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"I haven't told anyone this, but we are going to do most of it naked and we're going to sing through the whole show". The affable actor joked during an interview backstage at the Kodak Theater. "In fact, all the acceptance speeches are going to be sung. There will be some interpretive dance behind them, and I really think it will be beautiful and touching." But don't expect People magazine's "sexiest man alive" to show everything. "There will be a strategic leaf placed here or there," he said. "We don't want to be distasteful or anything. This is a raw night. This is the Oscars. Raw emotion, that's the quality we're going for." The 40-year-old entertainer has hosted the Tony Awards three times, but this is his first time in the Oscar spotlight. "If I hadn't done the Tony's, I think I'd be a lot more nervous than I am," he said.
An underdog movie about a little guy overcoming life's enormous obstacles swept the Oscars Sunday night, as Slumdog Millionaire racked up eight Academy Awards, including those for Best Picture and for its Director, Danny Boyle. But it was not the underdog, The Wrestler star Mickey Rourke, whose career faded in the '90s, who was named Best Actor. That Oscar category was won by Sean Penn, for Milk, in which he played 1970s gay activist Harvey Milk. "I did not expect this, and I know how hard I make it to appreciate me, often," Penn said in his impassioned acceptance speech – in which he also acknowledged his fellow nominee. "Mickey Rourke rises again," said Penn, "and he is my brother." Besides Penn's Oscar, his second as Best Actor (his first was for 2003's Mystic River), Milk was also singled out for its Original Screenplay, by Dustin Lance Black. A breathless Kate Winslet was named Best Actress for her role as a troubled woman with a Nazi past in The Reader. She confided to the audience in her acceptance speech that she first pretended to win an Oscar when she was 8 and looking in the bathroom mirror, holding a shampoo bottle. Only, Sunday night on the stage of Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, she was holding a world-famous golden statuette. "Well," she said, "it's not a shampoo bottle now." She also advised her sister "goddess" nominees just to accept the overwhelming fact that they were nominated in the same category as Meryl Streep.
Robert Pattinson may be picking up that coveted popcorn statue at this year's MTV Movie Awards! The young star's mega-hit 'Twilight' ties with Oscar-winner 'Slumdog Millionaire' with each film receiving nominations in six award categories including Best Movie, Best Kiss and Breakthrough Performance Male. Breaking from the past, this year voters will determine the winners. From May 4 - May 27, viewers can visit www.MovieAwards.MTV.com and vote for their picks. The Best Movie category will remain open throughout the live show, in a race to the final minutes of the broadcast to see who wins. The show will be hosted by Andy Samberg, and broadcast live from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA on Sunday, May 31st at 9p.m./8p.m.
There's just one more day until Susan Boyle can justify her global celebrity—and live up to expectations as the bookmakers' favorite—by winning the finale of Britain's Got Talent. No pressure, though. After a tension-filled week that saw the 48-year-old Scot—unflatteringly dubbed "Ramboyle" and the "Hairy Angel" by her pals in the British press—unleash an expletive-laced rant at reporters (and maybe a judge or two), reportedly threaten to quit the reality hit and be publicly defended by the otherwise caustic Piers Morgan, there's yet one more twist to Boyle's tale. The church volunteer turned worldwide phenomenon has been placed in a safe house in advance of tomorrow's show. "I want nothing more than to stay and sing in the Britain's Got Talent final," Boyle said yesterday. "I've spent weeks rehearsing—it's all I've been thinking about. I'm not going to throw away my big chance now." Morgan confirmed that the "I Dream a Dream" songbird is currently holed up with one of her close friends at an unspecified location in London. She was previously put up by producers at the Wembley Plaza Hotel, but her outburst days ago, followed by a similar breach of decorum when police questioned her about the incident, led to the decision to transfer the front-runner to a more discreet locale. The privacy comes in the wake of public concerns about the singer's pressure-cooked state of mind, evidenced by any number of headlines proclaiming she had gone "off the Boyle." "Imagine, if you will, being anonymous for 47 years of your life, and then suddenly being propelled into genuine world superstardom," Morgan wrote in Boyle's defense on his blog this week. "The pressure from sudden global success can be enormous. "Then imagine, too, having all this go on when you are days away from the final of a competition that can make or break your career and your life. A competition that everyone expects you to win, a fact that in itself piles on even more pressure." Morgan went on to say that Boyle had found it "very, very difficult to cope" with her sudden acclaim and had even "been in tears many times during the last few days, and even, fleetingly, felt like quitting the show altogether at one point and fleeing all the attention. "I am calling today for everyone to just give her a break." No doubt adding to her mounting pressure is fellow singing prodigy Shaheen Jafargholi, a 12-year-old Welsh boy who is Boyle's biggest threat going into the competition and whose odds to win the show have increased with every one of Boyle's outbursts. Morgan himself praised Jafargholi after his Jennifer Hudson-channeling semifinal performance Tuesday, saying it was "the best singing performance we have heard in the semifinals so far." Boyle's semifinal performance of "Memory" had taken place just two days earlier. Last week, the ever-prescient Simon Cowell even declared on the show that the final would not be "the one-horse race you are going to think it is." The winner of Britain's Got Talent will be revealed Saturday.
The Teen Choice Awards, which were selected by over 83 million votes cast online, honor celebrities in TV, film, music and sports. Several winners — including 16-year-old Miley Cyrus and show hosts the Jonas Brothers — took home multiple trophies at the 11th annual ceremony at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Gibson Amphitheatre. Cyrus sailed away with six awards, winning for comedy TV show and actress for “Hannah Montana;” music/dance movie actress and hissy fit for “Hannah Montana: The Movie;” music single for “The Climb” and summer song for “Before the Storm” with the Jonas Brothers. Cyrus also presented Britney Spears the ultimate choice award. “I’m a huge fans of hers,” Cyrus said before a subdued Spears accepted her own surfboard.
Justin Timberlake and Tina Fey each took home the gold at Saturday’s Creative Arts Emmys, the TV Academy’s walk-up to the Primetime Emmys Sept. 20 on CBS, according to reports. Fey got a shout-out in the guest actress in a comedy category for her SNL spoof of Sarah Palin while Timberlake won for hosting the late-night NBC show. In the guest drama categories, Ellen Burstyn won an Emmy for appearing on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Michael J. Fox also earned one for his memorable turn on Rescue Me. In other highlights, A&E’s Intervention ruled in the reality program category and Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place took the top prize in children’s programming. And for Joss Whedon fans, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog took home the award for Short-Form Live Action Entertainment Special Class Program.
"Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire" won the top award at the Toronto International Film Festival Saturday, giving the Oprah Winfrey-produced film some early momentum heading into Oscar awards season. The film, a gritty tale of the abuse and redemption of a teenage girl in Harlem, captured the festival's People's Choice award, which is voted on by filmgoers. Last year it went to best picture Oscar winner "Slumdog Millionaire." Critics have roundly praised "Precious" since its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and audiences in Toronto warmly received the film, which is directed by Lee Daniels and will hit theaters in November.
The low-rated shows "30 Rock" and "Mad Men" shared the spotlight at the Emmy Awards for a second year on Sunday, but most of their stars were snubbed as the acting awards went to repeat winners or surprise choices. Tina Fey, the creator and star of NBC's "30 Rock," failed to defend her best comic actress title. She lost to Australia's Toni Collette, who plays a woman with multiple personalities in Showtime's "United States of Tara." Fey's co-star, Alec Baldwin, was the only one of 13 nominees from either "30 Rock" or "Mad Men" to win an acting prize, in his case for playing a bumbling network TV boss. Still, "30 Rock" was named best comedy for a third year, and "Mad Men" best drama for a second. Both prizes were announced at the end of the three-hour ceremony. "Phew! That was a nail-biter," said Fey, accepting the big prize for "30 Rock," which won just five of the leading 22 Emmys for which the cult favorite had been nominated. "Mad Men," whose audience is about 2 million on the niche cable channel AMC, won just three of the 16 Emmys for which it had been nominated. Last year, the period saga made history by becoming the first series from a cable network other than HBO to win the Emmy for best drama. "I may be the only person in the room with complete creative freedom. That's why the show is so good," said "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner, who shared the Emmy with Kater Gordon for best drama writing. Glenn Close repeated her win for best dramatic actress for her role as a ruthless lawyer in "Damages" on the FX cable channel. Accepting her award, Close called it "the character of my lifetime." Bryan Cranston, who plays a chemistry teacher who turns to drug dealing to pay for his medical bills in "Breaking Bad" on AMC, was also a repeat as best actor in a drama. Cranston told reporters backstage that the "Breaking Bad" plot was "probably the worst idea for a TV show ever. But they decided to make it anyway and I'm grateful that they did." Despite expanding the number of nominees this year to acknowledge the range of shows on more than 120 network and cable channels in the United States, upstarts like Fox's irreverent cartoon series "Family Guy" and HBO's polygamy drama "Big Love" went home empty-handed. But Cranston said the diversity of shows meant U.S. television was in "another golden age," while Close told reporters that cable TV gave writers a creative freedom lacking on formulaic network shows. "PUT DOWN THE REMOTE" Host Neil Patrick Harris, star of the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," kicked off the live telecast with a comic song and dance routine called "Put down the Remote" that urged viewers to resist the urge to switch channels or go online.
Funny and moving, the film -- which has some interesting connections to metro Detroit -- is being praised for its timeliness. It's a movie that makes you think about important journeys, and not just the kind you take in a plane. Just ask "Up in the Air" director Jason Reitman, 32, about the many years he spent working on the screenplay inspired by the 2001 novel by Walter Kirn. "When I first started writing it, I was a single guy living in an apartment. By the time I was finished, I was married, I was a father, I had a mortgage," he says in a recent phone interview. "What started out as a movie about a man who fired people became a movie about a guy who was trying to figure out who and what he wanted in his life. It did change over time." In "Up in the Air," George Clooney  plays Ryan Bingham, a city-hopping corporate downsizer who revels in the generic comforts of planes, hotels and rental cars. But Bingham's detached routine takes some compelling turns when two women enter his life: a beautiful fellow frequent flyer (Vera Farmiga) and a young efficiency expert (Anna Kendrick) with a high-tech plan that could make his traveling ways obsolete. Reitman, who also helmed "Juno " and "Thank You For Smoking ," says that the economic crisis "definitely added weight and gravity to the film." When asked about the good reviews the movie is getting, he says that it's certainly nicer than when people don't like his work. He's also modest when the topic turns to Clooney's performance, which some consider the best of the actor's career. (The National Board of Review recently gave its best actor honors to Clooney and Morgan Freeman of "Invictus.") "He takes complete ownership over his brilliance," Reitman says of the star. "I would say that one thing that this role has that separates it from the rest of his career is a true sense of vulnerability." The cast and crew shot scenes in late February at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Reitman says what brought him here was "the tax credit in Michigan -- so I really hope you guys hold on to that, because that helps movies like this get made -- but in addition to that, it's that gorgeous airport that you spent a fortune on."  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/1884196/george-clooney  http://www.shoofeetv.com/program/104354/juno  http://www.shoofeetv.com/program/106018/thank-you-smoking
The cinematic action adventure "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves" nabbed three prizes including game of the year at the Spike TV Video Game Awards. The PlayStation 3 exclusive was named top game for that console and honored for its graphics at the awards show Saturday night at the LA Live complex in downtown, which featured appearances from Stevie Wonder, Green Day and Jack Black . Snoop Dogg and The Bravery performed. "I want to see the companies that make these video games make them accessible so that people like myself can enjoy them too," Wonder said before presenting the best music game award to "The Beatles: Rock Band." Green Day announced that they would be featured in a similar standalone title by game maker Harmonix, "Green Day: Rock Band," to be released next year. Jake Gyllenhaal  promoted his Jerry Bruckheimer-produced action movie based on the "Prince of Persia" games, due out next summer, and presented the game of the year award. "Uncharted 2" earned raves from critics when it was released in October, and from attendees Saturday ranging from actor Zach Braff  to "Gears of War" designer Cliff Bleszinski. "We knew when we were making this game it was going to be good, but nobody could have predicted this kind of success," said Nolan North, the voice actor who plays "Uncharted 2's" lead character Nathan Drake. He said he and developers at Naughty Dog studios had celebrated the game's big sales "by kicking around ideas for 'Uncharted 3,' because that's what we want to do." Zachary Quinto of "Star Trek" said he'd be lending his voice to the upcoming massively multiplayer online game "Star Trek Online." Mike Tyson made an appearance alongside the cast of MTV's new "Jersey Shore" reality show, who hogged attention backstage. "Everybody in the green room is pushing all these mega-celebrities out of the way," Braff said. "Get out of the way Sam Jackson, I think 'The Situation' is coming in." Besides the awards, the show's focus was on never-before-seen previews of upcoming titles, including the rebooted, Afghanistan-set "Medal of Honor," "Batman: Arkham Asylum 2," "Crackdown 2," "The Force Unleashed 2" and "Halo: Reach."  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/3402/jack-black  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/6256/jake-gyllenhaal  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/4630/zach-braff
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 15 films vying for best visual effects consideration at the Oscars. Blockbusters such as "Avatar," "2012" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" will compete with smaller films such as "Where the Wild Things Are," "District 9" and "Coraline." The other semifinalists are: "Disney's A Christmas Carol," "G-Force," "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," "Sherlock Holmes," "Star Trek," "Terminator Salvation" and "Watchmen." The list was selected by the academy's visual effects branch executive committee, which will narrow the list to seven in January. The committee will eventually pick three films for Oscar nominations. The awards will be presented March 7.
"The White Ribbon," Michael Haneke ’s disturbing drama about strange goings-on in a remote and dysfunctional village in 1913 Germany, topped the European Film Awards on Saturday, picking up best film, director and screenwriter kudos. It was Haneke ’s second major win at the European Film Awards since 2005, when his mystery drama Cache  (Hidden) swept the event. Oscar winner Kate Winslet , who skipped the festivities, won best actress for "The Reader"; director Stephen Daldry was on hand to accept the award. Tahar Rahim took the actor prize for "Un prophete" (A Prophet), while Anthony Dod Mantle won the cinematographer award for his work on "Slumdog Millionaire " and "Antichrist." Danny Boyle ’s Oscar winning "Slumdog " also won this year’s People’s Choice Award. The first ever award for animated feature went to Jacques-Remy Girerd and Nora Twomey’s French-Italian coproduction "Mia and the Migoo." Further winners included Alberto Iglesias, who took the composer award for Pedro Almodovar’s "Broken Embraces," and Polish helmer Andrzej Wajda, who picked up the critics prize for his drama "Tatarak" (Sweet Rush). Accepting his best film prize, Haneke said his film’s pedigree as a German-Austrian-French-Italian coproduction made it the ideal candidate -- pic’s producers include Berlin-based X Filme, Vienna’s Wega Film, Paris-based Les Films du Losange and Rome’s Lucky Red. The European Film Academy paid special tributes to director Ken Loach, who was feted with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and French actress Isabelle Huppert, who received the European Achievement in World Cinema. Visibly moved by a lengthy standing ovation, Loach praised European film but stressed the difficulty it still has in attracting local auds and suggested the continent look towards America for inspiration: "The U.S. government supports its steel and agricultural industries. Why can’t our politicians protect European film?" The European Film Awards ceremony took place in the German city of Bochum as part of the celebrations surrounding Germany's Ruhr Metropolis, which has been selected as European Capital of Culture 2010. Next year’s show will be held in the Estonian capital, Tallinn.  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/2111248/michael-haneke  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/2111248/michael-haneke  http://www.shoofeetv.com/program/104222/cachehidden  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/6840/kate-winslet  http://www.shoofeetv.com/program/143050/slumdog-millionaire  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/29512/danny-boyle  http://www.shoofeetv.com/program/143050/slumdog-millionaire
Hollywood's award season begins as the nominations for 67th Golden Globe Awards were announced at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. *Best Motion Picture -- Drama* Avatar The Hurt Locker  Inglorious Basterds Precious Up in the Air *Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture -- Drama*Emily Blunt , The Young Victoria Sandra Bullock , The Blind Side Helen Mirren , The Last Station Carey Mulligan, An Education Gabire Sadibe, Precious *Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Drama * Jeff Bridges , Crazy Heart George Clooney, Up in the Air  Colin Firth , A Single Man Morgan Freeman , Invictus  Tobey Maguire , Brothers *Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy* (500) Days of Summer The Hangover It's Complicated Julie & Julia Nine *Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy* Sandra Bullock, The Proposal Marion Cotillard, Nine Meryl Streep, It's Complicated Meryl Streep , Julie and Julia *Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy* Matt Damon, The Informant Daniel Day Lewis , Nine Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes Joseph Gordon Levitt, (500) Days of Summer Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man *Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture* Mo-Nique, Precious Julianne Moore, A Single Man Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air Penelope Cruz, Nine *Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture* Matt Damon, Invictus Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones Christopher Plummer, The Last Station Christopher Waltz, Inglorious Basterds Woody Harrelson, The Messenger *Best Animated Feature Film* Coraline The Fantastic Mr. Fox Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs The Princess and the Frog Up *Best Foreign Language Film* Barria Broken Embraces A Prophet The White Ribbon *Best Director -- Motion Picture* Kathryn Bigelow, the hurt locker James Cameron Clint Eastwood Jason Reitman Quentin Tarantino *Best Screenplay -- Motion Picture* Up in the Air It's Complicated District 9 *Best Original Score -- Motion Picture* *Best Original Song -- Motion Picture* "I Will See You," Avatar "The Weary Kind," Crazy Heart  http://www.shoofeetv.com/program/3652333/hurt-locker  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/22074/emily-blunt  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/3978/sandra-bullock  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/4928/helen-mirren  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/7766/jeff-bridges  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/1884196/george-clooney  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/28646/colin-firth  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/29724/morgan-freeman  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/4460/tobey-maguire  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/4460/tobey-maguire  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/3788/meryl-streep  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/3132/daniel-day-lewis
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Polanski, 76, had been putting the finishing touches to The Ghost Writer when he was arrested in Zurich. His arrest and detention means he is unlikely to be able to travel to Berlin for the red carpet world premiere. The film, starring Pierce Brosnan  and Ewan McGregor , is about a former British prime minister producing a memoir with a ghostwriter, and the intrigues that arise involving the politician's wife, his aide and secrets from his past. Also launching in Berlin, although outside the main competition, is Martin Scorsese 's "Shutter Island," featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Kingsley. Organizers will be hoping that the mixture of notoriety and star power of the early movies announced will help Berlin recover from a poor critical reception in recent years. The annual cinema showcase, which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2010, is widely seen as lagging behind its two big European rivals, Venice and Cannes. Also announced on Tuesday were Turkish entry "Bal" (Honey), Austria's "Der Rauber" (The Robber), India's "My Name is Khan" starring Shah Rukh Khan, Bosnia's "Na Putu" (On the Path) and German-Iranian production "Shekarchi" (The Hunter). The remainder of the 26 movies in the competition section of the festival will be announced in January.  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/4168/pierce-brosnan  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/7012/ewan-mcgregor  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/12910/martin-scorsese
*Halle Berry* , *Matthew Fox*  and *Colin Farrell*  have been named Golden Globes presenters. They will join Julia Roberts , Jennifer Aniston , Leonardo DiCaprio , Robert De Niro  and Mickey Rourke , who are also heading to the Golden Globes as presenters (Roberts is also a nominee for her role in the comedy 'Duplicity'). The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards, which will be hosted by comedian Ricky Gervais, will air live January 17 on NBC.  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/3324/halle-berry  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/116/matthew-fox  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/29862/colin-farrell  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/3986/julia-roberts  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/3868/jennifer-aniston  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/3754/leonardo-dicaprio  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/3786/robert-de-niro  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/28704/mickey-rourke
*Iraq drama The Hurt Locker has been named the best picture of 2009 by the National Society of Film Critics.* The film, about US bomb disposal experts stationed in Baghdad, also won honours for director Kathryn Bigelow and actor Jeremy Renner . Yolande Moreau  was named best actress for her performance in French film Seraphine, about the painter Seraphine de Senlis. Joel and Ethan Coen won best screenplay for A Serious Man. The National Society of Film Critics includes 64 critics from leading US publications and websites. The society often picks foreign films or films popular with critics, and rarely do the winners mirror those at the Oscars, which are set for 7 March this year. Abusive mother Other winners included The Beaches of Agnes 40, an autobiographical documentary about the life of director Agnes Varda, which was chosen as the best non-fiction film. Summer Hours, a story of three siblings by French filmmaker Olivier Assayas, won best foreign language film. US comedian Mo'Nique, best known for her TV work, was named best supporting actress for her portrayal of an abusive mother in Precious. Austrian Christoph Waltz won for best supporting actor for his work as a charismatic Gestapo officer in Quentin Tarentino's Inglourious Basterds. Last month, The Hurt Locker was named the best picture of 2009 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. It also featured in the American Film Institute's annual rundown of the year's 10 best movies.  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/18526/jeremy-renner  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/2106181/yolande-moreau
Screenwriting awards -- from the Writers Guild of America as well as at the Oscars and Golden Globes -- usually provide some of the season’s better drama. There’s always a fierce debate of some kind or another about just what it means to be original or adapted (the controversy over “Syriana” a few years ago was almost more interesting than anything in the movie) and at least one or two left-field choices that would never make higher-profile categories such as best director or picture. This year brings an extra twist. As The Wrap’s Steve Pond has been pointing out, a number of requirements at the WGA -- some new, some longstanding – are keeping some of the favored scripts of 2009 out of the group’s awards. Most notably, “Inglourious Basterds,” “Up” and “An Education” -- none of which was written under the group's Minimum Basic Agreement -- are not eligible. All of that makes this morning’s nominations announcement from the WGA both more interesting -- and less revealing. A number of the shortlisted films come as no surprise -- there’s “Avatar,” “Hurt Locker,” “(500) Days of Summer” and “A Serious Man” on the original side and “Precious” and “Up in the Air” on the adapted side. But the ineligibility of several contenders has allowed some dark horses to sneak in. On the original side, that means “The Hangover,” which gets its first non-Golden Globe nomination. And on the adapted side, the fact that neither “An Education” nor “A Single Man” can qualify has turned things into a veritable free-for-all, as “Crazy Heart” (a movie whose screenplay few had been talking about), “Julie & Julia” (ditto) and “Star Trek” (taking, apparently the sci-fi slot that the Globes had given to “District 9”) all make the cut. Of course all this will change when the Oscars come and "Bastards," “Up” and “Education” all unquestionably make their respective shortlists. (The WGA is often not that predictive of Oscar nominations even in looser times; last year the two award bodies shared only once choice in the original category.)
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The sew-sew show, Project Runway, starts season seven today. Based on a preview screener, these are the 16 new cast members and their chances of making it to the final three who will show at Bryant Park during New York Fashion Week. *Seth Aaron Henderson*, 38: Rocker dude who wants to be a "fashion icon" through his vaguely vintage looks. Chances: Great. If retro punk is still "in" by the finale. *Janeane Marie Ceccanti*, 28: What a cute little cry-baby. No, seriously, she cries so much it's a wonder she doesn't dehydrate. Chances: Good. She's fast, and her designs have a sculptural grace. *Ping Wu*, 33: OK, here comes crazy/sexy/cool. This loopy and lovable flake is completely undone with the simple task of unfurling her fabric. Chances: 50-50. She's either brilliant or nuts. * Ben Chmura*, 30: A comic book illustrator. Chances: Depends. Do fan boys watch Project Runway? *Anthony L. Williams*, 28: He doesn't really have the best lines, he just delivers them with such sissified verve. Chances: Um … we may have taste issues here. *Jay Nicolas Sario*, 31: Dude, dig his beach boy vibe. Chances: Not unless Kimora Lee Simmons is a finale judge. *Pamela Ptak*, 47: Well, let's hear it for the Baby Boomer overachiever … from the advertising world. Chances: Nill. Her first design tonight is pink and hideous. *Anna Marie Lynett*, 23: She says she's "an artist working in fashion design." Chances: Hard to tell. We don't get to see much of her tonight. *Jonathan Joseph Peters*, 29: He says he will do anything to win. He should tell Michael Kors and Tim Gunn that. Chances: Great. His first design tonight is black, shiny and sharp as a switchblade. *Jesse LeNoir*, 25: He's a Disney World pirate … in Orlando. Chances: Excellent. He has such a lively personality and the best "reveal" at tonight's runway show. *Mila Hermanovski*, 40: A costumer from TV and film with credits such as Nip/Tuck, Dancing with the Stars, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Austin Powers in Goldmember. Chances: Excellent. Her looks are so finished. * Maya Luz*, 22: A cool and chilled individualist who has a penchant for wild silhouettes and shapes. Chances: Excellent. She understands the drama of the runway. *Christiane King*, 30: This Ivory Coast native brings her love of vivid colors with her to her new fashioney life in El Lay and the "red carpet." Chances: Nill. It's all been-there-worn-that. * Jesus Estrada*, 21: Young and far more inexperienced than he will probably know (in time). Chances: Poor. Unless drag-queeny gowns suddenly become "in." *Emilio Sosa*, 43: Quietly confident, like a lot of 40-something men (ahem). Chances: Excellent. This former costumer is the most "there" contestant in the bunch. *Amy Sarabi*, 26: Credits her Iranian heritage as her inspiration and says she likes being different. Chances: Very good, if her first look tonight is any indication. It's a charming dress as light as meringue and just as delicious.
The women of Hollywood were shown a lot of love at this year's Critic's Choice Awards, particularly Meryl Streep  and Sandra Bullock . The stars gave audiences an eyeful Friday night when Bradley Cooper announced that they had tied to win Best Actress: Streep for "Julie & Julia" and Bullock for "The Blind Side." Streep and Bullock took to the stage and proceeded to give each other a spontaneous open mouthed kiss, much to Cooper's enjoyment. The smooch was no doubt an homage to the Adam Lambert's controversial same sex kiss at this year's AMAs. And if anyone wants to complain, they'll no doubt get the kiss off. Both Streep and Bullock have been making waves in Hollywood for disproving the belief that female-driven films cannot bring in the big bucks. Streep became a top earner with the summer hit "Mamma Mia!", while "The Blind Side" is the first movie in history to pass $200 million with only one female A-list star to support it.  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/3788/meryl-streep  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/3978/sandra-bullock
/Avatar/ , /The Hurt Locker/ and /Inglorious Basterds/  were the critics' darlings in Hollywood on Friday night after scoring 11 prizes between them at the 2010 Critics Choice Movie Awards. Avatar claimed six honors, including all the night's technical awards, Inglourious Basterds picked up three, and The Hurt Locker doubled up with two of the event's biggest awards for Best Directing (Kathryn Bigelow) and Best Picture. Nine was the night's big flop -- the musical was completely shut out, despite scoring 10 nominations last month. The night's double winners were Up and Crazy Heart, for which Jeff Bridges  claimed the Best Actor honor. The event produced a moment of drama when both Sandra Bullock  and Meryl Streep  were named Best Actress -- the stars pretended to stage a tense faceoff on stage at the Hollywood Palladium. The list of winners is: Best Acting Ensemble - Inglourious Basterds Best Supporting Actress - Mo'Nique (Precious) Best Action Movie - Avatar Best Animated Feature - Up Best Young Actor/Actress - Saoirse Ronan  (The Lovely Bones) Best Supporting Actor - Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) Best Comedy - The Hangover Best Song - "The Weary Kind" by Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart) Best Documentary - The Cove Best Picture Made for TV - Grey Gardens Best Foreign Language Film - Broken Embraces Best Score - Michael Giacchino (Up) Best Costume Design - Sandy Powell (The Young Victoria) Best Make-Up - District 9 Best Art Direction - Rick Carter & Robert Stromberg (Avatar) Best Visual Effects - Avatar Best Sound - Avatar Best Cinematography - Mauro Fiore (Avatar) Best Editing - Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua & James Cameron  (Avatar) Best Adapted Screenplay - Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner (Up In The Air) Best Original Screenplay - Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds) Best Directing - Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) Best Actor - Jeff Bridges  (Crazy Heart) Best Actress - Meryl Streep  (Julie & Julia) & Sandra Bullock  (The Blind Side) Best Picture - The Hurt Locker Joel Siegel Award - Kevin Bacon   http://www.shoofeetv.com/movie/Avatar/381993  http://www.shoofeetv.com/movie/Inglorious_Bastards/382961  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/7766/jeff-bridges  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/3978/sandra-bullock  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/3788/meryl-streep  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/4398/saoirse-ronan  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/10058/james-cameron  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/7766/jeff-bridges  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/3788/meryl-streep  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/3978/sandra-bullock  http://www.shoofeetv.com/celebrity/5548/kevin-bacon