George Clooney -- "I Could Have Directed 'Frost/Nixon'" 

Well now, the truth can be revealed!

Apparently, George Clooney really wanted to direct "Frost/Nixon" but was snubbed in favor of director Ron Howard (seen in the picture with Clooney).

Screenwriter Peter Morgan ("The Queen") who wrote the film based on his successful stage play revealed that Clooney asked him for the director job.

But Morgan chose Howard instead.

And he may have chosen well (although I adore George Clooney), for "Frost/Nixon" is one of the best films of the year, and the cast headed by Frank Langella and Michael Sheen delivered top notch performances! WATCH FOR MY FULL INTERVIEWS WITH THE CAST AND HOWARD COMING UP RIGHT HERE.

For now, I'll leave you with some anecdotal commentaries from Morgan about Mister Clooney as told to WENN:

"(Clooney) said things like, 'We are really going to kick a** with this!'

"Not going with him was a complete f**king agony because he suggested doing some script work at his house by Lake Como - at which point my wife was just shaking her head.

"I expect I will spend the rest of my life making amends to him - and my wife - and to everybody about my decision. Now I will never have him ringing me again, asking to do my work."

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Wow! 17 Annie Awards Nominations for "Kung Fu Panda" 

Dreamworks Animations must be happy as a cuddly Panda!

Their masterpiece, "Kung Fu Panda," led the way, all the way to the 2009 Annie Awards, landing 17 nominations, beating out "Wall-E" and "Bolt."

Yeah, "Kung Fu Panda" beat "Wall-E." Really?

Our lovely robot received eight nominations, while our super dog, "Bolt," garnered five!

The Annie Awards winners will be announced, Friday January 30, 2009.

Check out the complete list of nominations right here.

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The Latest on the "Green Lantern" Film 

"Green Lantern" co-screenwriter Marc Guggenheim reveals some exciting news about the planned superhero movie!

Click here to read the exciting news!

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Rob Zombie to Return for "Halloween 2?" 

I did enjoy director Rob Zombie's foray into Michael Myers' territory in "Halloween" -- Zombie's homage to the original John Carpenter classic.

Zombie did a great job reinvigorating the franchise, that now, word is getting around that a sequel is being planned, and the rocker/director may be attached.

Well, the 2007 "Halloween" was smashing, but let's not do what we did to the original franchise where 2 million sequels were made.

And truth be told, I still think "The Devil's Rejects" is Zombie's best film to date!

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24th Annual Spirit Awards Nominees Announced! 

Three films led the nominees for Film Independent's 24th Annual Spirit Awards. "Ballast," "Frozen River," and "Rachel Getting Married" each received six nominations.

All three movies are nominated for best picture along with "Wendy and Lucy" and "The Wrestler."

"Milk" received four noms including male lead for Sean Penn, supporting actor for James Franco, cinematography, and best first screenplay for Dustin Lance Black.

Check out the Spirit Awards website here.

The winners will be announced at Film Independent's Spirit Awards ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009.

Click Read More to see the full list of nominees! And congratulations to everyone! Read More...

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