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'Juno' Movie Review - Ellen Page, Michael Cera Jason Reitman

Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Juno Directed by Jason Reitman and written by 2008 Academy Award-winner Diablo Cody, Juno is what most teen movies are not: non-commercial, with an “agenda” between the pages of its screenplay. In other words, Juno isn't an excuse for promoting a soundtrack, and because of its low budget it can take risks without worrying about the bottom line – and risks it does take. The plot follows a high-school girl, Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page), who has sex with a boy she likes, Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera). As a result of that encounter, Juno becomes pregnant. Despite the pressing issue of teen pregnancy, Juno is actually more about the girl who gets pregnant, her quirky personality, and […]


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'Juno' Movie Review - Ellen Page, Michael Cera Jason Reitman



Oscar Predictions: Best Picture, Best Screenplay

Best Picture, The Hurt Locker Also in the running: Avatar, District 9, The Blind Side, A Serious Man, Precious, Inglourious Basterds, An Education, Up, Up in the Air. Having won most guild awards, The Hurt Locker is the favorite to take home the 2010 Academy Award for Best Picture. Even so, the Iraq war drama isn't a lock (no pun intended) in that category. That has been the case even before veterans began complaining about inaccuracies in the film and before the e-mail scandal – about a couple of weeks ago, Nicolas Chartier, one of the Hurt Locker producers, sent out e-mails to various Academy members asking them to vote for his film and not for Avatar. Things haven't really […]


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Oscar Predictions: Best Picture, Best Screenplay



'The Hurt Locker,' 'Up in the Air': WGA Awards

Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker (top); Anna Kendrick, George Clooney in Up in the Air (bottom) The Writers Guild of America came up with some pretty shocking choices at their 2010 awards held this evening: Mark Boal's The Hurt Locker (directed by Kathryn Bigelow) for best original screenplay, Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner's Up in the Air (directed by Reitman) for best adapted screenplay, and Mark Monroe's The Cove (directed by Louie Psihoyos) for best documentary screenplay. Okay, so maybe those weren't exactly shocking choices – unless you see them as shocking in their utter predictability. According to one tweet by Thompson on Hollywood's Anne Thompson, Mark Boal, a journalist who spent time with the US military's Explosive Ordnance […]


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'The Hurt Locker,' 'Up in the Air': WGA Awards



Best Actor Oscar: Colin Firth & George Clooney + Jeff Bridges

Best Actor Oscar nominees Colin Firth, Jeff Bridges, George Clooney, Morgan Freeman, Jeremy Renner at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2010 Oscar Nominees Luncheon held this afternoon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. This year's five Best Actor nominees are in the running for the following films: A Single Man (Firth), The Hurt Locker (Renner), Crazy Heart (Bridges), Invictus (Freeman), and Up in the Air (Clooney). George Clooney has been the US critics' favorite, but Jeff Bridges has the awards season momentum thanks to his Golden Globe and SAG Award wins, in addition to awards from several critics' groups including the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Bridges, whose film career spans about four decades, is the […]


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Best Actor Oscar: Colin Firth & George Clooney + Jeff Bridges



'Up in the Air' Wins Scripter Award

Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, and author Walter Kirn won USC's 2010 Scripter Award for the socially conscious comedy drama Up in the Air this past Saturday. The Scripter Award goes both to the screenwriter(s) of an adapted screenplay from a literary work and to the author of the source material. Directed by Reitman, and starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, and Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air tells the story of a corporate-downsizing expert who spends most of his time either at airports or among the clouds. Competing against Up in the Air were Crazy Heart, District 9, An Education, and Precious. The last two Scripter Award winners, Slumdog Millionaire (2009) and No Country for Old Men (2008), went on to […]


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'Up in the Air' Wins Scripter Award



DGA Awards: Kathryn Bigelow First Woman Winner, Ceremony Focus on Gender

Jan. 31, '10, update: Perhaps it's a good thing that the Directors Guild Award ceremony wasn't televised. TV audiences were spared having to listen to Quentin Tarantino say “both my testicles were totally tingling through the whole thing,” following Brad Pitt's introduction to his Inglourious Basterds director. Or The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner saying – and I'm partly quoting The Wrap's Steve Pond's tweet here – that “the only thing to rival Kathryn Bigelow in a bikini is '[openly gay director] Lee Daniels in a one-piece.'” Lee Daniels one-upped Renner with an even more tasteless crack, telling Kathryn Bigelow: “Your movie is as beautiful as your legs. You make me question my sexuality.” Comments abounded on Bigelow's looks – in […]


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DGA Awards: Kathryn Bigelow First Woman Winner, Ceremony Focus on Gender



Former Husband and Wife Top Contenders: Oscar Predictions Best Director, Foreign Language Film

James Cameron, Avatar (with Sam Worthington) Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker Michael Haneke, The White Ribbon Jason Reitman, Up in the Air (with George Clooney) Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds (with Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, Eli Roth, Christoph Waltz) Four of the directors above were nominated by the Directors Guild of America. European Film Award winner Michael Haneke is the exception. We're replacing DGA choice Lee Daniels with Haneke because we've reached a tentative consensus. Actually, we've reached no consensus at all. Haneke is on the list simply because we've decided to go out on a limb once again. Of course, the DGA and the Academy seldom agree 100 percent on their choice of nominees. Smaller and […]


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Former Husband and Wife Top Contenders: Oscar Predictions Best Director, Foreign Language Film



Golden Globe Predictions: Meryl Streep & Sandra Bullock + George Clooney & Robert Downey Jr.

Vera Farmiga, George Clooney in Up in the Air (Dale Robinette / Paramount); Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie in The Hurt Locker (Jonathan Olley / Summit Entertainment); James Cameron's Avatar (WETA / 20th Century Fox) Jan. 17, '10, update: Hosted by Ricky Gervais, the 2010 Golden Globes ceremony will be broadcast live coast to coast later this evening, January 17, on NBC (5 to 8 pm PT, 8 to 11 pm ET) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. (Please, scroll down for our final predictions.) Golden Globe presenters include more than 50 stars and stars-in-the-making, from screen siren Sophia Loren to screen werewolf Taylor Lautner – and just everything in-between, including two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster, two-time Oscar winner […]


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Golden Globe Predictions: Meryl Streep & Sandra Bullock + George Clooney & Robert Downey Jr.





FILM ARCHIVES

César Nominees: 'Merry Christmas'
Stockholm Film Festival 2006 Winners
Katharine Hepburn Films: 'Stage Door,' 'The Rainmaker'
National Board of Review Awards 2008
Jane Fonda Broadway Comeback
European Film Awards 2009: THE SOUND OF INSECTS Chosen Best Documentary
'The Phantom of the Opera' & 'The White Ribbon': Halloween & History Horror
'Nine,' 'Avatar' and 'Inglourious Basterds' Top Critics Choice Nominations
Matt Bomer & Booboo Stewart + Melanie Griffith & Antonio Banderas
Oscar Best Foreign Language Film Possibilities: 'Undertow' & 'When We Leave'
Ellen Barkin & Evan Rachel Wood + Sidney Poitier & Peter Fonda: Governors Awards
Steve James/THE INTERRUPTERS, Frederick Wiseman/Censored Classic TITICUT FOLLIES: Cinema Eye Honors
Jennifer Lawrence or Jessica Chastain? New York Film Critics Awards Best Actress Predictions
Rex Harrison: From 'My Fair Lady' to 'Anna and the King of Siam'
Howard Hughes, 'Harry Potter': Best Visual Effects Academy Award Semi-Finalists