2013 Independent Film Festival Follow-up

Film Festival Follow-up The Telluride festival...done, Venice is wrapping up and Toronto begins while we are getting news about what is on the horizon with the AFI Festival slated to open on November 7th. All of these festivals usually gives us a sneak peek about what the Oscar race for 2014 is shaping up to look like.

Thus far, we have seen these films emerge as front-runners -- FRUITVALE STATION, Lee Daniels' THE BUTLER, BLUE JASMINE, THE WAY, WAY BACK and its stars Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Forest Whittaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Cate Blanchett & Allison Janney are creating a lot of buzz.

Going into the Toronto festival, major buzz is surrounding Steve McQueen's 12 YEARS OF A SLAVE, GRAVITY, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, PARADISE, PRISONERS & SAVING MR. BANKS already making the Best Actress category overcrowded.

Rumor has it that these actresses will be lauded for their performances: Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine Sandra Bullock - Gravity Judi Dench -Philomena Marion Cotillard - The Immigrant Julia Roberts - August: Osage County Meryl Streep - August: Osage County Naomi Watts - Diana Emma Thompson - Saving Mr. Banks Oprah Winfrey - Lee Daniels' The Butler

It's looking like a real horse race thus far...

On another note films opening this week include: Adore starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright Afternoon Delight with Kathryn Han, Juno Temple and Josh Radnor Bounty Killer starring Gary Busey, Eve and Beverly D'Angelo Hell Baby with Rob Coddry Riddick with Vin Diesel Winnie Mandela starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard.

Tags: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts

Categories: Film Reviews

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

VENUS VS

Review of ESPN's Ava DuVernay directed VENUS VS. There is no argument that Venus Williams is one of the greatest female athletes to ever enter the sport of tennis.  What she had to endure to achieve that status and the fight she tackles on behalf of other female tennis players is absolutely fascinating..

Apparently, the fight for equality is an ongoing struggle for women in all walks of life, particularly the sports world.

From the first moment Venus and her sister Serena picked up tennis rackets as young aspiring Compton, California athletes, Venus has slayed the competition picking up 7 Grand Slam titles...22 overall.

Already dealing with the challenge of being an African-American female in a male dominated sport, Venus called out the tennis world for paying men higher prize money.  Just like being a girl from the hood didn't stop her from becoming a champion, Venus would not give up until the pay scale was balanced for both genders.

Director Ava DuVernay knows a little something about women, adversity and firsts.  She became the first African-American woman to  win Best Director at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.  So, it would only be fitting that Venus'  rise to tennis superstar,  her obstacles within the tennis world, relationships with her sister Serena, her Dad, her coaches and mentors are all documented with love and sensitivity by Miss DuVernay..

According to DuVernay, "Women are historically and currently paid substantially lower across the board worldwide than their male counterparts. But I think it is a little shocking to think that a sport that is on such a world stage, that has huge sponsors and huge superstars, since 1968 to 2007, that the women accepted being paid less.  We trace the history of it in the film. Billie Jean King stood up and said no, we want more, and she was able to incrementally get it up little by little, but it was never equal".

Venus Vs. is an awe-inspiring story of a woman he refused to give up and compromise.  To catch more of this fascinating doc, Tune into ESPN on July 2nd.

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!