Academy Awards

"The Killing Of A Sacred Deer," filmed here in 2016 by Oscar-winning director Yorgos Lanthimos, didn't get any love from Hollywood Foreign Press Association Monday.

"Sacred Deer" was ignored by the 75th anniversary Golden Globe Award nominations released Monday – but star Nicole Kidman was nominated as a best actress in a limited series for HBO's "Big Little Lies."

International Movie Database

"The Killing Of A Sacred Deer," the Nicole Kidman-Colin Farrell thriller filmed here last summer, will premiere in the Cannes Film Festival competition lineup next month.

ABC Television

Academy Award-winning director Patrick Osborne thought of his little brother's imaginary friend when creating potential TV series for Hollywood producers.

That's why Jenna Elfman ("Dharma & Greg") returns to ABC in "Imaginary Mary" with an animated imaginary friend who gives her relationship advice (8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Channel 9).

ABC Television

Oscar-winning filmmaker Patrick Osborne didn't win an Academy Award again this year, but he made Oscar history.

"Pearl," his animated short screening at Memorial Hall March 11-12 by Cincinnati World Cinema, was the first Oscar-nominated film made in 360-degree video and virtual reality. He produced "Pearl" for Google Spotlight Stories after winning the 2015 Academy Award for best animated short film for "Feast."

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Want to be in the Hollywood movie with Oscar winners Casey Affleck, Robert Redford, Cissy Spacek and Danny Glover?

"The Old Man and The Gun," their new movie to be shot here this spring, will hold an open casting call for extras 4-8 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at Xavier University's Gallagher Student Center, 3800 Victory Parkway.

U.S. Defense Department

Steven Spielberg's mother Leah Adler, a Cincinnati native who gave birth to Steven here in 1946, died Tuesday in Los Angeles where she had operated The Milky Way restaurant. She was 97.

She was born Leah Frances Posner on Jan. 12, 1920, to Philip and Jennie Posner, and raised in Cincinnati during the Roaring Twenties and Great Depression.

CBS Television

WVXU's Black History Month programming includes Cincinnati native Rocky Carroll starring in a "L.A. Theater Works" production Saturday, and a three-part "Historically Black" series of stories from the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

The 1981 School for Creative & Performing Arts graduate best known as "NCIS" Director Leon Vance plays barber Russell Parker in "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men"  8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 on WVXU-FM (91.7) and WMUB-FM (88.5).

Universal Pictures

The remastered version of "King of Jazz," Bing Crosby's first feature film appearance in 1930, screens 7 p.m. Thursday at the Kenwood Theatre, 7815 Kenwood Road.

Filmed in early Technicolor, it arrived in theaters three years after Al Jolson's ""The Jazz Singer" (1927), the first feature-length "talking" picture.

Universal Pictures

Why does George Clooney want to quit acting? Because he loves directing, as he’s told me several times. And because he doesn’t want to look old on camera.

Clooney made headlines this week when media outlets picked up his Tuesday interview promoting “Hail Caesar!” at the BBC in London.

“It a very unforgiving thing with cameras, so aging is something you try to do less and less of on the screen. You try to pick the films that work best for you as you age,” said Clooney, who turns 55 on May 6.

Provided by Ann Reskin

I’ve been waiting two years to tell this story about the local actors who appeared in “Carol” with Oscar-nominated actressess Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

When “Carol” was shot here in 2014, local participants were ordered not to speak to the media. Believe me I tried, but nobody wanted to talk and jeopardize their part in the film.

With “Carol” up for six Academy Awards on Feb. 28, I finally got actors Kevin Crowley, Ann Reskin (Strunk) and Ken Strunk to tell about the film, along with “Carol” local casting direct D. Lynn Meyers.

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 Drummer-composer Antonio Sanchez, who won a Grammy Award Monday for the “Birdman” movie score, will talk about the film at the Esquire Theatre before performing at the Xavier University Jazz Series next month.

John Kiesewetter

With “Carol” up for six Oscars, the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission invites you to watch the Academy Awards at the Esquire Theatre Feb. 28.

WXIX-TV reporter Michael Baldwin will host “And The Winner Is…,” a benefit for the film commission which helped lure and facilitate director Todd Haynes. He filmed “Carol” here two years ago with actresses Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

The Weinstein Company

If “Carol” wins any Academy Awards, it would be a big upset after all the film awards ignoring  the Cate Blanchett-Rooney Mara movie this month.

Blanchett and Mara, who starred in the 1952 love story shot here in 2014, again were shut out at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Saturday, as “Carol” was at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice awards.

Blanchett was up for best actress; Mara for supporting actress. “Carol” was not nominated for a SAG best picture award. The SAG winners were familiar faces from January’s award circuit:

Anomalisa is one of the most talked about animated films of the season and has been nominated for an Academy Award.

Paramount Pictures

Move over, “Carol,” here comes “Anomolisa.” Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion film, nominated for a best animated film Academy Award, opens Thursday at the Esquire Theatre in Clifton.

Kaufman wrote and co-directed the film about a mundane, out-of-touch Los Angeles author who comes to Cincinnati to address a customer service conference. In Michael Stone’s world, everyone looks and sounds the same -- except a young woman from Akron named Lisa.

She’s an anomaly. She’s Anomalisa.

The Weinstein Company

Another night of Hollywood movie awards, another night of no awards for “Carol.”

“Carol” was shut out at the “21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards” Sunday, as it was the previous Sunday at the “Golden Globe Awards.”

It’s another bad sign for “Carol” at the Academy Awards on Feb. 28, when the film is nominated in six categories.

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There’s a new queen of the Queen City, and her name is “Carol.”

The Cate Blanchett-Rooney Mara film, shot here last year, lived up to all of its pre-Oscar buzz at a screening Saturday night at Clifton’s Esquire Theatre for the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission.

Reviewers have called the film “gorgeous,” ‘flawless” and an Oscar contender. And I agree.

Blanchett, just nominated for a Golden Globe best actress award, also should be nominated for an Oscar for her performance as unhappily married Carol Aird, who pursues New York department store clerk Therese Belivet (Mara) in 1952.

Mara, who won best actress for Belivet at the Cannes Film Festival last May, also received a Golden Globe nomination as best actress for “Carol,” for her sensitive portrayal of a confused young woman maturing after her affair with Aird.

Brian Douglas

The New York Times has dubbed Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead” an Academy Awards contender, along with that other film shot in Cincinnati last year, “Carol” starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

“Anyone who wants to get a jump on possible Oscar nominees for 2017… should check out ‘Miles Ahead,’ the closing-night film” Sunday at the New York Film Festival, wrote A. O. Scott.

Cheadle made his directorial debut and starred as iconic jazz innovator Miles Davis in the film shot here in July 2014. He also co-wrote the script, set in 1979, about the trumpeter and a Rolling Stone reporter (Ewan McGregor) trying to recover an unreleased recording stolen from the musician’s home at the end of his five-year, self-imposed “silent period” out of the public eye. The Times said:

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Rave reviews are greeting  “Carol” in advance of its New York Film Festival screening Friday.

Flavorwire calls it “flawless” and “gorgeous,” with “astonishing” performances.   The Village Voice gushes about Todd Haynes’ direction.

Haynes' work  “has never been more assured, defined by silken camera work and expert framing that conveys his characters’ loneliness. … ‘Carol’ offers a mature portrait of love struggling to materialize, and survive, in a disapproving society,” the Voice says.

The 87th Academy Awards show airs this Sunday with host Neil Patrick Harris, his first time hosting the awards show. There are eight nominees for best picture, a diverse list which includes Selma, American Sniper, The Imitation Game, Birdman, and Boyhood

Academy Award-winning actress Lee Grant (Shampoo, The Landlord, The Balcony) has written her memoir, I Said Yes to Everything, and she’s on the phone with our movie expert, Larry Thomas, for a conversation about the highlights and low points of her long career.

Academy Awards Preview

Feb 28, 2014

  The 86th Academy Awards show airs live this Sunday with Host Ellen DeGeneres. Which film will win the Oscar for Best Picture of 2013, Gravity, American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, 12 Years a Slave, Zombie Massacre?

Oscar Predictions

Feb 22, 2013

Tonight is the one time of year when cinephiles all around the globe are glued to the tube. The 85th annual Academy Awards are being handed out, and every year, the producers of the show promise it will be better. Every year, the audience hopes it will be better. And maybe one of these days, it will be better. Will tonight be that night? We won’t know until it’s over. In the never-ending search for the perfect host, the academy is hoping that Seth McFarlane, creator of TV’s Family Guy, and writer / director of last year’s surprise hit movie Ted, will step up to the plate and hit a home run.


See All the Best Picture Nominees Before the Awards

Feb 8, 2013

Larry Thomas tells listeners who love movies, but have not yet seen all the Oscar Contenders, about the AMC Best Picture Showcase, a chance to see all 9 movies on one Saturday, or over 2 Saturdays in February. AMC Theaters in this area include Newport on the Levee, West Chester, Hamilton and Richmond, Indiana.


Movie Review: Oscar Nominated Short Documentaries

Feb 1, 2013

Now that the holidays are past, it’s time for the folks at Cincinnati World Cinema to get back to work doing what they do best: presenting interesting film programs unlike those seen in the commercial venues. In the next several days, they have two different programs, which should be of interest to film buffs of every stripe.