Jason Reitman
This Canadian-born filmmaker is the new It Boy of Hollywood. He burst upon the scene with Thank You for Not Smoking and went on to score a hit with Juno. Now with Up In The Air, he seems poised to soar during awards season. The George Clooney-starring film picked up six Golden Globe nominations this week and is a clear favourite to work the same magic at the Oscars.

Kid sings Jason Mraz

A five-year-old proves that not knowing the lyrics to a song and being out of tune are no impediments to stardom. Armed with a ukulele, the Japanese boy sings the ubiquitous I’m Yours on this viral video, which has garnered close to five million hits. Take that, cute kittens.

District 9
James Cameron, take note: It only takes $30 million to make arguably one of the best sci-fi films ever. Set in his native South Africa, director Neill Blomkamp targets everything from xenophobia to class conflict in this start-to-finish entertainer. And it’s not all politics — there are plenty of things blowing up and oozing out to keep Michael Bay-fed audiences happy as well.

Decade/year-end lists
Nickelback best of band of the decade (Billboard)? Animal Collective’s My Girls best song of the year (Pitchfork)? When it comes to media, ‘tis the season of those authoritative, we-know-it-all picks. And, thanks to the end of the first 10 years of the millennium, we get two lists of each instead of one.

Cleaving: Julie Powell
Subtitled A Story of Marriage, Meat and Obsession, this memoir serves up tales from the slaughterhouse and garnishes them with the dirty entrails of the writer’s own marriage gone bad. It’s a particularly bloody affair — replete with both adultery and offal. A far cry from the sad-but-content Powell we were getting used to from Julie & Julia.

Avatar

Actually, Did You Hear About The Morgans? was our first choice … just kidding. No movie opening this week can stand up to the gazillion-dollar behemoth that is Avatar. Ontario-born James Cameron dishes out the ultimate Hollywood spectacle in as many cinematic forms as you can imagine — 2-D, 3-D and IMAX. So, the big box-office question is: Will it sink Titanic?

Nine: OST
Chicago director Rob Marshall revives the 1982 award-winning musical, which was based on Frederico Fellini’s arthouse hit 81/2. Everyone from Black Eyed Peas’ Fergie to Nicole Kidman to Penelope Cruz flex their vocal chords for this big screen adaptation of the story of an Italian filmmaker and the women in his life.