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Movies With Heart: The 100 Best 'Romdramedies' Of The Past 20 Years

April 17th, 2008 8:00am EDT
Clueless
There's the quintessential romantic comedy, and then there's the romdramedy. Similar to a dramedy (in which there is an equal balance of humor and serious content), a romdramedy combines comedy and drama with that mushy thing we call romance.

This is not a list of the best films over the past 20 years. Rather it is a list that gives preferences to those films that best combine all three elements - romance, comedy and drama.

Films like Magnolia and The Matrix were barred from competition, while films like Down with Love were considered (however, that one didn't make the cut)....
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Richard Gere & Terrence Howard Star In 'The Hunting Party' on DVD Jan. 22

January 10th, 2008 11:29am EST
The Hunting Party
Golden Globe® winner Richard Gere (Chicago, Unfaithful) and Terrence Howard (Crash, Hustle & Flow) star as a veteran hot-wired TV reporter and an adventure-seeking cameraman trying to get the scoop of a lifetime-- and hoping they live to report it-- in The Hunting Party.

Joined by a rookie reporter and a petty thief, played by Jesse Eisenberg (The Squid And The Whale) and Diane Kruger (National Treasure, Troy), they embark on a dark and dangerous mission that takes them deep into hostile territory as they search for a missing war criminal. The thriller from Emmy-award winning directo...
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'Margot At The Wedding' Stars Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh

November 17th, 2007 8:24am EST
Margot At The Wedding
Written and directed by Noah Baumbach, Margot At The Wedding is a follow-up to his Academy Award nominated “The Squid and the Whale,” and is a daringly funny and bracingly honest exploration of the tender, absurd and sometimes excruciating relationship between siblings and the fallout for those in their wake: children, husbands, lovers.

Margot Zeller (Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman), a savagely bright, razor-tongued short-story writer who creates chaos wherever she goes, sets off on a surprise journey to the wedding of her estranged and free-spirited, unassuming sister Pauline (Gol...
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Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, Bright Eyes Highlight Jesse Harris-Penned Soundtrack For 'The Hottest State'; Out Aug. 7

August 6th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
The Hottest State
The soundtrack for the film, The Hottest State isn't just another compilation of songs pulled out of obscurity and thrown together for a movie companion piece. No way. If anything, this album and it is indeed, an album--could also be categorized as a tribute record. The album features sixteen songs, plus two score passages, all recorded exclusively for the film by some of the finest names in music today, all for the benefit of paying tribute to one of the brightest new songwriting talents in the last two decades: Jesse Harris. Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jesse Harris wrote all the ...
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New Movies on DVD, March 21

March 21st, 2006 8:00am EST
Chicken Little
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Chicken Little on DVD. An old fable gets a high-tech update in this computer-animated comedy from Walt Disney Pictures. Chicken Little causes widespread panic after he tells everyone the sky is falling when in truth it was just an acorn that fell from a tree. Determined to restore his reputation, Chicken Little and his friends venture out to save the world after a real piece of sky lands on Chicken Little's head. Also in stores this week: Dreamer, The Squid And The Whale, Capote, Derailed and Paradise Now.
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And The Oscar Goes To ...

March 6th, 2006 9:45am EST
George Clooney
Although Brokeback Mountain wound up walking away with a few Academy Awards last night, the big winner was Crash, which took home statues for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Original Screenplay and Best Achievement in Editing. Thrice-nominated George Clooney won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Syriana. Read more for a complete list of winners ...

78th Annual Academy Awards Winners:

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote

Terrence Howard - Hustle & Flow

Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain

Joaquin Phoenix - Walk the Line

David S...
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Complete List of 2006 Oscar Nominations

January 31st, 2006 10:58am EST
Best Actor nominee Heath Ledger
As expected, Brokeback Mountain is a favorite among Oscar voters, rounding up eight nominations, including those for best motion picture, director, actor, and supporting actor and actress. Crash and Good Night, And Good Luck follow with six nominations each. Walk the Line was surprisingly shut out of the best motion picture category, but the film earned five nominations, as did Capote, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Munich. Continue reading for a complete list of Oscar nominees...

78th Annual Academy Awards Nominations:

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Philip Seymour Hof...
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Screenwriters Nominate Top Films of 2005

January 4th, 2006 1:47pm EST
Good Night, And Good Luck
The Writers Guild of America just announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during the 2005 season. Nominees for original screenplay are: Cinderella Man; Crash; The 40-Year-Old Virgin; Good Night, and Good Luck; and The Squid and the Whale.

Nominees for adapted screenplay are Brokeback Mountain, Capote, The Constant Gardener, A History of Violence, and Syriana.

Films eligible for a Writers Guild Award were produced signatory to the Writers Guild minimum basic agreement, and released in the year 2005 under the jurisdiction of Writers Guild of Amer...
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More Awards for 'Brokeback Mountain'

December 20th, 2005 10:05am EST
Jake Gyllenhaal from Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain was the big winner at the Satellite Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, picking up four accolades. Ang Lee picked up Best Director for the film, which was also named Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Editing and Best Song for "A Love That Will Never Grow Old," at the 10th annual awards, which are organized by the International Press Academy.

Meanwhile, Philip Seymour Hoffman was named Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama for Capote, while Felicity Huffman garnered Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama for Transamerica.

In the Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy catego...
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'Brokeback Mountain' Gets More Accolades

December 13th, 2005 12:24pm EST
Jake Gyllenhaal from Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain was named “Best Picture of 2005” while director Ang Lee was named “Best Director” for the same film by the New York Film Critics Circle. The 30 member group just voted for its 71st annual awards for excellence in cinema.

Werner Herzog was honored for two of the “Best Non-Fiction Films” for his documentaries Grizzly Man and White Diamond. 2046 directed by Wong Kar Wai was selected as “Best Foreign-Language Film” and “Best First Film” was given to filmmaker Bennett Miller for Capote. Best animated feature went to Hayao Miyazaki’s animated adventure Howl’s Moving Castle...
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AFI Honors the Top 10 Movies, TV Shows in 2005

December 12th, 2005 2:57pm EST
Syriana
The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the official selections of AFI Awards 2005, AFI's almanac, which records the year's most outstanding achievements in film and television, as well as significant moments in the world of the moving image.

The honorees are listed below in alphabetical order:

AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR -- OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

CAPOTE

CRASH

THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN

LUCK.

A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

KING KONG

MUNICH

THE SQUID AND THE WHALE

SYRIANA

AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR -- OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

24

BATTLESTAR GAL...
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'Brokeback Mountain,' Others Get LAFCA Awards

December 12th, 2005 10:50am EST
Jake Gyllenhaal from Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain was voted "Best Picture of the Year" by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA). The runner up was A History of Violence. LAFCA's 31st annual achievement awards ceremony will be held Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Los Angeles.

Other award winners are:

DIRECTOR: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain

- Runner-up: David Cronenberg, A History of Violence

ACTRESS: Vera Farmiga, Down to the Bone

- Runner-up: Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents

ACTOR: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote

- Runner-up: Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain

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IFP Announces Gotham Award Nominees

October 27th, 2005 11:43am EDT
Capote
The Independent Film Project (IFP) just announced the nominations for the 15th Annual Gotham Awards. Winners will be awarded at the ceremony on Nov. 30 in New York City. The nominees were selected by three separate nominating committees composed of critics and film programmers. Nominees for “Best Feature” are Brokeback Mountain, Capote, A History of Violence, Keane, and Me and You and Everyone We Know.

The annual Gotham Awards celebrate the authentic voices behind and in front of the camera in films made this year. By recognizing that the best films come from a place that is more fir...
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