American Film Institute Unveils Top 10 Best Movies of 2008 


"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is one of the Top 10 Best Films of the year, according to the American Film Institute (AFI).

The creative folks behind these movies will be honored at a luncheon Jan. 9 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Here's the list of the Top 10 AFI films in alphabetical order:

AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR-OFFICIAL SELECTIONS[/b

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

THE DARK KNIGHT

FROST/NIXON

FROZEN RIVER

GRAN TORINO

IRON MAN

MILK

WALL•E

WENDY AND LUCY

THE WRESTLER

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Boston Film Critics Say Yes to "Wall-E" and "Slumdog Millionaire" 


"Wall-E" shared the top honor with "Slumdog Millionaire" for the Boston Society of Film Critics Awards!

Sean Penn for "Milk" is also sharing the Best Actor trophy with Mickey Rourke for "The Wrestler."

I heard it was an intense meeting yesterday, when the Boston critics decided who should take home the awards!

It's really too close to call for most films this year! Studios turned in high-quality flicks and the result is mostly a tie, or just heck, give it to "Slumdog Millionaire." :happy

Did Heath Ledger take home the Best Supporting Actor award? Click Read More to find out! Read More...

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Online Film Critics Choose "Slumdog Millionaire" 


Another win for "Slumdog Millionaire!" This time, the New York Film Critics Online awards gave the movie its Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography, and Score!

Whew!

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

Click Read More to see the complete list of winners! Read More...

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Klaatu Barada Nikto! "The Day the Earth Stood Still" Invades Box-Office! 


"The Day the Earth Stood Still" overcame negative reviews, and conquered box-office worldwide, making audiences stood still, and raking in $31 million in ticket sales in the U.S., and $39 million in 90 overseas markets! Needless to say, the film debut at No. 1.

Viewers loved Keanu as Klaatu, the alien who came to earth with a strict warning -- humans must shape up, or DIE!

Meanwhile, previous No. 1 flick, "Four Christmases," fell to No. 2 with $13.3 million. The vampire romance film, "Twilight," made $8 million, while Disney's 3-D animated flick, "Bolt," fetched $7.5 million for the No. 4 slot!

The best part? "Milk" toppled "Transporter 3!" The indie-awards darling raked in $2.6 million for the No. 9 spot!

Where's "Australia" you asked? Click Read More to see the complete Top 10 films at the box-office for weekend of Dec. 12th: Read More...

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Chris Weitz to direct "Twilight" Sequel, "New Moon" 


I first heard about this a week back from the wonderful Nikki Finke and her blog, Deadline Hollywood.

But it was a rumor then, and the only thing tying Chris Weitz to the film is his friendship with Summit president of production Eric Feig.

But now, it's confirmed!

Weitz who co-directed "American Pie" and "About a Boy" with his brother Paul (both movies I enjoyed), and who helmed "The Golden Compass" on his own (was missing the creative guidance of his brother in this film, Paul was credited as Executive Producer), is ready to helm "New Moon" and perhaps "Eclipse," if they shoot the sequels back to back.

He even wrote a letter!

But first, let's not forget Chris' drama in making "The Golden Compass." He resigned from that film, then changed his mind -- one could see that his heart was not fully in it.

Read all the drama about "The Golden Compass" here.

So the bottomline? Let's hope Chris takes his brother, Paul, with him, make this a strong, strong Weitz collaboration. Then, work closely with Stephanie Meyer to bring out the best and greatest elements from the two books, heck, maybe even for "Breaking Dawn," the fourth novel of the franchise.

Then, choose a great, insightful script that will showcase the wonderful relationships of the characters. To me, the "Twilight" franchise is more about their interesting relationships than vampires and werewolves. The supernatural aspects of the books become more relevant when the characters' connections with one another are drawn well.

So, keeping my fingers crossed, because I really hated the fact that I didn't like "Twilight" the movie. BECAUSE I REALLY WANTED TO LOVE THE FILM!

So once again, thanks to our friend Miss Finke, here's the letter that Chris Weitz is going to send to "Twilight" fans confirming his upcoming role as the director of "New Moon" and beyond!



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