The Controversial "Antichrist" Gets U.S. Release Date AND Video-On-Demand Launch! 

If you're a fan of director Lars von Trier and adore his cinematic sensibilities, then get ready. IFC has announced their plans on the release dates of "Antichrist."

*** In Los Angeles and New York, "Antichrist" will be shown in theaters Oct. 23

*** "Antichrist" will also be available on video-on-demand Oct. 21 (Have I told you I love this feature? Watching new IFC releases on demand?

Charlotte Gainsbourg, who stars as She in the film, won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award for her performance in this psychological erotic-horror tale.

So Gainsbourg alone is a big reason to watch this haunting film.

But the big question -- will "Antichrist" be shown in the US uncut similar to its censor-free debut in Britain?

Gosh, I hope so!

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10 Best Picture Oscar Nominations! What Does It Really Mean? 

It may sound like an avant-garde, radical turn, but the decision of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to expand its Best Picture nominees to 10 instead of 5 is hardly revolutionary.

The Academy, from 1931 to 1943 had 10 Best Picture nominees.

So why did they go back to the future? Well, I think, it's politics and economy. And gasp, the "Wall-E" and "The Dark Knight" effect! Both crowd-pleasing films garnered many critical nods, not to mention huge commercial successes, but were ignored by the Academy as Best Picture nominees.

The result? Many fans of those films ignored the Academy Award telecast, hence, lower ratings. If you remember, when "Titanic" and "The Lord of the Rings" lorded over the Academy Awards, telecast ratings were great!

I'm thinking, the Academy probably felt that putting more crowd-pleasing films on the ballot may mean better ratings, hence, politics and economy converge once again.

Everyone will be happy.

Here's what I love. This move means that a documentary or a foreign-language film or an action movie or a comedy can also be nominated as Best Picture contenders. Which, duh, it's about time! Best Pictures cannot only be reserved fro dramatic epics!

Here's what I hate. If you're going to stretch your Best Picture category to 10, why not make this change across the board, specially the top 8 categories namely Best Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting actress, Original Screenplay, and Adapted Screenplay. I can easily name great 2008 contenders for each category to fill 10 nominations apiece.

But who are we kidding here? Even though there are 10 nominees for Best Picture, there will always be one favorite among the crowd. For every love devoted to "The Dark Knight," a critical favorite like "Slumdog Millionaire" can always steal its thunder.

For more of the history of the Academy Awards and the changes, go to their website.

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"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" Sets Wednesday Opening Record! Huge! 

It's confirmed! We'll see more "Transformers" in the future! Why? Because of the sequel's $60.6 million box-office opening in just one day! "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" scored the best opening day ever for a Wednesday release!

The giant robots beat previous record-holder "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" which opened with $44.2 million box-office take on a Wednesday in July 2007.

But as far as the best opening day ever? "Transformers 2" could not beat "The Dark Knight." The Batman sequel earned $67.2 million on its first day.

(Check out my movie review of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" right here)

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Ryan Reynolds Goes Indie for Next Movie 

After helping make "The Proposal" a No. 1 box-office success with Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds wants to do a grittier, darker follow-up.

The actor is set to star in "Buried," where he'll play a civilian contractor in Iraq who's, well, buried alive, in a coffin in the desert. The twist? He needs to find a way out using a cell phone, a candle, and a knife. Darn it, if only MacGyver is there :happy

Set to direct is Rodrigo Cortes from a script by Chris Sparling. Production is set to begin this month in Barcelona. Sorry "Deadpool" fans, Reynolds will work on this project first before the Marvel Comics adaptation.

Like many successful actors before him, Reynolds chose to take the independent film route in order to stretch his acting chops.

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"My Sister's Keeper" Movie Review! Read One Minor But Interesting Spoiler! 

Director Nick Cassavetes returns with his screenwriting partner from “The Notebook,” Jeremy Leven, for “My Sister’s Keeper.” The film is a shameless tearjerker that will make you cry, but believe me, you will not feel guilty from doing so.

Cassavetes smartly chose to frame “My Sister’s Keeper” as a character-driven study. If he allowed the material’s decidedly melodramatic nature rear its ugly head, then the film would have just been a Lifetime Movie Channel special. Instead, “My Sister’s Keeper” is definitely a keeper and a great counterprogramming for those who wish to escape the “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” crowd.

Based on the beloved novel by Jodi Picoult, the film posits a thought-provoking question: if one of your children is dying and is in need of a rare bone marrow match, would you order a doctor to make you a new child designed to help the sick one? Read More...

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