Big Win for "Argo," Ben Affleck! Oh Yes, and "Skyfall!" 

Ben Affleck's "Argo" is not only being celebrated in the U.S., it has also been receiving love abroad particularly at the recently concluded BAFTA Awards (British Academy of Film and Television), the U.K. equivalent to the Oscars.

"Argo" took home the Best Film of the Year trophy, as well as the Best Director Award for Affleck. Once again, take that Academy -- the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, that is...

In the acting categories, Daniel Day-Lewis won for "Lincoln" (surprise, surprise), while Emmanuelle Riva (love her!!!!) won the Best Actress award for "Amour." Now, call me crazy, but I have a sneaky feeling that Riva will win the Best Actress Oscar as well. She's beloved, a classic, an icon, a legend -- everything a Best Actress Oscar winner should be!

In the supporting acting categories, my favorite, Anne Hathaway took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her unstoppable Fantine performance in "Les Miserables," while Christoph Waltz won the Best Supporting Actor for "Django Unchained." Honestly, I'd rather see Waltz win the Oscar as well. Tommy Lee Jones, as much as I love the actor, did not create a memorable performance in "Lincoln." His acting was eclipsed by his much more memorable wig!

And for the British film of the year, the winner was..."Skyfall!" Her Majesty will be proud.

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

Best Film
WINNER: "Argo"

"Les Misérables"
"Life of Pi"
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Leading Actor
Ben Affleck - "Argo"
Bradley Cooper - "Silver Linings Playbook"
WINNER: Daniel Day-Lewis - "Lincoln"
Hugh Jackman - "Les Misérables"
Joaquin Phoenix - "The Master"

Leading Actress
Jessica Chastain - "Zero Dark Thirty"
Marion Cotillard - "Rust & Bone"
Jennifer Lawrence - "Silver Linings Playbook"
Helen Mirren - "Hitchcock"
WINNER: Emmanuelle Riva - "Amour"

Michael Haneke - "Amour"
WINNER: Ben Affleck - "Argo"
Quentin Tarantino - "Django Unchained"
Ang Lee - "Life of Pi"
Kathryn Bigelow - "Zero Dark Thirty"

Production Design
Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer - "Anna Karenina"
WINNER: Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson - "Les Misérables"
David Gropman, Anna Pinnock - "Life of Pi"
Rick Carter, Jim Erickson - "Lincoln"
Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock - "Skyfall"

"The Imposter"
WINNER: "Searching For Sugar Man"
"West of Memphis"

Rising Star Award
Elizabeth Olsen
Andrea Riseborough
Suraj Sharma
WINNER: Juno Temple
Alicia Vikander

Film Not In The English Language
WINNER: "Amour"

"The Hunt"
"Rust & Bone"
"The Intouchables"

Outstanding Contribution To British Cinema
WINNER: Tessa Ross

Adapted Screenplay
Chris Terrio - "Argo"
Benh Zeitlin & Lucy Alibar - "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
David Magee - "Life of Pi"
Tony Kushner - "Lincoln"
WINNER: David O. Russell - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Supporting Actress
Amy Adams - "The Master"
Judi Dench - "Skyfall"
Sally Field - "Lincoln"
Helen Hunt - "The Sessions"
WINNER: Anne Hathaway - "Les Misérables"

Special Visual Effects
"The Dark Knight Rises"
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
WINNER: "Life of Pi"
"Marvel Avengers Assemble"

Outstanding British Debut
WINNER: Bart Layton, Dimitri Doganis - "The Imposter"

David Morris, Jacqui Morris - "McCullin"
Dexter Fletcher, Danny King - "Wild Bill"
James Bobin - "The Muppets"
Tina Gharavi - "I Am Nasrine"

Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin - "Argo"
WINNER: Christoph Waltz - "Django Unchained"
Javier Bardem - "Skyfall"
Philip Seymour Hoffman - "The Master"
Tommy Lee Jones - "Lincoln"

Original Screenplay
Michael Haneke - "Amour"
WINNER: Quentin Tarantino - "Django Unchained"
Paul Thomas Anderson - "The Master"
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola - "Moonrise Kingdom"
Mark Boal - "Zero Dark Thirty"

Original Music
Dario Marianelli - "Anna Karenina"
Alexandre Desplat - "Argo"
Mychael Danna - "Life of Pi"
John Williams - "Lincoln"
WINNER: Thomas Newman - "Skyfall"

Seamus McGarvey - "Anna Karenina"
Danny Cohen - "Les Misérables"
WINNER: Claudio Miranda - "Life of Pi"
Janusz Kaminski - "Lincoln"
Roger Deakins - "Skyfall"

WINNER: William Goldenberg - "Argo"

Fred Raskin - "Django Unchained"
Tim Squyres - "Life of Pi"
Stuart Baird -"Skyfall"
Dylan Tichenor, William Goldenberg - "Zero Dark Thirty"

"Django Unchained"
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
WINNER: "Les Misérables"
"Life of Pi"

Animated Film
WINNER: "Brave"


Make Up & Hair
Ivana Primorac - "Anna Karenina"
Julie Hewett, Martin Samuel, Howard Berger - "Hitchcock"
Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rink Findlater - "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
WINNER: Lisa Westcott - "Les Misérables"
Lois Burwell, Kay Georgiou - "Lincoln"

Costume Design
WINNER: Jacqueline Durran - "Anna Karenina"

Beatrix Aruna Pasztor - "Great Expectations"
Paco Delgado - "Les Misérables"
Joanna Johnston - "Lincoln"
Colleen Atwood - "Snow White and the Huntsman"

Short Animation
"Here To Fall"
"I'm Fine Thanks"
WINNER: "The Making of Longbird"

Short Film
"The Curse"
"Good Night"
WINNER: "Swimmer"
"The Voorman Project"

Best British Film
"Anna Karenina"
"Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"
"Les Misérables"
"Seven Psychopaths"
WINNER: "Skyfall"

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"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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