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“The Duke of Burgundy” takes Philadelphia Film Festival’s top prize 

The Philadelphia Film Festival’s jury named its honorees for 2014, and the winners were a series of generally obscure, low-profile titles that haven’t been among winners at other fests. At a festival that featured the higher-profile likes of “Birdman,” “The Imitation Game” and “St. Vincent,” the Grand Jury Prize for Narrative Feature went to Peter more »

WWE Slammy Awards may go away, to no one’s disappointment

The Wrestling Observer reports that the WWE Slammy Awards were originally scheduled for Dec. 29 in Richmond, VA but have been called off. There’s another live event going on at the same time, and doing the Slammy would split the roster. If this report turns out to be true, it may confirm that the Slammy more »

Movie Review: “St. Vincent”

During the first half of his long, storied career, I think it’s fair to say that Bill Murray, the acclaimed star of “St. Vincent,” has carved a nice niche for himself portraying characters that fit a certain comedic mold. Due to the fact that he wasn’t exactly blessed with the looks and muscles of… oh, more »

Sure beats Seth MacFarlane: Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscars

Neil Patrick Harris has been talked about as a potential Academy Awards host, it seems, since a couple of years after he got done playing Doogie Howser. The child star-turned-sitcom star-turned-Broadway star has already hosted the Tonys and Emmys, while also winning both. In 2015, Harris will finally host the Oscars, the show’s producers announced more »

Green Day, The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails headline Hall of Fame nominees

What’s wrong with this picture? Green Day is nominated, but a myriad of original punk bands (The Buzzcocks, Sioxsie and the Banshees) and followers (Husker Du, X) are not. Sting is being considered. Chubby Checker, who oriented the dance craze “The Twist” is not. There’s another disco act vying for a spot and yet heavy more »

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.

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‘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 »