The controversy surrounding comedian Kevin Hart and the Oscars continue to grow following the comedian’s appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. There have been no shortage of opinions being offered, be it Tre’vell Anderson, Ira Madison III, Don Lemon, David Mack, Harry Cook, and many more. I echo many of their thoughts but especially this one: Ellen DeGeneres does not speak for the entire LGBTQ population. The original backlash started when people found some of…"Kevin Hart and the Oscars Host Controversy"
The motion pictures and television nominees for the 2019 Producers Guild Awards were announced on Friday afternoon. The Producers Guild Awards will take place on January 19, 2019. The Producers Guild Awards are considered to be a strong prognosticator when it comes to the Oscars. As the Oscar field expanded to ten, the Producers Guild Awards also followed suit in their awards. Since the first Producers Guild Awards ceremony in 1989, 20 winners have gone…"2019 Producers Guild Awards: The Nominees"
When it comes to setting films in the future, there’s a challenge that comes with dating it in which the technology is able to catch up. This is a problem that comes with films such as Back to the Future and Blade Runner to name a few. We don’t have flying cars. Los Angeles hasn’t become a dystopia. But somehow, Biff Tannen has been elected as the President of the United States. I don’t think…"Setting Films in the Future: The Challenge"
According to the 2018 Celluloid Ceiling Report, only 8% of women accounted for directors among the top 250 grossing films. The 21st annual study was sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at the San Diego State University. The findings by Dr. Martha M. Lauzen are not a surprise if you’ve been following the representation of women in film. Overall, there was some improvement with a 2% increase in overall…"2018 Celluloid Ceiling Report: Women Account for 8% of Directors"
Films under the Disney umbrella earned over $3 billion at the box office in 2018 but the company is looking to exceed expectations in 2019. When one looked at the 2018 calendar, Disney films accounted for at least one film every month. As pointed out by The Big Picture, Disney CEO Bob Iger tightened things down to the point that the studio releases about a dozen films a year or less. The Mouse didn’t release…"The Walt Disney Company Will Own The 2019 Box Office"
If there’s a list that I don’t like having to put together, it’s list of the worst films in 2018. I say this because cast and crews put hard work into their craft of making these motion pictures. Sometimes, the final result isn’t close to what we would like these films to be. There is one film that I gave a lot of thought to putting on my list. Ultimately, I chose not to do…"The Worst Films of 2018"
The 2019 Sundance Film Festival has added a few more films to the schedule while also naming the films scheduled to open on Day One of the fest on January 24, 2019. The press release follows: Sundance Institute adds five feature films and a Special Event to the 2019 Sundance Film Festival’s robust slate of independent work today, alongside announcing the winner of the 2019 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, seven Day One films…"Sundance 2019: More Features Added, Opening Night Announced"
The Alliance of Women Film Journalists announced the nominations for the AWFJ EDA Awards 2018 with The Favourite leading with 11 nominations. The winners will be announced on January 10, 2019. AWFJ BEST OF AWARDS These awards are presented to women and/or men without gender consideration. Best Film BLACKkKLANSMAN THE FAVOURITE GREEN BOOK LEAVE NO TRACE ROMA VICE Best Director Alfonso Cuaron – ROMA Debra Granik – LEAVE NO TRACE Yorgos Lanthimos – THE FAVOURITE…"AWFJ Announces EDA Awards 2018 Nominations"
A few weeks ago, I contributed to the IndieWire critics survey and discussed how Eva Vives’ All About Nina for the most under-appreciated films of 2018. I’m not going to re-post what I wrote even though it’s a damn shame that Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s name is not a part of the conversation. I will say that even to this day, Winstead’s performance as Nina Geld is one of the best performances of the year. When I first…"Mary Elizabeth Winstead is Awards-Worthy in All About Nina"
The Music Box Theatre in Chicago will close out 2018 and ring in the new year with a number of live-action Disney films, including Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Return to Oz, Newsies, Heavyweights, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. According to the Music Box Theatre, tickets will be as priced: $11 General Admission $9 Seniors $7 for Members & Kids under 12 Film and Showtime Information: BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS (Robert Stevenson,…"Disney Films Come to the Music Box Theatre"