While Nov. 1 represents a lot of different things to the general population (candy-induced comas, candy corn themed alcohol hangovers), it generally indicates the same thing to film studios — the start of Oscar season.

In the past months, there’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the likes of The Master, Flight, and other independently playing films, but the real discussion doesn’t start until now, when the major movie studios unleash the Oscar campaigns featuring not only the November and December releases they plan on unleashing upon Academy members, but also the big summer releases they feel deserve Oscar attention.

Warner Bros. hasn’t had a lot of luck when it came to wooing the Academy in recent years. Last year, their offerings included the last Harry Potter film, Contagion, Happy Feet Two, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – none of which received major gold with the exception of the last, which had the involvement of Academy favorites Scott Rudin and Stephen Daldry to thank despite its lukewarm critical response.

Even dating back to 2008, when Warner Bros. had The Dark Knight and Gran Torino to offer, Academy members still were unmoved (although the Best Picture expansion from five to ten looked like a sign of remorse from the Academy governors). Warner Bros. just lacks the power of The Weinstein Company or Fox Searchlight when it comes to campaigning — the last win it had by itself for Best Picture was in 2007 for The Departed.

This year, Warner Bros. offers up The Dark Knight Rises, Magic Mike, Argo, Cloud Atlas, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for consideration. They’re probably hoping for some love for Rises, considering the snub back in 2008 was well criticized, although the Academy may have already felt they paid their dues to Nolan in 2010 for Inception. Rises also lacks the strength of its predecessor, which could hurt it.

Cloud Atlas, despite a lot of anticipation, is receiving mixed reviews and doesn’t have the pedigree to save it — The Wachowski Brothers never received much love for The Matrix, so their power doesn’t seem enough to pull what Extremely Loud did last year with Daldry and Rudin.

The Hobbit may seem like a good bet to you, but you have to remember that the final Lord of the Rings movie did already receive 11 Academy Awards back in 2005 — the Academy may show some recognition in the technical categories, but I don’t see much happening besides that.

Magic Mike. Really? It surpassed commercial and critical expectations back in July, but I don’t see much happening for it except maybe a supporting actor nomination for Matthew McConaughey. Mostly, though, this just seems like Warner Bros. is scraping at the bottom of the barrel.

Argo, however, is the studio’s only serious contender. Out of all the movies released this year, it’s definitely the frontrunner, but like The Master before it, it might run out of steam by the time we get to, say, Lincoln or Les Miserables.

As far as the website goes, Warner Bros. isn’t exactly making the big push they made with Harry Potter last year — of course, we’ve seen studios do crazier things — say, the guitar shaped gift baskets members received on their doorsteps last year for The Descendants. In this, I can’t say I exactly agree with the methodology. Why should a film be nominated just because of who campaigns better? That’s the Academy for you — wait, no. That’s Hollywood for you.

Fox Searchlight and Columbia Pictures also have their For Your Consideration websites up, albeit incomplete and lacking major films or ones that incorporate mainstream fandoms. You can view the Warner Bros. one here.

Do any of the Warner Bros. films look like contenders to you?

‘Galavant’ cast thank fans for #MoreGalavant campaign

"So just dance, dance, dance."

4:30 pm EDT, May 25, 2016

Galavant may have been axed over on ABC, but the fans refuse to stop the beat — and the cast are getting down to it!

There’s nothing worse than seeing your favorite show cut off in its prime, but if there’s one thing that fans do best in moments of crushing adversity, that’s come together and use their voices in a cacophony. And Galavant fans? They want a third season of their little show that could and are campaigning for it to return.

That campaign has not escaped the notice of the cast, who came together to thank the fans in a video that you can’t help but move your feet to — and the rest of your body.

“It warms the cockles of my heart to see everything you’re doing to save our beautiful little show,” Timothy Odmunson says, at the top of the video — right before it launches into Justin Timberlake’s newest hit, “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” and we’re treated to a montage of familiar and brand-new footage from Galavant’s stars.

#MoreGalavant "Can't Stop The Feeling" from #MoreGalavant on Vimeo.

Karen David (Princess Isabella), who has also been vocal on social media about the #MoreGalavant campaign, leads the charge — and has printed out everyone’s contributions so far. But don’t worry, she planted a tree to make up for all the paper that was used. Also shaking their tush is Genevieve Allenbury, who played the Queen of Valencia throughout Galavant’s two season run.

Other familiar faces from the cast include Robert Lindsay, Ben Presley, Mallory Jansen, Vinnie Jones, and Muzz Khan. Not to mention the titular hero, Joshua Sasse.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Galavant without some cameos — and this thank you video is no exception to that. Making their debut are Billy Boyd (of Lord of the Rings fame), holding a sign that proclaims, “You can’t eat this Hobbit!” and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, with his own “Galavanterrific” sign.

And, what better way to close out the video than with an appearance from Weird Al. “Well, that should definitely do it,” he proclaims. “I can’t imagine any network not picking up this show now that it’s a hashtag campaign. Feel the power of the hashtag!”

So, Galavant fans, get signing and start dancing. And here’s hoping Tad Cooper breathes fire again — be it on the stage, or screen.

This week’s twist on Game of Thrones was one for the show’s history books, and now the fans and creators are acting on their emotions.

Sunday’s Game of Thrones found Hodor dying (dammit Bran) as he held back the army of wights by holding the door. A significant death like this one naturally became a big topic of conversation online, with fans coming up with adorable yet depressing tributes to Hodor.

For example, viewers have been creating Hodor doorstoppers:





Interestingly, we couldn’t find any Hodor doorstoppers for sale on Etsy. Get on that, people!

Others have added Hodor to the ‘hold door’ button in their local elevator





On last night’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ showrunners DB Weiss and David Benioff ‘apologized’ for killing Hodor — but not for the reason you think:

Related: After Hodor, who will die next on ‘Thrones’?

Starz has decided that their original programming can compete with the other hot shows airing on Sunday nights.

Network CEO Chris Albrecht has told THR that they are planning on moving all of their original shows including Outlander, Ash Vs Evil Dead, and Black Sails — which currently air on Saturdays — to Sundays. The move will begin July 17 with the Starz series Power. Outlander will likely not move to Sundays until next season.

“Sundays are a prestige night and we feel our shows are definitely going to be very competitive, not just in viewership but in the attention-getting business on Sundays,” Albrecht said to THR, “So it made sense to move.”

Outlander and Starz’s other original series will be going up against tough competition, including AMC’s The Walking Dead and HBO’s Game of Thrones. Albrecht says part of the reason he wanted to move the shows was to make sure they were part of the watercooler talk on Monday mornings.

THR notes that Showtime’s original series typically get DVR’d, “growing 214 percent [in viewership] during the course of a week.” This would suggest that a lot of people aren’t sitting in front of a TV on Saturdays and want to watch the shows on a different day of the week. So, moving their programming to Sundays may not impact overall viewership numbers much.

Starz recently overtook Showtime as the second-most subscribed to cable channel. HBO still sits at number one, though all three are facing tough competition from Netflix.