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Oscar Race: The Herd Mentality Syndrome

By ROBERT W. WELKOS When the Producers Guild of America recently announced its 10 nominees for best produced motion picture of the year, the media’s attention immediately focused on the inclusion of science fiction blockbusters like “Avatar,” “District 9” and “Star Trek” among this year’s list. Character-driven dramas like “An Education” “Precious:[...]

Writers worry: are studios engaged in “sweepstakes pitching?”

“Sweepstakes pitching” debated as WGA surveys members about economic downturn. It’s an issue that could again strain relations between Hollywood studios and screenwriters, but just how prevalent it is in the movie and TV industry is subject of debate. The practice is called “sweepstakes pitching” and here is how it[...]

DGA Nominates Bigelow, Cameron, Daniels, Tarantino, Reitman

DGA ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM FOR THE YEAR 2009 Los Angeles – Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2009. “The DGA award is especially meaningful to directors because it[...]

Can Anyone Beat Christoph Waltz?

Most awards prognosticators have regarded the best supporting actor race as a done-deal ever since they first saw the magnetic Christoph Waltz’s performance in “Inglourious Basterds” months ago. Indeed, from the film’s tension-filled opening scene right through its haunting ending, Waltz steals the show right from the biggest movie star in[...]

Mariah Carey stumbles through acceptance speech at film festival

Chances are, more folks will see Mariah Carey’s inebriated acceptance speech from last night’s Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala than the number of people who will actually see her performance in the film she was being honored for. A clearly out-of-it Carey was in the desert Tuesday night to[...]

Precious Tops NAACP Image Awards

“Precious got nominated for eight awards by the 41st NAACP Image Awards. It got “best film” and “best director” for Lee Daniels, “best actress” for Gabourey Sidibe. Mo’Nique, Mariah Carey, Paula Patton and Lenny Kravitz got nominations for their supporting roles. In addition, Geoffrey Fletcher also got a[...]

Sandra Bullock To Present SAG Award to Betty White

SANDRA BULLOCK TO PRESENT SAG’S LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TO BETTY WHITE AT THE 16TH ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® ————————————————————— LOS ANGELES (Jan. 5, 2010) – Actor® recipient Sandra Bullock, who is nominated this year for her leading role in “The Blind Side,” will present Screen Actors Guild’s Life Achievement Award to Betty[...]

Nominees 4 Producers Awards Are…

PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA ANNOUNCES BEST PRODUCED MOTION PICTURE CATEGORY NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2010 PGA AWARDS PGA Producer of the Year Award Nominations also announced in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures, Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures and Long-Form Television Categories LOS ANGELES (January 5, 2010) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today[...]

TV Pilots Picking Up the New Year

As many execs returned to their offices after the holidays, Hollywood is abuzz with the latest info about the status of the 2009-2010 TV season. Few are surprised to learn that NBC is showing the largest ratings decline of the Big Four, and their recently-announced plans to pick up[...]

Adam Lambert Wants Fans to Chill Out

American Idol sensation Adam Lambert wants some of his overeager fans to chill out a bit. The singer, whose debut studio album For Your Entertainment has been a big seller, took to Twitter on Monday to make a personal plea to fans who keep bombarding radio stations with requests for his[...]
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