Best Actress Tie, More "Slumdog" Love, and A Truly Wonderful Evening! Inside the 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 


Oh what an enchanted evening! I had a blast attending my first ever Critics' choice Awards.

I've been a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association for almost 5 years now, but I hadn't attended our esteemed awards show until last night.

Oh I vote every year, but time was not with me until now.

So I prepared, rented my tuxedo (yay! dress up!), and embraced a fun night of food, drinks, great friends, and star-watching. But above all, it was a night devoted to excellence in cinema from the watchful eye of film critics.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were there, Sean Penn, Mickey Rourke, Frank Langella, Clint Eastwood, many iconic actors shared the fun! And oh my, the lovely Evan Rachel Wood from "The Wrestler" recognized me (I interviewed her for the film) and gave me a hug. I'm blessed :happy

I agree with most winners, some of my favorites didn't win, but cliche or not, I was glad that they were nominated.

Check out the full list of winners right here.

Oh yeah, and yours truly was seen nationwide. I hammed it up on two video montage, the first about "film criticism," and the other, about the "best picture" nominations.

Wanna see them?

The first video they used of me, I was talking about my ratings system. I said "a great movie deserves 4 kisses." :happy

Here's the link: VH1 Clip 1



The second footage they used? Me channeling the great Angelina Jolie in "Changeling" with my "He's not my son" rendition. It's a bit funny :wink I was nervous because Jolie was in the crowd, ooops.

And here's the link: http://www.vh1.com/video/play.jhtml?id= ... vid=330093



And the Critics' Choice crediting me for the Best Made for Television Movie category for "Recount" and "Coco Chanel." Plus, Sarah Silverman is just too damn funny!



So there you have it lovely readers, a fun fun evening! Looking forward to more great movies in 2009, and yes, to more dressing up in my lovely tuxedo :tongue

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Directors Guild of America Announces Nominations! 


Woo hoo! The Directors Guild announced the best of the best of 2008 this morning. Director Taylor Hackford made the announcement.

Congratulations to all the nominees and GOOD LUCK!!!

This year's winner will be crowned on Jan. 31 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.

And the nominees are:

Danny Boyle
"Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight Pictures & Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Boyle's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Sanjay Kumar
First Assistant Director: Raj Acharya
Second Assistant Director: Avani Batra
Second Second Assistant Director: Sonia Nemawarkar

David Fincher
"The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button" (Paramount Pictures & Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Fincher's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Daniel M. Stillman
First Assistant Director: Bob Wagner
Second Assistant Director: Allen Kupetsky
Second Second Assistant Directors: Pete Waterman, Stephen F. Lonano

Ron Howard
"Frost/Nixon" (Universal Pictures)

Mr. Howard's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Kathleen McGill
First Assistant Director: William M. Connor
Second Assistant Director: Kristen Ploucha
Second Second Assistant Director: Scott R. Meyers

Christopher Nolan
"The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Nolan's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Kevin De La Noy, Susan Towner, Jan Foster
First Assistant Director: Nilo Otero
Second Assistant Director: Brandon Lambdin
Additional Second Assistant Director: Jessica Franks
Second Second Assistant Director: Greg Pawlik
Location Manager: James R. McAllister

Gus Van Sant
"Milk" (Focus Features)

Mr. Van Sant's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Barbara A. Hall
First Assistant Director: David Webb
Second Assistant Director: John R. Saunders
Second Second Assistant Director: Ian Calip
Additional Second Assistant Director: Cindy A. Taylor

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Mickey Rourke in Talks for "Iron Man 2" 


The hot, hot career of Mister Mickey! Now, he's in talks to star in "Iron Man 2" as Crimson Dynamo! Just take a look at the picture, an evil version of Iron Man.

Meanwhile, Mister Sam Rockwell is also in talks to star in the sequel.




Rockwell will also play a villain, but Marvel hasn't disclosed his role yet. Let the fanboys guess!

Paramount is set to distribute the film summer of 2010!

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"Bride Wars" Movie Review 
Here you go, my movie review of the upcoming film, "Bride Wars."

Check out my one-on-one interviews with Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway.

Have fun! :tongue




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Don't Forget to Tivo "The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards" on VH1 


Sean Penn ("Milk") and Brad Pitt ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") are among the nominees for Best Actor for the 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards given by the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

Now, yours truly is an active voting member of that fabulous organization, and after being a 4-year veteran, I'm attending for the very first time!

I already got my tuxedo! Yay!

So here's the deal, please watch it, Tivo it, support it!

And guess what? The Critics' Choice Awards is a better predictor of the Oscars than the Golden Globes!

So, it's tomorrow, Thursday, 9/8pm central, 6pm pacific.

It's going to be a star-studded affair so it'll be fun and I'm soooo anxious to know who will win!

Check out VH1's website right here for fun factoids about the 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards!

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