Screen Actors Guild Awards Announced!

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Gary Oldman bowing down to Glenn Close

The front runners have emerged!  The Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced last night at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.  The stars strolled down a silver carpet (silver because this was the 25thAnnual Screen Actors Guild Awards) hoping to take home the award and get one step closer to the Oscar stage.

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Rami Malek

Rami Malek and Glenn Close solidified their status as the ones to beat for Best Actor and Actress in a Motion Picture.  Malek won for his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsodyand Close won for her work as a put upon spouse in The Wife.  Mahershala Ali won for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pianist Don Shirley in Green Book.

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Emily Blunt

The big surprises were in the Best Supporting Actress and Best Ensemble categories.  Emily Blunt, who was unceremoniously snubbed by the Oscars last week, won Best Supporting Actress for her work in A Quiet Place.  Since she did not receive an Oscar nomination, there does not seem to be an obvious one to beat in the Supporting Actress category.  A fight to the death is the only way to decide the winner!  Ok, maybe I have been watching too much GLOW. 

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Cast of Black Panther

The denizens of Wakanda were awarded the coveted Best Ensemble award for their work in Black Panther.  While this award is not generally predictive of which film will win Best Picture, it certainly gives Black Panther some much needed momentum.  At the beginning of awards season, A Star is Born was being touted as the film to beat.  However, with the loss at the Golden Globes, Producers Guild Awards, and the SAGs, it doesn’t look like Star will have a great impact at the Oscars.


-Ariadne Ansbro


See full winners list below:

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Cast of Black Panther

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

  • A Star Is Born
  • WINNER: Black Panther
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Crazy Rich Asians
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Glenn Close

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

  • Emily Blunt — Mary Poppins Returns
  • WINNER: Glenn Close — The Wife
  • Olivia Colman — The Favourite 
  • Lady Gaga — A Star Is Born
  • Melissa McCarthy — Can You Ever Forgive Me?
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Rami Malek

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

  • Christian Bale — Vice
  • Bradley Cooper — A Star Is Born
  • WINNER: Rami Malek — Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Viggo Mortensen — Green Book
  • John David Washington — BlacKkKlansman
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Emily Blunt

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Amy Adams — Vice
  • WINNER: Emily Blunt — A Quiet Place
  • Margot Robbie — Mary Queen of Scots
  • Emma Stone — The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz — The Favourite
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Mahershala Ali

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

  • WINNER: Mahershala Ali — Green Book
  • Timothée Chalamet — Beautiful Boy
  • Adam Driver — BlacKkKlansman
  • Sam Elliott — A Star Is Born
  • Richard E. Grant — Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • WINNER: Black Panther
  • Mission: Impossible — Fallout


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Sandra Oh

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

  • Julia Garner — Ozark
  • Laura Linney — Ozark
  • Elizabeth Moss — The Handmaid’s Tale
  • WINNER: Sandra Oh — Killing Eve
  • Robin Wright — House of Cards
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Jason Bateman

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

  • WINNER: Jason Bateman — Ozark
  • Sterling K. Brown — This Is Us
  • Joseph Fiennes — The Handmaid’s Tale
  • John Krasinski — Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
  • Bob Odenkirk — Better Call Saul
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Rachel Brosnahan

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Alex Borstein — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Allison Brie — GLOW
  • WINNER: Rachel Brosnahan — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Jane Fonda — Grace and Frankie
  • Lily Tomlin — Grace and Frankie
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Tony Shalhoub

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Alan Arkin — The Kominsky Method
  • Michael Douglas –The Kominsky Method
  • Bill Hader — Barry
  • WINNER: Tony Shalhoub — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Henry Winkler — Barry
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Patricia Arquette

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

  • Amy Adams — Sharp Objects
  • WINNER: Patricia Arquette — Escape at Dannemora
  • Patricia Clarkson — Sharp Objects
  • Penélope Cruz — The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Emma Stone — Maniac
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Darren Criss

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

  • Antonio Banderas — Genius: Picasso
  • WINNER: Darren Criss — The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Hugh Grant — A Very English Scandal 
  • Anthony Hopkins — King Lear
  • Bill Pullman — The Sinner
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Cast of This is Us

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

  • The Americans
  • Better Call Saul
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Ozark
  • WINNER: This Is Us
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Cast of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

  • Atlanta
  • Barry
  • GLOW
  • The Kominsky Method
  • WINNER: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

  • Marvel’s Daredevil
  • Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
  • The Walking Dead
  • Westworld
Alan Alda


Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award: Alan Alda




MoviefiedNYC reviews: Edge of Tomorrow

To be frank, I expected very little from Edge of Tomorrow. A bad taste rises in my mouth knowing that the Cruise action movies continue for yet another year: a carousel of films with a munchkin-esque protagonist fighting a government’s secret plot, and where a beautiful yet vacuous young maiden helps him regain his masculinity. If Jack Reacher and the four Mission Impossible films are anything to go by, we have very little to look forward to. However, Edge of Tomorrow is surprisingly good, and while it might be hard to distinguish between my praise for the film and my shock at Cruise’s ability to finally pick a strong film, it is undoubtedly a shining star for this years sci-fi repertoire.

Edge of Tomorrow follows the reluctant Cruise as a spokesman for the US army, a role he must fulfil to gain the trust of its citizens and encourage enrolment. Set in a dystopian future where we are under attack from an alien race, he uses his coy advertising skillset in his favour to climb the ranks of the military and therefore avoid real combat. However, when Cruise’s ego grows too large, even for him, he is chucked onto the front lines by none other than Brendan Gleeson (who is a delight to watch as Head of the US Military Operations). Upon dying in battle, he abruptly wakes up the next day in the same position, and enlists the help of Emily Blunt to use this ability for the good of the war.

So far, I have said nothing you couldn’t learn from the trailer–in fact, the first half of the movie you have figured out from those three minutes. But, strangely enough, this doesn’t take away from the splendour of the film. Cruise’s character choices haven’t been this strong since Jerry Maguire, and even though his ability to play assholes is widely known (see Magnolia and Top Gun), his ability to make them likeable is unparalleled. I loved seeing his character return with each death with a new sense of appreciation for what he is doing, and morph into a strong and resilient soldier. Blunt feels somewhat underused in the film, and she is worth so much more than the dialogue they give her. However, she bodes well with the dramatic one-liners and escapes being labelled as a “Cruise babe” through her gravity and strength.

Despite all this great acting and what-not, the really fantastic part of the film is the tight-ness and steadfast logic of the sci-fi plot. Cruise’s ability to return from death is linked closely with the controlling cognizance of the alien species, and you therefore spend the entire film knowing that the aliens sense his abilities and use them against him. The build-up is superb, and what becomes a silly game of army becomes a life-saving battle of wits and subversion. It plays on all extra-terrestrial possibilities and challenging our understanding of consciousness seamlessly, which is remarkably refreshing. My one criticism is that the ending very much reverts back into the good ol’ gun slinging cinema for which Cruise is known, and the kiss between he and Blunt is unmotivated and heartless: there is more sexual tension between Tom Cruise and his own reflection than between these characters.

But ultimately, this film is a fiery addition to the sci-fi genre, and despite a few clichés it is redeemed by its undeniable originality and flare. There is hope for Cruise yet.

—Lottie Abrahams

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Yesterday’s News: May 20th, 2013

May 19th: Star Trek Into Darkness was the #1 movie in America with a weekend haul of $70.6 million. The above statement makes me the #1 box office news blogger in America for avoiding the phrases “blasts off” “has lift off” and, of course, any variation on “warp speed.” Congratulations, JJ Abrams (and me). Source: Box Office Mojo

May 16th: The real Mrs. Jim Halpert, Emily Blunt, is in talks to join Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and possibly Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal for director Rob Marshall’s adaptation of Into the Woods. The big screen adaptation of Stephen Sodheim’s famed musical is, if I’ve got this right, about a bunch of stuff that happens in the woods. Or maybe on the way to the woods? I’m not sure. Source: Variety

May 15th: Scarlett Johansson has been cast as Jon Favreau’s love interest in the writer-director’s upcoming Chef, marking the greatest visual effect of Favreau’s career. Source: Variety

May 15th:  The trailer for the third and aptly named Riddick film has been released, a threequel to sleeper hit Pitch Black and high-profile bomb Chronicles of Riddick. The film will be marketed heavily alongside a reboot of Tara Reid’s reality show Taradise and a Milli Vanilli reunion tour as the trifecta of things no one wants. Source: Entertainment Weekly

May 14th: A new poster for the upcoming sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been released. And it’s awesome.  Source: Instagram

May 14th:  In an op-ed piece in this week’s New York Times, Angelina Jolie, one of the most famous women in the world, announced that she had recently undergone a double mastectomy after genetic tests revealed she was positive for the BRCA 1 gene, strongly increasing her chances of developing breast cancer. Lara Croft, you just got bumped to the 2nd most heroic character Jolie has ever played. Source: New York Times

May 14th: Will Smith will star in and produce a reboot of the classic western Wild Bunch. The film will be a re-imagining of the classic 1960’s film, but with 60% more robots, Kevin Kline and hopefully a hit summer single shouting the benefits of the “Wild Wild West.” Source: The Wrap

May 13th: Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to star in a a reboot of Toxic Avenger. Despite early reports the film won’t be based on Schwarzenegger’s autobiography. Source: Deadline

May 13th: Early Monday morning Kevin Smith tweeted that he was done with the script for Clerks III, comparing it to The Empire Strikes Back. Smith later revealed that he was confusing The Empire Strikes Back with Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid. Source: Twitter

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MEDIA FOR BRUNCH: Looper, so nice you need to see it twice.

Trailer for Looper

You would have to be living under a rock not to have heard of the highly anticipated Looper. It is Rian Johnson’s third film, starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
I’m also sure, if Looper is your cup of tea, that you planned to go see it only once. Rian Johnson has has come up with a brilliant way to get audiences to attend a second screening of Looper in theaters, by providing an audio commentary track you can listen to while the film plays. It’s a stroke of genius that not only allows for the film to enjoy a longer theatrical run and make a little more money, but does so in a way that can add value to a second viewing beyond simply watching the film again.
The track is available for download at and Johnson adds the following via the film’s Tumblr account : 
I recorded a commentary track to be downloaded, put on an ipod and listened to in the theater as you’re watching Looper.  This is an odd thing I tried with Bloom, and have gotten a few requests for it again, so here it is.  It is totally different from the commentary track that will be on the Blu/DVD, a bit more technical and detailed.  Needless to say, this is NOT to be listened to on a first viewing, or before you’ve seen the film.  Also, please work it so that a glowing screening is never out of your pocket during the movie.” 

Listen to the introduction before heading to the theater, it has instructions.  And lemme know how it works.

Last but not least I leave you with a fun Looper spoof. MD

Official POOPER Trailer 2012


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