"Astro Boy" One-on-One Interviews with Freddie Highmore and Eugene Levy 

First, I enjoyed "Astro Boy." I wasn't a fan of the TV series, but the new animated adventure has made me a believer! (Read my "Astro Boy" movie review right here)

So I was so happy to be invited by Summit Entertainment for their press day for the film. I spoke with Freddie Highmore (he voices Toby and Astro Boy) and Eugene Levy (he lends his voice for Orrin, the robot servant).

Take a look at my fun interviews with the actors:


We talked about:

*** His involvement with the project
*** The issues that the film touched upon
*** What's coming up in his future
*** The moral of the story


We talked about:

*** Why he chose to work on ASTRO BOY
*** His character
*** Acting vs. Voice work
*** Moral of the story

More info about the film from Yahoo:

Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist named Dr. Tenma. Powered by positive "blue" energy, Astro Boy is endowed with super strength, x-ray vision, unbelievable speed and the ability to fly. Embarking on a journey in search of acceptance, Astro Boy encounters many other colorful characters along the way.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Kids/Family, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Animation and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min.
Release Date: October 23rd, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for some action and peril, and brief mild language.
Sony Pictures Releasing, Summit Entertainment, LLC

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Adam Shankman, Bill Mechanic to Produce Oscars! 

Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic are set to produce the 82nd Academy Awards! They replace last year's ringleaders, Bill Condon and Laurence Mark.

No, Condon and Mark weren't fired, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences' board of directors had asked the duo but the pair didn't commit.

Once upon a time, Shankman performed on one of the Oscar nights as a dancer, but now, the director of "Bedtime Stories" and "Hairspray" will return as a producer.

Shankman and Mechanic will be busy developing the Oscarcast. I wonder who they will pick as the host.

Shankman is one busy dude! Besides being one of the main judges on the TV show "So You Think You Can Dance," he is also getting ready to adapt the Broadway musical "Rock of Ages."

The film will begin production by next summer and be released by Warner Bros. in 2011. I wonder if "American Idol" alum, Constantin Maroulis, will be bringing his role to the big screen. The singer was nominated for a Tony for Leading Actor in a Musical for his role in "Rock of Ages."

Shankman is also developing a film version of "Bye Bye Birdie." I told 'ya, this Shankman is one busy dude!

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Angelina Jolie to Be Femme Fatale in Ridley Scott's "Gucci" 

Angelina Jolie is in talks with Ridley Scott to star as Patrizia Gucci in the director's drama "Gucci" about murder and mayhem in the Gucci fashion dynasty.

Patrizia was sentenced to 29 years in jail for plotting the murder of her ex, Maurizio Gucci.

Fox 2000 is producing and the studio is planning a 2010 production date.

Variety tells us that Fox 2000 is "about to hire a scribe to rewrite the drama that recaptures the glamorous days of the Gucci family dynasty in the 1970s and 80s, when the family was selling $500 million in product annually. Squabbles hobbled the clan until Maurizio, the grandson of founder Guccio Gucci, came out on top of a power struggle to run the family business. Just when he was about to reestablish the brand name by debuting a line designed by newcomer--and now film director--Tom Ford, Maurizio was gunned down in front of his Milan apartment in 1995."

Right now, the script is being developed and Scott is still looking for an actor to play Maurizio. Leonardo DiCaprio has been approached but he's not attached with the project yet.

Fox 2000 is also developing another film for Jolie. The studio wants the actress to star as medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta based on the Patricia Cornwell novels.

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"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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