Kate Winslet, Jerry Lewis, Clint Eastwood to be Honored at Various Fests 
Various award-giving bodies are honoring luminous stars for reasons ranging from contribution to the world of cinema to humanitarian efforts.



First, the lovely and talented Kate Winslet who's excellent in two upcoming films, "Revolutionary Road" and "The Reader," will be honored with the Montecito award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on January 23rd at the Arlington Theater.

This is the second time Miss Winslet will be honored by the film festival. The actress was given the performance of year award in 2005.



Then, Mister Jerry Lewis will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Feb. 22 Oscar ceremony.

According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the award "is given to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry."



And in my hometown of Palm Springs, California, Clint Eastwood will be honored with the Career Achievement award at the 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 6.

Eastwood crafted "Changeling" this year, which may give Angelina Jolie another Oscar nomination, and he also directed and starred in "Gran Torino" which may give the actor another Oscar acting and directing nominations.

By the way, "Gran Torino' is like a western flick set in a contemporary urban setting.

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Coming Up? "The Wrestler" Interviews 


Alright y'all, I'm getting ready to interview Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, and director Darren Aronofsky for "The Wrestler."

This is one of the best movies of this year, and Rourke is sure to get a Best Acting Oscar nomination!

This film comes out in limited release next week, Dec. 17th, so keep your eyes open for this movie!

It's gritty, gripping, and heart-wrenching! Rourke's performance will pierce your heart.

I can't wait to meet him! I'll post all my interviews very soon!


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"Alvin and the Chipmunks" Sequel Gets New Director and Plot, Sort Of 


As we revealed back in May of this year, "Alvin and the Chipmunks" sequel will return to the big screen in 2010!

Now, we learned that the original director, Tim Hill, is not returning. Filling his position is Betty Thomas who's going to direct the sequel called "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel."

This second installment will introduce the Chipmunks' female counterparts, the Chipettes!

The voices of the Chipmunks -- Justin Long, Matthew Gray gubler, and Jesse McCartney -- are returning.

BUT, it is still unclear if Jason Lee (Dave) is returning.

You know why this is such a big deal for FOX 2000? Because the first film grossed more than $360 million worldwide! So what's holding Mister Jason?


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Los Angeles Film Critics Love "Wall-E" and Sean Penn 


The Los Angeles Film Critics Association truly love "Wall-E." The Pixar/Disney animated flick took home the Best Picture of the year award.

This was the first time the LA Film Critics gave its top award to an animated film!

Meanwhile, Sean Penn took home the Best Actor award for "Milk," while Sally Hawkins for "Happy-Go-Lucky" won Best Actress.

Heath Ledger is racking up all the acting trophies! His performance as the Joker in "The Dark Knight" garnered the late actor the Best Supporting Actor trophy.

Click Read More to see the complete list of winners and runner-ups. Read More...

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"Milk," "Benjamin Button" Lead Nominations for the 14th Annual Critics Choice Awards 


Yay! "Milk" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," two of my favorite films this year lead the pack with eight nominations for the 14th Annual Critics Choice Awards!

Yours truly is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which is the award-giving body of the Critics Choice. Yes, I was busy Sunday writing down my nominations. Sunday was our deadline.

Here's the rest of the press release...I'm so excited!

Milk received nominations for Best Picture, a Best Actor nod for Sean Penn, two Best Supporting Actor nominations for James Franco and Josh Brolin, Best Director for Gus Van Sant, Best Writer for Dustin Lance Black, and Best Composer for Danny Elfman.

The eight nominations for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button are for Best Picture, a Best Actor nomination for Brad Pitt, Best Actress for Cate Blanchett, Best Supporting Actress for Taraji P. Henson, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for David Fincher, Best Writer for Eric Roth, and Best Composer for Alexandre Desplat.

The Dark Knight, Doubt and Slumdog Millionaire all tied with six nominations, each including a Best Picture nod. Clint Eastwood received a Best Actor nomination for Gran Torino and a Best Composer
nomination for Changeling, which added two nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress (Angelina Jolie).

The BFCA, the largest film critics’ organization with more than 200 members in the United States and Canada, representing television, radio and online critics, selected nominees in each of the 17 categories. The Critics’ Choice Awards were created by the BFCA to recognize excellence in cinematic achievement. Eligible films were
released in 2008. The accounting firm of Gregory A. Mogab tallied the written ballots.

Historically, the Critics’ Choice Awards are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.

SET YOUR TIVO NOW! The winners will be announced at the Critics’ Choice Awards gala on Thursday, January 8, 2009 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. VH1 will again broadcast this year’s ceremony Live at 9:00 PM (ET/PT).

CLICK READ MORE TO SEE THE FULL LIST OF NOMINEES! Read More...

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