“Eighth Grade” vs “First Reformed” vs “If Beale Street Could Talk”: Final Independent Spirit Award Predictions                "Wrestle" Is An Engrossing Documentary About Poverty, Sports, And More                Breaking Down The Most Up In The Air Best Picture Race Ever                “Hearts Beat Loud” – Kiersey Clemons, Brett Haley, and Nick Offerman: Hollywood Film Tribute                What Can We Learn From An Academy Member's Ballot?                Could We Be In Line For The Worst Oscar Telecast Ever?                WGA Shocks With Wins For "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" And "Eighth Grade"                “Won't You Be My Neighbor” – Morgan Neville: Hollywood Film Tribute                Box Office Report for February 15-17                Cinema Audio Society As Well As Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Hand Out Awards                "Donnybrook" Is Deadly Serious About Its Violent Nature                The Academy Comes To Their Senses: All 24 Categories Will Be Presented During The Oscars                Updated Academy Award Predictions As Voters Cast Their Ballots                “Searching” – John Cho: Hollywood Film Tribute                Could Spike Lee Be On The Verge Of Finally Winning An Oscar?        

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Could J.J. Abrams become the new godfather of the “Star Wars” universe?

After mentioning Star Wars yesterday when talking about the box office prospects for 2015 releases, I kind of had the franchise on the brain for the rest of the day. Go figure then that one of today’s bigger rumors out there is that the co-writer/director of Star Wars: The Force[...]

The ten films most likely to lead the 2015 box office

As much as I clearly obsess myself with trying to accurately predict the Oscars, I also have a slight fascination with attempting to figure out which film will wind up as the most successful at the box office, even if the actual numbers are incredibly difficult to pinpoint. Sadly, most[...]

SXSW buzz makes “Trainwreck” a comedy to watch out for

Yesterday evening, folks at South By Southwest (or SXSW) got to see an early glimpse at Trainwreck, the new film from A-list comedy director Judd Apatow. Penned by and starring Amy Schumer, the pairing of those minds held tons of potential, so I was waiting with baited breath to hear[...]

Oscars highlight next generation of filmmakers

The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2015 Student Academy Awards competition. All Student Academy Award® winners become eligible for Oscars consideration. The 42nd Student Academy Awards presentation will be held on Friday, September 18, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Beginning this year, students[...]

Why the Academy shouldn’t go back to five Best Picture nominees

One of the most fiercely debated subjects when it comes to the Oscars, aside from the actual films and performances in contention, is what the Academy should do with the size of their Best Picture slates. Recently, rumors have been swirling that AMPAS members have been considering again adjusting the[...]

When will Liam Neeson go back to consistently making awards contenders?

Like many of you, I was pretty surprised and more than a little bit delighted when Liam Neeson made the next act in his illustrious career an action packed one. No one expected Taken to be a hit, or as satisfyingly enjoyable as it was, but it signaled a new[...]

“It Follows” is the best horror film in years and the rare one worthy of awards

When it comes to the Academy, the genre the least seem to embrace (give or take animation, though that at least has its own category) is horror. With the exception of The Silence of the Lambs, no fright flick has been nominated for Best Picture, and while that’s not going[...]

Who should produce the next Academy Award ceremony?

If the rumors are to be believed, not only will the Oscars have a new host next year, but apparently also new producers as well. Yes, yesterday there was some buzz that Neil Meron and Craig Zadan would not be returning to produce the next Academy Award telecast. That comes[...]

2015 Tribeca Film Festival Announces the Films in the Spotlight, Midnight, and Special Screenings Sections

Each year, I look forward to the Tribeca Film Festival, which is slowly but surely growing in stature and importance. A relatively new fest, it is establishing a vibe that’s somewhat of a cross between the New York Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival. Small but on the rise,[...]

R.I.P. Albert Maysles

Earlier today, the legendary documentarian Albert Maysles passed away at the age of 88. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to briefly meet Maysles at a dinner and found him to be a very kind man, so it saddens me to report on his passing. The man, along[...]
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