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Rick Baker Wins Tesla Award

20 December 2008 1:08 PM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

Rick Baker was honored by the International Press Academy this past weekend in Los Angeles.

Director John Landis presented Baker the Tesla Award for recognition of Visionary Achievement in Filmmaking Technology. It was the young director who first hired Baker in 1971 for Schlock. They have worked together ever since including An American Werewolf in London which earned Baker the first of six Academy Awards.

He later told Sci Fi Wire that his work on next year’s The Wolfman pays homage to the Universal original, not his own werewolf efforts. "I had a lot of trouble with that, because Benicio already looks like a werewolf, especially when he grows his facial hair out," Baker said. "I kept telling them that he wouldn't look too much different.

"This one is different, and harkens back to the classic Wolf Man  I'm not sure what they are going to do about the transformation »

- Robert Greenberger

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'Slumdog,' 'Happy' top Satellite nods

14 December 2008 6:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"Slumdog Millionaire" was named best motion picture drama and "Happy-Go-Lucky" was named best motion picture comedy or musical at the 13th annual Satellite Awards, presented Sunday at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City.

The awards, voted by the International Press Academy, also chose "Slumdog's" Danny Boyle as best director and the film's composer A.R. Rahman for his score. "Happy-Go-Lucky's" Sally Hawkins was hailed as best actress in a comedy or musical.

The group gave its dramatic acting awards to Angelina Jolie for "Changeling" and Richard Jenkins for "The Visitor." Ricky Gervais was chosen best actor in a comedy or musical for "Ghost Town."

Supporting acting nods for film went to Rosemarie Dewitt for "Rachel Getting Married" and Michael Shannon for "Revolutionary Road."

A complete list of winners is available on the next page.

Other film winners

Foreign-language film, "Gomorra"

Animated or mixed-media film, "Wall-e"


- By Gregg Kilday

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Golden Globes Noms

12 December 2008 1:14 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Doubt, Frost/Nixon and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button were the top movies at the announcement of this year's Golden Globe nominations, each receiving five nods apiece.

Surprisingly, though, only two of those films -- Frost/Nixon and Benjamin Button -- were up for the Best Picture - Drama award, as Doubt was shut out of the category in favor of The Reader, Revolutionary Road, and Slumdog Millionaire, each of which nabbed four nominations. Doubt, however, received the most acting nominations of any film, as all four of its primary stars -- Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis -- were recognized; the drama's fifth nomination was for Best Screenplay. Frost/Nixon and Benjamin Button received nominations in the exact same five categories: Best Picture - Drama, Best Actor (Frank Langella and Brad Pitt, respectively), Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Score.

On the Comedy/Musical side, »

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Golden Globe Nominations announced; diversity loses again

11 December 2008 1:30 PM, PST | | See recent news »

This morning’s announcement of nominations for the Golden Globe Awards brought good news and bad news. The good news: Tina Fey and 30 Rock still rule.

The bad news: Julia Louise-Dreyfus does not.

So, who took Dreyfus’ place in the Best Actress category for TV musical or comedy? Debra Messing, for The Starter Wife. That leads me to believe that none of the Golden Globe voters has ever watched The Starter Wife. L-a-m-e.

Voters did, however, keep their wits about them when they nominated America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Mary Louise-Parker (Weeds) and Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?). Although I could never be untrue to Tina, I have to say that I’m secretly rooting for Applegate this year. What an amazing woman.

In the TV drama category, Best Actress nominees are Sally Field (Brothers & Sisters), January Jones (Mad Men), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Anna Paquin (True Blood) and Mariska Hargitay »

- thelinster

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Two new shows among Globes TV nominees

11 December 2008 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

HBO's low-key therapy drama "In Treatment," whose first season ran almost a year ago, has emerged as the unlikely leader in the Golden Globes' TV series field.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. is known for singling out breakout shows before the more traditional Emmys. But after a year in which the writers strike hampered development, the 2008 nominations list was dominated by familiar shows and actors.

"Treatment," which earned five noms, including best drama series, and HBO's gothic vampire tale "True Blood" were the only freshman shows to crack the top series categories, while the new broadcast shows were shut out completely.

Cable ruled again, with more than double the nominations of broadcasters. HBO, which had the two most-nominated programs -- "Treatment" and the election thriller "Recount" -- led the pack with 22 nominations. It was followed by Showtime, which nabbed its best Globes performance with eight noms, all in the series categories. »

- By James Hibberd

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The 66th Annual Golden Globe Award Nominees.

11 December 2008 8:33 AM, PST | | See recent news »

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Frost/Nixon" were given out five nominations a piece by the Hfpa which included Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay and Best Musical Score. The Association duly recognized one of the year's most remarkable performances and nominated Heath Ledger for Best Supporting Actor for his role as 'The Joker' in Warner Bros. gargantuan box office magnet "The Dark Knight." Best actor nominees were no surprise in Leonardo DiCaprio for "Revolutionary Road," Brad Pitt for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Sean Penn for "Milk," Mickey Rourke for "The Wrestler" and Frank Langella for "Frost/Nixon." Actresses receiving noms were Angelina Jolie for "Changeling," Kate Winslet for "Revolutionary Road," Kristin Scott Thomas for "I've Loved You for So Long" ("Il y a Longtemps que je t'aime"), Meryl Streep for "Doubt" and Anne Hathaway for her work in "Rachel Getting Married." Animated pictures »

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In Treatment + Recount Lead Golden Globe TV Nominations

11 December 2008 8:09 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Acclaimed psychotherapy drama In Treatment and election thriller Recount lead the TV nominations for the 2009 Golden Globe Awards.

Both shows garnered five nods apiece, including Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Historical drama John Adams picked up four nods, while comedy 30 Rock, Cranford, Bernard + Doris, Entourage, and Mad Men claimed three apiece at the nomination ceremony, held in Los Angeles on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, Dexter, House, In Treatment, Mad Men, and True Blood will compete for the Best Television Series - Drama at the awards ceremony on 11 January, and 30 Rock, Californication, Entourage, The Office, and Weeds are the nominees for Best Television Series - Comedy Or Musical.

Sally Field (Brothers + Sisters), Mariska Hargitay (Law + Order: Svu), Anna Paquin (True Blood), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Judi Dench (Cranford), Susan Sarandon (Bernard + Doris) and Laura Linney (John Adams) are among the stars up for gold in the three Best Actress Awards categories.

Meanwhile, Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment), Hugh Laurie (House), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Steve Carell (The Office), David Duchovny (Californication), Ralph Fiennes (Bernard + Doris), Paul Giamatti (John Adams), Kiefer Sutherland (24: Redemption), Kevin Spacey (Recount) and Tom Wilkinson (Recount) will all compete for the Best Actor prizes. »

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Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Score Golden Globe Nods

11 December 2008 6:20 AM, PST | | See recent news »

There may be another set of twins coming to the Jolie-Pitt household – twin Golden Globe Awards, that is. Both Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were among those nominated Thursday morning for Golden Globes, part of Hollywood's pre-Oscar awards' season frenzy now underway. Pitt was nominated for his leading dramatic role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which, along with director Ron Howard's adaptation of the stage drama Frost/Nixon and another stage-to-screen transfer, Doubt, led the Globes' list, with five nominations each. The Reader, Revolutionary Road and Slumdog Millionaire are also nominees for best dramatic picture. Best musical »

- Stephen M. Silverman

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List of the 2009 Golden Globe Award Nominees

11 December 2008 6:16 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Photo: Hollywood Foreign Press Association The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 2009 Golden Globes this morning and the complete list of Motion Picture nominees out of 184 live-action feature films (113 drama and 71 comedies or musicals) and 8 animated feature films is listed below. Looking over the surprises I would have to say The Reader getting in as a Best Picture (Drama) nominee while films such as The Dark Knight and Milk get snubbed is a major surprise. Michael Shannon not being nominated for Revolutionary Road while Tom Cruise gets a nod for his performance in Tropic Thunder caught me off guard and I am sure James Franco wasn't expecting a nomination for Pineapple Express as much as he was hoping for one from Milk, but I am sure he will take it either way. I am also assuming there will be a 50/50 discussion on whether or not Angelina Jolie »

- Brad Brevet

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Golden Globes: Winners and Nominees

11 December 2008 6:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

From Kate Winslet to Heath Ledger and Alec Baldwin, see who nabbed the night's trophies! Film Best Motion Picture – Drama The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Frost/Nixon The Reader Revolutionary Road Winner Slumdog Millionaire Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married Angelina Jolie, Changeling Meryl Streep, Doubt Kristin Scott Thomas, I've Loved You So Long Winner Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama Leonardo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon Sean Penn, Milk Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Winner Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Burn After Reading »

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Trio at top of Golden Globes film noms

11 December 2008 2:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. refused to play favorites Thursday morning as it doled out five nominations each to the romantic fable "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," the political showdown "Frost/Nixon" and the church-set struggle "Doubt."

As the nominations for the 66th annual Golden Globes were announced. "Button" and "Frost/Nixon" were nominated for best drama, along with "The Reader," "Revolutionary Road" and "Slumdog Millionaire."

In the comedy/musical category, the best picture nominees are "Mamma Mia!," "Burn After Reading," "Happy-Go-Lucky," "In Bruges" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

Among performers, Meryl Streep took home two nominations -- as best dramatic actress for her rigid nun in "Doubt" and as best musical/comedy actress for her free-spirited single mom in "Mamma Mia!"

Kate Winslet also scored a double, winning recognition as best actress for her unhappy housewife in "Revolutionary Road" and supporting actress for her German prison guard in "The Reader. »

- By Gregg Kilday

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'True Blood' Updates

6 December 2008 1:27 PM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

HBO has announced a May 12 DVD release for the first season of True Blood, the acclaimed series based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels. The five-disc set will retail for $59.99 with no extras announced.

True Blood chronicles the backwoods Louisiana town of Bon Temps...where vampires have emerged from the coffin, and no longer need humans for their fix. Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) works as a waitress at the rural bar Merlotte's. Though outwardly a typical young woman, she keeps a dangerous secret: she has the ability to hear the thoughts of others.

Sookie's situation is further complicated when the bar gets its first vampire patron - 173-year old Bill Compton (Steven Moye) -- and the two outsiders are immediately drawn to each other.

Adapted from Charlaine Harris’ The Southern Vampire Mysteries by creator and executive producer Alan Ball the series proved to be a growing phenomenon, just the sort of thing HBO has needed. »

- Robert Greenberger

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HBO's True Blood: Season One Coming To DVD May 12th, 2009!

3 December 2008 11:06 AM, PST | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

HBO will release the DVD boxed set of the first season of their hit series True Blood on May 12th, 2009 according to their official website. True Blood chronicles the backwoods Louisiana town of Bon Temps... where vampires have emerged from the coffin, and no longer need humans for their fix. Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin, Academy Award-winner for "The Piano") works as a waitress at the rural bar Merlotte's. Though outwardly a typical young woman, she keeps a dangerous secret: she has the ability to hear the thoughts of others.

The cast also includes Ryan Kwanten as Sookie's brother Jason, Rutina Wesley as her best friend Tara Thornton, Sam Trammell as Sookie's good-hearted boss Sam Merlotte and Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette Reynolds, a cook at Merlotte's

Season one credits: True Blood is created by and executive produced by Alan Ball; based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris; co-executive producer, »

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HBO Announces True Blood Season 1 DVD

2 December 2008 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

HBO has unveiled its DVD plans for the surprisingly good series True Blood . The entire first season, which recently wrapped until season two kicks off next summer, will street on May 12th. Expect a widescreen (16:9) transfer with Dolby Surround Stereo sound. All twelve episodes will be collected on five discs. Currently, HBO's shop has it listed with a price tag of $59.99. Starring Anna Paquin, the series follows Sookie Stackhouse, a barmaid living in Louisiana who can read people's minds, and how her life is turned upside down when the vampire Bill (Stephen Moyer) walks into her place of employment two years after vampires "came out of the coffin" on national television. »

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Rant: First Look At Gambit In ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’

29 November 2008 11:32 AM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Some of you may have seen a brief glimpse of the infamous “ragin’ cajun” from leaked footage of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine teaser trailer that debuted at the Fox panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

For those who did not (and even those who did), we have the first official photo of Gambit thanks to Empire Magazine. This comes just days after a new picture of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine was released.


If you didn’t see the low-quality leaked videos but you’re excited to see the trailer for this movie like me, then you’re in luck as the official trailer for X-Men Origins: Wolverine debuts alongside The Day The Earth Stood Still on December 12th. That’s just two weeks away!

As for the image, this particular picture does not impress me. In those clothes with that face, I don’t see Gambit anywhere. It »

- Rob Keyes

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'True Blood' Concludes First Season Tonight

23 November 2008 5:38 AM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

HBO’s adaptation of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels, True Blood, reaches its first season finale tonight.  A second season has already been green-lit and in production for fall 2009.

With vampires all the rage, as witnessed by this weekend’s explosive box office for Twilight and other vamp tales getting optioned, the timing seemed serendipitous for the premium channel, which needed a hit.

The series, starring Anna Paquin, has seen its viewership rise by 66 percent since its debut in September, now averaging 6.8 million viewers.

"After Six Feet Under, where as an artist and a person I got to explore my whole relationship with grief for about five years, I just felt, Ok, I don't really need to spend any more time staring into the abyss," series creator Alan Ball told the Associated Press.

His pitch was readily accepted by HBO and the series quietly went into production. A viral marketing campaign, »

- Robert Greenberger

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TV Review: True Blood 1.9 - Plaisir d’Amour

4 November 2008 8:16 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

True Blood, HBO, Airs Sunday 9pm Episode: "Plaisir d’Amour" (Season 1, Episode 9) Synopsis: Bill (Stephen Moyer) breaks a vampire taboo in protecting Sookie (Anna Paquin) - and must pay a steep price as a result. Jason (Ryan Kwanten) and Amy (Lizzy Kaplan) break their own taboo by kidnapping a vampire named »

- Neil Miller

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Interview with Nelsan Ellis from "True Blood"

26 October 2008 6:30 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

When Alan Ball's pulpy, sexy vampire mystery series True Blood premiered on HBO, viewers found themselves in the company of a gay character the likes of which they hadn't seen before: Lafayette Reynolds, a gender-bender Jack-of-all-trades just as likely to win a barfight as he is to borrow your lip gloss.

As the show became increasingly complicated, so did Lafayette, who revealed himself to be an entrepreneur, a drug dealer, an Internet pornographer, and a fierce ally to his friends. He was certainly not a character you can sum up in a few words.

So when the opportunity arose to interview Nelsan Ellis, the young actor who brought this fascinating character to life, we jumped at it. Nelsan was accommodating enough to visit with me near Times Square, so we're pleased to offer a few video clips to accompany the written interview. In it, Nelsan discusses playing a gay character for the first time, »

- dennis

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Blog: Trick R Treat. Spaceships. Luggage & Swedish Vampires. Let's Party.

22 October 2008 11:30 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

“I have this vision… Of October,” says Gil. “Where we go to a haunted house every weekend”.

“Yes!” I exclaim

Two weeks later… not exactly panning out (mostly due to my dumbness). But we did go to the Forest Of Fear up in Tuxedo, NY, where they have the Renaissance Fair. That night, however, belonged to the fact that they had carnival rides, one of them being The Gravitron (a.k.a. a spaceship that spins super fast with you up against its walls). Definitely the most Intense Gravitron I’ve ever been on, definitely the best one too. There was also a ride called Quasar. I don’t know about you, but being around things called gravitron and quasar truly make me want to make up epic Dio-esque metal songs about riding in them and going to slay alien dragons.

So this past Monday was one of the best »

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2nd Treat trailer

21 October 2008 8:35 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

In February of this year, we showed you the first trailer for the Michael Dougherty directed horror Trick'r Treat. A second trailer was recently released and it only took six months. Warner Bros. must really not give a rat's ass about this movie. In any case, the film follows four interconnected storylines during Halloween. Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Leslie Bibb, Lauren Lee Smith and Dylan Baker star. Check out the spooky goodness over at our video hub. The film is set for release October 31st but given WB's contempt for the film, it may never be released. »

- Omar Aviles

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