D.C. Critics Love "Up in the Air!" See Complete List of Winners 


The Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) has announced the winners of their annual awards and they picked Jason Reitman’s “Up In The Air" for Best Film and George Clooney for Best Actor.

"Up In The Air" already won the National Board of Review Awards for Best Film, so it's a sure bet that this movie is on its way to Oscar gold! I love this film!

(Take a look at my review of "Up in the Air" and my interviews with director Jason Reitman, and stars Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick)

"Precious" took acting honors for Mo'Nique and Gabourey Sidibe, while "The Hurt Locker" won Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow and Best Ensemble for the brilliant cast which includes Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, and Evangeline Lilly.

Here's the full list of winners:

Best Film
“Up in the Air”

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”

Best Actor
George Clooney, “Up in the Air”

Best Actress

Carey Mulligan, “An Education”

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Supporting Actress

Mo’Nique, “Precious”

Best Adapted Screenplay
“Up in the Air”

Best Original Screenplay

“Inglourious Basterds”

Best Breakthrough Performance

Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious”

Best Ensemble
“The Hurt Locker”

Best Animated Film
“Up”

Best Foreign Film
“Sin Nombre”

Best Documentary
“Food, Inc.”

Best Art Direction
“Nine”

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Why Are "Avatar" Aliens Blue? Director James Cameron Explains! 


It's a head-scratching question that deserves an answer -- why are the aliens in "Avatar" blue? Thanks to MTV and their "Avatar" Q & A, we now know why.

One online fan named Sarah T asked, "Jim, what inspired you to make the Na'vi blue?" To which, the director of such classics as "Titanic" and "Aliens" said, "We wanted to say that there was an otherness, an alien-ness to them. But we wanted to keep them human enough that we could understand their emotions. So, they were going to have two eyes, and they were going to have a mouth."

But it's all about the blue versus green argument. "So, we were down to blue and green basically — and green had been taken by all those Martian movies with the little green men," he remembered of his reasoning. "So, we have big blue women, not little green men."

"Otherness," "alien-ness," I am reserving my judgment until I see the film this coming Thursday, I'm so excited! I will let you know my thoughts on the film immediately, of course.

For now, visit MTV to read the full Q & A chat on "Avatar," and take a look at the cable channel's "Avatar" special.



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Elijah Wood, Robin Williams to Reprise Roles for "Happy Feet 2" 


Elijah Wood and Robin Williams are in talks to return to the penguin world for "Happy Feet 2," the sequel to the 2006's Academy Award winner. George Miller is returning to the director's chair as well.

The Hollywood Reporter told us that "Wood is reprising Mumble, the penguin who can't sing but can dance the tuxedo off of any waddler around him; Williams is back as (what else?) the hyper-acting and wise-cracking penguin Ramon; he also voices Lovelace."

Miller also wrote the script but the plot is top secret, for now. The actors will migrate to Australia in January/February to record the voice tracks.

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Sneak Peek: Natalie Portman in "The Black Swan" 


Production for Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" has begun in New York City. The film is set in the world of New York City ballet about a ballerina (Portman) who's competing with a rival dancer. But is the rival a ghost or is Portman's character just having a mental breakdown?

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Supposedly, this film will be very intense, and there's a possible sex scene between Portman and Kunis! Huh? Is that so Portman's character will be able to verify that Kunis is not a ghost? Hhhmmmmm....

"Black Swan" is set for release next year from FOX Searchlight. But if you want to see early photos from the film, click here.

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Sandra Bullock Blindsides Werewolves, Vampires! "The Blind Side" Beats "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" at Box Office! See Complete Top 10 List! 


The true-to-life football drama "The Blind Side" scored a touchdown over "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" with a victorious $20.4 million weekend. "The Blind Side" stole the No. 1 position from werewolves and vampires.

For the past two weekends, "The Blind Side" starring Sandra Bullock, had been the No. 2 film under "New Moon." But now, the vampire romance starring Kristen Stewart, Rob Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner slid to second place with $15.7 million.

Many insiders are saying that great word of mouth from fans helped make "The Blind Side" the box office winner.

The other great story for the box office weekend belonged to the George Clooney dramedy "Up in the Air." In just 15 theaters, the film took in nearly $1.2 million for a whopping per screen average of $79,000! Wow!

(Take a look at my review of "Up in the Air" and my interviews with director Jason Reitman, and stars Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick)

Meanwhile, Lionsgate's war drama "Brothers" debuted at No. 3 with $9.7 million averaging $4,646 in 2,088 theaters. Based on a 2004 Danish film, the movie stars Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Sony's thriller "Armored" starring Matt Dillon and Laurence Fishburne had a dismal premier with $6.6 million and tied for No. 6 with "2012."

Here's the Top 10 Box Office Films list for weekend of Dec. 4th:

1. "The Blind Side," $20.4 million.

2. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," $15.7 million.

3. "Brothers," $9.7 million.

4. "Disney's a Christmas Carol," $7.5 million.


5. "Old Dogs," $6.9 million.


6. "Armored" (tie), $6.6 million.

6. "2012" (tie), $6.6 million.


8. "Ninja Assassin," $5 million.

9. "Planet 51," $4.3 million.

10. "Everybody's Fine," $4 million.

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