Sunday, December 2, 2012


In case you are wondering why I haven't mentioned the Oscars for a while, I'm planning to go all out for this year's award ceremony. I'll write one post about the nominations, one pre-show and one about the ceremony and maybe one where I write about why specific movies won certain trophies. So it's going to be an Oscar-extravaganza (or Oscarvaganza?)

From top left: The Simpsons, 30 Rock, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Big Bang Theory


Miss B aka Beyonce is making a move towards the small screen, since she has now decided to release a behind-the-scenes documentary of her return to the show business after giving birth to Blue Ivy. The documentary will air Feb 16th on HBO and I'm really looking forward to it. In my eyes she can do no wrong and it'll be fun to see how she manages her life since she sure ain't slowing down.

One of the most talked about events of the past week was the bizarre rant of Two and a Half Men-star Angus T. Jones where he declared the show to be filth and not worth watching. He then apologized for the clip and said he will honor his contract with the show. But it's not sure yet if the show even wants him back. He is not scheduled to appear in the next few episodes anyways, so that gives the studio time to think. Former star of the show Charlie Sheen (who was kicked out because of a mental breakdown) even went on to say that the show is cursed. This whole thing has of course been a very easy bait for gossip, even so that some sources suggested that Miley Cyrus would replace him after providing the show with great ratings boost during her two-episode arc. Honestly I think the show has gone downhill since Sheen left. Sure he was crazy, but he was easily the best character on the show. Without him the show is like a headless chicken and I really wouldn't mind if it got cut after this season, though it still provides pretty decent ratings.

Though Seth MacFarlane is probably one of the busiest men in Hollywood at this point (With three shows and Oscar-hosting duties waiting), he still has time for more. There have been plenty of speculations about the Family Guy movie, if it would be made or not. MacFarlane recently confirmed that a movie is indeed in works, after he finally found a plotline that would be impossible to make as a TV episode. He has dabbled with animated movies already with the three Star Wars/Family Guy mash-up parodies and of course last year's comedy success Ted. MacFarlane will also guest star in rival Fox animated series The Simpsons. He is going to play a suitor of Marge in the premiere episode of 25th season.

The cast of Parks and Recreation joined forces with GQ to release this hilarious video of the cast playing Hollywood Squares. The rules of the game don't really matter, since they could probably make any game-show invented funnier than the original.


Though I'm still very much looking forward to the Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty live-action remake), a new fairytale adaption has entered my radar. Cinderella is getting a live-action version too, and it seems like Cate Blanchett has landed the role of the evil step-mother. The movie will be directed by Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) and written by Chris Weitz (Golden Compass, Twilight: New Moon). So it certainly has a good setup for a great success. But lets see, we can never be too sure about these big productions.

X-Men First Class sequel, Days of Future past has attached Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart to reprise their roles as Magneto and Professor X from the original trilogy. In First class those same roles are played by Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, who certainly look nothing like their older counterparts, so it'll be fun to see how they link those two stories together. Hugh Jackman will also appear in the new movie as Wolverine, a character he is maybe the most know for. He did a small cameo in First Class, but hopefully this will be a bit bigger part.

In other superhero related news. It was first rumored that Joseph Gordon-Levitt might play Batman in the Justice League movie that is currently in pre-pre-production, and that he would cameo in the Man of Steele Superman movie. While this would have been pretty great, JGL's team has declined all these rumors. I know this news might be a bit pointless, but that rules out one big name from the casting list. Or maybe they are just lying and covering up?

 The Independent Spirit Awards nominations were announced this week. It was no surprise that Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook and Beast of The Southern Wild were among the top nominees. Though Spirit Awards rarely go to eventual Oscar winners, it is not unheard of. I think these awards will pave the way for Silver Linings Playbook most of all. But WTF is Matthew McConaughey doing getting nominated for Magic Mike? Is that a joke?

I'll end with some Disney news. Their newest, and most interesting, upcoming animated feature film, Frozen, has finally locked both its directors. Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck (both have been working for Disney previously) will direct this adaptation of the old fairytale Snow Queen. I'm really looking forward for this, since I've been a fan of the original story since I was a kid and the talent attached to this production is pretty amazing (Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel). And I have the biggest respect for traditional animation, that's what made Disney worth its value.


This time all three featured films here were totally under my radar. I haven't heard anything about them, which actually pretty good thing, since I didn't have any expectations. First one is for a thriller where the they pray turns against the hunters as three women get into some serious trouble. The movie looks haunting and raw, but I'm not sure if the full film manages to keep up the level of suspense. Here is Black Rock:

I don't really know how to describe this next one. I think by saying that it stars Charlie Sheen as a man who goes a bit nuts after breaking up with his girlfriend, says pretty much. The film is called A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III. It looks just crazy enough to be totally hilarious.

The last one is for Love is All You Need, starring Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm.  This Danish-British film is directed by Oscar-winner Susanne Bier. It looks like a decent romantic comedy, but I doubt it will be a smash hit outside Denmark.

That's all folks! New post coming next week (this week was kinda close to ending)

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