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Colin Firth and Natalie Portman win big on Oscar night

Colin Firth and Natalie Portman win big on Oscar night

Colin Firth and Natalie Portman win big on Oscar night

Colin Firth has won the best-actor Academy Award for his role of the stammering King George VI in “The King’s Speech,” while Natalie Portman danced away with the best-actress award as the sexually-charged ballerina in “Black Swan.” The actress, who draped her baby bump in a purple Rodarte gown at the 83rd annual Academy Awards on Sunday, beat out four-time nominee Annette Benning for “The Kids Are All Right,” Nicole Kidman for “Rabbit Hole,” Jennifer Lawrence for “Winter’s Bone,” and Michelle Williams for “Blue Valentine.”

“This is insane. … I’m so grateful to do the job that I do,” Portman said.

Meanwhile, Firth reaction was a little different when he accepted the honor.

“I have a feeling my career just peaked,” Firth joked.

“The King’s Speech,” “Glee” Lead Golden Globe Award Nominations.

"The King's Speech," "Glee" Lead Golden Globe Award Nominations.

"The King's Speech," "Glee" Lead Golden Globe Award Nominations.

“The King’s Speech,” “Glee” Lead Golden Globe Award Nominations. The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations are in and there are some surprises. While “The King’s Speech” earned the most nods with 7, including Best Picture, recent critically-panned fare like “Burlesque” and “The Tourist” also earned Best Picture nominations. “The King’s Speech,” the latest award-baiting Colin Firth drama, earned nods for Best Picture – Drama, Best Actor – Drama for Firth, Best Supporting Actor for Geoffrey Rush, Best Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Original Score. The David Fincher-directed Facebook drama “The Social Network” and the Mark Wahlberg-starring “The Fighter” trailed with six nods each. “The Social Network” also included nods for stars Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, while “The Fighter” picked up acting nominations Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Melissa Leo. The surprises come in the varied Best Picture – Musical or Comedy category, which honored the polarizing “Alice in Wonderland” remake, the acclaimed “The Kids Are All Right,” the Bruce Willis-starring “Red,” and the recently panned “Burlesque” and “The Tourist.” Is this a clever way to ensure “The Kids Are All Right” the win? Johnny Depp is also a double-nominee this year in the Best Actor – Musical or Comedy category, where he’s being honored for his turn as the Mad Hatter in “Alice in Wonderland,” and for “The Tourist.” Angelina Jolie picked up a nomination is the Best Actress – Musical or Comedy category, as did Emma Stone for “Easy A.” On the television front, “Glee” was the front-runner, earning five nominations, including Best TV Series – Musical or Comedy, and acting nods for Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, and Chris Colfer.   Eight other shows, including “Modern Family,” “30 Rock,” “Mad Men,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “Dexter,” all scored three nominations each.
68th Annual Golden Globes Nominees:

Best Picture — Drama

Black Swan

The Fighter


The King’s Speech

The Social Network

Best Picture — Musical or Comedy

Alice in Wonderland


The Kids Are All Right


The Tourist

Best Actor — Drama

Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

James Franco, 127 Hours

Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine

Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

Best Actress — Drama

Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice

Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole

Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone

Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Actor — Musical or Comedy

Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland

Johnny Depp, The Tourist

Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version

Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs

Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack

Best Actress — Musical or Comedy

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs

Angelina Jolie, The Tourist

Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right

Emma Stone, Easy A

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, The Fighter

Michael Douglas, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Andrew Garfield, The Social Network

Jeremy Renner, The Town

Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, The Fighter

Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech

Mila Kunis, Black Swan

Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Director

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan

David Fincher, The Social Network

Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech

Christopher Nolan, Inception

David O. Russell, The Fighter

Best Screenplay

127 Hours, Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle

Inception, Christopher Nolan

The Kids Are All Right, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg

The King’s Speech, David Seidler

The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin

Best Original Song

“Bound to You,” Burlesque (performed by Christina Aguilera; written by Samuel Dixon, Christina Aguilera and Sia Furler)

“Coming Home,” Country Strong (performed by Gwyneth Paltrow; written by Bob PiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey, Troy Verges)

“I See the Light,” Tangled (performed by Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi; written by Alan Menken & Glenn Slater)

“There’s a Place For Us,” The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (performed by Carrie Underwood; written by Carrie Underwood, David Hodges, Hillary Lindsey)

“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me Yet,” Burlesque (performed by Cher; written by Diane Warren)

Best Original Score

Inception, Hans Zimmer

The King’s Speech, Alexandre Desplat

The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Alice in Wonderland, Danny Elfman

127 Hours, A.R. Rahman

Best Foreign Language Film


The Concert

The Edge

I Am Love

In a Better World

Best Animated Feature

Despicable Me

How to Train Your Dragon

The Illusionist


Toy Story 3


Best TV Series — Drama

Boardwalk Empire


The Good Wife

Mad Men

The Walking Dead

Best TV Series — Musical or Comedy

30 Rock

The Big Bang Theory

The Big C


Modern Family

Nurse Jackie

Best Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie


The Pacific

The Pillars of the Earth

Temple Grandin

You Don’t Know Jack

Best Actor — Drama

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Hugh Laurie, House M.D.

Best Actress — Drama

Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs

Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy

Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Best Actor — Musical or Comedy

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Steve Carell, The Office

Thomas Jane, Hung

Matthew Morrison, Glee

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Thoery

Best Actress — Musical or Comedy

Toni Collette, United States of Tara

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Laura Linney, The Big C

Lea Michele, Glee

Best Actor — Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie

Idris Elba, Luther

Ian McShane, Pillars of the Earth

Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack

Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship

Edgar Ramirez, Carlos

Best Actress — Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie

Hayley Atwell, Pillars of the Earth

Claire Danes, Temple Grandin

Judi Dench, Return to Cranford

Romola Garai, Emma

Jennifer Love Hewitt, The Client List

Best Supporting Actor in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie

Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-0

Chris Colfer, Glee

Chris Noth, The Good Wife

David Strathairn, Temple Grandin

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actress in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie

Hope Davis, The Special Relationship

Jane Lynch, Glee

Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire

Julia Stiles, Dexter

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Andrew Garfield will be playing the As The Next “Spider-Man”.

Andrew Garfield

Andrew Garfield

Andrew Garfield will be playing the As The Next “Spider-Man”. Sony Names Andrew Garfield As The Next “Spider-Man”.  The “Spider-Man” reboot has tapped Garfield to play the lead. Andrew Garfield, that is. The relatively unknown 26-year-old actor will be playing the Marvel superhero in the rebooted Sony version. Garfield, who was named by Variety as one of its 10 Actors to watch in 2007, apparently beat Jamie Bell and Alden Ehrenreich for the part. Hundreds were also considered for the role before the three managed to outshine the rest, according to Variety. The actor may be relatively new in the industry, but this isn’t his first acting job. He made his film debut in “Lions for Lambs” in 2007. He was also in the 2008 Scarlett Johansson-Natalie Portman-starrer “The Other Boleyn Girl” and in last year’s “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.” He will appear in “The Social Network” with Jesse Eisenberg later this year. March Webb will be directing the untitled 3-D “Spider-Man” from early December for a July 3, 2012 release date.

Sundance 2010: ‘Buried’ lands first big deal, at $3.2 million

Sundance 2010: 'Buried' lands first big deal, at $3.2 million

Sundance 2010: 'Buried' lands first big deal, at $3.2 million

In the first blockbuster sale of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, Lionsgate has bought the claustrophobic thriller “Buried” following an aggressive negotiation Sunday. The studio behind the Sundance hits “Open Water,”  “Saw” and “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” paid about $3.2 million for the film’s North American distribution rights, getting a movie that attracted several other interested distributors, most notably Fox Searclight.   The $3-million movie by Spanish director Rodrigo Cortes screened to a raucous crowd at 11:30 p.m. Saturday and the bidding on the film with sales agent United Talent Agency started in earnest as soon as the sun rose Sunday morning. Joe Drake, Lionsgate’s motion picture group president, watched the 94-minute movie back in Los Angeles, after his distribution executives saw the film in its initial Park City at Midnight screening. With Drake’s enthusiastic support, the distribution deal was wrapped up quickly.  “‘Buried’ is a powerful reminder that all you really need for an unforgettable movie experience is a great story, inventive filmmaking and brilliant acting,” Jason Constantine, Lionsgate’s president of acquisitions and co-productions, said in a statement.  The movie unfolds entirely within the confines of a coffin buried somewhere in Iraq. Trapped inside the cramped wooden box is Paul Conroy (“The Proposal’s” Ryan Reynolds), a civilian truck driver who has been captured following a roadside bombing of his convoy. His unseen captors are seeking a $5-million ransom, and Conroy has only a mobile phone (with a dying battery) to somehow try to raise the money. As Conroy calls everywhere seeking help, he is met with answering machines from loved ones, heartless corporate bosses and ineffectual rescuers. Conroy has a cigarette lighter to see around the coffin, which is quickly filling with sand, when not visited by a long snake. As time is running out, Conroy becomes increasingly desperate. Among other companies interested in the film, according to people close to the talks, was Fox Searchlight. Some of the festival’s most prominent distribution executives — including from Fox Searchlight — were not at the midnight screening, instead seeing the movie Sunday morning in a public screening  at Salt Lake City’s Broadway Centre Cinemas. Because Drake’s Los Angeles screening started earlier, Lionsgate gained the inside negotiating advantage, according to people familiar with the deal, and the studio rushed to close the deal before the Salt Lake screening was finished. At least one other bidder feared the asking price was too high.  Working from screenwriter Chris Sparling’s original script, “Buried” director Cortes shot the movie in Barcelona, using seven coffins (some with removable sides to accommodate cameras) to shoot the actions. Reynolds says he suffered from countless burns and splinters in making the movie, and did not use a stunt double for the movie’s most harrowing scenes.  Early fan boy reaction was positive. Lionsgate did not immediately say when it was releasing the film, but it could be in theaters as early as late spring. With its marketing commitments for the film, Lionsgate’s overall deal could reach $10 million.  Sales have been particularly slow at the 26th annual festival for movies made outside the studio system, considered the nation’s most important film festival. Many of the festival’s earliest — and most star-laden –movies did not sell in the hours (and even days) after their first sales screenings.   Instead, the buyers’ attention was focused on smaller genre titles like the low-budget road comedy “Douchebag,” the digital-age romance documentary “Catfish” and the Afghanistan war documentary “Restrepo.”   Among the high-profile movies that did not immediatelty sell were Ben Affleck and Kevin Costner in the layoff story “The Company Men,” Natalie Portman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the dark comedy “Hesher,” Kristen Stewart and James Gandolfini in the runaway redemption tale “Welcome to the Rileys” and James Franco as poet Allen Ginsberg in “Howl.”

Natalie Portman the woman behind the ‘Brothers’

Natalie-PortmanIt’s an overcast Saturday afternoon, and inside a swanky Manhattan hotel room, Natalie Portman delicately sips on a cup of tea. “I’ve been doing interviews since I was 12,” muses the 28-year-old almost incredulously. For her latest film, “Brothers,” she plays a mother — and a heartbreakingly courageous one, too — for the first time.  “I guess it’s a historical feminine trait … to be able to rise to the occasion,” Portman says of her role as military wife Grace Cahill. A welcome respite from the self-proclaimed “cute girl parts” Continue reading →

Robert Pattinson, Zac Efron Nominated for Choice Male Hottie Teen Choice Award

taylor-kitschRobert Pattinson and Zac Efron are vying for Choice Male Hottie Teen Choice Award with the likes of Chace Crawford, Jonas Brothers, and Taylor Kitsch.  The list of nominees for 2009 Teen Choice Awards has been unveiled and it sees the likes of Robert Pattinson and Zac Efron being nominated for Choice Male Hottie prize. Both movie heartthrobs vie for the category with fellow actors that include Chace Crawford, Jonas Brothers, and Taylor Kitsch. Zac and the Jonas boys, additionally, are nominated for Choice Red Carpet Icon: Male. Their competitors for the gong include “American Idol” season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert, Justin Timberlake, and Kanye West.  As for Choice Female Hottie Teen Choice Award, the nominees are Miley Cyrus, Megan Fox, Vanessa Hudgens, Beyonce Knowles, and Blake Lively. Miley, in the meantime, is also nominated for the category of Choice Red Carpet Icon: Female. She competes against the likes of Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Rachel Bilson, and Eva Longoria. Beside them all, this year’s Teen Choice Awards also lists senior actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie among its nominees. The celebrity partners are vying for the category of Choice Celebrity Activist.  2009 Teen Choice Awards will be aired Monday, August 10, on FOX. Jonas Brothers have been tapped to serve as both hosts and performers at the 11th annual awards gala. Fans ages 13-19 can vote once each day for their favorite in movie, TV, music, and other categories starting from today at Teen Choice Awards 2009.

List of 2009 Teen Choice Awards Nominees in Sports and Other Categories:

Choice Male Hottie
Chace Crawford
Zac Efron
Jonas Brothers
Taylor Kitsch
Robert Pattinson

Choice Female Hottie
Miley Cyrus
Megan Fox
Vanessa Hudgens
Beyonce Knowles
Blake Lively

Choice Web Star
Will Ferrell
Perez Hilton
Ashton Kutcher
Andy Samberg

Choice Red Carpet Icon: Male
Zac Efron
Jonas Brothers
Adam Lambert
Justin Timberlake
Kanye West

Choice Red Carpet Icon: Female
Rachel Bilson
Miley Cyrus
Selena Gomez
Demi Lovato
Eva Longoria

Choice Comedian
Dane Cook
Kathy Griffin
George Lopez
Amy Poehler
Andy Samberg

Choice Celebrity Activist

Leonardo DiCaprio
Angelina Jolie
Hayden Panettiere
Brad Pitt
Natalie Portman

Choice Athlete: Male
David Beckham
Kobe Bryant
Roger Federer
Michael Phelps
Tiger Woods

Choice Athlete: Female
Shawn Johnson
Nastia Liukin
Danica Patrick
Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor
Serena Williams

Choice Action Sports Athlete: Male
Paul Rodriguez (Skateboarding)
Ryan Sheckler (Skateboarding)
Kelly Slater (Surfing)
James Stewart (Motocross)
Shaun White (Snowboarding)

Choice Action Sports Athlete: Female
Gretchen Bleiler (Snowboarding)
Torah Bright (Snowboarding)
Stephanie Gilmore (Surfing)
Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins (Skateboarding)
Carissa Moore (Surfing)

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