Who would have thought the year’s coolest sci-fi film would come from South Africa? (Sorry, Avatar!) There’s plenty of contemporary relevance in this entertaining riff on the aliens among us. Instead of being welcomed, space visitors known as “prawns” are herded into titular ghettos. When the bureaucrat responsible for their evacuation begins to mutate, he must hide among the unwanted E.T.s to avoid the attention of gunrunners. Social tract and breathless adventure, D9 beats Hollywood at its own game.
Extras: Deleted scenes, filmmaker’s video diaries, commentary track from director Neill Blomkamp. A second disc includes four in-depth production docs.
- By C. Bottomley
Kristin Chenoweth, who’s hosting the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards this year, kicks some werewolf butt in this new Twilight-inspired promo for the show. It’s not hard to guess where she falls in the Team Edwards/Team Jacob debate. Not only is the Lautner look-alike in the video the wimpiest werewolf that ever snarled, Kristin slaps him because Robert Pattinson isn’t more central to “New Moon.” Ouch.
Catch more of the itty-bitty actress with the unforgettable voice at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards live on VH1 on Jan. 15 at 8PM EST and use the Critics’ Choice Tweet Tracker to keep up with what’s hot this awards season.
When Nancy O’Dell announced Friday that she’d be leaving Access Hollywood after 13 years, her rep stated that “she will continue on with projects as a broadcast entertainment journalist.” But aside from an already-scheduled hosting gig for NBC’s “Tournament of Roses Parade’ on New Year’s Day,” no specifics were available. Until now.
The FABlife has just learned that Nancy O’Dell will host this year’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards red carpet pre-show, to be broadcast live Jan. 15 at 8PM EST on VH1. If it’s true, as People reported, that Nancy felt uncomfortable with Access Hollywood’s “more sensational direction,” then participating in this major awards show should be right up her alley.
Check back on Jan. 15 as we live-blog Critics’ Choice with our sister site VH1 and writers for The New York Times, The L.A. Times, PopEater, The Huffington Post, Best Week Ever and Refinery 29. In the meantime, keep up with what’s hot this awards season by visiting the Tweet Tracker on the Critics’ Choice site. [Photo: Getty Images]
Christmas has come early! Take a look at TheFABlife’s exclusive behind-the-scenes clip, brought to you by Sherlock Holmes himself, Golden Globe-nominated Robert Downey, Jr..
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Sherlock Holmes hits theaters Christmas Day.
Indie darling Zooey Deschanel starred in one of 2009′s most beloved romantic comedies. (500) Days of Summer has now garnered many accolades, including a Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nod for Best Comedy and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Prior to (500) Days, Deschanel played big sister to the main character in critically-acclaimed Almost Famous, starred opposite Will Ferrell in seasonal favorite Elf, and has stole the scene in countless TV shows and independent films. How well do you know this big-eyed beauty?
Brittany Murphy, who died on Sunday of cardiac arrest, was apparently suffering from some sort of illness before she passed away. TMZ – the Woodward and Bernstein of celebrity death journalism – reports that the actress had been dealing with flu-like symptoms in the days leading up to her death, and she was apparently vomiting in the shower the morning she died. Adds a source, “There were a lot … a lot of prescriptions in the house.”
TMZ is reporting that actress Brittany Murphy has died of cardiac arrest. According to the site, paramedics responded to a call placed early this morning at her husband’s house; she was later pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Best known for her work in movies such as Clueless, 8 Mile and Riding In Cars With Boys, she was just 32 years old.
This is obviously sad news, and comes at the end of a year that’s been particularly saturated with celebrity deaths. Our thoughts are with her family and friends. Brittany, pictured above earlier this month, will always be remembered by her epic moments in Clueless. To borrow a line from the movie, this news is “way harsh, Tai.” Way harsh.
Browse through photos of Brittany Murphy below.
There was no shortage of hot blondes and handsome gentlemen at last night’s New York premiere of Sherlock Holmes. While Rachel McAdams looked chic in a rosette-adorned black jumper, leggy Blake Lively stole the spotlight in a lace party dress. Who looked hotter? Recently-bleached McAdams or the resident sex pot of “Gossip Girl”?
Nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance as Sherlock, Robert Downey, Jr. looked to be having a grand ol’ time at the premiere, goofing off with co-star Jude Law and squeezing his wife Susan. Also on the red carpet were brunette beauties Eva Mendes, Jessica Szohr, and Ashley Greene in some attention-grabbing lipstick. [Photos: Getty Images]
Sherlock Holmes has been blowing up our Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Twitter Tracker! To tide over the Tweeters until Christmas Day, we’ve got production stills and movie clips!
We have a pact with our office mates regarding food in our teeth – if you see something, say something. No one wants to head into a meeting with poppy seeds in their front teeth. Seems like Nicole Kidman doesn’t have that pact with her co-workers. Kidman walked the red carpet at the New York premiere of Nine, which racked up 10 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominations, with powder all over her nose and under her eyes on Tuesday and there was nary a good friend nearby to tell her the truth about her face.
Now, if this were a younger, leggings-loving starlet we’d make the obvious cocaine joke, but Kidman is a class act and we’re sure that she was just trying to eliminate the sheen created by hundreds of flashbulbs shining on her delicate features. This is why it’s essential to travel to the bathroom in packs, ladies. We have to look out for one another because even the statuesque, impossibly thin, gorgeous ones occasionally go astray. [Photo: GettyImages]
Award season officially kicked into high gear today as the third set of nominations this week were announced. Frontrunners are beginning to emerge, as some actors have consecutively racked up nods from the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Golden Globes, and now the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Christoph Waltz‘s performance as a snide Nazi in Inglourious Basterds seems to be a shoe-in for some hardware, as does break-out star Anna Kendrick‘s straight-laced role in Up in the Air and Morgan Freeman‘s portrayal of Nelson Mandela in Invictus.
Here are all the Theatrical Motion Picture SAG nominations:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
- Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
- George Clooney – Up In The Air
- Colin Firth – A Single Man
- Morgan Freeman – Invictus
- Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
- Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
- Helen Mirren – The Last Station
- Carey Mulligan - An Education
- Gabourey Sidibe – Precious
- Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia
More after the jump.