March 31, 2010

ACCA 2003 Nominations Announcement!

Check out the nominees.

Some good news and some bad news about 'Leaves of Grass'...

...the bad news first, being that it won't be coming out on Friday as anticipated (thus presumably canceling my screening on Friday at the Angelika in Manhattan with Edward Norton and Tim Blake Nelson). The good news, however, is that it's been picked up by a new distributor and will be given a much larger release in July. Edward Norton's Twitter page (here) seems to confirm this.
-Thoughts on the new release date for Leaves of Grass?

The 2003 Davis Award Nominations come out, along with a New Review and more!

Yes, there's plenty on the Main Page of The Awards Circuit for everyone to check out. First up, in anticipation of the ACCA 2003 nominations being announced soon, we've got our fearless leader's Davis Award nominations. Go here to see his nominees and let us know what yours would be!
We also have a new review of the animated hit How To Train Your Dragon. All of the recent reviews updates can be found here, and be on the lookout for more to come real soon!
Next up is a small update to the Tracker page, found here. As the year progresses, the list will fill up quick, so keep an eye on it.
Finally, for all you American Idol fans, there's top 10 commentary right here for you to check out and comment on. The show is slowly winding down (I think), so keep track of who might be the latest star!
-Thoughts on the Davis Awards, new review, tracker, and Idol update?

Today's Trailers: Knight and Day, Survival of the Dead, and [Rec] 2

First up is a slightly new look at the seemingly fun action flick with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz that goes by the name of 'Knight and Day':

Next is a new Red Band look at George A. Romero's latest zombie flick 'Survival of the Dead':

Finally, we continue the undead/horror theme with the sequel to the Spanish zombie flick [Rec], ingeniously titled '[Rec] 2':


Another of the Sundance films of this year gets picked up...

...with this one being 'The Extra Man'. The Hollywood Reporter has the details:

Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's "The Extra Man."

The film, which debuted in January at the Sundance Film Festival, stars Kevin Kline as a society escort and Paul Dano as an aspiring writer.

It was written by Berman, Pulcini and Jonathan Ames from Ames' novel of the same name. Likely Story's Anthony Bregman and 3Arts' Stephanie Davis produced. A late July theatrical release is planned.

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia's Tom Quinn, Wild Bunch's Agnes Mentre and Carole Baraton and CAA.


March 30, 2010

The Tribeca Film Festival announces some of the films that will be playing there...

...via this in The Hollywood Reporter:

Tribeca is getting its freak on.

The Manhattan-set fest, which launches April 21 and runs through May 2, announced Monday that the omnibus documentary “Freakonomics” will have its world premiere April 30 as the festival’s closing-night film. Summit Entertainment’s “Letters to Juliet” will also have its world premiere during the fest, and Olivier Dahan’s “My Own Love Song” will screen.

“This trio of films embodies the spirit of diversity that has defined Tribeca through the years,” said Nancy Schafer, executive director of the festival. “Audiences will be charmed by ‘Letters to Juliet,’ moved by Jane’s emotional journey to redemption in ‘My Own Love Song’ and glued to their seats during the riveting ‘Freakonomics,’ which marks the return of some of today’s best documentary filmmakers to Tribeca.”

Based on the bestseller “Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Exposes the Hidden Side of Everything” by Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, “Freakonomics” features segments directed by Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”), Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”), Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (“Jesus Camp”), Eugene Jarecki (“Why We Fight”) and Seth Gordon (“The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters”). Chad Troutwine and Green Film Company’s Chris Romano and Dan O’Meara produced the film, with financial services by Cold Fusion Media.

Directed by Gary Winick, “Letter to Juliet” is a romantic drama starring Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave. “My Own Love Song,” a road movie starring RenĂ©e Zellweger, Forest Whitaker, Nick Nolte and Elias Koteas, is the first English-language film from Dahan (“La Vie en Rose”).


Take a gander at two New Reviews on the Main Page!

While there are some bigger updates (and reviews) still to come this week, to tide you over we have new reviews of Repo Men and Remember Me. All the reviews of the year so far can be found here, so check them out!
-Thoughts on the reviews?

Another of the most recent nominees for Best Picture hits DVD this week...

...and it's one of the better ones, in my humble opinion. The film in question is not surprisingly my PICK OF THE WEEK, and it's one of the best films of the year in general. It's:
An Education
Carey Mulligan gave one of the performances of the year in this terrific coming of age tale. In fact, I'd argue that this is one of the two or three best acted films of 2009. Credit goes to Nick Hornby for also coming up with one of the best scripts of 2009 as well. It's such a simple yet complex movie, it'll be one to watch again and again in coming years. I highly recommend picking it up.
-Also out this week is two decently high quality films (The Baader Meinhof Complex and Afghan Star), one average/slightly disappointing film (Sherlock Holmes), and one utter piece of garbage (Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel). None of them left much of an impression on me, but if they appeal to you, go for it and enjoy.
-My Vintage pick this week is, in honor of the Friday release of Leaves of Grass, another movie involving copious amounts of pot and pot dealing. It's The Wackness, one of my favorite films of 2008. It's an excellent character study that is well worth checking out if you've yet to.
-What will you be watching on DVD this week?

The NC-17 rating turns Twenty!

To commemorate this anniversary, Cinematical has a very interesting article here on the rating. It's well worth a read, but I wanted to see what everyone thought about the most controversial of ratings.
-Thoughts on the NC-17?

March 29, 2010

ACCA 2003 is now closed... be on the lookout for a nominations announcement very soon!

Will 'Wall Street 2', 'Tree of Life', and Woody Allen's latest be at Cannes?

Well, this is far from official, but this article in indieWire seems to indicate that these are three of the films that the festival will feature:

It’s not official yet, but it looks pretty sure that Oliver Stone will finally be making his Cannes debut, with the sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, starring Michael Douglas 23 years after his first turn as Gordon Gekko, and Carey Mulligan as his daughter. Shia LaBeouf and W star Josh Brolin also star. It’s long overdue, if you ask me. Oliver Stone is an auteur in my book, even if the Cannes selection hasn’t deemed him one of their elite so far.

Stone has been turned down in the past, with U-Turn and Natural Born Killers. But Twentieth Century Fox is not going for a competition slot. (Universal nailed down the May 12 opener for Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood). The studio pushed back Wall Street from April 23 to September 24. The fest runs through May 23.

Other likely Hollywood entrants are Cannes perennial Woody Allen’s latest, You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger, starring Anthony Hopkins, Brolin, Naomi Watts and Antonio Banderas (a SPC release) and Terrence Malick’s long-in-the-works Tree of Life. Word is that the Brad Pitt-starrer is in fact finished, but that River Road and Apparition chief Bill Pohlad is not putting pressure on Malick to deliver in time for Cannes. If he shows it to them, I’m sure they will be eager to take it.


Today's Trailers: Animal Kingdom, Micmacs, and Marmaduke

First off the bat we have the crime drama 'Animal Kingdom':

Next, we have the interesting looking foreign flick 'Micmacs':

Finally, we wrap up with the terrible looking trailer for 'Marmaduke':


March 28, 2010

'Restrepo' gets picked up for distribution!

One of the big winners at Sundance has been purchased, according to this in The Hollywood Reporter:

National Geographic Entertainment has picked up the U.S. theatrical rights to "Restrepo," the documentary that follows a platoon of American soldiers in Afghanistan from journalists Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger.

Winner of the Sundance Film Festival's grand jury documentary prize, the film is set for release July 2. National Geographic Channel, which took worldwide TV rights earlier this year, will broadcast it in the fall.

"Restrepo" is an Outpost Films Production in association with National Geographic Channel. Executive producers are John Battsek and Nick Quested.

-I look forward to seeing this...

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

With controversies about ticket prices and theater counts dominating the conversation within the industry and echoed throughout theaters across the country this weekend, once again analysts look to the Box Office to find….nothing terribly shocking.

“How to Train Your Dragon” opened with $43 million this weekend, after Paramount went to war against the rest of the world to wrestle 3-D and Imax screens from “Alice in Wonderland” and “Avatar”, and then went on the defensive to lower expectations of the film’s potential Box Office as to make this number as appear as impressive as possible.

Although the film should ultimately turn a profit on its $165 million budget after all is said and done, with “How to Train Your Dragon” out this week and “Clash of the Titans” out next week, the industry will likely continue to feel the crunch of too many 3-D and Imax movies released too quickly at ticket prices that are becoming less affordable. While the premium ticket prices for Imax and 3-D showings used to drive up the Box Office numbers for films showing in those mediums, it appears the higher ticket prices (ranging generally from two to five dollars) across the country this weekend may have slayed “How to Train Your Dragon”, though good word-of-mouth keeps its hopes for the coming weeks alive, with the impact that loosing 3-D and Imax screens to “Clash of the Titans” could have remains the question pivotal to its success.

“Alice in Wonderland” played well in it fourth weekend, despite its loss of 3-D and Imax screens, and likely stole some business from “How to Train Your Dragon”. Tim Burton’s film made another $17 million to bring its domestic total to $293 million, and its worldwide total to $656 million. As the film has a $200 million budget, it may be the most profitable film of the year so far.

In third place was the opening weekend of the ribald sci-fi comedy “Hot Tub Time Machine” starring John Cusack. Though the film opened with $13 million, much like other films with lukewarm openings in recent weeks, the film could easily turn a profit on its $36 million budget in the coming weeks, especially when foreign grosses come in.

An example of this is “The Bounty Hunter” which opened below expectations last weekend but has now turned a profit in the worldwide market. The film came in fourth place this weekend with $12 million, bringing its domestic total to $38 million. Though so far it had made little abroad ($7 million) that brings the film’s total to $46 million worldwide, ahead of its $40 million dollar budget.

Rounding out the top five is “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” which took in another $10 million. While others have been quick to point to its drop in the Box Office from last weekend (due to losing screens and splitting the audience with “How to Train Your Dragon), the film had a $15 million budget and low expectations due to not having any name actors. The film’s $35 million domestic total is already more than impressive to those who released it at Fox and to those who follow the Box Office.

In other opening weekend news, Atom Egoyan’s sexually-charged thriller “Chloe” took in an impressive-but-not-outstanding $1 million this weekend in limited release. Its worldwide total is now over $3 million, but what makes this most impressive is that the film’s entire $15 million budget was made back by selling the foreign distribution rights, so any money the film makes from now on is pure profit.

Also opening strongly, with $33,100 on five screens is “Waking Sleeping Beauty,” the documentary about the transitional period in the Disney organization that lead to films such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lion King”. In addition to strong word of mouth, the success of this film in limited release suggests bigger success in the weeks to come.

The film that won the per-theater-average race this weekend was “Lbs.” which made $10,900 on one screen.

What did you see this weekend? How do you feel about the state of Imax and 3-D technology at the movies? Have the higher ticket prices affected your filmgoing?

We at the Awards Circuit always love to hear from you, and as always, we look forward to seeing you at the movies.

Orson Welles is coming back to the big screen?

Well, yes and no. Here's the story in The Hollywood Reporter:

The late Orson Welles is back in the movie business. A rare recording only recently discovered of the filmmaker narrating a children's Christmas novel is being used as the basis for a film. It is being produced by Drac Studios, best known as a special effects and makeup shop for movies like "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" but now moving into full-fledged production.

Drac is in development on "Christmas Tails," a 3D live-action/CG hybrid movie to be directed by Todd Tucker and narrated by Welles, who died in 1985.

"It's a movie about how Santa's dog saves Christmas, but on one level, this a story about the discovery of Orson's lost tapes," Drac president Harvey Lowry said. "This is a substantial find. It's something that a filmmaker dreams of."

More than 25 years ago, author Robert X. Leed self-published a book titled "Christmas Tails," and in 1985 got his friend -- who happened to be the legendary Welles -- to narrate it, making five reel-to-reel recordings. The filmmaker passed away a few months later, and apart from Leed making the occasional copy of a reel to pass along with his book, the recordings stayed on a shelf in a closet of his Las Vegas home.

In December 2008, Lowry was discussing a project with a colleague, Karl Fritz, who mentioned in passing a rumor of the "lost tapes," believed to be the Welles' last professional recordings. The remarks went over Lowry's head at the time, but a month later he called Fritz back and wanted specifics.

Lowry contacted Reed, who confirmed the tapes' existence and sent them to Lowry's Burbank offices. Lowry heard the distinct voice and began brainstorming.

"We worked out a deal to option the book, and I got the recordings from him," Lowry said. The tapes were so old, he had to have them go through a chemical bath and baking process at Chemical Records so they could be digitized. He also verified their authenticity.

Lowry then approached Welles' estate to make a deal about getting the film icon back onscreen.

"I had the recording, but that didn't mean I could use them," he said. Deal in hand, Lowry began getting the movie on track.

In "Tails," Santa's reindeer fall ill, forcing him to consider canceling Christmas. Meanwhile, his dog gathers other canines in the North to help save the day. Matt Thompson wrote the screenplay based on Leed's book, and Tucker, who directed "Monster Mutt," an upcoming feature Lowry produced, came on board as helmer.

Drac, using its expertise in animatronic movie animals, will create the dog heroes and create a fantastical North Pole with computer graphics. The creative team -- Lowry, Tucker, Ron Halvas and creative director Greg Cannom -- has won Oscars for "Bram Stoker's Dracula," "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Benjamin Button" and was nominated for "Titanic" and "The Passion of the Christ" among others.

Welles' voice will be interspersed throughout the movie, much in the same way Boris Karloff's voice was used in the 1966 animated version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

Lowry said he already has fielded interest from talent from word-of-mouth alone. "People see this as their last opportunity to act in a movie with Orson Welles," he said.

Leed will serve as a consultant on the movie, and Fritz will be an executive producer. The plan is to shoot in the summer or fall with an eye toward a Christmas 2011 release.

"We're still hoping to do the project we were talking about, but this one took over as priority, you know what I mean?" Lowry said.


Today's Posters: Shrek Forever After, Life During Wartime, Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and The Losers


March 27, 2010

Diablo Cody sets up her next Original Screenplay...

...with the company that collaborated with her on Juno. The Hollywood Reporter has the details:

Diablo Cody is setting up a new original screenplay, titled “Young Adult,” with Mandate Pictures.

Mason Novick is producing along with Cody and Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith of Mr. Mudd. Mandate president Nathan Kahane and Mr. Mudd’s John Malkovich will serve as executive producers. Mary Lee will oversee the project for Mandate.

All the major players last collaborated on Cody’s Oscar-winning “Juno,” which turned into a $227 million-grossing phenomenon when Fox Searchlight released it in late 2007. Mandate, which optioned the “Young Adult” script, has the project on the fast track while it looks for a director.

The “Young Adult” storyline involves a thirtysomething, divorced, young-adult fiction writer in Minneapolis who returns to her hometown to chase the ex-boyfriend, who’s now married with a kid, that got away.

The Gersh-repped Cody has a “Taming of the Shrew” revamp set up at Paramount and an adaptation of the “Sweet Valley High” books in development at Universal. She last penned “Jennifer’s Body,” which Fox Atomic released last year, and she continues to write and executive produce the Showtime series “The United States of Tara,” which kicked off its second season Monday.

Mandate most recently produced “Whip It” and “Drag Me to Hell,” and the company has “The Switch” coming out in August. The WME-repped Mr. Mudd is developing Brian Tucker’s noir, “Broken City,” and Brent Forrester and Mindy Kaling’s romantic comedy “The Low Self Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie” with Mandate, with which it has a first-look deal.

-I like Cody's work, so I'm excited...thoughts?

Is the director of 'The Reader' going to helm the final 'Twilight' movie?

It seems like he's just one of many Oscar-nominated directors that are being pursued. Here's the story from Worst Previews:

The fourth "Twilight" film will soon go into production and Summit Entertainment has been looking for a helmer to bring it to the big screen. Some of the named attached are Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette), Gus Van Sant (Milk, Good Will Hunting), and Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Gods and Monsters).

Now, LA Times has learned that Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Reader, The Hours) has joined the list. This comes as no surprise, since the franchise has been able to attract lots of big names.

Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg is currently working on delivering a detailed outline to the directors. That should happen sometime soon. There is still no word from Summer whether the final film (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) will be broken up into two parts.

Roger Ebert's Film Festival announces its schedule!

What used to be his Overlooked Film Festival (and is now referred to as Ebertfest) has let loose with this year's list of films to be screened. The Festival's site can be found here, but this is what will be showing at the fest that mixes underrated recent films with classic ones:

Pink Floyd's The Wall
You, The Living
The New Age
Apocalypse Now Redux
Man With a Movie Camera
Synecdoche, New York
I Capture The Castle
Vincent: A Life in Color
Song Sung Blue

-Thoughts on the lineup?

March 26, 2010

Circuit Wrap-Up

We at the Awards Circuit decided that at the end of the week we want to provide you with links to everything that's gone up in the past seven days on the main site, in case you missed anything that we've put up that you might enjoy.

Here are all of our recent reviews:


Check out our new weekly series "Under the Circuit". Find out more about it in the first installment here, in which Clayton Davis examines the career and Oscar snubs of Michael Keaton.

If you're into early speculation as to who could/should win big at the Kodak next February, we put up our new Chart Predictions, here.

For the American Idol Fans, check out the recap of this week's top 11 sing-off here.

This week also brought Historical Circuit reviews of Best Picture winners The Broadway Melody and All Quiet On the Western Front.

Last but not least, for the musically inclined (or if you're looking for something to listen to on your way to the movies), check out soundtrack reviews of Where the Wild Things Are and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Have a wonderful weekend, and as always, we'll see you at the movies!

Iron Man 2 gets a new Poster!


Robin Hood to open the Cannes Film Festival?

Apparently so, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

Ridley Scott's "Robin Hood" will open the 63rd Festival de Cannes on May 12, organizers said. Russell Crowe plays the legendary archer alongside Cate Blanchett, Max Von Sydow, Lea Sedoux and William Hurt.

"Robin Hood," produced by Brian Grazer, Imagine Entertainment and Scott's Scott Free, will screen out of competition at Cannes on the same day it hits French theaters, before Universal releases the film worldwide on May 14.

Scott is no stranger to the Croisette, having screened his prize-winning "The Duellists" in 1977 then "Thelma and Louise" in 1991.

Written by Brian Helgleland, the new version of the classic story is an action-packed look at the well-known tale about a thief-turned-hero in 13th century England trying to save a village and earn the affections of his lady love. Crowe isn't the first to play the heroic outlaw; Robin Hood's tights have previously been worn by Errol Flynn, Sean Connery and Kevin Costner.

The Festival de Cannes is set for May 12-23.


Mother and Child gets a Trailer

Take a look:


The Oscars will be held in February again!

February 27, 2011 to be exact, according to this in The Hollywood Reporter:

There are only 48 weeks left until the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.

While the Oscars this year took place on the first Sunday in March to avoid going head-to-head with the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics, next year's Oscar schedule, released Thursday, will culminate with the awards showing returning to the last Sunday in February, a spot on the calendar that it has occupied since 2004. That will effectively shorten awards season by at least a week.

The Academy has slotted Feb. 27 for its next Oscarcast.

The deadline for nomination ballots is Jan. 14; the nominations will be announced Jan. 25; and final ballots will be due Feb. 22.

The ceremony will once again take place at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland and be broadcast by ABC.

Separately, the Producers Guild of America also set dates for its 22nd annual Producers Guild Awards, which will take place on Saturday, Jan. 22.

The 2011 calendar is quickly filling up. The Golden Globe Awards have already claimed Sunday, Jan. 16. The DGA Awards will be held on Saturday, Jan. 29, and the SAG Awards are set for Sunday, Jan. 30.


Is Brad Bird a contender to direct 'Mission: Impossible IV'?

Apparently so, according to this in The Hollywood Reporter:

As the search for a "Mission: Impossible IV" director intensifies, a surprising contender has emerged: Brad Bird.

Finding a director has been a top priority for star Tom Cruise, who reprises his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt and is producing with J.J. Abrams. Paramount set a May 27, 2011, release date for the movie and is eyeing a summer start. A tentpole of this magnitude needs a lot of prep time to iron out things such as massive set pieces and worldwide locations.

Cruise and Abrams have been meeting with helmers new and old, including "Zombieland" director Ruben Fleischer and Edgar Wright, who has "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" coming out this summer.

On the surface, Bird may seem a peculiar choice. The writer-director wrote and directed 1999's "The Iron Giant" and 2004's "The Incredibles" as well as 2007's "Ratatouille" (the latter two earned Oscars for best animated picture), but he has never helmed a live-action feature.

On the other hand, nabbing Bird would be inspired. He is praised for his storytelling skills and is known for his strengths in staging thrilling and intricate action set-pieces as well as fusing the action with large dollops of heart and emotion.

Bird has been itching to make his live-action debut for a while and has long been developing "1906," set around the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. That project is set up at Warners and is rumored to be stalled because of budgetary reasons.

Bird would not be the first Pixar-ite to jump into live action. Andrew Stanton, who directed "Finding Nemo" and "WALL-E" is in London shooting "John Carter of Mars," a big-screen translation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs hero.

If Bird does end up directing "MI4," however, he would beat Stanton to the big-screen, as "Carter" has a 2012 release date.

The fourth installment of the moneymaking "Mission" franchise, based on the 1960s TV series, has been in the works for a while but gained traction in February when Cruise officially made it his next starring gig.

Plot details are being kept under a lid of secrecy, but Abrams worked on the story with scribes Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum, who have written the screenplay.

-Who would you pick to direct the flick?

March 25, 2010

Welcome to the Indie Circuit

If you’re like any of us here at the Awards Circuit, at this point in the week you’re considering what to do with your valuable free time and entertainment dollars over the weekend. The writers at the Awards Circuit have always valued independent film highly, and with financing, distribution, and marketing, harder to get for independent films than it has ever been, the independent film industry needs filmgoers now more than ever.

Could you imagine this past year without “(500) Days of Summer,” “Crazy Heart,” “The Hurt Locker,” “The Last Station,” or “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” just to name a few. Despite good buzz coming out of Sundance of some promising acquisitions, the word within the industry and those who cover it is that this could be the slowest year in the last twenty when it comes to the production, distribution, or promotion of independent film. Once again, if filmgoers want to keep unique and alternative cinema alive, the voting must take place every weekend, at the Box Office, with people’s dollars. Despite our wishes and intentions to the contrary, the staff at the Awards Circuit alone does not have the dollars or manpower to finance or save the independent film industry.

With that in mind, we wanted to let you know how you could put your dollars towards supporting independent film this weekend, and hopefully get a good return on the personal and financial investment, by leaving the theater feeling entertained, yet hopefully having gone to a place mentally and emotionally normally not seen at the multiplex.

We have compiled a list of the independent films currently playing and picked the five that received the highest ratings from the Awards Circuit staff writers who reviewed them. In addition to providing links to our reviews (which you can read by clicking on the title of the film) we will also try to provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on what cities and even theaters the films will be playing or opening in this weekend. To see where the films are playing, as some of the list may be too long to mention here, we’ll make sure to post the cities in the comments section of this post.

These films may not have multi-million dollar marketing budgets, but they have ignited our passions so much as to ask you to see them. We hope you do and walk away as exhilarated as we did.


City Island

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


The Secret of Kells

Behold the trailer for 'Scott Pilgrim vs. The World'!

And oh what a teaser it is:

-I must see this film immediately...thoughts?

Carey Mulligan to play Eliza Doolittle in a remake of 'My Fair Lady'...

From the BBC:

British actress Carey Mulligan is set to play Eliza Doolittle in a remake of My Fair Lady, according to the film's writer Emma Thompson.

Speaking to BBC 5 live at the premiere of her latest movie Nanny McPhee, the star said they have yet to cast the male lead of Henry Higgins.

It has been reported that Hugh Grant is linked to the role.

Thompson said that she would "love him to do it", but added nothing had been confirmed yet.

When asked whether it was true that Mulligan had been cast in the musical movie, Thompson said: "I think Carey is set to play it, yes.

"But we still don't know about [Henry] Higgins. I love Hugh so I'd love him to do it, he might want to, he might not want to, so we don't know yet. But hopefully we'll make it later this year."

The musical was originally staged on Broadway in 1956, starring Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison, which became a smash hit.

It won nine Tony awards before transferring to London's West End.

In 1964 Harrison starred in a film version opposite Audrey Hepburn, which scooped eight Oscars, including best director for George Cukor.


'At The Movies' gets canceled...

...and for all of us who dreamed of one day sitting on that set, it's a sad day. Cinematical has the story:

The long-running staple of televised film criticism is no more. Dating back to its roots in 1975 when it was called Sneak Previews, most of us remember it under its proper name of Siskel & Ebert which branded the show from 1986 to early 1999 when Gene untimely passed away at the age of 53. After a variety of guest hosts, Richard Roeper became Roger's permanent co-host in 2000 and the show became Ebert & Roeper until 2006. Roeper remained on as host while Ebert had his own battles with cancer. Now called At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper, more guest hosts were invited on from film critics like A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips to filmmakers including Harold Ramis and even Kevin Smith.

But the darkest turn was yet to come in 2008 when both Ebert & Roeper cut their ties with Disney when they decided "to take the a new direction." And it was steered (to the dismay of many) to the likes of Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz. While Mankiewicz, a presenter for the Turner Classics channel, was given a pass for his contributions, it was mostly faint praise directed at him not being the other Ben. Generally regarded as a disaster of the highest order for his predilection towards namedropping actors he parties with and a regular disregard for the kind of critical thought associated with the program, the son of critic Jeffrey Lyons (who took over for Gene & Roger when they left Sneak Previews) inspired not only the StopBenLyons website but a regular Quote of the Week column (by yours truly) that remains as a weekly history of how far this "new direction" dragged the show down.

I will never forget the text messages back home in Chicago that I received on vacation last August when it was announced that the Lyons & Mankiewicz experiment would end after a mere year on the air. And that they would be replaced by two actual film critics, Michael Phillips and A.O. Scott, brought back after their guest hosting stints. The show clearly heard the criticisms over the two Bens and even advertised the 2009-10 reboot as having "serious" critics and "serious" reviews. Alas, the refreshing reboot akin to Obama following Dubya at the mic, will last just as long. The statement from Disney reads as follows:

"After 24 seasons with us in national syndication, the highly regarded movie review show "At the Movies" (formerly known as "Siskel & Ebert" and "Ebert & Roeper") will air its last original broadcast the weekend of August 14, 2010. This was a very difficult decision, especially considering the program's rich history and iconic status within the entertainment industry, but from a business perspective it became clear this weekly, half-hour, broadcast syndication series was no longer sustainable. We gratefully acknowledge the outstanding work of the program's current co-hosts A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips and top-notch production staff, and it is with heartfelt appreciation that we extend very special thanks to the two brilliant, visionary and incomparable critics that started it all, Roger Ebert and the late Gene Siskel."

Michael Phillips will continue on as lead critic at the Chicago Tribune and A.O. Scott will continue at the New York Times. The show may be coming to an end, but the memories will flourish. To think that the show inspired a whole new generation of those who have made their passion in lending their minds to the art of cinema criticism. Roger Ebert's voice, in print, on YouTube, and now computerized better than ever will speak to generations of not just aspiring critics but hopefully to filmmakers everywhere. There is something to be learned from criticism, constructive or vitriolic, and this is the show that taught us that.

-For the last time...the balcony is closed.

Noah Baumbach decides on his next project!

Here's part of the story, from /Film (the whole article can be found here):

Noah Baumbach's latest film Greenberg is opening to fairly strong reception, and while there’s that word that he’s helping rewrite the heist film Tower Heist for Brett Ratner, I figured that it might be a moment before we heard anything for certain about Baumbach’s next directorial project.

But Baumbach is already signing to direct The Emperor’s Children, for producer Brian Grazer. Ron Howard was previously attached to direct from a script by Baumbach, but he’s handed over the reigns.

The Wrap has notes on the deal, saying that Eric Bana, Keira Knightley and Richard Gere are all attached to star. Howard will still produce with Grazer.

(This isn’t to be confused with the Vince Vaughn / Kevin James dramedy that we’ve recently reported Howard will direct. That should still be his next feature.)

Baumbach wrote the script for The Emperor’s Children based on Claire Messud’s 2006 novel of the same name. He wrote the script for Howard (as mentioned in Variety in 2007) and recently said he hoped to direct it. Wish: granted.

-Sounds like a great project for him...thoughts?

March 24, 2010

American Idol Top 11 Recap

The American Idol Top 11 have performed (horribly I might add) and the recap is up along with the prediction of the Bottom 3 and Elimination. Read HERE

Who do you think is going home? Comment.

Ask us anything that's been on your mind!

In an attempt to continue to interact with all of you readers as much as possible, I'm trying this out. Feel free to go on Formspring and ask myself (here) or Myles (here) any question that's on your mind. We try to be as accommodating as possible, so go for it!

The Weinstein Company picks up 'The Company Men' for distribution...

...via The Hollywood Reporter:

The Weinstein Co. has acquired U.S. distribution rights to John Wells’ directorial debut, “The Company Men.” A release is planned for later in the year.

The downsizing drama, which was inspired by the experiences of one of Wells’ in-laws, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The deal, which includes a mid seven-figure P&A commitment, was brokered by David Glasser and Peter Lawson of the Weinstein Company and CAA, which also set up financing for the film.

“I am thrilled to be in business with John Wells and my old friend Ben Affleck,” said Harvey Weinstein. “John has put together a tremendous cast to tell this timely story, and I look forward to bringing it to audiences.”

This marks the Weinstein Company’s third acquisition from the 2010 Sundance event. The company picked up North American and Pan-Asian rights to the indie drama “Blue Valentine” for low seven figures during the fest. And in the weeks after the festival it acquired North American and English-language rights to the documentary “The Tillman Story.”

“Company Men” stars Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Costner in a drama about how layoffs at an industrial plant affect three generations of men and their families. Wells wrote and directed the film, which he produced along with Claire Rudnick Polstein and Paula Weinstein.

IM Global continues to handle international rights to the film.

-This gives the Weinsteins some very interesting flicks this year...thoughts?

Check out our new Article series, as well as some new reviews!

Yes, we've started a new series of articles called Under the Circuit, in which we profile someone who's yet to receive an Oscar nomination. The first installment profiles Michael Keaton and can be found here. Be on the lookout for lots more of these to come!
We also have a bunch of new reviews for you. We have reviews of Greenberg, The Runaways, Green Zone, and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Go here to see them all and enjoy reading them!
-Thoughts on the new article and reviews?

Kevin Smith to finally get to make Red State!

Those of you who are fans of him (myself included) know that this is a long time coming. Here's the story from Moviehole:

Three years after he first announced it, Kevin Smith is set to stock his Nikon up and film "Red State". The long-gestating horror film (plot details of which the filmmaker has never disclosed) will be the "Cop Out" director's next picture - shooting in July.

Smith has had a real battle getting the film up - The Weinstein's knocked it back, and furthermore, nobody else seemed very interested in bankrolling it. At one stage he even considered letting his fans finance it. But, seems someone with an actual vault's come to the party.

"I talk about lots of stuff I wanna do that either happens years later or never happens at all. Happy to report RED STATE is not the latter", Smith tweeted today. "Looks like we start shooting this July. Took nearly three years, but we're finally gonna roll on RED."

After "Red State", Smith shoots the hockey comedy "Hit Somebody" starring Seann William Scott (who stars in Smith's "Cop Out") and 80s icon Wil Wheaton ("Stand by Me","Star Trek: The Next Generation").

-I always like a talented artist trying something different (hey, I even liked Cop Out), so this is exciting to me...thoughts?

Want to meet some of the new characters from Toy Story 3?

Well, just go here and /Film has a summary of a bunch of new toys that Pixar will be springing on us soon. I for one think they all remind me in some small way of childhood (or my sister's), which makes me smile.
-Which of the new toys is your favorite?

March 23, 2010

Chris Evans is officially Captain America...

...for better or worse. Check out the story here.

Wes Craven Announces "Scream 4"

According to EW - Hollywood Insider, Nicole Sperling
Read the Full Article HERE

Here's a clip from the article:

It’s official: Scream 4 is a go. Dimension Films announced today that the fourth iteration of the popular series is back and starting production this spring. Kevin Williamson is writing, Wes Craven is directing, and Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox have all signed on to reprise their roles from the original Scream movie. The veterans are set to join a new group of young actors who have yet to be announced. Scream 4 will be released on April 15, 2011.

What do you think? Is there room in your hearts for a fourth scare from this franchise?

Behold the trailer for Sylvain Chomet's new film 'The Illusionist'

Take a look:

-Should it manage to get stateside distribution, it seems to be Toy Story 3's primary competition in the Animated category...thoughts?

The Hurt Locker caps off its awards run with one more top honor!

This one is from the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film. Here are all the winners it announced:

Ensemble Cast – In the Loop
Production Design – A Single Man
Cinematography - Christian Berger for The White Ribbon
Adapted Screenplay – Gregory Fletcher for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Original Screenplay – Armando Iannucci; Harold P. Manning; Ian Martin; Jesse Armstrong; Simon Blackwell; Tony Roche for In the Loop
Supporting Actor – Peter Capaldi for In the Loop
Supporting Actress – Mo’Nique for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Actor – Colin Firth for A Single Man
Actress – Gabourey Sidibe for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Director – Hirokazu Koreeda for Still Walking
Documentary – The Beaches of Agnes and Herb & Dorothy
Movie – The Hurt Locker
Buried Treasure – Bronson

-What a year for The Hurt Locker...


LOS ANGELES, CA (March 23, 2010) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the inaugural International Film Co-Production Showcase (CoProShow) competition, which is taking place in connection with the second annual Produced By Conference (PBC) being held June 4-6, 2010 at Twentieth Century Fox Studios. Reaching across film, television and new media industries, PBC is a rare educational forum involving acclaimed producers, including countless Academy Award®-winning filmmakers and Emmy® winners, as well as the next generation of creative entrepreneurs.

The goal of CoProShow, which was developed by the PGA’s International Committee, is to provide international film producers with a unique opportunity to engage in an open dialogue with their U.S. counterparts. CoProShow is a feature film project market that will provide an opportunity for five talented, international producers to bring their film projects to PBC and have one-on-one, co-production meetings with American producers. CoProShow, which is open to international film producers (non-US residents), represents the first co-production showcase competition to be held in Los Angeles. This showcase aims to help international producers initiate business relationships, co-develop compelling projects and spearhead investment.

“The CoProShow is the first international feature film project market to take place in Hollywood, and we couldn’t ask for a more exciting venue to launch. A producer’s job inevitably must consider an increasingly inter-connected world, and the PGA is dedicated to being a gateway for international producers to the U.S. market,” said Stu Levy, Chair of the PGA’s International Committee.

Interested international film producers should submit a screenplay synopsis for a feature-length project currently under development, which will then be reviewed by a panel of acclaimed U.S. producers. Five finalists will be selected and invited to travel to Los Angeles to attend the 2010 PBC weekend event and meet with the panel, as well as participate in the weekend events. The deadline to receive CoProShow submissions is April 30, 2010. For more information regarding guidelines and the application process, please visit

The 2010 Produced By Conference will feature over 30 conference sessions designed to provide all producers with valuable career tools and insights necessary in today’s competitive marketplace. The annual event features an extraordinary program of esteemed speakers, seminars, networking opportunities, social events and exhibitors. Various keynotes, panel discussions, and special mentoring roundtables are slated to take place throughout the weekend. Among the many topics to be discussed are financing, distribution, development, brand integration, green productions, scripted and reality television, live entertainment, 3D and transmedia storytelling, new media and videogame development, and much more. Last year’s sold out conference connected more than 1,200 producing professionals. Interested participants can register online at

PBC is an annual event sponsored, produced and managed by the PGA. All profits from PBC are reinvested into industry member services, including education, industry promotion, production standards development, market research and legislative advocacy. The annual event features an extraordinary program of renowned speakers, seminars, networking opportunities, social events and exhibitors.

About the Producers Guild of America
The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. The PGA has over 4,000 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry and community by providing members health benefits, enforcing workplace labor laws, the creation of fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts. The PGA hosts important industry events including the annual PGA Awards and the Produced By Conference. Visit for more information.

There's a lot of quality on DVD this week...

...and while none of the films are great, all of them are good, making this the rare week in which all of the releases get a recommendation from me. For my PICK OF THE WEEK, I chose to go with the following film:
Some of the best acting of the year is featured in this film about the mental anguish that the current war has brought home. Tobey Maguire gives perhaps his best performance ever in this movie, and I highly recommend it for its acting alone, if for no other reason.
-The other releases are good as well, if not quite as good. We have the oddball comedy Men Who Stare at Goats, which is a bit sillier than it needed to be, but still is a lot of fun. There's also The Blind Side, which Sandra Bullock won the Oscar for (as you all know by now). I have issues with this film, but I like it enough to recommend it. Wes Anderson goes the animation route with Fantastic Mr. Fox, which was decently charming and is worth a watch. Finally, we have Red Cliff, John Woo's best film in a while. You have the choice of the U.S. release, which is editing for time, or the foreign release, which is available in two separate parts.
-My Vintage pick is, in honor of Friday's release of Hot Tub Time Machine, another time travel film (perhaps the best ever). It's Back To The Future, and frankly, if you've never seen this classic...get off your ass.
-What will you be watching on DVD this week?

Curious when the next Golden Globes will be held?

Well, wonder no more, as The Hollywood Reporter has the answer:

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has set Sunday, Jan. 16, as the date for its 68th annual Golden Globe Awards. The show again will be broadcast live by NBC from the Beverly Hills Hotel.

The broadcast is produced by Dick Clark Prods. in association with the HFPA.

The 2010 show saw a 14% audience increase from the previous year's broadcast and delivered NBC's biggest non-sports audience in the time period in six years.

-Mark it down...

'Transformers 3' begins casting...

...and the initial results seem far too good for the material (at least to me). Here's the story from Deadline New York:

Michael Bay has added some quality actors to Transformers 3. He has set John Malkovich and Frances McDormand to join Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox. McDormand will play a big role, the National Intelligence Director. Malkovich plays Shia's character's first boss. That promises to be interesting. Also aboard is Ken Jeong, from The Hangover. Pre-shoots start next month, and shooting is set for Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Florida, Texas, Africa, Moscow and China.


March 22, 2010

ACCA's Best Picture category is back up...

...after a minor issue (and we'll keep it open longer than Friday to make up the difference), so vote away!

Behold our first full staff Chart predictions of the year, plus new reviews!

In case you hadn't noticed, the Main Page of The Awards Circuit is full of new things to check out. We begin with the first Chart predictions of the year. Go here to see how each of us on staff see the winners of next year's Oscars being. It's early, but hey, never to early to start feeling things out. Be sure to let us know what you think!
We also have some new reviews, starting with an early look at Chloe, along with reviews of Brooklyn's Finest, City Island, and She's Out of My League. All the reviews so far this year can be found here, so take a look!
Finally, we have some new Soundtrack reviews, found here. Take a gander and keep an eye out for more to come.
-Thoughts on the new chart predictions and reviews?

Is Chris Evans going to be Captain America?

Seems like they've offered him the role, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

Chris Evans is one step closer to the role of Captain America.

Sources tell us the actor, who once donned superhero garb in two "Fantastic Four" movies, has been offered the role of Captain America.

Marvel has not confirmed the development and CAA, which reps the actor, declined to comment.

Evans' offer would include starring in up to three "America" movies plus "The Avengers" movies and appearances in several other Marvel movies. While an offer to star in "America" may seem like something you don't have to mull over too long, one possible complication is that Evans is committed to co-starring in the Anna Faris romantic comedy "What's Your Number?" Both are scheduled to shoot this summer.

The role of Captain America and his alter ego Steve Rogers has been one of the most heavily scrutinized parts by the industry, the media and the comic book fandom in recent memory.

Evans wasn’t in the initial round of actors being considered, which for the most part leaned to the newcomer side. Michael Cassidy, Patrick Flueger, Scott Porter, Wilson Blethel and Mike Vogel, on top of John Krasinski and Chace Crawford, were those testing and reading. Garrett Hedlund was also someone Marvel was interested in.

Evans, who did not screen test, already has a relationship with Marvel, having starred as Johnny Storm, the fire-covered superhero in the two “Fantastic Four” movies that Fox released in 2005 and 2007. There is some question whether fans would be accepting of an actor who already played a Marvel superhero just a few years ago, but given that the movies were not well embraced, with no one faulting the actors, Evans might have a clean slate with moviegoers.

Joe Johnston is directing “America,” which shoots in England.

Evans, also repped by 3 Arts Entertainment, has the DC Comics adaptation “The Losers” in the can and also appears in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” Edgar Wright’s adaptation of the popular Oni Press graphic novel series.

-I don't know that he'd be my first choice, but he could definitely work...thoughts?

Keep voting for ACCA 2003...

...since it closes on Friday. Go here to vote and make sure your favorites get nominated!

March 21, 2010

Today's Posters: The Secret in Their Eyes, Mother and Child, Don McKay, and The Losers


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

Film-goers went back to Wonderland this weekend as “Alice in Wonderland” grossed another $34.5 million dollars to take the top spot for the third weekend in a row. Not only has the film already made a sizable profit with a $565 million worldwide total, but the film has grossed $265 million domestically, overtaking “Batman” as Tim Burton’s highest-grossing film to date.

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” debuted at second place with $21.8 million. Not only did this surpass the expectations Fox or anyone else had for the film, but now the movie which has no A-list stars attached has already turned a profit on its $15 million budget.

“The Bounty Hunter” came in below expectations at third place with $21 million. Though this was a disappointing opening for a romantic comedy starring Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston (“The Ugly Truth” and “The Break-Up” opened with $27 and $39 million respectively), the film should easily make a profit on its $40 million budget in the coming weeks once foreign grosses are factored in, to say nothing of DVD sales.

The $6 million opening of “Repo Men” was disappointing by any standard, including those that factor in the sci-fi genre (which frequently struggles at the Box Office) and star Jude Law (who sometimes struggles at the Box Office, depending on the movie). Yet unlike Law’s biggest flop “Alfie,” Repo Men still stands to be able to make a profit on its $32 million budget, once foreign grosses come in and DVD sales are tallied.

Rounding out the top, five “She’s Out of My League” took in another $6 million, so with the domestic total of $19.945 million dollars, the film is on the cusp of breaking even on its $20 million budget. Look for the film to turn a profit in the coming days.

In other opening news, while Robert Pattinson proved last week that he’s no Box-Office draw outside of the “Twilight” series, Kristen Stewart is making a similar statement this weekend as “The Runaways” opened with a respectable but not stellar gross of $803,000 in 244 theaters (that’s $3,291 per theater, finishing sixth in the per-theater average race). Stewart’s film will likely be like Pattinson’s, which will fail to dazzle at the Box Office upon wide release, but should still be able to turn a profit on its $10 million budget.

Two other films making their debuts won the per-screen-average race this week, with “City Island” taking the top spot. The family dramady starring Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Emily Mortimer, and Alan Arkin took in $35,000 on two screens. For an independent film of this sort, the most important form of marketing is word-of-mouth. Based on the resoundingly enthusiastic reception the film received during advance screenings and the opening run at the Landmark in LA this weekend, “City Island” should very easily be able to make a profit on its $6 million budget as it expands.

In second place, the new IMAX 3-D documentary “Hubble 3D” grossed $453,000 on 39 screens, for a per-screen-average of $11,615.

In a rollercoaster week at the Box-Office, what were you most surprised to see succeed or fail? Please let us know, along with mentioning what and saw this weekend (and as always, its Oscar potential) and on behalf of all of us at the Awards Circuit we look forward to seeing you at the movies.

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-We look forward to seeing/hearing from you!

March 20, 2010

The writer of 'Hotel Rwanda' to make a biopic of Cesar Chavez?

So it seems, according to this in The Hollywood Reporter:

Screenwriter Keir Pearson and Larry Meli have optioned life rights to make a biopic about civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez.

Pearson, who will write the feature screenplay, is producing with Meli for Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna's Mexico-based Canana Films. The rights were controlled and granted by the Cesar Chavez Foundation; negotiations were handled by Chavez's son, Paul.

From the 1950s through 1993, when he died, Chavez worked as a community organizer and fought for improved working conditions for California farm workers. The Mexican-American co-founded the National Farm Workers Assn., which later became the United Farm Workers union, and campaigned to prevent illegal immigration from undermining unionization efforts.

Chavez's birthday, March 31, is celebrated as a state holiday in several states, including California and Texas, and he was awarded the U.S. Medal of Freedom posthumously in 1994. In 2006, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger inducted him into the state's hall of fame.

Pearson, repped by Benderspink, was nominated for an original screenplay Oscar in 2005 for co-writing "Hotel Rwanda" with the film's director Terry George. He also has an adaptation of Jim Wooten's "We Are All the Same: A Story of a Boy's Courage and a Mother's Love" in development with producer Marty Adelstein, and he is writing a biopic about Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente for HBO and Playtone.

-Thoughts on this potential projects?

Predators gets an Official Trailer...

...and it's decently cool:


Today's Posters: The A-Team, The Switch, and Please Give


March 19, 2010

Christoph Waltz to helm a German romantic comedy!

Here's the interesting story, from Empire Online:

Christoph Waltz, fresh from winning an Oscar for his role as Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds, has announced his intent to direct his first film, romantic comedy Up And Away.

But if you want to watch the eventual film, you’re going to have to A) brush up on your language skills, B) find a screening that’s dubbed or has subtitles or C) wait for the inevitable American remake, because the film’s being backed by Fox International Productions and will be made in German.

Up And Away will be focused on the female host/producer of a dating game, who has squirreled away her own feelings and is seriously cynical about love. But she’s forced to confront her stance on the subject through a series of events. “When you make feelings a commodity, it’s not a feeling anymore,” Waltz tells the LA Times.

It’s not his first turn behind the camera, though his experience to date is largely limited to directing German television. This time out, he’s co-written the script and might take a supporting role in the film.

Note to anyone hoping to get cast: asking your director if that take was “a bingo” is neither cute, nor funny. And if Waltz’s busy acting schedule keeps him from the director’s chair until 2011, it’ll be a very old joke.


'The Switch' (which used to be known as 'The Baster') gets a Trailer...

...which you can see below:


March 18, 2010

Today's Posters: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and The Expendables


American Idol Interview: Kristen McNamara

In Season 8 of American Idol we saw outstanding talent fall by the wayside with the likeness of Felicia Barton, Ju'Not Joyner, Brent Keith and Ricky Braddy. Among that list is the beautiful and talented Kristen McNamara, the big voice bombshell, who unfortunately is best known for her drama-full antics with her group members during the Hollywood rounds.

One of the best things about Kristen is how unrestrained she is. She doesn't sugercoat anything for you. In this interview about her time on Idol and her future plans with her fellow contestants Tatiana del Toro and Nick "Normund Gentile" Mitchell and their upcoming reality show pilot, Kristen lays it all out. She speaks about her being pushed to be something she wasn't by the judges, one of which is a country singer, which she is not anymore.

She also spills a little secret that may explain some of the sour taste Season 8 put in many viewers' mouths. Give a listen...