Martin Scorsese to Adapt Popular Children's Book 


The great Martin Scorsese is making his first foray into children's literature! The director is under negotiations with GK Films to direct the best-selling book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick.

Winner of the 2008 Randolph Caldecott Medal, the story is set in 1930s Paris and revolves around a 12 year old orphan named Hugo who lives in a train station and must fix a broken robot to fulfill his late father's wish.

John Logan adapted the screenplay. The writer previously worked with Scorsese for "The Aviator." The film is being put on the fast track with a June 1 start date in London.

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"A Single Man" Wins Big at Dorian Awards 


The brilliant "A Single Man" won the film of the year at the first ever Dorian Awards from the Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association. The film's star, Colin Firth, was given the Film Performance of the Year award.

Here's the full list of the DORIAN AWARDS 2009 NOMINEES and WINNERS:

FILM OF THE YEAR:
A Single Man (winner)

Bright Star
(500) Days of Summer
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Up

FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR:
Colin Firth, A Single Man (winner)

Mo'Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
Catalina Saavedra, The Maid
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

LGBT - THEMED FILM OF THE YEAR:
A Single Man (winner)

Outrage
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

CAMPY — INTENTIONAL OR NOT — FILM OF THE YEAR:
Obsessed (winner)

Drag Me to Hell
Julie & Julia
Orphan
Whip It

TV DRAMA OF THE YEAR:
Grey Gardens (winner)

Dexter
Lost
Mad Men
True Blood

TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY OF THE YEAR:
Glee (winner)

Modern Family
Nurse Jackie
30 Rock
Ugly Betty

TV PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR: DRAMA:
Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens (winner)

Glenn Close, Damages
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Sigourney Weaver, Prayers for Bobby

TV PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR: MUSICAL OR COMEDY:
Jane Lynch, Glee (winner)

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Adam Lambert, American Music Awards
Lea Michele, Glee
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

LGBT - THEMED TV SHOW OF THE YEAR:
Prayers for Bobby (winner)

An Englishman in New York
Glee
Modern Family
True Blood

CAMPY — INTENTIONAL OR NOT — TV SHOW OF THE YEAR:
Glee (winner)

The Colbert Report
Grey Gardens
Jersey Shore
The Real Housewives of New Jersey

THE MORE, PLEASE! BREAKOUT AWARD:
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (winner)

Ed Helms (The Hangover)
Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air)
Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker)
Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood)

SAVAGE WIT OF THE YEAR:
Rachel Maddow (winner)

Stephen Colbert and the writers of The Colbert Report
Kirby Dick, director of Outrage
Tina Fey and the writers of 30 Rock
Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show

THE FOREVER AGELESS AWARD:

PERFORMER:
Cloris Leachman

FILM OR TV PROGRAM:
All About Eve

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From 65 to 9 -- Academy Unveils Best Foreign Film Oscar Shortlist 


First, the list was 65, now, it's been whittled down to 9! We have to wait until Feb. 2nd when the final 5 nominees will be announced at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. I'm pretty bummed that "Grandpa is Dead," the Philippine (my homeland!) cinema entry was ignored...oh well, there's always a next time.

Here's the list of the 9 movies for the Best Foreign Film Oscar shortlist:

ARGENTINA
El secreto de sus ojos
(Juan Jose Campanella)
Synopsis: An ambitious, complex work that combines two generation-spanning love stories, a noirish thriller, some witty comedy and a sharp political critique.
Prodco: Haddock Films

AUSTRALIA
Samson and Delilah
(Warwick Thornton)
Synopsis: Romantic drama that details the chaotic existence endured by two Aboriginal teens on an Outback reserve, directed by a first-timer.
Awards: Cannes (Camera d'Or); Australian Writers Guild (original film, script); Art Film Festival, Slovakia (director);
St. Tropez (film, actor, actress)
Sales: Elle Driver

BULGARIA
The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner
(Stephan Komandarev)
Synopsis: A boy suffering from amnesia after a car accident is cured by his grandfather, who uses backgammon to gradually reestablish his identity.
Awards: Bergen Intl. Film Fest (Grand Prix); Sofia (Bulgarian film, audience award); Warsaw (special jury award); Zurich (audience award)
Sales: RFF

FRANCE
A Prophet
(Jacques Audiard)
Synopsis: An illiterate young Arab-Corsican man is condemned to six years in prison, where he works his way up the ranks while secretly planning his own future.
Awards: Cannes (Grand Prix); London Film Festival (film)
Distrib: Sony Pictures Classics

GERMANY
The White Ribbon
(Michael Haneke)
Synopsis: Drama about unsettling events affecting a small village in northern Germany on the eve of World War I for which the local children may be responsible.
Awards: Cannes (Palme d'Or, Fipresci)
Distrib: Sony Pictures Classics

ISRAEL
Ajami
(Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani)
Synopsis: Gritty crime drama (named after a Jaffa neighborhood) about a revenge killing with tragic results was co-directed by Israeli Shani and Palestinian Copti.
Awards: Ophir Awards, Israeli Film Academy (film, director, screenplay, music, editing); Flanders Intl. Film Festival (Young Jury Xplore award)
Distrib: Kino

KAZAKHSTAN
Kelin
(Ermek Tursunov)
Synopsis: Two suitors fight to the death for the hand of a young woman in this dialogue-free drama set in the second century A.D.
Awards:
Sales: Helix Films

THE NETHERLANDS
Winter in Wartime
(Martin Koolhoven)
Synopsis: A young boy secretly helps a downed Brit pilot escape the occupying Nazis while his town mayor father is happy to keep the status quo with the Germans.
Awards: Netherlands Film Festival (actor, supporting actor, production design); Rome Intl. Film Festival (Silver Marc'Aurelio); Rembrandt Awards (film, actor, actress); PZC Audience Award.
Sales: Isabella Films

PERU
The Milk of Sorrow
(Claudia Llosa)
Synopsis: A woman, the product of rape during Peru's decades of political violence, is determined to bury her dead mother in her native village.
Awards: Berlin (Golden Bear)
Sales: Wanda Vision

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"Tooth Fairy" Movie Review 


Dwayne Johnson, formerly known as The Rock, has successfully rebranded himself from a menacing wrestler to a family film star. His new movie, “Tooth Fairy,” curiously imitates the winning formula used in previous family movies starring Johnson such as “The Game Plan” and “Race to Witch Mountain.”


That time-tested formula involves Johnson in a fish-out-of-water tale starring likeable child actors and the result is a triumphant box-office return. 20th Century Fox, the studio behind “Tooth Fairy,” is banking on Johnson’s likeability even if it means making the star wear a pink tutu. Read More...

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It's Official! Marc Webb to Direct "Spider-Man" Reboot! 


Marc Webb will spin his own web in the upcoming "Spider-Man" reboot! Sony has announced that the "500 Days of Summer" helmer will be the one to replace Sam Raimi in the director's chair.

Last week, Sony dumped both Raimi and star Tobey Maguire and scrapped "Spider-Man 4" completely. (See "Spider-Man 4" SCRAPPED! Tobey Maguire, Sam Raimi OUT!)

I enjoyed "500 Days of Summer," so having Webb to direct is a good sign! He will be working from a script by James Vanderbilt.

Webb tells Variety that he isn't taking over for Raimi for that would be pure arrogance, "I'm here because there's an opportunity for ideas, stories and histories that will add a new dimension, canvas and creative voice to 'Spider-Man.'"

The reboot will begin production later this year and is set to open summer 2012.

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