Peter Gabriel says he's not performing at the Academy Awards! Why?
Because the singer does not believe the time limitations of performing an Oscar-nominated song will do justice to his nominated "Down to Earth" from "Wall-E."
Apparently, all the Oscar-nominated songs will each be performed for only 60-65 seconds in a medley.
Gabriel said he does not believe the song will work in such a truncated form!
Good for him!
You should visit Gabriel's website to see him say:
"It's a bit unfortunate...The songwriters are a very small part of the filmmaking process but we still work bloody hard and deserve (a bigger part in the ceremony)."
Oh yeah, he calls himself "old fart" too
Gabriel is hoping the Oscar telecast producers will re-think their move and reconsider full performances of each nominated song for next year's show.
HE SAID HE'LL STILL GO TO THE CEREMONY BECAUSE "It's a fun adventure," and he's hoping that the Soweto Gospel Choir will be booked to perform his nominated song.
I agree with Gabriel on this, and to think that there are only 3, count them, 3 nominees, can't the Oscar producers oblige?
Oh, and I'm still reeling from the Academy's omission of Bruce Springsteen's song from "The Wrestler."
Anyway, to refresh your lovely memories, here are the Oscar-nominated songs again. Guess who will win? My bet's on the closing theme of "Slumdog Millionaire," "Jai Ho." Come on, admit it, the song's fun and captures the spirit of the film! But I'll be happy if Gabriel wins, for I also love the mood of his song.
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
* “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E” (Walt Disney), Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, Lyric by Peter Gabriel
* “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Gulzar
* “O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight), Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman andMaya Arulpragasam
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Congratulations to "The Secret Life of Bees." The film won big at the NAACP Image Awards, while the organization is celebrating its 100-year anniversary! Yay!
Here's the full list of the winners of the Film Awards category:
Actor in a motion picture
Will Smith, "Seven Pounds" (Columbia Pictures)
Actress in a motion picture
Rosario Dawson, "Seven Pounds" (Columbia Pictures)
Supporting actor in a motion picture
Columbus Short, "Cadillac Records" (Sony Music Film/Parkwood Pictures)
Supporting actress in a motion picture
Taraji P. Henson, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount)
"The Secret Life of Bees" (Fox Searchlight)
Independent motion picture
"Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight)
Documentary (theatrical or televison)
"The Black List" (HBO)
Foreign motion picture
"The Class" (Sony Pictures Classics)
Directing in a motion picture (theatrical or television)
Gina Prince-Bythewood, "The Secret Life of Bees" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Writing in a motion picture (theatrical or television)
Jenny Lumet, "Rachel Getting Married" (Sony Pictures Classics)
For Television, Music, and Literary Awards categories, click here to see the winners.
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Yes, I heart y'all! So I compiled ALL my Valentine-related posts!
First, My Favorite Romantic Films in written form!
A great way to spend Valentine's Day with the one you love is at home with a good romantic film.
Just open your box of chocolates, snuggle up with your sweetheart and be transported into the wonderful world of romance only Hollywood can provide.
Need some ideas? Here's my top 10 romantic films of all time:
1. “Casablanca” (1942): This one just gets better with age. Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart appear in black and white, but the romantic plot set against the backdrop of World War II is replete with colorful passion.
2. “Titanic” (1997): The doomed voyage of lovestruck Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet is my favorite guilty pleasure! Whenever this film is on, I forget everything and focus on the incredible romance between Jack and Rose.
3. “Gone with the Wind” (1939): The chemistry between Rhett (Clark Gable) and Scarlett (Vivienne Leigh) is utterly compelling. This movie proves a good romantic movie doesn't always end happily.
4. “West Side Story” (1961): The music, choreography and great set design play supporting roles in the love story between Tony (Richard Beymer) and Maria (Natalie Wood). This Romeo and Juliet tale set in New York's concrete jungle will melt your heart.
5. “Ghost” (1990): As soon as you hear the Righteous Brothers singing “Unchained Melody,” you know you're in for one of the most touching romantic films ever made. This movie transcends the supernatural, and I cry whenever I see Patrick Swayze, bathed in glowing light, saying goodbye to Demi Moore.
6. “Annie Hall” (1977): This Oscar-winning movie made a star out of Diane Keaton. The love affair between her iconic title character and Allen's Alvy Singer is at once neurotic and bittersweet.
7. “Breakfast at Tiffany's” (1961): Based on the novel by Truman Capote and directed by Blake Edwards, this film will make you believe in love! Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard dazzle in this entertaining delight, and the song “Moon River” sets the perfect mood.
8. “The Notebook” (2004): Nicholas Sparks' novel is the basis of this tearjerker. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling play a young couple who will show that their love can withstand the test of time. Endless love indeed.
9. “Love Story” (1970): The chemistry between Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw is palpable, and the film's popular tagline “love means never having to say you're sorry” is still relevant today.
10. “When Harry Met Sally” (1989): Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal star as friends who fear that sex would ruin their friendship. Even though the film is known for the famous fake orgasm scene, its sweet story is the one that will put you in the mood.
Then, watch the video version of my TOP 10 FAVE ROMANTIC FILMS:
And finally, a music video I created a while back, featuring the song "Check Yes Juliet" by We the Kings. I put all my fave romantic films in the mix! Have fun!
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"CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC" is an entertaining no-brainer made special by the appearance of the lovely and talented Isla Fisher :)
Fisher truly IS the film!
Before you watch my review, check out my full interviews with the cast and crew of "CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC":
ISLA FISHER INTERVIEW
PRODUCER JERRY BRUCKHEIMER INTERVIEW
DIRECTOR P.J. HOGAN INTERVIEW
HUGH DANCY INTERVIEW
KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS INTERVIEW
KRYSTEN RITTER INTERVIEW
And now, without further adieu, watch my fun movie review
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Pay close attention to Brad Pitt in all his "killing Nazis" glory.
What's the film about? From The Weinstein Company:
"In German-occupied France, Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa. Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris, where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema. Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine organizes a group of Jewish soldiers to engage in targeted acts of retribution. Known to their enemy as "The Basterds," Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget Von Hammersmark on a mission to take down the leaders of The Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquee, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own."
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