Oscars: Who’s winning in 2016?

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We’re just about half a year away from the 2016 Oscar ceremony. We have periodically kept our Oscar predictions up to date, but at this point we’d like to try and make the early call – Who’s winning this thing?

Thing may be looking identical to the 2015 Oscar ceremony, with Alejandro G. Iñárritu coming out with another visual impressive film: “The Revenant” which is looking more and more like our front-runner. Also with Eddie Redmayne with a strong lead role for “The Danish Girl.”

With that, three of our above-the-line categories will be repeats. Not to mention the strong potential of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki prevailing for “The Revenant” as well.

But let’s take this one category at a time: Continue reading Oscars: Who’s winning in 2016?

SN: They’re going to make a “Star Wars” theme park

 SN: They’re going to make a “Star Wars” theme park

They’re going to make a “Star Wars” theme park.

Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God. 

They’re going to make a “Star Wars” theme park.

Essay: What happened to Rareware?

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When I was a child we lived pretty far away from the nearest Blockbuster. We had just bought the Nintendo 64, with the courtesy “Star Wars: Pod Racing” cartridge and were looking to dive into some more games. So we were roaming the modest selection of rental games at our local Food Fair.

Many Nintendo 64 owners dove into the milestone of 3D gaming with “Super Mario 64” or “The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time.” Well unfortunately, those games were always being rented every time we went to Food Fair. One day we decided that “Donkey Kong 64” looked pretty fun.

From the moment we powered up that cartridge, a whole new world of gaming possibilities were open to us. To this day people ask me why I loved “Donkey Kong 64” so much. It was a giant cluster of collectibles and repetitive gameplay. But to me, it will always be a nostalgic portal to the past. One of the best games of all time. Continue reading Essay: What happened to Rareware?

Oscars: Updated Predictions – August

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TWC — The Hateful Eight

Oscars: Updated Predictions – July

With the new, stunning list of films premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, we thought it was about time we go through and update our Oscar Predictions.

Truthfully though, not much has changed. “The Revenant” still looks strong, The Weinstein Company still has “Carol” and “The Hateful Eight.” “Star Wars” seems like it could nail a lot of the technical categories along with Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies.”

Once TIFF and Telluride kick off we will have a whole new enlightenment on what is to come, but for now here are our best guesses:

And remember, keep visiting our Oscar page for frequent updates.

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The Revenant
The Hateful Eight
Steve Jobs
Joy
The Danish Girl
Carol
Beasts of No Nation
Suffragette
The Walk
Inside Out
Continue reading Oscars: Updated Predictions – August

Essay: The Potential of “The Revenant”


Essay: The Potential of “The Revenant”

In 2011 Alejandro González Iñárritu signed on to direct “The Revenant” with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. Development process for the film began as far back as 2001 when Akiva Goldsman purchased Michael Punke’s manuscript with the intent of producing the film.

Punke’s novel, of the same name, came out in 2003 and was based on the life of frontiersman Hugh Glass.

The story follows Hugh Glass, a fur trapper who is mauled by a bear while hunting. His companions (played by Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Lukas Haas, and Domhnall Gleeson) rob him and leave him to die, but he survives and sets out for revenge.
Continue reading Essay: The Potential of “The Revenant”

SN: “Mad Max: Fury Road” best film of 2015 so far

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Warner Bros. Entertainment — Mad Max: Fury Road

SN: “Mad Max: Fury Road” best film of 2015 so far

The movie calendar works like this – every year studios will save their best for last in hopes that award recognition can bring their film a strong box office. This is why summer gets the big movies, but winter and fall has the best movies. But what about spring and early winter?

It’s usually not very pretty. But bridging into the summer season Warner Bros. came out with “Mad Max: Fury Road” which on the outside just looked like another franchise reboot.  All it takes is a strong vision to turn a small franchise reboot into something amazing.

In our most recent poll “Mad Max: Fury Road” was voted Best film of 2015 so far by our readers. It’s only true competitors were “Inside Out” which followed in second and “Ex Machina” which followed in third.

Now we all kind of figure that “Mad Max: Fury Road” has the exact opposite traits of an award film, but for movie lovers it was a great edition to a fairly slow 2015.

Emmys: 2015 Primetime Emmy Nominations

102363248-saul.530x298Emmys: 2015 Primetime Emmy Nominations

Here is a list of the 2015 Nominations. They were announced this morning at 11a.m. ET.

We went ahead and at-a-glance listed each nominee by its likeliness to win.

Drama Series
Downton Abbey
Mad Men
Game of Thrones
Better Call Saul
Homeland
House of Cards
Orange is the New Black

Comedy Series
Parks and Recreation
Transparent
Veep
Modern Family
Louie
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Continue reading Emmys: 2015 Primetime Emmy Nominations

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