"Gran Torino" Blasts Away Box-Office Competition 

No dueling brides or unborn spawn of Satan could outrank Clint Eastwood at the box-office!

Mister Clint has had the best movie opening of his glorious career! "Gran Torino" made $29 million in ticket sales beating the $18 million his "Space Cowboys" made in 2000.

Settling in at No. 2 is the wedding comedy "Bride Wars" starring Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson. The film opened with $21.5 million in its debut.

The horror film "The Unborn" followed at No. 3 with $21.1 million.

All the Academy Awards-baiting flicks are enjoying box-office success stories. According to mediabythenumbers.com, "Focus Features'"Milk," Paramount Vantage's "Revolutionary Road" and Fox Searchlight's "The Wrestler" - all with awards hopes at the Globes and beyond - were among the best performers in screen average. Each hopes to continue to build momentum as the Oscars near."

Here's the Top 10 films at the box-office for weekend of January 9th, 2009:

1. "Gran Torino," $29 million.
2. "Bride Wars," $21.5 million.
3. "The Unborn," $21.1 million.
4. "Marley & Me," $11.4 million.
5. "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," $9.4 million.
6. "Bedtime Stories," $8.6 million.
7. "Valkyrie," $6.7 million.
8. "Yes Man," $6.2 million.
9. "Not Easily Broken," $5.6 million.
10. "Seven Pounds," $3.9 million.

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Coming Up On mannythemovieguy.com 
I had a very busy week! After attending the oh-so fabulous Critics' Choice Awards, I went and saw 4 films and interviewed the stars of those movies.

So, coming up on your friendly neighborhood mannythemovieguy.com, you'll see my interviews and reviews of the following films:

Yes, I love slasher flicks! As a prepubescent boy, I too, was a fan of this genre. And I still am a fan, even after many years away from puberty!

So I interviewed the cast including Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, and Kerr Smith. I'll post these interviews soon. The movie? In one phrase...visually gory!

Okay, I enjoyed jamming with the cute canines! And the film's stars, Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin were sweet! The interviews will be up soon, and the film, yeah, it made me cry :sad in a good way!

I got to interview Brendan Fraser for the second time! And he remembered me, so I was very happy :happy

The best part of the film? It teaches us the magic of reading, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that!

Have I told you my new BFF is Harry Connick Jr? He's such a sweet man, and very, very funny in person! And we jammed! I'll tell you more about it coming up!

So as always, stay tuned!

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Best Actress Tie, More "Slumdog" Love, and A Truly Wonderful Evening! Inside the 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 

Oh what an enchanted evening! I had a blast attending my first ever Critics' choice Awards.

I've been a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association for almost 5 years now, but I hadn't attended our esteemed awards show until last night.

Oh I vote every year, but time was not with me until now.

So I prepared, rented my tuxedo (yay! dress up!), and embraced a fun night of food, drinks, great friends, and star-watching. But above all, it was a night devoted to excellence in cinema from the watchful eye of film critics.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were there, Sean Penn, Mickey Rourke, Frank Langella, Clint Eastwood, many iconic actors shared the fun! And oh my, the lovely Evan Rachel Wood from "The Wrestler" recognized me (I interviewed her for the film) and gave me a hug. I'm blessed :happy

I agree with most winners, some of my favorites didn't win, but cliche or not, I was glad that they were nominated.

Check out the full list of winners right here.

Oh yeah, and yours truly was seen nationwide. I hammed it up on two video montage, the first about "film criticism," and the other, about the "best picture" nominations.

Wanna see them?

The first video they used of me, I was talking about my ratings system. I said "a great movie deserves 4 kisses." :happy

Here's the link: VH1 Clip 1

The second footage they used? Me channeling the great Angelina Jolie in "Changeling" with my "He's not my son" rendition. It's a bit funny :wink I was nervous because Jolie was in the crowd, ooops.

And here's the link: http://www.vh1.com/video/play.jhtml?id= ... vid=330093

And the Critics' Choice crediting me for the Best Made for Television Movie category for "Recount" and "Coco Chanel." Plus, Sarah Silverman is just too damn funny!

So there you have it lovely readers, a fun fun evening! Looking forward to more great movies in 2009, and yes, to more dressing up in my lovely tuxedo :tongue

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Directors Guild of America Announces Nominations! 

Woo hoo! The Directors Guild announced the best of the best of 2008 this morning. Director Taylor Hackford made the announcement.

Congratulations to all the nominees and GOOD LUCK!!!

This year's winner will be crowned on Jan. 31 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.

And the nominees are:

Danny Boyle
"Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight Pictures & Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Boyle's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Sanjay Kumar
First Assistant Director: Raj Acharya
Second Assistant Director: Avani Batra
Second Second Assistant Director: Sonia Nemawarkar

David Fincher
"The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button" (Paramount Pictures & Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Fincher's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Daniel M. Stillman
First Assistant Director: Bob Wagner
Second Assistant Director: Allen Kupetsky
Second Second Assistant Directors: Pete Waterman, Stephen F. Lonano

Ron Howard
"Frost/Nixon" (Universal Pictures)

Mr. Howard's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Kathleen McGill
First Assistant Director: William M. Connor
Second Assistant Director: Kristen Ploucha
Second Second Assistant Director: Scott R. Meyers

Christopher Nolan
"The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Nolan's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Kevin De La Noy, Susan Towner, Jan Foster
First Assistant Director: Nilo Otero
Second Assistant Director: Brandon Lambdin
Additional Second Assistant Director: Jessica Franks
Second Second Assistant Director: Greg Pawlik
Location Manager: James R. McAllister

Gus Van Sant
"Milk" (Focus Features)

Mr. Van Sant's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Barbara A. Hall
First Assistant Director: David Webb
Second Assistant Director: John R. Saunders
Second Second Assistant Director: Ian Calip
Additional Second Assistant Director: Cindy A. Taylor

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Mickey Rourke in Talks for "Iron Man 2" 

The hot, hot career of Mister Mickey! Now, he's in talks to star in "Iron Man 2" as Crimson Dynamo! Just take a look at the picture, an evil version of Iron Man.

Meanwhile, Mister Sam Rockwell is also in talks to star in the sequel.

Rockwell will also play a villain, but Marvel hasn't disclosed his role yet. Let the fanboys guess!

Paramount is set to distribute the film summer of 2010!

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