Happy New Year! What better way to celebrate the new year with the first blog post in 2013! Plenty of great movies to see this month in addition to some December 2012 movies still in the theaters. Such as Golden Globe nominated films “Les Miserables”, “Zero Dark Thirty” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”. Also there is “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, Judd Apatow’s “This is 40”, and Tom Cruise stars as “Jack Reacher” based on the novels by Lee Child.
The month kicks off with the horror thriller “Texas Chainsaw 3D”. Mid-month Mark Wahlberg and Academy Award winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”) star in the crime drama “Broken City”. He’s…back! Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in “The Last Stand”. Schwarzenegger plays a sheriff who has to stop a drug cartel leader with the help of his inexperienced crew members. At the end of the month, Jeremy Renner (“The Avengers”) and Gemma Arterton (“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”) play Hansel and Gretel in a dark spin-off of the fairy-tale where the siblings are bounty hunters who track and kill witches. Kind of cross between the TV shows, ABC’s Once Upon a Time and NBC’s Grimm.
My spotlight pick of the month is “Gangster Squad”, which has an all-star cast including Academy Award winner Sean Penn (“Mystic River”), Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone. It’s a crime drama that’s set in the 1940s and 50s where the LAPD fights to keep gangsters off the streets.
Well that’s my January overview, click on the link below to check out the rest of the movies coming out this month and check back next month for more Winter Movie Season movie release dates 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.
Click to Continue Reading: Summer Movie Season – January 2013
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!
Click on the link below to view the Oscar Winners!
Click to Continue Reading: 82nd Annual Academy Awards Roundup
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!
Click to Continue Reading: 82nd Annual Academy Award Nominations
In the past, there have been many December blockbuster hits including the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. This December seems to be the month of potential blockbuster hits with Academy Award winning directors behind them. Plenty of promotion has gone into James Cameron’s latest film “Avatar” which is an action/fantasy film starring Sam Worthington (“Terminator Salvation”). Clint Eastwood’s latest film “Invictus” has some Oscar buzz to it and it stars Matt Damon and Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman. Peter Jackson directs the screen adaptation of “The Lovely Bones” which has also garnered some Oscar buzz and it is definitely one of my top picks to see this December.
Rob Marshall (“Chicago”) brings “Nine” from stage to screen with an all-star cast including Academy Award Winners Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Academy Award nominee Kate Hudson. Another film that has Oscar buzz surrounding it is “Up in the Air” starring Academy Award Winner George Clooney. Before Robert Downey Jr. reprises his Iron Man role this summer, he first tackles on the role of “Sherlock Holmes”, which looks fun and action packed. Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell, and Kate Beckinsale star in “Everybody’s Fine” which is probably the only film that takes place during the Holiday season. In terms of family films, there’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel”.
My spotlight picks of the month are “The Last Station” and “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”. “The Last Station” is a historical drama based on author Leo Tolstoy’s life and the cast is top notch. The film stars Christopher Plummer (“The Sound of Music”), James McAvoy (“Atonement”), and Academy Award winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen”). “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” is Heath Ledger’s (“The Dark Knight”) final film and looks to be quite a show. Well that’s my December overview, click on the link below to check out the rest of the movies coming out in the next month.
Click to Continue Reading: Winter Movie Season – December 2009
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Here’s the French Trailer for Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones”, book by Alice Sebold. The French trailer has a few more scenes than the domestic trailer. Click here to watch the domestic trailer as well as read my mini book review. Also check out the movie’s behind the scenes featurette.
This movie looks amazing and if the film adaptation is as good as the book; I really think “The Lovely Bones” can be a real Oscar contender!
Yahoo! Movies posted a Behind the Scenes look at Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones” starring Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, and Susan Sarandon. Click on the link below to watch the Behind the Scenes featurette or view it at Yahoo! Movies. For more information on the movie, read my mini book review of “The Lovely Bones” or visit the official website.
Click to Continue: “The Lovely Bones” Behind the Scenes Featurette Video
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“The Lovely Bones” is the movie adaptation of the book by Best-Selling author Alice Sebold, and the movie is directed by Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson (“Lord of the Rings Trilogy”). I thought this book was amazing! If you haven’t read it, I would highly recommend reading it! I know this is going to sound like an adjective fest but truly this book was beautiful, chilling, haunting, heart breaking, and uplifting.
Here is a brief synopsis of the novel:
Fourteen year old Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan, “Atonement”) becomes a victim of rape and murder. As she copes with her own death from heaven, she watches her family and friends grieve while the police search for her killer.
**POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD**
Click to Continue: “The Lovely Bones” Trailer and More!
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The last month of summer is approaching, yes I know, it went by very fast but hopefully that does not deter you from going to the movies. I know it doesn’t for me. 🙂 Looking at the month as the whole, I find it interesting that some suspense thriller/horror movies are premiering this month as oppose to around Halloween. The movies that fall into this genre include “The Perfect Getaway”, “Halloween II”, and “The Final Destination”. Also a few tween movies seemed to have been thrown in the mix for this month including “Bandslam” with Vanessa Hudgens (“High School Musical)”, and “Post Grad” with Alexis Bledel (“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”).
In my opinion the potential movie blockbusters for the month of August are “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” and “District 9” which is produced by Academy Award winning Director Peter Jackson. Seems like the trend for the next year or two will be the return of the 80’s. There are a lot of 80’s movies that are getting remade (i.e. “Footloose” (2010), “Tron Legacy”) as well as 80’s cartoon characters and toys (i.e. “Voltron” (2011), “The Smurfs” (2010)) that are making it to the big screen. Who doesn’t love the 80’s? Although there comes a point where it is over kill. Where has all of the original material gone?
My spotlight picks for the month go to “Julie & Julia” and “The Paper Heart”. “Julie & Julia” stars Academy Award Winner Meryl Streep as Julia Child and Academy Award nominee Amy Adams plays Julie, a woman who decides to cook a recipe a day from Julia Child’s cookbooks for a whole year and write a blog about it. The movie is based on two true stories. “The Paper Heart” stars Michael Cera (“Juno”) and Charlyne Yi (“Knocked Up”) and the premise is Yi making a documentary (within a film) about what exactly “love” is. A possible sleeper hit may be “The Goods: Live Hard. Sell Hard” which stars Jeremy Piven.
Those are my August movie highlights. Click to continue reading about the other movies coming out next month, and don’t forget to check back for my Fall Movie Season Highlights.
Click to Continue: Summer Movie Season – August 2009
Check out this post from Comingsoon.net on Peter Jackson’s upcoming projects including “District 9”, “The Hobbit”, and “The Lovely Bones”. Jackson produced the upcoming Sci-Fi flick “District 9” which is set to open in theaters on August 14, 2009. Also mentioned was that the first draft for “The Hobbit” will be finished in a few weeks. The most exciting news to me from this post was that the first trailer for “The Lovely Bones” will be released on August 9th.
“The Lovely Bones” is based on the best-selling novel by Alice Sebold. The book is absolutely amazing and on paper the cast is an award-winning combination. Amongst the cast there are Academy Award winners, nominees, etc. A very accomplished cast indeed. Saoirse Ronan plays the title character Susie Salmon and her on-screen parents will be played by Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz. Full cast list can be found on IMDB.com.