Winners of the 2010 Rome International Film Festival 

Marc’Aurelio Jury Award for Best Film: Kill Me Please by Olias Barco

Marc’Aurelio Grand Jury Award: Hævnen – In a Better World by Susanne Bier

Marc’Aurelio Special Jury Award: Poll by Chris Kraus

Marc’Aurelio Jury Award for Best Actor: Toni Servillo for Una Vita Tranquilla

Marc’Aurelio Jury Award for Best Actress: the entire female cast of Las Buenas hierbas

Special Plaque of the President of the Italian Republic for the film which best emphasizes human and social values: Dog Sweat by Hossein Keshavarz

Marc’Aurelio Audience Award for Best Film – BNL: Hævnen – In a Better World by Susanne Bier

Marc’Aurelio Award for Best Documentary in the Extra section: De Regenmakers by Floris-Jan Van Luyn

Marc’Aurelio Award for Emerging New Talents: Kaspar Munk for Hold Om Mig

Marc’Aurelio Alice nella città Under 12 Award: I Want To Be a Soldier by Christian Molina

Marc’Aurelio Alice nella città Over 12 Award: Adem by Hans Van Nuffel

The fifth edition of the Festival conferred the Marc'Aurelio Award in memory of the Italian screenwriter who passed away on 31st July of this year.

The Festival conferred the Marc’Aurelio Acting Award on Julianne Moore.

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New "Sucker Punch" Trailer Pretty Much Reveals Entire Movie! Are You Still Interested, Curious, Teased? 

Meanwhile, here's more "Sucker Punch" info from Yahoo:

Close your eyes. Open your mind. You will be unprepared. A young girl's dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what's real and what is imaginary. She has been locked away against her will, but Babydoll has not lost her will to survive. Determined to fight for her freedom, she urges four other young girls--the outspoken Rocket, the street-smart Blondie, the fiercely loyal Amber and the reluctant Sweet Pea - to band together and try to escape their terrible fate at the hands of their captors, Blue, Madam Gorski and the High Roller. Led by Babydoll, the girls engage in fantastical warfare against everything from samurais to serpents, with a virtual arsenal at their disposal. Together, they must decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to stay alive. But with the help of a Wise Man, their unbelievable journey - if they succeed - will set them free.

Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Logline: A young girl, confined to a mental institution by her stepfather who plans to have her lobotomized in five days time, creates an imaginary world to plan her escape.
Genres: Action/Adventure and Science Fiction/Fantasy
Release Date: March 25th, 2011 (wide)
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Production Co.: Cruel & Unusual Films, Legendary Pictures, Inc.
Studios: Warner Bros. Pictures
Filming Locations: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Produced in: United States

Cast and Credits
Starring: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Produced by: Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Wesley Coller

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"Due Date" and "Megamind" Movie Reviews -- Check Out My Pick of the Week! 

Two big films opening this weekend are the comedy "Due Date" starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis and the animation adventure "Megamind" featuring the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, and Brad Pitt. Which one is my pick of the week? Find out by watching the video below:

For my written review of "Megamind," click here!

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James Franco and Director Danny Boyle Talk About "127 Hours!" 

I sat down with director Danny Boyle and actor James Franco for an interview for their new film “127 Hours.” Franco gave one of the best performances of the year playing Aron Ralston, the real-life canyoneer who resorted to cutting off his right arm after being trapped under a boulder near Moab, Utah for 5 days.

Franco has always been a great interviewee (I enjoyed talking to him for “Milk”) and Boyle, one of the best directors of his generation, is insightful. We talked about:

• The challenges for Boyle in going from the populated city of Mumbai for “Slumdog Millionaire” to the claustrophobic canyon for “127 Hours.”
• What did he see in Franco that made him the best Ralston?
• How did Franco prepare for the role both physically and mentally?


“127 Hours” opens Friday, Nov. 5th, make sure to watch this fantastic film!

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Scriptwriter Simon Beaufoy Reveals "127 Hours" Secrets! Check Out Our Interview! 

Simon Beaufoy won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2009 for “Slumdog Millionaire.” This year, he reteams with “Slumdog” director, Danny Boyle, for another thought-provoking and captivating film! I love this movie!

Based on the true story of Aron Ralston as chronicled in his book, “Between a Rock and a Hard Place,” “127 Hours” captured the harrowing tale of Ralston, trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah. We’ve all heard what happened next – Ralston resorted to cutting off his right arm to free himself.

Ralston’s tale was harrowing, but the film provided a smart, enjoyable, and entertaining experience.

In this interview, Beaufoy and I talked about:

• What went through his mind when Boyle asked him to co-write “127 Hours?”
• Is the film more like a celebration of life rather than a tale of personal triumph?
• Working with Boyle for the second time.
• Has Boyle whispered “28 Days Later” threequel yet?
• How Boyle planned in shooting “127 Hours” using two different cinematographers – and incorporating the film stocks to be used on the script.
• How did he envision writing the “cutting off the arm” scene?
• Was the planned scene more gory than the final cut?


“127 Hours” opens Friday, Nov. 5th, make sure to watch this fantastic film!

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