Trivia: Jennifer Hudson Turned Down ‘Precious’

Gabourey Sidibe was a complete unknown when she beat out hundreds of other candidates in a nationwide casting call for the lead role in Lee DanielsPrecious, but that quickly changed once the film actually came out. The young star garnered tons of acclaim for her fearless performance, including an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, and now it’s tough to imagine anyone but Sidibe ever playing that part. Like, say, Jennifer Hudson.

In a new book, the Oscar-winning Dreamgirls star reveals that she was asked at one point to audition for the role, but turned it down because she didn’t want to gain the weight. More after the jump.

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UP IN THE AIR
As a drama, Up in the Air offers the best of both cinematic worlds; it contains all the heart and intimacy of a thoughtful indie, and all the pure entertainment value of a mainstream crowd-pleaser. Every scene, every line of dialogue offers either something to laugh at, reflect on, or further engage you in the lives of these characters. It’s one of those movies that’s so immediately watchable, I’m genuinely surprised to find out that there are people who dislike it. It might not be the most daring of cinematic endeavors, but it gets all of the important details right—smart writing, slick filmmaking, tight storytelling, terrific acting, etc.—and explores themes that anybody can relate to, asking the question: Which of these do you want to define your life: your job or your relationships? The answer may seem obvious, but Up in the Air tackles it in a way that refrains from leaving audiences with an easy answer.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Commentary by writer/director Jason Reitman and others, a Shadowplay: Before The Story featurette, and deleted scenes. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as 8 additional deleted scenes, a “Help Yourself” music video by Sad Brad, storyboards, and a American Airlines Prank feature.

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VOTD: 50 Movie Spoilers of 2009 in 4 Minutes

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The Fine Brothers love to spoil everything, In past years, we’ve featured their popular videos 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes and Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History. After seeing all of the big movies of 2009, the brothers are back once again.  Their latest video spoils 50 movies released last year (including all ten best picture nominees) in one take, in under 4 minutes. Watch the video now, after the jump.

And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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The BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards happened over the weekend, and Brendon filed his report on the site. To promote the award show, the BAFTA commissioned illustrator Tavis Coburn of Dutch Uncle to create a series of posters, one for each of the five Best Film nominees of the year (Avatar, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Precious, and Up in the Air). I absolutely love the retro 1960′s/1970′s style. Check out all five posters after the jump.
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82nd Annual Academy Award Nominations Announced

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The nominations for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards have been released, and there are a few small and pleasant surprises in the list. The list of ten films nominated for Best Picture is causing some sensation, as District 9 is among the group. Lest that make you too hopeful, The Blind Side also got a Best Picture nod, though after the success of that film in the past two months that isn’t much of a surprise. Audible cheers went up among the media audience when that and Sandra Bullock‘s Best Actress nomination were announced.

There are some good small surprises: Woody Harrelson got a Best Supporting Actor nod for his excellent work in The Messenger; Joel and Ethan Coen got a Best Original Screenplay nod for A Serious Man and their film is up for Best Picture; and Jeremy Renner got a Best Actor nod for The Hurt Locker. As expected, James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow both have Best Director Nominations, and their films Avatar and The Hurt Locker are competing for Best Picture. The full list of noms is after the break. Read More »

Quentin Tarantino’s Top 8 Movies of 2009

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The Hollywood Reporter had a chance to ask Quentin Tarantino about his favorite films of 2009, and the filmmaker responded with the following eight movies…

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AFI’s Top 10 Movies and TV Series of 2009

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The American Film Institute have announced the official selections for the 2009 AFI Awards, nominations which include the “10 Most Outstanding Motion Pictures and TV Programs of the Year”. You can find out the top tv in both tv and movies after the jump, included in the official press release.

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preciousThis week, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley celebrate Fight Club’s 10th anniversary by diving into the film’s newly released Blu-Ray, praise Park Chan-Wook’s Thirst, express ambivalence about the upcoming Uncharted film, and dissect the Twilight phenomenon as best they can. Special guest Jen Yamato joins us these evening.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next Monday at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review The Fantastic Mr. Fox.

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