Viola Davis

Viola Davis to Star In, Produce ‘The Personal History of Rachel Dupree’

Viola Davis is set to star in “The Personal History of Rachel Dupree.” Deadline, who broke the news, says Davis was already on board to produce. “House of Cards” and “Moonlight” actor Mahershala Ali stars as well. Additionally, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis will also co-star. Claire McCarthy, who has “Ophelia” in pre-production, will […]

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 […]

Six Spot #9: Best Actress 2012

Welcome back to The Six Spot! In case you missed last week’s 2013 Best Actor Six Spot, you can catch it here. ***DISCLAIMER — please refrain from spoiling the Six Spot is the comment section!  Feel free to point out gaps in my logic and who YOU think would have won, but please don’t say […]

86 Years A Snub – The Struggle for Black Actors in Hollywood

Lupita Nyong’o joined the coveted Oscar ranks earlier this month, becoming the seventh black actress (who is of Kenyan descent) to win an Oscar at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, Mar. 2. While the accolades collected by 12 Years a Slave that night (including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay) set a precedent for African-American nominees, as […]

NYFF: 12 Years a Slave (★★★½)

As tough as you might imagine a Steve McQueen directed film about slavery to be, quite frankly 12 Years a Slave is even harder to sit through than you’d expect. That takes nothing away from the immense power and incredible high quality of the movie, but especially in terms of the Oscar race, it bears […]

Cameron Diaz Will Play Miss Hannigan in ‘Annie’

Cameron Diaz has completed a contract to play Miss Hannigan in the remake of  Annie, opposite Academy Award nominee Quvenzhane Wallis in the title role. Jamie Foxx has been cast to play the Daddy Warbucks character. It was rumored that Sandra Bullock might play the role originally made famous by Carol Burnett in the 1982 film version, […]

’12 Years a Slave’ Images Show Intensity from Fassbender and Ejifor!

Likely in my top two most anticipated films of the year is Steve McQueen’s upcoming 12 Years a Slave starring Chiwetel Ejifor, Michael Fassbender, and Brad Pitt. Talk about an already stellar cast, the film also includes last year’s Oscar-nominated Quvenzhane Wallis, the snubbed Dwight Henry, and future Emmy winner this year Sarah Paulson.  And […]

Awards Profile: 12 Years A Slave

Directed By: Steve McQueen Written By: Steve McQueen and John Ridley Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Quvenzhané Wallis, Scoot McNairy, Garrett Dillahunt, Sarah Paulson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Taran Killiam, Dwight Henry, Adepero Oduye, Bryan Batt, Alfre Woodard Synopsis: 12 Years a Slave is based on the 1853 […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Actress

This year we don’t have the fortune of knowing exactly who will win Best Actress. We have five nominees that include two frontrunners, one possible upset and two actresses who should be honored to receive recognition for their work. And the nominees are: Jessica Chastain- Zero Dark Thirty Jennifer Lawrence- Silver Linings Playbook Emmanuelle Riva- Amour […]

The 10 Biggest Breakthrough Performances Of 2012

As we discussed on one of our previous Power Hour podcasts, it can be hard to define what a “breakthrough” performance/year really is. It could be someone coming out of seemingly nowhere to land several big roles (ala Jessica Chastain in 2011), or it could be someone who has made a few films and just […]

BFI London Film Festival – DAY 3

Laurence Anyways (****) I can count on one hand the amount of times in my life when I’ve left a cinema buzzing from what I’d just watched; exhilarated by the cinematic journey that had unfolded before me and once more head-over-heels in love with those too often insignificant things we call movies. Laurence Anyways had […]

Quvenzhane Wallis joins Steve McQueen’s ‘Twelve Years A Slave’!

Despite the issues that I had with ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’, easily the best part of that flick was the lead performance of young actress Quvenzhane Wallis. She’s certainly someone to watch, and it looks like she’ll soon be appearing in a very high profile Oscar contender next year, the film ‘Twelve Years A […]

Beasts of the Southern Wild (***½)

In the grand scheme of film criticism and the notion that groundbreaking directors can be born right out of their first feature, Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild is a perfect blend of emotional rapture and glorious narrative.  The film tells the story of young Hushpuppy (Quvenzhane Wallis), a girl living among her father […]

Weekend Openings (June 29-July 1)

Looks like this weekend will go down in the books as one of pleasant surprises, both financially and quality-wise.  Whether that will translate into Oscar nominations may happen for at least one of them… Steven Soderbergh and Channing Tatum take us into the world of male strippers in Magic Mike, about a seasoned dancer who […]

Beasts of the Southern Wild (***)

Another year, another widely loved indie Oscar contender that I just can’t get as excited about as the masses do. Last year, it was ‘The Tree of Life’ that left me cold and wanting more (and ‘The Artist’ to a much lesser extent), and now I find myself not as crazy about ‘Beasts of the […]

Beasts of the Southern Wild (****)

The first major Academy Award™ contender is officially upon us with Benh Zeitlin’s hypnotically spellbinding Beasts of the Southern Wild. The hype for this film has been building following the huge responses it received from the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals, so anything less than what we’ve heard to be true would be one massive […]

Awards Profile: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Directed By: Benh Zeitlin Written By: Lucy Alibar, Behn Zeitlin Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry Synopsis (from IMDB): Faced with her father’s fading health and environmental changes that release an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy leaves her Delta-community home in search of her mother.