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There are often serious disadvantages to be labeled an Oscar bait picture. The perception of being a movie greenlit partially with the intent of earning Academy Award nominations (because let’s be frank, it’s always about making money first from a studio perspective) can be a heavy burden to bear. In many ways it’s something Christopher Nolan has dealt with ever since he burst on the scene in 2000 with “Memento” and earned a Best Original Screenplay nomination the next year. Continue reading ‘Dunkirk’ And Christopher Nolan Have Oscars In Their Sights at The Playlist.

ANAHEIM – The big headlines out of Walt Disney Studios film presentation at D23 today were surrounding the behind-the-scenes footage from Rain Johnson’s “The Last Jedi” and the jaw-dropping preview of the Russo Brothers’ “Avengers: Infinity War.” What can’t be overlooked, however, were the equally enlightening sneaks of Jon Favreau‘s live action “The Lion King” and Rob Marshall’s “Mary Poppins Returns.” The latter was the one film everyone expected would have a presence at the event. Continue reading Jon Favreau’s ‘The Lion King’ And ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Thrill With Impressive New Footage at The Playlist.

We’re just over a month away from the beginning of the fall festival season, that traditionally kicks off with the opening of the Venice Film Festival. Venice tends to land some of the key awards season pictures releasing before the end of the year and the 2017 edition is already no exception.  It’s been revealed today that Alexander Payne‘s latest directorial effort, “Downsizing,” will open la Biennale on August 30th. Continue reading Alexander Payne’s ‘Downsizing’ Starring Matt Damon To Open 2017 Venice Film Festival at The Playlist.

Today was a happy day for a whole new crop of Emmy Award nominees.  Here are some of the reactions from some of this morning’s big winners. For all the major Emmy nominations, click here. For a look at the Best and Worst of the Emmy Nominations, click here. “When we started on this journey we never thought the series would connect on such a big way worldwide. Continue reading Emmy Nominee Reactions: Nicole Kidman, Jeffrey Tambor, RuPaul And More at The Playlist.

In this era of Peak TV there is no way to make everyone happy. There are always going to be snubs when it comes to the Emmy nominations. There are always going to be deserving nominees who didn’t make the cut. The question this year was whether the Television Academy could continue their trend of rewarding those truly deserving of recognition as opposed to those shows they just love to watch every week. And, some might say that’s one and the same. Continue reading Best And Worst Of The 2017 Emmy Awards Nominations: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Westworld,’ ‘The Leftovers’ at The Playlist.

It might be middle of summer, but that doesn’t mean Hollywood isn’t thinking about awards. The 2017 Emmy Award nominations are here, and HBO will be popping the champagne. The network’s brand new, expensive, and somewhat risky sci-fi series “Westworld” is the toast of the town, with the series leading the field with 22 nominations. The show is tied with “Saturday Night Live” for the most nominations, with the sketch show no doubt aided by a very buzzy election year, which saw Alec Baldwin frequently guest as Donald Trump, and Melissa McCarthy play Sean Spicer. Continue reading 2017 Emmy Award Nominations Led By ‘Westworld’ & ‘Saturday Night Live’ at The Playlist.

Yes, it’s almost time to reveal the nominations for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards and some of the world’s biggest stars have learned to care and fret about the Emmys like they never have before. And so are the networks and streaming services behind the series, limited series and TV movies vying for those pretty gold statuettes. There are no official statistics as of yet, but based on just the live events staged by Netflix and Amazon over the past few months this has been arguably the most expensive Emmys campaign to date. Continue reading Emmy Nomination Predictions: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘The Crown’ And ‘Atlanta’ Will Dominate at The Playlist.

KARLOVY VARY – 2017 is turning out to be one exceptional year for gay cinema with “Call Me By Your Name,” “120 Beats Per Minute” and “God’s Own Country” all earning raves on the festival circuit. That trend continues with Ofir Raul Graizer’s delicate and moving “The Cakemaker” which debuted at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on Tuesday. Beyond its gay subject matter, it’s primarily a film about love and loss and the fact that Graizer can bring a slightly new perspective to a classic literary and cinematic theme is one of the filmmaker’s most unique achievements. Continue reading ‘The Cakemaker’: A Delicate And Moving Drama That Questions Love Beyond Sexual Identity [Review] at The Playlist.

KARLOVY VARY – On Friday night Casey Affleck joined Uma Thurman and James Newton Howard in receiving lifetime honors during the opening ceremony of the 2017 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Affleck joked something along the lines of “If I am marking films people don’t see I must be doing something right.” It was a light hearted moment (and somewhat inaccurate compared to many of his peers), but during a press conference for his upcoming release “A Ghost Story” Affleck indicated he thinks he’ll continue his recent indie streak for the foreseeable future. Continue reading ‘A Ghost Story’: After Oscar Win Casey Affleck Says He’s Not Sure He’ll Ever Be Comfortable In The Spotlight at The Playlist.

KARLOVY VARY – Director David Lowery is currently on a global tour as his Sundance smash, “A Ghost Story,” prepares for release in a number of territories including the United States on July 7.  The filmmaker hasn’t gotten much rest, however, as his next project, “The Old Man and the Gun,” just completed shooting last month and he’ll immediately head back into the editing room when his “Ghost” promotional duties are over. Continue reading David Lowery Says ‘Old Man And The Gun’ With Robert Redford “Experimental” Like ‘A Ghost Story’ at The Playlist.