Who will be cast?
The 1992 hit starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner will be updated with a yet unknown duo of fresh stars.
Here's more from the Huffington Post:
"Deadline.com is reporting that Warner Brothers has green lit a remake of its massive 1992 hit film, "The Bodyguard," which starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. A story then about a Secret Service agent assigned to a singer -- who, of course, falls in love with him -- it's being remade into a tale about a soldier back from Iraq that's assigned to protect a singer.
"Indications are that the pair will fall in love.
"Throwing a wrench into the original story, aside from the war-tinge, is the advent of technology, which makes it harder to protect the secrecy of a celebrity. Perhaps this is one celebrity who doesn't tweet herself.
"No word on who might get cast. The studio is looking to launch a new singer into the stratosphere with the film -- Houston was a star, but became a veritable megastar after this film. Rihanna has begun to act, and Jennifer Hudson already has an Academy Award. Katy Perry has dabbled in TV, and Lady Gaga has said that she sees herself in movies one day. Who would you cast?
"Think this is a good idea for a film? Is a remake necessary? Click over to Deadline.com for more details."
James Franco's chills are multiplying ...
Anne Hathaway and Franco doing "Grease." Check it out:
The Hollywood Reporter gets an inside scoop on Sunday's telecast
They talk with Oscar producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer who discuss the new look and some changes taking place this year. Among the eight THR lists, here's two:
"-- No Movie Montages: The directors have jettisoned this familiar element -- like last year's salute to horror films. These have added to the show's seemingly endless running time. There will still be clips from the 10 best picture nominees and brief filmed introductions to certain segments.
"-- The Five-Presenter Testimonial: Gone, too, will be the relatively new tradition, established just two years ago, of using five presenters to offer testimonials about each of the best actor and actress nominees. 'We're not going to do that this year,' Cohen confirms."
Another 'What is James Franco Doing Now?' update
James Franco has just accomplished yet another task -- and in an apparent effort to out Tarr, Bela Tarr, he's put together a 12 hour movie.
Here's more from IndieWire:
"Does James Franco sleep? It seems this guy spends every waking moment being productive and at the rate of his output, he’ll have enough work to start filling his own museum and frankly, we wouldn’t be surprised if he built one. The James Franco Museum Of James Franco Stuff. Yeah, we could dig that.
"Anyway, the folks over at Cinematical have come across the actor’s latest artistic endeavor, a show at the Gagosian Gallery that he’s exhibiting along with Gus Van Sant. His work is essentially two films constructed out of footage from 'My Own Private Idaho.'
"First up is 'My Own Private River' which, as the title suggests, 'consists largely of shots of River Phoenix‘s character, Mike, woven into a compelling portrait.' The film features a score by R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe, who is hilariously described as an 'art school drop out' in the description of the piece. However, it’s the second film that is grabbing the most attention.
"For 'Endless Idaho,' Franco used outtakes, deleted scenes, alternate takes and behind-the-scenes footage to create a 12-hour film about the 'workaday process of making a movie, from location scouting to repeated takes.' We guess it’ll be like watching a bunch of people work on a movie set (ie. dullsville). But if you’re a diehard fan of 'My Own Private Idaho,' this is pretty much your goldmine, and it should be noted that the film also features 'interviews with actual hustlers who played secondary characters in ‘My Own Private Idaho’ are intercut with shots of River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves improvising and refining their performances under the direction of Van Sant and his crew.' Hey Criterion, if you ever want to re-release 'My Own Private Idaho,' your special features material is right here.
Will the supposed shoe-in fail to grab her Golden Boy?
But who, you ask?
According to Anne Thompson and Peter Travers, it will be Annette Bening for "The Kids Are All Right."
Here's more from The Envelope:
"Portman ('Black Swan') and Colin Firth ('The King's Speech') have won all of these awards this derby season: Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, Critics' Choice and BAFTA. With only one exception, all actors who have pulled off that feat in the past went on to bag the Oscar next.
"However, some notable gurus, such as our Buzzmeter pundits Anne Thompson and Peter Travers, are nonetheless betting on Anette Bening ('The Kids Are All Right') to prevail.
"The only star who didn't win the Oscar after sweeping those precursor prizes: Russell Crowe ('A Beautiful Mind'). He probably would've won the Academy Award too, but he lost the sympathy of voters when he lost his temper and attacked a BAFTA producer, thus throwing the lead actor race to Denzel Washington ('Training Day').
"Portman has behaved most graciously throughout this awards season, of course, but there are several good reasons why she could be tripped up by Bening, who is: 1) a three-time past loser overdue to win; 2) a member of the academy's Board of Governors; 3) a heterosexual star who plays gay, which earned Oscar gold for Sean Penn ('Milk') and Tom Hanks ('Philadelphia').
Cracked lists them
While some on their list, like "Best Scene" is a good idea, it's probably never going to happen. But Best Stunts? Why is this not an award indeed.
And then, this one, another omission that should be added to the Awards Ceremony. Never mind how long they run, Saul Bass should have been given his Lifetime Achievement Award long ago.
"Best Title Design
"Back when silent movies first began playing at nickelodeons, their opening title sequences were nothing more than some words slapped up on a poster board, which was presumably made of dried out buffalo hides and Indian tears, because it was the olden days.
"It's like they're not even trying to hide the Indians.
"Back then, the only point of the cards was to give credit to the movie makers and let the audience know when the show started and ended, since silent film audiences were apparently still getting the hang of film going, and would have thrown rotten vegetables and polio germs if they'd reached their seat and found a blank screen.
"But it didn't take long for creative Hollywoody types to start arting up their credit sequences with fancy lettering and beautiful backgrounds. Alfred Hitchcock famously employed master title designers like Saul Bass to deliver his highly stylized odes to mid-century design.
"The title sequence was soon firmly established as an art form unto itself - giving filmmakers a chance to express the tones and underlying themes with animated (The Pink Panther, Life of Brian and Catch Me If You Can) or live action (the documentary that preceded JFK, the opening fly-by in Beetlejuice) short films that were often just as artistically interesting as the film that followed. Hell sometimes they're the only thing that makes the movie worth seeing, as when Lost in Translation's title sequence introduced us to the glory that is Scarlett Johansson's ass.
"You can win an Emmy for doing the same exact thing. The team who designed Mad Men's opening sequence featuring the the silhouette of a suited man falling out of a building was eligible for international acclaim and awards for their work, including the 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Title Design...while Daniel Kleinman's 2006 opening to Casino Royale, which featured the silhouette of a suited man beating the crap out of some baddies, was eligible for a steaming plate of bupkis.
"Casino Royale, recipient of a hug from the world's No. 1 Grandma.
"Instead, we spend 15 minutes of the Oscars celebrating the Best Animated and Live Action short, but exclude pieces like the mind blowing 'The Life Of A Bullet' because it was attached to the front of a $50 million film called Lord of War."
Galifianakis goes Vuitton
I thought the still seemed pretty routine until I noticed Zach Galifianakis's ... luggage. I actually laughed out loud. (It's been a weird day.)
The image is courtesy Coming Soon, and you can check out another here.
As CS writes:
"In the follow-up to the record-breaking hit comedy 'The Hangover,' Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to exotic Thailand for Stu's wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don't always go as planned.
Golden boy contenders slapped with censorship
Here's one of the most famously banned films:
"A Clockwork Orange" (1971)
The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, but its extremely violent story caused some countries (Ireland, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Spain) to worry about copycat behavior, so it was banned. Even its director Stanely Kubrick muzzled it. He had it removed from U.K.. theaters after he and his family received death threats.