Tom Wilkinson, Evan Rachel Wood Join Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator” 

Robert Redford has a fantastic cast for “The Conspirator,” the drama he is directing about the assassination of President Lincoln. James Solomon wrote the script.

James McAvoy will star as Frederick Aiken, the war hero who is assigned to defend Robin Wright Penn’s Mary Surratt, the only female charged in the conspiracy to kill the president. Justin Long, in his first dramatic role, will play McAvoy’s soldier friend who lost a limb in the Civil War.

Now, Tom Wilkinson, Evan Rachel Wood, Kevin Kline and Alexis Bledel are joining the production. Wilkinson will star as Reverdy Johnson, the former attorney general and mentor of McAvoy’s character.

Wood will play Surratt’s daughter, Anna, and Kline will star as Lincoln’s War Secretary Edwin Stanton. Bledel will lay Aiken’s wife, Sarah Weston.

Shooting is going on right now in Savannah, Ga.

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The Long List (65 Countries!!!) of Oscar Foreign Language Entries 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences unveiled the long list of 65 countries vying for a Best Foreign Language nomination Oscar.

Variety says that a shortlist of nine semi-finalists will be unveiled in January, with the complete nominees to be announced Feb. 2 along with the contenders in the other categories.

The Academy Awards will be presented March 7 at the Kodak Theater.

And now, from Albania to Vietnam, see the complete list right now (I’m proud that my home country of the Philippines has an entry!!!):

Albania, "Alive!," Artan Minarolli, director
Argentina, "El Secreto de Sus Ojos," Juan Jose Campanella, director
Armenia, "Autumn of the Magician," Rouben Kevorkov and Vaheh Kevorkov, directors
Australia, "Samson & Delilah," Warwick Thornton, director
Austria, "For a Moment Freedom," Arash T. Riahi, director
Bangladesh, "Beyond the Circle," Golam Rabbany Biplob, director
Belgium, "The Misfortunates," Felix van Groeningen, director
Bolivia, "Zona Sur," Juan Carlos Valdivia, director
Bosnia and Herzegovina, "Nightguards," Namik Kabil, director
Brazil, "Time of Fear," Sergio Rezende, director
Bulgaria, "The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner," Stephan Komandarev, director
Canada, "I Killed My Mother," Xavier Dolan, director
Chile, "Dawson, Isla 10," Miguel Littin, director
China, "Forever Enthralled," Chen Kaige, director
Colombia, "The Wind Journeys," Ciro Guerra, director
Croatia, "Donkey," Antonio Nuic, director
Cuba, "Fallen Gods," Ernesto Daranas, director
Czech Republic, "Protektor," Marek Najbrt, director
Denmark, "Terribly Happy," Henrik Ruben Genz, director
Estonia, "December Heat," Asko Kase, director
Finland, "Letters to Father Jacob," Klaus Haro, director
France, "Un Prophete," Jacques Audiard, director
Georgia, "The Other Bank," George Ovashvili, director
Germany, "The White Ribbon," Michael Haneke, director
Greece, "Slaves in Their Bonds," Tony Lykouressis, director
Hong Kong, "Prince of Tears," Yonfan, director
Hungary, "Chameleon," Krisztina Goda, director
Iceland, "Reykjavik-Rotterdam," Oskar Jonasson, director
India, "Harishchandrachi Factory," Paresh Mokashi, director
Indonesia, "Jamila and the President," Ratna Sarumpaet
Iran, "About Elly," Asghar Farhadi, director
Israel, "Ajami," Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, director
Italy, "Baaria," Giuseppe Tornatore, director
Japan, "Nobody to Watch over Me," Ryoichi Kimizuka, director
Kazakhstan, "Kelin," Ermek Tursunov, director
Korea, "Mother," Joon-ho Bong, director
Lithuania, "Vortex," Gytis Luksas, director
Luxembourg, "Refractaire," Nicolas Steil, director
Macedonia, "Wingless," Ivo Trajkov, director
Mexico, "Backyard," Carlos Carrera, director
Morocco, "Casanegra," Nour-Eddine Lakhmari, director
The Netherlands, "Winter in Wartime," Martin Koolhoven, director
Norway, "Max Manus," Espen Sandberg and Joachim Roenning, directors
Peru, "The Milk of Sorrow," Claudia Llosa, director
Philippines, "Grandpa Is Dead," Soxie H. Topacio, director
Poland, "Reverse," Borys Lankosz, director
Portugal, "Doomed Love," Mario Barroso, director
Puerto Rico, "Kabo and Platon," Edmundo H. Rodriguez, director
Romania, "Police, Adjective," Corneliu Porumboiu, director
Russia, "Ward No. 6," Karen Shakhnazarov, director
Serbia, "St. George Shoots the Dragon," Srdjan Dragojevic, director
Slovakia, "Broken Promise," Jiri Chlumsky, director
Slovenia, "Landscape No. 2," Vinko Moderndorfer, director
South Africa, "White Wedding," Jann Turner, director
Spain, "The Dancer and the Thief," Fernando Trueba, director
Sri Lanka, "The Road from Elephant Pass," Chandran Rutnam
Sweden, "Involuntary," Ruben Ostlund, director
Switzerland, "Home," Ursula Meier, director
Taiwan, "No Puedo Vivir sin Ti," Leon Dai, director
Thailand, "Best of Times," Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, director
Turkey, "I Saw the Sun," Mahsun Kirmizigul, director
United Kingdom, "Afghan Star," Havana Marking, director
Uruguay, "Bad Day for Fishing," Alvaro Brechner, director
Venezuela, "Libertador Morales, El Justiciero,"
Efterpi Charalambidis, director
Vietnam, "Don’t Burn It," Dang Nhat Minh, director

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Twi-Hards Rejoice! “New Moon” Soundtrack Available Today! 

Last year’s “Twilight” soundtrack was a hit, selling 2.3 million copies to date and still lingers on Billboard’s Top 100, that the current “New Moon” soundtrack is expected to equal or top the previous record.

The new album features rock acts such as Lykke Li, Bon Iver & St. Vincent, Sea Wolf and Grizzly Bear. Muse, featured on the first “Twilight” ablum, returns to the new soundtrack. Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke, OK Go and Death Cab for Cutie also join the project.

Death Cab for Cutie’s “Meet Me on the Equinox” is the album’s lead-off track.

Most of the acts on the album worked with “New Moon” director Chris Weitz to make sure his vision is matched musically. The new album has a more somber, subdued tone to support’s the film’s spirit.

The “New Moon” soundtrack is being released four days early after it was leaked online Monday. Hot Topic is hosting an album release party all across the county tonight at 7pm. And if you like to collect the vinyl, you can buy a 12-inch picture disc and a deluxe vinyl edition exclusively from Hot Topic in November.

“The Twilight Saga: New Moon” based on Stephenie Meyer’s creation arrives in theaters Nov. 20. So the soundtrack should satisfy your “Twilight” cravings, at least for a month. :happy

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"Where the Wild Things Are" Movie Review! See Major Differences Between Book and Movie! Spoiler Alert!  

When I heard that Warner Bros. was going to produce a film version of the beloved children’s classic “Where the Wild Things Are,” I was skeptical at best. How could director Spike Jonze adapt a book of only 20 pages and 10 sentences into a full-feature film?

The result is a visually compelling adventure that is respectful of the 1963 children’s picture book. Jonze and company capture author Maurice Sendak’s psychoanalytical tone and expound on the theme – how kids master various feelings.

As a child, I identified with the main character Max. In the book, he is sent to bed without dinner but then a forest starts to grow in his room and an ocean tumbles by with a private boat to sail to where the wild things are. After taming the wild things and being hailed their ruler, Max sails back home just in time for supper. Who doesn’t want to be Max? Read More...

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"Up in the Air's" Anna Kendrick to be Honored at the Palm Springs International Film Festival 

Anna Kendrick ("Twilight," "New Moon") will be honored for her performance in the upcoming "Up in the Air" by my hometown film festival, the fabulous Palm Springs International Film Festival!

Kendrick will receive the Rising Star Award at the Awards Gala, presented by Cartier, on Jan. 5th, 2010. The event, to be hosted by Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart, will kick-off the 2010 Awards Season and will be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Festival chairman Harold Matzner said, "Anna Kendrick is an extremely gifted young actress. At age 12, she received a Tony Award nomination for best featured actress in a musical for her role as Dinah in 'High Society.' Now in her mid 20s, she has gone from strength to strength with each succeeding screen roll."

"Up in the Air" from "Juno" director, Jason Reitman, also stars George Clooney. The film, making a loud Oscar buzz, will be released by Paramount on Dec. 4.

Kendrick previously starred in "Camp" and "Rocket Science" but perhaps, best known for her role as Jessica Stanley in the "Twilight" series.

The 21st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will run from Jan. 5-18. Visit the festival's official site right here.

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