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Oscar Predictions: Take Six, All Top Eight Categories

26 December 2008 3:38 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Note: I wanted to let you know you can also follow my predictions over at the Los Angeles Times in their Buzzmeter section as I join a large crew of Oscar prognosticators in predicting this year's Oscar nominees. Now, to the predictions... Well, I hope you all had a Happy Holidays and were able to get through the snow and into the theaters, at least here in the States I believe there was a point that 50% of the country was covered in snow, which I am sure made it tough for some to justify driving to the cinema. Either way, all of the major contenders have hit theaters at this point with the December 31 release of Defiance and Good marking the final installments for 2008, but neither of them are vying too hard for any of the top categories outside of what I hope will be a score nomination for James Newton Howard »

- Brad Brevet

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Sean Penn to be Honored at the Palm Springs International Film Festival

26 December 2008 9:21 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Wow, the 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala is shaping up to be a star-studded extravaganza! Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ron Howard, and Gus Van Sant are just some of the creative folks being honored.

Now, Van Sant's brilliant actor in "Milk," Sean Penn, is being given kudos at my upcoming hometown even, the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Tuesday, January 6th!

Congratulations Mister Sean!

To read the full press release, and if you're interested to purchase tickets, click Read More!

Palm Springs, CA (December 26, 2008) . Marking a Festival first, Academy Award® winner Sean Penn will be honored two years in a row at the 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) Awards Gala on Tuesday, January 6, 2009. Penn will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award for Acting, after being presented last year with the Director of the Year Award for Into the Wild. Past honorees »

- Manny

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Cinematical's 25 Hottest of 2008!

25 December 2008 3:32 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

In honor of the year that was 2008, we here at Cinematical have once again spent a whole bunch of long, hard-fought hours (days even!) slogging through the best of the best in order to present you with our list of the 25 Hottest of 2008. What were the biggest trends in the entertainment world this year? Which movies made the most money? Alternatively, which films garnered the largest fanbase? Which actor or actress enjoyed the most success? And just because they were big in 2008, does that mean we'll still remember them at the end of 2009? Chipping it to help dissect 2008 were Cinematical's Erik Davis, Scott Weinberg, Eric D. Snider, Monika Bartyzel, Jessica Barnes, Eugine Novikov, William Goss, Jette Kernion and Peter Martin. Just when you thought the year was over ... the lists have just begun. Check out the gallery below (then come back later in the week when we spin it around »

- Erik Davis

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Franco's Cologne Confession

24 December 2008 4:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Spider-man star James Franco earned extra pocket money in his youth - by stealing bottles of cologne from department stores.

When the actor was in the eighth grade in high school, he and a gang of friends would distract shop assistants and swipe the tester bottles from cosmetics counters.

And Franco - who is the face of Gucci fragrances - admits that it was a major scheme to earn extra pocket money.

He tells U.S. chatshow host Jay Leno, "I don't know how it happened by somehow I got into stealing cologne. It's kind of ironic now. We would go into department stores and they had the testers out there, we were looking for a bit of excitement.

"We had our cologne stealing ring. We would chat up the cologne attendant and then the other would swipe the bottle. We accumulated a huge stash, we would keep it in our lockers. We were in either grade so we'd sell it to the seventh graders, we would sell it for 15 dollars - I think it cost about 25 in the shops."

Franco also confesses to passing the fragrances on to other pupils before high school dances and urinating in the bottles given to boys they didn't like.

He adds, "One horrible thing, if I go to hell for anything it will be for this. They have the little tester tubes, if we were going to a dance and there was someone we didn't like, we would pee in the bottle." »

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"The Pineapple Express" - DVD clips!

23 December 2008 2:46 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Movie Jungle has five clips from "The Pineapple Express" DVD! The comedy stars Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny R. McBride, Bill Hader, James Remar, Kevin Corrigan, Craig Robinson, Gary Cole, Rosie Perez, Ed Begley Jr., Nora Dunn, Amber Heard, Arthur Napiontek and Cleo King. David Gordon Green helms the screenplay by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg based on the story written by Judd Apatow, Rogen and Goldberg. The guys who brought you Superbad reunite for the action-comedy Pineapple Express. Lazy stoner Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver (James Franco): to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express »

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"The Pineapple Express" - DVD clips!

23 December 2008 2:46 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Movie Jungle has five clips from "The Pineapple Express" DVD! The comedy stars Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny R. McBride, Bill Hader, James Remar, Kevin Corrigan, Craig Robinson, Gary Cole, Rosie Perez, Ed Begley Jr., Nora Dunn, Amber Heard, Arthur Napiontek and Cleo King. David Gordon Green helms the screenplay by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg based on the story written by Judd Apatow, Rogen and Goldberg. The guys who brought you Superbad reunite for the action-comedy Pineapple Express. Lazy stoner Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver (James Franco): to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express »

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"The Pineapple Express" - DVD clips!

23 December 2008 2:46 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Movie Jungle has five clips from "The Pineapple Express" DVD! The comedy stars Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny R. McBride, Bill Hader, James Remar, Kevin Corrigan, Craig Robinson, Gary Cole, Rosie Perez, Ed Begley Jr., Nora Dunn, Amber Heard, Arthur Napiontek and Cleo King. David Gordon Green helms the screenplay by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg based on the story written by Judd Apatow, Rogen and Goldberg. Shop for "The Pineapple Express" on Movie Jungle Direct for guaranteed great prices!            Pineapple Express (Un/2Disc) Pineapple Express (R/Ws) Pineapple Express (R/PSP)  Pineapple Express(Blu/2Disc/Un Pineapple Express (Un/Ws) What's it about? The guys who brought you Superbad reunite for the action-comedy Pineapple Express. Lazy stoner Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver (James Franco): to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when »

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"The Pineapple Express" - DVD clips!

23 December 2008 2:46 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Movie Jungle has five clips from "The Pineapple Express" DVD! The comedy stars Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny R. McBride, Bill Hader, James Remar, Kevin Corrigan, Craig Robinson, Gary Cole, Rosie Perez, Ed Begley Jr., Nora Dunn, Amber Heard, Arthur Napiontek and Cleo King. David Gordon Green helms the screenplay by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg based on the story written by Judd Apatow, Rogen and Goldberg. The guys who brought you Superbad reunite for the action-comedy Pineapple Express. Lazy stoner Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver (James Franco): to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express »

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Oscar Predictions: Take Five, All Top Eight Categories

17 December 2008 11:01 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I figured with the Screen Actors Guild Awards arriving in less than 12 hours I would jump the gun and get some Oscar predictions in since the SAGs could make next week's installment a little more interesting, or perhaps they could keep everything just the same. Who knows? There were a few major moves as some contenders I had in the #2 and #3 slots moved entirely out of the top five this week while the name on top of the Best Actor category was the only topline switch among the bunch. A couple of my personal favorites from over the course of the year have been moved out of the top five, names such as Elsa Zylberstein (I've Love You So Long) and Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), but at the same time Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) has moved herself right back into contention with a fantastic amount of rewards coming from the critics recently. »

- Brad Brevet

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Pineapple's Oscar snub

17 December 2008 1:17 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

While James Franco did nab a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, I think even the most fervent Pineapple Express fan (myself included) would agree that there wasn't much Oscar hope for the film. Except for one lone category: Best Original Song. As you might remember, Seth Rogen lobbied for 80s rockers Huey Lewis and the News to write an original song titled "Pineapple Express" to close out the film. Huey did just that and you can hear that song from the »

- Mike Sampson

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For Your Consideration: The 10 Most Underrated Film Performances of 2008

16 December 2008 7:47 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – From Heath Ledger’s searing portrayal of The Joker in “The Dark Knight” to Sean Penn’s riveting embodiment of Harvey Milk in “Milk,” 2008 has been an excellent year for on-screen performances. However, the onslaught of high-caliber performances at the end of the year – including Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon,” the reunion of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in “Revolutionary Road,” Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and the quartet of regularly nominated actors from “Doubt” – has left some great work from earlier in the year underappreciated and underrated.

Sometimes it’s a case of critics and award voters seemingly only being able to remember one actor from a certain film and sometimes it’s a tragic case of an entire movie not being recognized thoroughly while late-season, high-profile films incorrectly steal their thunder. Either way, it was shockingly easy to come up »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Five Character Actors to Celebrate

16 December 2008 1:18 PM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Over the course of the coming weeks, end of year lists and kudos begin to dominate both print and web media.  Comeback and break-out stories along the lines of Mickey Rourke, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and heck, even James Franco are expected to pop up just about everywhere.  Not that there is anything wrong with that.  But rather than being drowned out by the chorus, this Twitch-o-Meter aims to highlight five actors who have been around for some time, usually popping up in character roles, or generally not quite getting the full recognition of the special qualities they bring to the films they ‘inhabit’ rather than simply ‘appear’ in. 

To put it another way, if it were 10 years ago, this list would look something like Mads Mikkelsen, Tadanobu Asano, Timothy Spall, Natascha McElhone and Philip Seymour Hoffman.  These are great character actors doing stand out work in small or even occasionally rare lead performances. »

- Kurt Halfyard

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A Hijacked Life: Examining the Biopic Heist

16 December 2008 2:16 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I could hear the audience laugh, hard, at the comedic lines in Gus Van Sant's new biopic Milk. I could feel them sigh and fidget, equally as hard, during the difficult moments. And, I wondered: would they be reacting this way if this were a film about a fictional gay rights activist and not Harvey Milk? If this were a political drama, not a biopic, would the aura of importance and Oscar buzz be as inevitable and unquestionable? I think the answer to that second question is probably yes: anything Van Sant or star Sean Penn is associated with is usually (and rightly) prime for critical adoration, though Penn didn't even chew the scenery before swallowing it in the bloated mess of All The King's Men. But, the first question troubles me, not because Milk is a particularly bad biopic -- it actually has a lot more vigor and »

- Rob Turbovsky

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Wonderglen Exposed: ‘Colbert Report’ Creator Ben Karlin Is Behind The Mystery

12 December 2008 4:47 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

It all started back in October when we came across a few videos teasing out an upcoming web series called Hobbit House (see sizzle reel below). Little info existed on the series and the creators were Awol. So we poked around the web and before we knew it found ourselves chin-deep in a bizarre internet conspiracy called Wonderglen. There are dozens of pieces to this puzzle, and we'll try to give an overview, though some you'll just have to investigate yourself if that's your thing. Even a cursory look around leads you back to a quirky production company website called Wonderglen Productions. And then there's James Franco, adding an angle of Hollywood legitimacy that couldn't really be ignored. ... After working our sources, we've confirmed that Ben Karlin, former Daily Show producer and co-creator of The Colbert Report, along with partner Will Reiser and their team over at Superego Industries are behind Wonderglen. »

- Marc Hustvedt

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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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James Rides the Pineapple Express to the Golden Globes

12 December 2008 7:05 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

James Franco was up bright and early in NYC on Wednesday morning and we have a feeling that big smile lasted all the way through Thursday when the Golden Globe Nominations were announced. While his movie Milk didn't do as well as expected, James nabbed a best actor nod for Pineapple Express. James was up late the night before working on a student film for grad school and admits the nomination was a little surprising. Of course, there are no complaints from him — or from us about a chance to see James out on the red carpet come January. Ramey »

- PopSugar

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Golden Globe Nominations: Little Love For The Dark Knight

11 December 2008 3:35 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

The 2009 Golden Globe Nominations have been officially announced and it looks like The Dark Knight has been almost totally snubbed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

That’s right folks, The Dark Knight received just one nomination: a Best Supporting Actor nod for Heath Ledger’s groundbreaking (and freaky) turn as The Joker. No Best Director nomination for Chris Nolan; no Best Screenplay nomination for Chris and Jonathan Nolan; no Best Original Score nomination (although Dark Knight composers Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard are both nominated in that category for work on two other films).

 

So, want to see which films stole the slots that rightfully belong to Tdk? Check out the  list of the 2009 Golden Globe Nominees in film:

Best Drama

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Frost/Nixon

Revolutionary Road

The Reader

Slumdog Millionaire

Actor (Drama)

Leonardo DiCaprio - Revolutionary Road

Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon

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- Kofi Outlaw

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Golden Globe nominees' reactions

11 December 2008 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

There is a circular kismet in Ron Howard's "Frost/Nixon" nomination for best directing: In 1977 he was nominated for best supporting actor in "The Shootist," and attended the ceremony while at the same time broadcaster David Frost was holed up at the hotel and working with his research team on the history interview. "It's funny to think, 31 years later, that I was actually downstairs him."

The nomination is Howard's fifth, and the feelings are not old hat. "What I'm realizing is that I don't think you ever become blase about this kind of acknowledgment. It's the immediate recognition of the challenges that your most recent work presented; each time I make a film, anyone makes a film, it's a huge undertaking and two years of your life.

And Howard, used to making high-concept, big-budget, star-driven Hollywood movies, is also grasping with how much the awards season means to films that are opposite of that. »

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66th Golden Globes Emphasize Star Power With Film Nominations

11 December 2008 9:25 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards this morning and jaws dropped at some of their choices and some of their exclusions. Somewhat surprisingly, “The Dark Knight” was left out of the Best Picture category, but far more shockingly, “Milk” was also off the short list. Both films did get a single acting nomination - for Heath Ledger and Sean Penn, respectively - but the confusing awards season was made increasingly more so this morning by the Hfpa.

The big films of the year for the Hfpa were “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, “Doubt”, and “Frost/Nixon”, all of which landed five nominations. “The Reader”, “Revolutionary Road”, “Slumdog Millionaire”, and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” all followed with four nods a piece.

Regarding the nominations for “Benjamin Button”, Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement, “We’re thankful to the »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The 66th Annual Golden Globe Award Nominees.

11 December 2008 8:33 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com 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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