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First ‘Rosewater’ trailer is about hope, survival, Oscar bait

Jon Stewart’s chops as a political satirist, stand-up comedian, TV host, writer and even actor can be hardly called into question after nearly two decades of The Daily Show, although in recent years his fake news program has started to feel like a poor man’s Colbert Report. Still, the 20-time (!!!) Emmy winner has little more »

Telluride Film Festival nabs ‘Wild’, ‘Imitation Game’, ‘Rosewater’ world premieres

Things are about to get feverishly heated in the 2015 Oscar race, as the Telluride Film Festival just announced a whopper of a lineup in a traditional low-key manner. Not that they’ll ever going to gloat about it like Toronto, New York or Venice do, but the 41st Southern Rocky shindig managed to secure three more »

MTV VMAs Takeaway: Bow down to Beyonce

I was pretty open about the fact that I really didn’t care about this year’s MTV VMAs. Like I said on my Twitter, ‘NYSYNC wasn’t rumored to be reunited, so there wasn’t anything I was amped to see. But like most pop-culture obsessed twenty-somethings, I couldn’t help myself from checking in here and there. Just as I suspected, it was a total bore. Even the Kardashians were on their phones the entire time. Admittedly, I was loving Katy Perry’s wardrobe shoutout to Britney and Justin’s matching denim get-ups. And even though I’m not Nicki Minaj’s biggest fan, I was extremely impressed that she managed to perform with one nightmare-ish wardrobe malfunction. You go, girl! So yes, other than some interesting style moments, there wasn’t much grabbing my attention.

UNTIL BEYONCE SHOWED UP.

‘True Detective’, ‘Orange’ emerge as Emmy favorites after Creative Arts wins

Not nearly as high-profile as the big, glitzy, live broadcasted Emmy ceremony, the preceding Creative Arts gala often works as a pacesetter and ballot filler for awards prognosticators. But you have to know how to read and interpret the “Creative” trophies. For instance, even though the all-around nomination count leader, HBO’s oft-snubbed Game of Thrones, more »

Emmys add Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Key and Peele to presenter lineup

Amy Poehler once said that only the Golden Globes can bring together the beautiful people of film and rat-faced people in television, but separating the two once largely contrasting categories is no easy feat anymore. That’s clearly because the standards of solid television have been greatly elevated of late, whereas good movies seem to be more »

David Ayer and Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ to wrap up 2014 London Film Festival

The BFI London Film Festival has declared war against fellow fall Oscar pacesetters. Literally. Okay, maybe not literally literally. But in its limelight battle with Toronto, Venice, Telluride or New York, the London shindig seems to heavily rely on war movies. Specifically, pictures set during World War II. Always a fertile ground for Hollywood auteurs more »

Shailene Woodley wins big at Teen Choice Awards, One Direction takes it all

The teens have spoken. Shailene Woodley is their newest idol, and Jennifer Lawrence is passé. Well, not entirely, as J-Law did manage to snatch a Teen Choice Award over the week-end, for best actress in a sci-fi/fantasy flick. “,” which in the eyes of prepubescent voters might as well have been called the “J-Law Show”, more »

Beyonce nominated for eight VMA awards, will receive Video Vanguard award

Even by her own lofty standards, Beyonce rocked it in 2013. Her surprise album was an instant hit, and the 17 short films she released helped earn eight MTV Video Award nominations. She will also receive the Michael Jackson video vanguard award, joining a list of winners including Justin Timberlake, the Beastie Boys and Jackson more »

IFC Films picks up SXSW hit ‘Before I Disappear’ for North American distribution

As a short aficionado, there are no words to describe the excitement I felt hearing one of the most precious compressed gems in recent memory was getting a lengthened version. Of course, I never really got my hopes up to see the feature-length counterpart of Shawn Christensen’s “Curfew” bowing in more than a handful of more »

Jon Stewart’s ‘Rosewater’ secures Oscar-friendly release date

It’s official, Jon Stewart’s rookie directorial effort has just joined the likes of “Foxcatcher”, “Boyhood”, “Unbroken”, “Gone Girl”, “Birdman”, “The Imitation Game” and “Wild” on this year’s (very) early and very crowded Oscar contender pack. After snapping up distribution via Open Road Films (“End of Watch”, “The Grey”), and securing a high-profile premiere spot at more »

Iggy Azalea will host a super fancy reboot of MTV’s “House of Style”

This is undoubtedly the lanky golden blonde Iggy Azalea’s year: after earning two hit singles (and breaking a record last held by the Beatles in the process), she’ll sail into Q4 of 2014 by hosting a reboot of MTV’s House of Style. Iggy’s debut as host will be August 4th, and then on the 8th more »

Jessica Chastain plays with fire, Colin Farrell in ‘Miss Julie’ trailer

With dozens of obvious Oscar contenders, and perhaps as many not so obvious, on the official slate for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, getting noticed and building healthy buzz ahead of the fest’s debut isn’t exactly a walk in the park. But if a steamy, provocative, riveting trailer starring Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell more »