This Day in Oscar History: September 5 (2015)

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Film Preview: Jem and the Holograms (2015)

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(August 30, 2015) Original

Release Date:

October 23, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden.”

Poster Rating: B

Review: If you look at the poster too closely, you’ll miss the key reason it succeeds. While the eyes are focused on the stage image at the focal point of the design, a faint image of Jerrica surrounds it, putting Jem herself squarely in the dreams of real life. It’s a nice symbolic representation of the film’s themes.

Trailer Rating: C / C

Review: (#1 & #2) There isn’t a lot of difference between these two trailers. They both expose how little the film adaptation is like the original series. There, Jerrica was the owner of Starlight Music and through her father’s robot Synergy used her earrings to project holograms over her body and become the superstar Jem. Here, Jem is merely an alter ego for a teen girl who hopes to escape her formality and lead the life of a pop star at the hands of a separate individual who owns Starlight and wants to sell her image while pulling her away from her friends who are initially her bandmates. Synergy still exists, but looks to represent her connection to her dead father and his hopes for his child. The trailer doesn’t give the audience enough impetus to see it based on its connection to the original series and might have been better as a stand alone, unaffiliated project since most fans of the 80’s cartoon aren’t likely to be enamored with the radical changes.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 36, 2015)

Every week, we’ll take a look back in 5-year intervals in the box office past to explore how Oscar’s nominees were doing at the box office that weekend historically. All data is collected from Box Office Mojo. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office (as well as a section looking at the inflation-adjusted numbers). The third section is an alphabetical list of those films and the categories in which they were nominated. And to start each week off, we’ll be looking at the films releasing over the weekend that have the best chance of getting Oscar nominations and specifying the categories where we think they have the best chance at this stage of the game. If you have any suggestions for more data you’d like to see, please let us know.

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #110

We started over at the beginning of August 2013, but with a new, more streamlined methodology to collecting votes. Just choose one selection in each of the ten categories (or fewer depending on the week) below. Our first few weeks were to select winners in cases of ties or in years where multiple categories existed for each discipline. After that, we started going into the full face-off contest where each winner will then move on to a second round to face off against others.

Here is this week’s ten (or fewer) face-offs. So, let’s get started.

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This Day in Oscar History: September 4 (2015)

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Contest: Vampire Diaries & The Originals

Two of The CW’s most popular television programs The Vampire Diaries and The Originals are getting ready to start new seasons this fall, but before they do, it’s time to get caught up with what you’ve missed so far with the Complete Sixth Season of The Vampire Diaries and the Complete Second Season of The Originals. One lucky reader might just walk away with his or her choice of either one of the series on Blu-ray or DVD. To find out more, keep reading.

And while you’re waiting, take a look at the Vampire Diaries/Originals app below, download and plan a meal around the Viewing Party Eats document or listen to each of the four interviews with show creator Julie Plec featured at the end of this post.

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Poll: Best Original Screenplay (1991 – 1995)

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Trailer Watch: Pan, updated (2015)

New Trailer (#3) / New Posters (#6-#10) / Page Redesign

Pan, updated

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Oscar Profile #251: Sam Jaffe

Sam JaffeBorn Shalom Jaffe in New York City on March 10, 1891, Sam Jaffe’s mother Ada Jaffe was a star in the Yiddish Theatre. His father Barnett was a jeweler. Young Sam graduated with a degree in engineering from City College of New York and earned his post-graduate degree at Columbia University. Having acted with his mother in the Yiddish Theatre, he later turned to acting full time. John Huston was an early roommate.

Jaffe first appeared on screen in the silent short, A Cheap Vacation, in 1916. He made his Broadway debut in 1918 in Youth and continued to appear in many productions during the next two decades including The Jazz Singer and Grand Hotel in which he originated the role of the bookkeeper played on screen by Lionel Barrymore. He would later alternate his stage roles with his screen roles.

The actor made his official screen debut as Czar Peter II opposite Marlene Dietrich in 1934’s The Scarlet Empress. He would appear in only two more films in the 1930s, but along with his mad Czar Peter, they would be iconic roles any actor would be proud of. He was the High Lama in 1937’s Lost Horizon and the title character in 1939’s Gunga Din.

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This Day in Oscar History: September 3 (2015)

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Sep. 4-6, 2015)

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Film Preview: The Intern (2015)

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(August 30, 2015) Original

Release Date:

September 25, 2015

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.”

Poster Rating: F

Review: For a film about an internship at a fashion website, the poster is amazingly tone deaf stylistically. The tagline is even completely boring.

Trailer Rating: B+ / F

Review: (#1 & #2) These trailers are identical, at least as far as I can tell. There may be a few formatting differences and a couple of scenes interchanged, but it’s not enough to remark on the differences, which makes the second trailer a complete waste. Meanwhile, the trailers actually make this feel like a genuine comedy of some import. They make neither character out to be a monster and generally all the characters seem to share genuine qualities, making this affable project look entirely palatable.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Looking at the Weekend: Sep. 4-6, 2015

You can tell it’s Memorial Day because the studios have dumped every film they have no confidence in on one weekend. Sure, it’s been a couple of weekends like that, but this one takes the case. Perhaps fans of the Transporter films are enamored enough that they’ll turn out, but I suspect it will be a bomb.

Our Highest Rated Films: A Walk in the Woods
Our Best Awards Ratings: A Walk in the Woods

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A Rooster with Many Eggs

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This Day in Oscar History: September 2 (2015)

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Our Site Milestones

2010: Oscar Profile by Peter J. Patrick (5)

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Trailer Watch: The Martian, updated (2015)

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#2) / Page Redesign

The Martian, updated

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