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20 December 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
What strikes you about the individual lists of The Hollywood Reporter film critics' top 10 films for 2009 is the wide range of styles, genres and commercial appeal in these choices.
They run the gamut from the austere (the German-language "The White Ribbon") to the raucous (wild boys' language "The Hangover").
You get terrifically entertaining animation -- "Coraline," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "The Princess and the Frog" and "Up" -- as well as animation-tinged, science-fiction wonders such as "Avatar" and "District 9." And there are genuinely unsettling films, like the inner-city drama "Precious" or the dolphin-hunting documentary "The Cove."
Once again, no film appears on every list. That seems a tradition of ours. The films that do appear on five of the six lists are Kathryn Bigelow's war film "The Hurt Locker," Jason Reitman's road-movie satire "Up in the Air" and Peter Docter's ingenious "Up." Louie Psihoyos' "The Cove" just misses with four mentions. »
- By Kirk Honeycutt
I'm sure someone else has already noticed and publicized this (I'm weeks behind on my web reading... so far behind I have almost no idea what's going on. Where am I?) but I can't get over the fact that there's two Ryan Binghams in the Oscar race this year.
There's "Ryan Bingham", the latest vessel for George Clooneyism in Up in the Air and Ryan Bingham the songwriter/performer who wrote the lovely theme song for Clooney's big Oscar competition "Bad Blake", the latest incarnation of Jeff Bridges. How weird is that?
And which films will find Oscar favor this year in the Original Song category? The category is tinier then usual with stricter rules in place (one of them is that a film can't have more than two song nominated anymore) so all 63 of these songs will have a mighty struggle making it to the short(est) list. I »
- NATHANIEL R
A staggering 63 songs have been submitted to the Academy for consideration in the Best Original Song category with a list of artists that span an incredible spectrum. The convoluted, complicated selection process means this number will ultimately be whittled down, however, to anywhere between zero and five nominees. The full rules on the nomination process can be found here.
As usual the list comprises an eclectic mix this year ranging from “Cinema Italiano” from Nine through to songs from the Hannah Montana film and the misfiring “Dove of Peace” from Bruno. Scanning the entrants brings up quite a few pleasant surprises though including, but not limited to, Through The Trees the wonderfully satiric song from Jennifer’s Body and the Jarvis Cocker performed “Petey’s Song” from The Fantastic Mr. Fox (a song which Michael Gambon refers to as “bad songwriting” in the film’s script). The most satisfying nominees »
- Kieron Casey
5…Five!…songs from Hannah Montana The Movie??? Really??? Once again, a category that AMPAS will never take seriously. Then they proceed to leave off the list Mary J. Blige’s song from Precious, “I Can See in Color.” Nevermind that they complete lost me with “The Word Is Love” from “Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!” Please feel free to leave a comment below if you’ve heard of this one. However, I was thrilled to see two songs from one of my favorite films of 2009, An Education, make the cut, “Smoke Without Fire” and “You Got Me Wrapped around Your Little Finger.” A soundtrack I highly recommend.
The Official Press Release from AMPAS:
Beverly Hills, CA —Sixty-three songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are contending for nominations in the Original Song category for the 82nd Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.
The original songs, »
Sixty-three songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are contending for nominations in the Original Song category for the 82nd Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today: “All Is Love” from “Where the Wild Things Are”, “Almost Over You” from “My One and Only”, “Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog”, “AyAyAyAy” from “The Maid”, “Back to Tennessee” from “Hannah Montana The Movie”, “Being Bad” from “Duplicity”, “Blanco” from “Fast & Furious”, “Brothers in Arms” from “Brothers at War”, “Butterfly Fly Away” from “Hannah Montana The Movie”, “Cinema Italiano” from “Nine”, “Colorblind” from “Invictus”, “Depression Era” from “That Evening Sun”, “Don’t Walk Away” from [...], Oy Vey! My Son is Gay »
- Nikki Finke
By Steve Pond
The Academy has announced the 63 contenders in the Best Song category for the 82nd Oscars show.
Among the films represented by multiple entries are "Hannah Montana the Movie" with five, "The Princess and the Frog" with, and "Nine," "Crazy Heart," "Where the Wild Things Are," "An Education," "The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus," "My One and Only," "Skin," "Adventures of Power" and "Invictus" (two each). Artists include U2 ("Winter"), Jarvis Cocker ("Pet »
- Steve Pond
- Sasha Stone
Back in April, shock-jock Howard Stern was one of the random SAG members picked to be a part of the guild's nominating committee for their award ceremony. As The Wrap reports, approximately 4,200 members get picked (about 10% of the membership), and this year, Stern found his way in 12 years after he starred in the movie of his life -- Private Parts. Not surprisingly, Stern has made a show of it, saying: "I'm going to take this seriously, and reward our friends. I don't give a s*** if they were good or not." SAG spokesperson Rosalind Jarrett reiterates that the committee is "charged with nominating what they believe are the outstanding performances of the year," but Stern has other plans.
- Monika Bartyzel
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Up I just reviewed the Blu-ray version of this release and may I just say it is worth every penny. Pixar films look phenomenal in high-definition and the word "flawless" is by no means a stretch. Along with my review I have also included a clip from the new animated short "Dug's Special Mission," so just click here for the video and full review details.
Oh, and if you want to buy it in store you can get a $10 off coupon right here. Monsters, Inc. Yup, it's Pixar week on Blu-ray as Monsters, Inc. joins Up as well as a gift pack version of Cars and this one too manages to impress greatly. There are a few new features, which I detailed in my review and I also included a sneak peek at the new roundtable feature in my review right here. »
- Brad Brevet
Ausiello: The answer to both of your questions is a resounding yeppers. Better prepare yourself though. My Lost mole says season 6 will showcase "a version of Claire we've never seen before — a Rousseau-esque version." We'll be in need of a Rousseau fix since the real version will be MIA. According to a Lost insider, the French Lady's portrayer, Mira Furlan, turned down the show's request to return for the final season due to a "prior overseas commitment." Anyone know how you say "big bag-o-nuts" in français? »
- Michael Ausiello
According to People magazine, the actress flew in Wednesday night to spend time with her beau. On Thursday, the couple and some friends had a late dinner at Vancouver hotspot Market. "Whenever they were speaking, they had their hands on each other's knees underneath the table, and they were holding »
George Hamilton? He’s the punchline with the orange tan, right? Turns out he had a crazy wacky wonderful infuriating sort of teenhood at the hands of his nutty mother (Renee Zellweger: Monsters vs. Aliens) who took off from a comfy life in 1950s New York when her philandering husband (Kevin Bacon: Frost/Nixon) cheated one time too many and hit the road with her two sons, George (Logan Lerman: Gamer) and Robbie (Mark Rendall: href="http://www.flickfilosopher.com/blog/2007/10/30_days_of_night_review.html">30 Days of Night), for who knows where. Bubbly and beautiful, Mom’s got old friends and former beaus in every town straight through to L.A., it seems, so there’s always someone to drop in on for a month or two, and maybe a new husband in the offing, because god knows she’s useless for any kind of work. What »
- MaryAnn Johanson
13 September 2009 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Tyler Perry's latest urban dramedy did good business and almost by itself during what proved a sleepy weekend at the domestic boxoffice despite four wide openers.
The multihyphenate's "I Can Do Bad All by Myself" from Lionsgate debuted at No. 1 with an estimated $24 million. Focus Features' PG-13 animated feature "9" also bowed solidly, with $10.9 million from just 1,661 playdates, to grab second place on the frame and shape a five-day cume of $15.3 million.
Summit Entertainment's R-rated horror pic "Sorority Row" opened limply with $5.3 million in sixth place, and Warner Bros.' Kate Beckinsale starrer "Whiteout" debuted with just $5.1 million in seventh. The top second-week holdover -- Fox's Sandra Bullock-Bradley Cooper starrer "All About Steve" -- fell a modest 48% from its first Friday-Sunday frame to $5.8 million in fourth place, good for a $21.8 million cume.
Collectively, the fall boxoffice season's inaugural weekend produced $73 million from its top 10 finishers, or »
- By Carl DiOrio
7 September 2009 9:04 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Fox's Sandra Bullock starrer "All About Steve" proved the weekend's strongest new pic with an estimated $13.9 million in third place, as Warner Bros.' 3D frightfest "The Final Destination" repeated at No. 1 with $15.4 million through Labor Day.
"Destination" boasts cumulative domestic boxoffice totaling $50.6 million through its first 11 days, despite dropping 55% in its latest Friday-Sunday grosses. The four-day weekend's two other wide openers drew lackluster support: Lionsgate's sci-fi action pic "Gamer" fetched $11.2 million in fourth place, and Miramax's R-rated comedy "Extract" pulled in just $5.3 million in 10th.
The Weinstein Co.'s horror film" Halloween II" fell 66% in its sophomore session, scaring up $7.1 million in sixth place over its latest four days for a $27.1 million cume. But the indie's Brad Pitt starrer "Inglourious Basterds" -- a co-production with Universal and Relativity -- is showing sturdy legs, taking second place in its third frame with $15 million and a $95.2 million cume.
- By Carl DiOrio
An odd assortment of summer holdovers hit theatres today including Gamer (the latest action flick from the writer/director team behind Crank), Mike Judge's new comedy Extract, and the Sandra Bullock comedy All About Steve. The Chris Pine post-apocalyptic horror film Carriers is also out this weekend, although Paramount Vantage has opted to give it a very small release on just 100 screens. Also in limited release is the Renée Zellweger period comedy My One and Only. What will you be checking out? Extract  Gamer  All About Steve  Carriers  (limited) Amreeka  (limited) My One and Only  (limited)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1225822/  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1034032/  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0881891/  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0806203/  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1190858/  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1185431/For More Daily Movie Goodness, Visit Filmjunk.Com! »
Photo: Freestyle Releasing I guess I shouldn't be too surprised there is a mild bit of Oscar buzz surrounding Renee Zellweger and her performance in My One and Only, especially since it now seems as if every performance Zellweger gives is going to be no different than the last. She's been nominated before for doing the same thing, why not this time? Right? Of course, this is hardly a ringing endorsement, but I will admit My One and Only isn't the cliched tedium I expected it to be based on the film's generic trailer. Instead, it has several sweet family moments and an ending I really thought pulled things together nicely. As for Zellweger, she's perfectly fine, but she has done little to really impress me since Cold Mountain in 2003 and of course Chicago one year earlier. However, »
- Brad Brevet
See new clips from "My One and Only," starring Renée Zellweger, Kevin Bacon, Logan Lerman and Chris Noth. The film is helmed by Richard Loncraine from the writing by Charlie Peters. Aaron Ryder and Norton Herrick produce. The romantic comedy sees limited areas on September 4th. Plot: The tires of a baby-blue ’53 Cadillac Coupe de Ville convertible squeal down the New York street, and none of its occupants looks back. The beautiful but mercurial Ann Devereaux (Renée Zellweger) has just left her philandering husband Dan Devereaux (Kevin Bacon), a society bandleader, and taken to the road with her teenage sons, George (Logan Lerman) and Robbie (Mark Rendall), in search of a wealthy replacement mate. Although it’s 1953, Ann is certain that her girlish »
Logan Lerman may be the next Daniel Radcliffe, but unlike his predecessor, he won't have come out of nowhere. Lerman is the lead in February's fantasy adventure Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (directed by Chris Columbus, who helmed the first two Harry Potter films), but he first gained notice five years ago as one of the titular brothers in the WB drama Jack & Bobby. Now, Lerman's got two different films hitting theaters: My One and Only, where he plays a young George Hamilton opposite Renée Zellweger, and Gamer, an action movie from Crank masterminds Neveldine/Taylor.
30 August 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Underscoring the arrival of 3D cinema, Warner Bros.' gorefest "The Final Destination" topped the domestic boxoffice during the weekend with a surprisingly strong, franchise-best bow estimated at $28.3 million.
Rob Zombie's "Halloween II" had tricked some prerelease forecasters into predicting a No. 1 debut for the sequel horror remake but still proved treat enough for the Weinstein Co. with a solid $17.4 million in third place. Execs said they were sufficiently pleased with the bow -- and impressed enough with the rival pic's opening -- to greenlight production of "Halloween 3D" for release next summer.
Meanwhile, the Weinstein-distributed "Inglourious Basterds" fell a relatively modest 47% from its week-earlier opening tally to ring up $20 million in second place and $73.8 million in cumulative boxoffice.
Focus Features' Ang Lee-directed "Taking Woodstock" scored a so-so $3.7 million from 1,393 playdates to camp out in ninth place during its first Friday-Sunday frame. Two days of early solo engagements »
- By Carl DiOrio
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