Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Celebrating 17 Years of Film.Biz.Fans.

the Blogs

recent Posts

  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    Fifteen Docs Vie for Oscar Top Five; Wenders is In, Herzog is Out

    The Documentary Branch Screening Committee looked at the one hundred twenty-four pictures that qualified for the Oscar documentary short list, but only fifteen were chosen. Left out again is Werner Herzog, whose "Into the Abyss" seemed straightforward enough for the Academy, while his German colleague Wim Wenders "Pina," which is also the official German Oscar submission, made the cut even though it was shot--but not screened for the branch-- in 3-D, just like Herzog's "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" last year, which did not get nominated. The doc branch looks at submissions on screeners because they do not want to force low-budget filmmakers to have to screen their films in 35 mm. Sundance hits "Project Nim" (interview here) and "Buck" (interview here) made the cut.

    Read More »
  • Shadow and Act
    0 comments

    The Racial Draft: Can We Trade Herman Cain For Ang Lee Or Steven Spielberg?

    Every now and then, when I come across a black media figure that makes me want to pull my hair out, I think..."Wow, where's the racial draft when you need it?"  If you're not familiar with the "racial draft," it was a popular--and completely hilarious--skit on the Dave Chappelle show where famous icons were traded amongst racial groups.  Today, I would like to nominate Herman Cain.  Do I really need to tell you why?  Probably not.

    Read More »
    More: LOL
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    David Cronenberg Says 'Twilight' Fans Will Be 'Blown Away' By Robert Pattinson In 'Cosmopolis'

    Exclusive: With "A Dangerous Method" headed into release next week, thoughts inevitably turn to director David Cronenberg's next film; unusually, the filmmaker shot two pictures virtually back to back, following his period drama with "Cosmopolis," an adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel. And the film hass come with an uncharacteristic level of attention in the mainstream press.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Watch: New Trailer For Madonna's 'W.E.' Plus A Handful Of Images From The Film

    Watch: New Trailer For Madonna's 'W.E.' Plus A Handful Of Images From The Film

    Read More »
    More: W.E.
  • Shadow and Act
    0 comments

    Trailer For Police Corruption Drama "Rampart" Surfaces (Ice Cube Co-Stars As A Good Cop)

    A Toronto International Film Festival selection this year, anticipation for it was high, however, since it screened at the festival (its debut) reviews have been mixed.

    Read More »
    More: Trailer
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    The Amazing Race: Which Editors & Cinematographers Stand A Chance At Oscar This Year

    So far in this column, we've focused principally on the acting and writing categories, in part because they're the bigger tickets; when the mainstream press cover the Academy Awards, it's the actors, directors and (to a lesser extent), the writers who get the real coverage. However, what makes cinema well, cinema, and what makes it different from any other art form, are the cinematography and editing. The former is linked to photography, but goes so far beyond that to become an entirely different craft; when the layman says a film was "well-directed," he's normally talking about how well shot it is. Of course, that's partially the responsibility of the director, but it's the cinematographer who has to work out how to achieve the shots, and oftentimes is more responsible for the look of the film than his director.

    Read More »
  • Shadow and Act
    0 comments

    New Voices in Black Cinema Festival Submission Deadline 5 Days Away (11/23)

    The word was put out and many talented filmmakers responded by submitting their films to the 2nd annual ActNow: New Voices in Black Cinema Festival, the film festival that both Tambay and I curate on the feature film end, and Jasmin on the shorts.  We’re still soliciting feature length and short films for our February 2012 edition, and as you’ve read in the headline – the deadline is five days away on November 23, 2011.

    Read More »
    More: Festivals
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Elmo's Team Lawyered Up, Kept Him Out Of 'The Muppets'

    Elmo's Team Lawyered Up, Kept Him Out Of 'The Muppets'

    Read More »
  • Shadow and Act
    0 comments

    “Dreams Of A Life” (An Investigation Into The Mysterious Life & Death Of Joyce Vincent) Gets A Full Trailer

    Carol Morley's critically-acclaimed docudrama Dreams of a Life, which stars Zawe Ashton, is already scheduled for an initial limited December 16th release in London, playing at 7 theaters (including 1 in Sheffield and another in Manchester), and will expand to several more cinemas through March 2012, though only in the UK; good news for our readers across the pond; the rest of us will have to wait and hope that the film travels.

    Read More »
    More: Trailer
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    Immersed in Movies: George Miller Talks Penguins and Krill from Happy Feet Two

    Just think of "Happy Feet Two" as George Miller's "Babe: Pig in the City." That's the best way to describe the sequel to his Oscar-winner, "Happy Feet," in which the dancing and singing penguins combat catastrophic climate change in Antarctica, and toe-tapping Mumble has to cope with fatherhood and a son that can't dance.

    Read More »