"Up in the Air" Wins Scripter Award! 

"Up in the Air" soared high, taking home the top honors at the 2010 USC Libraries Scripter Awards. The film, based on Walter Kirn's novel, adapted by Sheldon Turner and director Jason Reitman, beat out "Crazy Heart," "District 9," "An Education," and "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire."

Kirn, Reitman and Turner accepted the award from Dean Quinlan, selection committee chair Naomi Foner, and Glenn Sonnenberg, president of the Friends of the USC Libraries.

(Check out my movie review of "Up in the Air" here, and my interviews with the cast and Reitman right here)

"Up in the Air" is also nominated for multiple Oscar categories including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Directing for Reitman, Best Actor for George Clooney, and Best Supporting Actress noms for both Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick.

Eric Roth received the 2010 Scripter Literary Achievement Award for his great body of work which includes films such as "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Insider," "Forrest Gump," and "Munich."

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What a Stretch! Taylor Lautner to Star as "Stretch Armstrong" in 3D! 

Universal Pictures has signed Taylor Lautner to star in "Stretch Armstrong." It's another film based on a toy!

Stretch Armstrong's history, per Wikipedia, says:

Stretch Armstrong was in the shape of a well-muscled blond man wearing a pair of swimming trunks. Its most notable feature was that its arms and legs could stretch outwards, presumably without breaking.

The doll was re-issued in the 1990s with a canine sidekick, "Fetch Armstrong".[1][2] He also has an evil brother named Evil X-ray Wretch Armstrong who has a skull face, sports a mohawk and also stretches. Wretch Armstong seems to be a redesigned, smaller remake of Stretch X-Ray from 1977 who had an over sized exposed brain, alien creature looking face with a see through body that shows his internal organs.

Other similar releases were Stretch Monster, a reptilian green nemesis released by Kenner in 1978 and Fetch Armstrong, the figure's pliable canine counterpart released in the early 1990s by Cap Toys. Cap Toys also released Stretch Vac-Man while ToyQuest released Super Morphman, both of which were filled with a granular solid instead of the viscous liquid found in the other figures. A vacuum pump which attached to the heads of these figures removed the air from within and allowed for considerable, but not unlimited, stretching ability.

The film version, which is being planned in 3D, will open sometime in 2012. The logline for the film has an uptight spy who stumbles upon a stretching formula -- thus, enabling him to stretch and fight big bads!

Well, Lautner sure has charm, but can he pull off carrying a film on his own? I still don't think he can truly act, I believe, in my humble opinion, that most of his scenes in "Twilight" and "New Moon" as Jacob were barely passable, sometimes, laughable, sorry Twihards.

Among the "Twilight" cast, at least Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are both stretching their acting skills. Stewart, who was so memorable in "Into the Wild," continues to choose edgy roles such as her much-buzzed role as Joan Jett in "The Runaways."

Pattinson also has admirable career choices such as the film adaptation of the 1885 novel "Bel Ami" and will also star in theatre production for producer David Pugh.

Lautner, on the other hand, seems to be choosing the action star path. He's using his martial arts background to star as Max Steel for Paramount, and now, as Stretch Armstrong.

He sure has the charisma, and the buff bod to star as a super hero who stretches, but Lautner really needs to stretch his acting muscles now. It's time for Jacob to take a cue from Bella and Edward.

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"Dear John" Movie Review! I Wrote Letters to Cast and Director! 

Based on Nicholas Sparks' novel, "Dear John" comes complete with the cliches associated with the author. So guess what? I wrote letters to Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, and director Lasse Hallström, take a look!

Here's more info on "Dear John" from Yahoo:

Cast and Credits
Starring: Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Richard Jenkins, Henry Thomas, D.J. Cotrona (II)
Directed by: Lasse Hallström (II)
Produced by: Tucker Tooley, Jeremiah Samuels, Toby Emmerich
See Full Cast and Credits

A soldier home on leave falls for a conservative college girl. Instead of returning home to her, he reenlists after the attacks on September 11th, 2001. Time and distance begin to take a toll on the young lovers.

Genres: Drama, Romance and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 42 min.
Release Date: February 5th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sensuality and violence.
Sony Pictures Releasing

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Eric Bana to Play Saoirse Ronan's Dad in Intriguing Action Thriller! 

There are many intriguing elements in "Hanna," an upcoming action movie from Focus Features.

*** First, Eric Bana is returning to action, which is always a welcome treat

*** Saoirse Ronan -- yes, I love this young actress! She mesmerized us in "Atonement" and, she was great in "The Lovely Bones." And in "Hanna," she'll play a teenage assassin!

*** Ronan is returning to the loving arms of her "Atonement" director, Joe Wright

Seth Lochhead and David Farr wrote the script, and The Hollywood Reporter is saying that "Bana will play Ronan’s father in the story of a 14-year-old Eastern European girl saved from a CIA breeding camp and raised by her dad to be a cold-blooded killing machine. After finding peace with a French family, the girl is dragged back to her father’s world, and she must fight her way to a free life."


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Get Ready for "Fast and Furious" Part Five! Now Known as "Fast Five!" 

Universal Pictures made huge money with the last "Fast and Furious" that the studio has announced a fifth installment currently being called..."Fast Five." As opposed to "Furious Five," oh wait, that was from "Kung Fu Panda."

Variety is saying that the "studio has closed deals with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, director Justin Lin and producer Neal Moritz to return to the franchise, which has become one of the studio's most lucrative."

The script is being written by long-time "Fast and Furious" scribe Chris Morgan and finds our heroes Dom (Diesel) and Brian (Walker) on the run from the long arms of the law.

Production is set to being later in the year for a 2011 release.

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