Co-written, co-produced, and starring two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn as an aging, redemption-seeking mercenary for a multinational private security company closely modeled on Blackwater (later Xe), The Gunman, a generic, globe-trotting action-thriller, has been positioned clearly as a late-career attempt to reinvent Penn, tortured intensity personified, into an action
Surprise: Another film we thought would contend for Oscars this year got bumped to next year, as Sony moved The Monuments Men to 2014. Apparently there wasn’t enough time to finish the visual effects. This move might give the distributor’s upcoming American Hustle more room to breathe. Monuments director George
Watch the international trailer for Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor. Michael Fassbender plays a lawyer that finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking. The cast also includes Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt. The script was penned by Cormac McCarthy. Keep reading to watch the
This week we have some great releases: Skyfall, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Sessions, Bully and The Man with the Iron Fists are my top picks! Skyfall’s theme song, performed by Adele, has gotten plenty of love along with the movie. The Perks of Being a Wallflower had
The latest installment of the James Bond franchise, Skyfall, was one of the best the series has ever produced. After failing a mission, Bond (Daniel Craig) returns determined to get back to his old self. And he needs it, as a puzzling figure name Silva (Javier Bardem) appears dead set
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) and, oddly enough, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) handed their highest honors to Ben Affleck’s Argo last weekend. (Wreck-It Ralph and Searching for Sugar Man won the top honors for animated and documentary features, respectively, with the former guild, and I expect them to repeat
The Oscar Nominations were announced today by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone, and, well… I paid attention to the Oscars somewhat near the end of 2007 when the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men took the big wins, but my first full year of keeping tabs on Oscar was
There is not much time left in the Oscar race. The most important awards announcement of the week came on Wednesday when the Producers Guild of America (PGA) revealed its nominees for the Daryl F. Zanuck Award for Producer of the Year in Theatrical Motion Pictures, which are: Argo, Beasts
Each of the top eight races boasts a front-runner or two, but what about the other three or four nominees in each race? It’s both a frustrating change of pace and a welcome one. It makes predicting the Oscars more difficult, but it also makes pinpointing the season a bit more exciting, doesn’t it?
We’re at the point where it’s better to throw in and summarize some official predictions, updating them as we move along, than to summarize the events of the week. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, the most nominated film at the Screen Actors Guild’s SAG Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globes,
In some respects, this week’s Oscar Watching reflects the tale of two Daniels: Steven Spielberg directs Daniel Day-Lewis in a biopic about President Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln, and Daniel Craig does his thing as James Bond for this third Bond flick, Skyfall. Believe it or not, we’re talking more about
The film, directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes, relocates Bond (Daniel Craig) into the digital age. The espionage he once knew – the guns, the lifestyle and the gadgets – is beginning to disappear with MI6 fighting a new kind of war; one where field agents are largely unnecessary and battles are now won with intelligence.