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Jan 10, 2013

Oscar and Razzie nominations 2013

Oscar Nominations 2013
Best in movies

The 2013 Academy Awards (Oscar) will take place on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, and will air live on ABC.

Who do you think it’s going to win?

Best Supporting Actor:
Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Alan Arkin, “Argo”
Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”

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

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

Best Actress:
Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”
Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”
Quvenzhané Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Best Original Song:
“Before My Time,” Chasing Ice
“Pi’s Lullaby,” Life of Pi
“Suddenly,” Les Miserables
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend,” Ted
“Skyfall,” Skyfall

Best Animated Feature Film:
“Frankenweenie”
“Pirates! Band of Misfits”
“Wreck It Ralph”
“Paranorman”
“Brave”

Best Foreign Language Film:
Austria: “Amour”
Chile: “No”
Canada: “War Witch”
Denmark: “A Royal Affair”
Norway: “Kontiki”

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

Best Original Screenplay:
John Gatins, “Flight”
Mark Boal, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”
Michael Haneke, “Amour”
Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, “Moonrise Kingdom”

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Chris Terrio, “Argo”
Tony Kushner, “Lincoln”
David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
David Magee, “Life of Pi”

Best Picture:
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Lincoln”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Amour”
“Django Unchained”
“Argo”

Golden Raspberry Award (Razzie) Nominations 2013
Worst in movies

Worst Supporting Actor:
David Hasselhoff – Pirannha 3-DD
Taylor Lautner – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II
Liam Neeson – Battleship / Wrath of the Titans
Nick Swardson – That’s My Boy
Vanilla Ice – That’s My Boy

Worst Supporting Actress:
Jessica Biel – Playing For Keeps / Total Recall
Brooklyn Decker – Battleship / What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Ashley Greene – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II
Jennifer Lopez – What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Rihanna – Battleship

Worst Actor:
Nicolas Cage – Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance / Seeking Justice
Eddie Murphy – A Thousand Words
Robert Pattinson – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II
Tyler Perry – Alex Cross / Good Deeds
Adam Sandler – That’s My Boy

Worst Actress:
Katherine Heigl – One for the Money
Milla Jovovich – Resident Evil: Retribution
Tyler Perry – Madea’s Witness Protection
Kristen Stewart – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II / Snow White and the Huntsman
Barbra Streisand – The Guilt Trip

Worst Picture:
Battleship
The Oogieloves in Big Balloon Adventure
That’s My Boy
A Thousand Words
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II

Worst Director:
Sean Anders – That’s My Boy
Peter Berg – Battleship
Bill Condon – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II
Tyler Perry – Good Deeds / Madea’s Witness Protection
John Putch – Atlas Shrugged: Part II

Worst Screenplay:
Atlas Shrugged Part II
Battleship
That’s My Boy
A Thousand Words
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II

Worst Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel:
Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance
Pirannha 3-DD
Red Dawn
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II
Madea’s Witness Protection

Worst Screen Couple:
Any two cast members from Jersey Shore in The Three Stooges
Mackenzie Foy and Taylor Lautner in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II
Tyler Perry and his drag in Madea’s Witness Protection
Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, or Susan Sarandon in That’s My Boy


Aug 3, 2012

Celebrity Gossips for August 3, 2012

Finally I am catching up with Jennifer Aniston.
As much as I love her and appreciate (read envy) how fantastic she looks, this picture is NOT flattering at all. I understand it’s for a movie, but still. Anyway, it’s refreshing to know that she can look bloated and fat too.
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Matt Bomer (White Collar) has a beautiful family. It does not really matter that he is gay. The kids are gorgeous and have nice and normal hair cuts and appropriate clothes. No fancy schmancy designer shit.
Respect!
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Excellent PR Tom Cruise! You should give your PR team a big bonus for the public display of how such a wonderful dad you are. Nice playing ‘Good cop, Bad cop’ and let Katie be the ‘bad’ parent, in charge with discipline, taking the kid to sport and showing her that us, the mere mortals, travel by cabs and commercial airplanes. No, you have to spoil rotten that little girl and give her helicopter rides and take her to Disneyland, Florida instead of Toledo, Ohio. I don’t want to be a 6 year old kid asked to choose between a rich parent giving me everything I want and a stricter one, with much less money and much more discipline. I wonder what my 8 year old would choose.
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Karl Lagerfeld has a reputation for being a cunt. And it’s been proved right times and again.
After saying that Adele is fat (true but blunt) and that Pippa should only show her behind because the face is less fortunate (indirectly he called her a fugmuppet), he showed us that he CAN have human emotions. Introducing his white Siamese kitten Choupette. Every villain should have a white Siamese kitten as a trademark.
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Aug 27, 2011

History Channel: UFOs on the Record

In case you missed the show (I did), aired August 25, 2011 you get another chance to watch it.

From the press release:
“The film features in-depth accounts by people who are willing to risk their jobs and reputations to speak out about their extraordinary experiences, such as former Arizona Governor Fife Symington III; Nick Pope, former head of the British Defense Ministry’s UFO Investigative Unit, and others.

Commentary is provided by investigative journalist Leslie Kean, author of the NY Times bestseller UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record, who spent ten years studying the UFO phenomenon and bringing together high level sources from around the world.

Sightings of strange lights and darting orbs are reported from all over the world, and most are easily explained. But a few other cases present evidence that UFOs are real. SECRET ACCESS: UFOs ON THE RECORD focuses on claims that cannot be ignored: sightings over a nuclear-armed military base near Phoenix, a forest in England, a small city in Belgium.

These remarkable eyewitness stories are illustrated with actual source materials such as footage, radar images and voice recordings from NASA, the Air Force and the FAA.

Although the government has determined such episodes to be “insignificant,” records have nonetheless been confiscated, and the experts were sworn to secrecy… until now.”


Jun 19, 2011

‘Inception’ movie walkthrough

I started watching the movie ‘Inception’ and after about 30 minutes I realized that I don’t really understand what the heck is going on.
So far this is what I got: there are layers and layers of dreams; there is a ‘thief’ stealing people’s most intimate and hidden secrets, and this thief must implant an idea into the subconscient basically. Hence the title of the movie.

I searched the net, and the best explanations regarding who’s doing what and where (dream state or reality-reality) I found to be on Screenrant.com.
Courtesy of this site, following are some guidelines that may be useful to read before starting watching the movie.

First of all, there are 5 levels of dreams:
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Now the action is a little bit more clear.
Bear in mind that for Cobb (Leonardo Di Caprio) the kick is the totem. In a dream state the totem spins smoothly.

To return to reality, they need to get back layer by layer, one must stay awake in each level [Dreamer stays]. They need an “alarm” [the music] to synchronize time of the ‘kicks’.
One way to know you’re in a dream is that you couldn’t remember how you get there. When Cobb wakes up in the plane, he’s back to where he was, he’s not waking up in some unknown place with no explanation of how he got there.

When we create a dream, we fill out the scene with projections. In Cobb’s dreams, he set up projections to protect him from extractors, from other con artists like himself.
Example: Cobb and Ariadne in Ariadne’s dream. Ariadne changes the surroundings, creating paradox. Pay attention to the scene changing all the time, with stairs going nowhere, or streets folding. At some point, Cobb’s projections started to “attack” her because Cobb’s subconcious mind felt that someone is messing with his mind.


May 15, 2011

NCIS- Season 9 Finale: Please kill agent E.J. Barrett

We are almost there. Time is coming up to say Good bye! to our beloved NCIS team, until the fall when the next season begins.

A few thoughts regarding Season 9 and a wish list for the next Season:

– PLEASE kill agent E.J. Barrett as she is getting on my last nerve. I dislike her character almost as much as I disliked that chick lawyer Hart. E.J addition to the show was not a good one as it messed up the familiar warm-inside feeling brought by our regular NCIS team. From what I have read on various forums, including the CBS’s one, almost nobody likes her and almost everybody wants to see her gone from the show.
– PLEASE replace director Vance with a more pleasant director. Maybe bring Hetty from NCIS- LA, as she is a great character and it would have a better synergy with the group. Director Vance should go to NCIS- LA, or find a different job. Vance is a nasty pompous ass.
– I hope nobody of the old established crew is going to be sacrificed as the producers did with Kate, long time ago. Thankfully Sasha Alexander is back on Rizzoli and Isles show.
– I did not like Ziva’s boyfriend- Ray- and I hope he is not going to be a permanent presence. No chemistry between these two characters.
– The killing of Mike Franks sucked big time. Why did they do that?
– I have mix feelings about watching the season finale, as I dread thinking that the cliffhanger will be the life or death of agent Barrett. Or even worse, of Ziva.
– It would be nice to get a new character, a love interest for Gibbs, somebody other than the annoying lawyer Hart. Too bad the the producers killed the Navy lady (forgot her name). She seemed to have been good match to Gibbs.

As curious as I normally am, this time I don’t really want to dig and find spoilers for the season finale; instead I am going to enjoy the ride.

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