Precious! "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Breaks December Box-Office Records! 

Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" topped the box-office weekend with an $84.8 million opening, shattering the record-openings of the three previous "Lord of the Rings" films. Based on J.R.R. Tolkien's novel, "The Hobbit" also broke December box-office records previously set by Will Smith's "I Am Legend" which opened with $77.2 million in 2007, and James Cameron's "Avatar" which debuted with $77 million.

Internationally, "The Hobbit" was also king with $138.2 million for a global total of $223 million. Some critics did not think "The Hobbit" was precious, but moviegoers gave the film an "A" CinemaScore which meant this "Hobbit" has long legs, or hairy feet. ("The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" movie review)

"Rise of the Guardians" followed at No. 2 with $7.4 million, "Lincoln" at No. 3 with $7.2 million, "Skyfall" at No. 4 with $7 million, and "Life of Pi" completed the Top 5 with $5.4 million.

Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office films for weekend of Dec. 14th:

1. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” $84.8 million ($138.2 million international).

2. “Rise of the Guardians,” $7.4 million ($20.1 million international).

3. “Lincoln,” $7.2 million.

4. “Skyfall,” $7 million ($12.2 million international).

5. “Life of Pi,” $5.4 million ($11.5 million international).

6. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2,” $5.2 million ($13 million international).

7. “Wreck-It Ralph,” $3.3million ($4.7 million international).

8. “Playing for Keeps,” $3.2 million ($1.4 million international).

9. “Red Dawn,” $2.4 million.

10. “Silver Linings Playbook,” $2 million ($370,000 international).

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"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Movie Review 

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Your Complete Guide to Awards Season 2012-2013! Check Out Winners/Nominees of All Award-Giving Bodies  

As we walk down towards the Super Bowl of the movie awards season aka the Academy Awards aka the Oscars, all the various critics associations and guilds release their own kudofest. It can get confusing and beguiling, so I created a nifty package for you -- I compiled all the nominees, winners of various award-giving bodies so you can make informed decision when it comes to predicting the 2013 Oscars, because you know, this particular season is awfully hard to predict.

So come and take the Awards Avenue with me!

And here we go (click on each link):

85th Annual Academy Awards -- the 2013 Oscars!
ACE Eddie Awards (Editing)
AFI Awards
African-American Film Critics' Association
Alliance of Women Film Journalists
American Society of Cinematographers (ASC)
Annie Awards
Art Directors Guild Awards
Austin Film Critics Association
Black Film Critics Circle
Boston Online Film Critics Awards
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)
British Independent Film Awards
Central Ohio Film Critics
Chicago Film Critics Awards
Cinema Audio Society
Cinema Eye Honors
Critics Choice Awards
Costume Designer Guild Awards
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics
Detroit Film Critics Awards
Directors Guild of America (DGA)
Dorian Awards (Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association)
European Film Awards
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards
Golden Globe Awards
Golden Reel Awards (Sound Editing)
Gotham Awards
Houston Film Critics Society
IDA Awards
Independent Spirit Awards
Indiana Film Journalists Association
Kansas City Film Critics Circle
Las Vegas Film Critics Awards
London Critics' Circle Awards
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
National Board of Review
National Society of Film Critics
Nevada Film Critics
New York Film Critics Circle Awards
New York Film Critics Online Awards
Oklahoma Film Critics
Online Film Critics Association
Phoenix Film Critics Awards
Producers Guild of America (PGA) Awards
San Diego Film Critics Awards
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Satellite Awards
Screen Actors Guild Awards
Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards
St. Louis Film Critics Awards
Toronto Film Critics Association
USC Scripter Awards
Utah Film Critics Association
Visual Effects Society
Washington DC Area Film Critics Awards
Writers Guild of America Awards (WGA)

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Critics' Choice: Vote for Your Favorite Movie Franchise! 

As part of the 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards, the Broadcast Film Critics Association is asking your help to vote for your favorite movie franchise!

Is it "Batman," "Harry Potter," or "Indiana Jones?" Is it "James Bond," "Lord of the Rings" or perhaps "Spider-Man?" Or maybe "Star Trek," or "Star Wars?" "Toy Story?" Okay, admit it, maybe "Twilight?"

Whatever franchise you love, you can now vote! The Critics' Choice Movie Awards have the 10 greatest film franchises in Hollywood history. Cast your vote, and tune in to the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards when they are telecast LIVE on The CW on January 10, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Here's the link to vote and have fun! :happy

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My Fun Interview with Anne Hathaway for “Les Miserables!’ I Told Her She’ll Win an Oscar! 

I love, love, love Anne Hathaway! She’s quick-witted and sweet-natured and it’s always a pleasure interviewing her. Oh, when I walked into the room, instead of shaking my hand, she gave me a big hug, yes, we’re not big hug buddies, and I’m very happy!

Hathaway is having a great year – playing Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises,” and now Fantine in “Les Miserables.” Two great roles from two great movies in one whole year. Not to mention that the actress just got married and turned 30! Lots of big events for one of my favorite actresses. Wait until you see her signature “Les Miserables” song “I Dreamed a Dream” – she will make you cry buckets!

In this interview, we talked about:

*** She loves my shirt, she tells me I’ll get an award, so I bounce back by telling her she’ll get an Oscar – watch her reaction
*** Such dedication to the craft!
*** Working with director Tom Hooper
*** Auditioning for the role
*** The sung-through process
*** The vulnerability of singing while acting
*** How she lost 25 lbs in 5 weeks to play Fantine
***2012 as her year!
*** And I ended it by congratulating her for her Oscar!

Have fun! :happy

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