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Summer Movie Season: June 2012

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The Summer Movie Season is underway! The month of the May kicks off the Summer Movie Season and some of the hits from May are still in theaters. Those movies include “The Avengers” and “Men in Black 3”. This month has a lot of potential hits with stories that include dwarfs, aliens, vampires, and strippers?

The month kicks off with the re-telling of the classic story of Snow White with a twist in “Snow White and the Huntsman” starring Kristen Stewart (“Twilight”), Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”), and Academy Award winner Charlize Theron (“Monster”) as the evil queen. Visually the film has great special effects and the story twist was intriguing. Charlize Theron was quite the wicked evil queen.

Dreamworks’ “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” returns with its latest installment in the franchise but this time they take a detour to the circus, literally. An all-star cast star in the sci-fi thriller “Prometheus”, where a group of scientists follow a clue that uncovers the origin of mankind on Earth but they end up in a battle to save the human race.

Mid-month, Adam Shankman (“Hairspray”), pulls triple duty in directing, choreographing, and producing the stage to screen adaptation of “Rock of Ages”. The all-star cast include Academy Award Winner, Catherine Zeta-Jones (“Chicago”), Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”), Russell Brand (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”), Julianne Hough, Mary J. Blige, and Tom Cruise. Toward the end of the month, based on the best-selling novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer” is brought to the screen directed by Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”). Also Academy Award winning director Steven Soderberg (“Traffic”) directs “Magic Mike” starring Channing Tatum (“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”), Alex Pettyfer (“I Am Number Four”), Joe Manganiello (“True Blood”), Matt Bomer (“White Collar”), and Matthew McConaughey (“The Lincoln Lawyer”). The story focuses on an experienced stripper (Tatum) who acts as a mentor to a young up and coming stripper (Pettyfer).

My spotlight pick of the month is Disney/Pixar’s film “Brave”. A story of a princess trying to change her fate and bring an end to a beastly curse. It looks likes a fun and visually stunning film.

Well that’s my June overview, click on the link below to check out the rest of the movies coming out this month and check back next month for the start of the Summer Movie Season and my picks of the month! If you’ve seen any of the films from this month…leave some feedback/suggestions in the Comments section on what to see.

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69th Annual Golden Globe Nominations

The 2012 Golden Globe Nominations were announced today, December 15, 2011. Here’s the round-up…in terms of Movies, George Clooney, received multiple nominations including Best Screenplay and Best Director for “The Ides of March” and Best Performance by an Actor (Motion Picture Drama) for his work on the “The Descendants”. “The Descendants” and “The Help” both have 5 nominations, while leading the pack is “The Artist” with 6 nominations. Ryan Gosling earned a double acting nominations for “The Ides of March” (Motion Picture Drama) and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” (Motion Picture Comedy).

In terms of Television, HBO leads the nominations with 18 followed by Showtime with 8. Freshman comedy “New Girl” earned 2 nominations including Best Television Series – Comedy, and Best Performance by an Actress (Television Comeday) nomination for Zooey Deschanel. ABC’s “Modern Family” earned 3 nominations, while noticeably absent are nominations for AMC’s “Mad Men”.

Here are some nomination highlights:
Source: Hollywood Foreign Press Association
BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
THE DESCENDANTS
THE HELP
HUGO
THE IDES OF MARCH
MONEYBALL
WAR HORSE

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
GLENN CLOSE – ALBERT NOBBS
VIOLA DAVIS – THE HELP
ROONEY MARA – THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
MERYL STREEP – THE IRON LADY
TILDA SWINTON – WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

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“Rock of Ages” – Trailer

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The first trailer for “Rock of Ages”, based on the Tony Award nominated Broadway Musical, has finally premiered! “Rock of Ages” hits theaters this summer on June 1, 2012. Adam Shankman is performing double duty again as he did for the stage to screen adaptation of “Hairspray”, as the film’s director and choreographer. Footloose star and Dancing with the Stars alumnus Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta (“90210”) play the leads. The cast also includes Academy Award winner, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Grammy Winner, Mary J. Blige, and many Academy Award nominees including Paul Giamatti (“Sideways”), Alec Baldwin (“The Cooler”), and Tom Cruise (“Jerry Maguire”) who plays Stacee Jaxx. Full cast list can be found on IMDB.com.

You can also view this trailer in HD on iTunes.  Click on the link below to check out the first theatrical poster for the film as well.

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82nd Annual Academy Awards Roundup

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The 82nd Academy Awards were held on March 7, 2010. Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin were the hosts of the evening and those who were predicted to win, won.

The big winner of the night was “The Hurt Locker” winning 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, Kathryn Bigelow.

The night as a whole, in my opinion was not as entertaining as last year but it was a nice ceremony. The highlights of the evening were the opening number featuring Neil Patrick Harris, a performance by the League of Extraordinary Dancers featuring So You Think You Can Dance alumni, and finally the actor/actress speeches about the nominees in the Best Actor and Best Actress categories. Oprah Winfrey talked about nominee Gabourey Sidibe which had her in tears (and me too). A very touching moment for the first time nominee for the breakout performance of the year.

Special kudos to Sandra Bullock nabbing the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the “The Blind Side”. What a way to cap off a great year for her!

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82nd Annual Academy Award Nominations

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The 82nd Oscar Nominations were announced on February 2, 2010. Ten films are in the running for Best Picture of the Year including “Avatar”, “Up in the Air”, “The Blind Side”, and Disney/Pixar’s “Up” which is also nominated for Best Animated Feature Film.

In terms of acting nominations, all who have been nominated this award season are nominated for an Oscar with a few differences. Sandra Bullock is nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the “The Blind Side”. Can Bullock round out a golden year with an Oscar? Outlook is looking good, as Bullock has snagged every acting award this season.

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards Ceremony will be held on March 7, 2010, with hosts Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. Click on the link below to view the Oscar Nominees!

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George Clooney: The Next Jack Ryan?

Source: The Daily Beast

Could George Clooney be the next Jack Ryan? According to The Daily Beast, this could be a possibility. Jack Ryan is a character from the series of books by author Tom Clancy. There have been three actors who portrayed Clancy’s character on screen. Alec Baldwin was the first to portray Jack Ryan in “The Hunt for the Red October”. Harrison Ford took over for two films, “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger” and in an effort to relaunch the franchise, Ben Affleck took over the part in “The Sum of All Fears” (2002).

I could see George Clooney as the next Jack Ryan but then again has this franchise’s ship sailed? I guess we have to wait for the trailer. 🙂

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