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The Hurt Locker Racks Up More Critics Awards

The Hurt Locker

It’s time to hurry up and adjust your Netflix queues. In just one week, will finally become available on DVD.

Why should you hurry? Because if you don’t, you might just have to wait to watch one of the most critically-acclaimed movies of 2009. The Kathryn Bigelow-directed drama has already nabbed wins from critics in New York, Boston and Los Angeles. Now the Iraq-war set film has got a few other cities behind it as well.

After the jump, you can view year-end picks from the National Society of Film Critics as well as honors from Chicago, Florida, Las Vegas, Phoenix and San Francisco.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: December 22, 2009

District 9 DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • (500) Days of Summer: DVD, Blu-ray
  • All About Steve: DVD, Blu-ray
  • American Pie Presents: The Book of Love: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Blind Date: DVD
  • Call of he Wild 3D: Blu-ray
  • District 9: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Extract: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Flowers in the Attic: DVD
  • Ichi: DVD, Blu-ray
  • It Might Get Loud: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Noble Things: DVD
  • Staten Island: DVD, Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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2010 Golden Globe Nominations (Film)

Up in the Air

The 2009-10 awards season kicked into high gear this morning with the official announcement of the nominations. The event - which will be hosted by funnyman Ricky Gervais - will take place just over two weeks before the Academy Award contenders are revealed.

Here are some of the noteworthy mentions from this year’s list of film nominees:

  • leads all film nominations with six. The musical Nine follows with five while Avatar and Inglourious Basterds tied with four.
  • As expected, Meryl Streep has received another two mentions—unfortunately, they are both in the Comedy category (Julie & Julia, It’s Complicated). On the surprising end, Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side, The Proposal) and Matt Damon (Invictus, The Informant) both have two nominations as well—thankfully, in different categories.
  • Talk about drama! An ex-husband and wife will be competing against each other in the Best Director race. (Avatar‘s James Cameron and The Hurt Locker‘s Kathryn Bigelow.)
  • Despite backing from both Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey, is not a contender for Best Film. Mo’Nique and Gabourey Sidibe were both recognized for their excellent acting though.

The 67th Golden Globe Awards airs Jan. 17 on NBC.

(You can find the full list of film nominees after the jump. Click here for the TV nominations.)

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500 Days of Summer Without the Script

The cute overload that is 500 Days of Summer continues, as stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel performed an impromptu, short version of how the film would be without a script.

Set to present an award to the film’s screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel ditched the teleprompter and offered a silent skit of the elevator/Smiths scene. Then the pair realized that they wouldn’t have had stage directions without a script and redid the scene appropriately (albeit, quite boring and proving a good point).

It’s nice to see actors who appreciate those other people working on a film.

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Zooey Deschanel Not a Fan of Romantic Comedies

500 Days of Summer

thinks romantic comedies are “stale.”

The (500) Days of Summer star can’t stand modern “rom-coms” because they are stuck in the past. “Romantic comedy has been a stale genre for a while. It seems a lot of them are stuck, if not in the 1950s, then at least in the 1980s,” the 29-year-old said.

Despite her hatred for the genre, Zooey found herself working in it in her latest film . In it, Deschanel plays Summer, a beautiful executive assistant who catches the attention of her handsome colleague. She loved the film, but admits she was unsure about the script at first.

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Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Just Want to Dance

(500) Days of Summer stars Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt know that they’re just about the cutest on-screen couple ever. Banking on that infectious charm, the pair star in the She & Him music video for “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?”

Directed by music video veteran (and director of (500) Days) Marc Webb, Gordon-Levitt plays a bank robber who decides to dance with the teller (Deschanel) before running off with the money. Once again, it seems as if the trio can’t stop producing quality work together!

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In Theaters This Week: July 15, 2009

Half-Blood Prince

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

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