The last week was packed with award shows including DGA, SGA and Sundance.
Obviously I haven't seen the films presented at the Sundance, but so far I've found atleast two I'd love to see. First is written, directed and starred in by Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother). It tells the story of a man who returns for a weekend to his old college, and comes involved with a student, played by indie-star Elizabeth Olsen. The second movie is called Smashed, starring Mary Elizabeth Winsted (playing Mary Todd Lincoln in the upcoming Lincoln-vampirehunter movie extravaganza), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Nick Offerman (Parks&Recreation), Megan Mullally (Will&Grace). It's basically about a teacher, who likes to get smashed, until one day, she doesn't, but with that cast it sounds smashing!
Big winner of Director's Guild Of America Awards was The Artist, with director Michel Hazanavicus taking home one of the most coveted awards among directors. In the modern world, any director who manages to astonish the whole world with a silent b&w-movie deserves the win. One of the other winners was Noam Murro, who won for achievement in commercial directing. One of his commercial releases of the year was this amazing trailer for video game Battlefield 3, wich blurs the line between reality and game, mixing in-game footage and live-action film. Take a look and see if you notice the differences:
On Sunday, the Screen Actors Guild awards were held for the 18th time. The most prestigious award of the evening, the Award for Best Ensamble on Motion Picture, went to The Help. While it might not excel in direction or tech, it certainly earned award for the cast. The Help stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer won in Leading and Supporting Actress category respectively. The evening had some funny moments too, like when the cast of Bridesmaids shared a drinking game they inveted while on set: when some one says Scorsece, everyone takes drink. And the acceptance speech, as rehearsed as it seemed, by the child actors of Modern Family, especially Nolan Gould (plays Luke on the show), who was stopped by castmates before blurting out what ever comes to mind. All in all, the event was quick and beautiful, like SAG awards usually are. Next big awards are 12th Feb, GRAMMYS! Here is a promo for the evet, with design by architect Frank Gehry:
Lots going on in the TV world too. Tv companies went on a shopping spree and greenlit a bunch of series. Including Glee and American Horror Story- creator Ryan Murphy's new comedy The New Normal about a gay couple and their surrogate . Other comedies include How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life, about a divorced woman moving back in with her parents. Will&Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchinck have a new series coming out too, wich sounds a lot like their previous hit. This one is about a straight and gay man who have dysfuncitonal relationship, so Grace is just a man on this one.
Other ordered series include the basic comedy about twenty-somethings and one about strugglin LA newcomers. New soap opera about strugglin star in Texas was also approved. So expecting these on NBC, CBS and ABC at the end of this year or at the start of 2013.
In other news, White Collar-star Matt Bomer announced, that he will be appearing on Glee as the older brother of Blaine (Darren Criss). And Madonna revealed that the music video for her first release Give Me All Your Luvin from he upcoming album M.D.N.A. would air on 2nd Feb at American Idol, and fully released the following day. Looking forward to it!
And as a comedy relief at the end, on the long string of "S*it ____ Says", NBC released collection of the S*it Liz Lemon Says. After it was removed from their youtube-channel, I have to trust non-official channel, so this video might be removed sometime, but enjoy!!
Monthly design update coming tomorrow if I have time before leaving for Finland for couple of days, if I dont, it will be up next week. And remember the expected Michael Jackson episode on Glee this Tuesday!