Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Animated for "The Guardians" 


Leonardo DiCaprio is getting 'toon up for the very first time! He'll make his cartoon debut in "The Guardians" from DreamWorks Animations. DiCaprio is set to voice the Jack Frost character with a twist!

Variety told us that "The Guardians" reimagines five popular childhood heroes -- Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost -- as members of an elite superhero squad who join forces to fight an evil spirit named Pitch (which suggests there are at least five more juicy voice parts yet to be filled).

Fun!

The film is based on an upcoming series of books by William Joyce called "The Guardians of Childhood." Peter Ramsey, who directed the DreamWorks Animation special "Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space," is set to helm.

"The Guardians" is targeted for release on Nov. 2, 2012.

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Yay! "Up in the Air" Named Best Film of 2009 By the National Board of Review! George Clooney, Morgan Freeman Tied for Best Actor 


Director Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air" won big at the 2009 National Board of Review Awards. The movie, based on Walter Kirn's novel, won the Best Film of the Year, while its star, George Clooney, won Best Actor tied with Morgan Freeman for "Invictus."

"Up in the Air" also won Best Supporting Actress for Anna Kendrick, and Reitman and Sheldon Turner won Best Adapted Screenplay.

(Check out my interview with Jason Reitman, Anna Kendrick, and Vera Farmiga for "Up in the Air")

And the winners of the 2009 National Board of Review Awards are:

Film: "Up in the Air"

Director: Clint Eastwood, "Invictus"

Actor: George Clooney, "Up in the Air"
Morgan Freeman, "Invictus"

Actress: Carey Mulligan, "An Education"

Supporting Actor: Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger"

Supporting Actress: Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"

Foreign Language Film: "A Prophet"

Documentary:"The Cove"

Animated Feature: "Up"

Ensemble Cast: "It's Complicated" (Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin)

Breakthrough Performance by an Actor: Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker"

Breakthrough Performance by an Actress: Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious"

Spotlight Award for Best Directorial Debut: Duncan Jones, "Moon"
Oren Moverman, "The Messenger"
Marc Webb, "(500) Days Of Summer"

Original Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen, A Serious Man

Adapted Screenplay: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air

Special Filmmaking Achievement Award: Wes Anderson, the Fantastic Mr. Fox

William K. Everson Film History Award:Jean Picker Firstenberg

NBR Freedom Of Expression: "Burma Vj: Reporting From A Closed Country"
"Invictus"
"The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellseberg and the Pentagon Papers"

Ten Best Films (in alphabetical order)

* "An Education"
* "(500) Days Of Summer"
* "The Hurt Locker"
* "Inglourious Basterds"
* "Invictus"
* "The Messenger"
* "A Serious Man"
* "Star Trek"
* "Up"
* "Where the Wild Things Are"

Five Best Foreign-Language Films (in alphabetical order)

* "The Maid"
* "Revanche"
* "Song Of Sparrows"
* "Three Monkeys"
* "The White Ribbon"

Five Best Documentaries (in alphabetical order)

* "Burma VJ: Reporting From A Closed Country"
* "Crude"
* "Food, Inc."
* "Good Hair"
* "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers"

Top Ten Independent Films (in alphabetical order)

* "Amreeka"
* "District 9"
* "Goodbye Solo"
* "Humpday"
* "In the Loop"
* "Julia"
* "Me and Orson Welles"
* "Moon"
* "Sugar"
* "Two Lovers"

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Johnny Depp to Star as Mexican Revolutionary Hero Pancho Villa? 


Johnny Depp is in negotiations to play Pancho Villa, the Mexican revolutionary hero, for director Emir Kusturica. The film is going to be called "Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman With Six Fingers."

Kusturica co-wrote the script with Gordan Mihic, but production is not set to start until 2011 because of Depp's busy schedule.

Salma Hayek is also in talks to co-star.

Variety told us that "the Spanish-language biopic is to be shot partly in Mexico, where Villa -- an early 20th-century bandit who became a guerilla fighter and a hero to the poor -- is an iconic historical figure. Depp will act in Spanish, Kusturica said."

Depp previously worked with Kusturica in the 1993 flick "Arizona Dream."

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My Fun One-on-One Interview with Director Jason Reitman for "Up in the Air" 


Jason Reitman is my favorite director right now! He's smart, witty, and his films have all been memorable. "Up in the Air" is one of my favorite films this year! Definitely!

In this interview, we talked about:

*** How I'm still flying high from watching the film
*** Multi-layered, multi-textured film
*** Genesis of "Up in the Air" from the book to the screen
*** Jason started writing this film as a single guy, and finished it as a married dad with a mortgage
*** He wrote the film in Palm Springs
*** Why he respects the Palm Springs International Film Festival
*** The BEST line in the film was written by his dad, Ivan Reitman ("Ghostbusters" films), who also produced "Up in the Air"
*** Likable characters
*** Jason Reitman diagrams the Modern State of Junket Journalism as seen on Gawker.com


TAKE A LOOK AND HAVE FUN!



Here's more info on "Up in the Air" courtesy of Yahoo:

Cast and Credits
Starring: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Danny McBride
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Produced by: Tom Pollock, Joe Medjuck, Ted Griffin

Ryan Bingham, is a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.
Genres: Comedy, Drama and Adaptation
Release Date: December 4th, 2009 (limited); December 11th (expansion); December 25th (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content.
Distributors:
Paramount Pictures

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Anna Kendrick Talks About "Up in the Air" 


I adore Anna Kendrick! She has a wonderful knack for stealing scenes, whether it's "Up in the Air" or the "Twilight" films. In this interview, we talked about:

*** How she got involved in making "Up in the Air"
*** Jason Reitman wrote the part
*** The audition process
*** Her character, Natalie Keener
*** The characters
*** Stealing scenes
*** Her role as Jessica in "Twilight" and "New Moon"
*** Her Rising Star Award at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival


TAKE A LOOK AND HAVE FUN!



Here's more info on "Up in the Air" courtesy of Yahoo:

Cast and Credits
Starring: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Danny McBride
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Produced by: Tom Pollock, Joe Medjuck, Ted Griffin

Ryan Bingham, is a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.
Genres: Comedy, Drama and Adaptation
Release Date: December 4th, 2009 (limited); December 11th (expansion); December 25th (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content.
Distributors:
Paramount Pictures

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