Annapurna to Produce and Distribute Jacques Audiard’s ‘The Sisters Brothers’

Read the Press Release: Los Angeles, CA (May 19, 2017) – Annapurna will co-produce and co-finance award-winning filmmaker Jacques Audiard’s THE SISTERS BROTHERS, it was announced today. The company also holds the domestic distribution rights for the film. Why Not Productions will co-produce and co-finance the film alongside Annapurna with Page 114 also on board […]

2017 Awards Circuit In Line Series: 25 Actors for an Oscar Win

Welcome to the official 2017 AWARDS CIRCUIT IN LINE SERIES! The Academy Awards get tons of flack for not rewarding actors and actresses in the prime of their careers. It often boils down to poor timing, but sometimes the Academy’s choices are downright baffling. Here at Awards Circuit, we will begin an annual tradition called […]

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, […]

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?” […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

New “Inherent Vice” Trailer Starring Joaquin Phoenix

FINALLY! Apple has just dropped the first “teaser” trailer for the much-anticipated Paul Thomas Anderson film, Inherent Vice.  Some Oscar prognosticators have 3-time nominee Joaquin Phoenix in their Best Actor lineups, but others are more skeptical in this (seemingly comedic) PTA flick.  Inherent Vice stars Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio […]

New Images for ‘Inherent Vice’ with a First Look at Reese Witherspoon

One of the year’s most anticipated films is Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice starring Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Katherine Waterston, Jena Malone, and Reese Witherspoon.  The film will play as the Centerpiece Gala during the New York Film Festival next week.  The Paramount Pictures release is adapted from the novel by Thomas Pynchon and is […]

NYFF Trailer has arrived! Clips of ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘Gone Girl,’ & ‘Mr. Turner’

Entertainment Weekly has released a trailer for the 52nd Annual New York Film Festival.  Awards Circuit will be bringing deep coverage of NYFF starting next Monday and running through early October. The NYFF trailer features clips from a ton of Oscar hopefuls.  Best Actor favorite Michael Keaton is seen running half-nude in Birdman.  Best Actress […]

Are There Legitimate Musical/Comedy Contenders for the Golden Globes?

The 2014 Musical/Comedy races at the Golden Globes look bleak. After one of the best Musical/Comedy fields in memory in 2014, it looks like we’re back to a crop of questionable inclusions and non-Oscar contenders. Below, I analyze Musical/Comedy contenders and pretenders for the Best Picture – Musical/Comedy, along with Best Actor and Best Actress […]

Oscar Predictions

OSCARS or NOT: Top 50 Films You Need to See for the Fall

This week we have the official kick off to awards season with the Telluride Film Festival starting for critics everywhere.  Films will be “secretly” screened, buzz will reach a fever pitch for certain films, and some films will fall on their face.  It’s the nature of the game.  The entire staff of has put […]

2015 OSCARS: First Set of Golden Globes Predictions

  The meat and potatoes of is our Oscar Predictions.  We all know this.  But as we enter the awards season with the kickoff of Telluride next week, I’ve taken the liberty to unveil my first set of Golden Globe Predictions of the year.  It’s easy to make guesses about what the Oscars will […]

Oscars 2014: New Faces, Few Spaces

OSCAR CIRCUIT: A few changes have occurred in the 2014 Oscar Predictions.  Rumors of Saul Dibb‘s Suite Francaise, Todd Haynes’ Carol, and Justin Kurzel‘s MacBeth moving to 2015 have floated around so I jumped the gun and removed them from the predictions.  Sadly on the surface, with those three big films moving, I’m beginning to […]

Joaquin Phoenix could be Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’?

We’ve got a juicy rumor to share with you folks. Apparently, Marvel is trying to cast Joaquin Phoenix as the title character in their upcoming take on superhero Doctor Strange. Scott Derrickson is behind the camera on this one and while it might seem like a long shot at first, apparently Phoenix has been spotted […]

Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’ is the Centerpiece Selection for the NYFF

Wow. The decision makers at the New York Film Festival have really outdone themselves so far. Hot on the heels of David Fincher‘s Gone Girl being announced as the Opening Night selection, today we found out that Paul Thomas Anderson‘s adaptation of Inherent Vice is the Centerpiece selection. NYFF is really going for the gold, […]

OSCARS 2014: Films With the Strongest Chance at Acting Nods

TOP TEN TUESDAY: As Cannes gets more and more press (and I get more and more jealous), I’ve decided to focus this edition of Top Ten Tuesday to the remaining slate of films set to open later this year.  Below, you will find my ten most anticipated films of the year featuring what I believe […]

The Immigrant (★★★)

I’ve long been someone who really appreciates the work of filmmaker James Gray, especially his last film Two Lovers, which is truly something special. As such, I was pretty excited back at the 2012 New York Film Festival to sit down and watch Gray‘s new film The Immigrant, even after the initial reviews out of […]

Emma Stone Joins Joaquin Phoenix in Woody Allen’s Latest

Could Emma Stone be on her way to becoming Woody Allen‘s next muse? I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s a sure thing, but not everyone gets invited back for a second film of Allen’s (she stars in the soon to be released Magic in the Moonlight for the filmmaker, in case you weren’t aware), and especially […]

Six Spot #8: Best Actor 2013

Welcome back to The Six Spot! In case you missed last week’s 1997 Best Actor Six Spot, you can catch it here. This week, I finally tackle what has by far been the most requested Six Spot: Best Actor 2013. But before we dive into that, I want to assure everyone that I do, indeed, […]

Own “Her” on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD Download 5/13

Read the Press Release: Burbank, CA, March 21, 2014–A heartfelt love story for the modern era, “Her” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on May 13 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Written and directed by Oscar®-winning filmmaker Spike Jonze (“Being John Malkovich,” “Where the Wild Things Are”), “Her” stars Oscar® nominee Joaquin Phoenix […]