Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" Tops IFP Gotham Film Awards 


The fantastic "Moonrise Kingdom" from director Wes Anderson won the big prize at the IFP Gotham Film Awards. Told like a fairy tale, the story of young love won the Best Feature award.

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The Gotham Film Awards is the first award-giving body leading up to the Oscars. Will "Moonrise Kingdom" go all the way to the top of the awards season heap? Stay tuned.

For now, here's the complete list of winners of the 2012 IFP Gotham Film Awards:

Best Feature: "Moonrise Kingdom," directed by Wes Anderson

Audience Award: “Artifact,” directed by Jared Leto using the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins

Breakthrough Director: Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Breakthrough Actor: Emayatzy Corinealdi for “Middle of Nowhere,” directed by Ava DuVernay

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You: “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty” directed by Terence Nance

First Annual Bingham Ray Award: “Beasts of the Southern Wild," directed by Benh Zeitlin.

The award included $10,000 and $60,000 in equipment from Panavision

Best Ensemble Performance: “Your Sister’s Sister” for Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt, Mark Duplass

Euphoria Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Filmmakers ‘Live the Dream’ grant: Stacie Passon, director “Concussion”

Award included $25,000 cash for an alumna of IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs

Best Documentary: “How to Survive a Plague,” directed by David France

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"Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2" Tops Record Thanksgiving Box-Office Weekend 


Vampire Bella helped Hollywood with a record-breaking Thanksgiving box-office weekend! "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" emerged as the No. 1 movie again with $64 million box-office take for the five-day Thanksgiving weekend that began Wednesday.

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DIRECTOR BILL CONDON

But Bella was not the only one who helped Hollywood this weekend, James Bond's "Skyfall" and "Lincoln" also helped. The 23rd Bond movie and the one that was fittingly released during the franchise's 50th anniversary came in at No. 2 with $51 million.

Meanwhile, Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg's masterpiece, "Lincoln," was at No. 3 with $34.1 million.

The three films helped Hollywood to a record $290 million box-office revenue that topped the previous record of $273 million from 2009 when "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" was the No. 1 champion.

Santa Claus, Jack Frost, Sandman, Tooth Fairy, and Easter Bunny were no match for Bella, Bond, and Lincoln. "Rise of the Guardians" which put Santa and the gang together to help fight the boogeyman (Jude Law as Pitch) opened at No. 4 with $24 million for the weekend and $32.6 million for the five-day stretch.

Ang Lee's visually-splendid drama "Life of Pi" debuted at No. 5 with $22 million over the weekend and $30.2 million since Wednesday.

Meanwhile, "Red Dawn" tanked! The remake of a 1980s flick debuted at No. 7 with $14.6 million and $22 million since Wednesday.

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office films for 2012 Thanksgiving weekend:

1. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” $43.1 million ($97.4 million international).

2. “Skyfall,” $36 million ($41.3 million international).

3. “Lincoln,” $25 million.

4. “Rise of the Guardians,” $24 million.

5. “Life of Pi,” $22 million ($17.5 million international)

6. “Wreck-It Ralph,” $16.8 million ($2.1 million international).

7. “Red Dawn,” $14.6 million.

8. “Flight,” $8.6 million.

9. “Silver Linings Playbook,” $4.6 million.

10. “Argo,” $3.9 million.

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Win Exclusive Prizes for “Rise of the Guardians” 


This week on Manny’s Movie Weekend Giveaway, we’re giving away a bunch of super-cool and totally collectible “RISE OF THE GUARDIANS” prizes courtesy of our friends at Paramount/DreamWorks Animation.

All you have to do is like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MannyTheMovieGuy), like the post of the contest, and you have a chance to win them all! (Check video of the prizes below)

One lucky winner will be chosen on Saturday, Dec. 1st, the 23rd, and that winner will get (sorry international friends, but this is only limited for US residents):

• T-SHIRT
• PENCILS
• PATCHES
• TEMPORARY TATTOOS
• HAPPY MEAL TOYS

Lots of cool stuff!

Again, here’s how to enter:

1) Go to my Facebook page on www.facebook.com/MannyTheMovieGuy
2) Like my page
3) Like the contest post

And that’s it! Just like me forever and ever!

One lucky winner will be randomly drawn on:

SATURDAY, DEC. 1ST

It’s as easy as that! So what are you waiting for? Go to my Facebook page right now, and good luck!



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"Rise of the Guardians" Movie Review 


DreamWorks Animation’s “Rise of the Guardians” opens on Thanksgiving weekend, and it’s a perfect holiday treat for the entire family. It features the voice talent of Chris Pine (Jack Frost), Alec Baldwin (Santa Claus), Hugh Jackman (Easter Bunny), and Isla Fisher (Tooth Fairy). Jude Law voices the villain of the film, Pitch Black. Based on the book by William Joyce, “Rise of the Guardians” also stars Dakota Goyo (“Real Steel”) as Jamie Bennett, the source of light. Executive produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Peter Ramsey, find out how many kisses the movie gets by watching my review below. Have fun!



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