Sisters of the Force: My Star Wars Story

Ashley Eckstein took to the stage during Star Wars Celebration for Sisters of the Force to celebrate the women of the Star Wars universe. Almost as soon as the voice of Ahsoka Tano took to the stage for the Sisters of the Force panel, she told the mostly female audience that “Star Wars is for everyone.” The actress couldn’t be more right. All one has to do is look at the online vitriol.  This has…

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Oscars 2020: Shortlists Announced

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced shortlists in consideration for the 92nd Academy Awards (Oscars) in nine categories. The announced shortlists for the Oscars included the following categories: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, International Feature Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film and Visual Effects. The nominations voting for the Oscars will take place Thursday, January 2, 2020 through Tuesday, January…

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SAG Awards: Nominees Announced for 2019

The nominees were announced this morning for the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG Awards) and will be held on January 19, 2020. The SAG Awards are one of the pre-cursors to focus on heading into the Oscar nominations announcement because they have the biggest overlap with the actors’ branch of the Academy.  Because of this, a takeaway from the SAG Awards announcement is that Taron Egerton is very much back in the race…

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ACE Eddie Awards: Nominees Announced for 2019

The nominees were announced for the 70th Annual ACE Eddie Awards this morning and will be presented by the American Cinema Editors in January. American Cinema Editors (ACE), the honorary society of the world’s top film editors, today announced nominations for the 70th Annual ACE Eddie Awards recognizing outstanding editing in 11 categories of film, television and documentaries. For the first time in ACE’s 70-year history, three foreign language films are among the nominees including…

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New On Home Video (December 10, 2019)

Once Upon A Time In…Hollywood, The Anne Bancroft Collection, and The Cotton Club Encore are among the latest to hit home video. Once Upon A Time In…Hollywood DIRECTOR/SCREENWRITER:  Quentin Tarantino CAST:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, Mike Moh, Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, and Al Pacino 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY AND DIGITAL BONUS MATERIALS Over Twenty Minutes of Additional Scenes Five exclusive behind…

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Critics’ Choice Awards: 2019 Nominations Announced

The nominations for the  25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards were announced this morning with the awards show taking place January 12, 2020. What makes the nominations so special this year is that this is my first year as a member of the Critics’ Choice Association. “This has been a truly great year for television and movies,” said CCA CEO Joey Berlin.  “In every genre, from every viewpoint and distribution platform, brilliant storytellers are challenging and delighting us.  We…

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Sundance 2020: First Wave of Titles Announced

The first wave of 118 titles have been announced for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, taking place January 23-February 2, 2020 in Park City, Utah. Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, said, “Independent artists create and enrich global culture. Their art, which we’re proud to present, can entertain – and much more: it can, illuminate, agitate, and empower. This year’s Festival is full of films that showcase myriad ways for stories to drive…

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AFI Honors Top Films, TV of 2019

The American Film Institute marked their 20th year of honoring excellence by announcing top AFI honorees in both film and television. AFI AWARDS honorees include 10 outstanding films and 10 outstanding TV programs deemed culturally and artistically representative of this year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image. In addition to the 20 honorees, AFI also recognizes PARASITE and FLEABAG with an AFI Special Award, designated for a work of excellence outside the…

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The Solzy Awards for Documentaries in 2019

Rather than wait a few more days until the month of December, The Solzy Awards for Documentaries are being honored this month for 2019. Earlier this month, I voted in my first-ever Critic’s Choice Documentary Awards. Some of these awards do match how I voted during the CCDA. However, there were some instances in which my preferred documentary was not a nominee earlier this month.  In other instances, some of my categories were not a…

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Thanksgiving: A Few Movie Essentials

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is a Thanksgiving staple but a few other films deserve to be included when it comes to Thanksgiving viewing. Moviegoers got lucky in 2018 because not one but two Thanksgiving options were released: Most Likely To Murder and Lez Bomb.  The two films may be comedies but they couldn’t be more different.  However, what is important is that both films take place during Thanksgiving weekend. In Most Likely To Murder, concierge…

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