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the Dirty District 9, the Explosive Bloody Mary...

31 December 2009 3:29 PM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

If you’re looking for some movie-themed drinks for tonight’s partying, check out the specialty vodka drinks the Alliance of Women Film Journalists invented. We served these at our awards celebration a few weeks ago. My favorite: the Dirty District 9: The Dirty District Nine, honoring District Nine, the 2009 Eda Award winner for Cultural Crossover: Mix Blue Ice Vodka with Monin Espresso syrup and espresso coffee, shake over ice and drain into a martini glass, add garnish of Ghirardelli shaved chocolate and a chocolate-covered coffee bean It’s like a mochachino with a kick. There’s also The Special Education (honoring An Education), The Explosive Bloody Mary (honoring The Hurt Locker), The Pip-Pippa Lee (honoring The Private Lives of Pippa Lee), and The Way - Way - Waaay Up (honoring Up in the Air). Get the recipes here. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Inglourious Basterds, The Hurt Locker Top Online Film Critics 2009 Nominations

31 December 2009 3:05 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Diane Kruger, Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds (François Duhamel / The Weinstein Co.) (top); Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker (Jonathan Olley / Summit Entertainment) (bottom) The Online Film Critics Society has announced its list of nominees for 2009. Avatar may be a huge blockbuster-in-the-making, but Ofcs members apparently weren’t that impressed. James Cameron’s sci-fi adventure epic earned three nominations: best director, best cinematography (Mauro Fiore), and best editing (Steve R. Moore, John Refoua and Stephen Rivkin). Actually, that’s not bad at all, but … The Hurt Locker, with about $12 million in grosses at the domestic box office, received seven nominations, including best picture, best director (Kathryn Bigelow, Cameron’s former wife), best actor (Jeremy Renner), best supporting actor (Anthony Mackie), [...] »

- Anna Robinson

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Chris Ullrich’s Best Films of 2009

31 December 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

2009 was a great year for films in general, particularly if you’re a fan of the sci-fi genre. The year also saw the return of a beloved franchise to the big screen as well as the latest film by one of our best modern directors. And even with the current condition of the country and the economy, audiences still managed to fill theaters and the movies enjoyed record breaking successes that hopefully will continue on into the new year.

Even with all the great movies in 2009, there were also some not so great ones. Sadly, there will always be some real bombs, but that’s to be expected. Fortunately, there were also quite a few standouts that helped keep us entertained, enthralled and excited about going to the movies in 2009.

As usual with lists of this type, I need to disclaim and say this is my list of what I »

- Chris Ullrich

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Jeremy Renner Will Not Appear as Hawkeye in Thor

31 December 2009 12:23 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While we reportted last month on the possibility of one of 2009's hottest actors appearing in an upcoming superhero film, it appears that has not come to pass. Movieline recently spoke with The Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner, who revealed that he in fact will not be appearing as Hawkeye in Thor. Here's an excerpt from the site's interview with the actor.That was just one of those things that got blown way out of proportion. It was an idea. Those Marvel guys, I'm a big fan of them. They're so smart about how they want to do these things - they have Captain America, and Thor coming around, Iron Man 2, and then I happen to know Zak Penn, who's writing The Avengers. So they thought Hawkeye is an interesting role, and asked me if I knew anything about him. I said no, so they gave me their sort »

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Oklahoma Film Critics Love "The Hurt Locker"

31 December 2009 12:18 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Oklahoma Film Critics Circle picked Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War piece "The Hurt Locker" as Best Picture of 2009. Bigelow also took home the Best Director prize.

In the acting categories (it's beginning to look like a "repeat"), George Clooney for Best Actor ("Up in the Air"), Meryl Streep Best Actress ("Julie and Julia"), Christoph Waltz Best Supporting Actor ("Inglourious Basterds"), and Mo'Nique for Best Supporting Actress for "Precious."

Here's the complete list of winners of the 2009 Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards

Best Film of 2009

.The Hurt Locker.

Best 10 Films of 2009

1. .The Hurt Locker.

2. .Up in the Air.

3. .Inglourious Basterds.

4. .(500) Days of Summer.

5. .Precious: Based on the Novel .Push. by Sapphire.

6. .A Serious Man.

7. .Up.

8. .District 9.

9. .Fantastic Mr. Fox.

10. .Avatar.

Best Director

Kathryn Bigelow, .The Hurt Locker.

Best First Feature

(tie) Neill Blomkamp, .District 9. & Marc Webb, .(500) Days of Summer.

Best Actress

Meryl Streep, .Julie & Julia.

Best Actor

George Clooney, .Up »

- Manny

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Phoenix Film Critics Society Names "Inglourious Basterds" Top Film of 2009

31 December 2009 12:07 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Phoenix Film Critics Society has chosen Quentin Tarantino's revenge fantasy "Inglourious Basterds" the best film of the year! They also named Tarantino Best Director, his cast Best Ensemble, and Christoph Waltz Best Supporting Actor for his role as the "Jew Hunter" Hans Landa.

Here's the complete list of winners:

Best Picture

Inglourious Basterds

Top Ten Films of 2009 (in alphabetical order)


District 9

(500) Days of Summer

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds


Sherlock Holmes

Star Trek


Up In The Air

Best Director

Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role

George Clooney, Up In The Air

Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role

Meryl Streep, Julie and Julia

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Mo.Nique, Precious

Best Acting Ensemble

The cast of Inglourious Basterds »

- Manny

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'Basterds' for Best Picture? The Sound of 'Transformers' and the Awards Schedule

31 December 2009 10:40 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's been a nice week. Thanks to the lack of news I was able to focus on my top 25 movies of 2009, but it won't be slow for long.

This past Monday ballots for the 2010 Oscars were mailed to the 5,777 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and one day later ballots for the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards were sent out to nearly 100,000 actors. Oscar ballots must be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers by 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2010 and SAG ballots are due two days earlier, by noon Pst on Thursday, January 21, 2010.

Speaking of ballots, Steve Pond at The Wrap posted a brain-bender of an article concerning the Oscar balloting system, which includes 11 different ballots in 11 different colors covering 15 of the 24 Oscar categories. He then proceeds to explain a couple of the peculiarities regarding each of them. It all sounded like a hot mess if you ask me. »

- Brad Brevet

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Round 2: You Vote for the Best Films of 2009

31 December 2009 10:38 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Okay, so the first round went moderately well, even though some voters tried to game the system by not following the rules and not voting for the full five films. Fortunately I caught the problem and was able to fix it in time to get as accurate a result as we could expect. No problem though, things go wrong the first time around and you learn from it.

Ultimately, of the 1,319 voters, I was able to correct the system so every single vote was by someone that voted for at least four films. This resulted in 53 films being carried over into this second round as four films tied for the 50th spot. Inglourious Basterds and Avatar are the clear-cut front-runners moving into this round taking the top two spots in the first poll followed by Up, The Hurt Locker and Up In the Air for the top five spots with blockbusters such as Star Trek, »

- Brad Brevet

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The 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2010

31 December 2009 9:38 AM, PST | | See recent news »

For many people, a new year means a time for new habits, resolutions, and fresh starts.  For myself though, it’s always been about one thing and one thing only:  365 days of brand-new films!

And of course, Hollywood being Hollywood, there’s the usual litany of sequels, super-hero spectacle, remakes, and state-of-the-art Hollywood summer craziness filled with all manner of digital monsters and explosions.  But there’s also new films from Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, and - most intriguing of all - a ballet thriller from Darren Aronofsky.  Come on, admit it - you know you got excited when you heard the words “ballet thriller!”  All that, and we also see the return of Michael Douglas in his seminal role as Gordon Gecko.

Read on after the jump for my list of the ten films that - for reasons both good and bad - I’m most looking forward to seeing in the new year. »

- John Rico

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Why Inglourious Basterds Will Win Best Picture

31 December 2009 8:15 AM, PST | | See recent newser news »

Though everyone is buzzing about Avatar ’s best-picture prospects, Tom O'Neil was an early predictor of Inglourious Basterds snagging the top Oscar prize—and now he’s defending his position. Even though it came out eons ago (in August), the disappointing performance of many much-hyped late-year films leaves Basterds in a position to make a “late-year dash” a la Gladiator or Braveheart , he writes in the Los Angeles Times . Beyond that, all the frontrunners face problems: Avatar is too sci-fi, The Hurt Locker doesn’t have enough stars, Precious is too gritty, and Up in the Air has no gravitas. Meanwhile, Basterds »

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Hurt Lockers Jeremy Renner Says He’s Not The Hawkeye, Probably

31 December 2009 3:57 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Recently, Jeremy Renner, sailing along with a smile after the very much deserved attention he is getting for “The Hurt Locker”, quoted that Marvel had asked him if he had any vague clue at all who a dude named Hawkeye was. Jeremy said he didn’t. Marvel sent him some comics. Based on that tender moment, people have been picturing Renner in purple, drawing back the bow, taking aim at evil doers. Now Jeremy says not so fast sparky. He’s words exactly, from a recent interview with Movieline: That was just one of those things that got blown way out of proportion. It was an idea. Those Marvel guys, I’m a big fan of them. They’re so smart about how they want to do these things…So they thought Hawkeye is an interesting role, and asked me if I knew anything about him. I said no, so »

- endymion

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Ebert’s Best of the Decade

31 December 2009 12:46 AM, PST | | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Synecdoche, New York (2008) The Hurt Locker (2009)   “Apart from this psychological process, Katherine Bigelow’s film has a masterful command of editing, tempo, character and photography. Using no stunts and CGI, »

- Ryan Adams

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Kathryn Bigelow: Us Critics’ Top Director

30 December 2009 11:22 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Although The Hurt Locker was eligible for last year’s Spirit Awards, neither the Iraq War drama nor director Kathryn Bigelow (above) were nominated. But a year — and lots of good buzz — can make a hell of a difference. That’s why Bigelow is now considered the front-runner for the best director Oscar even if Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air or (Bigelow’s former husband) James Cameron’s Avatar or Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds take home the best picture Academy Award. As a woman directing a "men’s picture," i.e., a movie about war, violence, bloody mayhem (only fake men like romantic tales), Bigelow has done quite well for herself. She has topped the lists of 14 Us-based critics’ groups [...] »

- Steve Montgomery

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A Good Year for Directors Who Aren’t Straight White Men

30 December 2009 11:07 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The position of director has long been dominated by heterosexual, Caucasian males in Hollywood. For evidence of this, one need only look at the Academy Award for Best Director nominations over first 81 years of the award’s existence. Only three times have female directors received nominations (Lina Wertmüller in 1976, Jane Campion in 1993, and Sofia Coppola in 2003) and only once has an African-American director been nominated (John Singleton in 1991). Homosexual directors have had more luck, with such notable openly gay directors as Rob Marshall, Gus Van Sant, and Pedro Almodovar gaining nominations, while John Schlesinger and George Cukor even won the award. Still, directing in Hollywood is not a particularly diverse game. So it is noteworthy when, as Variety points out, “it’s possible the best-director noms might not include a single English-speaking, Caucasian, straight male”.

For a look at the directors who might instead seize this year’s Oscar nominations, »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Julian Roman's Top 10 Films of 2009

30 December 2009 10:51 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A new decade begins on a high note as we look back at an exceptional year in film. 3D and the IMAX format have finally taken hold. What was once gimmickry and the sole realm of documentaries are now exciting cinematic experiences for audiences of all ages. Leading the charge was James Cameron's visionary Avatar. The long awaited science fiction epic surpassed considerable expectations with its breathtaking special effects and scope. But while the colossus reins supreme, smaller films like Lee Daniels Precious and Jason Reitman's Up in the Air resonated with their captivating performances. I am optimistic for 2010, but wonder where the hell are the flying cars and hover boards?Top Ten Films of 2009#1 Avatar There are not enough superlatives to describe this film. Writer/Director James Cameron has once again taken us to a new frontier. Jake Sully's (Sam Worthington) odyssey on Pandora is akin to Dances with Wolves in space. »

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CinemaSpy's Picks for the Twelve Most Entertaining Films of 2009

30 December 2009 9:25 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

As we say good-bye to 2009, we reflect back on a year of space opera spectacles, animated allegories and protracted period pieces. The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds and Up in the Air were favorites among critics in 2009, though one of those films actually didn't make our list of the twelve most entertaining films of 2009. We'll let you read on to figure out which one was omitted—you can feel free to chastise us in the Comments section below if you think we were unfair for leaving it out.

How do we interpret "entertaining," you ask? Not necessarily the best, or most influential…or most "important"…but what we considered to be the dozen most enjoyable and/or absorbing films of 2009—broadly defined, films that pulled you into the story for one reason or another, and weren't forgotten 10 minutes after leaving the theater. Films that elicited an emotional reaction, not through manipulation, »

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Jeremy Renner hasn’t been cast as Hawkeye. Not yet anyway.

30 December 2009 8:37 PM, PST | | See recent Filmonic news »

Last month The Hurt Locker actor Jeremy Renner spoke quite openly about possibly playing Hawkeye in The Avengers, and maybe Thor. The internet seemed pretty welcoming of this casting as many thought he would be perfect for the role, however he was recently interviewed by Movieline and he revealed that it was blown a little [...] »

- Liam

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Jeremy Renner Claims “No Truth” In Hawkeye Rumors

30 December 2009 5:51 PM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

The Hurt Locker is one of the best movies of 2009 and its star, Jeremy Renner, has a bright future ahead of him. For us comic book movie fans, we hope that future involves Renner taking on the role of Hawkeye in some of the upcoming films by Marvel Studios.

Last month, the rumor of Renner playing Hawkeye made headlines everywhere following the glowingly positive reception of his performance in The Hurt Locker and an interview with Empire where the actor revealed that he went in to talk to Marvel about Captain America but instead ended up talking the character of Hawkeye. Nothing official came of it (that we know of) but if were to happen, he said that the character would likely appear in Thor and that he’d be honored to be looked at for franchise role such as this.

With this match made in Heaven, many thought it had to be the case. »

- Rob Keyes

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Jeremy Renner Says He Definitely Won't Be Playing Hawkeye

30 December 2009 4:25 PM, PST | | See recent news »

At the end of November, about a month back, The Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner revealed that he had been talking with the guys at Marvel about playing the superhero character Hawkeye in their upcoming Thor and Avengers movies. It seemed all a bit sketchy to begin with, even though Renner had been quoted as saying: "Hawkeye could be interesting. They're going to send me some stuff on it." But it turns out it was all just an idea that never turned into a reality and all of the early discussion about it may have even killed it in the end. Renner gave an update to Movieline in a new interview, explaining what happened with Marvel. "That was just one of those things that got blown way out of proportion. It was an idea. Those Marvel guys, I'm a big fan of them. They're so smart about how they want »

- Alex Billington

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The best films of 2009

30 December 2009 3:02 PM, PST | | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

Since Moses brought the tablets down from the mountain, lists have come in tens, not that we couldn't have done with several more commandments. Who says a year has Ten Best Films, anyway? Nobody but readers, editors, and most other movie critics. There was hell to pay last year when I published my list of Twenty Best. You'd have thought I belched at a funeral. So this year I have devoutly limited myself to exactly ten films.

On each of two lists.

The lists are divided into Mainstream Films and Independent Films. This neatly sidesteps two frequent complaints: (1) "You name all those little films most people have never heard of," and (2) "You pick all blockbusters and ignore the indie pictures." Which is is my official Top Ten? They both are equal, and every film here is entitled to name itself "One of the Year's 10 Best!"


¶ The Top 10 Mainstream Films

Bad Lieutenant. »

- Roger Ebert

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