Michelle McCue contributes to and edits WeAreMovieGeeks.com.
Articles by Michelle McCue
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced – to widespread chagrin– that the press and publicists would no longer be a part of the annual tradition of being at AMPAS headquarters in Beverly Hills at the Samuel Goldwyn theater when the Oscar nominations are revealed on January 24. A beloved tradition is gone. What comes in its place and what do the changes augur for Oscar’s future? Read more on AWARDS INTELLIGENGERread more
FIDELIO: ALICE’S ODYSSEY and ONCE MY MOTHER Win AWFJ EDA Awards @ St Louis International Film Festival -Michelle McCue Reports
After 11 days of celebrating magnificent and electric movies, the 24th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) came to a conclusion on Sunday evening, November 15. At the closing ceremony the Alliance of Women Film Journalists presented juried AWFJ EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature and Best Female-Directed Documentary. Both winners are femme-helmed and femme-centric. Read on…read more
St Louis International Film Festival Selects Nominees for AWFJ EDA Award @ SLIFF 2015 – Michelle McCue reports
AWFJ will again partner with the St Louis International Film Festival to recognize women’s accomplishments in filmmaking, presenting AWFJ EDA Awards for the Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature and Best Female-Directed Documentary at the 24th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival will be held Nov. 5-15, 2015. Nominations for the AWFJ EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Film and Best Female-Directed Documentary are made by SLIFF and have been announced. Five films will compete in each category. Here’s a glimpse of the films that have been selected: Read on…read more
The 24th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival takes place Nov. 5-15. This is the third year AWFJ partners with SLIFF to recognize outstanding achievements of women filmmakers. Read on…read more
As we head into the final months of 2015, the theaters are beginning to fill with films that are destined for awards season consideration. This year, we look forward to a sampling of some mighty powerful female driven movies, each of which features an A-list cast and an exceptionally strong performance by the leading actress(es). Include the yet to be released (in September and October) About Ray, Suffragette and Freeheld among them. However, the true standout is writer/director Paul Weitz’s superb new film, Grandma, starring Lily Tomlin — who is always brilliant and has never been better — as Elle Reid, a matriarch who suddenly finds herself with a mission. Read on…read more
Composer Heather McIntosh is hopeful for women making music in Hollywood. She created the the riveting, emotion-packed score for Z for Zachariah, and was one of only four women who made the 2013 Academy Awards shortlist of composers for Best Original Score for Compliance. “The numbers are growing for women film composers and it’s a really exciting time,” she comments. “I think people are hungry for new voices in storytelling and there is real potential in that. It’s so encouraging. We’re just getting our bearings a little bit and it’s been exciting to get this momentum going as there are super talented women. There is an organization here called the Alliance of Women Film Composers (http://theawfc.com/) that has a really great support system. I’d love to work on big projects and I’m very hopeful.” Read Michelle McCue’s interview>>read more
In May, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) began the video series “Academy Originals” focusing on the behind-the-scenes artists and the various creative processes that get a film from page to screen.
Since the series launch, AMPAS has released 16 episodes that have covered everything from how Jurassic Park changed the VFX world to an episode about everyday people toiling away at screenplays in their local coffee shops
With Oscar emcee Ellen DeGeneres and the re-election of AMPAS President, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy’s diversity abounds.
The “Academy Originals” videos highlight women filmmakers — including Ava DuVernay and Aileen Brosh McKenna — and other women working in film to show how their considerable contributions inspire young girls to become filmmakers. Read on…read more
TO BE TAKEI is an entertaining and moving look at the many roles played by eclectic 76-year-old actor/activist George Takei whose wit, humor and grace has allowed him to become an internationally beloved figure.
It balances unprecedented access to the day-to-day life of George and his husband/business partner Brad Takei with George’s fascinating personal journey, from his childhood in a Japanese American internment camp, to his iconic and groundbreaking role as Sulu on “Star Trek,” through his rise as an internet phenomenon with over 6-million Facebook likes. Read on…read more
1. Les Miserables
2. Life of Pi
5. The Master
8. The Cabin In The Woods
10. Looperread more
Karen Kramer On IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD @ Academy’s Last 70mm Film Festival – Michelle McCue interviews
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is running a 70mm series of films, kicking off with the uproarious IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD. In Michelle McCue’s interview, the wife of the film’s late director, Stanley Kramer. nostalgically talks about one of the funniest comedies in film history. Read more>>read more