As we head into another Oscar year we are once again faced with nine Best Picture nominees. We all know it will be nine because ever since the Academy changed their rules from Best Picture from five to ten and then from ten to an arbitrary number between 5... (Read More)
The Dissolve’s Tasha Robinson writes up a brilliant piece about female characters in films who are supposed to be “strong” but who, in the end, really are just your usual backseat babe, making the world easier for the male hero to swoop in and save the day. Most of... (Read More)
Fargo is the best show on TV no one is really talking about. It’s a slow burn, admittedly, which hasn’t caught the same kind of zeitgeist fire that True Detective or House of Cards caught. But that’s probably because it’s an acquired taste – and besides, so many other... (Read More)
My Facebook friend (#humblebrag) and one of my favorite film directors Rod Lurie recently posted the following status update: [Redacted, how much he loved Joe Carnahan's film The Grey] “If I had been a critic when that film came out I would have pounded the Academy into submission. I... (Read More)
Ruby Dee died peacefully in her sleep at 91 years old. Thanks to Natasha for the news. Dee was nominated for American Gangster, though not Do the Right Thing, a major oversight.
The movies this year are already looking like a brilliant array of creative risks. Birdman!
Home actually has — brace yourselves — a black female in the lead. This is a beautifully risky endeavor for a genre that devotes itself almost entirely (give or take an hispanic tie-in here or there) to white folk. Rihanna voices the lead, Jim Parsons plays the sidekick. Hat... (Read More)
The writing team behind the Oscar-nominated screenplay for Bridesmaids, Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, have come up with a new project that Wiig will direct. Very exciting news, especially since directing is often entrusted to the male half of our species. The project is described as: “best friends who... (Read More)
IGN posted some footage shown at E3 panel, along with a few stills. “A character study with action sequences.”
Watch a passionate new clip and a Sundance interview with Shailene Woodley after the cut.