"The Secret Life of Bees" Wins Big at the NAACP Image Awards 


Congratulations to "The Secret Life of Bees." The film won big at the NAACP Image Awards, while the organization is celebrating its 100-year anniversary! Yay!

Here's the full list of the winners of the Film Awards category:

FILM AWARDS

Actor in a motion picture
Will Smith, "Seven Pounds" (Columbia Pictures)

Actress in a motion picture
Rosario Dawson, "Seven Pounds" (Columbia Pictures)

Supporting actor in a motion picture
Columbus Short, "Cadillac Records" (Sony Music Film/Parkwood Pictures)

Supporting actress in a motion picture
Taraji P. Henson, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount)

Motion picture
"The Secret Life of Bees" (Fox Searchlight)

Independent motion picture
"Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight)

Documentary (theatrical or televison)
"The Black List" (HBO)

Foreign motion picture
"The Class" (Sony Pictures Classics)

Directing in a motion picture (theatrical or television)
Gina Prince-Bythewood, "The Secret Life of Bees" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Writing in a motion picture (theatrical or television)
Jenny Lumet, "Rachel Getting Married" (Sony Pictures Classics)

For Television, Music, and Literary Awards categories, click here to see the winners.

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Happy Valentine's Weekend! It's All About Love! 


Yes, I heart y'all! So I compiled ALL my Valentine-related posts!

First, My Favorite Romantic Films in written form!

A great way to spend Valentine's Day with the one you love is at home with a good romantic film.

Just open your box of chocolates, snuggle up with your sweetheart and be transported into the wonderful world of romance only Hollywood can provide.

Need some ideas? Here's my top 10 romantic films of all time:

1. “Casablanca” (1942): This one just gets better with age. Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart appear in black and white, but the romantic plot set against the backdrop of World War II is replete with colorful passion.

2. “Titanic” (1997): The doomed voyage of lovestruck Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet is my favorite guilty pleasure! Whenever this film is on, I forget everything and focus on the incredible romance between Jack and Rose.

3. “Gone with the Wind” (1939): The chemistry between Rhett (Clark Gable) and Scarlett (Vivienne Leigh) is utterly compelling. This movie proves a good romantic movie doesn't always end happily.

4. “West Side Story” (1961): The music, choreography and great set design play supporting roles in the love story between Tony (Richard Beymer) and Maria (Natalie Wood). This Romeo and Juliet tale set in New York's concrete jungle will melt your heart.

5. “Ghost” (1990): As soon as you hear the Righteous Brothers singing “Unchained Melody,” you know you're in for one of the most touching romantic films ever made. This movie transcends the supernatural, and I cry whenever I see Patrick Swayze, bathed in glowing light, saying goodbye to Demi Moore.

6. “Annie Hall” (1977): This Oscar-winning movie made a star out of Diane Keaton. The love affair between her iconic title character and Allen's Alvy Singer is at once neurotic and bittersweet.

7. “Breakfast at Tiffany's” (1961): Based on the novel by Truman Capote and directed by Blake Edwards, this film will make you believe in love! Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard dazzle in this entertaining delight, and the song “Moon River” sets the perfect mood.

8. “The Notebook” (2004): Nicholas Sparks' novel is the basis of this tearjerker. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling play a young couple who will show that their love can withstand the test of time. Endless love indeed.

9. “Love Story” (1970): The chemistry between Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw is palpable, and the film's popular tagline “love means never having to say you're sorry” is still relevant today.

10. “When Harry Met Sally” (1989): Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal star as friends who fear that sex would ruin their friendship. Even though the film is known for the famous fake orgasm scene, its sweet story is the one that will put you in the mood.

Then, watch the video version of my TOP 10 FAVE ROMANTIC FILMS:



And finally, a music video I created a while back, featuring the song "Check Yes Juliet" by We the Kings. I put all my fave romantic films in the mix! Have fun! :happy



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Watch My "Confessions of a Shopaholic" Movie Review! Let's Go Shopping! 


"CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC" is an entertaining no-brainer made special by the appearance of the lovely and talented Isla Fisher :)

Fisher truly IS the film!

Before you watch my review, check out my full interviews with the cast and crew of "CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC":

ISLA FISHER INTERVIEW

PRODUCER JERRY BRUCKHEIMER INTERVIEW

DIRECTOR P.J. HOGAN INTERVIEW

HUGH DANCY INTERVIEW

KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS INTERVIEW

KRYSTEN RITTER INTERVIEW

And now, without further adieu, watch my fun movie review :happy




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See the New Trailer of Quentin Tarantino's Upcoming Flick, "Inglorious Basterds" 
I have to admit, I'm digging this trailer, and looking forward to its release date, August 21!

Pay close attention to Brad Pitt in all his "killing Nazis" glory.

What's the film about? From The Weinstein Company:

"In German-occupied France, Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa. Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris, where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema. Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine organizes a group of Jewish soldiers to engage in targeted acts of retribution. Known to their enemy as "The Basterds," Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget Von Hammersmark on a mission to take down the leaders of The Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquee, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own."



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I Wasn't Fired, Director Catherine Hardwicke Says of "Twilight" Sequel 


Another day, another "Twilight"-inspired news!

This time, "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke revealed she was not fired from making the sequel "New Moon" but it was her choice to drop out claiming she didn't want to make the movie under a tight deadline and with budget constraints.

According to WENN:

She says, "I was devastated. I really did feel a strong connection to the people around the world that liked the movie - and to Stephenie (Meyer, Twilight author) and the actors. But I just didn't think I could make a good movie under those circumstances."


So there you have it folks, the first female director to score the biggest debut ever in U.S. box-office history ($69.6 million buckaroos) hath spoken!

Do you believe her? Or did Summit Entertainment give her a pink slip?

Meanwhile, let's hope and pray that director Chris Weitz will do justice to "New Moon" so all the fans, both of the book and the film franchise, will be very happy.

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