"Frozen River" -- Big Winner at Gotham Awards!!! 

I hate to say "I Told You So" but I've been hyping about the film "Frozen River" starring the wonderful Melissa Leo!

And now, the Sundance darling was the big winner at the Gotham Awards!

"Frozen River" won the Best Feature award and Miss Leo won Breakthrough Actor.

"Synecdoche, New York" won for Ensemmble Performance while "Ballast" director Lance Hammer won the Breakthrough Director Award.

Zeitgeist Films' "Trouble the Water" won for documentary.

"Sita Sings the Blues" grabbed the "Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You" honor and a $15,000 cash prize. I guess Sita will not be singing the blues anytime soon.

Penelope Cruz, Gus Van Sant, Melvin Van Peebles, and Sheila Nevins received special tributes.

Congratulations on all the winners!

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It's Confirmed! "Zoolander 2" is Going to Sashay to Theaters Near You  
The ever-busy Ben Stiller has confirmed that he is working on a sequel to his 2001 comedy, "Zoolander."

Stiller who co-wrote, directed, and starred in the movie is ready to revisit the dim-witted model character he lovingly portrayed.

The funnyman is currently looking at scripts!

What? He's not co-writing this one?

Stiller says, "I've been trying to get Zoolander 2 together and we've had a few scripts. I feel that is the sequel I really would like to do some day because I like the original and I would make sure it was something new and worthy of it first."

Oh, and "Meet the Parents" fans listen up! Stiller also confirmed that he is planning a third installment of the franchise!

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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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