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84th Academy Award Nominations

The 84th Academy Award Nominations were announced on January 24, 2012. This year there are nine Best Picture nominees. “The Ides of March”, which was co-written and directed by George Clooney was noticeably missing from the Best Picture category but was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Otherwise most of the nominees are very similar to this year’s Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice nominees. Kudos to the Academy for giving a Best Actress in a Supporting Role nod to Melissa McCarthy for her role in “Bridesmaids”. McCarthy was previously snubbed of a Golden Globe nomination, so it is nice to see that she got an Oscar nomination for a role which many thought would garner one.

The 84th Annual Academy Awards will air on February 26, 2012, with host Billy Crystal making this his 9th time as MC-ing the event.

Here are some nomination highlights:

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“The Artist” Thomas Langmann, Producer
“The Descendants” Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” Scott Rudin, Producer
“The Help” Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
“Hugo” Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
“Midnight in Paris” Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
“Moneyball” Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
“The Tree of Life” Nominees to be determined
“War Horse” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
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Eddie Murphy will host the 84th Annual Academy Awards

Eddie Murphy at Tribeca Film Festival 2010

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

It’s official!  The rumors were swirling when Eddie Murphy’s name was put forth to host the 2012 Academy Awards.  Now it’s a done deal!  The 83rd Annual Academy Award show attempted to draw in a younger audience with the selection of Anne Hathaway and James Franco as last year’s hosts.  In my opinion, last year’s award show was a bit of a snooze but on paper it sounded like a good idea.  With the selection of Murphy as host, again on paper it sounds like a great idea.  Let’s see if it works out, if anything it will generate a lot of buzz.

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iPhone 4 sales are over 1.7 million and still counting

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Source: Tech Crunch

Who wouldn’t want a piece of Apple right now? After the launch of the iPhone 4 on June 24, 2010, through Saturday, June 26th the company has already sold 1.7 million devices. Despite reports of antenna issues, people are still flocking to get their hands on the new generation iPhone.

Are you one of them?

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Neil Patrick Harris talks “Rent”

Source: Broadway World
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In a recent interview from Good Day, New York, Neil Patrick Harris talks about directing the premiere of “Rent” in the Hollywood Bowl. He also talks briefly about his support toward the casting of Vanessa Hudgens (“High School Musical”) as Mimi.

Other cast members in this production include:
The Pussycat Doll’s lead singer Nicole Scherzinger as Maureen
Wayne Brady (“Who’s line is it Anyway”) as Tom Collins
Aaron Tveit from the Pulitzer Prize winning show “Next to Normal” will play Roger
“Spring Awakening” star Skylar Astin as Mark
Tracie Thoms from the movie adaptation of “Rent” will reprise her role of Joanne

Read more on Broadway World

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2010 SAG Awards Recap

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were held on Saturday, January 23, 2010. As the Oscar nominations draw near, the SAG awards picks up where the 67th Annual Golden Globes left off.

For the most part the SAG awards played out just like this year’s Golden Globes with a few differences. Tina Fey beat out Toni Colette for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series.

“Glee” and “Mad Men” prevailed for Outstanding Acting Ensembles for their respective categories. Sandra Bullock looks to be one step closer to an Oscar with a win at the SAG awards for her performance in “The Blind Side”. The 82nd Academy Award nominations will be revealed on February 2, 2010.

Full list of SAG winners can be found on SAG Awards website.

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Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” a rip-off?

Source: TMZ

“This Is It” is the new single by Michael Jackson that has hit the Internet recently. According to TMZ, music legend Paul Anka is making a claim that “This Is It” is a rip-off of a song that was previously released as “I Never Heard” which he and Jackson wrote together. The song “I Never Heard” was first recorded in 1990 by an artist named Safire. Read the full article on TMZ.com.

Listen to “I Never Heard” by Safire:

Listen to Michael Jackson’s “This It It” here.

Thoughts?

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“New Moon” tickets, sold out already?

Twilight Saga: New Moon -- Image courtesy of MTV.com

Twilight Saga: New Moon -- Image courtesy of MTV.com

Source: Zap2it.com

The theatrical premiere for the highly anticipated follow-up to “Twilight” is two months away, so is it true that “New Moon” tickets have been selling out already? It is true in some places. Although the majority of the shows that are sold out are the midnight showings. If you are still scratching your head on this one, I would say investigate for yourself. When I first heard this news, I wondered to myself “seriously…how can that be”? So I actually went onto Fandango.com and Movietickets.com and performed a search in my area and sure enough, it was quite true. Now I wouldn’t fret too much because this article is stating only “some” places are sold out not all theaters. Besides there are plenty of movie times to go to after the midnight showings. Some may want to be the first to see the movie (which is perfectly fine), but for me…”I’ll see it when I see it.”

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Kelly Clarkson sings “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus

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Kelly Clarkson and her backup singers (Jill & Kate) cover Miley Cyrus’ song “The Climb”. Great harmony!

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“Alias” Alumni Watch

One of my all-time favorite TV shows is “Alias”.  “Alias” was created by J.J. Abrams and it began in 2001 and ran for 5 seasons.  If you like “Lost” and “Fringe”, I think you would appreciate Abrams creative vision in this series.  All five season of “Alias” are on DVD, so if you haven’t watched the show before…definitely check it out.  You’ll totally be hooked! 🙂

Even though the show is over, the former cast of “Alias” have certainly flourished in their careers.  Jennifer Garner has a growing film career and she has her own production company.  Michael Vartan is on the TNT show “Hawthorne”.  Greg Grunberg is on NBC’s “Heroes”, and Bradley Cooper is having a breakout year with his recent summer hit “The Hangover” and many upcoming movies on the way.

Thus I created a new category on my blog called the “Alias Alumni Watch” so whenever a former cast member has something  new or noteworthy – you will be able to view all posts with “Alias” references in this new blog category.  Keep and eye out for updates made in the “Alias Alumni Watch” category in order to stay up-to-date with your former “Alias” cast members’ careers!

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Disney and Marvel are joining forces!

Source: Comingsoon.net

Show me the Money! Disney is going to acquire Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion! Wow, this is an interesting move by Disney but I believe it is definitely going to prove to be a profitable one in terms of the future of the company. Here is an excerpt from the press release (via Comingsoon.net):

“This transaction combines Marvel’s strong global brand and world-renowned library of characters including Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Thor with Disney’s creative skills, unparalleled global portfolio of entertainment properties, and a business structure that maximizes the value of creative properties across multiple platforms and territories,” said Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “Ike Perlmutter and his team have done an impressive job of nurturing these properties and have created significant value. We are pleased to bring this talent and these great assets to Disney.”

Does this mean all of the Marvel themed rides in the Universal Theme Parks will be changed to “Disney Presents: Spider-man the ride”? On the same note, will Marvel rides be added to the Disney Theme Parks? Hmm…definitely something to look out for in the future. Read the full article here.

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