Empire is one of my favourite film magazines and its time for their annual Jameson Empire Awards. You can affect the result by voting here. You can also win tickets to attend the awards themselves in London, would be pretty amazing to meet all the A-listers. So good luck! And in case you missed, you should still hate Bret Easton Ellis.
From top left: Kathy Griffin: My Life on The D-List, Friends, SNL, The Simpsons
As if portraying Princess Diana wasn't enough, Naomi Watts will also play Marilyn Monroe in a biopic Blonde, which was frozen for a while, but is now back in action. Andrew Dominik is set to direct, making this only his third movie. Monroe has been a very popular subject for TV and film throughout the years. With Naomi Watt's talent, I'm sure she'll excel at the role. You can next see her in The Impossible.
Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) will join Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley and Jamie Foxx in the sequel for Amazing Spider-Man. He'll play Harry Osborn in the film. I haven't seen Chronicle yet (but it's on my list) so I can't say a lot about his acting skills but he sure looks the part. Harry Osborn was portrayed by James Franco in the previous trilogy.
As the award season is kicking in, you'll see a lot of mentions about them. I'll mostly just post links to the winners/nominees, and assume you'll read through them yourselves if you are interested. My focus will be on The Oscars and Golden Globes. Here are the Annie Award nominees. Annies celebrate achievement in among animated films and television series. It came as no surprise that Disney/Pixar dominates the categories with Brave and Wreck-It Ralph, which both did well at the box office and with the critics. The winner of Best Film at Annies is usually the frontrunner for The Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
But we shall not forget live-action films either. Here are the Satellite Awards nominees. These awards are presented by the International Press Academy, so they are basically voted by journalists. Satellite Awards don't always go for future Oscar winners and I think they sometimes represent more the public view. AMPAS members voting for Oscars tend to be more traditional and not vote for the underdog. And I'm very proud to say that there is a Finnish actress nominated for the Best Actres Satellite Award, Laura Birn for her role in Purge (Puhdistus). Good luck to her, she's got a tough competition from Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain among others.
Since it's Christmas you can find a lot of advent calendars online, but this might be by favourite. Les Misreables just happens to come out 25th in US, so why not make a calendar celebrating Christmas as well as the premiere. We have Vulture to thank for this. It features many fun videos like this and this picture:
I don't usually get to talk about one of my favourite musicals, Sound Of Music, but I'm super excited to tell you that Carrie Underwood will play Maria in a televised version of the stage musical, airing at NBC. It will be produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, who are working on Smash and the next Oscars too. Can't wait! We all know of course that Julie Andrews played Maria in the classic film version, which won Oscar for Best Picture. Due to an throat-surgery gone wrong in 1994, we haven't heard her sing for a while, and unfortunately she has said that she'll probably never be able to sing properly ever again. I guess we'll just have to listen her beautiful singing voice on recordings then. She is currently trying to produce a musical version of a childrens book she wrote.
I feel like I've been writing about The Hobbit every week for past few months, but they just keep coming out with more cool stuff. (Like first looks of the second and third movies in the trilogy). We also got a picture of the main villain of the first movie, the Goblin King. But what I found the most interesting was these 6 small clips directly from the movie itself. And I assure you, they are all worth watching.
BBC is working fast, since it has already announced that it would be turning J.K.Rowling's new book, The Casual Vacancy, into a TV series. I haven't read the book yet, but it is supposed to be pretty good, though nothing like her Harry Potter-series. This one is basically about small town drama. But honestly, at this point she could pretty much sell a book with just blank pages and get to the bestseller list.
Fox has ordered some new addition to its animated Sunday schedule. A new comedy Murder Police will join Fox's old Sunday stars The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy and American Dad. Murder Police was created by Family Guy Executive Producer David Goodman and newcomer Jason Ruiz. The show is about to homicide detectives with Peter Griffin/Homer Simpson qualities aka. no brains.
Though we still have to wait over three months for a new episode of Game Of Thrones, HBO has released a behind-the-scenes of their third season, featuring many of the stars speaking about their experiences. We don't get to see that much of material from the new season, but who cares, its Game Of Thrones, you'll enjoy everything about it!
I don't usually like Zombie movies, but when its paired up with comic and romantic elements, it becomes interesting. Warm Bodies stars Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, and seems pretty good, take a look:
Even the guys at /Film couldn't figure out what Upstream Color is really about, my guess is cancer? The official synopsis: A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. So that doesn't really help at all. See if you can make more sense about this:
I generally hate Tom Cruise, Oblivion looks pretty good. He plays just a simple guy, repairing drones in post-apocalyptic Earth where there is not supposed to be any life left. But guess what? There is plenty of it. The cast is pretty impressive, Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Olga Kurylenko, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. The film is coming out later in 2013.
That's all folks! New post coming next week!