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Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

Cannes: Gaspar Noé’s ‘Climax’ Wins Top Director’s Fortnight Prize

No one was more surprised than director Gaspar Noé himself when his new film, Climax, was met was near universal raves when it debuted in the Director’s Fortnight section of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. So ready to be hated and vilified, the poster for the film even says “You Despised I Stand Alone. You Hated Irreversible. You Loathed Enter ...

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Let’s Go! The first trailer for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is here

As promised yesterday, the first teaser trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody has landed. Playing like a Queen greatest hits record, we get a lot more of Emmy-winner Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) here, teeth and all. Plus, costumes, costumes, costumes. The trailer also makes it clear that this is Freddie Mercury’s story, even if it’s officially sanctioned by Brian May. “The only ...

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CBS Films Scoops Up Julian Schnabel Van Gogh Pic with Willem Dafoe

CBS Films has picked up the U.S. distribution rights to At Eternity’s Gate, the Julian Schnabel-directed Vincent Van Gogh biopic starring Willem Dafoe. The film explores Van Gogh’s short but explosive painting career as well as his spiral into depression that end in the celebrated artist taking his own life. The film also stars Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen (earning raves ...

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The trailer for Spike Lee’s new film ‘BlacKkKlansman’ is here

BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee’s newest film, which was co-produced by the powerhouse duo behind the Oscar-winning Get Out (Jordan Peele and Jason Blum), premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last night (here’s my review) and dropped its first trailer at the same time. Chronicling the true story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), the first black officer in the Colorado Springs ...

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ poster and first look

20th Century Fox must be feeling pretty good about its Freddie Mercury biopic starring Rami Malek because the film’s poster dropped today along with a first look clip with the actual trailer coming tomorrow. Fox originally had a holiday release planned for the film (as they did with their blockbuster musical The Greatest Showman last year) but moved it up ...

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Cannes Review: Alice Rohrwacher’s ‘Lazzaro Felice’ is one of the fest’s best

The first hour of Alice Rohrwacher’s third feature Lazzaro Felice (Happy as Lazzaro) are as languidly paced as a film could be. The denizens of an Italian estate called Inviolata where farmers (well, sharecroppers) cultivate tobacco for their cruel baroness the Marquise Alfonsino de Luna, nicknamed the ‘Queen of Cigarettes. She sits in a penthouse while her workers toil on the plantation ...

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Cannes Review: ‘Girl,’ the deeply humane debut from Lukas Dhont

Lara is 15 going on 16 trans girl with dreams of being a professional ballerina in Lukas Dhont’s touching and humane first feature Girl. She’s far behind the other girls, having started much later than them. Her point work, turns and pliés all need improvement. She’s given an eight-week probation period to see if she can improve enough to be ...

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Cannes Review: Ali Abbasi’s thrilling supernatural gothic romance ‘Border’

Ali Abbasi creates the grimmest of faerie tales as two outcasts find love in a hopeless place in this wild, wonderful, surprisingly emotional drama. Tina is a border officer for a small Swedish coastal port. Eyeing passengers as they walk through customs, looking for contraband. But, Tina isn’t just looking; she can smell it. Indeed, like a tracker dog. “Alcohol. ...

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