Category Archives: Movies

MTV Movie Awards: Not Just a Big Trailer for Avengers 2, Right?

This paragraph from Huffington Post‘s report (via AP), about tonight’s MTV Movie Awards, pretty much tells you all you need to know about the show:

“What’s the opposite of humbled? We’re Biebered to be standing here,” said “Avengers” writer-director Joss Whedon as he accepted the final golden popcorn trophy. “This is the award that means the most to me. I am so grateful and very excited for 2015; we’re going to bring you ‘Avengers 2.'”

Of course, Avengers 2. Will Ferrell collected a Comedic Genius award (from Peter Dinklage, Ferrell’s Elf co-star and current Lord of the HBO Original Series Castle) and promoted the upcoming Anchorman 2 (which could be really great, actually), and Emma Watson nodded to her Summer 2013 jam, The Bling Ring, which is more substantive than the title suggests (if IMDB is to be believed).

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Speaking in My Official Capacity as a Pulitzer Prize Winner, Your Movie Sucks

In honor of the life and career of game-changing film critic Roger Ebert, a delicious highlight reel (as it were) of some of his all-time classic digs at bad movies. Our favorite line? “Add it all up, and what you’ve got here is a waste of good electricity. I’m not talking about the electricity between the actors. I’m talking about the current to the projector.”

Harry Potter as Ginsberg: No Kidding (And Other Tidbits From Sundance)

This in from the LA Weekly on Sundance, via an “I’m clicking on that” headline about “Sex with James Franco” (which is really just a pretty-much irrelevant tidbit at the end of the article about a project that not that many people will end up seeing, unless the 50 Shades of Gray wave is cresting rather than crashing against the shores of cultural relevance). The big news in the early reporting is an intriguing love triangle gone wrong movie called Kill Your Darlings, starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter himself) as a young Allen Ginsberg, with Ginsberg-esque Jew-fro apparently rocked. Apparently, from this report in the Huffington Post, it’s steamy and heralds what could be a pretty risque year in film.

Golden Globes: Passing Notes

Jennifer Lawrence might have won the night for saying, “I beat Meryl!” (Which is what we totally thought when she won.)

Stallone and the Governator actually were funny in their bit. (Though not Wiig and Farrell funny. But seriously.)

Anne Hathaway continues to be huggable.

How is Claire Danes four-for-four in Golden Globe Awards? And “My So-Called Life” to “Homeland” is quite a career arc.

Sasha Baron Cohen: Not funny, but funnier than the Russell Brand reboot of SBC.

Still, though, I love that there’s drinking at the Golden Globes. And Poehler canoodling and drinking with Clooney just there was genius.

Django Unchained, As Loved By A Self-Professed White Liberal

So, perhaps Tarantino’s self-consciously trying to pique white liberals? You don’t say. But Slate’s Stephanie Zacharek seems to be in on the joke with Django Unchained, enjoying it here. (Worth the read. And the debate is sure to go on.)

One More Reason to Love Anne Hathaway

So, on the heels of Anne Hathaway’s classy, brilliant, PR-approved¬†and/or triumph against the men-being-pigs patriarchy (depending on whether you subscribe to both, one, or none of these POVs, but they’re both worth knowing about …

… and the whole having to endure the awfulness of paparazzi taking upskirt photos of her and then posting them with the intention of going viral …

… comes the revelation, in yesterday’s New York Times, that Anne Hathaway is something of a Macklemore and Ryan Lewis fan.

In between fielding a flurry of media calls regarding yesterday’s many Oscar nominations for Les Miserables, Hathaway revealed that she was delightedly singing the “This is f-ing awesome” hook from the rapper/producer’s “Thrift Shop.” (Which would, in a just world, be up for an Oscar next month for best music video. Why isn’t this a category by now?)

Hathaway and co-star Hugh Jackman also expressed regrets that director Tom Hooper wasn’t nominated for best director. But that’s the trick with the Oscars — ten nominated for best picture, only five nominated for best director. It’s bound to happen, especially in the types of films where the subtleties and artistic nuances of directing might be more immediately evident.

Oscar Nominations! (Lincoln Poised to Win Everything)

Just going out on a limb here; Lincoln might win some awards. (Photo credit: Indiewire)

Early, early this morning (especially if you’re on the West Coast — the clock started at 5:38 and 30 seconds a.m.), the nominees for the 2013 Academy Awards were announced. Colloquially known as the Oscars, of course, you might want to rename them the Lincolns this year, and fit the little gold statues with top hats.

The Daniel Day-Lewis vehicle and 16th President biopic was given 12 nominations, and look to be shoo-ins in a number of categories. Is Bradley Cooper really challenging Mr. My Left Foot As An American Hero? Can Spielberg be stopped? Isn’t a Sally Field “You really like me” reset inevitable? And is Tony Kushner really not winning Best Adapted Screenplay?

Look for consolation prizes for non-Lincoln movies in the Best Actress (is the world ready for a Jennifer Lawrence acceptance speech?) and Best Original Screenplay (could Tarantino conceivably win this?) categories.

Also, in what could be awkward, host Seth McFarlane is the lyricist for a best song nominee (from Ted, no less), though it seems like Adele’s Bond theme vs. the inevitable Les Mis selection is what wins there.

Despite hating the everyone-gets-a-trophy nature of having 10 best picture nominations, we feel duty-bound to give you the list:

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

Entertainment Weekly has a pretty clean, easy-to-read list of everything, whereas Gawker brings its typical Gawker snark.

And, if you couldn’t pull yourself out of bed early enough, here are the as-they-happened announcements you missed:

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