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Alfonso Cuarón: First Mexican DGA Award Winner in Feature Film Category

Directors Guild of America Award winner Alfonso Cuarón and last year's DGA Award winner Ben Affleck Alfonso Cuarón wins 2014 DGA Award for 'Gravity' As expected, Alfonso Cuarón won the 2014 Directors Guild of America Award for the blockbuster Gravity at a Jan. 25 ceremony held at Los Angeles' Hyatt […]

Kristen Stewart 'Camp X-Ray' Reviews: Performances Praised at Sundance Film Festival

'Camp X-Ray': Kristen Stewart and Peyman Moaadi praised, but mixed reviews for Sundance 2014 political drama (image: Kristen Stewart in 'Camp X-Ray') The Guardian's Xan Brooks wasn't too crazy about first-time feature film director Peter Sattler's Camp X-Ray, screened at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival last week, though he did […]

Ziyi Zhang: Golden Horse Awards' Best Actress +Singapore Oscar Entry Is Surprising Best Picture

Golden Horse Awards: Singapore's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission wins Best Picture Surprisingly, the 2013 Golden Horse Award for Best Picture was given to 29-year-old Singaporean director Anthony Chen's feature film debut Ilo Ilo at a ceremony held Saturday night, Nov. 23, in Taipei. Four rounds of voting were […]

Best Live Action Short Film Oscar: Martin Freeman Movie Among Semi-Finalists

Best Live Action Short Film semi-finalists: Oscar 2014 Last week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 10 live action short films remained in the running for the 2014 Academy Awards. Among the semi-finalists, topics and characters include African child soldiers (That Wasn't Me), a troubled Italian […]

'Tell No One' Remake: 'Jane Got a Gun' Gavin O'Connor to Direct?

'Tell No One' thriller to get Hollywood remake (image: 'Tell No One' 2006, with François Cluzet and Marie-Josée Croze) Gavin O'Connor, among whose credits are Tumbleweeds, Warrior, and the upcoming Natalie Portman action drama Jane Got a Gun, “is in negotiations” to direct Universal and Warner Bros.' thriller Tell No […]

Robert Pattinson 'Maps to the Stars' Movie Gets Toronto Screening & German Distribution

Robert Pattinson and David Cronenberg 'Maps to the Star's gets German distribution, Toronto screening Starring Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore, John Cusack, and Mia Wasikowska, Maps to the Stars has found a German distributor. Screen Daily reports that Christian Meinke's MFA+ has acquired the rights to the David Cronenberg-directed Hollywood satire […]

Andy Kaufman Alive? Death Hoax?

Andy Kaufman alive? Or Andy Kaufman hoax? New York City-born comedian Andy Kaufman, little known outside the United States but well-remembered in the U.S. by those who watched the late '70s / early '80s television series Taxi, is alive, married, and has a (previously unknown) grown daughter who goes by […]

James Bond and Judi Dench (M) Save the Free World: 'Philomena' Gets Lighter MPAA Rating

Judi Dench as M in Funny or Die James Bond video James Bond spoof helps to rescue 'Philomena' from the evil claws of the Motion Picture Association of America James Bond, savior of the Free World, was just recently back, fighting the forces of undemocratic darkness. No, not in a […]

Bruce Dern 'Nebraska' Tribute: AFI FEST

Bruce Dern in 'Nebraska': AFI FEST 2013 highlight The Los Angeles-based AFI FEST, which kicked off last Thursday, Nov. 7, continues until next Thursday. On Monday, Nov. 11, the highlight of AFI FEST 2013 is Alexander Payne's Nebraska (7:00 p.m. at TCL Chinese Theatre), likely to earn a Best Actor […]

'Iron Man' 2008: Military as 'Rock Stars'

'Iron Man' 2008: The Air Force as 'rock stars' (See previous post: “The American Military at the Movies: The Pentagon-Hollywood Complex.”) Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. are connected to the Pentagon by way of the Air Force-aided Iron Man (2008), and so is Dakota Fanning “at the side of […]

Kristen Stewart 'Sils Maria' Set Photos

Kristen Stewart: 'Sils Maria' set photos Kristen Stewart co-stars opposite Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) and Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, the upcoming Carrie remake) in Olivier Assayas' Sils Maria, a psychological drama currently being filmed in Germany and Switzerland. A Kristen Stewart fan site on Twitter has posted […]

'Nymphomaniac' Shia LaBeouf Sex Scene Photo 'Teaser'

'Nymphomaniac': Shia LaBeouf sex scene teaser, courtesy of Lars von Trier (image: Stacy Martin and Shia LaBeouf in 'Nymphomaniac') A PG-rated (okay, PG13-rated) still – or publicity shot – from Lars von Trier's (reportedly) sexually explicit Nymphomaniac, starring Shia LaBeouf and newcomer Stacy Martin, was recently posted on the film's […]

Kristen Stewart Guantanamo Movie Gets Handsome Muslim Inmate

Peyman Moaadi Kristen Stewart movie Camp X-Ray reportedly gets leading man: Peyman Moaadi June 24, '13, update: Two Kristen Stewart movie projects were announced a couple of weeks ago: Olivier Assayas' psychological drama Sils Maria, to co-star Juliette Binoche and Chloë Grace Moretz, and writer-director Peter Sattler's political drama Camp […]

Oscar Watch: 'Fruitvale Station,' 'The Butler' & Other Harvey Weinstein Goodies

Cannes Film Festival 2013: Harvey Weinstein's Academy Awards Preview Show (Image: Fruitvale Station, with Michael B. Jordan) Harvey Weinstein's Cannes Film Festival Coming Attractions Special, a showcase of upcoming The Weinstein Company releases, is now regarded as one of the Croisette's key film events. Because it provides a hint at […]

Cannes Film Festival: 'The Bling Ring' & Jewel Heist

Cannes Film Festival 2013 highlight? (Image: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim in Asghar Farhadi's The Past) So far, what's the most memorable event at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival? Perhaps the screening of Asghar Farhadi's Palme d'Or competitor The Past, starring The Artist's Bérénice Bejo (replacing Marion Cotillard) and A Prophet's […]

Pope Francis Movie in the Works? + Pope Movies

Pope Francis Pope Francis movie in the works? Friend of the Poor: The Pope Francis Story is the working title of a projected English-language biopic about the recently elected pope, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires. According to the National Catholic Register's Joseph Pronechen, German-born producer and Catholic convert […]

'Guys and Dolls' Remake with Channing Tatum & Joseph Gordon-Levitt?

Guys and Dolls remake supposedly to star Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (image: Channing Tatum in Magic Mike) Guys and Dolls will be brought back to the big screen by way of 20th Century Fox, according to Back in 1955, Joseph L. Mankiewicz directed for independent producer Samuel Goldwyn a […]

European Film Awards 2013 New Category: Best European Comedy

Daniel Brühl in Good Bye, Lenin! European Film Awards 2013 gets new category: Best European Comedy Perhaps inspired by the U.S.-based Broadcast Film Critics Association (of the populist Critics' Choice Awards) or perhaps the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (of the populist Golden Globes), the European Film Academy has added a […]

'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse': Blockbuster Among Best Movies of 1920s

Alice Terry and Rudolph Valentino in 'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.' 'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse': Rex Ingram's blockbuster – one of the best movies of 1921 BEST FILM The Affairs of Anatol The Conquering Power The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Nobody   BEST DIRECTOR Cecil B. […]

'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari': Expressionistic Classic Among Best Films of 1920

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with Lil Dagover, Conrad Veidt, and Werner Krauss 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari': Robert Wiene's expressionistic classic is one of the best movies of 1920 BEST FILM The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari / Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari Conrad in Quest of His Youth The […]

'World War Z' Trailer HD: Where's Iron Man?

World War Z World War Z trailer HD: Brad Pitt vs. Zombies - but where's Iron Man? World War Z, the troubled production directed by Marc Forster and starring Brad Pitt fooling around with a bunch of zombies, has a new trailer. Well, maybe not so new. The World War […]

'The Host' Reviews: Dismal Rotten Tomatoes Approval Rating

Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons kiss 'The Host' reviews: Dismal 6 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics “Dopey, derivative and dull, The Host is a brazen combination of unoriginal science-fiction themes, young-adult pandering and bottom-line calculation,” writes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times. And that's one of […]

'Broken Blossoms,' Lillian Gish & Richard Barthelmess: Best Movies of the 1910s

'Broken Blossoms': Lillian Gish and Richard Barthelmess star in D.W. Griffith's 1919 melodrama about doomed interethnic love and dysfunctional family relationships – one of the best movies of the 1910s BEST FILM Broken Blossoms The Hoodlum The Italian Little Pal Old Wives for New A Romance of the Redwoods Sold […]

Best Films of…

Best Films of… (Image: Poster art for Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors: Red / Trois couleurs: Rouge, with Irène Jacob) Alt Film Guide's “Best Films of …” lists, which we'll be updating and reposting in the coming weeks, consist of highly personal and highly eclectic suggestions of films, oftentimes lesser-known titles, […]

Nicole Kidman Princess Grace: Best Actress Oscar Nominee? + Steven Spielberg Cannes President

Grace of Monaco Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly. Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco: Oscar 2014 Best Actress nominee? Nicole Kidman Best Actress Academy Award nominee (possibly winner) in early 2014 for playing Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco. Too soon? Hardly. Heck, it feels like 3014 […]

DGA Awards: Ben Affleck + Milos Forman & Michael Apted

Ben Affleck: DGA Awards. Ben Affleck Tops DGA Awards' 2013 winners Ben Affleck, not nominated for a Best Director Academy Award this year (or any other year), has won the Directors Guild of America's 2013 DGA Award in the feature-film category. Vying for the same award were multiple DGA Award […]

Norah Jones Grammy Winner + Barbra Streisand Big Comeback Story: Academy Awards

Norah Jones. Norah Jones: Grammy winner to sing Ted song at 2013 Oscar ceremony Norah Jones, the Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, will perform Walter Murphy and Seth MacFarlane's “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from the movie Ted at the Oscar 2013 ceremony, telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron […]

SAG Awards: Anne Hathaway & Daniel Day-Lewis + Political Thriller Cast

Anne Hathaway Les Misérables. SAG Awards winners 2013 Anne Hathaway & Tommy Lee Jones The SAG Awards 2013 are currently being held at the Shrine Exposition Center, just south of downtown Los Angeles. One of the key Academy Award precursors, SAG Award winners have usually gone on to take home […]

Tabloid Journalism & Studio-Manufactured Hollywood Affairs

Long history of real and manufactured box-office-boosting off-screen romances Long before tabloids and tabloid-wannabes took over as the purveyors of entertainment “news,” throughout the decades the studios themselves have publicized idyllic off-screen love stories, whether real or manufactured, featuring the stars of their latest releases. Not infrequently, those had the […]

Weinstein Oscar Lead Continues

Oscar 2013 nominations Performance by an actor in a leading role Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook" Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln" Hugh Jackman in “Les Misérables" Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master" Denzel Washington in “Flight" Performance by an actor in a supporting role Alan Arkin in “Argo" Robert De Niro […]

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2' Breaks Brazil Record, Top Six Movies Ever

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Breaking Dawn - Part 2 among top six movies in Brazilian box office 'history' Jan. 6, '13, update: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner are back together for the last time in Breaking Dawn - Part 2. The […]

Emmanuelle Riva & Amy Adams: National Society of Film Critics Winners

The National Society of Film Critics can be a classy, discerning voting body when its members feel like it. And that happens much more frequently than with most other U.S.-based film critics groups, including the better known and increasingly more mundane New York Film Critics Circle (though there's quite a […]

Best Live Action Short Oscar: Children of Famous Parents in the Running + DC vs. Marvel Visual Effects

Edoardo Ponti, Nastassja Kinski, Enrico Lo Verso The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars. Edoardo Ponti & Bryce Dallas Howard live action shorts among 11 movies still in contention for Oscar 2013 A Brazilian inmate trying to convince his mother to get him a cell phone, two young Afghans' rite of […]

Daniel Radcliffe Gay Poet + Doha Tribeca Offers Religion & Politics

'Kill Your Darlings' Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg. Daniel Radcliffe 'Kill Your Darlings,' Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, and producer Stephenie Meyer: Sundance 2013 movies Beasts of the Southern Wild, Keep the Lights On, Middle of Nowhere, Safety Not Guaranteed, Smashed, The Sessions (then known as “The Surrogate”), How to Survive […]

'Independent' Spirit Awards: What $20 Million Cap?

Silver Linings Playbook with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence Spirit Awards: 'Silver Linings Playbook' receives key nominations Silver Linings Playbook, Keep the Lights On, and Moonrise Kingdom were the only three movies to receive nominations for Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Screenplay for the 2013 Spirit Awards. Additionally, all […]

Osama bin Laden Movies & Japanese-American Concentration Camp + Catherine Deneuve & Harvey Keitel Pairing

Zero Dark Thirty poster: Kathryn Bigelow's mystery movie about the story everyone (sort of) knows The Zero Dark Thirty poster has just come out. Plot details about the upcoming Kathryn Bigelow-directed feature, however, have been scarce – or downright nonexistent. Zero Dark Thirty: Echoes of The Hurt Locker Zero Dark […]

Jodie Foster: Cecil B. DeMille Award Recipient Defends Kristen Stewart & Mel Gibson

Jodie Foster: 2012 Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient Jodie Foster will be the next Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced – by way of Foster's Panic Room co-star Kristen Stewart and Simon Baker. A two-time Golden Globe winner, Jodie Foster will be honored at […]

'Sons of Anarchy' Johnny Lewis Dead at 28

Johnny Lewis dead at 28: Sons of Anarchy actor falls to his death after allegedly killing 81-year-old landlady Johnny Lewis, best known for playing Kip 'Half Sack' Epps in the FX series Sons of Anarchy, died on Wednesday, Sept. 26, after falling off the roof of a home in the […]

Oscar Dates: Earlier Nominations

Oscar 2013 dates announced The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced key dates for the 2013 Academy Awards. One interesting alteration was the date of the Oscar 2013 nominations: Jan. 10, instead of the previously announced Jan. 15. (Please scroll down to check out the Oscar 2013 […]

Sidney Poitier Movies: 'Cry the Beloved Country'

Sidney Poitier Movies Turner Classic Movies, Tuesday, August 7 6:00 AM CRY, THE BELOVED COUNTRY (1952) A South African minister travels to Johannesburg to find his missing son. Dir.: Zoltan Korda. Cast: Canada Lee, Sidney Poitier, Charles Carson. Black and White-108 minutes. 8:00 AM BLACKBOARD JUNGLE (1955) An idealistic teacher […]

Van Heflin Movies: 'Tennesse Johnson' & 'Act of Violence'

Van Heflin Movies Turner Classic Movies, Monday, August 6 6:00 AM THE OUTCASTS OF POKER FLAT (1937) A former lowlife adopts a child to help him go straight. Dir.: Christy Cabanne. Cast: Preston Foster, Jean Muir, Van Heflin. Black and White-68 minutes. 7:15 AM H.M. PULHAM, ESQ. (1941) A stuffy […]

Kristen Stewart Hot Actress: 'Lie Down in Darkness' Movie

Kristen Stewart hot actress: Lie Down in Darkness movie The media circus surrounding the Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders “affair” continues unabated: Will Robert Pattinson forgive? Will Liberty Ross forget? But the world – and the world of moviemaking – haven't come to a halt because of the “cheating scandal.” […]

John Wayne Films

John Wayne Movies Among the John Wayne movies in the TCM line-up are two John Ford classics: Stagecoach (1939), surely inspired by Guy de Maupassant's Boule de suif, and The Searchers (1956). Turner Classic Movies, Wednesday, August 1 6:00 AM FLYING LEATHERNECKS (1951) A World War II Marine officer drives […]

Gabriel Garko as Rudolph Valentino

Gabriel Garko (photo) will play Rudolph Valentino (a.k.a. Rodolfo Valentino in places like Italy and Brazil) in a two-part Italian TV movie. To be directed by Alessio Inturri for Mediaset, the Valentino project is reportedly to be filmed this year in both Italy and the United States. Gabriel Garko, who'll […]

'The Host' Trailer: Creepy Blue-Eyed People + Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan?

Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, The Host 'The Host' trailer “The Earth is at peace. There are no wars. There's no hunger,” intones Saoirse Ronan in The Host's teaser trailer (see below). “Honesty, courtesy and kindness are practiced by all. The world has never been more perfect. It is no longer […]

Viggo Mortensen & Vanessa Paradis: Genie Awards

Fellag, Monsieur Lazhar Philippe Falardeau's Monsieur Lazhar, the tale of an Algerian immigrant and middle-school teacher who changes the lives of several of his students, won a total of six Genie Awards – the Canadian Oscars – including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Fellag), Best Supporting Actress (Sophie Nélisse), […]

Jean Dujardin Makes Oscar History

Jean Dujardin Jean Dujardin made film-award history after he won the 2012 Best Actor Academy Award for his performance as a fading silent film matinee idol in Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist. But before I proceed, I must say that those who compare Dujardin with former Best Actor Oscar winner Roberto […]

César Awards: 'The Artist' Wins + Jean Dujardin Loses & 'Veteran' Kate Winslet Honored

Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, The Artist Jean Dujardin can't win 'em all. For his (in my humble opinion brilliant) performance as a fading silent film star in Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, he was voted Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival, the British Academy Awards, the SAG Awards, the Golden […]

Watch BAFTA Online Red Carpet Here

This live feed for the 2012 BAFTA Awards red carpet (please scroll down) seems to be working. So, you should be able to watch at least the BAFTA 2012 red carpet arrivals online. If you're in the United Kingdom, you might also want to check out BBC3 at 7:30 p.m. […]

Mia Farrow: The Politics of Boredom

Rick Santorum puts choir kids to sleep. Mia Farrow: 'Gem' picture of Rick Santorum boring whole choir to sleep Mia Farrow is a frequent Twitter twitterer. Earlier today (Feb. 4, '12), for instance, Farrow expressed her disgust at the Chinese and Russian governments' decision to veto United Nations sanctions against […]

THE MUPPETS Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy Ridicule Fox News: Video

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy took a well-deserved swipe at Fox News while taking part at a press conference at London's May Fair Hotel this past January 26. Please scroll down to check out the video. A little while ago, Fox Business Channel's Eric Bolling said the following: “The […]

Watch SAG Awards Online Live Streaming Red Carpet Plus Ceremony Possibilities

Update: When it comes to the red carpet arrivals, you can watch the SAG Awards live-streaming online on TNT on Sunday, Jan. 29, '12, beginning at 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET. The Associated Press will have its own live coverage here. (You must RSVP by providing your email address.) And […]

Watch the Golden Globes Live Streaming Online: A Few Possibilities

How to watch the Golden Globes live streaming online: Here are a few possibilities NBC will broadcast the Golden Globes from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Sunday, Jan. 15, '12, at 5–8 p.m. PT (8–11 p.m. ET). Note for Los Angeles commuters: Santa Monica Boulevard will be closed […]

BAFTA Fellowship: Very Few Women, Very Few Outside UK/Hollywood Film Industry

Alfred Hitchcock on the 'Psycho' set: The very first BAFTA Fellowship recipient. BAFTA Fellowship: Focus on men in the American/British show business industry The first recipient of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' Fellowship, “awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement in the art forms of the moving image,” […]

TCM Cruise: Oscar Winners & Hitchcock Stars + Robert Osborne & Ben Mankiewicz

TCM Cruise group photo (click on the image to enlarge it), from left to right: Bruce Goldstein, New York Film Forum; film critic Alonso Duralde; Harold Lloyd's granddaughter Suzanne Lloyd; Chelsea Hightower of Dancing with the Stars; Best Actor Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine; Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Eva Marie […]

'Shame' & Michael Fassbender Oscar Chances: Academy Preferential Voting System Helps

Carey Mulligan, Michael Fassbender, Shame SHAME, Michael Fassbender, the Oscars: The Academy vs. NC-17 Movies One thing that bears remembering when it comes to the Academy Award nominations is that thanks to the preferential voting system in place, it is perfectly possible – in fact, it's perfectly likely – for […]

Zachary Quinto: Jamey Rodemeyer Anti-Gay Bullying Text

At, Star Trek's Zachary Quinto explains (all in lower case) that the suicide of a gay 14-year-old, Jamey Rodemeyer, in a Buffalo suburb last September prompted him to go public about his sexual orientation. See below. (I've added paragraph breaks to facilitate reading Quinto's text.) [See also Zachary Quinto: […]

Zachary Quinto: Gay Actor Comes Out

Zachary Quinto, Chris W. King before passionate gay kiss in So NoTORIous Star Trek's Dr. Spock, Zachary Quinto, 34, also known for his roles in the television series Heroes and So NoTORIous, has come out “as a gay man.” I have that in quotes because he refers to himself that […]

Ralph Fiennes & David Cronenberg: BFI Fellowship

Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg and British actor-turned-filmmaker Ralph Fiennes (right) will receive the 2011 British Film Institute Fellowship, a sort of Lifetime Achievement Award given by the BFI. Cronenberg and Fiennes will be handed the honor at the London Film Festival. Previous BFI Fellowship recipients include Isabelle Huppert, Michael Powell, […]

Watch the Emmys Online Livestream Behind the Scenes

Glee's Jane Lynch, golden guys in very tight golden shorts Jane Lynch will be hosting the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards this evening at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The Emmy telecast will be aired live on Fox at 8 ET/5 PT. You […]

Scarlett Johansson Naked Pictures Removed; FBI After Hackers

Naked pictures of Scarlett Johansson have recently surfaced online. Now, the FBI is reportedly after those who have hacked into the computer and/or cell phone files of various female celebrities. In addition to Johansson – it isn't clear if the FBI is involved in her particular case – rumored hacker […]

Kennedy Center Honors Recipients: From Marian Anderson to Meryl Streep

The Kennedy Center Honors have been handed out since 1978. Recipients hail from various branches of the American performance art world – including film, stage, music, and dance – even though performers more closely associated with British show business have managed to sneak in every now and then, e.g., Paul […]

Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover, Naomi Watts as Helen Gandy in 'J. Edgar'

Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover, Naomi Watts as Helen Gandy in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar As J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI's notoriously corrupt, rabidly power-hungry topdog, Leonardo DiCaprio looks very much like Leonardo DiCaprio in the above still from Clint Eastwood's Hoover biopic J. Edgar. As Hoover's secretary Helen […]

Brazilian Sex Comedy Blockbuster 'Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands' to Be Remade

Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos / Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, Brazil's biggest box office hit until last year's The Elite Squad 2, will be remade.At the Gramado Film Festival, currently being held in the small southern Brazilian town, actor-director Reginaldo Faria announced that his son, Marcelo Faria, will […]

Channing Tatum & Kate Mara: Toronto Film Festival Line-Up

Americano with Mathieu Demy, Geraldine Chaplin 360 – Fernando Meirelles, World Premiere – Inspired by Arthur Schnitzler's classic La Ronde, in 360, director Fernando Meirelles and screenwriter Peter Morgan combine a modern and dynamic roundelay of original stories into one, linking characters: from different cities and countries in a vivid, […]

Michelle Yeoh & Jane Fonda + Madonna & Brad Pitt: Toronto Film Festival Galas

Albert Nobbs with Glenn Close Albert Nobbs Rodrigo Garcia, World Premiere – A witty Irish-set period drama about the lives of staff at Dublin's most luxurious hotel: the illegitimate child of a maid, a beautiful couple's impossible love, and Albert… a woman who pretends to be a man to survive. […]

LUX Prize Nominations: Wim Wenders & Nanni Moretti + Aki Kaurismäki

Adriano Luz in Raoul Ruiz's The Mysteries of Lisbon At the 46th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, European Parliament member Olga Sehnalová, filmmaker Feo Aladag, actress Sibel Kekilli, and the Karlovy Vary Festival's artistic consultant Eva Zaoralová announced the ten films competing for the 2011 LUX Prize. They are, in […]

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' Final Trailer

Starring Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, and Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort, David Yates' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is the final installment in the Harry Potter film franchinse – and the first in 3D. The video […]

Outfest: Patty Schemel Documentary & Gay Romance 'Weekend'

Chris New, Tom Cullen in Andrew Haigh's Weekend Kathleen Turner, Richard Chamberlain, Esai Morales: Outfest 2011 Outfest 2011's four centerpieces are Maryam Keshavarz's Teheran-set drama Circumstance (U.S. Dramatic), winner of the Dramatic Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year; Andrew Haigh's Weekend (International), a sleeper hit at […]

'Grease' & 'Taxi' Actor Jeff Conaway in Critical Condition After Apparent Drug Overdose

Jeff Conaway, who played opposite John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the 1978 blockbuster Grease, is in critical condition at a hospital in the Los Angeles area following an apparent overdose, reports the Los Angeles Times. Conaway, 60, was also one of the stars of the popular 1980s sitcom Taxi, […]

'The Tree of Life' Reviews

Brad Pitt in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life Below are a snippets from a few The Tree of Life reviews. Terrence Malick's first film since The New World (2005), The Tree of Life stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain. Malick's latest was screened at the Cannes Film […]

Cannes Winner Tops Asian Film Awards


Goya Awards Polemic: Álex de la Iglesia vs. Anti-Piracy Sinde Law, Party Crasher

Álex de la Iglesia: Premios Goya ceremony. A Goya Awards ceremony to remember: Anti-piracy law controversy, party crasher Unlike the staid Bafta ceremony held in London earlier this evening, Feb. 13, '11, the Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 25th Goya Awards ceremony, which took place at Madrid's […]

Ricky Gervais Criticized & Golden Globes TV Ratings Up

Feb. 1 Update: Ricky Gervais announced on his website's “Golden Globes Diary” that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has asked him to return for the third time as host of the Golden Globes ceremony in 2012. Not long afterwards, the HFPA denied Gervais' claim (which may have been made in […]

Hollywood Rules BAFTA Longlists - But No Sandra Bullock?

Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side Looking at this year's British Academy of Film and Television Award longlists, two things become (once again) obvious: a) The British Academy should have its name changed to the “Hollywood Academy.” b) No hype, no glory. [List of BAFTA 2011 longlist titles.] Regarding item a): […]

New York, Los Angeles, National Society of Film Critics: Best Film Matches

Even though New York and Los Angeles critics represent a large percentage of the National Society of Film Critics' voters, only five times in the last 35 years (the Los Angeles Film Critics Association was founded in 1975) have all three major US critics groups agreed on their Best Film […]

'The Elite Squad 2' Dethrones 'Eclipse': Brazilian Blockbuster

Wagner Moura, The Elite Squad 2 José Padilha's Tropa de Elite 2 / The Elite Squad 2, a controversial sequel to the equally controversial 2007 Brazilian blockbuster and Berlin Film Festival winner The Elite Squad, has become the top local production at the Brazilian box office in 2010. According to […]

Vince Vaughn: 'The Dilemma' Gay Joke “Breaks Tension and Brings Us Together”

Queen Latifah, Vince Vaughn, The Dilemma The Dilemma's Vince Vaughn is probably not responsible for the fact that the derogatory #stopthatthatsgay was one of the top ten worldwide trending topics on Twitter on Friday evening. Nor is Vaughn, director Ron Howard, and screenwriter Allan Loeb responsible for the worldwide bullying […]

Why Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Nominations Are Hard to Predict

Javier Bardem in Alejandro González-Iñárritu's Biutiful (top); Stefania Sandrelli, Valerio Mastandrea in Paolo Virzi's The First Beautiful Thing (middle); Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm in Susanne Bier's In a Better World (photo by Per Arnesen) (bottom) Bal / Honey (Turkey), Semih Kaplanoglu Biutiful (Mexico), Alejandro González-Iñárritu Carancho (Argentina), Pablo Trapero In […]

Tom Cruise 'Top Gun' Sequel?

Tom Cruise as Maverick in Tony Scott's Top Gun Paramount Pictures, the studio that brought you (or your parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents) Cecil B. DeMille epics, Billy Wilder comedies and dramas, The Godfather I-III, now brings you … Top Gun II? Well, Vulture says Paramount has “made offers” to both […]

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: Obvious Choices

Semih Kaplanoglu's Bal / Honey Some of the 65 movies vying for the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar are obvious choices. [List of Oscar 2011 Foreign Language Film Submissions.] For instance, Semih Kaplanoglu's Bal / Honey (Turkey) won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival; Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle […]

Morgan Freeman to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby Morgan Freeman, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as Clint Eastwood's wise old pal in the boxing melodrama Million Dollar Baby (2004), will be the 39th recipient of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. Freeman, 73, became a […]

Anderson Cooper (Apparently) Attacks Vince Vaughn's “Gay” Remark in THE DILEMMA Trailer

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, without naming names but apparently referring to Vince Vaughn's upcoming comedy The Dilemma, complained about the negative use of the word “gay” while discussing anti-gay bullying with Ellen DeGeneres on her show. “There was a preview of a movie, and in it, the actor said, 'That's […]

'Lula' Movie: Brazil Controversial Foreign Language Oscar Submission

Lula, The Son of Brazil: Mother Glória Pires and her seven children, including Felipe Falanga (yellow shirt) as the boy Lula Unanimity isn't what it used to be. First, Quentin Tarantino's Venice Film Festival jury unanimously decides to hand out awards to the director's friends. Now comes a unanimous decision […]

Clint Eastwood 'Hereafter' Reviews: Alejandro González Iñárritu Possession?

Bryce Dallas Howard, Matt Damon, Hereafter The Clint Eastwood-Peter Morgan collaboration Hereafter, which involves metaphysical questions and narrative coincidences and convergences, sounds like something Alejandro González Iñárritu would direct from a screenplay by Guillermo Arriaga. Or perhaps something that Fatih Akin would write and direct inspired by González Iñárritu and […]

Tom Sherak Reelected Academy President; Annette Bening Elected Secretary

Tom Sherak was reelected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight (Aug. 3) by the Academy's Board of Governors. This will be Sherak's second consecutive one-year term in that capacity. According to the Academy's press release, Sherak is beginning his eighth year as a governor representing […]

Roman Polanski Set Free, Samantha Geimer Responds

Roman Polanski, 76, will not be extradited to the United States following a decision by the Swiss Justice Ministry. In September 2009, Polanski – among whose efforts are Knife in the Water, Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, Tess, and The Pianist – was arrested upon arrival in Zurich, where he was to […]

Sensual Argentinean Gay Drama 'Plan B,' Religious Bigotry in 'Children of God': Outfest

Manuel Vignau, Lucas Ferraro in Marco Berger's Plan B (top); Fernanda Cardoso's Bloomington (bottom) Synopses from the Outfest website for Saturday, July 10. Plan B Best-laid plans are put to the test in this topsy-turvy romantic comedy from Argentina. After being dumped by Anna, Bruno secretly befriends Anna's new boyfriend […]

Incestuous Gay Brothers, Wild Women's Prison & George Takei in Bed: Outfest

Rafael Cardoso and João Gabriel Vasconcellos in Aluízio Abranches' From Beginning to End. Aluízio Abranches' Do Começo ao Fim / From Beginning to End, Donatella Maiorca's Viola di mare / Purple Sea, Steve Balderson's Stuck!, and the two short film showcases “Queerer Than Fiction” and “Flesh 4 Fantasy” are among […]

Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr & France Nuyen at 'South Pacific' Screening

Host/Center Theatre Group's artistic director Michael Ritchie, and actors France Nuyen (A Girl Named Tamiko, The Joy Luck Club), Mitzi Gaynor (There's No Business Like Show Business, Les Girls), John Kerr (Tea and Sympathy, opposite Deborah Kerr – no relation), and Rod Gilfry prior to the Academy of Motion Picture […]

Aamir Khan '3 Idiots' Sweeps Bollywood's Controversial IIFA Awards

Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi, R. Madhavan, 3 Idiots (top); Amitabh Bachchan, Paa (bottom) Rajkumar Hirani's 3 Idiots, an “inspirational” friendship comedy-drama starring Aamir Khan and one of India's biggest blockbusters, won 16 Indian Film Academy Awards, including best film, best director, and best screenplay. The 2010 IIFA ceremony was held […]

'Mahler on the Couch' & Silverdocs Documentary Festival

Percy Adlon and Felix O. Adlon's Mahler auf der Couch / Mahler on the Couch will be screened as part of Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival at the REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles on Thu., June 24, at 8:00 p.m., Regal 1, and on Sat., June 26, at 1:45 […]

South-East European Film Festival: Lesbian Documentary & War Drama

Kostana Banovic's Hopsctoch. The 2010 edition of Los Angeles' South-East European Film Festival (website) continues this evening with screenings of three US premieres beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut in the Mid-Wilshire Area: Kostana Banovic's Ploha / Hopscotch, Mariá Takács' Secret Years, and Zvonimir Juric and Goran Devic's The […]

James Cameron & Xingu Indians vs. Lula & Brazilian Government

Avatar's Pandora. James Cameron and Avatar co-star Sigourney Weaver were recently in Brazil, where the director joined protesters against the building of a gigantic dam on the Amazon's Xingu River; the Belo Monte dam would destroy the local environment and displace tens of thousands of local Indians. Cameron went as […]

Cannes Un Certain Regard: Manoel de Oliveira, 101, Xavier Dolan, 21

More from Cannes 2010. The Un Certain Regard sidebar promises to be about as interesting as – if not more interesting than – the main competition. What with Jean-Luc Godard's documentary Socialisme and Cristi Puiu's Aurora. Not to mention 101-year-old Manoel de Oliveira (Angelica) competing with 21-year-old Xavier Dolan (Heartbeats). […]

German Film Awards: Michael Haneke Nazis-in-the-Making Drama Tops Nominations

The White Ribbon. The White Ribbon, Michael Haneke's depiction of rural Germany on the eve of World War I – and how the cute (if dangerous) little children of that era grew into the Nazis and their followers of the 1930s and 1940s – received 13 nominations for the Lolas, […]

'The Hurt Locker' Oscar Controversy: Producer Nicolas Chartier Vote-Soliciting Email

Feb. 27 update Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker The Hurt Locker producer Nicolas Chartier will be facing some sort of punishment from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences following multiple e-mails he sent out asking Academy members to vote for the Kathryn Bigelow-directed Iraq War […]

French Prison Drama Beats Oscar Favorites: London Film Critics Awards' Winners

Avatar may be the world's box office ruler, but it surely wasn't ruler of anything at the London Film Critics' Circle Awards held this evening in, where else, London. The London Critics' best film of 2009? Jacques Audiard's prison drama A Prophet, the first French-made production to win the Circle's […]

'Avatar' Performance Capture and the Oscars

Actors with faces but without voices can't be nominated for Oscars. Actors with voices but without faces can, but don't get nominated for Oscars. Ingrid Thulin couldn't have been nominated for The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse because she was dubbed by Angela Lansbury. The same goes for the widely […]

Kristen Stewart, Abbie Cornish & Carey Mulligan: 'Racist' 'Vanity Fair' Cover

First a furor over Avatar, now Vanity Fair. It's February, Black History Month, and Vanity Fair dares to put nine young lily white up-and-coming actresses on its March (don't ask) cover: Kristen Stewart, Abbie Cornish, Anna Kendrick, Rebecca Hall, Carey Mulligan, Mia Wasikowska, Amanda Seyfried, Emma Stone, and Evan Rachel […]