New "Transformers 2" Pictures and Plot Revealed! 

I enjoyed "Transformers" when it came out last year! It's probably the first Michael Bay-directed flick that I liked without being guilty about it.

Well now, embrace yourself for "Transformers 2."

Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox return as Sam and Mikaela. The plot? According to USA Today:

This time, the story finds Sam and Mikaela under attack by the evil Decepticons because of something Sam has learned about the origins of the Transformers and their ancient history on Earth.

To acquire this knowledge, the invading Decepticons need to capture Sam instead of kill him. Meanwhile, the U.S. military and an international coalition has united with the good-guy Autobots to fight back the villains' attack.

Some of the most important newcomers are in the robot cast: Decepticons Soundwave, a fearsome communications expert, and Devastator, whose arms and legs are built out of other Transformers. And on the Autobots' side is Jetfire, a villain whose age and broken-down physicality leads him to help the Autobots.

Read the full story here.

See more pictures here.

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"Slumdog Millionaire's" Freida Pinto to be Honored 

Miss Freida Pinto is the source of love and humility in the bittersweet flick, "Slumdog Millionaire." And now, the 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will honor the actress with the Breakthrough Performance Award for her performance in the movie.

Congratulations Miss Freida, and click READ MORE to see the full article, and updated information on the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Read More...

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Oprah Duped Again! 

It sounded like a great love story! A man meeting his future wife at a Nazi concentration camp.

The undying love between Herman Rosenblat and Roma Radzicky was poised to become a national bestselling book, and an Oscar-contender; Oprah even blessed the couple with the line "the single greatest love story, in 22 years of doing this show, we've ever told on the air."

Well, that was then, this is now.

Saturday, Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin Groups, put a halt on the memoir after resounding allegations from scholars, friends, and family members that the tale was a lie!

According to the Daily Variety:

Rosenblat, 79, a resident of the Miami area, was virtually unknown to the general public until the 1990s when he began speaking of how he came to know his wife, Roma Radzicky. According to Rosenblat and his wife, he was a prisoner at a sub-camp of Buchenwald in Nazi Germany and she a young Jewish girl whose family was pretending to be Christian and lived nearby.

For months, they would meet on opposite sides of a barbed-wire fence, where she would sneak him apples and bread. Rosenblat was then transferred to another camp and the two lost touch, until the 1950s, when they were reunited by accident -- on a blind date -- in New York. They soon married and earlier this year celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Unlike such fake Holocaust memoirists as Misha Defonseca ("Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years") and Benjamin Wilkomirski ("Fragments"), Rosenblat is indeed a survivor and records prove that he was at the Buchenwald camp.

Sounds like a great story isn't it? I can already imagine its cinematic scope! Perhaps Brad Pitt can star in the film, and "The Kite Runner's" Marc Foster can direct.

Even Oprah bought into this story. Check out her website that labeled the Rosenblat's romance as, "Love Lessons from Amazing Couples."

But it all came to a crashing halt Saturday, when Berkley Books said um, no!

Rosenblat's motivation? According to the Associated Press:

"I wanted to bring happiness to people," said Rosenblat, who now lives in the Miami area. "I brought hope to a lot of people. My motivation was to make good in this world."

You know what? Come to think of it? Scrap the cinematic scope of their false romance. Let's make a book, and perhaps a movie, about this couple, who wants to bring hope to the world, that they go on great lengths, even lie, just to bring smiles to everyone!

That sounds like a great plot, maybe Oprah would like to produce it?

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"Marley & Me" Barks Atop Crowded Box-Office Christmas Weekend 

The oh-so cute "Marley & Me" debuted on top of a very busy Christmas weekend with $37 million in ticket sales and a total of $51.7 million since opening Christmas Day.

In fact, all the new movies enjoyed a huge happy holiday Christmas weekend.

Adam Sandler's "Bedtime Stories" came in second with $28.1 million and $38.6 million since Christmas day.

The happy story at the box-office? "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" opened strong at No. 3 with $27 million for the weekend and $39 million since premiering Christmas Day.

For a 3-hour 3-hankie film, that's a huge opening, and yes, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is one of my favorite films of 2008!

Heck, even Tom Cruise's much-maligned "Valkyrie" enjoyed a great opening landing at NO. 4 with $21.5 million and $30 million since opening on Christmas.

The other happy story at the box-office this past weekend? All the Oscar-buzzed flicks enjoyed ho-ho-hos at the box-office. Movies such as "Doubt," "Frost/Nixon," "Slumdog Millionaire," "The Wrestler," and "Milk" marched solidly at the box-office!

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Sean Penn to be Honored at the Palm Springs International Film Festival 

Wow, the 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala is shaping up to be a star-studded extravaganza! Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ron Howard, and Gus Van Sant are just some of the creative folks being honored.

Now, Van Sant's brilliant actor in "Milk," Sean Penn, is being given kudos at my upcoming hometown even, the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Tuesday, January 6th!

Congratulations Mister Sean!

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