One Night Only: "The Bodyguard" Returns to Theaters for 20th Anniversary 


It's been billed as a celebration of the romantic thriller's 20th anniversary but we all know it's largely due to Whitney Houston's untimely death.

"The Bodyguard" starring the fallen chanteuse and Kevin Costner is heading back to theaters with showings throughout the country on March 28. Warner Bros. is celebrating the film's 20th anniversary by teaming up with NCM Fathom for the one-night-only release.

Gosh, has it been 20 years already? My oh my!

When "The Bodyguard" was released two decades ago, I was a young film critic at Purdue University, and I remember giving this film a B- (that was before I lost my mind and decided to give movies "kisses" LOL)

The movie is aging well, it plays better in the small screen, but it may be a fitting experience to watch this film again on the big screen. And I know, many of you will start sobbing once you hear the 90s romantic anthem, "I Will Always Love You."

Here's the full press release from NCM Fathom:

Centennial, Colo. – March 14, 2012 – One of the biggest box office hits of the 1990s returns to movie theaters this month celebrating The 20th Anniversary of The Bodyguard, a special one-night in-theater event on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. local time. Starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard became one of the most popular hits of 1992, marking Houston's acting debut. Additionally, The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album went on to become the No. 1 best-selling soundtrack of all time with nearly 12 million copies sold in the U.S., and the sixth best-selling album overall in the Nielsen SoundScan era. Featuring the hugely successful cover of "I Will Always Love You," the album also launched four other hit singles for Houston: “I'm Every Woman,” “Queen of the Night,” and two Oscar® nominated songs, “I Have Nothing” and "Run to You.”

Tickets for The 20th Anniversary of The Bodyguard event are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Presented by NCM Fathom Events and Warner Bros., The 20th Anniversary of The Bodyguard event will be broadcast to more than 400 select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.

“When originally released, the story and unforgettable songs of The Bodyguard, captured the hearts of audiences everywhere,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. “Through this special anniversary presentation, fans will be able to come together for one night and see it once more on the big screen.”

Directed by Mick Jackson, Costner stars as a former Secret Service Agent-turned-bodyguard who is hired to protect Houston's character, a music star, from an unknown stalker. The bodyguard ruffles the singer's feathers and most of her entourage by tightening security more than they feel is necessary. Eventually the bodyguard and the singer start an affair, and she begins to believe his precautions are necessary when the stalker strikes close to home.

Warner Bros. will release The Bodyguard 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray™ on March 27. Special features include Houston’s well-known “I Will Always Love You” music video and “Memories of The Bodyguard,” a making-of documentary. Featuring director Mick Jackson, writer/producer Lawrence Kasdan, actors Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner and others, the cast and crew will discuss the story’s 17-year path to the screen, reworks of the script, how Jackson and Houston joined the production and more.


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Save the Dates! 85th Academy Awards Nominations, Telecast Announced! 


So the 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, and the Oscar telecast will be presented on Sunday, February 24th.

And no, the Oscars will not move to a new location, it will remain at the Kodak Theater which is now known as the Hollywood & Highland Center.

So there!

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What's Up with "Wonder Woman" the Movie? Hollywood May Have to See This Documentary First! 


I am a "Wonder Woman" fanatic! There, I admit it. I grew up watching Lynda Carter as the powerful amazonian in the popular TV series. Then, in the late '90s, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" came along. I was enthralled, intrigued, and I started collecting all the BTVS statues, toys, cards, you name it. I even wrote my Masters thesis on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and the feminist movement.

So why is "Wonder Woman" missing in action in the big screen? Everyone from "Buffy" creator Joss Whedon to David S. Goyer to Nicholas Winding Refn have tried to resurrect the D.C. Comics goddess to no avail. But there's a new documentary that screened at the 2012 SXSW called "WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines" and it makes a great case that Wonder Woman must stake her claim for the big screen. If "Superman" and "The Dark Knight" can do it, so can she! Right?

Here's what "WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines" is about, taken from the SXSW website, and below, is the trailer:

"WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines" traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. "WONDER WOMEN!" goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Shelby Knox and others who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male dominated superhero genre.




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No More "24" Movie?  


The big question -- is the movie version of "24" just delayed, or is it dead? Deadline told us that 20th Century Fox is NOT going forward with the film this year. Apparently, the movie has not been greenlit but it was scheduled to shoot in late March while Kiefer Sutherland's new series, "Touch," goes on hiatus in April.

But now, Kiefer may have to wait until he channels his "24" persona again, Jack Bauer, and fans may just have to wait with the actor. I know, we've all been waiting for this "24" film, but are we just waiting in vain? Has the clock stopped ticking?

Rumors of budget reason and Sutherland getting upset! The horror! Read the full article right here.

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Winners of the 2012 SXSW Film Festival Awards! 


As SXSW Film winds down, the juries have handed the victors of this year's best of the fest. Here are the winners of the 2012 SXSW Film Festival:

Documentary Feature

Grand Jury Winner: "Beware of Mr. Baker"
Director: Jay Bulger

Narrative Feature

Grand Jury Winner: "Gimme the Loot"
Director: Adam Leon

Feature Film Audience Awards

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Winner: "Bay of All Saints"
Director: Annie Eastman

NARRATIVE FEATURE
Winner: "Eden"
Director: Megan Griffiths

Short Film Jury Awards

NARRATIVE SHORT
Winner: "The Chair"
Director: Grainger David

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
Winner: "CatCam"
Director: Seth Keal

ANIMATED SHORTS
Winner: "(Notes On) Biology"
Director: Danny Madden

SXGLOBAL SHORTS
Winner: "The Perfect Fit"
Director: Tali Yankelevich

MIDNIGHT SHORTS
Winner: "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared"
Directors: Rebecca Sloan and Joseph Pelling

MUSIC VIDEOS
Winner: Battles, "My Machines"
Director: Daniels Casey

TEXAS SHORTS
Winner: "Spark"

Time Warner Cable & Ovation Young Filmmaker Scholarship for Texas High School Shorts
Winner: "Boom"
Jury Recognition: "Code Red"

SXSW Film Design Awards

EXCELLENCE IN POSTER DESIGN
Winner: "Man and Gun"

EXCELLENCE IN TITLE DESIGN
Winner: "Les Bleus de Ramville"
Audience Award Winner: "Bunraku"

SXSW Special Awards

SXSW WHOLPHIN AWARD
Winner: "The Black Balloon"
Director: Sen Safdie and Josh Safdie

SXSW CHICKEN & EGG EMERGENT NARRATIVE WOMAN DIRECTOR AWARD
Winners (Tied): "Eden" and "Sun Don't Shine"
Directosr: Megan Griffiths ("Eden") and Amy Seimetz ("Sun Don't Shine")

LOUIS BLACK LONE STAR AWARD
Winner: "Bernie"
Director: Richard Linklater
Special Recognition: "Trash Dance"

KAREN SCHMEER FELLOWSHIP
Winner: Lindsay Utz

SOURCE: INDIEWIRE

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