Critics’ Choice Movie Awards


FABlife’s DVD Pick Of The Week

The Hurt Locker

The most acclaimed movie of 2009 is also the best action movie in years. A bomb disposal unit cleaning explosives off the Baghdad streets gets a new colonel. He’s brilliant and dangerous, jeopardizing his team to save others. Is this the kind of person we need in our armed forces? Director Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break) never lectures. She’s too busy pulling off suspense sequences that will keep audiences up late at night. The film has already garnered Critics’ ChoiceGolden Globe, and SAG nods. Look for Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie to score Oscar noms later this month. Essential.

Extras: Commentary with Bigelow and scriptwriter Mark Boal. A featurette which looks at filming in Jordan.

– By C. Bottomley

Follow the latest movie and entertainment trends on our Tweet Tracker, and tune into the the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards on Friday, January 15th at 9PM EST – only on VH1.


Natalie Portman: The Ultimate Quiz

While Natalie Portman‘s been overlooked for a Critics’ Choice or Golden Globe nom, her performance in Brothers was nothing less than what we’ve come to expect from the absurdly talented 28 year old. The gorgeous low-profile actress has starred in an astounding amount of acclaimed films given her age, including Closer, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, V For Vendetta, and Garden State. Take our Ultimate Quiz and see how well you know the silver screen stunner. Plus, see a red carpet timeline of Natalie Portman’s fashion choices.

View Photo Gallery


Anvil Fights Back After Oscar Snub


When the Academy unveiled its shortlist of 15 nominees for Best Documentary in November, it seemed shocking that “Anvil! The Story of Anvil,” which VH1 acquired, didn’t make the cut. After all, it was on Top 10 lists by most major publications and was arguably one of year’s most-loved movies. (See the New Yorker’s “Anvil!” review: “Suffice it to say that the emotion that swept the cinema, at the climax, seemed unanimous, binding, and true: pretty much all that we ask of a movie …”)

Regardless of the reason for the Oscar snub (Entertainment Weekly believes its because the out-of-touch Academy favors docs with social and political themes), the members of Anvil are staying true to their optimistic selves by launching an “Anvil for Best Pic” Twitter campaign (you can retweet to support!). We’re not holding out hope that the Academy will listen, but at least the Critics’ Choice Awards got it right by nominating “Anvil! The Story of Anvil” for Best Documentary. Tune in Friday at 8PM EST on VH1 to see if it wins. [Photo: WireImage]


Eli Roth Gets Inglouriously Stung, 200 Times


Last night, Eli Roth, “Bear Jew” of Critics’ Choice-nominated Inglourious Basterds and the writer/director behind the Hostel series, tweeted quite the real-life nightmare. While kayaking off the coast of Mexico, his kayak suddenly sank, stranding him about a mile off shore. He was forced to climb deadly sea urchin-covered rocks to an island, and when a wave knocked him over, he was stung over 200 times. Lucky to be alive, he was rescued by a fisherman.

Drunk tourists harassed him upon his arrival back to the beach, while he was covered in blood and in dire need of medical attention. Finally, he was brought to a hospital and forced to endure getting all 200 pins removed, without anesthetics due to swelling. TMZ obtained a disturbing photo of his mauled foot.

Roth plans to hobble to the People’s Choice Awards tonight. A trooper to say the least. [Photo: Weinstein Co.]

His entire horrific tale – via Twitter – after the jump.

Read more…


Mariah Carey Slurs Through Crazy Acceptance Speech At Film Festival

Voters for future film awards will think twice about praising Mariah Carey‘s performance in Precious after seeing her acceptance speech at the Palm Springs Film Festival, except those who hope to see her embarrass herself all over again. Stepping on stage to accept Breakthrough Actress with director Lee Daniels—was he there to prop her up?—the superstar danced a little before pausing, sighing and announcing “Please forgive me, because I’m a little bit, um…” Following an unkind suggestion from the audience, she nodded “Yeah…”

Rambling on about the film, the book Push and meeting Lifetime Achievement Award winner Helen Mirren (coincidentally cast for Carey’s role in Precious before dropping out), Carey began applauding, dropped a finger snap and admitted she could be “difficult.” Several minutes—and attempts to applaud her off–later, she thanked the audience for “listening to her little spiel” and departed. Said Sean Penn later in the night, “Think anything’s going to make YouTube tonight?” Uh…yeah.

Other winners at the bash were Jeff Bridges, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Renner, Anna Kendrick and Morgan Freeman—all of whom are nominated for trophies at the upcoming Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Check the stars out—and Carey!—on the red carpet in the gallery below.


Nick Jonas Considering Comedy Career?

Nick Jonas, who will be performing at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards with The Administration as the official house band, took some time during a recent gig to try out a few jokes on the audience. Why yes, we are cooing as we type this. We are loud, proud Nick fans, even if our age (let’s just say we’ve been able to drink legally for a while) makes it totally weird.

So is Nick the next Aziz Ansari or did he bomb big time? Check out the video and let us know. In our opinion, Nick does come across as a bit of a comedy amateur (Reading jokes from a book? Surely our beloved JoBro is above this!), but his reaction when the audience nails the punchline is too presh for words. Let’s hope he brings some of his onstage charm to the CCMAs on January 15th! For more Nick news, check out the official CCMAs site and our Tweet Tracker.

Related Content:

Live Like a Star: You could win a luxury spa getaway at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa fit for the stars, courtesy of Click here to enter.


Kevin Bacon To Receive Joel Siegel Award At CCMAs


Actor Kevin Bacon, star of such iconic movies as Footloose, A Few Good Men, and Frost/Nixon, will be honored at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards as the recipient of the Joel Siegel Award. Meryl Streep, his co-star in The River Wild, is set to present him with the award.

Check out the official press release under the jump, and visit the  CCMA’s website and Tweet Tracker for the latest news on the show, which airs on VH1 on January 15th at 9:00 PM ET/PT.

Read more…


10 Movies To See In 2010


The New Year is upon us, and while resolutions and wishes are abound, we’re wondering what’s brewing in the world of cinema. Anticipation is already sky-high for the third film of The Twilight Saga and the first half of the final film of the Harry Potter series, but what else is waiting in the wings? We’ve got Angelina Jolie in a wig, Megan Fox in a corset, and an uber buff Jake Gyllenhaal.

Here are 10 movies worth your $12.50 + popcorn in 2010.

The Wolfman: February 12th

Benicio Del Toro has been holding out on us! Typically attracted to critic-friendly films (Traffic, Things We Lost in the Fire, Che), Del Toro gets horrific for Valentine’s Day weekend in The Wolfman, starring as the legendary moon-hatin’ monster. Critics’ Choice-nominated Emily Blunt plays his fur-lovin’ love interest and always-great Anthony Hopkins co-stars as Del Toro’s father.

Alice in Wonderland: March 5th

Tim Burton + Johnny Depp. Do we really need to say more? Previous collaborations of the eccentric duo include Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This fantastical gothic version of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale is sure to be visually stunning and over-the-top. Naturally Johnny Depp is The Mad Hatter, while Australian actress Mia Wasikowska snagged the role as Alice. Burton’s wife Helena Bonham Carter plays the part of The Red Queen with Anne Hathaway as The White Queen. Other highlights include Alan Rickman as The Caterpillar and Michael Sheen as The White Rabbit. Can you feel our excitement?

Eight more movies to see after the jump!

Read more…

by (@seapeaz)

Marion Cotillard’s Top 25 Hottest Outfits Ever


Golden Globe and Academy Award winner, Marion Cotillard has raised the bar once again with her performance in the musical Nine earning her a CCMA nomination and another Golden Globe nomination. Marion not only enchants on the big screen, but she also dazzles us with her remarkable beauty on and off the red carpet. Browse through 25 of Marion Cotillard’s hottest looks throughout the years and be sure to tune into the CCMAs on January 15 at 9 PM EST on VH1.

1. Glam Goddess
2. Yellow Fever
3. Flower Power
4. Tons Of Tulle
5. Pretty Doll In Polka Dots
6. Just Peachy
7. La Vie En Rose
8. Cotillard Blanc
9. Out To Sea
10. Oversized Trench
11. Little Black Dress
12. Simply Beautiful
13. Smooth Criminal
14. Perfect In Pink
15. Hollywood Starlet
16. Cute & Casual
17. Bold In Black
18. Pleated Princess
19. Parisian Pride
20. Well Wrapped
21. Little Mermaid
22. Happy Holidays
23. Winter Wonderland
24. Black & White
25. Mod Mode

View Photo Gallery


Johnny Depp: The Ultimate Quiz

Sexiest Man Alive Johnny Depp has been left out of this year’s awards race so far, but he’ll always be at the top of the A-list in our hearts. In 2009, he opted for a summer blockbuster portraying one gorgeous John Dillinger in Public Enemies. From Cry-Baby to Edward Scissorhands to Pirates of the Caribbean, his versatility knows no bounds and we’re waiting with baited breath for his role as The Mad Hatter in Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland, due out March 5th.  How well do you know the quirky, sexy, and oft-reclusive Johnny Depp?