Los Angeles Film Critics Hail "The Hurt Locker" as Best Picture 

"The Hurt Locker" took the top honor at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association with director Kathryn Bigelow winning the directing award.

Jeff Bridges won the best actor award for his role as a washed-up country singer in "Crazy Heart." T Bone Burnett's music from the film also won the best score.

Belgian actress Yolande Moreau won the Best Actress prize for her role as artist Seraphine de Senlis in "Seraphine."

Mo'Nique won the Best Supporting Actress award for "Precious" while Christoph Waltz took home the Best Supporting Actor prize for "Inglourious Basterds."

And the winners of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards are:

PICTURE: "The Hurt Locker"
Runner-up: "Up in the Air"

Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"
Runner-up: Michael Haneke, "The White Ribbon"

ACTOR: Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"
Runner-up: Colin Firth, "A Single Man"

ACTRESS: Yolande Moreau, "S�raphine"
Runner-up: Carey Mulligan, "An Education"

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"
Runner-up: Peter Capaldi, "In the Loop"

Mo'Nique, "Precious"
Runner-up: Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"

SCREENPLAY: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, "Up in the Air"
Runner-up: Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche, "In the Loop"

Christian Berger, "The White Ribbon"
Runner-up: Barry Ackroyd, "The Hurt Locker"

Philip Ivey, "District 9"
Runner-up: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg, "Avatar"

T-Bone Burnett and Stephen Bruton, "Crazy Heart"
Runner-up: Alexandre Desplat, "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

Runner-up: "The White Ribbon"

DOCUMENTARY/NON-FICTION FILM: "The Beaches of Agnes" and "The Cove" (tie)

"Fantastic Mr. Fox"
Runner-up: "Up"


NEW GENERATION: Neill Blomkamp, "District 9"


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"The Princess and the Frog" Hops Atop Box Office! 

"The Princess and the Frog," Disney's return to hand-drawn animation, leaps to No. 1 with $25 million, beating previous weekend's champ, "The Blind Side."

The Sandra Bullock starrer fell to No. 2 with $15.5 million. So far, the inspiring film already made $150.2 million at the box office. Many insiders are saying that "The Blind Side" is on its way to a domestic total of $230 million.

Released by Warner Bros. and opened the same weekend as "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," "The Blind Side" continues its stronghold while the "Twilight" sequel fell to No. 4 with $8 million weekend, raising its domestic haul to $267.4 million.

The No. 3 spot belonged to Clint Eastwood's "Invictus" earning $9.1 million at the box office. The film stars Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela who uses rugby to help unite his apartheid-torn country. Matt Damon co-stars as the captain of the rugby team, Francoise Pienaar.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box Office list for weekend of Dec. 11th:

1. "The Princess and the Frog," $25 million.

2. "The Blind Side," $15.5 million.

3. "Invictus," $9.1 million.

4. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," $8 million.

5. "Disney's a Christmas Carol," $6.9 million.

6. "Brothers," $5 million.

7. "2012," $4.4 million.

8. "Old Dogs," $4.39 million.

9. "Armored," $3.5 million.

10. "Ninja Assassin," $2.7 million.

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"Avatar" Movie Review -- Believe the Hype! “Avatar” is Really Good!  

“Avatar” is the kind of film that Hollywood does best and writer-director James Cameron is the perfect guy for the job. He called himself the king of the world when accepting the Best Picture Oscar trophy for 1997’s “Titanic” but since that Kate/Leo expedition, Cameron hasn’t made a full-feature film.

The director pretty much submerged himself in underwater projects such as “Aliens of the Deep” and “Ghosts of the Abyss.” With “Avatar,” I’m happy to report that yup, the king is back! Read More...

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Visual Effects Contenders! 15 Films Among Oscar Hopefuls! 

So the Academy has released its list of 15 hopefuls for the Visual Effects Oscar. First, the films that did not make the cut are "The Lovely Bones," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," and "Night at the Museum 2."

And which films are still in the running? Here they are:

"Angels & Demons"; "Avatar"; "Coraline"; "Disney's A Christmas Carol"; "District 9"; "G-Force"; "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"; "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince"; "Sherlock Holmes"; "Star Trek"; "Terminator Salvation"; "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"; "2012"; "Watchmen"; "Where the Wild Things Are."

What? "Angels & Demons" and no "The Lovely Bones?" I don't even remember a single special effect sequence in "Angels & Demons!"

But do you know which film I think will win? Um..."AVATAR!"

Let's see which films will make it into the finals when the Academy Award nominations are announced Feb. 2nd.

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Natalie Portman to Star in "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" 

We can pretend we didn't see this happening, but we are very happy that Natalie Portman is set to star and produce the big-screen adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies."

Based on the bestselling book by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen, the novel is a mishmash of the Austen classic and the undead. It's about a woman's quest for love and independence while a deadly virus outbreak is happening around her. Of course, that deadly virus turns the victims into flesh-eating zombies.

Variety told us that "Portman will play feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet, who is distracted from her quest to eradicate the zombie menace by the arrival of the arrogant Mr. Darcy."

Lionsgate is set to distribute.

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