15 Films Fight for Oscars 2012 Visual Effects Noms, So Long "Immortals!" 


The Academy has picked fifteen films for the Visual Effects category. Out of the fifteen, ten will be chosen in early January, then five for the final nominations to be announced January 25.

If we're going to predict which films will be included in the final five, we're thinking "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," "Hugo," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (because for some reason, the Academy loves honoring "Transformers" in this category -- big, clashing eye candy!), and the critics-darling "The Tree of Life."

We'll find out January 25th if our Oscar crystal ball is accurate. For now, here are the 15 films vying for nominations (in alphabetical order):

"Captain America: The First Avenger" (Marvel/Paramount) Marvel VFX supervisor: Christopher Townsend

"Cowboys & Aliens" (DreamWorks/Universal) ILM VFX supervisors: Roger Guyett and Eddie Pasquarello


"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" (Warner Bros.) VFX supervisor: Tim Burke

"Hugo" (Paramount) VFX supervisor: Rob Legato


"Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol" (Paramount) Digital Domain VFX supervisor: Erik Nash

"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" (Disney) ILM VFX supervisor: Ben Snow

"Real Steel" (Dreamworks/Disney) Digital Domain VFX supervisor: Erik Nash

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (Fox) Weta VFX supervisor: Joe Letteri

"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" (Warner Bros.) VFX supervisor: Chas Jarrett

"Sucker Punch" (Warner Bros.) VFX supervisor: John "DJ" Desjardin

"Super 8" (Paramount) ILM VFX supervisor: Dennis Muren


"Thor" (Marvel/Paramount) Marvel VFX supervisor: Wesley Sewell

"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (Paramount) ILM VFX supervisor: Scott Farrar

"The Tree of Life" (Fox Searchlight) VFX supervisor: Douglas Trumbull


"X-Men: First Class" (Marvel/Fox) VFX supervisor: John Dykstra


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"New Year's Eve" Movie Review! Ring In the New Year! 


For my written review of "New Year's Eve," click here

Here's more info on "New Year's Eve" from Yahoo:

Genres: Romance and Comedy

In Theaters: December 9th, 2011 (wide)

MPAA: PG-13 for language including some sexual references.

Celebrating love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in the intertwining stories told amidst the pulse of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year.

Cast & Crew

Starring:

Halle Berry -- Nurse Aimee

Jessica Biel -- Tess Byrne

Jon Bon Jovi -- Jensen

Abigail Breslin -- Hailey

Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges -- Brendan

Robert De Niro -- Stan Harris

Josh Duhamel -- Sam

Zac Efron -- Paul

Hector Elizondo -- Kominsky

Katherine Heigl -- Laura Carrington

Ashton Kutcher -- Randy

Seth Meyers -- Griffin Byrne

Lea Michele -- Elise

Sarah Jessica Parker -- Kim

Michelle Pfeiffer -- Ingrid

Til Schweiger -- James Schwab

Hilary Swank -- Claire Morgan

Sofia Vergara -- Ava

Directed By: Garry Marshall

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Hilary Swank Talks About “New Year’s Eve” and Reveals How She Votes During Oscar Season! 


The two-time Oscar winner can now add working with Garry Marshall in her resume. This was my second time interviewing the super-sweet star, the first one was for 2009’s “Amelia.” In “New Year’s Eve,” Swank stars as Claire Morgan, the big cheese of the ball! She is behind the world-famous New Year’s Eve Ball Drop to make sure everything is running logistically.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** How did she get excited to working in “New Year’s Eve?”
*** She’s no longer a Garry Marshall virgin!
*** How was it working with the director?
*** She meets her real-life counterpart
*** There’s a real Times Square Alliance!
*** Has the ball been stuck before?
*** The twists and turns of the movie
*** The blooper reel!
*** The two-time Oscar winner reveals her voting secrets!
*** She puts me in the spot by asking me, “Do you usually agree what the critics say?”
*** What is her New Year’s resolution?

Have Fun!



Here's more on "New Year's Eve" from Yahoo:

Genres: Romance and Comedy

In Theaters: December 9th, 2011 (wide)

MPAA: PG-13 for language including some sexual references.

Celebrating love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in the intertwining stories told amidst the pulse of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year.

Cast & Crew

Starring:

Halle Berry -- Nurse Aimee

Jessica Biel -- Tess Byrne

Jon Bon Jovi -- Jensen

Abigail Breslin -- Hailey

Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges -- Brendan

Robert De Niro -- Stan Harris

Josh Duhamel -- Sam

Zac Efron -- Paul

Hector Elizondo -- Kominsky

Katherine Heigl -- Laura Carrington

Ashton Kutcher -- Randy

Seth Meyers -- Griffin Byrne

Lea Michele -- Elise

Sarah Jessica Parker -- Kim

Michelle Pfeiffer -- Ingrid

Til Schweiger -- James Schwab

Hilary Swank -- Claire Morgan

Sofia Vergara -- Ava

Directed By: Garry Marshall

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Director Garry Marshall Talks About “New Year’s Eve” and Teaches Me a French Word! 


Garry Marshall is always fun to talk to! I sat down with the director last year for “Valentine’s Day” and in 2005 for “Chicken Little.” This time, he returns with another star-studded extravaganza with “New Year’s Eve.” I love Halle Berry in the film, and did you know that the actress almost didn’t make the film?

In this interview, we talked about:

*** What made him interested in making “New Year’s Eve?” They shot all the New Year’s Eve shenanigans in Times Square last year
*** The unpredictable twists and turns! Marshall taught me a new word – portmanteau, which means intersecting stories
*** All he wants is to make you feel good, leave on a positive note, awwwww
*** It’s all about love in Marshall’s world
*** I love Halle Berry!

Have Fun!



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Jake T. Austin Interview for “New Year’s Eve”  


I interviewed Jake T. Austin before for “Hotel for Dogs,” he was a little boy then, so I was very surprised to see him all grown up! He’s taller than me! I had a blast talking to he and Emma Roberts for “Hotel for Dogs,” and I had a great time again, interviewing the actor for “New Year’s Eve.” He plays Seth, the love interest of another “oh my gosh she’s grown up” actress, Abigail Breslin.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** Working for “Wizards of Waverly Place”
*** What attracted him to making “New Year’s Eve”
*** Working with Garry Marshall
*** Working with Abigail Breslin
*** What’s on top of his New Year’s resolution list?
*** What is he looking forward to in 2012?
*** What’s next for Jake T. Austin the actor?

Have fun!



Here's more on "New Year's Eve" from Yahoo:


Genres: Romance and Comedy

In Theaters: December 9th, 2011 (wide)

MPAA: PG-13 for language including some sexual references.

Celebrating love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in the intertwining stories told amidst the pulse of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year.

Cast & Crew

Starring:

Halle Berry -- Nurse Aimee

Jessica Biel -- Tess Byrne

Jon Bon Jovi -- Jensen

Abigail Breslin -- Hailey

Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges -- Brendan

Robert De Niro -- Stan Harris

Josh Duhamel -- Sam

Zac Efron -- Paul

Hector Elizondo -- Kominsky

Katherine Heigl -- Laura Carrington

Ashton Kutcher -- Randy

Seth Meyers -- Griffin Byrne

Lea Michele -- Elise

Sarah Jessica Parker -- Kim

Michelle Pfeiffer -- Ingrid

Til Schweiger -- James Schwab

Hilary Swank -- Claire Morgan

Sofia Vergara -- Ava

Directed By: Garry Marshall

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