An Angel Gets Her Wings! Farrah Fawcett Dies at 62 


After a long battle with cancer, Farrah Fawcett died at the age of 62. Another one of my pop culture icons has passed away :sad

Although the actress never excelled in the movie industry, she was certainly a major TV star! She was my favorite angel in "Charlie's Angels" next to Kate Jackson's Sabrina! And she had shown some acting depth in various TV movies such as "The Burning Bed."

And yes, I had her famous poster on my wall!

For more on Miss Farrah's life, click here.

Here's a special look back at the life and times of Farrah Fawcett. Good bye Miss Farrah, and our heartfelt condolences to Ryan O'Neal and the rest of Fawcett's family :sad



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"The Dark Knight" Lords Over Saturn Awards Winning Five Nods! But "Iron Man" Got Love Too! 


"The Dark Knight" emerged as the big winner at the Saturn Awards taking home five trophies! (Check the full list of nominees here)

The Batman sequel won for action-adventure-thriller, music (Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard), writing (Christopher and Jonathan Nolan), supporting actor (Heath Ledger), and special effects.

The Saturn Awards is given by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films and the winners were announced June 25th.

"Iron Man" won for top sci-fi film, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" won fantasy film category, and "Hellboy 2: The Golden Army" won for horror film (huh?).

Here's the complete list of the winners of the
35TH ANNUAL SATURN AWARDS

Science Fiction Film:
"Iron Man"

Fantasy Film:
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Horror Film:
"Hellboy II: The Golden Army"

Action/Adventure/Thriller Film:
"The Dark Knight"

Actor:
Robert Downey, Jr. ("Iron Man")

Actress:
Angelina Jolie ("Changeling")

Supporting Actor:
Heath Ledger ("The Dark Knight")

Supporting Actress:
Tilda Swinton ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button")

Performance by a Younger Actor:
Jaden Christopher Smith ("The Day the Earth Stood Still")

Director:
Jon Favreau ("Iron Man")

Writer:
Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan ("The Dark Knight")

Music:
Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard ("The Dark Knight")

Costume:
Mary Zophres ("Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull")

Make-Up:
Greg Cannom ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button")

Special Effects:
Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Timothy Webber, Paul J. Franklin ("The Dark Knight")

International Film:
"Let the Right One In"

Animated Film:
"Wall-E"

Television Series:
"Lost"

Syndicated/Cable Television Series:
"Battlestar Galactica"

Presentation on Television:
"The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice"

Actor on Television:
Edward James Olmos ("Battlestar Galactica")

Actress on Television:
Mary McDonnell ("Battlestar Galactica")

Supporting Actor on Television:
Adrian Pasdar ("Heroes")

Supporting Actress on Televison:
Jennifer Carpenter ("Dexter")

Guest Starring Role on Television:
Jimmy Smits ("Dexter")

DVD Release:
Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer"

DVD Special Edition Release:
Stephen King’s The Mist" - 2 disc Special Edition

DVD Classic Film Release:
"Psycho" - Universal Legacy Series

DVD Collection:
"The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration"

Series on DVD:
"Moonlight"

Retro Series on DVD:
"The Invaders"

The Life Career Award:
Lance Henriksen

The Lifetime Achievement Award:
Leonard Nimoy

The Visionary Award:
Jeffrey Katzenberg

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"Watchmen" Fans Rejoice! The Much-Talked About Director's Cut to be Shown in Theaters! But There's a Catch! 


Save the date! You'll be able to see Zack Snyder's "Watchmen" director's cut on July 17!

But here's the catch:

It's for one-week theatrical release only, and will just be shown in four venues namely Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and New York.

So if you're not from those cities, you're out of luck!

What's so great about the director's cut of "Watchmen?" Well, Snyder's cut has 25 ADDITIONAL MINUTES! I'm intrigued! Perhaps, this version will be a better cut than its original theatrical release.

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The Controversial "Antichrist" Gets U.S. Release Date AND Video-On-Demand Launch! 


If you're a fan of director Lars von Trier and adore his cinematic sensibilities, then get ready. IFC has announced their plans on the release dates of "Antichrist."

*** In Los Angeles and New York, "Antichrist" will be shown in theaters Oct. 23

*** "Antichrist" will also be available on video-on-demand Oct. 21 (Have I told you I love this feature? Watching new IFC releases on demand?


Charlotte Gainsbourg, who stars as She in the film, won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award for her performance in this psychological erotic-horror tale.

So Gainsbourg alone is a big reason to watch this haunting film.

But the big question -- will "Antichrist" be shown in the US uncut similar to its censor-free debut in Britain?

Gosh, I hope so!

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10 Best Picture Oscar Nominations! What Does It Really Mean? 


It may sound like an avant-garde, radical turn, but the decision of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to expand its Best Picture nominees to 10 instead of 5 is hardly revolutionary.

The Academy, from 1931 to 1943 had 10 Best Picture nominees.

So why did they go back to the future? Well, I think, it's politics and economy. And gasp, the "Wall-E" and "The Dark Knight" effect! Both crowd-pleasing films garnered many critical nods, not to mention huge commercial successes, but were ignored by the Academy as Best Picture nominees.

The result? Many fans of those films ignored the Academy Award telecast, hence, lower ratings. If you remember, when "Titanic" and "The Lord of the Rings" lorded over the Academy Awards, telecast ratings were great!

I'm thinking, the Academy probably felt that putting more crowd-pleasing films on the ballot may mean better ratings, hence, politics and economy converge once again.

Everyone will be happy.

Here's what I love. This move means that a documentary or a foreign-language film or an action movie or a comedy can also be nominated as Best Picture contenders. Which, duh, it's about time! Best Pictures cannot only be reserved fro dramatic epics!

Here's what I hate. If you're going to stretch your Best Picture category to 10, why not make this change across the board, specially the top 8 categories namely Best Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting actress, Original Screenplay, and Adapted Screenplay. I can easily name great 2008 contenders for each category to fill 10 nominations apiece.

But who are we kidding here? Even though there are 10 nominees for Best Picture, there will always be one favorite among the crowd. For every love devoted to "The Dark Knight," a critical favorite like "Slumdog Millionaire" can always steal its thunder.

For more of the history of the Academy Awards and the changes, go to their website.

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