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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Movie Reviews -- "The Princess and the Frog," "Invictus," and "The Lovely Bones" 


Here you go lovely readers, my movie reviews of “The Princess and the Frog,” “Invictus,” and “The Lovely Bones.” Are they all worth the price of admission? Take a look and have fun!



Here’s more info about the films from Yahoo:

“The Princess and the Frog”

Starring: Keith Anthony, Kwesi Boakye, Roger Aaron Brown, June Christopher, David Cowgill Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker Produced by: John Lasseter, Aghi Koh, Peter Del Vecho

Set in the city of New Orleans comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana , a frog prince who desperatelywants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on an adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.

Genres: Kids/Family, Musical/Performing Arts, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Animation

Running Time: 1 hr. 35 min.

Release Date: November 25th, 2009 (limited); December 11 (wide)

MPAA Rating: G

Distributors: Walt Disney Studios Distribution

U.S. Box Office: $2,410,810

“Invictus”

STARRING
Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern, Julilian Lewis Jones and Bonnie Henna

DIRECTED BY
Clint Eastwood

SYNOPSIS

The true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team, Francois Pienaar, to help unite their country.

“The Lovely Bones”


Starring: Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli Directed by: Peter Jackson Produced by: Ken Kamins, Tessa Ross, Steven Spielberg

Susie Salmon, a young girl who has been murdered, watches over her family -- and her killer -- from heaven. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.

Genres: Drama, Kids/Family, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller and Adaptation

Release Date: December 11th, 2009 (limited); January 15th, 2010 (wide)

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving disturbing violent content and images, and some language.

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

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Mariah Carey, Jeff Bridges, Jason Reitman, Jeremy Renner, T Bone Burnett to Receive Awards at 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival 


Wow, the list of well-deserved artists receiving awards at the 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival just gets longer and longer! The Awards Gala will kick off the 2010 awards season on Tuesday, January 5th at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

I’m so excited! This is a fantastic film festival in my neighborhood! For more info on the Palm Springs International Film Festival, visit their official site right here.



First stop, we have Mariah Carey receiving the Breakthrough Performance Award for her performance in Lionsgate’s “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” I agree! Her performance in that film is great. And I know she thinks she looks like a “monster” in the film sans make up, but honestly? I think she looks a lot better without make up!



Then we have the great Jeff Bridges. He’s set to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award. Festival chairman Harold Matzner said, “Jeff Bridges’ career is the very embodiment of the Desert Palm Achievement Award, which was created to acknowledge acting excellence, and years of consistent and memorable work. This year, in his remarkable performance in Crazy Heart, he once again shows us why he is considered one of America’s greatest actors.”

I could not agree more!

Past honorees of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Daniel
Day-Lewis, Sean Penn, Jake Gyllenhaal, Liam Neeson, Nicolas Cage, John Travolta and James Stewart.



Third, we have, writer-director Jason Reitman who’s receiving the Director of the Year Award for “Up in the Air.” Truly well deserved!

Check out my fun one-on-one interview with Reitman for "Up in the Air" right here where he commented about the Festival and how good it was to him when he was just a struggling filmmaker.



Fourth is Jeremy Renner set to receive the Breakthrough Performance Award for “The Hurt Locker,” one of my favorite films of the year, and one of my favorite performances of 2009!



Last, we have T Bone Burnett receiving the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing for “Crazy Heart.” Great choice!

Congratulations everyone!

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Get Ready for a Bigger "Twilight!" "Eclipse" Gets Imax Release! 


A bigger Jacob, a bigger Edward!

Imax and Summit Entertainment announced that the third installment of the "Twilight" series, "Eclipse," will be shown in giant Imax theaters when it opens nationwide June 30.

"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" will be digitally remastered to work with Imax technology. It's the first Summit film to be released in Imax theaters.

What are the other Imax releases next year? Variety shared with us:

Imax releases for next year include Warner Bros.' "Alice in Wonderland" (March 5); two titles from DreamWorks Animation/Paramount, "How to Train Your Dragon" (March 26) and "Shrek Forever After" (May 21); as well as Warners' Christopher Nolan-directed "Inception" (July 16).

The third "Twilight" is being directed by David Slade, the guy who gave us "30 Days of Night."

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Kristin Chenoweth to Host 15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards! 


The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced that Emmy and Tony Award winning actress Kristin Chenoweth will be hosting the 15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards gala on Friday, January 15, 2010 at the Hollywood Palladium.

I'm a proud voting member of the BFCA and I honestly believe that the Critics' Choice is a much, much better barometer of the Oscars than the Golden Globes.

Chenoweth became popular for her star-making turn as Glinda in "Wicked" and her show-stealing, Tony Award winning performance in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."

Recently, Chenoweth received the 2009 Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her memorable performance in the ABC series "Pushing Daisies."

The 15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards gala will air live for the third straight year on VH1 on Friday, January 15, 2010 at 9:00 PM*.

The awards are bestowed annually by the BFCA to honor the finest in cinematic achievement. Since its inception in 1995, the Critics' Choice Movie Awards has been a star-studded bellwether event of the awards season.

Nominations for the 15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards will be announced on Monday, December 14, 2009.

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