(Source: Hollywood.com) HitFix is reporting today that James Cameron’s highly anticipated Avatar could be a shoo-in for a handful of Golden Globe nominations.

A screening on Monday produced “very reliable sources” who said that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was incredibly positive about the film.

HF says it’s now very likely that Avatar could be nominated in both the Best Picture, Drama and Best Director categories when the Golden Globe nominations are announced next Tuesday.

HF surmises that an entry by Avatar could push expected Globe nominees such as The Hurt Locker or An Education out of the Best Picture, Drama race (which would be kind of ironic given that Cameron was once married to Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow…).

(Source: RopeOfSilicon.com) I just received a press release from a PR firm representing Hollywood.com with what they have determined to be the “Top 10 Most Significant Movie Developments of the Past Decade” and it’s an interesting list to ponder and outside of a couple of the selections I agree with most all of it. However, it is quite obvious the biggest influence over the last decade has been the Internet, but before adding any more comments, here’s the list as determined by Hollywood.com:

(Source: gamesindustry.biz) The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, is set to reject calls from the videogames industry in the UK for tax breaks, according to a report in The Guardian.

The games industry, which contributes more to the economy than the government-aided film industry, is likely to be again passed over as requests for parity with the movie business are ignored.

The UK national debt currently stands at over GBP 800 billion (USD 1.3 trillion), with borrowing this year likely to nudge GBP 175 billion (USD 285 billion), and some industry insiders have previously expressed their doubt to GamesIndustry.biz that against such a backdrop the government would be willing to extend state aid plans.

(Source: reelzchannel.com) Director Matthew Vaughn likes to do things his own way. When his friend, comic book writer Mark Millar, approached him with the idea of making a movie based on his Kick-Ass comic book, Vaughn refused to leave it up to “the whores in Hollywood.” Instead, he went out and raised Kick-Ass’s $50 million budget himself.

One of the ways Vaughn avoided the inflated budgets of other “superhero” movies is by filming as much as possible with his cameras, rather than relying on CGI, a technology that he is not very comfortable using.

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