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Video – Sandra Bullock Accepts Her Oscar for Best Actress

March 10, 2010 Leave a comment

How can you not love this Woman. Her best feature is her personality and just being “real”. I mean she is just a girl who does not take what she has in life for granted and she appreciates all that she has. Not sure if this was her best performance but she won.

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The Oscar Telecast: Worse Than Ever? Gee I Think So, it Truly Sucked

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Call me an eternal optimist. At this time of year, I always find myself hoping against hope for two things: that (1) somehow this will be the year that the Cubs win the World Series and (2) maybe this will be the year the producers of the Academy Awards successfully reinvent the world’s oldest awards show.

We’ll have to wait till October to see if I’m right about the Cubs, but as far as the Oscars go, it was another huge disappointment, a colossal missed opportunity. Right from the start, the producers seemed unable to re-imagine the show as something other than a glitzy, painfully earnest version of the same cobwebby variety show we’ve been watching for years. I mean, there’s far more inventiveness going on in ABC’s “Modern Family” than there was on the Oscar stage last night.

Where to start? Oh, yeah, the hosts. I love Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, but watching them trying to coax laughs out of the wheezy one-liners they were given was painful. It was a buddy comedy gone wrong, a lot like watching Tracy Morgan and  Bruce Willis flail around in “Cop Out,” hoping to make a scene work without any good material to draw on. Oscar hosts don’t do improv. They need a good script and Bruce Vilanch (and whomever else was crafting material this year) let them down. 

The direction of the show was especially awful. It felt like whenever there was a potentially dramatic moment happening on stage, Hamish Hamilton, the show’s director, managed to miss it, starting with seeing Jim Cameron’s reaction to Kathryn Bigelow winning best director. Hamilton did an especially inept job of shooting the John Hughes tribute, which felt surprisingly flat and unemotional, in large part because it was staged so awkwardly, with Hughes’ old actors (now actually starting to get old) lined up on stage like beauty contestants. And when Mo’Nique finished her full-throated supporting actress acceptance speech, Hamilton cuts away to — ouch! — Samuel L. Jackson, who had nothing to do with the movie and presumably was picked for a cutaway after someone in the booth yelled, “Find me a black person for a reaction shot!” 

As soon as Jackson was on camera, he started derisively rolling his eyes, as if to say that he thought Mo’Nique’s speech was totally over the top, forcing another awkward cutaway, since having a big-time actor being underwhelmed by an acceptance speech would clearly spoil the moment.

And when it came to spoiling the moment, nothing was worse than having Barbra Streisand present best director to Bigelow. First off, Streisand was clearly picked after the producers knew Bigelow had won as some sort of symbolic passing of the torch moment although, once again, the producers couldn’t manage to find any drama in the moment. Even worse, it was demeaning to women directors everywhere, since Streisand was clearly chosen for her star power, not her directing chops — I mean, this is the woman whose last two films were “The Mirror Has Two Faces” and “Prince of Tides,” which would put Streisand about No. 47 on the best women director’s list.

I won’t even touch the Neil Patrick Harris opening number, since others have weighed in with far better assessments, the best being from Emmy-winning TV writer-producer Ken Levine, who wrote in his blog post: “The Oscars were very elegant this year all the way up to the opening number. Then Neil Patrick Harris sang about sodomy, masturbation and prison and Hollywood’s classiest night was underway.” 

And how about that horror-movie tribute montage? First off, why horror movies? I mean, in a year when we had, for the first time ever, two sci-fi movies among the best picture candidates, why not do a sci-fi montage sequence, which would’ve far more timely? And why have two young pups introduce the horror segment (and yes, I get the “Twilight” young demo tie-in) when you could have had two great scream queens do it, like Jamie Lee Curtis and Kathy Bates, who could have offered a couple of funny anecdotes about the glories of low-budget horror filmmaking?

I could go on and on. The show had a few nice moments — Ben Stiller made me laugh, the hosts had a couple of good zingers and it was especially apt to have James Taylor play such a lovely version of John Lennon’s “In My Life” over the In Memoriam segment. And yes, Sandra Bullock’s acceptance speech was a pip, more than making up for Jeff Bridges’ interminable, Dude-like ramblings. 

I hear the early reports say the show’s ratings went up as much as 15%, but considering the presence of “Avatar,” the world’s biggest-grossing movie, that still has to be cause for some concern, since it was just a month ago that the Grammy show was up 35% over the previous year. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — what the Oscar telecast needs is real TV producers, since they actually know how to put on a TV show.

My first choice remains Tommy Schlamme and Aaron Sorkin, since they bring built-in writing and directing talent with them, but there is plenty of other savvy TV talent to choose from. It’s time the academy realized that a few patches here and some fresh paint there won’t do the trick. This is a show that needs a complete makeover.

Photo of Neil Patrick Harris (fourth from left) and Oscar dancers by Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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Video – Sandra Bullock Accepts Razzie Award for Worst Actress

Here is Sandra Bullock accepting her Award for Worst Actress in a film at  the Razzies 2010. It is funny and it shows whey we all love her. She really is down to earth and a cool chick. Jesse is one lucky dude.

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Video – Pink at the Grammy's 2010..It is an Amazing Performance!!

I don’t watch these kind of Award shows very often, so I was surprised at this. To do what she does WHILE singing is amazing. I would be scared to death at falling but she just keeps on going. Definately one of the most memorable performances I have ever seen!!!

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Suicide Shuts Down Area in front of Kodak Theatre

February 11, 2010 Leave a comment

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LAPD blocks off the area in front of the Kodak Theatre | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist

Word quickly spread on Twitter this afternoon after a person committed suicide in front of the Kodak Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center. At 3:10 p.m., police were notified of someone attempting to commit suicide by jumping from the fourth floor outside Sun Taco. Tourists and locals all twittered about helicopters and police swarming the famous boulevard, effectively shutting it down for several minutes. According to various witnesses, it was an elderly black man.

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16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Nominations are…

December 17, 2009 Leave a comment

Screen Actors Guild nominations are out

Submitted by Melissa Molina on December 17, 2009 – 10:34 am

Even though the Golden Globe nominations were announced earlier this week does not mean that this is the last of the nomination announcements were going to be seeing. The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be going underway this January 23rd, 2010, and what better way to remind you than releasing the nomination list.

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From movies to television, all the way to stuntmen, SAG certainly is following suit on a lot of the similar nominations that were already made with the Golden Globes in the feature film category. Though the both do differ in ways through television, which list do you prefer more? Here it is right for you all to look at below.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

  • Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart (Fox Searchlight)
  • George Clooney – Up in the Air (Paramount Pictures)
  • Colin Firth – A Single Man (The Weinstein Company)
  • Morgan Freeman – Invictus (Warner Bros Pictures)
  • Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

  • Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side (Warner Bros Pictures)
  • Helen Mirren – The Last Station (Sony Pictures Classic)
  • Carey Mulligan – An Education (Sony Pictures Classic)
  • Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire (Lionsgate)
  • Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia (Columbia Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Matt Damon – Invictus (Warner Bros Pictures)
  • Woody Harrelson – The Messenger (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
  • Christopher Plummer – The Last Station (Sony Pictures Classic)
  • Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones (Paramount Pictures)
  • Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Penelope Cruz – Nine (The Weinstein Company)
  • Vera Farmiga – Up in the Air (Paramount Pictures)
  • Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air (Paramount Pictures)
  • Diane Kruger – Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures)
  • Mo’Nique – Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

  • An Education (Sony Pictures Classic) – Dominic Cooper, Alfred Molina, Carey Mulligan, Rosamund Pike, Peter Sarsgaard, Emma Thompson, Olivia Williams
  • The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment) – Chrisitian Camargo, Brian Geraghty, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner
  • Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures) – Daniel Bruhl, August Diehl, Julie Dreyfus, Michael Fassbender, Slyvester Groth, Jacky Ido, Diane Kruger, Melanie Laurent, Denis Menochet, Mike Myers, Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Til Scweiger, Rod Taylor, Christoph Waltz, Martin Wukke
  • Nine (The Weinstein Company) – Penelope Cruz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Fergie, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren
  • Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire (Lionsgate) – Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, Sherri Shepherd, Gabourey Sidibe

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series

  • Kevin Bacon – Taking Chance (HBO)
  • Cuba Gooding Jr. – Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (TNT)
  • Jeremy Irons – Georgia O’Keeffe (Lifetime)
  • Kevin Kline – Great Performances: Cyrano de Bergerac (PBS)
  • Tom Wilkinson – A Number (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series

  • Joan Allen – Georgia O’Keeffe (Lifetime)
  • Drew Barrymore – Grey Gardens (HBO)
  • Ruby Dee – America (Lifetime)
  • Jessica Lange – Grey Gardens (HBO)
  • Sigourney Weaver – Prayers for Bobby (Lifetime)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

  • Simon Baker  – The Mentalist (CBS)
  • Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Michael C. Hall – Dexter (Showtime)
  • Jon Hamm – Mad Men (AMC)
  • Hugh Laurie – House (Fox)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

  • Patricia Arquette – Medium (NBC/CBS)
  • Glenn Close – Damages (FX)
  • Mariska Hargitay – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)
  • Holly Hunter – Saving Grace (TNT)
  • Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer (TNT)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Steve Carrell – The Office (NBC)
  • Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
  • Tony Shaloub – Monk (USA Network)
  • Charlie Sheen – Two and a Half Men (CBS)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Christina Applegate – Samantha Who? (ABC)
  • Toni Collette – United States of Tara (Showtime)
  • Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
  • Tina Fey – 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus – The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)

Oustanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

  • The Closer (TNT) – G.W. Bailey, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Tony Denison, Robert Gossett, Phillip P. Keene, Corey Reynolds, Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Tenney
  • Dexter (Showtime) – Preston Bailey, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Courtney Ford, Michael C. Hall, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, John Lithgow, Rick Peters, James Remar, Christina Robinson, Lauren Velez, David Zayas
  • The Good Wife (CBS) – Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, Matt Czuchry, Julianna Margulies, Archie Panjabi, Graham Phillips, MacKenzie Vega
  • Mad Men (AMC) – Alexa Alemanni, Bryan Batt, Jared S. Gilmore, Michael Gladis, Jon Hamm, Jared Harris, Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, Robert Morse, Elisabeth Moss, Kiernan Shipka, John Slattery, Rich Sommer, Christopher Stanley, Aaron Staton
  • True Blood (HBO) – Chris Bauer, Mehcad Brooks, Anna Camp, Nelsan Ellis, Michelle Forbes, Mariana Klaveno, Ryan Kwanten, Todd Lowe, Michael McMillian, Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin, Jim Parrack, Carrie Preston, William Sanderson, Alexander Skarsgard, Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley, Deborah Ann Woll

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

  • 30 Rock (NBC) – Scott Adsit, Alec Baldwin, Katrina Bowden, Kevin Brown, Grizz Chapman, Tina Fey, Judah Friedlander, Jane Krakowski, John Lutz, Jack McBrayer, Trac
    y Morgan, Keith Powell
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO) – Larry David, Susie Essman, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines
  • Glee (Fox) – Diana Argon, Chris Colfer, Patrick Gallagher, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Josh Sussman, Dijon Talton, Iqbal Theba, Jenna Ushkowitz
  • Modern Family (ABC) – Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland, Ed O’Neill, Rico Rodriguez, Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara, Ariel Winter
  • The Office (NBC) – Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, Kate Flannery, Ed Helms, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, Angela Kinsey, John Krasinski, Paul Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Oscar Nunez, Craig Robinson, Phyllis Smith, Rainn Wilson

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

  • Public Enemies (Universal Pictures)
  • Star Trek (Paramount Pictures)
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

  • 24 (Fox)
  • The Closer (TNT)
  • Dexter (Showtime)
  • Heroes (NBC)
  • The Unit (CBS)

Screen Actors Guild 46th Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Betty White

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The 67th Golden Globe Nominees are…

December 15, 2009 Leave a comment

Golden Globe Nominees announced

Submitted by Melissa Molina on December 15, 2009 – 7:44 am

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The HFPA 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards is always the runner up to the Academy Awards in a way. Still providing about the same round of nominations as the Oscars but spreads the love between drama and comedy. The award show is a more diverse and fun sort of reception each year for those who end up on the list to go along with those who watch. Indie Wire is awesome enough to stream away the official announcement, and here are the nominees (which are being updated as each announcement comes out):

Best Picture (Drama)

  • Avatar – Twentieth Century Fox
  • The Hurt Locker – Summit Entertainment
  • Inglourious Basterds – Universal Pictures
  • Precious – Lionsgate
  • Up in the Air – Paramount Pictures

Best Picture (Musical or Comedy)

  • 500 Days of Summer – Fox Searchlight
  • The Hangover – Warner Bros Pictures
  • It’s Complicated – Universal Pictures
  • Julie & Julia – Columbia Pictures
  • Nine – The Weinstein Company

Best Director

  • Katheryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
  • James Cameron –  Avatar
  • Clint Eastwood – Invictus
  • Jason Reitman Up in the Air
  • Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

Best Actor (Drama)

  • Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
  • George Clooney – Up in the Air
  • Colin Firth – A Single Man
  • Morgan Freeman – Invictus
  • Tobey Maguire – Brothers

Best Actor (Musical or Comedy)

  • Matt Damon – The Informant
  • Daniel Day Lewis – Nine
  • Robert Downey Jr. – Sherlock Holmes
  • Joseph Gordon Levitt – 500 Days of Summer
  • Michael Stuhlbarg – A Serious Man

Best Actress (Drama)

  • Emily Blunt – The Young Victoria
  • Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
  • Helen Mirren – The Last Station
  • Carey Mulligan – An Education
  • Gabourey Sibide – Precious

Best Actress (Musical or Comedy)

  • Sandra Bullock – The Proposal
  • Marion Cotillard – Nine
  • Julia Roberts – Duplicity
  • Meryl Streep – It’s Complicated
  • Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia

Best Supporting Actor

  • Matt Damon – Invictus
  • Woody Harrelson – The Messenger
  • Christopher Plummer – The Last Station
  • Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones
  • Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Actress

  • Penelope Cruz – Nine
  • Vera Farmiga – Up in the Air
  • Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air
  • Mo’Nique – Precious
  • Julianne Moore – A Single Man

Best Screenplay

  • District 9 – Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
  • The Hurt Locker – Mark Boal
  • It’s Complicated – Nancy Meyers
  • Up in the Air – Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner
  • Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino

Best Original Score

  • Up – Michael Giacchino
  • The Informant – Marvin Hamlisch
  • Avatar – James Horner
  • A Single Man – Abel Krozeniowski
  • Where the Wild Things Are – Karen O. and Carter Burwell

Best Original Song

  • “I See You” – Avatar
  • “The Weary Kind” – Crazy Heart
  • “Winter” – Brothers
  • “Cinema Italiano” – Nine
  • “I Want to Come Home” – Everybody’s Fine

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Baria – Italy
  • Broken Embraces – Spain
  • The Maid – Chile
  • A Prophet – France
  • The White Ribbon – Germany

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – Columbia Pictures
  • Coraline – Focus Features
  • The Fantastic Mr. Fox – Fox Searchlight
  • The Princess and the Frog – Disney
  • Up – Disney

Best Television Series

  • Big Love – HBO
  • Dexter – Showtime
  • House – Fox
  • Mad Men – AMC
  • True Blood – HBO

Best Actor in a Television Drama

  • Simon Baker – The Mentalist
  • Michael C. Hall – Dexter
  • Jon Hamm – Mad Men
  • Hugh Laurie – House
  • Bill Paxton – Big Love

Best Actor in a Television Musical or Comedy

  • Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
  • Steve Carrell – The Office
  • David Duchovny – Californication
  • Thomas Jane – Hung
  • Matthew Morrison – Glee

Best Actress in a Television Drama

  • Glenn Close – Damages
  • January Jones – Mad Men
  • Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
  • Anna Paquin – True Blood
  • Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer

Best Actress in a Television Musical or Comedy

  • Toni Collette – United States of Tara
  • Courteney Cox – Cougar Town
  • Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
  • Tina Fey – 30 Rock
  • Lea Michele – Glee

Best Actor in a Television Mini-Series or Feature

  • Kevin Bacon – Taking Chance
  • Kenneth Branagh Wallander – One Step Behind
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor – Endgame
  • Brendan Gleeson – Into the Storm
  • Jeremy Irons – Georgia O’Keeffe

Best Actress in a Television Mini-Series or Feature

  • Joan Allen – Georgia O’Keeffe
  • Drew Barrymore – Grey Gardens
  • Jessica Lange – Grey Gardens
  • Anna Paquin – The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
  • Sigourney Weaver- Prayers for Bobby

Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series, Mini-Series or Feature

  • Michael Emerson – Lost
  • Neil Patrick Harris –
    How I Met Your Mother
  • William Hurt – Damages
  • John Lithgow- Dexter
  • Jeremy Piven – Entourage

Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series, Mini-Series or Feature

  • Jane Adams – Hung
  • Rose Bryne – Damages
  • Jane Lynch – Glee
  • Janet McTeer – Into the Storm
  • Chloe Sevigny – Big Love

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