Tag Archives: AFI Fest

Hollywood Contenders – Angelina Jolie’s “By the Sea” is finally revealed

Last night, the very first look at Angelina Jolie’s passion project of sorts By the Sea was given to folks at AFI Fest. As one of the last titles to have not shown itself to basically anyone (along with The Hateful Eight, Joy, and The Revenant), it’s been an X[...]

Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling – “The Big Short” enters 2015 and could shake the Oscar race up

Something kind of big just came our way folks. Yes, the shake up to the awards season that we’ve been hoping for might have made its entrance. The film in question is The Big Short, which was originally set as a high profile 2016 release. Now though, it’s been announced[...]

Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” will close L.A.’s AFI Fest – OSCARS

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: A glitzy Washington, D.C. premiere might be more appropriate. But for Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” a presidential biopic hoping to position itself at the head of the Oscar race, the Closing Night spot at Los Angeles’ AFI Fest in November is going to have to do. AFI organizers announced[...]

Leonardo DiCaprio the new Best Actor frontrunner? – AWARDS ALLEYr

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Oscar trackers who finally caught up with Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” at its AFI Fest world premiere Thursday evening have joined the discussion (I saw it Thursday morning and began breaking down Leonardo DiCaprio’s Best Actor chances), and they tend to agree that Eastwood’s lead actor has[...]

Pedro Almodovar guest Artistic Director for AFI Fest 2011 – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Pedro Almodovar has a rich history with AFI Fest, the American Film Institute’s annual film event held each November in Hollywood. Eight of the director’s films have screened at AFI over the years. So it makes sense that the fest would choose to honor his career with[...]

Natalie Portman, “Black Swan” – FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” closed AFI Fest 2010 Thursday night, sending several critics and Oscar pundits to Twitter post-screening to sing the film’s praises. The words “brilliant” and “masterpiece” were used so often, I’m surprised they weren’t trending on the social media tool. And IndieWire’s Anne Thompson[...]

Can “Harry Potter” win a Best Picture Oscar? – Awards Season Roundup

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: HollywoodNews.com’s Awards Season Roundup collects insights from around the Internet on films that are running in the Oscar race. Embargoes must not be in place because a fair share of “Harry Potter” reviews hit the Internet this morning following the film’s London premiere. While I’m steering clear of[...]

Awards Season Roundup: Eastwood on Eastwood, and the Academy’s exec director resigns

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: HollywoodNews.com’s Awards Season Roundup collects insights from around the Internet on films that are running in the Oscar race. It was announced this morning that Bruce Davis, executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has resigned after more than two decades in the position. As[...]

AFI Fest to open with Zwick’s “Drugs,” close with Aronofsky’s “Swan”

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: It looks like AFI Fest is going to provide us with our first glimpse of Ed Zwick’s “Love and Other Drugs.” The director’s romantic drama has been named Opening Night film for the annual fest, which will be held Nov. 4-11, in Los Angeles. “AFI is where it[...]

David Lynch named Guest Artistic Director for AFI Fest

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: AFI Fest 2010 just got a little more creative, a little bit more challenging, a little more intelligent, and a little bit more offbeat. Those are all great things. Fest organizers announced that David Lynch will serve as AFI’s first-ever Guest Artistic Director when the annual event[...]