2023 Cannes Dispatch: That’s a Wrap

Guys, I was so worried. The memory of a film festival, however excellent its selection, can be utterly tarnished by bad jury decisions (we see you, George Miller for Cannes 2016). And to be perfectly honest, I had DOUBTS about this year’s jury. But you know what? Ruben Östlund & Co. did good. I probably would have shifted some of their choices around a little bit, but overall they did not pick one bad film from an exceptional lineup, forever securing the legacy of Cannes’ 76th edition, and that’s more than you can say for most festival juries. More thoughts below. Best Screenplay MONSTER CALLED...

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Tina Turner: Soul Survivor

In the long history of women escaping abusive men, few stories are more well known than that of Tina Turner’s eventual exit from her husband and band leader Ike. There are several reasons why we know Tina’s story: Her own fame, the matter of public record, her autobiography with Kurt Loder “I, Tina,” but of course, it’s the cinematic dramatization...

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Nantucket Film Festival Announces Additional Films, Signature Programs, and Special Guests

Official release: Nantucket, MA (May 25, 2023) - The Nantucket Film Festival® presented by Bank of America® (NFF) announced additional films, Signature Programs, and special guests for the 28th annual edition, which will run June 21-26. American journalist and veteran television news anchor Brian Williams is set to return as host of the 2023 Screenwriters Tribute presented by Bank of...

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Ray Stevenson: Legionnaire

It was never hard to pick Ray Stevenson out in a scene. All you had to do was look for the toughest looking guy in the frame, and if Ray’s in the scene, well, he’s that guy. Stevenson, from Northern Ireland, had a lengthy and varied 30-year career. He broke through on film playing Dagonet in Antoine Fuqua’s ill-fated King...

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Oscars 2024: Stunning Trailer for ‘The Color Purple’ Musical Shows Huge Potential

Warner Bros. released the first full look at the upcoming The Color Purple musical, starring Fantasia, Taraji P. Henson, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, Danielle Brooks, H.E.R., The Little Mermaid sensation Halle Bailey, and many more. It's immediately apparent that the film, hailing from director Blitz Bazawule, looks to stand totally on its own when compared to Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated original...

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‘The Little Mermaid:’ Halle Bailey’s Star-Making Performance Lifts Disney’s Best Live-Action Adaptation

Poor unfortunate soul. That's what I'd call anyone daring to attempt a live-action remake of the insanely beloved 1989 animated classic The Little Mermaid. That film, widely credited for re-energizing a sagging Disney animation industry, made the animated musical a hot property and gave millions of children around the world their first modern day princess. And it wasn't beloved by...

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2023 Cannes Dispatch: Justine Triet’s Courtroom Drama ‘Anatomy of a Fall’

Today’s dispatch may turn into a Sandra Hüller tribute, but I suspect few people would complain. The German actress, who broke out big time with Toni Erdmann, stunned in the early Palme d’Or favorite The Zone of Interest two days ago. And now, she’s wowed again for her starring role in French director Justine Triet’s courtroom drama Anatomy of a...

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‘White House Plumbers’ Cinematographer Steven Meizler Creates a Paranoid Visual Pallet Out Of Our Cinematic Past

When sitting down with director David Mandel to discuss the potential visual pallets for the HBO limited series White House Plumbers, cinematographer Steven Meizler (2021 Emmy winner for The Queen's Gambit) discovered both artists had a mutual affection for the paranoid political thrillers of the 1970s. All the President's Men, yes, as that film tells the flip side of the same Watergate...

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‘Being Mary Tyler Moore’ Director James Adolphus On Why Moore Never Saw Herself as a Feminist

Awards Daily talks to director James Adolphus about his new HBO documentary, Being Mary Tyler Moore, and the lady behind the smile. Director James Adolphus gets a little embarrassed when asked what drew him to his latest project, the HBO documentary Being Mary Tyler Moore. "Before I joined this project, I didn't know anything at all about Mary Tyler Moore,"...

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Oscarwatchers Say…

2024 Oscar TRACKER

Best Picture
Best Actor

Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Director

Adapted Screenplay

Best Editing

Production Design
Sound Mixing + Editing

Visual Effects
Original Score
Original Song

Makeup and Hair
Animated Feature
Documentary Feature
International Feature
Live Action Short
Documentary Short
Animated Short
  1. It's crazy how competitive International Feature can be already if these films are all chosen: The Zone of Interest (UK/Poland)…


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