Tye Sheridan Lands Lead in Spielberg’s “Ready Player One”

Tye Sheridan, who has an impressive list of film credentials despite his young age (he’s 19), has been cast as the lead in director Steven Spielberg’s upcoming “Ready Player One.” Sheridan joins Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn on the project. The film is based on the Ernest Cline novel of the same name. Sheridan will play […]

15 Best Screenwriters of 2013

Everyone has their favorite performances and their favorite films of the year but no one really gives their proper due to the writers of our beloved films that we’ve seen.  In a year where films exceeded many of our expectations, the screenwriters came through in a big way.  As AMPAS voters have their ballots and […]

Independent Spirit Award Nominations Announced!

The Film Independent Spirit Awards – which recognize the finest achievements by independent filmmakers – have released their 2013 nominations. To no one’s surprise, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave led all films in nominations with seven nods. And thus it begins… The nominees in the Best Feature category (their top award) are 12 Years a Slave, […]

2014 Oscar Predictions – Hanks and McConaughey, the new Hunter and Thompson?

I can’t believe it’s already November.  The season has already shown a bit of itself with the Gotham Awards announcing their nominations, but that’s relatively unimportant when it comes to the Oscar predicting.  New York Film Critics Circle will unveil their first batch of winners on December 3, leaving room for Los Angeles and National […]

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Moving to Christmas, ‘Jack Ryan’ Pushed to 2014?

According to an exclusive from the LA Times, they are reporting that Martin Scorsese‘s long-awaited “The Wolf of Wall Street” starring Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio will be shifting from its November 15th release to Christmas day.  Paramount Pictures, the film’s distributor, has not yet confirmed this but word has been that Scorsese is trimming […]

‘All is Lost’ Positioned for Oscar Race, ’12 Years a Slave’ Debuts Strong

This weekend the Oscar juggernauts that are J.C. Chandor‘s “All is Lost” and Steve McQueen‘s “12 Years a Slave” opened in limited release.  Though they had no chance against the money-making “Gravity” – the two have received the lion’s share of critical endorsement and support. Chandor’s film, which screened a few weeks ago at NYFF […]

Best Actor Predictions – Can Hanks Become the New Day-Lewis?

For the past two years, Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis joined a very small group of actors that have won three Academy Awards.  Streep won two Oscars in Lead Actress for “Sophie’s Choice” and “The Iron Lady” and won in Supporting Actress for “Kramer vs. Kramer.”  Day-Lewis has the most Lead Actor wins in history. […]

2014 Oscar Predictions – Best Supporting Actor Updated!

The Oscar Predictions update week continues with Best Supporting Actor. Like always, the category has unlimited possibilities from the veterans to the newcomers.  The word on the street is Bruce Dern will be looking for a Lead Actor citation for his role in Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska.”  That opens up the category significantly.  There are some […]

‘Mud’ and ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ will be the First Awards Screeners Sent!

Oh boy, the awards season is starting earlier than ever, at least in terms of the beginning of an Oscar campaign. Usually, we’re in the fall before screeners begin going out to voters. Sometimes, it works, but more often than not it doesn’t really matter too much. Could this year be different? Well, Focus Features […]

Awards Season Shuffle – Where Will Actors Be Campaigned?

Moving in on these later summer days, the season is gearing  up for a loud and hopefully entertaining start with Telluride, Toronto, and New York Film Festival all coming in at just over a month’s time.  The staff and I weighed in our predictions, and I’ll probably do one more little tweak just before the […]

2014 Oscar Predictions – Lucky Seven Performances To Look Forward To

We’re ankle-deep in the summer.  There are lots to look forward to on the horizon.  Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity was announced as the opening film for the Venice Film Festival, and the crews behind the Toronto and New York Film Festival are gearing up to unveil their potential slate of films that may or may not […]

Weekend Openings: 4/26/3013

Whether it’s of the bombastic, Hollywood lifestyle sort or the daring, seafaring variety, adventure is out there!  This weekend brings us the raucous thrills of a group of meatheads whose “American Dream is bigger than yours” in Pain & Gains, a throwback Michael Bay production reminiscent of The Rock (1996) and Bad Boys (1995).  Personally, I’m […]

First Quarter Round-Up – Are There Any Oscar Contenders?

As April has completely come out of nowhere and become fully present, I’ve updated the new Oscar Tracker to keep in mind everything that has already been released this year so far or have screened at major festivals like Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca. There’s no super-duper “out there” contender that looks like it can go […]

Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of SXSW

SXSW is right around the corner so I’ve decided to give you all a Tuesday Top 10 treat from Terence (oh the alliteration!). Unlike Sundance, this film festival contains way more known properties and “bigger” indie films, but more than makes up for it with interesting programming choices. You can see my full schedule at this link […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 1/20)

Immediately following the Golden Globes telecast and LIVE Blog, The Awards Circuit diverted its attention to the premiere film film festival of every year: Sundance. Thanks to Terence and Joey as our eyes and ears on the ground, readers were given in-depth reports on both the films showcased and the festival experience itself.

SUNDANCE: Mud (***½)

A close backwoods cousin to Stand By Me (1986), Jeff Nichols’ Mud is an often moving and unpredictable coming of age story that benefits from some striking visuals and all around strong acting from its cast. Much like in Take Shelter (2011),  Nichols is very interested in masculinity and what it means to be a […]

Matthew McConaughey Impresses in First Trailer for Jeff Nichols’ ‘Mud’

The first trailer for Jeff Nichols’ (Take Shelter) Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey, dropped Wednesday, and it looks like the actor is picking up in 2013 right where he left off in 2012. After impressive performances in films like Bernie, Killer Joe, and, fine, Magic Mike, it looks as if McConaughey is building up quite a resume as […]

“Mud” moves to 2013, “Not Fade Away” gets NY Film Fest Premiere

I spoke briefly this week about Matthew McConaughey and his chances for Oscar attention in the Supporting Actor category for Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike.  With a great showing in Cannes, Jeff Nichols’ film Mud was looking for a distributor and McConaughey is believed to deliver one of his best turns yet.  It’s been announced that Lionsgate has […]

Predicting the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Winners

And so the most prestigious film festival in the world comes to an end, with the “awards season” taking a vague shape right behind it.  Cannes, usually to its credit, has almost always been far outside of Oscar’s wheelhouse, opting for indie and world cinema superstars over Hollywood royalty that make the cinema snobs raise […]