the Venice and Toronto film festivals this year, and now we are finally getting a look at this first beautiful trailer. The film, as it seems to be with all Malick’s movies, looks stunning, thanks in large part to the great Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography. The early […]

Critics Choice Nominations Announced!

18th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Winners to be announced live on the CW Television Network from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on January 10, 2013. BEST PICTUREArgoBeasts of the Southern WildDjango UnchainedLes MiserablesLife of PiLincolnThe MasterMoonrise KingdomSilver Linings PlaybookZero Dark Thirty BEST ACTORBradley Cooper – Silver Linings PlaybookDaniel Day-Lewis – LincolnJohn Hawkes – The SessionsHugh Jackman […]

Washington Film Critics Award Nominees

Spielberg’s Lincoln and Hooper’s Les Miserables make an impressive showing with the relatively young organization.  Javier Bardem from Skyfall and Samantha Barks from Les Miserables make their first showings of the season with nominations.  Is there momentum to build for either of the them? Check out the full nominations down below: Best Film: Argo Les […]

Weekend Openings: 11/9/2012

Capping off Bond Week at the Awards Circuit is the much anticipated release of Skyfall.   Spielberg’s grand biopic Lincoln gets a limited head start to its nationwide release next week. Skyfall Language: English Rating: PG-13 Genre: Action/Thriller Director: Sam Mendes Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench After serving its time in production limbo, Bond […]