To call La La Land amazing would be an understatement. Damien Chazelle’s new LA-set musical is absolute perfection. La La Land proves that Chazelle’s Whiplash was no fluke. Written and directed by Chazelle, the cast features Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, Finn Wittrock, Callie Hernandez, Sonoya Mizuno, Jessica Rothe, Tom Everett Scott, Josh Pence, and JK Simmons. This has been a project that was six years in the making for Chazelle. Without…"La La Land: Damien Chazelle’s Musical is Absolute Perfection"
Jyn Erso kicks ass in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the stand-alone anthology film that paves the way for the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. This may contain spoilers for Rogue One. Rogue One is the first Star Wars opening crawl to be given a live-action adaptation. This film did not disappoint at all. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) provides the franchise with another strong independent woman. One that young women can look…"Rogue One: Spoiler-Filled Thoughts of Star Wars Prequel"
Bridey Elliott, a member of the famed Elliott family in comedy, has turned to Kickstarter to finance Clara’s Ghost. The project’s goal of $30,000 needs to be raised by 1:32 AM EST on Monday, January 16, 2017. Set over the course of a single evening at the Reynolds’ Family home in suburban Connecticut, Clara’s Ghost tells the story of Clara Reynolds who, fed up with constant ribbing from her self-centered showbiz family, finds solace in…"Bridey Elliott to direct family in Clara’s Ghost"
It was reported yesterday by The Hollywood Reporter that David Ayer would be re-teaming with Margot Robbie on Gotham City Sirens, a movie that would feature all the female villains of the DC Universe. Robbie’s Harley Quinn was the breakout star in Suicide Squad this summer. Robbie was likely the best thing from Suicide Squad, which was horribly trashed by the critics but went on to gross nearly $750 million worldwide. In addition to Quinn,…"Gotham City Sirens in the works for DC Comics with Margot Robbie"
The SAG Award nominations were announced this morning and they were not without some shockers. The biggest shock of all was Emily Blunt’s performance in October’s The Girl on the Train being nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. Natalie Portman, Meryl Streep, Annette Bening, and Emma Stone were seen as locks for nominations. With Amy Adams, Ruth Negga, and Isabelle Huppert also in contention, it was a big question…"23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations: Analysis"
Common and Sophia Bush announced the nominations this morning for the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, to be held live Sunday, January 29, 2017 on TBS and TNT. THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role CASEY AFFLECK / Lee Chandler – “MANCHESTER BY THE SEA” (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions) ANDREW GARFIELD / Desmond Doss – “HACKSAW RIDGE” (Lionsgate) RYAN GOSLING / Sebastian –“LA LA LAND” (Lionsgate) VIGGO…"23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations"
The last few years have not been kind to Will Smith and Collateral Beauty proves to be no exception. To be honest, this movie kept putting me to sleep repeatedly while I viewed it last night. If you want to see a movie that deals with loss and grief, please go watch Manchester by the Sea instead. David Frankel directs from a screenplay by Allan Loeb. The star-studded cast includes Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley,…"Collateral Beauty: It’s a Yawner"
This morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 2017 Golden Globe Awards for the films and television in the year ending in a few weeks. My own personal opinion of the HFPA not withstanding, there are some definite snubs on both the film and television fronts. With the films being separated into both comedy and drama, there can be some surprises that won’t otherwise be considered for the Oscars. I tend…"2017 Golden Globe Awards: Quick Take Analysis"
The Critics’ Choice Awards is usually one of the pre-cursors to February’s Academy Awards ceremony, airing on ABC. The 300-plus member Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) of television, radio, and online film critics voted on the awards and they usually do a better job than the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in my opinion. That being said, this telecast is one that tends to air in January rather than December. Hosted by comedian T.J. Miller, the…"22nd Critics Choice Awards: The Way Too Early Analysis"
Moana is the 56th animated film to be released by Walt Disney Animation Studios and it continues the studio’s reign of animated hits as it enters Disney lore. Disney veteran directors Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess & the Frog) directed the animated musical, set across the Pacific Ocean. They were joined by co-directors Don Hall and Chris Williams. The voice cast is led by Auli‘i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson.…"Moana: The Ocean Comes Calling"