"Yogi Bear" Movie Review! How Many Kisses Do Yogi and Boo Boo Get? 

I used to watch “Yogi Bear” as a child. The pic-a-nic basket stealing bear and his sidekick Boo Boo were my babysitters growing up. So I was afraid that the new big screen version of “Yogi Bear” would ruin my childhood memories.

But have no fear “Yogi Bear” fans. The live action-computer animation hybrid captures the fun antics of the cartoon series while instilling the inherent qualities of “Yogi Bear” – the value of friendship and loyalty. Read More...

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Julianne Moore Was Doing What? "The Kids Are All Right" Nominees Talk About Their Golden Globe Nods! 

"The Kids Are All Right" received 4 Golden Globe nominations this morning including Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical for Annette Bening, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical for Julianne Moore, and Best Screenplay, Motion Picture for Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg. (See complete Golden Globe nominations)

I love "The Kids Are All Right," it's one of the best films of the year, and I'm glad that the Hollywood Foreign Press acknowledges this fine film. (Check out my fun interviews with the cast and crew of "The Kids Are All Right")

Here's what "The Kids Are All Right" Golden Globe nominees are saying about their nods:

“I'm so grateful that the Hollywood Foreign Press has recognized THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT with 4 Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture and for both Julianne Moore and Annette Bening’s phenomenal performances. I’m also thrilled to be able to share a screenwriting nomination with Stuart Blumberg, after years of writing -- and rewriting! -- this movie together.”

-Lisa Cholodenko (writer/director)

"Seeing our movie getting so much recognition makes me proud. And being nominated alongside Julianne Moore is the best!"

-Annette Bening

"I was busy putting towels in the dryer this morning and didn't hear my phone ring, so when my friend called a little later I was pretty sure she was consoling me. I am so thrilled to be nominated!"

-Julianne Moore

“Thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this tremendous honor. January 16th is going to be a wonderful night.”

-Stuart Blumberg (writer)

“On behalf of all the producers we would like to express how extremely elated we are for our nominations. It’s truly an honor to be recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.”

-Gary Gilbert (producer)

"It is particularly gratifying to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award, since the HFPA has the rare ability to reflect both insightful critical opinion as well as the popular feeling towards films."

–Jeffrey Levy-Hinte (producer)

“Today is particularly sweet. I am so grateful to my fellow nominated producers Jeff Levy-Hinte, who believed in THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT enough to stick by it for so many years, and Gary Gilbert. And I am beyond delighted that the talented Lisa, Stuart, Annette and Julianne are all Golden Globe nominees!”

-Celine Rattray (producer)

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"The King's Speech" Tops Golden Globe Nominations with 7 Nods! See Full List of Nominees! 

"The King's Speech," about Britain's King George VI's speech impediment, topped the nominations for the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards garnering seven nods including Best Motion Picture Drama. "The King's Speech" will duke it out with "The Fighter," "Black Swan," "Inception," and "The Social Network" for the Best Motion Picture Drama category.

Given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the nominations also drew nervous laughter with the inclusion of Johnny Depp for Best Actor (Comedy or Musical) for the much panned "The Tourist." Depp is also nominated for the same category for his performance as the Mad Hatter in "Alice in Wonderland."

We'll see if Depp shows up and do his Mad Hatter dance when the winners are announced January 16 live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel with Ricky Gervais once again serving as the gala's host. The 68th Globes will be telecast on NBC.

Here's the full list of nominees of the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards:

Best Supporting Actress in a series, mini-series or TV movie
Hope Davis, The Special Relationship
Jane Lynch, Glee
Kelly MacDonald, Boardwalk Empire
Julia Stiles, Dexter
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Actress in a TV series, comedy
Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Bic C
Lea Michele, Glee

Best TV movie or mini-series
The Pacific
Pillars of the Earth
Temple Grandin
You Don't Know Jack

Best original song – motion picture
Bound to You - Burlesque
Coming Home - Country Strong
I See the Light - Tangled
There's a Place for Us - Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
You Haven't Seen the Last of Me - Burlesque

Best Actor, TV series comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress in a TV series, drama
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
Kyra Sedgwick, the Closer

Best original score – motion picture
Alexandre Desplot, The King's Speech
Danny Elfman, Alice in Wonderland
A.R. Rahmin, 127 Hours
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, The Social Network
Hans Zimmer, Inception

Best screenplay – motion picture
Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours
Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, Kids are All Right
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David Seidler, The Kings Speech
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Netowrk

Best Supporting Actor in a series, mini-series, or TV movie
Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-0
Chris Colfer, Glee
Chris Noth, The Good Wife
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
David Strathern, Temple Grandin

Best TV Series, comedy
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
The Big C
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie

Best foreign language film
Biutiful, Mexico, Spain
The Concert, France
The Edge, Russia
I Am Love, Italy
In a Better World, Denmark

Best animated feature film
Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

Best Actor in a mini-series or TV movie
Idris Elba, Luther
Ian McShane, Pillars of the Earth
Al Pacino, You Don't Know Jack
Dennis Quaid, The Speicla Relationship
Edgar Ramirez, Carlos

Best Actress in a mini-series or TV movie
Hayley Atwell, Pillars of the Earth
Claire Danes, Temple Grandin
Judi Dench, Return to Cranford
Romola Garai, Emma
Jennifer Love Hewitt, The Client List

Best Actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone, Easy A

Best Actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy
Johnny Depp - Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp - The Tourist
Paul Giamatti - Barney's Version
Jake Gyllenhaal - Love and Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey - Casino Jack

Best supporting Actor in a motion picture
Christian Bale, The Fighter
Michael Douglas, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech

Best supporting Actress in a motion picture
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Actor in a TV series, drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie - House

Best Director – motion picture
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David Fincher, Social Network
Tom Hooper - King's Speech
Christopher Nolan Inception
David O. Russell - The Fighter

Best motion picture, musical or comedy
Alice in Wonderland
The Kids Are All Right
The Tourist

Best TV series, drama
Broadwalk Empire
The Good Wife
Mad Men
The Walking Dead

Best Actress in a motion picture, drama
Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Actor in a motion picture, drama
Jesse Eisenberg - Social Network
Colin Firth - The King's Speech
James Franco - 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg - The Fighter

Best motion picture, drama
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King's Speech
The Social Network

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Toronto Film Critics Love "The Social Network," Armie Hammer, and "How to Train Your Dragon!" 

"The Social Network" rack up more awards, this time from the Toronto Film Critics Association. The David Fincher flick won Best Picture, Best Actor for Jesse Eisenberg, Best Director for Fincher, and Best Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin. But what's surprising, and totally spot-on was the crowning of Armie Hammer who memorably played both the Winklevoss twins. (Interview with Hammer for "Social Network" and interview with the real Winklevoss twins)

But the Toronto Film Critics also went against the grain by hailing "How to Train Your Dragon" as the Best Animated Feature of the year and relegating award-favorite "Toy Story 3" as just a runner-up.

I love the Toronto Film Critics! By defying gravity, they make this awards season doubly-exciting!

The full list of winners for the 2010 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards:

Best Picture
“The Social Network” (Sony Pictures)
“Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” (Filmswelike)

Best Actor
Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network”
Runners-Up: Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech” James Franco, “127 Hours”

Best Actress
Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone”
Runners-Up: Natalie Portman, “Black Swan” Michelle Williams, “Blue Valentine”

Best Supporting Actor
Armie Hammer, “The Social Network”
Runners-Up: Christian Bale, “The Fighter” Geoffrey Rush, “The King’s Speech”

Best Supporting Actress
Hailee Steinfeld, “True Grit”
Runners-Up: Amy Adams, “The Fighter” Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”

Best Director
David Fincher, “The Social Network”
Runners-Up: Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan” Christopher Nolan, “Inception”

Best Screenplay
“The Social Network”, Written By Aaron Sorkin Based On The Book “The Accidental Billionaires” By Ben Mezrich
Runners-Up: “The King’s Speech”, Written By David Seidler “True Grit”, Written By Joel Coen & Ethan Coen Based On The Novel By Charles Portis

Best First Feature
“Exit Through The Gift Shop”, Directed By Banksy
Runners-Up: “Get Low”, Directed By Aaron Schneider “Monsters”, Directed By Gareth Edwards

Best Animated Feature
“How To Train Your Dragon” (Dreamworks Animation)
Runners-Up: “Despicable Me” (Universal Studios) “Toy Story 3” (Disney•pixar)

Best Foreign-Language Film
“Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” (Filmswelike)
Runners-Up: “Mother” (Mongrel Media) “Of Gods And Men” (Mongrel Media)

Best Documentary Feature
“Exit Through The Gift Shop” (Mongrel Media)
Runners-Up: “Inside Job” (Mongrel Media) “Marwencol” (Kinosmith Inc.)

Jay Scott Prize For Emerging Talent Writer-Director
Daniel Cockburn (“You Are Here”)

Special Citation to Bruce McDonald, who directed four movies in 2010: “This Movie is Broken,” “Trigger,” “Music from the Big House and “Hard Core Logo 2”

Rogers Best Canadian Film Nominees “Incendies,” directed by Denis Villeneuve “Splice,” directed by Vincenzo Natali “Trigger,” directed by Bruce McDonald

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"The Social Network" Tops San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards 

This is becoming to sound like a broken record, "The Social Network" topping all award-giving bodies. The David Fincher film won three awards at the 2010 San Francisco Film Critics Circle including Best Picture, Best Director for Fincher (he tied with Darren Aronofsky for "Black Swan"), and Best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin.

Here's the full list of winners for the 2010 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards:

Best Picture
“The Social Network”

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan” and David Fincher, “The Social Network” (Tie)

Best Original Screenplay
David Seidler, “The King’s Speech”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network”

Best Actor
Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”

Best Actress
Michelle Williams, “Blue Valentine”

Best Supporting Actor
John Hawkes, “Winter’s Bone”

Best Supporting Actress
Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdom”

Best Animated Feature
“Toy Story 3”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Mother” (South Korea)

Best Documentary
“The Tillman Story”

Best Cinematography
Matthew Libatique, “Black Swan”

Marlon Riggs Award for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community
Elliot Lavine–teacher, exhibitor, and repertory curator—for Bay Area programming over the last two decades. His revival of rare archival studio, independent, and exploitation titles has particularly played a major role in the renewed popularity of film noir and pre-Production Code features.

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