Mel Gibson will direct Leonardo DiCaprio for the very first time in an untitled drama set in the world of viking culture. "The Departed's" William Monahan is writing the script.
Shooting is expected to begin fall of 2010 and could be Gibson's next directing gig. Graham King's GK Films and Gibson's Icon Productions are co-producing.
Daily Variety tells us that:
The principals confirmed the project but would not divulge many details. DiCaprio, who has long been fascinated by Viking culture, will play one in a storyline that will be as unsparing as Gibson’s other period directing efforts “Braveheart,” “The Passion of the Christ” and “Apocalypto.”
Mel Gibson directing a period drama with Leonardo DiCaprio? I'm so there!
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Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" was the big winner at the Boston Society of Film Critics Awards taking home five awards including Best Film, Best Actor for Jeremy Renner and Best Director for Bigelow.
Meryl Streep took home the Best Actress award for her performance as Julia Child in "Julie & Julia." Christoph Waltz won the Best Supporting Actor award for his wonderful performance in "Inglourious Basterds."
Mo'Nique won Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Precious."
And the winners of the Boston Society of Film Critics Awards are:
BEST PICTURE - "The Hurt Locker"
BEST DIRECTOR - Kathryn Bigelow for "The Hurt Locker"
BEST ACTOR - Jeremy Renner for "The Hurt Locker"
BEST ACTRESS - Meryl Streep for "Julie & Julia"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Christoph Waltz for "Inglourious Basterds"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Mo’Nique for "Precious"
BEST SCREENPLAY - Joel Coen and Ethan Coen for "A Serious Man"
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - Barry Ackroyd for "The Hurt Locker"
BEST DOCUMENTARY - "The Cove"
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM - TBA
BEST ANIMATED FILM - "Up"
BEST FILM EDITING - Bob Murawski and Chris Innis for "The Hurt Locker"
BEST NEW FILMMAKER- Neill Blomkamp for "District 9"
BEST ENSEMBLE CAST - Tie between "Precious" and "Star Trek"
BEST USE OF MUSIC IN A FILM - "Crazy Heart"
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"The Hurt Locker" took the top honor at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association with director Kathryn Bigelow winning the directing award.
Jeff Bridges won the best actor award for his role as a washed-up country singer in "Crazy Heart." T Bone Burnett's music from the film also won the best score.
Belgian actress Yolande Moreau won the Best Actress prize for her role as artist Seraphine de Senlis in "Seraphine."
Mo'Nique won the Best Supporting Actress award for "Precious" while Christoph Waltz took home the Best Supporting Actor prize for "Inglourious Basterds."
And the winners of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards are:
PICTURE: "The Hurt Locker"
Runner-up: "Up in the Air"
DIRECTOR: Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"
Runner-up: Michael Haneke, "The White Ribbon"
ACTOR: Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"
Runner-up: Colin Firth, "A Single Man"
ACTRESS: Yolande Moreau, "S�raphine"
Runner-up: Carey Mulligan, "An Education"
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"
Runner-up: Peter Capaldi, "In the Loop"
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Mo'Nique, "Precious"
Runner-up: Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"
SCREENPLAY: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, "Up in the Air"
Runner-up: Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche, "In the Loop"
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Christian Berger, "The White Ribbon"
Runner-up: Barry Ackroyd, "The Hurt Locker"
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Philip Ivey, "District 9"
Runner-up: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg, "Avatar"
BEST MUSIC SCORE: T-Bone Burnett and Stephen Bruton, "Crazy Heart"
Runner-up: Alexandre Desplat, "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM: "Summer Hours"
Runner-up: "The White Ribbon"
DOCUMENTARY/NON-FICTION FILM: "The Beaches of Agnes" and "The Cove" (tie)
ANIMATION: "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
DOUGLAS EDWARDS EXPERIMENTAL/INDEPENDENT FILM/VIDEO AWARD: Anders Edstrom and C.W. Winter, "The Anchorage"
NEW GENERATION: Neill Blomkamp, "District 9"
CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Jean-Paul Belmondo
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"The Princess and the Frog," Disney's return to hand-drawn animation, leaps to No. 1 with $25 million, beating previous weekend's champ, "The Blind Side."
The Sandra Bullock starrer fell to No. 2 with $15.5 million. So far, the inspiring film already made $150.2 million at the box office. Many insiders are saying that "The Blind Side" is on its way to a domestic total of $230 million.
Released by Warner Bros. and opened the same weekend as "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," "The Blind Side" continues its stronghold while the "Twilight" sequel fell to No. 4 with $8 million weekend, raising its domestic haul to $267.4 million.
The No. 3 spot belonged to Clint Eastwood's "Invictus" earning $9.1 million at the box office. The film stars Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela who uses rugby to help unite his apartheid-torn country. Matt Damon co-stars as the captain of the rugby team, Francoise Pienaar.
Here's the estimated Top 10 Box Office list for weekend of Dec. 11th:
1. "The Princess and the Frog," $25 million.
2. "The Blind Side," $15.5 million.
3. "Invictus," $9.1 million.
4. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," $8 million.
5. "Disney's a Christmas Carol," $6.9 million.
6. "Brothers," $5 million.
7. "2012," $4.4 million.
8. "Old Dogs," $4.39 million.
9. "Armored," $3.5 million.
10. "Ninja Assassin," $2.7 million.
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“Avatar” is the kind of film that Hollywood does best and writer-director James Cameron is the perfect guy for the job. He called himself the king of the world when accepting the Best Picture Oscar trophy for 1997’s “Titanic” but since that Kate/Leo expedition, Cameron hasn’t made a full-feature film.
The director pretty much submerged himself in underwater projects such as “Aliens of the Deep” and “Ghosts of the Abyss.” With “Avatar,” I’m happy to report that yup, the king is back! Read More...
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