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    Lee Daniels, Cheryl Boone Isaacs Headed to SXSW 2017

    South by Southwest (SXSW) announced its second wave of speakers and keynotes today. The festival revealed that Academy Award-nominated director Lee Daniels as well as AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs will speak at the fest. Daniels is best known for “Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire” and the hit TV series “Empire.” He is also known for the 2013 critical […] More

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    Good Reads: “The Hurt Locker” & “Precious”

    Welcome to Good Reads, where we look into what makes the screenplay winners Oscar worthy – every detail the writer leaves feeds into the drama. The 2010s are done and dusted, find them here under the tag. Now we’re onto two surprises from 2009. Next week, Slumdog Millionaire – adapted winner based on a fictional […] More

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    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 […] More

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    You Can’t Vote for What You Don’t See – An Awards Season Plea

    I’m starting it early this year.  I’ve long championed some of the little guys but have admitted out loud, that I do fall into the consensus crowd more times than not.  I still agree with the rewarding of Slumdog Millionaire and am not offended by the rewarding of films like The King’s Speech, Chicago, or even Crash.  With that being […] More

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    Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 61: Campaigning Issues, The Butler, and Oscar Check

    http://www.awardscircuit.com/podcast/ph8_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (7.5KB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreWelcome to another edition of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, our weekly podcast diving deep into all things film, television, and entertainment. We kick things off with the news about the (alleged?) decision […] More

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    Lee Daniels’ The Butler (★★★½)

    Lee Daniels’ The Butler is an easy film to appreciate on face value with its wonderful performances, strong production values, and creative team. However, it isn’t till about the last 30 minutes of the film that you realize you’ve been witnessing a nuanced dissection of intergenerational relationships, race relations and double consciousness, and then the […] More

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    Around the Circuit: August 3 – August 9

      Link(s) of the week: In Contention’s Kris Tapley has updated his Oscar predictions, giving us his insight on the awards season as it unfolds – from the recently announced festival schedules to our returning Oscar host, and everything in between. Other worthy news from around the web… The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg takes note of the large […] More

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    Cast and Crew Talk ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’

    http://jpsharedfiles.s3.amazonaws.com/THE_BUTLER_Press_Conference.MP3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (153.9MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreEarlier this week, I was invited to be among the press present for a Press Conference featuring most of the players involved in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. The talent assembled at the hotel […] More

  • First Look at Mariah Carey in ‘The Butler’

    Lee Daniels might have a Jekyl and Hyde touch when it comes to making good movies but he manages to get big stars to sign up to be in his films. After pulling a decent performance from Mariah Carey in Precious, the director and songstress will work together once again in Weinstein Oscar hopeful The […] More

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    First Poster for ‘The Butler’ Boasts An Impressive Cast

    The Weinstein Company must have had some influence on the first poster for Lee Daniels’ The Butler. As you will see, they used this occasion as an opportunity to remind all of us  just how many stars the film has. Let’s hope the film is more about quality than quantity. Watch the trailer here. The […] More

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