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“The Dark Knight” gets a nomination from the Directors Guild of America

Today several films got a boost in the Oscar race with the announcement of the contenders for top feature film director of 2008 by the Directors Guild of America. The five nominees for the DGA Award are Christopher Nolan for “The Dark Knight,” Gus Van Sant “Milk,” David Fincher “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Ron Howard “Frost/Nixon,” and Danny Boyle for “Slumdog Millionaire.” This the first DGA nomination for Danny Boyle and David Fincher; the others have several nominations to their credit. Taylor Hackford, DGA Third Vice President, explained the... Read More →

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40th NAACP Image Awards nominees announced

 Actress/singer Beyonce has plenty to smile about these days. The nominations for the 40th NAACP Image Awards were announced in Beverly Hills today. Beyonce’s name was mentioned five times in connection with her hot new album “I Am…Sasha Fierce.” The entertainer received a sixth nomination for her supporting role in the film “Cadillac Records.” Actress/singer Jennifer Hudson received seven nomination and is competing against Beyonce in a number of music categories. Also, Hudson is going head-to-head with Beyonce in the best supporting film actress category. Hudson was nominated for her performance in “The Secret Life... Read More →

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WGA reveals its best screenplay nominations for 2008

  Sean Penn stars in “Milk”   Today the Writers Guild of America disclosed the list of its nominees for “outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during the 2008 season.” The writers are being honored for a variety of projects, from major motion pictures to documentary films. In the original screenplay category the nominations went to Joel and Ethan Coen for “Burn After Reading,” Dustin Lance Black for “Milk,” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” by Woody Allen, “The Visitor” by Tom McCarthy, and “The Wrestler” by Robert Siegel. For best... Read More →

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New kudos for “The Terminator” and 24 other films

Arnold Schwarzenegger as “The Terminator”    The sci-fi classic, “The Terminator” was among more than two dozen films announced today as new selections for the National Film Registry. Every year, The Library of Congress picks 25 films that are considered “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant for inclusion in the registry so they can be preserved for all time. The National Film Registry, which now totals 500 films, was established by Congress in 1989. “The Terminator” was released in 1984. It made a movie star of an Austrian-born bodybuilder named Arnold Schwarzenegger who played a killing machine with a... Read More →

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Oscar ballots go out today

  The Oscar race shifts into high gear with the mailing out of ballots today to around  6-thousand or so voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Members are asked to select the Academy Award nominees for 2008 and are given two weeks to return their ballots to the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers. The results of the secret ballots will be announced at a 5:30 a.m. press conference on January 22, 2009. A month later on Sunday February 22nd, the 81st Academy Awards ceremony will be held at the Kodak Theater... Read More →

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SAG Award nominees and the strike vote debate

Heath Ledger as the Joker gets SAG nomination. A lot of squabbling and bickering in the Screen Actors Guild this week over the upcoming strike authorization vote. The ballots are set to go out on January 2, 2009. Yesterday, for a while the debate over that vote was put aside to announce the nominees for the 15th Annual SAG Awards. The film about a face off between a Catholic old-school nun and a progressive priest, “Doubt” earned five nominations. “Milk” the story of San Francisco politician/gay activist Harvey Milk and... Read More →

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Barbra Streisand, President Bush, and that kiss

Google file image   To say that superstar Barbra Streisand is not a fan of President George W. Bush is a humongous understatement. Never shy about expressing her political views, Streisand is a well-known vocal critic of President Bush. This is why that awkward smooch between the two of them earlier this month is such a priceless moment. On Sunday December 7, the singer/actress/director was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors along with several other artists. The honors recognize those who have helped define American culture through the performing arts. The... Read More →

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Barack Obama: Time magazine’s person of the year 2008

One of the most prestigious and meaningful honors has been announced. Time magazine’s person of the year for 2008 is President-elect Barack Obama. The former first-term U.S. Senator’s message of change has not only resonated with millions of Americans, but with millions of other people around the world. Obama was a long shot when he officially declared his candidacy for president in Springfield, Illinois back on February 10, 2007. Despite the chill of the day, thousands packed the town square there to cheer on Obama. Throughout the campaign, the crowds... Read More →

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2008 Golden Globe Award nominees announced today

  The race for the 2008 Golden Globe Awards began today with the announcement of the nominees. Getting the most nominations on the film side, “Doubt”, “Frost/Nixon,” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Each movie was nominated in five categories by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Frost/Nixon” were both nominated for best picture, best director, best actor, best screenplay, and best score. Surprisingly, “The Dark Knight,” which got a lot of awards buzz when it came out during the summer, only... Read More →

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2008 Grammy nominations: new artists and old favorites

British singer/Grammy nominee Leona Lewis   Something new for the Grammy nominations. Last night, the Recording Academy had the 51th Annual Grammy nominations announced during a televised live concert aired on CBS. The star-studded affair took place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Most of the media attention went to hip hop artist/rapper Lil Wayne who got eight nominations, Coldplay received seven, Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Ne-Yo will be up for six. However, I was most thrilled to see veteran soul crooner Al Green and new British singer Leona Lewis up for several Grammys.  You might... Read More →

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