Netflix Picks up David Ayer and Will Smith’s “Bright” for $90 Million

Netflix Picks up David Ayer and Will Smith’s “Bright” for $90 Million

Netflix is looking to continue its domination of the small screen with the purchase of David Ayer’s upcoming project, “Bright,” for a whopping $90 million. Deadline reported that the deal, which was part of an intense two week bidding war, will give writer Max Landis a cool $3 million for the script and around $45 […]

Film Review: Midnight Special (★★½)

Film Review: Midnight Special (★★½)

More of a lukewarm “soup of the day” than a savory dinner entreé special, Jeff Nichols’s Midnight Special lacks the crackle of imagination and sheer awe befitting of its genre. Watching the film, it’s abundantly clear that the young auteur who gave us the masterpiece Mud has a soft spot for iconic science fiction narratives […]

2016 Awards Profile: ‘Loving’ from Jeff Nichols

2016 Awards Profile: ‘Loving’ from Jeff Nichols

Welcome to the 2016 Awards Profiles series, where we talk about high and low-profile films coming to a theater near you at some point this year.  We will analyze the potential for these films to be players for the Academy Awards, and while many of these have the potential to be recognized, many will not […]

Will Smith, David Ayer Looking to Reunite for Fantasy Thriller “Bright”

Will Smith, David Ayer Looking to Reunite for Fantasy Thriller “Bright”

“Suicide Squad” director David Ayer is gearing up for his next project, which reportedly is set to cast Will Smith and Joel Edgerton in leading roles. The trio are all in talks at the moment. The film in question is “Bright,” which is written by Max Landis (“American Ultra”).  Although plot details are scant at […]

SXSW Announces New Films for 2016 Lineup including New Pee Wee Herman Film and Seth Rogen Directed Feature

SXSW Announces New Films for 2016 Lineup including New Pee Wee Herman Film and Seth Rogen Directed Feature

South by Southwest (SXSW) has announced six more films that will have their premiere at its film fest in March, including: Paul Reubens’ “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru,” “Beware the Slenderman” and the Seth Rogen-directed “Preacher.” Jeff Nichols’ sci-fi drama “Midnight Special,” which stars Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton and Kirsten […]

What a Lovely Day! — Warner Bros. going hard for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road?’

What a Lovely Day! — Warner Bros. going hard for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road?’

Warner Bros. has launched its 2015 FYC site!  While it’s certainly a time for excitement for those of us wanting the Oscars to ride eternal, shiny and chrome, we must also remember that the mere presence of a film on an FYC site does NOT mean that said studio is going to campaign a) at […]

Oscar Circuit: Much Support for the “Supporting” Players

Oscar Circuit: Much Support for the “Supporting” Players

A little less than a year ago, we examined one of the most competitive Oscar races we’ve seen in some time.  Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” entered Phase 1 as the critical favorite, many declaring it the one to beat.  “Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” came as a serious threat after bowing at Telluride, Venice, […]

Film Review: Black Mass (★★½)

Film Review: Black Mass (★★½)

There’s so much potential and talent on display in Black Mass that you almost can’t believe how workmanlike the end result turns out to be. Everyone involved turns in competent work, but no one manages to stand out, and that goes for everyone, up and down the line. From director Scott Cooper to star Johnny […]

Film Review: The Gift (★★½)

Film Review: The Gift (★★½)

There’s something a bit frustrating about The Gift, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. A great deal of this thriller from actor/writer/director Joel Edgerton works, sometimes impeccably so, but a combination of plot holes and a slight aimlessness do weigh it down. Still, that’s sometimes par for the course with this genre, […]

New Second Trailer Hits for ‘Black Mass’ with Johnny Depp

New Second Trailer Hits for ‘Black Mass’ with Johnny Depp

Based just on the previous Teaser that hit the web for Scott Cooper‘s upcoming gangster film Black Mass, some have moved Johnny Depp into their Oscar predictions, with a few even positing that he could win the Academy Award for Best Actor this time around. Certainly, playing Whitey Bulger is a baity role and that […]

Johnny Depp Looks Terrifyingly Brilliant in First Trailer for ‘Black Mass’ by Scott Cooper

Johnny Depp Looks Terrifyingly Brilliant in First Trailer for ‘Black Mass’ by Scott Cooper

Almost out of nowhere, Black Mass has gone and shot up to the upper echelons of the 2015 awards season titles that I’m looking forward to. The reason? Well, the Trailer that recently dropped for it, of course. First of all, Johnny Depp looks absolutely fantastic as Whitey Bulger, the notorious gangster who cinema has […]

Awards Profile: Black Mass

Awards Profile: Black Mass

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 […]

Under the Circuit: Joel Edgerton

Under the Circuit: Joel Edgerton

Edgerton looks to join a club made up of Aussies Hugh Jackman, Jacki Weaver and the late Heath Ledger

Relax…’Exodus: Gods and Kings’ isn’t 200 minutes long

Relax…’Exodus: Gods and Kings’ isn’t 200 minutes long

Now that the fuss has somewhat settled down about the presumed length of Exodus: Gods and Kings, I feel good about posting this (especially since I attended that preview/showcase last week for the film, which I discussed on the podcast). Apparently, a few days ago a bit of a hubbub began because IMDb posted a […]

Exodus: Gods and Kings – NEW TRAILER

Exodus: Gods and Kings – NEW TRAILER

I can just picture it now, Ridley Scott standing in the backlot of 20th Century Fox, shouting to the studio “Studio, let my trailer go!”  And the studio agreed, apparently.  The trailer for Scott’s The Counselor follow-up, Exodus: Gods and Kings is below.  Many are predicting the film in technical Oscar races such as score, costumes, […]

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