Picking Critics over the People's Choice
What a day.
I get my first official HitFix comment (“Idiot boy”) for not remembering “WALL-E” was ineligible for a WGA nomination (I’m so glad you cared enough to post! And then apologize!).
Mickey Rourke continues his insane comeback by jumping aboard “Iron Man 2”*
*Dear Jon Favreau, please change the title of this flick to “Iron Man: When Whiplash Attacks” or “Iron Man II,” but whatever you do, please save us from the tacky no. “2.” You avoided “Swingers 2” and gave us “Made” instead. No reason you can’t do the same here.
McKellen gets all randy on the first day of TCAs.
“Watchmen” legal dispute seems to have a deadline (we think).
“Twilight” nation is at peace knowing Taylor Lautner has another five years before he’s starring on Sci-Fi network TV movies.
Tori Spelling is finally returning to the new “90210” (not that anyone cares anymore).
I sat through a truly horrible January release that made me want to see another horrible January release four times in a row to wash my mouth of it.
Oh, and the People’s Choice Awards were announced tonight. Whoopee. A show with categories almost as embarrassing as the American Music Awards or the MTV Movie Awards (at least they are trying to be funny). But, if you really care, here are the winners.
— Movie: "The Dark Knight"
— Family movie: "WALL-E"
— Action movie: "The Dark Knight"
— Comedy movie: "27 Dresses"
— Drama movie: "The Secret Life of Bees"
— Independent movie: "The Secret Life of Bees"
— Favorite cast: "The Dark Knight"
— Male movie star: Will Smith
— Leading man: Brad Pitt
— Male action star: Will Smith
— Female movie star: Reese Witherspoon
— Leading lady: Kate Hudson
— Female action star: Angelina Jolie
— On-screen matchup: Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight"
— Superhero: Christian Bale as Batman, "The Dark Knight"
— TV drama: "House"
— TV comedy: "Two and a Half Men"
— TV animated comedy: "The Simpsons"
— Sci-fi/fantasy show: "Heroes"
— Reality show: "Dancing With the Stars"
— Game show: "Deal or No Deal"
— Male TV star: Hugh Laurie
— Female TV star: Christina Applegate
— Talk show host: Ellen DeGeneres
— Scene-stealing guest star: Robin Williams, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
— TV drama diva: Kyra Sedgwick as Brenda Johnson, "The Closer"
— New TV comedy: "Gary Unmarried"
— New TV drama: "The Mentalist"
— Male singer: Chris Brown
— Female singer: Carrie Underwood
— Group: Rascal Flatts
— R&B song: Alicia Keys, "No One"
— Pop song: Katy Perry, "I Kissed a Girl"
— Rock song: Kid Rock, "All Summer Long"
— Country song: Carrie Underwood, "Last Name"
— Hip-hop song: Flo Rida featuring T-Pain, "Low"
— Combined forces: Jordin Sparks featuring Chris Brown, "No Air"
— Song from a soundtrack: "Mamma Mia" from "Mamma Mia!"
— Funny male star: Adam Sandler
— Funny female star: Tina Fey
— Star under 35: Carrie Underwood
— Online sensation: "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog"
— User-generated video: "Barack Roll"
Much more exciting, is the prospect of the first real “live” awards show of the season, The Critic’s Choice Awards, airing tonight at 8 PM ET/PT on VH1. Of course, its one show that really means nada in the context of Awards Season, but we’re crashing at a buddies house (he's got Dish) and gonna blog it live just so you can (A) avoid wasting two hours of your Thursday night or (B) laugh away the pain with snarky ol’ me.
In any event, it’s also a test run on my live blogging skills before this Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards (basically, if I suck Fienberg ain’t letting me within 5 miles of a computer during a real asards show). We’ll see. As always, your feedback (something other than “idiot boy” please) is appreciated.
Speaking of the Globes, check out this, um, highlight reel NBC made available this week. Doesn’t it make you just want to throw one back at the Beverly Hilton with everyone else in town?
1928 | Drama | NRSummary: The effete son of a cantankerous riverboat captain comes to join his father's crew.Director: Buster Keaton, Charles Reisner
Cast: Buster Keaton, Tom McGuire, Ernest Torrence, Tom Lewis
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2014 | Documentary | NRSummary: Lively and touching documentary follows Kurt Russell's father Bing as he creates a scrappy and surprisingly successful minor-league baseball team.Director: Chapman Way, Maclain Way
Cast: Todd Field, Kurt Russell, Rob Nelson
2014 | Drama | PGSummary: Radisson finds the topic of religion painful because his Christian mother died when he was 12, though he had prayed and begged God to spare her life. This may be what led him to study philosophy so in depth that he ultimately became a philosophy professor, but his desire to now avoid the topic of...Director: Harold Cronk
Cast: Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper, David A.R. White, Dean Cain
2015 | Adventure | GSummary: Fun and talented animal fairy Fawn believes you can't judge a book by its cover, or an animal by its fangs, so she befriends a huge and mysterious creature known as the NeverBeast. While Tinkerbell and her friends aren't so sure about this scary addition to Pixie Hollow, the elite Scout Fairies s...Director: Steve Loter
Cast: Mae Whitman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lucy Liu, Raven-Symoné
2010 | Adventure | TV-PGSummary: Teenaged superhero sidekicks and proteges strive to prove their worth alongside their adult counterparts as they balance difficulties in their own lives.Director: Paul Norris (creator)
Cast: Danica McKellar, Jesse McCartney, Nolan North
2014 | Drama | NRSummary: About a man who’s angry at his wife because she’s met another man on a park bench and they no longer even speak the same language.Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Cast: Jessica Erickson, Héloïse Godet, Zoé Bruneau, Kamel Abdeli
1985 | Horror | RSummary: Two horror movie-loving friends find their adolescent lives turned upside down when a vampire moves into their suburban neighborhood.Director: Tom Holland
Cast: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse
1985 | Comedy | PG-13Summary: Teen comedy master John Hughes combines Frankenstein and sex appeal in the story of two nerds who use a computer to build the ideal woman, then wonder if they’re ready to live with her.Director: John Hughes
Cast: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock
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