The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled its list of the 10 animated short films. And they are:
•"The Cat Piano," Eddie White and Ari Gibson, directors (The People's Republic of Animation)
•"French Roast," Fabrice O. Joubert, director (Pumpkin Factory/Bibo Films)
•"Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty," Nicky Phelan, director, and Darragh O'Connell, producer (Brown Bag Films)
•"The Kinematograph," Tomek Baginski, director-producer (Platige Image)
•"The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)," Javier Recio Gracia, director (Kandor Graphics and Green Moon)
•"Logorama," Nicolas Schmerkin, producer (Autour de Minuit)
•"A Matter of Loaf and Death," Nick Park, director (Aardman Animations Ltd.)
•"Partly Cloudy," Peter Sohn, director (Pixar Animation Studios)
•"Runaway," Cordell Barker, director (National Film Board of Canada)
•"Variete," Roelof van den Bergh, director (il Luster Productions)
The branch members will select five nominees among this list for the 82nd Academy Awards. Final nominations will be announced Tuesday, February 2nd.
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This is fresh, fun, zippy, I wish I can say the same thing about "New Moon." Sorry, Twi-Hards!
For my written review, please click here.
Otherwise, watch my review of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," a.k.a. the love triangle between a human, a vampire, and a werewolf!
Here's more info about the movie from Yahoo:
Action/Adventure, Thriller, Romance, Sequel, Adaptation
November 20th, 2009
Rated PG-13 for some violence and action.
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning and Nikki Reed
Bella Swan delves deeper into the mysteries of the supernatural world she yearns to become part of, only to find herself in greater peril than ever before.
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Last May, I told you that Johnny Ferraro, the creator of the "American Gladiators" TV show, was bringing his property to the big screen! (See Coming Soon to Theaters Near You -- "American Gladiators" The Movie! Yeah, "American Gladiators," May 12, 2009)
You probably thought I was lying, but hold on, a writer has been hired!
Peter Iliff will write the big screen version of "American Gladiators."
Variety told us that the story "which will feature the Herculean characters as superheroes, will be based on the TV show that first aired in 1988 and has been broadcast in more than 90 countries, with the format adapted for the local market in 14 of them. Most recently, NBC aired a primetime revival of the show in 2008."
Scott Mednick ("Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles") is producing and he's targeting to release the film sometime in 2011.
Iliff previously wrote "Patriot Games," "Varsity Blues," "Under Suspicion," and "Point Break."
Gosh, I think they're serious, so yes, "American Gladiators" is coming to screens near you!
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How could this be? Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" was snubbed by the Academy Awards!
Moore's new documentary was largely favored by critics, including me, but apparently, it's not good enough for the Academy. It's this year's highest-grossing documentary (it has made $10 million so far), and Overture Films even opened it on Sept. 23, in time for the Academy's Sept. 30 cutoff date.
Moore won an Oscar before in 2002 for "Bowling for Columbine." He was nominated last year for "Sicko."
But this year? He didn't even make the shortlist! But Moore is not alone, other documentaries missing from the shortlist are "The September Issue," "Tyson," "Anvil! The Story of Anvil," "It Might Get Loud," and "We Live in Public."
I love all those documentaries, what's going on?
But the Academy has chosen their shortlist There were 89 films that originally qualified but the list is now down to just 15 documentaries.
And they are:
"Food, Inc." (THIS IS MY PICK! THIS WILL MAKE YOU THINK TWICE ABOUT BUYING FOOD, EVEN THE "HEALTHY, ORGANIC" KIND!)
"Valentino: The Last Emperor"
"Every Little Step"
"The Beaches of Agnes"
"Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders"
"The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers"
"Mugabe and the White African"
"Soundtrack for a Revolution"
"Under Our Skin"
"Which Way Home."
The Academy will choose the five nominees from these 15 films.
Oscar nominations will be announced Feb. 2, and the Academy Awards will be presented March 7.
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(I"m writing this at 12:49 in the morning, fresh from my jaunt from Los Angeles after watching "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" so if I may sound a bit blurry, I am! Oh, and there may be spoilers as well.)
Previously on "Twilight," Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), the human, falls in love with Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), the vampire. They fight bad vampires and they live happily ever after.
Now is the dawn of "New Moon," the sequel to the super-popular franchise based on a series of books by author Stephenie Meyer. The sequel begins with Bella's birthday and ends with her quest for immortality. At the center of the film is a love triangle between a human, a vampire, and a werewolf.
The movie's first five minutes is vibrant and full of life. Ironically enough, Bella's mortality is the crux of the film. In her dream, more like a nightmare (and she has many of those), Bella gets very old while Edward remains dashing and gasp, young!
Told in three acts, the first chapter involves Edward leaving Bella because he wants to protect her; The second act features Bella slowly falling in love with her best friend, Jacob (Taylor Lautner), who, as we all know by now, is a werewolf.
The third chapter of the film, and my personal favorite, involves an organized coven of vampires known as the Volturis headed by Aro played by Michael Sheen. The actor has now officially played both vampire and werewolf ("Underworld" films) roles. There's also a fun bit with Dakota Fanning as Jane, the bratty vampire who can inflict pain without even touching her victim.
There's been a lot of buzz about the two camps -- Team Jacob and Team Edward. Well, if you like your man tanned with a sunny attitude and you believe that friendship can turn to love, then heck, Team Jacob is for you.
If you love your man pale with a brooding attitude and you subscribe to the theory of love at first sight, then by all means, stake a claim to Team Edward.
But be warned Team Edward members, there's not a whole lot of Edward in the film. In the middle part of the movie, Edward has been reduced to being a "ghost of Christmas past" warning Bella of possible dangers.
Director Chris Weitz replaced Catherine Hardwicke, but honestly, I didn't notice any difference. The "Harry Potter" franchise has used different directors before and you could tell Mike Newell's ("Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire") style over Alfonso Cuaron's ("Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"), for example.
Hardwicke abruptly left pre-production last year and Weitz stepped in, and I thought, okay, this is interesting, let me see his take on the franchise. Well folks, there's not a whole lot of difference, just perhaps a bigger budget and better Edward glitter (vampires glitter under the sun).
I've read the first book, so logic tells us that I should be able to get into these characters right? Well, I still can't empathize with any of the main characters.
The acting borders between so-so and good, more in the so-so category. I've seen Stewart and Pattinson in other films before, and I've admired their work, but there's always something off-key with their performances in the "Twilight" films.
Once in a while, there's a burst of good acting that can be detected, and this time, Stewart out-broods Pattinson. Her character is the one with a lot of baggage in the new film.
Like the last film, I'm blaming the script by Melissa Rosenberg. Although it matched the book's tone, including some of the hokey dialogue, it failed to match its spirit. There's also the pedantic melodramatic Romeo and Juliet plot twist near the end.
But I'd be lying to you if I told you I wasn't entertained. I was interested in the mythology that Meyer created with the series, and most of these myths are reflected on the sequel.
And it was delight to see bad vampires and fierce werewolves!
I also love the great soundtrack and the peripheral characters. The standouts are Billy Burke as Charlie Swan, Bella's dad; Anna Kendrick as Jessica, Bella's friend from school; Ashley Greene as Alice, Edward's sister and the closest to Bella.
Even Nikki Reed as Rosalie Hale showed some depth with just a couple of scenes.
But who are we kidding here, the teenage girls will enjoy this film. And I think, that's one of my main concerns as well. The movie caters to its demographics way too much that it alienates other viewers -- here comes Edward in his slo-mo sexy walk (teens scream), or Jacob takes off his shirt (teens scream again!).
And the teens will definitely scream in the end with its cliffhanger finale. It will also get you, because it will make you want to see the third film. And isn't that the whole point?
Bottomline: Forgive its pandering to its demographics and you'll have a great time. Of course, if you like the first film and you enjoy the books, you will love this movie.
RATING: Vampires vs. Werewolves kisses
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