"Astro Boy" Movie Review! How Many Kisses Does "Astro Boy" Get? 

The Japanese pop culture icon “Astro Boy” made a leap onto American soil in 1963 in a black and white television series. Based on Osamu Tezuka’s legendary manga (Japanese comic book), “Astro Boy” garnered a devoted U.S. following, becoming another hit 1980 television series, and then again in a TV show that debuted in 2003.

I was never a fan of the “Astro Boy” series and its many incarnations. But I can tell you right now, the new animated adventure “Astro Boy” has made a believer out of me. Read More...

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"The Hurt Locker" Tops Gotham Independent Film Awards! 

"The Hurt Locker's" march to the Oscars has begun! The film, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, is nominated for best feature, breakthrough actor, and best ensemble performance at the 19th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards.

Robert Siegel's "Big Fan" also topped the Gotham nominations with best features, breakthrough actor, and breakthrough director noms.

"The Hurt Locker" is one of my favorite films this year (Click Watch My Top 10 Best Movies of Summer 2009!) so I'm rooting for this brilliant flick!

Bigelow, Natalie Portman, and Stanley Tucci, and producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will each be presented with a career tribute.

The ceremony will be held Nov. 30 at Cipriani Wall Street.

And the nominees for the 19th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards are:

Best Feature

Cherien Dabis, director; Christina Piovesan, Paul Barkin, producers (National Geographic Entertainment)

"Big Fan"
Robert Siegel, director; Jean Kouremetis, Elan Bogarin, producers (First Independent Pictures)

"The Hurt Locker"
Kathryn Bigelow, director; Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier, Greg Shapiro, producers (Summit Entertainment)

"The Maid"
Sebastian Silva, director; Gregorio Gonzales, producer (Elephant Eye Films)

"A Serious Man"
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, directors/producers (Focus Features)

Best Documentary

"Food, Inc."
Robert Kenner, director; Robert Kenner, Elise Pearlstein, producers (Magnolia Pictures)

"Good Hair"
Jeff Stilson, director; Chris Rock, Kevin O'Donnell, Nelson George Jenny Hunter, producers (Liddell Entertainment and Roadside Attractions in association with HBO Films)

"My Neighbor My Killer"
Anne Aghion, director/producer (Gacaca Productions)

Michael Almereyda, director; Michael Almereyda, Laurie Butler, producers (Post Factory Films

James Toback, director; James Toback, Damon Bingham, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)

Best Ensemble Performance

Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Martin Starr, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Ryan Reynolds (Miramax Films)

"Cold Souls"
Paul Giamatti, Dina Korzun, Emily Watson, Katheryn Winnick, David Strathairn (Samuel Goldwyn Films)

"The Hurt Locker"
Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Ralph Fiennes, Guy Pearce, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly (Summit Entertainment)

"A Serious Man"
Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Fred Melamed (Focus Features)

Algenis Perez Soto, Rayniel Rufino, Michael Gaston, Andre Holland, Ann Whitney, Richard Bull, Ellary Porterfield, Jaime Tirelli (Sony Pictures Classics)

Breakthrough Director

Cruz Angeles for "Don't Let Me Drown"

Frazer Bradshaw for "Everything Strange and New"

Noah Buschel for "The Missing Person" (Strand Releasing)

Derick Martini for "Lymelife" (Screen Media Films)

Robert Siegel for "Big Fan" (First Independent Pictures)

Breakthrough Actor

Ben Foster in "The Messenger" (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

Patton Oswalt in "Big Fan" (First Independent Pictures)

Jeremy Renner in "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment)

Catalina Saavedra in "The Maid" (Elephant Eye Films)

Souleymane Sy Savane in "Goodbye Solo" (Roadside Attractions)

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You

"Everything Strange and New"
Frazer Bradshaw, director; Laura Techera Francia, A.D. Liano, producers

"Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench"
Damien Chazelle, director; Jasmine McGlade, producer

"October Country"
Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher, directors/producers

"You Won't Miss Me"
Ry Russo-Young, director/producer

"Zero Bridge"
Tariq Tapa, director; Tariq Tapa, Josie Lajoie, Hilal Ahmed Langoo, producers

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"The Tourist" Finds Director! Angelina Jolie Expected to Star! 

Last week, we told you that Charlize Theron was not going to make "The Tourist," and now, it's confirmed, Angelina Jolie will replace the actress.

Jolie's participation was contingent on finding the right director. Variety tells us that director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck is the top choice to direct the thriller putting the production on track for a planned February production start.

If a deal is made, "The Tourist" would be the first American film for von Donnersmarck whose movie "The Lives of Others" won the Academy Award for best foreign-language film.

Insiders are saying that Jolie will choose "The Tourist" as her next project over Universal's sequel to "Wanted."

Based on the 2005 French thriller "Anthony Zimmer," "The Tourist" tells the story of an American tourist who goes undercover to entrap an ex-lover. That ex-lover is also a suspected global criminal.

Jolie, fresh from the action-oriented flick "Salt" is perfect for this part! Production is set to begin early 2010.

Tom Cruise was once attached to the project as well (Cruise was also mentioned for "Salt" once upon a time), but now, Sam Worthington is getting the lead male role.

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Wild Rumpus for "Where the Wild Things Are!" Film Takes Top Box-Office Spot! 

Moviegoers went wild for "Where the Wild Things Are." But as expected, adults more than family crowds made up for the film's audience.

Warner Bros. targeted the adult demographics for "Where the Wild Things Are" and it paid off. The film adaptation of Maurice Sendak's beloved children's classic debuted at No. 1 with $32.5 million.

Meanwhile, the violent vengeance thriller "Law Abiding Citizen" starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler took the No. 2 spot with $21.3 million.

And "Paranormal Activity" continues its horrifically great box-office performance. Paramount's low-budget horror phenomenon moved up to No. 3 with $20.2 million. Made for a mere $15,000, many insiders are predicting that "Paranormal Activity" will match "Blair Witch Project's" box office power. Both used shakey-cam techniques, both came out of nowhere, and both are heralded as game-changing films.

"Blair Witch" eventually reached a total of $140 million at the box office. Currently, "Paranormal Activity" is at $33 million.

Here's the list of the Top 10 box-office films for weekend of Oct. 16th:

1. "Where the Wild Things Are," $32.5 million.
2. "Law Abiding Citizen," $21.3 million.
3. "Paranormal Activity," $20.2 million.
4. "Couples Retreat," $17.9 million.
5. "The Stepfather," $12.3 million.
6. "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," $8.1 million.
7. "Zombieland," $7.8 million.
8. "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" in 3-D, $3 million.
9. "Surrogates," $1.92 million.
10. "The Invention of Lying," $1.9 million.

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And Now, My "Where the Wild Things Are" Movie Review! Hear Me Roar My Terrible Roars! 

For my written review of "Where the Wild Things Are," please click here, otherwise, enjoy and have a great weekend at the movies!

"Where the Wild Things Are" (2009)

Max, a rambunctious and sensitive boy feels misunderstood at home and escapes to where the Wild Things are. He lands on an island where he meets mysterious and strange creatures whose emotions are as wild and unpredictable as their actions. The Wild Things desperately long for a leader to guide them, just as Max longs for a kingdom to rule. When Max is crowned king, he promises to create a place where everyone will be happy. Max soon finds, though, that ruling his kingdom is not so easy and his relationships there prove to be more complicated than he originally thought. (From Warner Bros.)

Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Genres: Comedy, Kids/Family, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Animation and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min.
Release Date: October 16th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for mild thematic elements, some adventure action and brief language.
Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Production Co.:
Wild Things Productions, Playtone
Warner Bros. Pictures
Co-Financier: Legendary Pictures, Inc., Village Roadshow Pictures Entertainment, KLG Film Invest GmbH
Filming Locations:
New Zealand
Los Angeles, California USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Produced in: United States

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