Tag Archives: Independent films

What does NYFCC date shift mean? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Is it a legitimate move to position itself at the forefront of a lengthy awards race, or the Oscar season equivalent of annoyingly posting “First!” on an Internet message board? Many reacting to the news that the New York Film Critics Circle has moved up its voting[...]

After “The Thing,” which horror films also need a prequel?

By Adam Frazier Hollywoodnews.com: With Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.’s prequel to John Carpenter’s “The Thing” now in theaters, we decided to look at three horror films that could use a bit of the old retroactive storytelling treatment. The problem is, most of the influential (and not-so-memorable) horror films of our time[...]

Christopher Plummer receiving Hollywood Supporting Actor Award for “Beginners” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: The legendary Christopher Plummer, who has been earning raves for his performance in Mike Mills’ “Beginners” as a widower embracing his homosexuality, will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” at this year’s 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment. The event[...]

“Straw Dogs” Review

HollywoodNews.com: If not for the fact that it were a remake of a beloved 1971 Sam Peckinpah film, Rod Lurie’s Straw Dogs would be a prime example of what we claim we want in our popcorn entertainment. It is, quite simply, an old-fashioned star-driven thriller with an emphasis on[...]

“Bunraku”, starring Josh Hartnett, Review

HollywoodNews.com: There is a certain danger to any movie that spends the first five minutes explicitly explaining why the picture looks and sounds as it does. In this case, we have to understand why the world of Bunraku looks like a hybrid between the 1960s Batman TV show and[...]

The Help is being punished for a lack of minority-driven films

HollywoodNews.com: I’m not going to get into a point-by-point rundown of why I think many of the criticisms being hurled at The Help are just-plain wrong. First of all, Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman already did just that, so I’ll merely link to his piece. Second of all, much[...]

“The Ward (2011)” DVD Review

HollywoodNews.com: There is nothing particularly wrong with The Ward, there is just little about it to stand out amongst the sea of similar genre entries, to say nothing of the whole slew of direct-to-DVD films that fill the shelves of Blockbuster and the queue of Netflix any given day. [...]

Sarah Palin’s “The Undefeated” box office failure doesn’t mean a thing

HollywoodNews.com: However immature it may be, it can be fun to crow when your enemy fails. Thus we’ve had two weeks of various liberal bloggers jumping for joy at the financial under-performance of the Sarah Palin halo-agraphy The Undefeated. The film opened with $65,132 on ten screens for[...]

Giovanni Ribisi joins Gosling, Brolin and Penn in “Gangster Squad”

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: With each new announcement, the cast of Ruben Fleischer’s “The Gangster Squad” grows more cool. The excellent Giovanni Ribisi is the latest actor to toss his name into Warner Bros’ casting circle for the period crime thriller that is based on real cases ripped from the headlines of[...]

This Week In Movies by Pete Hammond – Transformers: Dark of the Moon

By Pete Hammond HollywoodNews.com: The toys are back in town and everything else this week clearly took a backseat to Michael Bay’s pyrotechnic display in Transformers: Dark Of The Moon , a movie that generated more fireworks in its last hour than any fourth of July celebration you are[...]
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