Finally, "True Grit" Shoots Past Competition, Takes Box-Office Crown!  


Bullseye for "True Grit!" The Coen brothers remake took the No. 1 spot to become the first Western to reach the magical $100 million mark since the 1990s.

Starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, and Hailee Steinfeld, "True Grit" has sold $110.4 million box-office tickets. ("True Grit" movie review, interview with Barry Pepper)

Previous weekend's box-office champ, Universal's "Little Fockers" fell to No. 2 with $13.8 million. The threequel starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro has made $124 million, the lowest of the "Meet the Parents" franchise.

And not even Nicolas Cage's blond locks could save "Season of the Witch." The supernatural thriller failed to dominate the box-office and instead debuted at No. 3 with $10.7 million.

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office Films list for weekend of Jan. 7:

1. "True Grit," $15 million.

2. "Little Fockers," $13.8 million.

3. "Season of the Witch," $10.7 million.

4. "Tron: Legacy," $9.8 million.

5. "Black Swan," $8.4 million.

6. "Country Strong," $7.3 million.

7. "The Fighter," $7 million.

8. "The King's Speech," $6.811 million.

9. "Yogi Bear," $6.81 million.

10. "Tangled," $5.2 million.

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National Society of Film Critics Likes "The Social Network," Jesse Eisenberg 


David Fincher's "The Social Network" topped the National Society of Film Critics Awards winning four categories including Best Picture, Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg), Best Director for Fincher, and Aaron Sorkin winning Best Screenplay.

The best part of me? Olivia Williams from "The Ghost Writer" won Best Supporting Actress yay! Check out my interview with the actress when I met her for "Ghost Writer" and I told her -- she deserved to win Best Supporting Actress! Watch my interview with Williams right here.

Check the complete list of winners below (winners are highlighted -- numbers by names show total votes):

BEST ACTOR
*1. Jesse Eisenberg 30 – The Social Network

2. Colin Firth 29 – The King’s Speech
2. Edgar Ramirez 29 – Carlos

BEST ACTRESS
*1. Giovanna Mezzogiorno 33 – Vincere

2. Annette Bening 28 – The Kids Are All Right
3. Lesley Manville 27 – Another Year

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
*1. Geoffrey Rush 33 – The King’s Speech

2. Christian Bale 32 – The Fighter
3. Jeremy Renner 30 – The Town

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
*1. Olivia Williams 37 – The Ghost Writer

2. Amy Adams 28 – The Fighter
3. Melissa Leo 23 – The Fighter
3. Jacki Weaver 23 – Animal Kingdom

BEST PICTURE
*1. The Social Network 61

2. Carlos 28
3. Winter’s Bone 18

BEST DIRECTOR
*1. David Fincher 66 – The Social Network

2. Olivier Assayas 36 – Carlos
3. Roman Polanski 29 – The Ghost Writer

BEST NONFICTION
*1. Inside Job 25 (Charles Ferguson)

2. Exit Through the Gift Shop 21 (Banksy)
3. Last Train Home 15 (Lixin Fan)

BEST SCREENPLAY
*1. Aaron Sorkin 73 – The Social Network

2. David Seidler 25 – The King’s Speech
3. Roman Polanski and Robert Harris 19 – The Ghost Writer

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
*1. Carlos 31

2. A Prophet 22
3. White Material 16

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
*1. True Grit 31 (Roger Deakins)

2. Black Swan 27 (Matthew Libatique)
3. Somewhere 18 (Harris Savides)

FILM HERITAGE AWARDS:
1. The Film Foundation (on its 20-year anniversary)
2. “Chaplin at Keystone” (Flicker Alley)
3. “Elia Kazan Collection” (Fox)
4. John Ford’s “Upstream” (1927), one of 75 films recently found in the New Zealand Film Archive and repatriated to the U.S. with the cooperation of the National Film Preservation Foundation
5. “On the Bowery” (Restored by Davide Pozzi of the Cineteca del Comune di Bologna’s L’Immagine Ritrovata in cooperation with the Rogosin Heritage and Anthology Film Archives and distributed by Milestone.)
6. “Word Is Out” (Restored by Ross Lipman for the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Outfest Legacy Project and distributed by Milestone.)

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Will Elijah Wood Show Up as "Frodo" in "The Hobbit?" 


Elijah Wood is in talks to return to Middle Earth in Peter Jackson's adaptation of "The Hobbit." According to TheOneRing.Net, "the plans are to feature Frodo in the opening sequence of the films. It is unlikely that studio Warner Bros. or Team Jackson would change the script at this point in response to the web buzz so we may have just “spoiled” December 2012 for some, but we warned you."

So, although Frodo doesn't appear on the book, it appears Jackson and company will frame the movie with Frodo's narration. The main character of "The Hobbit" is Bilbo Baggins to be played by Martin Freeman.

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"Emily Rose" Director Wants to Fight "Goliath!" 


Scott Derrickson, the guy who gave us "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," wants to direct a new take on the David vs. Goliath Biblical tale according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Like "300," this one will be a period action movie with contemporary flair. The plot follows warrior Goliath as he is sent to track down a young shepherd named David who is foretold to be the king of the Israelites. What follows next is a battle of Biblical proportions.

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Ryan Gosling Interview for "Blue Valentine" 


The incredible Ryan Gosling turned in two incredible performances in 2010, one for “All Good Things,” and the other, for “Blue Valentine.” The latter, from Weinstein Company, is getting wider release this month, and you guys should not miss it! Gosling and Michelle Williams provided powerful performances in a movie that talks volumes about the degradation of love.

Check out my interview with Gosling where we talked about his attraction to making the film, and what’s up with the “love degradation” theme?



Here's more info on "Blue Valentine" from Yahoo:

The story of love found and love lost told in past and present moments in time. Flooded with romantic memories of their courtship, Dean and Cindy use one night to try and save their failing marriage.

Genres: Drama and Romance
Running Time: 1 hr. 54 min.
Release Date: December 29th, 2010 (limited)
MPAA Rating: R for strong graphic sexual content, language, and a beating.
Distributors: The Weinstein Company

Cast and Credits
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, John Doman, Mike Vogel, Maryann Plunkett
Directed by: Derek Cianfrance
Produced by: Jack Lechner, Jon Kamen, Scott Osman

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