Michelle Hannett

Michelle Hannett (formerly McCue) contributes to and edits WeAreMovieGeeks.com.


Articles by Michelle Hannett


SAG Awards THREE BILLBOARDS, PGA Taps SHAPE OF WATER — Michelle Hannett reports

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE OF EBBING, MISSOURIThe dark comedic drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the big winner of the night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, taking home the award for Best Cast in a Motion Picture, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, at this year’s ceremony on January 21. Continue reading on AWARDS INTELLIGENCER

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Producers Guild Nominations Include WONDER WOMAN, MOLLY’S GAME and I, TONYA — Michelle Hannett reports

pga logo darkEight women producers are among the Theatrical Motion Picture nominees for the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The January 5 announcement also saw four women nominated in the Animated category. Starring strong female protagonists, nominations for WONDER WOMAN, MOLLY’S GAME and I, TONYA were undoubtedly the big surprises of the day. Continue reading on AWARDS INTELLIGENCER.

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The Academy’s 90th Oscars: Latest Round Of Contenders for Best Picture, Music, Foreign Language Film, VFX — Michelle Hannett reports

oscar logoAs Hollywood, the studios and the film industry close for the upcoming holiday week, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has unveiled the films eligible for consideration in various categories for the 90th Oscars. including updates long and short lists in the Best Picture, Best Foreign Film, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Visual Effects and Best Hair and Makeup Categories. A total of 341 feature films are eligible for the 2017 Academy Awards. Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. Continue reading…

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The Academy’s 90th Oscars: First Promo, New Time and Shortlists — Michelle Hannett reports

oscars goldKicking of the 90 days to the 90th Oscars, the Academy revealed to movie fans that the telecast from Hollywood on Sunday, March 4, 2018, will now begin at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST, a half-hour earlier than prior telecasts. As previously announced, late-night talk show favorite Jimmy Kimmel will return to host. Nominations voting opens for the 90th Academy Awards on January 5, 2018, closes on January 12, 2018, with the announcement on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Women filmmakers are definitely part of the conversation this awards season continue reading…

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Cannes First Look: OPHELIA — Michelle Hannett reports

Currently in production in Prague, here’s a first look at director Claire McCarthy’s Ophelia, starring Daisy Ridley.

Photo Credit: Julie Vrabelova

Photo Credit: Julie Vrabelova

Set in the 14th Century but spoken in a contemporary voice, Ophelia is a dynamic re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Continue reading…

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Oscars and Movies and Targeting Millennials — Michelle McCue comments

ArquetteOscar15The 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 INTELLIGENGER

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FIDELIO: ALICE’S ODYSSEY and ONCE MY MOTHER Win AWFJ EDA Awards @ St Louis International Film Festival -Michelle McCue Reports

SLIFF_2015_posterAfter 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…

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St Louis International Film Festival Selects Nominees for AWFJ EDA Award @ SLIFF 2015 – Michelle McCue reports

sliff logoAWFJ 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…

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AWFJ to Present EDA Awards @ SLIFF 2015 – Michelle McCue Reports

SLIFF_2015_poster-wideThe Alliance of Women Film Journalists will present juried AWFJ EDA Awards @ St Louis International Film Festival 2015 (SLIFF) for Best Female-Directed Narrative and Documentary Feature Films.

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…

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GRANDMA – Review by Michelle McCue

grandma poster artAs 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…

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Heather McIntosh on Scoring Z FOR ZACHARIAH – Michelle McCue interviews

heather mcintosh headshotComposer 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>>

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“Academy Originals” Focus on Women Filmmakers – Michelle McCue Reports

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

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Jennifer M. Kroot Talks TO BE TAKEI – Michelle McCue Interviews


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…

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Top Ten 2012 – Michelle McCue

1. Les Miserables

2. Life of Pi

3. Argo

4. Lincoln

5. The Master

6. Amour

7. Prometheus

8. The Cabin In The Woods

9. Paranorman

10. Looper

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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>>

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