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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from September 26th to 30th, 2021 - Update #16

by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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DISNEY - From Deadline:   Tim Federle will direct and Madhuri Shekar will write "Sister Act 3" for Disney+. Whoopi Goldberg will reprise her role as "Deloris," the nightclub singer turned nun.  Goldberg will also produce the film along with Tyler Perry and Tom Leonardis.

SCANDAL - From VanityFair:  Film, TV, and Broadway titan, Aaron Sorkin, says that scandal-ridden bully and super-producer (and Sorkin's collaborator), Scott Rudin, got what he deserved.

TELEVISION - From Deadline:   OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network has signed a deal for a 20-episode third season of "All Rise," the legal drama that CBS cancelled in this past May.  The Warner Bros TV-produced series will air on OWN beginning in 2022.  Star Simone Missick and most of the cast will return.

TELEVISION - From EOnline:  Ellen Pompeo remembers that time she called Denzel Washington a "m*therf*cker."

TELEVISION - From Deadline:  Eleven years after dumping it, NBC is reviving its beloved crime drama, "Law & Order," for a 21st season.  No premiere date has yet been announced.

TELEVISION - From Variety:  J. Michael Straczynski is set to write and executive a reboot of his 1990s science fiction syndicated TV series, "Babylon 5," for The CW.  The series ran for fives seasons (1994-99), including a pilot film (1993) and five other television movies.  The pilot TV movie and the series' first four seasons were syndicated via the "Prime Time Entertainment Network."  Season 5 aired on cable network TNT.

SCANDAL - From Deadline:   Grammy-winning recording artist, R. Kelly, has been found guilty on all nine counts in his federal sex trafficking and racketeering trial in Brooklyn. Sentencing is set for May 4th, 2022.

CELEBRITY - From GQ:  Oscar-nominated, box office champion, Will Smith, is the cover feature in November 2021 issue of "GQ." "Introducing the Real Will Smith" is the title of the article.

TELEVISION - From TheHill:  "Saturday Night Live" is adding a comedian, James Austin Johnson, to its cast who's been dubbed the world's greatest impersonator of former President Trump.

BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 9/25 to 9/27/2021 weekend box office is "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" with an estimated 13.3 million dollars.

From Negromancer:  My review of "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings."

CELEBRITY - From YahooEntertainment:  Former child star, Dante Baco (who played "Rufio" in Steven Spielberg's 1991 film, "Hook") talks about his career and transition from child to adult actor.

MARVEL - From THR:   On Friday, Sept. 24, Marvel Entertainement filed a series of lawsuits against the estates of a group of comic book creators who created many of their most popular characters.  Those creators, all deceased, include Stan Lee, Gene Colan, and Steve Ditko.  The dispute is over something called "copyright termination," but you can read more at the article.

MOVIES - From Deadline:  Director Joel Coen and actor Frances McDormand answer questions about their new film, "The Tragedy of Macbeth," which also stars Denzel Washington and opened the 2021 New York Film Festival.

POLITICS - From YahooNews:  Kidnapping, assassination and a London shoot-out: Inside the CIA's secret war plans against WikiLeaks qne Julian Assange.


From THR:  Actor and former Disney child star, Tommy Kirk, has died at the age of 79, found dead on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.  Kirk was best known for the films he made for Walt Disney Studios from the mid-1950s to the early 1960s.  These include "Old Yeller" (1957), "The Shaggy Dog" (1959), "Swiss Family Robinson" (1960), and "Son of Flubber" (1963), to name a few.  He also played boy detective, "Joe Hardy," of "The Hardy Boys" on "The Mickey Mouse Club" in 1956.  The late Walt Disney reportedly personally fired Kirk from the studio in 1963 when he learned that the 21-year-old was involved in a gay relationship.  Kirk was elected as a "Disney Legend" in 2006.

From Deadline:  British film editor, Jon Gregory, has died at the age of 77, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021.  Gregory was nominated for a "Best Film Editing" Oscar nomination for his work on "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" (2017).  He was a four-time BAFTA nominee, including for his work on films like "Four Wedding and a Funeral" (1994) and "In Bruges" (2008).  Gregory is also known for his work with director Mike Leigh, including on films "Naked" (1993) and "Secrets & Lies" (1996).

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from October 21st to 31st, 2018 - Update #23

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CELEBRITY - From YahooEntertainment:  Actor Todd LaTourrette, who has appeared on TV series like "Better Call Saul" and "Longmire," admitted that he cut off his own arm and is not a veteran who lost it in Afghanistan.

MOVIES - From BleedingCool:  Sigourney Weaver says that Neill Blomkamp's planned direct sequel to James Cameron's "Aliens" (1986) could still happen.

BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 10/26 to 10/28/2018 weekend box office is "Halloween" with an estimated take of $32 million.

MOVIES - From THR:  Japanese director Shinichiro Ueda talks about his buzzy zombie film, "One Cut of the Dead."

MOVIES - From Collider:  Aaron Sorkin will direct "The Trial of the Chicago 7" starring Sacha Baron Cohen.

MOVIES - From Deadline:  Chris Rock will direct Universal's Kevin Hart comedy, "Co-Parenting," which Will Packer is producing.

COMICS-FILM - From ThePlaylist:  Spike Lee says that he is not directing Sony's "Spider-Man" spinoff film, "Nightwatch."

STAR TREK - From Variety:  The streaming service, CBS All Access, has ordered two seasons of the animated comedy, "Star Trek: Lower Deck."

CELEBRITY - From YahooEntertaiment:  25 years after his death in 1993, actress Samantha Mathis is finally able to speak about the death of her boyfriend, actor River Phoenix.

DISNEY - From Deadline:  Disney is exploring rebooting "Pirates of the Caribbean" with "Deadpool" and "Zombieland" writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

PIXAR - From Variety:  Ed Catmull, who cofounded Pixar with John Lasseter and the late Steve Jobs in 1986, is retiring from his leadership role at Pixar and at Walt Disney Animation.  He will transition into an advisory role in 2019.

STREAMING - From Collider:  Steve Carell is returning to television in an untitled drama from stars and executive producers Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon for Apple TV.

ANIMATION - From BleedingCool:  Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro is co-writing and co-directing a stop-motion animated version of "Pinocchio."  The project's home is Netflix.

SPORTS-MOVIES - From BleedingCool:  LeBron James and his Springhill Entertainment production company may reboot Paramount's "Friday the 13th" franchise.

SPORTS-CRIME - From NFL:  Former NFL wide reciever, Rae Carruth (Carolina Panthers) was released from prison, the Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, North Carolina, Monday morning, October 22, 2018.  Carruth served 18 years of a 24-year sentence for conspiracy to murder his then-pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams, in November 1999.  After being shot four time, Adams fell into a coma and died nearly a month later.  The child, Chancellor Lee Adams, she was carrying was delivered via cesarean section and will be 19 years old this year.

From SportsIllustrated:  The boy they couldn't kill, Chancellor Lee Adams.

BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo: The winner of the 10/19 to 10/21/2018 weekend box office is "Halloween" with an estimated take of $77.5 million.

From TheWrap:  With an estimated opening of $77.5 million, "Halloween" has the biggest opening weekend for a film with a lead actress who is older than 55 years old.

AWARDS - From GoldDerby:  The site talks up Regina King's Oscar chances for Barry Jenkins' "If Beale Street Could Take."

CELEBRITY - From People:  Actress Selma Blair reveals that she has MS - multiple sclerosis.

TELEVISION - From BloodyDisgusting:  First footage revealed of Robert Englund as "Freddy Krueger" on the Halloween episode of "The Goldbergs."

MOVIES - From THR:  Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") is back and he never thought of himself as anything other than brilliant.


From ESPN:  Former Major League Baseball player, Willie McCovey, has died at the age of 80, Wednesday, October 31, 2018.  McCovery played 19 of his 22 MLB seasons for the San Francisco Giants.  He was the 1959 National League "Rookie of the Year" and the 1969 National League MVP.  He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986.  He played in one World Series, as the Giants lost the 1962 series to the New York Yankees.

From People:  American actress Diana Sowle died at the age of 88, Friday, October 19, 2018.  Sowle was best known for playing the role of "Mrs. Bucket," the mother of golden ticket winner, Charlie Buckett, in the film, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from August 12th to 18th, 2018 - Update #21

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STAR WARS - From YahooEntertainment:  The first trailer for the new animated "Star Wars" TV series, "Star Wars Resistance," arrives.

MOVIES - From Variety:  Did you that there is a Broadway musical adaptation of Tim Burton's 1998 film, "Beetlejuice?"  The show, which begins shows in October, has cast it leads.

CELEBRITY - From Variety:  What’s Next for Jordan Peele and His House of Horrors

SPORTS - From YahooSports:  Report: Kobe Bryant turns $6 million sports drink investment into $200 million

POLITICS - From Politico:  Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle.

MOVIES - From ThePlaylist:  Neill Blomkamp wants original "Robocop" star, Peter Weller, to appear in his "Robocop" reboot/sequel.

STREAMING - From Variety:  CBS All Access' "Star Trek" has cast is "Spock."  He is actor Ethan Peck, grandson of legendary actor, Gregory Peck (well, at least I remember him - Ed.).  Peck will appear as the beloved Vulcan in Season 2 of the series.

MOVIES - From ThePlaylist:  Director Wes Anderson's next film will be set in post-WWII France, according to a French publication.

BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 8/10 to 8/12/2018 weekend box office is "The Meg" with an box office total of $45.4 million.

MOVIE - From Variety:  Oscar-winner Benicio del Toro joins Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone's film, "White Lies."

LGBTQ - From YahooEntertainment:  Disney's pick to play its first openly gay character, in the film, "Jungle Cruise" with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, actor Jack Whitehall (who is not a gay man), has caused some controversy.

BOX OFFICE - From THR:  "The Meg" leads the 8/10 to 8/12/2018 weekend box office with an estimated $44.5 million in domestic box office.

MOVIES - From YesMagazine:  In this interview with Zenobia Jeffries, Danny Glover talks about the new film, "Sorry to Bother You," in which he appears, and the myth of the "postracial" United States of America.

TECH - From TheRinger:  Was Oscar-winning screenwriter and Emmy-winning television producer, Aaron Sorkin, right in his critiques of the Internet?  [Mostly, he was. - Ed.]

SPORTS - From YahooFinance:  LeBron James is building a new blueprint for athletes in business

From YahooHuffPost:  NBA superstar, Steph Curry, of the world champion Golden State Warriors, helped raise more than $21,000 for the family of Nia Wilson, the young African-American woman who was killed by racist-terrorist in Oakland.


From NYTimes:  Aretha Franklin, Indomitable ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76

From NYTimes:  Aretha Franklin Had Power. Did We Truly Respect It?

From YahooNews:  Presidents pay respect to Aretha Franklin.

From YouTube:  See Aretha Franklin sing at President Obama's 2009 inauguration.

From TheVillageVoice:  "Farewell to the Revolutionary, Influential, and Dazzling ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin" by Michael Musto


From CNN:  Grammy winning singer, songwriter, and recording artist, Aretha Franklin, has died at the age of 76, Thursday, August 16, 2018.  Fans knew her worldwide as the "Queen of Soul."

From People:  Jazz singer and actress, Morgana King, died at the age of 87, back on March 22, 2018.  News of her passing is just breaking this week.  King played Marlon Brando's wife in "The Godfather."  Although she did not attain mainstream success, King pursued jazz as a passion and recorded 20 albums and was admired by greats including Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra, among others.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

2018 Oscars "Best Adapted Screenplay" - "Call Me by Your Name"

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Call Me by Your Name - Screenplay by James Ivory - WINNER

The Disaster Artist - Screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
Logan - Screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green; Story by James Mangold
Molly's Game - Written for the screen by Aaron Sorkin
Mudbound - Screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees


Friday, January 19, 2018

30th Annual USC Libraries Scripter Award Nominees Announced

USC Libraries Name Finalists for 30th-Annual Scripter Awards

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The USC Libraries have named the finalists for the 30th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award. In this particularly competitive year, voting resulted in ties for the film and television categories.

    USC Libraries release finalists for the 30th-annual Scripter Awards, honoring the best adapted film and TV show.

Due to a three-way tie in the nomination round, the writers of seven films and the works on which the films are based will compete for the honors this year. The finalist writers for film adaptation are, in alphabetical order by film title:

    --Author André Aciman and screenwriter James Ivory for “Call Me By Your Name

   --Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber for “The Disaster Artist,” and authors Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell for their nonfiction book “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside ‘The Room,’ the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made

    --Screenwriters Scott Frank, Michael Green, and James Mangold, and authors Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and John Romita, Sr., for “Logan”

   - Screenwriter James Gray and author David Grann for “The Lost City of Z

    --Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and author Molly Bloom for “Molly’s Game

    --Screenwriters Dee Rees and Virgil Williams and author Hillary Jordan for “Mudbound

    --Screenwriter Allan Heinberg and author William Moulton Marston for “Wonder Woman

Writers of six television shows and their printed source material will vie for the Scripter Award this year. The finalist writers—including for the first time a single author with nominations for two series in a single year—for television are, in alphabetical order by series title:

    --Screenwriter Sarah Polley and author Margaret Atwood for “Alias Grace

    --David E. Kelley, for the episode “You Get What You Need” from “Big Little Lies,” and author Liane Moriarty

    --Noah Pink and Ken Biller for the episode “Einstein: Chapter One” from “Genius,” and author Walter Isaacson for his book “Einstein: His Life and Word

    --Bruce Miller for the episode “Offred” from “The Handmaid’s Tale” and author Margaret Atwood

    --Peter Landesman, George C. Wolfe, and Alexander Woo for the television film “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” and author Rebecca Skloot

    --Joe Penhall and Jennifer Haley for “Episode 10” of “Mindhunter” and authors John Douglas and Mark Olshaker for their nonfiction book “Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit

Chaired by USC professor and past president of the Writers Guild of America, West, Howard Rodman, the 2018 Scripter selection committee selected the finalists from a field of 91 film and 28 television adaptations.

Serving on the selection committee, among many others, are film critics Leonard Maltin, Anne Thompson and Kenneth Turan; authors Lisa Belkin, Michael Chabon and Michael Ondaatje; screenwriters Geoffrey Fletcher and Erin Cressida Wilson; producers Suzanne Todd and Mike Medavoy; and USC deans Elizabeth Daley of the School of Cinematic Arts and Catherine Quinlan of the USC Libraries.

The studios distributing the finalist films and current publishers of the printed works are:

    “Call Me By Your Name”—Sony Pictures Classics and Picador
    “The Disaster Artist”—A24 and Simon & Schuster
    “Logan”—20th Century Fox and Marvel Comics
    “The Lost City of Z”—Amazon Studios and Simon & Schuster
    “Molly’s Game”—STX Entertainment and Dey Street Books
    “Mudbound”—Netflix and Algonquin Books
    “Wonder Woman”—Warner Bros. and DC Comics

The networks airing the finalist television series and current publishers of the original printed works are:

    “Alias Grace”—Netflix and Anchor
    “Big Little Lies”—HBO and Berkley
    “Genius”—National Geographic and Simon & Schuster
    “The Handmaid’s Tale”—Hulu and Anchor
    “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”— HBO and Broadway Books
    “Mindhunter”—Netflix and Gallery Books

The USC Libraries will announce the winning authors and screenwriters at a black-tie ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 in the historic Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library on the University Park campus of the University of Southern California. Since 1988, Scripter has honored the authors of printed works alongside the screenwriters who adapt their stories. In 2016, the USC Libraries inaugurated a new Scripter award, for television adaptation. Television and film finalists compete in separate categories.

For more information about Scripter—including ticket availability, additional sponsorship opportunities, and an up-to-date list of sponsors—please email or visit


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from November 26th to 30th, 2017 - Update #16

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COMICS-FILM - From THR:  The release date for the reboot of the "Hellboy" film franchise is January 11, 2019.

TELEVISION - From TheWrap:  Aaron Sorkin has said that he has a standing offer from NBC to revive his beloved, Emmy-winning TV series, "West Wing."  Sorkin says that he would prefer to have Sterling K. Brown of NBC's "This is Us" be the President of the U.S. in a new version of the show.

SCANDAL - From DeadlineTV:  NBC has fired Matt Lauer over allegations of "inappropriate sexual behavior."

MOVIE AWARDS - From TheWrap:  The National Board of Review Names Steven Spielberg's "The Post" the "Best Film of 2017."

MUSIC AWARDS - From TheWrap:  2018 / 60th Grammy Award nominations announced.

AWARDS - From TheWrap:  Here are your 2017 Gotham Award winners.

CELEBRITY - YahooNews:  Prince Harry of British royal family has got has gone black and may never come back with the women he announced as his bride-to-be, Meghan Markle, the actress and lifestyle blogger, whose father is white and mother is black.

From TheGuardian:  The myth of (British) royal purity.

From YahooNews:  J.K. Rowling shuts down "The Spectator" over Meghan Markle's suitability as Prince Harry's wife.

BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 11/24 to 11/26/2017 three-day Thanksgiving weekend box office is Pixar's "Coco" with an estimated haul of $49 million.  Over the five-day weekend, 11/22 to 11/26/2017, "Coco" is also the winner with an estimated take of $72.1.

TELEVISION - From TVGuide:  The character that will bridge the world of "The Walking Dead" and "Fear the Walking Dead" is Morgan, played by actor, Lennie James.

WEBTV - From ShadowandAct:  A fan-made web series centers on a black Hermoine Granger in a post-Hogwarts world.

BOX OFFICE - From YahooEntertainment:  "Coco" wins the five-day Thanksgiving weekend with an estimated box office take of $71.2 million.

CELEBRITY - From EW:  James Cameron recalls the time he almost whooped Harvey Weinstein at the Oscars.

From YahooEntertainment:  On the 20th anniversary of his monster hit, "Titanic," writer-director answers questions about the film.

CELEBRITY - From EntertainmentTonight:  Jennifer Lawrence ready to take time off and buy a farm and milk goats.


From THR:  Film director and editor, Anthony Harvey, died at the age of 87, Thursday, November 23, 2017.  Harvey earned an Oscar nomination for directing "The Lion in Winter."  Harvey also edited Stanley Kubrick's films, "Lolita" (1962) and "Dr. Strangelove" (1964).

From TheWrap:  Rance Howard, the father of actor/director Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard, has died at the age of 89, Saturday, November 25, 2017.  Rance appeared in 15 of his son Ron's films, including "A Beautiful Mind," which won Ron two Oscars.

From Variety:  Prolific television director, Peter Baldwin, died at the age of 86, Sunday, November 19, 2017.  He won a Primetime Emmy for directing ABC's late 1980s series, "The Wonder Years."

Friday, March 31, 2017

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from March 19th to 31st, 2017 - Update #42

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MOVIES - From YahooMovies:  Creepy trailer for "It" (based on the Stephen King novel) breaks viewing records.  The movie drops September 8, 2017.

MOVIES - From Variety:  Liam Neeson is looking to play classic literary private detective, "Philip Marlowe," created by Raymond Chandler.

STAR TREK - From Variety:  Rainn Wilson will play "Harry Mudd" in the new series, "Star Trek: Discovery."  Mudd is a character from the original "Star Trek."

DISNEY - From Variety:  Beyonce is director Jon Favreau's top choice to voice Nala in his live-action remake of "The Lion King."

COMICS-FILM - From Variety:  Joss Whedon is nearing a deal to write, direct, and produce a "Batgirl" movie.

MANGA-FILM - From IndieWire:  Jordan Peele, fresh off his smash hit, "Get Out," is being courted by Warner Bros. to direct is live-action version of the legendary manga and anime, "Akira."  Warners has considered so many directors for this long, long-in-development project that Peele is not event he first African-American director to be considered.

COMICS-FILM - From SlashFilm:  Aaron Sorkin has said that he is going to take meetings with both Marvel Studios and Warner Bros/DC Comics films about possibly making a film based on a Marvel or DC Comics property.

MUSIC - From YahooMusic:  Three months after his death, George Michael was laid to rest in a private funeral.

ANIMATION - From THR:  The name of the "Wreck-it Ralph" sequel is "Breaks the Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2."  The film is due March 9, 2018.

OBITS - From Variety:  Darlene Cates, who played the mother in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," died at the age of 69, Sunday, March 26, 2017.

MOVIES - From TheWrap:  The sequel to "Terminator: Genisys" has been removed from Paramount Pictures' release schedule... to no one's surprise.

MOVIES - From Variety:  "Nasty Women," a female-driven remake of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," has a director.

GEORGE LUCAS - From YahooNews:  The George Lucas Family Foundation gives $10 million to the University of Southern California (Lucas' alma mater) to help the School of Cinematic Arts expand its student diversity.

TELEVISION - From TVLine:  Amazon Studios has greenlit a TV series from Oscar-winner Barry Jenkins ("Moonlight") about the "Underground Railroad."

MOVIES - From Variety:  Fox is developing a movie musical, "Atlantis," based on the life of Grammy-winning recording artist, Pharell Williams.

MOVIES - From Variety:  First look at the new Lara Croft/Tomb Raider.

BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" wins the 3/24 to 3/26/2017 weekend box office with an estimated take of $88.3 million dollars.

BLM - From TheRoot:  Cops still killing Black people in the age of President Pussy-Grabber.

LGBTQ - From ProPublica:  Trump appoints anti-transgender bigot to be in charge of protecting the civil rights of all patients.

MUSIC - From THR:  Snoop Dogg to induct the late Tupac Shukar into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the April 7th, 2017 ceremony in Brooklyn.

OBIT - From THR:  Film producer, Richard A. Roth, has died at the age of 76, Friday, March 17, 2017.  Roth is probably best known for producing the beloved 1971 film, "Summer of '42" (one of my all-time favorite movies). [There is another producer named Richard Roth, who produced "Julia" and "Blue Velvet," among others.]

OBIT - From THR:  Jean Rouverol, one of the Hollywood screenwriters blacklisted in the 1950s, has died at the age of 100, Friday, March 24, 2017.  She was also a novelist, television writer and actress.  For years, she lived with Cliff Carpenter, another performer who had been blacklisted.

POLITICS - From TheHill:  Michael Moore says that now is not the time to gloat over Trump and the GOP's failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

CELEBRITY - From YahooCelebrity:  The late Carrie Fisher and her mother, the late Debbie Reynolds, were honored at a public memorial.

From RollingStone:  The Fisher/Reynolds public memorial is available for viewing

LABOR - From Variety:  Negotiations between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Pictures & Television Producers are going badly.

CELEBRITY - From YahooCelebrity:  Amber Heard has said that she was told that coming out as "bisexual" would hurt her film and TV career.

OBIT - From Variety:  Among comic book fans, he earned the description "legendary."  Painter, illustrator, and comic book artist, Bernie "Berni" Wrightson, died at the age of 68, Sunday, March 19, 2017.  He was one of the co-creators of the character, "Swamp Thing."

CELEBRITY - YahooNews:  Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter, Emma Thompson, says that she once turned down an offer from Donald Trump to stay in Trump Towers.

MOVIES - From YahooMovies:  Jay-Z and Weinstein Company are planning a movie and documentary about Trayvon Martin.

OSCARS - From YahooMovies:  Ryan Gosling tells why he giggled over the Oscar snub when the film in which he starred, "La La Land," was revealed not to be the best picture Oscar winner because "Moonlight" was the true winner.

MOVIES - From YahooMovies:  Amy Schumer has dropped out of the "Barbie" movie.

COMICS-FILM - From Variety:  Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon is apparently in the lead to play the character "Cable" in "Deadpool."

MOVIES - From ThePlaylist:  Ivan Reitman still wants to do more "Ghostbusters" movies.  The below expected box office numbers of Paul Feig's all-female "Ghostbusters" from last year means that it won't have a sequel.

OBIT - From TheWrap:  Chuck Barris, the host of "The Gong Show," has died at the age of 87, Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

BLM - From TheRoot:  Everything we think we know about the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO may be wrong; even his killer admits that.

BREAKING NEWS - From YahooNews:  Man shot outside of the United Kingdom's Parliament building complex.

COMICS-FILM - From YahooTV:  Roy Thomas, who co-created the Marvel Comics character, Iron Fist," does not want to hear about whitewashing.  Marvel/Netflix has just released an "Iron Fist" TV series.

MOVIES - From Variety:  Emma Stone's Billie Jean King's biopic, "Battle of the Sexes," is due late September 2017 for the awards season.  Steve Carell will play King's "nemesis," Bobby Riggs.

BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 3/17 to 3/19/2017 weekend box office is Disney's live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast" with a gross of over $174 million, a record for a March opening weekend.

OBIT - From NYTimes:  Rock 'n' Roll icon, founder, godfather, and one of the music's most influential artists, Chuck Berry, died Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the age of 90.

From RollingStone:   Why Chuck Berry Is Even Greater Than You Think.

OBIT - From NYDailyNews:  Legendary New York Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin died Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the age of 88.


From FoxMovies:  A trailer for Fox/Blue Sky's animated "Ferdinand."

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Kansas City Film Critics Chose "The Descendants" in 2011

by Leroy Douresseaux

I'm still playing catch-up on the 2012 film awards season.  I discovered that I missed the Kansas City Film Critics Circle (KCFCC) in 2011, although I covered them in 2010.  So here are their 2011 awards:

2011 Loutzenhiser Awards:

Best Film: The Descendants

Robert Altman Award for Best Director: Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Best Actor: George Clooney, The Descendants

Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life

Best Original Screenplay: Mike Mills, Beginners

Best Adapted Screenplay: Steven Zaillian & Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball

Best Animated Film: Rango

Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation (Iran)

Best Documentary: Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Vince Koehler Award for Best Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror Film: Hugo

Sunday, February 26, 2012

"The Descendants" Wins Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

WINNER - The Descendants: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

Hugo: John Logan
The Ides of March: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
Moneyball: Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

"The Descendants" Wins USC Libraries Scripter Award

The Descendants Ascend with Scripter Win

Authors and screenwriters of the family drama take the 2012 USC Libraries Scripter Award

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Author Kaui Hart Hemmings and screenwriters Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash won the 24th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award for their creative contributions to The Descendants. Selection committee co-chair Naomi Foner announced the winners at the black-tie ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 18.

“This is such a wonderful honor and to be part of something that celebrates and puts books on a pedestal and none of this would have been possible without Kaui’s wonderful book,” said Rash. “It was such a wonderful journey for us to fall in love with the book and have the opportunity to turn it into the film.”

Hemmings noted that the collaboration has been a positive experience for her.

“An adaptation can sometimes bring so many more readers that I never would have had and to have those readers say that they love both the book and the film and that they work so well together is such a blessing,” she said.

Payne—who was unable to attend—has been a Scripter finalist twice before for his work on the adaptations About Schmidt and Sideways. Payne also directed The Descendants. Faxon acknowledged Payne’s critical decision-making skills in his acceptance speech.

“I am thankful to Alexander Payne for directing such a beautiful film and I think he was right in the end—it was a good call casting George Clooney and not me,” Faxon joked. “That ended up being a benefit.”

The Descendants’ Scripter win adds to its many accolades. The film has been named the American Film Institute’s Movie of the Year and the best film of the year by the Los Angeles, Dallas, Florida, Kansas City, and Southeastern film critics associations, among others. It was named the best drama of the year at the Golden Globes and is nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Scripter gala, presented by the Friends of the USC Libraries, honors each year’s best cinematic adaptation of the written word. Scripter is the only award of its kind that honors screenwriters as well as the author of the work upon which the adaptation is based.

With filmmaker and USC alumnus Taylor Hackford (‘67, International Relations) and Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren serving as honorary dinner chairs, USC Libraries Dean Catherine Quinlan welcomed the attendees to USC’s historic Edward L. Doheny Memorial Library.

“The authors and screenwriters of these books, plays, stories, and screenplays embody the stellar, transformative accomplishments our libraries inspire and make possible.” Quinlan added that by supporting the libraries, all who attended were “supporting the academic and artistic excellence of the entire university.”

The other finalists for the 2012 Scripter Award, in alphabetical order by film title, were: screenwriter Christopher Hampton for A Dangerous Method, adapted from the nonfiction book A Most Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud, and Sabina Spielrein by John Kerr and the 2002 stage play The Talking Cure by Hampton; screenwriter Moira Buffini for Jane Eyre, adapted from the 1847 book by Charlotte Brontë; screenwriters Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, and Stan Chervin for Moneyball, based on Michael Lewis’ book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game; and screenwriters Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan and author John le Carré for the thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Co-chaired by Golden Globe-winning screenwriter Naomi Foner and USC screenwriting professor and vice president of the Writers Guild of America, West, Howard Rodman, the Scripter selection committee chose The Descendants as the year’s best adaptation from a field of 109 eligible films.

The 32-member selection committee included film critics Kenneth Turan and Leonard Maltin; Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chairman and chief executive officer Tom Rothman; screenwriters Eric Roth, Geoffrey Fletcher, and Gale Anne Hurd; author Michael Chabon; and USC deans Catherine Quinlan, Elizabeth M. Daley and Madeline Puzo.

Academy Award-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis accepted the 5th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Literary Achievement Award. Haggis’ credits include the screenplays for films such as Crash, Million Dollar Baby, and the two James Bond films starring Daniel Craig, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

During his acceptance speech, Haggis spoke about the influence his parents had on his writing career.

“They encouraged me from a young age largely because they saw I wasn’t good at much else,” Haggis joked. “You have to be a little emotionally unstable to be in this kind of profession—it’s a ridiculous profession, writing.”

“I’m very proud to be here with my daughters tonight—all three of whom grew up to choose ridiculous and difficult careers, in writing, in art, and in music,” Haggis explained. “I’m trying to learn the lesson my parents taught me—to encourage your children to be ridiculous to take on ridiculous challenges, choose ridiculous careers. Only by doing that do they really have a chance to be great.”

Haggis—along with author F. X. Toole—also captured a USC Libraries Scripter Award for Million Dollar Baby in 2005.

This year’s in-kind sponsors included Esquire Bar & Lounge (Pasadena, Calif.); the Wine of the Month Club; John and Dana Agamalian and Blue Ice Vodka; Barry Eggleston II of the Exotic Car Collection by Enterprise; Final Draft Inc., Movie Magic: Screenwriter; Paperblanks; and thinkThin.

For more details on Scripter—including additional images from the ceremony—visit

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

2012 Academy Award Nominations: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Nominees:

The Descendants (2011): Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

Hugo (2011): John Logan

The Ides of March (2011): George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon

Moneyball (2011): Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011): Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Quentin Tarantino Names "Midnight in Paris" 2011's Best Film

Quentin Tarantino is the celebrated writer/director of such films as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction (for which he won a best screenplay Oscar), and Inglourious Basterds (which earned him two Oscar nominations).  He is also quite vocal when it comes to the movies that he likes.  QT is a fan.  This list made the rounds on the Net last week:

Quentin Tarantino’s Official Top 11 of 2011:
1. Midnight In Paris
2. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
3. Moneyball
4. The Skin I Live In
5. X-Men: First Class
6. Young Adult
7. Attack The Block
8. Red State
9. Warrior
10. The Artist / Our Idiot Brother (tie)
11. The Three Musketeers

Others considered in no particular order:
The Iron Lady
Green Hornet
Green Lantern
Captain America
The Descendants
My Week With Marilyn
Fast Five
The Tree Of Life
The Hangover Part II
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
The Beaver
The Sitter
War Horse

Nice Try Award:
Drive Angry
Real Steel

Best Director:
Pedro Almodovar
Bennett Miller
Woody Allen
Jason Reitman
Michel Hazanavicius

Best Original Screenplay:
Midnight In Paris
Young Adult
Red State
Attack The Block
Our Idiot Brother

Best Adapted Screenplay:
The Skin I live In
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
X-Men: First Class

Worst Films:
Sucker Punch
Potiche (Trophy Wife)
Straw Dogs
Paranormal Activity 3
Meek’s Cutoff

Saturday, January 14, 2012

"Moneyball" is Money

TRASH IN MY EYE No. 2 (of 2012) by Leroy Douresseaux

Moneyball (2011)
Running time: 133 minutes (2 hours, 13 minutes)
MPAA – PG-13 for some strong language
DIRECTOR: Bennett Miller
WRITERS: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; from a story by Stan Chervin (based upon Michael Lewis’s book "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game")
PRODUCERS: Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, and Brad Pitt
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Wally Pfister (D.o.P.)
EDITOR: Christopher Tellefsen
COMPOSER: Mychael Danna


Starring: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Chris Pratt, Stephen Bishop, Brent Jennings, Ken Medlock, Nick Searcy, Glenn Morshower, Reed Thompson, and Kerris Dorsey

Moneyball is a 2011 sports drama and biographical film starring Brad Pitt. The film is a fictionalized version of events in the 2002 season of the Major League Baseball team, the Oakland Athletics (A’s). Moneyball follows the real-life A’s general manager (GM), Billy Beane, as he uses computer-generated analysis to field (or put together) a competitive and winning baseball team. The Moneyball movie is based on Michael Lewis’ 2003 book of the same name, and Oscar-winner Scott Rudin is also one of the film’s executive producers.

Oakland Athletics’ general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) is upset that his team lost to the New York Yankees during the 2001 playoffs. The end of the 2001 season also means that several of the A’s star players are leaving to sign with other teams for much more money than the A’s are willing to or have the ability to pay. As GM, Beane is constrained by the lowest payroll in baseball, so he needs to find another competitive advantage. Beane meets Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), a young Yale economics graduate with radical ideas about how to assess a baseball player’s value and about how to put a team together. But this new approach is controversial, and as the A’s lose, the pressure mounts on Beane.

Acclaimed film and television writer, Aaron Sorkin wrote the third version of Moneyball’s screenplay. Sorkin also wrote The Social Network, for which he won an Academy Award. Like The Social Network, Moneyball is a film about someone who introduces something radical and controversial to an institution, in this case baseball, which everyone insists cannot be changed. Another thing Moneyball has in common with The Social Network is that Moneyball is also about a guy who goes out and makes something and does it as well as or better than other men that have many more resources than he has.

Director Bennett Miller (Capote) makes this story work as a film by focusing on Beane, and to a lesser extent Brand. Millers puts Beane’s struggles and the A’s ups and downs side by side. Separately, Beane and the A’s are compelling, but together, their story is exhilarating.

As Billy Beane, Brad Pitt gives one his more unusual performances. To sell this story, Pitt, as the lead character, does not rely on his star power or handsome looks. Indeed, whenever his “muscle-ly” arms make an appearance, they seem out of place. Pitt’s performance is subtle, quiet, and graceful. When Pitt needs to be intense, he is intense, so much so that I could feel it coming off the screen; however, Pitt delivers this intensity in an entirely non-intense way. I believed that Pitt was Billy Beane.

Of all the biographical sports dramas I’ve seen, Moneyball is like no other. This is a baseball movie for baseball people, but this is also a good movie for good movie people.

8 of 10

Friday, January 13, 2012

Saturday, January 7, 2012

2012 Writers Guild Award Nominations Announced

The Writers Guild of America is a labor union representing film, television, radio, and new media writers. The Writers Guild of America Award acknowledges outstanding achievements in film, television, and radio and has been presented annually by the Writers Guild of America, East and Writers Guild of America, West since 1949.

There are several categories, but I only focus on the film categories. However, I may list the winners from all categories when they are announced (Sunday, February 19, 2012).



50/50, Written by Will Reiser; Summit Entertainment

Bridesmaids, Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig; Universal Pictures

Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics

Win Win, Screenplay by Tom McCarthy; Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni; Fox Searchlight

Young Adult, Written by Diablo Cody; Paramount Pictures


The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash; Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemming; Fox Searchlight

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian; Based on the novel by Stieg Larsson, originally published by Norstedts; Columbia Pictures

The Help, Screenplay by Tate Taylor; Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett; DreamWorks Pictures

Hugo, Screenplay by John Logan; Based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick; Paramount Pictures

Moneyball, Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin; Based on the book by Michael Lewis; Columbia Pictures


Better This World, Written by Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega; Loteria Films

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, Written by Marshall Curry and Matthew Hamachek; Oscilloscope Pictures

Nostalgia for the Light, Written by Patricio Guzmán; Icarus Films

Pina, Screenplay by Wim Wenders; Sundance Selects

Position Among the Stars, Script by Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich, Leonard Retel Helmrich; HBO Documentary Films

Senna, Written by Manish Pandey; Producers Distribution Agency

Friday, December 30, 2011

Oklahoma Film Critics Really Like "The Artist"

The Oklahoma Film Critics Circle (OFCC) is the statewide group of professional film critics. OFCC members are Oklahoma-based movie critics who write for print, broadcast and online outlets that publish or post reviews of current film releases. 2011 is the OFCC’s sixth annual list of awards for achievement in cinema.

Like other film critics circles, they've chosen The Artist as their best picture.  I like that they chose to give the Fright Night remake an award, "Best Guilty Pleasure."  It really is a good movie and should not have been a flop at the box office.  Goodness, I'd love to see a sequel.

Complete List of OFCC 2011 Film Awards:

Top 10 Films:
1. “The Artist”
2. “Drive”
3. “The Descendants”
4. “Hugo”
5. “Shame”
6. “Moneyball”
7. “Midnight in Paris”
8. “Melancholia”
9. “Tree of Life”
10.“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”

Best Film
“The Artist”

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”

Best First Feature
Sean Durkin, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”

Best Actress
Michelle Williams, “My Week with Marilyn”

Best Actor
George Clooney, “The Descendants”

Best Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks, “Drive”

Best Screenplay, Adaptation
“Moneyball,” Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin

Best Screenplay, Original
“The Artist,” Michel Hazanavicius

Best Documentary Film
“Page One: Inside The New York Times”

Best Foreign Language Film
“The Skin I Live In”

Best Animated Film
“The Adventures of Tintin”

Obviously Worst Film
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

Not-So-Obviously-Worst Film
“The Hangover Part II”

Best Guilty Pleasure
“Fright Night”

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

"The Artist" Dominates San Diego Film Critics Awards

The members of San Diego Film Critics Society write and/or broadcast for a San Diego County based outlet. The society’s mission statement is “to provide diverse critical opinion about movies, advance film education and awareness, and recognize excellence in cinema.”

2011 San Diego Film Critics winners:



Winner: Nicolas Winding Refn, DRIVE

Martin Scorsese, HUGO
Michel Hazanavicius, THE ARTIST
Terrence Malick, THE TREE OF LIFE

Winner: Brit Marling, ANOTHER EARTH

Michelle Williams, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
Viola Davis, THE HELP

Winner: Michael Shannon, TAKE SHELTER

Brendan Gleeson, THE GUARD
Jean Dujardin, THE ARTIST

Winner: Shailene Woodley, THE DESCENDANTS

Bérénice Bejo, THE ARTIST
Carey Mulligan, SHAME
Jessica Chastain, THE HELP
Mélanie Laurent, BEGINNERS

Winner: Nick Nolte, WARRIOR

Albert Brooks, DRIVE
Christopher Plummer, BEGINNERS

Winner: Woody Allen, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

Michel Hazanavicius, THE ARTIST
Thomas McCarthy, WIN WIN
Will Reiser, 50/50

Winner: Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, MONEYBALL

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, THE DESCENDANTS
Hossein Amini, DRIVE
John Logan, HUGO





Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki, THE TREE OF LIFE

Guillaume Schiffman, THE ARTIST
Newton Thomas Sigel, DRIVE
Robert Richardson, HUGO



Winner: Oliver Bugge Coutté, BEGINNERS

Anne-Sophie Bion & Michel Hazanavicius, THE ARTIST
Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber, & Mark Yoshikawa, THE TREE OF LIFE
Mat Newman, DRIVE
Thelma Schoonmaker, HUGO

Winner: Dante Ferretti, HUGO

Laurence Bennett, THE ARTIST


Alexandre Desplat, THE TREE OF LIFE
Howard Shore, HUGO
Ludovic Bource, THE ARTIST



Winner: Jessica Chastain

Lee Ann Kim, San Diego Asian Film Foundation

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Chicago Film Critics Have Green Thumb for "The Tree of Life"

The Chicago Film Critics Association is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization that hands out the Chicago Film Critics Awards, hold critics roundtables, and takes on industry and artists’ rights issues. The association was founded in 1990 by film critic Sue Kiner after the successful launch of the Chicago Film Critics Awards in 1989.

The 2011 winners were announced on Monday (Dec 19th).  People who follow film critics' awards will notice that The Artist, The Descendants, and, as it does here, The Tree of Life are the favorite films.

23rd Annual/2011 Chicago Film Critics Award Winners:

PICTURE: The Tree of Life

DIRECTOR: Terrence Malick (-) The Tree of Life

ACTOR: Michael Shannon (-) Take Shelter

ACTRESS: Michelle Williams (-) My Week With Marilyn

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Albert Brooks (-) Drive

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jessica Chastain (-) The Tree of Life

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: The Artist (-) Michel Hazanavicius

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Moneyball (-) Steven Zaillian & Aaron Sorkin

CINEMATOGRAPHY: The Tree of Life (-) Emmanuel Lubezki

ORIGINAL SCORE: Drive (-) Cliff Martinez


DOCUMENTARY: The Interrupters


PROMISING PERFORMER: Elizabeth Olsen (-) Martha Marcy May Marlene

PROMISING FILMMAKER: Sean Durkin (-) Martha Marcy May Marlene

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Detroit Film Critics are Patrons of "The Artist"

According to John Serba, film critic for The Grand Rapids Press and member of the Detroit Film Critics Society, the group has announced its 2011 winners.

The Detroit Film Critics Society Winners for 2011:

Best Picture: “The Artist”

Best Director: Michel Hazanivicius

Best Actor: Michael Fassbender, “Shame”

Best Actress: Michelle Williams, “My Week with Marilyn”

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

Best Supporting Actress: Carey Mulligan, “Shame”

Best Ensemble: “Carnage”

Best Breakthrough Performance: Jessica Chastain, “The Tree of Life,” “Take Shelter,” “The Help”

Best Screenplay: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, “Moneyball”

Best Documentary: “Tabloid”

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Las Vegas Film Critics Support "The Artist"

The Las Vegas Film Critics Society is a non-profit organization that describes itself as “progressive” and “dedicated to the advancement and preservation of film.” The LVFCS membership is comprised of “select” print, television and internet film critics in the Las Vegas area. The LVFCS presents its "Sierra" awards each year for the best in film, including The William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award, which is named for the late Academy Award winning actor.

As are many other film critics groups in 2011, Las Vegas film critics are down with The Artist.

2011 Sierra Award winners:

Best Picture
“The Artist”

Best Actor
Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”

Best Actress
Michelle Williams, “My Week with Marilyn”

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks, “Drive”

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”

Best Director
Nicholas Winding Refn, “Drive”

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted)
Aaron Sorkin & Steve Zaillian, “Moneyball”

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezski, “Tree of Life”

Best Film Editing
Thelma Schoonmaker, “Hugo”

Best Costume Design
Mark Bridges, “The Artist”

Best Art Direction
Gregory S. Hooper, “The Artist”

Best Visual Effects
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

Best Documentary
“Project NIM”

Best Foreign Film
“13 Assassins”

Best Song
“Man or Muppet” - Written by Bret McKenzie

Best Score
Ludovic Bource, “The Artist”

Best Family Film

Best Animated Film

Youth in Film
Asa Butterfield, “Hugo”

Best DVD (Packaging, Design, and Content)
“Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy (Blu-Ray)

William Holden Lifetime Achievement Award for 2010:
Albert Brooks

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Boston Film Critics Pick "The Artist"

The Boston Society of Film Critics was formed in 1981. The group claims that its mission is to make “Boston's unique critical perspective heard on a national and international level by awarding commendations to the best of the year's films and filmmakers and local film theaters and film societies that offer outstanding film programming.”

2011 Winners:

Best Picture - The Artist

Best Actor - Brad Pitt for Moneyball

Best Actress - Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn

Best Supporting Actor - Albert Brooks for Drive

Best Supporting Actress - Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids

Best Director - Martin Scorsese for Hugo

Best Screenplay - Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin for Moneyball

Best Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki for The Tree of Life

Best Documentary - Project Nim

Best Foreign-Language Film - Incendies

Best Animated Film - Rango

Best Film Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer) - Christian Marclay for The Clock

Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy) - Sean Durkin for Martha Marcy May Marlene

Best Ensemble Cast - Carnage

Best Use of Music in a Film - TIE: Drive and The Artist