Lauren Bacall, Roger Corman First Oscar Winners of the Season! 


Months before its televised ceremony, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences honored its first Oscar winners of the season -- the Governors Awards!

Actress Lauren Bacall, B-movie king Roger Corman and "Godfather" cinematographer Gordon Willis each received Oscar statuettes.

Producer John Calley was also honored with the Irving J. Thalberg Memorial Award recognizing his career accomplishments with films like "Catch -22," "The Remains of the Day," and "The Da Vinci Code."

Each of the recipients was chosen by the academy's Board of Governors for their contribution to the excellence of American cinema.

The black-tie event was held at the Grand Ballroom above the Kodak Theater. Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, Annette Bening, Morgan Freeman and Steven Spielberg were among the 600 invited guests.

From what I heard, the atmosphere was so relaxed without the pressure of live TV broadcast. The taped portions of the Governors awards will be shown during the 82ns annual Academy Awards on March 7, 2010.

I think this is a clever idea. Honor the much-deserved recipients at a leisurely pace where the Academy members can really express their gratitude.

Because with the long 10 Best Picture nominees list, the telecast may be bogged down.

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"Pirate Radio" a.k.a. "The Boat That Rocked" Movie Review 


Here's my review of the new film from Focus Features, "Pirate Radio," otherwise known as "The Boat That Rocked" starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, and Kenneth Branagh.

Is the film worth your time and money? Find out:



Here's more info about the film from Yahoo:

Cast and Credits

Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Kenneth Branagh
Directed by: Richard Curtis
Produced by: Richard Curtis, Debra Hayward, Liza Chasin

In the 1960s a group of 8 rogue DJs on a boat in the middle of the Northern Atlantic, played rock records and broke the law all for the love of music. The songs they played united and defined an entire generation and drove the British government crazy. By playing rock 'n roll they were standing up against the British government who did everything in their power to shut them down.

Genres: Art/Foreign and Comedy
Running Time: 2 hrs. 14 min.
Release Date: November 13th 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for language, and some sexual content including brief nudity.
Distributors: Focus Features

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Watch "2012" Movie Review! It's of Massive Proportions! 


First, to read my "2012" movie review, click here. Otherwise, take a look at my critique of director Roland Emmerich's opus!



Here's more info on "2012" from Yahoo:

Action/Adventure, Science Fiction and Thriller

November 13, 2009

Rated PG-13 for intense disaster sequences and some language.

STARRING
John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover and Woody Harrelson

DIRECTED BY
Roland Emmerich

Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. A global cataclysm brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.

Also Known As:
Farewell Atlantis
Two-thousand Twelve
Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Thriller
Release Date: November 13th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense disaster sequences and some language.
Distributors:
Sony Pictures Releasing
Production Co.:
Centropolis Entertainment, Mark Gordon Company
Studios:
Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Filming Locations:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Los Angeles, California, USA
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Produced in: United States

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Plot Revealed! We Now Know What "Monopoly" the Movie is Going to be About! 


Last year, we laughed out loud at the news that Universal Pictures was set to make a movie version of the famous board game "Monopoly!"

And yes, director Ridley Scott, the guy who gave us "Gladiator," "Alien," and "Blade Runner" among others, was interested to helm!

Another lol right? Well, back in March, Scott said, “I have to direct it. We’re in progress right now. We’re having it written. We have identified a pretty good story and it is fundamentally a movie, not a game, probably describing in a way the characters in the film, the passion of the game, and how the game came about.”

Now, the Los Angeles Times cornered producer Frank Beddor, and he revealed the majority of the plot! It'll be like "Jumanji" of some kind, where the board game becomes reality! Ooooh...Uncle Pennybags will haunt our dreams!

Beddor said:

"I created a comedic, lovable loser who lives in Manhattan and works at a real estate company and he’s not very good at his job but he’s great at playing Monopoly. And the world record for playing is 70 straight days – over 1,600 hours – and he wanted to try to convince his friends to help him break that world record. They think he is crazy. They kid him about this girl and they're playing the game and there’s this big fight. And he’s holding a Chance card and after they’ve left he says, ‘Damn, I wanted to use that Chance card,’ and he throws it down. He falls asleep and then he wakes up in the morning and he’s holding the Chance card, and he thinks, ‘That’s odd.’"

"He’s all groggy and he goes down to buy some coffee and he reaches into his pocket and all he has is Monopoly money. All this Monopoly money pours out. He’s confused and embarrassed and the girl reaches across the counter and says, ‘That’s OK.’ And she gives him change in Monopoly money. He walks outside and he’s in this very vibrant place, Monopoly City, and he’s just come out of a Chance Shop. As it goes on, he takes on the evil Parker Brothers in the game of Monolopy. He has to defeat them. It tries to incorporate all the iconic imageries -- a sports car pulls up, there's someone on a horse, someone pushing a wheelbarrow -- and rich Uncle Pennybags, you're going to see him as the maître d' at the restaurant and he's the buggy driver and the local eccentric and the doorman at the opera. There's all these sight gags."


The big question: who should play Uncle Pennybags?

To read the complete article, click here.

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Universal, Alaska Newspapers Reach Settlement Over "The Fourth Kind" 


So apparently, Universal Pictures used fabricated news archives to promote "The Fourth Kind." Fabrication? Really?

According to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Universal created an elaborate series of online news articles in the promotion for its movie, “The Fourth Kind.” The movie claims to be a true story about a plague of alien abductions in Nome a decade ago.

To bolster that claim, articles were posted that professed to be from real Alaska publications, but were actually created to bolster the movie’s storyline.

The articles included an obituary and news story about the death of a character in the movie, Dr. William Tyler, that supposedly were from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Neither the story nor the obituary ever appeared in the newspaper.

Fake articles were listed from other newspapers in Alaska, including The Nome Nugget, alongside authentic news stories. Part of the settlement also requires Universal to remove the fake “news articles” promoting the movie from the internet.


So now, Universal has agreed to pay $20,000 to the Alaska Press Club. The studio will also contribute $2,500 to a scholarship fund for Calista Corp.

Read the complete article right here.

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