January 02, 2015


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Academy cracking down on pre-Oscar parties – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: It sounds like the Academy police want to pull over Hollywood’s gravy train during the awards season … or, at the very least, get it to slow down and obey some new speed limits. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is contemplating new restrictions on[...]

“Harry Potter” about to cross $1 billion mark for first time

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: The Harry Potter franchise has passed yet another major milestone, as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the eighth and final film, passed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. It is the first film in the franchise to accomplish such a feat, THR[...]

Will Meryl, Jason and Clint ride the film festival circuit? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Three titles were conspicuously absent from the recently announced programming at this fall’s Venice and Toronto film festivals: Jason Reitman’s “Young Adult,” Phyllida Lloyd’s “The Iron Lady” and Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar,” all of which are expected by most pundits to make some noise in the upcoming[...]

Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” opening New York Film Fest

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Roman Polanski’s anticipated “Carnage” has been selected as the opening night film for September’s New York Film Festival, it was announced today. The film, based on the 2009 Tony Award-winning play “God of Carnage,” stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly as couples[...]

Ryan Gosling, George Clooney in “The Ides of March” trailer

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: If George Clooney’s political drama “The Ides of March” was a presidential candidate, it would be ahead in the polls. The film continues to announce its presence in the still-forming awards race by throwing down impressive marketing salvos as it prepares for a full-court, fall film festival[...]

Venice Film Fest unveils full slate

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: The Venice Film Festival unveiled its full line up this morning, programming a number of big-ticket titles with serious awards dreams. As expected, there is overlap between the 68th Venice Fest and the first wave of films announced for the Toronto International Film Festival, from Madonna’s King[...]

George Clooney’s “Ides of March” gets poster

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: George Clooney’s political drama “The Ides of March” is one of those films due out later this year that I’d pay top dollar to be able to see right now. You can keep your “Cowboys & Aliens.” Clooney’s next directorial effort has a mouthwatering cast chewing over[...]

Gerard Butler in first-look “Machine Gun Preacher” photo

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Marc Forster’s “Machine Gun Preacher” was a surprise inclusion on the list of films screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. While Forster has directed hit indie and festival-worthy films in the past (“The Kite Runner,” “Finding Neverland,” “Monster’s Ball”), the action-thriller about a converted drug-dealer didn’t[...]

Venice Film Fest Critics’ Week light on U.S. fare

By G. Clay Whittaker Hollywoodnews.com: A stacked lineup is set to impress at the Venice Film Festival, and more is likely to come later this week. But for now the 26th Critics’ Week list is looking strong, if absent representation from the U.S. and Asia. New works from David Cronenberg, Steven Soderbergh,[...]

Sean O’Connell has been named East Coast Editor for HollywoodNews.com

Beverly Hills, CA July 26, 2011: Sean O’Connell has been named East Coast Editor for HollywoodNews.com, an arm of the Hollywood News Network, publisher Carlos de Abreu announced today. In addition to his regular daily contributions, O’Connell now will manage a staff of writers stationed in New York and Los Angeles[...]
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