The Battle of Steven Spielberg -- "War Horse" vs "The Adventures of Tintin" 


It's Steven Spielberg vs Steven Spielberg at the box-office this Holiday weekend, his drama "War Horse" is racing against the animated tale "The Adventures of Tintin." Which one is my pick of the weekend? Check it out:



"The Adventures of Tintin"

The unquenchably curious young reporter Tintin and his fiercely loyal dog Snowy as they discover a model ship carrying an explosive secret. Drawn into a centuries-old mystery, Tintin finds himself in the sightlines of Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine, a diabolical villain who believes Tintin has stolen a priceless treasure tied to dastardly pirate named Red Rackham.

Genres: Kids/Family, Action/Adventure, Animation and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 41 min.
Release Date: December 21st, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for for adventure action violence, some drunkenness and brief smoking.
Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Cast and Credits

Starring: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Produced by: Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Peter Jackson

"War Horse"

GENRES: Action/Adventure, Adaptation, War and Drama
IN THEATERS: December 25th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA: PG-13 for for intense sequences of war violence.
The friendship between a boy and a horse who are separated but whose fates continue to be intertwined over the course of World War I.

Cast & Crew

STARRING:

Tom Hiddleston -- Captain Nichols
Benedict Cumberbatch -- Major Stewart
David Thewlis -- Lyons
Emily Watson -- Rose Narracott
Toby Kebbell -- Geordie
Jeremy Irvine -- Albert
Peter Mullan -- Ted Narracott
Geoff Bell -- Sgt. Sam Perkins

DIRECTED BY: Steven Spielberg

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New Trailer for "Clash of the Titans" Sequel 
And it looks good! "Wrath of the Titans" seems more promising than the underwhelming "Clash of the Titans." It still stars my BFF Sam Worthingon (HA!), but this one looks like it has more drama! Worthington told THR, “What we're setting out to do with this one -- the writers and the director and myself -- is improve." We'll see if director Jonathan Liebesman, the guy who gave us "Battle: Los Angeles," improved on the mythological tale. "Wrath of the Titans" opens nationwide on March 30, 2012.



Here's more on "Wrath of the Titans" from Yahoo:

Five years after his first adventure, Perseus rules Argos with Andromeda at his side and a newborn baby as their heir. But in the shadows lurks Calibos, the cursed demon thought dead, and now out for revenge.

Genres: Action/Adventure and Science Fiction/Fantasy
Release Date: March 30th, 2012 (wide)
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

Cast and Credits

Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Édgar Ramírez, Toby Kebbell
Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman
Produced by: Basil Iwanyk, Polly Johnsen, Jon Jashni

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Black Film Critics Circle Loves "The Help," "Pariah" 


The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC) has announced the winners of its annual awards and Tate Taylor's "The Help" won Best Film of 2011. But "Pariah's" Dee Rees took home the Best Director award. Viola Davis won Best Actress for "The Help" while Olivier Litondo took home the Best Actor award for "The First Grader."

Harry Belafonte was honored with the Pioneer award while Adepero Oduye was given the Rising Star Award for her performance in "Pariah." The fantastic sci-fi film that you missed (watch it now on DVD), "Attack the Block" was given a special mention.

Here's the complete list of winners (If you're interested to see the winners/nominees from other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here):

Best Picture - THE HELP
Best Director - Dee Rees for PARIAH
Best Actor - Olivier Litondo for THE FIRST GRADER
Best Actress - Viola Davis for THE HELP
Best Supporting Actor - Albert Brooks for DRIVE
Best Supporting Actress - Octavia Spencer for THE HELP
Best Independent Film - PARIAH
Best Original Screenplay - Dee Rees for PARIAH
Best Adapted Screenplay - Tate Taylor for THE HELP
Best Documentary - BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer's Journey
Best Foreign Film - LIFE, ABOVE ALL
Best Animated Film - RANGO
Best Ensemble - THE HELP

BFCC Signature Awards include:

PIONEER - HARRY BELAFONTE

A renaissance artist who brought his unique talent to all areas of entertainment in a career that has spanned nearly 60
years, Belafonte is a multi-Grammy© winning artist, an Emmy© Award winner with the distinct designation as the first
African American television producer, a Tony© Award winner, motion picture film actor and producer, Civil Rights Activist
and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. From his music, films, and humanitarian work, Harry Belafonte has continued to
embody the very essence of the word Pioneer.

RISING STAR - ADEPERO ODUYE

Adepero’s performance in PARIAH is a moving, powerful unforgettable portrayal of a young woman of color coming to terms
with herself, her sexuality, and her family. We believe she is truly a Talent to Watch.

SPECIAL MENTION - ATTACK THE BLOCK:
Attack is a genre film that defies a number of conventions, not only by having a primarily black cast but portraying each
character with a dignity seldom seen on screen and even more rarely in a Science-Fiction film.

BFCC'S TOP TEN FILMS OF 2011

1. The Help
2. The Artist
3. Pariah
4. Drive
5. The Descendants
6. Attack the Block
7. Tree of Life
8. Hugo
9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
10. Warrior

Founded in 2010, the Black Film Critics Circle is a membership organization comprised of film critics of color from daily
newspapers, weekly newspapers, magazines, radio, television and qualifying on-line publications. The organization is
dedicated to honoring excellence of professionals in the theatrical motion picture industry in U.S. and World Cinema. Its
mission is to celebrate contributions and achievements in film by people of the black Diaspora who work in front of and
behind the camera, maintain the integrity of a true Critics organization and advance a collective vision of journalists of the
black Diaspora. BFCC assists in the development of new talent in the field of entertainment journalism through educational
opportunities, mentoring and strategic partnerships and raises awareness of the significance of black film and black film
history as a critical part of film culture and preservation. The organization meets annually in December to vote on the year’s
films. BFCC’s Founding Members are journalists Mike Sargent (WBAI-FM NY/Tor.com), Wilson Morales (Blackfilm.com),
and Shawn Edwards (WDAF-TV Fox Affiliate Kansas City, MO).


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Dublin Film Critics Hail "Drive," "The Guard" 


Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" continues to muscle its way through the awards season. This time, the noir thriller took home the Best Picture award from the Dublin Film Critics' annual kudofest. "Drive" also won Best Director for Refn and Best Actor for Ryan Gosling.

The excellent film "The Guard" won Best Irish Film and Best Domestic Breakthrough for director John Michael McDonagh. The International Breakthrough Award went to Jessica Chastain for her excellent year -- starring in "The Help," "The Tree of Life," and "Take Shelter."

Here's the complete list of winners (If you're interested to see the winners/nominees from other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here):

Best Picture: "Drive"

Best Director: Nicolas Winding Refn, "Drive"

Best Actor: Ryan Gosling, "Drive"

Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, "The Tree of Life"

Best Documentary: "Senna"

Best Foreign Language Film: "A Separation"

Best Irish Film: "The Guard"

Best Irish Documentary: "Knuckle"

International Breakthrough: Jessica Chastain, "The Help," "Take Shelter" and "The Tree of Life"

Domestic Breakthrough: John Michael McDonagh, "The Guard"

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"Drive" Tops Utah Film Critics Awards 


The Utah Film Critics announced the winners of their annual awards and it's all over the place...in a very good way! Nicholas Winding Refn's "Drive" took home the big prize, the Best Picture award. "Drive" also won Best Cinematography. Refn was the runner-up in the Best Director category which was garnered by Michel Hazanavicius for "The Artist."

There were also some surprises in the acting category. Besides the usual suspects of Michelle Williams as Best Actress for "My Week with Marilyn" and Albert Brooks for Best Supporting Actor for "Drive," Joseph Gordon-Levitt scored the Best Actor Award for "50/50" while Amy Ryan took home the Best Supporting Actress Award for "Win Win."

I told you, the winners are all over the place, but it's a good thing!

Here's the complete list of winners (If you're interested to see the winners/nominees from other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here):

Best Picture
Drive (runner-up: The Artist)

Best Achievement in Directing
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist (runner-up: Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive)

Best Lead Performance by an Actor
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: 50/50 (runner-up: Jean Dujardin, The Artist)

Best Lead Performance by an Actress
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn (runner-up: Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Best Supporting Performance by an Actor
Albert Brooks, Drive (runner-up: Christopher Plummer, Beginners)

Best Supporting Performance by an Actress
Amy Ryan, Win Win (runner-up: Vanessa Redgrave, Coriolanus)

Best Original Screenplay
Will Reiser, 50/50 (runner-up: Mike Mills, Beginners)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants (runner-up: Jason Segel & Nicholas Stoller, The Muppets)

Best Cinematography
Newton Thomas Sigel, Drive (runner-up: Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life)

Best Documentary Feature
Senna (runner-up: Project Nim)

Best Non-English Language Feature
A Separation (runner-up: 13 Assassins)

Best Animated Feature
Rango (runners-up: The Adventures of Tintin and Kung Fu Panda 2)

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