Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal Desert Bergdahl Pic for Now, Focus on 1967 Detroit Race Riots Pic

Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal Desert Bergdahl Pic for Now, Focus on 1967 Detroit Race Riots Pic

Fans of season two of the hit podcast Serial know that Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal were working on the film version of the Bowe Bergdahl story. Now, the duo are deserting that idea for the time being and instead taking on the Detroit race riots of 1967. Bigelow is set to direct and produce […]

Could the Academy Nominate Two Women Directors this Year?

Could the Academy Nominate Two Women Directors this Year?

Women in Cinema: The Academy has the opportunity to do the unthinkable this year: nominate two women directors in the Best Director category. Even in a year when women-led films are few and far between, 2014 could be the year that women directors finally, truly become recognized as equal to their male counterparts. I know. I […]

Six Spot #9: Best Actress 2012

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 […]

Six Spot #3: Best Supporting Actor 2012

Six Spot #3: Best Supporting Actor 2012

Welcome back to the Six Spot!  In case you’re new to the Six Spot, this is a column where I look at the cold hard facts to determine who or what would have been the sixth nominee of any given category in any given year.  Feel free to catch up on the heated discussion in […]

Megan Ellison: Financial Hero of Indie Film

Megan Ellison: Financial Hero of Indie Film

Most audiences probably aren’t familiar with her name or her production company, but the film industry has quickly taken notice to producer Megan Ellison. At just 28 years old, Ellison has produced the films of some of Hollywood’s most revered independent filmmakers, such as Paul Thomas Anderson, Spike Jonze, the Coen brothers and David O. […]

2014 Grammy Nominations – Jay Z leads with Nine, Timberlake Scores Seven

2014 Grammy Nominations – Jay Z leads with Nine, Timberlake Scores Seven

Jay-Z led the 2014 Grammy nominations with nine.  On the film front, “Argo” looks to continue its sweep from last year with a Best Score nomination alongside this year’s “The Great Gatsby.” Some of my favorite artist scored mentions including Bruno Mars, Pink, and they great Justin Timberlake.  Also, big shout out to Marc Anthony […]

Will Jessica Chastain Join the Cast of ‘A Most Violent Year?’

Will Jessica Chastain Join the Cast of ‘A Most Violent Year?’

It looks more and more likely that Jessica Chastain will join Javier Bardem in A Most Violent Year. The Academy Award nominated actress of The Help and Zero Dark Thirty is currently in negotiations to star in J. C. Chandor’s next project. Little is known about the film other than it being a crime/thriller. Chastain […]

Circuit 3 Special Edition: James Gandolfini

Circuit 3 Special Edition: James Gandolfini

By now you’ve probably heard the sad news about the death of James Gandolfini. The star of the HBO series The Sopranos died at the age of 51 from an apparent heart attack while in Rome. Gandolfini will likely be remembered best for playing mob boss Tony Soprano, a role that earned him a Golden Globe, three […]

Oscar 2013 Will Win/Should Win Selections (Mark Johnson)

(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 (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 […]

Writers Guild Winners

Commentary coming tomorrow.  Too tired. Best Original Screenplay Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty Best Adapted Screenplay Chris Terrio – Argo Documentary Feature Searching for Sugar Man

The Tarantino Effect – When Will Oscar See Him as a Director, Not a Writer

With all the craziness of awards season, I hadn’t fully noticed the big story circulating among the writers branch that the two great screenwriters Mark Boal and Quentin Tarantino were squaring off in the Original Screenplay category once again.  The last time the two dueled was in 2009 when Boal’s The Hurt Locker triumphed over Tarantino’s Inglourious […]

2013 Writers Guild of America Preview

The Writers Guild of America will be announcing their winners tomorrow, Sunday, February 17.  All season long there have been many instances, which I’m just as guilty of, where we doubt Argo’s chances in an awards show.  The BFCA and Golden Globes seemed expected.  The Producers Guild of America was cool.  The SAG Ensemble win was jaw-dropping.  The Directors […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Original Screenplay

Whether viewed as a consolation prize for a well-regarded film that has no chance of winning Best Picture, or a sign that a film in the discussion for the Academy’s highest honor has broad and far-reaching support, the Writing categories – Adapted Screenplay and Original Screenplay are not always that easy to predict. A case […]

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