Brad Pitt Joins Prop 8 Play! How You Can Watch it Live Online! 

Brad Pitt is joining fellow Oscar contender, George Clooney, for a one-night only event on stage! The dynamic duo are teaming up for Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black's Proposition 8 play simply called "8."

The play is this Saturday, March 3rd, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. Click here for more info on "8."

Directed by Rob Reiner (check out video of him below explaining "8"), the play chronicles the historic trial in challenging the legality of California's Proposition 8. "8" will benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER). Click here to visit the Facebook page of "8."

If you want to see "8" online, the play will be live-streamed from the AFER YouTube channel on Saturday at 7:45 PT.

Here's the star-studded cast and characters:

Brad Pitt -- US District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker who overturned California's gay marriage ban calling it unconstitutional after a tril in July and August of 2010

George Clooney -- the liberal counsel David Boies who teamed up with the conservative Theodore B. Olson (Martin Sheen) to promote marriage equality

Christine Lahti and Jamie Lee Curtis -- Kris Perry and Sandy Stier -- gay couple who sued together with;

Matthew Morrison and Matt Bomer -- Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo -- the co-plaintiff of the Prop 8 lawsuit

Jane Lynch -- Maggie Gallagher, the anti-gay marriage activist and co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage

Kevin Bacon -- Charles J. Cooper, the lawyer defending Proposition 8

John C. Reilly -- David Blankenhorn, marriage equality advocate and founder and president of the Institute for American Values

Here's director Rob Reiner with some fantastic news:

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"Top Gun" Sequel Finds Writer! 

Back in October 2010, we told you the planned version to create a sequel to the mega-successful "Top Gun" starring Tom Cruise. The actor himself has stated that he wanted to do a sequel to take our breathe away one more time.

Now, The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Peter Craig, the guy who wrote the suspenseful "The Town" directed by Ben Affleck has been tapped to pen the sequel for Paramount.

Craig, based on "The Town," is a good storyteller so this may just work! I'm wondering how Cruise's character will fit into the whole scenario.

Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Skydance Productions will produce the sequel. Until "Top Gun 2" is firmed up, we must first contend with a 3D re-release of the original which Paramount is intending to showcase in theaters this year.

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Anti-Bullying Documentary "Bully" May Get NC-17 Rating Status from Theatre Owners! How You Can Help! 

Man, this plot just keeps getting thicker and weirder. We first told you about The Weinstein Company's anti-bullying documentary "Bully" receiving an R-rating from the Motion Pictures Association of America. Harvey Weinstein, together with Alex Libby, one of the bullied children documented in the film, appealed the MPAA rating and lost!

So now, kids will not be able to see the film because of its R-rating. And this movie is intended for them! It's an anti-bullying documentary, after all. Right?

Well, I just received an email from The Weinstein Company telling us that the Lee Hirsch film may get an NC-17 rating from the National Association of Theatre Owner (NATO)! How's that for rubbing salt into the wound?

Apparently, the President & CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners, John Fithian, sent Harvey Weinstein a letter dated February 24 "on behalf of NATO stating that they may urge theater owners to treat BULLY as an NC-17 rated film. With an NC-17 rating, children under the age of 18 will not be permitted to see the movie even with a parent or guardian present."

We all know that bullying has become a national crisis, so the big question remains -- why are the MPAA and NATO bullying "Bully?"

The film, from what I gathered, received an R-rating not because of nudity or excessive violence, but because of the harsh language. Well, when you're making a documentary about bullying, harsh language is part of the territory.

So now, both Harvey and Bob Weinstein are saying they're fighting back, "As a company we have the utmost respect for the National Association of Theatre Owners, but to suggest that the film BULLY could ever be treated like an NC-17 film is completely unconscionable, not to mention unreasonable. In light of the tragedy that occurred yesterday in Ohio, we feel now is the time for the bullying epidemic to take center stage."

Yeah, how about that? The Ohio story? Hhhmmm.....

"Bully" is supposed to be released in theaters on March 30th, time is ticking for TWC to battle! But the company's COO, David Glasser, said the studio "will be fully prepared for this battle and is in negotiations with renowned attorneys Martin Garvis and David Boies to help TWC in their efforts to do whatever needs to be done to give BULLY, in theaters on March 30, the ability to be shown to audiences everywhere. All efforts and actions will be done to recant NATO’s letter to TWC."

Glasser further said, "NATO's letter is inflammatory and disrespectful not only to the children and families in the film who courageously let us into their lives so this epidemic can be stopped, but to the millions of children, parents, teachers and school officials for whom this film was made. NATO's decision to treat BULLY as an NC-17 rating was extremely reactionary. I don't know how they can do this to the children."

I agree wholeheartedly!

But get this, there's a Michigan high school student who is so passionate about this cause that she recently began an online petition. Right now, she has 118,000 signatures. The petition is growing by thousands as each hour passes. Please sign the petition right here, I did!

Oh, and if you want to weep? Here's the letter that NATO sent to the Weinsteins:


Dear Harvey,

The National Association of Theatre Owners partners with the MPAA in the rules and operations of the Classification and Ratings Administration. Exhibition representatives participated yesterday in the appeal of "Bully." As you know, the appeals board voted to uphold the ratings board's decision that the prevalence of harsh language in "Bully" warranted an R rating. In response, you released a statement criticizing the decision, and threatening to remove your company's movies from the ratings process.

As the father of a nine-year-old child, I am personally grateful that TWC has addressed the important issue of bullying in such a powerful documentary. The filmmaker and especially the brave young people who participated in this project deserve our attention and respect. Nonetheless, I believe that your public response to the decision of the appeals board is unwise.

Surveys of America's parents reflect their very strong concern with the use of harsh language in movies. The vast majority of parents surveyed have indicated that the type of language used in "Bully" should receive an automatic R rating. You ask us to ignore the preferences of America's parents and our own ratings rules because of the merit of this movie. Yet were the MPAA and NATO to waive the ratings rules whenever we believed that a particular movie had merit, or was somehow more important than other movies, we would no longer be neutral parties applying consistent standards, but rather censors of content based on personal mores.

You recently released the award-winning movie "King's Speech" and must know the language rules very well. You should not have been surprised at the rating for "Bully."

I have nothing but tremendous respect for you and the work of TWC. Our industry is so much the better for your involvement. But if you decide to withdraw your support and participation in the rating system, and begin to release movies without ratings, I will have no choice but to encourage my theater owner members to treat unrated movies from The Weinstein Company in the same manner as they treat unrated movies from anyone else.

In most cases, that means enforcement as though the movies were rated NC-17 where no one under the age of 18 can be admitted even with accompanying parents or guardians.

Thank you for your consideration of these thoughts. And the best of luck to you on Sunday.

Sincerely yours,

John Fithian
President & CEO

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"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Does the Lorax Get?  

“Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” is a cautionary tale of a bleak and dreary world without trees. But before you yell “those tree-hugging liberals are brainwashing our children,” heed this – the movie actually takes a middle-of-the-road approach with the environment. We can use the trees for our own purpose, we just can’t chop them.

Dr. Seuss, himself, called “The Lorax” a propaganda book meant to shed light on the dangers posed by our industrialized society to nature. The American icon did not say lumbering is immoral, but that the book is “about going easy on what we’ve got.” Read More...

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"The Artist," "Hugo" Win Big at the 2012 Oscars! See Complete List of Winners of the 84th Annual Academy Awards aka Tribute to French Cinema! 

The 84th Annual Academy Awards became a rightful homage to French cinema! "The Artist," distributed by The Weinstein company but the creative team is composed mostly of French folks, took home the big prize, the Best Picture award! "The Artist" won a total of 5 Oscars including Jean Dujardin for Best Actor, Michel Hazanavicius for Best Director, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score.

But "Hugo" also won 5 Oscars, mostly technical and artistic merits, such as Best Art Direction, Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects.

"Hugo," of course, was itself an homage to George Melies, the French illusionist who gave us the trippy "A Trip to the Moon."

Both "The Artist" and "Hugo" led the Oscar nominations with 10 and 11 nods respectively.

There was really no "oh gosh what a surprise" moment of the evening except for Meryl Streep taking home the Best Actress Oscar from the perceived surefire winner Viola Davis of "The Help."

And then, Woody Allen's love letter to the magical days of Paris in "Midnight in Paris" won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar.And in the end, there's really no wrong in paying homage to French Cinema. Because after all, they really do know how to make movies! The ones that are ready-made for the Oscar stage!

If you really want to know what I think of the night's festivities, click here for my live blogging of the Academy Awards, you may stumble upon a gem or two, HA!

For now, here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 84th Annual Academy Awards:

Best Picture
*** (WINNER) "The Artist" Thomas Langmann, Producer
"The Descendants" Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" Scott Rudin, Producer
"The Help" Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
"Hugo" Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
"Midnight in Paris" Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
"Moneyball" Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
"The Tree of Life" Nominees to be determined
"War Horse" Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir in "A Better Life"
George Clooney in "The Descendants"
*** (WINNER) Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
Brad Pitt in "Moneyball"

Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh in "My Week with Marilyn"
Jonah Hill in "Moneyball"
Nick Nolte in "Warrior"
*** (WINNER) Christopher Plummer in "Beginners"
Max von Sydow in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

Actress in a Leading Role
Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs"
Viola Davis in "The Help"
Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
*** (WINNER) Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady"
Michelle Williams in "My Week with Marilyn"

Actress in a Supporting Role

Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist"
Jessica Chastain in "The Help"
Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids"
Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs"
*** (WINNER) Octavia Spencer in "The Help"

Animated Feature Film
"A Cat in Paris" Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
"Chico & Rita" Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
"Kung Fu Panda 2" Jennifer Yuh Nelson
"Puss in Boots" Chris Miller
*** (WINNER) "Rango" Gore Verbinski

Art Direction
"The Artist" Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
*** (WINNER) "Hugo" Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
"Midnight in Paris" Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
"War Horse" Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales

"The Artist" Guillaume Schiffman
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Jeff Cronenweth
*** (WINNER) "Hugo" Robert Richardson
"The Tree of Life" Emmanuel Lubezki
"War Horse" Janusz Kaminski

Costume Design
"Anonymous" Lisy Christl
*** (WINNER) "The Artist" Mark Bridges
"Hugo" Sandy Powell
"Jane Eyre" Michael O'Connor
"W.E." Arianne Phillips

*** (WINNER) "The Artist" Michel Hazanavicius
"The Descendants" Alexander Payne
"Hugo" Martin Scorsese
"Midnight in Paris" Woody Allen
"The Tree of Life" Terrence Malick

Documentary (Feature)
"Hell and Back Again" Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
"If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front" Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
"Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
"Pina" Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
*** (WINNER) "Undefeated" TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas

Documentary (Short Subject)
"The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement" Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
"God Is the Bigger Elvis" Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
"Incident in New Baghdad"James Spione
*** (WINNER) "Saving Face" Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
"The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom" Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen

Film Editing
"The Artist" Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
"The Descendants" Kevin Tent
*** (WINNER) "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
"Hugo" Thelma Schoonmaker
"Moneyball" Christopher Tellefsen

Foreign Language Film
"Bullhead" Belgium
"Footnote" Israel
"In Darkness" Poland
"Monsieur Lazhar" Canada
*** (WINNER) "A Separation" Iran

"Albert Nobbs" Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
*** (WINNER) "The Iron Lady" Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

Music (Original Score)
"The Adventures of Tintin" John Williams
*** (WINNER) "The Artist" Ludovic Bource
"Hugo" Howard Shore
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Alberto Iglesias
"War Horse" John Williams

Music (Original Song)

*** (WINNER) "Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
"Real in Rio" from "Rio" Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Short Film (Animated)

"Dimanche/Sunday" Patrick Doyon
*** (WINNER) "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
"La Luna" Enrico Casarosa
"A Morning Stroll" Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
"Wild Life" Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

Short Film (Live Action)
"Pentecost" Peter McDonald and Eimear O'Kane
"Raju" Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
*** (WINNER) "The Shore" Terry George and Oorlagh George
"Time Freak" Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
"Tuba Atlantic" Hallvar Witzø

Sound Editing
"Drive" Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Ren Klyce
*** (WINNER) "Hugo" Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
"War Horse" Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom

Sound Mixing
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
*** (WINNER) "Hugo" Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
"Moneyball" Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
"War Horse" Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson

Visual Effects
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
*** (WINNER) "Hugo" Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
"Real Steel" Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
*** (WINNER) "The Descendants" Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
"Hugo" Screenplay by John Logan
"The Ides of March" Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
"Moneyball" Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan

Writing (Original Screenplay)
"The Artist" Written by Michel Hazanavicius
"Bridesmaids" Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
"Margin Call" Written by J.C. Chandor
*** (WINNER) "Midnight in Paris" Written by Woody Allen
"A Separation" Written by Asghar Farhadi

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