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Academy Names 241 Screenplays and 77 Scores Eligible for the Oscar

30 December 2010 12:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

We know you were losing sleep over it, so we're happy to be the first to tell you that Furry Vengeance and Yogi Bear are both eligible to be nominated for Best Screenplay Oscars on January 25. Also that Marmaduke score that has been wearing out your iPod? It's eligible too. However, the inclusion of these 2010 masterpieces really isn't that big a surprise. With final nominations just over a month away the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 241 screenplays - 134 original and 107 adapted - are eligible for a Best Screenplay nomination and that music from 77 films is eligible for Best Original Score (not including Black Swan, The Fighter or The Kids Are All Right [1]). Add those to the 248 films eligible [2] for Best Picture and Oscar voters have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks. Kind of. See the full lists, the favorites and read the rules after the jump. »

- Germain Lussier

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The Academy Lists 241 Screenplays and 77 Scores Eligible for the Oscar

30 December 2010 9:28 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The AMPAS have named 241 scripts eligible for the Academy Awards — 134 original, 107 adapted. Unlike the WGA, Winter’s Bone, King’s Speech, Toy Story 3, Never Let Me Go, and How to Train Your Dragon will be considered.

The AMPAS have also released the list of nominees for best score. The list was narrowed down to 77 scores, which makes Best Original Score the 2011 Oscar the category with the least number of films under consideration. The scores for Black Swan, True Grit, The Kids Are Alright and The Fighter will not be eligible to compete this year. Clint Mansell‘s Black Swan score and Carter Burwell‘s True Grit score were disqualified attributed to a designation within Rule 16 of the Academy’s Special Rules for Music Awards (5d under “Eligibility”), which excludes “scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music.” Meanwhile, the scores for The Kids Are All Right, »

- Ricky

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Top Ten Movies of 2010

29 December 2010 8:55 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Top Ten Movies of 2010

I feel as if 2010 marked a turning point in movies. Sure, we had our share of blockbusters with Alice in Wonderland crossing $1 billion worldwide and Iron Man 2 and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse joining it as the three lone live-action films to cross $300 million. However, after Inception and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, the only other films to cross the $200 million mark domestically were animated features -- Toy Story 3, Despicable Me, Shrek Forever After and How to Train Your Dragon. What does that say about this year's crop of films?

Well, first off, I think we all know a film doesn't need to make over $200 million at the box-office for it to be deemed "good." And this year it wasn't as much about the big blockbuster films as much as it was about the little guy that could, and smaller, indie films hit quite a stride. »

- Brad Brevet

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The 2010 Year-End Movie Awards

27 December 2010 10:57 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

We dare you to disagree: when all was said and done, 2010 was a great year for movies.

Christopher Nolan managed to somehow create a summer blockbuster in “Inception” that actually required thinking. Animation dominated the Cineplex with perhaps the greatest lineup of cartoons a single year has ever seen — “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Despicable Me’ and “Toy Story 3″ just for starters. And “The Social Network” managed to combine our two national obsessions — movies and the internet – in a way that, frankly, only we here at Nextmovie had ever previously accomplished.

Just kiddin’.

There were a lot of tough choices, but we managed to crown the year’s best movies, scenes and stars in our first annual year-end movie awards.

Best. Movie. Ever.

Ftw: “The Social Network

It didn’t sound like a recipe for Hollywood perfection: the kid from “Zombieland” in a movie about Facebook? Really? But beyond »

- Scott Harris

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James Franco, Natalie Portman, Catfish, Many Ties: Utah Film Critics Winners

23 December 2010 5:15 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Natalie Portman in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan Lots of ties at the Utah Film Critics Association's 2010 awards. The Best Films (plural) were Danny Boyle's 127 Hours, in which James Franco resorts to desperate measures after getting trapped in a cave, and David Fincher's The Social Network, about the all the animosity behind the creation of Facebook. The Social Network also earned Aaron Sorkin the award for Best Screenplay. [List of Utah Film Critics winners.] The Best Directors (also plural) were Fincher and Christopher Nolan for the sci-fier Inception. Jean-Pierre Jeunet's anti-weapon makers fantasy Micmacs and Jacques Audiard's prison drama A Prophet shared the Best Foreign Language Film Award. Among the "single" Utah critics' winners were James Franco for 127 Hours (so far this year, Franco hasn't been singled out for his performance as gay poet Allen Ginsberg in Howl), Natalie Portman for Black Swan, and supporting players Christian Bale (The Fighter) [...] »

- Steve Montgomery

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Three

22 December 2010 9:59 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Catch .44

Opens: 2011

Cast: Forest Whitaker, Bruce Willis, Malin Akerman, Nikki Reed, Deborah Ann Woll

Director: Aaron Harvey

Summary: The story focuses on three women being thrust into an extraordinary situation involving a psychopathic hitman, a grizzled trucker and a delusional line cook.

Analysis: Oddly little is known about this indie crime comedy aside from the three lead female roles have gone through more than a couple of rounds of casting musical chairs. The likes of Maggie Grace, Kate Mara, Laura Ramsey, Sarah Roemer, Lizzy Caplan and Lauren German were all attached at one point or another before the final trio of Malin Akerman ("Watchmen"), Nikki Reed ("Twilight") and Deborah Ann Woll ("True Blood") were settled on.

Bruce Willis, Forest Whitaker, Michael Rosenbaum and Brad Dourif also star with Willis as a crime boss behind everything that happens and Whitaker as a dangerously unstable assassin. Aaron Harvey, who last directed »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Three

22 December 2010 9:59 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Catch .44

Opens: 2011

Cast: Forest Whitaker, Bruce Willis, Malin Akerman, Nikki Reed, Deborah Ann Woll

Director: Aaron Harvey

Summary: The story focuses on three women being thrust into an extraordinary situation involving a psychopathic hitman, a grizzled trucker and a delusional line cook.

Analysis: Oddly little is known about this indie crime comedy aside from the three lead female roles have gone through more than a couple of rounds of casting musical chairs. The likes of Maggie Grace, Kate Mara, Laura Ramsey, Sarah Roemer, Lizzy Caplan and Lauren German were all attached at one point or another before the final trio of Malin Akerman ("Watchmen"), Nikki Reed ("Twilight") and Deborah Ann Woll ("True Blood") were settled on.

Bruce Willis, Forest Whitaker, Michael Rosenbaum and Brad Dourif also star with Willis as a crime boss behind everything that happens and Whitaker as a dangerously unstable assassin. Aaron Harvey, who last directed »

- Garth Franklin

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The Complete Collection of 2010 Movie Montage Compilations

22 December 2010 12:50 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

So far I've collected six separate 2010 compilation videos looking back at the this year's collection of films. To the best of my knowledge, these six videos include clips from 303 films and together they total 34:34. I have included the complete list of films on the second page if you are interested. Let me know if I'm missing any, but I think it's pretty safe to say if you liked a film in 2010 one of these following videos will feature it.

So, have a watch and leave your thoughts on which one is your favorite in the comments below and if you find another one online that I should add to the collection shoot me an email.

By: Zack Young

By: The Sleepy Skunk

By: Matthew Shapiro

By: Gen I

By: Kees van Dijkhuizen

On the next page is one final compilation piece, but it plays automatically once the page is »

- Brad Brevet

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The Nine Best Gay Movies of 2010!

22 December 2010 10:06 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

"Gay movies all suck!"

As a critic who regularly reviews movies of gay interest, I hear this a lot. And while it's undoubtedly true that there are gay movies that do suck, I'm not sure they suck at any higher rates than other genres. Do micro-budgeted gay indie movies tend to suck more? Not any more than all micro-budgeted indie movies, I'd argue. Most of us just don't watch that many micro-budgeted movies.

And even if some gay movies do suck, there are indisputably plenty of others that don't. In fact, when I sat down to make this annual list, I was surprised by how quickly I came up with a number of truly outstanding films. And what do you know? They all veered between "micro-budget" and "low-budget," with a smattering of "high-enough-budget-to-at-least-pay-a-caterer" (and there's also one studio movie).

All in all, it wasn't a bad year for gay film »

- Brent Hartinger

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248 Films Eligible for 2010 Best Picture and maybe 10 Deserve It

21 December 2010 8:22 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have announced that 248 feature films are eligible for best picture at the 2010 Academy Awards. According to THR, 274 films were eligible in 2009, and 281 in 2008. If I had to guess which films will be selected I would have to say Inception, Black Swan, Social Network, King’s Speech, Winter’s Bone, The Fighter, True Grit, 127 Hours, Toy Story 3 and Rabbit Hole.

To make the cut, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.

Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion »

- Ricky

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Two

19 December 2010 2:05 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Beaver

Opens: March 23rd 2011

Cast: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence

Director: Jodie Foster

Summary: A depressed toy company CEO with a failed marriage starts to wear a beaver puppet on his hand as a form of therapy, much to the initial bemusement of his family. He soon begins talking only through the character.

Analysis: This time last year, excitement was quietly brewing for "The Beaver". Gibson's drunken tirade a few years before hand wasn't forgotten, but enough time had passed that this looked to be the year of a potential comeback for the actor.

The thriller remake "Edge of Darkness" and this were his first on screen roles in ten years, 'Beaver' is also his "Maverick" co-star Foster's return to the director's chair fifteen years after her last feature. The script topped the 2008 Black List and scored rave reviews for its blend of sophisticated humor and sad pathos, »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Two

19 December 2010 2:05 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Beaver

Opens: March 23rd 2011

Cast: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence

Director: Jodie Foster

Summary: A depressed toy company CEO with a failed marriage starts to wear a beaver puppet on his hand as a form of therapy, much to the initial bemusement of his family. He soon begins talking only through the character.

Analysis: This time last year, excitement was quietly brewing for "The Beaver". Gibson's drunken tirade a few years before hand wasn't forgotten, but enough time had passed that this looked to be the year of a potential comeback for the actor.

The thriller remake "Edge of Darkness" and this were his first on screen roles in ten years, 'Beaver' is also his "Maverick" co-star Foster's return to the director's chair fifteen years after her last feature. The script topped the 2008 Black List and scored rave reviews for its blend of sophisticated humor and sad pathos, »

- Garth Franklin

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Who Is the Best Dramatic Actor of 2010?

18 December 2010 8:00 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

You've already weighed in on the guys who tickled your funny bone in 2010, but let's talk about the men who moved you. Over the past year, we were wowed by these dramatic actors, as they turned in riveting performances. Is it any wonder that several are already up for Golden Globes? Tell us who you think is most deserving of recognition, and vote below. Don't forget to check out all of our Best of 2010 polls! Who Is the Best Dramatic Actor of 2010? Colin Firth (The King's Speech) Matt Damon (Hereafter, Green Zone) Christian Bale (The Fighter) James Franco (127 Hours, Howl) Ben Affleck (The Town) Robert Pattinson (Remember Me, Eclipse) Andrew Garfield (The Social Network, Never Let Me Go) Ryan Reynolds (Buried) Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I) Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception, Shutter Island) »

- BuzzSugar

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Must Watch: Matthew Shapiro’s ’2010: The Cinescape’

16 December 2010 9:51 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

For the last four years, we've been featuring Matthew Shapiro's yearly film video montages (you can watch the videos which highlight previous years here: 2009 [1], 2008 [2], 2007 [3], and 2006 [4]. His latest video, 2010: The Cinescape has been released just in time for the new year. This year Shapiro edited the video to The Killers' "A Dustland Fairytale" , a more upbeat tune than last year's Radiohead. Here is a note from Matt: I am a huge believer in the notion that while some films may be for adults and others for kids, and while some films may be of higher quality than those aimed at the lowest common denominator, escaping into the world of a film is a universal experience that we all crave, no matter who we are or how greatly our tastes differ. The goal of this video is to at least begin to capture the essence of what that lose-yourself-to-film feeling is like. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Is James Franco the Coolest Straight Actor Ever?

14 December 2010 8:00 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

 

James Franco in Milk

James Franco is one of the coolest straight actors ever, and may be, in the entire history of film, the male leading movie actor who is also the most comfortable with gay movie roles.

If there was ever any doubt of that before, he put it to rest this last week with the news that he's optioned a biography of Sal Mineo with an eye on playing the gay actor and wrapped the film The Broken Tower in which he plays real-life gay poet Hart Crane (Franco also wrote, produced, and directed the movie, which includes a gay male sex scene).

Then there's Franco's recent confession on Inside the Actor's Studio that, while researching his role in the 2002 film Sonny (another gay-ish role), he accompanied a male prostitute to watch him perform him a client (see clip below).

This is all on the tail of Franco's »

- Brent Hartinger

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James Franco Goes Black Tie Sleeveless At Art Awards Show

9 December 2010 10:31 AM, PST | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

What does Morrissey have in common with a Chippendale dancer? James Franco looked like both sex symbols at last night’s Rob Pruitt Art Awards show in Brooklyn. The perpetual mind-blower wore a sleeveless tuxedo shirt (with tie!) on stage, joining Guggenheim fellow, drag artist and frequent collaborator Kalup Linzy on stage for a show-stopping duet.The pair, who attended the La Gay Pride Parade together earlier this year, previously sang “Proud Mary” together at a Campari’s 150th Anniversary party. In related Gay Or Just Remarkably Secure In His Heterosexuality For A Hollywood Star James Franco news, the actor will return for two episodes of General  Hospital next year (no word on if he’s bringing Linzy along again). Franco has also bought the film rights to a biography of the late Sal Mineo, best known for playing Plato in Rebel Without A Cause. The star of Milk and »

- Anthony Miccio

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James Franco Buys Film Rights To Sal Mineo Biography

9 December 2010 12:19 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

James Franco continued to be the most active actor working after earning praise as poet Allen Ginsberg in "Howl" and "127 Hours," about injured rock climber Aaron Ralston. According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” Franco optioned the new Sal Mineo biograohy for his company Rabbit Bandini with plans to write and direct the project. Author and photographer Michael Gregg Michaud interviewed past actors like Dennis Hopper to detail Mineo’s rise to fame in films like “Rebel Without a Cause” opposite Natalie Wood and James Dean and “Exodus” as well as his conflicted sexuality and 1976 death after being stabbed by a pizza deliveryman in West Hollywood. »

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James Franco Buys Film Rights To Sal Mineo Biography

9 December 2010 12:19 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

James Franco continued to be the most active actor working after earning praise as poet Allen Ginsberg in "Howl" and "127 Hours," about injured rock climber Aaron Ralston. According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” Franco optioned the new Sal Mineo biograohy for his company Rabbit Bandini with plans to write and direct the project. Author and photographer Michael Gregg Michaud interviewed past actors like Dennis Hopper to detail Mineo’s rise to fame in films like “Rebel Without a Cause” opposite Natalie Wood and James Dean and “Exodus” as well as his conflicted sexuality and 1976 death after being stabbed by a pizza deliveryman in West Hollywood. »

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The Cut-Up

8 December 2010 11:06 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

In "127 Hours," James Franco runs the full gamut of emotions, from elation to despair to full-on delirium. The movie's hefty emotional stakes rest almost entirely on his performance—and he pulls it off beautifully, taking viewers through Ralston's harrowing journey with warmth, honesty, and a surprising amount of humor.And yet, one of Franco's greatest challenges occurred before he even stepped in front of the camera. After being sent an early draft of the script, he was slated to meet with filmmaker Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire"). Unfortunately, the actor didn't have quite enough time to do the preparation he wanted to. "I was in the middle of school," recalls Franco, who is currently enrolled in multiple graduate programs. "It was so much work, I was really stressed out, and even though it was a very short script—like, 80 pages-—I didn't read it as thoroughly as I should have." Needless to say, »

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Alan Cumming Joining James Franco's Next Project, Maladies

7 December 2010 10:30 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

James Franco is well on his way to being a gay icon given his performance in Milk, his portrayal of Allen Ginsberg in Howl, and his somewhat inexplicable cover shoot as a transvestite for the magazine Candy. And Alan Cumming, who starred as a pansexual emcee in Broadway's Cabaret and has been an Lgbt activist for over a decade, is well established in the gay pantheon. So while a team-up between the two wasn't necessarily inevitable, it makes perfect sense, especially with Franco's mysterious performance artist pal Carter directing. Cumming spilled the beans to THR about this strange project, titled Maladies and starring Franco as a young actor who retires due to what he believes is mental illness. Cumming explained that his part is small, "and just for Christmas" whatever that means, but Claire Danes and Catherine Keener also round out the cast. Cumming referred to the project as "really »

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