"Slumdog Millionaire" Continues Awards Domination! Cinematographers Honor the Film! 


The mixture of digital and 35 mm imagery, coupled with hand-held work paid off for "Slumdog Millionaire" and its director of photography, Anthony Dod Mantle!

The film beat "Revolutionary Road," "The Reader," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," and "The Dark Knight."

But "Dark Knight" director, Christopher Nolan, was honored by the ASC (The American Society of Cinematographers) as well. Nolan was presented the ASC Board of Governors Award.

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"Friday the 13th" Kills at the Box-Office 


Moviegoers love Jason Voorhees, putting "Friday the 13th" at the top of the box-office with $42.2 million, the highest for any horror opening. The remake beat previous record-holder, "The Grudge." The Sarah-Michelle Gellar-starrer sold $39.1 million in 2004.

Previous No. 1 film, "He's Just Not That Into You," fell to No. 2 with $19.6 million. Disney's comedy "Confessions of a Shopaholic" landed in No. 4 with $15.4 million, while Sony's thriller "The International" is No. 7 with $10 million.

Here's the complete list of the Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of Feb. 13:

1. "Friday the 13th," $42.2 million.
2. "He's Just Not That Into You," $19.6 million.
3. "Taken," $19.3 million.
4. "Confessions of a Shopaholic," $15.4 million.
5. "Coraline," $15.3 million.
6. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," $11.7 million.
7. "The International," $10 million.
8. "The Pink Panther 2," $9 million.
9. "Slumdog Millionaire," $7.2 million.
10. "Push," $6.9 million.


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"Equus" Closed -- Sorry "Twilight" Fans, You Won't See Robert Pattinson Naked! 


Amidst nudity and much horsing around, "Equus" finished its Broadway run. But that didn't stop Robert Pattinson ("Twilight") fans from dreaming that their heartthrob is going to be on the show that prominently starred "Harry Potter's" Daniel Radcliffe.

After all, both actors appeared in two "Harry Potter" films.



But "Equus" producer, David Pugh said, that will not happen!

But he did admit that he will be working together with Pattinson on a theater project in 2010!

Rejoice Pattinson fans! You'll see the actor in the flesh! Yes, that's a double entendre :tongue

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"Wall-E's" Peter Gabriel Sticks it to Oscars! Singer Will Not Perform for the Awards Show!  


Peter Gabriel says he's not performing at the Academy Awards! Why?

Because the singer does not believe the time limitations of performing an Oscar-nominated song will do justice to his nominated "Down to Earth" from "Wall-E."

Apparently, all the Oscar-nominated songs will each be performed for only 60-65 seconds in a medley.

Gabriel said he does not believe the song will work in such a truncated form!

Good for him!

You should visit Gabriel's website to see him say:

"It's a bit unfortunate...The songwriters are a very small part of the filmmaking process but we still work bloody hard and deserve (a bigger part in the ceremony)."

Oh yeah, he calls himself "old fart" too :happy

Gabriel is hoping the Oscar telecast producers will re-think their move and reconsider full performances of each nominated song for next year's show.

HE SAID HE'LL STILL GO TO THE CEREMONY BECAUSE "It's a fun adventure," and he's hoping that the Soweto Gospel Choir will be booked to perform his nominated song.

I agree with Gabriel on this, and to think that there are only 3, count them, 3 nominees, can't the Oscar producers oblige?

Oh, and I'm still reeling from the Academy's omission of Bruce Springsteen's song from "The Wrestler."

Anyway, to refresh your lovely memories, here are the Oscar-nominated songs again. Guess who will win? My bet's on the closing theme of "Slumdog Millionaire," "Jai Ho." Come on, admit it, the song's fun and captures the spirit of the film! But I'll be happy if Gabriel wins, for I also love the mood of his song.

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

* “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, Lyric by Peter Gabriel
* “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Gulzar
* “O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman andMaya Arulpragasam

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"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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