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In other news the Golden Globes brought alot of nominations including several for the DreamGirls cast. Will Smith received notice to the Pursuit of Happyness. We found the film to be endearing and thought his son "Jaden" is a real talent. Penelope Cruz got a nod for "Volver". We've always loved Leonardo DiCaprio's work and he garnered 2 nods for "Blood Diamonds" and "The Departed" . We also enjoyed Will Farrell's performance in Marc Forster's Charlie Kaufmanesque film" Stranger Than Fiction". He was nominated too. Miramax films got nominations for Helen Mirren's performance in the Queen and Ben Affleck's star turn in Hollywood Land. The Oscar noms are coming soon and we know these names will come up again during the award season. We feel Alejandro González Iñárritu "Babel" is going to be this year's "Crash" and Al Gore's doc " An Inconvenient Truth" is likely to be nominated in the doc category. Spike Lee's Katrina Doc " When The Levees Broke" also deserves a nomination. Both films are now available on DVD and deserve netflixing. One doc which deserves attention is the Sundance Film " A Lion in the House". This film by Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert runs 230 minutes and candidly tackles the topic of children suffering with cancer. It will surely make you cry and triumph in the strength of the human spirit. The movie is currently nominated for an IFP/FIlm Independent Spirit Award in the documentary category.
"The Last Kiss" a remake of the Italian film L'Ultimo Bacio was released on DVD Dec. 26th. During the CMJ Music Marathon we caught up with the Hotel Cafe Tour which is now hitting Europe. Some of the performers on tour are on the movie soundtrack including Cary Brothers, Joshua Radin and Schuyler "Sky" Fisk. Freedom Writers opens on January 5th and stars Oscar Winner Hilary Swank. THe film is based on the best selling novel " The Freedom Writer's Novel". We saw the film and noted the connection between hip-hop and Holocaust survivor Anne Frank. If you liked Anne B. Real,
To Sir With Love and Dangerous Minds which have similiar themes then you'll definitely like this movie.
We are saddened by the loss of musical Legend James Brown. His music influenced the world. The Godfather of Soul enriched the lives of so many people around the world. We miss you and extend condolences to your family.