Monica Montenegro is an Alt Film Guide contributor-at-large.


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Edward Asner, Paula Poundstone: Art Directors Guild Awards

Edward Asner: Art Directors Guild Awards. TV veteran Edward Asner: Art Directors Guild Awards Veteran television and film actor Edward Asner was one of the presenters at the 2012 Art Directors Guild Awards held last Saturday, Feb. 5, at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. […]


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Edward Asner, Paula Poundstone: Art Directors Guild Awards



Chris Evans Shirtless Photo Shoot

Chris Evans shirtless, tattoos picture. You can check out Chris Evans shirtless and with his tattoos in full view in samples of Evans' photo shoot for Details magazine. Those images will likely serve as a sexy promo for the upcoming The Avengers movie, which opens May 4. In The Avengers, […]


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Chris Evans Shirtless Photo Shoot



AFI Life Achievement Award Winners: From John Ford to Jane Fonda

Gregory Peck, Brock Peters in Robert Mulligan's To Kill a Mockingbird; Barbra Streisand in William Wyler's Funny Girl (bottom) This list of AFI Life Achievement Award winners was culled from Wikipedia. The number on the right represents the honorees' age at the time of the award. Shirley MacLaine will be […]


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AFI Life Achievement Award Winners: From John Ford to Jane Fonda



Charlie Sheen, Warner Bros. TV Settle TWO AND A HALF MEN Lawsuit

Charlie Sheen and Warner Bros. TV have reached an agreement. As per an official statement released by the studio, “Warner Bros. TV, Chuck Lorre and Charlie Sheen have resolved their dispute to the parties' mutual satisfaction. The pending lawsuit and arbitration will be dismissed as to all parties. The parties […]


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Charlie Sheen, Warner Bros. TV Settle TWO AND A HALF MEN Lawsuit



Golden Globes Predictions: Mariah Carey Best Supporting Actress?

2010 Golden Globe Predictions: Best Supporting Actress Mariah Carey, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire (with Gabourey Sidibe) An unglamorous social worker Penélope Cruz, Nine A film director's seductive mistress Mo'Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire (with Gabourey Sidibe) A Mom from Hell Julianne Moore, […]


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Golden Globes Predictions: Mariah Carey Best Supporting Actress?



Moscow Film Festival Awards + New Best Song Oscar Rules

Set in a small town in the early 1950s, Nikolai Dostal's Pete on the Way to Heaven revolves around a (somewhat mentally impaired) young man who pretends he's the local traffic inspector much to the amusement of his fellow denizens. Things become serious when an inmate escapes from the local […]


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Moscow Film Festival Awards + New Best Song Oscar Rules



Oscar Luncheon: Amy Adams & Marisa Tomei + Gus Van Sant & Frank Langella

Kate Winslet, David Kross in The Reader (top); Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona (middle); Viola Davis in Doubt (bottom) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that 15 of the 20 nominees in the acting categories will be among the almost 120 2009 Academy […]


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Oscar Luncheon: Amy Adams & Marisa Tomei + Gus Van Sant & Frank Langella



Richard Attenborough Award Winners + Oscar Shorts Screenings

2009 WGA Award motion picture nominations: January 7, 2009 2009 WGA Award winners: February 7, 2009 MOTION PICTURES ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Burn After Reading, Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Focus Features Milk, Written by Dustin Lance Black, Focus Features Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Written by Woody Allen, The Weinstein Company […]


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Richard Attenborough Award Winners + Oscar Shorts Screenings



Meryl Streep & Amy Adams + Joanna Cassidy & Benicio Del Toro: AFI FEST

Meryl Streep & Amy Adams 'Doubt' Premiere: AFI FEST AFI FEST 2008 opening night premiere of Miramax Film's Doubt held at ArcLight Hollywood on October 30, 2008 Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, John Patrick Shanley Meryl Streep Amy Adams Amy Adams, Meryl Streep Photos: Kevin Winter / 2008 Getty Images The […]


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Meryl Streep & Amy Adams + Joanna Cassidy & Benicio Del Toro: AFI FEST



Jason Priestley & Jason Statham + Kathleen Quinlan & Bai Ling: AFI FEST

The images below are from arrivals at AFI Fest 2008 held at Arclight Hollywood on November 6. Marisa Tomei (Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images for AFI) Mickey Rourke at the Los Angeles premiere of The Wrestler (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI) Evan Rachel Wood (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty […]


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Jason Priestley & Jason Statham + Kathleen Quinlan & Bai Ling: AFI FEST



'A Time for Justice' & 'Maya Lin' Screening + Rome Film Fest Winners

The two 1994 Oscar-winning documentaries, the short A Time for Justice (right) and the feature Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision, will be screened as part of “Oscar's Docs, Part Four: Academy Award-Winning Documentaries 1988–1997” on Monday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and […]


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'A Time for Justice' & 'Maya Lin' Screening + Rome Film Fest Winners



Student Academy Awards: Caleb Deschanel, Jason Reitman Among Presenters

'Simulacra.' 'Simulacra,' 'On the Line' among Student Academy Award winners The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 35th Annual Student Academy Awards ceremony was held earlier this evening, June 7, '08, at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. (See further below images from the Student Academy Awards […]


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Student Academy Awards: Caleb Deschanel, Jason Reitman Among Presenters



Mick Jagger & Keith Richards & Martin Scorsese + Iranian Filmmaker Mania Akbari Anti-Sexism Documentary Screening

Keith Richards, Variety editor Peter Bart, Martin Scorsese, CEO of Paramount Pictures Brad Grey, and Mick Jagger at the Daily Variety Gotham's 10th Anniversary party on March 30 '08, at Michael's in New York City. Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger Martin Scorsese and Keith Richards Photos: © Joe Kohen / […]


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Mick Jagger & Keith Richards & Martin Scorsese + Iranian Filmmaker Mania Akbari Anti-Sexism Documentary Screening



Science and Technology & Jessica Alba + Viggo Mortensen & Naomi Watts Nominated

Actress Jessica Alba (above) hosted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2008 Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards on Feb. 9 in Beverly Hills. (See photos below.) As per the Academy's press release, “in addition to nine Technical Achievement Awards (certificates), four Scientific and Technical Special Award recipients were […]


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Science and Technology & Jessica Alba + Viggo Mortensen & Naomi Watts Nominated



Marion Cotillard & Ulrich Mühe Win London + Joel & Ethan Coen Win WGA Awards

2008 London Film Critics' Circle Award nominations: Dec. 14. 2008 London Film Critics' Circle Award winners: Grosvenor House Hotel on Feb. 8. ("*" denotes the winner in each category) FILM OF THE YEAR * No Country for Old Men The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford There […]


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Marion Cotillard & Ulrich Mühe Win London + Joel & Ethan Coen Win WGA Awards



Daniel Day-Lewis Tops British Critics Awards + Joel & Ethan Coen Thriller Producers Guild Winner

2008 Evening Standard (British film/talent) award winners: Feb. 4. Note: The Best Comedy category was replaced this year by Best Score, as the jury found that British film music fared better than British film humor in 2007. ("*" denotes the winner in each category) Atonement led the Evening Standard Awards […]


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Daniel Day-Lewis Tops British Critics Awards + Joel & Ethan Coen Thriller Producers Guild Winner



Oscar Predictions: Joel & Ethan Coen Tops?

'No Country for Old Men' Best Film: No Country for Old Men Until late last week, things were still somewhat murky in the best film race. No Country for Old Men (above, with Tommy Lee Jones) and There Will Be Blood were the front-runners, while Juno was the fluffy dark […]


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Oscar Predictions: Joel & Ethan Coen Tops?



Critics Awards: Julie Christie & Daniel Day-Lewis Tops

2007 National Society of Film Critics Awards The 2007 National Society of Film Critics award winners were announced at Sardi's Restaurant in New York on January 5, 2008. The numbers in parentheses represent the points earned by each individual/film.  Best Picture There Will Be Blood (48) - Paul Thomas Anderson  The […]


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Critics Awards: Julie Christie & Daniel Day-Lewis Tops



'No Country for Old Men' Awards: Joel and Ethan Coen Thriller Critics' Best Film + More Winners

No Country for Old Men with Josh Brolin. Joel and Ethan Coen's somber, brutal thriller is easily this awards season's top Best Film choice. Besides Josh Brolin, the cast includes Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Woody Harrelson, and Kelly Macdonald. 'No Country for Old Men' awards: U.S. critics' favorite 2007 […]


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'No Country for Old Men' Awards: Joel and Ethan Coen Thriller Critics' Best Film + More Winners



Julie Christie & Daniel Day-Lewis + Amy Ryan & the Coen Brothers: More Critics Award Winners

Julie Christie in Away from Her. The top Best Actress pick of 2007 by U.S.-based film critics groups, veteran Julie Christie (Doctor Zhivago, Far from the Madding Crowd) brings to life a woman slowly losing her memory – and her personality – to Alzheimer's disease in Sarah Polley's Canadian drama […]


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Julie Christie & Daniel Day-Lewis + Amy Ryan & the Coen Brothers: More Critics Award Winners



Oscar Best Song Longlist Includes Freedom of Speech Ditty + Two Immigrant Family Dramas Top AFI Awards

Enchanted with Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey (with James Marsden in the background). Three songs from Kevin Lima's romantic fantasy are in the running for the 2008 Best Original Song Academy Award: “So Close,” “That's How You Know,” and “Happy Working Song,” composed by Alan Menken, with lyrics by Stephen […]


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Oscar Best Song Longlist Includes Freedom of Speech Ditty + Two Immigrant Family Dramas Top AFI Awards



L.A. Film Critics Go Their Own Way: Oil Baron & Edith Piaf + Surprising Romanian Actor

There Will Be Blood with Daniel Day-Lewis. Whereas Joel and Ethan Coen's thriller No Country for Old Men is the undeniable early front-runner this awards season, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association has opted for Paul Thomas Anderson's sociopolitical period drama There Will Be Blood, which also earned Anderson the […]


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L.A. Film Critics Go Their Own Way: Oil Baron & Edith Piaf + Surprising Romanian Actor



Julie Christie Best Actress: 1965 Oscar Winner Is Back + Violence & 'Blood'

Julie Christie: Best Actress in Away from Her. In Sarah Polley's Canadian drama Away from Her, National Board of Review Best Actress winner Julie Christie plays a woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease, which takes her increasingly away from husband Gordon Pinsent – especially once she develops a relationship with fellow […]


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Julie Christie Best Actress: 1965 Oscar Winner Is Back + Violence & 'Blood'



Dubai Film Festival: Belly Dancing & Frozen Body + Tony Comstock Adult Film Star Documentaries

Laura Ramsey in Whatever Lola Wants: In its Arabian Nights sidebar, the Dubai Film Festival will screen Nabil Ayouch's French-Canadian romantic drama starring U.S. actress Laura Ramsey as the titular Lola, a postal worker who travels to Egypt in search of the reclusive, legendary belly dancer Ismahan (Lebanese actress Carmen […]


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Dubai Film Festival: Belly Dancing & Frozen Body + Tony Comstock Adult Film Star Documentaries



European Film Awards: Veterans Jeanne Moreau & Liv Ullmann + Alain Resnais & Helen Mirren

Manoel de Oliveira, Jeanne Moreau, and Liv Ullmann at the European Film Awards. Veteran Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, 99 years old next Dec. 11, was the recipient of the Honorary Award at this year's European Film Awards ceremony. Despite their multitude of films over the course of more than […]


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European Film Awards: Veterans Jeanne Moreau & Liv Ullmann + Alain Resnais & Helen Mirren



Tom Cruise & Meryl Streep + Robert Redford to Open AFI FEST

The AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival – in press releases referred to as “AFI FEST 2007 presented by Audi” – has announced that Lions for Lambs (see trailer below) will be its Opening Night Gala screening on Thursday, November 1, 2007, at the ArcLight Hollywood's Cinerama Dome Theatre. Written […]


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Tom Cruise & Meryl Streep + Robert Redford to Open AFI FEST



Jean Dujardin Spy Spoof Tops Seattle Film Festival + Atlanta & Shanghai Winners

Michel Hazanavicius' French spy spoof OSS 117: Le Caire nid despions / OSS 117: Nest of Spies won the Golden Space Needle Award at the 32nd annual Seattle International Film Festival. Other winners include Best Director Goran Dukic for Wristcutters: A Love Story (U.S.), a comedy set in a way station for those who have committed suicide; […]


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Jean Dujardin Spy Spoof Tops Seattle Film Festival + Atlanta & Shanghai Winners