The 2017 Oscars Nominations

The 2017 Oscar Nominations delivers intrigue and diversity.  The Best Picture category opens up for nine candidates without a prohibitive favorite.  On all fronts, ‘Oscars So White’ disappears this year.  However, ‘Oscars So Male’ debuts, as all Best Director nominees are men. If there was …

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Oscars Recap & Gods of Egypt Flop

Recap of the Oscars, Gods of Egypt’s fall from disgrace and Gambit dealt a rough hand by FOX. PLEASE SUBMIT QUESTIONS AND/OR COMMENTS BY EMAIL TO For more news, review and content, go to  

Takeaways from The Birth of a Nation Deal with Fox Searchlight at Sundance

The purchase of The Birth of a Nation by Fox Searchlight is the largest purchase in the history of the Sundance Film Festival.  After standing ovations after the period piece’s viewing, the Oscar buzz for the film garnered a bit of a bidding war.  Nate …

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Media Industry & Communications Podcast Ep2

Official Oscar Eligibility Rules Packed episode full of news, notes and plenty of Oscar talk.  Netflix subscribers more important than revenue.  The great value in Apple Music for music lovers.  NFL courting Hollywood, again.  Deadpool denied in China and why it will NOT hurt the …

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The Hollywood Reporter Diversity Controversy Reaction

The Hollywood Reporter Diversity Controversy Reaction: John discusses the controversy surrounding The Hollywood Reporter’s Actress Roundtable’s lack of color.  Potential solutions to the lack of diversity in the industry and scolding Tyler Perry, Oprah and Will Smith. For more news, reviews and content, go to …

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Lessons for African-Americans in Film After the Oscars

With the 2015 Oscars in the books, there are lessons that African-Americans and African-American filmmakers can take away from Selma only winning Best Song.  When the nominations were announced and David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay were considered “snubbed” for Best Actor and Best Director respectively, …

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