With many grousing that the Academy's technophobia deprived Andy Serkis of an Oscar nod for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," Matt Zoller Seitz makes a case for a compromise honor: a new Oscar category for Best Collaborative Performance, for characters created by heavily altered actors in conjunction with motion-capture artists, animators and makeup wizards. Serkis aside, performances Seitz suggests could have won here include Jeff Goldblum in "The Fly" and Brad Pitt in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" -- though his notion that anti-FX bias cost Pitt the 2008 Best Actor Oscar is an empty one when you consider his competition. Overall, It's an intelligent suggestion, though it would surely hinder the possibility of such performances cracking the main acting races. [Press Play]
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If you haven't picked up on it yet, I'm a little bit excited about "Skyfall."
It's a year where there are some big and significant franchise films coming out, including "The Avengers" and "The Hobbit" and "The Dark Knight Rises," and of all of them, the one that I have to admit has me most worked up and flustered and desperate for information about is "Skyfall."
I like what the Daniel Craig years have brought to the James Bond series, and I think they can do anything right now. They're not painted into any corners. They haven't done anything in "Casino Royale" and "Quantum Of Solace" that prevents them from going pretty much anywhere with the storytelling at this point. There's a lot of groundwork laid in those two films, but to what end?
I think the key here in terms of my excitement is Sam Mendes, who I think is a talented guy whose films don't necessarily fully reflect his skills. The attitude he's been expressing since coming on-board here, combined with what I've heard about him as a Bond fan in general, has me thinking that the producers picked the right guy to handle the 50th anniversary James Bond movie, and that there's something special in the works for us this year.
The 14th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards were held this evening, and it was a good night for wizards, hackers and, uh, Madonna.
The Harry Potter franchise was honored for the first time since 2001 by the group as Jany Temime, who has been with the series since 2004's "The Prisoner of Azkaban," won the Excellence in Fantasy Film award for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." The last Potter costumer awarded by the guild was Judianna Makovsky, way back on the series' first installment, "The Sorcerer's Stone," making for nice bookends for the franchise. The series' only other nomination was for Temime again on "The Order of the Phoenix" in 2007.
Elsewhere, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" won in the contemporary category (beating out films like "Bridesmaids" and "Drive"), while "W.E." costumer Arianne Phillips was the surprise winner of the evening, besting Oscar frontrunners "The Artist" and "Hugo."
It seems that Tamra and Vicki's friendship, once dependably solid, is about to crumple like a dirty Kleenex for the usual, stupid reasons -- silly misunderstandings, petty jealousies and boob touching. Okay, that last one is only a usual reason on "The Real Housewives of Orange County," but it's an important part of the equation nonetheless. In short, Eddie doesn't like any man other than himself touching Tamra's boobs. Tamra, on the other hand, doesn't like Eddie and Vicki touching at all. If I didn't know better, I'd think everyone was afraid of cooties on this show, and I still can't rule it out as that's really the maturity level most of these women seem to operate upon after about two glasses of chardonnay.
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis have been added as presenters at the 2012 Oscars, joining a lineup of previously-announced funny-people including Chris Rock, Tina Fey and the cast of "Bridesmaids".
A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I threaten you with my boxer shorts...
A review of tonight's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I have both formal and informal overalls...
I don't do a REMAKE THIS! column every week, although with the rate at which Hollywood churns through old material right now, I'm sure I could.
Instead, I try to reserve them for moments where they either stumble across the exact right piece of material or those moments where they make a decision that is so baffling it's worth closer examination.
For example, the other night, I was working in my office and I decided to put on the Burt Reynolds movie "Heat." I did this for a few reasons. First, it's been in my Netflix Instant queue for about three months, one of many movies I added in one of those late-night moments of "Hey, I recognize that and remember absolutely nothing about it even though I'm sure I've seen it." That probably accounts for about 1/3 of what's in that queue at the moment. But "Heat" in particular was on my mind because of the recent news that Brian DePalma is planning to remake it with Jason Statham playing the lead and William Goldman once again adapting his own novel.
Remember that sweet, blue-eyed girl in "Mama Mia" and "Dear John"? Amanda Seyfried shows a very different side of her character in "Gone" (opening Fri. Feb. 24). As Jill, a young woman who may or may not have made up a tale of her own abduction by a serial killer, Seyfried plays a tough cookie who knows how to use a gun and isn't afraid to pull the trigger. When her sister Molly is apparently abducted, and possibly by the same bad guy whom the cops have already dismissed as fictional, it's up to Jill to save the day -- if, in fact, Molly has really been abducted. Twisty, huh?
Are Taylor Swift and Zac Efron the new She & Him? Check out this adorable clip of the two on “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” as they play their own version of Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks.”
Efron and Swift both voiced characters in the animated feature, “The Lorax," so they’re out and about making the promotional rounds. They have a comfortable ease around each other and their voices sound really good together. The guitar lesson part is adorable.
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