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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The New 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Trailer

The New 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Trailer


The first trailer for Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' just premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live! As My long time readers are aware I will avoid trailers for films that I am really looking forward too, and this film is no exception. I am as excited as anybody for a sci-fi  film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe made by schlockmeister James Gunn. Despite that, I will be waiting for it's August release to get a feel for the the movie that will lead into nest year's  'Avengers: Age of Ultron'.

If you don't have the same reservations as me, then by all means dive into the hot new trailer below and leave a comment with your thoughts!


Thursday, January 16, 2014
2014 Academy Award Nominations

2014 Academy Award Nominations

For those of you that aren't aware, I love me some Academy Awards. They are without a doubt imperfect, but they are a heck of a lot of fun. The nominations were announced this morning and as usual people want to point out the "snubs".

While a case can be made for many nominations that weren't made there is only one that is truly shocking and indefensible to me.  That "snub" is not nominating Tom Hanks for Best Actor in 'Captain Phillips'.  Everyone else nominated gave excellent performances and I wouldn't have put up a fuss if he didn't win against this competition.  To not nominate his visceral and emotional performance seems a sin to me though.  I am a huge 'Captain Phillips' fan as I said in my review last year and will soon display again in my forth-coming "Best of 2013" list.  Alas we can't always get what we want.

As in years past I will be doing a very in-depth series of Oscar preview articles before the show, but in the meantime here is the complete list of nominees.

Let me know what you guys think.  Any of your favorites get "snubbed"? What do you think of the strength of the field this year? Let your voices be heard in the comments below!

Best Picture

American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Director

Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actor

Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress, Drama

Amy Adams, American Hustle
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Adapted Screenplay

Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, Philomena
Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Billy Ray, Captain Phillips
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Terence Winter, The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Original Screenplay

David O. Russell and Eric Singer, American Hustle
Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine
Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack, Dallas Buyers Club
Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska

Best Cinematography

The Grandmaster, Philippe Le Sourd
Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki
Inside Llewyn Davis, Bruno Delbonnel
Nebraska, Phedon Papamichael
Prisoners, Roger Deakins

Best Costume Design

American Hustle, Michael Wilkinson
The Grandmaster, William Chang Suk Ping
The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin
The Invisible Woman, Michael O'Connor
12 Years a Slave, Patricia Norris

Best Film Editing

American Hustle, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers, and Alan Baumgarten
Captain Phillips, Christopher Rouse
Dallas Buyers Club, John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
12 Years a Slave, Joe Walker

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Dallas Buyers Club, Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Stephen Prouty
The Lone Ranger, Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

Best Original Score

The Book Thief, John Williams
Gravity, Stephen Price
Her, William Butler and Owen Pallett
Philomena, Alexandre Desplat
Saving Mr. Banks, Thomas Newman

Best Original Song

"Alone Yet Not Alone," Alone Yet Not Alone
"Happy," Despicable Me 2
"Let It Go," Frozen
"The Moon Song," Her
"Ordinary Love," Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Best Production Design

American Hustle, Judy Becker (Production Design); Heather Loeffler (Set Decoration)
Gravity, Andy Nicholson (Production Design); Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard (Set Decoration)
The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin (Production Design); Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration)
Her, K. K. Barrett (Production Design); Gene Serdena (Set Decoration)
12 Years a Slave, Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Alice Baker (Set Decoration)

Best Sound Editing

All Is Lost, Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
Captain Phillips, Oliver Tarney
Gravity, Glenn Freemantle
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Brent Burge
Lone Survivor, Wylie Stateman

Best Sound Mixing

Captain Phillips, Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, and Chris Munro
Gravity, Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, and Chris Munro
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, and Tony Johnson
Inside Llewyn Davis, Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff, and Peter F. Kurland
Lone Survivor, Andy Koyama, Beau Borders, and David Brownlow

Best Visual Effects

Gravity, Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, and Neil Corbould
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, and Eric Reynolds
Iron Man 3, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
The Lone Ranger, Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams, and John Frazier
Star Trek into Darkness, Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann, and Burt Dalton

Best Animated Feature

The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
Frozen
The Wind Rises

Best Documentary Feature

The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet from Stardom

Best Foreign Language Film

The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Missing Picture
Omar

Best Animated Short

"Feral," Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
"Get a Horse!" Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
"Mr. Hublot," Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
"Possessions," Shuhei Morita
"Room on the Broom," Max Lang and Jan Lachauer

Best Live-Action Short

"Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)," Esteban Crespo
"Avant Que de Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)," Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras
"Helium," Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
"Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)," Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
"The Voorman Problem," Mark Gill and Baldwin Li

Best Documentary Short

"CaveDigger," Jeffrey Karoff
"Facing Fear," Jason Cohen
"Karama Has No Walls," Sara Ishaq
"The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life," Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
"Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall," Edgar Barens


Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Rumor: Johnny Depp Up For 'Dr Strange'

Rumor: Johnny Depp Up For 'Dr Strange'

It looks like the Marvel Phase 3 news machine is ramping-up . . . or at least the rumor mill is!  Hours ago we had official word about the casting of Michael Douglas in 'Ant-Man', Marvel's first Phase 3 film to launch after 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'.  Now we have a brand new rumor about the lead casting for Marvel's second Phase 3 film, 'Dr Strange'.  Latino Review is reporting that, "A well-connected source informed me tonight that Johnny Depp has taken a meeting with Marvel to discuss taking on the role of Dr. Strange."

This rumor makes alot of sense on some level, and almost seems too obvious.  Depp has been fan favorite casting to many for awhile, Disney has a sucessful relationship with him from 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and 'Alice in Wonderland', and Depp playing a mysterious mustachioed sorcerer doesn't seem like too much of a stretch.

What does seem a little odd about this rumor though is that Marvel is aiming for a Summer 2016 launch of 'Dr Strange', which also happens to be the launch window for the next installment in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise.  This wouldn't be an impossible hurdle if Disney was strongly motivated enough since they own both properties, but it would take a huge commitment on Disney's part to work the logistics out juggling two huge production like that.  But, if Disney is worried about losing their "A-lister" in their Marvel films with Robert Downey Jr possibly moving on; and they want to stay in the Johnny Depp business with another huge franchise after the box-office failure of 'The Lone Ranger', they may have all the motivation they need.

Personally, I won't be getting too worked about this rumor one way or the other, but it'll definitely be interesting to see how this story develops.  Watch this space.

What do you guys think? Is Depp perfect casting or are you tired of his blockbuster "quirky" shtick? Is this a good idea for Disney/Marvel? Sound off in the comments below!    


Source: LatinoReview
Monday, January 13, 2014
Michael Douglas Cast In Marvel's 'Ant-Man'

Michael Douglas Cast In Marvel's 'Ant-Man'


It came out last month that Paul Rudd had been cast in the titular role of Edgar Wright's upcoming Marvel film, 'Ant-Man'.  While that would seem fairly straight forward, there was still a bit of mystery as to whom exactly he would be playing. See there have been two different men who carried the title "Ant-Man", Hank Pym and Scott Lang. In the Marvel comics Hank Pym is a genius scientist, a founding member of The Avengers and responsible for the creation of the main villain in the next Avengers film, Ultron. Scott Lang, on the other hand, began as a thief who stole the shrinking tech from Pym in order to become Ant-Man.  So the big question is which one will Paul Rudd be playing in Wright's film?

The answer was revealed by Marvel in a press release today by also announcing the casting of Michael Douglas as Hank Pym for the movie.  This means that Rudd will be playing Lang and be the main hero of the film.  Pym will also appear in the movie but instead of being a contemporary of The Avengers, he will be of an earlier generation.  This seems to jive with what Wright has been saying for years, that he conceived of the Ant-Man movie taking place in two eras, showing the creation of the shrinking tech in the 60's and the theft and use of it in a modern setting.

I have mixed feelings about this news today.  Adding a legendary actor like Douglas to the mix certainly strengthens the cast.  It also seems to indicate that Pym won't be a throw-away character even though they are focusing on Lang.  As a big fan of Pym I have been pretty bummed by all the talk that Lang would be our modern Ant-Man.  By making Pym an older character though they may have potentially fixed something that was beginning to worry me even more about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe though.  My personal preference would have been to have a young Pym, but my nerd rage would hit high gear if Hank Pym had nothing to do with the creation of Ultron.

It seem minor to non-comic fans, but Pym and Ultron are as linked in my mind as Frankenstein and his monster.  Iron Man 3, with all the remote controlled suits and "retirement", seemed to indicate Stark may be on the path to the creation of Ultron which really left me with a bad taste.  This worry seemed to be reinforced with word that "Ant-Man" wouldn't appear until his own movie after the next Avengers film.  By casting Douglas so early though, and making him older, there is no reason he couldn't appear in the next Avengers film though simply as Dr Hank Pym of SHIELD.  It might make alot of sense to show that this was the genius who carried on the baton from Howard Stark by designing the likes of the Helicarrier and more for SHIELD.  I could even imagine some nice scenes with Tony designing in the workshop with Pym assiting in the creation of Ultron and playing off the unresolved daddy issues that have been set up in the previous films . . . sorry I went a little too fan-boy there!

Bottom line is that Paul Rudd is Scott Lang, Michael Douglas is Hank Pym and I am a little more consciously optimistic than I was . . . though still far from thrilled.

I want to know what you guys think.  Do you think this a is a great idea? Or a complete misstep? What are you hoping for from the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Let your voices be heard in the comment below!    


Source: Marvel
Thursday, December 12, 2013
71st Golden Globe Nominations - Television

71st Golden Globe Nominations - Television


BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
BREAKING BAD
DOWNTON ABBEY
THE GOOD WIFE
HOUSE OF CARDS
MASTERS OF SEX
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
JULIANNA MARGULIES, THE GOOD WIFE
TATIANA MASLANY, ORPHAN BLACK
TAYLOR SCHILLING, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
KERRY WASHINGTON, SCANDAL
ROBIN WRIGHT, HOUSE OF CARDS
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
BRYAN CRANSTON, BREAKING BAD
LIEV SCHREIBER, RAY DONOVAN
MICHAEL SHEEN, MASTERS OF SEX
KEVIN SPACEY, HOUSE OF CARDS
JAMES SPADER, THE BLACKLIST

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
THE BIG BANG THEORY
BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
GIRLS
MODERN FAMILY
PARKS AND RECREATION
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
ZOOEY DESCHANEL, NEW GIRL
LENA DUNHAM, GIRLS
EDIE FALCO, NURSE JACKIE
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS, VEEP
AMY POEHLER, PARKS AND RECREATION
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
JASON BATEMAN, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT
DON CHEADLE, HOUSE OF LIES
MICHAEL J. FOX, THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW
JIM PARSONS, THE BIG BANG THEORY
ANDY SAMBERG, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA
DANCING ON THE EDGE
TOP OF THE LAKE
WHITE QUEEN
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
HELENA BONHAM CARTER, BURTON AND TAYLOR
REBECCA FERGUSON, WHITE QUEEN
JESSICA LANGE, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN
HELEN MIRREN, PHIL SPECTOR
ELISABETH MOSS, TOP OF THE LAKE
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
MATT DAMON, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA
MICHAEL DOUGLAS, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA
CHIWETEL EJIOFOR, DANCING ON THE EDGE
IDRIS ELBA, LUTHER
AL PACINO, PHIL SPECTOR
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
JACQUELINE BISSET, DANCING ON THE EDGE
JANET MCTEER, WHITE QUEEN
HAYDEN PANETTIERE, NASHVILLE
MONICA POTTER, PARENTHOOD
SOFIA VERGARA, MODERN FAMILY
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
JOSH CHARLES, THE GOOD WIFE
ROB LOWE, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA
AARON PAUL, BREAKING BAD
COREY STOLL, HOUSE OF CARDS
JON VOIGHT, RAY
71st Golden Globe Nominations - Film

71st Golden Globe Nominations - Film


BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
12 YEARS A SLAVE
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
GRAVITY
PHILOMENA
RUSH
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
CATE BLANCHETT, BLUE JASMINE
SANDRA BULLOCK, GRAVITY
JUDI DENCH, PHILOMENA
EMMA THOMPSON, SAVING MR. BANKS
KATE WINSLET, LABOR DAY
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
CHIWETEL EJIOFOR, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
IDRIS ELBA, MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM
TOM HANKS, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
ROBERT REDFORD, ALL IS LOST

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
AMERICAN HUSTLE
HER
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
NEBRASKA
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
AMY ADAMS, AMERICAN HUSTLE
JULIE DELPY, BEFORE MIDNIGHT
GRETA GERWIG, FRANCES HA
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS, ENOUGH SAID
MERYL STREEP, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
CHRISTIAN BALE, AMERICAN HUSTLE
BRUCE DERN, NEBRASKA
LEONARDO DICAPRIO, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
OSCAR ISAAC, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
JOAQUIN PHOENIX, HER
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
THE CROODS
DESPICABLE ME 2
FROZEN
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
THE GREAT BEAUTY
THE HUNT
THE PAST
THE WIND RISES
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
SALLY HAWKINS, BLUE JASMINE
JENNIFER LAWRENCE, AMERICAN HUSTLE
LUPITA NYONG'O, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
JULIA ROBERTS, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
JUNE SQUIBB, NEBRASKA
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
BARKHAD ABDI, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
DANIEL BRÜHL, RUSH
BRADLEY COOPER, AMERICAN HUSTLE
MICHAEL FASSBENDER, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
JARED LETO, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
ALFONSO CUARÓN, GRAVITY
PAUL GREENGRASS, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
STEVE MCQUEEN, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
ALEXANDER PAYNE, NEBRASKA
DAVID O. RUSSELL, AMERICAN HUSTLE
BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
SPIKE JONZE, HER
BOB NELSON, NEBRASKA
JEFF POPE, STEVE COOGAN PHILOMENA
JOHN RIDLEY, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
ERIC WARREN SINGER, DAVID O. RUSSELL, AMERICAN HUSTLE
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
ALEX EBERT, ALL IS LOST
ALEX HEFFES, MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM
STEVEN PRICE, GRAVITY
JOHN WILLIAMS, THE BOOK THIEF
HANS ZIMMER, 12 YEARS A SLAVE
BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
“ATLAS” — THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
“LET IT GO” — FROZEN
“ORDINARY LOVE” — MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM
“PLEASE MR. KENNEDY” — INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
“SWEETER THAN FICTION” — ONE CHANCE
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