"Twilight" to be Honored as Film of Vision...Really? 


The vampire romance film "Twilight" is being considered as one of the best and brightest. The flick, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, is one of the movies being honored at the 36th Annual Vision Awards to be held on June 27 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Here's the complete press release, and for the Vision Awards website, click here.

Los Angeles, CA, June 5, 2009 - Many of Hollywood’s best and brightest in film, television and music will descend upon the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, on Saturday, June 27 for the star-studded, 36th Annual Vision Awards ™. The gala fundraising event, which has become an annual Hollywood tradition, honors entertainment and business luminaries as well as medical professionals who have exhibited exceptional gifts of sight, foresight and insight in the creative arts, related technologies and medical research.

Presented by RP International, the nation’s leading non-profit fighting Retinitis Pigmentosa and other blinding eye diseases, this year’s awards will once again be led by legendary Daily Variety columnist, Army Archerd, and will feature a presentation by Larry King and a musical performance by actress and music artist, Taryn Manning (HUSTLE AND FLOW).

Honorees include Leader of Vision, Jim Walton, President of CNN Worldwide, Film Artist of Vision: Diane Ladd (RAMBLING ROSE, WILD AT HEART); Film Producer of Vision: Lawrence Bender (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS); Producer of Vision – Documentary: Stephen Nemeth (FIELDS OF FUEL, FLOW: FOR LOVE OF WATER); Producers of Vision – Television: Ian Sander and Kim Moses (GHOST WHISPERER), Matthew Weiner (MAD MEN); Woman of Vision – Entertainment: Shonda Rhimes (GREY’S ANATOMY); Woman of Vision – Fitness & Motivation: Jillian Michaels (THE BIGGEST LOSER); Screenwriter of Vision: Grant Nieporte (SEVEN POUNDS); Lester Sill Award-Composer/Editor of Vision: John Ottman (VALKYRIE) and Film of Vision: TWILIGHT (producers: Wyck Godfrey, Greg Mooradian, Mark Morgan and Guy Oseary).

The Vision Awards is produced by RP International, the nation’s leading non-profit fighting degenerative eye diseases. RPI was founded by blind activist, Helen Harris, a Woodland Hills housewife who, in 1972, was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a degenerative blinding disease, along with her two young sons. Physicians told Harris that there would be no hope, no help and no cure. Harris and her family set out to prove them wrong, and to prove that a cure for blindness could become a reality. Today, due to Harris’ ongoing efforts, and those for the international organization that she founded, more than 200 celebrities, producers, directors and other luminaries are helping to bring the cause to the public’s attention.

The 2009 Vision Awards also celebrates the ongoing work of RP International’s descriptive TheatreVision ™, which Vision Awards founder and president Helen Harris developed in 1994, to allow blind movie goers the ability to enjoy described films inside a motion picture theatre. The first such film was Paramount Picture’s FORREST GUMP. Since that time, Ms. Harris’ TheatreVision ™ has described nearly 500 programs via patented technology.

This year’s Theartre Vision Description Awards honorees are:

FILM
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
SEVEN POUNDS
TWILIGHT
VALKYRIE

TELEVISION
DAMAGES
GREY’S ANATOMY
MAD MEN
RECOUNT
TWO AND A HALF MEN

The primary medical award being given out at the Vision Awards this year will be the Jules Stein Living Tribute Award, which goes to Dr. Shalesh Kaushal, MD. Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Massachusetts, Kaushal was the first investigator in the world to use complement inhibitor molecules to treat patients and is a principal investigator for a complement inhibitor research study for wet age-related macular degeneration. Most recently, he has published research on the use of gene therapy to treat a type of congenital human blindness known as Leber Congenital Amaurosis.

RP International raises funds to support facilities that specialize in all degenerative eye research, including Retinitis Pigmentosa, Macular Degeneration and Usher’s Syndrome. Previous Vision Awards honorees include James Cameron, Todd Field, Wes Craven, Andy Garcia, Malcolm McDowell, George Romero, Roone Arledge, Phil Collins, Jim Carrey, Robert Halmi, Sr., Katie Couric, Bob Hope, Norman Jewison, Stephen King, David Letterman, Oliver Stone, Gene Roddenberry, Martin Landau, Stacy Keach, Vin Scully, Aaron Spelling, Lorne Michaels, Matt Damon, Robert Wise, Jon Voight, The Blind Boys of Alabama and Jim Henson.

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See Mickey Rourke as Whiplash in "Iron Man 2!" Take a Sneak Peek! 


If you notice, Whiplash, played by the fantastic Mickey Rourke, is wearing a power pack on his chest similar to what Iron Man wears!

If Iron Man has Tony Stark, Whiplash has Ivan Vanko, a Russian who has created his own version of the iron suit.

Rourke tells USA Today, Whiplash "is going to light them up."

From the looks of it, he definitely will!

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Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper to Star in "The A-Team?" 


Liam Neeson and "The Hangover's" Bradley Cooper are in talks to to star in the big-screen adaptation of "The A-Team." Neeson may play the role of Col. John "Hannibal" Smith, while Cooper may channel Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck.

Director Joe Carnahan is set to helm the flick based on the 1980s TV series. Production begins in late August for a June 11, 2010 release!

Carnahan and Brian Bloom polished the script written by Skip Woods ("G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra," "Wolverine").

According to Variety, Neeson and Fox are working to agree on...money, of course!

So now we can speculate. Who should play Capt. "Howling Mad" Murdock and the role made famous by Mr. T, Sgt. B.A." Baracus?

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Robert Rodriguez Wants "The Jetsons" 


That Robert Rodriguez is one busy dude! Not only is he rebooting the "Predator," he's also moving forward with a "Sin City" sequel. But wait there's more! Rodriguez also wants to work on a "Grindhouse" spin-off called "Machete" and the sci-fi thriller "Nerverackers."

But Rodriguez also wants to reawaken "Barbarella," and now, he wants to launch a live-action adaptation of "The Jetsons."

Rodriguez told MTV news, "I’ve been developing [The Jetsons] for awhile,” and he's "hoping to start shooting “next year.”

Adam F. Goldberg, the guy who gave us "Fanboys," wrote an early version of the script that has since been reworked.

So who should play George Jetson, his boy Elroy, daughter Judy, and Jane his wife? But most importantly, who should play Rosie, the robot housekeeper?



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"Hangover" Says Cheers! Comedy Pulls Down "Up" from No. 1 Spot! Final Box-Office Tally Reveals 


Yesterday, studios estimated that "Up" was the weekend winner with $44.2 million during its second week. But hold on, final tally reveals "The Hangover" edges the Disney-Pixar animated flick from the No. 1 spot with a $45 million weekend!

(Click here for the weekend box-office estimates)

But the sad story of the box-office weekend? "Land of the Lost" which was estimated to have sold $19.5 million in box-office tickets actually had a final tally of selling only $18.8 million. It has been downgraded!

Sorry Will Ferrell. :sad

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