Confession Time – I was never a fan of Robert Pattinson. I am basing that assessment on the actor’s most famous role to date, the lovelorn vampire Edward in the “Twilight” films. I thought he delivered wooden performances in both movies.
But after watching Pattinson in the new film “Remember Me,” I can now honestly say, I’m intrigued by this actor. He carried the movie from its shaky start to its heart wrenching conclusion. Read More...
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First off, I truly laughed my booty off watching "She's Out of My League!" It's a feel good romantic comedy with a raunchy twist! Plus, it's nice to see Jay Baruchel morphing into a leading man, and getting a Hard 10 girl to boot -- Ms. Alice Eve!
I attended a press junket in New York City for "She's Out of My League," and I was so thankful! It's a fun movie, and the entire cast was sweet! So shameless plugging, don't forget to watch "She's Out of My League" this Friday, March 12.
Here are my fun interviews. First stop, Jay Baruchel
*** We talked about his involvement with the film, how it's nice to see the skinny kid from "Knocked Up" star in a leading man role.
*** Baruchel said that his role is very similar to Lloyd Dobler from "Say Anything," to which I retorted, he's missing his boombox, BUT, he did have a hungry dog
*** What's a moodle?
*** The film's "Beauty and the Beast" angle
*** Working in Philadelphia
*** Baruchel is having a magical year!
Then, we have the girls, Alice Eve and Krysten Ritter, we talked about:
*** Their roles, Alice as Molly and Krysten as Patty
*** Eve called the romantic comedy genre the chocolate of the film world!
*** Ritter's character -- the last time I spoke with her was for "Confessions of a Shopaholic"
*** "She's Out of My League" is a Hard 10 of a movie, at least, Eve said so
Then we have the super-funny troika of Mike Vogel, Lindsay Sloane, and Nate Torrence
*** This became a fun, free-for-all interview -- all three of them gave great, positive vibes that day!
*** We managed to talk about their characters, Mike as Jack, the yoda-like sex guru of the group, Lindsay as Marnie, the ex-girlfriend of Baruchel's character, and Nate is Devon, the childlike member of the group
*** Vogel confirmed his "Captain America" audition! He's got the good, old American boy looks, and I could see him as Steve Rogers aka Captain America!
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But if you're not going to watch "Alice in Wonderland," don't worry, you can catch the trailer right here folks! It's intriguing, moody, and atmospheric, using a father-son theme. The music is by Daft Punk, and according to THR, they wrote a score just for this trailer!
Take a look, and marvel at the sight of the recently-crowned Best Actor Oscar, Jeff Bridges, reprising his role from the original film as Flynn, the computer programming genius.
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It was Kathryn Bigelow's night at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards. Her film, "The Hurt Locker" took home six trophies including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. (photo courtesy of ABC.com)
James Cameron's "Avatar," nominated for 9 nods along with "The Hurt Locker" took home three trophies for Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography, and Best Art Direction.
Bigelow made history by being the first woman to win the Best Director trophy. She called her winning the "moment of a lifetime," and it is indeed!
All in all, it was a fun night, for me at least (check out my minute-by-minute Oscar blogfest right here).
Sandra Bullock won Best Actress for "The Blind Side," Jeff Bridges took home the Best Actor award for "Crazy Heart," Mo'Nique received her first Oscar, winning the Best Supporting Actress trophy for "Precious," and Christoph Waltz went home with a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "Inglourious Basterds."
I think the biggest upset was the Best Foreign Language category. It was being predicted between France's "Un Prophete" and Germany's "The White Ribbon." But in the end, Argentina's "El Secreto de Sus Ojos" took home the award! I was also surprised that "Precious" beat "Up in the Air" in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner won the Writers Guild of America award, which signaled their lock in winning the Oscars, but, Geoffrey Fletcher took home the award for "Precious." (check out my complete 2010 Oscar predictions along with the full nominees right here, see where I failed!)
Congratulations to all the winners!
Actor in a Leading Role
* Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”
Actor in a Supporting Role
* Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”
Actress in a Leading Role
* Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”
Actress in a Supporting Role
* Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Animated Feature Film
* “Up” Pete Docter
* “Avatar” Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
* “Avatar” Mauro Fiore
* “The Young Victoria” Sandy Powell
* “The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow
* “The Cove”
Documentary (Short Subject)
* “Music by Prudence” Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
* “The Hurt Locker” Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
Foreign Language Film
* “El Secreto de Sus Ojos” Argentina
* “Star Trek” Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
Music (Original Score)
* “Up” Michael Giacchino
Music (Original Song)
* “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett
* “The Hurt Locker”
Short Film (Animated)
* “Logorama” Nicolas Schmerkin
Short Film (Live Action)
* “The New Tenants” Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson
* “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson
* “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
* “Avatar” Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher
Writing (Original Screenplay)
* “The Hurt Locker” Written by Mark Boal
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2010 Oscars Blogfest -- Minute-by-Minute Look at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards! The Winners!!! The Losers!!! The Show!!! The Excitement!!!!
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards is about to start. My TV screen says, 26:47...okay, I love Sandra Bullock's look!
Ooooh, is that Zac Efron on the red carpet?
What's on Charlize Theron's boobs?
Just saw Mariah Carey...would love for her to present HA!
What's Kathy Ireland doing on the carpet? Enunciate it...wun-der-ful...
Okay, JLO looks hot!
Yay, 15 more minutes, hurry up!
Gabourey Sidibe is Precious! My friend Sue says Sherri Shepherd must cover her arms!
Taylor Lautner, twihards scream!
Meryl Streep is lovely!
THREE MORE MINUTES!!!!!
THE SHOW IS ABOUT TO BEGIN!!!
5:30 -- The nominees for Leading Actors and Actresses are on stage...Do you like George Clooney's hair?
I love Carey Mulligan!!! J'adore Meryl Streep!!!
5:31 -- Neil Patrick Harris displays his showtunes talent again! What is he supposed to be singing about? Oh, yeah, Old Hollywood!
5:33 -- Great kitsch stage, the only thing missing is Sonny and Cher!
A bit pitchy Harris...
5:34 -- Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin descend from the heavens!
5:36 -- Aw..."The Last Station's" Christopher Plummer is having a great time!
5:37 -- The damn, er, Dame Helen Mirren! Lots of talks about Streep..
5:38 -- The cast of "Precious!" Oh wait, all I could see was Sidibe, where's her fellow cast members?
5:39 -- Cute bit when Baldwin and Martin put on 3-D glasses to introduce James Cameron!
5:40 -- Kathryn Bigelow looks like a smart Celine Dion
5:41 -- Quentin Tarantino and mentions of his "Inglourious Basterds"
5:42 -- What did Bullock do to herself? She looks fabulous!!!!
5:44 -- Penelope Cruz introduces the BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR nominees...
AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR GOES TO...CHRISTOPH WALTZ FOR "INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS" -- the first Academy Award and nomination for Waltz! Back in August, I told him he'll win the Oscars...and my predictions came true :) Check my interview with Waltz for "Inglourious Basterds" right here...
5:50 -- Ryan Reynolds introduces "The Blind Side" aka white folks doing good deeds for black folks, the end...
5:55 -- Back from commercial break...Cameron Diaz and Steve Carell take the stage...Diaz makes a booboo -- calling Carell Jude, Jude Law!
The duo is presenting the BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM...
"The Secret of Kells" is still a big secret to you and me!
AND THE WINNER FOR BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM IS "UP!" YAY!!! The first Academy Award for director Pete Docter...his first nomination was for the "Toy Story" screenplay...(check my fun one-on-one interviews with the "Up" folks right here)
6:02 -- Amanda Seyfried and Miley Cyrus present the BEST ORIGINAL SONG...AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ORIGINAL SONG GOES TO "THE WEARY KIND" BY RYAN BINGHAM AND T BONE BURNETT!
6:05 -- Captain Kirk aka Chris Pine introduces "District 9" as one of the nominated Best Picture films...
6:12 -- Tina Fey and Robert Downey Jr. on stage for BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY....Fey looks like Tarzan's Jane...
AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY GOES TO....MARK BOAL FOR "THE HURT LOCKER" YAY!!!
So far, Harvey Weinstein's smear campaign against "The Hurt Locker" hasn't worked! Oh and so far, I'm 4 for 4 with my Oscar Predictions, yay! (Check out my complete predictions right here)
6:16 -- Molly Ringwald and Matthew Broderick reminisce about John Hughes' awesomeness!
Do you feel that the Awards night is moving right along? I'm kinda loving it! Oh, 2nd glass of wine too
6:21 -- Aw...all the Hughes actors reunite on-stage! TUBULAR! Ugh, whatever happened to Judd Nelson?
6:23 -- Samuel L. Jackson, of all actors, introduces "Up!" Profanity not included...
6:28 -- The two hotties Carey Mulligan and Zoe Saldana present the BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM...
AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM GOES TO..."LOGORAMA" FROM NICOLAS SCHMERKIN...
6:33 -- The nominees for BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT...AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT GOES TO "MUSIC BY PRUDENCE" BY ROGER ROSS WILLIAMS AND ELINOR BURKETT Did Burkett just cut off Williams? Wow!
6:36 -- AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION) GOES TO "THE NEW TENANTS" FROM JOACHIM BACK AND TIVI MAGNUSSON
Okay, so far, I'm sucking in this segment. My pets, "The Last Truck," "Kavi," and "A Matter of Loaf and Death" did not win
6:37 -- Ben Stiller enters in his blue "Avatar" make-up to present the BEST MAKEUP...I wonder if this is the segment that Sacha Baron Cohen was slated to present but was nixed at the last moment...Stiller stepped in...
AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST MAKEUP GOES TO "STAR TREK!"
6:43 -- Jeff Bridges introduces BEST PICTURE nominee "A Serious Man"
6:47 -- Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams present BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY nominees
6:49 -- AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY GOES TO GEOFFREY FLETCHER FOR "PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL 'PUSH' BY SAPPHIRE." SORRY JASON REITMAN AND SHELDON TURNER, THE OSCAR FRONTRUNNER.
Okay, so far, the Oscars, especially the last few categories, have become unpredictable. Most winners were upsets. Oooooh...exciting!
By the way, GREAT SPEECH MR. FLETCHER!
6:52 -- Queen Latifah presents the 2010 Governors Awards
6:54 -- I literally stood up to honor Lauren Bacall and Roger Corman!
6:57 -- Robin Williams presents BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS nominees...
6:59 -- AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS GOES TO...MO'NIQUE FOR "PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL 'PUSH' BY SAPPHIRE!" I LOOOOOVE HER!!!!!
7:00 -- Way to go for Mo'Nique for thanking Hattie McDaniel - the first black performer to win an Academy Award. I'm tearing up
7:01 -- Colin Firth introduces BEST PICTURE nominee "AN EDUCATION!"
7:05 -- The alluring Sigourney Weaver presents BEST ART DIRECTION
7:07 -- AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ART DIRECTION GOES TO..."AVATAR" ART DIRECTION BY RICK CARTER AND ROBERT STROMBERG, SET DECORATION BY KIM SINCLAIR How cool that Weaver presents the award to the folks he worked with in "Avatar"
7:08 - If I hear one more reference to the line "I see you" from "Avatar," I'm going to throw my 3-D glasses across the room!
7:09 -- Baldwin and Martin are back on stage, then introduce the lovely Tom Ford and Sarah Jessica Parker...what's wrong with Parker's outfit? And doesn't she look horrible, face-wise? Okay, I'm done being catty, I still love her!
7:10 -- Ford and Parker present BEST COSTUME DESIGN...AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST COSTUME DESIGN GOES TO "THE YOUNG VICTORIA" BY SANDY POWELL, SHE PREVIOUSLY WON FOR "SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE" AND "THE AVIATOR"
7:11 -- Charlize Theron and her magical breasts outfit introduces BEST PICTURE NOMINEE "Precious!"
Coming up, "Twilight's" Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart -- TWIHARDS SCREAM!!!!
7:15 -- Baldwin and Martin return, this time with a spoof on "Paranormal Activity" -- it's their funniest bit of the night so far!
7:18 -- Here you go, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart introduce the Academy's homage to horror films! Stewart looks like she doesn't want to be there...
"Jaws" aka "Sea World!" Why do they always insist on showing the foot scene in "Misery" everytime they show the film? I know it's one of its iconic images, but, it still hurts!!!
7:21 -- Okay, I'm really enjoying this Horror Homage!
7:22 -- Zac Efron and Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick present BEST SOUND AWARDS -- EDITING AND MIXING -- Morgan Freeman's smooth, sultry voice narrates the BEST SOUND CATEGORY
7:23 -- AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST SOUND EDITING GOES TO "THE HURT LOCKER" BY PAUL N.J. OTTOSSON Aw, my pick was "Avatar" in this category, but Ottosson gives such a heartfelt speech, I'm crying too, just like his wife...
Oh more upsets! The sound categories were traditionally reserved for special effects films like "Avatar" but gosh, it's "The Hurt Locker" through and through...
7:26 -- AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST SOUND MIXING GOES TO "THE HURT LOCKER" BY CHRISTOPHER BOYES, GARY SUMMERS, ANDY NELSON, AND TONY JOHNSON
7:28 -- Elizabeth Banks introduces the Best Sci-Tech Awards, why were they playing "E.T.'s" theme?
7:29 -- John Travolta introduces the BEST PICTURE NOMINEE "Inglourious Basterds," I have a little, pleased smile on my face
By the way, it's not shaping up to be a good night for "Avatar"
7:35 -- Sandra Bullock presents the BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY award. AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY GOES TO MAURO FIORE FOR "AVATAR"
Yes we get it, James Cameron is visionary, but do we have to hear it every 10 minutes?
7:37 -- Demi Moore is HOT! Yes, this is the IN MEMORIAM part...let's pay tribute...Oh, James Taylor, yay! That's sad
7:45 -- Jlo and my sweetheart, Sam Worthington, are introducing the BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE) nominees, and the nominated scores are being used for dance routines! What the heck was this dance routine for? I'm glad that they used the nominated scores though...
7:53 -- AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE) GOES TO "UP" BY MICHAEL GIACCHINO
7:54 -- Bradley Cooper and Gerard Butler present BEST VISUAL EFFECTS nominees. AND THE OSCAR FOR VISUAL EFFECTS GOES TO "AVATAR!"
7:56 -- Jason Bateman introduces BEST PICTURE nominee "Up in the Air," I still loooove this film!
8:02 -- Matt Damon presents the BEST DOCUMENTARY category...AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY GOES TO "THE COVE"
8:06 -- Madea aka Tyler Perry introduces the BEST FILM EDITING category. Love the shot of Baldwin and Martin wearing Snuggies
8:08 -- AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST FILM EDITING GOES TO "THE HURT LOCKER" BY BOB MURAWSKI AND CHRIS INNIS -- FIRST NOMINATION AND WIN FOR BOTH
8:09 -- Please welcome Keanu Reeves, yes, Keanu! He's introducing BEST PICTURE nominee "The Hurt Locker"
8:15 Quentin Tarantino and Pedro Almodovar present the BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE category.
8:16 AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE GOES TO "EL SECRETO DE SUS OJOS" FROM ARGENTINA...huh? What happened to the great "Un Prophete?" Or heck, even "The White Ribbon" from Germany?
I told you it's kinda, sorta unpredictable this year! Will "Avatar" win Best Picture?
8:19 "Titanic's" Kathy Bates introduces BEST PICTURE nominee "Avatar"
8:23 Michelle Pfeiffer, Julianne Moore, Vera Farmiga, Colin Farrell, and Tim Robbins present the BEST ACTOR category. Apparently, each of the stars have six degrees of separation with the nominee.
Pfeiffer with Jeff Bridges for "The Fabulous Baker Boys," Farmiga with George Clooney for "Up in the Air," Moore with Colin Firth in "A Single Man," Robbins with Morgan Freeman in the fantastic "Shawshank Redemption," and Farrell with Jeremy Renner in "S.W.A.T."
8:32 -- The lovely Kate Winslet reveals the BEST ACTOR winner! AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ACTOR GOES TO JEFF BRIDGES FOR "CRAZY HEART" -- it's his first Oscar! Yay! Okay Mr. Bridges, it's a bit long and laborious speech, but it's sweet.
8:38 -- Like in the Best Actor category, multiple stars introduce each nominee. Forest Whitaker with Sandra Bullock for their relationship from "Hope Floats," Michael Sheen with Helen Mirren for "The Queen," Peter Sarsgaard with Carey Mulligan for "An Education," Oprah Winfrey, yes Oprah (!) with Gabourey Sidibe for "Precious," and Stanley Tucci with Meryl Streep for "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Julie and Julia."
8:41 -- Sean Penn reveals the BEST ACTRESS winner! AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST ACTRESS GOES TO SANDRA BULLOCK FOR "THE BLIND SIDE!" In one weekend, the actress received Worst Actress Razzie for "All About Steve" and Best Actress Oscar for "The Blind Side."
Her acceptance speech starts with "Did I really earn this or did I worn you down?" I think the Academy is honoring Bullock for her body of work, in 2009, she's the Star of the Year with the back-to-back success of "The Proposal" and "The Blind Side," yes, "All About Steve" notwithstanding.
I'm still not a fan of her performance nor the film (I love her though!), but I'm glad she won! If Julia Roberts could win for "Erin Brockovich," Bullock could to! Both decidedly romantic comedy actress received their awards for starring in non-romantic comedy movies!
8:51 -- Bullock did a great job with her acceptance speech!
8:53 -- Barbra Streisand presents the BEST DIRECTOR category! Will it be the first woman, or the first African-American to win? I vote for the first woman, Ms. Kathryn Bigelow!
8:54 -- AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST DIRECTOR GOES TO KATHRYN BIGELOW, HURRAY! I'M SO FREAKING HAPPY!!!!!
"It is a moment of a lifetime," Bigelow says. It is indeed!
8:59 -- Tom Hanks presents the BEST PICTURE winner! AND THE OSCAR FOR BEST PICTURE GOES TO "THE HURT LOCKER!" Yay! The film won 6 awards including best picture, director, original screenplay, film editing, sound mixing and sound editing. HURRAY!
I'm glad my picks for the Top 6 categories got the awards! And I'm happy that "The Hurt Locker" won Best Picture! "Avatar" must settle to be the world's biggest movie!
Until next year y'all!
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