With 2010 on the horizon, we say goodbye to the decade. At the movies, crime and fantasy dominated the last 10 years. It was also the decade of Heath Ledger with his phenomenal turns in “The Dark Knight” and “Brokeback Mountain.”
We also saw our favorite auteurs putting their creative stamps on filmmaking. From the Coen brothers to Quentin Tarantino, the cinema was alive and well thanks to their auteurship.
Even though it was hard to whittle it down to just 10 movies, here are my picks of the Top 10 Best Films of the Decade from No. 10 to the best of the best! Read More...
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Pajiba.com revealed that Palmstar Entertainment and Animus Films are developing a biopic based on the life of Ian Fleming. Currently titled "Ian Fleming," the movie will be about the man who created James Bond.
Based on the book "Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond" by Andrew Lycett, the script by Mark Brown will focus on how Fleming got inspired to write the Secret Agent 007 character.
The best part? James McAvoy is supposed to be attached in the lead role as Fleming. This is a great casting choice for McAvoy can do edgy action ("Wanted") and give his character its much needed heart ("Atonement").
The film is an independent feature, and right now, no distributor is attached yet. The project is currently searching for a director.
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Michael Jackson's 1983 video "Thriller" is among the 25 motion pictures that have been selected this year for preservation by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.
The Hollywood Reporter tells us:
Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 films to the registry that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant, to be preserved for all time. These films are not selected as the "best" American films of all time; rather, they are chosen as works of enduring importance to American culture.
So now, "Thriller" is one of the 525 films since the Registry's inception to be preserved and honored as a significant element of our history.
Here's the complete list of 2009 selections:
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
The Exiles (1961)
Heroes All (1920)
Hot Dogs for Gauguin (1972)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
The Jungle (1967)
The Lead Shoes (1949)
Little Nemo (1911)
Mabel's Blunder (1914)
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Mrs. Miniver (1942)
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Pillow Talk (1959)
Precious Images (1986)
Quasi at the Quackadero (1975)
The Red Book (1994)
The Revenge of the Pancho Villa (1930-36)
Scratch and Crow (1995)
Stark Love (1927)
The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
A Study in Reds (1932)
Under Western Stars (1938)
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The 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Academy Award winners Marion Cotillard and Quentin Tarantino. Cotillard will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award while Tarantino will get the Sonny Bono Visionary Award.
The Awards Gala will kick off the 2010 awards season on Tuesday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
For more info, visit the Palm Springs Film Festival site right here.
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The Oklahoma Film Critics Circle picked Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War piece "The Hurt Locker" as Best Picture of 2009. Bigelow also took home the Best Director prize.
In the acting categories (it's beginning to look like a "repeat"), George Clooney for Best Actor ("Up in the Air"), Meryl Streep Best Actress ("Julie and Julia"), Christoph Waltz Best Supporting Actor ("Inglourious Basterds"), and Mo'Nique for Best Supporting Actress for "Precious."
Here's the complete list of winners of the 2009 Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards
Best Film of 2009
“The Hurt Locker”
Best 10 Films of 2009
1. “The Hurt Locker”
2. “Up in the Air”
3. “Inglourious Basterds”
4. “(500) Days of Summer”
5. “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
6. “A Serious Man”
8. “District 9”
9. “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
Best First Feature
(tie) Neill Blomkamp, “District 9” & Marc Webb, “(500) Days of Summer”
Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”
George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
Best Supporting Actress
Mo’Nique, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”
Best Screenplay (Original)
Scott Neustadtler & Michael H. Weber, “(500) Days of Summer”
Best Screenplay (Adaptation)
Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner, “Up in the Air”
“Anvil! The Story of Anvil,” directed by Sacha Gervasi
Best Foreign Film
“Coco Before Chanel,” directed by Anne Fontaine
Best Animated Film
“Fantastic Mr. Fox,” directed by Wes Anderson
Obviously Worst Film
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
Not-So-Obviously Worst Film
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