"Avatar" Movie Review -- Believe the Hype! “Avatar” is Really Good!  


“Avatar” is the kind of film that Hollywood does best and writer-director James Cameron is the perfect guy for the job. He called himself the king of the world when accepting the Best Picture Oscar trophy for 1997’s “Titanic” but since that Kate/Leo expedition, Cameron hasn’t made a full-feature film.


The director pretty much submerged himself in underwater projects such as “Aliens of the Deep” and “Ghosts of the Abyss.” With “Avatar,” I’m happy to report that yup, the king is back! Read More...

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Visual Effects Contenders! 15 Films Among Oscar Hopefuls! 


So the Academy has released its list of 15 hopefuls for the Visual Effects Oscar. First, the films that did not make the cut are "The Lovely Bones," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," and "Night at the Museum 2."

And which films are still in the running? Here they are:

"Angels & Demons"; "Avatar"; "Coraline"; "Disney's A Christmas Carol"; "District 9"; "G-Force"; "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"; "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince"; "Sherlock Holmes"; "Star Trek"; "Terminator Salvation"; "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"; "2012"; "Watchmen"; "Where the Wild Things Are."

What? "Angels & Demons" and no "The Lovely Bones?" I don't even remember a single special effect sequence in "Angels & Demons!"

But do you know which film I think will win? Um..."AVATAR!"

Let's see which films will make it into the finals when the Academy Award nominations are announced Feb. 2nd.

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Natalie Portman to Star in "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" 


We can pretend we didn't see this happening, but we are very happy that Natalie Portman is set to star and produce the big-screen adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies."

Based on the bestselling book by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen, the novel is a mishmash of the Austen classic and the undead. It's about a woman's quest for love and independence while a deadly virus outbreak is happening around her. Of course, that deadly virus turns the victims into flesh-eating zombies.

Variety told us that "Portman will play feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet, who is distracted from her quest to eradicate the zombie menace by the arrival of the arrogant Mr. Darcy."

Lionsgate is set to distribute.

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Movie Reviews -- "The Princess and the Frog," "Invictus," and "The Lovely Bones" 


Here you go lovely readers, my movie reviews of “The Princess and the Frog,” “Invictus,” and “The Lovely Bones.” Are they all worth the price of admission? Take a look and have fun!



Here’s more info about the films from Yahoo:

“The Princess and the Frog”

Starring: Keith Anthony, Kwesi Boakye, Roger Aaron Brown, June Christopher, David Cowgill Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker Produced by: John Lasseter, Aghi Koh, Peter Del Vecho

Set in the city of New Orleans comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana , a frog prince who desperatelywants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on an adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.

Genres: Kids/Family, Musical/Performing Arts, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Animation

Running Time: 1 hr. 35 min.

Release Date: November 25th, 2009 (limited); December 11 (wide)

MPAA Rating: G

Distributors: Walt Disney Studios Distribution

U.S. Box Office: $2,410,810

“Invictus”

STARRING
Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern, Julilian Lewis Jones and Bonnie Henna

DIRECTED BY
Clint Eastwood

SYNOPSIS

The true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team, Francois Pienaar, to help unite their country.

“The Lovely Bones”


Starring: Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli Directed by: Peter Jackson Produced by: Ken Kamins, Tessa Ross, Steven Spielberg

Susie Salmon, a young girl who has been murdered, watches over her family -- and her killer -- from heaven. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.

Genres: Drama, Kids/Family, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller and Adaptation

Release Date: December 11th, 2009 (limited); January 15th, 2010 (wide)

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving disturbing violent content and images, and some language.

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

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Mariah Carey, Jeff Bridges, Jason Reitman, Jeremy Renner, T Bone Burnett to Receive Awards at 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival 


Wow, the list of well-deserved artists receiving awards at the 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival just gets longer and longer! The Awards Gala will kick off the 2010 awards season on Tuesday, January 5th at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

I’m so excited! This is a fantastic film festival in my neighborhood! For more info on the Palm Springs International Film Festival, visit their official site right here.



First stop, we have Mariah Carey receiving the Breakthrough Performance Award for her performance in Lionsgate’s “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” I agree! Her performance in that film is great. And I know she thinks she looks like a “monster” in the film sans make up, but honestly? I think she looks a lot better without make up!



Then we have the great Jeff Bridges. He’s set to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award. Festival chairman Harold Matzner said, “Jeff Bridges’ career is the very embodiment of the Desert Palm Achievement Award, which was created to acknowledge acting excellence, and years of consistent and memorable work. This year, in his remarkable performance in Crazy Heart, he once again shows us why he is considered one of America’s greatest actors.”

I could not agree more!

Past honorees of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Daniel
Day-Lewis, Sean Penn, Jake Gyllenhaal, Liam Neeson, Nicolas Cage, John Travolta and James Stewart.



Third, we have, writer-director Jason Reitman who’s receiving the Director of the Year Award for “Up in the Air.” Truly well deserved!

Check out my fun one-on-one interview with Reitman for "Up in the Air" right here where he commented about the Festival and how good it was to him when he was just a struggling filmmaker.



Fourth is Jeremy Renner set to receive the Breakthrough Performance Award for “The Hurt Locker,” one of my favorite films of the year, and one of my favorite performances of 2009!



Last, we have T Bone Burnett receiving the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing for “Crazy Heart.” Great choice!

Congratulations everyone!

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