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16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations

17 December 2009 7:11 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Nominees for the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG Awards) for both film and television categories were announced this morning. Michelle Monaghan and Chris O'Donnell announced the nominees at the Pacific Design Center's Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood.

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt, 7 p.m. Ct, and 6 p.m. Mt from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. Recipients of the stunt ensemble honors will be announced from the SAG Awards red carpet during the TNT.TV and TBS.Com live pre-show webcasts.

If you want to predict the acting categories for the Oscars, look no further than the results of the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Voted by actors' peers, the SAG award has closely resembled the winners of the Oscars in the past few years.

For example, the SAG »

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Burger queen Penelope Cruz

15 December 2009 11:01 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Penelope Cruz loves burgers. The slender star doesn?t follow a strict diet and indulges in her favourite fast food treats regularly - even stopping off for a calorific meal before winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in ?Vicky Cristina Barcelona? earlier this year. She said: "I ate an In-n-Out burger and then I went to the red carpet. What's so surprising about that? I do it, like, once a week or once every two weeks. It's my little treat for myself. I love the Double-Double with fries." The actress also revealed she relies on her iPod to get her through working on a film. The ?Nine? actress always creates a soundtrack to help connect with the character »

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2009 in review: Film

12 December 2009 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Vampires were everywhere, Hollywood failed to excite, and British cinema ploughed a familiar furrow

The year began with the usual flurry of serious major movies given late December screenings in Los Angeles to qualify for the Oscars. They're now forgotten or vaguely regarded as semi-classics: The Reader, Che, Slumdog Millionaire, Frost/Nixon, Revolutionary Road, The Wrestler, Gran Torino, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

It soon became apparent that horror movies would be the dominant genre once again, with vampires the pre-eminent sub-species, the most profitable inevitably being New Moon, the latest in Stephenie Meyers's Twilight saga, the best the subtle Swedish Let the Right One In and the worst the British horror spoof Lesbian Vampire Killers.

Documentaries continued to flourish, introducing us to fascinating new worlds: Afghan TV talent shows (Afghan Star), Australian exploitation cinema (Not Quite Hollywood), haute couture (The September Issue). Animation thrived, the 3-D comeback threatened »

- Philip French

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Leonard Maltin Interviews Patricia Clarkson on Next Secret's Out

11 December 2009 1:33 AM, PST | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

In Whatever Works, out on DVD this week, Patricia Clarkson plays Marietta, mother to the 21-year-old Melodie (Evan Rachel Wood) who marries the curmudgeonly Boris (Larry David). Clarkson's character comes to New York intent on ending her daughter's marriage ... and then makes a radical lifestyle change.

Whatever Works is Clarkson's second appearance in a Woody Allen movie, having played an unhappily married housewife in 2008's Vicky Cristina Barcelona. On the next Secret's Out, Clarkson talks with Leonard Maltin about how she got started working with Allen.

Tune in for the Secret's Out premiere on Friday, December 11, at 6:30 Pm Et/ 3:30 Pm Pt. Or catch one of its encore showings.

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Leonard Maltin's Secret's Out | Woody Allen | Patricia Clarkson | Whatever Works | Vicky Cristina Barcelona »

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Penelope Cruz poses for "Diva"

9 December 2009 10:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Even though her onscreen hook up with Scarlett Johansson in Vicky Cristina Barcelona wasn't the sexy Sapphic scene it was (overly) hyped up to be, Penelope Cruz won me (and countless other lady-lovers) over in last year's Woody Allen film. Oh, and she also won over the Academy, snagging Best Supporting Actress for the role and becoming the first Spanish-speaking actress to win an Oscar.

Personally, it was the combination of her hilariously frantic personality, big dark eyes and pouty face when she asked ScarJo, "Don't you know how much we love you?" that really sealed the deal. Nevermind that she starred alongside her real-life beau Javier Bardem.

Basically, any time a straight actress is down with playing gay (or a character with not-entirely-straight inclinations), they earn bonus points in my book — especially if it's fitting with the story and not just a gratuitous hook up.

Now, Cruz is sure »

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When Penelope Cruz nearly passed out during Oscar

8 December 2009 4:49 AM, PST | | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, Dec 8 (Ians) Spanish beauty Penelope Cruz has revealed that she has no recollection of the Academy awards night because she had almost fainted with tension.

“I feel frustrated that I can’t remember anything about that evening. All I felt was that I was on the border of passing out from tension. That I remember very well,” quoted Cruz as saying.

Earlier this year, Cruz had won the Oscar for the Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”.

“All I remember is thinking was ‘What am I doing here? How did this happen?’” she added.

Despite her glowing movie career, the 35-year-old starlet still has problems with her. »

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'Twilight' vamp Kellan Lutz flying to Globes Young Hollywood bash

7 December 2009 6:21 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

When the Hollywood Foreign Press Association throws their Golden Globes Young Hollywood party, all of young Hollywood shows up.

Even -- rumor has it -- "Twilight" hunk Kellan Lutz and tabloid tootsie Lindsay Lohan

Nobu will also be packed Tuesday with the likes of LiLo, Heroes" Masi Oka , Adam Rodriguez, Alexander Skarsgard, Alison BrieAnna Kendrick, Ashley Tisdale, Brittany Snow, Chelsea Handler (wait...) Emilie de Ravin, Gabrielle Union, Jenna Fischer, Jessica Capshaw, Jordana Brewster, Julia Jones, Katee Sackhoff, Katerina Graham, Kayla Ewell, Paula Patton, Robin Thicke, Ryan Eggold, Rutina Wesley, Sarah Jane Morris, Shannyn Sossoman, Shenae Grimes, Tyrese Gibson and, whew ....Whitney Cummings

The Dish Rag will be there on the red carpet arrivals line -- if only to find out who half these young stars are -- and we'll go inside the party for the announcement of the 2010 Miss Golden Globes.

 Last year's lucky young lady was Demi Moore's daughter Rumer Willis. »


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Cruz: 'I nearly fainted at Oscars'

7 December 2009 6:34 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Penelope Cruz has revealed that she almost fainted after winning an Oscar for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. The 35-year-old, who took home the 'Best Supporting Actress' gong for her role in the Woody Allen film, told The Times that she struggles to recall what happened on the night of her victory. "I feel frustrated that I can't remember, because it was beautiful how your family and your people can feel so happy for you," she said. (more) »

- By Simon Reynolds

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Five join 'Brother's Keeper'

7 December 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Patricia Clarkson, Devon Graye, Madeleine Martin, Danny Glover and wrestling champ John Cena have been cast in "Brother's Keeper," a PG-rated family drama from WWE Films.

Mel Damski ("Mischief") will direct a screenplay by John Posey about a teenage boy (Graye) who tries to reunite his mother (Clarkson) and estranged older brother (Cena) 10 years after the death of their father, a state college wrestling legend. A brilliant student with no apparent athletic talents, the teenager decides to join the high school wrestling team as a way to pull the family together.

WWE Studios vp David Calloway ("The O.C.") is producing. WWE execs Mike Pavone and Steve Barnett are executive producing.

The project, which might undergo a title change, begins shooting today in New Orleans.

The CAA-repped Clarkson had roles in the Woody Allen films "Whatever Works" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." She next appears in Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island," which hits theaters in February. »

- By Jay A. Fernandez and Nellie Andreeva

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Penelope Cruz's faint fear

6 December 2009 10:01 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Penelope Cruz almost "passed out" at the Oscars. The Spanish actress - who won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award earlier this year for her role in 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' - has revealed she has no recollection of the evening because she felt faint with tension. She explained: "I feel frustrated that I can't remember, because it was beautiful how your family and your people can feel so happy for you. I felt I was on the border of passing out from tension. That I can remember very well." However, the brunette beauty can recall tucking into 300 canapes, crying for half and hour and being confused about what was going on. She explained to Britain's The Times newspaper: "I »

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Inside track: Golden Globes' race for best comedy/musical picture

5 December 2009 10:57 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"Nine" looks like a good bet to win the Golden Globe for best comedy/musical picture. Voters almost always go for successful musicals here ("Sweeney Todd," "Dreamgirls," "Walk the Line," "Chicago," "Moulin Rouge," "Evita"). But wait! They spurned "Mamma Mia" for "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" last year, but that tuner wasn't respected by film critics. "The Hangover" could be a threat, which is surprising. Usually, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. don't take Yankee frat-boy comedies seriously. Globe voters didn't nominate "Knocked Up" or "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," but inside sources say members are toasting "The Hangover" with three cheers. We don't know yet what their reaction is to "It's Complicated." It's being screened for Hfpa members »

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Penelope Cruz Interview Broken Embraces

5 December 2009 9:18 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Academy Award winner Penelope Cruz has worked with some of the best and most innovative filmmakers around the world, including Woody Allen, Rob Marshall and Pedro Almodovar. Broken Embraces marks the fourth time that she has teamed up with Almodovar, this time playing the love of a filmmaker, who leaves him devastated when she dies in a car accident.

During a press conference for this latest Spanish language film, Penelope Cruz talked about playing powerful women, working with Almodovar since she was a teenager, and how she really doesn’t like to be labeled. Read what she had to say after the jump

Question: Over the years, you’ve done so many powerful roles and you’re obviously very comfortable in your own skin, portraying women who have maybe done drugs or who are in power. Is there any role that you would not do or that you have said no to? »

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Women's Ware

3 December 2009 10:04 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

Maturity has been no obstacle to actor Patricia Clarkson, who keeps on getting cast—most recently as Marietta, an uptight Southern lady who undergoes a wild metamorphosis in Woody Allen's "Whatever Works." Clarkson previously worked with the director in last year's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."In a career spanning almost 25 years, Clarkson has tackled a spectrum of roles on Broadway, on television, and in film. She's played a grieving artist in "The Station Agent"; the benign psychotherapist in "Lars and the Real Girl"; the efficient, brittle, and seemingly guileless wife of an adulterous husband who is planning her murder in "Married Life"; and the terminally ill mother in "Pieces of April," for which she garnered a host of accolades, including Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.As for the future, she has a number of projects in the hopper, including Martin Scorsese's high-profile film "Shutter Island, »

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'Last Station' and 'Precious' Lead the 2010 Independent Spirit Award Nominees

1 December 2009 10:41 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

This morning, Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced the nominees for the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards. The leading nomination getters where Sony Pictures Classics' The Last Station and Lionsgate's Precious, both of which earned five nominations including Best Feature along with Amreeka, 500 Days of Summer and Sin Nombre. Precious also enjoyed nominations in Best Director (Lee Daniels), Best Actress (Gabourey Sidibe), Best Supporting Actress (Mo'Nique) and Best First Screenplay.

The leading studios where Fox Searchlight and Sony Classics, each of which took home 7 nominations, Searchlight even earning one for the critically loathed Gentlemen Broncos with Jemaine Clement earning a Best Supporting Male nod.

I'm very happy to see Christian McKay for Me and Orson Welles enjoying some love and hope it can translate to an Oscar nomination and I wonder if Samantha Morton's nomination for »

- Brad Brevet

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A Serious Man and the odd movie out

29 November 2009 1:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A Serious Man may be getting rave reviews – but it's like nothing the Coens have made before. Joe Queenan on weird one-offs and the directors who make them

About halfway through the very funny, very disturbing, very ethnic new film A Serious Man, the modern-day Job who is the serious man in ­ question climbs up on to the roof of his ghastly 1960s Minneapolis suburban home and tries to adjust the antenna to improve his TV reception. Beleaguered on all fronts – conjugally, professionally, medically – Larry Gopnik, a dorky physics professor who may be about to lose his job and is very likely to lose his family, is a bright, principled Jewish man whose children have begged him to fix the antenna so they can watch F Troop, an idiotic 1960s comedy. Many of Larry's travails unfold as songs from Jefferson Airplane's seminal 1967 LP Surrealistic Pillow play in the background. »

- Joe Queenan

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Geek Deal: Black Friday Leftovers

29 November 2009 11:30 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Black Friday has come and gone, but here is a list of all the deals which are still good on Amazon. You know how after Thanksgiving you have a bunch of leftovers in the fridge which last for the following week? Well think of it like that, but with blu-rays and dvd deals. Some prices have gone up; some have been marked down even more. LG BD270 Blu-ray Disc Player for $103.98 Updates: Terminator 2: Judgment Day Skynet Edition on Blu-ray $10.99 Back to the Future: The Complete Trilogy DVD Set $10.49 Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection Blu-ray $64.99 The Wire: The Complete Series for 50% off Blu-Rays Under $11: Independence Day [blu-ray] $9.49 Zack and Miri Make a Porno Blu-ray $10.49 Friday Night Lights [Blu-ray] $9.99 Vicky Cristina Barcelona [Blu-ray] $10.49 The Reader [Blu-ray] $10.49 U-571 [Blu-Ray] $8.99 End of Days [Blu-ray] $9.99 Leatherheads [Blu-ray] $10.99 Short Circuit [Blu-ray] $8.99 Die Another Day [Blu-ray] $8.99 Full Metal Jacket [Blu-ray] $7.99 Training Day [Blu-ray] $10.99 Speed [blu-ray] $8.99 Spaceballs [Blu-ray] $8.99 Silence of »

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'The Road' Explores the Knife-Edge of Human Entropy

28 November 2009 12:00 AM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

The post-apocalyptic drama The Road begins with shots of barking dogs, blooming flowers, and nuzzling horses, but it is soon revealed that these everyday pleasures are fading memories for its protagonists. With a palette of grays and browns, it quickly shifts to the leafless trees and broken ground of a wasteland that has only barely survived an unnamed catastrophe. The world smolders when it doesn't all-out burn, and the vestiges of humanity struggle to survive and retain the things that made them human.

Amid bands of roving cannibals, an unnamed father (Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises) and his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee, Romulus, My Father) have left their home behind and are traveling toward the coast with hopes that the warmer weather and proximity to the ocean will provide a haven. The Man remembers the world before, but The Boy was born to The Man's wife (Charlize Theron, Hancock) after the apocalypse. »

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Carla Is Woody Allen's First Lady

26 November 2009 3:18 AM, PST | Screenrush | See recent Screenrush news »

Let's hope Woody Allen is planning on recreating his recent success with Vicky Cristina Barcelona and not the shame of duds such as Match Point, Scoop and Cassandra's Dream as he has a very important and influential star on board, with a husband who wouldn't take kindly to it coming up short.

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, wife of French President Nicolas, has agreed to try out acting for the legendary director - having already added politics to the modelling and musical strings on her bow.

Although she has already agreed to be in his next film, she admits that she knows nothing about the role she is set to play or even whether she will be able to act: "I'm not at all an actress. Maybe I'll be absolutely terrible."

But she said that she had entered into the project, despite the lack of details offered to her, because it was an »

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Could Carla Bruni be the next Mia Farrow?

25 November 2009 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

France's first lady has agreed to be in a Woody Allen film. She's such an obvious choice, we should have predicted it

Why on earth didn't we predict it long ago? France's first lady, Carla Bruni, has revealed that Woody Allen has asked her to be in one of his films, despite her complete lack of acting experience. And she has said yes.

Bruni – of course! She is a quintessential Minor Woody Allen Character: sexy, wealthy, European in that luxury-hotel sense that he adores, liberated in a pre-feminist sort of way, with creative aspirations that are preposterous but which powerful, besotted men might well indulge in the hope of getting inside her exquisitely tailored culottes.

Bruni is the classic unattainable woman from a golden-age Woody Allen picture: the sort who might get a party-scene cameo, towering sexily over him while giving her deadpan opinions on literary or artistic topics – opinions with which he, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Penelope Cruz Talks Cameo in 'Sex and the City 2'

20 November 2009 11:24 PM, PST | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

Penelope Cruz has confirmed her cameo appearance in "Sex and the City 2" herself. During a press event for her upcoming musical "Nine", the 35-year-old beauty told MTV News that she will indeed be in the sequel to the 2008's "Sex and the City", but for a short time. "I'm in it for very, very little time," so she shared.

The actress who earned her first Academy Award from "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" went on to uncover that she won't be playing herself. When pressed whether her character will come in between Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie and Chris Noth's Mr. Big, she said, "It's not like that, [but] the scene is with the two of them."

Back in October, Cruz has been spotted joining the cast and crew of "Satc 2" to film her part as reported by People. The magazine claimed that the "Volver" star was dressed in a sexy »


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