See Which New Films Receive the Prestigious Critics' Choice Seal!  
The Critics' Choice seal is a recognition given to new movies receiving a high Critics' Choice Ratings score in the weekly voting by the Broadcast Film Critics Association which I'm a proud member, yay!

If you're an Oscar fan, you may want to pay attention to the films receiving the Critics' Choice seal. It's a great barometer of the Academy Awards.

The latest films to receive the Critics' Choice seal are:

"PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL 'PUSH' BY SAPPHIRE




Precious
Release Date November 5, 2009
MPAA Rating R
Directed By Lee Daniels
Starring Mo?Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz, and introducing Gabourey Sidibe

Official Site http://www.weareallprecious.com/

Synopsis

Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece "Precious" Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), a sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother (Mo'Nique), a poisonously angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is a place of chaos, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret: she can neither read nor write.

Precious may sometimes be down, but she is never out. Beneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an inchoate but unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her. Threatened with expulsion, Precious is offered the chance to transfer to an alternative school, Each One/Teach One. Precious doesn't know the meaning of "alternative," but her instincts tell her this is the chance she has been waiting for. In the literacy workshop taught by the patient yet firm Ms. Rain (Paula Patton), Precious begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain and powerlessness to light, love and self-determination.

"THE BLIND SIDE"




The Blind Side
Release Date November 19, 2009
MPAA Rating PG-13
Directed By John Lee Hancock
Starring Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Kathy Bates, Quinton Aaron, Lily Collins, Jae Head

Official Site http://www.theblindsidemovie.com/

Synopsis

Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw and Kathy Bates star in Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures? "The Blind Side," which depicts the remarkable true story of All-American football star Michael Oher. Teenager Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) is surviving on his own, virtually homeless, when he is spotted on the street by Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock). Learning that the young man is one of her daughter's classmates, Leigh Anne insists that Michael-wearing shorts and a t-shirt in the dead of winter-come out of the cold. Without a moment's hesitation, she invites him to stay at the Tuohy home for the night. What starts out as a gesture of kindness becomes much more as Michael becomes part of the Tuohy family despite the differences in their backgrounds. Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. And as the family helps Michael fulfill his potential, both on and off the football field, Michael?s presence in the Tuohys' lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own.

"FANTASTIC MR. FOX"




Release Date November 24, 2009
MPAA Rating PG
Directed By Wes Anderson
Starring George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Scwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon

Official Site http://www.fantasticmrfoxmovie.com/

Synopsis

FANTASTIC MR. FOX is visionary director Wes Anderson's first animated film, utilizing classic handmade stop motion techniques to tell the story of the best selling children's book by Roald Dahl (author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach). The film features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Jarvis Cocker Mr and Mrs Fox (Clooney and Streep) live an idyllic home life with their son Ash (Schwartzman) and visiting young nephew Kristopherson (Eric Anderson).

But after 12 years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr Fox's wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community. Trapped underground and with not enough food to go around, the animals band together to fight against the evil Farmers - Boggis, Bunce and Bean - who are determined to capture the audacious, fantastic Mr Fox at any cost.

"ME AND ORSON WELLES"




Me and Orson Welles
Release Date November 24, 2009
MPAA Rating PG-13
Directed By Richard Linklater
Starring Ben Chaplin, Christian McKay, Claire Danes, James Tupper, Zac Efron

Official Site http://www.meandorsonwellesthemovie.com/

Synopsis

Based in real theatrical history, ME AND ORSON WELLES is a romantic coming-of-age story about a teenage actor who lucks into a role in Julius Caesar as it's being re-imagined by a brilliant, impetuous young director named Orson Welles at his newly-founded Mercury Theater in NYC, 1937.

The rollercoaster week leading up to opening night has the charismatic-but-sometimes-cruel Welles (impressive newcomer Christian McKay) staking his career on this risky production while Richard (Zac Efron, HIGHSCHOOL MUSICAL, 17 AGAIN) mixes with everyone from starlets to stagehands in behind-the-scenes adventures bound to change him.

Claire Danes (THE HOURS, ROMEO + JULIET) co-stars as Sonja Jones, the unapologetically ambitious assistant to Welles whom Richard tries to woo. Ben Chaplin (THE NEW WORLD, DORIAN GRAY) plays Mercury Theater regular George Coulouris. Zoe Kazan, Eddie Marsan, Kelly Reilly and James Tupper (MEN IN TREES, SAMANTHA WHO) are among the talented ensemble cast. The fast-moving screenplay by Holly Gent Palmo and Vince Palmo is based on Robert Kaplow's meticulously researched novel of the same name.

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TMI for Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris 


Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris are teaming up for Universal Pictures' "TMI." Written by Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith and Marc Klein, "TMI" is about the danger of "too much information" in relationships.

Reynolds will also be the executive producer of the project. "Old Dogs'" Andrew Panay will produce.

This may be the actor's next film after he's finished working on "Green Lantern" for Warner Bros.

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Oh No! Disney Cancels "20,000 Leagues" Movie! 


Disney has cancelled "Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea!"

Back in January of this year, we told you that director McG was set to helm the film. But now, the production, set to begin in February, has been halted! And McG is no longer the captain of the movie.

Walt Disney Pictures confirmed to Variety that it won't proceed with the film for now. When Dick Cook was the studio chief, "20,000 Leagues" was on fast track. There were even rumors that Will Smith was set to star.

Under the new guidance of Rich Ross, the studio revealed that big adventure films like "20,000 Leagues," "John Carter of Mars" and "Tron" are still priority.

Variety told us that Disney's next big water-based shoot will likely be the fourth installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Pic is expected to set sail in May, with Rob Marshall in talks to direct.

So what about McG? Well, the "Terminator Salvation" director may work on other projects such as the Warner Bros. drama "Dead Spy Running." McG is also working "Borat" director Larry Charles on a new NBC comedy.

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"2012" Wreaks Havoc at Box-Office, Opens at No. 1 with $65 Million! 


It was hardly doom and gloom for Columbia Pictures' "2012." The disaster flick opened at No. 1 with $65 million domestically, and $225 million worldwide.

With the film's price tag at a reported budget of $260 million, this is a good news for the studio.

The Roland Emmerich-directed flick knocked down Scrooge from its No. 1 position. "Disney's A Christmas Carol" fell down to No. 2 with $22.3 million, but it's only down 26% percent. The Jim Carrey Christmas flick raised its 10-day total to $63.3 million.

The George Clooney farcical film, "The Men Who Stare at Goats," held its No. 3 position with a $6.2 million box-office take.

"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" entered the Top 10. The Oprah Winfrey-Tyler Perry executive produced film took in $6.1 million in just 174 theaters.

I LOVE THIS MOVIE! IT WILL PULL YOU DOWN, TO PICK YOU UP! GO WATCH "PRECIOUS."

Meanwhile, Michael Jackson beat Miley Cyrus! "This Is It" has raised its domestic total to $67.2 million passing the $65.3 million total of "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert."

"Michael Jackson: This Is It" now holds the title of all-time top-grossing music documentary.

Meanwhile, the weekend's other new wide release, the rock and roll comedy "Pirate Radio" opened weakly at No. 11 with $2.9 million. But at just 882 theaters, the film still managed to sell $3,253 worth of tickets per cinema.

Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office list for weekend of Nov. 13th:

1. "2012," $65 million.

2. "Disney's A Christmas Carol," $22.3 million.

3. "The Men Who Stare at Goats," $6.2 million.

4. "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," $6.1 million.

5. "Michael Jackson's This Is It," $5.1 million.

6. "The Fourth Kind," $4.7 million.


7. "Couples Retreat," $4.3 million.


8. "Paranormal Activity," $4.2 million.

9. "Law Abiding Citizen," $3.9 million.

10. "The Box," $3.2 million.


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Lauren Bacall, Roger Corman First Oscar Winners of the Season! 


Months before its televised ceremony, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences honored its first Oscar winners of the season -- the Governors Awards!

Actress Lauren Bacall, B-movie king Roger Corman and "Godfather" cinematographer Gordon Willis each received Oscar statuettes.

Producer John Calley was also honored with the Irving J. Thalberg Memorial Award recognizing his career accomplishments with films like "Catch -22," "The Remains of the Day," and "The Da Vinci Code."

Each of the recipients was chosen by the academy's Board of Governors for their contribution to the excellence of American cinema.

The black-tie event was held at the Grand Ballroom above the Kodak Theater. Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, Annette Bening, Morgan Freeman and Steven Spielberg were among the 600 invited guests.

From what I heard, the atmosphere was so relaxed without the pressure of live TV broadcast. The taped portions of the Governors awards will be shown during the 82ns annual Academy Awards on March 7, 2010.

I think this is a clever idea. Honor the much-deserved recipients at a leisurely pace where the Academy members can really express their gratitude.

Because with the long 10 Best Picture nominees list, the telecast may be bogged down.

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