Producers Guild of America Announces Nominations 


The Producers Guild of America announced their nominations! If you bet on the Oscars, take note! More than likely, these nominees will be the same ones that will be chosen for Best Picture Oscar.

The winner will be announced Jan. 24 at the Hollywood Palladium.

Here are the nominees:

*** The Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures

"The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button," Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall, Cean Chaffin
"The Dark Knight," Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas
"Frost/Nixon," Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Eric Fellner
"Milk," Dan Jinks & Bruce Cohen
"Slumdog Millionaire," Christian Colson

*** The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures

"Man On A Wire," Simon Chinn
"Standard Operating Procedure," Julie Bilson Ahlberg, Errol Morris
"Trouble The Water," Carl Deal, Tia Lessin

*** The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

"Bolt," Clark Spencer
"Kung Fu Panda," Melissa Cobb
"Wall-E," Jim Morris

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"Marley & Me" Continues to Dominate Box-Office 


Two weeks after it debuted at No. 1, "Marley & Me" continues to dominate box-office, finishing first with $24.1 million raising its total to $106.5 million since opening Christmas day.

With no new wide releases, this weekend's box-office was like a Xerox copy of last weekend's with Adam Sandler's comedy "Bedtime Stories" in second place with $20.3 million.

Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett are enjoying box-office prosperity with their "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (My No. 2 favorite film of the year) raking in $18.4 million to land at No. 3.

What about "Valkyrie" or "The Day the Earth Stood Still" you asked? Click Read More to see the complete list for box-office for the first weekend of 2009: Read More...

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New "Thor" Goodies! 


IESB is reporting the following items:

*** "Thor" will open July 16, 2010

*** Kenneth Branagh will direct and co-star in the movie

*** According to an early script, "the script dealt only with Thor in his native land of Asgard, his father issues with Odin and his battle with his brother turned evil-doer Loki with hopes of Asgard domination with no mention of the modern world."

*** The character of Donald Blake has added to the end of the script. (Donald Blake is, of course, Thor's mortal alter-ego)

*** The addition of Blake's character anchors this film into the present and the eventual start-up of "The Avengers" franchise where all the Marvel heroes gather up ala "The X-Men" to battle evil forces

*** Yes, Blake will discover the magical Norse hammer Mjoinir and becomes Thor!

As of now, no cast has been announced, so stay tuned.

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"Waltz with Bashir" Crowned Best Picture by the National Society of Film Critics 


"Waltz with Bashir" won the 43rd annual best picture prize from the National Society of Film Critics beating "Happy-Go-Lucky" and "Wall-E."

Here are the other winners:

Best Actor -- Sean Penn for "Milk"
Best Actress -- Sally Hawkins for "Happy-Go-Lucky"
Best Writer -- Mike Leigh for "Happy-Go-Lucky"
Best Director -- Mike Leigh for "Happy-Go-Lucky"
Best Supporting Actor -- Eddie Marsan for "Happy-Go-Lucky"
Best Supporting Actress -- Hanna Schygulla for "The Edge of Heaven"

There are no ceremonies or parties, instead, scrolls are sent to winners!


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Will Smith Crowned Biggest Box-Office Star 


U.S. cinema owners and film buyers voted Will Smith the top money-making movie star of 2008 in the annual Quigley poll, which has been running for 76 years.

Smith, star of new film, "Seven Pounds," is the second African-American actor to be voted on the top. The first one? Sidney Poitier in 1968.

Here's a complete Top 10 Money-Making stars of 2008 according to Quigley poll:

Top Ten Money Making Stars
1. WIll Smith
2. Robert Downey Jr.
2. Christian Bale
4. Shia LaBeouf
5. Harrison Ford
6. Adam Sandler
7. Reese Witherspoon
8. George Clooney
9. Angelina Jolie
10. Daniel Craig

The Stars of Tomorrow were given to Anne Hathaway (the upcoming "Bride Wars" and a possible Oscar contender for "Rachel Getting Married") and Chris Pine (who will soon be seen as Captain James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek").

You can check out Quigley's site here.


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