Monday, 30 January 2017


Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Winner: Hidden Figures

Captain Fantastic


Manchester by the Sea


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Winner: Denzel Washington for Fences

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Wednesday, 25 January 2017


The 89th Academy Awards is slated to take place on the 26th of February and will be hosted by television host, Jimmy Kimmel. The long awaited nomination list was  released yesterday, with the romantic musical comedy-drama La La Land- which starred Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling- taking the lead with a grand total of 14 nominations.

However there were several appalling snubs; Amy Adams for her performance in Arrival, Empire's Taraji P. Henson for Hidden Figures (which  by the way earned huge in the box-office, but at least being nominated for Best Picture) as well as Pharell Williams who was co-producer (and writer of its soundtracks), Annette Bening for 20th Century Woman and  British actor Hugh Grant who played Meryl Streep's long suffering husband in Florence Foster Jenkins. 
It gets worse... Martin Scorsese who directed Silence was also ignored, Denzel Washington was nominated for Best Actor but not for directing Fences or multi award winner Clint Eastwood for the biopic Sully. Two films that surprisingly didn't make the list were The Birth of A Nation and the much hyped Dead Pool. Ouch! 

Thursday, 19 January 2017


Marvel's popular anti-hero yet again returns in the upcoming film LOGAN which apparently is to be the last time viewers will see Wolverine flying solo since 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine and 2013's The Wolverine.
Logan is set to be released on the 3rd of March, 2017, starring Hugh Jackman-who first appeared in the famous role in 2000's X-Men, Patrick Stewart reprising his role  as Professor Charles Xavier and Dafnee Keene as Laura. The movie is directed by James Mangold. 

REEL SUM UP: Following the events of X-Men:Days of Futures Past, an aging Logan/Wolverine and Charles Xavier struggle to protect a young mutant from a dark organisation called Transgien, on the Mexican border.  Logan must brace himself for one last battle, however his accelerated healing process has started to fail... 


For her memorable role as Rose Nylund in The Golden Girls, she won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series and won two Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Sue Ann Nivens in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Her film credits include Dennis The Menace Strikes Again, Lake Placid  and Bringing Down The House.
From 2006 to 2009, she had a recurring role in CBS soap opera The Bold & The Beautiful, from 2012 to 2014, hosted the reality show Betty White's Off Their Rockers and played a sassy Polish caretaker Ella Ostrovsky in Hot In Cleveland from 2010 to 2015.

Monday, 16 January 2017




Uh huh... Charles Lee Ray-beg ya pardon-Chucky- is set to return in the 7th entry of the Child's Play franchise, Cult of Chucky;  his last appearance being 2013's Curse of Chucky; where  Don Mancini returned his infamous character back to his dark roots after the not-so- great Seed of Chucky(2004).
The added bonus of the long awaited 6th entry-aside from a big reveal from Charles' past before he transferred his soul into a Good Guy doll and became 'Chucky'-was the surprising return of Alex Vincent; the former child actor who played Andy-Chucky's owner/most sort after victim in Child's Play and Child's Play 2reprising his role after 13 years as Andy was played as an adult by Justin Whalin in Child's Play 3.

Say what??? says those yet to see it. Where has Andy been all this time??? 

Well it was gathered from  a framed diploma in his apartment that Andy managed to graduate from the military school he was in  Child's Play 3 and had been following news reports on his nemesis the whole time and getting ready for him should Chucky managed to track him down. And Andy was talking to his Mum over the phone; meaning she was at long last released from the mental institution she was placed in after wrongly certified as insane(due to the events of Child's Play). And Chucky, meaning to give Andy a terrible shock, got one instead...

REEL SUM UP: Four years after the events of Curse of Chucky, Nica is given a Good Guy doll as part of her psychological treatment by her psychiatrist. But after a fresh string of murders begin, Andy Barclay comes to Nica's aid. However, he not only has Chucky to contend with, but Chucky's vicious girlfriend, Tiffany as well.

Cult of Chucky is written and directed by Don Mancini (huge relief to fans); Brad Dourif, Alex Vincent, Fiona Dourif and Jennifer Tilly reprising their roles as Charles Lee Ray/Chucky, Andy Barclay, Nica Pierce and  Tiffany respectively.

Saturday, 14 January 2017


Today makes a year since the very sad passing of English actor and director Alan Rickman who, during his life time, made his mark on stage and the silver screen. After his role as Tybalt in a stage production of Romeo and Juliet in 1978, Rickman went on to play several memorable roles...

                                 Hans Gruber in Die Hard (1988)

                                The Sheriff of Nottingham in
                                Robin Hood:Prince of Thieves (1991)

                                Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility (1995)

                                Grigori Rasputin in Rasputin : Dark Servant of Destiny (1996)

                                Eamon De Valera in  Michael Collins (1996)

                                Dr. Alfred Blalock in Something The Lord Made (2004)

                                President Ronald Reagan  in  The Butler (2013)

However Rickman is mostly be remembered for his portrayal of J.K Rowling's Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film adaptations: The Philosopher's Stone (2001), The Chamber of Secrets (2002), The Prisoner of Azkaban(2004), The Goblet of Fire(2005)The Order of The Phoenix(2007), The Half-Blood Prince(2009) and The Deadly Hallows Part I & II (2010). And as hard as it to believe except by die-hard Harry Potter fans who read the books more than once, Rickman's portrayal of Harry's adversary-while mostly accurate- was just a little less cold blooded than he was described in the books and the big reveal of his most kept secret in The Deathly Hallows made this complicated character more of an anti-hero than an actual villain.

Rickman was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and received his training in acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. For his role as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood:Prince of Thieves, he bagged a BAFTA award, then a Golden Globe, a Primetime Emmy, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Satellite Award for his role as Rasputin; an MTV Movie Award, a People's Choice Award, a San Diego Film Critics Society Award for his performance as Snape in The Deathly Hallows Part II  and a Scream Award for The Half-Blood Prince.

He is survived by his longtime companion, later wife, Rima Horton.

                             ALAN RICKMAN [1946-2016]