More Friends for "The Social Network!" This Time It's the New York Film Critics Online! Oh, They Love "Black Swan" and James Franco Too! 

David Fincher's "The Social Network" continues its march towards the Academy Awards with more trophies! The New York Film Critics Online voted it as the Best Picture of the year with Fincher winning Best Director and Aaron Sorkin receiving the Best Screenplay. ("The Social Network" movie review)

Meanwhile, Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" earned three trophies including Best Actress for Natalie Portman, Cinematographer (and fellow proud Filipino) Matthew Libatique, and Score by Clint Mansell.

James Franco won Best Actor for his wonderful performance as a trapped rock climber Aron Ralston for "127 Hours." (Check out my interview with Franco and director Danny Boyle for "127 Hours")

Here's the complete list of the winner of the New York Film Critics Online awards:

“The Social Network”

James Franco, “127 Hours”

Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”

David Fincher, “The Social Network”

Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, “The Fighter”

Supporting Actress
Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”

Breakthrough Performer
Noomi Repace, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”

Debut Director
John Wells, “The Company Men”

Ensemble Cast
“The Kids Are All Right”

Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network”

“Exit Through The Gift Shop”

Foreign Language
“I Am Love”

“Toy Story 3”

“Black Swan”

Film Music or Score
“Black Swan”

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"Narnia" Sails Past Competition for No. 1 Box-Office Crown! Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp Flop! 

Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp could not beat the great lion Aslan. "The Tourist" starring the world's biggest stars failed to capture the No. 1 crown from "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader." (Interviews with Georgie Henley and Will Poulter from "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)

The third film in the "Narnia" series scored another No. 1 hit for the franchise earning $24.5 million for the weekend even though it's decidedly lower compared to the other "Narnia" movies.

The first film, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," is still the biggest opener with $65.6 million and nearly $300 million total. The second, "Prince Caspian," opened at No. 1 with $55 million and swashbuckled to $141 million.

"The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" was not as successful as the first two, but it still opened at No. 1. Creatively? The first film is still the best of the series, followed by "Dawn Treader" with "Prince Caspian" lagging behind. ("The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" movie review)

Lagging behind was the inept and lifeless "The Tourist" featuring Jolie and Depp in a ho-hum mystery that featured zero chemistry between the two stars. Apparently, viewers agreed and only gave the film a No. 2 opening with a very lackluster $17 million take. With a supposed $100 million budget, "The Tourist" would need millions of traveler's checks just to break even.

At No. 3 was "Tangled" with $14.6 million. The lovely Disney animated wonder has just crossed the $115 million mark this weekend. ("Tangled" movie review)

Meanwhile, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" finished at No. 4 with $8.5 million and is closing in on the $260 million mark domestically. ("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" movie review)

And it's the Oscar season, and two of the biggest Academy Award baits enjoyed box-office moolah. Fox Searchlight's "Black Swan" landed in No. 6 with $3.3 million in just 90 theaters y'all! ("Black Swan" movie review)

Opening in just four theaters was "The Fighter" featuring Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg in a boxing family drama. I love this movie, and Bale WILL WIN BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR OSCAR! "The Fighter" made a strong $80,000 per theater and will expand into 2,000 theaters on December 17.

Here's the estimated list of the Top 10 Box Office films for weekend of Dec. 10:

1 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG) $24.5 M
2 The Tourist (PG-13) $17.0 M
3 Tangled (PG) $14.6 M
4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (PG-13) $8.5 M
5 Unstoppable (PG-13) $3.8 M
6 Black Swan (R) $3.3 M
7 Burlesque (PG-13) $3.2 M
8 Love and Other Drugs (R) $3.0 M
9 Due Date (R) $2.5 M
10 Megamind (PG) $2.5 M

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"Thor" Trailer! He's the Vengeful God Alright! 

More "Thor" info from Yahoo:

Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior, is sent down to Earth has punishment for reigniting a reckless war. But after a dangerous villain from his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth, the hammer-wielding Thor will learn what it takes to be a true hero in order to save mankind.

Genres: Action/Adventure and Adaptation
Release Date: May 20th, 2011 (wide)
Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Cast and Credits
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Ray Stevenson
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Produced by: Stan Lee, Louis D Esposito, Ari Arad

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"Last Airbender," "Narnia," "Inception" Among Visual Effects Oscar Semifinalists 

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced that 15 films have been selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects category for the 83rd Academy Awards. And they are (in alphabetical order):

* "Alice in Wonderland"
* "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"
* "Clash of the Titans"
* "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1"
* "Hereafter"
* "Inception"
* "Iron Man 2"
* "The Last Airbender"
* "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"
* "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time"
* "Scott Pilgrim vs the World"
* "Shutter Island"
* "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice"
* "Tron: Legacy"
* "Unstoppable"

The Academy's Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee will narrow the list to seven in early January. Then on Thursday, January 20, members will vote to nominated five films for final Oscar consideration.

Full nominations for the 83rd Oscars will be announced on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, and the awards will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011.

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From 76 to 10 -- Live Action Oscar Short Films Shortlist 

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced the 10 live action short films that will advance to the voting process. 76 films qualified for this category.

And the 10 films to advance to the next round are (in alphabetical order):

* "Ana’s Playground," Eric D. Howell, director (StoryForge, LLC)
* "The Confession," Tanel Toom, director (National Film and Television School)
* "The Crush," Michael Creagh, director (Purdy Pictures)
* "God of Love," Luke Matheny, director (Luke Matheny)
* "Na Wewe," Ivan Goldschmidt, director-producer (CUT!)
* "Seeds of the Fall," Patrik Eklund, director, and Mathias Fjellstrom, producer (Direktorn & Fabrikorn)
* "Shoe," Nick Kelly, director, and Seamus Byrne, producer (Zanita Films)
* "The Six Dollar Fifty Man," Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland, directors (Sticky Pictures Ltd.)
* "Sma Barn, Stora Ord (Little Children, Big Words)," Lisa James Larsson, director and Andreas Emanuelsson, producer (Bob Film Sweden AB)
* "Wish 143," Ian Barnes, director, and Samantha Waite, producer (Swing and Shift Films/Union Pictures)

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from the list.

The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 5:30 a.m. The Oscars will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011.

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