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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]