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70th Annual Golden Globe Award Winners

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The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards took place on January 13, 2013. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the event. Their opening monologue was quite funny and started off the night well. Stars of the small and big screen gathered and even former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, made an appearance in order to introduce one of the Golden Globe nominated movies, “Lincoln”. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone presented the award for Best Foreign Language Film, but before it was presented they bantered on which of them was the worst actor. The film that won was “Amour”, which hails from Austria and Schwarzenegger was able to present the award to a fellow countryman.

Robert Downey Jr. presented the Cecil B. DeMille award to this year’s recipient, two-time Golden Globe and Academy Award winner, Jodie Foster (“The Accused”, “Silence of the Lambs”). Foster’s career has spanned five decades and her speech was very heart-felt as she spoke about her personal life and professional career. She started off her speech quoting a line from a SNL skit, which was made famous by former SNL star Molly Shannon. Foster ended her speech with, “Here’s to the next 50 years”.

As for the awards in the Motion Pictures category, “Les Miserables”, walked away with the most awards including Best Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway, Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy – Hugh Jackman, and Best Musical/Comedy. In the category of Motion Picture – Drama, “Argo” nabbed the honor of Best Picture – Drama and Ben Affleck won Best Director. Affleck’s Oscar snub is now even more intriguing since the film won a Critics’ Choice Award and now a Golden Globe and he has won the directing award at both of these award ceremonies. More Critics’ Choices went on to win tonight including, Jennifer Lawrence – Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for “Silveer Linings Playbook”, Jessica Chastain – Best Actress in a Drama for “Zero Dark Thirty”, and Daniel Day-Lewis – Best Actor in a Drama for “Lincoln”. Day-Lewis is also nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, could this be the role that gives him his third Oscar?

In the Television Category, “Homeland”, earned the most awards including Best Actress in a TV Drama – Claire Danes, Best Actor in a TV Drama – Damian Lewis, and Best TV Drama. HBO series, “Girls”, won two awards including Best Actress in a TV Comedy – Lena Dunham, and Best TV Comedy or Musical. In the Miniseries/TV Movie category, “Game Change”, won three awards amongst which was Best Miniseries or TV Movie.

Who else won? Click on the link below to find out the rest of the Golden Globe winners!

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18th Annual Critics’ Choice Award Winners

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The 18th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards took place on January 10, 2013. “Silveer Linings Playbook” collected the most awards of the night with four wins. Those awards include Best Acting Ensemble, Best Actress in a Comedy – Jennifer Lawrence, Best Actor in a Comedy – Bradley Cooper, and Best Comedy. Jennifer Lawrence also won Best Actress in an Action Film for her role in “The Hunger Games”. “Skyfall” won three awards including Best Song – “Skyfall”, Best Actor in an Action Film – Daniel Craig, and Best Action Film. Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln”, also won three awards, which includes Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis.

“Argo” nabbed the top honor of the night, which was Best Picture. Ben Affleck won Best Director for “Argo”. This is especially intriguing with the announcement of the Oscar nominations today and Affleck was not given a directing nomination for “Argo” although the film is in the running for Best Picture. It will be interesting to see the outcome of the Golden Globe Awards, which are airing on January 13, 2013. Generally speaking over the years the Critics’ Choice(s) have been pretty good indicators of whom will go on to win a Golden Globe and/or Oscar.

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“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” has a new ‘Strong’ scribe

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Danny Strong on a panel at the 2004 Moonlight Rising convention. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Source: Variety.com

Fresh off his Emmy win, Danny Strong (“Game Change”), is set to write the film adaptation of “Mockingjay”, which is the last book in “The Hunger Games” trilogy. The film will be split into two parts. According to Variety.com, the first part is scheduled for release on Nov. 21, 2014, and the second part will open on Nov. 20, 2015.

Frankly, I don’t think it is necessary to split the final book into two films but it seems like this franchise is following the same trend as the Harry Potter and Twilight films.

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Want to know more about “The Hunger Games” book trilogy? Click here to read my overview of each book.

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Spring Movie Season: March 2012

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How time does fly! It’s already the Spring Movie Season. Certainly there are films this month that are potential movie blockbusters. Films such as “The Matrix” and Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” brought record box office numbers recorded for the month of March. A lot of hype is behind some of the films being released this month…curious to see if they live up to the hype or if they fall short. Opening the month is Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax”, which features the voice talents of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, and Danny DeVito. Eddie Murphy becomes a silent film star in “A Thousand Words”. Murphy’s character has to keep quiet or face the consequences.

Disney presents “John Carter”, which looks like Gladiator meets Planet of the Apes on the planet Mars. There have been pretty good reviews on the film so it may be worth checking out. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill star in “21 Jump Street”, which is an adaptation of the popular late 80’s to early 90’s TV series, which starred Johnny Depp.

Toward the end of the month, the sequel to Clash of the Titans, titled “Wrath of the Titans” is released. Most of cast including Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson return as well as some new cast members. Julia Roberts stars as the evil queen in “Mirror Mirror”, which is one of films this year that is based on Snow White. This summer, Snow White and the Huntsman, promises to be a twist on the classic fairytale.

My spotlight picks of the month are the much anticipated screen adaptation of “The Hunger Games” and from the Academy Award winning writer of Slumdog Millionaire, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”, starring Ewan McGregor (“Moulin Rouge!”) and Emily Blunt (“The Young Victoria”). Both films look intriguing in their own ways.

Well that’s my March overview, click on the link below to check out the rest of the movies coming out this month and check back next month for more Spring Movie Season picks and 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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“The Hunger Games” New Theatrical Poster!

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"The Hunger Games" Final Poster via The Huffington Post

Check out the final poster for the book to screen adaptation for “The Hunger Games”! “The Hunger Games” is due out in theaters on March 23, 2012. Watch the teaser and/or theatrical trailers right here!

Want to know more about the books in the series? Read my overview of the trilogy right here!

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“The Hunger Games” – Trailer 1

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Check out the first full trailer for “The Hunger Games” based upon the best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins, whom also co-wrote the screenplay. This trailer is also available to view in HD on iTunes.

From the looks of this trailer this film looks to be on point with the novel, which if done right will be epic! For more info. on the story and the trilogy, check out my overview of “The Hunger Games”. If you missed the teaser trailer, you can watch it here.

“The Hunger Games” is set to be released in theaters on March 23, 2012.

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MTV’s Sneak Peek of “The Hunger Games”

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Check out this sneak peek of “The Hunger Games” which premiered on August 28, 2011, on the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Here’s the setup of the clip:

Jennifer Lawrence (“X-Men: First Class”) introduces the clip and we see her character, Katniss Everdeen, in the Hunger Games arena. Liam Hemsworth (“The Last Song”), who plays her best friend Gale narrates the clip and gives words of encouragement to Katniss. At the end of the clip we see Katniss’s District symbol which is the Mockingjay and we hear the Mockingjay song. For more info. on the “Hunger Games”, read my “Hunger Games” Overview where I review the book trilogy.

“The Hunger Games” will be released in theaters on March 23, 2012.

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An Overview of “The Hunger Games” Trilogy

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“The Hunger Games” is the best-selling YA book series by Suzanne Collins.  The titles the make up the trilogy are “The Hunger Games”, “Catching Fire”, and “Mockingjay”. As a whole the series is quite gripping and it is definitely one of those series that draws you in, so much that you need to know how it ends.

To describe “The Hunger Games” trilogy think “Lord of the Flies” meets “Gladiator” with an essence of “Harry Potter” and “Percy Jackson”. The Heroine of the novel is Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year old girl, who basically is the “chosen one”. In a time where poverty is high, the Capitol, which is the governing body hosts annual games where children/teens compete from different Districts for food for their Districts and riches for their families. There only can be one winner, as they would be the sole survivor…literally. Also the competition is a reality show and each competitor, called tributes in the novel, gets their own team of stylists and coaches, whom all strategize to promote their tributes and try to keep them alive. While the competition is underway, the tributes who become popular may receive gifts from sponsors and these gifts received during the games can be the key(s) to their survival.
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