63 Countries Fight for Best Foreign Language Oscar Nomination  

From Albania to Vietnam, 63 countries are hoping that their film entry will get picked to fill one of the five slots for Best Foreign Language Film for the 84th Annual Academy Awards.

Five slots, 63 countries, the competition is fierce! Is your country of choice one of the 63 hopefuls?

I'm happy that my home country, the Philippines, has an entry, the dramedy "The Woman in the Septic Tank" from director Marlon N. Rivera. Released in the Philippines on August 3rd, the film became the highest grossing independent movie in my country's cinema history. So keeping my fingers crossed for this movie!

The shortlist will be released in January and then it will be whittled down to five contenders when the nominations are announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. The winner will be announced on Oscar night on Sunday, February 26, 2012.

Take a look at the complete list of Best Foreign Language hopefuls:

Albania, "Amnesty," Bujar Alimani, director;

Argentina, "Aballay," Fernando Spiner, director;

Austria, "Breathing," Karl Markovics, director;

Belgium, "Bullhead," Michael R. Roskam, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina,"Belvedere," Ahmed Imamovic, director;

Brazil, "Elite Squad: The Enemy Within," José Padilha, director;

Bulgaria, "Tilt," Viktor Chouchkov, Jr., director;

Canada, "Monsieur Lazhar," Philippe Falardeau, director;

Chile, "Violeta Went to Heaven," Andrés Wood, director;

China, "The Flowers of War," Zhang Yimou, director;

Colombia, "The Colors of the Mountain," Carlos César Arbeláez, director;

Croatia, "72 Days," Danilo Serbedzija, director;

Cuba, "Havanastation," Ian Padrón, director;

Czech Republic,"Alois Nebel," Tomás Lunák, director;

Denmark, "Superclásico," Ole Christian Madsen, director;

Dominican Republic,"Love Child," Leticia Tonos, director;

Egypt, "Lust," Khaled el Hagar, director;

Estonia, "Letters to Angel," Sulev Keedus, director;

Finland, "Le Havre," Aki Kaurismäki, director;

France, "Declaration of War," Valérie Donzelli, director;

Georgia, "Chantrapas," Otar Iosseliani, director;

Germany, "Pina," Wim Wenders, director;

Greece, "Attenberg," Athina Rachel Tsangari, director;

Hong Kong,"A Simple Life," Ann Hui, director;

Hungary, "The Turin Horse," Béela Tarr, director;

Iceland, "Volcano," Rúnar Rúnarsson, director;

India, "Abu, Son of Adam," Salim Ahamed, director;

Indonesia, "Under the Protection of Ka'Bah," Hanny R. Saputra, director;

Iran, "A Separation," Asghar Farhadi, director;

Ireland, "As If I Am Not There," Juanita Wilson, director;

Israel, "Footnote," Joseph Cedar, director;

Italy, "Terraferma," Emanuele Crialese, director;

Japan, "Postcard," Kaneto Shindo, director;

Kazakhstan, "Returning to the ‘A,’" Egor Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky, director;

Lebanon, "Where Do We Go Now?" Nadine Labaki, director;

Lithuania, "Back to Your Arms," Kristijonas Vildziunas, director;

Macedonia, "Punk Is Not Dead," Vladimir Blazevski, director;

Mexico, "Miss Bala," Gerardo Naranjo, director;

Morocco, "Omar Killed Me," Roschdy Zem, director;

Netherlands, "Sonny Boy," Maria Peters, director;

New Zealand,"The Orator," Tusi Tamasese, director;

Norway, "Happy, Happy," Anne Sewitsky, director;

Peru, "October," Diego Vega and Daniel Vega, directors;

Philippines, "The Woman in the Septic Tank," Marlon N. Rivera, director;

Poland, "In Darkness," Agnieszka Holland, director;

Portugal, "José and Pilar," Miguel Gonçalves Mendes, director;

Romania, "Morgen," Marian Crisan, director;

Russia, "Burnt by the Sun 2: The Citadel," Nikita Mikhalkov, director;

Serbia, "Montevideo: Taste of a Dream," Dragan Bjelogrlić, director;

Singapore, "Tatsumi," Eric Khoo, director;

Slovak Republic,"Gypsy," Martin Sulík, director;

South Africa,"Beauty," Oliver Hermanus, director;

South Korea,"The Front Line," Jang Hun, director;

Spain, "Black Bread," Agusti Villaronga, director;

Sweden, "Beyond," Pernilla August, director;

Switzerland, "Summer Games," Rolando Colla, director;

Taiwan, "Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale," Wei Te-sheng, director;

Thailand, "Kon Khon," Sarunyu Wongkrachang, director;

Turkey, "Once upon a Time in Anatolia," Nuri Bilge Ceylan, director;

United Kingdom,"Patagonia," Marc Evans, director;

Uruguay, "The Silent House," Gustavo Hernández, director;

Venezuela, "Rumble of the Stones," Alejandro Bellame Palacios, director;

Vietnam, "The Prince and the Pagoda Boy," Luu Trong Ninh, director.

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Academy Unleashes Best Documentary Short Subject Contenders 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the contenders for the Best Documentary Short Subject category for the 84th Academy Awards. The shortlist is comprised of eight films which will be whittled down to three to five Oscar nominees.

And the eight films are:

"The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement," Purposeful Productions, Inc.
"God Is the Bigger Elvis," Documentress Films
"In Tahrir Square: 18 Days of Egypt's Unfinished Revolution," Downtown Docs
"Incident in New Baghdad," Morninglight Films
"Pipe Dreams," Leslie Iwerks Productions
"Saving Face," Milkhaus/Jungefilm
"The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom," Supply & Demand Integrated
"Witness," Buche
The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Oscar nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The 84th Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 26th at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.

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Watch My "Footloose" Movie Review! Let's Go Line Dancing! 

For my written review of "Footloose," click here.

Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald interview

Ziah Colon and Miles teller interview

Writer-Director Craig Brewer interview

Here's more info on "Footloose" from Yahoo:

Ren MacCormack is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out and Bomont's local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister's troubled daughter Ariel in the process.

Genres: Musical/Performing Arts and Remake
Running Time: 1 hr. 53 min.
Release Date: October 14th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some teen drug and alcohol use, sexual content, violence and language.
Distributors: Paramount Pictures
Production Co.: MTV Films, Southern Cross the Dog, Unique Features, Dylan Sellers Productions, Spyglass Entertainment Holdings, LLC, Weston Pictures, Zadan/Meron Productions, Storyline Entertainment
Studios: Paramount Pictures
Filming Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Tennessee, USA
Produced in: United States

Cast and Credits

Starring: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Andie MacDowell, Dennis Quaid, Miles Teller
Directed by: Craig Brewer
Produced by: Jonathan Glickman, Brad Weston, Dylan Sellers

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See New Trailer of Crossdressing Glenn Close Movie "Albert Nobbs!" 
This is a fantastic Oscar-bait of a film! The Academy loves crossdressers, "Tootsie," "Yentl," "Victor Victoria," "The Crying Game," okay maybe not "Just One of the Guys" but still. "Albert Nobbs" is getting major Oscar buzz and it's largely because of Glenn Close's performance. We definitely love her, maybe we'll love her more as a woman who poses as a man and then tries to escape all the lies! Drama!

Here's more info on "Albert Nobbs" from Yahoo:

A woman passes as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland. Some thirty years after donning men's clothing, she finds herself trapped in a prison of her own making.

Genres: Adaptation, Biopic, Drama and Art/Foreign
Running Time: 1 hr. 53 min.
Release Date: January 27th, 2012 (limited)
MPAA Rating: R for some sexuality, brief nudity and language.
Distributors: Roadside Attractions

Cast and Credits
Starring: Glenn Close, Janet McTeer, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Pauline Collins
Directed by: Rodrigo Garcia
Produced by: Glenn Close, Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn

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Will "The Lone Ranger" Finally Giddyup on February 6, 2012? 

First, Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer were all set to star as Tonto and the Lone Ranger, respectively, for Disney's big screen version of the iconic TV western. Then...it was scrapped.

Afterwards, we were hearing that Disney asked Depp, uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and director Gore Verbinski to take some pay cuts because the production budget is getting bigger and bigger by the minute. It's a risky $250-million investment since truth be told, moviegoers are just not interested in the western genre anymore. "Cowboys & Aliens" anyone?

By the way, do they really need $250 million to make "The Lone Ranger?" Really?

But now, Deadline is saying that Disney "has set The Lone Ranger to start production February 6, 2012."

We'll see if this is true. By the time the movie hits theaters we've all walked into the sunset...away from the film!

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