rnrnWhether it was John Travolta and Uma Thurman doing the Twist to “You Never Can Tell” in Pulp Fiction, the way that the use of “Across 110th Street” in the opening credits of Jackie Brown sets an elegiac tone for the rest of the film, or Michael Madsen’s infamous ear-slicing scene scored by “Stuck In The Middle With You,” there are few auteurs who make better use of music in their films than Quentin Tarantino. It is this particular expertise that the Broadcast Film Critics Association will honor with a special award at this weekend’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, airing live on VH1 at 9pm ET on Friday, January 14. For more information, please take a gander at the following press release that *just* hit the wires.rnrn
QUENTIN TARANTINO TO RECEIVE THE INAUGURAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MUSIC+FILM AWARDrnrnMAROON 5 TO PLAY MUSICAL TRIBUTErnrnAWARDS CEREMONY TO BE BROADCAST LIVE FRIDAY, JANUARY 14 rnAT 9:00 PM ET/PT ON VH1rnrn(SANTA MONICA, CA – January 10, 2011) — The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) will present Quentin Tarantino with its first ever Critics’ Choice Music+Film Award at the 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The all new Critics’ Choice Music+Film Award was created to honor a single filmmaker who has not only inspired moviegoers with his cinematic storytelling, but has heightened the impact of film through the brilliant use of source and soundtrack music. Maroon 5 will play a special tribute with performances of music from some of Tarantino’s most memorable movies. The ceremony will air live on VH1 on Friday, January 14 at 9:00 PM ET/PT from the Hollywood Palladium.rnrnThe inaugural Music+Film Award will honor director Quentin Tarantino who, throughout his career, has truly harnessed the power of a single song and created unforgettable, heart-breaking, exhilarating, and always dynamic moments that remain in the minds of his audience. His mastery of the artful integration of music and film can be seen in such classic movies as Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill: Vol 1 & 2, and most recently, Inglourious Basterds.rn
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Awards season reminds us which stars had a great 2010, but whose careers are set to get a boost in 2011? We’ve picked ten actors and actresses we think will get a major bump in name recognition this year, with three of them already nominated for trophies at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, airing Jan. 14th on VH1. Check out the gallery below to get the scoop. Let us know in the comments if we left out your favorite rising star.
10. Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)
9. Hayley Atwell (Captain America)
8. Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
7. Aimee Teegarden (Scream 4)
6. Astrid Berges-Frisbey (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides)
5. Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
4. Alex Pettyfer (Beastly)
3. Emily Browning (Sucker Punch)
2. Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man)
1. Elle Fanning (Super 8)
It must have been hard for Jennifer Aniston to interview Critics’ Choice Movie Award nominee Nicole Kidman about her amazing spouse when she kept “getting something in her eye” and had to weep for 45 minutes at a time. As the Just Go With It co-stars revealed in an interview for Harper’s Bazaar, Nicole Kidman prayed for husband Keith Urban…or a man just like him. About meeting her future hubby in 2005, Kidman gushes, “I remember thinking, Oh my God, if you ever gave me a man like that, I promise I would be completely devoted for the rest of my life. Something that wild. I remembered praying after I met him that I’d meet somebody, if not him, like him.” Jeez Nicole, have some tact. You don’t show a starving person your delicious pastrami sandwich when you know they don’t have one of their own.
Despite the wild success both women have had in their field, both Aniston and Kidman agree that nothing is more important than a man. Nothing! “Jen and I like to ask people if they would rather have a great love that lasts a lifetime or an amazing career where you go down in history. Some people do answer that they want an extraordinary career,” Nicole explained. Predictably Aniston didn’t agree with that point of view, maintaining “I know what I would choose. That’s a no-brainer. I would choose the love of my life.” We get it, Jen! You’re a 40-year-old millionaire with the body of a college sophomore, but it all means nothing without a big slobbery dope to love. We get it already.
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Hot off the presses, here’s an announcement about a special award that True Grit star Matt Damon will be receiving at next week’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Read on for more deets.
MATT DAMON TO RECEIVE JOEL SIEGEL AWARD
AT THE 16th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS
AWARDS CEREMONY TO BE BROADCAST LIVE FRIDAY, JANUARY 14 AT
9:00 PM ET/PT ON VH1
(SANTA MONICA, CA – January 5, 2011) — The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced today that renowned actor and philanthropist Matt Damon will be presented with the fourth annual Joel Siegel Award at the 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The ceremony will air live on VH1 on Friday, January 14 at 9:00 PM ET/PT.
If you are a loyal viewer of morning video show Jump Start, you may have noticed something different happening from 10-11 a.m. each of the last three mornings. Instead of running a steady stream of music videos like we normally do, we just started airing a live morning show called Jump Start Live, hosted by Carrie Keagan. The hour-long show is chock full of celebrity interviews, saucy gossip, and features a healthy dose of expert commentary on the goings-on in the world of pop culture. There will be a brand new show every weekday morning from now until the Critics Choice Movie Awards, which are being broadcast live on VH1 on Friday, January 14 at 9pm.
If you haven’t watched the show yet, be sure to tune in to Jump Start Live tomorrow morning to see guests Reeve & Zane Carney (from Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark), followed by Josh Groban, whose musical spin on Kanye West’s tweets has quickly gone viral.
Until then, get yourself acquainted with Jump Start Live‘s host, Carrie Keagan. If she looks familiar, it’s probably because she hosted our red carpet festivities for the Critics’ Choice awards in both 2008 and 2009. You might also recognize her from numerous panel appearances on shows like Attack of the Show, Red Eye, and Chelsea Lately. And while we know that all of you read Playboy for the articles, you might also remember that Carrie was featured as the magazine’s Babe Of The Month back in July of 2008. In the video above, we get Carrie’s take on Hugh Hefner’s recent engagement, which celebs have behaved badly on the red carpet with her and much, much more!
rnrnAs we countdown the days until the 2011 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards — which, as a reminder, will be airing live on VH1 on Friday, January 14 at 9pm — we’ve been paying particular attention to the Twitter feeds of the Jackass guys. Earlier today, we got a tip that they would be filming some promos for the Critics’ Choice show that parody some of this year’s most popular and nominated films. While we’re not exactly sure which films they are parodying in these shots — based on the lawyer getups, our best guess is The Social Network — we’ll be sure to share the finished spots with you as soon as they’re wrapped!rnrn
Actor Pete Postlethwaite passed away in England yesterday at the age of 64, following a twenty-year battle with cancer. A familiar presence in British TV since the ’70s, Postlethwaite didn’t get his big break until the early ’90s, when he received on Oscar nomination for playing Daniel Day-Lewis‘ gentle pop in In The Name Of The Father. He then went on to play memorable roles in The Usual Suspects, The Lost World and Brassed Off!, appearing in two of 2010’s biggest hits, Inception and The Town (both nominated for Critics’ Choice Movie Awards). Postlethwaite was honored with an OBE in 2004.
See photos of Postlethwaite in the gallery below.
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Celebrity couples who made it through 2010, give yourselves a pat on the back. Turns out the lost loves of last year included Macaulay Culkin and Mila Kunis, who met seven years ago when Mila was on That ’70s Show—before Culkin had even filmed Saved! And you thought Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens splitting was a bummer!
According to Page Six, Culkin and Kunis broke up at some unspecified date in the past, but kept things quiet while the actress was promoting her Critics’ Choice Movie Award-nominated role in Black Swan. Can’t blame the girl for avoiding endless queries about single life…until now, that is. While it’s likely the Home Alone star’s reclusive lifestyle clashed with Kunis’ increasing fame, we sure hope Justin Timberlake‘s alleged interest in Mila didn’t play a part in this. See photos of the couple in the gallery below.
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Is it just us, or do there seem to be more and more televised award shows each year? That means one thing (and it has nothing to do with awards)—there’s more red carpet fashion than ever. When we compiled our list of favorite fashion moments from 2010, we had quite a crop to choose from. Gone are the days where the only shows worth mentioning were the Emmys, Grammys and Oscars. This year’s style compilation comes to you courtesy of the Creative Arts Emmys, the SAG Awards, and even the ESPYs. Oh, and a couple dozen film premieres, too. Check out who made our cut for best dressed celebs of 2010 in the gallery below—including just about everyone from Mad Men, a very GOOP-y celeb we love to hate, and the most famous half-vampire couple ever.
50. You Can Ring My Bell
49. Hop In My Mini Cooper
46. A Toast To This Douchebag
45. Carey On
44. Kim’s Kar-Dazzling
43. Yes, We Cannes
42. Zoe’s Glowy
41. Katie Shows Her Stripes
40. Taylor Lautner: GQ Werewolf
39. She Whips Her Hair
38. The Hills Are Alive
37. Sexy Sookie
36. My So-Called Sparkles
35. Hot Mama
34. Lookin’ Liveley
33. The Last Action Heroes
32. With Honors
31. Black And White And Greene All Over
30. Emma Roberts, Goth n’ Glam
29. The Unborn Identity
28. Glee-n With Envy
27. Berry Sparkly
26. Christina’s World
25. Ready, Set, Chloe
24. Kelly, Re-Born
23. Pretty Peggy
22. Gwyneth’s White-Out
21. Pretty On Pink
20. Mila Dollar Baby
19. Red Hot Rihanna
18. Venus On The Court
17. Morning Glorious
16. She’s Got A Hatha-Way About Her
15. Katie Got Back
14. Leighton Up
13. Nevermind The Bullocks
12. Bewitching Emma
11. Dashing Don
10. Swift N’ Sparkly
9. The Black Swan Herself
8. Ryan And Child
7. A Rose By Any Other Name
6. Mr. And Mrs. Brand
5. Keri Is So Very
4. Angelina: Eyes On The Thighs
3. Stone-Cold Style
2. Selita’s Fashion Is A Runaway Hit
1. Robsten Eclipses All Others
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rnrnWow! If you thought that the week between Christmas and New Year’s was going to be a slow one in the gossip world, you were sorely mistaken. People just broke the news that Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied are engaged AND expecting their first child. Sounds like someone got a shotgun wedding for Christmas!rnrnThe two were first introduced while on the set of Black Swan, where the ab-tastic Millepied served as the film’s choreographer. He and Portman apparently became very intimate during the filming, for Millepied dumped his ballerina girlfriend of three years, Isabella Boylston, and shacked up with the
homewrecker Hollywood A-Lister. The couple has been going steady ever since, and now we have this news to lead us into Awards Season.rnrnOf course, the big question here is this: How will this news affect Portman’s chances at winning Oscar gold? After scoring key nominations from groups like the Critics Choice Movie Awards, she is an early favorite to win the Best Actress award. Will this news make Portman more sympathetic to voters, or will it turn scandalous and ruin her chances? Developing!