Circuit 3: Marion Cotillard

The first time I remember seeing Marion Cotillard was in Big Fish (2003), and she had been making films for almost a decade by that time. How an actress so naturally talented and beautiful as she could have slipped past our radar for so long, I have no idea. But she took that small side role […]

Superhero Omissions – What Oscar Hasn’t Recognized Over the Years

Superhero films often get a bad rap among AMPAS members.  Not too many of them think any superhero genre film has pushed the boundaries of the cinematic scope to warrant any major citations.  We often just accept that despite a movie being just freaking awesome and super entertaining à la Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) last […]

Nominations Announced for the 14th Annual Golden Trailer Awards

The 14th annual Golden Trailer Awards will take place on May 3 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, and will be hosted by Rob Schneider and Aisha Tyler. Film trailers will be honored in 15 different categories, and are judged by “film industry notables.” Last year, Best in Show went to The Dark Knight Rises (who didn’t […]

Oscar 2013 Will Win/Should Win Selections (Melkonian)

(The annual “Will Win/Should Win” of the Awards Circuit has been our most popular yet most challenging series where each writer let’s their final thoughts be known on the Oscar categories.  Each writer will reveal their choices everyday leading up to the Oscar ceremony.  Think you can do better?  Let your final thoughts be known […]

Oscar 2013 Will Win/Should Win Selections (Young)

(The annual “Will Win/Should Win” of the Awards Circuit has been our most popular yet most challenging series where each writer let’s their final thoughts be known on the Oscar categories.  Each writer will reveal their choices everyday leading up to the Oscar ceremony.  Think you can do better?  Let your final thoughts be known […]

Circuit 3: Christian Bale

Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Wales on January 30th, 1974. As a child, Bale starred in television commercials before making a few made-for-television films, including Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986). His first big screen performance came in Empire of the Sun, for which he won the “Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor” […]

Trailergate: The Great Trailer Debate

There’s the infamous Watergate scandal; sports followers still get a kick out of Crygate; and Antennagate  briefly plagued Apple’s release of the iPhone 4.  Well, here’s a new one for you: Trailergate.  It’s completely made-up and involves no impeachable offenses or villainous superstar athletes, so bear with me while I set this up. DISCLAIMER: This […]

American Film Institute (AFI) names Top Ten Films and Television Shows for 2012!

The prestigious American Film Institute has released their top 10 films and television programs for 2012. The American Film Institute’s annual awards are selected by scholars, film and television artists, critics and AFI Trustees. This year’s juries were chaired by producers and AFI Board of Trustees Vice Chairs Tom Pollock for movies and Rich Frank for […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 12/9)

The week is almost over at The Awards Circuit, but what a week it was! On top of Editor-in-Chief Clayton Davis’ updated Oscar Predictions, the New York Film Critics Circle, National Board of Review and Boston Online Film Critics Association had quite a lot to say in regards to this highly competitive awards season. Considering […]

Box Office Report (9.3.2012)

After being left on the Lionsgate shelves for a fair amount of time, The Possession finally got its opportunity to play at the multiplex and won the final weekend at the box office, earning an estimated $17.2 million, wrapping up an interesting 2012 summer box office season. Outpacing the Prohibition-era crime drama Lawless, The Possession was the […]

Box Office Report (8.27.12)

A lot of hyperbole has been tossed around with this weekend’s box office figures, since a documentary, 2016: Obama’s America has shocked the movie industry with its success.  On Friday, it was erroneously reported that the film would be the #1 film of the weekend; a report later revised to indicate the Rocky Mountain Pictures […]

Box Office Report (8.20.2012)

Falling short of its precursor, but still strong enough to win a very competitive box office weekend, The Expendables 2 outshot the competition, scoring $28.6 million in its opening weekend.   Although again a co-author on the screenplay, Expendables mastermind Sylvester Stallone gave the director’s chair over to Simon West and critics, including our own Joey […]

Box Office Review: Batman Three-Peats

Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises has pulled off the three-peat, grossing $36.4 million to remain at number one at the box office for the third week in a row. It didn’t have much competition this weekend, and has now pulled in a grand total of $354.6 million domestically after 17 days. Meanwhile, the film […]

The complete ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ screenplay arrives online!

The Dark Knight Rises is like the gift that keeps on giving. Whether it’s discussion about its politics or Oscar potential, Christopher Nolan has created a film that has been and will continue to be discussed, dissected and written about. Luckily, for those who want an even more in depth look at the film, the […]

Box Office Review: Surprise! ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Remains Number One

The Dark Knight Rises ($64.1 million) repeats as the box office champion in its second week to no one’s surprise. However, after a 60 percent drop from its week one totals it’s looking less likely that Nolan’s final Batman film will catch The Avengers’ incredible box office mass (its running about $84 million behind The Avengers’ […]

Best Superhero Films of All-Time

Now that ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is out in theaters, it sort of feels like we’ve reached a milestone point in the realm of superhero flicks…perhaps even an apex if you will. Everything that will come next for the genre will be judged on a different playing field due to that film and this year’s […]

Weekend Openings (July 27-29)

Prepare yourself for a very long month where The Dark Knight Rises will more than likely dominate the box office. Christopher Nolan’s final film in his acclaimed trilogy made an estimated $162 million last weekend, and is on track for a $75-$80 million intake for its second go-around. The only other major new release, The […]


That’s perhaps the nicest way to describe The Hollywood Reporter’s newest cover story of the tragedy that occurred last week in Aurora, Colorado.  Admittedly, any shocking event associated with pop culture – no matter how loose the connection – are going to inevitably be tied together when artists express their feelings over it.  So while […]

Christopher Nolan wrote a farewell letter to Batman!

It may be hard to believe, but Christopher Nolan is now done with making films about Batman, and aside from his Godfather type role with the new Superman franchise, he’s done with costumed heroes in general (unless he’s got something up his sleeves that we’re unaware of currently). Nolan might actually be as melancholy about […]

Box Office Review: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Above Tragedy

In light of the recent tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, the studios have been hesitant to release the box office results from this past weekend. Obviously, there are far greater things to be concerned with than the amount of money a studio has made on their latest release and everyone’s thoughts and prayers remain with those deeply […]

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 12: Comic-Con, The Dark Knight Rises, ACCA 2000 Winners

It’s a long one but we cover many topics in this week’s podcast. Comic-Con Update Man of Steel Trailer The Master Trailer Did You Know? w/ Mark The Dark Knight Rises talk ACCA 2000 Winners Play in new window | Download (0.0KB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | RSS | More

The Dark Knight Rises (**½)

Before I even begin diving into my review of the closing chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, it should be made clear to everyone reading that I liked The Dark Knight Rises well enough for a qualified endorsement.  It’s a mostly fun, even rousing action spectacle that contains some truly breathtaking visuals (IMAX is really […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 7/22)

We have arrived, everyone! After waiting for four years, The Dark Knight Rises is finally upon us, and to say it consumed this week at The Awards Circuit would be the understatement of 2012. After wrapping up the final articles of our successful 30 Days of Batman Series with Mark Johnson’s “Batman at the Box […]

The Dark Knight Rises (****)

Completing his Batman trilogy in extraordinary fashion, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises concludes what is, without question, one of the finest trilogies ever created. Nolan pulls off a near impossible feat, one he created for himself of course, by providing an emotionally satisfying and triumphant finale; essentially raising the bar extremely high for all […]

The Dark Knight Rises VLOG Review (****)

Yes, The Dark Knight has indeed “RISEN” this weekend. It’s hard to discuss Nolan’s new film without centering on the devastating events of this weekend: The Aurora Theater Shootings. It goes without saying that there are very cruel and evil people in this world, and their acts will never make sense to us. What we […]

Weekend Openings (July 20-22)

I won’t waste anyone’s time with this installment of Weekend Openings.  No pussyfooting around or trying to disguise the only new release worth discussing today: Arguably the most anticipated film of the year, The Dark Knight Rises brings Christopher Nolan’s massively successful and influential Batman trilogy to an end, this time with Tom Hardy’s Bane […]

30 Days of Batman Finale: What to expect from The Dark Knight Rises (Spoiler Free!)

Well everyone, like all good things, Christopher Nolan’s Batman saga is coming to an end. Starting midnight tonight, folks will be getting their last shot at seeing Nolan’s vision of the Caped Crusader. Since The Dark Knight Rises has been shrouded in an invisibility cloak secrecy, it’s hard to know exactly where the story will take us. […]

The Dark Knight Rises (****)

Against almost impossible hype, anticipation, and expectations, Christopher Nolan has managed to deliver not just the best Batman film to date, but also the best superhero film of all time with ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (while also once again elevating the playing field for what the genre can be at its pinnacle). In fact, I’d […]