Watch New "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" Official Trailer! 


I can't wait for this movie! I enjoyed reading the book by Seth Grahame-Smith, and I enjoyed "Wanted" by Timur Bekmambetov who is also directing "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."

And just watching the trailer brings back memories of the book, so that's a really good sign! For me at least! Produced by Tim Burton, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" tells the tale of our beloved President, and how his problems with the Civil War mirror the drama surrounding the increasing number of dangerous vampires!

Benjamin Walker plays Lincoln, Dominic Cooper is Henry Sturgess, Mary Elizabeth Winstead is Mary Todd Lincoln, Rufus Sewell is Adam, and Anthony Mackie is William Johnson. The script is co-written by Grahame-Smith (another good sign) and Simon Kinberg (2009's "Sherlock Holmes" and the upcoming "This Means War").

Twentieth Century Fox is releasing "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" in 3D on June 22nd. I can't wait but I can skip the 3D part!



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"The Artist" Wins Big at British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)! Check Out Complete List of Winners! 


Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" dominated the Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) taking home 7 trophies including Best Film, Best Director (Hazanavicius), Best Actor (Jean Dujardin), Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Music. "The Artist" won 7 out of its 12 nominations.

Tomas Alfredson's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" was also a big BAFTA winner taking home the Best British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay awards.

In the acting categories, Meryl Streep won the Best Actress award for her Margaret Thatcher performance in "The Iron Lady," Christopher Plummer was given the Best Supporting Actor award for "Beginners," and Octavia Spencer won the Best Supporting Actress award for "The Help."

Here's the full list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2012 Orange British Academy Film Awards (to check out winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here):

BEST FILM
*** THE ARTIST Thomas Langmann
THE DESCENDANTS Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
DRIVE Marc Platt, Adam Siegel
THE HELP Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN Simon Curtis, David Parfitt, Harvey Weinstein, Adrian Hodges
SENNA Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Manish Pandey
SHAME Steve McQueen, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Abi Morgan
*** TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Tomas Alfredson, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo,
Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN Lynne Ramsay, Luc Roeg, Jennifer Fox, Robert Salerno,
Rory Stewart Kinnear

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
ATTACK THE BLOCK Joe Cornish (Director/Writer)
BLACK POND Will Sharpe (Director/Writer), Tom Kingsley (Director), Sarah Brocklehurst (Producer)
CORIOLANUS Ralph Fiennes (Director)
SUBMARINE Richard Ayoade (Director/Writer)
*** TYRANNOSAUR Paddy Considine (Director), Diarmid Scrimshaw (Producer)

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
INCENDIES Denis Villeneuve, Luc Déry, Kim McGraw
PINA Wim Wenders, Gian-Piero Ringel
POTICHE François Ozon, Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer
A SEPARATION Asghar Farhadi
*** THE SKIN I LIVE IN Pedro Almodóvar, Agustin Almodóvar

DOCUMENTARY
GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD Martin Scorsese
PROJECT NIM James Marsh, Simon Chinn
*** SENNA Asif Kapadia

ANIMATED FILM
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN Steven Spielberg
ARTHUR CHRISTMAS Sarah Smith
*** RANGO Gore Verbinski

DIRECTOR
*** THE ARTIST Michel Hazanavicius
DRIVE Nicolas Winding Refn
HUGO Martin Scorsese
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Tomas Alfredson
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN Lynne Ramsay

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
*** THE ARTIST Michel Hazanavicius
BRIDESMAIDS Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig
THE GUARD John Michael McDonagh
THE IRON LADY Abi Morgan
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS Woody Allen

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
THE DESCENDANTS Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
THE HELP Tate Taylor
THE IDES OF MARCH George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
MONEYBALL Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin
*** TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan

LEADING ACTOR
BRAD PITT Moneyball
GARY OLDMAN Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
GEORGE CLOONEY The Descendants
*** JEAN DUJARDIN The Artist
MICHAEL FASSBENDER Shame

LEADING ACTRESS
BÉRÉNICE BEJO The Artist
*** MERYL STREEP The Iron Lady
MICHELLE WILLIAMS My Week with Marilyn
TILDA SWINTON We Need to Talk About Kevin
VIOLA DAVIS The Help

SUPPORTING ACTOR
*** CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER Beginners
JIM BROADBENT The Iron Lady
JONAH HILL Moneyball
KENNETH BRANAGH My Week with Marilyn
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN The Ides of March

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
CAREY MULLIGAN Drive
JESSICA CHASTAIN The Help
JUDI DENCH My Week with Marilyn
MELISSA MCCARTHY Bridesmaids
*** OCTAVIA SPENCER The Help

ORIGINAL MUSIC
*** THE ARTIST Ludovic Bource
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
HUGO Howard Shore
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Alberto Iglesias
WAR HORSE John Williams

CINEMATOGRAPHY
*** THE ARTIST Guillaume Schiffman
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Jeff Cronenweth
HUGO Robert Richardson
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Hoyte van Hoytema
WAR HORSE Janusz Kaminski

EDITING
THE ARTIST Anne-Sophie Bion, Michel Hazanavicius
DRIVE Mat Newman
HUGO Thelma Schoonmaker
*** SENNA Gregers Sall, Chris King
TINKER TAILOR SOLIDER SPY Dino Jonsater

PRODUCTION DESIGN
THE ARTIST Laurence Bennett, Robert Gould
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
*** HUGO Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana MacDonald
WAR HORSE Rick Carter, Lee Sandales

COSTUME DESIGN
*** THE ARTIST Mark Bridges
HUGO Sandy Powell
JANE EYRE Michael O'Connor
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN Jill Taylor
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY Jacqueline Durran

MAKE UP & HAIR
THE ARTIST Julie Hewett, Cydney Cornell
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin
HUGO Morag Ross, Jan Archibald
*** THE IRON LADY Marese Langan
MY WEEK WITH MARILYN Jenny Shircore

SOUND
THE ARTIST Nadine Muse, Gérard Lamps, Michael Krikorian
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 James Mather, Stuart Wilson, Stuart Hilliker, Mike Dowson, Adam Scrivener
*** HUGO Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty, Tom Fleischman, John Midgley
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY John Casali, Howard Bargroff, Doug Cooper, Stephen Griffiths, Andy Shelley
WAR HORSE Stuart Wilson, Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson, Richard Hymns

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN Joe Letteri
*** HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 Tim Burke, John Richardson, Greg Butler, David Vickery
HUGO Rob Legato, Ben Grossman, Joss Williams
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White
WAR HORSE Ben Morris, Neil Corbould

SHORT ANIMATION
ABUELAS Afarin Eghbal, Kasia Malipan, Francesca Gardiner
BOBBY YEAH Robert Morgan
*** A MORNING STROLL Grant Orchard, Sue Goffe

SHORT FILM
CHALK Martina Amati, Gavin Emerson, James Bolton, Ilaria Bernardini
MWANSA THE GREAT Rungano Nyoni, Gabriel Gauchet
ONLY SOUND REMAINS Arash Ashtiani, Anshu Poddar
*** PITCH BLACK HEIST John Maclean, Gerardine O'Flynn
TWO AND TWO Babak Anvari, Kit Fraser, Gavin Cullen

THE ORANGE WEDNESDAYS RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
*** ADAM DEACON
CHRIS HEMSWORTH
CHRIS O’DOWD
EDDIE REDMAYNE
TOM HIDDLESTON

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American Society of Cinematographers Hail "The Tree of Life!" 


The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) chose Emmanuel Lubezki's work on Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" as the best of 2011 and won the ASC Awards! This was the second time Lubezki won the award with 2006's "Children of Men" as his first. BUT, the cinematographer has not won an Oscar yet despite 5 nominations! But there may be hope. Wally Pfister won the ASC award last year for Christopher Nolan's "Inception" and took home the Oscar as well!

Here's the complete list of the winners of the American Society of Cinematographers Awards (for a complete list of winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here)

Feature Film: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
Television Movie/Miniseries: Martin Ruhe, Page Eight
Half-hour Episodic Series: Michael Weaver, Californication
One-hour Episodic Series: Jonathan Freeman, Boardwalk Empire
ASC Career Achievement in Television: Bill Wages
ASC Presidents Award: Francis Kenny
ASC Lifetime Achievement Award: Harrison Ford
ASC Lifetime Achievement Award: Dante Spinotti

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Romantics Swoon Over "The Vow" with $41.7 Million, "Journey 2" Dominates International Box-Office 


Just in time for Valentine's Day, the romantic drama "The Vow" starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams won the weekend box office with a No. 1 debut with $41.7 million opening! ("The Vow" movie review)

At No. 2 was the action thriller "Safe House" starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. The Universal flick opened with $39.3 million.

Debuting at No. 3 was the sequel "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island." Starring Dwayne Johnson, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens, and Michael Caine, the action adventure opened domestically with a strong $27.6 million. But international fans catapulted the 3D film to No. 1 with $25.5 million while "The Vow" opened at No. 5 with $9.7 million. ("Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" movie review right here, and win prizes from the movie right here)

But the "Star Wars" 3D re-release, "The Phantom Menace," failed to match the 3D re-release of "The Lion King." "Star Wars" only managed to make $23 million domestically and $20.5 million internationally. Disney's re-release of "The Lion King" roared with $30.2 million in September.

Here's the estimated Top 10 domestic box-office films for weekend of Feb. 10th (for the international box-office, take a look below)

1. "The Vow," $41.7 million ($9.7 million international).

2. "Safe House," $39.3 million ($10.2 million international).

3. "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," $27.6 million ($25.5 million international).

4. "Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace" in 3-D, $23 million ($20.5 million international).

5. "Chronicle," $12.3 million.

6. "The Woman in Black," $10.3 million.


7. "The Grey," $5.1 million.

8. "Big Miracle," $3.9 million ($400,000 international).

9. "The Descendants," $3.5 million.

10. "Underworld Awakening," $2.5 million.

International box-office figures:

1. "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," $25.5 million.

2. "Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace" in 3-D, $20.5 million.

3. "Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol," $11.5 million.

4. "Safe House," $10.2 million.

5. "The Vow," $9.7 million.

6. "Underworld Awakening," $8.7 million.

7. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," $8.4 million.

8 (tie). "The Descendants," $7.8 million.

8 (tie). "Jack and Jill," $7.8 million.

10. "The Woman in Black," $6.7 million.

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We Will Always Love Whitney Houston and Will See Her Upcoming Movie "Sparkle!' 


Adele might have dominated the 2012 Grammys but the solemn spirit of Whitney Houston's untimely death marked the festivities. I grew up loving her songs in the 80s, humming to "I Will Always Love You" in the 90s, and even watching her movies throughout the decade such as "The Bodyguard" and "Waiting to Exhale." And in the 2000s, I was aghast at her rapid downfall marked by her appearance in "Being Bobby Brown."

But in August 17th of this year, Houston will once again take the center stage with her final film performance in Sony's "Sparkle." The studio has revealed that they will release the film as planned. Starring Jordin Sparks, the remake of the 1976 movie starring Irene Cara chronicles the rise of an all-girl singing group similar to the Supremes.

Houston plays the mother of three daughters who launch a singing group and according to the Hollywood Reporter, she "has a big gospel number, the classic "Eyes on the Sparrow" and duets with Sparks on a new R. Kelly song, "Celebrate," over the end credits."

We will watch "Sparkle" on August 17th to pay homage to the voice!

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