My Fun Interview with Emily Mortimer from "Hugo" 

The sweet, sweet Emily Mortimer stars as Lisette, the flower seller, in the new Martin Scorsese film, “Hugo.” She is the love interest of the station inspector played by Sacha Baron Cohen. Their romantic subplot provides one of the many hearts of the fantastic film.

("Hugo" Movie Review)

In this interview, we talked about:

*** Her attraction to working in “Hugo”
*** Why did she want to work with Martin Scorsese again? (They worked previously in the film “Shutter Island”)
*** The book by Brian Selznick
*** Has her boy seen the film yet?
*** How did she prepare for her character Lisette?
*** Scorsese’s style as a director
*** The film inspirations by Scorsese as handed down to his actors
*** Why “Hugo” is not just a film for kids but for everyone
*** Scorsese working with the 3D technology

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"Hugo" Movie Review -- Why You Have to See it in 3D! 

At first glance, the marriage of director Martin Scorsese and 3D filmmaking seems off-putting. The greatest living American director does not need to succumb to the technical toy du jour.

But upon watching “Hugo” in 3D, one can understand Scorsese’s three-dimensional decision. Instead of using 3D as a gimmick, it becomes a vital part of the story, utilizing space as an element in the narrative. Read More...

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My Review of the Filipino Film, "A Mother's Story!" This is Dedicated to All the Mothers in the World! 

Check out my review of the Filipino film, "A Mother's Story" starring Pokwang. This is the first feature film produced by TFC (The Filipino Channel) and it's dedicated to overseas Filipino workers across the world. I dedicate this review, as seen on Balitang America with Gel Santos Relos, to all the mothers in the world, especially to my very own Mommy!

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"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" Stakes Box-Office Supremacy 

As expected, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" enjoyed a huge box-office opening with $139.5 million and a worldwide total of $283.5 million. While that's a big chunk of change, "Breaking Dawn" failed to match the head-spinning opening gross of "New Moon" which debuted with a $142.8 million in 2009. ("The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" movie review)

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Meanwhile, the dancing penguins were not that happy. "Happy Feet Two" failed to attract moviegoers with just a $22 million opening to debut at No. 2. But Warner Bros. is hopeful that audiences will re-discover their own happy this Thanksgiving weekend!

(For my fun one-on-one interview with Robin Williams, click here, for Elijah Wood, click here, and for Hank Azaria, click here)

Previous weekend's box-office champ, "Immortals" fell to the No. 3 spot with $12.3 million. So far, the Greek mythology re-imagination starring Mickey Rourke and Henry Cavill has grossed a domestic total of $53 million.

Here's the list of the Top 10 box-office films for weekend of Nov. 18th:

1. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1," $139.5 million

2. "Happy Feet 2," $22 million

3. "Immortals," $12.3 million

4. "Jack and Jill," $12 million

5. "Puss in Boots," $10.7 million

6. "Tower Heist," $7 million

7. "J. Edgar," $5.9 million

8. "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas," $2.9 million

9. "In Time," $1.7 million

10. "The Descendants," $1.2 million

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Director Brad Brid Confirms "The Dark Knight Rises" 6-Minute Prologue to Be Shown with "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" Imax 
I was lucky to be invited to see 20 minutes of the upcoming M:I4, Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol and all I can say was, I was very impressed!

I think Brad Bird ("The Iron Giant," "The Incredibles." "Ratatouille") is a great storyteller, and it's exciting to see his first live action film.

I will post my full interview and my thoughts on the clips I saw very soon, but this little nugget confirms that the 6-minute prologue of Christopher Nolan's Batman flick, "The Dark Knight Rises" will be shown on the Imax presentation of "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol." The Imax release of the fourth "Mission: Impossible" film will be five days early on Dec. 16th so save the date!" The film's regular release date is Dec. 21st.

So exciting! We'll knock on wood and make the sign of the cross for full effect!

Here's more info on "Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol" from Paramount:

Blamed for the terrorist bombing of the Kremlin, IMF operative Ethan Hunt is disavowed along with the rest of the agency when the President initiates "Ghost Protocol". Left without any resources or backup, Ethan must find a way to clear his agency's name and prevent another attack. To complicate matters further, Ethan is forced to embark on this mission with a team of fellow IMF fugitives whose personal motives he does not fully know.

Cast and Credits
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Ving Rhames
Directed by: Brad Bird
Produced by: Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams, Jeffrey Chernov

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