Bolt

(2008)

From Walt Disney Pictures comes an animated comedy adventure featuring a super-dog named BOLT (voice of JOHN TRAVOLTA), whose days are filled with danger and intrigue-at least until the cameras stop rolling. When the star of a hit TV show is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to New York City, he begins his biggest adventure yet-a cross-country journey through the real world to get back to his owner and co-star, Penny (voice of MILEY CYRUS). Armed only with the delusions that all his amazing feats and powers are real, and the help of two unlikely traveling companions-a jaded, abandoned housecat named Mittens (voice of SUSIE ESSMAN) and a TV-obsessed hamster named Rhino (voice of MARK WALTON)-Bolt discovers he doesn't need superpowers to be a hero.

Clark Spencer is producing, with John Lasseter executive producing.

The 81st Annual Academy Award Nominations!

Barreling down a deserted Hollywood boulevard at the pitch-black hour of 4:12 am this morning, I noticed one lone man standing at the corner of Highland Avenue holding a sign. He trembled in the moderately cool air, bare-chested and wearing a latex Batman mask he'd pilfered from one of the local viral events that transpired over the summer. His hand-painted piece of cardboard read, "Wish me well." While stopped at the light in front of the Hollywood and Highland complex, this seemingly older man noticed my Academy Award credentials and winked. He knew I was headed to the award nomination announcements and needed my encouragement. I waved, wishing I could have snapped a picture.

The man's wish came true, as Academy Award winning actor Forest Whitaker and Academy President Sid Ganis read the nominations aloud this morning. The Dark Knight was nominated in 8 different categories including best supporting actor for Heath Ledger, art direction, cinematography, film editing, and visual effects. None of which really come as a surprise at all. Probably the two biggest surprises of the morning came with the announcements for Best Actor and Actress. While some people had predicted Richard Jenkins as a longshot for his performance in The Visitor, no one imagined that Melissa Leo would slide into the Best Actress category for her work in the hardly noticed Frozen River. Gasps where audible as Whitaker announced her name to the packed house.

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Even more new films are opening this Wednesday to take advantage of the Christmas holiday, so look for next week's box office to be peppered with new hits including Adam Sandler's Bedtime Stories and the big screen adaptation of Marley & Me starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston.

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For the second weekend in a row, the Vince Vaughn/Reese Witherspoon holiday comedy Four Christmases dominated the box office charts with $18.1 million. After just two weeks in release, the film has made an accumulated gross of $70.8 million, making it the first Christmas hit of the season.

In a surprising twist of fate, Twilight jumped back up into the number two spot with another $13 million. Fans are truly enjoying this teen vampire romance, and it's the repeat business that's keeping it afloat. After just three weeks in release, the film has brought in an amazing $138.5 million. Those squirrelly vamps seems to be playing tag team with Disney's animated caper Bolt, which hasn't fallen out of the top three yet. It made another $$9.6 million, bringing its tally to $79.2 million.

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14 Animated Features Compete for Oscar

The animated features submit for the 81st Academy Awards.

New ‘Bolt’ Extended Video Clip

Bolt infiltrates a pet adoption agency to save his friends.