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Movie Stars Dominate Fall TV Line-Up

Patrick Wilson stars in A Gifted Man poster Maria Bello stars in Prime Suspect

Movie stars have tradionally gone to cable television to star in well-written scripted series (Laura Linney, Steve Buscemi)  but this fall, well-known movie actors flocked to network t.v.  CineMovie has your guide to  big screen talent headlining their own shows on the small screen.

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68th Annual Golden Globe Winners

Christian Bale wins Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in THE FIGHTER Annette Bening wins for THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT  @HFPA
Natalie Portman wins for BLACK SWAN   @HFPA Paul Giamatti wins for Best Actor in a Comedy for Barney's Version

The Social Network was the big winner at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards hosted by Ricky Gervais.

PHOTO GALLERY: Winners & Presenters at 68th Golden Globes

The Social Network took Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Director for David Fincher, and Nine Inch Nails frontman turned composer Trent Reznor won his first award as Best Original Score for the movie based on the creation of Facebook.  The Fighter, as expected, swept the Best Supporting Actor and Actress category with Christian Bale and Melisso Leo taking home Golden Globes.  The Kids Are Alright tied with The Fighter for two wins for Best Actress Annette Bening and Best Comedy or Musical.

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Javier Bardem and Ryan Reynolds Compete For Goya Awards

Javier Bardem in Biutiful movie Ryan Reynolds in Buried

The Goya Awards, Spain's equivalent to the Academy Awards, announced the nominees Tuesday and some familiar faces from this side of the Atlantic made the cut for the best in Spanish Cinema for 2010.

Four films captured most of the nominations.  Balada triste de trompeta (A Sad Trumpet Ballad) by director Álex de La Iglesia, President of the Spanish Film Academy, will be the one to beat with fifteen nominations. Ician Bollain's political drama Tambien la lluvia (Even the Rain) starring Gael Garcia Bernal trailed behind with fourteen while Rodrigo Cortés' English-language film, Buried (Enterrado) with Ryan Reynolds, earned ten.  Alejandro Gonzales Iñarritu's Biutiful with Javier Bardem garnered eight Goya nominations.

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DGA Nominees Announced

DGA Nominees

The Director's Guild of America announced Monday the five nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2010. Filmmakers Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), David Fincher (The Social Network), Tom Hooper (The  King's Speech), David O. Russell (The Fighter) and Christopher Nolan (Inception) will be competing for the prestigious DGA honor.

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Jason Schwartzman on Wes Anderson

HBO's Bored To Death star Jason Schwartzman is no stranger to to the big screen (FUNNY PEOPLE, RUSHMORE) but in his latest film FANTASTIC MR. FOX, Jason ventures into his first animated role as "Ash" a teen fox looking for approval from his father, Mr. Fox played by George Clooney.                       INTERVIEW: Wes Anderson Explains His Creation Process

Wes Anderson's FANTASTIC MR. FOX is receiving rave reviews for his adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's classic.  Jason, a frequent star of director Wes Anderson's movies, reveals to CineMovie  the behind the scenes antics of Wes Anderson's unconventional approach in making the stop-motion animated film which included the actors munching on food and digging holes in the ground imitating their furry characters.  Watch the interview above.

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FANTASTIC MR. FOX is visionary director Wes Anderson’s first animated film, utilizing classic handmade stop-motion techniques to tell the story of the best-selling children’s book by Roald Dahl (author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach).  The film features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, and Jarvis Cocker.

About Jason Schwartzman:
JASON SCHWARTZMAN (Ash) made his motion picture acting debut as Max Fischer, an eccentric high school sophomore in Anderson’s RUSHMORE opposite Bill Murray in 1999, his performance garnering a nomination for Most Promising Actor from the Chicago Film Critics Association. Schwartzman reteamed with Anderson for THE DARJEELING LIMITED, which he co-wrote and starred in opposite Adrien Brody and Owen Wilson, and the short HOTEL CHEVALIER, starring with Natalie Portman.

Schwartzman’s recent credits include Judd Apatow’s FUNNY PEOPLE, starring with Seth Rogen and Adam Sandler. Other feature credits include starring as King Louis XVI in Sofia Coppola’s MARIE ANTOINETTE; SHOPGIRL, starring in a love triangle with Claire Danes and Steve Martin, who also adapted from his novel; BEWITCHED with Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell; a starring role in David O. Russell’s existential comedy I ♥ HUCKABEES with Dustin Hoffman, Naomi Watts, Jude Law, and Lily Tomlin; Roman Coppola’s directorial debut, C.Q.; S1M0NE starring Al Pacino and Catharine Keener; and the ensemble comedy SLACKERS.  Schwartzman recently wrapped production in Edgar Wright’s comic book adaptation, SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD opposite Michael Cera.        

Jason is currently starring in the new HBO comedy series “Bored To Death” which premiered in September.  Created by Jonathan Ames, the show also stars Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis.

 

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Comic Con Recap 2009

The Comic Con convention in San Diego has come and gone once again.  This year saw an increase in attendance with teeny boppers invading the geek fest - thanks to TWILIGHT taking over the convention early on during the five day event.  

Here are some other eventful panel discussions and news from Comic Con 2009.

 

 

  Warner Bros. Reveals Movie Line-Up

TV: Burn Notice and Dexter Panels

 

 

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Comic Con Recap: Warner Bros. Film Line-up

Warner Brothers Introduces Upcoming Films At Comic-Con

The Warner Brothers panel early Friday morning was full to capacity at San Diego’s 2009 Comic-Con. The first film to be introduced was Where The Wild Things Are, The Wild Things Are movie stillwhere new star Max Record enchanted the audience with his warm, natural presence and impromptu speech. Standing there in front of several thousand enthusiastic people must have been overwhelming for the young Max, but he handled himself well and was able to recover as we watched a clip from the movie.
 
The film’s style was intriguing and the puppet-like characters reminded me of Sid and Marty Kroft’s creations from long ago. They are life-size, yet capable of showing personality and emotion. I wasn’t very excited about this film when originally announced, but now I’m curious enough that I really want to go. Artistically this film is a real challenge and I liked what I saw. I’m really rooting for this film and hope they nailed it.
 
The next film to be introduced was The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman. This film was presented to us by showing an animated short, which was moving and powerful. The animated clip gives us some back-story on Gary Oldman’s character, Carnegie, and how he may have grown up with an extreme prejudice to anything religious. The filmmakers and the star were very vague about giving us more details, but Gary Oldman let it slip that the book of Eli may be about a super hero with the initials J.C. I’ll be watching for more info. The subsequent live-action clip showed a badass Denzel Washington in a post-apocalyptic world. The Hughes brothers have created a very stylish film.
 
The Third film to be presented was a re-make of Nightmare On Elm Street with Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger. I heard a lot of grumbling around me on this one. Although no one had a problem with Jackie Earle Haley taking on the role, some people had a problem with the film being remade at all. Why mess with a classic? The filmmakers justified their decision by stating that they are introducing the franchise to a whole new generation. They also promised that the new Nightmare would be even scarier. I’ll take their word on that one.
 
The Box was shown to us next. This film is a psychological thriller based on a what-if premise. What if a man showed up on your doorstep and offered you a
Cameron Diaz, James Marsden star in THE BOXmillion dollars to push a button, knowing that if you do, someone you didn’t know would die. This Twilight Zone type of story stars Cameron Diaz and James Marsden as the couple who must face this moral dilemma. Frank Langella plays the mysterious, creepy, man who holds the box and a suitcase full of money. I like my horror films to be more cerebral, so I’ll probably enjoy this one. Watch THE BOX trailer
 
Out of all the films that were introduced to us, the one I’m the most excited about is Jonah Hex. I was completely unfamiliar with this comic-book character going in to this panel, but I love the premise. Set in the Civil War era, Jonah Hex is a Western Bounty Hunter who roams the country taking out bad guys. He is a scarred, flawed, anti-hero with many personal demons, and I loved the look that Josh Brolin brings to the character.  Megan Fox also stars in the film. I really like Westerns so I’m looking forward to this film. The movie looks very cool with a touch of magic and mysticism.  

The final film in the Warner Brothers panel was Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. The filmmakers have promised that they have gone back to the source material and have taken great pains to give us a more authentic Holmes. I’m a little skeptical; the film clips were focused on a lot of action. But, I’llRobert Downey Jr. is Sherlock Holmes reserve my judgment until I’ve seen the film. Holmes is a favorite character of mine and I’ve read all of the short stories. Although I like both Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, my concern is that they may have gone too modern, or have tried too hard to make Holmes relevant for today’s kids. In my opinion Holmes is a classic character and is as relevant today as he ever was. I’m open to another go, just don’t mess it up. You don’t want to alienate your older fans in trying to serve the younger. Watch SHERLOCK HOLMES trailer.
 
Reported by Melanie Wilson San Diego Comic-Con 2009
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Comic Con Recap: James Cameron, Peter Jackson, and Thirsty Fan

  Peter Jackson and James Cameron Panel Interrupted By Odd Man

In the middle of a very interesting panel discussion by two of film’s greatest film innovators, a very odd man walked up on stage and asked to share the director’s water. James Cameron was completely unfazed, but Peter Jackson looked a little concerned, as he was sitting at a different angle and saw the character approach. As security grabbed the man and escorted him off stage, Peter Jackson nervously volunteered that he hoped that they didn’t rough him up. James Cameron shrugged and said that he thought he was all part of the show. Watch video of the incident below.

A back stage observer told me that the interloper was pressed up against the back wall and was questioned. It is not known if he was arrested, or ejected from the convention. Most people thought it was a prank. One that was luckily harmless. But security does need to be tighter if we want the stars to continue to come. I believe that this is the first visit for both directors.

 

Reported by Melanie Wilson San Diego Comic-Con 2009
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Comic Con Recap: Animated Movies

 Green Lantern: First Flight

As an attendee of San Diego’s 2009 Comic-Con I was privileged to see the premiere of Bruce Timm’s animated Green Lantern: First Flight directed by Lauren Montgomery. A co-production between Warner Brother’s and DC Comics, this is the fifth DC Universe original movie which will be released in Blu-Ray, DVD and On Green Lantern First Flight Cover ArtDemand Video.


As an uninitiated viewer I was able to follow the origin story of the Green Lantern and how he came to acquire his powers. Keeping his abilities a secret as he learns how to use them, he is contacted by the Green Lantern Corps and is mentored by the respected Lantern Sinestro.

After a few adventures, The Green Lantern, voiced by Christopher Meloni, assumes a leadership role and leads the Green Lantern Corps in a new, invigorated direction. Probably with many new adventures to follow.

I enjoyed the film and there was enough humor there to keep the adults engaged as well. I predict that this film will do well for the franchise.


 

Quantum Quest: Educational and Entertaining

Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey

During San Diego’s 2009 Comic-Con convention, attendees were treated to an early look at the animated film Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey. Introduced by Dr. Harry Kloor, writer of such television shows as Star Trek: Voyager, and Earth: Final Conflict. Dr. Kloor promises a unique and educational experience.

Based on a theory that Dr. Kloor once entertained, that photons actually surf light rays, this film centers around a character named Dave, a photon, voiced by Chris Pine, who must leave the sun and reach the Cassini Space Craft before it is destroyed.

Using actual images from space captured during seven NASA and NASA/ESA space missions, this animated three-dimensional film will be beautiful, and scientific as well. The film makers hope to attract young minds to the science of space and influence a whole new generation of space explorers. Dr. Kloor is so keen on the project that it is endorsed by NASA, the X Prize Organization, the Young Astronauts Council, the International Space University and the Challenge Center for Space Science Education.

Once the film is released in September, supporting educational material will be available for free to download on-line. This way educators and amateur scientists may achieve a deeper understanding of the science involved in the film.

Interestingly, Dr. Harry Kloor’s theory about photon surfing has since been proven to
Comic Con Panel: Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey be true, making his fantasy epic even more substantial. The animation is expected to be fantastic and the musical score will include actual sounds recorded from space.

In addition to Chris Pine, other voice actors will include, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayden Christensen, James Earl Jones, William Shatner, Mark Hamill, Brent Spiner, Robert Picardo, and Doug Jones. All with serious Sci-Fi credits. But the most exciting cast member is Neil Armstrong himself, as Dr. Jack Morrow. A cinematic first for this historic space legend.

Other voice actors include Amanda Peet, Sandra Oh, Jason Alexander, Tom Kenny, Casey Kasem, and Abigial Breslin, to name a few more. Making this film an exciting, education and entertaining event to look forward to.

Reported by Melanie Wilson San Diego Comic-Con 2009

Visit Melanie Wilson's Blog on LAMelbox.blogspot.com

 

 

 

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