"Precious" Leads NAACP Image Awards Nominations 

"Precious" leads the nominations for the 41st annual NAACP Image Awards earning eight noms including Best Director for Lee Daniels, Best Actress for Gabourey Sidibe, Supporting Actress for Mariah Carey, Monique, and Paula Patton, and Best Supporting Actor for Lenny Kravitz.

"Precious" also got nods for Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Independent Film. Other films nominated were "Invictus," "Michael Jackson's This Is It," "The Blind Side," and "The Princess and the Frog."

Winners will be announced Feb. 26 on FOX.

Here's the complete list of nominees for the 41st annual NAACP Image Awards:


Outstanding Motion Picture

• "The Blind Side" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

• "Invictus" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

• "Michael Jackson's: This Is It" (Columbia Pictures)

• "Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)

• "The Princess and the Frog" (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

• Denzel Washington , "The Taking of Pelham 123" (Columbia Pictures)

• Idris Elba , "Obsessed" (Screen Gems)

• Jamie Foxx , "Law Abiding Citizen" (Overture Films)

• Morgan Freeman , "Invictus" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

• Quinton Aaron , "The Blind Side" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

• Anika Noni Rose , "The Princess and the Frog" (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

• Gabourey Sidibe , "Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)

• Sandra Bullock , "The Blind Side" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

• Sophie Okonedo , "Skin" (Jour De Fete Films)

• Taraji P. Henson , "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself" (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

• Adam Rodriguez , "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself" (Lionsgate)

• Anthony Mackie , "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment)

• Chiwetel Ejiofor , "2012" (Columbia Pictures)

• Danny Glover , "2012" (Columbia Pictures)

• Lenny Kravitz , "Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

• Alfre Woodard , "American Violet" (Universal Pictures)

• Mariah Carey , "Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)

• Mo'Nique , "Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)

• Paula Patton , "Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)

• Zoe Saldana , "Avatar" (Paramount Pictures)

The nominees listed in the following categories were voted upon by Subcommittees.

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

• "American Violet" (Samuel Goldwyn Company)

• "Amreeka" (National Geographic Entertainment)

• "Endgame" (Montery Entertainment)

• "Medicine for Melancholy" (IFC Films)

• "Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture

• "The Maid" (Elephant Eye Films)

• "Rudo y Cursi" (Sony Pictures Classics)

• "Sin Nombre" (Focus Features)

• "Skin" (Jour De Fete Films)

• "The Stoning of Soraya M." (Mpower Pictures)


Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical or Television)

• "Capitalism: A Love Story" (Overture Films)

• "Crips and Bloods: Made in America" (Gravitas Ventures)

• "Crude" (First Run Features)

• "Good Hair" (Roadside Attractions)

• "More than a Game" (Lionsgate)


Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

• Alyson Fouse , "Brothers" , Meet Mike Trainor (FOX)

• Hallsted Sullivan with Warren Lieberstein , "The Office" , Cafι Disco (NBC)

• Kenny Smith , "The Game" , The Wedding (CW)

• Marc Willmore , "The Simpsons" , The Good, The Sad, & The Drugly (FOX)

• Saladin Patterson & James Roday , "Psych" , High Top Fade Out (USA Network)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series

• Alexander Woo , "True Blood" , Beyond Here Lies Nothin (HBO)

• Kathleen McGhee-Anderson , "Lincoln Heights" , Home Again (ABC Family)

• Sara Hess , "House" , The Greater Good (FOX)

• Shonda Rhimes , "Grey's Anatomy" , What a Difference A Day Makes (ABC)

• Zoanne Clack , "Grey's Anatomy" , Stand By Me (ABC)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)

• Anthony Peckham , "Invictus" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

• Geoffrey Fletcher , "Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)

• John Lee Hancock , "The Blind Side" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

• Reggie Rock Bythewood and Cheo Hodari Coker , "Notorious" (Fox Searchlight)

• Tyler Perry , "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself" (Lionsgate)


Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

• Ali LeRoi , "Everybody Hates Chris" , Everybody Hates The G.E.D. (CW)

• Justin Lin , "Community" , Introduction to Statistics (NBC)

• Ken Whittingham , "30 Rock" , The Funcooker (NBC)

• Michael Shultz , "Drop Dead Diva" , Second Chances (Lifetime)

• Reggie Hudlin , "The Office" , Koi Pond (NBC)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series

• Chandra Wilson , "Grey's Anatomy" , Give Peace a Chance (ABC)

• Edward James Olmos , "Battlestar Galactica" , Islanded in a Stream of Stars (Syfy)

• Ernest Dickerson , "Dexter" , Road Kill (Showtime)

• Kevin Sullivan , "Lincoln Heights" , Aftershock (ABC Family)

• Paris Barclay , "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" , Coup de Grace (CBS)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)

• F. Gary Gray , "Law Abiding Citizen" (Overture Films)

• George Tillman, Jr. , "Notorious" (Fox Searchlight)

• Lee Daniels , "Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire" (Lionsgate)

• Scott Sanders , "Black Dynamite" (Apparition)

• Spike Lee , "Passing Strange: The Movie" (IFC Films/Sundance Selects)

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Sam Mendes to Direct Next "James Bond" Film? 

Rumors are swirling that Sam Mendes will be directing the next "James Bond" film. MGM hasn't confirmed yet, but Variety tells us:

Speculation about Mendes as a Bond director has emerged in recent weeks, possibly due to his having directed Daniel Craig in "Road to Perdition." The last official announcement on the Bondpic came in June when Wilson, Broccoli and MGM disclosed Peter Morgan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade were writing the script for the film; Purvis and Wade previously worked on "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace." The Bond franchise is a major piece of MGM's assets, which include a 4,000-title library, the logo, the United Artists operations, rights to the Pink Panther franchise and half-ownership in the upcoming "Hobbit" films. The package, which could be sold piecemeal, is expected to fetch somewhere between $1.5 billion and $2 billion and the first bids are expected to be submitted by mid-January.

If this rumor is true, then it will be great! I love Mendes as a director (check out my interview with him from "Away We Go"), he has the eye and the heart to make our favorite Agent 007 intriguing. And is MGM following the "Harry Potter" route of having different directors per film (except for the first two by Chris Columbus and the last installments by David Yates)? The current Bond films had Martin Campbell directing "Casino Royale" while Marc Forster helming the last one, "Quantum of Solace."

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"The Thing" Prequel to Begin Shooting in March? 

Production Weekly is saying that the prequel to "The Thing" will start shooting in Toronto in March. This is Universal's prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 classic which was a remake of the 1951 film "The Thing from Another World" based on a short story by John W. Campbell Jr.

Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. is set to direct from a screenplay by Ronald D. Moore and Eric Heisserer. The prequel will examine how the mutation came about from the Carpenter film.

No word yet on the theatrical release date or cast so stay tuned...

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"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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