Each year American Cinema Editors (ACE) recognizes the best editing of the year in narrative film, documentary and television through the Eddie Awards. The nominations for achievement in 2011 have been released. They include a couple of expected films such as Hugo and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and feature a couple other inclusions that might count as surprises to some.

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Germain’s Top 10 Movies of 2011

In 2011, I saw more new movies than I ever have in the past. Previous years I’d flirted with roughly two per week but, this year, thanks to a full Sundance Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Butt-Numb-A-Thon and other events like AFI Fest and the Los Angeles Film Festival, that number jumped up to 167. Several of those won’t be released until 2012 and others won’t get released at all, but it’s still a more than sufficient cross section of 2011 releases to adequately speak on the state of film in 2011 and give my top ten movies of the year. (Note: Any film that didn’t get an Oscar qualifying 2011 theatrical run did not qualify for this list. That’s just my personal rule.)

For me, 2011 was the year of “good, but not great.” You know the type. A film that does everything right, is entertaining, emotional, but doesn’t stick with you once you’ve left the theater. We’re lucky to have films like that because, alternatively, we could get films that are total garbage. Looking back at the year as a whole, though, very few 2011 films will stick with me as all-time favorites. It was a good year, but not great.

The films after the jump were the ones that stayed with me more than most though and, because of that, earned a place as my top ten films of 2011. Read More »

69th Annual Golden Globes Award Nominations

Gerard Butler, Woody Harrelson, Rashida Jones, and Sofia Vergara got up extra early this morning to announce the nominations for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 69th Golden Globes Awards, which will be televised on January 15, 2012.

Returning host Ricky Gervais (called a “naughty, naughty schoolboy” this morning by Aida Takla-O’ Reilly, the president of the HFPA) will likely be the main attraction of that broadcast, but the Globes do get attention for the awards doled out each year, if only for the way that the organization targets films with big stars to show up at the ceremony. How else to explain multiple nominations for Madonna‘s W.E.? Sure, her Best Song nomination could have gone to a tune from The Muppets, but why would the HFPA want anyone from that film at the ceremony?

The Artist, Midnight in Paris and The Help are the big nominees. Check out the full list below. Read More »

Every year during awards season, The Hollywood Reporter somehow organizes the schedules of basically every single actor, actress, writer and director of the year’s best films to sit down and discuss them. This, in itself, is pretty spectacular. What’s even better is they release the videos of the full conversations so we can watch. For the 2011 Actress’ Roundtable, they’ve brought together Glenn Close of Albert Nobbs, Charlize Theron of Young Adult, Carey Mulligan of Shame, Michelle Williams of My Week With Marilyn and Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer of The Help to discuss their own, and each others’, performances, all of which have a good shot at multiple award nominations. Check out the video after the jump. Read More »

Fans of movies, celebrity and Hollywood gossip are all going to find a lot to like in My Week With Marilyn. The film, which opens November 23, tells the amazing true story of a young go-getter named Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) who developed a unique and magical relationship with Marilyn Monroe when the legendary blond bombshell traveled to England to film The Prince and the Showgirl with Sir Laurence Oliver. Michelle Williams is Oscar-worthy as Monroe, Kenneth Branagh is fantastic as Oliver, but no one would have seen this story on screen if it wasn’t for director Simon Curtis.

My Week With Marilyn is technically Curtis’ feature film debut but he’s no rookie. He’s been directing some of the most talented actors in the world for 20 years. However, it was Clark’s two revealing books that finally drew Curtis to the big screen. He first found them well over a decade ago and has been struggling to get this incredible slice of Hollywood history made ever since.

I recently sat down with Curtis to talk about the genesis of the project, its historical accuracy, potential awards praise and much more. Read some choice quotes, as well as the full interview if you choose, after the jump. Read More »

It’s difficult to decide which aspect of My Week With Marilyn is its best asset. The film provides an insider look at movie history, gives interesting insight into legendary personalities, has magnificent performances and a wonderful score. Nope, it’s none of those things. The best thing about My Week With Marilyn, Simon Curtis‘ delightful snapshot of Hollywood history, is how it gives audience the ultimate wish-fulfillment. We get to experience what it would be like to do something we’ve all dreamed of: spend a day with the most beautiful and famous person on the planet.

Scheduled for release November 23, it’s based on the true diaries of a young man named Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) who talked his way into a job with Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and, while shooting the film The Prince and the Showgirl, developed a unique relationship with the most famous woman in the world: Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams).

My Week With Marilyn screened at the AFI Fest Presented by Audi and you can read more about it below. Read More »

Thursday has been another day of release date dominoes. First Disney shuffled around a few dates including the resurrected Lone Ranger and Patty Jenkins-helmed Thor 2. Now Warner Bros. has moved up Guillermo Del Toro‘s sci-fi action epic Pacific Rim from July 12, 2013 to May 10, 2013. In more immediate news, The Weinstein Company has pushed their Michelle Williams film My Week With Marilyn back from November 4 to 23 and, as a result, Piranha 3DD is now off that date. The horror sequel is now slated for the discouragingly vague “2012.” Read some possible reasons for all of these shifts after the jump. Read More »

One of the great pleasures of cinema is watching people live out the lives of others, and therefore the biopic thrives. It isn’t enough that movies have enshrined many personalities in perpetuity; we still love seeing their lives lived again, through others.

And so we have My Week With Marilyn, a film in which Michelle Williams has the unenviable task of conjuring the presence of one of cinema’s most famous icons. She plays Marilyn in a film based on a true story about the experience one young man (played by Eddie Redmayne) had with the star. See the just-released trailer below,  and you’ll begin to get a sense of whether Williams’ version of Marilyn can be reconciled with the real thing. Read More »

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