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Who will win the 2011 Oscar for Best Actor?

Friday, February 25th, 2011
(Credit: CBS/Getty)

A reluctant king, a brave hiker, a tech wunderkind, a gruff U.S. Marshal and a man facing his own mortality are the roles of this years Best Actor award at Sunday’s Oscars.

The nominees, and the roles they played:  You can watch the trailer by clicking on the links.

Javier Bardem in “Biutiful.”

Jeff Bridges in “True Grit.”

Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network.”

Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech.”

James Franco in “127 Hours.”

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‘True Grit’ is tops at the Box Office

Monday, January 10th, 2011

“True Grit” was tops with $15 million at the weekend and become the first Western to top the $100 million mark since the 1990s.

The Paramount release stars Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon held of strong competition from Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller’s comedy “Little Fockers,” which was No. 1 for the previous two weekends and slipped to second with $13.8 million.

“True Grit,” which was directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, lifted its total to $110.4 million.

Nicolas Cage’s supernatural thriller “Season of the Witch” opened at No. 3 with $10.7 million. Distributed by Relativity Media, the movie stars Cage as a knight in the Middle Ages escorting a suspected witch to her trial.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s country-music drama “Country Strong” premiered at No. 6 with $7.3 million. The Sony Screen Gems release casts Paltrow as a boozy singer trying to get her act straight after rehab.

“True Grit” is a new take on Charles Portis’ novel, previously adapted in a 1969 version that earned John Wayne an Academy Award. Bridges stars as lawman Rooster Cogburn, hired by a 14-year-old girl to track down her father’s killer.

While “True Grit” rides high, Hollywood’s overall revenues continued a slide that persisted through the fall and holiday season with a drop of 30% on takings from the same time last year.

True Grit (Special Collector’s Edition) Starring John Wayne

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On the set of the Tron Legacy

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

As a child of the eighties it is really strange to see so many of your icons being mined for box office dollars.

Little touches of this move like the View-Masters are meant to make a set visit more pleasant and enjoyable, but also send off a clear message: “We know EXACTLY how to tickle your nostalgia bone!”

Everything I remembered about Tron is the same but evolved, as if the universe was still on an old Cray computer like a contained Galopagos, disconnected and evolving.   Syd Mead, the great visual futurist who was on the original’s design team was brought in  for a day to inform these new worlds.  Some new additions to the arsenal are also glimpsed, including a four-wheeled dune buggy, Clu’s throne ship, a giant crane on the roof of Encom, and some other vehicles which were only hinted at that really let our imaginations FLY.

There is still an ’82-era light bike in Bridges’ safe house, but whether it will be used or not remains to be seen.  Unfortunately, for those of you hoping for a return of the cute “YES” & “NO” companion, we are “sad” to report “BIT” will not be returning.

One of the biggest criticisms leveled at the original TRON was that the film did not engage the audience enough emotionally.  It’s no wonder the producers Justin Springer and Sean Bailey, give us a pep-talk about the emotional direction the film will take, with Sam Flynn going into the computer to search for his father.  This is a far better anchor for an audience than the first one, where everything hung on Flynn searching for a piece of information.

Olivia Wilde, who plays Quorra a close confidant of Jeff Bridges’ character Flynn, was also on hand during the shooting, and while she was not as agitated by the costume, she also happened to not be in hers at the moment, appearing in her street clothes and looking very at-ease.  “I won’t complain ’cause we’re really lucky to get to wear them,” she said, “but they’re not easy. So whenever we’re sitting there straining or, you know, figuring out how to move in them, Jeff says, ‘Well, you know, in the first film, we wore basically white, you know, white leotards.’ Not easy for any man or woman.”  Apparently her character does more than her fair share of ass-whupping in the film, which required a lot of acrobatics and martial arts training. She also trained on a flight simulator at the U.S. Air Force base in Arizona for the A-10.

It does have emotional weight to it, but it should still feel like a fantastic ride and that’s what they’re doing.

And we are just so excited!

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