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In Theaters This Weekend (12/18)

Did You Hear About the Morgans?

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Avatar (PG-13): starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver (directed by James Cameron)
  • Did You Hear About the Morgans? (PG-13): starring Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Elliot (directed by Marc Lawrence)
  • Crazy Heart* (R): starring Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell (directed by Scott Cooper)
  • Nine* (PG-13): starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard (directed by Rob Marshall)

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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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Sigourney Weaver’s Alien Look-Alike


was shocked when she saw herself as a blue alien in Avatar. The Hollywood actress - who plays a scientist called Grace Augustine in the groundbreaking science fiction movie - was surprised by how lifelike her 3-D alien self looked in the special effects-laden film.

The Aliens star told BANG Showbiz: “I think every science fiction film is so unique, I’d never done performance capture and the whole world of was so fascinating that I felt like I was experiencing it for the first time. I mean it was so shocking because I didn’t think it would look like me, Sigourney, and it was just very funny. I’m just so looking forward to seeing it again.”

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Quote of the Day: James Horner on Michael Bay

Composer James Horner

“And, not to mention names, but if it was Michael Bay making this movie [Avatar] we wouldn’t be having this conversation. These things [successful small moments and human emotion] wouldn’t matter or they certainly wouldn’t matter as much. Jim [James Cameron] knows the importance of it not just becoming mecha. Jim knows that a movie can become swamped in just unbelievable imagery and that it becomes hollow. Jim won’t allow that and my job is to make sure it doesn’t happen.”

- Avatar composer James Horner on the difference between Transformers director Michael Bay and James Cameron.

(Make sure to check out other notable quotes.)

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James Cameron Hoping to Reunite with Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet in Titanic

would love to work with Kate Winslet again, but isn’t sure about Leonardo DiCaprio.

The director - who worked alongside Kate and Leonardo when they played the lead roles in , one of the highest grossing films of all time - said he loved the way The Reader actress worked.

He told Playboy magazine: “I’d certainly work with again; she’s very talented. Whereas Leo DiCaprio switches his acting on and off like a faucet, Kate’s acting process is to internalize all this stuff and use it.”

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Watch the New Full-Length Avatar Trailer

How would you like to see your Avatar? If you’d choose a trailer with very little talk and a focus on the fantasy, please refer to the teaser version released in August. If you’d prefer yours laced with more drama, humans and expository info, than this version might be up your alley.

Although IMAX tickets for the James Cameron film went on sale two months ago, the movie has been overshadowed lately by talk of vampires, Michael Jackson and paranormal activity. This latest clip could get us talking about Pandora and humanoid creatures called the Na’vi again.

- starring Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana Michelle Rodriguez and Giovanni Ribisi - opens December 18.

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IMAX Tickets for Avatar Already on Sale

Avatar posterIt’s never too early to start buying Christmas presents…or ordering movie tickets.

is not even scheduled to open for another four months, but those eager to get good seats can guarantee their spots now. AMC has already begun selling tickets to midnight showings at 75 theaters. Most of those locations are IMAX venues.

James Cameron’s 3D sci-fi entry received good worth of mouth after an extended preview on IMAX screens last week. (You can view a teaser trailer here.) It was this overwhelming interest that prompted the theater chain to begin advance purchases.

“They said that if all these people are going to come to our theater to see 16 minutes of a film that doesn’t open until December, let’s give them an opportunity to buy tickets to the first performances of the show itself,” Chris Aronson, Fox’s Senior VP of Distribution, said.

Since the film’s running time hasn’t been confirmed, only midnight viewings are available at this time. Avatar opens on December 18.

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First Look: Teaser Trailer for Jim Cameron’s Avatar

“This is great.” Those are the only three words spoken in this clip for the upcoming release of Avatar. And based on the scenes in this brief trailer, it probably will be.

‘s 3D sci-fi actioner - his first dramatic feature since Titanic - transports us to “Pandora,” where humans are encroaching on land occupied by the Na’vi, a humanoid race. Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation) plays a paralyzed marine who enters the lush rainforest with help from the Avatar program.

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Sequel News: Wolverine, True Lies and More

Wolverine: Oscar award-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) has been tapped to write the follow-up to Wolverine. The movie, which will be produced by Hugh Jackman, is not to be confused with the Deadpool spinoff focusing on Ryan Reynold’s character. This Japan-set film will follow Wolverine as he struggles between his killer instincts and the noble life of samurais. McQuarrie also did some work on the 2000 X-Men film.

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