Check Out New "Iron Man 2" Trailer! 
It's quite exciting! It seems like Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is back in his jolly but egotistical ways. I love seeing Mickey Rourke as the new baddie, and Scarlett Johansson as the mysterious Russian superspy Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow.

Oh yeah, the now-famous metal music technique used in the first "Iron Man" trailer is back!

Take a look at the new "Iron Man 2" trailer:

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"Thor's" Mommy Found! 

Rene Russo is set to play Frigga, Thor's mommy, in the upcoming film "Thor." She's the Queen of Asgard and wife of Norse god Odin (Anthony Hopkins). She's also the mother of Thor and Loki (the villain to be played by Tom Hiddleston).

Kenneth Branagh is directing from a script co-written by Mark Protosevich and Zack Stentz. Production is set to start shooting in January. Chris Hemsworth will play our hammer-wielding hero, Thor, and Natalie Portman will star as his love interest, Jane Foster.

Paramount is releasing the film on May 20, 2011.


"Thor" Finds His Warrior's Three
Anthony Hopkins Joins "Thor"
Jaimie Alexander, Colm Feore Joining "Thor"
Natalie Portman to Nurse "Thor"
Who's Going to Star as "Thor" Villain Loki?
Captain Kirk's Father to Star as "Thor?"
Who Should Play "Thor?" Meet the Wannabes!

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Quentin Tarantino Picks His Best Films of 2009! His No. 1 May Surprise You! 
No, he didn't put "Inglourious Basterds" in his list, but it's certainly one of my faves this year.

Tarantino also admitted that he still hasn't seen "Avatar" but his No. 1 film WILL SURPRISE YOU! It's also one of my faves :happy

It's always great to know the top list of my favorite filmmakers. So here it is, Quentin Tarantino's Eight Best Films of 2009:

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"Hunger," "Inglourious Basterds" Top Toronto Film Critics 2009 Awards 

For the first time ever in the history of the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards, two films tie for Best Picture. Steve McQueen's "Hunger" and Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" shared the top prize, while Kathryn Bigelow was named Best Director for "The Hurt Locker."

There's also a tie in the Best Screenplay category between "Inglourious Basterds" and "Up in the Air."

Yes, a signal of what's in store this awards season, winners are all over the place. For example, Nicolas Cage came out of left-field to nab the Best Actor award for his performance in "The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans," while the astounding Carey Mulligan was named Best Actress for her role in the brilliant "An Education."

Oh, and I love that the Toronto Film Critics picked "The Cove" for Best Documentary -- great eye-opening film!

Here's the complete list of winners and runners-up of the 2009 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards:

“Hunger” (Maple Pictures)
“Inglourious Basterds” (Alliance Films)

“The Hurt Locker” (Maple Pictures)

Nicolas Cage, “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans”

George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
Michael Fassbender, “Hunger”
Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
Viggo Mortensen, “The Road”

Carey Mulligan, “An Education”

Arta Dobroshi, “Le Silence de Lorna”
Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”

Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Christian McKay, “Me & Orson Welles”
Timothy Olyphant, “A Perfect Getaway”


Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”

Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”
Mo’nique, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”

Steve McQueen, “Hunger”
Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”


“Inglourious Basterds”, written by Quentin Tarantino
“Up in the Air”, written by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner
based on the novel by Walter Kirn

“A Serious Man”, written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

“Hunger”, directed by Steve McQueen

“District 9″, directed by Neill Blomkamp
“(500) Days of Summer”, directed by Marc Webb

“Fantastic Mr. Fox” (Fox Searchlight)

“Coraline” (Alliance Films)
“Up” (Disney-Pixar)

“The White Ribbon” (Mongrel Media)

“Police, Adjective” (filmswelike)
“Summer Hours” (E1 Entertainment)


“The Cove” (Maple Pictures)

“Anvil! The Story of Anvil” (filmswelike)
“The Beaches of Agnes” (E1 Entertainment)

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San Francisco Film Critics Name "The Hurt Locker" Best Film of the Year 

"The Hurt Locker" continues to invade film critics awards nationwide, as the San Francisco Film Critics Circle named the movie the Best Picture of the year, with director Kathryn Bigelow winning the trophy for helming.

Colin Firth received the Best Actor nod for his portrayal of a gay man trying to cope with the death of his partner in "A Single Man," while Meryl Streep's brilliant performance as Julia Childs in "Julie & Julia" garnered her the Best Actress trophy.

Christian McKay for "Me and Orson Welles" bested awards favorite Christoph Waltz in "Inglourious Basterds" for Best Supporting Actor, while Mo'Nique continued to dominate with her "Precious" performance, receiving the Best Supporting Actress.

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle paid homage to local screenwriter/producer Rose Kaufman, who recently died of cancer.

Here's the full list of winners for the 2009 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards:

PICTURE: "The Hurt Locker"

DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

ACTOR: Colin Firth, "A Single Man"

ACTRESS: Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia"

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christian McKay, "Me and Orson Welles"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Mo’Nique, "Precious"


FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: "You, the Living" (Sweden)

DOCUMENTARY: "Anvil! The Story of Anvil"

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Roger Deakins, "A Serious Man"

SPECIAL CITATION: "Sita Sings the Blues"

MARLON RIGGS AWARD FOR COURAGE & VISION IN THE BAY AREA FILM COMMUNITY: Frazer Bradshaw, filmmaker, in recognition of his film "Everything Strange and New"
Barry Jenkins, filmmaker, in recognition of his film "Medicine for Melancholy"

IN MEMORIAM: Rose Kaufman

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