"Precious" Tops Toronto Film Festival! Is It This Year's "Slumdog Millionaire?" 

"Precious, Based on the Novel, 'Push' by Sapphire," Lee Daniels' inner-city drama took home the 34th Toronto Film Festival's People's Choice award!

"Precious" already won the Sundance's grand jury, audience, and acting for Mo'Nique (she's poised to win Best Supporting Actress Oscar!) so yeah, the film is headed to the Academy Awards.

Last year's Toronto Film Fest winner, "Slumdog Millionaire," swept the Academy Awards, expect "Precious" to get love this Oscar season. And the film has the magic touch of Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry. Both are executive producers of the movie.

Here's the complete list of winners at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival:

Cadillac People's Choice Award
WINNER: "Precious, Based on the Novel, 'Push' by Sapphire"
FIRST RUNNER-UP: "Mao's Last Dancer" (Director Bruce Beresford)
SECOND RUNNER-UP: Micmacs" (Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet)

WINNER: "The Topp Twins" (Director Leanne Pooley) -- This is about the Kiwi lesbian country and western singing duo!
RUNNER-UP: "Capitalism: A Love Story" (Director Michael Moore)

Midnight Madness

WINNER: "The Loved Ones" (Director Sean Byrne)
RUNNER-UP: "Daybreakers" (Directors Michael and Peter Spierig)

Fipresci Critics' Prize (Discovery Program)
"The Man Beyond the Bridge" (Director Laxmikant Shetgaonkar)

Special Presentations Program Critics' Prize

"Hadewijch" (Director Bruno Dumont)

Canadian Film Award

"Cairo Time" (Director Ruba Nadda)
(Special citation was given to Quebec director Bernard Emond's "La Donation")

Best Canadian First Feature

"The Wild Hunt" (Director Alexandre Franchi)

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"Paranormal Activity" -- Truly Scary! If It's Not Playing In Your Area, DEMAND IT! 

"Paranormal Activity," billed as this year's "Blair Witch Project," is set to scare horror fans in the U.S. It's utterly creepy!

Written, directed, and produced by Oren Peli, the innovative thriller stars Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat as a young, middle class couple who moves into an unassuming tract house. But then, they become increasingly disturbed by a malevolent presence.

Take a look at the trailer below:

Paramount Pictures will debut "Paranormal Activity" at midnight screenings in eight different markets. The Slamdance and Telluride Film Festival favorite will debut on Thursday, Sept. 24th at the following cities:

Austin (Alamo Draft House -- Austin's Fantastic Fest)
Los Angeles (ArcLight Hollywood)
New York (Landmark Sunshine Theater)
San Francisco (The Castro)
Chicago (The Music Box)
Boston (The Coolidge)
Atlanta (The Plaza)
Seattle (Neptune)

Furthermore, the film will receive midnight “sneaks” starting September 25 at midnight in the following cities and theater: Austin (Alamo Draft House); Seattle (Neptune); Ann Arbor, Michigan (State); Durham, North Carolina (Southpoint 16); Baton Rouge, Louisiana (RAVE Mall of Louisiana 15);Boulder, Colorado (Cinemark 16); Columbus, Ohio (Studio 35); Orlando, Florida (AMC Universal Cineplex); Madison, Wisconsin (Marcus Eastgate 16); Santa Cruz, California (Del Mar 3); State College, Pennsylvania (Premiere College 9); Tucson, Arizona (El Con); and Lincoln, Nebraska (Ross Media Center).

Additional midnight sneaks will follow on September 26, and October 1, 2 and 3.

If "Paranormal Activity" is not playing in your area, YOU CAN DEMAND IT! Bring it to your city by visiting ParanormalMovie.com

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"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" Enjoys Delicious Box-Office Weekend! See Complete Top 10 List! 

Money fell from the sky for Sony's "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!" The 3-D animated family comedy debuted at No. 1 with $30.1 million leading this weekend's films.

It was a busy weekend at the movies, and the fun family treat beat Matt Damon, Jennifer Aniston, and Megan Fox at the box-office.

Coming in at No. 2 was Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant!." Matt Damon famously gained 30 lbs to play a bipolar whistle blower and the actor literally disappeared in his role! Phenomenal job!

"The Informant!" made $10.5 million, slightly beating previous weekend's No. 1 film, "I Can Do Bad By Myself." The Tyler Perry film fell down 57% to No. 3 with $10 million.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Aniston's romantic dramedy with Aaron Eckhart called "Love Happens" came in fourth with $8.5 million. Many insiders are saying that viewers are tired of seeing Aniston in romantic comedies. This is another failure for Universal Pictures.

And then, there's "Jennifer's Body." Being sold as Megan Fox's first starring role failed to attract its teenage male demographics. The much publicized girl-on-girl kiss between Fox and Amanda Seyfried did not entice its viewers.

It's surprising for a horror film with names like Diablo Cody (the "Juno" scriptwriter wrote the script and executive-produced "Jennifer's Body") and Fox to fail at the box-office. But, "Jennifer's Body" is a flop with a paltry $6.8 million box-office take. It's the lowest among the weekend's new batch of films.

Here's the estimated Top 10 list of box-office films for weekend of Sept. 18:

1. "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," $30.1 million.

2. "The Informant!" $10.5 million.

3. "I Can Do Bad All By Myself," $10 million.

4. "Love Happens," $8.5 million.

5. "Jennifer's Body," $6.8 million.

6. "9," $5.5 million.

7. "Inglourious Basterds," $3.6 million.

8. "All About Steve," $3.4 million.

9. "Sorority Row," $2.5 million.

10. "The Final Destination," $2.4 million.

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Dick Cook, Walt Disney Chairman, Stepping Down Immediately! 

Oh no! The sweetest man in Hollywood, Dick Cook, is stepping down immediately as Walt Disney Studios chairman :sad

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Cook multiple times in many events, and he is truly a sweet person. He started with Disney as a ride operator on Disneyland's steam train so he worked his way to the top.

Variety is saying Cook is stepping down, but Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood is saying he was fired. Either or, Cook will be missed!

Take a look at the official statements from Cook and Robert Iger, President and CEO of the Walt Disney Company:

September 18, 2009


I am stepping down from my role as chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, effective immediately.

I have loved every minute of my 38 years that I have worked at Disney…from the beginning as a ride operator on Disneyland’s steam train and monorail to my position as chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. To wrap up my Disney experience in a neatly bundled statement is close to impossible. But what I will say is, during my time at the Studio, we have achieved many industry and Company milestones. Our talent roster is simply the best in the business. I believe our slate of upcoming motion pictures is the best in our history. But most of all, I love the people, my colleagues, my teammates, who are the most talented, dedicated and loyal folks in the world. I know that I leave the Studio in their exceptional hands.

I have been contemplating this for some time now and feel it’s the right time for me to move on to new adventures…and in the words of one of my baseball heroes, Yogi Berra, “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.”


“Throughout his distinguished 38-year Disney career, Dick Cook’s outstanding creative instincts and incomparable showmanship have truly enriched this company and significantly impacted Disney’s great legacy,” said Disney CEO Bob Iger. “We thank Dick for his tremendous passion for Disney, and his many accomplishments and contributions to The Walt Disney Studios, including a very promising upcoming film slate. On behalf of everyone at Disney, we wish him the best with all the future has to offer.”

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"Jennifer's Body," "The Informant!," and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" Movie Reviews! 

Oh look, it's raining meatballs!

It's a busy weekend at the box-office where there's something for everyone! We have "Jennifer's Body" for horror buffs (or Megan Fox lovers), "The Informant!" for grown-ups with more sophisticated taste in movies, and "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" for kids!

But I only have one pick of the week! Check the video to find out which one.

"Jennifer's Body"

Director: Karyn Kusama
Starring: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, Adam Brody
Ratings: R - brief drug use, sexuality, language, bloody violence
Time: 101 min.
Web Site: www.jennifersbody.com

"The Informant!"

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joe McHale, Melanie Lynskey
Ratings: R - language
Time: 108 min.
Web Site: theinformantmovie.warnerbros.com

"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs"

Director: Chris Miller
Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Bruce Campbell
Ratings: PG - brief mild language
Time: 90 min.
Web Site: www.cloudywithachanceofmeatballs.com

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