Universal Pictures decided to cut a Michael Jackson-related sketch from "Bruno" moments before the film's Los Angeles premiere! The studio made the decision out of sensitivity to the Jackson family.
The scene that was cut featured Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno interviewing LaToya Jackson, and of course, Michael Jackson was one of the topics.
Some of the jokes in the sketch revolved around Michael's high-pitched voice, and his trademark white glove.
With the Michael Jackson scene cut out, you will now see the film's sequence go from Paula Abdul's beleaguered interview to a focus-group for Bruno's fake reality show.
But still, director Larry Charles was heard saying that they might still reassess before "Bruno's" release date in two weeks whether to put the scene back in or not.
I'm against censorship of any kind, but in this case, I applaud Universal's decision to remove the scene. But we shall see if the studio edits it back into the final print when "Bruno" arrives in theaters July 10.
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I pretty much gave up on M. Night Shyamalan after his last two crappy films, "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening."
But I'm pleased to report that the teaser trailer for "The Last Airbender" is actually interesting. But then again, the trailer for "The Happening" was great too...until I saw the film.
We can at least hope that "Slumdog Millionaire's" Dev Patel will spread his magic to "The Last Airbender."
We have to wait until July 2 of next year before we can watch the film, so enjoy the teaser trailer for now.
Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies Present
A Blinding Edge Pictures/ Kennedy/Marshall Company Production
An M. Night Shyamalan Film
“The Last Airbender”
Co-Producer Jose L. Rodriguez
Executive Producers Kathleen Kennedy Scott Aversano
Michael Dante DiMartino Bryan Konietzko
Produced by Sam Mercer Frank Marshall
Based On the Series “Avatar: The Last Airbender”
Created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko
Written, Produced and Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Dev Patel, Jackson Rathbone, Shaun Toub, Aasif Mandvi and Cliff Curtis.
Air, Water, Earth, Fire. Four nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of this destruction. Caught between combat and courage, Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara (Nicola Peltz), a Waterbender, and her brother, Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), to restore balance to their war-torn world.
Based on the hugely successful Nickelodeon animated TV series, the live-action feature film “The Last Airbender” is the opening chapter in Aang’s struggle to survive.
July 2, 2010
This film has not yet been rated.
CREDITS NOT FINAL AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE
“The Last Airbender” is a Paramount Pictures release
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Janet Jackson will return to the loving arms of writer-director-actor-producer Tyler Perry for the comedy sequel to 2007's "Why Did I Get Married?"
This time, it's going to be called "Why Did I Get Married Too." Clever?
Miss Janet will again play the role of Patricia, a successful author and psychologist who loves analyzing other people's relationship but refuses to look into her own marriage.
"Why Did I Get Married Too" is set for release on April 2, 2010.
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Besides the 10 Best Picture nominees rule for 2010 Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled new changes for the Music - Original Song category.
I still think it's a crime that Bruce Springsteen's haunting theme song for "The Wrestler" wasn't even nominated.
So, the Academy is changing the way they vote for the category. According to their site:
In the original song category, the governors approved the Music Branch Executive Committee recommendation that if no song achieves a minimum average score of 8.25 in the nominations voting, there be no nominees and thus no Oscar presented for the category.
If only one song achieves the required minimum, it and the song with the next highest score will be deemed the nominees. If two or more songs achieve the minimum score, they will be the nominees though no more than five nominees can be selected.
Previously, the rules dictated that there be no more than five but no fewer than three nominees in the category.
Other changes include the Testimonial Awards namely the Irving G. Thalberg Award, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and the Honorary Award will now be presented at an event in November of this year.
Hhhhmmm, to give more time talking about the 10 Best Picture nominees perhaps?
Academy Award nominations -- February 2, 2010
Academy Award telecast -- March 7, 2010
To read the complete press release from the Academy, click here.
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As a great counter-programming to those loud, huge, monstrous robots in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," "My Sister's Keeper" does the trick!
If you want to read my detailed movie review, click here, and watch my fun interviews with the female cast namely Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, and Sofia Vassilieva right here.
Now, here's my movie review of "My Sister's Keeper." Yes, I teared up, just a bit
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