Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Love and Other Disasters

As our way of saying goodbye to actress Brittany Murphy, who died last Dec. 20 at age 32, I'm posting these images from her little-seen-but-super-fab 2006 film, Love and Other Disasters. Matthew Rhys (TV's Brothers & Sisters) co-stars in this romantic comedy gem that ImageOut presented as a special screening back in 2008. And here's a link to some of the film's memorable quotes (trust me, you'd find more in the movie!) to remind you of how truly funny it is. If you haven't seen it yet, rent it now!


Thursday, December 17, 2009

SAG Awards Nominations

The Screen Actors Guild Awards just announced their nominations this morning for television and motion picture performances. I think these are a better representation of what might be the favorites for the Oscars. Usually the Ensemble Acting nominations correspond to their Best Picture choices. So it is surprising that critical darling Up in the Air is missing from that list even if 3 of its actors are nominated for individual performances. I don't see any other glaring omissions. Do you?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Golden Globe Awards Nominations

Oh those quirky Foreign Press People are back with their 2010 nominations. Was there too much love for Sandra Bullock? Or Meryl Streep for that matter? Where are Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) and Soairse Ronan (The Lovely Bones) in the list? Happy to see all the love that Glee and its cast got, particularly for Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester). But what about showing appreciation for the great work of Eric Stonestreet (Cam) in Modern Family? The guy could practically just walk across the room and I'll be LMAOTF. Puhleeze ... Cam and Mitchell make for the best gay couple on TV in a very long time. Discuss. So did any of your favorites miss the Golden Globe cut? And does it really matter? Check out the complete list of nominations here.

NY and Boston Critics' Choices

The Hurt Locker blows away the competition with two film critics' awards. I'm also glad that my favorites Meryl Streep and Christoph Waltz are getting their dues.

Here are the winners from the New York Film Critics' Circle.

Best Film The Hurt Locker
Best Director Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Best Screenplay In the Loop
Best Actress Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
Best Actor George Clooney, Up In The Air and Fantastic Mr. Fox
Best Supporting Actress Mo’Nique, Precious
Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Best Cinematography Christian Berger, The White Ribbon
Best Animated Film Fantastic Mr. Fox
Best Non-fiction Film Of Time and the City
Best Foreign Language Film Summer Hours
Best First Feature Hunger, director Steve McQueen

Here are the picks of the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Best Picture The Hurt Locker
Best Actor Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
Best Actress Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Best Supporting Actress Mo’Nique, Precious
Best Director Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Best Screenplay Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, A Serious Man
Best Cinematography Barry Ackroyd, The Hurt Locker
Best Documentary The Cove
Best Animated Film Up
Best Film Editing Bob Murawski and Chris Innis, The Hurt Locker
Best New Filmmaker Neill Blomkamp, District 9
Best Ensemble Cast Precious and Star Trek
Best Use of Music in a Film Crazy Heart

Monday, December 7, 2009

DC Critics' Choices

More awards for the early Oscar frontrunners from the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Best Film Up in the Air
Best Actor George Clooney, Up in the Air
Best Actress Carey Mulligan, An Education
Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Best Supporting Actress Mo’Nique, Precious
Best Director Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
Best Screenplay, Adapted Up in the Air
Best Screenplay, Original Inglourious Basterds
Best Breakthrough Performance Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
Best Ensemble The Hurt Locker
Best Animated Film Up
Best Foreign Film Sin Nombre
Best Art Direction Nine
Best Documentary Food, Inc.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

National Board of Review Winners

Can you believe it's film awards season already? The National Board of Review, a not-for-profit organization of "a selective group of knowledgeable film enthusiasts, academics, film professionals, and students," just announced their choices for this year's Best Film, Actor, Actress, Director, etc with the George Clooney film Up in the Air winning the top prize. Along with the film winners in the different categories, the group also lists their Top 10 films. The NBR is usually the first critics' group announcing their choices.

Click here for a complete list of winners.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

360|365 Festival Job Postings

Here's another reason why I truly APPRECIATE and LOVE our ImageOut volunteers. The 360|365 Film Festival (formerly High Falls FF) has these job postings on their website. These are positions and functions handled by our volunteers gratis at ImageOut! And we all do a marvelous job nonetheless.

Anyway, the good thing is there are jobs available in Rochester! So if you are looking for one, definitely check them out.

Meredith Baxter is On Board

Family Ties actress Meredith Baxter made the media rounds today confirming the rumors that she is a lesbian. Read the full story.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Eating Out 4?

The inevitable is upon us. Well, if the latest Facebook update (and tweet) from creator Q. Allan Brocka is to be believed, the witty and funny writer/filmmaker supposedly has already started the process of writing the next installment in his successful and popular sexy comedy film series, Eating Out. The last one, All You Can Eat, was a huge hit among our ImageOut audiences.

So what would be a clever subtitle for this one? Discuss!