Wolfe Video CEO Comes Out in Support of Independent Filmmakers 


SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) is getting attention with opponents of the controversial federal anti-piracy legislation picking up steam, according to MSNBC, while its supporters are backing off.

The Obama administration has expressed concerns about SOPA and there's an Internet blackout being planned for tomorrow, Wednesday. So far, voting for both SOPA and it's sister, PIPA (The Protect IP Act), has been delayed, at least for now.

But the real story is how piracy is affecting those who work for the industry. Most recently, Kathy Wolfe, Founder and CEO of Wolfe Video and Wolfe Releasing, has written an editorial on HuffingtonPost.com saying how piracy affects independent filmmakers. "Not only has piracy negatively affected our bottom line, but more significantly, it has undermined the careers of many talented aspiring filmmaker," according to Wolfe.

Well said! Read the whole article right here.

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The Importance of Satellite TV in Your Movie Watching! Check Out Upcoming Films, Interviews! 


Written by guest writer Catherine Atkins:

The concept of “new movies” is changing rapidly, as new films are moving from the theaters to your home screen more quickly than ever before. Largely thanks to premium satellite tv deals and special movie programs, you can often find movies available for home viewing only a few weeks after they landed in theaters to begin with. This is great for movie fans, as it has eliminated the impatient waiting time that used to separate movie and dvd releases. Now, when you look forward to a film hitting the theaters, you may as well already be looking forward to watching it at home! So, here are some of the hottest movies that will be hitting the screens early in 2012.

Red Tails – This film from producer George Lucas and director Anthony Hemingway tells the true story of a bold and unique group of African-American fighter pilots in World War II. At a time at which African-Americans in the U.S. military still faced a great deal of discrimination, this group of pilots – known as the Tuskegee Airmen – fought fearlessly in the air over the war, earning themselves hero status and impacting the war. The film features the likes of Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding, Jr. in a promising cast.

The Grey – This is a somewhat strange looking film, featuring Liam Neeson in the main role as the leader of a group of men whose plane has crashed in the northern wilderness of Alaska. Fans have come to love Neeson’s typical grit and ruggedness through films like Taken and Unknown, and this time around it seems the popular actor has run out of men to fight – now, he’s fighting wolves. This one should, if nothing else, be full of entertaining action. (Manny the Movie Guy has special upcoming interviews with the cast headed by Liam Neeson and director Joe Carnahan)

Man On A Ledge – Another early 2012 thriller, Man On A Ledge looks to follow in the path of movies like Phonebooth and Collateral, which feature people stuck in stagnant locations while trying to free themselves. In Man On A Ledge, Sam Worthington gets the starring role as Nick Cassidy, a wrongly accused diamond thief who climbs out onto a ledge high above New York City in and effort to prove his own innocence. Cassidy seeks to distract the city while his brother and others work to capture the man who framed Cassidy in the diamond theft. (Check back for Manny the Movie Guy's one-on-one interviews with Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks)

The Woman In Black – This is a crime/mystery movie that some have likened to a horror film, and which is starting to generate a lot of curiosity among fans. The film features a young lawyer who discovers that a village he has to work in is being haunted by a ghost seeking revenge for events from her life. The reason for the curiosity? Simple: The young lawyer is played by Daniel Radcliffe, in his first major cinematic role since bringing Harry Potter to life.

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"The Artist" Dominates 2012 British Academy Film Awards! See Complete List of BAFTA Nominees! 


Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" led the nominees of the 2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards. The Golden Globe-winning silent film received 12 nominations including Best Picture, Director, and Original Screenplay.

Tomas Alfredson's "Tinker Tailor Solder Spy" followed with 11 nods, Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" received 9, while "My Week with Marilyn" got 6, and "The Help" and "War Horse" each received 5 nominations.

"The Artist" was also honored for Original Music, Cinematography, Editing, Make Up & Hair, Costume Design, Sound and Production Design. Jean Dujardin received a Leading Actor nomination and his co-star, Bérénice Bejo was given a Leading Actress nod.

During the round one voting of the members of the British Academy, the BAFTA longlist was announced where "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "My Week with Marilyn" received 16 nods. Round two yielded official nominations where the two films gave way to "The Artist." (Check out the BAFTA longlist right here)

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" was relegated to its usual categories -- Make Up & Hair, Production Design, Sound and Special Visual Effects.

Winners of the Orange British Academy Film Awards will be revealed on Sunday, February 12th at the Royal Opera House. The ceremony will be hosted by Stephen Fry, with the red carpet coverage presented by Edith Bowman.

Here's the full list of nominees for the 2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards (to check out winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here):

BEST FILM
THE ARTIST Thomas Langmann
THE DESCENDANTS Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
DRIVE Marc Platt, Adam Siegel
THE HELP Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN Simon Curtis, David Parfitt, Harvey Weinstein, Adrian Hodges
SENNA Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Manish Pandey
SHAME Steve McQueen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Abi Morgan
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Tomas Alfredson, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo,
Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN Lynne Ramsay, Luc Roeg, Jennifer Fox, Robert Salerno,
Rory Stewart Kinnear

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
ATTACK THE BLOCK Joe Cornish (Director/Writer)
BLACK POND Will Sharpe (Director/Writer), Tom Kingsley (Director), Sarah Brocklehurst (Producer)
CORIOLANUS Ralph Fiennes (Director)
SUBMARINE Richard Ayoade (Director/Writer)
TYRANNOSAUR Paddy Considine (Director), Diarmid Scrimshaw (Producer)

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
INCENDIES Denis Villeneuve, Luc Déry, Kim McGraw
PINA Wim Wenders, Gian-Piero Ringel
POTICHE François Ozon, Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer
A SEPARATION Asghar Farhadi
THE SKIN I LIVE IN Pedro Almodóvar, Agustin Almodóvar

DOCUMENTARY
GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD Martin Scorsese
PROJECT NIM James Marsh, Simon Chinn
SENNA Asif Kapadia

ANIMATED FILM
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN Steven Spielberg
ARTHUR CHRISTMAS Sarah Smith
RANGO Gore Verbinski

DIRECTOR
THE ARTIST Michel Hazanavicius
DRIVE Nicolas Winding Refn
HUGO Martin Scorsese
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Tomas Alfredson
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN Lynne Ramsay

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
THE ARTIST Michel Hazanavicius
BRIDESMAIDS Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig
THE GUARD John Michael McDonagh
THE IRON LADY Abi Morgan
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS Woody Allen

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
THE DESCENDANTS Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
THE HELP Tate Taylor
THE IDES OF MARCH George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
MONEYBALL Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan

LEADING ACTOR
BRAD PITT Moneyball
GARY OLDMAN Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
GEORGE CLOONEY The Descendants
JEAN DUJARDIN The Artist
MICHAEL FASSBENDER Shame

LEADING ACTRESS
BÉRÉNICE BEJO The Artist
MERYL STREEP The Iron Lady
MICHELLE WILLIAMS My Week with Marilyn
TILDA SWINTON We Need to Talk About Kevin
VIOLA DAVIS The Help

SUPPORTING ACTOR
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER Beginners
JIM BROADBENT The Iron Lady
JONAH HILL Moneyball
KENNETH BRANAGH My Week with Marilyn
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN The Ides of March

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
CAREY MULLIGAN Drive
JESSICA CHASTAIN The Help
JUDI DENCH My Week with Marilyn
MELISSA MCCARTHY Bridesmaids
OCTAVIA SPENCER The Help

ORIGINAL MUSIC
THE ARTIST Ludovic Bource
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
HUGO Howard Shore
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Alberto Iglesias
WAR HORSE John Williams

CINEMATOGRAPHY
THE ARTIST Guillaume Schiffman
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Jeff Cronenweth
HUGO Robert Richardson
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Hoyte van Hoytema
WAR HORSE Janusz Kaminski

EDITING
THE ARTIST Anne-Sophie Bion, Michel Hazanavicius
DRIVE Mat Newman
HUGO Thelma Schoonmaker
SENNA Gregers Sall, Chris King
TINKER TAILOR SOLIDER SPY Dino Jonsater

PRODUCTION DESIGN
THE ARTIST Laurence Bennett, Robert Gould
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
HUGO Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana MacDonald
WAR HORSE Rick Carter, Lee Sandales

COSTUME DESIGN
THE ARTIST Mark Bridges
HUGO Sandy Powell
JANE EYRE Michael O'Connor
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN Jill Taylor
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Jacqueline Durran

MAKE UP & HAIR
THE ARTIST Julie Hewett, Cydney Cornell
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin
HUGO Morag Ross, Jan Archibald
THE IRON LADY Marese Langan
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN Jenny Shircore

SOUND
THE ARTIST Nadine Muse, Gérard Lamps, Michael Krikorian
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 James Mather, Stuart Wilson, Stuart Hilliker, Mike Dowson, Adam Scrivener
HUGO Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty, Tom Fleischman, John Midgley
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY John Casali, Howard Bargroff, Doug Cooper, Stephen Griffiths, Andy Shelley
WAR HORSE Stuart Wilson, Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson, Richard Hymns

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN Joe Letteri
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 Tim Burke, John Richardson, Greg Butler, David Vickery
HUGO Rob Legato, Ben Grossman, Joss Williams
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White
WAR HORSE Ben Morris, Neil Corbould

SHORT ANIMATION
ABUELAS Afarin Eghbal, Kasia Malipan, Francesca Gardiner
BOBBY YEAH Robert Morgan
A MORNING STROLL Grant Orchard, Sue Goffe

SHORT FILM
CHALK Martina Amati, Gavin Emerson, James Bolton, Ilaria Bernardini
MWANSA THE GREAT Rungano Nyoni, Gabriel Gauchet
ONLY SOUND REMAINS Arash Ashtiani, Anshu Poddar
PITCH BLACK HEIST John Maclean, Gerardine O'Flynn
TWO AND TWO Babak Anvari, Kit Fraser, Gavin Cullen

THE ORANGE WEDNESDAYS RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
ADAM DEACON
CHRIS HEMSWORTH
CHRIS O’DOWD
EDDIE REDMAYNE
TOM HIDDLESTON

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Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Adore "Weekend," Meryl Streep, Michael Fassbender! Check Out Full List of Dorian Awards Winners! 


The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA), of which I'm a proud voting member, has announced the winners for the best in film and television of 2011. Taking the top spot at the Dorian Awards is Andrew Haigh's daring gay film "Weekend" which won Film of the Year!

Meryl Streep was given the Film Performance of the Year award for her Golden Globe-winning portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." Michael Fassbender received the We're Wilde About You Rising Star of the Year for his raw, emotional performance in "Shame" and for being awesome in everything he starred in in 2011 (he's the male equivalent of Jessica Chastain)!

A celebratory toast will be held Sunday, February 19 in Los Angeles.

Here's the full list of winners (highlighted), for your complete Awards Season guide, click here)

FILM OF THE YEAR

Midnight in Paris / Sony Pictures Classics

The Artist / The Weinstein Company

The Descendants / Fox Searchlight

The Skin I Live In / Sony Pictures Classics

The Tree of Life / Fox Searchlight

Weekend / Sundance

FILM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Christopher Plummer / Beginners (Focus Features)

Leonardo DiCaprio / J Edgar (Warner Bros.)

Janet McTeer / Albert Nobbs (Liddell Entertainment)

Meryl Streep / The Iron Lady (The Weinstein Company)

Michael Fassbender / Shame (Fox Searchlight)

Rooney Mara / The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Columbia)

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR (Film, DVD or TV)


Carol Channing: Larger Than Life / Entertainment One

Cave of Forgotten Dreams / Sundance

Page One: Inside the New York Times / Magnolia Pictures

Pina / IFC Films

We Were Here / Red Flag Releasing

LGBT-THEMED FILM OF THE YEAR

Albert Nobbs / Liddell Entertainment

Beginners / Focus Features

Pariah / Focus Features

Tomboy / Rocket Releasing

Weekend / Sundance

LGBT-THEMED DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR

Becoming Chaz / World of Wonder

Bill Cunningham New York / Zeitgeist

Making the Boys / 4th Row Films

Vito / Automat Pictures

We Were Here / Red Flag Releasing

CAMPY (INTENTIONAL OR NOT) FILM OF THE YEAR

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never / Paramount

Kaboom / Desperate Pictures

The Muppets / Disney

Thor / Paramount

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 / Summit

UNSUNG FILM OF THE YEAR

50/50 / Summit Entertainment

Insidious / FilmDistrict

Jane Eyre / Focus Features

Warrior / Lionsgate

Win Win / Fox Searchlight

TV DRAMA OF THE YEAR

American Horror Story / FX

Downton Abbey / PBS

Homeland / Showtime

Mildred Pierce / HBO

The Good Wife / CBS

TV COMEDY OF THE YEAR

Modern Family / ABC

Louie / FX

30 Rock / NBC

The Big Bang Theory / CBS

Happy Endings / ABC

TV MUSICAL PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

A Very Gaga Thanksgiving / ABC

Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On / HBO

Glee / Fox (TIE)

Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour / HBO (TIE)


The Voice / NBC

TV PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Bryan Cranston / Breaking Bad / AMC

Claire Danes / Homeland / Showtime

Jessica Lange / American Story / FX

Kate Winslet / Mildred Pierce / HBO

Madeline Stowe / Revenge / ABC

LGBT-THEMED TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

American Horror Story / FX

Happy Endings / ABC

Modern Family / ABC

RuPaul’s Drag Race / Logo

True Blood / HBO

CAMPY (INTENTIONAL OR NOT) TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

American Horror Story / FX

Hot In Cleveland / TV Land

Revenge / ABC

The A List New York / Logo

True Blood / HBO

UNSUNG TV SHOW OF THE YEAR

Enlightened / HBO

Happy Endings / ABC

Louie / FX

Pan Am / ABC

Parenthood / NBC

Suburgatory ABC

THE WE’RE WILDE ABOUT YOU RISING STAR AWARD

Elizabeth Olsen

Jessica Chastain

Melissa McCarthy

Michael Fassbender

Tom Hardy

WILDE WIT OF THE YEAR AWARD

Kathy Griffin

Kristen Wiig

Louis C.K.

Rachel Maddow

The Staff Writers of Happy Endings

TIMELESS STAR

Betty White

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My Best Interviews/Movie Reviews of 2011! Check Out My Fun Reel We Call…MTMG 5.0! 
Hi everyone, this is our continuing tradition of compiling my best of the best of 2011. From “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” interviews/red carpet to “Real Steel” movie reviews, I compiled the very best of my reviews, celebrity interviews, and movie specials.

This is a showcase of what little old me has done for 2011, and with ample blessings, I will continue doing what I love in 2012.

So without further adieu, here’s my 2011 reel, or as we like to call it, MTMG 5.0!

Have fun!




Here’s a breakdown of what you saw on my reel (Click each entry to see the full video):

“REEL STEEL” MOVIE REVIEW
DAKOTA GOYO INTERVIEW FOR “REAL STEEL”
ERIC BANA INTERVIEW FOR “HANNA”
CHRIS EVANS INTERVIEW FOR “CAPTAIN AMERICA”
HAYLEY ATWELL INTERVIEW FOR “CAPTAIN AMERICA”
SIGOURNEY WEAVER INTERVIEW FOR “ABDUCTION”
“CAPTAIN AMERICA” MOVIE REVIEW
“COWBOYS & ALIENS” MOVIE REVIEW
“DRIVE” MOVIE REVIEW
“FINAL DESTINATION 5” MOVIE REVIEW
“FINAL DESTINATION 5” INTERVIEWS
JASON MOMOA INTERVIEW FOR “CONAN THE BARBARIAN”
“FOOTLOOSE” MOVIE REVIEW
CRAIG BREWER “FOOTLOOSE” INTERVIEW
KENNY WORMALD AND JULIANNE HOUGH “FOOTLOOSE” INTERVIEW
“HAPPY FEET 2” MOVIE REVIEW
ELIJAH WOOD “HAPPY FEET 2” INTERVIEW
ROBIN WILLIAMS “HAPPY FEET 2” INTERVIEW
“SUPER 8” MOVIE REVIEW
ELLE FANNING “SUPER 8” INTERVIEW
“HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2” MOVIE REVIEW
“HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2” DVD PREMIERE
“HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2” MOVIE PREMIERE

KENNETH BRANAGH “THOR” INTERVIEW
CHRIS HEMSWORTH “THOR” INTERVIEW
SIR BEN KINGSLEY “HUGO” INTERVIEW
“KUNG FU PANDA 2” MOVIE REVIEW
JACK BLACK AND DUSTIN HOFFMAN “KUNG FU PANDA 2” INTERVIEW
EWAN MCGREGOR “BEGINNERS” INTERVIEW
BRAD BIRD “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL” INTERVIEW
“NEW YEAR’S EVE” MOVIE REVIEW
HILARY SWANK INTERVIEW FOR “NEW YEAR’S EVE”
ANNE HATHAWAY “ONE DAY” INTERVIEW
“PUSS IN BOOTS” MOVIE REVIEW
ANTONIO BANDERAS AND SALMA HAYEK INTERVIEW “PUSS IN BOOTS”
ZACH GALIFIANAKIS INTERVIEW “PUSS IN BOOTS”
“SUCKER PUNCH” INTERVIEW WITH EMILY BROWNING AND ABBIE CORNISH
JESSICA CHASTAIN “THE DEBT” INTERVIEW
SAM WORTHINGTON “THE DEBT” INTERVIEW
NICK NOLTE “WARRIOR” INTERVIEW
GAVIN O’CONNOR “WARRIOR” INTERVIEW
CHARLIZE THERON “YOUNG ADULT” INTERVIEW
JASON REITMAN “YOUNG ADULT” INTERVIEW
HARVEY WEINSTEIN “MY WEEK WITH MARILYN” INTERVIEW
GARY OLDMAN INTERVIEW FOR “TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY”
MICHAEL FASSBENDER INTERVIEW FOR “JANE EYRE”
“RED RIDING HOOD” MOVIE REVIEW
AMANDA SEYFRIED INTERVIEW FOR “RED RIDING HOOD”
MORGAN FREEMAN INTERVIEW FOR “BORN TO BE WILD”
MORGAN FREEMAN INTERVIEW FOR “DOLPHIN TALE”
HARRY CONNICK JR. INTERVIEW FOR “DOLPHIN TALE”
GINNIFER GOODWIN AND JOHN KRASINSKI INTERVIEW FOR “SOMETHING BORROWED”
“BRIDESMAIDS” MOVIE REVIEW
MELISSA MCCARTHY INTERVIEW FOR “BRIDESMAIDS”
“RIO” MOVIE REVIEW
“J. EDGAR” MOVIE REVIEW
“ARTHUR” MOVIE REVIEW
“X-MEN: FIRST CLASS” MOVIE REVIEW
“TOP 10 BEST HAUNTED HOUSE MOVIE EVER
“WARRIOR” MOVIE REVIEW
“GREEN LANTERN” MOVIE REVIEW
“PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES” MOVIE REVIEW
“THE RITE” MOVIE REVIEW
“SANCTUM” MOVIE REVIEW
“THE EAGLE” MOVIE REVIEW
“A MOTHER’S STORY” MOVIE REVIEW FOR THE FILIPINO CHANNEL

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