Director David Ayer Explains “End of Watch!" I Love This Movie! 

So, I was blessed for being invited at the Toronto International Film Festival, and I was doubly blessed for being able to see one of the best films of the year, “End of Watch.” David Ayer, the guy who wrote “Training Day,” wrote and directed this fantastic film! In this interview, we talked about:

*** What made him want to go back to the LAPD world?
*** He ate all the words he said about corrupt cops being an interesting tool in doing a cop movie.
*** The camera technique he used for “End of Watch”
*** The palpable chemistry between Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena – they didn’t’ like each other at first!

Have fun!

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Hot Trailer: New "Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Trailer Will Make You Want to Revisit Middle Earth! 
I'm a fan of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy by Peter Jackson, and the just-released trailer for his new "Hobbit" franchise, will make you swoon all over again! I can't wait for Dec. 14th when "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is released. Then, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" unspools on Dec. 13, 2013, followed by the finale, "the Hobbit: There and Back Again" on July 18, 2014. Save the dates!

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Oscar Nominations Date Moved! Check Out New Key Dates for 85th Annual Academy Awards 

So, the Academy has announced important key dates for the upcoming 85th Annual Academy Awards. Most notable is the change of the nominations date which will now be five days earlier on Thursday, January 10th.

The reason? According to our friends at indiewire, the Academy said, "In an effort to provide members and the public a longer period of time to see the nominated films, the Academy will reveal the 85th Academy Awards nominations on January 10, five days earlier than previously announced."

So you have five extra days to watch the films to vote! Speaking of voting, this awards season marks the first time the voting members will be able to vote electronically! How 21st Century!

Here's the complete list of key dates:

Friday, November 30, 2012:
Official Screen Credits due

Saturday, December 1, 2012:
Governors Awards presentation

Monday, December 17, 2012:
Nominations voting begins

Thursday, January 3, 2013:
Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT

Thursday, January 10, 2013:
Nominations announced 5:30 a.m. PT, Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater

Monday, February 4, 2013:
Nominees Luncheon

Friday, February 8, 2013:
Final voting begins

Saturday, February 9, 2013:
Scientific and Technical Awards presentation

Tuesday, February 19, 2013:
Final voting ends 5 p.m. PT

Sunday, February 24, 2013:
85th Academy Awards presentation

And as always, the Oscars will be held live at The Dolby Theatre (previously known as the Kodak Theatre) and will be televised on ABC.

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Oscar Foreign Language Film Submissions...So Far... 

Last year, 63 countries submitted their films for consideration for the annual Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language category. This year, 28 countries have made their presence known, and one of them is my homeland, the Philippines, submitting "Bwakaw" (pictured above) for consideration.

The Academy will provide a full list of eligible submissions by October, and out of the list, nine finalists will be chosen then shortlisted with the final five nominees to be announced on January 24, 2013.

Here's the list for the announced submissions, so far...

Australia - Lore, directed by Cate Shortland (German)

Austria - Amore, directed by Michael Haneke (French)

Azerbaijan - Buta, directed by Ilgar Najaf (Azeri)

Belgium - Our Children, directed by Joachim Lafosse (French)

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Children of Sarajevo, directed by Aida Begic (Bosnian)

Bulgaria - Sneakers, directed by Valeri Yordanov (Bulgarian)

Cambodia - Lost Loves, directed by Chhay Bora (Khmer)

Canada - War Witch, directed by Kim Nguyen

Croatia - Cannibal Vegetarian, directed by Branko Schmidt (Croatian)

Czech Republic - In The Shadows, directed by David Ondricek (Czech, German)

France - The Intouchables, directed by Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache (French)

Germany - Barbara, directed by Christian Petzold (German)

Greece - Unfair World, directed by Filippos Tsitos (Greek)

Hungary - Just The Wind, directed by Benedek Fliegauf (Hungarian)

Japan - Our Homeland, directed by Yong-hi Yang (Japanese)

Macedonia -The Third Half, directed by Darko Mitrevski (Macedonian, German, Bulgarian)

Morocco - Death For Sale, directed by Faouzi Bensaïdi (Arabic)

Netherlands - Kauwboy, directed by Boudewijn Koole (Dutch)

Norway - Kon-Tiki, directed by Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg (Norwegian)

Palestinian Territories - When I Saw You, directed by Annemarie Jacir (Arabic)

Phillippines - Bwakaw, directed by Jun Lana (Tagalog)

Poland - 80 Million, directed by Waldemar Krzystek (Polish)

Portugal - Blood of My Blood, directed by João Canijo (Portuguese)

Romania - Beyond The Hills, directed by Cristian Mungiu (Romanian)

Serbia - When Day Breaks, directed by Goran Paskaljević (Serbian)

Slovenia - A Trip, directed by Nejc Gazvoda (Slovene)

South Korea - Pieta, directed by Kim Ki-duk (Korean)

Sweden - The Hypnotist, directed by Lasse Hallstrom (Swedish)

Urkraine - Firecrosser, directed by Mykhailo Illienko (Russian, Ukranian)

Venezuela - Rock, Paper, Scissors, directed by Hernán Jabes (Spanish)

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It's a Man, It's an Animal, It's "Manimal" and It's Coming to Theaters Near You! 

Remember the NBC early 80s show called "Manimal?" No? Well, don't worry, the premise is pretty simple. It's about Dr. Jonathan Chase, a rich doctor who morphs into animals in order to fight crime! Yup it was a campy show, and NBC cancelled it after just eight episodes. The series, starring Simon McCorkindale and Melody Anderson was created by Glen A. Larson, the TV producer who gave us "Magnum P.I., " "Knight Rider," and "Battlestar Galactica" among others.

Now, according to THR, Sony Pictures Animation has picked up the movie rights to "Manimal" and is developing a live action/CG Hybrid film. Sony is fast becoming the studio who gives you the live action/CG Hybrid films that you really don't care about but you'll watch anyway. Movies like "The Smurfs" last summer which grossed a head-scratching $500-million box-office take, the unavoidable sequel, and the upcoming "ALF."

Are you excited to see "Manimal?" For now, watch his transformation from the 1980s TV show:

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