Episode 62: Oscar Nominees of 2014

Oscar Nominees of 2014

TJ is back to give you the news from the past week. First up, the winner at the Golden Globes is ‘12 Years a Slave’. Then there’s ‘Star Wars’ Rumors galore. And they haven’t even started filming this thing. It’s going to be a long wait until the release of this film! ‘Catching Fire’ toppled ‘Iron Man 3’ as the biggest earner for 2013. Pretty big deal. Armond White was kicked out of the New York Film Critics Circle, and good riddance to him. TJ also focused his time and attention this week on ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ by writing a review, and releasing two podcasts about it. ‘Gravity’ is returning to theaters so you should check that out if you failed to see it the first time. A man in Florida was shot in the theater for texting. That’s really not good at all! And TJ has the list of Oscar nominees for you! Of course find out what to see this weekend as well.

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  • Winners at The Golden Globes

    Best Motion Picture – Drama
    Best Motion Picture – Drama
    WINNER: ”12 Years a Slave”
    ”Captain Phillips”

  • Star Wars VII Rumors

    The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision has tried to make sense of all the new Star Wars rumors. The latest of which include thatMichael Fassbender, Girls star Adam Driver, and Hugo Weaving are now being considered for roles. Yet that isn’t all the rumors.

  • ‘Catching Fire’ Topples ‘Iron Man 3’

    Iron Man 3 had the year’s biggest opening weekend and dominated the summer box office, but when the dust eventually settles on 2013, Catching Fire will go down as the year’s biggest smash. The second film in the Hunger Games franchise, based on Suzanne Collins’ book trilogy, inched past Marvel’s superhero movie on Jan. 9 and now holds the top spot with $409.4 million.

  • Why Armond White Was Kicked Out of the New York Film Critics Circle

    This morning, the members of the New York Film Critics Circle, including me, voted to expel Armond White, the former critic of the now-defunct New York Press (and currently the editor and movie critic of CityArts), from the group. To me, it was a sad moment — pathetic, really, though Armond brought it on himself.

  • Saving Mr. Banks — Review

    Let me be clear from the outset, I enjoyed this film quite a bit. That said, I feel like I would have enjoyed it better if I actually liked Disney’s Mary Poppins. As it is I really do not like Disney’s classic film that much. While P.L. Travers’ concerns and complaints about the film may be too far reaching and come from a bit too dour of an attitude, I tend to agree with her underlying issues regarding Disney’s version of the film.

  • The MovieByte Podcast #75: Unmake It Up

    Join us for another edition of the adventures of Armond White! Watch as he makes a spectacle of himself and gets kicked out of the New York Film Critics Circle. See how TJ and Chad shed not one single tear! Seriously guys, he brought this on himself and he deserved it. Who’s crying. TJ and Chad certainly aren’t. In other news, ‘Catching Fire’ topped ‘Iron Man 3’ in the 2013 box office. That’s a fairly impressive feat. And oh yes, we have ‘Star Wars’ news and rumors (it’s such a very long way to 2015, sigh). You see, Disney is appointing a committee to oversee what official fits into the ‘Star Wars’ canon, and how. Plus, rumor has it that Episode VII will focus on Luke, Han, and Leia. And finally on the news front, ‘Gravity’ is returning to theaters so if you are a bad human being and did not see it the first time, you may crawl in shame to the nearest theater. And the primary review this week is ‘Saving Mr. Banks’.

  • ByteSized Video Reviews #6: Saving Mr. Banks

    TJ is finally back for the new year and he’s bringing his review of ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ to you! All in all, Saving Mr. Banks is a charming film that you should see, even if it feels a bit like a Disney P.R. piece. But it’s okay because Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, and Colin Farrell do a wonderful job of bringing the film to life.

  • Gravity Returns to Theaters

    After winning a Golden Globe for Best Director, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity will be returning to theaters this weekend. In case you missed the buzz-worthy sci-fi thriller, you’ll now be able to experience it on the big screen. It’s no coincidence that the 86th Annual Academy Awards’ nominations list will be unveiled this Thursday either. As Adam has expressed in his Oscar Beat column, Gravity, its director, and star Sandra Bullock will likely be up for some major awards.

  • Man Shot at Florida Theater for Texting

    After officers read him his rights, Reeves told the detective that Oulson struck him in the face with an unknown object, and that’s when he removed a .380 caliber gun from his pants pocket. The report said Reeves fired the gun and struck Oulson once in the chest and that he “was in fear of being attacked.”

  • Oscar Nominees 2014

    Best Picture

    American Hustle
    Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, and Jonathan Gordon, Producers

    Captain Phillips
    Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers

    Dallas Buyers Club
    Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers

    Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, Producers

    Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay, Producers

    Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Producers

    Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward, Producers

    12 Years a Slave
    Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers

    The Wolf of Wall Street
    Nominees to be determined

  • Secret Agent Opening Weekend

    Prepare to be wowed, or disapointed, I don’t really know which yet. This weekend is the reboot of a franchise that I tend to like in general and it makes me a little nervous. Of course things might also get a little bit nutty. Or you could go for a ride along. Whatever works best for you this weekend.