February 28, 2010

Johnny Depp adds another film to his slate, and takes his wife along for the ride...

...as she will be starring in the film as well. Here's the story from Coming Soon:

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis will star in My American Dream, to be directed by Lasse Hallström . Depp and Paradis have been together for 12 years and have two kids. Hallström previously directed Depp in What's Eating Gilbert Grape.

Depp said that "Vanessa plays the French feminist Simone de Beauvoir and I play her lover Nelson Algren who is real macho." He's expected to make the film in 2011.

The actor is currently shooting The Tourist and will follow that thriller with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

About the fourth "Pirates" installment, Depp said: "In the earlier films there were so many subplots that the audience, and even I, was sometimes confused. The next part is fun, a lot of fun."

In related news, Hallström has reportedly replaced Tomas Alfredson in the director's chair for The Danish Girl as well. The sex-change drama stars Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow.


Jack-in-the-Box Office for the weekend of February 26-28

Filmgoers spent another weekend on "Shutter Island," as the film was the top film at the box office for the second week in a row. The film grossed another $22.2 million to stay in the top spot, bringing its domestic total to $75 million and its worldwide total to $79.6. At least from a financial standpoint, Paramount's decision do push the film to 2010 has paid off, as the film will now easily make it $80 million investment back. After Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, and Ben Kingsley all enjoyed their biggest opening weekends to date, "Shutter Island" currently stands as Scorsese's fifth highest-grossing film of all time, DiCaprio's sixth, and Ruffalo and Kingsley's second (behind "Collateral" and "Schindler's List" respectively"). In yearly rankings, "Shutter Island" is now the third-highest-grossing film of the year, behind "Valentine's Day" and "The Book of Eli".

In second place is the opening weekend of Kevin Smith's latest film "Cop Out" which made $18.5 million. Not only does this look to bring a promising return on Warner Brothers' $30 million dollar investment, but this also marks Kevin Smith's biggest opening weekend to date.

In third place was the opening weekend of "The Crazies" which made $16.5 million. This is impressive for a horror film in general, as well as for a re-make that lacks the brand name of "Friday the 13th" or "The Wolfman". Though it's unclear exactly who made the investment, they're likely to see a handsome return on the film's $20 million dollar budget, as well will Overture Films, who distributed it.

Rounding out the top five was "Avatar" in fourth place which grossed $14 million this weekend to bring its domestic total to over $700 million dollars, and "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief" which grossed $9.8 million to bring its domestic total to $71 million. Fox is more likely celebrating its worldwide total of $138 million, a substantially higher figure than the budget of $95 million.

Winning the per-theater-average race for the second week in a row was Roman Polanski's film "The Ghost Writer" which took in $870,000 on 43 screens for an average of over $20,000 per-screen and a domestic total of $1.1 million. In second place was the opening weekend of "A Prophet" the French film that could easily win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film next Sunday. The film earned $170,000 on nine screens, an average of over $18,000 per screen.

Also opening this week on 15 screens was the thriller starring James Van Der Beek,"Formosa Betrayed". The film made $69,000 dollars for an average of $4,600 per-screen.

Looking forward, next week is the opening of "Alice in Wonderland" and Oscar night. How will Tim Burton's latest film shake up the box office? Will this year's Oscar nominees get a boost on the big weekend? Please share your thoughts with us and we'll see you at the movies.

The Cinema Audio Society Awards honor The Hurt Locker for its sound!

This also throws a monkey wrench into the tech categories (though I've long predicted a split between Avatar and The Hurt Locker). The full winners are here, but with The Hurt Locker taking the Sound Mixing award at this precursor, I could definitely see it winning with Oscar and making my prediction less of a long shot.

The American Society of Cinematographers honors The White Ribbon with its top prize!

This is definitely a surprise, as the race was thought to have been between Avatar and The Hurt Locker, though to be fair The White Ribbon has a lot of supporters. The Cinematography category at the Oscars might have just gotten more interesting...

'A Prophet' does quite well at the Cesar Awards...

...as seen by this tally:

Best Film: “A Prophet”
Best Director: Jacques Audiard, “A Prophet”
Best Actor: Tahar Rahim, “A Prophet”
Best Actress: Isabelle Adjani, “Skirt Day”
Best Supporting Actor: Niels Arestrup, “A Prophet”
Best Supporting Actress: Emmanuelle Devos, “In the Beginning”
Best Original Screenplay: Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Abdel Raouf Dafri and Nicolas Peufaillit, “A Prophet”
Best Adapted Screenplay: Stephane Brize and Florence Vignon, “Mademoiselle Chambon”
Best Foreign Film: “Gran Torino”
Best Documentary: “Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno”
Best First Film: “The French Kissers”
Best Breakthrough Actor: Tahar Rahim, “A Prophet”
Best Breakthrough Actress: Melanie Thierry, “One for the Road”
Best Original Score: Armand Amar, “The Concert”
Best Cinematography: Stephane Fontaine, “A Prophet”
Best Film Editing: Juliette Welfling, “A Prophet”
Best Art Direction: Michel Barthelemy, “A Prophet”
Best Costume Design: Catherine Leterrier, “Coco Before Chanel”
Best Sound: “The Concert”


February 27, 2010

Matt Damon to play Bobby Kennedy in a biopic?

It seems as though this is the case, and I for one am very excited. The story can be found here, but I'm a big RFK fan, so a proper biopic would thrill me to no end. This one is to be written by the scribe of Eastern Promises (Steven Knight) and helmed by the director of Pleasantville and Seabiscuit (Gary Ross), so there's potential here.

Today's Trailers: A new Red Band look at Kick-Ass, The Joneses, as well as a second look at the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street

First up is the latest Red Band (not safe for work) trailer for the upcoming superhero flick 'Kick-Ass':

Next is a peek at an interesting looking dramedy by the name of 'The Joneses':

Lastly, we have the decidedly less interesting looking trailer for the 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' remake:


Curious who some of the Oscar presenters will be this year?

Well, here's a story from The Hollywood Reporter that lets us in on some of the names, with a focus on comedy:

The comedy line-up at the 82nd Academy Awards will include Sacha Baron Cohen, Jason Bateman, Steve Carell, Tina Fey and Ben Stiller, who have all signed on to serve as presenters.

It will be the first appearance for Baron Cohen, who had been considered by Oscar show producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman as a potential host of the show, and for Bateman, who currently costars in "Up in the Air."

Stiller has appeared on five previous Oscar telecasts; Carell has presented on three: and Fey, who’ll be sharing the stage at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood with her "30 Rock" co-star Alec Baldwin, who is co-hosting with Steve Martin, made her debut last year.


February 26, 2010

Academy Idol 3: Top 3 Results

Surprised? Who are you rooting for in the finale?

Brent Keith Interview!

We sit down with American Idol Season 8 contestant Brent Keith! Give a listen: HERE

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The Oscar Circuit breaks down the Best Director race, and more performances Oscar missed!

There's a bunch of stuff today on the Main Page, highlighted by the Oscar Circuit detailing the Best Director category. Check it out here and keep your eyes open for the last few pieces in the coming days.
We also have part 2 of the great performances that Oscar missed. That can be found here, so take a gander and leave some feedback!
-Thoughts on the updates?

The Costume Designers Guild announces its winners!


“Coco Before Channel” (Catherine Leterrier)
“Julie & Julia” (Ann Roth)
“Nine” (Colleen Atwood)
“Sherlock Holmes” (Jenny Beavan)
-“The Young Victoria” (Sandy Powell) (WINNER)


“Avatar” (Mayes C. Rubeo, Deborah Lynn Scott)
-“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” (Monique Prudhomme) (WINNER)
“Star Trek” (Michael Kaplan)

“(500) Days of Summer” (Hope Hanafin)
“Bruno” (Jason Alper)
-“Crazy Heart” (Doug Hall) (WINNER)
“Precious” (Marina Draghici)
“Up in the Air “(Danny Glicker)


The Gurus give their thoughts on the Oscar race...

...in all the categories here, but that above is how they see Best Picture. Thoughts?

February 25, 2010

Has The Hurt Locker hit a bump in the road to Best Picture?

Likely not, but some people are working overtime to derail the film, so who knows. If anyone isn't familiar with the brewing controversy about one of the producers of the film, check out this article from Rope of Silicon here. I don't think it's a big deal, but no one can know for sure.

What great performances did Oscar miss, along with a new Oscar Circuit article and American Idol update today!

We start off today with a great article on the Main Page of The Awards Circuit. The article is on some of the great performances that Oscar missed, and it's a wonderful read. You can read it here, so go and check it out, though I'll just throw it out there that I completely agree with choices 5, 7, 10, and 14.
Continuing the Oscar Circuit series is an article on the Best Adapted Screenplay category. That can be found here, so take a gander and enjoy!
Finally, there's an American Idol update to be seen for all you fans, so go here and read up on what the latest is with the show.
-Thoughts on the articles?

Today's Posters: A Nightmare on Elm Street and Ondine


February 24, 2010

David Gordon Green adds a new project to his slate...

...one starring Jonah Hill, no less. Here's the story from The Hollywood Reporter:

Jonah Hill will star in and David Gordon Green is in negotiations to direct "The Sitter" for Fox. Michael De Luca is producing.

The irreverent comedy will harken to 1987's "Adventures in Babysitting." It follows a college student, suspended for the semester and living at home with his single mom, who has a night to remember when he gets talked into baby-sitting the eccentric kids next door: two boys and a wild 8-year-old girl.

The duo's involvement reinvigorates the comedy that originally began life as a spec by Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka at Fox Atomic. The project consistently has attracted strong talent; Jonathan Levine was attached to direct it when it was at Atomic, and Zac Efron and Zach Galifianakis have circled it.

A fall start date is being eyed.

Hill, repped by WME and Principato-Young Entertainment, next stars opposite Russell Brand in "Get Him to the Greek," which opens June 4. The Sundance movie "Cyrus," in which he appears opposite John C. Reilly, bows July 9. He also voices a role in "How to Train Your Dragon," which DreamWorks Animation debuts March 26.

Green, repped by CAA and the Gotham Group, recently wrapped the Universal comedy "Your Highness," which stars Danny McBride, James Franco and Natalie Portman.

-I'm a huge fan of Green's movies, so I would like to see this, since it's an interesting sort of phase of his career that he's going through...thoughts?

Excuse the chaotic nature of the polls...

...as it'll be this way (short bursts lasting only a few days) so we can fit in all the major categories before the Oscars. Take this as incentive to vote early (if not often), though I promise they will return to normal length soon!

Two more Oscar Circuit articles, plus an American Idol and Historical Circuit update!

It's a busy morning here at The Awards Circuit, and we start off with the two latest installments of the Oscar Circuit. One article focuses on the Best Animated Feature category (found here), while the other focuses on Best Foreign Film (found here). Check them both out and keep an eye out for the rest of the articles!
We also have an update to the American Idol page, so fans of the show would definitely do well to go here and keep track of what these would-be stars are doing on the show.
Finally, we've got some new Historical Circuit reviews for your reading pleasure, so take a gander at them here and enjoy!
-Thoughts on the Oscar Circuit articles, American Idol update, and new Historical Circuit reviews?

February 23, 2010

In case you missed it, here's a recap of the Academy’s annual Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony...

...from Steve Pond here. It's a good read and highlights how these guys seem to have a good sense of humor, which is always good to know. There's some unique things about this particular ceremony, so be sure to check out that article.

Best Original Score and Best Original Song get the Oscar Circuit treatment today!

Yes, continuing this popular installment on the site, we bring you the Best Original Song article here and the Best Original Score article here. The articles will continue until all the categories are covered, and we'll be wrapping it up in the next week or so, so keep looking out for them, as they should hit every single day from here on out.

One of the most underrated films of 2009 comes to DVD this week!

Indeed, one of the most upsetting things to come with the shuttering of the Miramax label was the lack of any push that my PICK OF THE WEEK got upon release. It was a real shame since it was a fantastic film. It's:
Everybody's Fine
Robert De Niro gives one of his very best performances in this dramedy about a father who finally begins to learn about his children now that they are all grown up. It's one of the most touching movies that I saw in 2009, and since it tanked at the box office, now is the time for everyone who missed this flick to check it out and enjoy.
-Other releases getting a recommendation from me this week is the sports biopic The Damned United, which has an excellent performance from Michael Sheen and is a film that has grown on me with successive viewings, the Anna Wintour documentary The September Issue, and the Nazi zombie horror flick Dead Snow. Three very different films, but three quality ones which I think have a great deal of appeal.
-The rest of the releases are a mixed bag. There are flawed but decent films like Steven Soderbergh's The Informant!, the parenting comedy Motherhood, the sci-fi flick The Box, and the claymation drama $9.99, which is perhaps the most interesting of the bunch. There's also just plain flawed flicks like the horror adventure Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant as well as the horror remake Sorority Row. None of these are awful flicks, but they all should have been better, in my humble opinion.
-My Vintage pick is, in honor of this week's release of Cop Out, 2 of perhaps Kevin Smith's most underrated films. They are Jersey Girl and Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Both had great expectations, and while some consider them failures, I see them as minor gems in Smith's underrated career. If you haven't seen either yet, ignore the grievances and give them a shot and see what you think.
-What will you be watching on DVD this week?

Academy Idol 3: Top 3 (Screenplays)

Next week is the Academy Idol Finale! Which two make it? You decide.

Oscar, by the numbers...

Random, but interesting:
The Numbers Behind the Academy Awards
Source: Business Pundit


February 22, 2010

The winners of he 2009 ACCA's are announced!

The preview page has been updated here with a little bit of information about this historic addition of the Awards Circuit Community Awards, but for those just hungry to find out the winners, go here and see!
-Thoughts on the ACCA results?

Got Questions for Interviews?

We'll be speaking with Mark Boal (fresh off his BAFTA and WGA win), Oren Moverman (speaking about his Oscar nomination and upcoming projects), and the beautiful and great Gabourey Sidibe (anything and everything).

List your questions here.

Here's a bunch of reviews to kick off our 2010 Review Archive!

As always, there will be lots more reviews to come, but for now we've got a bunch from the first two months of the year, highlighted by our multi-review of Shutter Island here. In addition to Scorsese's latest, we've got reviews of Daybreakers, Wonderful World, Youth in Revolt, Edge of Darkness, Extraordinary Measures, The Book of Eli, 44 Inch Chest, Frozen, Valentine's Day, and The Wolfman. The archive is found here, and will be updated as the year progresses.
-Thoughts on the first batch of reviews for 2010?

A new Trailer for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps



The Oscar Circuit carries on with Documentary and Live Action Short, along with an American Idol and Tracker update!

Indeed, the Oscar Circuit is still going strong, and Documentary Short and Live Action Short are next. Documentary Short can be found here while Live Action Short can be found here. Check them out and let us know what you think!
American Idol continues to be updated, so go here and keep track of who the next big musical star may be, since your guess is as good as mine.
Finally, the 2010 Tracker has started up, and while there aren't many contenders right now, one film is obviously there in a few places, so check that out here and send in some suggestions!
-Thoughts on the Oscar Circuit articles, American Idol, and Tracker update?

February 21, 2010

The Hurt Locker sweeps the BAFTA Awards!

Indeed, it was a great showing for this year's little film that could. Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Film: “The Hurt Locker”
Best Actress: Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
Best Actor: Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
Best Foreign Language Film: “A Prophet”
Best Animated Film: “Up”
Best Adapted Screenplay: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, “Up in the Air”
Rising Star Award: Kristen Stewart
Best Production Design: Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg and Kim Sinclair, “Avatar”
Best Original Screenplay: Mark Boal, “The Hurt Locker”
Best British Film: “Fish Tank”
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, “Precious”
Best Makeup and Hair: Jenny Shircore, “The Young Victoria”
Best Costume Design: Sandy Powell, “The Young Victoria”
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”
Best Visual Effects: “Avatar”
Best Cinematography: Barry Ackroyd, “The Hurt Locker”
Best Film Editing: Bob Murawski and Chris Innis, “The Hurt Locker”
Best Music: Michael Giacchino, “Up”
Best Sound: “The Hurt Locker”
Carl Foreman Award (Best Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer): Duncan Jones, “Moon”
Best Short Film: “I Do Air”
Best Animated Short: “Mother of Many”
Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema: Joe Dunton

-The Hurt Locker certainly got a big boost...thoughts?

Jack-in-the-Box Office for the weekend of February 19-21

Martin Scorsese may not be winning another Oscar next month, yet he still has plenty of reason to celebrate. His psychological thriller "Shutter Island" grossed $40 million this weekend,
the highest-grossing opening weekend of any Scorsese film thus far. "Shutter Island" is currently Scorsese's eight-highest grossing film to date and the eight-highest grossing film of 2010 . It's clearly set to move up the ranks, likely becoming number one on both counts in the coming weeks. The film also grossed half of its $80 million dollar budget (worldwide figures are not available at this time), so the film could easily make a handsome profit by the end of its worldwide theatrical run.

With many movie-goers spending the weekend on "Shutter Island" (the only film opening in wide release this weekend), holdover films showed steep declines. "Valentine's Day" fell almost 70% from last week, landing in second place by taking in only $17 million. Yet that's likely only icing on the cake for Warner Brother's who's $52 million investment has now yielded a gross of over $122 million worldwide. "Avatar" was in third place for it's tenth weekend. making another $16 million dollars, bringing its totals to over $687 domestically and $2.4 billion worldwide.

Rounding out the top five is "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lighting Thief," which despite a 51% decline in its domestic gross in its second week, has now made over $126 million worldwide from Fox's $95 million dollar investment. Like "Valentine's Day," Universal's "The Wolfman" also showed a decline of almost 70% in it's second week. The film has now grossed over $50 million domestically and $97 million worldwide, yet will likely have to wait another week or two to eclipse its $150 dollar budget.

Winning the per-theater-average race this weekend was Roman Polanski's thriller "The Ghost Writer". The film made over $44,000 per theater in four theaters, bringing its weekend total to $179,000.

What did you go see this weekend? A new film from one of two Oscar-winning directors? Or did you catch up with this year's nominees? Or did you see one of last week's genre films in their second week? Please let us know what you saw, and if we should make sure to see it too. From all of us at Awards Circuit, we hope you had a wonderful weekend at the movies and we hope to see you there soon.

The BAFTA winners are currently being announced...

...so stay tuned for all the winners!

A promo spot for the Oscars!


The Motion Picture Sound Editors announced their winners last night!

So here they are:

Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Music, Dialogue and ADR Animation in a Feature Film
“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“Monsters vs. Aliens”
“The Princess and the Frog”

Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in a Foreign Feature Film
“An Education”
“The Baader Meinhof Complex”
“Coco Before Chanel”
“District 9” (WINNER)
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
“Red Cliff”

Best Sound Editing: Music in a Feature Film
“(500) Days of Summer”
“An Education”
“Avatar” (WINNER)
“The Informant!”
“It’s Complicated”
“Sherlock Holmes”
“Star Trek”

Best Sound Editing: Music in a Musical Feature Film
“Crazy Heart”
“Every Little Step”
“Michael Jackson’s This Is It” (WINNER)

Best Sound Editing: Dialogue and ADR in a Feature Film
“(500) Days of Summer”
“A Serious Man”
“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglorious Basterds” (AVATAR)
“Star Trek”
“The Stoning of Soraya M.”

Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects and Foley in a Feature Film
“Avatar” (WINNER)
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglorious Basterds”
“Star Trek”
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”


Was Sacha Baron Cohen the first choice to host the Oscars?

Apparently so, according to this from Cinema Blend:

In a few weeks Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin will take the stage in Hollywood to host the 2010 Academy Awards. But they weren’t the first choice of the show’s producers. Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic were looking to shake things up this year, in a big way, a much bigger way than simply having two hosts. They wanted Sacha Baron Cohen.

Talking to Contact Music Shankman reveals, “The Academy swatted it (idea) down. They thought it was too big of a wild card.” They were probably right. Though the ceremony would have grabbed headlines, Cohen’s comedy is as divisive as it is funny. In the end, whatever he brought to the ceremony would have ended up alienating half the audience and would definitely have been a huge distraction from what the point of the whole thing is supposed to be: recognizing great work in great movies.

A Sacha Baron Cohen hosted Oscar ceremony would, by nature, be all about Sacha Baron Cohen. It wouldn’t have been boring, but it wouldn’t have been the Oscars either.


February 20, 2010

The Writers Guild of America bestows its top prizes on The Hurt Locker and Up in the Air...

...will the Academy follow suit? Here's the winners of the WGA Awards:

Original: Mark Boal for The Hurt Locker

Adapted: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner for Up in the Air

Documentary: The Cove


Academy Idol 3: Top 4 Results

Comment. Surprised?

A Poster for The Killer Inside Me


The Saturn Awards come out with their nominations!

Here they are:

Best Science Fiction Film:
“The Book of Eli” (Warner Bros)
“Knowing” (Summit Entertainment)
“Moon” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Star Trek” (Paramount)
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (Paramount)
“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (20th Century Fox)

Best Fantasy Film:
“Avatar” (20th Century Fox)
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (Warner Bros)
“The Lovely Bones” (Paramount)
“The Time Traveler’s Wife” (Warner Bros.)
“Watchmen” (Warner Bros.)
“Where the Wild Things Are” (Warner Bros.)

Best Horror Film:
“The Box” (Warner Bros.)
“Drag Me to Hell” (Universal)
“Frozen” (Anchor Bay Films)
“The Last House on the Left” (Rogue / Universal)
“The Twilight Saga’s New Moon” (Summit Entertainment)
“Zombieland” (Sony)

Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film:
“2012 (2009)” (Sony)
“Brothers” (Lionsgate)
“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment)
“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Co.)
“Law Abiding Citizen” (Overture)
“The Messenger” (Oscilloscope Pictures)
“Sherlock Holmes” (Warner Bros.)

Best Actor:
Robert Downey Jr. – “Sherlock Holmes” (Warner Bros.)
Tobey Maguire – “Brothers” (Lionsgate)
Viggo Mortensen – “The Road” (The Weinstein Co.)
Sam Rockwell – “Moon” (Sony Pictures Classics
Denzel Washington – “The Book of Eli” (Warner Bros.)
Sam Worthington – “Avatar” (20th Century Fox)

Best Actress:
Catherine Keener – “Where the Wild Things Are” (Warner Bros.)
Melanie Laurent – “Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Co.)
Alison Lohman – “Drag Me to Hell” (Universal)
Natalie Portman – “Brothers” (Lionsgate)
Zoe Saldana – “Avatar” (20th Century Fox)
Charlize Theron – “The Burning Plain” (Magnolia)

Best Supporting Actor:
Woody Harrelson – “Zombieland” (Sony)
Stephen Lang – “Avatar” (20th Century Fox)
Frank Langella – “The Box” (Warner Bros.)
Jude Law – “Sherlock Holmes” (Warner Bros.)
Stanley Tucci – “The Lovely Bones” (Paramount)
Christoph Waltz – “Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Co.)

Best Supporting Actress:
Malin Akerman – “Watchmen” (Warner Bros.)
Diane Kruger – “Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Co.)
Rachel McAdams – “Sherlock Holmes” (Warner Bros.)
Lorna Raver – “Drag Me to Hell” (Universal)
Susan Sarandon – “The Lovely Bones” (Paramount)
Sigourney Weaver – “Avatar” (20th Century Fox)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor:
Taylor Lautner – “The Twilight Saga’s New Moon” (Summit Entertainment)
Bailee Madison – “Brothers” (Lionsgate)
Brooklynn Proulx – “The Time Traveler’s Wife” (Warner Bros.)
Max Records – “Where the Wild Things Are” (Warner Bros.)
Saoirse Ronan – “The Lovely Bones” (Paramount)
Kodi Smit-McPhee – “The Road” (The Weinstein Co.)

Best Director:
J.J. Abrams – “Star Trek” (Paramount)
Kathryn Bigelow – “The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment)
Neill Blomkamp – “District 9″ (Sony)
James Cameron – “Avatar” (20th Century Fox)
Guy Ritchie – “Sherlock Holmes” (Warner Bros.)
Zack Snyder – “Watchmen” (Warner Bros.)
Quentin Tarantino – “Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Co.)

Best Writing:
Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell – “District 9″ (Sony)
James Cameron – “Avatar” (20th Century Fox)
Spike Jonze, Dave Eggers – “Where the Wild Things Are” (Warner Bros.)
Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci – “Star Trek” (Paramount)
Quentin Tarantino – “Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Co.)
Alex Tse, David Hayter – “Watchmen” (Warner Bros.)

Best Music:
Brian Eno – “The Lovely Bones” (Paramount)
Michael Giacchino – “Up” (Walt Disney/Pixar)
James Horner – “Avatar” (20th Century Fox)
Taro Iwashiro – “Red Cliff” (Magnolia)
Christopher Young – “Drag Me To Hell” (Universal)
Hans Zimmer – “Sherlock Holmes” (Warner Bros.)

Best Costume:
Colleen Atwood – “Nine” (The Weinstein Co.)
Jenny Beavan – “Sherlock Holmes” (Warner Bros.)
Anna Sheppard – “Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Co.)
Jany Temime – “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (Warner Bros.)
Michael Wilkinson – “Watchmen” (Warner Bros.)
Tim Yip – “Red Cliff” (Magnolia)

Best Make-Up:
Barney Burman, Minday Hall, Joel Harlow – “Star Trek” (Paramount)
Joe Dunckley, Sarah Rubano, Frances Richardson – “District 9″ (Sony)
Sarah Monzani – “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Gregory Nicotero, Howard Berger – “The Book of Eli” (Warner Bros.)
Gregory Nicotero, Howard Berger – “Drag Me to Hell” (Universal)
Mike Smithson, John Rosengrant – “Terminator Salvation” (Warner Bros.)

Best Production Design:
Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg – “Avatar” (20th Century Fox)
Scott Chambliss – “Star Trek” (Paramount)
Stuart Craig – “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (Warner Bros.)
Sarah Greenwood – “Sherlock Holmes” (Warner Bros.)
Philip Ivey – “District 9″ (Sony)
Alex McDowell – “Watchmen” (Warner Bros.)

Best Special Effects:
Tim Burke, John Richardson, Nicholas Aithadi, Tim Alexander – “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (Warner Bros.)
John DesJardin, Peter G. Travers, Joel Whist, Jessica Norman – “Watchmen” (Warner Bros.)
Volker Engel, Marc Weingert, Mike Vezina – “2012 (2009)” (Sony)
Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh, Burt Dalton – “Star Trek” (Paramount)
Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros, Matt Aitken – “District 9″ (Sony)
Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andrew R. Jones – “Avatar” (20th Century Fox)

Best International Film:
“District 9″ (Sony)
“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Lorna’s Silence” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Red Cliff” (Magnolia)
“Taken” (20th Century Fox)
“Thirst” (Focus Features)

Best Animated Film:
“A Christmas Carol” (Walt Disney Studios)
“The Fantastic Mr. Fox” (20th Century Fox)
“Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” (20th Century Fox)
“Monsters Vs. Aliens” (Paramount/DreamWorks)
“The Princess and the Frog” (Walt Disney Studios)
“Up” (Walt Disney Studios/Pixar)

-I always look at this as a precursor that highlights all of the "other" films that came out in a given year, and look forward to it...thoughts?

February 19, 2010

Too late, I know, but would Shutter Island have cracked the Best Picture list last year?

It's after the fact, but since it was originally a 2009 release, and a lot of people have said (not myself) that a number of the films were just "filler", it's interesting to think about how Scorsese's latest would have fared This article here from Cinematical goes into the idea of it in the current race (including how Leo would have done in the Best Actor category), and it's a solid read.
-As you see Shutter Island today/this weekend, do you think it would have been one of the current 10 best Picture nominees, and if so, what film would it have knocked out?

The London Film Critics Circle announces its winners!


Film of the Year: “A Prophet”
British Film of the Year: “Fish Tank”
Foreign Language Film of the Year: “Let the Right One In”
Director of the Year: Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
British Director of the Year: Andrea Arnold, “Fish Tank”
Actor of the Year: Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”
Actress of the Year: Mo’Nique, “Precious”
British Actor of the Year: Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
British Actress of the Year: Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
British Supporting Actor: Michael Fassbender, “Fish Tank”
British Supporting Actress: Anne-Marie Duff, “Nowhere Boy”
Screenwriter of the Year: Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche, “In the Loop”
Young British Performer of the Year: Katie Jarvis, “Fish Tank”
Breakthrough British Filmmaker: Duncan Jones, “Moon”
Dilys Powell Award: Quentin Tarantino
40th Anniversary Award: “Apocalypse Now”


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ACCA 2009 closes today, along with a whole host of updates today on the Main Page of The Awards Circuit!

Indeed, there's lots to see today on the site. First off, if you haven't voted in the Awards Circuit Community Awards, today is your last day to do so. Go here and support your favorites of the year!
We start the updates for today with the latest Oscar Circuit article, this one dealing with the hotly contested Best Actress category. Go here to read it and let us know how you're liking the series so far.
We've all also updated our Chart Predictions, so if you're curious how we all see the entire Oscar show playing out, go here and see what we think.
Fans of our interviews will rejoice, since we've got another one to share. This new interview is with The Young Victoria's Oscar nominated Costume Designer Sandy Powell. The interview can be found here, so be sure to check it out!
Finally, the American Idol page continues to be updated, so go here and keep track of all the goings on with the hit show of the same name.
-Thoughts on the potential ACCA results, Oscar Circuit article, Chart predix, interview, and possibilities with Idol?

The director of 'The Messenger' to tackle a Kurt Cobain biopic next!

Cinematical has the story:

Although it's faded from the memory, it has not disappeared: It's been two and a half years since word hit that David Benioff was penning a Kurt Cobain biopic, and now the project is gaining some steam. THR's Risky Business Blog reports that Oren Moverman, writer and director of the double Oscar-nominated The Messenger, is in talks to spruce up Benioff's screenplay and then direct it.

The biopic is based partially on the Charles R. Cross' Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain, which Courtney Love had already optioned. That, of course, brings up the warning bells since she's far from a beloved widow, and has had -- no surprise -- a crappy post-suicide relationship with Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl. On the plus side, Benioff is said to have gone to Cobain's old friends in Seattle and Aberdeen to help paint the proper picture of him.

Eh, maybe that's not a huge plus. There's definitely new promise with Moverman in the mix, and it seems that Universal wants to take this seriously, but that Love... and Kurt... It looks to be no Guitar Hero fluff, but the cynic in me imagines a future where Nirvana regains steam (like Queen a la Wayne's World), but in a totally merchandise-ridden, Disney co-opt sort of way, where the ability to make Cobain sing Rick Springfield would be the least of the old Nirvana fan's worries.


February 18, 2010

Does the American Pie franchise really need a reboot?

Apparently so...here's the piece in the LA Times that spells out the situation:

Break out the webcams and apple pie: The antics of Chuck, Stifler and the rest of the "American Pie" crew could be coming back to theaters.

Universal, which made and distributed the pop-phenomenon original, is developing a new version with an eye toward resetting the property as a theatrical franchise.

The studio is poised to bring on "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg to script a new take on the franchise, which is being described in the development community as "American Pie 4." The movie would come on the heels of the third theatrical movie in the franchise, "American Wedding," which came out in 2003, and a slew of lucrative DVD titles that followed.

The original "American Pie" was released in 1999 and became a cultural and commercial phenomenon, grossing more than $200 million worldwide and spawning a booming market for R-rated summer comedies. "American Pie 2" and "American Wedding" followed at two-year intervals.

A host of direct-to-DVD titles then followed "Wedding" under the banner of "American Pie Presents," including "Band Camp," "The Naked Mile," "Beta House" and, this past December, "The Book of Love." But the studio, sources say, hopes that the franchise could be ripe for a new theatrical run.Universal declined comment on the new project.

At least some of the original cast is interested in coming back for the new picture, though sources emphasized that development is early and there are no actor deals in place.

Seann William Scott, Jason Biggs, Shannon Elizabeth and Alyson Hannigan were among the young comedic actors who got their break in the first film, which explored a group of high school seniors trying to lose their virginity before they left their adolescence behind.

How the characters would be worked into a new script remains a question; many, after all, are now in their late 20s and early 30s, and the original picture was set in high school. Writers would also need to contend with a world in which the novelty of the raunchy comedy, which was a relatively new form more than a decade ago, may have worn off with the success of movies like "The Hangover" and a spate of Judd Apatow films.

But the studio is clearly hoping that the awareness and fondness for the comedy brand could help support a new installment. Franchise reboots have become the latest vogue in Hollywood, even and especially for properties that haven't been away that long: Sony is rebooting "Spider-Man" just a few years after the webbed one last appeared on the big screen.

-I loved the 3 theatrical films, but even I'm not sure this is necessary...thoughts?

Two of the tech categories get the Oscar Circuit treatment today, as well as an American Idol update!

Yes, both the Sound Editing category (found here) and the Sound Mixing category (found here) are the latest installments in the popular Oscar Circuit series of articles. Check them out and keep your ears to the ground for the rest of the categories to come!
We also have an update to Clayton's very popular American Idol page, so give that a look here and let us know what you think about the newest season of the hit show.
-Thoughts on the Oscar Circuit articles and American Idol updates?

Watch some of this year's big performers talk about their favorite performances of the decade!


-Some very interesting choices...thoughts?

Surprising no one, controversial critic Armond White has panned Shutter Island...

...so take it as a good indication that this is a film of quality. White is notorious for doing this, and his opinions, while valid, are odd to say the least (he calls 'Bringing Out The Dead' Scorsese's last decent film and thinks he's miscast Leo everyone time he's used him). His review can be found here, and if you're curious why so many people are confused by White's reviews, here's the Rotten Tomatoes archive, where he's panned films like The White Ribbon, Up in the Air, Precious, The Messenger, Invictus, The Road, Avatar, and The Wrestler, to name a few.
-Thoughts on Armond White and/or Shutter Island?

Curious what the Oscar stage design will look like?

Well, there you have it...thoughts?

February 17, 2010

Kick-Ass gets another new Poster, as does The Secret of Kells


The International Cinemaphile Society gives out their awards!

Here's the ICS winners:

01. A Serious Man
02. The White Ribbon
03. Fantastic Mr. Fox
04. Inglourious Basterds
05. Tokyo Sonata
06. 35 Shots of Rum
07. The Hurt Locker
08. District 9
09. Bright Star
10. Up In The Air

Ethan & Joel Coen – A Serious Man
runner-up: Michael Haneke – The White Ribbon

01. The White Ribbon
02. Tokyo Sonata
03. 35 Shots of Rum
04. Summer Hours
05. Broken Embraces
06. Still Walking
07. Lorna’s Silence
08. The Beaches of Agnès
09. Ponyo
10. O’Horten
11. The Headless Woman

Colin Firth – A Single Man
runner- up: Michael Stuhlbarg – A Serious Man

Tilda Swinton – Julia
runner-up: Abbie Cornish – Bright Star

Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds
runner-up: Peter Capaldi – In the Loop

Vera Farmiga – Up In The Air
runners-up: Mo’Nique – Precious, and Penélope Cruz – Broken Embraces

A Serious Man – Ethan & Joel Coen
runner-up: Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino

Fantastic Mr. Fox – Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach
runner-up: In the Loop – Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche

The White Ribbon – Christian Berger
runner-up: Inglourious Basterds – Robert Richardson

The Hurt Locker – Chris Innis & Bob Murawski
runner-up: Broken Embraces – José Salcedo


Fantastic Mr. Fox – Nelson Lowry
runner-up: A Serious Man – Jess Gonchor

A Single Man – Abel Korzeniowski
runner-up: Fantastic Mr. Fox – Alexandre Desplat

In the Loop
runner-up: The White Ribbon

Fantastic Mr. Fox
runner-up: Ponyo

The Beaches of Agnès
runner-up: Anvil! The Story of Anvil

-They certainly mixed it up...thoughts?

Best Supporting Actor gets the Oscar Circuit treatment!

Yes, the latest installment of the Oscar Circuit series of articles goes into the Best Supporting Actor race. It can be found here, and of course, keep your eye out for the rest of the categories to show up in the coming days. Also, be sure to look over any of the older articles in the series that you may have missed by checking out the archives. They can be found here, and house all of the articles in question.

Doug Liman teams up with Geoffrey Fletcher on a film about Attica...

...as per this article in The Hollywood Reporter:

Director Doug Liman and screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher are teaming to re-create the 1971 Attica state prison uprising.

The four-day confrontation between prisoners and guards -- described as a riot by some, a rebellion by others -- inspired Al Pacino's famous chant of "Attica! Attica!" in "Dog Day Afternoon."

Liman also will produce "Attica" with David Bartis under their Hypnotic banner along with Elliot Abbott ("Awakenings," "A League of Their Own"), who is financing the development. Longtime Liman collaborator Avrum Ludwig also will produce.

Liman brings a personal connection to the project, as his father, the late Arthur Liman, served as chief counsel to the New York State Special Commission on Attica Prison and co-authored the commission's report chastising then-Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and prison authorities for their role in the incident, during which 32 inmates and 10 hostages were killed, 39 of them during an assault by state police.

In a recent blog posting, Liman described visiting the prison with Fletcher, an Oscar nominee for his "Precious" screenplay.

"The tour was astounding," Liman wrote. "We followed the steps the prisoners took as they overwhelmed the guards; saw the radiators they ripped off the walls and the gates they smashed open with them. We left with so many stories, and names and contacts of people who were there to continue our research."

Liman, who directed "The Bourne Identity," appears to be moving into more political projects. His next film, "Fair Game," which will be released this year, stars Sean Penn and Naomi Watts as Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame Wilson.

Liman, Bartis and Abbott are all repped by CAA, which is handling domestic rights on the film.

In addition to his Oscar nom, Fletcher -- repped by CAA and IPG -- has also earned BAFTA and WGA nominations.

-Sounds like a project with lots of potential...thoughts?

February 16, 2010

A new Trailer for Toy Story 3!

Take a gander:

-Honestly, I can't wait...thoughts?

It's a bit of a down week for DVD...

...but that's not to say that there's nothing to be found, just that the quality options are rather limited. On that front, my choice for the PICK OF THE WEEK is a real powerful, if hard to watch, flick. It's:
This rough drama gets the Criterion treatment right out of the gate, and it's a great movie that's well worth watching, especially for Michael Fassbender's searing performance. He gives his all, and it shows. Check it out if you think you can handle it.
-Also out getting a recommendation from me is the indie comedy Splinterheads. It's pretty silly, but it's wittier than I expected, so while it won't set the world on fire, it's a solid choice for something to watch that won't give you any heartburn, as my grandfather likes to say.
-The rest of the releases this week are flawed, at best. Tops here are the blaxploitation parody Black Dynamite, which most people liked more than I did, but I contend is more a good idea than a good movie. There's also the biopic Coco Before Chanel, which suffers from, frankly, being boring. We have Chris Rock's documentary Good Hair, which never engaged me like it should have, and at the bottom of the pile is the steaming turn known as Law Abiding Citizen. It's an insult to anyone's intelligence, and I recommend steering clear of this and finding a more competent film to watch.
-My Vintage pick is, in honor of the release of Shutter Island, a couple of movies by director Martin Scorsese that are underrated and fit in with his impending release. They are Bringing Out the Dead and Cape Fear. Really, any Scorsese film works, though if you have the time, throw in a Hitchcock flick to prepare yourself for Friday's new release.
-What will you be watching on DVD this week?

The Oscar Circuit takes a look at Best Actor, along with some new Historical Circuit reviews on the Main Page!

Yes, we turn our attention here to a big category for the latest Oscar Circuit article, the Best Actor race. It can be found here, and as always, keep looking out for more articles in the coming days, as we hit all the categories.
We also continue to expand on our Historical Circuit database, so check out the latest reviews here and let us know how it's going.
-Thoughts on the latest Oscar Circuit and Historical Circuit updates?

February 15, 2010

Check out our interview with Louie Psihoyos, the director of The Cove!

Listen to the interview here, and let us know what you think!

Behold this group photo from the 2010 Oscar Nominees Luncheon

Quite the collection of talent...

Today's Trailers: Leaves of Grass, Centurion, Killers, and The Exploding Girl

First up we have the anticipated film 'Leaves of Grass', which features Edward Norton in a duel role as identical twins:

Next up we have Michael Fassbender starring in the latest film by Neil Marshall, a roman epic called 'Centurion':

Following that we have the 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' knockoff, this one called simply 'Killers':

Finally, we have the film 'The Exploding Girl', which is said to have an excellent performance by Zoe Kazan in her first real meaty role:


Kathryn Bigelow chooses her next project!

Well, it's a pilot for an HBO show, surprisingly (though, as the article states, it's becoming a trend lately). Here's the story from The Hollywood Reporter:

HBO has snagged the hottest film director at the moment, Oscar nominee for "The Hurt Locker" Kathryn Bigelow.

Bigelow has come on board to direct "The Miraculous Year," a drama pilot by top feature writer John Logan.

Logan created and wrote "The Miraculous Year," an examination of a New York family as seen through the lens of a charismatic, self-destructive Broadway composer.

Logan, who is executive producing with Bigelow and Lydia Pilcher, has a theater background. He started off as a playwright before his first screenplay, "Any Given Sunday," got the attention of Oliver Stone.

"Miraculous Year" has been given a pilot order, with filming eyed to begin in May-June.

Bigelow has rarely ventured to television. Her resume includes directing three episodes of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street," including the two-part sixth-season finale, and an episode of ABC's underrated "Karen Sisco."

"Miraculous Year," a light family drama with a flamboyant character at the center, marks Bigelow's first pilot and also a major departure for the director known mostly for gritty fare such as "Strange Days" or "K-19: The Widowmaker."

Bigelow recently became the first woman to ever win a DGA Award. She has picked up more than a dozen major directing prizes for her work on "Hurt Locker." In addition to being a frontrunner for the directing Oscar next month, Bigelow is also part of the Iraq war drama's producing team that won the PGA Award and is up for a best picture Oscar.

Logan previously collaborated with HBO on the Orson Welles telepic "RKO 281," which he wrote.

He has earned two original screenplay Oscar nominations, for "The Aviator" and "Gladiator."

His writing credits also include "The Last Samurai," "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" and a second collaboration with director Martin Scorsese following "The Aviator," the upcoming "The Invention of Hugo Cabret."

"Miraculous Year" is the latest in a string of series projects with marquee feature auspices HBO has put in the development in the past several months.

The list includes "Luck," a horse racing drama pilot directed by Michael Mann, an aid-workers drama project starring Maria Bello, written by Simon Beaufoy and produced by Bello, Beaufoy and Russell Crowe; a crime drama produced by David Fincher and Charlize Theron; and a groupie comedy starring Zooey Deschanel.

Additionally, Scorsese directed the pilot of HBO's upcoming drama series "Boardwalk Empire," which he executive produces.


Academy Idol 3: Top 4 (Musical Scores Week)

We're down to four. Who will go home next? Who will be in that finale?

The Oscar Circuit goes to the Documentary race today, along with new Historical Circuit reviews!

Indeed, The Awards Circuit has plenty of new stuff for everyone. First up we have a new Oscar Circuit article, this one on the Best Documentary Feature race. It can be found here, so check it out and brace yourself for more!
We also have some new Historical Circuit reviews for you to read. They're here, so take a gander and keep recommending more titles for us to tackle in the future.
Finally, ACCA 2009 voting closes this week, so this is your last chance to get those votes in. Be sure to go here and vote in order to make your voice heard!
-Thoughts on the Oscar Circuit article, Historical Circuit reviews, and ACCA?

February 14, 2010

The ACE Eddie Awards are Tonight...

...and the winners have been announced:

Best Editing, Drama: The Hurt Locker
Best Editing, Comedy: The Hangover
Best Editing, Documentary: The Cove
Best Editing, Animated Feature: Up
Best Editing, Miniseries: Grey Gardens
Best Editing, Drama Series: Dexter
Best Editing, Comedy Series: 30 Rock

-This is a slight advantage for The Hurt Locker at the Oscars, but we shall see what ultimate happens...thoughts?

The Oscar Circuit returns, and the Artistic and Technical categories get New Predictions!

Yes, after a one day break, we return with two new Oscar Circuit pieces. One is on Best Art Direction (found here) and the other is on Best Costume Design (found here), so take a look and let us know what you think!
Also, Clayton has updated his predictions for all of the tech categories that the average Oscar viewer uses as a bathroom break (but not the die hards like us), so go here and be sure to check it out!
-Thoughts on the new Oscar Circuit articles and predictions?

What's the early word on Shutter Island, and will Marty re-team with De Niro on a mafia movie?

Well, the early word on 'Shutter Island' is very strong, with The Hollywood Reporter and Variety being on board with this being another strong work from Martin Scorsese. The reviews should continue to trickle in during the coming days, but for now, check out those two reviews here and here.

As for Scorsese making another film with Robert De Niro, at a press day in Berlin, he let loose a hint about a potential film idea. The whole article can be found here in The Hollywood Reporter, but this is a snippet:

...one reporter from Kurdish TV asked, "When are you going to make your next big Mafioso film, something like 'Goodfellas 2'?"

After initially laughing off the query, Scorsese said he had nothing more to add to the genre before revealing that he and Robert De Niro were talking about "something that has to do with that world. No doubt about it. But it's from the vantage point of older men looking back."

-Sounds interesting to me...thoughts?

Today's Posters: Clash of the Titans, Waking Sleeping Beauty, The Last Song, How to Train Your Dragon, Grown Ups, Defendor, and Repo Men


Jack-in-the-Box Office for the weekend of February 12-14

Although it was well expected that "Valentine's Day" would claim the top spot at the Box Office this weekend, it shattered all expectations by taking in $52 million domestically. The opening weekend figure equals the cost of its budget (something few films do opening weekend, though "Dear John" did last week). Making the feat more impressive, the film earned roughly twice what "He's Just Not That Into You" did in its opening weekend of February of last year.

"Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lighting Thief" came in a distant second place with $31 million. While that's a fraction of what a Harry Potter film makes opening weekend, this film was made at a fraction of the cost, and is in a good place to quickly recoup the $95 million dollar investment made by Fox.

"The Wolfman" followed closely behind with $30 million. Although that's an impressive debut for an R-rated horror film (especially one not part of a current franchise a la "Saw"), it's a small fraction of Universal's $150 million dollar investment. Although foreign grosses are not currently available for the other two new films this weekend, it's been released that "The Wolfman" has taken $50 million worldwide, leaving hope that it could turn a profit before the end of it's worldwide theatrical run.

Rounding out the top five, in a reversal from last week is "Avatar" which made $22 million to bring its domestic total to $659 million, followed by "Dear John" which made $15 million to bring its domestic total to $53 million, twice it's $25 million dollar budget.

Winning the per-theater-average race for the week is "My Name is Khan" which sounds like last year's film "Adam" but with a Muslim cast. Needless to say, this film takes on a different dimension being about Muslims in a post-9/11/ America. Fox Searchlight opened the film in similar markets they opened "Slumdog Millionaire" in, and made $15,500 a screen for a total of over $1.8 million.

This being Valentine's day weekend, as well as a long holiday weekend and the middle of Oscar season, audiences were offered a variety of choices at the movies. Did you go for more commercial fare or finally catch up on "Precious"? Please let us know in the comments below, and continue to have a wonderful holiday weekend at the movies.

Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at The Awards Circuit!

In honor of the day:

-Hopefully you and your loved one has a great day!

February 13, 2010

The Art Directors will announce their winners shortly...

...and here are the winners:

Period Film: Sherlock Holmes
Fantasy Film: Avatar
Contemporary design: The Hurt Locker


The Oscar Circuit is taking a break...

...but it'll be back up and running real soon, so stay tuned!

Academy Idol 3: Top 5 Results

Apologies for the lateness, folks. Here are this week's results:

February 12, 2010

Entertainment Weekly's Dave Karger puts out his Oscar Predictions!


Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique
Best Original Screenplay: The Hurt Locker
Best Adapted Screenplay: Up in the Air

-That's how I see the race as well...thoughts?

Tarantino gives a rather interesting interview...

I saw this while watching MSNBC, and now that I've found the embed, here you go: