"Hurt Locker," "Hangover," "Up" Top ACE Eddie Awards 


The American Cinema Editors (ACE) have picked the best edited films of 2009. "The Hurt Locker," "The Hangover," and "Up" won feature film competitions at the 60th annual ACE Eddie Awards.

"The Hurt Locker" won the dramatic category, "The Hangover" won for comedy or musical, and "Up" for the best animated feature film. "The Cove" won for best edited documentary.

Here's the complete list of ACE Eddie winners (For complete list of nominees, click here):

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC):
“The Hurt Locker”
Bob Murawski & Chris Innis

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL):
“The Hangover”
Debra Neil-Fisher, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“Up”
Kevin Nolting

BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY
“The Cove”
Geoffrey Richman

BEST EDITED HALF-HOUR SERIES FOR TELEVISION
30 Rock: “Apollo Apollo”
Ken Eluto, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR COMMERCIAL TELEVISION
Breaking Bad: “ABQ”
Lynne Willingham, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED ONE-HOUR SERIES FOR NON-COMMERCIAL TELEVISION
Dexter: “Remains to be Seen”
Louis Cioffi

BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR TELEVISION
Grey Gardens
Alan Heim, A.C.E. & Lee Percy, A.C.E.

BEST EDITED REALITY SERIES
The Deadliest Catch: “Stay Focused or Die”
Kelly Coskran & Josh Earl

STUDENT EDITING COMPETITION
Andrew Hellesen, Chapman University

TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD
Avid

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Meryl Streep to Channel John Gielgud in "Arthur" Remake? 


As we told you back in December of 2008, British Comedian, Russell Brand ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall"), is developing a remake of "Arthur," the lovely 1981 classic starring Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, and John Gielgud who won Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as the valet. (See "Remake Alert--'Arthur'")

Now, Roger Friedman from The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Meryl Streep is reportedly in talks to play Hobson, the valet character that Gielgud made famous.

Brand is going to play the title character, and writer Peter Baynham is penning the script based on the characters. But right now, there is no word yet on who's going to direct, or who will portray the character Liza Minnelli played in the original. Certainly not Lady Gaga!

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Moviegoers Love "Valentine's Day!" All-Star Flick Tops Box-Office Weekend! 


"Valentine's Day" received love from moviegoers as the star-studded romantic comedy opened with a hugely successful $52.4 million box-office take!

Director Garry Marshall knew how to mix both romantic and comedy into a super-sweet film with help from stars Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Biel, Shirley MacLaine, Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner.

(Watch my interviews with "Valentine's Day" stars right here, and my movie review right here)

It's being predicted that "Valentine's Day" will break the record set by "Ghost Rider" for the biggest four-day Presidents Day weekend haul. "Ghost Rider" made $52 million in 2007 for Presidents Day weekend, and Warner Bros. estimated "Valentine's Day" will break that record.

Fighting for No. 2 were "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" and "The Wolfman." In the end, "Percy Jackson" took the crown with $31.1 million, while Universal's werewolf saga settled for No. 3 with $30.6 million.

Coming in fourth was the still-strong "Avatar." The Academy Award-nominated sci-fi flick scored $22 million and has raised its domestic total to $659.6 million and worldwide to $2.35 billion!

"Dear John," previous weekend's box-office king and the tearjerker that toppled "Avatar" from the top spot, fell to the No. 5 position with $15.3 million, lifting its total to $53.2 million.

Here's the complete Top 10 list of Box Office films for weekend of Feb. 12th:

1. "Valentine's Day," $52.4 million.
2. "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief," $31.1 million.
3. "The Wolfman," $30.6 million.
4. "Avatar," $22 million.
5. "Dear John," $15.3 million.
6. "The Tooth Fairy," $5.6 million.
7. "From Paris With Love," $4.7 million.
8. "Edge of Darkness," $4.6 million.
9. "Crazy Heart," $4 million.
10. "When in Rome," $3.4 million.

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Art Directors Guild (ADG) Loves "Sherlock Holmes," "Avatar," "Hurt Locker" 


The Art Directors Guild (ADG) has announced winners of its Excellence in 2009 Production Design Awards. "Sherlock Holmes," "Avatar," and "The Hurt Locker" were the big winners in the film categories.

From film, to TV, to commercials and music videos, here's the complete list of winners:

WINNERS FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2009

*** Period Film

SHERLOCK HOLMES

Production Designer: SARAH GREENWOOD

*** Fantasy Film

AVATAR

Production Designers: RICK CARTER, ROBERT STROMBERG

*** Contemporary Film

THE HURT LOCKER

Production Designer: KARL JULIUSSON

WINNERS FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR TELEVISION IN 2009

*** Episode of a One-Hour Single Camera Television Series

MAD MEN "Souvenir"

Production Designer: DAN BISHOP

*** Television Movie or Mini-Series

GREY GARDENS

Production Designer: KALINA IVANOV

*** Episode of a Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series

WEEDS "Ducks and Tigers"

Production Designer: JOSEPH P. LUCKY

*** Episode of a Multi-Camera Variety or Unscripted Series

HELL'S KITCHEN "Episode 6004"

Production Designer: JOHN JANAVS

*** Awards, Music or Game Shows

51ST ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS

Production Designers: BRIAN STONESTREET, STEVE BASS

WINNERS FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR COMMERCIALS & MUSIC VIDEOS FOR 2009

ABSOLUT ANTHEM "In An Absolut World"

Production Designer: JAMES CHINLUND

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"Valentine's Day" Tops Friday's Box Office! Sweet! 


Viewers fell in love with "Valentine's Day" and put the film on the top spot for Friday. The all-star ensemble flick earned $14.6 million, making it the No. 1 movie to start the four-day President's Day weekend.

(Watch my interviews with "Valentine's Day" stars right here, and my movie review right here)

Meanwhile, Universal's remake, "The Wolfman" starring Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, and Emily Blunt, enjoyed a strong $9.8 million opening, putting the film on the No. 2 spot. (Watch my movie review of "The Wolfman" right here)

Debuting at No. 3 is Fox's family adventure "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief." The kid-magnet film attracted $9.7 million at the box office, slightly under "The Wolfman."

At fourth place is "Avatar" with $4.5 million, while "Dear John" made $4.1 million.

Many insiders are predicting that "Valentine's Day" will have a four-day total of $50 million because heck, it's Valentine's Day after all, and people are in the mood for love, or at least to watch many stars fall in and out of love.

Because after all, it's all about love.

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