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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 »

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Loaded Toronto Fest lineup includes ‘The Judge’, ‘The Drop’ and ‘Good Lie’

As much as on-the-rise, smaller shindigs like Telluride or New York continue to chip away at Toronto International Film Festival’s prominence and relevance in the build-up to the Oscars, TIFF remains a barometer of often low-budget cinematic excellence and virtue. Case in point, the just-announced 2014 roster, consisting of no less than 37 (mostly) high-profile world more »

Riveting ‘Imitation Game’ trailer debuts, tells Alan Turing story

The Oscar race is a marathon rather than a sprint, so while contenders like “Birdman”, “Foxcatcher” or “Gone Girl” may have got a head start thanks to promptly released trailers and various early festival debuts, nothing’s lost just yet for competitors such as The Weinstein Company’s “Imitation Game”. With the support of two highly skilled more »

‘Breaking Bad’, ‘True Detective’, ‘Veep’ among TCA award winners

It’s been almost ten months since Breaking Bad went out of air with a bang, and considering 2013 only brought us eight stints of Heisenberg mayhem, one might think TV critics would be ready to move on by now. But apparently, the AMC show’s cult following isn’t alone in continuously pining for Walter White, his more »

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David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ set for New York Film Festival bow

Forget Cannes, Venice, Telluride or Toronto, the New York Film Festival is the place to get your successful Oscar campaign underway. “Captain Phillips” bowed at the NYFF last year ahead of a London Fest screening and wide theatrical release, and things worked out pretty well for the six-time Academy Award-nominated Paul Greengrass drama. “Her” also more »

Beyonce leads 2014 MTV VMA nomination count, followed by I-G-G-Y and Eminem

And the nominations for the world’s second most futile, meaningless, trivial award show are in. Don’t be sad, MTV, the Teen Choice Awards still hold the silly crown, with their various Adam Sandler, “Veronica Mars” and Hart of Dixie noms. My biggest beef with the VMAs remains the gala’s blatant disregard for, oh I don’t more »

Inarritu and DiCaprio’s ‘The Revenant’ nets late 2015 release date

Not content with having an (outside) chance at Academy Award nomination number three thanks to potentially poignant but maybe too bizarre dark comedy “Birdman”, living cinema legend Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu just nabbed himself a front-row seat to the 2015 Oscar race. “The Revenant”, the director and writer’s next prestige project, is officially slated for a more »

Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ has deal for fall 2015 release

For the first time in ages, things are actually progressing on the “Silence” front, with Martin Scorsese now closer than ever to seeing his long and often postponed passion project materialized. Not only has the legendary Oscar-winning filmmaker managed to clear up his always overloaded schedule enough to squeeze in Taiwan shooting later this year, more »