Thursday, September 11, 2014

How to win Red Carpet bleacher seats at the Oscars

2014 Oscar Red Carpet fan bleachers. Photo by James A. Molnar.

It's one of the most coveted seats in the world for Oscar fans: the chance to be a fly on the wall at the Academy Awards as the stars stroll down the Red Carpet on the big night.

Trending this week on is an article from 2012 where we describe details on how to enter a global online lottery for a change to sit those bleacher seats along the most famous Red Carpet in the world.

We thought it would be the perfect time to catch you up on how to win a spot in the bleachers.

There is some good news and some bad news.

The Bad News
Two years ago, the Academy discontinued its global online lottery system that determined annual bleacher seat fans. The system was put in place when the Oscars moved to its permanent home at the then-Kodak Theatre for the 74th Academy Awards in 2004. Previously, fans would camp out on city sidewalks in hopes to get a coveted seat. After the change, fans were required to fill out a request form early in the year and hope their application was selected. This lottery process was moved up to September in 2004, going entirely online. 2011 was its final year. 2006 archive photo. 
For the 2012 contest, fans could sign up via email during a two-month period to become an "Oscar Insider" for a chance to be entered.

For the 86th Academy Awards this year, the Academy decided to turn to social media to help find fans to fill its bleacher seats via "Fan Appreciation Week" in December of 2013. The nonprofit organization used social media to determine to whom it would give tickets, seeking out the biggest fans.

"This year we're going to give away Fan Experience tickets in a new way designed to reward our biggest and most active year-round Oscars fans," said the email sent to fans Nov. 8, 2013.

The Good News
The lottery may be gone, but there is still hope for Oscar fans.

The Gold Knight will confirm details when we get them, but fans should expect something similar to last year with "Fan Appreciation Week," which kicked off in early December.

Until then, make sure to be actively engaged with the Academy on social media by commenting, liking and sharing its posts.

Good luck and let us know if you see anything.

The 87th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2014, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Video: Top 3 summer movies from 2014 and a fall movie preview, including ‘Gone Girl’

TGK Editor James A. Molnar — also film editor of Toledo Free Press — stops by WTOL-11's “Your Day” in Toledo every Friday morning and talks about the latest movies at the box office. On the Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, segment, he recaps summer by sharing his Top 3 movies from the season.

James also previews some of his most anticipated movies of the fall season.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Video: Reviewing ‘The November Man’ and ‘Ghostbusters’

TGK Editor James A. Molnar — also film editor of Toledo Free Press — stops by WTOL-11's “Your Day” in Toledo every Friday morning and talks about the latest movies at the box office. On the Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, segment, he reviews "The November Man," featuring Pierce Brosnan as an ex-CIA spy returning to the fold to help a friend. He also chats about the 30th anniversary re-release of "Ghostbusters."

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Video: Reviewing ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,’ ‘Boyhood’ and The Shawshank Trail

TGK Editor James A. Molnar — also film editor of Toledo Free Press — stops by WTOL-11's “Your Day” in Toledo every Friday morning and talks about the latest movies at the box office. On the Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, segment, he reviews "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," the sequel to 2005 "Sin City" by Frank Miller. He also chats about one of his favorite movies of the year, "Boyhood," and a unique experience for fans of "The Shawshank Redepemtion."

Read more about The Shawshank Trail and see a photo gallery here.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Touring The Shawshank Trail 20 years later

By James A. Molnar
TGK Editor

A small Ohio community was changed two decades ago by a film.

And it is still embracing the connection today.

"The Shawshank Redemption" was filmed in 1993 in the communities of Mansfield, Upper Sandusky and Ashland, Ohio, and the cities are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of the seven-time Oscar-nominated film this weekend with a huge three-day extravaganza.

During a recent preview tour, I was given a look at what fans can expect while visitings.

From a café in downtown Mansfield offering Shashankwiches to the prison setting itself at the Ohio State Reformatory, the organizers are committed and excited about offering visitors a tour along The Shawshank Trail.

Appearances by actors from the film are expected. Bob Gunton, who played Warden Norton, and James Kisicki, who played the bank manager, are expected to attend. Renee Blaine and Scott Mann, who played the wife and her lover, respectively, is expected. The prisoner named "Fat Ass," played by Frank Medrano, is attending a signing autographs with some of the others.

The schedule of events also include a screening of the acclaimed Frank Darabont movie at the Renaissance Theatre, where the film originally premiered on Sept. 13, 1994.

Here is a look at some of the sights from the trail:

The centerpiece of the experience is of course The Ohio State Reformatory,
which served as Shawshank State Prison in the film. The reformatory offers a tour,
winding through the Victorian Gothic, Richardsonian Romanesque and Queen Anne designs,
past offices and living areas.   Photos by James A. Molnar

A bevy of merchandise options are available for purchase in the Convictions Gift Shop.

Other movies have filmed at the Ohio State Reformatory.
Here, a set piece from "Air Force One" remains on the grounds.

Monday, August 25, 2014

66th Primetime Emmy Awards winners

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards aired live coast-to-coast on NBC Aug. 25 from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE. Seth Meyers hosted and provided for some big laughs.

The Emmys proved just how cooky those television (and movie) stars can be.

"Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family" won the big categories of the night.

"Breaking Bad" won Outstanding Drama Series, "a wonderful farewell" said creator Vince Gilligan. It is the sixth show to win the series Emmy for its final season. Bryan CranstonAnna Gunn and Aaron Paul all won the Emmy in their respective categories for the show. This was Cranston's fourth Emmy for his lead role as Walter White in the hit AMC show. Paul took home his third Emmy for his supporting role and Gunn took home her second consecutive for her supporting role.

"Modern Family" won Outstanding Comedy Series for the fifth consecutive year. The other big win for the ABC show came with Ty Burrell winning the Emmy for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Netflix left the ceremony empty-handed Monday night — but it grabbed seven at the Creative Arts Emmys.

One of most memorable moments of the night came during the In Memoriam segment. Sara Bareilles sang "Smile" by Nat King Cole during the montage.

After the montage, Billy Crystal shared a touching tribute to his longtime friend, Robin Williams, who died Aug. 11.

“As genius as he was on stage, he was the greatest friend you could ever imagine — supportive, protective, loving,” Crystal said. “It’s very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives. For almost 40 years, he was the brightest star in the comedy galaxy.”

"But while some of the brightest of our celestial bodies are actually extinct now, their energy long since cooled, but miraculously, because they float in the heavens so far away from us now, their beautiful light will continue to shine on us forever," he said. "And the glow will be so bright, it'll warm your heart, it'll make your eyes glisten, and it'll make you think to yourselves: 'Robin Williams, what a concept.'"

Watch the tribute here:

Here are all of the winning categories:

All you need to know: 66th Primetime Emmy Awards

It may be Monday in August, but it's time for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Here's everything you need to know for the big show tonight on NBC:

The Ballot

The Gold Knight team has compiled the top nominees. Find all of them here in our handy Emmys Ballot. Feel free to download the ballot, print it out and pass out at your workplace or during your party (go here to download the PDF). It's in glorious color.

The Nominees

The television academy announced its nominations on July 10 — for all 103 categories! "Game of Thrones" was the most nominated with 19 nominations. Miniseries "Fargo" and "American Horror Story: Coven" received 18 and 17 nominations, respectively.

Another big winner again this year was Netflix with 31 nominations, topping its 14 nominations and three wins from last year. CBS was the most nominated non-cable broadcaster with 47 nominations, down from last year's 53. HBO received 99 nominations, down from 108 last year.

Carson Daly from NBC’s "Today Show" and "The Voice" and Mindy Kaling from FOX’s "The Mindy Project" announced the nominations, along with Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum.

Find the full list of nominations here.