WHAT WILL "SPIDER-MAN" DIRECTOR GOING TO DO NEXT? 


Mister Sam Raimi directed three successful "Spider-Man" films (2 is my favorite, 3 the least), and now, he's going back to his roots with the new film....no...it's not "The Hobbit" but it looks really, really positive that Mister Sam is going to direct that "Lord of the Rings" prequel (New Line and director Peter Jackson have kissed and made up)!

So what is Raimi going to do?

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I LOVE THE PHOENIX FILM CRITICS SOCIETY -- THEIR CHOICES ARE RIGHT ON!!! 


The Phoenix Film Critics Society released the winners for their 8th Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

I LOVE THEIR CHOICES! I AGREE WITH ALL OF THEM!!!

Of course, my favorite flick of the year, "No Country for Old Men" continues its awards season domination!

Here's the complete list:

PICTURE: "No Country for Old Men"

Runners-up (in alphabetical order):
"3:10 to Yuma"
"Atonement"
"Away from Her"
"Hairspray"
"Juno"
"Michael Clayton"
"No Country for Old Men"
"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
"There Will Be Blood"
"Zodiac"

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly "by Julian Schnabel

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM:
"Sicko" by Michael Moore

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTION:
Ethan and Joel Coen for "No Country for Old Men"

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:
Daniel Day-Lewis for "There Will Be Blood"

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:
Julie Christie for "Away from Her"

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Javier Bardem for "No Country for Old Men"

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Amy Ryan for "Gone Baby Gone"

ACTING ENSEMBLE:

"No Country for Old Men"

SCREENPLAY WRITTEN DIRECTLY FOR THE SCREEN:
Diablo Cody for "Juno"

SCREENPLAY ADAPTED FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM:
Joel and Ethan Coen for "No Country for Old Men"

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:

"Ratatouille" by Brad Bird

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY:

Seamus McGarvey, "Atonement"

ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING:

Joel and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"

ORIGINAL SCORE:
Dario Marianelli, "Atonement"

ORIGINAL SONG:

"Falling Slowly" by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, "Once"

ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN:
Dante Ferretti, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN:

Colleen Atwood, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS:
"300"

ACHIEVEMENT IN STUNTS:

"The Bourne Ultimatum"

BREAKTHROUGH ON CAMERA:

Ellen Page for "Juno"

BREAKTHROUGH BEHIND THE CAMERA:
Sarah Polley for "Away from Her"

PERFORMANCE BY A YOUTH IN A LEAD OR SUPPORTING ROLE - MALE:
Edward Sanders for "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

PERFORMANCE BY A YOUTH IN A LEAD OR SUPPORTING ROLE - FEMALE:

Saoirse Ronan for "Atonement"

OVERLOOKED FILM OF THE YEAR:
"Stardust" by Matthew Vaughn

LIVE ACTION FAMILY FILM:

"Enchanted" by Kevin Lima

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HOW MANY DEMONIC KISSES DOES "SWEENEY TODD" GET? READ MY MOVIE REVIEW!!! 


I remember watching “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” starring Angela Lanbury as Mrs. Nellie Lovett. I think the show was a PBS special, and the production’s haunting music became the soundtrack of my prepubescent life. The pathos and the dark, brooding theme awakened my inner goth.

Years later, I saw the Broadway revival with the great Patti Lupone. It was a darker and bloodier take on the Stephen Sondheim musical, and its melancholic theme left me cold. Then I heard director Tim Burton was planning a film adaptation with his perennial muse, Johnny Depp. I was dancing with glee, until I watched the film.

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TORONTO FILM CRITICS CHOOSE "NO COUNTRY" 


"No Country for Old Men," my favorite film of 2007, is on its bloody way to the Oscars! Many critics group blessed this film, as THE movie to beat this year. "There Will Be Blood" comes very, very close!

The Toronto Film Critics Association chose "No Country" for best film, best direction, best screenplay, as well as best supporting actor for Javier Bardem (great choice!!!).

Here's the complete list:

BEST FILM
"No Country for Old Men"

BEST DIRECTOR
Coen Brothers for "No Country for Old Men"

BEST SCREENPLAY
Coen Brothers for "No Country for Old Men"

BEST ACTOR

Viggo Mortensen "Eastern Promises"

BEST ACTRESS (TIE)
Julie Christie "Away from Her"
Ellen Page "Juno"

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett "I'm Not There"

BEST FIRST FEATURE
Sarah Polley "Away from Her"

BEST CANADIAN FILM
"Away from Her"

BEST ANIMATED FILM
"Ratatouille"

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

BEST DOCUMENTARY
"No End in Sight"

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SAN DIEGO FILM CRITICS SOCIETY REALLY LOVE "NO COUNTRY" 
"No Country for Old Men" took top honors from the San Diego Film Critics Society.

The searing film won the best film of 2007, cinematography, and best ensemble. Tommy Lee Jones won over Javier Bardem (huh?) for best supporting actor.

Here's the full list of winners:


BEST FILM

"No Country for Old Men"
Runner-up: "There Will Be Blood"

BEST DIRECTOR

Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"
Runner-up:Joel and Ethan Coen, "No Country For Old Men"

BEST ACTOR
Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood"
Runners-up (tie): Viggo Mortensen, "Eastern Promises"; Russell Crowe, "3:10 to Yuma"

BEST ACTRESS

Julie Christie, "Away From Her"
Runner-up: Ellen Page, "Juno"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Tommy Lee Jones, "No Country for Old Men"
Runner-up: Tom Wilkinson, "Michael Clayton"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Ryan, "Gone Baby Gone"
Runner-up: Cate Blanchett, "I'm Not There"

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Diablo Cody, "Juno"
Runner-up: Gerard Soeteman and Paul Verhoeven, "Black Book"

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"
Runners-up (tie): Joel and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"; Christopher Hampton, "Atonement"

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
Runner-up: "The Orphanage"

BEST DOCUMENTARY

(tie) "No End in Sight" and "Deep Water"

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

""Ratatouille""
Runners-up (tie): "Persepolis" and "Paprika"

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Roger Deakins, "No Country for Old Men"
Runner-up: Robert Elswitt, "There Will Be Blood"

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Dante Ferretti, "Sweeney Todd"
Runner-up: Sarah Greenwood, "Atonement"

BEST EDITOR

Paul Tothill, "Atonement"
Runners-up: Christopher Rouse, "The Bourne Ultimatum"; Joel and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"; Paul Gilroy, "Michael Clayton"

BEST SCORE

Jonny Greenwood, "There Will Be Blood"
Runner-up: Dario Marianelli, "Atonement"

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

"No Country for Old Men"

BODY OF WORK
Christian Bale, "3:10 to Yuma," "Rescue Dawn," "I'm Not There"

KYLE COUNTS AWARD
Larry Zeiger, retired Point Loma High School teacher

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