Aaron Eckhart to Star as Beach Boy Dennis Wilson in "The Drummer" 

Aaron Eckhart will star as the legendary Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson in Randall Miller & Jody Savin's "The Drummer" according to Deadline.

The biopic will concentrate on the last six years of Wilson's life which, according to many, he created some of the best music of his career. Right now, Eckhart is training for the role such as learning to play drums and piano as well as training vocally to sing. Known as the only Beach Boy who surfed, Wilson tragically drowned in Marina Del Rey in 1983 after drinking all day and diving all afternoon.

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And So the Oscar Hype Begins! Silent Film "The Artist" Wins Big at 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival  

I am very intrigued by "The Artist." It's a silent film after all (which is pretty cool!), but it's generating enough Oscar buzz that I cannot simply ignore it! But the road to the Oscars is still quite long and tumultuous even though the preeminent Academy Awards vote-getter, the Weinstein company, is behind the Michel Hazanavicius movie. Still, it would be awesome for "The Artist" to score a Best Picture Nomination! The last time a silent film scored a victory was in 1929 with "The Patriot."

The French film (or does language even matter since it's silent?) stars Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo and takes place in Hollywood between 1927 and 1931. It has "A Star is Born" story, if you may, that talks about a relationship between a declining male star and a rising actress. It also talks about the end of the silent film era and the beginning of the talkies.

Dujardin won the Best Actor Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and heck, even the dog actor in the movie, Uggy, won the Palm Dog Award for best performance by a canine! (Trailer below)

Only time will tell if the interesting albeit gimmicky aspect of "The Artist" will hold Academy Award members' interest all the way to Oscar night on Sunday, Feb. 26th.

In the recently concluded Hamptons International Film Festival, "The Artist" won the Audience Award Narrative. Take a look at the complete list of winners below:



Audience Award Narrative

Directed by Michel Hazanavicius


Audience Award Documentary

Directed by Marc Levin


Audience Award Winner for Best Short

Directed by Jim Isler and Tom Isler


Narrative Jury Winner

Directed by Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon & Bruno Romy


Documentary Jury Winner

Directed by Fellipe Barbosa


Short Documentary Jury Winner

Directed by Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein


The Kodak Award for Best Cinematography.

The Wouter Barendrecht Pioneering Vision Award

Directed by Mark Jackson.


Winner of the Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice

Director Anthony Baxter



Directed by Joshua Marston


Directed by Jerzy Sladkowski



The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Feature Film Prize

Directed by Annie Howell and Lisa Robinson


The Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of

Conflict and Resolution

Directed By Lee Hirsch

2011 Breakthrough Performer Recipients

Emily Browning – SLEEPING BEAUTY

Alexander Skarsgard- MELONCHOLIA

Stine Fischer Christensen – CRACKS IN THE SHELL


Shailene Woodley – THE DESCENDANTS

Anton Yelchin – LIKE CRAZY

And here's the trailer for "The Artist," admit it, you're curious about the movie aren't you?

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So What's Next for the Recently "Out" Zachary Quinto? 

Like it really matters right? Some fanboys may not like that Zachary Quinto, the guy who effectively donned Spock's persona in the recent "Star Trek" reboot and one of the few actors from NBC's "Heroes" who actually mattered, came out as gay over the weekend.

All I can say is live long and prosper Mr. Quinto!

And by the looks of it, Quinto will have a long career and perhaps prosper in years to come. Currently, the actor is starring as Anna Faris' love interest in "What's Your Number." This Friday, Oct. 21st, "Margin Call" opens. It's the first film from the actor's indie production company Before the Door Pictures. Quinto stars alongside Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci and Demi Moore.

And according to The Hollywood Reporter, Quinto will next play a recurring guest star stint in FX's "American Horror Story" where he will play Chad, a gay former owner of the haunted house where Ben (Dylan McDermott) and Vivien (Connie Britton) live. Watch for it this Halloween for the show's two-part episode.

And of course, Quinto will return to the role of Spock in the sequel to J.J. Abrams' 2009 monster hit! The film is set to go on production this January.

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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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