Marketing Horror in 3D

Add Comment on December 13, 2008 by Phil Contrino

At this October’s ShowEast, exhibitors were treated to an extended preview of Lionsgate’s My Bloody Valentine 3D. Without revealing any specifics, anybody who was in attendance would describe the clip as literally eye-popping. Considering that 2008 brought with it such family-friendly 3D films as Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Fly Me to the Moon and Bolt, My Bloody Valentine 3D will start 2009 off on a much different note as far as 3D movies is concerned.

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And The Hosting Duties Go To...

Add Comment on December 12, 2008 by Phil Contrino

Hugh Jackman has been selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to host the 81st Academy Awards ceremony on February 22, 2009. “Hugh Jackman is a consummate entertainer and an internationally renowned movie star,” said producer Laurence Mark and executive producer Bill Condon in a joint statement. “He also has style, elegance and a sense of occasion. Hugh is the ideal choice to host a celebration of the year’s movies – and to have fun doing it.” Jackman can currently be seen in theatres opposite Nicole Kidman in director Baz Luhrmann's Australia. He was also recently named the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine.

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Writing 'The Wrestler'

Add Comment on December 12, 2008 by Phil Contrino

Considering that The Wrestler is one of his first major film projects, Robert Siegel is very fortunate. Unlike the film's lead character, Randy "The Ram" Johnson, Siegel is currently on his way up in the world now that his script has been turned into one of the this year's most acclaimed films. The Wrestler is a tale about a warrior of the "squared circle" who searches for redemption in life after a health scare puts him face-to-face with his own mortality. Set in New Jersey, the film has a kind of lived-in realism to it and the wrestling events that "The Ram" participates in all feel very authentic.

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Golden Globe Nominees

Add Comment on December 11, 2008 by Phil Contrino

The Golden Globe nominations came with more than their share of surprises. After winning Best Picture from the New York Film Critics circle on Wednesday, Milk did not receive a nomination for Best Drama and neither did The Dark Knight. Milk 's Josh Brolin was also snubbed for his acclaimed supporting performance. Tom Cruise landed a Supporting Actor nomination for his scene-stealing role in Tropic Thunder and co-star Robert Downey Jr. also received a nod.

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NY Critics Choose 'Milk'

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By Phil Contrino By being named the Best Film of 2008 by the New York Film Critics Circle, Milk has cemented its reputation as one of the finest films of the year. This win will certainly help the biopic grab one of the five Best Picture spots when the Academy Award nominations are announced. Other than Milk, Happy-Go-Lucky picked up a lot of momentum from the NYFCC Awards. Sally Hawkins was named Best Actress, which comes right after the Los Angeles Film Critics Association gave her the same prize Tuesday afternoon.

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L.A. Loves WALL-E

Add Comment on December 09, 2008 by Phil Contrino

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association named WALL-E the Best Film of 2008, which marks the first time the organization has ever given that honor to an animated film. The LAFCA could not have picked a more radically different winner than the one they picked last year, Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood. This win may provide the animated flick the boost it needs to become a serious contender for the Best Picture Oscar rather than the one for Best Animated Feature. The complete list of winners: Picture: Wall-E Runner-up: The Dark Knight

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BFCA Announces Nominees

Add Comment on December 09, 2008 by BOXOFFICE Staff

The Broadcast FIlm Critics Association announced the nominees for their Critics' Choice Awards on Tuesday and the awards will be handed out on January 8. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Milk each received eight nominations. The full list of nominees: BEST PICTURE Nominees: Changeling The Curious Case of Benjamin Button The Dark Knight Doubt

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