The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced its nominations for the 68th Annual Golden Globes, which includes some no-brainers and a few shockers.

16 12 2010


Best Picture – Drama

  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The King’s Speech
  • The Social Network

Best Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Burlesque
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • Red
  • The Tourist

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
  • Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
  • James Franco, 127 Hours
  • Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
  • Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Halle Berry, Frankie & Alice
  • Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
  • Natalie Portman, Black Swan
  • Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
  • Johnny Depp, The Tourist
  • Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, Love & Other Drugs
  • Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical Comedy

  • Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
  • Anne Hathaway, Love & Other Drugs
  • Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
  • Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
  • Emma Stone, Easy A

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

  • Christian Bale, The Fighter
  • Michael Douglas, Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps
  • Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
  • Jeremy Renner, The Town
  • Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

  • Amy Adams, The Fighter
  • Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
  • Mila Kunis, Black Swan
  • Melissa Leo, The Fighter
  • Jackie Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Animated Feature

  • Despicable Me
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • The Illusionist
  • Tangled
  • Toy Story 3

Best Director – Motion Picture

  • Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
  • David Fincher, The Social Network
  • Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
  • Christopher Nolan, Inception
  • David O. Russell, The Fighter

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

  • Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours
  • Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right
  • Christopher Nolan, Inception
  • David Seidler, The King’s Speech
  • Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

  • “Bound to You” – Burlesque
  • “Coming Home” – Country Strong
  • “I See The Light” – Tangled
  • “There’s a Place for Us” – The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” – Burlesque

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

  • Alexandre Desplat, The King’s Speech
  • Danny Elfman, Alice in Wonderland
  • A.R. Rahman, 127 Hours
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network
  • Hans Zimmer, Inception

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Biutiful – Spain
  • The Concert – France
  • The Edge – France
  • I Am Love – Italy
  • In a Better World – Denmark


Best Television Series – Drama

  • Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
  • Dexter (SHOWTIME)
  • The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
  • The Walking Dead (AMC)

Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical

  • 30 Rock (NBC)
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • The Big C (SHOWTIME)
  • Glee (FOX)
  • Modern Family (ABC)
  • Nurse Jackie (SHOWTIME)

Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama

  • Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
  • Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
  • Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs
  • Katy Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
  • Kyra Sedgewick, The Closer

Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama

  • Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
  • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
  • Michael C. Hall, Dexter
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Hugh Laurie, House

Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

  • Toni Collette, The United States of Tara
  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
  • Tina Fey, 30 Rock
  • Laura Linney, The Big C
  • Lea Michelle, Glee

Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Steve Carell, The Office
  • Thomas Jane, Hung
  • Matthew Morrison, Glee
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Carlos (Sundance Channel)
  • The Pacific (HBO)
  • Pillars of the Earth (STARZ)
  • Temple Grandin (HBO)
  • You Don’t Know Jack (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Hayley Atwell, Pillars of the Earth
  • Claire Danes, Temple Grandin
  • Judi Dench, Return to Cranford
  • Romola Garai, Emma
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt, The Client List

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Idris Elba, Luther
  • Ian McShane, Pillars of the Earth
  • Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack
  • Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship
  • Edgar Ramirez, Carlos

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Hope Davis, The Special Relationship
  • Jane Lynch, Glee
  • Kelly MacDonald, Boardwalk Empire
  • Julia Stiles, Dexter
  • Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-0
  • Chris Colfer, Glee
  • Chris Noth, The Good Wife
  • Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
  • David Strathairn, Temple Grandin

The 68th Annual Golden Globes will be hosted by Ricky Gervais. The ceremony will air on NBC on January 6, 2011.


George Lucas is planning to bring a third Star Wars trilogy to the big screen.

11 12 2010

Robert Falconer

The folks over at IESB reported a major scoop over the weekend—the site is reporting that George Lucas is planning to bring a third Star Wars trilogy to the big screen. Yep, it ain’t over yet.

Given that his long-term vision for the franchise was always to produce nine films (7, 8 and 9 being the next in his original vision), this probably comes as little surprise to some, though in recent years the filmmaker stated that he had decided that the second trilogy would be his last.

So why this sudden change of heart? According to IESB’s source, Lucas has been motivated by the success The Clone Wars animated series, the video games…and because of the triumph of Avatar (we suspect this last one served as a shot straight to the old ego).

According to the site, as soon as Lucas converts his ‘Star Wars’ films to 3-D and re-releases them in theaters, he will shift his focus on bringing the completely new trilogy to the big screen. We suspect it’s safe to assume that it will employ as much Avatar tech (or more) as Cameron’s recent sci-fi film.

What does this mean for the live action television series that’s in the works? It is still very much on track. Here’s what IESB had to about both that and the plans for the new films:


What do we know? First of all, these new films will have nothing to do with the live action television series currently in development. That show already has over 50 scripts ready to go and plenty of pre-production time and money has been spent on artwork and storyboards. Once that show goes into production, Lucasfilm hopes to be able to produce at least 100 episodes since that is the threshold for syndication in the United States.

“…the most likely scenario for the films is that they will exist in the same universe but will not have anything to do with the Skywalker Clan.”

Too early for story details but one thing that our source is certain about, they will not be prequels but instead sequels. It’s not for certain if they will be the long awaited Episodes 7, 8 and 9 but could instead be Episodes 10, 11 and 12 or possibly even further out in the Star Wars timeline. And by giving space in the timeline, possibly even as far as 100 years or 1,000 years in the Star Wars universe future, Lucas avoids having to make these stories “fit in” with what the previous stories have told.

According to our sources, the most likely scenario for the films is that they will exist in the same universe but will not have anything to do with the Skywalker Clan.

The goal is to re-release Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3-D in 2012 and complete the theatrical run of the entire saga by around 2017. Within two years after that, the first installment in the new trilogy will be released.

The new films will be financed by the profits from the 3-D re-releases.

Like Star Trek, it seems that Star Wars — in one incarnation or another — is destined to go on for a long, long time to come.

The long-awaited trailer for Marvel’s ‘Thor’ has finally arrived.

11 12 2010


Marvel Comics’ version of the Norse God of Thunder, Thor, made his first appearance in 1962 thanks to the creativity of comic book legends Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Larry Lieber. Fast forward almost five decades and we’re now getting our first official look at the live-action version of the Asgardian Avenger in the just-released Thor trailer!

When actors transform into real life characters

5 12 2010

Every actor’s challenge is to play a role in a movie based on a true story. Playing a real character requires lot of preparations and talent. Having such a demanding role sometimes requires changing the  actor’s physical appearance.

Here is  a list of the 10 actors that we believe did the best interpretations of their characters. Take a look at them :

10. Philip Seymour Hoffman played the role as famous author Truman Capote in the 2005 biographical movie “Capote”. He won several awards, including Best Actor on Academy Awards


9. In the 1998 famous sport movie “Without Limits”Billy Crudup played the running starSteve Prefontaine. The role was planned for Tom Cruise in the first place, but he decided that he was to old for the part.


8. The Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro was the perfect pick to play in this two-part series 2008 movie “Che” as the most famous revolutionary figure Ernesto “Che” Guevara.


7. The gay rights activist and politician Havey Milk was played by Sean Penn in the 2008 biographical movie “Milk”. Sean Penn’s cosmetic transformation in this movie included a prosthetic nose and teeth, contact lenses and redesigned hairline. His makeup was done by an Academy Award winner.

6. Helen Mirren had the role as Queen Elizabeth in the 2006 British historical drama “The Queen”. The actress said that transforming herself into the Queen was not difficult after the wig and glasses, especially since she has the same facial expressions with a slightly down turned mouth like the Queen herself. Queen Elizabeth II refuses to watch this movie.

5. This 2002 movie interprets the professional and private life of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo who was played by Salma Hayek. To make the movie character Frida more realistic, Salma grew her own moustache on the upper lip. Madonna and Jennifer Lopez was also very interested to play this role.


4. Emile Hirsch played the role as the adventurist Christopher McCandless in the 2007 American Drama film “Into the Wild”. He had to lose 40 pounds to play the role. No stunt-men were used for Emile Hirsch, not even in the river rapid, rock-climbs and grizzly bear scenes.


3. In film history many actors played Adolf Hitler, but no one did is as convincing as Swiss actor Bruno Ganz. As a preparation for the movie “Der Untergang”, he spent some time with Parkinson’s patients in a hospital. Clips for this movie are used in many parodies that appear on Youtube.


2. Jamie Foxx got the Academy Award for Best Actor for playing legendary blind rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles in the movie “Ray”. Jamie Foxx had to wear eye prosthetics that made him blind for up to 14 hours a day during shooting. He played the piano by himself in all of the scenes, and attended classes at the Braille Institute so it would help him to play the role of Ray Charles.



1. Charlize Theron won a lot of awards for playing in the 2003 biographical-crime-drama-thriller “Monster” as the serial killer Aileen Wuornos. Theron gained 30 pound and wore prosthetic teeth to look more like the movie character she was playing. Film critics said that Theron’s participation in the movie was not a performance but an embodiment.






5 12 2010

Nicole Pederse





Leftovers ruled on the weekend after Thanksgiving, with the place of honor going to Disney’sTangled.  The 3D fairytale brought in an estimated $5.1 million from its 3,603 locations, a drop of 74% from last Friday’s figure.  That knocks Harry Potter 7A into second place after two weeks on top.  In 15 days the penultimate Potter pic has conjured a domestic total of $232.3 million.  The only new wide release, Relativity’s The Warrior’s Way, came in a disappointing ninth place with $1.1 million from 1,622 locations.  The real news in new releases came from the specialty market with a handful of platform releases launching their Oscar-qualifying runs this weekend including Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. The psychological drama saw the week’s best per-screen average with $23,000 from its 18 locations.

Title Friday Total
1 Tangled $5,100,000 $80
2 Harry Potter 7A $4,800,000 $232.3
3 Burlesque $2,000,000 $22.8
4 Love & Other Drugs $1,900,000 $18.8
5 Unstoppable $1,900,000 $64.6


Will ‘Toy Story 3′ Win Best Picture?

29 11 2010

‘Toy Story 3′ needs no help earning a Best Picture nomination for the next Academy Awards. But can it break the mold as the first animated feature to win it all?

The Academy Awards are still a few months away, and while some of its biggest contenders are yet to be released in theaters, Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross feels the competition is already over. Ross feels confident that Disney/Pixar’s latest gem Toy Story 3 will be the first animated feature (and first Disney film, for that matter) to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

Since the Academy changed the number of nominees to 10 last year, Toy Story 3 is sure to be a lock for a nomination at the very least. Ross’ argument is sound, albeit a bit haughty. The competition is steep this season, but Disney/Pixar has its most promising opportunity since Beauty and the Beast was nominated in 1991.

Last year Up earned a Best Picture nomination, but fell to The Hurt Locker. This year’s group of potential nominees seems much tougher than those from last year. That said, Ross is tired of hoping for a Best Picture win and walking away with just a Best Animated Feature award.

The chairman didn’t hold back in an interview with Deadline on the possibility of an unprecedented victory:

“We’re going for the Best Picture win. We wanted to have the best movie and the reviews have clearly said that and it’s the number one box office hit of the year so I’m not sure why we would not go for it all.”

“The theory is pretty simple for us. It’s thrilling that there is a separate category for animation and that allows animated movies to be recognized but for some reason an animated film has never gotten Best Picture and I always wondered was there not an appetite? We decided this year we have the biggest and best reviewed film of the year. If not this year, and not this movie, when?”

His confidence may be brash, but it is far from misplaced. If the Academy is in line with the majority of critics, Toy Story 3 is the early frontrunner. But the box office argument is a bit overzealous. Only two of the seven movies that have grossed over $1 billion worldwide have won Best Picture – Titanic (1997) and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003). While it doesn’t hurt Toy Story 3‘s chances, it won’t sell the Academy.

‘For Your Consideration’ campaigns always rub me the wrong way. If a film is the best of the year, it should speak for itself. Why does a studio need to remind the industry of its superb quality? Unfortunately, the answer is simple: business. We don’t complain about Pepsi commercials when the company clearly needs no help in selling product (well, we do, but you know what I mean). In addition, if you quintuple your production budget, the least you can do is dish out a few more dollars for an Oscar campaign – especially one as cool asToy Story 3‘s.

Disney/Pixar has launched a public campaign to target Academy voters, loaded with posters that tip a hat to past award winners. Like a high school student council campaign, the flashiest and most dedicated nominee may push itself to the top. If that is the case,Toy Story 3 is ahead of the curve.

Check out one of the posters below. Ironically, it features a nod to Shakespeare in Love – a Best Picture winner shrouded in the controversial rumor that the Weinsteins “bought the Oscar.” Considering its competition, it sure seemed like a suspicious victory.

So what kind of chance does Toy Story 3 have in the upcoming Academy Awards? Surely it will be the cream of the crop. But when votes pour in, will it earn the most? Competition is steep, but also unpredictable right now.

Popular opinion has already reserved a few spaces for the final ten nominations. Christopher Nolan’s Inception and David Fincher’s The Social Network exploded on the scene with rave reviews.

But it seems the majority of potential nominees’ films might release in the coming weeks. According to early reviews, Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, Peter Weir’s The Way Back,The Coen Brothers’ True Grit, David O. Russell’s The Fighter and Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech are all top notch contenders for the final 10 Best Picture slots. All release between now and the Oscar deadline.

Members of the Academy are considered a fickle bunch, infamous for picking the more artistic films over generally beloved blockbusters. The Dark Knight and Avatar are a pair of films from the past two years that provided voters an opportunity to side with the fans, but were passed over for Slumdog Millionare and The Hurt Locker (great films in their own right).

Toy Story 3 is the rare instance where critics and the general public seem to be in agreement. A victory for the animated feature will surely win over the show’s dilapidated crowd. Let’s face it, the Oscars are in dire need of a popularity boost. Whether it was your favorite film of 2010 or not, few people would argue against a victory for Toy Story 3.

Do you agree with Rich Ross that Toy Story 3 deserves the Oscar? What film from this year do you want to see walk home with the top prize?




Chris Pine as The Flash

22 11 2010

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