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Cinema Showdown: January 21-23

January:  The Month of Not-A-Lot-Of-Options.  This week, we have an Ashton Kutcher romantic comedy as our primary choice.  God, help us all.  But will Peter Weir's wartime epic be a January silver lining to a fairly mucky month? And which one's worth your time and, more importantly, money this weekend?  That's right, everyone: It's time for another Cinema Showdown!

Is Natalie Portman Oscar Worthy?

With the Golden Globes right around the corner, there is a lot of talk about Natalie Portman and her performance in Black Swan. Her film is up for 4 Golden Globe nominations, and the talented actress herself is up for a best actress nomination. There is much speculation that she may win a Globe, and since the Globes can sometimes act as a precursor for an Oscar win, the industry is a buzz with talk and anticipation that she just may walk away an Oscar winner as well. Oscar noms have yet to be announced, but with nominations already made for Golden Globes I am wondering, is Natalie Portman the best working actress of today? Is Natalie Portman Oscar worthy?

TMP Reviews: Black Swan

Haunting and beautiful, Black Swan soars.  The pursuit of perfection can be a perilous thing. We’re taught to strive to be the best. We can’t be complete until we rid ourselves of all faults. Perfection isn’t just a goal: it’s a moral mandate. Of course, the obvious problem with this message is that we are all defined by our imperfections. None of us are perfect. We’re all flawed.

New Alien Prequel script is a winner and Fox wants Natalie...

Count this as your big nerdy news scoop for the week, because it probably won't get much better than this.  Vulture reported on this earlier today and it's a whopper of a story.  Apparently Damon Lindelof (Lost writer) turned in his latest draft for Ridley Scott's Alien prequel this past Saturday, and the movie studio absolutely fell in love with it.

 

According to reports, 20th Century Fox liked Lindelhof's script because it was engaging, and best of all featured no massive (read expensive) set pieces or production heavy FX shots.  Which means the script can be shot on a cheaper budget.  It's great news because so far Scott and Fox have been arguing about the budget, so hopefully this new script will help resolve that issue.

Warner Bros. wants Sandra Bullock for ‘Gravity’

Hey, it’s been five days since an update on Gravity!  Well, that’s a problem.  Thankfully, Warner Bros. is aiming to change that, and is now adding another actor to their list of potential stars to take on Gravity.

Natalie Portman providing salvation to ‘Gravity’

Remember how the future of Gravity was in doubt a while back?  Well, not if Natalie Portman has anything to say about it.

Natalie Portman is prepared to toke it up

Or she will in her next movie at least. 

Focal Point: Return of the King

After a few years, Focal Point is back with an all new (somewhat topical) comic and the fool's hope of returning every week for...