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Sunday, April 23, 2017

National Geographic and Kathryn Bigelow Presents VR Short, "The Protectors"

National Geographic Documentary Films Announces Release of First-Ever Virtual Reality Short from Academy Award Winner Kathryn Bigelow and Two-Time Emmy Nominee Imraan Ismail

Filmed Deep in the Congo, The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes Immerses Viewers in the Dangerous Reality of Those Who Risk Their Lives to Protect Elephants From Poachers

Produced by HERE BE DRAGONS, The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival Virtual Arcade starting April 21, followed by a May 1 release on Within

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Garamba National Park. In 1980, UNESCO named it a World Heritage Site, unmatched in its biodiversity. Today, it’s ground zero in the fight to save the largest population of elephants in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where rangers are the last line of defense in a race against extinction at the hands of poachers slaughtering elephants for their ivory tusks.

    “National Geographic has been protecting the planet for 129 years and inspiring others to do the same through text, photos, videos and, increasingly, VR”

National Geographic Documentary Films takes viewers to the front lines of Garamba alongside the rangers who face constant danger and even death while protecting elephants from heavily militarized and incentivized poachers. Shot entirely in virtual reality and directed by Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”) with two-time Emmy nominee and VR creator Imraan Ismail, The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes will premiere at Tribeca Immersive’s Virtual Arcade beginning April 21, 2017. Following its Tribeca run, the film will be released exclusively on Within, the premiere distributor of VR content, on May 1, 2017 and on YouTube and Facebook360 starting May 8, 2017. For more information, visit

“National Geographic has been protecting the planet for 129 years and inspiring others to do the same through text, photos, videos and, increasingly, VR,” said Rachel Webber, executive vice president of digital product for National Geographic. “The Protectors transports audiences to the heart of the ivory conflict, witnessing the battle between destruction and preservation firsthand.”

“The world’s park rangers are truly unsung heroes, serving as the last line of defense between endangered wildlife and extinction — for lions, rhinos, pangolins, etc., and, of course, elephants,” said director Kathryn Bigelow.

“With the help of National Geographic and African Parks, The Protectors offers an opportunity to get to know the brave Rangers of Garamba National Park in the DRC, where poaching elephants for their ivory tusks is rampant. Their job is a deadly race against time, fraught with danger, and without them the elephants’ extinction is all but certain. Every day they put their lives at risk to protect our planet’s wildlife — but they cannot do it alone. Both the elephants and rangers need your help.”

Garamba National Park has been managed by African Parks, a conservation nonprofit organization in collaboration with the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature, since 2005. To learn more about supporting Garamba’s rangers visit, where 100 percent of the funding goes directly to manage the parks and support the rangers.

“The Protectors is a very important film that not only shines a light on the rangers, creating empathy for those who risk their lives day in and day out,” said Andrea Heydlauff, chief marketing officer of African Parks, “it provides people with a call to action to join the fight in securing a future for Africa’s elephants. It’s conservation media at its best.”

The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes is produced for National Geographic by HERE BE DRAGONS, along with Annapurna Pictures and African Parks. For HERE BE DRAGONS, executive producers are Annie Hanlon, Patrick Milling-Smith, Samantha Storr, Matthew Budman, Sammy Scher and Priya Swaminathan. For National Geographic Channel, Matt Renner is vice president, production and Tim Pastore is president, original programming and production.

About National Geographic Documentary Films:
National Geographic Documentary Films is committed to bringing the world premium, feature documentaries that cover timely, provocative and globally relevant stories from the very best documentary filmmakers in the world. National Geographic Documentary Films is a division of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 171 countries and 45 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit or, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Co-founded by producer Patrick Milling-Smith and director Chris Milk, HERE BE DRAGONS is a specialized experience studio that comprises the world’s leading creative innovators in virtual and augmented reality. The HERE BE DRAGONS collective utilizes custom-built tools and technology to craft and curate original immersive experiences. Its creative team and production talent are industry leaders in short-form commercials, music videos, feature film, theater, design, photography and fine arts, with a proven track record in creating stories that inspire and truly resonate, collectively earning them numerous Emmys, Cannes Lions, Grand Prixes, Palm d’Ors, AICP, D&AD, One Show, ADC, Tony, Webby Awards and a Grammy.

About Annapurna Pictures:
Annapurna Pictures, founded by Megan Ellison, focuses on creating sophisticated, high-quality content that is critically and commercially conscious while still appealing to a diverse audience. By upholding Ellison’s vision to put filmmakers and artists first and preserve their authentic creative voices no matter the genre or medium, in five years the company has garnered a total of 32 Academy Award nominations for their projects, including “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Joy,” “The Master,” “Foxcatcher” and “The Grandmaster.” Ellison is also one of only four honorees ever to receive two Best Picture nominations in the same year, with “Her” and “American Hustle,” both earning nods in 2014. Currently, Annapurna is in postproduction on Kathryn Bigelow’s “Untitled Detroit Project,” which it will release as its first distribution title on August 4, 2017. The company is also in production on Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled new period film starring Daniel Day-Lewis and is developing the film adaptation of Maria Semple’s “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” to be directed by Richard Linklater. Annapurna’s most recent projects include Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women,” which was nominated for two Golden Globes and earned Mills a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination, as well as “Sausage Party,” “Wiener-Dog” and “Everybody Wants Some,” with “The Bad Batch” set for release by Neon in 2017. Bigelow also directed and partnered with Annapurna on the animated short “Last Days,” about illegal elephant poaching and the ivory trade.

About African Parks:
African Parks is a non-profit conservation organization that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks and protected areas in partnership with governments and local communities. With the largest counter-poaching force in Africa, over 850 rangers are on staff, and the most amount of area under protection for any one NGO in Africa, African Parks manages 10 national parks and protected areas in seven countries covering six 6 million hectares: Malawi, Zambia, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Chad. For more information, please visit, or; follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from August 7th to 13th, 2016 - Update #51

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OBIT - From Deadline:  The actor Kenny Baker has died at the age of 81 (although some reports are listing him at 82 or 83).  The 3-foot, 8-inch actor is best known for playing R2-D2 in six Star Wars movies.  Baker also appeared in "The Elephant Man," "Time Bandits," and "The Goonies."

ANIME-FILM - From TheTrackingBoard:  One of my favorite anime, "Tiger & Bunny, is being developed as a live-action American film.  "Tiger & Bunny" follows a veteran hero and his partner, the hot new thing.

TELEVISION - From TheTrackingBoard:  The creators of the long-running CBS TV series, "How I Met Your Mother," is developing a family comedy for the network.

MOVIES - From YahooNews:  On the set of "Fast 8," Vin Diesel and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson are greatly at odds with one another.

SPORTS - From CTVNews:  Brazil receives its first gold medal of the Rio Olympics.  Brazilian Rafaela Silva won gold in judo (57 kiogram division).  Born in a favela (slum), Silva had been the target of horrible racists taunts.  She has also come out as gay.

BOX OFFICE - From Variety:  "Suicide Squad" looks to hold onto first place at the weekend box office, despite a seeming big debut from the animated "Sausage Party."

MOVIES - From Variety:  Patty Jenkins, who is directing 2017's "Wonder Woman" movie, does not like this open letter that calls her film a mess.

SPORTS - From YahooSports:  The United States' unlikeliest gold medal is a comeback story about swimmer, Anthony Ervin.

MOVIES - From Polygon:  "Suicide Squad" has a problem that may also be a problem for other films based on DC Comics characters.

SPORTS - From YahooSports:  Michelle Carter becomes the first U.S. woman to win gold in the Olympic shot put.

TELEVISION - From DeadlineTV:  Long-time "Criminal Minds" cast member, Thomas Gibson, is no longer with the series, following a suspension for an on-set confrontation.

MOVIES - From Vulture:  Former employee sends an open letter to top Warner Bros. executives and is highly critical to say the least.

SPORTS - From YahooSports:  Simone Manuel becomes the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal for an individual swimming event (100 meter freestyle).  She tied for the gold with Canadian Penny Oleksiak - the first tie for a gold medal since 2000.  In fact, the last time an American woman won gold in the 100 meter freestyle, it was a tie involving 2 Americans.

COMICS - From EntertainmentWeekly:  In celebration of the birthday of Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America) posts a gag video featuring Hemsworth having trouble with a hammer.

MOVIES - From EntertainmentWeekly:  Hugh Jackman posts a photo on social media that has fans talking about how old he looks.  "Old Man Logan" anyone?

TELEVISION - From TheWrap:  Classic Nickelodeon cartoon, "Rocko's Modern Life" will return in a special.

MOVIES - From WeGotThisCovered:  "Bad Boys 3" is now called "Bad Boys for Life."  The release date has also been removed from 2017 to 2018.

STAR WARS - From BleedingCool:  Lando Calrissian reportedly to appear in the Han Solo spinoff movie in which Alden Ehrenreich.

From TheWrap:  7 actors who would be great as young Lando Calrissian.

TELEVISION - From IGN:  Gabriel Luna is the new "Ghost Rider," who will appear on the fourth season on ABC's "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD.  Nicolas Cage played the character in two films.

TELEVISION - From YahooTV:  Ousted "Saturday Night Live" cast members, Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah, have new gigs at Showtime.

CELEBRITY - From YahooCelebrity:  Mel Gibson escapes settlement payments with is baby mama, Oksana Grigorieva.

MOVIES - From Variety:  Dammit.  Angelina Jolie has decided not to appear in Kenneth Branagh's remake of "Murder on the Orient Express."

MOVIES - From Variety:  Brad Pitt is courting David Fincher to direct the "World War Z" sequel.  Fincher and Pitt worked together on "Se7ev," "Fight Club," and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

STAR TREK - From Variety:  CBS' new "Star Trek" series, "Star Trek: Discovery" will have a female lead, who will not be the captain.

From IndieWire:  More details on "Discovery" including the show having a larger contingent of aliens and a gay character.

MOVIES - From Variety:  Speaking of all-girl reboots, there is "Ocean's 8," an all-female reboot of "Oceans Eleven."  Rihanna and Anne Hathaway are in talks to join a cast that already includes Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett.

MOVIES - From YahooMovies:  So the all-female "Ghostbusters" reboot looks to be a box office flop.

OBITS - From YahooSports:  John Saunders, longtime ESPN anchor, died today, Wednesday, August 10, 2016.  He was 61.

TELEVISION - From Variety:  Three cast members, including Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah, are leaving "Saturday Night Live" (SNL) or were fired.  One of them, Killam, is not sure why.

MOVIES - From HitFix:  There is a planned remake of the classic horror film, "Suspiria."  The director of the original, Dario Argento, isn't impressed by those plans, although he is not against the film.

POLITICS - From BostonGlobe:  Louisiana's new Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards has saved lives since he accepted the Medicaid expansion under "Obamacare."

OLYMPICS - From YahooSports:  U.S. women make history in capturing Rio Olympic gymnastics team gold, the remarkable Simone Biles.

BLACK LIVES MATTER - From YahooNews:  In Ferguson, Michael Brown's parents are still waiting for secret files in their lawsuit against his killer, former police officer Darren Wilson, the city, and it former police chief.

MOVIES - From Deadline:  Tri-Star is leading the revival of "The Chronicles of Narnia" film series.  The new will film be based on "The Silver Chair."

MOVIES - From YahooCelebrity:  Dwayne Johnson calls some of his "Fast 8" male co-stars "candyasses."

MOVIES - From BleedingCool:  Breck Eisner is in talks to direct a new Friday the 13th film.

BLACK LIVES MATTER - From TheRoot:  High fives and orders to make sure the body camera are off after Chicago pigs... I mean... cops shot an unarmed Black teen.

MOVIES - From Variety:  The Tom Cruise-Doug Liman film previously known as "Mena" is now entitled "American Made."  It also moves from Jan. 2017 to a Sept. 2017 release date.

TELEVISION - From DeadlineTV:  Director David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook," "American Hustle") is prepping a TV series starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore.

COMICS-FILM - From  WeGotThisCovered:  Set photos from "Spider-Man: Homecoming" shows off Spider-Man's web-shooters.

TELEVISION - From TheWrap:  Woody Allen's series for Amazon has a name, "Crisis in Six Scenes."  The series debut on Amazon Prime Video on September 30th and will be comprised of six episodes.

MOVIES - From Variety:  Joseph David-Jones has been cast in Kathryn Bigelow's untitled 1967 Detroit Riots film.  David-Jones plays "Connor Hawke" in "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" for The CW.

CULTURE - From RSN:  Renee Zellwegger on against her: "We can do better."

POLITICS - From NYMag:  Former Fox News boss, Roger Ailes, used Fox's budget to finance a "Black Room" campaign against his personal enemies.  He may have used the network's budget and profits to pay off sexual harassment claims against him.

BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 8/5 to 8/7/2016 weekend box office is "Suicide Squad" with an estimated take of $135.1 million.

From YahooMovies:  "Suicide Squad" sets three August box office records - largest opening weekend ($135.1 million) and largest single day ($65.2 million) and largest Thursday preview ($20.5 million), which is part of the Friday haul

BOOKS-FILM - From RollingStone:  George R.R. Martin's books are the source material for HBO's Emmy-winning hit, "Game of Thrones."  Now, his anthology series, "Wild Cards," which he shares with other writers, is being developed for television.

CELEBRITY - From PopSugar:  Angelina Jolie will be a visiting professor at the London School of Economics next year.

OBIT - From YahooCelebrity:  Ricci Martin, the youngest son of legendary actor and singer, Dean Martin, has died at the age of 62, Wednesday, August 3, 2016.  Ricci was a musician and also a singer, and he toured a tribute show to his late father (who died in 1995).

BLACK LIVES MATTER - From IBT:  I have heard it said that America is driving Black people crazy.  Here, is some proof or at least an article about it.


From YouTube:  First teaser trailer for "Allied," a new film from Robert Zemeckis, starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard.

From YouTube:  Marvel's Captain America: Civil War - Black Panther Featurette

From YouTube:  From the "Ben-Hur" remake, "You Should Have Killed Me."

From YouTube:  "Office Christmas Party" trailer.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from August 1st to 6th, 2016 - Update #40

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POLITICS - From Time:  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says that Donald Trump's treatment of the Khans should be a wake-up call.

COMICS-FILM - From Mashable:  Brie Larson, who will portray Marvel's "Captain Marvel" embraces her inner fangirl.

COMICS-FILM - From YahooMovies:  "Suicide Squad" has a cool mid-credits scene [SPOILERS!]

MOVIES - From SlashFilm:  Anthony Mackie is joining Kathryn Bigelow's untitled 1967 Detroit Riots film.  This is reunion for Mackie who appeared in Bigelow's Oscar-winning, "The Hurt Locker."

SPORTS - From YahooNews:  NFL running back found that his family and friends went through $1.6 million of his money in 10 months.

BARACK OBAMA - From NYDailyNews:  Happy Birthday, President! Someone punched George Zimmerman after he started bragging about killing Trayon Martin in a Florida restaurant.

From CBSNews:  Happy Birthday, again! Dylann Roof, who killed nine African-American parishioners at a South Carolina church, got his ass beat in a jail shower.

COMICS-FILM - From ScreenRant:  Paul Dini, the man who co-created "Harley Quinn" (with Bruce Timm) for the the 1992 "Batman" animated series, likes what Margot Robbie does with the character in the film, "Suicide Squad."

From Moviefone:  Fans angry over the bad reviews that "Suicide Squad" has received.

From IdahoStatesman:  "Rotten Tomatoes" getting the brunt of the fan anger over bad reviews for "Suicide Squad."

From THR:  And man... "Suicide Squad" had a troubled production.

From YahooNews:  "Suicide Squad" set to break August box office records... with a catch.

OBITS - From TheWrap:  The actor David Huddleston has died at the age of 85, Tuesday, August 2, 2016.  He was Jeffrey Lebowski a.k.a. "the Big Lebowski" in the Joel and Ethan Coen's 1998 cult film, "The Big Lebowski."

COMICS - From CBR:  African-American writer Christopher Priest is returning to comics (on DC Comics' "Deathstroke") precisely because he is not being asked to write a Black character.

MOVIES - From Showbiz411:  Martin Scorsese says that his film "Silence" will be ready for Oscar contention.

STAR WARS - From EntertainmentWeekly:  Daisy Ridley quits Instagram because of the furor over her anti-violonece post.

MOVIES - From Variety:  Will Poulter is among the cast members added to Kathryn Bigelow's film about the 1967 Detroit Riots.

COMICS-FILMS - From EntertainmentWeekly:  Hot star Mike Birbiglia wonders why the MPAA rated his acclaimed film, "Don't Think Twice," "R" and rated the violent "Suicide Squad" "PG-13."
COMICS-FILMS - From EntertainmentWeekly:  As a kid, Viola Davis wanted to be Wonder Woman in order to beat those who bullied her.

PRINCE - From YahooMusic:  "Weird Al" Yankovic talks about how Prince turned him down four times concerning Al doing parodies of Prince's songs.  Meanwhile, Michael Jackson was very supportive of Al.

From Billboard:  The time Matt Damon met Prince.

STAR TREK - From YahooNews:  The parents of "Star Trek" Alton Yelchin have sued the makers of the Jeep Grand Cherokee.  The 27-year-old actor was killed by his Cherokee back in June.

OBITS - From Deadline:  The screenwriter Eric Bergren died at the age of 62 on July 14, 2016.  He was an Oscar nominee for co-writing "The Elephant Man" (1980).

BLACK LIVES MATTER - From YahooNews:  BLM releases first policy platform.

TELEVISION - From ScreenRant:  Rapper 50 Cent (a.k.a. Curtis Jackson) has created a new superhero drama, "Tomorrow, Today" for Starz.  Fitty is one of the people behind Starz hit drama, "Power."

STAR TREK - From ScreenRant:  "Star Trek: Discovery" may be set before the original "Star Trek," but we'll know sometime Wed., August 10th.

MOVIES - From Variety:  Benedict Cumberbatch to star in and produce a film adaptation of the classic British novel, "Rogue Male," by Geoffrey Household.

MOVIES - From ScreenDaily:  Terry Gilliam begins production on "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" with Adam Driver (Kylo Ren in "Star Wars: The Force Awaken") as the star.

MOVIES - From Variety:  Disney want to remake Ron Howard 1980s film, "Splash," with Channing Tatum and Jillian Bell taking the roles of the original film's star, Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah.

OBIT - From TheWrap:  The actress Gloria DeHaven has died at the age of 91, Saturday, July 30, 2016.  She was the star of MGM musicals of the 1940s and 50s like "Summer Holiday" and "Summer Stock."

AWARDS - From TheWrap:  A complete list of winners at the 2016 Teen Choice Awards.

COMICS-FILM -  From CinemaBlend:  Will Scarlett Witch be in "Spider-Man: Homecoming?"

COMICS-FILMS -  From ScreenRant:  Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely updates their work on the screenplays for the third and fourth Avengers movies.

TELEVISION - From YahooCelebrity:  Shannen Doherty, famous for her role on 90s soap, "Beverly Hill, 90210," that her break cancer, which she has been fighting since February 2015, has spread.  We send her our prayers.

POLITICS - From YahooNews:  Donald Trump is still at it with Khizr and Ghazala Kahn, the couple who appeared at this past week's 2016 DNC, where Khizr spoke and castigated Trump.  The Kahns' son, Humayun, was an Army captain and a Muslim who was killed in Iraq in 2004.  Now other "Gold Star families" (meaning they have lost a child, sibling, or spouse in the recent wars) want Trump to apologize to the Khans.

From YahooNews:  Former Republican presidential nominee and current Senator John McCain (Arizona) rebukes Trump over his escalating a feud with the Kahns.  Sen. McCain is also a former prisoner of war (POW) in Vietnam.

CULTURE - From YahooCelebrity:  Justin Timberlake gives heartfelt speech at 2016 Teen Choice Awards.

SPORTS - From DeadspinNot Safe for Work - NBA baller, Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors, sends out a picture of his penis on snap chat.

POLITICS - From NYPostNot Safe for Work - Racy, partial nude photos of Donald Trump's wife, Melania Trump, are released.


From WeGotThisCovered:  The new TV spot for Marvel's "Doctor Strange."

From YouTube:  Grammy nominee Andra Day's video for the song, "The Only Way Out," from the film, "Ben-Hur."

From YouTube:  Behind the scenes video starring Andra Day about the song, "The Only Way Out."

From Variety:  The first teaser trailer for Chris Nolan's WWII action-thriller, "Dunkirk."  The film is due July 21, 2017.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from June 19th to 25th, 2016 - Update #46

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TELEVISION - From Variety:  "Gilmore Girls'" Rory Gilmore meets First Lady Michelle Obama in this video clip.

OBIT - From Deadline:  The author and screenwriter, Michael Herr, has died at the age of 76, Thursday, June 23rd, 2016.  Herr was the author of the heralded Vietnam War memoir, "Dispatches."  Herr also contributed to two seminal Vietnam War movies, "Apocalypse Now," and "Full Metal Jacket," for which he shared an adapted screenplay Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick and Gustav Hasford.

COMICS - From CinemaBlend:  Director David Ayers warns fans - Suicide Squad is like nothing they've seen.

From YahooNews:  Viola Davis says she almost pepper-sprayed fellow "Suicide Squad" actor, Jared Leto (Joker).

LGBT - From YahooCelebrity:  Celebs remember their first experience at a gay bar.

POLITICS - From YahooFinance:  Because the United Kingdom is leaving the the European Union, as a result of the "Brexit" vote, J.K. Rowling says "Goodbye, U.K."

TELEVISION - From Deadline:  Starz releases a first-look image from "American Gods."

MOVIES - From YahooMovies:  Hear "Ghostbusters (I'm not Afraid)," the theme for the new "Ghostbusters" film.  The track is by Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot.  The song uses some of Ray Parker Jr.'s theme for the 1984 film.

COMICS - From BleedingCool:  Bokeem Woodbine joins "Spider-Man: Homecoming," apparently to play a villain.

OBITS - From Variety:  Conductor and composer, Harry Rabinowitz, has died at the age of 100.  He is known for conducting the music for "Best Picture" Oscar-winner, "Chariots of Fire," among his many credits.

MUSIC - From YahooMusic:  Led Zeppelin wins the "Stairway to Heaven" copyright infringement lawsuit.

SPORTS/MOVIE - From YahooNews:  Ben Affleck goes on anti-NFL deflate-gate rant.

LAW - From YahooNews:  Affirmative Action had a major victory in college admissions in regards to a case brought against the University of Texas.  It must be a bitter loss for neo-segregationist Edward Blum and his skank surrogate, Abigail Fisher.

STAR WARS - From TheWrap:  Who Forest Whitaker plays in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"  Plus, a photo gallery.

MOVIES - From TheVox:  Jesse Eisenberg talks about being a successful Jewish American.

COMICS - From YahooMusic:  Hannibal Buress joins "Spider-Man: Homecoming."

MOVIES - From ThePlaylist:  John Boyega to star in Kathryn Bigelow's movie about the 1967 Detroit riots.  The movie also re-teams Bigelow with screenwriter Mark Boal and financier Megan Ellison.

MOVIES - From Variety:  Kate Winslet in final negotiations to appear in Woody Allen's next film, which begins shooting in the fall.

COMICS - From CBR:  Abraham Attah, who played the child soldier, "Abu" in "Beasts of No Nation," will appear in "Spider-Man: Homecoming."

MOVIES - From YahooMovies:  Will Smith most regrets 1999's "Wild Wild West" (which I kinda like), but what hurt the most was the box office failure of 2013's "After Earth" (which I really like), because his son Jaden was involved.

COMICS - From TheWrap:  Lots of information is leaking out about the "Justice League" movie.

MUSIC/LEGAL - From YahooMusic:  Led Zeppelin wants a halt to the "Stairway to Heaven" copyright infringement trial.

COMICS - From IGN:  In the Doctor Strange" film, Mads Mikkelsen will play...

MOVIES - From BleedingCool:  Noomi Rapace to appear in "Alien: Covenant," a follow-up to the film, "Prometheus."

TELEVISION - From Indiewire:  J.J. Abrams and Tavis Smiley come together for an event TV series about Michael Jackson.  Bad Robot is developing the project on a Smiley book.

ANIMATION - From TheWrap:  Sony Pictures Animation announces animated TV series based on "Ghostbusters" and "Hotel Transylvania."

MOVIES - From ThePlaylist:  Eli Roth to make his big studio debut by directing a remake of "Death Wish" with Bruce Willis.

PIXAR - From WashPost:  Sigourney Weaver and Ed O'Neill steal the show in "Finding Dory."

COMICS - From Gamespot:  The new poster for the "Suicide Squad" is eye-popping.

SPORTS - From YahooSports:  Cleveland Cavaliers are the 2015-16 NBA Champions.  LeBron James wins the NBA Playoffs MVP.

BOX OFFICE - BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 6/17 to 6/19/2016 weekend box office is Pixar's "Finding Dory" with an estimated take of $136.1 million.  This is the largest opening weekend ever for an animated feature film.

STAR TREK - The Death of Anton Yelchin:

OBIT - From YahooMovies:  The actor Anton Yelchin died early Sunday, June 19, 2016.  He was 27-years-old and was best known for his role as Pavel Chekhov in the "Star Trek" reboot film series that began in 2009.  Yelchin's death was apparently an accident and involved his car.

From IMDb:  Remembering Anton Yelchin.

From Variety:  Yelchin's life and career in photos.

From Variety:  Anton Yelchin leaves behind several unreleased films (including "Star Trek Beyond") and a high-profile animated series.

From Variety:  J.J. Abrams, who directed the 2009 "Star Trek" reboot and its 2013 sequel "Star Trek Into Darkness" mourns Yelchin.

From YahooMovies:  Hollywood mourns Yelchin.

From YahooMovies:  Anton Yelchin's most memorable roles.

From YahooMovies:  The original Pavel Chekhov of "Star Trek," Walter Koenig, mourns the death of Anton Yelchin, who played Chekhov in the "Star Trek" reboot film franchise.

From IndieWire:  Anton Yelchin's death made be tied to recently vehicle recall.

From YahooCelebrity:  Anton Yelchin apparently died about a minute after his accident.


SPORTS - From YahooSports:  Dustin Johnson wins golf's U.S. Open, his first victory in one of professional golf's four "Major" tournaments.

MOVIES - From ThePlaylist:  Warner Bros. moves the release date of Ben Affleck's upcoming directorial effort, "Live By Night," presumably for Oscar consideration.

TELEVISION - From TheWrap:  Everything that has led up to "Game of Throne's" "Battle of the Bastards."

POLITICS - From TIME:  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Trump and ISIS depend on irrationality.


From YouTube:  New trailer for "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back," starring Tom Cruise and releasing October 21, 2016.

From YouTube:  This is the second official trailer for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - from Tim Burton.

From YahooMovies:  Here is a new clip that gives the first straight-on look at the title character from Steven Spielberg's "The BFG."

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Negromancer News Bits and Bites for the Week of September 13th to 19th, 2015 - Update #16

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From YahooTV:  Kevin Spacey kills it with his Jimmy Stewart impression.

From Vulture:  Stephen King's "The Mist," which was made into a tragi-comic film in 2007 may return as a television series.

From DigitalSpy:  Kathryn Bigelow, Catherine Hardwicke and Mimi Leder are on a shortlist to direct a "Tomb Raider" film series reboot.

From TheVerge:  Citizenfour's Laura Poitras moves on to Julian Assange.

From TheWrap:  David Oyelowo prefers to work with women directors.

From TheWrap:  FOX will give a simultaneous worldwide release to the second season opener of "Empire" and the debut of "Scream Queens."

From DenofGeek:  I have lost track of how many times that I have published news about Warner Bros.' long-planned adaptation of the legendary manga, Akira.  The latest is that the adaptation will be a trilogy (rather than the previously announced two-film adaptation) and that Christopher Nolan will be involved... in some capacity.

From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 9/11 to 9/13/2015 weekend box office is "The Perfect Guy" with an estimated take of $26.7 million.  Of course, "The Visit" is a close second with $25.6 million.  Things may change with the release of the final tally on Monday afternoon.

From ShadowandAct:  An excellent article about the good and the bad of supporting films specifically because they feature Black actors and/or are made by Black filmmakers.

From Variety:  Seth Rogen talks about his acting process for "Steve Jobs."

COMICS - Films and Titles:

From THR:  The late comic book writer, Bill Finger, contributed much to the creation of Batman (including creating Robin, The Joker, and Catwoman, and naming Gotham).  Apparently, he will receive some kind of credit for his work on the upcoming season of "Gotham" and on the "Batman Vs. Superman" movie.

From WeGotThisCovered:  See the "Ant-Man" poster for the film's release in China.

From DigitalSpy:  Bob Hoskins could have been Wolverine.

From Empire:  Zoe Saldana is ready to kill giants.


From Variety:  Variety's Andrew Barker reviews "Pan."


From TheWrap:  Jackie Collins, the best-selling romance novelist and sister of actress Joan Collins, died today, Sat., September 19, 2015, at the age of 77.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Negromancer News Bits and Bites for January 1st to 3rd, 2015 - Update #6


From TheIntercept:  Meet the template for Zero Dark Thirty.

From SlashFilm:  Apparently, District 9's Neill Blomkamp was, at one point, working on an Alien film for Fox.


From YahooGames:  There is a teaser for the "Ant-Man" teaser trailer, which will debut during broadcast of "Agent Carter," Tuesday, January 3rd, 2015.

From TheVerge:  Five most important things learned from tiny "Ant-Man" teaser.

From YahooGames: A list of comic books planned for 2015 that excite the author.  Most of them don't interest me much, if at all.  New Love and Rockets: New Stories in March - that's exciting.


From YahooTV:  According to local TV reports, Donna Douglas, who played "Elly Mae Clampett" on the classic TV series, "The Beverly Hillbillies," died on New Year's Day, Thursday, January 1, 2015.  She was 81.

From HitFix:  He won an Emmy for his role on "The Practice."  He won a Tony Award.  He was the voice over narrator for countless History Channel and PBS productions.  But I (like many others) will remember Edward Herrmann as the vampire master, "Max," in 1987's beloved The Lost Boys.  I remember his character, "Graham Sherbourne," being clearly overwhelmed by the rustic, working class masculinity of Fred Ward's "Roone Dimmick" in 1988's Big Business.  Edward Herrmann was cool.

Of course, fans of the series, "Gilmore Girls," will always remember Herrmann.

Herrmann died at the age of 71 on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 after a battle with brain cancer.  Negromancer sends well wishes and condolences to Herrmann's family and friends.  R.I.P. Mr. Herrmann.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Review: "Zero Dark Thirty" is History as a Great Story

TRASH IN MY EYE No. 5 (of 2014) by Leroy Douresseaux

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Running time:  157 minutes (2 hours, 37 minutes)
MPAA – R for strong violence including brutal disturbing images, and for language
DIRECTOR:  Kathryn Bigelow
WRITER:  Mark Boal
PRODUCERS: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, and Megan Ellison
CINEMATOGRAPHER:  Greg Fraser (D.o.P.)
EDITORS:  William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor
COMPOSER:  Alexandre Desplat
Academy Award winner


Starring:  Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Reda Kateb, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Ehle, Harold Perrineau, Jeremy Strong, J.J. Kandle, Lauren Shaw, Jessica Collins, Fredric Lehne, Joel Edgerton, Nash Edgerton, Edgar Ramirez, Mike Colter, Yoav Levi, Mark Strong, and James Gandolfini

Zero Dark Thirty is a 2012 war film and suspense thriller from director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, the creators of The Hurt Locker.  Zero Dark Thirty dramatizes the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, leading up to his death at the hands of Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6.  In my estimation, it is one of the best films of 2012 and one of the few truly great films about war in the 21st century.

Zero Dark Thirty begins with a brief audio recount of the events of the September 11, 2001 attacks.  The film moves to the year 2003 and introduces Maya (Jessica Chastain), a young officer in the CIA (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency).  Since graduating high school, Maya has spent her entire career focused solely on gathering intelligence related to al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.  Assigned to Pakistan, Maya witnesses the torture (including water-boarding and humiliation) of detainee prisoners.

Eventually, Maya begins to focus on a mysterious figure known as Abu Ahmed, who is allegedly working as a personal courier for bin Laden.  Maya sifts through masses of data and information, using a variety of technology and her own hunches and insights, but the years pass without her finding Ahmed or bin Laden.  Back in the United States, the political climate changes; a new U.S. Presidential administration arrives, and Maya’s CIA superiors stop believing in her work.  Now, this one agent has to battle the system if she is going to remain on the trail of clues that will lead her to bin Laden.

Fascinating, intriguing, thrilling, and suspenseful:  I could go on, but I’ll simply say that Zero Dark Thirty is truly a gripping film narrative.  It grabbed a hold of my imagination and my heart, and I was practically endlessly captivated by this truly unique film.  It is a testament to the filmmaking and storytelling skills of director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal.

Boal has the ability to take a decade’s worth of intelligence activity:  the good, the bad, the boring, the important, and the inconsequential and to summarize that into one story.  He uses the most interesting and important information as subplots – all on the way to creating a riveting screen story.

Much has been made of the fact that Bigelow is a woman film director who makes action movies and other types of films that are usually aimed at men.  The truth is that she is a highly skilled director whose films are like no one else’s.  Her success is that she makes movies that absorb the viewer into the story by creating action scenes that not only matter to the drama, but are also sometimes the drama.  Not all of Bigelow’s movies are great; it is simply that for most of the time in all of her movies, she occupies the viewer’s imagination.  When watching a Bigelow flick, it is not often that I find myself thinking about what I will be doing after the movie.

In Maya, Jessica Chastain fashions a female character that is truly a heroine.  Zero Dark Thirty turns on the idea that one woman fights the system to lead the hunt for Osama bin Laden.  So Chastain has to not only create a female lead that can carry a CIA movie, but also create a female lead that the audience will believe is capable going into the dark places she goes and doing the contentious things she must do.  In a world of exceedingly dangerous times, of deceitful men, and of alpha males, Maya has to be a stubborn mule, fierce lioness, and the smartest guy in the room, all at the same time.  It seems as if she must also lose something of herself in certain situations and at certain times.  There are scenes in Zero Dark Thirty in which Maya seems like nothing more than a wraith, a human turned into a shadowy leftover by her cause.

I believe that Jennifer Lawrence, as Tiffany Maxwell in Silver Linings Playbook, won the best actress Oscar over Chastain as Maya because Tiffany, complicated though she is, is girl-next-door likeable.  Maya is a complicated personality and is morally comprised, and her dedication to her job hunting bin Laden is like an affliction.  What’s to like about that?  A lot actually, but it is easier to like wounded duckling Tiffany.

I am glad that Zero Dark Thirty had people questioning the filmmakers’ intentions.  That means that people thought the movie was worth the mental effort to engage it.  It is a great film, nearly perfect.  I think the raid on bin Laden’s compound, which takes up the film’s last half hour is a little clumsy in its staging.  Bigelow’s effort to “keep it real,” took something away from the drama and intensity of that raid.  Still, Zero Dark Thirty will stand the test of time.  It may occasionally be forgotten, but as soon as something causes people to remember Zero Dark Thirty, people will be ready to engage the issues it raises again.

9 of 10

2013 Academy Awards, USA:  1 win: “Best Achievement in Sound Editing” (Paul N.J. Ottosson – tied with Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers for Skyfall); 4 nominations: “Best Motion Picture of the Year” (Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, and Megan Ellison), “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role” (Jessica Chastain), “Best Writing, Original Screenplay” (Mark Boal) and “Best Achievement in Film Editing” (William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor)

2013 BAFTA Awards:  5 nominations: “Best Film” (Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison, and Mark Boal), “Best Leading Actress” (Jessica Chastain), “Best Original Screenplay” (Mark Boal), “Best Editing” (Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg), and “David Lean Award for Direction” (Kathryn Bigelow)

2013 Golden Globes, USA:  1 win: “Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama” (Jessica Chastain); 3 nominations: “Best Motion Picture – Drama,” Best Director - Motion Picture” (Kathryn Bigelow), and “Best Screenplay - Motion Picture” (Mark Boal)

Friday, January 31, 2014

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Review: "The Weight of Water" is a Heavy Drama (Happy B'day, Sarah Polley)

TRASH IN MY EYE No. 81 (of 2007) by Leroy Douresseaux

The Weight of Water (2000)
Running time:  114 minutes (1 hour, 54 minutes)
MPAA – R for violence, sexuality/nudity, and brief language
DIRECTOR:  Kathryn Bigelow
WRITERS:  Alice Arlen and Christopher Kyle (based upon the novel by Anita Shreve)
PRODUCERS:  Janet Yang, Sigurjon Sighvatsson, and A. Kitman Ho
EDITOR:  Howard E. Smith
COMPOSER:  David Hirschfelder

DRAMA/MYSTERY with elements of a thriller

Starring:  Sean Penn, Catherine McCormack, Josh Lucas, Elizabeth Hurley, Sarah Polley, Ciarán Hinds, Ulrich Thomsen, Anders W. Berthelsen, and Katrin Cartlidge

The subject of this movie review is The Weight of Water, a 2000 drama and mystery film from director Kathryn Bigelow.  The film made its debut in 2000, but did not receive a U.S. release until November 2002.  The film is based on the 1997 novel, The Weight of Water, by author Anita Shreve.  The novel, which is historical fiction, is based in part on a real-life 19th century American murder case.  The Weight of Water the movie focuses on a newspaper photographer who is researching the lurid and sensational axe murder of two women in 1873, while dealing with her own marital problems.

Two couples: Thomas and Jean Janes (Sean Penn and Catherine McCormack) and Thomas’ brother, Rich Janes (Josh Lucas), and his girlfriend, Adaline Gunne (Elizabeth Hurley) take a boat trip to the island of Smuttynose, off the New Hampshire coast.  Jean is conducting a personal investigation of the double murder of two women back in 1873.  Having unearthed an eyewitness account of the murders, Jane seeks to prove that the Louis Wagner (Ciarán Hinds), the man executed for the crimes, was innocent, and that his accuser, Maren Hontvedt (Sarah Polley), was instead the murderer.  The film moves back and forth between the present day and the past, dredging up the incidents surrounding the murders and also the troubles in Thomas and Jean’s marriage.

After making films that fit one way or another in the action genre, director Kathryn Bigelow tackled dysfunctional marriages, dark family secrets, and murder in the film, The Weight of Water.  Quite skilled at creating mood and atmosphere (as shown in her earlier works), Bigelow constructs a movie in which disappointment and resignation saturate the story and anger boils mightily beneath the surface.

The jumps in time, between the present and 1973, aren’t really a distraction; rather they build up tension and allow the stronger half of the film, Maren Hontvedt’s story and the murders in 1873, to support the weaker half, the Janes’ boat trip.  Watching the film, one gets the idea that Bigelow was enamored with Maren Hontvedt’s half of the film and not as interested the present day half featuring the tense dynamic between Thomas, Jean, Rich, and Adaline.  Connection with the present day sub-plots isn’t fun; at times, Bigelow handles them a little clumsily.  On the other hand, she uses the riveting and bloody tale of 1873 to carry the past and present to an ending that is both gut wrenching and heavy.  Here, through Sarah Polley as Maren, Bigelow makes her strongest case that the mistakes of the past, like insistent ghosts, never leave.  They will drown the future if they aren’t guarded against – even in a small moment of weakness when the mind, body and soul lapse into rage.

6 of 10

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Update:  Wednesday, January 08, 2014

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

National Society of Film Critics Names "Amour" Top Film of 2012

by Leroy Douresseaux

More 2012 awards clean up.  I covered The National Society of Film Critics last year, so I feel that I need to do so this year.  They went with the hot Austrian film, Amour, and named its star, Emmanuelle Riva, "Best Actress" and its writer/director, Michael Haneke, "Best Director."

The National Society of Film Critics was founded in New York City in 1966 and is currently made of 60 of the country’s most prominent movie critics. Known for their highbrow tastes, these critics form one of the most prestigious film groups on the United States. Current members include some of my favorite film critics: Roger Ebert, David Edelstein, and J. Hoberman, among others. The society has produced several anthologies about movies, including the must-have for film fans, Produced and Abandoned: The Best Films You’ve Never Seen (1990).

The National Society of Film Critics voted Michael Haneke’s “Amour” as the “Best Picture” of 2012. Below is the full list of the awards, with the winner designated by an asterisk and the first and second runners-up listed with the number of votes each received.

47th Annual (2012) National Society of Film Critics Awards (* denotes winner):

*1. Amour – 28
2. The Master – 25
3. Zero Dark Thirty – 18

*1. Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) – 59
2. Denis Lavant – 49
2. Joaquin Phoenix – 49

*1. Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) – 50
2. Jennifer Lawrence – 42
3. Jessica Chastain– 32

*1. Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike, Bernie) – 27
2. Tommy Lee Jones – 22
3. Philip Seymour Hoffman – 19

*1. Amy Adams (The Master) – 34
2. Sally Field – 23
3. Anne Hathaway – 13

*1. Michael Haneke (Amour) – 27
2. Kathryn Bigelow – 24
2. Paul Thomas Anderson – 24

*1. The Gatekeepers – 53
2. This Is Not a Film – 45
3. Searching for Sugar Man – 23

*1. Lincoln (Tony Kushner) – 59
2. The Master (P.T. Anderson)– 27
3. Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell) – 19

*1. The Master (Mihai Malaimare, Jr.) – 60
2. Skyfall– 30
3. Zero Dark Thirty – 21

EXPERIMENTAL: This Is Not a Film (Jafar Panahi)

• To Laurence Kardish, Senior Film Curator at MoMA, for his extraordinary 44 years of service, including this year’s Weimar Cinema retrospective.

• To Milestone Film & Video for their ongoing Shirley Clarke project.

DEDICATION: This year’s awards are dedicated to the late Andrew Sarris, one of the most original and influential American film critics as well as a founding member of the Society

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Boston Online Critics Choose "Zero Dark Thirty"

The Boston Online Film Critics Association (BOFCA) named Zero Dark Thirty as the "Best Picture of 2012" and named the film's director, Kathryn Bigelow, as "Best Director."

BOFCA was founded in May 2012. According to the group, BOFCA fosters a community of web-based film critics and provides them with a supportive group of colleagues and a professional platform for their voices to be heard. They collect and link to their reviews every week at a website that also features original content by members, including filmmaker interviews and spotlights on Boston’s vital repertory film scene.

By widening professional membership to writers working in new media, BOFCA aims to encourage more diverse opinions in the field. The Boston Online Film Critics Association has gathered together critics writing for publications that collectively receive over 15 million impressions/page views per month. BOFCA is present on social media year-round with members’ film articles and essays.

Readers interested in how final decisions were made during the 2012 balloting can see the membership’s individual ballots at

Full list of 2012 BOFCA winners:


Kathryn Bigelow, ZERO DARK THIRTY

Daniel Day-Lewis, LINCOLN

Jessica Chastain, ZERO DARK THIRTY

Tommy Lee Jones, LINCOLN


Tony Kushner, LINCOLN

OSLO, AUGUST 31ST (from Norway)



Roger Deakins, SKYFALL

William Goldenberg & Dylan Tichenor, ZERO DARK THIRTY

Jonny Greenwood, THE MASTER


The Ten Best Films of the Year:










Saturday, January 19, 2013

Dallas-Fort Worth Critics Name "Lincoln" Best of 2012

The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association named Steven Spielberg's Lincoln as the "Best Picture of 2012."  At the time of this announcement (mid-December 2012), this was the first critics' group to name Lincoln as the best film of the year.  However, the group chose Kathryn Bigelow as "Best Director" for her work on Zero Dark Thirty.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association is also known as the DFW Film Critics Association. The group describes itself as a not-for-profit, unincorporated voluntary organization of print, broadcast and internet film critics based in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area and greater North Texas who meet its membership criteria. The DFW Film Critics Association currently consists of 29 broadcast, print, and online journalists from throughout North Texas.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association 19th Annual Critics’ Poll:

Best Picture
1. "Lincoln"
2. "Argo"
3. "Zero Dark Thirty"
4. "Life of Pi"
5. "Les Misérables"
6. "Moonrise Kingdom"
7. "Silver Linings Playbook"
8. "Skyfall"
9. "The Master"
10. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Best Director
1. Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"
2. Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln"
3. Ben Affleck, "Argo"
4. Ang Lee, "Life of Pi"
5. Wes Anderson, "Moonrise Kingdom"

Best Actor
1. Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
2. Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"
3. John Hawkes, "The Sessions"
4. Hugh Jackman, "Les Misérables"
5. Denzel Washington, "Flight"

Best Actress
1. Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
2. Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
3. Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"
4. Quvenzhané Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
5. Naomi Watts, "The Impossible"

Best Supporting Actor
1. Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"
2. Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"
3. Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"
4. Alan Arkin, "Argo"
5. Robert De Niro, "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Supporting Actress
1. Sally Field, "Lincoln"
2. Anne Hathaway, "Les Misérables"
3. Amy Adams, "The Master"
4. Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"
5. Ann Dowd, "Compliance"

Best Screenplay
1. "Zero Dark Thirty"
2. "Django Unchained"

Best Cinematography
1. "Life of Pi"
2. "Skyfall"

Best Animated Film
1. "ParaNorman"
2. "Frankenweenie"
3. "The Pirates! Band of Misfits"

Best Foreign Language Film
1. "Amour" (Austria)
2. "A Royal Affair" (Denmark)
3. "The Intouchables" (France)
4. "Holy Motors" (France)
5. "The Kid with a Bike" (Belgium, France, Italy)

Best Documentary
1. "Searching for Sugar Man"
2. "Bully"
3. "How to Survive a Plague"
4. "West of Memphis"
5. "The Invisible War"

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

2012 Women Film Critics Circle Awards - Complete List

The Women Film Critics Circle Awards went to many different films in 2012, although Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty received three awards.  The Women Film Critics Circle is an association of women film critics, who are involved in print, radio, online and TV broadcast media. Founded in 2004, this group is the first women critics’ organization in the United States.

2012 Women Film Critics Circle Awards:

A Royal Affair

Zero Dark Thirty

BEST WOMAN STORYTELLER (Screenwriting Award)
Two Days In NY (Julie Delpy)

Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Quvenzhanee Wallis, Beast Of The Southern Wild

Maggie Smith, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Where Do We Go Now (from Lebanon with Egypt, France, and Italy)

Zero Dark Thirty

Killer Joe
Think Like A Man


Killer Joe

Hemingway And Gellhorn

Zero Dark Thirty


Life Of Pi
Rise Of The Guardians

Barbra Streisand

Sally Field – Field is a dedicated advocate for women's rights. She has served on the Board of Directors of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international women's NGO, and has co-hosted the Global Leadership Awards. Field suffers from osteoporosis and has become a vocal advocate for women's health issues, encouraging early diagnosis of such conditions through technology, such as bone density scans.

*ADRIENNE SHELLY AWARD: For a film that most passionately opposes violence against women -TIE
The Invisible War

*JOSEPHINE BAKER AWARD: For best expressing the woman of color experience in America
Middle Of Nowhere

*KAREN MORLEY AWARD: For best exemplifying a woman’s place in history or society, and a courageous search for identity
A Royal Affair (from Denmark)

COURAGE IN ACTING: Taking on unconventional roles that radically redefine the images of women on screen
Helen Hunt, The Sessions

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN AWARD: Performance by a woman whose exceptional impact on the film dramatically, socially or historically, has been ignored
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock

Queen Of Versailles

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Moonrise Kingdom: Bill Murray and Frances McDormand


Bachelorette with Kirsten Dunst, had all sorts of ditzy former high school classmates getting together for the wedding of a girl they used to make fun of. Just stupid on so many levels: male strippers, drinking, general girly silliness.

Ici-Bas (Down Below). Rape romance: A raped nun (Celine Sallette) falls in love with her rapist. The male fantasy horror of 'rape romance' on screen. A WFCC Hall Of Shame pick in tribute to the unnamed Indian student and rape murder victim, in the kind of traditional culture where women and girls are pressured to marry their rapists.

Skyfall: 'Bond Girl' is only on screen long enough to sell trailers and products like OPI's 'Skyfall Collection' of nail polishes, and gets bumped off at the end of Act II; M turns into a cowering incompetent and gets bumped off at the end of Act III; and the female sharp-shooter in Act I loses her nerve and leaves 'Field Operations' to become an office assistant in Act III. I loved the Sean Connery/James Bond films as a kid. Women got to be part of the action; the Bond Girl was always there to celebrate success at the end. But as a 50th anniversary tribute to the Bond series made in 2012, Skyfall truly broke my heart!

Helena Bonham Carter, Les Miserables

"...You can't kill the animals in a movie, only the women." - Christopher Walken/Seven Psychopaths

Best Male Images In A Movie: Magic Mike

*Please Note: The WFCC Top Ten Hall Of Shame represents the ‘don’t tell me to shut up’ sidebar contribution of individual members, and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the entire Circle. Also, members may be objecting to particular characters in a film, and not the entire movie. Clarification: If an aspect of the movie is intentionally negative to make a point, rather than offensive, that is not under consideration for this category.

*ADRIENNE SHELLY AWARD: Adrienne Shelly was a promising actress and filmmaker who was brutally strangled in her apartment in 2006 at the age of forty by a construction worker in the building, after she complained about noise. Her killer tried to cover up his crime by hanging her from a shower20rack in her bathroom, to make it look like a suicide. He later confessed that he was having a “bad day.” Shelly, who left behind a baby daughter, had just completed her film Waitress, which she also starred in, and which was honored at Sundance after her death.

*JOSEPHINE BAKER AWARD: The daughter of a laundress and a musician, Baker overcame being born black, female and poor, and marriage at age fifteen, to become an internationally acclaimed legendary performer, starring in the films Princess Tam Tam, Moulin Rouge and Zou Zou. She also survived the race riots in East St. Louis, Illinois as a child, and later expatriated to France to escape US racism. After participating heroically in the underground French Resistance during WWII, Baker returned to the US where she was a crusader for racial equality. Her activism led to attacks against her by reporter Walter Winchell who denounced her as a communist, leading her to wage a battle against him. Baker was instrumental in ending segregation in many theaters and clubs, where she refused to perform unless integration was implemented.

*KAREN MORLEY AWARD: Karen Morley was a promising Hollywood star in the 1930s, in such films as Mata Hari and Our Daily Bread. She was driven out of Hollywood for her leftist political convictions by the Blacklist and for refusing to testify against other actors, while Robert Taylor and Sterling Hayden were informants against her. And also for daring to have a child and become a mother, unacceptable for female stars in those days. Morley maintained her militant political activism for the rest of her life, running for Lieutenant Governor on the American Labor Party ticket in 1954. She passed away in 2003, unrepentant to the end, at the age of 93.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

2013 Directors Guild Award Nominations

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) is the entertainment labor union that represents film and television directors. The DGA gives out the Directors Guild of America Award each year to honor outstanding achievement.

The winner of the DGA Award for “Feature Film” usually wins the best director Oscar. As of last year, only six DGA winners in the “Feature Film” category have not also won the best director Oscar. The last time this happened was for the year 2002. Rob Marshall was the DGA choice for Chicago. The Oscar went to Roman Polanski for The Pianist.

The winners of the 65th Annual DGA Awards will be announced at the 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, February 2, 2013 in Los Angeles.

65th Annual DGA Awards Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film nominees (for 2012):

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Affleck’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Amy Herman
First Assistant Director: David Webb
Second Assistant Director: Ian Calip
Second Second Assistant Directors: Clark Credle, Gavin Kleintop
First Assistant Director (Turkey Unit): Belkis Turan

This is Mr. Affleck’s first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.

KATHRYN BIGELOW for Zero Dark Thirty
(Columbia Pictures)

Ms. Bigelow’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Colin Wilson
First Assistant Director: David A. Ticotin
Second Assistant Directors: Ben Lanning, Sarah Hood
First Assistant Director (Jordan Unit): Scott Robertson
Second Assistant Directors (Jordan Unit): Jonas Spaccarotelli, Yanal Kassay
Second Second Assistant Director (Jordan Unit): Tarek Afifi
Unit Production Manager (India Unit): Rajeev Mehra

This is Ms. Bigelow’s second DGA Feature Film Award nomination. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Hurt Locker in 2009.

TOM HOOPER for Les Misérables
(Universal Pictures)

Mr. Hooper's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Patrick Schweitzer
First Assistant Director: Ben Howarth
Second Assistant Director: Harriet Worth
Second Second Assistant Director: Dan Channing Williams

This is Mr. Hooper's second DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The King's Speech (2010) and was previously nominated for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Mini-Series for John Adams in 2008.

ANG LEE for Life of Pi
(Twentieth Century Fox)

Mr. Lee’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Michael J. Malone
Unit Production Manager (Taiwan): Leo Chen
First Assistant Directors: William M. Connor, Cliff Lanning
Second Assistant Directors: Robert Burgess, Ben Lanning
Unit Production Manager (India Unit): Sanjay Kumar
First Assistant Director (India Unit): Nitya Mehra
Second Assistant Director (India Unit): Ananya Rane
Second Second Assistant Directors (India Unit): Namra Parikh, Freya Parekh
Second Assistant Directors (Montreal Unit): Derek Wimble, Renato De Cotiis

This is Mr. Lee’s fourth DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) and was nominated for Sense and Sensibility in 1995.

(Dreamworks Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox)

Mr. Spielberg’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Susan McNamara
First Assistant Director: Adam Somner
Second Assistant Director: Ian Stone
Second Second Assistant Directors: Eric Lasko, Trevor Tavares

This is Mr. Spielberg’s eleventh DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film three times for Saving Private Ryan (1998), Schindler’s List (1993) and The Color Purple (1985). He was also nominated in this category for Munich (2005), Amistad (1997), Empire of the Sun (1987), E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Jaws (1975). Mr. Spielberg was honored with the DGA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

2013 Oscar Nominations: "Best Motion Picture of the Year"

Best Motion Picture of the Year:

Nominated film: producer(s)

Amour: To Be Determined

Argo: Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney

Beasts of the Southern Wild: Dan Janvey, Josh Penn, Michael Gottwald

Django Unchained: Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone

Les Misérables: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh

Life of Pi: Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark

Lincoln: Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy

Silver Linings Playbook: Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen, Jonathan Gordon

Zero Dark Thirty: Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison  

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Alliance of Women Film Journalists Choose "Zero Dark Thirty" as 2012's Best

2012 EDA Award Winners (from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists):


Best Film
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow - Zero Dark Thirty

Best Screenplay, Original
Zero Dark Thirty - Mark Boal

Best Screenplay, Adapted
Argo - Chris Terrio

Best Documentary
Searching For Sugar Man - Malik Bendjelloul

Best Animated Film

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables

Best Actor
Daniel Day Lewis - Lincoln

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Phillip Seymour Hoffman - The Master

Best Ensemble Cast
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Editing
Zero Dark Thirty - William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor

Best Cinematography
Life of Pi - Claudio Miranda

Best Film Music Or Score
Beasts of the Southern Wild - Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin

Best Non-English-Language Film
Amour (from Austria)

EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS – These awards honor WOMEN only.

Best Woman Director
Kathryn Bigelow - Zero Dark Thirty

Best Woman Screenwriter
Lucy Alibar (and Benh Zeitlin) - Beasts of the Southern Wild

Kick Ass Award For Best Female Action Star
Jennifer Lawrence - The Hunger Games

Best Animated Female
Brave - Merida - Kelly Macdonald

Best Breakthrough Performance
Quvenzhané Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild

Actress Defying Age and Ageism
Judi Dench - Skyfall

AWFJ Award For Humanitarian Activism - Female Icon Award
(Presented to an actress for the portrayal of the most positive female role model, or for a role in which she takes personal and/or career risks to plumb the female psyche and therefore gives us courage to plumb our own, and/or for putting forth the image of a woman who is heroic, accomplished, persistent, demands her rights and/or the rights of others.)

Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty

This Year’s Outstanding Achievement By A Woman In The Film Industry
(Presented only when warranted to a female who has had a banner-making, record-breaking, industry-changing achievement during any given year — such as Kathryn Bigelow’s Best Director Oscar win, or for an actress having multiple outstanding films released during one year.)

Women Documentary Filmmakers, including Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Detropia), Lauren Greenfield (Queen of Versailles), Alison Klayman (Ai Weiwei Never Sorry) and Sarah Burns (The Central Park Five).


AWFJ Hall Of Shame Award
Sean Anders for That’s My Boy

Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent (Tie)
Katherine Heigl - One For The Money
Reese Witherspoon - This Means War

Movie You Wanted To Love But Just Couldn’t
Anna Karenina

Unforgettable Moment Award (Tie)
Les Miserables - Anne Hathaway as Fantine singing I Dreamed A Dream
Zero Dark Thirty - Jessica Chastain as Maya says, “I’m the mother…”

Best Depiction Of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction
The Sessions - Helen Hunt and John Hawkes

Sequel or Remake That Shouldn’t Have Been Made Award (Tie)
Red Dawn
Total Recall

Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Leading Man and The Love Interest Award
Flight - Denzel Washington and Kelly Reilly,..and Nadine Velazquez

Friday, January 4, 2013

Austin Film Critics Name "Zero Dark Thirty" As Best Film of 2012

The Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA) named Zero Dark Thirty as the "Best Film of 2012," but gave "Best Director" to Paul Thomas Andrson for The Master.

The AFCA describes itself as “a group dedicated to supporting the best in film, whether at the international, national, or local level.” The group includes Austin-based members who write for such publications, television media, and websites as Ain't It Cool News, the Austin American-Statesman, the Austin Chronicle, CNN, Fandango,, Film School Rejects, Fox News, MSN Movies,, among others.

2012 AFCA Awards:

Best Film
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Director
Paul Thomas Anderson, "The Master"

Best Actor
Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"

Best Actress
Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"

Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway, "Les Misérables"

Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Original Screenplay

Best Cinematography
"The Master"

Best Score
"Cloud Atlas"

Best Animated Film
"Wreck-It Ralph"

Best Foreign Language Film
"Holy Motors" (France/Germany)

Best Documentary
"The Imposter"

Best First Film
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Best Austin Film

Breakthrough Artist Award
Quvenzhané Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Special Honorary Award
Matthew McConaughey, "Bernie," "Killer Joe," "Magic Mike" and "The Paperboy"

Top 10:
1. "Zero Dark Thirty"

2. "Argo"

3. "Moonrise Kingdom"

4. "Django Unchained"

5. "Cloud Atlas"

6. "Holy Motors"

7. "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

8. "The Master"

9. "Silver Linings Playbook"

10. "Looper"