ANOTHER WIN FOR "NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN" 


This time, it's the Scripter Award from USC!

What's a Scripter Award you might ask? It recognizes the year's best cinematic translation from page to screen!

Author Cormac McCarthy will join writers-directors Joel and Ethan Coen for this honor!

Can this mean that "No Country" will win Best Adapted Screenplay at this year's Oscars? Stay tuned...

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KIDMAN QUITS "THE READER," WHO'S REPLACING HER? 
As I've reported earlier, Nicole Kidman bowed out of "The Reader" due to pregnancy. She and hubby, Keith Urban, are expecting their baby.

Kidman would have reteamed with her "The Hours" director, Stephen Daldry.

But now, another beloved actress, the first choice to star in the film, is back to replace Kidman.

Who is she? Read More...

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SCARLETT JOHANSSON, QUEEN OF SCOTS! 


Miss Scarlett is set to star in "Mary Queen of Scots" with Phillip Noyce set to direct.

The production is to begin filming in April.

As you may know, Mary is the nemesis of Queen Elizabeth, lots of drama between those two, which eventually ended with Elizabeth beheading Mary, bloody Mary.

I love period costume dramas based on facts, and scheming queens who'll do anything for power, love, and their countries. Hhhhhmmmm, I know many queens who are like that he-he-he.


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THE DIRECTORS GUILD ANNOUNCED THEIR NOMINEES!!!! 


Here it is folks, the DGA announced their nominees! And, it's kind of heart-warming to know, there are no nominees from a Hollywood blockbuster film! It's a diverse selection indeed (all the nominees are included in my Top 10 favorite films !)

The DGA honored those directors with their personal visions stamped all over the screen!

Keep in mind that the DGA winner and the Oscar winner for director have matched in 53 of the last 59 years, including last year, when Martin Scorsese won for "The Departed."

The winner will be announced at the DGA Awards dinner and ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on Saturday evening, January 26, 2008.

And the nominees are:

• Paul Thomas Anderson - "There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage)

• Joel Coen & Ethan Coen - "No Country for Old Men" (Miramax ilms and Paramount Vantage)

• Tony Gilroy - "Michael Clayton" (Warner Bros.)

• Sean Penn - "Into the Wild" (Paramount Vantage)

• Julian Schnabel - "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (Miramax Films)

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THE HYPE SURROUNDING "CLOVERFIELD" 


The marketing folks at Paramount Pictures are taking "how-to-market-a-film" lessons from "The Blair Witch Project" team. Hype the heck out of the movie, then keep your fingers crossed that the product is good, at least, for repeat business.

Last summer, we all saw the teaser for the film, without a title! All we witnessed was the going-away party for some guy in NY, then mayhem ensues, then poor, old Liberty's head flies onto the screen. The End.

Then slowly but surely, the Paramount folks started unveiling more details about the movie, giving us bits and pieces about it, like the title, which is now known as "Cloverfield."

Then everyone started speculating, is it an alien, is it a monster, is it Britney Spears?

Paramount is so tight-lipped with the film, I can't even bring a guest with me to the advanced screening! Darn them!

Well, we finally have a picture of the supposed monster:



And wayangtopia.com was resourceful enough to break details down for all of us:

• The film started out as an “elaborate 60-page treatment” by Lost writer Drew Goddard.
• "Cloverfield" features no musical score at all, “just source music and well-orchestrated ambient sound.”
• The beginning of the film was shot with a lightweight Panasonic HD HandyCam, “then moves into transitional sequences shot with a 3-lb. Canon for about a third of the film.” The special effects shots were filmed with “the much-heavier” hi-res Sony F23 or Thomson Viper.
• One five-minute continuous master shot “incorporates 20 VFX elements.”
• Director Matt Reeves promises “intimate contact” with the monster by the end of the 90-minute film.
• A digital version of "Cloverfield" will play on in a few hundred screens.
• The film cost $25 million and hits theaters on 1-18-08.

BUT HERE'S THE BIG QUESTION: ANOTHER MOVIE, "SNAKES ON A PLANE" FOLLOWED "THE BLAIR WITCH" MARKETING CAMPAIGN STYLE. AND WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MOVIE. IT FLOPPED! BUT, "CLOVERFIELD" ONLY COST $25 MILLION (DOUBLE THAT WITH MARKETING COST), AND PARAMOUNT SHOULD BE ABLE TO RECOUP AND MAKE MONEY FROM THIS MONSTER MOVIE!

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