Two big films for you this weekend! First, we have “Chappie” from “District 9” writer/director Neill Blomkamp. This one’s about artificial intelligence and it stars Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, and Sigourney Weaver. Sharlto Copley voices Chappie and even Anderson Cooper stars as…himself! Is this better than the last Blomkamp movie, the half-baked “Elysium?” And is this worthy of praise ala “District 9?”

And then, we have “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” The whole gang, including director John Madden, return for the sequel. But, do we really need another “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel?” This one stars Patel as well where he plays Sonny and this time, he wants to open another Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Is this as good as the first one?

See my thoughts on the new “Chappie” and “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

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Movie About World's First Transgender Woman Starring Eddie Redmayne Gets Release Date 

Isn't she gorgeous? :happy

Fresh from winning an Oscar for "The Theory of Everything," Eddie Redmayne is set to embody Einar Wegener aka Lili Elbe in "The Danish Girl." All I can say is, Redmayne better prepare for another Academy Award!

Wegener is considered to be the world's first transgender woman who discovered that he might be trapped in a man's body after posing for his wife, fellow artist Gerda, who needed a female model. Alicia Vikander is starring opposite Redmayne.

Focus Features, the home of "The Theory of Everything," will release "The Danish Girl" on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 27th.

Redmayne not only reteams with Focus, but he is also back in the great directorial hands of Tom Hooper, the guy who gave us the Oscar-winning "The King's Speech" and "Les Miserables." Redmayne played Marcus in the musical adaptation.

I love Redmayne (very sweet and one of the most down-to-earth people I've ever met), adore Focus Features (most of their films become Oscar winners and I admire their independent spirit), and regard Hooper as a great storyteller.

So yup, Redmayne better make room for another Oscar!

(For more on Lili Elbe's incredible story, click here)

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"Focus" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses do Will Smith and Margot Robbie Get? 

Will Smith returns to the big screen with the crime-drama “Focus” from the “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” folks, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. Co-starring is the super-hot Margot Robbie as a newbie who wants to learn from Smith’s Nicky, a slick con artist. Is “Focus” worth your time and money? Take a look at my movie review:

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So Long Mr. Spock! 

The beloved Leonard Nimoy aka Spock of the "Star Trek" series has died. He was 83. According to his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

I had a wonderful chance to meet the actor for the "Star Trek" reboot and among all the celebrities I've interviewed, he was the only one who made me nervous. Perhaps because he was an idol of my childhood and he still is to this day.

So long Mr. Spock, may you live long and prosper in heaven!

For more on Nimoy's death, click here.

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"Birdman" Tops the 2015 Oscars!  

And the awards season is officially over! Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" was the big winner at the 87th Academy Awards taking home the Best Picture, Director, Cinematography and Original Screenplay trophies. Its closest competition, "Boyhood," only managed one trophy for Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette. Honestly? I still believe that "Boyhood" is a better picture but the Academy loves movies about themselves, hence "Birdman" took the top prize!

Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" won Best Original Score, Costume Design, and Production Design while "Whiplash" received the Best Supporting Actor trophy for J.K. Simmons, Film Editing, and Sound Mixing.

Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game" won the Best Adapted Screenplay award with writer Graham Moore giving one of the night's best speeches about marching on and it does get better!

The one award that "Birdman" didn't take home was the Best Actor trophy. Michael Keaton lost out to Eddie Redmayne for "The Theory of Everything!" Everybody's favorite Best Actress, Julianne Moore, finally won the golden man with her performance for "Still Alice."

Neil Patrick Harris served as the host of the evening and opened the night with a show-stopping number along with Anna Kendrick and Jack Black. Many Twitter folks were upset about his Octavia Spencer joke though where he made her the guard of his Oscar predictions.

Here's the complete list of Oscar winners (highlighted) and nominees:

Best Picture
“American Sniper”
“Birdman” WINNER
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“The Theory of Everything”

Best Actor
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything” WINNER

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” WINNER
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash” WINNER

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood” WINNER
Laura Dern, “Wild”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

Best Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman” WINNER
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”

Best Animated Feature Film
“Big Hero 6" WINNER
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2"
“Song of the Sea”
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

Best Adapted Screenplay
“American Sniper”
“The Imitation Game” WINNER
“Inherent Vice”
“The Theory of Everything”

Best Original Screenplay
“Birdman” WINNER
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Cinematography
“Birdman” WINNER
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“Mr. Turner”

Best Visual Effects
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“Interstellar” WINNER
“X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Best Documentary Feature
“Citizenfour” WINNER
“Finding Vivian Maier”
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“The Salt of the Earth”

Best Documentary Short Subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1" WINNER

“Our Curse”
“The Reaper”
“White Earth”

Best Film Editing
“American Sniper”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Whiplash” WINNER

Best Original Song
“Everything Is Awesome,” from “The Lego Movie”
“Glory,” from “Selma” WINNER
“Grateful,” from “Beyond the Lights”
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”
“Lost Stars,” from “Begin Again”

Best Production Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” WINNER
“The Imitation Game”
“Into the Woods”
“Mr. Turner”

Best Live Action Short Film
“Boogaloo and Graham”
“Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)”
“The Phone Call” WINNER

Best Animated Short Film
“The Bigger Picture”
“The Dam Keeper”
“Feast” WINNER
“Me and my Moulton”
“A Single Life”

Best Sound Editing
“American Sniper” WINNER
“The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies”

Best Sound Mixing
“American Sniper”
“Whiplash” WINNER

Best Costume Design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” WINNER
“Inherent Vice”
“Into the Woods”
“Mr. Turner”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Wild Tales”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” WINNER
“Guardians of the Galaxy”

Best Original Score
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” WINNER
“The Imitation Game”
“Mr. Turner”
“The Theory of Everything”

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