National Society of Film Critics Pick "Amour" for Best Picture 

Yay, my favorite foreign language film of 2012 led the National Society of Film Critics. Michael Haneke's "Amour" took the picture of the year honors with the director taking home the directing trophy. "Amour" beat "The Master" and "Zero Dark Thirty," while Haneke edged out Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty") and Paul Thomas Anderson ("The Master).

Here's the list of winners; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies this season, click here:

Picture: "Amour"
Actor: Daniel Day Lewis ("Lincoln")
Actress: Emmanuelle Riva ("Amour")
Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey ("Bernie," "Magic Mike")
Supporting Actress: Amy Adams ("The Master")
Director: Michael Haneke ("Amour")
Non-Fiction: ("The Gatekeepers")
Cinematography: Mihai Malaimare, Jr. ("The Master")
Screenplay: Tony Kushner, "Lincoln"

Here's how the National Society of Film Critics voted for Best Picture and Director:

*1. Amour (Sony Classics) – 28
2. The Master – 25
3. Zero Dark Thirty – 18

*1. Michael Haneke (Amour) – 27
2. Kathryn Bigelow – 24
2. Paul Thomas Anderson – 24

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We're All Going to Hell! "Texas Chainsaw 3D" Tops Box-Office! 

Move over Bilbo Baggins, here comes Leatherface! Lionsgate's "Texas Chainsaw 3D" slashed away competition and surprised everyone by debuting at No. 1 with $23 million.

Holding steady at No. 2 was Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" with $20.1 million adding to its domestic total of $106.4 million.

And after reigning supreme at the box-office, it's finally time for Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" to step down. The first part of the planned three-quel slipped to No. 3 with $17.5 million. But don't fret for our lovely hobbits, the blockbuster has made $263.8 million in the U.S. and $500 million overseas for a total of $800 million. Precious indeed!

"Les Miserables" became the fastest musical to crossover the $100 million mark. The Universal adaptation of the Broadway show finished at No. 4 with $16.1 million for a domestic total of $103.6 million.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of Jan. 4th:

1. "Texas Chainsaw 3-D," $23 million.

2. "Django Unchained," $20.1 million.

3. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," $17.5 million.

4. "Les Miserables," $16.1 million ($14.5 million international).

5. "Parental Guidance," $10.1 million.

6. "Jack Reacher," $9.3 million ($22.3 million international).

7. "This Is 40," $8.6 million.

8. "Lincoln," $5.3 million.

9. "The Guilt Trip," $4.5 million.

10. "Promised Land," $4.3 million.

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It Sure Is Nice to Know Me (HA!) Special Newspaper Article Written About Yours Truly! 

Nicole C. Brambila from The Desert Sun, the Gannet-owned newspaper in the Palm Springs market, wrote an article about moi! Yay! And it's a well-written article about my life as a film critic, marketing director, and just about my life in general. Here's an excerpt:

INDIO — Manny Dela Rosa gives kisses, not stars for the movies he loves.

It fits his over-the-top, bubbly persona. This is Manny The Movie Guy. And yes, he is.

“Why do you think I’m a marketing director?” says the 44-year-old Dela Rosa. “It feeds me. But being a film critic is my passion.”

With the Oscar nominations announcement just days away, we sat down with Dela Rosa to chat about golden statues, his crazy obsession with “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and his favorite celebrity interviews.

But to get inside the head of the desert’s favorite movie critic, we have to go to the Philippines, where Dela Rosa was born and spent his formative years. He moved to Indiana as a bright-eyed 20-year-old to go to college in the late 1980s, but not before he performed on Filipino TV as a dancer in his “skinny” days.

His first job in the U.S.?

(To read more, click here)

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24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Highlights 

The 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is currently underway. And it’s in my hood! I live in the lovely Coachella Valley, and the Film Festival is surely one of our biggest highlights of the year! This is important, not only in the valley, but also in Hollywood. The Film Festival is one of the major stops on the road to Oscar glory. And this awards season, there are many sure-fire Oscar contenders that are visiting our lovely Palm Springs for the red carpet gala happening on Saturday, January 5th. I will be live on the red carpet to interview stars such as Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Sally Field, Helen Hunt, and much, much more! Take a look at the star-studded roll call in this special segment on the 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF).

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"Perks of Being a Wallflower" Receives Writers Guild Awards Nomination! See Complete List of Nominees! 

The Writers Guild of America has announced nominations for the 2013 Writers Guild Awards honoring outstanding achievement in writing for the screen. And I'm sooo happy that Stephen Chbosky, who also wrote the book and directed "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," is nominated for the Adapted Screenplay category.

Some of the usual suspects this awards season made the cut such as "Moonrise Kingdom" (another yay!), "The Master," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Argo," "Lincoln," and "Silver Linings Playbook." Missing are "Django Unchained," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," and "Les Miserables."

We'll find out who will win the 2013 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17th.

Here's the complete list of nominees; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:


Flight, Written by John Gatins; Paramount Pictures

Looper, Written by Rian Johnson; TriStar Pictures

The Master, Written by Paul Thomas Anderson; The Weinstein Company

Moonrise Kingdom, Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola; Focus Features

Zero Dark Thirty, Written by Mark Boal; Columbia Pictures


Argo, Screenplay by Chris Terrio; Based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article “The Great Escape” by Joshuah Bearman; Warner Bros. Pictures

Life of Pi, Screenplay by David Magee; Based on the novel by Yann Martel; 20th Century Fox

Lincoln, Screenplay by Tony Kushner; Based in part on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin; DreamWorks Pictures

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Screenplay by Stephen Chbosky; Based on his book; Summit Entertainment

Silver Linings Playbook, Screenplay by David O. Russell; Based on the novel by Matthew Quick; The Weinstein Company


The Central Park Five, Written by Sarah Burns and David McMahon and Ken Burns; Sundance Selects

The Invisible War, Written by Kirby Dick; Cinedigm Entertainment Group
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films

Searching for Sugar Man, Written by Malik Bendejelloul; Sony Pictures Classics

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, Written by Brian Knappenberger; Cinetic Media

West of Memphis, Written by Amy Berg & Billy McMillin; Sony Pictures Classics

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