The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

(2008)

"I was born under unusual circumstances." And so begins "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time. We follow his story, set in New Orleans from the end of World War I in 1918, into the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any man’s life can be. Directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett with Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas and Julia Ormond, "Benjamin Button," is a grand tale of a not-so-ordinary man and the people and places he discovers along the way, the loves he finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time.

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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BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: Clint Eastwood Drives His ‘Gran Torino’ Into First Place with $29 Million

Box office competition will be fierce next week as My Bloody Valentine 3-D, Notorious, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Hotel for Dogs, and Chandni Chowk to China all open against each other in wide release. Not to mention Defiance will be getting distributed to more theaters. My money is on the security guard.

Defiance was released January 16th, 2009.

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BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘Marley and Me’ Howls Up Another $24 Million for First Place

Next week will see a slight shake up on the box office top ten as Universal's latest thriller The Unborn finally gets birthed upon the nation.

The Tale of Despereaux was released December 19th, 2008.

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BOX OFFICE BEAT DOWN: ‘Marley and Me’ Barks Up $37 Million for 1st Place

For the first time this year, four brand new titles held court at the top of the weekend box office charts. All battled it out with only one true winner emerging for that top spot crown. 20th Century Fox's John Grogan adaptation Marley & Me, which stars Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson as a married couple that adopt the worst dog in the world, found its way into America's heart over the holiday weekend earning almost $10 million over its competitors with $37 million in first place. Since its Thursday debut, the film has pulled in $51.6 million, making it the last true hit of the year. And for those that have seen the film, don't rule out a sequel just yet. It is possible that another Grogan novel could find its way to the big screen sometime in the near future.

Next weekend will look a lot like this weekend on the box office charts, as the only new release will be Viggo Mortensen's euthanasia drama Good.

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49 New Images from ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’

We have a new batch of 49 new photos from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which is set to hit theaters on December 25. The film stars Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton and is directed by David Fincher.

See the full photo gallery to see this new gallery of images.

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Watch the ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ International Trailer

Coming Christmas Day is David Fincher's latest drama The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The film centers on a man who, at age 50, begins aging backwards, and it stars Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, and Tilda Swinton. Paramount Pictures has released a new international trailer that can be watched below.

The film is adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time. We follow his story, set in New Orleans from the end of World War I in 1918, into the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any man's life can be. Directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett with Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas and Julia Ormond, "Benjamin Button," is a grand tale of a not-so-ordinary man and the people and places he discovers along the way, the loves he finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time.

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All-New ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ Trailer

Brad Pitt is aging backwards in this look at David Fincher’s latest film.

New ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ Spanish Trailer

Here's your first look at an international trailer for the film.