DGA Announces Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries  


The Directors Guild of America has announced the nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2009.

The winner will be revealed at the 62nd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 30, 2010, at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

I love all these documentaries, so try to check them out when you can. My favorite to win is Louie Psihoyos for "The Cove," a great documentary about the senseless killing of dolphins in a cove near Taijii, Japan.

But "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" is near and dear to my heart as well.

And now, the nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2009 are:

SACHA GERVASI
Anvil! The Story of Anvil
(Metal On Metal Productions)
This is Mr. Gervasi's first DGA Award nomination.

MAI ISKANDER
Garbage Dreams
(Iskander Films, Inc.)
This is Ms. Iskander's first DGA Award nomination.

ROBERT KENNER
Food, Inc.
(Robert Kenner Films)
This is Mr. Kenner's first DGA Award nomination.

LOUIE PSIHOYOS
The Cove
(Oceanic Preservation Society and Roadside Attractions)
This is Mr. Psihoyos' first DGA Award nomination.

GEOFFREY SMITH
The English Surgeon
(Eyeline Films)
This is Mr. Smith's first DGA Award nomination.

AGNES VARDA
The Beaches of Agnes
(Cine-Tamaris, Paris)
This is Ms. Varda's first DGA Award nomination.

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Daniel Craig to Replace Robert Downey Jr. in "Cowboys & Aliens?" 


Robert Downey Jr. bowed out of the sci-fi western film "Cowboys & Aliens" citing scheduling conflicts. He was set to star as the gunslinger Zeke Jackson for his "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau but the actor is just busy, busy, busy.

So Daniel Craig is stepping in, although reps for the James Bond actor said it was too early to confirm.

Based on the 2006 graphic novel, "Cowboys & Aliens" is about extraterrestrials who land in Arizona in the mid-19th century. Now, a group of cowboys and Apache Indians must bond together to fight these out-of-this world creatures.

The film written by "Star Trek" vets Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof is being produced by DreamWorks which is planning to release the movie in summer 2011.

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Who Will Star as the Beatles in "Yellow Submarine" Remake? 


Dean Lennox Kelly, Adam Campbell, Peter Serafinowicz, and Cary Elwes will be living in a "Yellow Submarine" for director Robert Zemeckis. The helmer, who also wrote the script, is going to utilize the 3D performance-capture technology he used for "A Christmas Carol." Zemeckis is remaking the film for Walt Disney Pictures.

From left to right -- Kelly will be playing John Lennon, Campbell will be Ringo Starr, Serafinowicz will be portraying Paul McCartney, and Elwes will be George Harrison.

The psychedelic 1968 animated flick was based on the music by the Beatles and told the story of Old Fred who meets up with the quartet and travels in a yellow submarine to Pepperland. The big bad? The Blue Meanies -- I'm wondering who will play them?

The Hollywood Reporter tells us, "The Beatles tribute band the Fab Four will be motion-captured as the ensemble for the musical performance sequences though -- since actual Beatles music will be utilized (licensed from Sony/ATV and EMI-Capitol Records) -- they won't actually be performing the 16 songs used in the movie."

For now, let's relive the glory days of "Yellow Submarine" by watching the super-funky original trailer:



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American Cinema Editors Love Sci-Fi Films! Check Out ACE Eddie Awards Nominations! 


The American Cinema Editors have released their nominations for the 2010 ACE Eddie Awards and sci-fi films dominated the Feature Film category.

Winners will be revealed on Feb. 14th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. And there's a strong chance that the winner of the ACE Eddie will also win the Oscar for Best Editing.

Here are the nominees for the 60th Annual ACE Eddie Awards:

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC):

Avatar
Stephen Rivkin, A.C.E., John Refoua, A.C.E. &
James Cameron, A.C.E.

District 9
Julian Clarke

The Hurt Locker
Bob Murawski & Chris Innis

Star Trek
Maryann Brandon, A.C.E. & Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E.

Up in the Air
Dana Glauberman, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):

500 Days of Summer
Alan Edward Bell

The Hangover
Debra Neil-Fisher, A.C.E.

Julie & Julia
Richard Marks, A.C.E.

A Serious Man
Roderick Jaynes

It's Complicated
Joe Hutshing, A.C.E. & David Moritz

BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:

Coraline
Christopher Murrie & Ronald Sanders

Fantastic Mr. Fox
Andrew Weisblum

UP
Kevin Nolting

BEST EDITED HALF-HOUR SERIES FOR TELEVISION:

30 Rock: "Apollo Apollo"
Ken Eluto, A.C.E.

Curb Your Enthusiasm: "The Bare Midriff"
Steven Rasch, A.C.E.

Entourage: "The Sorkin Notes"
Steven Sprung, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:
(First time with 5 Nominees)


24: "8pm-9pm"
Leon Ortiz Gil, A.C.E.

Breaking Bad: "ABQ"
Lynne Willingham, A.C.E.

ER: "And in the End"
Randy Jon Morgan, A.C.E. & Jacque Toberen

Law & Order SVU: "Hardwired"
Karen Stern, A.C.E.

Lost: "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham"
Christopher Nelson, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION:

Dexter: "Living the Dream"
Stewart Schill

Dexter: "Remains to be Seen"
Louis Cioffi

True Blood: "Hard-Hearted Hannah"
Louise Innes

BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR TELEVISION:

Grey Gardens
Alan Heim, A.C.E. & Lee Percy, A.C.E.

Into The Storm
John Bloom & Antonia Van Drimmelen

Taking Chance
Lee Percy, A.C.E. & Brian A. Kates, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY:

The Cove
Geoffrey Richman

Food, Inc.
Kim Roberts

This Is It
Don Brochu & Kevin Stitt, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED REALITY SERIES:

The Deadliest Catch: Stay Focused Ordie
Kelly Coskran & Josh Earl

Expedition Africa: Stanley and Livingstone
Jonathon Braun, A.C.E., Brad Ley, Sven Pape &
Molly Schock

Top Chef: The Last Supper
Annie Tighe, Alan Hoang, Adrienne Salisbury &
Kevin Leffler

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"Spider-Man 4" SCRAPPED! Tobey Maguire, Sam Raimi OUT! 


"Spider-Man" fans, start sending nasty emails to Columbia Pictures!

The studio has scrapped plans for "Spider-Man 4!" Why? So it can make a younger, cheaper reboot!

Variety
tells us that "star Tobey Maguire and helmer Sam Raimi, who were both set for big paydays for "Spider Man 4," will no longer be involved in the franchise as Col moves forward with a high school-aged Peter Parker pic, which will bow theatrically in summer 2012."

Why is Columbia acting so haphazardly? Because the studio needs to move forward with developing "Spider-Man" films or the property will revert back to Disney/Marvel!

Columbia revealed last week that "Spider-Man 4" was on hold indefinitely, which prompted Paramount to move "Thor" to its original May 6, 2011 planned release date.

Variety further reveals:

The studio has long prepared for the contingency of "Spider Man 4" falling apart and already has a James Vanderbilt-penned script about a teenage Peter Parker ready to shoot. That film, which has no director or star attached, is now in preproduction. The new version will likely cost far less than a "Spider Man 4" given that Columbia, which has a mandate not to give away more than 25% of the gross, won't be paying the high salaries or gross points to returning talent.


This is lame, lame, lame! I think the reason why the "Spider-Man" franchise was successful was because of the great tandem between Raimi and Maguire. Now, our webslinging hero will be back in high school and will continue to ponder human problems.

Huh?

But Raimi seems to be taking it all in stride. The director says, "while we were looking forward to doing a fourth one together, the studio and Marvel have a unique opportunity to take the franchise in a new direction, and I know they will do a terrific job."

Raimi is probably tired of the franchise already, but still, count me out of the new "Spider-Man" flick. I ain't buying it!

Columbia is currently looking for a new actor and director for their planned reboot.

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