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DVD and Blu-ray Releases for May 18th, 2010


It's an amazingly slow week. In fact, there is only one Featured Review on this week's list that is for a DVD coming out this week. (The other four are for screeners that arrived late.) Additionally, there's not a single first-run release on this week's list that managed to be a hit both at the box office and with critics. The film that came closest was Invictus, but for Pick of the Week I'm going with The Messenger on DVD or Blu-ray. Both are worth picking up, and High Definition is the better deal.

Awards Season: Independents are Precious


While the Independent Spirit Awards are one of the first to announce their nominations, they are one of the last to hand out the awards. This year the clear winner was Precious, which swept all five categories it was nominated for. However, it wasn't the only winner.

Oscar Contest: Category Highlight: Best Supporting Actor


With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should just feel honored to be nominated. Today we look at Best Supporting Actor, which might be even less competitive than the Best Supporting Actress.

Oscar Contest: Category Highlight: Best Original Screenplay


With our annual Oscar Prediction contest underway, now is the best time to look at the nominees and try and figure out who the favorites are and which films should feel honored to just be nominated. Today we look at Best Original Screenplay, which is one of the more competitive categories this year.

Awards Season: Avatar Not Hurting for Oscar Nominations


Oscar nominations were announced at 5:38 this morning, continuing a tradition that have never been adequately explained to me. (Why so early in the morning? Does earning an Oscar nomination become sweeter if people have to wake you up to congratulate you?) Leading the way in nominations were Avatar and The Hurt Locker, both of which pick up nine nods each, many of them in the same categories.

Awards Season: SAG Splits Up the Nominations


The SAG nominations were announced this week, and the trend of the year continues with Up in the Air leading the way, but no one film dominating. This time around Up in the Air was in a three-way tie with Inglourious Basterds and Precious, which makes the race even more interesting.

Awards Season - Golden Globe Nominations are Up in the Air


The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations this week, but looking over the list of films chosen, it is hard to declare any one film as the big winner. Up in the Air did pick up six Golden Globe nominations, including several of the most prestigious nominations, but it is far from the only major player.

Awards Season - Precious and Station Lead Independent Spirit Awards


As always, the Independent Spirit Awards represent the unofficial start of Awards Season with the announcement of their nominations. This year The Last Station and Precious topped the list of nominees with five each. For the former, it should help build buzz for its 2010 release. For the latter, it is the first step towards possible Awards Season glory and further enhances its already lofty box office potential.

A Lot of Films are Fantastic on the Per Theater Chart


We have a new champion on the Per Theater Chart with The Fantastic Mr. Fox leading the way with an average of $66,475 in four theaters. Precious expanded into more than 100 additional theaters but still pulled in an amazing average of $33,762, which was enough for second place. La Danse climbed to $28,104, while playing again in a single theater (albeit now on two screens). The overall box office leader, 2012, opened with an average of $19,165 in just over 3,400 theaters. Uncertainty only earned mixed reviews, but it scored $13,075 in its lone theater. The End of Poverty? was richly rewarded with $12,593 in its solitary theater. Two other new releases were neck-and-neck with Four Season Lodge earning $11,667 while The Messenger managed an average of $11,131.

Not Every Limited Releases is Fantastic


We should be seeing a lot of Oscar contenders coming out in the coming weeks, but while there are a couple of films on this week's list that are earning outstanding reviews, most are not. Some are earning reviews that are good, but perhaps not good enough to survive limited release, while others are not even reaching the 50% positive level.

Cast Updates - May 9, 2008


This week's round of new casting information contains updates for The Avengers, Iron Man 2, Push, and more!

New Movie Announcements, Stars and Directors - May 7, 2008


This week another number of upcoming movies, new stars and directors have been added to our archive!