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MTV Movie Award Nominations

12 May

Today was an eventful day in the world of award show nominations.  Along with the Daytime Emmy Awards, the MTV Movie Awards released their list of nominations earlier today.

Known for being an award show that caters to the younger generation, this year is no different with categories ranging from ‘Best WTF Moment’ to ‘Best Scared-As-Sh*t Performance.’

This year’s awards will air on MTV June 6, 2010.  Aziz Ansari of NBC’s Parks and Recreation will handle the hosting duties and more information can be found at MTV.

BEST MOVIE

Alice In Wonderland
Avatar
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Hangover
The Twilight Saga: New Moon

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE

Amanda Seyfried – Dear John
Emma Watson – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Kristen Stewart – The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
Zoe Saldana – Avatar

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE

Channing Tatum – Dear John
Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Robert Pattinson – The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Taylor Lautner – The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Zac Efron – 17 Again

BEST BREAKOUT STAR

Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air
Chris Pine – Star Trek
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Logan Lerman – Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Quinton Aaron – The Blind Side
Zach Galifianakis – The Hangover

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE

Ben Stiller – Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Bradley Cooper – The Hangover
Ryan Reynolds – The Proposal
Sandra Bullock – The Proposal
Zach Galifianakis – The Hangover

BEST VILLAIN

Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds
Helena Bonham Carter – Alice In Wonderland
Ken Jeong – The Hangover
Stephen Lang – Avatar
Tom Felton – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

BEST FIGHT

Beyoncé Knowles vs. Ali Larter – Obsessed
Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber vs. Ryan Reynolds – X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Logan Lerman vs. Jake Abel – Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Robert Downey Jr. vs. Mark Strong – Sherlock Holmes
Sam Worthington vs. Stephen Lang – Avatar

BEST KISS

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson – The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning – The Runaways
Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds – The Proposal
Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner – Valentine’s Day
Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington – Avatar

BEST WTF MOMENT

Betty White – The Proposal, Cops a Feel
Bill Murray – Zombieland , Bill Murray?! A Zombie?!
Isabel Lucas – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Unexpected Transformation
Ken Jeong – The Hangover , Naked Trunk Surprise
Megan Fox – Jennifer’s Body, Vomits a Mysterious Black Ooze

GLOBAL SUPERSTAR (New Category)

Robert Pattinson
Kristen Stewart
Taylor Lautner
Johnny Depp
Daniel Radcliffe

BEST SCARED-AS-SH**T PERFORMANCE (New Category)

Alison Lohman – Drag Me To Hell
Amanda Seyfried – Jennifer’s Body
Jesse Eisenberg – Zombieland
Katie Featherston – Paranormal Activity
Sharlto Copley – District 9

BIGGEST BADASS STAR (New Category)

Rain
Angelina Jolie
Channing Tatum
Sam Worthington
Chris Pine

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DVD Release Tuesday 4/20/10

20 Apr

So all of you hard-core movie fans out there know what every Tuesday is, right?  It is new DVD release day.  I look forward to this day every week and I always have my Netflix set up ahead of time to make sure I get the newest flicks that are out there.  Here’s a short list of what is coming out today:

Movies:
Avatar – Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
                  *Hits stores on Thursday 4/22
Crazy Heart – Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal
The Lovely Bones – Saoirse Ronan, Stanley Tucci, Mark Wahlberg
The Young Victoria – Emily Blunt, Jim Broadbent

 

Television:
Perry Mason – Season 5, Volume 1

Weekend Box Office Results for 3/28/10

28 Mar

Alice in Wonderland‘s box office reign has come to an end after three consecutive weekends on top.  How to Train Your Dragon secured the top spot with over $40 million.  The animated film seemed to strike a chord with viewers this weekend. 

John Cusack’s Hot Tub Time Machine had a lot of buzz going into the weekend, but only managed to scrape up a little under $14 million.  Avatar finally fell out of the Top 10 after a 15 week run that totaled $740 million.

Box Office Mojo’s Top 10 Box Office Estimates for 3/26-3/28:

1. How to Train Your Dragon – $43.3 million
2. Alice in Wonderland – $17.3 million
3. Hot Tub Time Machine – $13.6 million
4. The Bounty Hunter – $12.4 million
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – $10 million
6. She’s Out of my League – $3.5 million
7. Green Zone – $3.3 million
8. Shutter Island – $3.1 million
9. Repo Men – $3 million
10. Our Family Wedding – $2.2 million

Heap of Hollywood 3/16: Avatar release date, True Blood is coming

16 Mar

Heap of Hollywood is your chance to read about some of the latest news and casting updates around H-town!

Casting:
*Christopher Gorham (Ugly Betty) has joined the cast of The Ledge. (For additional casting check here)
*Stephen Lang (Avatar) & Said Taghmaoui (G.I. Joe) have signed on to the film Conan.
*Natalie Morales has joined Parks & Recrecation in a recurring role.

 

News:
*HBO‘s True Blood will premiere its third season Sunday June 13 at 9/8c.
*Bravo‘s Millionaire Matchmaker has been renewed for a fourth season.  The show will move its location from LA to NYC for the new season.
*Welcome to the Rileys (Kristen Stewart) has found a distributor after premiering at Sundance.  The film was bought by Apparition and Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group.  They’re looking at a tentative fall distribution date.
*Avatar will be available on DVD April 22 (2D format)

 

Additional information: The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline

Who Deserves To Win Best Picture?

6 Mar

While I was watching Avatar for the first time today, I was conflicted.  As I sat in theater, taking in all the magic that James Cameron created, I couldn’t help but compare the movie to another vying for an Oscar on Sunday: The Hurt Locker.

Here is where I’m torn – I loved Hurt Locker.  I thought it was brave and real and strong.  Avatar was beautiful in a visual aspect, but does making almost two billion dollars equal excellence in filmmaking?

I think Cameron should win every technological award out there for his effects and invention of “performance capture technology.”  Given that, I can’t say that his story equals the emotional hold I felt towards ‘Locker.’  This is a time when I’m glad I’m not an Academy voter.  These are two completely different types of films.

Kathryn Bigelow‘s film allowed every emotion to be felt, while making a war movie not feel like a war movie.  It was about the characters and the words they spoke.  Cameron’s film is less about story and more about special effects.  If you take away the effects, what would Avatar be?  Even an Oscar winner like Lord of the Rings had a fleshed out story to back up the effects.

I don’t know that there is a right or wrong answer here.  I just don’t know how to differentiate between the two incredible films.

What do you think??

Avatar Review

6 Mar

Avatar

Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang

 Sadly, I must admit it took me until today to finally see Avatar.  I’m aware that I am one of a very small group of people who had yet to see the billion dollar spectacle.

Because I waited so long to see it, I wasn’t able to see it in 3D.  I can only imagine how that would have been.  From the beginning of this movie, I was taken aback by the level of effects.  I was completely aware of director James Cameron’s new camera invention, but seeing it first hand brought it to life.

Cameron’s film is about a group of scientists and military professionals sent to a planet called Pandora.  The scientists are interested in learning about the culture of the Na’vi people.  The soldiers are there to take something that doesn’t belong to them and could make them very wealthy.  As the story progresses, the two groups clash as they try to determine who is in charge and what the right things to do is.

The Na’vi people are on the defensive and rightly so.  Their world is about peace and living a life of spiritual harmony.  Tough choices must be made in order for the Na’vi to keep their land and families safe.

I  liked most of the movie, but I have some definite pros and cons.  First of all, it was a little longer than I would have liked.  This was the first movie I’ve seen with Worthington and I know he’s going to be a star, but I couldn’t help notice his Australian accent slipping in now and again.  I thought all of the Avatars bore a wonderful striking resemblance to their human selves, with the exception of Saldana’s.  Granted she didn’t have a human form in the film, but I had a hard time noticing a resemblance with her non-Avatar self.  Maybe that was intentional.

The supporting cast was great in this movie.  Joel David Moore was such a great choice for the role of Norm.  I’ve been a fan of Giovanni Ribisi for close to twenty years, so it was nice seeing him play a villain of sorts.  Of course the effects were brilliant in this film, but I was so drawn to the colors Cameron used.  They were vibrant and enchanting; whether they were hanging from a tree or illuminated when the Na’vi ran across tree branches.

This is a movie that must be seen at least once.  It is beautiful in effects and story alike.  I recommend seeing this film and I would suggest seeing it on the big screen before it hits DVD.

 

Oscar Week Feature: Best Picture

6 Mar

It’s the last day of my Oscar Week countdown and we’ve come to the biggest prize of all, Best Picture.  Ten nominees, but it really only comes down to two.  Who will it be: Avatar or The Hurt Locker?

*Avatar
*The Blind Side
*District 9
*An Education
*The Hurt Locker
*Inglourious Basterds
*Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
*A Serious Man
*Up
*Up in the Air

 

Out of the ten nominees, I believe only five have a chance at actually winning.  I think you can eliminate District, Education, Blind Side, Up and Serious Man. 

As for the remaining five, I would rank them from one to five as The Hurt Locker, Avatar, Inglourious Basterds, Precious and Up in the Air.  You could easily say that this is a two-horse race exactly like the Best Director category.  The only dark horse would be Basterds.

I don’t care for the increase from five to ten for nominees in this category.  I understand the desire to have a wider arrange of movies; movies that people have actually seen, but it’s too cluttered now.

My Pick: The Hurt Locker

I am looking forward to seeing how my predictions pan out on Sunday’s live telecast of the 82nd Academy Awards.  I really hope to see some upsets as well.  There are so many people who are dead sure their pick is going to win, myself included, but that doesn’t always make for an entertaining show.

If you want to take a look at all my picks from this week, click below.

Best Adapted Screenplay  
Best Original Screenplay              
Best Supporting Actor   
Best Supporting Actress
Best Actor                                                
Best Actress
Best Director