"Argo" Wins Again! Ben Affleck Film Takes Home USC Scripter Award! 

The unstoppable "Argo" takes home another award! The Ben Affleck film won the 25th annual Scripter Award! Voted on by 41 critics, screenwriters, and film professionals, "Argo" beat "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," and "Silver Lining Playbook."

Yay, "Argo!" My No. 1 Favorite Film of 2012!

Here's the complete list of winner/nominees; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:

*** WINNER "Argo": Screenwriter Chris Terrio, Joshuah Bearman, author of the article "The Great Escape," and Antonio J. Mendez, author of "The Master of Disguise."

"Beasts of the Southern Wild": Screenwriters Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, based on Alibar's play "Juicy and Delicious."

"Life of Pi": Screenwriter David Magee and novelist Yann Martel.

"Lincoln": Screenwriter Tony Kushner and Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln."

"Perks of Being a Wallflower": Stephen Chbosky, who wrote both the novel and the screen adaptation.

"Silver Linings Playbook": Screenwriter David O. Russell and author Matthew Quick.

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"Identity Theft" Steals Box-Office Crown with $36.6 Million! 

Melissa McCarthy -- box-office queen!

The "Bridesmaids" scene-stealer adds a new title to her belt. Her comedy, "Identity Theft," co-starring Jason Bateman, debuted to No. 1 with a $36.6 million opening.

Despite Nemo, "Identity Theft" rose to the top beating previous weekend's box-office champ, "Warm Bodies," which fell to No. 2 with $11.5 million.

The zombie-romance starring Nicholas Hoult and Theresa Palmer has raised its domestic total to $36.7 million.


"Warm Bodies" Movie Review
Interview with Nicholas Hoult
Interview with Teresa Palmer
Interview with Rob Corddry
Interview with Dave Franco
Interview with Analeigh Tipton

Coming in at No. 3 was the weekend's other new wide release, Steven Soderbergh's "Side Effects." Starring Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Rooney Mara, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, "Side Effects" was billed to be Soderbergh's last theatrical film. So go watch it!


"Side Effects" Movie Review
Interview with Jude Law
Interview with Rooney Mara
Interview with Catherine Zeta-Jones
Interview with Vinessa Shaw
Interview with Dr. Sasha Bardey

And if you had the need for speed, Tom Cruise's "Top Gun" from director Tony Scott had a 3-D reissue at the box-office with a $1.9 million run in just 300 theaters. On Feb. 19th, you can buy the 3-D release on DVD and Blu-ray.

Here's the Top 10 box-office films for the weekend of Feb. 8th:

1. "Identity Thief," $36.6 million ($230,000 international).

2. "Warm Bodies," $11.5 million.

3. "Side Effects," $10 million.

4. "Silver Linings Playbook," $6.9 million.

5. "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," $5.8 million ($11.6 million international).

6. "Mama," $4.3 million ($6.1 million international).

7. "Zero Dark Thirty," $4 million.

8. "Argo," $2.5 million.

9. "Django Unchained," $2.3 million.

10. "Bullet to the Head," $2 million.


Estimated weekend ticket sales at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak:

1. "Django Unchained," $18.7 million.

2. "Wreck-It Ralph," $11.7 million.

3. "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," $11.6 million.

4 (tie). "A Good Day to Die Hard," $10.1 million.

4 (tie). "Les Miserables," $10.1 million.

6. "Lincoln," $10 million.

7. "Miracle in Cell No. 7," $9.5 million.

8. "The Berlin File," $8.7 million.

9. "Flight," $8 million.

10. "Kokowaah 2," $7.3 million.


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"Side Effects" Movie Review -- Why You Have to See Steven Soderbergh's Last Theatrical Film 

Steven Soderbergh’s latest opus is supposedly his last theatrical film. Much like “Contagion,” or heck, even “Magic Mike,” the prolific director explored human frailties under the guise of a bigger picture. In “Side Effects,” it’s the pharmaceutical industry and our society’s addiction to pill culture.

“Side Effects” opens February 8th and stars Jude Law, Channing Tatum, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Rooney Mara.

So how many kisses does the movie get? Take a look:

Interview with Jude Law
Interview with Rooney Mara
Interview with Catherine Zeta-Jones
Interview with Vinessa Shaw
Interview with Dr. Sasha Bardey

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My Fun Interview with Jude Law for “Side Effects” – What Makes Him Happy? 

I love Jude Law! There I said it! Not only is he a brilliant actor, he’s also always sweet and eloquent during interviews. Law stars in the new film “Side Effects” as Dr. Jonathan Banks, a psychiatrist who gets entangled in the lives of a young couple, Martin (Channing Tatum) and Emily (Rooney Mara). Emily becomes his patient and then…he gives her the pill Ablixa. In this interview, we talked about:

*** Its unpredictability fooled me
*** It stars with blood and ends with tears
*** The film’s multi-twists
*** The film’s timeliness
*** It plays with your prescription
*** My favorite line in the movie – in the U.K., when you go to a psychiatrist, it means you’re not well, in America, it means you’re getting better
*** America’s Pill Culture
*** What makes him happy?

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Rooney Mara Untangles “Side Effects!” See My Fun Interview! 

Rooney Mara (“The Social Network,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) is an incredible enigma. She has a knack for stealing scenes (yes, you remember her as the jilted girlfriend in “The Social Network” and she was only in few scenes) and carried “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” from start to finish. She was awarded an Oscar nomination for that film.

In “Side Effects,” she plays a woman battling depression and anxiety after her husband, Channing Tatum’s Martin, went to prison for insider trading. As soon as he gets out of jail, things get complicated with Mara’s Emily trying to kill herself. So Jude Law’s Dr. Banks prescribes a pill that adds layers to the drama. In this interview, we talked about:

*** What attracted her to her character Emily?
*** The unpredictability of the script
*** Jude Law’s character
*** Working with Channing Tatum
*** Mental health versus violence
*** What makes her happy?

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