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Eddie Murphy will host the 84th Annual Academy Awards

Eddie Murphy at Tribeca Film Festival 2010

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

It’s official!  The rumors were swirling when Eddie Murphy’s name was put forth to host the 2012 Academy Awards.  Now it’s a done deal!  The 83rd Annual Academy Award show attempted to draw in a younger audience with the selection of Anne Hathaway and James Franco as last year’s hosts.  In my opinion, last year’s award show was a bit of a snooze but on paper it sounded like a good idea.  With the selection of Murphy as host, again on paper it sounds like a great idea.  Let’s see if it works out, if anything it will generate a lot of buzz.

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Summer Movie Season: August 2011

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The Summer Movie Season is almost over as we go into the last month of summer. How time flies! This month the films are more low-key but there are a few films that may bring in the crowds. Kicking off the the month, Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds star in “The Change-Up” which has a “Freaky Friday” sort of premise where each guy swap lives literally in each other’s body. Also opening is the prequel to “Planet of the Apes”, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” starring James Franco. This film can go either way, but watching the trailer reminds me of the “Gozilla” remake starring Matthew Broderick, which was kind of a bust.

Based upon the best selling novel, “The Help”, makes its way to the big screen. Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, and Academy Award nominee Viola Davis head the cast in what looks to be a poignant yet funny film. From the director of “Zombieland”, “30 Minutes or Less” looks to be a funny film that could be a hit or a miss. Also following in the 3D concert film fad is “Glee: The 3D Concert Movie”. This concert film should be a hit on paper judging on past concert films such as Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus concert, The Jonas Brothers, and Justin Bieber in “Never Say Never”.

Step aside Mr. Schwarzenegger and welcome the new Conan, Jason Momoa, who stars in the remake of “Conan the Barbarian”. The original film came out in 1982, so with all of the advancements in technology the film should have much improved visual effects from the original…the script on the other hand is a different story. I guess we shall see once the reviews come in.

Toward the end of the month, Paul Rudd along with Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer, and Rashida Jones star in “Our Idiot Brother”, which looks to be a funny film.

My spotlight picks of the month are “One Day” and “The Whistleblower. “One Day” is based upon the best-selling novel by David Nicholls and stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. This film was suppose to open last month but it got pushed to this month. Nonetheless, the book was really good, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it translates to screen. Thus far the trailers look on point. If you haven’t seen the trailers for “One Day” yet, click here to watch both trailers. “The Whistleblower stars Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz, in a film that is based on actual events where a police officer tries to keep the peace in post-war Bosnia but uncovers corruption and cover ups. Looks like an intriguing thriller that already has some Oscar buzz surrounding it.

Well that’s my August overview, click on the link below to check out the rest of the movies coming out this month and check back next month for the start of the Fall Movie Season and my picks of the month. If you’ve seen any of the films from this month…leave some feedback/suggestions in the Comments section on what to see.

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Spring Movie Season: April 2011

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Spring is here! So what films come out this month which is a prequel to the Summer Movie Season? Opening the month we have Jake Gyllenhaal starring in the action film “Source Code”. Following week Academy Award nominee, Saoirse Ronan (“Atonement”), stars in “Hanna” which looks like an intriguing action thriller. The film also stars Eric Bana (“The Hulk”) and Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (“The Aviator”). Academy Award winner Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”) along with Danny McBride and Academy Award nominee James Franco (“127 Hours”) star in the comedy “Your Highness”.

Mid month Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway star in the animated comedy “Rio”, which looks like a cute film to check out with friends and/or family.

Toward the end of the month are some movie sequels. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker return for the latest film in the Fast and the Furious franchise titled “Fast Five”. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson joins the cast in this latest installment. Hayden Panettiere takes over as the voice of Red Riding Hood in “Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil”.

My spotlight pick of the month is “The Conspirator” directed by Robert Redford and with an all-star cast including James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, and Tom Wilkinson. Based upon true events, the film details the trial following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Well that’s my April overview, click on the link below to check out the rest of the movies coming out this month and check back next month for my movie picks for the start of the Summer Movie Season picks.

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Anne Hathaway is the new Catwoman

Anne Hathaway at the 81st Academy Awards

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Source: Yahoo.com

More over Halle Berry and Michelle Pfeiffer and make room for the new Catwoman.  Anne Hathaway (“The Princess Diaries”, “Rachel Getting Married”) has been cast as Catwoman a.k.a Selina Kyle in the new Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises”, starring opposite Christian Bale.

Hathaway beat out actresses such as Jessica Biel and Keira Knightley.  “The Dark Knight Rises” is expected to hit theaters in Summer 2012.

Read more on Yahoo.com.

Before then, don’t forget to catch Hathaway co-host the 83rd Academy Awards with James Franco, which will air on February 27, 2011.

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68th Annual Golden Globe Awards Winners Recap

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The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards were held on January, 16, 2011 honoring both Television and Movies. It was a night with a few surprises and likely winners. Ricky Gervais served as host for a second time. In terms of Television, “Glee” won three Golden Globes. Supporting Actress, Jane Lynch, and a very stunned Chris Colfer won for Supporting Actor. The series also won for Best Television Series – Comedy. HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” won for “Best Television Series – Drama” and Steve Buscemi won for Best Actor.

In terms of movies, “The Social Network”, won four Golden Globes which were Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Musical Score. The Kids are All Right won two Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture – Comedy, and Best Actress – Musical or Comedy.

Check out some of the Winning highlights below:
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“Your Highness” – R rated Trailer

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What if your typical search and rescue damsel in distress film had modern language but had a medieval back drop? That’s what “Your Highness” brings to the big screen.

Here’s a synopsis from IMDB.com:

A fantasy movie about an arrogant, lazy prince and his more heroic brother who must complete a quest in order to save their father’s kingdom.

The film stars Danny McBride, James Franco, Justin Theroux, Natalie Portman, and Zoey Deschanel. The film is due out in theaters on April 8, 2011.

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Summer Movie Season: August 2010

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Can you believe that we’re already in the last month of Summer? So what movies round out the summer? “The Other Guys” and “Step Up 3D” open during the first weekend of this month.

Academy Award winner Julia Roberts stars in “Eat Pray Love” based on the bestselling novel by Elizabeth Gilbert. “The Expendables” is an action-thriller starring a cast that in one point or another played a hero or a villain. Michael Cera stars in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” where he tries to win the girl but in order to do so he has to get past her exes.

Family film “Nanny McPhee Returns” this month starring Academy Award winner Emma Thompson and Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (“Crazy Heart”). If you are looking for a rom com then check out “Going the Distance” starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long.

At the end of the month there’s “Takers” which stars Paul Walker (“Fast and the Furious”), Matt Dillon, singers T.I. and Chris Brown, and Hayden Christensen (“Star Wars: Attack of the Clones”). Could this film be a hit or just another Bank Heist film? You be the judge.

My spotlight pick of the month is “The Tillman Story”. “The Tillman Story” tells the story of Pat Tillman who gave up his professional football career to join the Army but sadly died during active duty. The trailer suggests that there is more to Tillman’s death and perhaps there is a cover up so it might be interesting to check out.

Well that’s my August overview, click on the link below to check out the rest of the movies coming out this month and check back next month for the first month of the Fall Movie Season.

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