It's Official! Disney Hearts Dreamworks! 


As you found out all the drama last Friday, you know, Universal dumping Dreamworks because they found out the Spielberg-company was also secretly wooing Disney.

It's like one of the subplots in the weekend's box-office champion, "He's Just Not That Into You."

Well, Disney really is into Dreamworks because the Mouse signed a deal!

According to Variety:

Disney has inked an exclusive long-term distribution arrangement with DreamWorks.

Under the terms of the arrangement, Disney, under the Touchstone banner, will handle distribution and marketing for approximately six DreamWorks films each year. The first DreamWorks pic would bow in 2010.

DreamWorks principals Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider partnered with Mumbai-based Reliance in the fall to form a new company and immediately inked a distribution deal with Universal. The U deal fell apart Friday after the studio found out that DreamWorks was in negotiations with Disney.

"We're both thrilled and honored to be marketing and distributing all of DreamWorks' signature upcoming live-action motion pictures and to begin a new relationship with such respected colleagues as Steven, Stacey and their creative team at DreamWorks," Disney chairman Dick Cook said. "Steven has made some of the biggest and most loved films of all-time, and continues to be one of the great icons of our industry. Stacey has an impeccable reputation and a phenomenal track record for making a wide variety of quality films. Their motion pictures will be the perfect compliment to the already robust slate of Disney and Touchstone films being made by Oren Aviv and his team."


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Top 10 Best Romantic Films in time for Valentine's Day! 


Love is in the air and one way to spend Valentine's day with the love of your life is to stay home and watch a really good romantic film. Need ideas? Here's my TOP 10 list of the Best Romantic Films.

10. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY -- Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal star as friends who fear that sex would ruin their friendship. The movie's sweet story will put anyone in a great romantic mood.

9. LOVE STORY -- The film's popular tagline "love means never having to say you're sorry" is still relevant to this day.

8. THE NOTEBOOK -- Based on the book by nicholas sparks, the film shows how love can withstand the test of time. In short, love is endless.

7. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S -- Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard dazzle in this high entertainment delight!

6. ANNIE HALL -- The love affair between Diane Keaton's unforgettable character, Annie Hall, and Woody Allen's Alvy Singer is at once neurotic and bittersweet.

5. GHOST -- As soon as you hear the Righteous Brothers singing Unchained Melody, you know your'e in for one of the most touching romantic films ever made. This film proves love transcends the supernatural.

4. WEST SIDE STORY -- This is Romeo and Juliet told against the backdrop of New York City's concrete jungle. The love story between Tony and Maria is as powerful today.

3. GONE WITH THE WIND -- The love story between Rhett and Scarlett told against the Civil War backdrop is still mesmerizing.

2. TITANIC -- The doomed voyage of the lovestruck couple played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. I love this movie, it's an amazing work from director James Cameron.

1. CASABLANCA -- my favorite romantic film ever! Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart are spellbinding as former lovers during WWII. "Casablanca" gets better with age.

So there you have it movie buffs, my TOP 10 favorite romantic films. I HEART YOU, so watch the video :happy



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"Slumdog Millionaire" Top Dog at British Academy Film Awards 


"Slumdog Millionaire" continues its awards-season momentum by winning 7 at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA). Meanwhile, Kate Winslet picked up the Best Actress award for "The Reader" and Mickey Rourke for Best Actor for "The Wrestler."

Here's the complete list of winners for the 2009 BAFTA Awards:

BEST FILM
"Slumdog Millionaire"

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
"Man On Wire" - Simon Chinn / James Marsh

LEADING ACTOR
Mickey Rourke - "The Wrestler"

LEADING ACTRESS
Kate Winslet - "The Reader"

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Heath Ledger - "The Dark Knight"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Penélope Cruz - "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"

DIRECTOR
"Slumdog Millionaire" - Danny Boyle

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
"In Bruges" - Martin Mcdonagh

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
"Slumdog Millionaire" - Simon Beaufoy

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
"I've Loved You So Long" - Yves Marmion / Philippe Claudel

THE CARL FOREMAN AWARD FOR SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT BY A BRITISH DIRECTOR, WRITER OR PRODUCER FOR THEIR FIRST FEATURE FILM
Steve Mcqueen, director/writer - "Hunger"

ANIMATED FILM
"Wall-E" - Andrew Stanton

MUSIC
"Slumdog Millionaire" - A. R. Rahman

CINEMATOGRAPHY
"Slumdog Millionaire" - Anthony Dod Mantle

EDITING
"Slumdog Millionaire" - Chris Dickens

PRODUCTION DESIGN
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" - Donald Graham Burt / Victor J. Zolfo

COSTUME DESIGN
"The Duchess" - Michael O'connor

MAKE UP & HAIR
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" - Jean Black / Colleen Callaghan

SOUND
"Slumdog Millionaire" - Glenn Freemantle / Resul Pookutty / Richard Pryke / Tom Sayers / Ian Tapp

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" - Eric Barba / Craig Barron / Nathan Mcguinness / Edson Williams

SHORT ANIMATION
"Wallace And Gromit: A Matter of Loaf And Death" - Steve Pegram / Nick Park / Bob Baker

SHORT FILM
"September" - Stewart Le Maréchal / Esther May Campbell

ACADEMY FELLOWSHIP
Terry Gilliam

OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA
Pinewood Studios / Shepperton Studios

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"He's Just Not That Into You" Tops Box-Office  


Moviegoers have fallen into "He's Just Not That Into You." The romantic flick nabbed $27.5 million to debut at No. 1.

Previous No. 1 film, "Taken" fell down to No. 2 with $20.3 million, that's just a little drop from its previous No. 1 numbers of $24.7 million.

Meanwhile, "Coraline," featuring the voice of Dakota Fanning, debuted at No. 3 with $16.3 million. The other Fanning-starrer, "Push" didn't fare as well. The action-adventure debuted at No. 6 with $10.2 million.

Steve Martin's unnecessary Inspector Clouseau sequel, "The Pink Panther 2" debuted at No. 4 with $12 million.

Here's the complete Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of Feb. 6th:

1 He's Just Not That Into You $27,465,000
2 Taken $20,300,000
3 Coraline $16,335,000
4 The Pink Panther 2 $12,000,000
5 Paul Blart: Mall Cop $11,000,000
6 Push $10,204,000
7 Gran Torino $7,420,000
8 Slumdog Millionaire $7,400,000
9 The Uninvited $6,400,000
10 Hotel for Dogs $5,820,000

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Writers Guild Honors "Milk," "Slumdog" 


"Milk" emerged with an original screenplay honor at the 2009 WGA awards!

Dustin Lance Black, the film's scriptwriter said:

“I want to thank God for making my dreams come true, and I want to thank God for giving us Harvey Milk”


“Milk” beat the screenplays for "Burn After Reading," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," "The Visitor" and "The Wrestler."

Black was also honored by the WGA with the Paul Selvin award for his work on civil rights. According to Variety, Black revealed:

“We need to dream bigger than Proposition 8...I’m a child of Harvey Milk, and I’m a child of the movies. Those two things can inspire a guy to dream big.”

I love that, "a child of the movies." Yay!

Meanwhile, "Slumdog Millionaire" continues to dominate awards circuit. Scriptwriter Simon Beaufoy won for best adapted screenplay. "Slumdog" is based on a Vikas Swarup novel.



Oscar prognosticators take note! WGA winners are good predictors of Oscar winners.

Here's the complete list of winners for all categories including film, TV, radio, and videogame. Congratulations to all the winners!

SCREEN WINNERS

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“Milk,” Written by Dustin Lance Black, Focus Features

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“Slumdog Millionaire,” Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy, Based on the Novel Q and A by Vikas Swarup, Fox Searchlight Pictures

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
“Waltz with Bashir,” Written by Ari Folman, Sony Pictures Classics

TELEVISION WINNERS

DRAMATIC SERIES
“Mad Men,” Written by Lisa Albert, Jane Anderson, Rick Cleveland, Kater Gordon, David Isaacs, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Marti Noxon, Robin Veith, Matthew Weiner; AMC

COMEDY SERIES
“30 Rock,” Written by Jack Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Donald Glover, Andrew Guest, Matt Hubbard, Jon Pollack, John Riggi, Tami Sagher, Ron Weiner; NBC

NEW SERIES
“In Treatment,” Written by Rodrigo Garcia, Bryan Goluboff, Davey Holmes, William Merritt Johnson, Amy Lippman, Sarah Treem; HBO

EPISODIC DRAMA – any length – one airing time
“Pilot” (Breaking Bad), Written by Vince Gilligan; AMC

EPISODIC COMEDY – any length – one airing time
“Succession” (30 Rock), Written by Andrew Guest & John Riggi; NBC

LONG FORM – ORIGINAL
“Recount,” Written by Danny Strong; HBO

LONG FORM – ADAPTATION
“John Adams,” “Episode 1, Join or Die,” Teleplay by Kirk Ellis, Based on the book by David McCullough; “Episode 2, Independence,” Teleplay by Kirk Ellis, Based on the book by David McCullough; HBO

ANIMATION – any length – one airing time
“Apocalypse Cow” (The Simpsons), Written by Jeff Westbrook; Fox

COMEDY/VARIETY – (INCLUDING TALK) SERIES
“Saturday Night Live,” Head Writers Seth Meyers, Andrew Steele, Paula Pell, Writers Doug Abeles, James Anderson, Alex Baze, Jessica Conrad, James Downey, Charlie Grandy, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, John Lutz, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney, Paula Pell, Simon Rich, Marika Sawyer, Akiva Schaffer, Robert Smigel, John Solomon, Emily Spivey, Andrew Steele, Kent Sublette, Jorma Taccone, Bryan Tucker, Additional Sketches by Robert Carlock; NBC

COMEDY/VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS
“2008 Film Independent Spirit Awards,” Written by Billy Kimball, Aaron Lee, Jennifer Celotta, Rainn Wilson; IFC/AMC

DAYTIME SERIALS
“As the World Turns,” Written by Jean Passanante, Leah Laiman, Courtney Simon, Lisa Connor, David A. Levinson, Peter Brash, Richard Culliton, Susan Dansby, Cheryl Davis, Leslie Nipkow; CBS

CHILDREN'S EPISODIC & SPECIALS
“Elmo's Christmas Countdown” (Sesame Workshop), Written by Joey Mazzarino; ABC

CHILDREN’S SCRIPT – LONG FORM OR SPECIAL
“Polar Bears” (The Naked Brothers Band), Written by Polly Draper; Nickelodeon

DOCUMENTARY – CURRENT EVENTS
“Bush's War: Part One” (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk; PBS

DOCUMENTARY – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS
“Secrets of the Parthenon” (NOVA), Written by Gary Glassman; PBS

NEWS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT
“ABC Weekend News,” Written by Joel Siegel, Karen Mooney, David Muir; ABC

NEWS – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
“Yankee Stadium and the New Gilded Age” (Bill Moyers Journal), Writers Bill Moyers & Michael Winship; PBS

RADIO WINNERS

DOCUMENTARY
“Black History Month,” Written by Anthony J. McHugh; CBS

NEWS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED OR BREAKING
“World News This Week,” Written by Marianne J. Pryor; ABC

NEWS – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
“Tributes,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS

PROMOTIONAL WRITING AND GRAPHIC ART WINNERS

ON-AIR PROMOTION (RADIO OR TELEVISION)
“Jericho: Two-Minute Drills,” Written by Eric Jacobson; CBS

TELEVISION GRAPHIC ANIMATION
“Medical Animations” (CBS Evening News), David Rosen; CBS

VIDEOGAME WINNERS

VIDEOGAME WRITING
“Star Wars: The Force Unleashed,” Writers Haden Blackman, Shawn Pitman, John Stafford and Cameron Suey, LucasArts

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