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Oprah Winfrey considering a return to the big screen

Oprah Winfrey is reported to be considering a return to acting and is eyeing Lee Daniels’ The Butler for her silver screen comeback. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the former talk show host is mulling over an offer to co-star in the Daniels directed story of Eugene Allen, a black butler who worked at the […]

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Lenny Kravitz, Toby Jones join The Hunger Games

Lenny Kravitz has been cast as Cinna, the flashy and faithful stylist to Katniss, in Gary Ross’ adaptation of The Hunger Games. British actor Toby Jones has also joined the cast as Claudius Templesmith, the Hunger Games announcer with a booming voice. The appointments come as production begins on the hotly anticipated adaptation, but are […]

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Mama drama – Precious review

Precious – Starring Gabourey Sidibe, Mo’Nique and Paula Patton. Directed by Lee Daniels. Rated MA. Originally published February 3rd, 2010. By Simon Miraudo. If the seriousness of a film’s subject directly correlated with the film’s excellence, then Lee Daniels‘ Precious would be one of the greatest motion pictures ever made. However, that formula does not […]

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All the young dudettes – Fish Tank review

Fish Tank – Starring Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender and Kierston Wareing. Directed by Andrea Arnold. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. In the past twelve months, we’ve been treated to plenty of pictures in which men (yes, that group of wonderful, Y chromosome-having dudes that I consider myself one of) destroy the lives of perfectly pleasant […]

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The Hurt Locker takes top honours at history making Oscars

source: oscars.org The explosive war drama The Hurt Locker has won Best Picture at the 82nd Academy Awards, trumping James Cameron‘s sci-fi epic Avatar and eight other films that, frankly, never even had a chance. The film now holds the dubious distinction of being the lowest grossing film to ever win Best Picture, having taken […]

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Precious dominates Indie Spirit Awards

source: spiritawards.com Precious was given one final moment in the limelight before the Oscars by picking up major prizes at the Independent Spirit Awards. The last precursor before the Academy Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards recognise the best indie films made for less than $US20 million. They do not require a cinematic release to be […]

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Oscar fallout – the biggest snubs and shocks of this year’s nominees!

“Dear Hollywood. You’re great. From Hollywood.”We can only assume that these six words were etched upon the envelope containing the nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards. Yep, the Oscars are the most self-congratulatory event on the Hollywood calendar. But you know what? I love ‘em. I love ‘em love ‘em love ‘em. I love evaluating […]

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Mama drama – Precious review

Precious – Starring Gabourey Sidibe, Mo’Nique and Paula Patton. Directed by Lee Daniels. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. If the seriousness of a film’s subject directly correlated with the film’s excellence, then Lee Daniels‘ Precious would be one of the greatest motion pictures ever made. However, that formula does not always prove true. We’ve seen […]

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82nd Academy Award nominations!

source: oscars.org The time for speculation is over! The nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday morning in Los Angeles (Tuesday night in Australia) by Academy President Tom Sherak and 2008 Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway. So, who made the cut? Find out after the jump! Box office behemoth Avatar and Iraq war […]

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Australian film takes top prize at Sundance

source: parkrecord.com The winners of this year’s Sundance Film Festival have been announced, with Australian film Animal Kingdom taking one of the top prizes. The David Michôd directed crime drama, which stars Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton and Jackie Weaver, won the World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic. You can read more about Animal Kingdom […]

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Inglourious Basterds triumphs at SAG awards

source: sag.org Quentin Tarantino’s motley crew of Inglourious Basterds took the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards yesterday. The films’ cast, including Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Melanie Laurent and, hilariously, Mike Myers, were awarded Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock received Outstanding Actor and Actress […]

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2010 Sundance Film Festival kicks off!

source: festival.sundance.orgRobert Redford‘s independent cinema gala the Sundance Film Festival kicked off on Thursday in Park City, Utah. There will be more than 100 films from around the world on display, including the tale of an ecstasy smuggling Hasidic man (Holy Rollers), a biopic on the poet Allen Ginsberg (Howl) and the story of two […]

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Avatar, Hurt Locker, An Education lead BAFTA nominations!

source: bafta.org The British Academy of Film and Television Arts have announced the nominees for their 2010 awards ceremony. Avatar, An Education and The Hurt Locker lead the pack with 8 nominations each. They will compete for Best Film against Up in the Air and Precious. BEST FILM AVATARAN EDUCATIONTHE HURT LOCKERPRECIOUSUP IN THE AIR […]

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Golden Globe winners!

source: goldenglobes.org Today we will be live-blogging the results of the 67th Golden Globe Awards. Did Avatar win big? Did Mo’Nique or Christoph Waltz feign surprise at their victory? Did Michael Haneke take to the stage and lecture the audience on their participation in the fetishisation of violence? Read on to find out! BEST FILM […]

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WGA nominees announced!

source: wga.org The Writers Guild of America have announced their nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay. The usual suspects are here, along with some glaring omissions and a couple of surprises too. Check out the nominees below! Best Original Screenplay (500) Days of Summer – Scott Nuestadter and Michael H. WeberAvatar – […]

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National Board of Review names best films of 2009

source: nbrmp.com The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures last week handed out their awards for their favourite films of 2009. The winners are as follows: Best Film: Up in the Air Top 10 Films (not including winner): An Education, (500) Days of Summer, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Invictus, The Messenger, A Serious […]

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Precious wins top prize at Toronto International Film Festival

source: hollywoodreporter.com The story of an obese, sexually abused and pregnant teenage girl has cemented its position as an Oscar contender after claiming the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire was given the Audience Award following a critically acclaimed festival fun. The Lee Daniels’ directed […]

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