"Thor" Finds His Warrior's Three 


Stuart Townsend, Ray Stevenson, and Tadanobu Asano are joining the cast of "Thor" to play Warrior's Three, a trio of Asgardian warriors who fight alongside Thor, our favorite Norse god.

Kenneth Branagh is directing the Marvel Entertainment action-adventure.

Townsend will play Fandral ala who looks seriously like Errol Flynn, Stevenson will star as Volstagg the Valiant,the hard-living brawler, and Asano will play Hogun the Grim, the traveling companion of Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth.

Anthony Hopkins
is set to play Odin, the King of Asgard and the father of Thor and Loki, played by Tom Hiddelston. Natalie Portman will be playing Thor's love, Jane Foster.

The production will be lensing this January and Paramount Pictures will release "Thor" on May 20, 2011.

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"Precious" Movie Review! See Why I'm Calling it One of the Best Films of 2009! 


I cannot stop talking and praising “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” It’s an uplifting film that will push you down to the lower depths of despair before picking you up and dusting you off. “Precious” is one of the most hopeful, courageous, and inspirational films of 2009.


The heart at the center of “Precious” belongs to Gabourey Sidibe, a twenty-six-year old actress, working on her first professional gig. Sidibe gives a memorable performance as Claireece “Precious” Jones, a sixteen-year old girl born into a life no one would want. Read More...

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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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