Tom Hanks to Present at 84th Academy Awards 


Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks will present at the 84th Academy Awards. The actor, who is also a governor of the Academy, won consecutive Best Actor Oscars in 1993 for "Philadelphia" and in 1994 for "Forrest Gump." Hanks also received Oscar nominations for "Big," "Saving Private Ryan," and "Cast Away."

His current film with Sandra Bullock, "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" is one of the Best Picture Oscar nominees. Hanks will join Jennifer Lopez as one of the presenters at the Oscars on Feb. 26th.

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The Best Song/Video About Julian Sands Ever! 


You remember Julian Sands right? He was the it boy in the late 80s early 90s and he starred in films such as "A Room with a View," the "Warlock" movies, "Arachnophobia," "Boxing Helena," and "Leaving Las Vegas."

You know the name, you may know the face, but what you may not know is the actor is still working in Hollywood today, most recently as the young Henrik Vanger in the U.S. version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" from director David Fincher. I know, I was surprised too!

Sands also made a bunch of B-movie extravaganza and that's really why we love him! But many folks have been wondering, whatever happened to Julian Sands? A quick Google of that phrase and you'll see fans ruminating on his supposed career demise. My favorite is Bad Movie Night saying, "Whatever happened to Julian Sands? It seems like his career has disintegrated into Warlock II and Boxing Helena."

So it was such a nice surprise that Homer, a Chicago comedian and musician, contacted me via YouTube and shared with me his original song and video about...yup, Julian Sands. He calls it "Prayer for Julian Sands" and presents is under his YouTube name of TurnpikeDown.

This one's pretty funny, on point, and on target! So without further adieu, let's bow our heads down and say a "Prayer for Julian Sands."



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Jennifer Lopez to Present at 84th Academy Awards 


Because she's a fantastic actress! Okay, I was just kidding, but once upon a time, I thought JLO could act. She took on George Clooney mano-a-mano in 1998's "Out of Sight" from director Steven Soderberg. Nowadays, La Lopez is busy as one of the judges on "American Idol." But she's still making movies, like the upcoming "What to Expect When You're Expecting."

And on Feb. 26th, Lopez will present at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony according to telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer. Let's see if she's going to wear an iconic outfit for the Oscars much like her green Versace dress she wore at the 42nd Grammy awards.

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"The Help" Dominates SAG Awards, "Boardwalk Empire" and "Modern Family" Triumph! Check Out Complete Winners List! 


"The Help" just received more help from the Screen Actors Guild, propelling the Oscar-nominated flick on top of the heap. Viola Davis took home the Best Actress trophy while Octavia Spencer won the Best Supporting Actress award. "The Help" also received the Best Acting Ensemble award at the 18th Annual SAG Awards.

It's a fitting recognition for a film that has a stronger cast rather than a powerful script or direction. When I first saw the film, my complaint was the by-the-numbers script, but I praised the acting ensemble for they rose above and beyond the screenplay.

Meanwhile, Jean Dujardin of "The Artist" surprised everyone by winning the Best Actor award. I honestly thought that George Clooney from "The Descendants" would win the trophy, but alas. This just made the Best Actor Oscar category totally unpredictable!

And I love that Christopher Plummer won the Best Supporting Actor award for "Beginners." He will win the same category on Oscar night.

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2012 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards (to see winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here):

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Armie Hammer, J. Edgar
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
*WINNER Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role
*WINNER Octavia Spencer, The Help

Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Comedy Series
*WINNER Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Steve Carell, The Office
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
*WINNER Betty White, Hot In Cleveland

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Glee
*WINNER Modern Family
The Office

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
Betty White, The Lost Valentine
*WINNER Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries
Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood
*WINNER Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail
Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
James Woods, Too Big to Fail

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Glenn Close, Damages
*WINNER Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Julianna Margules, The Good Wife
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Drama Series
Patrick J. Adams, Suits
*WINNER Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series
*WINNER Boardwalk Empire

Breaking Bad
Dexter
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role
George Clooney, The Descendants
Demian Bichir, A Better Life
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
*WINNER Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
*WINNER Viola Davis, The Help
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture
Bridesmaids
The Artist
The Descendants
*WINNER The Help
Midnight in Paris

Outstanding Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture
The Adjustment Bureau
Cowboys & Aliens
*WINNER Harry Potter and the Deahtly Hallows: Part II
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
X-Men: First Class

Outstanding Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Television Series
Dexter
*WINNER Game of Thrones
Southland
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
True Blood

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"The Grey" Takes Big Box-Office Bite with $20 Million Opening! 


We love Liam Neeson saving the world, and we love watching him do so in the cold days of winter! We followed him in "Taken" and "Unknown," which were both released in the January-February window, and now, we love him in "The Grey," where Neeson is back saving the world only this time, he's fighting really mean wolves!

RELATED POSTS:

"The Grey" movie review
"The Grey" interviews with Liam Neeson, director Joe Carnahan, Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Frank Grillo, and James Badge Dale

"The Grey" opened above expectations with $20 million, thereby cementing Neeson as our favorite action star du jour!

At No. 2 was last weekend's box-office champ, the fourth film in the "Underworld" franchise. "Underworld: Awakening" sold $12.5 million of box-office tickets and has made $45.1 million so far.

But the not-that-good "One for the Money" starring Katherine Heigl and based on the book by Janet Evanovich also surprised as the film debuted at No. 3 with $11.8 million. (See my "One for the Money" interview with Daniel Sunjata and Jason O'Mara right here)

Executive Producer George Lucas' "Red Tails" about the Tuskegee Airmen landed at No. 4 with with $10.4 million. (Check out my interview with Terrence Howard for "Red Tails" right here)

"Man on a Ledge," starring my BFF, Sam Worthington, did not fare as well. The unabashedly popcorn thriller, which scored a B+ grade with Cinemascore, only opened with $8.3 million and opening at No. 5.

RELATED POSTS:

"Man on a Ledge" movie review

For my interview with Sam Worthington for MAN ON A LEDGE, click here and here

For my interview with Elizabeth Banks, click here

With Jamie Bell and Genesis Rodriguez, click here

With Edward Burns, click here

And with Anthony Mackie, click here

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of Jan. 27, 2012:

1. "The Grey," $20 million
2. "Underworld: Awakening," $12.5 million
3. "One for the Money," $11.8 million
4. "Red Tails," $10.4 million
5. "Man on a Ledge," $8.3 million
6. "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," $7.1 million
7. "The Descendants," $6.6 million

8. "Contraband," $6.5 million
9. "Beauty and the Beast," $5.3 million
10. "Haywire," $4 million

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