"The Hobbit's" Official Casting Call and Plot Details! Yay! 

Our friends at spoilertv.com has unearthed plot and casting details for the upcoming "The Hobbit!" It's quite intriguing!

"The Hobbit" is set to begin filming in New Zealand this June.

Here's a snapshot:

[BILBO] A well-to-do, respectable Hobbit.... Although he doesn’t realize it himself, BILBO has a good deal of courage; he can be practical and resilient. He has a good sense of humour, and is able to appreciate the ridiculous. He is very quick on the uptake and is well read having been encouraged to read widely by his mother. The most distinguishing characteristic about BILBO is his humanity; he is empathetic with a big heart and generous spirit. LEAD. AGE: 25-35. ACCENT – STANDARD R.P.

[THORIN OAKENSHEILD] Heir to the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, Thorin Oakensheild was forced to lead his people far away from their homelands into exile in the Blue Mountains. Powerfully built and a legendary fighter, Thorin has led a tough and dangerous life and it shows on his face. He is sharp eyed and sharp tongued, proud in his bearing and un-trusting of those he does not know. But Thorin is also capable of intense loyalty, immense courage and surprising gentleness and humour. Thorin will be required to wear a wig and beard and some minor prosthetics make-up, like a nose or forehead, is possible. LEAD. AGE: EARLY 40’S to MID 50’S. ACCENT – STANDARD R.P. OR SLIGHTLY ACCENTED REGIONAL ENGLISH ACCENT.

To read more cast details, click here.

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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:


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

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

Producer: Jonas Rivera

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


Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

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

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

Producer: Jonas Rivera


"Burma VJ"
Producer: Lise Lense-Moller

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

Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination.

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


"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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