Weekend Movie Reviews -- "Leap Year," "Daybreakers," "Youth in Revolt" 


It's Amy Adams vs. Ethan Hawke vs. Michael Cera at the box-office! "Leap Year," "Daybreakers," and "Youth in Revolt" open this weekend, but I only have 1 pick of the week. Which one? Find out below.



Here's more info about the films from Yahoo:

"Leap Year"

Following an Irish tradition in which a man must say yes if proposed to on a leap day, a woman travels to Dublin to propose to her boyfriend.

Genres: Comedy and Romance
Running Time: 1 hr. 41 min.
Release Date: January 8th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for sensuality and language.
Distributors: Universal Pictures

Cast and Credits
Starring: Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Adam Scott, John Lithgow, Noel O'Donovan
Directed by: Anand Tucker
Produced by: Su Armstrong, J.C. Spink, Gary Barber

"Daybreakers"

SYNOPSIS
With the world overrun by vampires, humanity is dying out and the blood supply is nearly depleted.

Drama, Science Fiction, Suspense/ Horror and Thriller

January 8th, 2010

R for strong bloody violence, language and brief nudity.

STARRING
Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Isabel Lucas, Claudia Karvan, Michael Dorman, Vince Colosimo and Sam Neill

DIRECTED BY
Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig

CAST
Ethan Hawke Edward Dalton
Willem Dafoe Lionel 'Elvis' Cormac
Sam Neill Charles Bromley
Isabel Lucas Alison Bromley
Claudia Karvan Audrey Bennett
Michael Dorman Frankie Dalton
Vince Colosimo Christopher Caruso

"Youth in Revolt"

The journal of Nick Twisp, an 18-year old high school student, who goes on a quest to lose his virginity after his parent's breakup.

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Adaptation and Teen
Running Time: 1 hr. 30 min.
Release Date: January 8th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, language and drug use.
Distributors: The Weinstein Company

Cast and Credits
Starring: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Jean Smart, Zach Galifianakis, Erik Knudsen
Directed by: Miguel Arteta
Produced by: David Permut, Miranda Freiberg, Steve Longi

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"Avatar" Takes No. 2 Spot for Global Domination...Well, Worldwide Box-Office! 


In just three weeks, James Cameron's "Avatar" starring Sam Worthington has become the No. 2 top grossing film of all time at the worldwide box-office! So far, the film has made $1.14 billion, a shy away from the No. 1 film, Cameron's "Titanic."

Variety tells us that "'Avatar's' domestic cume was $374.4 million through Wednesday; foreign haul, $760.9 million. That bests the $1.1 billion scored by 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.'"

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.

Right now, Cameron must be truly feeling he's the king of the world.

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Directors Guild of America (DGA) Reveals Nominees! 


Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker"), James Cameron ("Avatar"), Lee Daniels ("Precious"), Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air"), and Quentin Tarantino ("Inglourious Basterds") will duke it out for the much coveted DGA Awards trophy.

Here are some fun facts:

*** Daniels is the first African-American to be nominated
*** Bigelow is the 7th female to be nominated
*** Cameron won the DGA trophy for 1997's "Titanic"
*** Tarantino was nominated in 1994 for "Pulp Fiction"
*** This is the first for Bigelow, Daniels, and Reitman

The winner has a strong chance to wear the Oscar crown as well! I have a sneaky feeling that Bigelow will win! But we all have to wait Jan. 30th to find out the winner of the 62nd annual DGA awards.

Here's the full list of nominees:

KATHRYN BIGELOW

"The Hurt Locker"

(Summit Entertainment)

Ms. Bigelow's Directorial Team:

• Unit Production Manager: Tony Mark

• First Assistant Director: David Ticotin

• First Assistant Director (Canadian Unit): Lee Cleary

JAMES CAMERON

"Avatar"

(Twentieth Century Fox)

Mr. Cameron's Directorial Team:

• Unit Production Manager: Colin Wilson

• First Assistant Director: Josh McLaglen

• Second Assistant Director/Additional Unit First Assistant Director: Maria Battle Campbell

LEE DANIELS

"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"

(Lionsgate)

Mr. Daniels' Directorial Team:

• Unit Production Manager: Tony Hernandez

• First Assistant Director: Chip Signore

• Second Assistant Director: Tracey Hinds

• Second Second Assistant Director: Michael "Boogie" Pinckney

• Additional Unit Production Manager: Patrick D. Gibbons

• Additional First Assistant Director: Tom Fatone

• Additional Second Assistant Directors: Kim Thompson, Mirashyam Blakeslee

• Location Manager: Gregory Routt

JASON REITMAN

"Up In The Air"

(Paramount Pictures)

Mr. Reitman's Directorial Team:

• Unit Production Manager: Michael Beugg

• First Assistant Director: Jason Blumenfeld

• Second Assistant Director: Sonia Bhalla

• Assistant Unit Production Manager: Samson Mucke

• Second Second Assistant Director: Joseph Payton

• Additional Second Assistant Director: Heather L. Hogan

QUENTIN TARANTINO

"Inglourious Basterds"

(The Weinstein Company and Universal Pictures)

Mr. Tarantino's Directorial Team:

• Unit Production Manager: Gregor Wilson

• Unit Production Manager (Germany): Michael Scheel

• First Assistant Director: Carlos Fidel

• Second Assistant Director: Miguel Angelo Pate

• Second Second Assistant Directors: Jill Moriarty, Tanja Däberitz

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"An Education" Leads 2010 BAFTA Film Awards Longlist, "Inglourious Basterds" Not Far Behind! 


"An Education" led the 2010 BAFTA film awards. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced its longlist and the coming-of-age drama scored 17 mentions including best film, director, and actress for Carey Mulligan.

Not too far behind was Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" with 15 mentions and Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" scored 12. Meanwhile, James Cameron's "Avatar" and Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones" received 11 mentions apiece.

This longlist will be cut down to a shortlist from 15 mentions per category (except Best Animated Film) to 5. They will be announced January 21st. Then, the winners will be crowned one month later on Feb. 21st.

Here's the full BAFTA longlist:

BEST FILM
"Avatar"
"District 9"
"An Education"
"Gran Torino"
"The Hurt Locker"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"Invictus"
"Moon"
"Precious"
"The Road"
"A Serious Man"
"A Single Man"
"Star Trek"
"Up"
"Up in the Air"

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
"Crazy Heart"
"The Damned United"
"District 9"
"An Education"
"Fantastic Mr Fox"
"In the Loop"
"Invictus"
"Let the Right One In"
"The Lovely Bones"
"Me and Orson Welles"
"Precious"
"The Road"
"A Single Man"
"Star Trek"
"Up in the Air"

DIRECTOR
"Avatar"
"Bright Star"
"District 9"
"An Education"
"Fish Tank"
"Gran Torino"
"The Hurt Locker"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"Invictus"
"Moon"
"Precious"
"A Prophet"
"A Serious Man"
"Up"
"Up in the Air"

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
"Avatar"
"Bright Star"
"Broken Embraces"
"Fish Tank"
"Gran Torino"
"The Hangover"
"The Hurt Locker"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"It's Complicated"
"Moon"
"Nowhere Boy"
"A Prophet"
"A Serious Man"
"Up"
"The Young Victoria"

MAKE UP AND HAIR
"Avatar"
"Bright Star"
"Coco Before Chanel"
"District 9"
"An Education"
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"Julie and Julia"
"Me and Orson Welles"
"Nine"
"Nowhere Boy"
"The Road"
"Star Trek"
"The Young Victoria"

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
"2012"
"Avatar"
"District 9"
"Fantastic Mr Fox"
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
"The Hurt Locker"
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"The Lovely Bones"
"Moon"
"The Road"
"Star Trek"
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
"Watchmen"
"Where the Wild Things Are"

SOUND
"Avatar"
"District 9"
"An Education"
"Fantastic Mr Fox"
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
"The Hurt Locker"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"The Lovely Bones"
"Moon"
"Nine"
"Nowhere Boy"
"The Road"
"Star Trek"
"Up"
"Where the Wild Things Are"

EDITING
"Avatar"
"Bright Star"
"District 9"
"An Education"
"The Hurt Locker"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"The Lovely Bones"
"Moon"
"Precious"
"The Road"
"A Serious Man"
"A Single Man"
"Star Trek"
"Up"
"Up in the Air"

COSTUME DESIGN
"Avatar"
"Bright Star"
"Coco Before Chanel"
"District 9"
"An Education"
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"Me and Orson Welles"
"Nine"
"Nowhere Boy"
"Sherlock Holmes"
"A Single Man"
"Star Trek"
"The Young Victoria"

PRODUCTION DESIGN
"Avatar"
"Bright Star"
"Coco Before Chanel"
"District 9"
"An Education"
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
"The Hurt Locker"
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"The Lovely Bones"
"Moon"
"The Road"
"Sherlock Holmes"
"A Single Man"
"Star Trek"

CINEMATOGRAPHY
"Avatar"
"Bright Star"
"Coco Before Chanel"
"District 9"
"An Education"
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
"The Hurt Locker"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"The Lovely Bones"
"Moon"
"The Road"
"A Serious Man"
"A Single Man"
"Star Trek"
"Up in the Air"

ANIMATED FILM
"Coraline"
"Disney's A Christmas Carol"
"Fantastic Mr Fox"
"Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs"
"Up"

MUSIC
"Avatar"
"Bright Star"
"Coraline"
"Crazy Heart"
"An Education"
"Fantastic Mr Fox"
"The Hurt Locker"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"The Lovely Bones"
"Moon"
"Nine"
"Nowhere Boy"
"Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll"
"Up"
"Up in the Air"

LEADING ACTOR
Aaron Johnson (John Lennon) - "Nowhere Boy"
Andy Serkis (Ian Dury) - "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll"
Ben Whishaw (John Keats) - "Bright Star"
Brad Pitt (Lt. Aldo Raine) - "Inglourious Basterds"
Clint Eastwood (Walt Kowalski) - "Gran Torino"
Colin Firth (George) - "A Single Man"
George Clooney (Ryan Bingham) - "Up in the Air"
Jeff Bridges (Bad Blake) - "Crazy Heart"
Jeremy Renner (William James) - "The Hurt Locker"
Michael Sheen (Brian Clough) - "The Damned United"
Morgan Freeman (Nelson Mandela) - "Invictus"
Peter Capaldi (Malcolm Tucker) - "In the Loop"
Peter Sarsgaard (David) - "An Education"
Sam Rockwell (Sam Bell) - "Moon"
Viggo Mortensen (Man) - "The Road"

LEADING ACTRESS
Abbie Cornish (Fanny Brawne) - "Bright Star"
Amy Adams (Julie Powell) - "Julie and Julia"
Audrey Tautou (Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel) - "Coco Before Chanel"
Carey Mulligan (Jenny) - "An Education"
Emily Blunt (Queen Victoria) - "The Young Victoria"
Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) - "Precious"
Helen Mirren (Sofya Tolstoy) - "The Last Station"
Katie Jarvis (Mia) - "Fish Tank"
Maggie Gyllenhaal (Jean Craddock) - "Crazy Heart"
Marion Cotillard (Luisa Contini) - "Nine"
Melanie Laurent (Shosanna Dreyfus) - "Inglourious Basterds"
Meryl Streep (Jane) - "It's Complicated"
Meryl Streep (Julia Child) - "Julie and Julia"
Penelope Cruz (Lena) - "Broken Embraces"
Saoirse Ronan (Susie Salmon) - "The Lovely Bones"

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Aaron Wolff (Danny Gopnik) - "A Serious Man"
Alan Rickman (Professor Severus Snape) - "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
Alec Baldwin (Jake) - "It's Complicated"
Alfred Molina (Jack) - "An Education"
Anthony Mackie (J.T. Sanborn) - "The Hurt Locker"
Brian Geraghty (Owen Eldridge) - "The Hurt Locker"
Christian McKay (Orson Welles) - "Me and Orson Welles"
Christoph Waltz (Col. Landa) - "Inglourious Basterds"
Christopher Plummer (Leo Tolstoy) - "The Last Station"
Dominic Cooper (Danny) - "An Education"
Matt Damon (Francois Pienaar) - "Invictus"
Stanley Tucci (Mr Harvey) - "The Lovely Bones"
Stanley Tucci (Paul Child) - "Julie & Julia"
Timothy Spall (Peter Taylor) - "The Damned United"
Zachary Quinto (Spock) - "Star Trek"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Anna Kendrick (Natalie Keener) - "Up in the Air"
Anne-Marie Duff (Julia) - "Nowhere Boy"
Claire Danes (Sonja Jones) - "Me and Orson Welles"
Diane Kruger (Bridget von Hammersmark) - "Inglourious Basterds"
Emma Thompson (Headmistress) - "An Education"
Julianne Moore (Charley) - "A Single Man"
Kristin Scott Thomas (Mimi) - "Nowhere Boy"
Mariah Carey (Mrs Weiss) - "Precious"
Mo'Nique (Mary) - "Precious"
Olivia Williams (Miss Stubbs) - "An Education"
Penelope Cruz (Carla) - "Nine"
Rachel Weisz (Abigail Salmon) - "The Lovely Bones"
Rosamund Pike (Helen) - "An Education"
Susan Sarandon (Grandma Lynn) - "The Lovely Bones"
Vera Farmiga (Alex Goran) - "Up in the Air"

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"Thor" to Debut May 6, 2011 


Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment have announced that they're pushing up the release of "Thor" by two weeks to May 6, 2011.

Why? Because "Spider-Man 4" has been delayed.

As soon as Paramount and Marvel moved up "Thor," Disney took its original May 20, 2011 slot to put "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" as a replacement.

So troubles in the "Spider-Man" paradise? Variety tells us that "strategic shuffling came one day after Sony confirmed that lensing of "Spider-Man 4" has been delayed because of script issues and that it may not make the May 6 deadline. Sony said it wasn't abandoning the date, a highly-coveted frame since it is the first weekend of summer. Studio said it is still hoping to complete the film in time."

So there are still chances for "Spider-Man 4" to be released on the same date. If that happens, who do you think will take the box-office thunder? Will "Thor" move?

Or will it be "Thor" vs "Spider-Man 4?" I personally would like to see "Thor" more than good, old Spidey.

But it'll be exciting! It's Marvel vs. Marvel!

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