"Chicago" Cast to Reunite for Oscars! 

The Oscar telecast producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, have announced that Academy Award® winners Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones will join their “Chicago” cast mates Richard Gere and Queen Latifah to present together on-stage at the Oscars®.

Here's the complete press release:

“We are very excited to reunite the stars of ‘Chicago’ to present on the Oscars, on the 10th anniversary of the movie’s win for Best Picture,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

Zellweger, Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah received nominations for their performances in the film. Jones and Queen Latifah were nominated for their supporting roles, Jones took home the Oscar that year. Zellweger, who was nominated for her lead performance in the film, has been nominated three times, and won in 2003 for her supporting role in “Cold Mountain.”

Gere, Queen Latifah, Zellweger and Zeta-Jones join a stellar list of previously announced Oscar presenters including Mark Wahlberg, Ted, and “The Avengers” cast members Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo; returning 2011 Oscar winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep; special guests Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron; and performers Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand.

Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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"Skyfall" Wins American Society of Cinematographers Awards 

Will "Skyfall" cinematographer, Roger Deakins, finally beat his very own version of Oscar curse? Mr. Deakins was honored by the American Society of Cinematographers for his work on the feature film, "Skyfall," for the 27th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards.

Deakins beat out his closest competition, Claudio Miranda, for "Life of Pi." Deakins also won against Seamus McGarvey ("Anna Karenina"), Danny Cohen ("Les Miserables"), and Janusz Kaminski ("Lincoln").

It's fine and dandy but will Deakins finally win an Oscar? The respected cinematographer has been nominated 10 times before but has never won the golden Oscar. But over at ASC, he already took home 2 awards, one for "The Shawshank Redemption" and the other for "The Man Who Wasn't There." Deakins also received the ASC's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

The TV winners of the 27th annual ASC Awards went to "Game of Thrones," "Hunted," "Wilfred," and "Great Expectations."

The ASC Lifetime Achievement Award for this year, presented by Angelina Jolie, went to Dean Semler who received an Oscar for Kevin Costner's "Dances with Wolves." He also received an ASC award for that movie and Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto." Jolie presented the award to Semler because he shot the actress' directorial debut, "In the Land of Milk and Honey," and the upcoming "Maleficent."


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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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