Kathryn Bigelow triumphs at the BAFTAS

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Photograph: Dave M Benett/Getty Images

It was Kathryn Bigelow’s night at the 2010 Orange British Academy Film Awards this evening. Bigelow won awards for best director for “The Hurt Locker” which also won best film, best cinematography, editing and sound and best original screenplay for Mark Boal.

Colin Firth won best actor for “A Single Man,” while newcomer Carey Mulligan won best actress for “An Education.” Christoph Waltz won best supporting actor for “Inglourious Basterds,” and Mo’Nique won best supporting actress for “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.

“Up” won for best animated film and music,  and Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner won for best adapted screenplay for “Up in the Air.”

Colin Firth and Tilda Swinton are Cinephile Society Winners

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The International Cinephile Society awarded its top honor to the Coen Brothers’ “A Serious Man” for best film of 2009. Colin Forth also won a best actor gong for his portrayal of a man in mourning after his lover of 16 years passes away in “A Single Man.”

Runner-up awards for best film and director went to Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon.”

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Elsewhere, Christoph Waltz continued to charm the awards circuit with a best supporting actor win for his memorable performance in “Inglourious Basterds.” Tilda Swinton won best actress honors for one of the best performances of the year in “Julia.” While Vera Farmiga won best supporting actress honors for “Up in the Air.”

Here’s the full list of winners:

Best Picture: 01. A Serious Man 02. The White Ribbon 03. Fantastic Mr. Fox 04. Inglourious Basterds 05. Tokyo Sonata 06. 35 Shots of Rum 07. The Hurt Locker 08. District 9 09. Bright Star 10. Up In The Air

Best Director: Ethan & Joel Coen – A Serious Man runner-up: Michael Haneke – The White Ribbon

Best Film Not In The English Language: 01. The White Ribbon 02. Tokyo Sonata 03. 35 Shots of Rum 04. Summer Hours 05. Broken Embraces 06. Still Walking 07. Lorna’s Silence 08. The Beaches of Agnes 09. Ponyo 10. O’Horten 11. The Headless Woman

Best Actor: Colin Firth – A Single Man ?runner- up: Michael Stuhlbarg – A Serious Man

Best Actress: Tilda Swinton – Julia runner-up: Abbie Cornish – Bright Star

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds runner-up: Peter Capaldi – In the Loop

Best Supporting Actress: Vera Farmiga – Up In The Air runners-up: Mo’Nique – Precious and Penelope Cruz – Broken Embraces

Best Original Screenplay: A Serious Man – Ethan & Joel Coen runner-up: Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino

Best Adapted Screenplay: Fantastic Mr. Fox – Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach runner-up: In the Loop – Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche

Best Cinematography: The White Ribbon – Christian Berger runner-up: Inglourious Basterds – Robert Richardson

Best Editing: The Hurt Locker – Chris Innis & Bob Murawski runner-up: Broken Embraces – Jose Salcedo

Best Production Design: Fantastic Mr. Fox – Nelson Lowry runner-up: A Serious Man – Jess Gonchor

Best Original Score: A Single Man – Abel Korzeniowski runner-up: Fantastic Mr. Fox – Alexandre Desplat

Best Ensemble: In the Loop runner-up: The White Ribbon

Best Animated Film: Fantastic Mr. Fox runner-up: Ponyo

Best Documentary: The Beaches of Agnes runner-up: Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Thanks to Indiewire

Golden Globes Award winders: Avatar

Twitter uploads on The Inside Hollywood Examiner.

That’s all folks and apart from the usual self love and adoration fest, it was a pretty good night for movies. See you at the Oscars.
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Ricky Gervais wraps it up: “Peace on earth….”
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The Cast and Crew are on the stage. “Thank you for believing in blue people.” James Cameron: “This is the best job in the world.”
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Julia Roberts presents Best Motion Picture, Drama: Winner: Avatar.
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Julia Roberts “If you want attention sit next to Paul McCartney, I’ve never had so many text messages.
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Still in 2010 the best actor awards are at the end. Are they still more important than the women? I guess in $$ they still are.
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Jeff Bridges receives standing ovation: “I want to thank my stand in.”
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Kate Winslet presents Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: Winner: Jeff Bridges for ‘Crazy Heart.’
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Sally Hawkins presents Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy: Winner: Robert Downey Jr. for Sherlock Holmes
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Robert Downey Jr. “I would like to thank the Hollywood Press because they are a strange bunch.”
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Sandra Bullock: “Thank you Foreign Press, you let me step over to the other side.”
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I love Sandra Bullock! Congratulations girl!
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Mickey Rourke presents Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: Winner: Sandra Bullock for ‘The Blind Side’
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Ricky Gervais presents Mickey Rourke
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Really Arnold? Should you be joking about the state of the budget?
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Arnold Schwarzenegger presents Best Motion Picture, Drama nomination ‘Avatar’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeh2KILn7O4
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Wow? Really. I thought this movie was THE most sexist movie in decades and here we have a convicted rapist on stage.
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Reese Witherspoon presents Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: Winner: ‘The Hangover.’
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The cast of The Hangover present Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical nominee ‘The Hangover’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XB0pGnzsAZI
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But I have to admit that Avatar blew my mind. Good job.
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Kiefer Sutherland presents Best Television Series -Comedy or Musical: Winner: ‘Glee.’
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James Cameron says he expected Kathryn to win. Well I hope director Kathryn Bigelow wins the Oscar.
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Mel Gibson presentsBest Director – Motion Picture: Winner: James Cameron for Avatar.
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Ricky Gervais is having a beer or two. “I like a drink as much as the next man unless the next man is Mel Gibson.
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Jodie Foster presents Best Motion Picture, Drama nomination: ‘The Hurt Locker’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GxSDZc8etg
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I could listen to Martin Scorese all day. What an amazing film teacher. He always reminds me of film school in London and of great auteurs.
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Martin Scorsese mentions his fellow auteurs from the past. He thanks DeMille for making big movies. “He helped create the narrative” of film
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Martin Scorsese: Thanks the Hollywood Foreign Press for film preservation, including his favorite film ‘The Red Shoes.’
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Martin Scorsese gets a standing ovation.
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Leonardo Dicaprio: “A master filmmaker” he says of Marty.
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Robert Deniro: “We are like an old married couple,” he says of Marty.
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Leonardo Dicaprio and Robert Deniro present the Cecil B. Demille Award to Martin Scorsese. http://www.scorsesefilms.com/
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Christoph Waltz “Quentin made a big bang of a movie.”
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Halle Berry presents Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Winner: Christoph Waltz for ‘Inglourious Basterds’
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Ricky Gervais presents Halle Berry who wears the best dress of the night.
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Best Supporting Actress in a Series: Winner: Chloe Sevigny for ‘Big Love’
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Taylor Lautner presents Best Motion Picture nominee, Drama: ‘500 Days of Summer’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsD0NpFSADM
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Amy Poehler and Zachary Levi present Best Television Series, Drama: Winner: ‘Mad Men’
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Sophia Loren presents Best Foreign Language Film: Winner: ‘The White Ribbon’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUj9gDtA9HQ
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Samuel L. Jackson introduces Sophia Loren and star of ‘Nine’ to a standing ovation. She looks amazing.
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Samuel L. Jackson presents Best Motion Picture, Drama nomination: ‘Inglourious Basterds’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sQhTVz5IjQ
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Seems a bit weird to thank mum and dad and to love everyone and then to mention about thousands dying in Haiti -but that’s Hollywood…:)
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And finally, a mention of Haiti by name…
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Jennifer Gardner and Ashton Kutcher present Best Actor in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical: Alec Baldwin ‘30 Rock.’
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Jennifer Anniston and Gerald Butler present Best Screenplay Motion Picture: Winner: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner for “Up in The Air”
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Ricky Gervais presents the writing category. “It’s not the words you say but how you look when you are saying them.”
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Cameron Diaz presents Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical nomination: ‘It’s Complicated’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt-l1liNjk0
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Ricky Gervais is certainly not as funny as I’d hoped.
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There is so much love in the room that I’m going to vomit.
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No one has mentioned Haiti by name. Stuff has been mentioned about “what is going on in the world” but no mention of Haiti.
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Drew Barrymoore: “I’ve been in this room since I was 7 years.” “I thank everyone in this room because this is my family.”
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Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture: Winner: Drew Barrymoore for ‘Grey Gardens’
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Kevin Bacon: “Let’s take of each other. Peace.”
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Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana from Avatar present Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture: Winner: Kevin Bacon for ‘Taking Chance’
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Helen Mirren presents Best Motion Picture, Drama nom ‘Precious: Based on the Novel Push http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5FYahzVU44
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“this year I got to play one of the most beloved women in America, Julia Childs and play homage to my own mother.”
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Meryl Streep wants to change her name to T-Bone Streep. She is prompted to say: she loves Nora…
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Ricky Gervais introduces Colin Farrell presents Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy: Winner: Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia.
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Four time Golden Globe winner, Tom Hanks presents Best Motion Picture nomination: ‘Julie & Julia’ http://bit.ly/9Fwtw
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“Thank you for saying YES because it’s much easier to say NO in this town.”
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Cast and Crew of ‘Grey Gardens’ take the stage at the Golden Globe Awards
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Amy Adams and Josh Brolin present Best Mini Series or TV Movie: Winner: ‘Grey Gardens’ from HBO staring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange
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Best Original Score: Winner: Michael Giacchino for ‘Up’
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Cher and Christina Aguilera who are shamelessly promoting “Burlesque” present Best Original Song: Winner: Ryan Bingham for ‘Crazy Heart’
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Ricky Gervais has a dig at Paul McCartney’s expensive divorce last year.
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Harrison Ford presents Best Motion Film “Up in the Air” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_m-Da8Tz4_E
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Best Actress in a Television Series, Drama: Winner: Julianna Margulies’The Good Wife’
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Two wins for ‘Dexter’
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Best Actor in a Television Series, Drama: Winner: Michael C. Hall who is obviously having a bad hair day-he’s wearing a woolly hat.
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Felicity Huffman from ‘Desperate Housewives’ introduces the President of the Foreign Press Association, Philip Burke
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Ricky Gervais “worthy winners and not so worthy winners.”
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Kate Hudson star of ‘Nine’ showcases best musical nomination ‘Nine’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_5_lzags3I
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Best Animated Feature Film: Winner: ‘Up’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN4HJKd_efM
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Paul McCartney presents Best Animation Feature Film “animation is not just for children but for adults who take drugs.”
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John Lithgow’s second Golden Globe win after Third Rock the Sun.
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Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion PictureMade for Television: Winner: John Lithgow
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Best Actress in a Television Series: Winner: Toni Collette’United States of Tara’
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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban arrive on the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood.
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Mariah Carey shows it all on the red carpet. She’s nominated for her role in Precious: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5FYahzVU44
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Celebrities are wearing red ribbons. Urgent help for Haiti. Read: Artists For Peace and Justice: http://www.artistsforpeaceandjustice.com/
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Penelope Cruz says “I hold my own umbrella.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_5_lzags3I
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Chloe Sevigny arrives on the red carpet. She is nominated for her role in “Big Love”
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It’s still pouring with rain in Hollywood and the umbrellas are THE fashion accessary.
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Marion Cotillard says she’s always dreamt about starring in a Hollywood musical. “Nine” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_5_lzags3I
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Vera Farmiga says it’s hard not to have charisma with Up In The Air co-star George Clooney: http://www.theupintheairmovie.com/
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Sandra Bullock donates $1 Million dollars to Haiti disaster relief
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Golden Globe Awards nominations

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards is presented by British comedian Ricky Gervais and as always gives indicators to winners and losers at the Academy Awards later this year. The ceremony is aired this Sunday on NBC at 5pm PST and 8pm EST. I will be covering the event live under the Golden Globe blimp.

Here are this years nominations:

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The Twilight Saga: New Moon disappoints

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I mentioned a few weeks ago what a mistake it was for the Twilight filmmakers to follow author Stephenie Meyer’s New Moon novel too closely and for losing their minds for having Edward go awol for much of the Twilight sequel: The Twilight Saga: New Moon. I mean, hello? Why was Twilight such a huge success? Exactly. So here you go, the LA Times says the movie suffers because of the lack of Edward and his full on love for Bella. What a shocker. Christ, I’m not even a teenage gal but this is what the gals want so what were the money grubbing filmmakers thinking?

Not that this will effect ticket sales. The Twilight Saga: New Moon has sold the highest pre sales tickets in American history. Teenage heart throbs only come once in a generation, so please, put Edward in the picture.

It is also sad to hear from Indiewire that the gals and women who backed Twilight will be left in the cold once more as another movie for the boys gets churned out. It happens all the time of course but this time it makes no sense when female fans proved to be the force behind Twilight’s success. And with Mr. Pattinson as THE heartthrob phenomena of more than a decade (he’s the real deal. e.g. John Travolta and Grease), producers choose to ignore and milk it. But none of this matters. These films are huge and the next one will be huge -the fan base is there, the PR is massive. Us gals get let down again -it’s like another bad date.

Martin Scorcese’s top eleven scary movies

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Arguably one of the best directors of his generation, Martin Scorsese spoke to The Daily Beast about his personal top ten scariest horror movies. He actually came up with eleven and what you would expect from a true auteur, picked movies that were form over substance or art over blood and gore.

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Although my top eleven looks nothing like Scorsese’s list apart from similar picks like The Exorcist, The Shining, and The Entity, I do agree with the premise behind each selection. Scorsese chose movies that were stylish and artistic in creation and frights that come from what we appear to see or in fact what we don’t see. These films play on our basic fright instincts of darkness and our own imagination getting the better of us. This type of horror is vastly superior to full frontal blood and guts.

I respect Martin Scorsese as a true auteur and lover of film as an art form and although his list reflects the choices of a man born from a different generation, I am certainly intrigued by some of the black and white movies that I have yet to see. I look forward to spending the next week hunting them down and finding out if I actually agree with the man. I am a little surprised that classics like director Tod Browning’s Freaks (1932) and the original silent movie, Nosferatu (1922) from director F.W. Murnau, aren’t on the list. For those of you who think that only contemporary horror is scary, I dare you to watch these two movies with the lights turned off.

Here are Martin Scorsese’s top eleven scary movies:

1)   The Haunting (1963)

2)   Isle of The Dead (1945)

3)   The Uninvited (1944)

4)   The Entity (1981)

5)   Dead of Night (1945)

6)   The Changling (1980)

7)   The Shining (1980)

8)   The Exorcist (1973)

9)   Night of The Demon (1957)

10)                 The Innocents (1961)

11)                 Psycho (1960)

More Than A Game is More Than A Documentary

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I’m not going to lie to you. I don’t know one thing about basketball but I do know a good story and More Than A Game delivers enough true-life rags, riches, heartache and dream catching to capture Hollywood.

More Than A Game is written by Kristopher Belman and Brad Hogen. Under Belman’s direction the sport documentary is also accessible to non-sport fans, as the true human-interest story is nothing but compelling viewing.

Four years in the making, More Than A Game spans nine years in the lives of “The Fab Five;” Lebron James, Dru Joyce lll, Sian Cotton, Willie McGee and Romeo Travis; as these brothers stay connected with basketball through their connection with one another. Coach Dru Joyce ll fulfills his life long ambition to coach the team all the way to the nationals. Lebron James, of course, went on to become the superstar basketball player that he still is and is known throughout the world for his talent and personality.

Belman and Hogan gained unprecedented access to the boy’s lives in Akron, Ohio, all the way through to their national games. Interviews, news footage, home videos and photographs are put together in a cohesive fashion and at just the right pace.

The six characters in this story push all the right buttons and not only have me as a new basketball fan but I am sure that some day Hollywood will come knocking.

Hollywood Barbie Doll

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After the recent success of live action toy franchises to hit the big screen it comes as no surprise to hear that Mattel’s Barbie doll is getting the Hollywood treatment.

As a child I couldn’t see the point of Barbie when my brother had much more fun toys to play with like Action Man and racing cars. I ditched the doll and played with the boys.

It’s too early to say which direction Universal will take on one the most famous dolls in the world. My hope for a black comedy starring Anna Faris in the role of the blonde who has every thing is rather doubtful.

Check out Aqua’s Barbie Girl and Julie Brown’s Cause I’m a Blonde from Earth Girls Are Easy.