Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 9/30)

  • And the Oscar goes to…Homeland? Wait…what?! Oh, that’s right, I meant the The Emmys — only the second-most substantial entertainment awards ceremony of the year! The Awards Circuit was on hand Sunday to talk Emmys on our first LIVE Blog since the 84th Academy Awards in February. Not only was it an eventful night to come together as a community, but I’m sure for many of you it was a treat to chat live with staff newcomers Terence and Mark Johnson (no relation, though their lighthearted bickering says otherwise!). Were your predictions on strong foundation like Editor-in-Chief Clayton Davis’ or did they crumble to pieces like yours truly once the winners were announced (for such Emmy Chatterboxes, Terence and I sure couldn’t predict Emmy wins if our prognostication lives depended on them). We thank those that joined our LIVE Blog, and look forward to many more now that we’re in the thick of awards season.
  • A new episode of Power Hour is always an event worth celebrating, but it may have been a tad more special this week considering we had the legendary Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter on as our guest. Feinberg educated us on the effects that the new Academy™ rule change (moving up the date of the Oscar nomination announcement) would have on this year’s race, and much to our dissatisfaction, the smaller-budget critical darlings could indeed get the shaft because of it (Amour, Quartet). Both the staff and Feinberg break down the pretenders from the contenders, and one film is unanimously a lock for all who participated on the podcast. Forgot the answer or haven’t gotten around to watching the newest episode? No worries, now’s your chance to!
  • It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Joey Magidon’s DVD-Pick-of-the-Week: Marvel/Disney’s The Avengers. Although I vehemently oppose that third and final act, I still love this superhero extravaganza to pieces, and so agree with it being Joey’s pick from the week’s latest releases. In honor of this weekend’s time-traveling flick, Looper, Joey lists his absolute favorite science fiction films that deal with the very same subject matter: Back to the Future, Primer, and Source Code. Joey also unveiled his latest edition of Sizing Up, this time looking at the roster of 2012 filmmakers that stand the best chance of scoring a nomination for “Best Director.” Well, I can tell you one thing…it probably won’t be this man with a propensity to see things that are simply not there.
  • Mark Johnson’s Around the Circuit made it’s weekly spin, and guess which celebrity was front-and-center for Circuit 3? The man, the myth, the one we once referred to (and sometimes still do) as…GEKKO: Mr. Michael Douglas! With his piercing eyes and a voice that always suggests a man on the brink of anger, Michael Douglas is a screen presence that can never be replaced. Please celebrate his birthday with us by naming your favorite Michael Douglas film (I so wish I could bend the rules and suggest One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest — Douglas was one of the most actively engaged producers in cinematic history for this Oscar winner).
  • If there’s one thing we’ve learned from last year’s awards race, it’s never ever count out the last-minute contender. Even with middling reviews, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close played up its emotional appeal, and somehow sneaked its way onto the “Best Picture” nomination ballot. Hitchcock and Promised Land may be tardy for the party, but that doesn’t mean on paper they aren’t precisely what the Academy™ is looking for (Hollywood biopic and sentimental/triumphant crowd-pleaser? Check!). Joey Magidson finishes the week by examining which of the two late awards contenders — perhaps both — will be a part of the “Best Picture” lineup. Once again, thank you all for making this week one of our most visited yet this fall! Keep reading and stick with The Awards Circuit as we continue to bring you up-to-date news on all things entertainment and awards! Have a terrific week!