A BIGGER AND BRIGHTER NEW YEAR FOR ALL OF US!!! 


Hi y'all...just wishing y'all a Happy and Wonderfully Blessed New Year!

May all your hopes and dreams come true!

True to tradition, here's a list of what I'm promising myself to do in 2008:

1. Continue to regularly update this site with more movie news and reviews (as it is, I try to update it at least twice a day)
2. Continue to be frank and truthful and fun with my movie reviews, 'cause after all, it's just movies y'all...
3. Continue to spread my love for the cinema to anybody willing to listen!
4. The big one -- LOSE WEIGHT!!!

So let me go and eat more holiday snacks, and worry about my carbs and fat in 2008!!!

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!


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"NATIONAL TREASURE 2" FINDS MORE BOX-OFFICE FORTUNE!!! 


"National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets" finds fresh fortune at the box-office with an estimated $35.6 million worth of tickets raising its domestic total to $124 million since it opened Dec. 21st.

Meanwhile, Will Smith continues to enjoy legendary box-office numbers with $27.5 million take, lifting its domestic total to $194.6 million.

Hollywood will finish the year with record revenues of about $9.7 billion, up from the previous best of $9.45 billion in 2004, according to box-office tracker Media By Numbers.


But a better news is "There Will Be Blood," my second favorite film of the year, opened with huge numbers in limited release! The fantastic film took in $185,525 over the weekend and $309,703 since opening Wednesday. It expands to the top 10 markets Friday.

Here's the complete list of the top 10 box-office films for week of Dec. 28th:
1. "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets," $35.6 million

2. "Alvin and the Chipmunks," $30 million

3. "I Am Legend," $27.5 million

4. "Charlie Wilson's War," $11.8 million

5. "Juno," $10.3 million

6. "Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem," $10.05 million

7. "The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep," $9.2 million


8. "P.S. I Love You," $9.1 million

9. "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, $8 million

10. "Enchanted," $6.5 million

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MOVE OVER GUY RITCHIE, MADONNA'S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT TO BE SCREENED!!!! 


Look at Miss Madonna...all directorial-looking! And I just love her!

I know, it's a cliche and stereotype...but I love Madonna...everything I learned in life, I learned from her, well, not quite everything.

It goes back to my love for artists who defy gravity! So whether it's Madonna or Joss Whedon's "Buffy," I fall for people who can make a statement out of their respective art.

So now, I'm very curious to see Madonna's directorial debut, "Filth and Wisdom," starring Stephen Graham and Richard E. Grant.

It's a short film that will unspool in the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama sidebar. Panorama seeks to present the highest-profile films of the coming arthouse season.

More than 20,000 moviegoers are expected to participate in the Panorama Audience Awards, which are presented Feb. 17.

The full Panorama lineup will be announced in January.

The Berlinale runs Feb. 7-17.

So let's see, I love Madonna, I love short films, should I start planning to going to Berlin in February?


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THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD SENDS OUT AWARD BALLOTS!!! 


SAG members are due to receive their ballots for voting in the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Ballots have been mailed Friday, and nearly 100,000 actors will receive ballots and can vote either by mail or online.

The members must return their votes to be received by noon on January 25th.

Results will be announced January 27th.

SAG Awards are often a good barometer for the best acting categories for the Oscars, so stay tuned!

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25 FILMS ADDED TO THE NATIONAL FILM REGISTRY 


"Back to the Future" is one of the 25 American films added to the Library of Congress national registry. "Bullitt," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Days of Heaven" and "Dances With Wolves" have also been added.

The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress.

The National Film Registry is meant to preserve up to twenty-five "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films" each year; to be eligible, films must be at least ten years old.

The Registry is meant to showcase the full range and diversity of American film heritage. With the new addition of 25 movies, there are now 475 films preserved in the National Film Registry.

Others selected this year:

"The Naked City" (1948)
"Oklahoma!" (1955)
"12 Angry Men" (1957)
"The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962)
"Tol'able David" (1921)
"The Strong Man" (1926)
"Mighty Like a Moose" (1926)
"The Sex Life of the Polyp" (1928)
"Grand Hotel" (1932)
"Three Little Pigs" (1933)
"Our Day" (1938)
"Wuthering Heights" (1939)
"The Women" (1939)
"Dance, Girl, Dance" (1940)
"Now, Voyager" (1942)
"The House I Live In" (1945)
"In a Lonely Place" (1950)
"Glimpse of the Garden" (1957)
"Tom, Tom the Piper's Son" (1969-71)
"Peege" (1972).

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