American Film Institute Reveals Top Ten Movies and TV Programs of the Year! 


The American Film Institute (AFI) has unveiled their Top 10 lists in both movies and TV categories. "Bridesmaids" managed to sneak in among surefire Oscar contenders such as Alexander Payne's "The Descendants," Steven Spielberg's "War Horse," and Martin Scorsese's "Hugo."

But Oscar front-runner "The Artist" was omitted! Why? Because it's not an American production; hence, ineligible.

In the Television category, the comedies "Modern Family" (ABC) and "Parks and Recreation" (NBC) enjoyed top billing among "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO) and "Breaking Bad" (AMC).

"The Artist" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" received AFI Special Awards for their "outstanding achievements in the moving image that do not fit into AFI's criteria for the other honorees."

Here's the complete list of the AFI Awards 2011:

MOVIES OF THE YEAR

BRIDESMAIDS
THE DESCENDANTS
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
THE HELP
HUGO
J. EDGAR
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
MONEYBALL
THE TREE OF LIFE
WAR HORSE

TELEVISION PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR

BOARDWALK EMPIRE
BREAKING BAD
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
GAME OF THRONES
THE GOOD WIFE
HOMELAND
JUSTIFIED
LOUIE
MODERN FAMILY
PARKS AND RECREATION

SPECIAL AWARDS

THE ARTIST
THE HARRY POTTER SERIES

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New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO) Falls in Love with "The Artist," Melissa McCarthy 


The New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO) has announced the winners of their annual award and the top prize went to Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist." The helmer also received the Best Director award. Michael Shannon of "Take Shelter" won Best Actor while Meryl Streep of "The Iron Lady" took home the Best Actress award. "Drive's" Albert Brooks won the Best Supporting Actor trophy.

But once again, Melissa McCarthy shone! Her performance in last summer's "Bridesmaids" was never forgotten and she was awarded the Best Supporting Actress honor! She also took home the award from the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Here's the full list of the New York Film Critics (NYFCO) winners:

Picture
"The Artist"

Actor
Michael Shannon, "Take Shelter"

Actress
Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"

Director
Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks, "Drive"

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"

Breakthrough Performer
Jessica Chastain, "Coriolanus," "The Debt," "The Help," "Take Shelter," "Texas Killing Fields," "The Tree of Life"

Debut Director
Joe Cornish, "Attack The Block"

Ensemble Cast
"Bridesmaids"

Screenplay
The Descendants

Documentary
"Cave of Forgotten Dreams"

Foreign Language
"A Separation"

Animated
The Adventures of Tintin

Cinematography
The Tree of Life

Film Music or Score
The Artist

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"The Artist" Claims Top Boston Society Film Critics Honor, "Bridesmaids'" Melissa McCarthy Surprises 


The black-and-white, silent film (well, not quite entirely silent) "The Artist" took home the top honor at the 2012 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards. But director Michel Hazanavicius must contend to just be a runner-up against "Hugo's" Martin Scorsese's big win as Best Director.

Brad Pitt (Best Actor for "Moneyball"), Michelle Williams (Best Actress for "My Week with Marilyn"), and Albert Brooks (Best Supporting Actor for "Drive") took home acting honors, but it was Melissa McCarthy's memorable performance in the No. 1 women-centric comedy "Bridesmaids" that surprised the most! Yay and congrats to Miss Melissa! (Check out my fun interview with the actress for "Bridesmaids" right here)

Here's the full list of winners and runners-up of the Boston Society Film Critics Awards:

Best Picture
"The Artist"
(Runners-up: "Hugo" and "Margaret")

Best Director
Martin Scorsese, "Hugo"
(Runner-up: Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist")

Best Actor
Brad Pitt, "Moneyball"
(Runners-up: George Clooney, "The Decendants" and Michael Fassbender, "Shame")

Best Actress
Michelle Williams, "My Week With Marilyn"
(Runner-up: Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady")

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks, "Drive"

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"
(Runner-up: Jeannie Berlin, "Margaret")

Best Screenplay
"Moneyball"
(Runner-up: "Margaret")

Best Foreign Film
"Incendies"
(Runners-up: "A Separation" and "Poetry")

Best Cinematography
"The Tree of Life"
(Runner-up: “Hugo”)

Best Documentary
"Project Nim"
(Runner-up: “Bill Cunningham, New York)

Best Film Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer)
“The Clock”
(Runner-up: “Hugo”)

Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy)
Sean Durkin, Martha Marcy May Marlene
(Runner-up: JC Chandor, Margin Call)

Best Ensemble Cast
"Carnage
(Runner-up: "Margaret")

Best Use of Music in a Film
"The Artist" and "Drive"
(Runner-up: "The Descendants")

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"New Year's Eve" Rings in Cash, Box-Office Still Sluggish! Check Out the Not-Quite Top 10 Box-Office Films 


So here's the current threat in Hollywood -- fewer moviegoers have been going to the movies! It's been dead for the last two weekends. Yikes! The box-office has not been this slow since the weekend that followed the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Box-office total was just about $77 million, an all-time low this year. It's considerably lower than last weekend's brutal $81 million domestic revenues.

Against that dire backdrop, "New Year's Eve" captured the No. 1 spot with a weak $13.7 million. Warner Bros. was predicting, hoping that the romantic anthology would open around $20 million or more. But alas, the Garry Marshall film starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry, Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher, Hilary Swank and Jessica Biel, among many others, only managed a so-so opening.

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"New Year's Eve" movie review
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"The Sitter," the Jonah Hill so-so film from the "Pineapple Express" director, David Gordon Green, debuted at No. 2 with only $10 million. It's truly abysmal I say! Let's see if Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law can help matters next weekend with "Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows." Or maybe the IMAX screenings of Brad Bird's Tom Cruise-starrer "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol." Or heaven forbid, the sequel "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked." Perhaps, Alvin and his merry band of chipmunks can help save Hollywood.

One thing's for sure, the sure-fire Oscar contenders such as Charlize Theron's "Young Adult" and Gary Oldman's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" are doing well in limited release. "Young Adult" ($320,000) averaged $40,000 per cinema in just eight theaters, while "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" ($300,737) took in about $75,184 average in just four theaters.

Here's the not quite stellar Top 10 box office films for weekend of Dec. 9th:

1. "New Year's Eve," $13.7 million ($12.9 million international).

2. "The Sitter," $10 million.

3. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1," $7.9 million.

4. "The Muppets," $7.1 million ($1.2 million international).

5. "Arthur Christmas," $6.6 million ($14.3 million international).

6. "Hugo," $6.1 million.

7. "The Descendants," $4.4 million.

8. "Happy Feet Two," $3.8 million.

9. "Jack and Jill," $3.2 million.

10. "Immortals," $2.4 million.

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"The Amazing Spider-Man" Unveils New Poster, AND... 
I still am not interested in watching the same movie! Granted this one's got a new actor (Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-man) and a new director (Marc Webb of the excellent "500 Days of Summer"), and promises, based on the poster below, that this is the "untold story" but really? How many times can Peter Parker go back to high school and discover his amazing super-powers? But I kinda liked the poster though, it's got a very B-movie vibe, and I love that genre!



Here's more details on "The Amazing Spider-Man" from Yahoo:

A teenage Peter Parker grapples with both high school and amazing super-human crises as his alter-ego Spider-Man.
Genres: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Action/Adventure and Adaptation
Release Date: July 3rd, 2012 (wide)
Distributors: Sony Pictures Releasing

Cast and Credits
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans, Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen
Directed by: Marc Webb
Produced by: Michael Grillo, Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach

SOURCE: SUPERHEROHYPE.COM

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