And the Oscar mud-slinging heats up!
First, we were questioning inaccuracies of "Argo," then the torture scenes in "Zero Dark Thirty," and now, Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated flick, "Lincoln," is being called out.
According to Rep. Joe Courtney, who watched "Lincoln," over the weekend (what took him so long?), the beloved film was inaccurate!
Why? There's a scene in which two Connecticut congressmen vote against the 13th amendment to the Constitution, thereby outlawing slavery, which made Courtney scratched his head and say "Wow...Connecticut voted against abolishing slavery?" (via Huffington Post)
So the esteemed Congressman researched and voila, he was right! Based on his research and the investigation by the Congressional Research Service that followed, all four Connecticut congressmen backed the amendment in a January 1865 vote.
Now, Courtney, who adores Daniel Day-Lewis' portrayal of our beloved 16th President, wants DreamWorks to correct the inaccuracies for the DVD release.
Will this hurt "Lincoln's" chances in winning an Oscar? Hhmmm...
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Han Solo and Boba Fett!
According to EW.com, the first "Star Wars" spin-off will revolve around Han Solo and Boba Fett! This will be an origin story featuring the timeline explored between "Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" and "Episode IV -- A New Hope."
The coolest part? It will show a young Solo as pilot of the Millenium Falcon! Time to dust off your Star Wars toys! Ebay, hey!
So what about Boba Fett? Our favorite bounty hunter will have his own origina movie as well! This one will be between "Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi."
But what, there's more! Huffington Post is saying that Ain't It Cool News was reporting that Yoda will also have his standalone movie!
Whoa -- lots of things to geek out about!
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Marvel's "The Avengers" is set to fly to the Academy Awards. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo will present on the Oscar stage, yes, together!
According to show producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, "We are happy to re-unite the ‘Avengers’ cast to present on our show," said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. "Audiences who enjoyed the year's biggest box office hit will be excited to see these terrific actors back together again."
"The Avengers" cast will be joining last year's winners headed by Meryl Streep to present Oscars.
Here's the rest of the press release:
Downey has twice been nominated for an Oscar, for his leading role in “Chaplin” (1992) and for his supporting role in “Tropic Thunder” (2008).
Evans, who will be making his first Oscar show appearance, will be seen in the upcoming “The Iceman.”
Jackson was nominated in 1994 for his supporting role in “Pulp Fiction.” He can also be seen in this year’s Best Picture nominee “Django Unchained.”
Renner was nominated for his leading role in 2009 Best Picture winner “The Hurt Locker” and for his supporting role in “The Town” (2010). Renner had roles in this year’s “The Bourne Legacy” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” (2011).
Ruffalo received his first nomination for his supporting role in 2010 Best Picture nominee “The Kids Are All Right.”
Oscars® for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.
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Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer, last year's Academy Award® winners, are set to return to the Oscar stage. They will be presenting awards on this year's telecast.
Show producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, said, "We are honored to have Meryl, Octavia, Christopher and Jean, last year's Oscar winners in each of the acting categories, return to the Oscar stage."
Here's the rest of the press release:
Streep, who is the most nominated actor with 17 nominations, has won three Academy Awards®, including last year's lead actress award for her performance in "The Iron Lady." Dujardin won the award for his lead performance in the Best Picture winner "The Artist," it was his first nomination. Spencer, also a first time nominee, took home the Oscar for her supporting role in Best Picture nominee "The Help." Plummer, who has twice been nominated, won the award for his supporting role in "Beginners."
Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.
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Zombies put a bullet to the head of Sylvester Stallone's new film.
"Warm Bodies," the zombie love story from director Jonathan Levine ("50/50") debuted at No. 1 with a solid $20 million opening. Starring Nicholas Hoult as the zombie and Teresa Palmer as his human love interest, "Warm Bodies" easily outgun Stallone's "Bullet to the Head."
"Warm Bodies" Movie Review
Interview with Nicholas Hoult
Interview with Teresa Palmer
Interview with Rob Corddry
Interview with Dave Franco
Interview with Analeigh Tipton
Based on a French graphic novel, "Bullet to the Head" flopped at No. 6 with a weak $4.5 million opening.
Previous weekend's box-office champ, the ho-hum "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" fell to No.2 with $9.2 million. ("Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" movie review)
Meanwhile, this awards season is helping Oscar contenders shine at the box-office. "Silver Linings Playbook" starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence continued to surprise Hollywood by holding steady at No. 3 with $8.1 million. So far, the Oscar-nominated flick from director David O. Russell has earned $80.4 million in North America heading for the magical $100-million mark.
"Zero Dark Thirty," another Oscar contender, also remained strong at No. 5 with $5.2 million for a domestic total of $77.8 million. Other Oscar hopefuls, "Django Unchained," "Lincoln," and "Les Miserables" remained at the Top 10 box-office list.
Here are the estimated Top 10 films for box-office weekend of Feb. 1:
1. Warm Bodies, 1/3,009, Summit, $20 million
2. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, 2/3,375, Paramount/MGM, $9.2 million, $34.5 million
3. *Silver Linings Playbook, 12/2,809, The Weinstein Co., $8.1 million, $80.4 million
4. Mama, 3/2,781, Universal, $6.7 million, $58.3 million
5. *Zero Dark Thirty, 7/2,871, Sony/Annapurna, $5.3 million, $77.8 million
6. Bullet to the Head, 1/2,404, Warner Bros./Dark Castle, $4.5 million
7. Parker, 2/2,238, FilmDistrict, $3.2 million, $12.4 million
8. *Django Unchained, 6/1,777, The Weinstein Co., $3 million, $151 million
9. *Les Miserables, 6/1,848, Universal, $2.44 million, $141.5 million
10. *Lincoln, 12/1,765, Disney/DreamWorks, $2.41 million, $170.8 million
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