This Oscar Weekend -- "Act of Valor" Defeats Competition with $24.7 Million! 


"Act of Valor," the propaganda movie about how cool it is to be a Navy Seal, easily topped the box-office this Oscar weekend. Released by Relativity Media and produced by the Bandito Brothers, the film with largely a cast of real-life Navy Seals took the No. 1 spot with $24.7 million.

Tyler Perry's first foray into the romantic drama genre also had a strong box-office showing. "Good Deeds" from Lionsgate opened at No. 2 with $16 million. Co-starring Thandie Newton and Gabrielle Union, the film surprisingly earned an A CinemaScore and 85 percent of the ticket-buyers were over the age of 25 -- a good sign for box-office longevity.

When I interviewed Perry for the film, he said that "Good Deeds" was a preparation of some sorts for his upcoming "Alex Cross" movie. He wanted to see if he has what it takes to be a leading man. (Check out my full interview with Tyler Perry right here, with Thandie Newton right here, and the adorable Gabrielle Union right here)

At No. 3 was "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" which held wel with $13.5 million. Previous weekend's box-office champ, "Safe House," landed at No. 4. Starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, "Safe House" sold $11.4 million worth of box-office tickets.

And Screen Gems has something to celebrate! For the first time, one of their titles has crossed teh $100 million mark. That, of course, was "The Vow" starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams. The romantic drama landed at No. 5 with $10 million but is being predicted to earn $103 million by Sunday!

But Universal and Summit might not be in any celebratory mood this weekend. Universal's raunchy comedy (and my pick of the week), "Wanderlust," failed to whet the appetite of moviegoers. Starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston, the funny R-rated flick only managed $6.6 million debuting at No. 8.

Summit's "Gone," starring Amanda Seyfried, also failed to sizzle! The abduction tale came in at No. 9 with $5 million. Targeted heavily to younger female audience, Summit has said that it has a net risk of $2 million, so I guess they're safe? (Check out my full interview with Amanda Seyfried for "Gone" right here)

Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office movies for Oscar weekend of Feb. 24th:

1. Act of Valor, 1/3,039, Relativity/Bandito Brothers, $24.7 million
2. Tyler Perry's Good Deeds, 1/2,132, Lionsgate, $16 million
3. Journey 2, 3/3,350, New Line/Warner Bros., $13.5 million, $76.7 million
4. Safe House, 3/3,052, Universal, $11.4 million, $98.1 million
5. The Vow, 2/3,038, Screen Gems/Spyglass, $10 million, $103 million
6. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, 2/3,174, Sony/Hyde Park, $8.8 million, $37.9 million
7. This Means War, 2/3,189, Fox, $8.5 million, $33.6 million
8. Wanderlust, 1/2,002, Universal, $6.6 million
9. Gone, 1/2,186, Summit, $5 million
10. The Secret World of Arrietty, 2/1,522, Disney/Studio Ghibli, $4.5 million, $14.7 million

SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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Adam Sandler Nominated for 11 RAZZIE Awards, Sets New Record! See Full RAZZIE Nominations List! 


On Oscar eve, Adam Sandler received some berry bad news -- all the three movies released by his Happy Madison Productions dominated the list of contenders for the 32nd Annual Razzie Awards!

Sandler beat Eddie Murphy's record for the most nominations by an individual in a single year! As either an actor, writer, and/or producer on "Jack & Jill," "Bucky Larson," and "Just Go With It," the star received 11 Razzie nominations and thereby crowned with the Worst Achievements in Film in 2011.

Sandler's abysmal cross-dressing fantasy comedy, "Jack & Jill" received 12 nods including Worst Picture. Sandler was nominated for Worst Actor for "Jack & Jill" and "Just Go With It." The actor was also nominated for Worst Actress for his role as Jill, Jack's twin sister.

Katie Holmes received a Worst Supporting Actress nod for the movie, as well as Oscar winner, Al Pacino, for gasp (!), playing himself!

Other Worst Picture contenders were "Bucky Larson," "New Year's Eve," "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," (the Razzies love calling this Michael Bay masterpiece "Trannies"), and "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1."

For the first time in Razzie history, all five nominated Worst Pictures were also duking it out for Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, and Worst Screen Ensemble."

"Winners" will be announced on Sunday, April 1, yup, April Fools' Day. Once upon a time, the Razzie Award "winners" were announced on Oscar eve, but the organizers changed the date to allow the Razzies more than 600 voting members additional time "to see the drek they will eventually dishonor" according to razzies.com.

And now, without further adieu, check out the nominees of the 32nd Annual Razzie Awards:

Worst Picture
BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR
Columbia Pictures / Happy Madison Productions

JACK & JILL
Columbia Pictures / Happy Madison Productions

NEW YEAR'S EVE
Warner Bros / New Line Cinema

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
Paramount Pictures / Hasbro

TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART I
Summit Entertainment

Worst Actor
Russell Brand
ARTHUR

Nicolas Cage
DRIVE ANGRY 3-D, SEASON OF THE WITCH and TRESPASS

Taylor Lautner
ABDUCTION and TWILIGHT S.B.D. PART I

Adam Sandler
JACK & JILL and JUST GO WITH IT

Nick Swardson
BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR

Worst Actress

Martin Lawrence (As "Momma")
BIG MOMMAS: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

Sarah Palin (As "Herself")
SARAH PALIN: THE UNDEFEATED

Sarah Jessica Parker
I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT and NEW YEAR'S EVE

Adam Sandler (As "Jill")
JACK & JILL

Kristen Stewart
TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART I

Worst Supporting Actor
Patrick Dempsey
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

James Franco
YOUR HIGHNESS

Ken Jeong
BIG MOMMA'S #3, HANGOVER PART 2, TRANSFORMERS #3 and ZOOKEEPER

Al Pacino (As "Al Pacino")
JACK & JILL

Nick Swardson
JACK & JILL and JUST GO WITH IT

Worst Supporting Actress
Katie Holmes
JACK & JILL

Brandon T. Jackson (As "Charmaine")
BIG MOMMAS: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

Nicole Kidman
JUST GO WITH IT

David Spade (As "Monica")
JACK & JILL

The Underwear Model (aka Rosie Huntington-Whiteley)
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

Worst Screen Ensemble

The Entire Cast of BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR

The Entire Cast of JACK & JILL

The Entire Cast of NEW YEAR'S EVE

The Entire Cast of TRANSFORMERS:DARK OF THE MOON

The Entire Cast of TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART I

Worst Director
Michael Bay
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

Tom Brady
BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR

Bill Condon
TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART I

Dennis Dugan
JACK & JILL and JUST GO WITH IT

Garry Marshall
NEW YEAR'S EVE

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel
ARTHUR

BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR
(Rip-Off of BOOGIE NIGHTS and A STAR IS BORN)

THE HANGOVER PART 2
(Both a Sequel AND a Remake!)

JACK & JILL
(Remake/Rip-Off of Ed Woods' GLEN OR GLENDA)

TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART I

Worst Screen Couple
Nicolas Cage & Anyone Sharing the Screen with Him in Any of His Three 2011 Movies

Shia LeBeouf & The Underwear Model (aka Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) TRANNIES #3

Adam Sandler & EITHER Jennifer Aniston OR Brooklyn Decker / JUST GO WITH IT

Adam Sandler and EITHER Katie Holmes, Al Pacino OR Adam Sandler / JACK & JILL

Krtisten Stewart & EITHER Taylor Lautner OR Robert Pattinson / TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN PART I

Worst Screenplay
BUCKY LARSON: BORN TO BE A STAR
Written by Adam Sandler, Allen Covert and Nick Swardson

JACK & JILL
Screenplay by Steve Koren & Adam Sandler, Story by Ben Zook

NEW YEAR'S EVE
Written by Katherine Fugate

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
Written by Ehren Kruger

TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART I
Screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg

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"The Artist," Michelle Williams Win 2012 Indie Spirit Awards! See Complete Winners List! 


Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" was the big winner at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The black-and-white silent film took home Best Feature, Director for Hazanavicius, Best Male Lead for Jean Dujardin, and Best Cinematography for Guillaume Schiffman.

In the performance categories, Michelle Williams took home the Best Female Lead award for her Marilyn Monroe portrayal in "My Week with Marilyn." Shailene Woodley, snubbed by the Academy for her memorable performance as George Clooney's daughter in "The Descendants," won Best Supporting Actress while Oscar frontrunner, Christopher Plummer, received the Best Supporting Actor award for his performance in "Beginners."

Held on Santa Monica Beach and hosted by Seth Rogen, the 27th Film Independent Spirit Awards will be broadcast by IFC at 10 p.m. PST/EST.

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the Independent Spirit Awards:

Best Feature
50/50 - Producers: Evan Goldberg, Ben Karlin, Seth Rogen
Beginners - Producers: Miranda de Pencier, Lars Knudsen, Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech, Jay Van Hoy
Drive - Producers: Michel Litvak, John Palermo, Marc Platt, Gigi Pritzker, Adam Siegel
Take Shelter - Producers: Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin
*** The Artist - Producer: Thomas Langmann *WINNER
The Descendants - Producers: Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor

Best Director
*** Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist *WINNER

Mike Mills - Beginners
Jeff Nichols - Take Shelter
Alexander Payne - The Descendants
Nicolas Winding Refn - Drive

Best Screenplay
Joseph Cedar - Footnote
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
Tom McCarthy - Win Win
Mike Mills - Beginners
*** Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash - The Descendants *WINNER

Best First Feature
Another Earth - Director: Mike Cahill, Producers: Mike Cahill, Hunter Gray, Brit Marling, Nicholas Shumaker
In the Family - Director: Patrick Wang, Producers: Robert Tonino, Andrew van den Houten, Patrick Wang
*** Margin Call - Director: J.C. Chandor, Producers: Robert Ogden Barnum, Michael Benaroya, Neal Dodson, Joe Jenckes, Corey Moosa, Zachary Quinto *WINNER
Martha Marcy May Marlene - Director: Sean Durkin, Producers: Antonio Campos, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach, Josh Mond
Natural Selection - Director: Robbie Pickering, Producers: Brion Hambel, Paul Jensen

Best First Screenplay
Mike Cahill, Brit Marling - Another Earth
J.C. Chandor - Margin Call
Patrick deWitt - Terri
Phil Johnston - Cedar Rapids
*** Will Reiser - 50/50 *WINNER

John Cassavetes Award

Bellflower - Writer/Director: Evan Glodell, Producers: Evan Glodell, Vincent Grashaw
Circumstance - Writer/Director: Maryam Keshavarz, Producers: Karin Chien, Maryam Keshavarz, Melissa M. Lee
Hello Lonesome - Writer/Director/Producer: Adam Reid
*** Pariah - Writer/Director: Dee Rees, Producer: Nekisa Cooper *WINNER
The Dynamiter - Writer: Brad Inglesby, Director: Matthew Gordon, Producers: Kevin Abrams, Matthew Gordon, Merilee Holt, Art Jones, Mike Jones, Nate Tuck, Amile Wilson

Best Female Lead
Lauren Ambrose - Think of Me
Rachael Harris - Natural Selection
Adepero Oduye - Pariah
Elizabeth Olsen - Martha Marcy May Marlene
*** Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn *WINNER

Best Male Lead
Demián Bichir - A Better Life
*** Jean Dujardin - The Artist *WINNER
Ryan Gosling - Drive
Woody Harrelson - Rampart
Michael Shannon - Take Shelter

Best Supporting Female
Jessica Chastain - Take Shelter
Anjelica Huston - 50/50
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs
Harmony Santana - Gun Hill Road
*** Shailene Woodley - The Descendants *WINNER

Best Supporting Male

Albert Brooks - Drive
John Hawkes - Martha Marcy May Marlene
*** Christopher Plummer - Beginners *WINNER
John C. Reilly - Cedar Rapids
Corey Stoll - Midnight in Paris

Best Cinematography
Joel Hodge - Bellflower
Benjamin Kasulke - The Off Hours
Darius Khondji - Midnight in Paris
*** Guillaume Schiffman - The Artist *WINNER
Jeffrey Waldron - The Dynamiter

Best Documentary
An African Election - Director/Producer: Jarreth Merz
Bill Cunningham New York - Director: Richard Press, Producer: Philip Gefter
*** The Interrupters - Director/Producer: Steve James, Producer: Alex Kotlowitz *WINNER
The Redemption of General Butt Naked - Director/Producers: Eric Strauss, Daniele Anastasion
We Were Here - Director/Producer: David Weissman

Best International Film
*** A Separation (Iran) *WINNER
Melancholia (Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany)
Shame (UK)
The Kid With a Bike (Belgium/France/Italy)
Tyrannosaur (UK)

Piaget Producers Award
Chad Burris - Mosquita y Mari
*** Sophia Lin - Take Shelter *WINNER
Josh Mond - Martha Marcy May Marlene

Someone to Watch Award
Simon Arthur - Silver Tongues
*** Mark Jackson - Without *WINNER
Nicholas Ozeki - Mamitas

Truer Than Fiction Award
*** Heather Courtney - Where Soldiers Come From *WINNER
Danfung Dennis - Hell and Back Again
Alma Har'el - Bombay Beach

Robert Altman Award
Margin Call - Director: J.C. Chandor
Casting Director: Tiffany Little Canfield, Bernard Telsey
Ensemble Cast: Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci

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Not Doing Anything Oscar Night? I'm Inviting You PLUS All Your Oscar Needs -- Complete Predictions, Full Nominations, Nifty Ballot!  


That's right! I'm inviting you to join me and blog the night away! We'll make fun of the outfits, applaud the winners, console the losers, and worship Angelina Jolie's lips!

SAVE THE DATE! Come back here around 4pm on Sunday, Feb. 26, we'll have full hour of red carpet goodness before the 84th Academy Awards. You can also join me on my Facebook page on www.facebook.com/MannyTheMovieGuy

Grab your favorite drink (imbibe, imbibe!), and your favorite fatty food, and arm yourself with your keyboard and go, go, go!

Here's all you need to prepare for the 84th Academy Awards (click on links):

*** Oscar Nominations
*** Complete Oscar Predictions
*** Complete Oscar Presenters List
*** Downloadable Oscar Ballot (Thanks Fandango!)

Have fun! And see you back here this Sunday!

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Movie Reviews -- "Gone" and Tyler Perry's "Good Deeds" 


Two big films are opening this Oscar weekend -- we have the action-thriller “Gone” starring Amanda Seyfried, and the romantic drama “Good Deeds” from Tyler Perry. In “Gone,” Seyfried stars as Jill, an ordinary college student whose life takes a turn for the worse when her sister vanished. She suspects the serial killer who abducted her before is the culprit, but the big problem? No one believes her. They all think she’s crazy. Heitor Dhalia directs from an original script by Allison Burnett. Daniel Sunjata, Jennifer Carpenter, Sebastian Stan, and Wes Bentley co-star.

In “Good Deeds,” Tyler Perry stars, writes, directs, and produces the romantic drama featuring Gabriella Union, Thandie Newton, and Mrs. Claire Huxtable herself, Phylicia Rashad. Perry stars as Wesley Deeds, a rich, smart businessman who’s engaged to Union’s Natalie. He seems to have it all until he meets Lindsey (Newton), the down-in-the-dumps mother who changes Wesley’s life. The one good deed he commits becomes the way to finding his true identity.

So which film should you see first? Take a look:



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