2019 Producers Guild Awards Winners

The 30th annual Producers Guild Awards are being presented by the Producers Guild of America (PGA) this evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. I’m going to keep updating this page throughout the night.  While the ceremony takes place on the west coast, The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures isn’t typically announced until after midnight on the east coast. Previously announced honors going into tonight’s ceremony include: Milestone…

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Sundance 2019: Carlen May-Mann talks The Rat

Writer-director Carlen May-Mann spoke with Solzy at the Movies ahead of her new short film, The Rat, premiering during the Sundance Film Festival. Congrats on the world premiere of The Rat during Sundance!  How excited are you to bring your short film to the mountain? Carlen May-Mann:  I’m beyond excited to be bringing THE RAT to Sundance! I think I’ve finally stopped waking up every morning convinced that it was all a dream — it…

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All These Small Moments: A Coming-Of-Age Story

Led by an impressive cast, All These Small Moments is a coming-of-age story that marks the directorial debut of Melissa Miller Costanzo. Howie Sheffield (Brendan Meyer) doesn’t have the best family life at the moment.  His parents, Tom (Brian d’Arcy James) and Carla (Molly Ringwald), are either headed towards a separation or divorce if they can’t get it together.  The fighting is so bad that Tom has been relegated to sleeping on the couch.  As…

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2019 SXSW Film Festival Lineup Announced

The 2019 SXSW Film Festival features and episodic premieres lineup has been announced for the festival, running March 8-17, 2019 in Austin, Texas. Among the films and episodics in the initial release, there are some 102 selections that will screen during the dine days.  The rest of the lineup will be announced on February 6, 2019.  There were 2,351 feature-length film submissions, with a total of 8,490 films submitted this year. “As we head into our…

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Adult Life Skills: Jodie Whittaker is Very Impressive

Rachel Tunnard’s feature debut, Adult Life Skills, showcases an impressive performance from Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker. We’re introduced to the stubborn Anna (Jodie Whitaker), shy of her 30th birthday, and living in her mother’s garden shed.  Shed puns!  I suppose the shed is better than living in the basement.  Anyway, she makes videos starring her thumbs. Whatever makes you happy, I guess.  She doesn’t make these videos for anyone else but herself.  We quickly…

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Jason Reitman directing Ghostbusters film

It was reported this evening that Jason Reitman is set to direct a new Ghostbusters film set in the original universe of the 1984 classic. During Comic Con in 2017, director Ivan Reitman said that there would be big things coming, including a new film.  Nothing was given at the time with regards to the film’s specifics.  This is really big news for the Ghostbusters franchise given that this summer marks the 35th anniversary of…

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Who Will Write Our History: The Oyneg Shabes Story

Who Will Write Our History tells the courageous but mostly unknown story of a covert group known as Oyneg Shabes and how they vowed to defeat the Nazis with pen and paper. When we first meet Rachel Auerbach (Jowita Budnik, voiced by Joan Allen), she’s headed to on a train to Warsaw in 1946.  This is three years after the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising that took place in April 1943.  While the war had been over…

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Christopher McQuarrie returning to Mission: Impossible

Christopher McQuarrie is returning to write and direct Tom Cruise and company in another pair of films in the Mission: Impossible franchise. Missions: Accepted#MissionImpossible — Christopher McQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) January 14, 2019 Summer 2021 and Summer 2022 pic.twitter.com/V6SNvZx2La — Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) January 15, 2019 The news comes just one day after McQuarrie accepted the award for Best Action Movie during the Critics’ Choice Awards.  Since taking over the director’s chair from Brad Bird, McQuarrie has…

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An Acceptable Loss: A Political Thriller

Headlined by shining performances from Tika Sumpter and Ben Tavassoli, An Acceptable Loss is full of political thrills in the Chicago-set thriller. A brief prologue introduces us to former US national security advisor, Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Lamm (Tika Sumpter), and her boss, then-Vice President Rachel Burke (Jamie Lee Curtis).  While watching the film, we learn that Lamm authored the controversial and “commission-proof” Burke Doctrine.  It’s because of this that Lamm decides to step away from her position. …

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Oscars 2019: What do the Critics Choice Awards mean?

As we approach the Oscars, the awards landscape is looking to get locked in following the Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony airing on Sunday night. As the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) made their picks known during the Critics’ Choice Awards, things were noticeably different from last week’s Golden Globes Ceremony.  Most tellingly, Bohemian Rhapsody was completely shut out.  It’s a safe bet that the the film likely did not have a shot winning best picture. …

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