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    2017 Guild Predictions: WGA and Art Directors Weighing In

    A lot of major guilds will be announcing in the next seven days. It seemed like an appropriate time to offer up some predictions on how each of them will go. The major guilds that are announcing are: Writers Guild of America (Wednesday, Jan. 4) Art Directors Guild (Thursday, Jan. 5) BAFTA Nominations (Tuesday, Jan. […] More

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    BEST OF 2016: The “Unconventional” Citations of the Year Part 1

    Taking in the full year in cinema is quite a task. Considering the very best and worst of film can often correlate to personal feelings at the time. Where were you when you were watching “X” film and could it have been received differently under different circumstances? Film is also subjective. Through and through. The […] More

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    Box Office: Holdovers Win but Newcomers Also Soar on Busy Weekend

    (NOVEMBER 11 – NOVEMBER 13, 2016 estimates) “Doctor Strange” (Week 2) – $43,032,000 “Trolls” (Week 2) – $35,050,000 “Arrival” (Opening) – $24,000,000 “Almost Christmas” (Opening) – $15,564,000 “Hacksaw Ridge” (Week 2) – $10,775,000 “The Accountant” (Week 5) – $4,570,000 “Shut In” (Opening) – $3,700,000 “Boo! A Madea Halloween” (Week 4) – $3,550,000 “Jack Reacher: Never […] More

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    Weekend Openings: An ‘Arrival’ for ‘Billy Lynn’ and Zoe Kazan

    This weekend, we have a really nice assortment of new releases. For one, sci-fi fans get a treat with the release of “Arrival.” Independent cinema hounds have a riveting Zoe Kazan performance to bite into. There’s also “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” limping into theaters, among other titles of note. This is another week that […] More

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    Top 10 Debut Performances

    Casting an unknown has always been a risk. Movie stars may cost big bucks, but they deliver on opening weekend. Yet, some of Hollywood’s best stories come from discovering a star in the most unlikely of places. There are plenty of “star is born” moments that pave the star-soaked sidewalks of Hollywood. One of the […] More

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    Oscars: ‘Fences’ Lands and Golden Globes Chasing the Hollywood Couples?

    The beginning of Phase 1 has officially kicked off. FYC ads and sites are up and running, pundits are chiming in with predictions and commentary, and events are taking place to put the right films and performers in front of the right voting member. Over the next four weeks, studios are setting up special screenings […] More

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    Circuit Breaker Episode 14: NYFF Closing, ‘Billy Lynn’ Reaction and Best Picture Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:17:03 — 62.3MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreWelcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “CIRCUIT BREAKER!,” a weekly podcast from featuring host Clayton Davis along with panelists Sam Coffey, Mark Johnson and Joey Magidson. We discuss movies, […] More

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    Oscar Circuit: Have the Acting Winners Already Been Seen?

    With three big festivals behind us, and #NYFF54 fully underway, the acting races are heating up. In the midst of the race unfolding, the Oscar-loving community is desperate for a frontrunner. When Awards Circuit writer Mark Johnson returned from Telluride a few weeks ago, he stated there’s a chance that he saw all four acting […] More

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    Circuit Tech: Cinematography Contenders for the Remainder of 2016

    Several weeks back, I discussed some of the potential cinematography contenders on tap for Academy recognition from the first half of 2016. This week, I look ahead to the second half of 2016 where there’s bound to be a plethora of Oscar hopefuls given the encroaching awards season. With the Venice Film Festival and Telluride […] More

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