On this day in 1971, Warner Brothers Pictures released A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. Directed by STANLEY KUBRICK from the acclaimed novel by ANTHONY BURGESS, this futuristic tale was nominated for 4 Academy Awards despite its shocking nature. MALCOLM McDOWELL and PATRICK McNEE headed up the mostly Brit cast. 


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On this day in 1957, Columbia Pictures released the DAVID LEAN epic, THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI. Set against the backdrop of a Japanese POW camp, this WWII film starred WILLIAM HOLDEM, ALEC GUINESS, SESSUE HAYAKAWA and JACK HAWKINS. Considered a classic to this day, the film won seven Academy Awards.


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In the new film VALKYRIE, Brit actor BILL NIGHY plays one of a group of World War II German soldiers who conspire to kill ADOLPH HITLER. It’s a serviceable action/adventure that should please any 13 year-old-boy at a Saturday matinee. Critics, however, seem to be put off by the festival of accents (very few of them German) that are present in a film set in Germany.

We spoke with NIGHY recently and he told us he doesn’t see the problem. Listen in below:

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If you’re looking for a reason to love ASHTON KUTCHER, this might help:


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Because of her role as HERMOINE GRANGER in the HARRY POTTER franchise, we’ve watched actress EMMA WATSON grow up right before our eyes. From TEEN BEAT to tabloids, it seems that WATSON’S life has been chronicled in the press for years.

We spoke with WATSON recently and she talked about how she handles being tabloid material. Listen in below:

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In the current Oscar-bait film, THE READER, a young high-school student (DAVID KROSS) is seduced by a former Nazi prison guard (KATE WINSLET) more than twice his age. Director STEPHEN DALDREY (BILLY ELLIOTT) went to great lengths to shoot the intimate scenes tastefully and yet didn’t hold back in the graphic nature of the story.

We spoke recently with KROSS and the 18-year-old actor talked about how he handled doing the difficult scenes. Listen in below:

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In the upcoming action/adventure adaptation of WIL EISNER’S classic comic book, THE SPIRIT, hyper-employed actor SAMUEL L. JACKSON plays uber-villian, THE OCTOPUS.

Along-time comic book fan, JACKSON was no stranger to EISNER’S work but, as the said at a recent press conference (with co-star SCARLETT JOHANNSON) THE SPIRIT wasn’t at the top of his comic list. Listen in below:

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This just in from VH1 and the BFCA:

 

 VH1’s 14th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS ANNOUNCES THIS YEAR’S PRESENTERS

 

BEST ACTRESS NOMINEE  KATE BECKINSALE, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR AND ACTRESS NOMINEES JOSH BROLIN AND MARISA TOMEI AND ACADEMY AWARD® WINNING ACTORS DUSTIN HOFFMAN AND FOREST WHITAKER ARE AMONG THE MANY PRESENTERS FOR THIS STAR- STUDDED SHOW

 

GALA AWARDS CEREMONY WILL BROADCAST LIVE ON VH1

THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009 AT 9:00 PM (ET/PT)

 

 

New York, NY – December 18, 2008 – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced today some of this year’s presenters for the 14th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 8, 2009. The 2009 presenters include Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth Banks, Kate Beckinsale, Kristen Bell, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Josh Brolin, Rosemarie DeWitt, Aaron Eckhart, Dakota Fanning, Dustin Hoffman, Eva Longoria, Virginia Madsen, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Marisa Tomei, and Forest Whitaker. The awards show will feature the rock band Rooney as this year’s house band.

 

“We are truly honored to have such a talented and charismatic group of presenters,” said BFCA president Joey Berlin. “The Critics’ Choice Awards kicks off the awards season and this year’s show is going to be our best ever.”

 

The largest film critics’ organization with more than 200 members in the United States and Canada on television, radio and the Internet, the BFCA selected nominees for awards in each of 17 categories.  The Critics’ Choice Awards were created by the BFCA to recognize excellence in cinematic achievement.  Eligible films were released in 2008. The accounting firm of Gregory A. Mogab tallied the written ballots. Historically, the Critics’ Choice Awards are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations. 

 

 


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On this day in 1956, movie going audiences were shocked out of their conservative socks with the release of BABY DOLL, a darkly funny, Southern gothic tale of two middle aged rivals for the attention of a sensuous 19-year-old.

Directed by ELIA KAZAN from a screenplay by TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, the cast included KARL MALDEN, LONNIE CHAPMAN and an amazingly sexy newcomer named CARROLL BAKER. Very hot stuff.

 


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THIS JUST IN FROM SAG:

15th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® NOMINATIONSTHEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleRICHARD JENKINS / Walter Vale - “THE VISITOR” (Overture Films)
FRANK LANGELLA / Richard Nixon - “FROST/NIXON” (Universal Pictures)
SEAN PENN / Harvey Milk - “MILK” (Focus Features)
BRAD PITT / Benjamin Button - “THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON” (Paramount Pictures)
MICKEY ROURKE / Randy - “THE WRESTLER” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading RoleANNE HATHAWAY / Kym - “RACHEL GETTING MARRIED” (Sony Pictures Classics)
ANGELINA JOLIE / Christine Collins - “CHANGELING” (Universal Pictures)
MELISSA LEO / Ray Eddy - “FROZEN RIVER” (Sony Pictures Classics)
MERYL STREEP / Sister Aloysius Beauvier - “DOUBT” (Miramax Films)
KATE WINSLET / April Wheeler - “REVOLUTIONARY ROAD” (Paramount Vantage)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

JOSH BROLIN / Dan White - “MILK” (Focus Features)
ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. / Kirk Lazarus - “TROPIC THUNDER” (Paramount Pictures)
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN / Father Brendan Flynn - “DOUBT” (Miramax Films)
HEATH LEDGER / Joker - “THE DARK KNIGHT” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
DEV PATEL / Older Jamal - “SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

AMY ADAMS / Sister James - “DOUBT” (Miramax  Flms)
PENÉLOPE CRUZ / Maria Elena - “VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA” (The Weinstein Company)
VIOLA DAVIS / Mrs. Miller - “DOUBT” (Miramax Films)
TARAJI P. HENSON / Queenie - “THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON” (Paramount Pictures)
KATE WINSLET / Hanna Schmitz - “THE READER” (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

DOUBT (Miramax)
FROST/NIXON (Universal Pictures)
MILK (Focus Features)
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (Paramount Pictures)

 

 

PRIMETIME TELEVISION
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesRALPH FIENNES / Bernard Lafferty - “BERNARD AND DORIS” (HBO)
PAUL GIAMATTI / John Adams - “JOHN ADAMS” (HBO)
KEVIN SPACEY / Ron Klain - “RECOUNT” (HBO)
KIEFER SUTHERLAND / Jack Bauer - “24: REDEMPTION” (FOX)
TOM WILKINSON / Benjamin Franklin - “JOHN ADAMS” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesLAURA DERN / Katherine Harris - “RECOUNT” (HBO)
LAURA LINNEY / Abigail Adams - “JOHN ADAMS” (HBO)
SHIRLEY MacLAINE / Coco Chanel - “COCO CHANEL” (Lifetime)
PHYLICIA RASHAD / Lena Younger - “A RAISIN IN THE SUN” (Lifetime)
SUSAN SARANDON / Doris Duke - “BERNARD AND DORIS” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

MICHAEL C. HALL / Dexter Morgan - “DEXTER” (Showtime)
JON HAMM / Don Draper - “MAD MEN” (AMC)
HUGH LAURIE / Gregory House - “HOUSE” (FOX)
WILLIAM SHATNER / Denny Crane - “BOSTON LEGAL” (ABC)
JAMES SPADER / Alan Shore - “BOSTON LEGAL” (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

SALLY FIELD / Nora Walker - “BROTHERS & SISTERS” (ABC)
MARISKA HARGITAY / Det. Olivia Benson - “LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT” (NBC)
HOLLY HUNTER / Grace Hanadarko - “SAVING GRACE” (TNT)
ELISABETH MOSS / Peggy Olson - “MAD MEN” (AMC)
KYRA SEDGWICK / Dep. Chief Brenda Johnson - “THE CLOSER” (TNT)

 

 


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy - “30 ROCK” (NBC)
STEVE CARELL / Michael Scott - “THE OFFICE” (NBC)
DAVID DUCHOVNY / Hank Moody - “CALIFORNICATION” (Showtime)
JEREMY PIVEN / Ari Gold - “ENTOURAGE” (HBO)
TONY SHALHOUB / Adrian Monk - “MONK” (USA)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesCHRISTINA APPLEGATE / Samantha Newly - “SAMANTHA WHO?” (ABC)
AMERICA FERRERA / Betty Suarez - “UGLY BETTY” (ABC)
TINA FEY / Liz Lemon - “30 ROCK” (NBC)
MARY-LOUISE PARKER / Nancy Botwin - “WEEDS” (Showtime)
TRACEY ULLMAN / Various Characters - “TRACEY ULLMAN’S STATE OF THE UNION” (Showtime)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesBOSTON LEGAL (ABC)
DEXTER (Showtime)
HOUSE (Fox)
MAD MEN (AMC)
THE CLOSER (TNT)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

30 ROCK (NBC)
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
ENTOURAGE (HBO)
THE OFFICE (NBC)
WEEDS (Showtime)

SAG HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

THE DARK KNIGHT (Warner Bros. Pictures)
HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY (Universal Pictures)
INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL (Paramount Pictures)
IRON MAN (Paramount Pictures)
WANTED (Universal Pictures)

 

 


Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (NBC)
HEROES (NBC)
PRISON BREAK (FOX)
THE UNIT (CBS)
THE CLOSER (TNT)

SCREEN ACTORS GUILD’S 45th LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

James Earl Jones


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