"An Education" Tops London Film Critics' Circle Awards 

The coming of age tale, "An Education," topped the London Film Critics' Circle Awards nominations. The film picked up seven nominations including actress for Carey Mulligan and screenwriter of the year for Nick Hornby.

Quentin Tarantino is set to receive the Critics' Circle's highest honor, the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Cinema. The 30th Awards will take plave on February 18 at the Landmark Hotel, Marylebone.

Here are the nominees:

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILM-MAKER
Daniel Barber - Harry Brown
Armando Ianucci - In the Loop
Duncan Jones – Moon
Peter Strickland - Katalin Varga
Sam Taylor-Wood - Nowhere Boy

THE ATTENBOROUGH AWARD: BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR
Bright Star
An Education
Fish Tank
In the Loop and Moon

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
The Class
Katyn
Let the Right One In
A Prophet
The White Ribbon

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Jacques Audiard - A Prophet
Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
James Cameron – Avatar
Michael Haneke - The White Ribbon
Jason Reitman - Up in the Air

BRITISH DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Andrea Arnold - Fish Tank
Armando Iannucci - In the Loop
Duncan Jones – Moon
Kevin Macdonald - State of Play
Sam Taylor-Wood - Nowhere Boy

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart
George Clooney - Up in the Air
Tahar Rahim - A Prophet
Michael Stuhlbarg - A Serious Man
Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Abbie Cornish - Bright Star
Vera Farmiga - Up in the Air
Mo'Nique – Precious
Carey Mulligan - An Education
Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Peter Capaldi - In the Loop
Colin Firth - A Single Man
Tom Hardy – Bronson
Christian MacKay - Me and Orson Welles
Andy Serkis - Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Emily Blunt - The Young Victoria
Helen Mirren - The Last Station
Carey Mulligan - An Education
Katie Jarvis - Fish Tank
Kristin Scott Thomas - Nowhere Boy

BRITISH ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Michael Fassbender* - Fish Tank
John Hurt - 44 Inch Chest
Jason Isaacs – Good
Alfred Molina - An Education
Timothy Spall - The Damned United

BRITISH ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Emily Blunt - Sunshine Cleaning
Anne-Marie Duff - Nowhere Boy
Rosamund Pike - An Education
Kierston Wareing - Fish Tank
Olivia Williams - An Education

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche - In the Loop
Thomas Bidegain & Jacques Audiard - A Prophet
Joel & Ethan Coen - A Serious Man
Michael Haneke - The White Ribbon
Nick Hornby - An Education

THE NSPCC AWARD: YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Katie Jarvis - Fish Tank
Aaron Johnson - Nowhere Boy and Dummy
George MacKay - The Boys Are Back
Bill Milner - Is Anybody There? and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Saoirse Ronan* - The Lovely Bones

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILM-MAKER
Daniel Barber - Harry Brown
Armando Ianucci - In the Loop
Duncan Jones – Moon
Peter Strickland - Katalin Varga
Sam Taylor-Wood - Nowhere Boy

DILYS POWELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CINEMA
Quentin Tarantino

30TH ANNIVERSARY AWARD: BEST OF OUR WINNERS SINCE 1980
Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1980)

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Houston Film Critics Hail "The Hurt Locker" as Best Picture! 

Yet more awards for Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker!" The Iraq-war drama scored high with the Houston Film Critics Society. Bigelow picked up the Best Director award and Barry Ackroyd for Best Cinematography.

The complete list of the winners of the Houston Film Critics Society Awards:

Best Picture: “The Hurt Locker”

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”

Best Actor: George Clooney, “Up in the Air”

Best Actress: Carey Mulligan, “An Education”

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Supporting Actress: Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”

Best Screenplay: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, “Up in the Air”

Best Animated Film: “Up”

Best Cinematography: Barry Ackroyd, “The Hurt Locker”

Best Documentary: “The Cove”

Best Foreign Film: “Sin Nombre”

Best Original Score: Michael Giacchino, “Up”

Best Original Song: “Petey’s Song” by Jarvis Cocker, Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach,”The Fantastic Mr. Fox”

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Brittany Murphy Dies at 32 


It's confirmed! Brittany Murphy died Sunday morning. She was 32.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

The report cites multiple sources claiming that she went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

The Associated Press reported that the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a 911 call from the home of screenwriter Simon Monjack, Murphy's husband, on Sunday morning. Fire Department spokesman Devon Gale said the call was made at 8 a.m. and that one person was transported to a hospital.

Messages left for Murphy's manager, agent and publicist weren't immediately returned.

Murphy was best known for her roles in "Clueless," "8 Mile" and "Don't Say a Word."


And TMZ is updating this developing story. Follow their updates right here.

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"Avatar" Opens Worldwide with $232.2 Million Box Office Take 


James Cameron must be feeling a lot like the king of the world again. "Avatar" debuted at No. 1 with $73 million domestic, and $159.22 million overseas, for a grand total of $232.2 million worldwide!

Many insiders were saying that "Avatar's" box-office take could have been higher but bad winter storms in the east coast prevented some moviegoers to enjoy Cameron's masterpiece.

(Check out my review of "Avatar" here)

Produced at an earth-shattering budget of $400 million, distributor 20th Century Fox was happy with the film's weekend box-office take. The film, starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver, bumped previous weekend winner, "The Princess and the Frog," to No. 2.

The Walt Disney flick took in $12.2 million. "The Blind Side," featuring Golden Globe award nominee Sandra Bullock, came in at No. 3 with $10 million.

Buoyed by its Golden Globes nominations, Paramount's "Up in the Air" broke into the top 10 at No. 8 with $3.1 million. From director Jason Reitman and starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, and Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air" is one of my favorite films of 2009.

(Check out my review of "Up in the Air" plus my interviews with Reitman, Farmiga, and Kendrick right here)

"Up in the Air" opens nationwide Wednesday.

Another film shining in limited release is the musical "Nine." (Check out my movie review of "Nine" right here)

The Weinstein Co. flick opened big with $246,933 in just four theaters! That's roughly $61,733 per cinema.

1. "Avatar," $73 million.
2. "The Princess and the Frog," $12.2 million.
3. "The Blind Side," $10 million.
4. "Did You Hear About the Morgans?", $7 million.
5. "The Twilight Saga" New Moon," $4.4 million.
6. "Invictus," $4.2 million.
7. "Disney's a Christmas Carol," $3.4 million.
8. "Up in the Air," $3.1 million.
9. "Brothers," $2.6 million.
10. "Old Dogs," $2.3 million.

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Casting Call Alert: Coen Brothers Looking for Mattie Ross in "True Grit" 


As we mentioned before, the Coen brothers and Paramount are remaking "True Grit" based on Charles Portis novel. Now, they've launched their search for the young female lead, Mattie Ross, played by Kim Darby (pictured) in the original 1969 film that won John Wayne a Best Actor Oscar.

They're looking for a girl between the ages of 12 and 17. If you're interested, you can apply by self taping or by attending an open call in Arkansas, Mississippi, or Oklahoma in the coming weeks.

You can go to the "True Grit" casting call's official site right here.

And click here for a three-page scene from the script that you can use to practice.

This character will tag along two marshals -- to be played by Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon -- to hunt for the man who killed her father -- to be played by Josh Brolin.

Applicants, study the Mattie Ross character well, and good luck!

SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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