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Joaquin Phoenix in Talks to Play Jesus in ‘Mary Magdalene’ Pic with Rooney Mara

The upcoming “Mary Magdalene” film is shaping up to be quite the prestige pic. Deadline is reporting that three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix is in negotiations to play Jesus Christ in the film. The outlet reports that the deal is still being worked out. The film first made waves when it was announced that See-Saw, […]

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Circuit Community: Cast Your Perfect Movie Foursome

CasI love films that have four prolific actors in either one set piece, to indulge with dialogue, laughs, and tears, or are just the focal points of a great story.  Here are some examples I’ve thoroughly enjoyed during my film watching life and examples of what I mean: Mike Nichols’ “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” […]

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Film Review: Irrational Man (★★★)

Every so often, Woody Allen chooses to repeat himself in one way or another. With his latest outing Irrational Man, he is sort of crossing his own streams between prior works Crimes and Misdemeanors as well as Match Point. The result is one of Allen’s most serious films in some time, though one not without its […]

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INTERVIEW: James Gray talks ‘The Immigrant’ and his Next Film

One thing becomes very apparent when you talk to filmmaker James Gray…the man is willing to talk about pretty much anything. Even when it comes to the distribution of his films (which have sadly resulted in most of them underperforming at the box office), Gray is open and honest. That makes for a great interview, […]

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Awards Profile: Irrational Man

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 […]

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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Woody Allen’s Next Film ‘Irrational Man.’

Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all  North American  rights to Woody Allen’s upcoming film, IRRATIONAL MAN, from Gravier Productions. Film marks eighth collaboration with the filmmaker and Sony Classics. Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson, the film features a prestigious cast including Jamie Blackley, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey and Emma […]

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Houston Film Critics Nominations – ‘Inherent Vice’ Makes a Claim

2014 Houston Film Critics Society Nominations have been announced with Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” making a strong showing. Check out the nominees: Best Picture A Most Violent Year Birdman Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel Guardians of the Galaxy The Imitation Game Inherent Vice Nightcrawler Selma Whiplash Best Director Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice Wes […]

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Film Review #2: Inherent Vice (★★★)

There are very few times when a film seems to consider its own plot pretty much besides the point while also making said plot as dense as possible, but then again Inherent Vice isn’t your average film. Highly regarded filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson has perhaps made his most unusual movie to date, and that’s saying […]

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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” […]

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STUDIO CIRCUIT: Did Warner Bros. Send a ‘Sniper’ To Eliminate the Competition?

More FYC sites have launched and the Studio Circuit series ventures on.  Warner Bros. weighed in with a respective slate that includes “The LEGO Movie,” “The Judge,” “Inherent Vice,” “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” and “American Sniper.” Warner Bros. must be walking into the season feeling very confident.  Just last year, with eight […]

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Film Review: Inherent Vice (★★★)

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Let’s start this off with a reward offering.  I’ll pay anyone $20 if they can explain to me, in detail, the full plot and synopsis of “Inherent Vice,” front to back.  That’s a good place to start, eh? The New York Film Festival press and audiences given the gift of a first […]

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New Vintage Poster for Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’

Just yesterday we finally got a look at Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” in the form of a trailer.  The New York Film Festival will premiere the film this Saturday for press and audiences.  Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Jena Malone, and Reese Witherspoon, the films awards chances remain in the […]