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Long list has 248 possible contenders

By Kim Morgan Dec 21, 2010 2:30PM
Here they are. Get ready for the predictions:

From EW:

"The Academy Awards announced Monday that a total of 248 films are eligible to win the 2010 Best Picture Oscar. The number has decreased over the past two years: In 2009, 274 were eligible, while 281 made the cut in 2008. Like last year, 10 films will be nominated for Best Picture. Read Dave Karger’s predictions of who will make the cut here."


A moment from 'The Fighter' extended to ... everyone

By Kim Morgan Dec 20, 2010 5:40PM
I enjoyed "The Fighter." I enjoyed Mark Wahlberg's performance. And I certainly enjoy this:


'Yogi Bear' holds on to second

By Kim Morgan Dec 20, 2010 5:06PM
Did you really think "Yogi Bear" was gonna beat "Tron"?

Of course "Tron: Legacy" won at the box office, but apparently it didn't do as well as expected. I wonder why?

Maybe the 3-D ticket price turned some viewers off. Maybe because people like me are currently sitting at home watching "The Odd Couple" on Turner Classic Movies. Sorry, Felix and Oscar trump Kevin and Sam Flynn any time. 

Here's more from TheWrap:

"Disney 3-D sequel 'Tron: Legacy' got off to a solid, if unspectacular, start Friday, matching prerelease tracking with a $17.4 million first-day performance at the domestic box office, according to studio data.

"The PG-rated follow-up to the 1982 Jeff Bridges sci-fi cult classic 'Tron' is on pace to narrowly exceed prerelease predictions of around $45 million for the weekend.

"In second place amid a crowded market for 3-D films, Warner's Hanna Barbera adaptation 'Yogi Bear' grossed an estimated $4.6 million Friday, putting it off track to meet studio hopes for a $20 million start.


Jack Black gets his cameo/meta Muppet on ...

By Kim Morgan Dec 20, 2010 4:56PM
I feel like the whole world has gone meta. Everything feels meta to me. Even my own life on here feels meta. I felt meta driving on the 101 today.

So when Jack Black says he's going "meta" for the new Muppet movie, I think ... well, what does that mean?

Here's more from ComingSoon:

"As production moves forward on Walt Disney Pictures' The Muppets, EW was able to catch up with Jack Black and ask him some questions about his cameo role.

"'I will be playing myself,' Black told the site on the red carpet of his new movie 'Gulliver's Travels.' 'It's kind of like "Being John Malkovich." It is a new twist on the Muppets. Very cerebral and meta.'


The filmmaker goes through his fave moments and movies

By Kim Morgan Dec 20, 2010 4:52PM
Director Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz" and "Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World") put together an end-of-the-year list at The Playlist that's a good one. 

It's comprised of favorite moments, performances, musical cues, etc. and then his picks for the 10 most underrated, underseen movies. A few made my top 10 list.

Here they are:

"My Top 10 Underrated or Underseen Movies of 2010

1. “Four Lions” – If this was a bigger hit, I’d worry for the safety of its makers. It’s a ballsy satire that never wimps out. Chris Morris made my favourite TV comedy show of all time, “Brass Eye” and his debut feature is no less ballsy and hilarious.

2. “Enter The Void” – The most stunning visuals of the year for me.  A rewarding, if grueling experience where the viewer essentially takes the POV of a drug tripping ghost. This is an out of body experience in every way possible .

3. “Splice” – This film was awarded a Cinemascore of F on the basis of two audience losing sex scenes that caused audible ‘What the f---’ cries when I saw it in the cinema. I applauded them. This is a great twisted little piece of science fiction that deserved to be lauded for its smarts and guts.

4. “Tiny Furniture” – This film announced a great young voice in Lena Dunham and its beautifully detailed look at New York’s directionless youth was fresh and funny. Unlike its mumblecore predecessors, the camerawork was nicely composed and thought out. Hugely impressive for its budget.

5. “Never Let Me Go” – This film did not get nearly enough credit for having the courage of its convictions. It’s rare to see a piece of science fiction this spare and intelligent in 2010. Mark Romanek made a haunting piece of cinema that was both emotional and brilliantly chilly.

6. “The Last Exorcism” – The TV spots did something of a bag switch with this one. The actual film is not what was advertised, it was better. It’s original title of ‘Cotton’ better sets you up for the mock documentary tale about huckster evangelist Patrick Fabian whose faith is tested by the deeply troubled Ashley Bell.

7. “MacGruber” – In 2007, Akiva Schaffer brought us “Hot Rod.” In 2010, Jorma Taccone directed “MacGruber.” Now Andy Samberg has to make another cult comedy in 2013 to complete the Lonely Island trilogy of underrated movies destined to become stoner classics. “MacGruber” is so f---ing stupid, yet I cannot deny I watched it every night on the ‘Scott Pilgrim’ press tour in every hotel I slept in. The team up montage, the begging scene, Will Forte excruciating response to the accidental massacre of his team and the two aforementioned unforgettable sex scenes are comedy highlight of the year.

8. “Life During Wartime” – Todd Solonz’s sequel to “Happiness” barely got released and yet it was as sharp and as strong as any of his work. The theme is this is one of forgiveness and the film has a memorable haunted mood. It sometimes feels that you’re watching all the characters in some waking purgatory, so spooky are the performances of Shirley Henderson, Michael Kenneth Williams and Paul Reubens. While the complete cast swap of this sequel is probably down to not being able to bring back all the original actors, it actually seems meant. I’d like to see Solondz return to these characters in 2023. It can be like his very own [Michael Apted doc] “7 Up.”

9. “Please Give” – Somewhat overshadowed by the equally great “The Kids Are All Right,” Nicole Holofcener’s ensemble comedy is sprinkled with ace work from Oliver Platt, Amanda Peet and the brilliantly crabby Ann Guilbert.

10. “Frozen” – “127 Hours” and “Buried” made more festival noise, but Adam Green’s ski lift bound thriller was a just as worthy addition to the single location Lifeboat genre. Making the most of the tiny budget, the film gets maximum impact with its sickening twists. A great one to watch with friends and scream ‘Don’t do that!’ at the screen.


Big studio deal to create sequels of many films

By Kim Morgan Dec 20, 2010 11:18AM
OK. A sequel to "Swingers" could be interesting. I would assume these fellas would have stopped swing dancing by now, or have become uber dorks still obsessed with the Squirrel Nut Zippers, but I doubt it.

I actually love "Swingers," and I have this feeling Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn could make it something even funnier and edgier (see their underrated, wonderful "Made") than the first one. Yes. A sequel I'm all for.

But the rest on the docket? Not so sure. I mean, please, God, no! Not another "Bridget Jones" movie! And "Rounders"? What?

Here's more via The Huffington Post:

"Good thing Shakespeare wrote a lot of plays, because the Oscar-winning movie based on his life is about to get a sequel.

"The Weinstein Company and Miramax -- the studio the Weinstein brothers founded and then sold -- announced a gigantic partnership deal on Thursday (via The Hollywood Reporter), agreeing to create sequels of the smash hit films that the Weinsteins produced for the studio before starting their new production company.

"A number of big films are set to see second installments added to their canon: 'Shakespeare In Love,' 'Bad Santa,' 'Swingers,' 'Rounders,' 'Bridget Jones's Diary,' are some of the most famous names to be in line for the part two treatment."


Will 'Black Swan' and 'The Fighter' creep out voters?

By Kim Morgan Dec 17, 2010 4:01PM
TheWrap asks an interesting question: Will two much-talked-about, recently released films, "The Fighter" and "Black Swan," be too weird for Oscar voters?

Perhaps in years back. But, we must remember, there are 10 categories this year. Could the Academy possibly pass up the masterfully insane "Black Swan" (which was my No. 1 movie of the year) for ... "Grown Ups"?

They better nominate the film. The movie deserves a nomination, and they kind of have to.

Here's more of this amusing and right-on take from TheWrap:

"Two weeks ago, I issued a plea for some craziness in the Oscar race, for contenders that are not just strong and exemplary films, like 'The Social Network' and 'The King's Speech,' but messy, unruly movies, to bring a little excitement into the race.

"Now I'd just like to say: Thank you, Darren Aronofsky and David O. Russell. Thank you, 'Black Swan' and 'The Fighter.'

"But are Oscar voters going to take your raw energy, glorious messiness and delicious insanity seriously, or are the hot movies of the moment just too damn weird for the Academy?

"'Black Swan,' which happens to be my favorite movie of the year, is a mix of backstage drama, creepy horror and over-the-top musical moments that builds to a hysterical climax as exhilarating as it is insane. (It does for, and to, Tchaikovsky what 'A Clockwork Orange' did for, and to, Beethoven.)

"'The Fighter,' meanwhile, is a gritty drama from the streets of Boston, but Christian Bale's skeletal, haunted visage makes it horrifying -- and as HBO footage of the real-life character he plays proves, the actor's trademark weight loss actually took him well beyond the worst look of the real guy.


Check out the latest, and apparently final, poster

By Kim Morgan Dec 17, 2010 11:50AM
The final poster (I think) for the upcoming Seth Rogen action-adventure film, "The Green Hornet," has been released. And it looks pretty ... good.

The movie, directed by Michel Gondry, will be released in 3-D, 2-D and IMAX 3-D theaters on Jan. 14. Along with Rogen, the film also stars Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Edward James Olmos, David Harbour and Tom Wilkinson.

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