Shots FIRED at Iggy Azalea during Nicki Minaj’s BET Awards acceptance speach

This year’s BET Award for Best Female Hip Hop Artist went to Nicki Minaj for the fifth year in a row, and Minaj had some words shade to throw at her competition, Iggy Azalea. Because apparently Nicki has a seriously dark side, she spent 50% of her limited thank-you speech time side-eyeing Iggy Azalea’s newfound success. more »

‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’ trailer shows both sides of a love story

Ned Benson’s feature directorial debut may have started off as an experiment, but soon blossomed into a festival sensation and (outside) Oscar contender. Make that three, since “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” was screened as a two-parter at last year’s Toronto Fest, then in condensed form at Cannes. And apparently, all three takes on the more »

Lovable movie scoundrel Eli Wallach dead at age 98

Eli Wallach once told the New York Times films were “a means to an end.” Ten weeks on a horse in Spain, he explained, would give him the time and money to do a stage play. But it was his roles in Westerns people most remember him for. In the “Magnificent Seven,” he menanced the more »


Teen Choice Awards nominees released; “12 Years a Slave” snubbed

There are many futile award shows going on in the entertainment world, but perhaps the most trivial and frivolous of all is Fox’s Teen Choice Awards ceremony. I mean, who would ever want to be “honored” by a bunch of snotty, hormonal little 13 to 19 year-olds? Besides, everyone can vote for their favorites online, more »

This week in Bryan Cranston: Memoir, “All the Way” on TV and Walter White in 4K

Everything in the news this week is coming up Bryan Cranston. A few highlights: – Cranston, it was reported last year, is working on a memoir. Cranston likely has enough stories to tell from the first two decades of his career to fill three memoirs, even before getting to the Breaking Bad stuff. You just more »

‘Clouds of Sils Maria’, ‘Joe’, ‘Under the Skin’ lead Munich Fest competitor list

Perennially overshadowed by the much glitzier Berlinale, Germany’s second most relevant movie festival, the Filmfest München, will have its 32nd annual edition debut June 27. And for once, Munich’s lineup actually looks better than Berlin’s roster. At least as far as English-language pictures are concerned. The CineMasters section, containing the candidates for the 2014 ARRI/OSRAM more »

‘Boyhood’ completely dominates Seattle Fest

Sundance openers are notoriously difficult to lead towards the Oscar red carpet due to their hasty premiere dates and marketing financial restraints. But once in a blue moon, the indie festival brings forth a picture so moving, so commendable and deserving it almost needs to promotion to end up in contention at whatever big-time competition. more »

Judi Dench to star in Weinstein contender ‘Tulip Fever’

The Weinstein Company’s safest bet for the forthcoming awards season seems to be Tim Burton’s Walter and Margaret Keane biopic “Big Eyes”, starring Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams. There’s also Benedict Cumberbatch World War II vehicle “The Imitation Game”, while “Eleanor Rigby” is the backup wild card, much like “Fruitvale Station” last year. Bottom line, more »

Sundance hit ‘Whiplash’ opens October 10

The Weinsteins wasted “Fruitvale Station’s” tremendous awards potential last year with a precocious theatrical release date, but by the looks of it, Sony Pictures Classics won’t do the same strategic mistake with 2014’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner. “Whiplash”, which made a short stop at Cannes last week, just like “” did in 2013, will more »


‘Big Bang Theory’, ‘Fargo’ among Critics’ Choice TV Awards front-runners

The nominations for the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards have been announced and, for the most part, the field is more deserving than anything Primetime Emmy voters will be throwing at us come July 10. Granted, I get the feeling the Broadcast Television Journalists Association didn’t want to upset any major players, including six more »

‘Winter Sleep’ takes home Cannes Palme d’Or, ‘Foxcatcher’ wins Best Director

Deemed by many one of the strongest competition lineups in years, the 2014 roster of Palme d’Or contenders was bound to share the festival’s top honors. Which it did, only in the end just one film could take home the most valuable statue on the Croisette. And the big winner of the 67th annual Cannes more »

Chris Rock will host 2014 BET Awards

BET has decided it doesn’t care what celebrities get ticked off, as Chris Rock will host the 2014 BET Awards. Stephen Hill, president of music programming and specials at BET said he’s wanted this to happen for a long time. Rock released a statement calling the BET Awards one of his favorite shows? “Where else more »