Strong showings for "Eighth Grade" and "You Were Never Really Here" highlight the Independent Spirit Award nominations                Review: Round-Up: "At Eternity's Gate", "The Clovehitch Killer", "Jonathan", and "The Last Race"                "Green Book" is a crowd pleaser of the highest order and a definite Oscar contender                Steve McQueen and a phenomenal ensemble cast help make "Widows" look effortless                "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" offers something for every type of Coen Brothers fan                Updated Academy Award predictions for early November                Review Round-Up: "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch", "El Angel" "The Long Dumb Road", and "Outlaw King"                Taking a look at potential Best Documentary Feature contenders                "The Front Runner" is a terrific and timely film for right around Election Day                Hollywood Film Awards Marked the Launch of Awards Season                Taking a first crack at Golden Globe predictions                “The Favourite” and “The Front Runner”: Films to see in November                Awkwafina to Host 22nd Hollywood Film Awards                Review Round-Up: "Bodied", "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms", and "The Other Side of the Wind"                Rosamund Pike is a force to be reckoned with in "A Private War"        

Robert W. Welkos’ Blog

Sharon Waxman: No comment on The Hollywood Reporter job

BY ROBERT W. WELKOS Intrigue. Suspense. Denials. No comments. The latest episode in the Tiger Woods or the Jesse James sex scandals? Hardly. It’s the industry buzz surrounding who will be the next editor-in-chief of The Hollywood Reporter, the venerable and now wounded entertainment trade publication. I bring this up only[...]

Blogger Wars: Chapter 2 – Nikki Finke vs. Sharon Waxman

By ROBERT W. WELKOS Chapter 2 – The Nikki-Sharon Wars: The blogger wars heated up Friday with Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood fame and Sharon Waxman of The Wrap tangling over Finke’s jaw-dropping contention that she turned down a lucrative offer (a $1 million condo in Malibu among other things) to[...]

Blogger Wars: Variety vs. Entertainment Blogosphere

By ROBERT W. WELKOS The war between “Variety” and the entertainment blogosphere is heating up. “Los Angeles Times” film columnist Patrick Goldstein reports that the Hollywood trade publication “Variety” isn’t pleased getting scooped day in and day out on casting decisions by upstart online outfits. “My sources at a number of different[...]

Nikki Finke responds to Sharon Waxman’s rumor

By ROBERT W. WELKOS We now know why Nikki Finke wrote this odd “advisory” to readers of her popular blog saying there is no truth to rumors swirling in Hollywood that she will leave her post as the general manager and editor-in-chief of Deadline.com. One of Finke’s competitors, Sharon Waxman of The[...]

Exclusive Video: Paparazzi stake out Jesse James’ West Coast Choppers

By ROBERT W. WELKOS Employees at the Long Beach, CA., custom motorcycle shop, West Coast Choppers, were tight-lipped Friday when a reporter approached them asking for comment about the sex scandal swirling around their boss, Jesse James, the husband of Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock. James, the bad ass TV host of the[...]

Academy snubbed actress Farrah Fawcett

By ROBERT W. WELKOS No doubt the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is basking in the afterglow of its Oscar telecast, which captured the biggest audience for ABC in five years. There will be slaps on the back in the Academy’s board room and a feeling that all is[...]

Ready for your closeup, Oscar

By ROBERT W. WELKOS “The Hurt Locker” vs. “Avatar.” Bullock vs. Streep. Cameron vs. Bigelow. If this sounds like matchups at a sporting event, well, the Academy Awards is all that and then some. Who was it who said the Oscars are women’s Super Bowl? Well, a lot of men will be watching,[...]

PGA schedules “Produced By Conference” for June

By ROBERT W. WELKOS The producers behind such hit films “Avatar,” “Alice in Wonderland,” and “The Dark Knight” as well as popular TV shows like “Mad Men” and “The Simpsons” are just a few of the filmmakers scheduled to be on hand June 4-6 when the Producers Guild of America holds[...]

Market Research Expert Kevin Goetz Launches Screen Engine LLC

BY ROBERT W. WELKOS Movie research expert Kevin Goetz announced today the launch of a new research, marketing and consulting firm, Screen Engine, LLC, to offer a spectrum of products and services to the movie industry. Goetz, a 23-year veteran of motion picture market research, hopes his new company will[...]

Legendary Gareth Wigan Passed Away

BY ROBERT W.WELKOS Gareth Wigan, whose legendary half century career in the motion picture industry was integral to some of the most successful films ever made including Star Wars, passed away this morning after a brief illness. He was 78. Wigan’s distinguished journey as an agent, producer, studio executive and production[...]
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