Monday, January 28, 2013

¤ 5 ¤

These past few weeks have mainly been all about Sundance Film Festival and TV broadcasters ordering new TV pilots for 2013-2014 season, I didn't see much point in writing about those, since most of them will never be seen in Europe or even in cinemas/TV. I have lot of videos and pictures this weeks, so let the page download before moving on.

This week's screencaps are all from Adventure Time, the hilarious and very bizarre animated TV show about Finn and Jake, the adventurous duo that are not afraid of looking stupid:

All from Adventure Time


 I was honestly very surprised to read that Ben and Kate has been cancelled. The show hasn't pulled viewers as Fox had planned as a part of their Tuesday comedy-block. ABC has also pulled Don't Trust the Bitch In Apartment 23 from their schedule, though it's not officially cancelled. NBC's  Go On and New Normal aren't doing very well either. So it should be said that Tuesday is NOT a good day for comedies. Mindy Project, Raising Hope and New Girl also air on Tuesdays. I think they have overloaded Tuesdays with comedies, and there is nothing worse, than a good show getting cancelled because the network puts the show in a bad timeslot.

Happy Endings (which also airs Tuesdays, shocker!) recently cast Andy Richter to play Penny's (Casey Wilson) dad. Her mom, played by Megan Mulally, has appeared in few episodes, but she is not scheduled to appear this season. Happy Endings has also lost some of its viewers and has not yet been renewed for fourth season, but I hope they'll work it out since this is one of the best comedies (that doesn't have Michael Lorne involved).

The second season of American Horror Story recently aired its finale but Ryan Murphy has already big plans for the third season. Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters have all signed to return and first season veteran Taissa Farmiga is also in talks to return. Murphy revealed that the season will set place in modern time in multiple cities. And the main killer will be a woman this time (instead of male murderers like Rubber Man and Bloody Face from previous seasons) 

One of the funniest woman in TV, Ellen DeGeneres turned 55 this week, so here is a small tribute to her via Buzzfeed: The 35 Greatest Moments on The Ellen Show! (including this one):

We all know that 30 Rock is coming to an end next week, but I can't talk about that too much, it's too sad. But thanks to that, Tina Fey has been pretty much all over the place. Like these two Ask Tina videos about Twitter and Deserted Island. Or this video of Tina Fey giving a tour of Liz Lemon's office. I also came across this beautiful Vanity Fair cover with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Sarah Silverman. Long live Tina Fey!


Though Jennifer Lawrence has been in the news lately for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook, she is still Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games franchise, and now new pictures from the second film, Catching Fire, have emerged. More here!

Few months ago I wrote about a new adaptation of Moby Dick set in space. It seems like its becoming a trend to take classics above the Earth since Warner Bros. is planning an adaptation of Homer's Odyssey. If you want to know what Odyssey is about, first; slap yourself for being ignorant, and second; look it up on Wikipedia. There is no director attached yet so the visual look of the film is still unknown, but the setting sounds spectacular.

I know you are by know wondering how have I not mentioned J.J Abrams yet?! I'm coming there, don't worry. Last week the rumors started to fly around that Abrams would direct the new Star Wars VII though he initially declined. Then Disney confirmed that Abrams would indeed direct the new Star Wars. Some of you might wonder how he will be able to direct the new Star Wars, Star Trek 3 and The Mission Impossible 5, but don't worry, he is still planning to release Star Wars in 2015.

Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are among old X-Men stars that will reprise their roles in the new X-Men: Days Of Future Past movie. Now Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore have also joined the cast. They played Rogue, Kitty Pride and Iceman respectively in the X-Men: Last Stand (aka -Men 3). Sounds like this movie is going to be quite a spectacle!

Annie Leibowski and Disney continue their work on another set of portraits of famous Disney characters. First of those has pictures has now been released with Taylor Swift as Rapunzel. She looks really great as usual!


First one is for RED 2, starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich. The trailer is pretty simple, but still so very enjoyable and funny!

Upside Down is a love story of two people who live on different planets next to each others, it's pretty hard to describe so watch the trailer. The forbidden love theme is very Romeo and Juliet-y. The movie stars Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess.

The last one is for The End of Love starring Mark Webber, Shannyn Sossamon, Michael Cera, Aubrey Plaza, Amanda Seyfried. It tells the story of a man whose wife passes away and he struggles balancing his life with his two years old son.

That's all this week folks! Sorry for not writing sooner. I'll write about SAG Awards and PGA next week after I've moved to my new apartment next weekend!

Monday, January 14, 2013

¤ 70th Golden Globe Awards ¤

Beverly Hilton Hotel. You can see the stage on the background with bluish hue

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards were held yesterday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in LA. The event wast hosted by SNL-veterans Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I could talk just about their brilliant performances for hours. It was witty, sharp, hilarious and gracious at the same time. And apparently I'm not the only one who thought that. And on top of that all, they looked super hot while doing this all. Find their best one-liners and moments here. And here is their opening monologue (look at Jessica Chastain's face during the Kathryn Bigelow joke):

Some watchers actually look most forward to the red carpet so I have to say few words about that. I watched NBC coverage but I think they missed a lot of big stars, but they did focus more on the interviews than the arrivals. More red carpet at NY Magazine. Here are my favourites:

From top left: Michelle Dockery, Marion Cotillard, Emily Blunt, Lucy Liu, Nolan Gould

 The Awards


This years show was honestly one of the most entertaining award shows I've ever seen. The results though h were quite unsurprising. The film race has been wide open for weeks, so there were really no frontrunners. Except Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor - Drama and Adele for Best Song, which were so expected they weren't surprises either.

Thanks to the separation of drama and musical/comedy category, the Globes don't really offer any suggestions on how the Oscars will be distributed. Jennifer Lawrence (won comedy Golden Globe) and Jessica Chastain (won drama Golden Globe) are both viable options for the Oscar in February.

Argo won both Best Drama and Best Director Awards, but since director Ben Affleck isn't even nominated for Best Director at the Oscars, that's no help either. Affleck looked very surprised by his victory, but as he mentioned, all movies deserved to win. This year has been exceptionally good for film industry, both financially and artistically.

There were some mild surprises among the TV categories, especially when Lena Dunham won Best Actress in Comedy and Girls won the Golden Globe for Best Comedy. I was pretty sure Modern Family would continue its winning streak. Girls has been getting rave reviews during its first season (second premiered after Golden Globes), so it's not that surprising. And it is common knowledge that Golden Globe award Emmys, so we can expect Dunham taking the stage next year at the Emmys.

I was personally surprised that Don Cheadle that won, but only because I don't really like House of Lies, I would have much rather seen Matt LeBlanc reprise his won from last year or Alec Baldwin winning for 30 Rock.

Miniseries and TV movies were popular again this year among supporting actor/actress categories. I've already expressed my dismay over this category, but it seems like HFPA isn't listening to me, I wonder why...

The biggest surprise came during Jodie Foster's acceptance speech when she was honoured with the Cecile B. DeMille Award for her career. During the speech she sorta came out as lesbian, though I assume most people already had a hunch about that. Nevertheless, there were a lot of wet eyes in the audience after her heartfelt speech.

In conclusion, the 70th Golden Globes were awesome!

New post coming this week!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

¤ 85th Academy Awards Nominations / Oscars ¤

I will try include everything you need to know about the 85th Academy Awards in this post so that you are all set before the show Feb 24th. I have tried to make this post as coherent as possible, so stick with me even though it is going to be a long one. (Use Ctrl+F if you want to find specific category or nominee).

The live stream was very poor quality and so are all the videos too, but you'll get the idea. Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone announced the nominations this morning (or day if you live in Europe like me). MacFarlane will host the main event in February and if he is as funny as he was today, the show will be great!

- The 85th Academy Awards -

I'll start with few words about the ceremony itself.  It will be held Feb 24th at the Dolby Theater (previously Kodak Theater, but after filing for bankruptcy Dolby bought the sponsorship for the theater). Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show and Ted, will be hosting. Neil Meron and Graig Zadan, producers of Smash, Hairspray and Chicago, are producing. Don Mischer, who has directed and produced a whole lot of live events and award ceremonies (including last years Oscars), is directing.  Rob Ashford is doing the choreography. He is well known for his work in Broadway and East End and he also walked away with Emmy Award for choreographing the 81st Academy Awards with the famous Hugh Jackman and Beyonce musical segment. Derek McLane was chosen to do the set. He has worked previously with Zadan and Meron on Broadway productions.

- 4th Annual Governors Awards / Honorary Oscars -

There is a lot happening before the main event itself, including the 4th Annual Governors Awards, which were created so that the presentation of Honorary Awards in the main event could be cut out, since that has proven to be the most boring part of the show because most of them are unfamiliar to the bigger audiences. This years winners were D.A. Pennebaker (one of the pioneers of cinema verite-documentaries), Hal Needham (stuntman, worked a lot with Burt Reynolds), George Stevens Jr (mostly recognized as the founder of AFI, American Film Institute) and Jeffrey Katzenberg (CEO of Dreamworks Animation who won the Humanitarian Oscar for his work on helping inner-city artists realise their dreams). I wouldn't have mentioned the Governors Awards, but they are pretty essential part for producers, managers, directors and actors to lobby for an Academy Award nominations. And of course its a good place to practice your red carpet poses for the big event.


Best Director:
Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Michael Haneke (Amour), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild).

I was quite surprised of the love the Academy gave for Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild. It is pretty unusual for a foreign film (Amour, Austria) to get so much nominations. Benh Zeitling was a surprise too getting nominated over Tom Hooper (Les Miz) and Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty).

Best Film:
Life of Pi, Les Miserables, Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty.

After the Academy revised the Best Film category to include anything from 5 to 10 films, this category has become much more unpredictable. In my opinion they included pretty much everyone I expected, except Skyfall, though it was not completely realistic that a James Bond movie would get nominated. The Master was maybe the most surprising omission, but the subject of the film is maybe bit too provocative for some academy members.

Best Actress:
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of The Southern Wild), Naomi Watts (The Impossible)

None of these were actually surprising, since there were so many good actresses trying to get nominated, like Marion Cotillard. Fun facts: If Wallis wins, she'll be the youngest winner (9 years) and if Riva wins she'll be the oldest winner (86 at the day of the awards).

Best Actor:
Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), Denzel Washington (Flight).

I was a bit surprised that Phoenix got nominated after what he said about the Academy. This one of the categories where the winner is pretty much locked already, Daniel Day-Lewis, but anything can still happen.

Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams (The Master), Sally Field (Lincoln), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Helen Hunt (The Sessions), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)

This category has been wide open throughout the whole voting season with Ann Dowd (Compliance) and Judy Dench (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) among the names suggested for this category. I was surprised to see Helen Hunt as supporting actress and not as leading, but at least she got nominated.

Best Supporting Actor:
 Alan Arkin (Argo), Robert DeNiro (Silver Linings Playbook), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)

Fun fact: All nominees have won Academy Award before.

Best Original Song:
(click on the name to open the song on YouTube)

Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth - Skyfall (performed by Adele), from Skyfall
J. Ralph - Before My Time (performed by J.Ralph, Scarlett Johansson and Joshua Bell), from Chasing Ice
Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri - Pi's Lullaby (performed by Bombay Jayashri), from Life Of Pi
Walter Murphy and Seth MacFarlane - Everybody Beeds a Best Friend (performed by Norah Jones), from Ted
Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boubil - Suddenly (performed by Hugh Jackman) from Les Miserables

That's all the categories I'll do this time. I'll be back with my Golden Globes post next week. And I hope you'll bookmark this page, so you can easily open it while watching the Oscars 24th February. 

In the end, I'll share with you the animated short film nominated last year, La Luna. It's so adorable_

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Happy New Year! You will see me posting maybe a bit less often this year due to my studies, but I'll try to keep this up. Especially as the award season is upon us. The Oscar nominations are coming out tomorrow morning and the Golden Globes will be held this weekend. I'll write a BIG post about the nominations tomorrow, I didn't think I should bother with pre-nom post after all, since it would end up being just a list of all those who made their the shortlist of their respective categories. But more on that tomorrow. As for the Golden Globes, which are this Sunday, I'll write about them Monday, few words on that later too. But now for the usual screencaps (movie edition this time).

From top left: Mrs Doubtfire (x2), Winnie The Pooh, the Bridesmaids


 New year means new TV shows. One of them is 1600 Penn premiering tomorrow. The new comedy focuses on the dysfunctional presidential family. The show includes actors such as Jenna Elfman, Bill Pullman and Josh Gad (also the co-creator of the show). It is pretty much the only new comedy this spring if you don't include the revamped Up All Night which is changing to multi-camera setup.

New TV season also means the return of great shows. Cougar Town started yesterday on their new home at TBS after they purchased the show rights. The premiere episode included a cameo by Michelle Williams who is BFF of one of the stars of Cougar Town, Busy Phillips. The two co-starred in Dawson's Creek back in the day. Watch the clip here! Girls also returns with its second season this Sunday on HBO.

But what I most look forward to, is the second season of Smash, which starts Feb 5th. To ease the wait, EW posted first photos of the shows 10th episode which features Liza Minnelli playing herself and singing a brand new song written for the show. Can't wait for the new season!

And it wouldn't be a new year without few words about Saturday Night Live. I mentioned on my last post that Jennifer Lawrence will host this month (Yay!) and now two more hosts have been announced. Adam Levine will host for the first time (he has performed with Maroon 5 multiple times) while Kendrick Lamar is the musical guest in Jan 26st. Levine has recently had few smaller roles in movies and TV (i.e. American Horror Story) but I have no idea if he can be funny enough. And the host to follow him isn't much of an improvement: Justin Bieber, who will be on double-duty as host and musical guest. He has previously made some small cameos in SNL and performed once or twice. I just hope all his characters wont be some YOLO-yelling swagger douche bags.

The Golden Globes are approaching. This might be the funniest award show for years. With Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting, we have great expectations. The new GG promo poster promises elegance with a funny twist. According to their THR interview, they both seem to be pretty calm before the event, they even came up with a drinking game. You can try it, but I won't guarantee you'll be able to go to work/school on the following Monday after all that drinking.


2013 is going to be a big year in Film thanks to these  huge releases. Huffington Post has put them all together with trailes, so watch them here! To mention few much expected films of this year: Star Trek Into Darkness, Oz the Great and Powerful, Iron Man 3 and The Great Gatsby. You'll find a bunch of smaller releases on the list too, so be patient and watch them all.

Speaking of Great Gatsby. Jay-Z is working on the original score for the delayed film based on the book of the same name. Director Baz Luhrman is now for the use of contemporary music on his films, like Romeo+Juliet and Moulin Rouge! Though he is Jay-Z don't assume it's going to be all rap. Maybe he'll get Beyonce to collaborate on the soundtrack too!

After conquering the TV, Ryan Murphy (Glee, New Normal, Nip/Tuck, American Horror Story) is ready to start working with films. He'll adapt the play The Normal Heart for HBO. The play/movie is set in 80's New York during the AIDS/HIV-crisis. The movie had previously attached Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts to star, but they recently added Matt Bomer. Alec Baldwin and Jim Parsons are also involved in the movie.

I wont write a full post about BAFTA nominations, but here they are!  Lincoln leads the nominations, though Steven Spielberg didn't get nominated for Best Director. The BAFTAs can't usually be thought of as a prediction to the Oscars, since the Brits usually prefer their own kin, but it's still a fun show to watch. British Film Academy also announced their nominees for the Rising Star 2013 Award, which you can find here! The event will be held Feb 10th in London.


 Side Effects is a thriller about Emily and Martin (Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum), a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily’s psychiatrist (Jude Law)—intended to treat anxiety—has unexpected side effects.

Ginger & Rosa is set during the nuclear-war fear of 60's and tells the story of friendship between two girls played by Elle Fanning and Alice Englert. It also stars Anette Bening, Timothy Spall, Christina Hendricks and Alessandro Nivola. This was once speculated to be a chance for Fanning to break in to the Oscar race for this year, but so far the A24 Films studio has made no effort to promote her, so I think it will stay as a daydream. Nonetheless, the trailer is pretty beautiful.

The last one isn't really a trailer, but just a clip from the new short movie Blue Umbrella, by Pixar. It's adorable and funny, everything you'd  expect from Pixar. You will find it playing in front of Monsters University this summer and it's pretty safe to say we'll find it nominated for Best Animated Short Film in 2014 Oscars.

That's all folks! Oscar nominations post coming out tomorrow!