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All Daniel Craig Movies Ranked by Tomatometer

Before he would get to utter the words “Bond, James Bond” to the delight of millions, Daniel Craig built up a durable if not spectacular resume, showing up in a range of films from the first Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider to A Kid In King Arthur’s Court. As the sniveling son of mob boss Paul Newman in Road to Perdition, Craig was able to make an impact with a broad audience in a film that already had plenty for us to look at, including Conrad L. Hall’s rain-drenched cinematography and a rare anti-hero turn from Tom Hanks.

By 2005, Craig was on the cusp of a major breakthrough with a co-starring role in Steven Spielberg’s Munich, and crime flick Layer Cake, essentially a stylish and gritty feature-length audition tape to play Agent 007. The following year, he and GoldenEye director Martin Campbell launched Casino Royale, a rousing and hard-nosed crowdpleaser revealing a James Bond for a new cynical generation. He’s since reprised the role three more times with Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre, and when he returns in 2020 with No Time to Die, Craig will have the longest consecutively tenured Bond in film history.

Of course, when you’re James Bond, every non-Bond role you take becomes something of an automatic sensation. Some roles, like Logan Lucky or David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo really demonstrate Craig’s range. Other films, like Dream House or The Invasion, are spectacular bombs. And the rest, along the lines of Cowboys & Aliens and The Golden Compass, are right in the mushy middle.

We know on which end of the spectrum Craig’s latest film, the Rian Johnson whodunit Knives Out, lands. (Hint: It’s his best-reviewed movie ever.) With No Time To Die‘s April 2020 November 2020 April 2021 October 2021 release now behind us, take a look back as we rank all Daniel Craig movies by Tomatometer!

#30
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a violent earthquake rocks Southern California, hapless teenager Calvin Fuller (Thomas Ian Nicholas) finds himself careening through a hole... [More]
Directed By: Michael Gottlieb

#29

Dream House (2011)

#29
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Publisher Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) quits a lucrative job in New York to relocate his wife, Libby (Rachel Weisz), and... [More]
Directed By: Jim Sheridan

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 12475%
Critics Consensus: The straightforward retelling of Kuki Gallman's life in Africa neither moves or entertains the viewer.
Synopsis: Inspired by the true story of indomitable Kuki Gallmann, the film tells of a beautiful and inquisitive woman who had... [More]
Directed By: Hugh Hudson

#27

Kings (2017)
13%

#27
Adjusted Score: 14440%
Critics Consensus: Kings has good intentions, a talented cast, and the basis for an incredible fact-based story; unfortunately, they don't amount to much more than a missed opportunity.
Synopsis: Millie is a hardworking, tough and protective Los Angeles single mother with an affection for homeless children. Her neighbor Obie... [More]
Directed By: Deniz Gamze Ergüven

#26

The Invasion (2007)
19%

#26
Adjusted Score: 25899%
Critics Consensus: The Invasion is slickly made, but it lacks psychological insight and thrills.
Synopsis: Washington, D.C. psychologist Carol Bennell (Nicole Kidman) and her colleague Dr. Ben Driscoll (Daniel Craig) are the only two people... [More]
Directed By: Oliver Hirschbiegel

#25
#25
Adjusted Score: 26312%
Critics Consensus: Angelina Jolie is perfect for the role of Lara Croft, but even she can't save the movie from a senseless plot and action sequences with no emotional impact.
Synopsis: This live action feature is inspired by the most successful interactive video-game character in history -- Lara Croft. Beautiful and... [More]
Directed By: Simon West

#24

Sylvia (2003)
36%

#24
Adjusted Score: 40183%
Critics Consensus: This biopic about Sylvia Plath doesn't rise above the level of highbrow melodrama.
Synopsis: Young Sylvia Plath (Gwyneth Paltrow) dreams of becoming an important writer. Her childhood is scarred by the unexpected loss of... [More]
Directed By: Christine Jeffs

#23
#23
Adjusted Score: 38010%
Critics Consensus: Despite Daniel Craig's earnest efforts, Flashbacks of a Fool suffers from an ambitious but underdeveloped script.
Synopsis: When washed-up British actor and drug addict Joe Scott (Daniel Craig) learns that his best friend, Boots (Max Deacon), has... [More]
Directed By: Baillie Walsh

#22

The Power of One (1992)
39%

#22
Adjusted Score: 38743%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: It's the 1930s, and as the people he cares for die or leave his village, young South African P.K. bonds... [More]
Directed By: John G. Avildsen

#21

Some Voices (2000)
40%

#21
Adjusted Score: 8862%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A restaurant owner (David Morrissey) cares for a brother (Daniel Craig) whose mental stability continues to decline.... [More]
Directed By: Simon Cellan Jones

#20
#20
Adjusted Score: 50474%
Critics Consensus: Without the bite or the controversy of the source material, The Golden Compass is reduced to impressive visuals overcompensating for lax storytelling.
Synopsis: Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards) lives in a parallel world in which human souls take the form of lifelong animal... [More]
Directed By: Chris Weitz

#19

The Jacket (2005)

#19
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Amnesiac Gulf War veteran Jack Starks (Adrien Brody) can't explain why he's been found at the scene of a murder.... [More]
Directed By: John Maybury

#18

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
44%

#18
Adjusted Score: 55559%
Critics Consensus: Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford are as dependably appealing as ever, but they're let down by director Jon Favreau's inability to smooth Cowboys & Aliens' jarring tonal shifts.
Synopsis: Bearing a mysterious metal shackle on his wrist, an amnesiac gunslinger (Daniel Craig) wanders into a frontier town called Absolution.... [More]
Directed By: Jon Favreau

#17

Renaissance (2006)
49%

#17
Adjusted Score: 50622%
Critics Consensus: Renaissance attempts to blend sci-fi wonder with stark noir animation, but is often more fun to look at than to watch.
Synopsis: Avalon Corp., a purveyor of eternal youth and beauty, worms its way into every facet of life in 2054 Paris,... [More]
Directed By: Christian Volckman

#16

Defiance (2008)
58%

#16
Adjusted Score: 65602%
Critics Consensus: Professionally made but artistically uninspired, Ed Zwick's story of Jews surviving WWII in the Belarus forest lacks the emotional punch of the actual history.
Synopsis: In 1941, Nazi soldiers are slaughtering Eastern European Jews by the thousands. Three brothers, Tuvia (Daniel Craig), Zus (Liev Schreiber)... [More]
Directed By: Edward Zwick

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A man (Rhys Ifans) obsesses over a science professor (Daniel Craig) who helped him save a boy in a runaway... [More]
Directed By: Roger Michell

#14

Spectre (2015)
63%

#14
Adjusted Score: 77394%
Critics Consensus: Spectre nudges Daniel Craig's rebooted Bond closer to the glorious, action-driven spectacle of earlier entries, although it's admittedly reliant on established 007 formula.
Synopsis: A cryptic message from the past leads James Bond (Daniel Craig) to Mexico City and Rome, where he meets the... [More]
Directed By: Sam Mendes

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 75406%
Critics Consensus: Brutal and breathless, Quantum Of Solace delivers tender emotions along with frenetic action, but coming on the heels of Casino Royale, it's still a bit of a disappointment.
Synopsis: Following the death of Vesper Lynd, James Bond (Daniel Craig) makes his next mission personal. The hunt for those who... [More]
Directed By: Marc Forster

#12

Infamous (2006)
74%

#12
Adjusted Score: 79416%
Critics Consensus: Though comparisons with last year's Capote may be inevitable, Infamous takes a different angle in its depiction of the author, and stands up well enough on its own.
Synopsis: In Kansas, with childhood friend Harper Lee (Sandra Bullock), author Truman Capote (Toby Jones) developed an intense and complex relationship... [More]
Directed By: Douglas McGrath

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 84346%
Critics Consensus: Drawing deep from the classic Raiders of the Lost Ark playbook, Steven Spielberg has crafted another spirited, thrilling adventure in the form of Tintin.
Synopsis: While shopping at an outdoor market, young reporter Tintin (Jamie Bell), accompanied by his faithful dog, Snowy, buys a model... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#10

The Mother (2003)
78%

#10
Adjusted Score: 80573%
Critics Consensus: Reid gives a fearless, realistic performance in depicting an older woman's sexual blossoming.
Synopsis: May (Anne Reid) is a middle-aged grandmother who lives in Northern England with her husband, Toots (Peter Vaughan). When Toots... [More]
Directed By: Roger Michell

#9

Munich (2005)

#9
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: After the murder of 11 Israeli athletes and their coach at the 1972 Olympics, the Israeli government secretly assigns Avner... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

#8

Layer Cake (2004)

#8
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An unnamed mid-level cocaine dealer (Daniel Craig) in London makes plans to step away from the criminal life. Before he... [More]
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 87151%
Critics Consensus: Somber, stately, and beautifully mounted, Sam Mendes' Road to Perdition is a well-crafted mob movie that explores the ties between fathers and sons.
Synopsis: Mike Sullivan (Tom Hanks) is an enforcer for powerful Depression-era Midwestern mobster John Rooney (Paul Newman). Rooney's son, Connor (Daniel... [More]
Directed By: Sam Mendes

#6

No Time to Die (2021)
83%

#6
Adjusted Score: 104686%
Critics Consensus: It isn't the sleekest or most daring 007 adventure, but No Time to Die concludes Daniel Craig's franchise tenure in satisfying style.
Synopsis: In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace... [More]
Directed By: Cary Joji Fukunaga

#5
Adjusted Score: 98180%
Critics Consensus: Brutal yet captivating, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is the result of David Fincher working at his lurid best with total role commitment from star Rooney Mara.
Synopsis: Disgraced financial reporter Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) finds a chance to redeem his honor after being hired by wealthy Swedish... [More]
Directed By: David Fincher

#4

Logan Lucky (2017)
92%

#4
Adjusted Score: 112375%
Critics Consensus: High-octane fun that's smartly assembled without putting on airs, Logan Lucky marks a welcome end to Steven Soderbergh's retirement -- and proves he hasn't lost his ability to entertain.
Synopsis: West Virginia family man Jimmy Logan teams up with his one-armed brother Clyde and sister Mellie to steal money from... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#3

Skyfall (2012)
92%

#3
Adjusted Score: 109484%
Critics Consensus: Sam Mendes brings Bond surging back with a smart, sexy, riveting action thriller that qualifies as one of the best 007 films to date.
Synopsis: When James Bond's (Daniel Craig) latest assignment goes terribly wrong, it leads to a calamitous turn of events: Undercover agents... [More]
Directed By: Sam Mendes

#2

Casino Royale (2006)
94%

#2
Adjusted Score: 105580%
Critics Consensus: Casino Royale disposes of the silliness and gadgetry that plagued recent James Bond outings, and Daniel Craig delivers what fans and critics have been waiting for: a caustic, haunted, intense reinvention of 007.
Synopsis: After receiving a license to kill, British Secret Service agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) heads to Madagascar, where he uncovers... [More]
Directed By: Martin Campbell

#1

Knives Out (2019)
97%

#1
Adjusted Score: 125692%
Critics Consensus: Knives Out sharpens old murder-mystery tropes with a keenly assembled suspense outing that makes brilliant use of writer-director Rian Johnson's stellar ensemble.
Synopsis: The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey are mysterious, but there's one thing that renowned Detective Benoit... [More]
Directed By: Rian Johnson

Fifty Shades of Grey

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Looking for some truly erotic cinematic experiences? Try our list of 150 Erotic Movies, ranked worst to best. Here, we’re celebrating the bad stuff – the misguided, unintentionally hilarious, and unbelievably awkward; the movie sex scenes that tried to get us hot under the collar but just left us scratching our heads. From earnest attempts at kink to moments of classic camp, these are the most unintentionally unsexy sex scenes in the movies. Happy Valentine’s Day!


The Matrix Reloaded (2003) 73%

10. The Zion Rave Party

So, Zion is da club? With the lights and heat turned up? If this is what life outside of the Matrix looks like, take us back (that steak looked so good). In this scene from the first Matrix sequel, the exceptionally attractive citizens of Zion dance and gyrate while Trinity and Neo make tender, candlelit love in a kind of rock pod bed. It’s a celebration of being human that frankly had us – for a few moments anyway – favoring the 0s and 1s.


Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) 25%

9. Ana’s Introduction to the Red Room

No, Ana, not like his X-box and stuff… We could have chosen a number of scenes from the critically-lashed Fifty Shades series, but this one, which sets the franchise’s tone, felt like the greatest offender. Or perhaps it did not quite offend enough. The ladies did love those low-slung Christian Grey jeans, though, and numbers don’t lie. The scene may not have worked for us at RT, but America was digging Shades‘ vibes to the tune of almost $170 million at the box office.



The Room (2003) 23%

8. The Scene So Nice You See It Twice

Like the rest of the film, The Room’s big sex scene is so bad it’s great – but it’s definitely not sexy. In the scene — which, we should mention, is set to a Skinemax-caliber love song — Tommy showers Lisa’s naked body with petals and demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of human anatomy by aiming for her… bellybutton, we think? And just in case you missed it all the first time, Mr. Wiseau actually reuses the footage in a subsequent sex scene, because we clearly haven’t seen enough of his gyrating posterior.


Munich (2005)

7. Flashback Love 

Steven Spielberg was not trying to make a “sexy” scene with this, one of the few off-key moments in the otherwise great (and Certified Fresh) Munich. He was trying to be profound – we think. And yet the decision to intercut footage from the 1972 Munich Olympics hostage crisis and massacre with shots of Avner (Eric Bana) and his wife Daphna (Ayelet Zurer) very sweatily going at it misfires hugely.


The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) 49%

6. Bella and Edward at Home

With Fifty Shades on the list, it’s only fair to include a scene from the franchise that inspired it. We’re going with Bella and Edward’s tastefully lit romp in their new home – mostly for packing in so many bad-movie-sex clichés into so few minutes. There are the beautiful shots of closing eyes and arching necks, a close-up of a (beautiful) bed sheet being tightly gripped, that (beautiful) Feist song giving everything a sense of drama, and it all ends with them chilling in front of a roaring fire. (Minus points for the absence of a bearskin rug; bonus points for featuring literal sparks flying off of Bella’s face at one point.)  



Moonraker (1979) 60%

5. Bond Goes Zero Gravity

We’re not going to lie: We chuckled during this one, a lot; there is enough very dated double entendre in this single scene to fuel another three Austin Powers sequels. (“I think he’s attempting re-entry, sir!”). There is something spectacularly unsexy about fornication without gravitation, though, no matter how hard the straining violins and soft lighting try to tell us otherwise. If the physical impossibility of it all wasn’t bad enough, a room full of folks are watching on back at mission control.


Gigli (2003) 6%

4. “It’s Turkey Time”

It takes a lot to make a scene between official Very Hot People and onetime real-life couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez unsexy, so we’re giving writer-director Martin Brest extra points for this one. The immortal line, “It’s turkey time, gobble, gobble,” uttered by J-Lo in an effort to seduce Affleck, is enough to have us canceling Thanksgiving forever. Or at least for 2003.


The Counselor (2013) 34%

3. The Yellow Ferrari

In The Counselor, Javier Bardem’s Reiner tells The Counselor (Michael Fassbender) that he’d “Like to forget about Malkina f—-ing my car.” So would we. Five years on, we’re still not sure what possessed writer Cormac McCarthy and Ridley Scott to come up with the idea of Cameron Diaz straddling a Ferrari’s windshield until climax, let alone what possessed them to write the scene, shoot it, set it to music, and not edit it out of the final movie. Perhaps this movie needs that rarest of things: a Ridley Scott directors’ cut that would make it shorter.


Showgirls (1995) 22%

2. Nomi, Zach, and the Pool 

Apologies to our employer, because the sites you have to hit up to watch this scene in full are… well, we will be scrubbing our browser history for eons. And don’t bother seeking it out yourself. Far from being particularly sensual or erotic, this scene featuring Kyle MacLachlan’s Zach and Elizabeth Berkley’s Nomi making wild, splashy love in a pool is mostly just confounding. How is she doing that? And why are they doing this? And why am I laughing at everything they’re doing together?


Watchmen (2009) 65%

1. “Hallelujah”

As anyone who has ever watched a televised talent competition will tell you, Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” has been subjected to its fair share of abuse over the years. Nowhere, though, has the song been more thoroughly beaten up than in this scene from Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, an otherwise fascinating superhero flick that has its hardcore defenders. What was a powerful moment in the graphic novel is laughable here, as Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson) and Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman) trade grunty-faces in their steampunk binoculars-looking sex pod all while the booming voice of Cohen… booms. Just when you think it can’t get any worse, the pod shoots flames at the moment of climax.


Disagree, passionately? Let us know in the comments, and share your favorite so-bad-they’re-good movie sex scenes. 

RT Interview: Eric Bana on Love the Beast

Not a lot of people know that actor Eric Bana, familiar to most from roles in the likes of JJ Abrams’s Star Trek, Steven Spielberg’s Munich and Ang Lee’s Hulk, is a massive petrol head. With the release of Love the Beast, Bana aims to change that. A love letter to his pride and joy, a Ford GT Falcon Coupe which he’s owned since he was 15, the film is a documentary about his obsession with it and with racing, and the mourning attached to his crash during the Targa rally in 2007. Along the way Bana interviews the likes of Jeremy Clarkson, Jay Leno and Dr. Phil as he attempts to understand his passion better. In London to promote the UK release — it’s out on DVD now — Bana sat down with RT to talk more about his pride and joy.


Love the Beast

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Why have you come to London to promote this when you should be fixing the Coupe? What’s the status?

Eric Bana: [laughs] The status is it’s getting there. It’s taken us probably a year to get all the bits and pieces together, but we’ve started so in the not too distant future it’ll be on the road.

Most won’t know you as a car fan, but the passion is palpable. Has that been there from the very beginning?

EB: Yeah, I guess so. It’s always been my hope, as an actor, to reveal only what is relevant about myself to the work. So I’m not surprised that most people are surprised to know I’m into cars, but it’s something that’s been there since I was born. There wasn’t a moment where I got into cars. It wasn’t a conscience decision or something that came later, it was there since I was born. I just love it.

You mention the importance of Mad Max in the film as a movie that combined both passions for you, are there others?

EB: Yes and no. I do feel like, as a car person, I’m somewhat manipulated by them. I mean, there are some that go down as all-time classics. They don’t hold up as great pieces of cinema but they do hold up for someone who’s obsessed with cars.

However, I don’t think that’s the case with modern films. One of the reasons I wanted to make this film was that I felt like there was really no connection between me and a lot of the modern car films. I felt they were more about, “Hey, if we put this car in a film and we do a big chase sequence, car guys will like this.” Those films don’t appeal to me so much. All of my favourite car films are very old ones, and even then there’s quite often a disconnect.

I felt that what was missing from them was this social notion that a car can transcend itself and become something else.

Love the Beast

Bana with the original Beast

Jeremy Clarkson says in the film that machines are supposed to be perfect and infallible, but because cars aren’t, they have a personality and you can bond with them — do you think maybe that’s what’s missing from modern car movies, that the car is no longer a character?

EB: I guess there’s an element of that; I think that’s because of the kind of cars in car movies these days. It’s very hard to get the same sort of emotion out of a modern vehicle because they are so perfect, and it’s very hard to have a tactile relationship with them.

One of my closest friends, who I made the film with, has a fifteen-year-old son with whom he’s building a car. They’ve had to go back to 1979 or 1982 to get a car he could work on. You know what I mean? It’s going to be interesting to see what our kids will work on, if they even do. Will it just be a sealed unit that you dispose of? You have to go back to the 80s to find a car you can just open the bonnet and take a spanner to.

Do you think that’s actually going to die, then?

EB: To a degree I think it will. I think the value of the old cars will be maintained as people realise they’re the kind of cars you can work on. And by work on I mean work on; I don’t mean putting a fibre-glass bonnet on and some big speakers. I could be wrong but I can’t see kids stripping engines down and rebuilding them on the latest 325 BMW ten years from now.

Do you think this hobby is something that’s culturally more active in your native Australia?

EB: It’s a good question, and it’s why I wanted to put my childhood in context in the film. To understand my obsession you sort-of need to understand where I came from, growing up in the suburbs out near the airport where there was space and room to play with these things and to tinker and go and test your skills in an environment that wasn’t a threat to anybody. In that respect, the world has changed a little bit. It’s gotten more heavily populated and we have stricter road rules. We have more speed cameras, heavier population. It is a different environment to what it was when I was growing.

Love the Beast

Bana talks to Jeremy Clarkson

When you crashed the car and you thought it was a write-off, it was most surprising that after 25 years you were questioning whether that was the end of this obsession for you — did you ever seriously consider that?

EB: Not that part of my life, but that the car could be over, yes, because it was a real threat. If the car was so badly damaged that it would have required a re-shell, I wasn’t going to do it. That’s an exercise in spending money, and if the car has reached its natural end, so be it. Fortunately I found someone who was capable of repairing the structural damage to the extent that we didn’t have to re-shell the car. That’s the only reason the car’s being rebuilt — I would not have re-shelled the car. To me that would have been a different vehicle.

And there was a real threat that the car wasn’t going to be rebuilt. Technically speaking, you can build anything out of sand; it doesn’t mean you do it. I had some middle-class guilt that I had the resources to go out and do that again and I just finished rebuilding the car over a two-year period, and to be honest I was out of emotional energy at that point, too. I just waited until recently, when there was enough distance between myself and the project, to just go back to it and tinker with it again.

Would you have found a different car and carried on if it had been a re-shell?

EB: I’ve always had other vehicles and I’ll always tinker, so that part of my life would have been the same I guess, but the car itself would probably have been at its end, and the film would have been its final chapter. Fortunately it looks like it will rise from the ashes.

Do you know when the car will be back on the road?

EB: Oh it’ll be less than twelve months from now.

Hopefully we’ll see a follow-up film, then!

EB: [laughs] I don’t think there’ll be a sequel! I’m sure a photo will end up in a magazine or two at some point!

Now that I’m rebuilding it, I do feel good about it. The film was really well received back home and I got some letters that I’ve just never received in my life, you know; letters you’d never get as an actor. They’re from people who saw the film with their wives and at the end of the film, without them saying anything, their wives have turned to them and said, “OK, you can do it — you can buy that car that you’ve been putting off for 10 years.” It’s really incredible, but the film seems to have appealed to people who aren’t into cars and it’s helped them understand that it isn’t just about a car. It’s also about the social or emotional importance that having a hobby and an outlet and some kind of artisan experience can provide.

Daniel CraigQuite possibly the hottest British actor of the moment, Daniel Craig‘s star – which was on a fast ascent even before 2006’s Bond revival Casino Royale – is currently shining so bright that it’s hard to pin him down. Hard, that is, unless he’s supporting Flashbacks of a Fool, a film he’s so passionate about he’s taken time off from filming Quantum of Solace to promote. Craig plays Joe Scot, a fading Hollywood star who has managed to coast through life with no care for anyone he steps on to succeed. When his childhood friend, nicknamed Boots, dies, he realises what he’s missed out on. RT sat down with Craig to learn more.

You’ve got what I imagine is a rare day off from Quantum of Solace and you’ve chosen to spend it talking to us about Flashbacks of a Fool. What does the film mean to you?

Daniel Craig: It’s been very personal, really. The fact is that Baillie Walsh, the director, is my best mate and he wrote the script six years ago with me in mind. There are a lot of reasons for it – it’s a lot to do with who he is and how we both look at life in the sense that if you don’t deal with certain things when you’re a kid they’ll come back and get you. I believe in Baillie as a moviemaker. He’s done two feature-length documentaries plus any number of music videos and commercials and it’s kind-of about time he got to do a feature.

So was it about using whatever clout you could to help him get the project off the ground? We noticed the Executive Producer credit.

DC: Definitely; it was a really important stage to go through, for me. It’s no great leap for me, what my job entails really on a job like this is to talk to people and say, “Do you mind spending some money? I believe in this, I believe in this director, we’ve got a great cast, a great, DoP, a great crew; I think we can make a great movie.” It’s not a huge leap because I end up doing that anyway on films! I’m unofficially launching the movie, going and talking to people and getting them to invest and support it. Once we started filming I just got on with the acting.

Flashbacks of a Fool

Was there perhaps a personal interest in playing Joe Scot at that stage of his career?

DC: [laughs] Why, because he’s fading?! The fact that he’s a movie star is really secondary I think. He’s a lonely man in a big house, he’s got everything he wants and he could have anything he wants. He could have a career, but he’s pushed it all away. He doesn’t feel he needs anything, when what he needs is good friendship and what he needs is the support of people who genuinely love him as opposed to the support of those who genuinely don’t love him. And it’s staring him in the face, his mother and her girlfriend, who on the face of it seem dysfunctional, are actually good family, and he’s got this lady Ophelia who’s looking after him and is probably the love of his life and would sacrifice everything for him. It’s all there and he’s fucking it up, that’s really all it boils down to. I like that idea – I like that he’s having to take care of business.

Do you see contemporaries of yours falling into that trap?

DC: I’ve been around, I’ve seen a lot in my life, and everybody goes down the dark, winding staircase eventually. It’s a bad place to be and that’s why having good friends is always essential. Those are the people who pull you out. But it happens to everyone in every profession and you have to deal with it. Joe is an alcoholic drug addict and for an evening he’s probably great entertainment and fantastic to be with, but to live with it’s a nightmare, and that’s the reality of it. It’s showing that, but it’s saying, “the reality of this is something else.” But that’s not really where the movie lies.

What keeps you grounded?

DC: Friends and family, who tell me what an arsehole I am! [laughs]

Flashbacks of a Fool

Do you recognise that period of Joe’s childhood in your own life?

DC: It’s not similar, but certainly the music was familiar and I too grew up near the sea – though it wasn’t quite the Southern Cape [which filled in for the English coast]. It was important in the movie to have that memory of a place. I grew up by the seaside, there were arcades, it resonates for me, certainly. Baillie grew up by the sea too – he was the guy on the Wurlitzer spinning you around and making you sick. It’s a mixture of things exploded. Ideas from childhood as opposed to very specific points. The little girl dying is that impetus that sends Joe off on his way because he can’t escape the guilt. His sexual awakening ties in with this little girl dying. It’s not an excuse to be a fucked-up human being, but it’s a good excuse to have problems.

What brought you and Baillie together, originally?

DC: We have a mutual friend in John Maybury, and I met Baillie on the set of Love is the Devil, and we’ve just been mates ever since.

Did you have the equivalent of a Boots in your life?

DC: Yes. I’ve got a good friend from school who I stay in touch with, but I left home at sixteen and I’ve lived most of my adult life in London and that’s where my friends are. I’ve got one good friend back home who I still talk to, but it was a long time ago.

Harry Eden is brilliant as the young version of you, but you didn’t get to share any scenes with him, obviously, so how involved were you in his casting?

DC: Baillie just said, “I found him,” and as soon as I saw him, I knew he was the guy. People are saying we look physically alike, but Harry and I are convinced there are no similarities. But I just let him get on with it. It’s a whole lifetime between that time and my time as the character. People change irrevocably, and I thought just letting him get on with being who he was was the best thing to do. He does it just as a moody teenager, full of hormones and everything else.

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You have a quite graphic sex scene at the start, does it bother you, getting naked on screen?

DC: No, it never has. I’ve made a career out of it! I work out, but that’s what I do now. That’s part of my job. And I’ve always kept fairly fit. If I know I’ve got to take my top off I lay off the cakes! But I keep myself as physically fit as possible just because of what I’ve got to do in the movies. We’ve started Bond now, and we haven’t started the physical stuff yet, but I’m sure I’m going to be walking wounded from the end of next week for the next six months!

Are you approaching Quantum of Solace with a sense of relief after the success of your first? Is there less pressure on you?

DC: I don’t think so, I don’t think you can say there’s less pressure when you make a $200m movie – the pressure is plain to see. We’ve got to make it as good as if not better than the last one, that’s the only thing that matters. I’m no less nervous than I was but I’m very happy with what we’ve put together for this one. Marc Forster‘s come on board and he’s taking care of a lot of things that I just don’t need to think about and I’m just getting on with it. I don’t know if I’ll ever feel comfortable with it. It’s James Bond, I don’t know if I’ll ever get to that place and get Zen about it – it’s not that kind of role. But I’m enjoying what we’ve shot of this and I’m planning to enjoy as much as I can of this filming process, because otherwise why do it?

Is there much difference between making a British indie movie like this and making a big $200m Bond movie?

DC: I honestly think that on set there’s very little difference. On set there’s two cameras, maybe, the crew and if you’re shooting dialogue and scenes with actors it’s the same. The difference comes in when suddenly there are explosions and napalm going off everywhere. But actually the atmosphere is very similar.

How are you finding working with Mathieu Amalric?

DC: I’m over the moon about it. We worked together very briefly on Munich, but I didn’t actually have any scenes with him on that. Now I’ve got to know him, and that Schnabel movie he’s just done is brilliant.

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Is he Vesper’s Algerian boyfriend? Is that the connection?

DC: There is a connection, yes! [laughs] The film carries on from where the last one stopped, so we set up in the last one that there’s this organisation that’s destabilising the world’s economy in a bid to take it over, and Bond’s job is to go and get them.

Now that you’re making your second Bond movie, is it more or less important to do other work, do you think?

DC: It’s no more or less important, I don’t think. Someone asked whether it was important to make a smaller movie after making a Bond movie, but I’ve never, ever done films because I should do them, and if I have ever done that it’s usually been an unpleasant experience. I’ve only ever really enjoyed and liked films I’ve done because I’ve wanted to do them. And that’s absolutely on an individual basis. Doing a film and saying, I’ve done a really dark film and now I have to do a comedy… That’s not me. If a script comes along and it’s dark I’ll absolutely do it and take the consequences. I’m not fussed about the image that goes along with it.

But it seems to have made it easier to do other work and to champion a project you really believe in, like this…

DC: It’s been useful. Suddenly people are listening to me like I’ve got an opinion which is really disturbing! [laughs] I’ve kind-of got to have one! That’s quite nice in a way – sort-of facing up, championing something and believing in something. It’s a nice place to be. And, you know, I like Baillie Walsh, I think he’s got a huge amount of talent, so saying to someone, “I like this guy,” is really very easy.

Read our interview with director Baillie Walsh here.

The first stills from Robert Schwentke‘s adaptation of The Time Traveler’s Wife have surfaced online!

Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, and Ron Livingston star in the film version of Audrey Niffenegger’s book, summarized in the official synopsis below:

Just like Audrey Niffenegger’s beloved bestseller, this adaptation promises to be an epic love story to please both sexes. Eric Bana (MUNICH) stars as a man who is unable to control his tendency to time travel, and Rachel McAdams (THE NOTEBOOK) is his long-suffering love who must wait for him to return to her.

In other words, yes, it’s a tear-jerker of a love story — but unlike The Notebook, there’s a little action tossed in, so you might not mind the two-hour investment this time, fellas. Click on any image below for more stills!

Source: Just Jared

In this week’s Ketchup, cinema appears to not be a profitable business, we get a first look at the new Spock, and Michael Bay prepares to fake out the Transformers fanboys. Also, Toy Story 3 and other Pixar projects are confirmed, and Dragon Ball has its leads.

This Week’s Most Popular News:

This Just In: Movies Don’t Make Money

In marked contrast to the music business, which has spent the last seven years dealing with declining profits and assorted bad news, the 21st century has seen the film industry repeatedly setting new records for ticket receipts. The movie biz is healthy, right?

First Pictures of Zachary Quinto as Young Spock!
Say, none of you Star Trek fans would be interested in getting an early look at Zachary Quinto as Spock, would you?

Bay Prepares to Fake Out Transformers Fanboys

Michael Bay went through the wringer with the fanboys on Transformers. He addressed every concern — early designs, scripts, remaining faithful to the source material — and delivered a movie that won over most audiences, grossing nearly $320 million in America alone. But with Transformers 2 in development, Bay isn’t taking any more lip service.

Lasseter Confirms Toy Story 3 and Upcoming Pixar Projects

John Lasseter usually doesn’t reveal anything about upcoming Pixar projects. Even though Toy Story 3 has been a known project ever since Disney threatened to make it without Pixar, Lasseter always dodges it. Finally, Lasseter has once-and-for-all confirmed it and discussed turning over the original Pixar property to a new(ish) director.

Live-Action Dragon Ball Finds Its Leads
Brace yourselves, Dragon Ball fans. Twentieth Century Fox’s live-action adaptation of your beloved manga has cast its leads, and some of you are about to start screaming bloody murder.


Get ready for some exciting new clues… or not.

In Other News:

  • Kevin Dillon is set to star alongside Emma Roberts, Don Cheadle and Lisa Kudrow in DreamWorks’ live-action film Hotel for Dogs.
  • Robert Duvall has joined Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon in the cast of the holiday comedy Four Christmases.
  • Matt Gerald has been cast as the lead villain in James Cameron‘s sci-fi action-adventure Avatar, set to begin filming this month.
  • New Line has hired Neil LaBute to write and Taylor Hackford to direct The Woman Next Door, a remake of the 1981 François Truffaut film La Femme D’A Côté.
  • Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Zoe Bell have joined the cast of Lionsgate’s untitled sci-fi action-thriller from Crank writers/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor.
  • Summit Entertainment is planning a remake of the Korean thriller Seven Days, with the Korean film’s production team to contribute to the remake.
  • Alden Ehrenreich will star with Maribel Verdu in Francis Ford Coppola‘s family drama Tetro.
  • Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Bartha are set to star as drug-dealing Hasidic Jews in Kevin Asch’s comic drama Holy Rollers.
  • John C. Reilly will play the lead vampire role in Cirque du Freak for director Paul Weitz, based on the bestselling children’s series by Darren Shan.
  • Shawn Levy will to direct and produce the dramedy Father Figure at Fox 2000, based on a screenplay by Mark Friedman.
  • Kathryn Hahn has been cast opposite Jeremy Piven in Paramount Vantage’s The Goods: The Don Ready Story for director Neal Brennan.
  • Kristen Stewart has signed on to star in Summit Entertainment’s thriller-romance Twilight, based on Stephenie Meyer’s young-adult novel.
  • Katherine Heigl will star in the battle-of-the-sexes romantic comedy The Ugly Truth with Robert Luketic directing for Lakeshore Entertainment.

  • After Walking Hard, he’ll bite.

    Moviegoers will have plenty to choose from over the long Christmas holiday weekend as four new star-driven wide releases hit the marketplace adding to an already crowded marquee.

    The Ben Stiller fantasy pic "Night at the Museum" leads the way as the frame’s only new comedy while the Matthew McConaughey football drama "We Are Marshall" offers an inspirational story based on true events. Meanwhile, a pair of Italian Stallions hop into the director’s chair as Sylvester Stallone‘s boxing drama "Rocky Balboa" and Robert De Niro‘s espionage thriller "The Good Shepherd" offer even more choices to holiday moviegoers. As is typical of this time of year, Christmas Eve will hurt the box office on Sunday as last-minute shopping and early theater closings will take their toll. But the Monday holiday will see a major recovery since Christmas Day brings forth a surge in traffic to the multiplexes.

    Blasting into nearly 3,700 theaters including 72 Imax venues is the comedy "Night at the Museum" which finds Ben Stiller playing the new night watchman at New York’s Museum of Natural History where all the artifacts and statues come to life each night. Director Shawn Levy ("Cheaper by the Dozen," "The Pink Panther") leaves behind Steve Martin to work with a younger funnyman and more special effects. The PG-rated film is aiming for broad audiences hoping to bring in entire families looking for a fun time this holiday season. "Museum" also plans to score with teens and young adults as the only major comedy option for them. With "The Holiday" being the only other laugher in the top ten to register with that lucrative group, look for a solid response.

    Stiller brings considerable starpower to the film but he also gets backup from comedians like Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, and Dick Van Dyke. Plus with the prestigious ‘and’ credit already claimed by Williams, Owen Wilson takes a sizable supporting role but is so cool that he is nowhere to be found in the credits at all. Audiences want happy and funny films during the Christmas holidays and "Night at the Museum" should post muscular numbers thanks to its starpower, lack of comedy competition, mild rating, and formidable marketing and distribution push. Fox looks to close up the books on 2006 by taking over the number one spot this weekend. Attacking 3,688 locations, "Night at the Museum" could debut to about $34M over the four-day Friday-to-Monday holiday period.

    Ben Stiller in "Night at the Museum."

    Sylvester Stallone brings the eye of the tiger back to the multiplexes one last time in "Rocky Balboa" which got a jumpstart on the holiday weekend with its Wednesday launch. The MGM release brings the iconic boxer back to the screen in what is supposedly the end of the franchise with Stallone back in the saddle as writer and director. In this tale, Rocky is brought back into the ring when media hype prompts fans to wonder who the best boxer is of all time. The underdog story on screen mirrored the one within industry circles. How could a franchise that died 16 years ago with the poorly-received "Rocky V" find its way back into the hearts of today’s moviegoers. MGM and the "Judge Dredd" star moved forward. Today, they proudly claim one of the best reviewed films of the Christmas season and the Wednesday bow is being counted on to get die-hard fans out early so they can spread positive buzz at work and in school going into the lucrative yet overcrowded weekend period.

    With so many other films in the marketplace, and plenty with PG or G ratings aimed at luring in full families, "Rocky Balboa" will have to take its time at the box office as many moviegoers may need some convincing before spending money on the followup to the Tommy Gunn flick. Older adults are the ones who remember the excitement of the franchise, but the studio is hoping they could bring their kids with them for an uplifting tale that makes you feel good inside. "The Pursuit of Happyness" and "We Are Marshall" will be direct competitors in the feel-good genre and the latter will steal away many sports fans too. "Balboa" will have to rely on nostalgia and good word-of-mouth to carry it through round after round. Already playing in 2,752 theaters and adding more locations on Friday, "Rocky Balboa" may gross about $16M over four days and around $21M over six days.


    Stallone is back for one more round in "Rocky Balboa."

    For football fans this holiday weekend, Warner Bros. trots out another pigskin drama with "We Are Marshall" starring Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, and David Strathairn. The PG-rated film tells the true story of the football program at Marshall University in West Virginia which had to be rebuilt from scratch after a plane crash killed most of the players and coaches. Hollywood seems to have an endless line-up of sports dramas these days and since most of them become commercial successes, it’s no wonder that they keep getting churned out. Just a few months ago, moviegoers powered the football flicks "Invincible" and "Gridiron Gang" to the number one spot with bows of $17M and $14.4M, respectively. "Marshall" should play to much of the same audience and with its underdog feel-good story, the time of year will help since people are in the mood for that type of emotion.

    Reviews have not been too good, but that should not matter much. "We Are Marshall" is meant for sports fans and those who love stories about overcoming adversity, regardless of how predictable they may be. Sales from the heartland should be solid and with the tame rating, entire families can come out together. Plus McConaughey is a reliable draw at the box office and is believable as a quirky football coach. Still, competition will be strong and coming from all directions so a blowout will not be possible. Opening in 2,606 theaters, "We Are Marshall" could score about $14M over the Friday-to-Monday frame.


    They are Marshall.

    Countering the parade of PG flicks is the R-rated CIA thriller "The Good Shepherd" directed by Robert De Niro. The Universal release stars Matt Damon as Edward Wilson, a loyal government agent who helped to create the agency during the Cold War. Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin, William Hurt, John Turturro, and De Niro also star. "Shepherd" boasts solid starpower which could help the film have broad appeal. The subject matter appeals to the 30+ crowd, but Damon and Jolie should help to pull in twentysomethings. Teens and ethnic audiences will have minimal interest. Critics have been mixed on the film which could impact the overall turnout.

    The last few months have not been kind to star-driven period dramas aimed at adult audiences. Pictures like "Hollywoodland," "All the King’s Men," and "Bobby" have all struggled to find paying audiences with none reaching the $15M mark in total sales. "Shepherd’s" cast is what will allow it to rise above those failures. But the fight for the attention and time of mature adults will be fierce and a running time of nearly three hours will allow for one less showtime per day on every screen further cutting into its commercial potential. Infiltrating 2,217 locations, "The Good Shepherd" might capture around $13M over four days.


    Matt Damon and Alec Baldwin in "The Good Shepherd."

    With the calendar year coming to a close, things continue to get crowded in the specialty arena this weekend. Clint Eastwood‘s award-winning war drama "Letters From Iwo Jima" debuted on Wednesday in limited release ahead of a January expansion similar to what Warner Bros. did two years ago with the director’s "Million Dollar Baby" which went on to reign at the Oscars. Edward Norton and Naomi Watts star in the period romance "The Painted Veil" from Warner Independent which also platformed on Wednesday in New York and Los Angeles. Thursday brings the limited launches of Miramax’s "Venus" starring Golden Globe nominee Peter O’Toole and the Chinese period drama "Curse of the Golden Flower" from Sony Classics which stars Gong Li and Chow Yun-Fat.


    Zhang Yimou’s "Curse of the Golden Flower."

    Last weekend, Will Smith scored a number one hit with "The Pursuit of Happyness" which continues to please audiences. Overall moviegoing should increase over the holiday weekend, but more choices for adult audiences will give Sony some competition. "Pursuit’s" four-day take could drop 25% from its three-day debut gross giving the film about $20M and a cume of $58M after 11 days.

    As a sci-fi actioner, Fox’s "Eragon" is likely to see one of the largest drops in the top ten. The dragon adventure might fall by 35% to around $15M over the four-day session leaving the studio with $46M.

    Kidpics score big points over Christmas so "Charlotte’s Web" might see many of those fans who skipped out last weekend actually show up this time. The Paramount release’s four-day tally may slip 10% from its three-day bow and bring in roughly $10M. That would give the family film a total of $27M after 11 days.

    LAST YEAR: With Christmas falling on a Sunday, the observed holiday on Monday gave the box office an expanded four-day holiday frame allowing the mega holdovers to repeat atop the charts. "King Kong" spent its second weekend at number one and grossed $33.3M over four days and was closely followed by "The Chronicles of Narnia" with $31.7M in its third adventure. The combined haul for the pair soared to $285M with much more still to come. Newcomers rounded out the top five with Jim Carrey defeating Steve Martin in the battle of the comedies. Sony’s "Fun With Dick and Jane" opened in third with $21.5M over four days while Fox’s sequel "Cheaper by the Dozen 2" settled for fourth with $15.3M. Final tallies reached $110.3M and $82.6M, respectively. Sony also claimed fifth with "Memoirs of a Geisha" which expanded nationally and took in $10.2M over the long weekend. Also opening were Fox Searchlight’s Johnny Knoxville comedy "The Ringer" with $7.7M over four days, the Jennifer Aniston pic "Rumor Has It" with $7.5M in two days for Warner Bros., and Universal’s "Munich" with $6M in four days. The films went on to reach $35.4M, $43M, and $47.4M respectively. The debuting horror pic "Wolf Creek" opened outside the top ten with $4.9M in two days on its way to $16.2M.

    Author: Gitesh Pandya, www.BoxOfficeGuru.com

    I was wondering when we’d start getting smacked with all the poker movies … and here comes one! Curtis Hanson‘s "Lucky You" stars Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, and Robert Duvall. It looks pretty cool to me, and it opens on September 8th. Check out the trailer right here.

    "Huck Cheever is a blaster—a player who goes all out, all the time. But in his personal relationships, Huck plays it tight, expertly avoiding emotional commitments and long-term expectations. When Huck sets out to win the main event of the 2003 World Series of Poker—and the affections of Billie Offer, a young singer from Bakersfield—there is one significant obstacle in his path: his father, L.C. Cheever, the poker legend who abandoned Huck’s mother years ago."

    Co-starring Debra Messing, Jean Smart, and Charles Martin Smith, "Lucky You" also has a pretty impressive screenwriters’ pedigree. It was written by Hanson ("L.A. Confidential") and Eric Roth ("Munich").

    Master filmmaker Steven Spielberg has averaged a movie a year since the year 2000, so we understand if the guy needs to take a few months vacation, but (as usual) the guy’s back burner is absolutely stuffed with alluring projects … not the least of which is the ravenously anticipated "Indiana Jones 4."

    The Hollywood Reporter recently ran a piece with new DreamWorks honcho Stacy Snider, and the article threw a spotlight on what Mr. Spielberg will be up to next:

    "Snider’s current task will be finding the next picture Spielberg directs. Having made two 2005 movies back-to-back, "War of the Worlds" and "Munich," the prolific Spielberg has not yet committed to his next film. But there are several projects on the drawing board, including an Abraham Lincoln biopic, an untitled space travel project at Paramount and a script by Rod Lurie set in the glitzy New York media world as well as "Indiana Jones 4," which Paramount would co-finance with George Lucas‘ Lucasfilm. David Koepp‘s script is expected in two to three months."

    Click here for the full piece, which offers quite a few tidbits on the studio’s impending projects … including "Transformers," "Sweeney Todd," and … a remake of Peter Sellers‘ "The Party"??

    (Since 2000, Mr. Spielberg has directed "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," "Minority Report," "Catch Me If You Can," "The Terminal," "War of the Worlds," and "Munich.")

    Like most pathetic movie geeks, I was up at the crack of dawn (ok, 8:30am eastern time) to see how my nomination prediction ballot would measure up. (I was perfect on all 20 acting nods and all 10 screenwriting nods, but I erroneously predicted that “Walk the Line” would get nominated over “Capote” for Best Picture, and I picked Croneberg for director over Benett Miller.) Anyhow, here are the nominations for us to rant and rave about for the next five weeks…

    BEST PICTURE
    Brokeback Mountain
    Capote
    Crash
    Good Night, and Good Luck.
    Munich

    BEST DIRECTOR
    George Clooney – Good Night, and Good Luck.
    Paul Haggis – Crash
    Ang Lee – Brokeback Mountain
    Bennett Miller – Capote
    Steven Spielberg – Munich

    BEST ACTOR

    Philip Seymour Hoffman – Capote
    Terrence HowardHustle & Flow
    Heath Ledger – Brokeback Mountain
    Joaquin PhoenixWalk the Line
    David Strathairn – Good Night, and Good Luck.

    BEST ACTRESS
    Judi DenchMrs. Henderson Presents
    Felicity HuffmanTransamerica
    Keira KnightleyPride & Prejudice
    Charlize TheronNorth Country
    Reese Witherspoon – Walk the Line

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

    Matt Dillon – Crash
    George Clooney – Syriana
    Paul GiamattiCinderella Man
    Jake Gyllenhaal – Brokeback Mountain
    William HurtA History of Violence

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

    Amy AdamsJunebug
    Catherine Keener – Capote
    Frances McDormand – North Country
    Rachel WeiszThe Constant Gardener
    Michelle Williams – Brokeback Mountain

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

    Match PointWoody Allen
    The Squid & the WhaleNoah Baumbach
    Good Night, and Good Luck. – George Clooney & Grant Heslov
    Syriana – Stephen Gaghan
    Crash – Paul Haggis & Robert Moresco

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    The Constant Gardener – Jeffrey Caine
    Capote – Dan Futterman
    Munich – Tony Kushner & Eric Roth
    Brokeback Mountain – Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana
    A History of Violence – Josh Olson

    FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
    Don’t Tell (La Bestia nel Cuore) – Italy
    Joyeux Noel – France
    Paradise Now – Palestine
    Sophie Scholl – Germany
    Tsotsi – South Africa

    DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
    Darwin’s Nightmare
    Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
    March of the Penguins
    Murderball
    Street Fight

    ANIMATED FILM
    Corpse Bride
    Howl’s Moving Casle
    Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

    ART DIRECTION

    Good Night, and Good Luck.
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    King Kong
    Memoirs of a Geisha
    Pride & Prejudice

    CINEMATOGRAPHY

    Batman Begins
    Brokeback Mountain
    Good Night, and Good Luck.
    Memoirs of a Geisha
    The New World

    COSTUME DESIGN

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Memoirs of a Geisha
    Mrs. Henderson Presents
    Pride & Prejudice
    Walk the Line

    FILM EDITING

    Cinderella Man
    The Constant Gardener
    Crash
    Munich
    Walk the Line

    MAKEUP
    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    Cinderella Man
    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

    SCORE

    Brokeback Mountain
    The Constant Gardener
    Memoirs of a Geisha
    Munich
    Pride & Prejudice

    SONG
    “In The Deep” – Crash
    “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” – Hustle & Flow
    “Travelin’ Thru” – Transamerica

    SOUND EDITING

    King Kong
    Memoirs of a Geisha
    War of the Worlds

    SOUND MIXING

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    King Kong
    Memoirs of a Geisha
    Walk the Line
    War of the Worlds

    VISUAL EFFECTS
    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    King Kong
    War of the Worlds

    DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
    The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of The Bang Bang Club
    God Sleeps in Rwanda
    The Mushroom Club
    A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin

    LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

    Ausreisser (The Runaway)
    Cashback
    The Last Farm
    Our Time Is Up
    Six Shooter

    ANIMATED SHORT FILM
    Badgered
    The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation
    The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello
    9
    One Man Band

    I hate to sound like a geek (actually, no I don’t), but how was Episode III not nominated for best FX? And would it have been so hard for the Academy to throw some small amount of love towards Sin City?

    And how the hell was Serenity not nominated for Best Picture???

    The film critics of Central Ohio have chimed in with their own year-end picks, and they came up with quite a few solid surprises, actually. How about "A History of Violence" as best film of the year?

    Best Picture

    A History of Violence
    Runner up: Brokeback Mountain

    Best Direction

    David Cronenberg, A History of Violence
    Runner up: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain

    Best Lead Performance

    Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
    Runner up: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line

    Best Supporting Performance

    Maria Bello, A History of Violence
    Runner up: Amy Adams, Junebug

    Actor of the Year

    Heath Ledger — Brokeback Mountain, Casanova, Lords of Dogtown, The Brothers Grimm
    Runner up: Terrence HowardCrash, Four Brothers, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Hustle & Flow

    Best Ensemble

    Munich
    Runner up: Brokeback Mountain

    Best Screenplay

    Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, Brokeback Mountain
    Runner up: George Clooney and Grant Heslov, Good Night, and Good Luck

    Best Formal Design

    Sin City
    Runner up: Brokeback Mountain

    Best Sound Design

    War of the Worlds
    Runner up: Walk the Line

    Breakthrough Film Artist

    Amy Adams — Junebug
    Runner up: Joe WrightPride & Prejudice

    Top Ten Films

    A History of Violence
    Brokeback Mountain
    Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit
    Good Night, and Good Luck
    Munich
    Murderball
    Crash
    Sin City
    Pride & Prejudice
    Batman Begins

    As always, we thank Movie City News for sharing all the lists.

    Whenever I share a new Top Ten List or Critic’s Group Nomination list, I’m always extra careful to be fair and respectful of other peoples’ opinions. But after seeing what the "People’s Choice Awards" handed out for 2005’s movies, I just can’t contain myself. It’s simply too hilarious.

    According to CNN, "the nominations were determined by editors at Entertainment Weekly, the People’s Choice production team and a panel of pop culture fans. Winners were determined by Internet voting."

    So here are the peoples’ choices:

    Favorite Female Movie Star: Sandra Bullock
    Also nominated: Angelina Jolie & Nicole Kidman

    (Ms. Bullock appeared in two films in 2005: the ensemble drama "Crash" and the stunningly awful "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous.")

    Favorite Male Movie Star: Johnny Depp
    Also nominated: Nicolas Cage & Samuel L. Jackson

    (OK, no real complaint here, even if applauding the awesomeness of Johnny Depp has grown a little old-hat by now. JD did have a great ’05 tho, starring in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Corpse Bride," and "The Libertine.")

    Favorite Leading Lady: Reese Witherspoon
    Also nominated: Cameron Diaz & Renee Zellweger

    (So does this mean Reese isn’t a "movie star"?)

    Favorite Leading Man: Brad Pitt
    Also nominated: Jamie Foxx & Adam Sandler

    (Just for "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" alone? OK, peoples. Better than the alternatives, anyway.)

    Favorite Female Action Star: Jennifer Garner
    Also nominated: Angelina Jolie & Catherine Zeta-Jones

    (Well this just makes no freakin’ sense at all. The only action movie Ms. Garner appeared in last year was "Elektra," which nobody went to see because it sucked. And yet enough people saw it to make it their "choice.")

    Favorite Male Action Star: Matthew McConaughey
    Also nominated: Brad Pitt & The Rock

    (For "Sahara"? Did nobody SEE the lead actor in "Batman Begins"?)

    Favorite On-Screen Matchup: Vince Vaughn & Owen Wilson in "Wedding Crashers"
    Also nominated: Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt in "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" and Chris Rock & Adam Sandler in "The Longest Yard"

    (I’m really glad they said "On-Screen," otherwise I’d assume Vince and Owen are lovers.)

    Favorite Movie Comedy: "Wedding Crashers"
    Also nominated: "Hitch" & "The Longest Yard"

    (Raise your hand if you honestly think "Wedding Crashers" is funnier than "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," which somehow didn’t even earn a nomination.)

    Favorite Family Movie: "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
    Also nominated: "Chicken Little" & "Madagascar
    "

    (Another decent pick, although "Wallace & Gromit" would have been nominated if the average American didn’t think British films come with subtitles.)

    Favorite Movie Drama: "Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith"
    Also nominated: "Batman Begins" & "Coach Carter"

    Favorite Movie: "Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith"
    Also nominated: "Batman Begins" & "Hitch"

    (OK, I’ll let ’em get away with the overall movie pick since "Sith" was huge at the box office and I really dug it a whole lot, but … BEST DRAMA??? The "American public" chose Star Wars freakin’ 3 as best drama??? Oh, people. You must stop. Why make the U.S. even more of a global laughing stock? "Brokeback Mountain" is a drama. "Good Night, and Good Luck." is a drama! "Munich," "A History of Violence," "Crash," "Walk the Line," and alllll of THESE MOVIES are dramas. Sorry, but I figure a working knowledge of genre classifications is a minimum requirement if you’re going to vote on any sort of movie poll … even one this painfully silly. Next year they’ll give "BloodRayne" best musical.)

    My apologies to the folks on the People’s Choice payroll for my derisive mockery, but c’mon, you guys made it way too easy. And I challenge anyone to explain to me how "Star Wars 3" qualifies as a drama.

    The OFCS, which is hosted right here at Rotten Tomatoes and (full disclosure) includes yours truly as a member, announced their year-end nominations yesterday … and we hope you’ll find a few solid surprises among the more familiar (yet obviously deserving) nominees. The winners will be announced on Monday the 16th.

    BEST PICTURE

    Brokeback Mountain
    Crash
    Good Night, and Good Luck.
    A History of Violence
    Munich

    BEST DIRECTOR

    George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck.
    David Cronenberg, A History of Violence
    Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
    Peter Jackson, King Kong
    Steven Spielberg, Munich

    BEST ACTOR

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
    Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow
    Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
    Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line
    David Strathairn, Good Night, and Good Luck.

    BEST ACTRESS

    Joan Allen, The Upside of Anger
    Felicity Huffman, Transamerica
    Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice
    Naomi Watts, King Kong
    Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

    Matt Dillon, Crash
    Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man
    Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain
    William Hurt, A History of Violence
    Mickey Rourke, Sin City

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

    Amy Adams, Junebug
    Maria Bello, A History of Violence
    Catherine Keener, Capote
    Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener
    Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

    Woody Allen, Match Point
    Noah Baumbach, The Squid and the Whale
    George Clooney and Grant Heslov, Good Night, and Good Luck.
    Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco, Crash
    Jim Jarmusch, Broken Flowers

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

    Jeffrey Caine, The Constant Gardener
    Dan Futterman, Capote
    Tony Kushner & Eric Roth, Munich
    Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana, Brokeback Mountain
    Josh Olson, A History of Violence

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

    Christopher Doyle, Kwan Pun Leung and Yiu-Fai Lai, 2046
    Robert Elswit, Good Night, and Good Luck.
    Emmanuel Lubezki, The New World
    Rodrigo Prieto, Brokeback Mountain
    Robert Rodriguez, Sin City

    BEST EDITING

    Michael Kahn, Munich
    Stephen Mirrione, Good Night, and Good Luck.
    Robert Rodriguez, Sin City
    Ronald Sanders, A History of Violence
    Claire Simpson, The Constant Gardener

    BEST MUSICAL SCORE

    James Newton Howard, King Kong
    James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer, Batman Begins
    James Horner, The New World
    Gustavo Santaolalla, Brokeback Mountain
    John Williams, Munich

    BEST DOCUMENTARY

    The Aristocrats

    Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
    Grizzly Man
    March of the Penguins
    Murderball

    BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE (NON-ENGLISH) FILM

    Cache
    Downfall
    Kung Fu Hustle
    Oldboy
    2046

    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

    Howl’s Moving Castle
    Madagascar
    Robots
    Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
    Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

    BEST BREAKTHROUGH FILMMAKER

    Judd Apatow, The 40-Year-Old Virgin
    Craig Brewer, Hustle & Flow
    Paul Haggis, Crash
    Bennett Miller, Capote
    Joe Wright, Pride & Prejudice

    BEST BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER

    Nathan Fillion, Serenity
    Georgie Henley, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    Tony Jaa, Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior
    Q’Orianka Kilcher, The New World
    Owen Kline, The Squid and the Whale

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    The Society’s web site, which has been hosted since January 2001 by the highly influential film resource Rotten Tomatoes, provides the most comprehensive online listing of reviews and original interviews with the leading artists in today’s cinema, plus links to the most important motion picture-related web sites.

    Yesterday we got the year-end nominations from the Writers Guild and the Producers Guild, so simple logic dictates that today should bring news from the directors (DGA) and the actors (SAG). As always we thank Movie City News for divulging every single nomination on the planet.

    Director’s Guild Nominations

    George ClooneyGood Night, and Good Luck.

    George Clooney’s Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Manager: Barbara A. Hall
    First Assistant Director: David Webb
    Second Assistant Director: Melissa V. Barnes
    Second Second Assistant Director: Richard Gonzales

    Paul HaggisCrash

    Paul Haggis’ Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Manager: Betsy Danbury
    First Assistant Director: Scott Cameron
    Second Assistant Director: Simone Farber

    Ang LeeBrokeback Mountain

    Ang Lee’s Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Managers: Scott Ferguson, Tom Benz
    First Assistant Directors: Michael Hausman, Pierre Tremblay
    Second Assistant Director: Donald Murphy
    Second Second Assistant Director: Brad Moerke

    Bennett MillerCapote

    Bennett Miller’s Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Managers: Ellen Rutter, Caroline Baron
    First Assistant Directors: Ronaldo Nacionales, Richard O’Brien Moran
    Second Assistant Director: Charles Crossin

    Steven SpielbergMunich

    Steven Spielberg’s Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Manager: Ian Hickinbotham
    First Assistant Director: Adam Somner
    Second Second Assistant Director: Pierre Ellul

    Additionally, Clint Eastwood will receive the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award



    Screen Actors Guild Nominations

    THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

    Russell Crowe / CINDERELLA MAN
    Philip Seymour Hoffman / CAPOTE
    Heath Ledger / BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
    Joaquin Phoenix / WALK THE LINE
    David Strathairn / GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

    Judi Dench / MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS
    Felicity Huffman / TRANSAMERICA
    Charlize Theron / NORTH COUNTRY
    Reese Witherspoon / WALK THE LINE
    Ziyi Zhang / MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

    Don Cheadle / CRASH
    George Clooney / SYRIANA
    Matt Dillon / CRASH
    Paul Giamatti / CINDERELLA MAN
    Jake Gyllenhaal / BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

    Amy Adams / JUNEBUG
    Catherine Keener / CAPOTE
    Frances McDormand / NORTH COUNTRY
    Rachel Weisz / THE CONSTANT GARDENER
    Michelle Williams / BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

    Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

    BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (Focus Features)
    Linda Cardellini – Cassie
    Anna Faris – Lashawn Malone
    Jake Gyllenhaal – Jack Twist
    Anne Hathaway – Lureen Phillips
    Heath Ledger – Ennis Del Mar
    Randy Quaid – Joe Aguirre
    Michelle Williams – Alma

    CAPOTE (UA/Sony Pictures Classics)
    Bob Balaban – William Shawn
    Clifton Collins, Jr. – Perry Smith
    Chris Cooper – Alvin Dewey
    Bruce Greenwood – Jack Dunphy
    Philip Seymour Hoffman – Truman Capote
    Catherine Keener – Nelle Harper Lee
    Mark Pellegrino – Dick Hickock

    CRASH (Lions Gate Films)
    Chris “Ludacris” Bridges – Anthony
    Sandra Bullock – Jean Cabot
    Don Cheadle – Graham
    Matt Dillon – Officer Ryan
    Jennifer Esposito – Ria
    Brendan Fraser – Rick Cabot
    Terrence Howard – Cameron Thayer
    Thandie Newton – Christine Thayer
    Ryan Phillippe – Thomas Hansen
    Larenz Tate – Peter

    GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK. (Warner Independent Pictures)
    Rose Abdoo – Millie Lerner
    Alex Borstein – Natalie
    Robert John Burke – Charlie Mack
    Patricia Clarkson – Shirley Wershba
    George Clooney – Fred Friendly
    Jeff Daniels – Sig Mickelson
    Reed Diamond – John Aaron
    Tate Donovan – Jesse Zousmer
    Robert Downey, Jr. – Joe Wershba
    Grant Heslov – Don Hewitt
    Peter Jacobson – Jimmy
    Frank Langella – William Paley
    Tom McCarthy – Palmer Williams
    Diane Reeves – Jazz Singer
    Matt Ross – Eddie Scott
    David Strathairn – Edward R. Murrow
    Ray Wise – Don Hollenbeck

    HUSTLE & FLOW (Paramount Classics)
    Anthony Anderson – Key
    Chris “Ludacris” Bridges – Skinny Black
    Isaac Hayes – Arnel
    Taraji P. Henson – Shug
    Terrence Howard -DJay
    Taryn Manning – Nola
    Elise Neal – Yevette
    Paula Jai Parker – Lexus
    D.J. Qualls – Shelby

    PRIMETIME TELEVISION

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

    Kenneth Branagh / WARM SPRINGS – Franklin Delano Roosevelt (HBO)
    Ted Danson / KNIGHTS OF THE SOUTH BRONX – David MacEnulty (A&E)
    Ed Harris / EMPIRE FALLS – Miles Roby (HBO)
    Paul Newman / EMPIRE FALLS – Max Roby (HBO)
    Christopher Plummer / OUR FATHERS – Cardinal Bernard Law (Showtime)

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

    Tonantzin Carmelo / INTO THE WEST – Thunder Heart Woman (TNT)
    S. Epatha Merkerson / LACKAWANNA BLUES – Rachel “Nanny” Crosby (HBO)
    Cynthia Nixon / WARM SPRINGS – Eleanor Roosevelt (HBO)
    Joanne Woodward / EMPIRE FALLS – Francine Whiting (HBO)
    Robin Wright Penn / EMPIRE FALLS – Grace Roby (HBO)

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

    Alan Alda / THE WEST WING – Arnold Vinick (NBC)
    Patrick Dempsey / GREY’S ANATOMY – Dr. Derek Shepherd (ABC)
    Hugh Laurie / HOUSE – Dr. Gregory House (FOX)
    Ian McShane / DEADWOOD – Al Swearengen (HBO)
    Kiefer Sutherland / 24 – Jack Bauer (FOX)

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

    Patricia Arquette / MEDIUM – Allison Dubois (NBC)
    Geena Davis / COMMANDER IN CHIEF – Mackenzie Allen (ABC)
    Mariska Hargitay / LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT – Det. Olivia Benson (NBC)
    Sandra Oh / GREY’S ANATOMY – Dr. Cristina Yang (ABC)
    Kyra Sedgwick / THE CLOSER – Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (TNT)

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

    Larry David / CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM – Himself (HBO)
    Sean Hayes / WILL & GRACE – Jack McFarland (NBC)
    Jason Lee / MY NAME IS EARL – Earl Hickey (NBC)
    William Shatner / BOSTON LEGAL – Denny Crane (ABC)
    James Spader / BOSTON LEGAL – Alan Shore (ABC)

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

    Candice Bergen / BOSTON LEGAL – Shirley Schmidt (ABC)
    Patricia Heaton / EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND – Debra Barone (CBS)
    Felicity Huffman / DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES – Lynette Scavo (ABC)
    Megan Mullally / WILL & GRACE – Karen Walker (NBC)
    Mary-Louise Parker / WEEDS – Nancy Botwin (Showtime)

    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

    THE CLOSER (TNT)
    G.W. Bailey Det. – Lt. Provenza
    Tony Denison – Det. Andy Flynn
    Robert Gossett – Captain Taylor
    Corey Reynolds – Sgt. David Gabriel
    Kyra Sedgwick – Dep. Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson
    J.K. Simmons – Asst. Chief Will Pope
    Jon Tenney – FBI Agent Fritz Howard

    GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC)
    Justin Chambers – Alex Karev
    Patrick Dempsey – Derek Shepherd
    Katherine Heigl – Isobel “Izzie” Stevens
    T.R. Knight – George O’Malley
    Sandra Oh – Cristina Yang
    James Pickens, Jr. – Richard Webber
    Ellen Pompeo – Meredith Grey
    Kate Walsh – Addison Forbes Montgomery Shepherd
    Isaiah Washington – Preston Burke
    Chandra Wilson – Miranda Bailey

    LOST (ABC)
    Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje – Mr. Eko
    Naveen Andrews – Sayid
    Emilie de Ravin – Claire
    Matthew Fox – Jack
    Jorge Garcia – Hurley
    Maggie Grace – Shannon
    Josh Holloway – Sawyer
    Malcolm David – Kelley Walt
    Daniel Dae Kim – Jin
    Yunjin Kim – Sun
    Evangeline Lilly – Kate
    Dominic Monaghan – Charlie
    Terry O’Quinn – Locke
    Harold Perrineau – Michael
    Michelle Rodriguez – Ana Lucia
    Ian Somerhalder – Boone
    Cynthia Watros – Libby

    SIX FEET UNDER (HBO)
    Lauren Ambrose – Claire Fisher
    Joanna Cassidy – Margaret Chenowith
    Frances Conroy – Ruth Fisher
    James Cromwell – George Sibley
    Rachel Griffiths – Brenda Chenowith
    Michael C. Hall – David Fisher
    Tina Holmes – Maggie Sibley
    Peter Krause – Nate Fisher
    Justina Machado – Vanessa Diaz
    Freddy Rodriguez – Federico Diaz
    Jeremy Sisto – Billy Chenowith
    Mathew St. Patrick – Keith Charles

    THE WEST WING (NBC)
    Alan Alda – Arnold Vinick
    Kristin Chenoweth – Annabeth Schott
    Janeane Garofalo – Louise Thornton
    Dulé Hill – Charlie Young
    Allison Janney – C.J. Cregg
    Joshua Malina – Will Bailey
    Mary McCormack – Kate Harper
    Janel Moloney – Donna Moss
    Teri Polo – Helen Santos
    Richard Schiff – Toby Ziegler
    Martin Sheen – Josiah Bartlet
    Jimmy Smits – Matthew Santos
    John Spencer – Leo McGarry
    Bradley Whitford – Josh Lyman

    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

    ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (FOX)
    Will Arnett – Gob Bluth
    Jason Bateman – Michael Bluth
    Michael Cera – George-Michael Bluth
    David Cross – Tobias Fünke
    Portia de Rossi – Lindsay Bluth Fünke
    Tony Hale – Buster Bluth
    Alia Shawkat – Maeby Fünke
    Jeffrey Tambor – George Bluth, Sr./Oscar Bluth
    Jessica Walter – Lucille Bluth

    BOSTON LEGAL (ABC)
    Rene Auberjonois – Paul Lewiston
    Ryan Michelle Bathe – Sara Holt
    Candice Bergen – Shirley Schmidt
    Julie Bowen – Denise Bauer
    Justin Mentelli – Garrett Wells
    Rhona Mitra – Tara Wilson
    Monica Potter – Lori Colson
    William Shatner – Denny Crane
    James Spader – Alan Shore
    Mark Valley – Brad Chase

    CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (HBO)
    Shelley Berman – Nat David
    Larry David – Himself
    Susie Essman – Susie Greene
    Jeff Garlin – Jeff Greene
    Cheryl Hines – Cheryl David
    Richard Lewis – Himself

    DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
    Roger Bart – George Williams
    Andrea Bowen – Julie Mayer
    Mehcad Brooks – Matthew Applewhite
    Ricardo Antonio Chavira – Carlos Solis
    Marcia Cross – Bree Van De Kamp
    Steven Culp – Rex Van De Kamp
    James Denton – Mike Delfino
    Teri Hatcher – Susan Mayer
    Felicity Huffman – Lynette Scavo
    Brent Kinsman – Preston Scavo
    Shane Kinsman – Porter Scavo
    Eva Longoria – Gabrielle Solis
    Mark Moses – Paul Young
    Doug Savant – Tom Scavo
    Nicollette Sheridan – Edie Britt
    Brenda Strong – Mary Alice Young
    Alfre Woodard – Betty Applewhite

    EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (CBS)
    Peter Boyle – Frank Barone
    Brad Garrett – Robert Barone
    Patricia Heaton – Debra Barone
    Monica Horan – Amy McDougal-Barone
    Doris Roberts – Marie Barone
    Ray Romano – Raymond Barone
    Madlyn Sweeten – Ally Barone

    MY NAME IS EARL (NBC)
    Jason Lee – Earl Hickey
    Jaime Pressly – Joy Darville
    Eddie Steeples – Darnell
    Ethan Suplee – Randy Hickey
    Nadine Velazquez – Catalina

    Screen Actors Guild Awards 42st Annual Life Achievement Award — Shirley Temple Black

    TV’s biggest and most (relatively) beloved movie critics, Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper, have announced their top ten lists for 2005, and you can either listen to the banter on their official site, or you can hang out here and just read ’em. Our way is quicker.

    We’ll let Mr. Roeper go first:

    10. "The 40-Year-Old Virgin"
    9. "Walk the Line"
    8. "A History of Violence"
    7. "Brokeback Mountain"
    6. "Capote"
    5. "Nine Lives"
    4. "Munich"
    3. "Crash"
    2. "The New World"
    1. "Syriana"

    Roger Ebert’s Top Ten?

    10. "Millions"
    9. "Yes"
    8. "King Kong"
    7. "Nine Lives"
    6. "Me and You and Everyone We Know"
    5. "Brokeback Mountain"
    4. "Junebug"
    3. "Munich"
    2. "Syriana"
    1. "Crash"

    So the guys share five picks, which seems a little silly, but hey … they’re the world’s most popular film critics and I’m just a movie geek who put "Serenity" in his top ten. Still, it’s cool to see "Millions," "Junebug," and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" get some extra attention.

    What’s your Top Ten look like, anyway?

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