Okay, this is just getting silly -- another major Hollywood award ceremony, another victory for Ben Affleck and 'Argo,' this time at the Director's Guild of America awards. If this was like any other year, Affleck would look like a shoe-in for the Oscar...except that he's not nominated. Which means that Affleck's repeated victories make this year's Academy Awards the hardest to predict in recent memory.
Make no mistake: this was a slow and bad weekend at the box office, an example of the January doldrums at their absolute worst. However, this was probably the only environment where a film titled 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' could have flourished, so at least someone is happy.
With each passing awards ceremony, the Academy's snubbing of Ben Affleck for Best Director looks increasingly ridiculous. Some thought that 'Argo' winning Best Picture and Best DIrector at the Golden Globes was something of a fluke, but now that the critically acclaimed box office hit has won big at the Producer's Guild of America awards, you may want to shuffle around your Oscar bets.
There are few shows that beg for your eye rolls more than The CW's 'The Carrie Diaries,' a non-canonical prequel to 'Sex and the City' that follows a young Carrie Bradshaw as a student in the '80s. Naturally, the best way for SNL to take that show on is to view it through the lens of another classic HBO show. And that brings us to the sketch embedded below, titled 'Sopranos High.'
Let's face it: no one cuts trailers quite like HBO. In an age where we've seemingly forgotten that trailers and TV spots are advertisements because they're put together so artfully, HBO continues to be leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. Thankfully, their content tends to live up to the marketing. Their newly released Winter Preview promo (which you can watch below) reminds us why they're worth the subscription cost.
Is Jessica Chastain a movie star? Probably not. At least not yet. However, this weekend proved that she's well on her way to being one. Headlining the top two films at the box office in a single weekend is a great start. The Oscar nomination certainly doesn't hurt either.
The first episode of 'Game of Thrones' season three is only two months away and we still haven't seen a proper trailer. For fans of Westeros and its many doomed inhabitants, this is akin to being tortured by Gregor Clegane within the terrifying walls of Harrenhal, but we'll probably be okay if we stick together and don't despair. Anyway, you can assuage your anticipation for the new season with a brand new "Invitation to the Set" featurette, which gives us a glimpse at many new characters and locations.
You really only need to say one thing about the opening weekend of Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty': it made more in three days than 'The Hurt Locker' did in its entire run. If there's anything that's going to alleviate getting snubbed for at the Oscars in the Best Director category, it's that.
Here's the thing about January: it's usually a wasteland. With the studios concentrating on their Oscar campaigns and the profitable summer months still half a year away, this month is where all of the crap usually gets dumped. However, this is also one of the few months where crap has a chance of performing well, hence the success of last year's 'The Devil Inside' and now 'Texas Chainsaw 3D,' which took the weekend with a strong $23 million opening.
Even if you don't know his name, chances are strong that you've heard the story of Daniel Craft. You probably know his name because he was the 'Star Trek' fan who was granted his final wish of seeing 'Star Trek Into Darkness' after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, but he was also a member of New York's Subway Cinema and helped organize the city's increasingly popular Asian Film Festival. Last night, he passed away.
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