Save the Dates! 85th Academy Awards Nominations, Telecast Announced! 


So the 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, and the Oscar telecast will be presented on Sunday, February 24th.

And no, the Oscars will not move to a new location, it will remain at the Kodak Theater which is now known as the Hollywood & Highland Center.

So there!

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What's Up with "Wonder Woman" the Movie? Hollywood May Have to See This Documentary First! 


I am a "Wonder Woman" fanatic! There, I admit it. I grew up watching Lynda Carter as the powerful amazonian in the popular TV series. Then, in the late '90s, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" came along. I was enthralled, intrigued, and I started collecting all the BTVS statues, toys, cards, you name it. I even wrote my Masters thesis on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and the feminist movement.

So why is "Wonder Woman" missing in action in the big screen? Everyone from "Buffy" creator Joss Whedon to David S. Goyer to Nicholas Winding Refn have tried to resurrect the D.C. Comics goddess to no avail. But there's a new documentary that screened at the 2012 SXSW called "WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines" and it makes a great case that Wonder Woman must stake her claim for the big screen. If "Superman" and "The Dark Knight" can do it, so can she! Right?

Here's what "WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines" is about, taken from the SXSW website, and below, is the trailer:

"WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines" traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. "WONDER WOMEN!" goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Shelby Knox and others who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male dominated superhero genre.




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No More "24" Movie?  


The big question -- is the movie version of "24" just delayed, or is it dead? Deadline told us that 20th Century Fox is NOT going forward with the film this year. Apparently, the movie has not been greenlit but it was scheduled to shoot in late March while Kiefer Sutherland's new series, "Touch," goes on hiatus in April.

But now, Kiefer may have to wait until he channels his "24" persona again, Jack Bauer, and fans may just have to wait with the actor. I know, we've all been waiting for this "24" film, but are we just waiting in vain? Has the clock stopped ticking?

Rumors of budget reason and Sutherland getting upset! The horror! Read the full article right here.

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Winners of the 2012 SXSW Film Festival Awards! 


As SXSW Film winds down, the juries have handed the victors of this year's best of the fest. Here are the winners of the 2012 SXSW Film Festival:

Documentary Feature

Grand Jury Winner: "Beware of Mr. Baker"
Director: Jay Bulger

Narrative Feature

Grand Jury Winner: "Gimme the Loot"
Director: Adam Leon

Feature Film Audience Awards

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Winner: "Bay of All Saints"
Director: Annie Eastman

NARRATIVE FEATURE
Winner: "Eden"
Director: Megan Griffiths

Short Film Jury Awards

NARRATIVE SHORT
Winner: "The Chair"
Director: Grainger David

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
Winner: "CatCam"
Director: Seth Keal

ANIMATED SHORTS
Winner: "(Notes On) Biology"
Director: Danny Madden

SXGLOBAL SHORTS
Winner: "The Perfect Fit"
Director: Tali Yankelevich

MIDNIGHT SHORTS
Winner: "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared"
Directors: Rebecca Sloan and Joseph Pelling

MUSIC VIDEOS
Winner: Battles, "My Machines"
Director: Daniels Casey

TEXAS SHORTS
Winner: "Spark"

Time Warner Cable & Ovation Young Filmmaker Scholarship for Texas High School Shorts
Winner: "Boom"
Jury Recognition: "Code Red"

SXSW Film Design Awards

EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN
Winner: "Man and Gun"

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN
Winner: "Les Bleus de Ramville"
Audience Award Winner: "Bunraku"

SXSW Special Awards

SXSW WHOLPHIN AWARD
Winner: "The Black Balloon"
Director: Sen Safdie and Josh Safdie

SXSW CHICKEN & EGG EMERGENT NARRATIVE WOMAN DIRECTOR AWARD
Winners (Tied): "Eden" and "Sun Don't Shine"
Directosr: Megan Griffiths ("Eden") and Amy Seimetz ("Sun Don't Shine")

LOUIS BLACK LONE STAR AWARD
Winner: "Bernie"
Director: Richard Linklater
Special Recognition: "Trash Dance"

KAREN SCHMEER FELLOWSHIP
Winner: Lindsay Utz

SOURCE: INDIEWIRE

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Cowabunga! "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Gets Release Dates! Oh, and Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt Too! 


Paramount Pictures has made release schedule announcements involving "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," Tom Cruise, and Brad Pitt.

First, the live action-CGI powerhouse of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" will arrive on Christmas of 2013. This one is being directed by Jonathan Liebesman, the guy who gave us 2011's "Battle Los Angeles."

Second, Tom Cruise is starring in "One Shot" based on Lee Child's novel. The New York Times has called the book "pure, escapist gold" but will that translate on the big screen? Click here for more info on the novel, it's quite intriguing! Christopher McQuarrie, the guy who wrote "The Usual Suspects," is directing and we'll see if he can turn the movie into pure, escapist gold this holiday season of 2012.

And then we have the zombie apocalypse extravaganza "World War Z" starring Brad Pitt based on the Max Brooks novel. This one's directed by Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace") and has been bumped from the holiday schedule to summer of 2013, June 21st to be exact.

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