New "Into the Woods" Trailer Comes Out But Sorry, I'm Not Impressed! 


The new trailer for "Into the Woods" came out today but somehow, I wasn't thrilled! Look, I'm a die-hard showtunes queen LOL, I celebrated "Chicago," "Mamma Mia," "Les Miserables!" But I wasn't feeling it with the new trailer for "Into the Woods." Sure, Meryl Streep sang, and ooooh, she's a witch! The look of the movie is like a cross between "Maleficent" and "Jack the Slayer." So, I'm not buying this trailer, but my fingers are crossed that the movie will be much, much better! I hope! Let that be my Christmas wish!



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What Are the Animated Films Submitted for Oscar Race? 


Twenty animated films have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 87th Academy Awards. So which of these twenty movies do you think will get Oscar glory, at least, a nomination?

“Big Hero 6”
“The Book of Life”
“The Boxtrolls”
“Cheatin’”
“Giovanni’s Island”
“Henry & Me”
“The Hero of Color City”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart”
“Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return”
“The Lego Movie”
“Minuscule – Valley of the Lost Ants”
“Mr. Peabody & Sherman”
“Penguins of Madagascar”
“The Pirate Fairy”
“Planes: Fire & Rescue”
“Rio 2”
“Rocks in My Pockets”
“Song of the Sea”
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

Here's the rest of the press release from the Academy:

Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process. At least eight eligible animated features must be theatrically released in Los Angeles County within the calendar year for this category to be activated.

Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.


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Boo! Check Out My "Nightcrawler" Movie Review -- HAPPY HALLOWEEN! 


The movie might be called “Nightcrawler” but it’s not supernaturally spooky at all! But it does feature the dark side of the human heart! So is this film perfect to see this Halloween season? Find out in my movie review of “Nightcrawler.”



Official “Nightcrawler” synopsis:

NIGHTCRAWLER is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling -- where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story. (c) Open Road

Written and directed by Dan Gilroy

Cast

• Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom
• Rene Russo as Nina
• Riz Ahmed as Rick
• Bill Paxton as Joe Loder

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Jake Gyllenhaal Talks About “NIGHTCRAWLER!" See Why He Deserves an Oscar Nomination! 


I love, love, love Jake Gyllenhaal! And I love him especially more after seeing “Nightcrawler.” The Oscar-nominated actor immersed himself into the role of Lou Bloom, an unemployed man who suddenly finds a new career by being a stringer – a freelance journalist who shoots reports and gets paid for each piece of published work.

From his looks to his mannerisms (Those large beady eyes!), Gyllenhaal went all method on us and it paid off! He anchors the movie from start to finish and it’s amazing that we trust his unreliable character. Yup, this guy deserves an Oscar nomination for Best Actor!

In this interview, we talked about his interest for the movie, why he signed on to not only star but produce the movie, how he prepared/researched, and the film’s 70’s conventions. And I did ask him about his hand famously hurt during the making of the movie. Take a look at my interview with the fantastic Jake Gyllenhaal for “Nightcrawler.”



Official “Nightcrawler” synopsis:

NIGHTCRAWLER is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling -- where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story. (c) Open Road

Written and directed by Dan Gilroy

Cast

• Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom
• Rene Russo as Nina
• Riz Ahmed as Rick
• Bill Paxton as Joe Loder

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Rene Russo Interview for “NIGHTCRAWLER” -- I Adore Her! 


I am loving Rene Russo in “Nightcrawler.” She plays the role of Nina Romina, the fierce News Director for KWLA. She’s tough with years of experience behind her but she finally meets her match when Lou Bloom (the wonderful Jake Gyllenhaal) enters the picture.

And I am very happy to see Russo not playing her typical roles – the wife, girlfriend, or heck, Thor’s momma. I sat down with the actress to let her know about my love for “Nightcrawler” and her wonderful performance.

In this interview, we talked about her attraction to making the movie and her role, and the sad state of local news. Take a look at my fun interview with the lovely and talented Rene Russo.



Official “Nightcrawler” synopsis:

NIGHTCRAWLER is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling -- where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story. (c) Open Road

Written and directed by Dan Gilroy

Cast

• Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom
• Rene Russo as Nina
• Riz Ahmed as Rick
• Bill Paxton as Joe Loder

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