WE'RE LIVING IN A MATERIAL WORLD -- RECORD BOX-OFFICE FOR MAJOR STUDIOS!!! 


It was a good year for major Hollywood studios. Many cash cows emerged such as "Spider-Man 3," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," and "Shrek 3." The three-quels pretty much saved the year!

The combined 2007 domestic box-office clocked in at $9.62 billion! WOW! It's a 4% gain from 2002, and a 5% bump over 2006.

And get this, ALL 6 major studios reached the $1 billion benchmark!

*** Paramount won thanks to their partner, Dreamworks! Total? $1.49 billion!

*** Second is Warner Bros. posted $1.42 billion!

*** Disney came in third, posting receipts of $1.36 billion!

*** Sony was fourth with total box office of $1.24 billion!

*** Meanwhile, Universal posted receipts of $1.1 billion!

*** Fox saw box office of $1.01 billion!

*** New Line garnered $485 million at the box office!

*** Lionsgate was up 11%, posting total receipts of $368 million!

*** MGM made $363 million, up 122%!

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OKLAHOMA FILM CRITICS ARE SAYING "NORBIT" IS... 


The "Obiously Worst Film" of the year!

I do agree with them on this, and that movie is probably the reason why Eddie Murphy did not win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "Dreamgirls."

But, "No Country for Old Men," once again, took the top prize at the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards.

Here's the complete list:

Best Film of 2007:
"No Country for Old Men" by Joel and Ethan Coen
Runners-up:
"Juno"
"Zodiac"
"Atonement"
"Michael Clayton"
"Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead"
"King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters"
"Gone Baby Gone"
"Once"
"Eastern Promises"

Best Foreign Film:
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" by Julian Schnabel

Best Documentary:
"The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" by Seth Gordon

Best Directors:
Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, "No Country for Old Men"

Best Actress:
Ellen Page, "Juno"

Best Actor:
George Clooney, "Michael Clayton"

Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Ryan, "Gone Baby Gone"

Best Supporting Actor:
Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men"

Breakout Performance:
Ellen Page, "Juno"

Best Animated Film:
"Ratatouille" by Brad Bird

Best First Feature:
Ben Affleck, "Gone Baby Gone"

Obviously Worst Film:
"Norbit" by Brian Robbins

Not-So-Obviously Worst Film (tie):
"Youth Without Youth" by Francis Ford Coppola
"Bee Movie" by Steve Hickner and Simon J. Smith

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SACHA BARON COHEN TO STAR IN A POSSIBLE SPIELBERG FILM!!! 


Mister Steven Speilberg has been busy developing the film "The Trial of the Chicago Seven" for DreamWorks. The movie is about anti-Vietnam War activists arrested at the 1968 Democratic Convention.

The BIG questions -- will this be Spielberg's next film, and did he find his activist star?

Well, according to London's Sunday Times, Sacha Baron Cohen is attached to play Abbie Hoffman.

But according to Variety, a rep for Spielberg would neither confirm nor deny the report.

Hhhhmmmmmmmm....

Let's see how busy Mister Steven is going to be:

***he's planning on directing a film about Abraham Lincoln (Tony Kushner wrote the script, and Liam Neeson is set to star -- INTRIGUING!!!)

***he's also partnering with Peter Jackson to direct one of the 3D toons in the "Tintin" trilogy.

***he's, of course, busy doing post-production for a little film called "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."

But "The Trial of the Chicago Seven" sounds like a timely film with our current political climate, so perhaps, Mister Steven should opt to do this first!

Regardless, all of the above mentioned projects sound exciting, and I can't wait!

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JOSH BROLIN HAD A WONDERFUL 2007!!! 


Josh Brolin aka Brandon Walsh in "The Goonies" and son of James Brolin and precious stepson of Barbra Streisand, can finally claim his own Hollywood stake!

When I sat down with him to talk about his role in "No Country for Old Men" (just in case you haven't seen it, well click here ), I congratulated him for all his achievements!

Thanks to not one, not two, but a multitude of memorable roles in wonderful 2007 films.

First, Brolin started off the year as Tarlow, in "The Dead Girl."



Then, he followed it up with another mesmerizing performance as Dr. William Block in the "Planet Terror" segment in "Grindhouse."



Then his first co-starring role with Tommy Lee Jones followed with "In the Valley of Elah." He played Chief Buchwald.



Soon after, he traded verbal bullets with Denzel Washington in "American Gangster" as a corrupt cop, Detective Trupo.



And of course, Brolin capped off the year with his "performance of the year," the man who stole money not for greed but out of love, the man on the run, Llewellyn Moss, in the best film of the year, "No Country for Old Men" -- his second film co-starring Tommy Lee Jones.



So what's in store for this fabulous character actor? He's set to star as Dan White in the new Gus Van Sant film, "Milk," about the life and times of Harvey Milk, California's first openly gay elected official.

But for now, CONGRATULATIONS MISTER JOSH BROLIN FOR A JOB WELL DONE!!!

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MEET DIABLO CODY -- THE BRILLIANT "JUNO" SCREENWRITER 


She's fun, she's crazy, and she's brilliant!

Diablo Cody's real name is Brook Busey-Hunt, born in Chicago, Illinois. She's a Los Angeles-based writer and blogger, whose first foray into pop culture is her yearlong stripping gigs in Minneapolis, which she then chronicled in her 2006 memoir, Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper.

I am, of course, paying attention to her, not because of her stripping duties, but because of the wonderful script she wrote for "Juno." And she's just a very interesting person!

I am also predicting she'll win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

If you haven't seen this film yet, go watch it, on second viewing, I fell in love with this movie more!

Currently, Cody is working on a sitcom called "The United States of Tara" for Showtime, based on an idea by Steven Spielberg.

Cody likens herself to a naked Margaret Mead, the 20th centruy cultural anthropologist, but instead of studying Samoan culture, she's studying the seedy underbelly of society. I told you, she's fun and funky.

Check out Miss Diablo's Pussy Ranch blog !

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