"Milk" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Does Sean Penn Get? 

I first heard about Harvey Milk from the powerful Academy Award-winning documentary “The Times of Harvey Milk” by director Rob Epstein. That was 1984 and I was a very young film buff. 23 years later, director Gus Van Sant brings Milk’s story back to the big screen. I’m still a film buff; just a little older.

Milk, as you may have known, was the first openly gay man to be voted into major public office in America. But his victory was not just a celebratory cause for gay rights. Before his untimely death in 1978, Milk also became a fighter for human rights.

Academy Award winner Sean Penn (“Mystic River”) gave one of his most heartfelt performances as the slain politician. The actor, known for his mercurial temper, showed his rarely seen tender side. He will be the one to beat this Oscar season.

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"Twilight's" Kristen Stewart Ready to Rock and Roll as Joan Jett 

Miss Kristen Stewart is having a mighty good year! Fresh from the super success of "Twilight," she will be portraying rocker Joan Jett in "The Runaways," a biopic of the 1970s all-girl band!

Set to direct is Floria Sigismondi who also wrote the screenplay, and Miss Jett herself will be an executive producer.

Miss Jett, of course, is famous for the song "I Love Rock and Roll." But before she made that mega-hit, she was a member of The Runaways back in the 70s.

The group is best known for their leather and lace outfits, and for their hit, "Cherry Bomb."

This should be interesting! One of the most influential all-girl bands deserve a film, and the addition of Stewart makes it sweeter!

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"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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