September 19, 2015
        “Inside Out”: Looking at potential Best Animated Feature Contenders                "Black Mass" could get Johnny Depp back in the Oscar game                J.J. Abrams and Denis Villeneuve: Ten potential first time writer/director nominees for Oscar in 2015                Roger Deakins offers up some of his very best cinematography in "Sicario"                "The Martian" launches itself as an awards hopeful at the Toronto Film Festival                "Steve Jobs": Oscar predictions for September                "Sleeping with Other People" is one of the most charming films of 2015                Sandra Bullock looks like a contender in the Trailer for "Our Brand is Crisis"                Sam Smith will sing the theme song for the upcoming 007 film "Spectre"                Richard Gere is an under the radar Best Actor contender for "Time Out of Mind"                Telluride and Venice launch festival debuts into the Oscar race                “The Hateful Eight”: Looking at potential Best Original Screenplay Contenders                David O. Russell and Ridley Scott: Which filmmaking contenders this year are most due for their first win?                Telluride Announces 2015 Lineup - Steve Jobs, Black Mass, Suffragette                “Sicario”: Ten Films to see in September        

Sean O’Connell’s Blog

Exclusive: Harvey Weinstein on “The Intouchables,” “The Artist” and Quentin Tarantino’s plans for Comic-Con

By Sean O’Connell Harvey Weinstein knows a good movie the minute he sees it. His instincts for backing the right film projects has made his name – and The Weinstein Company – synonymous with the Oscar race. Last year, Weinstein’s support for Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” helped that black-and-white, silent[...]

TIFF ’12: Jackie Chan co-hosting Asian Summit at this year’s Toronto fest

By Sean O’Connell East meets West in the Great White North this season as the Toronto International Film Festival plays host to a rare networking event for Asian film industry executives visiting Canada. Renowned film star Jackie Chan will headline the inaugural Toronto Asian Film Summit, scheduled to be held[...]

Exclusive: Hollywood In Five – Breck Eisner, director of ‘The Crazies’

BY SEAN O’CONNELL Hollywood is a busy town. Movers bump into shakers on their way to the next power meeting. You have to move quickly if you want to keep up. is here to help. Our interview feature, “Hollywood In Five,” showcases the creative individuals responsible for the movies we love,[...]

‘Sherlock Holmes’ box office sparks sequel talk

By SEAN O’CONNELL Lost in the hoopla over “Avatar’s” staggering box office is the quiet success of Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes.” Based on weekend estimates posted by Box Office Mojo, the literary franchise reboot has taken in $204.3 million at the domestic box (on top of an additional $203 million overseas),[...]

Can Chris Nolan save Superman?

BY SEAN O’CONNELL Look! Up on the Warner Bros. lot! It’s … Christopher Nolan, swooping in to potentially save another DC Comics franchise that has lost its way. Deadline Hollywood has reported that Nolan – fan-fave director or “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” – has been approached by Warner to[...]

Woody Harrelson blasts his way through ‘Zombieland’

By SEAN O’CONNELL stays on top of the latest DVD and Blu-ray releases so you know which films are worth your time and money. This week, we recommend: Zombieland With all due respect to George A. Romero, the zombie genre has been done to (un)death. So last year’s fresh, funny horror-comedy[...]

Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel go wherever they may ‘Rome’

BY SEAN O’CONNELL “Josh and I don’t get along at all, really. For most of our scenes, I had them put a bag over his head because I can’t stand looking at him.” So says Kristen Bell of her supposedly handsome “When In Rome” co-star Josh Duhamel. Now, Black Eyed Peas singer[...]

Drew Barrymore laces up her skates

By SEAN O’CONNELL stays on top of the latest DVD and Blu-ray releases so you know which films are worth your time and money. This week, we recommend: Whip It It’s tough to peg why Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut didn’t catch on when it spun through theaters last fall. The comedy on[...]

Building a better Bruce Willis

By SEAN O’CONNELL Earlier this week, participated in an exclusive, virtual round table discussion with “Surrogates” director Jonathan Mostow ahead of the film’s DVD release. (It streets Tuesday, Jan. 26, on DVD and Blu-ray.) As the studio previewed the Blu-ray bonus feature, “A More Perfect You: The Science of Surrogates,”[...]

“Avatar” will win Best Picture

James Cameron is on track to become “King of the World”…again. His movie “Avatar” took home the coveted Best Picture prize at the 67th Golden Globe Awards. In his acceptance speech he went on to talk about how filmmakers have the best jobs in the world and how he is[...]
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