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Gregory Ellwood

Gregory Ellwood

It’s been almost a week since the 71st Festival de Cannes came to a close and the festival bubble is starting to dissipate. That means the realization of what we assumed before it all began comes into clearer focus: the 2019 Oscar season really i…

Beverly Hills – Incredibly,  Samantha Bee’s “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” has amassed eight Emmy nominations and one win in its first two seasons.  That win, however, was for their variety special “Not the White House C…

The best thing you can say about the 71st Festival de Cannes is that the truly bad movies were few and far between. That’s somewhat remarkable considering the programmers lost out on a few titles they hoped would be in competition due to a Netfli…

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival announced on Wednesday that Oscar-winner Barry Levinson will receive the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at the 2018 edition of the festival which begins next month. Richa…

CANNES – At the end of a relatively quiet Cannes Film Festival, competition jury president  Cate Blanchett admitted her disappointment with the lack of female driven narratives.  But that shouldn’t take away from the fact diverse voices too…

CANNES – It was no surprise the first question at the official Cannes Film Festival press conference for “BlacKkKlansman” went to director Spike Lee.  The fact he spoke for over 10 minutes before any of his cast on the dias were asked…

CANNES – I couldn’t tell you if Mother’s Day is celebrated in France, but there is some irony somewhere of having Vanessa Filho’s directorial debut, “Angel Face,” debut at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival the day before it does elsewhere in the world.  De…

CANNES – Sometimes a good gauge of a director is simply their aesthetic choices.  And, often, specific aesthetic choices.  For example, one of the hardest things to pull off in filmed content is setting a scene that actually feels like it’s taking plac…

CANNES – The news at the end of “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler‘s 90 minute Q&A at the 71st Festival de Cannes was good for Marvel Studios on two fronts.  First, moderator Elvis Mitchell never asked about Black Panther…

CANNNES – Iranian director Asghar Farhadi is not one to often dive into politics in his own work.  In fact, he’s one of the few Iranian filmmakers who has been allowed to work overseas and his relative creative freedom is no doubt partially…