Archive for February, 2011

The Oscar Winners 2011

Winning an Oscar is pretty much the best thing that can happen to an actor, director or anyone in the film industry.  The winners are selected by other members of that field e.g. Best Director is picked by directors.  It’s basically like all your co-workers saying ‘you’re the best’.  It’s the high point of their career, they’ve peaked and it’s all downhill from there.  With the exception of those who win multiple Oscars, those bastards.

Here are the results of some of the more well known categories:

Best Picture
The Kings Speech

Best Director
Tom Hooper – The Kings Speech

Best Actor
Colin Firth – The Kings Speech

 Best Actress
Natalie Portman – Black Swan

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale – The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa Leo – The Fighter

Melissa Leo’s speech was interesting; she managed to say the ‘F’ word on, what’s probably, the most elegant event there is.  This is the first year that I’ve actually watched the Oscars, granted I didn’t get to see it all because of the time difference, but I’ll catch a repeat.  To be honest, I was expecting it to be overly formal and boring, but it wasn’t (which is a good thing).  I’ve annoyed people all day, as I desperately try to describe the opening clip that, hosts, James Franco and Anne Hathaway made.  It was hilarious, but the funniest part was Franco’s grandmother who stood up and proclaimed ‘I seen Marky Marky’.

Do you agree with the results?  Leave a comment and vote below.


Razzie Winners

I had a good moan yesterday and thanks to everyone for voting and commenting.  It was actually the bad votes that made me want to write (I never once said I was normal).  Anyway I was informed of a way to fix the problem, but I’m undecided on whether or not I should do it (again, I’m not normal deal with it).

The Razzies are an important celebration of failure.  By highlighting this failure, we hope to make celebrities aware of just how terrible they really are, so without further ado (yes that’s a word) here’s the winners.

Worst Picture
The Last Airbender

Worst Actor
Ashton Kutcher for Killers and Valentine’s Day

Worst Actress
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattral, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon for Sex and the City 2

Worst Supporting Actress
Jessica Alba for The Killer Inside Me, Little Fockers, Machete and Valentine’s Day

Worst Supporting Actor
Jackson Rathbone for The Last Airbender and Eclipse

Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3D
The Last Airbender

Worst Screen Couple/Screen Ensemble
The entire cast of Sex and the City 2

Worst Director
M. Night Shyamalan for The Last Airbender

Worst Screenplay
The Last Airbender written by M. Night Shyamalan

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel
Sex and the City 2

Just to make it clear I’m not stopping my daily posts.  Vote and comment below, if you don’t then you will win the Razzie for Worst Blog Reader.  That’s right, how’d you like me now?

Production of Two and a Half Men stopped midseason

First just want to say that this was a big day for the Irish, I hope everyone that could vote voted.

After hearing comments Charlie Sheen made on The Alex Jones Show, the show’s producer has ceased making the show.  Sheen insulted him on air, saying things like he’s not as evolved.  This outburst was the last straw for producers.

Production stopped yesterday and since then Sheen has made various comments.  Some are on the verge of being anti-Semitic.  Sheen then went on to talk about his upcoming HBO show, the only problem is HBO had no idea they were making said show, so don’t hold your breath for that one.

Is this the end of Two and a Half Men?  Does anyone even care at this point?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.

Glee: Original Songs

Glee may be the gayest show out there, yet it has millions of fans, both men and women, straight and gay.  Pop music and attractive teens, some of which are approaching 30, seems to be the key to success.  Although their success is undeniable, many fans abandoned the show in its second season.  In an attempt to spice things up Glee will be doing original songs.

In episode 16, titled Original Song, of season two, fan’s will hear at least two original pieces of music.  One will be a group performance, the other will be sang by Lea Michele aka Rachel Barry.  The group song is said to be up-tempo and will feature Cory Monteith and Lea Michele (Finn and Rachel) on the lead vocals.  This song is called Loser Like Me and the name Rachel’s solo song is Get It Right.

The show will not be completely moving away from covering other people’s songs, that would cost them the rest of their fans, but depending on how well this experiment goes we may be hearing more original songs from Glee.  Do you think that’s a good thing?

Let me know by voting and commenting below.

Lady Gaga: Born This Way Music Video

The music video for Lady Gaga’s song Born This Way, has finally been given a release date.  The video is set to premiere, online, on the 28th of February at 11am (American time).  Creative director Laurieann Gibson will appear in the video alongside Gaga.  The video will be directed by Nick Knight, who previously directed the video for Bjork song Pagan Poetry.

The song Born This Way has been a commercial success, despite being criticised for its likeness to Madonna’s song Express Yourself.  It was also accused of containing racist lyrics, which is completely opposite to the message that the song is trying to send.  The song basically embodies what Lady Gaga is about, be you and be proud of it.

Don’t forget to ‘Express Yourself’ by voting and leaving a comment below.

The Rite

I know what you’re thinking, I don’t really I just couldn’t think of a witty icebreaker for a film about a priest, well I couldn’t think of one that wasn’t the obvious.  Still I should probably let you know that the youngest character in it is a sixteen year old girl, so don’t panic.

The Rite is essentially a modern day version of The Exorcist, without all the hype and charm of the original that is.  The story is about a Priest, Michael Kovak, who joined the church with the intention of using it to get a free college degree, and now wishes to quit.  After he quits, a dying woman, who sees his clothes and believes him to be a priest, asks him to absolve her sins, which he does.  Another priest witnesses this and asks Michael to reconsider, he even offer him a trip to Rome to attend a class on exorcism.  Michael accepted his, only because it came with a promise that a $100,000 would be levied.  Michael’s scepticism is challenged when he sees demonic possession with his own eyes.

The trailer says it’s ‘based on a true story’, which does not make the movie fact.  It’s easy to forget that based on a true story means that it was made more dramatic and less realistic.  Not that anything truly beyond belief happens in the movie, vomiting nails seems to be the strangest (not the nails on fingers and toes).  The film was generally received negatively, so this may be one to avoid.  Still if you enjoy The Exorcist and strong religious themes, then this could be the movie for you.  It comes to cinemas on the 25th of February and stars Antony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue and Alice Braga.

Don’t forget to vote and leave a comment below.

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never movie

Whether you like him or not, you’ve probably heard of Justin Bieber and now you have the chance to see the story of his life in eye popping 3D, this could be the scariest movie I’ve ever heard of.

Justin Bieber’s rise to fame has been fast and annoying, but with such a large fan base, that may try kill me if I make too many punches, I’ll keep the blows above the belt.  This means that I’m not going to talk about how somehow he has deified the laws of puberty or the fact that he always sings about love despite not having hit puberty yet.  No really I don’t mind co-inhabiting the same planet as him, I’m just not a fan but he has more than enough blogger fans so it’s not much of a loss for him.

Years ago, if a singer wanted to be in a movie they had to act, then Miley Cyrus released a concert documentary and a new trend was born, a trend that has the power to make or break junior celebrities, as proven by it causing a major blow to the Jonas Brothers’ career when their movie flopped.  Will this movie increase Bieber fever or will a cure finally be found?  Unfortunately, it looks like the movie will be a success.  The editors deserve all the credit as they found a way to make Bieber and his family come out smelling like roses, despite the fact that his mother has openly made anti-Semitic statements against a Jewish talent agent, she ‘prayed’ that her son would not be represented by him due to his religion.  Bieber drew criticism to himself when he said, that he does get attention from girls because he’s famous, but he’d get it anyway because he’s so good looking.

Have you caught Bieber fever?  Will scientists ever find a cure?  Vote and comment below to let me know what you think.

No Strings Attached

Is it possible to have casual sex with someone without it ever turning into something else?  Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher intend to find out with their movie No Strings Attached.

In the movie Portman plays Emma, a resident at a local hospital, and Kutcher plays Adam, an assistant on the set of a TV show (that’s similar to Glee).  After years of not seeing each other, Emma and Adam keep accidentally meeting, they even find out that they share a friend.  After a drunken text, Emma asks to start a no strings attached relationship.  All goes well until Adam becomes jealous of a doctor that Emma is getting close to.

The idea for the movie comes from the theory that young people today find it easier to have a sexual relationship than an emotional one.  Ironically the screenplay was titled Friends with Benefits, which is the name of another rom-com, with very similar premise, that also comes out this year.

Let’s be serious for a second.  If your male then you most likely will only see this movie if dragged kicking a screaming.  In fact, 70% of the audience, on the opening weekend, were female.  However, it did beat the Green Hornet, ultimately proving that women are more devoted to the cinema than men, or that the Green Hornet was as bad as I said it would be.

Just remember, as your hand is pried from the cinema door and you realise you really have to sit through this movie, it could be worse, it could be Little Fockers.

No Strings Attach comes to cinemas on the 25th of February, enjoy.  Vote and leave a comment below or you will get dragged to see Little Fockers.

The Hangover: Part II Revenge of the Drunks

Although no one enjoys real hangovers, the movie was hugely successful.  Success on this scale could only lead to one thing, a sequel.  The Hangover part 2 will be released, in the US, on the 26th of May and the 27th of May in Europe.  That means there’s just 95/96 waiting days left, so in preparation lets all go out and steal a tiger.

Like the first one, the story takes place before a wedding, but this time its Stu’s wedding.  The gang, all played by the same actors as the first, travel to Bangkok for the wedding and instead of a bachelor party Stu decides to go with the safer option, a pre-wedding brunch.  Somehow things still manage to get out of hand and the boys get themselves into even more unforgettable trouble, then forget it, then remember it.

Mike Tyson is set to return as himself.  Cameos will also be made by Liam Neeson and, former US president, Bill Clinton.  Mel Gibson was set to appear in the movie as a, possibly deranged, tattoo artist; however he was replaced by Neeson after crew reportedly objected to his being cast.  Liam Neeson will do a better job anyway; after all he is a Jedi.  Just imagine all the drunken fun you can have with a Lightsaber.

Update the 1st of April

A new trailer has been released for the Hangover Part 2 so I thought I’d put it up.  The trailer looks great and proves that getting so drunk that you can’t remember what you did is funny no matter how many times you do it, listen up kids that there is a life lesson.

Vote and comment or prepare to suffer from a real life hangover, and there won’t be monkeys.

Portal 2

Portal gained much, unexpected, success in 2007 and now finally players will get the chance to return and learn more about what was a two character world.

Portal 2 should be landing on a shelf near you this April.  However I wouldn’t imagine it’ll be landing there for long, as it’s become one of the most anticipated games of the year.  Hard to believe it comes from such humble beginnings.

The first game follows Chell, a silent character that must navigate her way through a series of puzzles.  She is aided by the use of gun that allows her to create portals (aka portal gun).  The enemy of the game is GLaDOS, an artificially intelligent computer system that goes insane.

Despite being defeated at the end of the first game, GLaDOS will be returning in the upcoming sequel.  This may not be a big surprise as she did taunt, during the end credits, that she is ‘still alive’.

The second game takes places hundreds of years after the first.  Chell, who has been in suspended animation for this time, will reprise her role as the main protagonist.  This time she will have a sidekick, a personality sphere called Wheatly that she must carry around.  Wheatly comes in useful when you need a door open, but, most importantly, he provides comic relief.

Although it takes place in the same labs as the first game, the scenery of the second has severely decayed.  This is mended after you wake GLaDOS from her dormant state and she begins fixing the facility.  The graphics look very impressive, plus new types of portals have been introduced to make the game even more interesting.

The developers have listened to fans and added a multiplayer mode, which is co-op.  Players will get a chance to player either split screen or online.  In multiplayer mode you will get to play as Atlas, a modified personality core, and P-body, a turret gun.  Sounds interesting don’t it.  The two player campaign is not the same story as single player; reports say that it takes place in a different time.  The feature requires that players work together, so new abilities were put in the online version to make it easier, players being able to place icons to instruct the other person for example.

Both the co-op and single player campaigns should take, roughly, twice as long as number one did, which means that fans can enjoy making portals for hours (well around six).  Due to demand you may need to pre-book this game so don’t procrastinate.  It will be released on PS3, xbox 360, windows and Mac.

Vote and leave a comment below or a portal will open up and send you to Denmark and you won’t know that language and will look like a fool.