THE AFI AWARDS -- THE BEST OF THE BEST OF 2007 


Alright y'all, it's the AFI's (American Film Institute) turn to pick their favorites! The AFI Awards are voted on by two 13-member jury panels (one for film, one for TV) with scholars, critics, and AFI trustees thrown into the mix (there are no number one favorites, just a list of the best of the best!).

The AFI annual luncheon honoring the chosen films/TV shows will be held on January 11th at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.

Here are their chosen titles:

FILM

"Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead"

"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"

"Into the Wild"

"Juno"

"Knocked Up"

"Michael Clayton"

"No Country for Old Men"

"Ratatouille"

"The Savages"

"There Will Be Blood"

TV

"Dexter"

"Everybody Hates Chris"

"Friday Night Lights"

"Longford"

"Mad Men"

"Pushing Daisies"

"The Sopranos"

"Tell Me You Love Me"

"30 Rock"

"Ugly Betty"

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SPOTLIGHT ON EMERGING TALENT -- NORTON AVENUE FILMS!!! 


I looove creative folks who defy gravity! Extraordinary folks with extraordinary talent.

And since this site and my passion are all about movies, I am, in my own little way, trying to help these fantastic filmmakers get their voices heard and their art seen.

So now, let me introduce you to Spotlight on Emerging Talent -- in filmmaking, of course! This category aims to showcase filmmakers that truly have something to say -- creatively.

The very first recipient is the wonderful folks at Norton Avenue Films! I discovered them through a good friend of mine, and their short films I've seen are intelligent, focused, and life-affirming! I enjoyed "Sincere" but I'm specifically recommending "Online."

Here's their info taken from their website:

"Norton Avenue Films is a bijou production company established in 2006 by Douglas Spain (you may recognize him from the indie flick "Star Maps") and Sonya Jones and named after the street they both grew up on. Their interest in filmmaking began at younger age when they would shoot home movies on a VHS camcorder that belonged to Spain's mother. Spain pursued his passion for filmmaking as an actor.

After his successful 14-year experience within the entertainment industry, Spain partnered up with Jones to create the company’s unique short film Online. The film brought together such established artists as Ani DiFranco, who contributed her hit song “Little Plastic Castle” for the film, as well as Monique Coleman of High School Musical fame. Online went on to premiere at the Calgary International Film Festival in Canada and later screened at various others including the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.

Norton Avenue Films' goal is to make diverse, entertaining films with a fresh perspective. Online delivered on these results. The company has continued this tradition with the development of its first feature film Remains, from a script written by Jones to be directed by Spain. Through cinema we can express ourselves as artists, share our vision with the world and evoke thought.

Norton Avenue Films… where cinema lives."

CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE!


CHECK OUT THEIR SHORT FILMS!


THEN, CHECK OUT DOUGLAS SPAIN'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL!


EMAIL THEM AND GIVE THEM SUPPORT OKAY? THANKS SOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!



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CHICAGO FILM CRITICS LOVE "NO COUNTRY" 


"No Country for Old Men" continues to dominate awards season!

The film picks the top prize at the 19th Annual Chicago Film Critics Awards. The ceremony will be held on January 7, 2008.

All I can say is, I TOTALLY AGREE WITH THEIR CHOICES! And I've been hyping on "No Country" since I interviewed the cast last October. I'm glad Javier Bardem is their Best Supporting Actor choice!

I'm also glad that "Assassination of Jesse James" receives the Best Cinematography!

Here's the complete list of the winners for the Chicago Film Critics Awards!

BEST PICTURE – "No Country for Old Men"

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM – "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days"

BEST DIRECTOR – Joel & Ethan Coen for "No Country for Old Men"

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – Diablo Cody for" Juno"

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – Joel & Ethan Coen for "No Country for Old Men"

BEST ACTOR – Daniel Day-Lewis for "There Will Be Blood"

BEST ACTRESS – Ellen Page for "Juno"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Javier Bardem for "No Country for Old Men"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Cate Blanchett for "I’m Not There"

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova for "Once"

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Roger Deakins for "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"

BEST DOCUMENTARY – "Sicko"

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE – "Ratatouille"

MOST PROMISING PERFORMER – Michael Cera for "Juno" and "Superbad"

MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER – Ben Affleck for "Gone Baby Gone"

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"ATONEMENT" MOVIE REVIEW AND INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS -- SEE WHY IT'S ONE OF MY FAVORITE FILMS OF 2007!!! 


Love, secrets, lies..."Atonement" evokes passion and longing and how a false accusation can ruin the lives of two people!

"Atonement" is a strong contender for Best Picture, script by Christopher Hampton, musical score by Dario Marianelli, brilliant direction by Joe Wright, and great acting ensemble from Keira Knightley to Vanessa Redgrave to the newcomer Saoirse Ronan.

"Atonement" deserves :4k





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KEIRA KNIGHTLEY -- RAW, UNEDITED, COMPLETE INTERVIEW FOR "ATONEMENT" 


Keira Knightley is one of the brightest, young Hollywood stars, and she was sweet and thoughtful!

She received her first Best Actress Oscar nomination for "Pride and Prejudice," and now, she's back with director Joe Wright and the creative team from "Prejudice" and they made a searing book-to-film adaptation of Ian McEwan's heartbreaking novel.

Keira talks about:

*** her character, Cecilia Tallis
*** why she made the film
*** what Saoirse Ronan, the young Briony Tallis, thinks of her




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