WHERE I'M SPENDING MY HOLIDAY SEASON!!! 
I'm a midwest boy at heart, and I'm glad to be back right here to celebrate Christmas with my mommy.

So where am I spending my Christmas?

Well...Branson, Missouri, of course!!!

The land of Dixie Stampede, Dolly Parton, and Andy Williams.

I used to joke that Branson is like Las Vegas for toothless people...but kidding aside...I love it here...it's peaceful, quiet, and everyone is genuinely nice!

I love the Trail of Lights...and I told my mommy that I'm taking her to Eureka Springs, AK because there's supposed to be a haunted hotel there. Eureka Springs is about one hour from Branson, and I looove ghost stories.

But that's halloween...for now...MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM BRANSON, MISSOURI!!!!!




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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!! SEE MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS FLICKS EVER!!! 


Ah, Christmas. A time when we can gather around the dining table and endlessly gab with our family. Or you can choose to watch a movie with your precious family instead!

So what movies should you see that truly capture the holiday spirit?

Well, I compiled my Top Ten Best Holiday Films for you! Some are downright irreverent, and some are totally inspirational.

So depending on your mood, I'm sure any of these films will be enjoyable to watch this holiday season...or you can continue gabbing with your grandma.

Did your favorite holiday flick make it to my list? Take a look!!!

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!!!




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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW "RAMBO" -- IF YOU CARE!!! 


Are you excited to see the new "Rambo" film? If you answered no, I don't blame you. Why is Sylvester Stallone rehashing his glory days? The last "Rocky" wasn't bad, but it didn't top the quality of the original.

But still, I had many people asking me about the new "Rambo" flick, so I did my research, and here's what I found:

1) The film is written and directed by Mr. Rambo himself, Sylsvester Stallone.
2) It's a joint collaboration between Lionsgate and The Weinstein Company
3) It's opening in the US on January 25th.

"Rambo" also has had many working titles, some of them have been:

John Rambo Italy / USA (working title)
Rambo 4 Singapore (English title)
Rambo IV USA (working title)
Rambo IV: End of Peace USA (working title)
Rambo IV: Holy War USA (working title)
Rambo IV: In the Serpent's Eye USA (working title)
Rambo IV: Pearl of the Cobra USA (working title)
Rambo: To Hell and Back USA (working title)

And here's the plot outline, courtesy of IMDB.com:

In Thailand, John Rambo (Stallone) assembles a group of mercenaries and leads them up the Salween River to a Burmese village where a group of Christian aid workers allegedly went missing.

AND IF YOU WANT MORE, HERE'S THE TRAILER!!!




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BORAT IS DEAD!!! 


The character, that is.

Sacha Baron Cohen tells The Daily Telegraph that he's retiring the clueless Kazakh journalist, as well as his alter ego, aspiring rapper Ali G.

Here's what Cohen says about his love for the characters:

"When I was being Ali G and Borat I was in character sometimes 14 hours a day and I came to love them, so admitting I am never going to play them again is quite a sad thing," the 36-year-old actor-comedian says in the British newspaper's Friday edition.

"It is like saying goodbye to a loved one. It is hard, and the problem with success, although it's fantastic, is that every new person who sees the Borat movie is one less person I `get' with Borat again, so it's a kind of self-defeating form, really."

BUT COHEN DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING SPECIFIC ON WHY HE'S RETIRING THE CHARACTERS!


We can create speculations:

1) Could it be because Cohen is now a movie star? He's currently co-starring in "Sweeney Todd" with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter as a singing Italian barber, Pirelli.

2) Could it be because of the numerous lawsuits "Borat" creators received from unwilling participants in the film?

When asked by The Associated Press about the "deaths" of Borat and Ali G, Cohen's spokesman, Matt Labov, did not immediately return phone and e-mail messages.

But good news, Cohen's other funny character, Bruno, the flamboyant Austrian fashionista, will take his show to America! The film is currently in pre-production, and is going to be produced by Universal Pictures.



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"NO COUNTRY" SLAYS FLORIDA, UTAH, ST. LOUIS, LAS VEGAS CRITICS!!! 


"No Country" continues to be blessed by critics from numerous award-giving bodies. From Florida to Utah, from St. Louis to Las Vegas, the Coen Brothers' masterpiece receives kudos!

Let's break it down, and congratulations to the creative folks behind "No Country," my favorite film of the year!!!


12th annual Florida Film Critics Circle Awards


PICTURE:
"No Country for Old Men" by Joel and Ethan Coen

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM:
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" by Julian Schnabel

DOCUMENTARY:
"No End in Sight" by Charles Ferguson

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

ACTOR:
Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood"

ACTRESS:
Ellen Page, "Juno"

SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Amy Ryan, "Gone Baby Gone"

SCREENPLAY:
"Diablo Cody," Juno

ANIMATED FILM:
"Ratatouille" by Brad Bird

CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Roger Deakins, "No Country for Old Men" and "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"

PAULINE KAEL BREAKOUT AWARD:
Ellen Page, "Juno"

ORIGINAL SONGS:
"Once"

2007 Utah Film Critics Association Awards


FILM: "No Country for Old Men" by Joel and Ethan Coen
Runner-up: "Juno" by Jason Reitman
Other runners-up (in alphabetical order): "The Assassination of Jesse James" by the Coward Robert Ford
"I’m Not There"
"Into the Wild"
"Juno"
"Knocked Up"
"Michael Clayton"
"No Country for Old Men"
"Once"
"There Will Be Blood"
"3: 10 to Yuma"

NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE FEATURE: "The Host" by Bong Joon-ho
Runner-up: "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" by Julian Schnabel

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" by Seth Gordon
Runner-up: "My Kid Could Paint That" by Amir Bar-Lev

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

ACTOR: Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood"
Runner-up: Casey Affleck, "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"

ACTRESS: Ellen Page, "Juno"
Runner-up: Amy Adams, "Enchanted"

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men"
Runner-up: Hal Holbrook, "Into the Wild"

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

SCREENPLAY: Joel and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"
Runner-up: Diablo Cody, "Juno"

ANIMATED FEATURE: "Ratatouille" by Brad Bird
Runner-up: "The Simpsons Movie" by David Silverman

St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards


PICTURE
"No Country for Old Men" by Joel and Ethan Coen

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" by Julian Schnabel

DOCUMENTARY
"Sicko" by Michael Moore

DIRECTOR
Ethan and Joel Coen - "No Country for Old Men"

ACTRESS
Ellen Page - "Juno"

ACTOR
Daniel Day-Lewis - "There Will Be Blood"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Ryan - "Gone Baby Gone"

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Casey Affleck - "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"

SCREENPLAY
"Juno" - Diablo Cody

CINEMATOGRAPHY
"The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" - Roger Deakins

SCORE
"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" by Stephen Sondheim (for the Broadway play)

VISUAL EFFECTS
"300"

BEST COMEDY
"Juno" by Jason Reitman

BEST ANIMATED OR FAMILY FILM
"Ratatouille" by Brad Bird

MOST ORIGINAL OR INNOVATIVE FILM
"I’m Not There" by Todd Haynes

Las Vegas Film Critics Society 2007 Sierra Awards


PICTURE
"No Country for Old Men"

ACTOR
Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood"

ACTRESS
Ellen Page, "Juno"

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

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

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

SCREENPLAY (Original or Adapted)
Diablo Cody, "Juno"

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Robert Elswit, "There Will Be Blood"

FILM EDITING
Christopher Rouse, "The Bourne Ultimatum"

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

ART DIRECTION
Andrew Ackland-Snow, Mark Bartholomew, Alastair Bullock and Gary Tomkins, "Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix"

VISUAL EFFECTS
"Transformers"

SCORE
Jonny Greenwood, "There Will Be Blood"

SONG
"Walk Hard" by Marshall Crenshaw, John C. Reilly, Judd Apatow and Jake Kasdan, from "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," performed by John C. Reilly

ANIMATED FILM
"Ratatouille"

FAMILY FILM
"Ratatouille"

DOCUMENTARY
"Sicko"

FOREIGN FILM
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"

YOUTH IN FILM, MALE
Ed Sanders, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"

YOUTH IN FILM, FEMALE
Saoirse Ronan, Atonement

DVD (Packaging, Design and Content)
"Blade Runner" (Five-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition), Warner Home Entertainment

WILLIAM HOLDEN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
James Hong

TOP TEN FILMS FOR 2007
(in alphabetical order):

* "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"
* "Eastern Promises"
* "Into the Wild"
* "Juno"
* "The Lookout"
* "No Country for Old Men"
* "Sunshine"
* "Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
* "3:10 to Yuma"
* "Zodiac"

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