Finally, My BEST MOVIES OF 2010! Why It's All About Characters! 

Below is my written article (after the jump) on the Best Movies of 2010, listed per film in alphabetical order.



2010 was a great year at the movies. Both Hollywood and independent cinema offered thought-provoking gems that thrilled and entertained us. Because of the over-abundance of quality filmmaking, I decided that this year, I will forego with the annual Top 10 and instead, give you a list of the very Best Movies of 2010 (in alphabetical order): Read More...

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"Black Swan" Dances Atop Online Film Critics Society Nominations 


Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" topped the Online Film Critics Society Nominations. The drama/thriller set in the ballet world starring Natalie Portman scored seven nods including Best Picture, Director (Aronofsky), Actress (Portman), Supporting Actress (Mila Kunis), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, and Editing.

"Black Swan" will compete with "Inception," "The Social Network," "Toy Story 3," "True Grit," and "Winter's Bone" for Best Picture. Winners will be announced Monday, January 3, 2011.

Here's the complete list of nominees (Check our Awards Avenue for complete winners/nominees for all award-giving bodies):

Best Picture
Black Swan
Inception
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter's Bone

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Danny Boyle, 127 Hours
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, True Grit
David Fincher, The Social Network
Christopher Nolan, Inception

Best Lead Actor
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Edgar Ramírez, Carlos

Best Lead Actress
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Kim Hye-ja, Mother
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Fighter
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
John Hawkes, Winter's Bone
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids are All Right
Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Original Screenplay
Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz & John McLaughlin, Black Swan
Noah Baumbach, Greenberg
Christopher Nolan, Inception
Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right
David Seidler, The King's Speech

Best Adapted Screenplay
Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours
Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, True Grit
Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini, Winter's Bone

Best Cinematography
Anthony Dod Mantle & Enrique Chediak, 127 Hours
Matthew Libatique, Black Swan
Wally Pfister, Inception
Robert Richardson, Shutter Island
Roger Deakins, True Grit

Best Editing
Jon Harris, 127 Hours
Andrew Weisblum, Black Swan
Lee Smith, Inception
Jonathan Amos & Paul Machliss, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Kirk Baxter & Angus Wall, The Social Network

Best Animated Feature
Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Tangled
Toy Story 3

Best Film Not in the English Language
Carlos
Dogtooth
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Mother
A Prophet

Best Documentary
Catfish
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Inside Job
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Restrepo
Waiting for "Superman"

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They're Out of This World! Check Out New, Extended Trailer of "I Am Number Four" 


Here's more info on "I Am Number Four" from Yahoo:

An extraordinary young man, John Smith, is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri, John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events -- his first love, powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny.

Also Known As: I Am Number 4
Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Logline: A group of nine alien teenagers, having escaped the destruction of their home planet, are hunted on Earth by a hostile species.
Genres: Science Fiction/Fantasy and Adaptation
Release Date: February 18th, 2011 (wide)
Distributors: DreamWorks Studios
Production Co.: Bay Films
Studios: DreamWorks Studios
Filming Locations: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Produced in: United States

Cast and Credits
Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Teresa Palmer, Dianna Agron, Kevin Durand, Timothy Olyphant
Directed by: D.J. Caruso
Produced by: Chris Bender, Chris Bender, J.C. Spink

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Michael Douglas to Receive Icon Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival 


Michael Douglas is set to receive the Icon Award on Thursday, January 13, at the 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). The actor will get his award following a screening of "Solitary Man." The Icon Award is given to an individual who has created a great body of work which symbolizes the highest level of achievement.

Festival Director Darryl Macdonald called Douglas an "American treasure" and is "deserving of celebration."

Here's the rest of the press release:

The Festival will devote an evening to the Oscar® winning actor and producer, as part of its Talking Pictures: The Contenders Series, which focuses on the films and the actors that are emerging among the front-runners leading up to the Academy Award nominations. The tribute will include the presentation of its Icon Award, a selection of clips from his films, an on-stage conversation with Douglas and Variety’s Peter Bart and a screening of Solitary Man. In the film Douglas stars as a car magnate who watches his personal and professional life spin out of control because he cannot control his own appetites in this wry seriocomedy from directors Brian Koppelman and David Levien. The film also stars Susan Sarandon, Jenna Fisher, Mary-Louise Parker, Jesse Eisenberg and Danny Devito.

Michael Douglas is an actor with over 35 years of experience in the theatre, film and television. Douglas has starred in such high profile works as The Streets of San Francisco, Romancing the Stone, Fatal Attraction, The War of the Roses, Basic Instinct and The American President. His performance as the ruthless corporate raider Gordon Gekko in Wall Street earned him the 1987 Academy Award for Best Actor. His other film credits include Wonder Boys, Disclosure, Falling Down, The Game, A Perfect Murder, The Sentinel, The King of California and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Throughout his career, Douglas has also served as producer on many influential films including Traffic, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The China Syndrome, Flatliners, Made in America, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rainmaker, Face/Off and One Night at McCool’s. This year Douglas also starred in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps for which he is nominated for a Golden Globe. Douglas is a United Nations Messenger of Peace focusing on nuclear proliferation and small arms control.

About The Palm Springs International Film Festival

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the most prestigious and well-attended film festivals in North America, welcoming more than 130,000 attendees each year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the year’s cinematic achievements. The celebrated list of honorees this year include: Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Danny Boyle, Robert Duvall, Colin Firth, Jennifer Lawrence, Carey Mulligan, Natalie Portman, David O. Russell, Diane Warren and the cast of The Social Network.

The Festival’s 22nd annual Awards Gala is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes Benz and Entertainment Tonight. Renewing sponsors of this year’s Festival are Title Sponsor The City of Palm Springs and Presenting Sponsors The Desert Sun, the City of Indian Wells, Spencer’s Restaurant and KPSP Local 2. Major Sponsors include Bank of America, Penfolds the Official Wine of the Festival, Regal Entertainment, Ketel One, Desert Regional Medical Center, Integrated Wealth Management, Wessman Development, Guthy-Renker, Wells Fargo, Windermere Real Estate, Eisenhower Medical Center, Chihuly Art Glass, Panavision, Larry Abel Designs and Ocean Properties Development. The Festival runs from January 6-17, 2011. For more information, call 760-322-2930 or 800-898-7256 or visit www.psfilmfest.org.


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"Little Fockers" Debuts At No. 1, But "True Grit" Impresses! 


First, the bad news. According to Hollywood.com, overall revenues this Christmas weekend were down 45% over the same weekend a year ago. But that didn't stop Universal's "Little Fockers" for taking the No. 1 spot.

The third installment of the "Meet the Parents" franchise opened with $34 million for the weekend and $48.3 million since opening Wednesday, December 22nd. So how did it stack up against the other films in the "Parents" franchise?

The first "Meet the Parents" debuted in 2000 with $28.6 million, eventually earning $166.2 million. The sequel, "Meet the Fockers," earned $46.1 million during its opening weekend on December 22 of 2004 becoming the 4th highest grossing film of that year with $279.2 million.

The new entry, "Little Fockers," will probably end up between the first and the second in total domestic gross, but honestly? The threequel was an unnecessary flick, the magic was gone, and everyone, from Ben Stiller to Robert DeNiro all the way to Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman, gave phoned-in performances.

The bright spot this weekend was "True Grit," the Coen brothers' remake of the John Wayne 1969 film. Starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, and Hailee Steinfeld, "True Grit" made an impressive debut of $25.6 million for the weekend, and $36.8 million since opening last Wednesday. ("True Grit" movie review, interview with Barry Pepper)

Previous weekend's box-office champ, "Tron: Legacy," fell to No. 3 with $20.1 million. Also starring Bridges, "Tron" is on its way to closing in on the $90 million mark, but still very far from making a profit with a rumored budget of $300 million. Yikes! ("Tron: Legacy" movie review)

"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" duked it out with "Yogi Bear" for the No. 4 position, but Aslan eventually triumphed. ("The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" movie review, interviews with Georgie Henley and Will Poulter)

The Third installment of the "Narnia" franchise earned $10.8 million for the fourth spot, while Warner Bros. "Yogi Bear" followed closely with $8.8 million for the No. 5 position. ("Yogi Bear" movie review, interviews with Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, director Eric Brevig, and Yogi Bear and Boo Boo themselves)

The sad story of the weekend belonged to Twentieth Century Fox's "Gulliver's Travels" starring Jack Black. The retelling of the Jonathan Swift classic only earned $7.2 million, debuting at No. 7. Ouch!

But Oscar baits continue to attract audiences, with "True Grit" leading the pack. Weinstein Co.'s "The King's Speech," one of my favorite films this year, earned $4.5 million after expanding into 700 theaters. Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere" from Focus Features earned over $20,000 per cinema debuting in just 7 theaters. ("Somewhere" interviews with Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, and Coppola)

Here's the estimated list of Top 10 Movies for weekend of December 24, the last weekend for Hollywood to impress, both financially and creatively:

1 Little Fockers (PG-13) $34.0 M $48.3 M
2 True Grit (PG-13) $25.6 M $36.8 M
3 Tron: Legacy (PG) $20.1 M $88.3 M
4 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG) $10.8 M $63.9 M
5 Yogi Bear (PG) $8.8 M $36.8 M
6 The Fighter (R) $8.5 M $27.6 M
7 Gulliver's Travels (PG) $7.2 M $7.2 M
8 Black Swan (R) $6.6 M $29.0 M
9 Tangled (PG) $6.5 M $143.8 M
10 The Tourist (PG-13) $5.7 M $41.2 M

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