Ron Howard to Direct Vince Vaughn's New Comedy 


Ron Howard is set to direct Vince Vaughn in a comedy about cheating from Universal Pictures! The film set to go on production in Chicago this spring. The script is written by Allan Loeb and Variety says "pic is an exploration of the comedic fallout surrounding infidelity between lovers and friends. Deals for Howard and Vaughn are being finalized."

Howard hasn't directed a comedy since 1999's "EdTV" so this is a treat!

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Producers Guild of America (PGA) Reveals Nominations 


The Producers Guild of America has chosen ten films as nominees for its Best Picture award. The winner will be announced Jan. 24 at the Hollywood Palladium.

I'm proud to say that besides "A Serious Man," their choices of their 10 film nominees are similar to my Top 10 Best Films of 2009. :happy

The PGA opted to expand their nominees to 10 in response to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences 10 Best Picture nominees.

Oscar watchers take note -- the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award -- has matched the Oscar Best Picture in 13 of its 20 years. So the film that will win the PGA has a strong chance of winning the Oscars.

Here are the nominees of the 2010 2010 PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA AWARDS:

DARRYL F. ZANUCK PRODUCER OF THE YEAR AWARD IN THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES:

"Avatar"
Producers: James Cameron, Jon Landau

"District 9"
Producers: Carolynne Cunningham, Peter Jackson

"An Education"
Producers: Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey

"The Hurt Locker"
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

"Inglourious Basterds"
Producer: Lawrence Bender

"Invictus"
Producers: Clint Eastwood, Rob Lorenz, Lori McCreary, Mace Neufeld

"Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire"
Producers: Lee Daniels, Gary Magness, Sarah Siegel-Magness

"Star Trek"
Producers: J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof

"Up"
Producer: Jonas Rivera

"Up in the Air"
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

PGA PRODUCER OF THE YEAR AWARD IN ANIMATED THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES:

"9"
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

"Coraline"
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

"Fantastic Mr. Fox"
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

"The Princess and the Frog"
Producer: Peter Del Vecho

"Up"
Producer: Jonas Rivera

PGA PRODUCER OF THE YEAR AWARD IN DOCUMENTARY THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES:

"Burma VJ"
Producer: Lise Lense-Moller

"The Cove"
Producers: Paula DuPre Pesman, Fisher Stevens

"Sergio"
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

"Soundtrack for a Revolution"
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

DAVID L. WOLPER PRODUCER OF THE YEAR AWARD IN LONG-FORM TELEVISION:

"Georgia O'Keeffe"
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

"Grey Gardens"
Producers: David Coatsworth, Lucy Donnelly, Rachael Horovitz, Michael Sucsy

"Little Dorrit"
Producers: Lisa Osborne, Anne Pivcevic

"Prayers for Bobby"
Producers: Stanley M. Brooks, Damian Ganczewski, David Permut, Daniel Sladek, Chris Taaffe

"The Prisoner"
Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

"Taking Chance"
Producers: Lori Keith Douglas, Ross Katz, Brad Krevoy, Cathy Wischner-Sola

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National Society of Film Critics Chooses "The Hurt Locker" for Best Picture 


Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" has swept the top honors at the National Society of Film Critics awards winning Best Picture, Director, and Actor for Jeremy Renner. The last film to sweep the top honors was 1997's "L.A. Confidential."

The National Society of Film Critics consists of about 60 members who write for a variety of weekly and daily newspapers. They normally choose less traditional films for their top honor such as "Waltz With Bashir," "Pan's Labyrinth," "Capote," and "Yi yi." This time, they choose a critics-favorite "The Hurt Locker" from Summit Entertainment.

I like that Paul Schneider from "Bright Star" tied with "Inglourious Basterds'" Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor. Schneider definitely deserved the award!

The National Society of Film Critics has an equally interesting history. Click here to read more!

And now, the winners are:

Picture: "The Hurt Locker"

Director: Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"

Actor: Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker"

Actress: Yolande Moreau, "Seraphine"

Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds," and Paul Schneider, "Bright Star"

Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique, "Precious"

Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen, "A Serious Man"

Foreign-Language Film: "Summer Hours"

Nonfiction Film: "The Beaches of Agnes"

Cinematography: Christian Berger, "The White Ribbon"

Production design: Nelson Lowry, "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

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"Avatar" Number One Again, Tops $1B Worldwide 


James Cameron must be feeling like the king of the world again! For the third-straight weekend, "Avatar" ruled the box office. This past weekend, the sci-fi epic made $68.3 million to be the No. 1 film of the New Year!

But worldwide? "Avatar" has made $1.02 billion with domestic total of $352.1 million and international haul of $670 million!

"Avatar" was Cameron's first feature since 1997's "Titanic" which earned $1.8 billion worldwide.

Cameron is the only filmmaker to direct two movies that have topped $1 billion.

The other films that have topped $1 billion besides "Titanic" and "Avatar" are "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" at $1.13 billion, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" at $1.06 billion, and "The Dark Knight" at just over $1 billion. "Avatar" is slowly inching past "The Return of the King" which will make Cameron have the top two biggest blockbusters worldwide!

King of the world indeed!

In a repeat of the Christmas box office weekend, "Sherlock Holmes" remained at No. 2 with $38.4 million lifting its domestic total to $140.7 million. At No. 3 was "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" with $36.6 million, $157.3 million total domestic take.

According to Hollywood.com, total domestic box office take for 2009 came in at $1.42 billion, the most in the last five years BUT below the record set in 2002 of $1.6 billion.

Here's the estimated list of the Top 10 Box office Films for weekend of Jan. 1, 2010:

1. "Avatar," $68.3 million.
2. "Sherlock Holmes," $38.4 million.
3. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," $36.6 million.
4. "It's Complicated," $18.7 million.
5. "The Blind Side," $12.7 million.
6. "Up in the Air," $11.4 million.
7. "The Princess and the Frog," $10 million.
8. "Did You Hear About the Morgans?", $5.2 million.
9. "Nine," $4.3 million.
10. "Invictus," $4.1 million.

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Sandra Bullock Voted Top Star of 2009! See the Complete Top 10 List! 


Quigley Publishing Company has released its 78th Annual Poll of Exhibitors and Sandra Bullock has been voted the Top Money-Making Star of 2009.

Bullock is the first female to win since Julia Roberts in 1999. She appeared in two of the biggest films of 2009 namely "The Blind Side" and "The Proposal." Okay, we already forgave her for the abysmal "All About Steve."

(Check out my fun interview with Bullock for "The Proposal" right here)

The Quigley Poll, conducted each year since 1932, is an annual survey of motion picture theatre owners and film buyers, which asks them to vote for the ten stars that they believe generated the most box-office revenue for their theatres during the year. It has been long regarded as one of the most reliable indicators of a Star’s real box-office draw because the selections are done by people whose livelihood depends on choosing the films that will bring audiences to their theatres. The Quigley Poll appears annually in Quigley Publishing Company’s International Motion Picture Almanac and at www.quigleypublishing.com.


And the Top 10 Stars of 2009 are:

#1 Sandra Bullock
#2 Johnny Depp
#3 Matt Damon
#4 George Clooney
#5 Robert Downey Jr.
#6 Tom Hanks
#7 Meryl Streep
#8 Brad Pitt
#9 Shia LaBeouf
#10 Denzel Washington

The Stars of Tomorrow for 2009 are Carey Mulligan (she'll be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her breakthrough performance in "An Education") and Taylor Lautner aka Jacob Black in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."

Exhibitors chose the Stars of Tomorrow, one actor and one actress, who they feel will be Top Money-Makers in the years to come.

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