'Tis the season for Oscar forecasting, so let's get started. This year I've held off of seeing most of the candidates, so my speculation is purely fueled by best guesses of how the votes will likely go down based on traditional patterns of the Academy. At first glance, it appears that the results this year will largely be determined by how the Academy feels about Lincoln. If the uncanny performance by previous winner Daniel Day-Lewis is enough to override general exhaustion about Spielberg's return, this is going to be a year dominated by Lincoln wins. Aside from that juggernaut, a
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Lincoln leads the nominations and is likely to lead the wins as well.
The best of the year's worst.
Ah, movie-award season, that silly, nauseating time of year. The business of show business is currently in high gear as filmmakers compete for awards to win a bit of prestige from their peers and praise from numerous groups of critics no one pays attention since they don't live in Los Angeles or New York. It means very little in terms of the quality or longevity of the work, which is why I enjoy the counter silliness that is the Golden Raspberry Award "created in 1980 as a logical antidote to Tinsel Town's annual glut of self-congratulatory awards by John Wilson."
Political dramas lead both fields.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for their 70th annual Golden Globes Awards. Lincoln garnered the most film nominations with seven. Game Change led the TV categories with five. The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, January 13, 2013 will be broadcast live on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Competing Best Actress - Comedy or Musical nominees Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are the hosts. Nomianted films reviewed at Cinema Sentries are linked at the first mention of their title below. Were your favorites picked? Or did they get overlooked? Make your voice heard in the
Do you have a favorite?
Last week, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States released their nominees for the 2013 Grammy Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. The winners will be revealed February 10 on CBS. Music has been a major component of films, as well as television and video games, nearly since the medium's inception, and the Grammys acknowledge that with the following three categories for visual media. Nomianted films reviewed at Cinema Sentries are linked at the first mention of their title. Videos for Best Song can be seen and heard below. In the the
Does it concern you or is the marketing meaningless?
The newly released poster for Star Trek Into Darkness features a man clad in leather as he surveys the aftermath of an event that includes the destruction of a building, which results in an image resembling the Starfleet insignia as seen on uniforms for crew members of the Starship Enterprise. Previously, Paramount's website revealed the following synopsis for the upcoming film: In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their
Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom lead the field.
Film Independent announced the nominees for their 28th annual Spirit Awards, "which represent an astonishingly strong group of artists both in front of and behind the camera," according to Film Independent Co-president Josh Welsh. "At Film Independent, we nurture artist-driven filmmaking all year long and I can't imagine a more fitting or worthy group of films to celebrate here today." A total of 49 films were nominated. Distributor Fox Searchlight lead the way with nine nominations earned by Beasts of the Southern Wild, Ruby Sparks, Sound of My Voice, The Sessions. Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom garnered the most
Posters, trailers, and more on two upcoming movies.
The Sentries have been out scouting for new movies again. This time they found a retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk tale and a Mark Wahlberg/Russell Crowe thriller. Jack the Giant Slayer The Story: The classic fairytale gets a full-length feature film reboot. This time around Jack the Farmboy inadvertantly rekindles the centuries old war between the giants and regular-sized people by creating the beanstalk that reconnects the two people's worlds. The giants climb down and are ready to fight again. The Filmmakers: Directed by Bryan Singer and stars Nicholas Hoult, Ewar McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Bill Nighy, and
David Lean's masterpiece gets a massive boxed set and a restored look.
The phrase "They don't make them like they used to" is trite, banal, and way over-used, yet sometimes, it's also perfectly true. This is the case with David Lean's 1962 masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia. To use another cliche - it is epic, in every sense of that word. I only recently watched it and I was blown away by its scope, beauty, cinematogrpaphy, drama, action, and sense of wonder. Upon its release, it won seven Academy Awards and four BAFTAs. It continually makes its way onto lists of the best films ever released including reaching #5 on the AFI Top
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As reported by Variety and regurgiated around the Internet, Sony is negotiating with Jamie Foxx to join the cast of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as the villian Electro, which the actor hinted at this morning with his tweet that read "Dressed up as Electro for Halloween last night. Costume fits well." The character's appearance in the new franchise was specualted about after the seemingly unusual amount of lightening during the credits sequence in the first film when a figure in the shadows approached Curt Connors/The Lizard in his cell, asking if Peter Parker knew the truth about his father. Electro,
Posters, wallpapers, other images and videos for the upcoming Hobbit film.
With the Lord of the Rings trilogy director Peter Jackson recreated writer J.R.R. Tolkein's fantasy world of Middle Earth to perfection. The films satisfied critics and the general public, die-hard fans and those new to the world of hobbits and wizards, orcs and dwarves. Now, after much debate and deal-making, Jackson is back to bring to life the prequel to the Lord of the Rings movies, The Hobbit. He is breaking the book into three separate movies which, like the original trilogy will come out in consecutive years. The first movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters December
Lloyd Dobler lives!
Peter Gabriel is currently touring to celebrate the 25th anniversary of So, which has been remasterd and will be available on October 23 in multiple formats. On Saturday Oct 6, he and his supporting band played the Hollywood Bowl, a concert performance that will long be remembered for one brief moment. Before the show began, Gabriel announced the show was broken into three parts like a meal, with an appetizer, the main course, and dessert. The appetizer was a short, acoustic set of four songs. Showing great confidence, likely bolstered by the fact that he was going to give the
I've avoided the spoilers and now I'm ready to watch Ridley Scott's prequel to Alien.
Used to be people gathered around the water cooler to chat about television, movies, and music They'd get a refreshment and this discuss the show that aired last night or the movie they saw over the weekend. I suppose they still do that, but now the Internet is the world's water cooler and there is always someone to talk about whatever you want whenever you want. As a stay-at-home dad, this is both extraordinarily cool and somewhat exasperating.I love that I have easy access to reviews, trailers, and all the buzz of upcoming and recently released films. Yet, as someone
Friday Night Videos gets James Bond in its sights.
It was 50 years ago today that 'Bond...James Bond" first introduced himself to moviegoers when Dr. No had its world premiere in London. Based on the sixth Bond novel by Ian Fleming, the film turned Sean Connery into a household name and served as a template as things like its exotic setting, Maurice Binder's opening gun barrel sequence, and Bond ending up with the girl became familiar elements in the franchise. Dr. No was even endorsed by JFK as seen in this clip from Stevan Riley's Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, which premieres Friday, October 5th,
Posters, stills and trailers from three new movies.
Cloud Atlas The Plot: An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present, and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. The Filmmakers: Based on a book by David Mitchell, written and directed by the Wachowskis (with directorial assistance by Tom Tykwer.) Starring Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant. The Status: Locked on Target. If you think that plot synopsis is confusing, just watch the trailer. It won't make anything
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Dredd The Plot: In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.The Filmmakers: Directed by Pete Travis and starring Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and Lena Headey The Status: On the Radar. I've never read the comic but I remember all too well the atrocity that was the Sylvester Stallone version. Comic book movies have changed a lot since then and it looks like they've gone to great lengths to make this one more
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Before this past summer, writer/director Joss Whedon developed a cult following of fans from television series, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly. Then he worked on a small film that came out earlier in the year you may have heard of called The Avengers, which was so successful at box offices around the world, only James Cameron has made a film (two actually) that have grossed more (not counting adjustments for inflation). Naturally, the release of The Avengers on home video has many of its fans salivating to get their hands on it, so the studio has released
Turner Classic Movies' 10th annual August showcase features 27 films never before seen on the channel.
For normal people, August is all about beaches, barbeques and basking in the sun. But for classic-film fans like me, in front of the TV is the place to be this month, as Turner Classic Movies presents Summer Under the Stars, a four-week block party of star-specific movie marathons. With 31 days dedicated to 31 different performers, SUTS is the perfect staycation for movie maniacs. Full days (each beginning at 6:00 AM EDT) are dedicated to old reliables like Marilyn Monroe (this Saturday, August 4), James Cagney (August 14), and Gary Cooper (August 26), as well as lesser-known personalities, like early 1930s Warner Bros. leading lady Kay
Animation Domination is right.
Following in the footsteps of Warner Bros. TV, 20th Century Fox Television has released their roster of panels for the 2012 San Diego Comic Con, and the three-day schedule looks awfully slight in comparison. Now, Wednesday is Preview Night, which traditionally sees little programming take place because the Exhibition Hall is the main focus, but Thursday is the first full day of the convention, so it's not clear why that day is free of Fox TV. Of course, more panels could still be announced as the convention approaches. The limited variety of programs also makes Fox look weak in comparison
Comic Con is coming.
As the anger and sadness generated from the infuriating clustercusses that are ticket sales and hotel reservations for Comic-Con International: San Diego continue to haunt folks shut out this year, those of us lucky enough to attend have to deal with the insanity that is the event itself. That involves making plans for what panels and events to attend, which should include back-up options because it's not likely someone can do everything they would like to. Warner Brothers Television has provided a nice teaser for their convention programming as they reveal what series will have panels and where there will
A new take on the character is revealed.
Today's is a good day if you like superheroes. The Merry Marvel Movie Marathon is currently rolling along across the United States, as the films featuring the solo outings of Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America lead into a mdnight screening of Marvel's The Avengers. Before that final film begins, it will be preceded by the third trailer for The Dark Knight Rises, which made its way onto the Internet a few days ago. Not wanting to be left out of the superhero hype, Sony has debuted the third trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man on the Internet also