James McAvoy to Star as Ian Fleming? 

Pajiba.com revealed that Palmstar Entertainment and Animus Films are developing a biopic based on the life of Ian Fleming. Currently titled "Ian Fleming," the movie will be about the man who created James Bond.

Based on the book "Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond" by Andrew Lycett, the script by Mark Brown will focus on how Fleming got inspired to write the Secret Agent 007 character.

The best part? James McAvoy is supposed to be attached in the lead role as Fleming. This is a great casting choice for McAvoy can do edgy action ("Wanted") and give his character its much needed heart ("Atonement").

The film is an independent feature, and right now, no distributor is attached yet. The project is currently searching for a director.

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Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Makes the National Film Registry List 

Michael Jackson's 1983 video "Thriller" is among the 25 motion pictures that have been selected this year for preservation by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

The Hollywood Reporter tells us:

Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 films to the registry that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant, to be preserved for all time. These films are not selected as the "best" American films of all time; rather, they are chosen as works of enduring importance to American culture.

So now, "Thriller" is one of the 525 films since the Registry's inception to be preserved and honored as a significant element of our history.

Here's the complete list of 2009 selections:

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
The Exiles (1961)
Heroes All (1920)
Hot Dogs for Gauguin (1972)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Jezebel (1938)
The Jungle (1967)
The Lead Shoes (1949)
Little Nemo (1911)
Mabel's Blunder (1914)
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Pillow Talk (1959)
Precious Images (1986)
Quasi at the Quackadero (1975)
The Red Book (1994)
The Revenge of the Pancho Villa (1930-36)
Scratch and Crow (1995)
Stark Love (1927)
The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
A Study in Reds (1932)
Thriller (1983)
Under Western Stars (1938)

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Marion Cotillard, Quentin Tarantino to be Honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival 

The 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Academy Award winners Marion Cotillard and Quentin Tarantino. Cotillard will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award while Tarantino will get the Sonny Bono Visionary Award.

The Awards Gala will kick off the 2010 awards season on Tuesday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

For more info, visit the Palm Springs Film Festival site right here.


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Oklahoma Film Critics Love "The Hurt Locker" 

The Oklahoma Film Critics Circle picked Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War piece "The Hurt Locker" as Best Picture of 2009. Bigelow also took home the Best Director prize.

In the acting categories (it's beginning to look like a "repeat"), George Clooney for Best Actor ("Up in the Air"), Meryl Streep Best Actress ("Julie and Julia"), Christoph Waltz Best Supporting Actor ("Inglourious Basterds"), and Mo'Nique for Best Supporting Actress for "Precious."

Here's the complete list of winners of the 2009 Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards

Best Film of 2009
“The Hurt Locker”

Best 10 Films of 2009

1. “The Hurt Locker”
2. “Up in the Air”
3. “Inglourious Basterds”
4. “(500) Days of Summer”
5. “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
6. “A Serious Man”
7. “Up”
8. “District 9”
9. “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
10. “Avatar”

Best Director

Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”

Best First Feature

(tie) Neill Blomkamp, “District 9” & Marc Webb, “(500) Days of Summer”

Best Actress

Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”

Best Actor

George Clooney, “Up in the Air”

Best Supporting Actress

Mo’Nique, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Best Supporting Actor

Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Screenplay (Original)

Scott Neustadtler & Michael H. Weber, “(500) Days of Summer”

Best Screenplay (Adaptation)

Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner, “Up in the Air”

Best Documentary

“Anvil! The Story of Anvil,” directed by Sacha Gervasi

Best Foreign Film

“Coco Before Chanel,” directed by Anne Fontaine

Best Animated Film

“Fantastic Mr. Fox,” directed by Wes Anderson

Obviously Worst Film

“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

Not-So-Obviously Worst Film


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Phoenix Film Critics Society Names "Inglourious Basterds" Top Film of 2009 

The Phoenix Film Critics Society has chosen Quentin Tarantino's revenge fantasy "Inglourious Basterds" the best film of the year! They also named Tarantino Best Director, his cast Best Ensemble, and Christoph Waltz Best Supporting Actor for his role as the "Jew Hunter" Hans Landa.

Here's the complete list of winners:

Best Picture

Inglourious Basterds

Top Ten Films of 2009 (in alphabetical order)

District 9
(500) Days of Summer
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Sherlock Holmes
Star Trek
Up In The Air

Best Director

Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role

George Clooney, Up In The Air

Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role

Meryl Streep, Julie and Julia

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Mo’Nique, Precious

Best Acting Ensemble

The cast of Inglourious Basterds

Best screenplay written directly for the screen


Best screenplay adapted from another medium

Up In The Air

Best Live Action Family Film

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Overlooked Film


Best Animated Film


Best Foreign Language Film

Broken Embraces

Best Documentary

Capitalism: A Love Story

Best Original Song

“Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart

Best Original Score


Best Cinematography


Best Film Editing


Best Production Design


Best Costume Design

The Young Victoria

Best Visual Effects


Best Stunts

Star Trek

Breakout on Camera

Gabourey Sidibe, Precious

Breakout Behind the Camera

Neill Blomkamp, District 9

Best Performance by a Youth – Male

Jae Head, The Blind Side

Best Performance by a Youth – Female

Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones

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