Loud and Proud! "The Hurt Locker" Wins Big at 46th Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards 


"The Hurt Locker" won top honors at the Cinema Audio Society's 46th Annual CAS Awards. The fantastic Iraq-war drama took home the outstanding achievement in sound mixing award beating "Avatar," "District 9," "Star Trek," and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

Uh-oh, will "The Hurt Locker" beat "Avatar" at the Oscars for best sound editing and best sound mixing? Stay tuned...

To see the complete list of nominees and winners at the 46th Annual CAS Awards, click here.

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"White Ribbon" Wins American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Feature Film 


The beautiful black and white cinematography by Austrian Christian Berger for "The White Ribbon" won the American Society of Cinematographers' feature competition at the 24th Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards.

"The White Ribbon's" Berger beat tough competitors such as Barry Ackroyd for "The Hurt Locker," Mauro Fiore for "Avatar," Robert Richardson for "Inglourious Basterds," and Dion Beebe for "Nine."

"The White Ribbon," also nominated for foreign language film at this year's Oscars, is the second black-and-white film to win the ASC award. In 2002, Roger Deakins won the trophy for "The Man Who Wasn't There."

But I have a sneaky feeling that "The White Ribbon" will not win best cinematography at the Academy Awards. Why? Because when Deakins won the ASC award in 2002, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings," shot by Andrew Lesnie, won the Oscar for cinematography that year.

So "Avatar" still has a strong chance of winning the Oscar trophy.

For more on the ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards, click here.

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"A Prophet" Wins 9 Cesar Awards, Harrison Ford Honored 


"A Prophet" from director Jacques Audiard won nine awards at the 35th annual Cesar Awards. The Oscar nominated film for best foreign language took home best French film of the year, director, screenplay, editing, cinematography, production design, best actor, and most promising actor (best male newcomer) for Tahar Rahim. Niels Arestrup won best supporting actor also for "A Prophet."

Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" was named best foreign film of the year, beating out last year's Oscar winner "Slumdog Millionaire" and this year's blue contender, "Avatar."

Meanwhile, "Avatar's" Sigourney Weaver presented Harrison Ford with a Cesar of Honor award. Aw...

Here's the list of nominees and winners of the 35th annual Cesar Awards (winners are highlighted):

Best Film
A l’Origine, Xavier Giannoli
Le Concert, Radu Mihaileanu
Les Herbes Folles, Alain Resnais
La Journee de la Jupe, Jean-Paul Lilienfeld
Rapt, Lucas Belvaux
Un Prophete, Jacques Audiard
Welcome, Philippe Lioret

Best Director
Jacques Audiard for Un Prophete

Lucas Belvaux for Rapt
Xavier Giannoli for A l’Origine
Philippe Lioret for Welcome
Radu Mihaileanu for Le Concert

Best First Film
Les Beaux Gosses, Riad Sattouf

Le Dernier pour la Route, Philippe Godeau
Espion(s), Nicolas Saada
La Premiere Etiole, Lucien Jean-Baptiste
Qu’un Seul Tienne et les Autres Suivront, Lea Fehner

Best Actress
Isabelle Adjani in La Journee de la Jupe

Domique Blanc in L’Autre
Sandrine Kiberlain in Mademoiselle Chambon
Kristin Scott Thomas in Partir
Audrey Tautou in Coco Avant Chanel

Best Supporting Actress
Aure Atika in Mademoiselle Cambon
Anne Consigny in Rapt
Audrey Dana in Welcome
Emmanuelle Devos in A l’Origine
Noemie Lvosvsky in Les Beaux Gosses

Best Female Newcomer
Pauline Etienne in Qu’un seul tiene et les autres suivront
Florence Loiret-Caille in Je l’amais
Soko dans A l’Origine
Christa Theret in LOL
Melanie Thierry in Le dernier pour la route

Best Actor
Yvan Attal in Rapt
Francois Cluzet in A l’Origine
Francois Cluzet in Le Dernier pour la Route
Vincent Lindon in Welcome
Tahar Rahim in Un Prophete

Best Supporting Actor
Jean-Hugues Anglade in Persecution
Niels Arestrup in Un Prophete
Joeystarr in Le Bal des Actrices
Benoit Poelvoorde in Coco Avant Chanel
Michel Vuillermoz in Le Dernier pour la Route

Best Male Newcomer
Firat Ayverdi in Welcome
Adel Bencherif in Un Prophete
Vincent Lacostein Les Beaux Gosses
Tahar Rahim in Un Prophete
Vincent Rottiers in Je suis hereux que ma mere soit vivante

Best Foreign Film
Avatar, James Cameron, USA
Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood, USA
Milk, Gus Van Sant, USA
J’ai Tue Ma Mere, Xavier Dolan, Canada
Panique au Village, Stepahne Aubier and Vicent Patar, Belgium, Luxembourg and France
The White Ribbon, Michael Haneke
Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle

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Ben Stiller Admits to Me He's Working on "Zoolander 2" Sequel! 


I took part in the "Greenberg" press junket in NY, and I spoke with Greta Gerwig (the heart of the film), Rhys Ifans (the brain of the film), and Ben Stiller (the glue that keeps on ungluing himself -- brilliant performance by Stiller!). You have to watch "Greenberg" when it opens on March 26 -- Writer/Director Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale") is a keen observer of everyday life, plus the movie is a love letter to Los Angeles minus its obvious Hollywood trappings.

I will post the video of my interviews soon, but Stiller was stoic in person with a dry wit, but I made him laugh, you'll see. Towards the end of our interview, I managed to sneak in the all-important question -- "Is it true you're working on the script for 'Zoolander 2' now and why?" To which he said, "Yes, it's confirmed, Justin Theroux from 'Tropic Thunder' is collaborating on the script with me."

And while he's telling me these words, you could see a glimmer in his eye deep inside that Derek Zoolander is trying to get out...brilliant, alive!

And I said, great, he and I can sashay together! Laughter ensued...

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So, I met Mike Vogel, One of the "Captain America" Contenders! And He Said... 


I interviewed Mike Vogel for his upcoming funny film "She's Out of My League" due March 12, and I just couldn't resist to ask him about "Captain America." (I'll post my interviews as soon as I get out of this messy New York weather...it's Armageddon here! "The Day After Tomorrow" re-enactment!!!)

You see, Vogel is one of the many hopefuls to play Steve Rogers aka Captain America. (See all the other "Captain America" contenders by clicking here)

So when I asked Vogel about the screen test, he said, "I don't want to jinx it, but yes, I'm very excited to test for the film."

So the actor, who has the aw-shucks charm, and good-looking All-American boy qualities in person, opened up about the long, arduous audition process to hopefully land one of the most coveted gigs in Hollywood for young actors right now!

Let's keep our fingers crossed for him, meanwhile, maybe if we make "She's Out of My League" a hit, Marvel Studios may consider Vogel!

Just saying...

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