"Thor's" Mommy Found! 


Rene Russo is set to play Frigga, Thor's mommy, in the upcoming film "Thor." She's the Queen of Asgard and wife of Norse god Odin (Anthony Hopkins). She's also the mother of Thor and Loki (the villain to be played by Tom Hiddleston).

Kenneth Branagh is directing from a script co-written by Mark Protosevich and Zack Stentz. Production is set to start shooting in January. Chris Hemsworth will play our hammer-wielding hero, Thor, and Natalie Portman will star as his love interest, Jane Foster.

Paramount is releasing the film on May 20, 2011.

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Quentin Tarantino Picks His Best Films of 2009! His No. 1 May Surprise You! 
No, he didn't put "Inglourious Basterds" in his list, but it's certainly one of my faves this year.

Tarantino also admitted that he still hasn't seen "Avatar" but his No. 1 film WILL SURPRISE YOU! It's also one of my faves :happy

It's always great to know the top list of my favorite filmmakers. So here it is, Quentin Tarantino's Eight Best Films of 2009:



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"Hunger," "Inglourious Basterds" Top Toronto Film Critics 2009 Awards 


For the first time ever in the history of the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards, two films tie for Best Picture. Steve McQueen's "Hunger" and Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" shared the top prize, while Kathryn Bigelow was named Best Director for "The Hurt Locker."

There's also a tie in the Best Screenplay category between "Inglourious Basterds" and "Up in the Air."

Yes, a signal of what's in store this awards season, winners are all over the place. For example, Nicolas Cage came out of left-field to nab the Best Actor award for his performance in "The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans," while the astounding Carey Mulligan was named Best Actress for her role in the brilliant "An Education."

Oh, and I love that the Toronto Film Critics picked "The Cove" for Best Documentary -- great eye-opening film!

Here's the complete list of winners and runners-up of the 2009 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards:

BEST PICTURE (TIE)
“Hunger” (Maple Pictures)
“Inglourious Basterds” (Alliance Films)

Runner-up:
“The Hurt Locker” (Maple Pictures)

BEST ACTOR
Nicolas Cage, “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans”

Runners-up:
George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
Michael Fassbender, “Hunger”
Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
Viggo Mortensen, “The Road”

BEST ACTRESS
Carey Mulligan, “An Education”

Runners-up:
Arta Dobroshi, “Le Silence de Lorna”
Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Runners-up:
Christian McKay, “Me & Orson Welles”
Timothy Olyphant, “A Perfect Getaway”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”

Runners-up:
Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”
Mo’nique, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

BEST DIRECTOR
Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”

Runners-up:
Steve McQueen, “Hunger”
Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”

BEST SCREENPLAY (TIE)

“Inglourious Basterds”, written by Quentin Tarantino
“Up in the Air”, written by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner
based on the novel by Walter Kirn

Runner-up:
“A Serious Man”, written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

BEST FIRST FEATURE
“Hunger”, directed by Steve McQueen

Runners-up:
“District 9″, directed by Neill Blomkamp
“(500) Days of Summer”, directed by Marc Webb

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“Fantastic Mr. Fox” (Fox Searchlight)

Runners-up:
“Coraline” (Alliance Films)
“Up” (Disney-Pixar)

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
“The White Ribbon” (Mongrel Media)

Runners-up:
“Police, Adjective” (filmswelike)
“Summer Hours” (E1 Entertainment)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“The Cove” (Maple Pictures)

Runners-up:
“Anvil! The Story of Anvil” (filmswelike)
“The Beaches of Agnes” (E1 Entertainment)

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San Francisco Film Critics Name "The Hurt Locker" Best Film of the Year 


"The Hurt Locker" continues to invade film critics awards nationwide, as the San Francisco Film Critics Circle named the movie the Best Picture of the year, with director Kathryn Bigelow winning the trophy for helming.

Colin Firth received the Best Actor nod for his portrayal of a gay man trying to cope with the death of his partner in "A Single Man," while Meryl Streep's brilliant performance as Julia Childs in "Julie & Julia" garnered her the Best Actress trophy.

Christian McKay for "Me and Orson Welles" bested awards favorite Christoph Waltz in "Inglourious Basterds" for Best Supporting Actor, while Mo'Nique continued to dominate with her "Precious" performance, receiving the Best Supporting Actress.

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle paid homage to local screenwriter/producer Rose Kaufman, who recently died of cancer.

Here's the full list of winners for the 2009 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards:

PICTURE: "The Hurt Locker"

DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

ACTOR: Colin Firth, "A Single Man"

ACTRESS: Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia"

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christian McKay, "Me and Orson Welles"

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Mo’Nique, "Precious"

ANIMATED FEATURE: "Coraline"

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: "You, the Living" (Sweden)

DOCUMENTARY: "Anvil! The Story of Anvil"

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Roger Deakins, "A Serious Man"

SPECIAL CITATION: "Sita Sings the Blues"

MARLON RIGGS AWARD FOR COURAGE & VISION IN THE BAY AREA FILM COMMUNITY: Frazer Bradshaw, filmmaker, in recognition of his film "Everything Strange and New"
Barry Jenkins, filmmaker, in recognition of his film "Medicine for Melancholy"

IN MEMORIAM: Rose Kaufman

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The Amazing Pete Docter Talks About "Up's" Golden Globes Nomination! 


"Up," one of my favorite films this year, received a Golden Globes nomination today for Best Animated Feature Film. And the brilliant Pete Docter issued a statement:

(CHECK OUT MY ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEWS WITH DOCTER AND COMPANY FOR "UP")

“We're flattered and honored with the support we've received for Up throughout the year, and this is a humbling, happy year-end moment for us. We spend years making these films and you never know how people will receive them, and we continue to be thrilled with the response. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this incredible honor.”

- Pete Docter

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