Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Snubbed: Oscar Winners and Losers

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards ceremony won't be held until Feb. 27, but we already know some of the losers.

Dozens of deserving films, directors, actors and actresses were snubbed by Oscar when the nominees were announced Tuesday morning.

While everyone can't go home with the coveted statue, some of the overlooked films and performances of 2010 are glaring.

First my personal peeve: The best documentary film of 2010, "Waiting for Superman," which details the failure of public schools, was snubbed by far left Hollywood elites who didn't like the message.

It is better than any of the five films nominated, but politics plays a big role in Hollywood and politics did "Waiting for Superman" in. A real shame.

Conspicuously absent from the list of 120 nominees is director Christopher Nolan, who created one of the year's most memorable films, "Inception." Nolan's vision is at the heart of "Inception" and he should have been nominated for Best Director.

Another director snubbed by Oscar is Danny Boyle, who meticulously crafted another 2010 masterpiece, the harrowing "127 Hours."

Turning to performances, Mark Wahlberg is "The Fighter," a film that received well-deserved recognition, but Oscar was remiss in ignoring Wahlberg for a Best Actor nod.

When Wahlberg's co-stars, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams, get nominated, and he's not, it's pretty obvious Walhberg was snubbed.

Wahlberg should have been one of the five finalists for Best Actor instead of Javier Bardem.

Also deserving an Oscar nod for Best Actor was Robert Duvall, who was brilliant in "Get Low," but Duvall is one of Hollywood's most outspoken conservatives, so it's easy to see why his performance was ignored by his left-leaning peers.

In the Best Actress category, you could make the case for Lesley Manville in "Another Year" over Nicole Kidman in "Rabbit Hole." Is it just me or does Nicole Kidman play the same character in every one of her films?

The biggest snub in the Best Supporting Actress category was Mila Kunis, who held her own against Best Actress favorite Natalie Portman in "Black Swan."

Perhaps the biggest loser of the 83rd Academy Awards nominations was Ben Affleck, who starred, co-wrote and directed "The Town," a film that received early Oscar buzz and ended up on many critics end-of-the-year Top 10 lists.

"The Town" garnered just one Oscar nomination, Jeremy Renner for Best Supporting Actor.

It appears Oscar has a long memory and still hasn't forgiven Affleck for such stinkers as "Gigli" and "Jersey Girl."

No Surprise: 'Waiting for Superman' Snubbed By Oscar

No Surprise: 'Waiting for Superman' Snubbed By Oscar

'Happy Together' Trailer

Complete List of Academy Award nominations

List of 83rd annual Academy Award nominations - pottsmerc.com

'The King's Speech' gets 12 Oscar nominations

'The King's Speech' gets 12 Oscar nominations | The Daily Caller - Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment

The Razzies call out vampires, rom-coms, and 3D flicks in their 2010 nominations

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Monday, January 24, 2011

'The Cartel' - Trailer

Christina Aguilera to Sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLV on FOX

Christina Aguilera to Sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLV on FOX

Netflix, Redbox, and the Future of Hollywood

Netflix, Redbox, and the Future of Hollywood

The Worst Movies of 2010

M. Night Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender" and the vampire cast of the "Twilight Saga: Eclipse" dominate the Razzie Award nominations for 2010.

Jennifer Aniston's name also pops up frequently as worst actress.

A new category this year is WORST EYE-GOUGING MIS-USE Of 3-D with the following nominees: CATS & DOGS 2: REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE; CLASH OF THE TITANS; THE LAST AIRBENDER; NUTCRACKER 3-D; and SAW 3-D (aka SAW VII)

Check out the complete list of Razzie nominations here.

Official Box Office Totals for Weekend of January 21, 2011

Rentrak Announces Official Box Office Totals for Weekend of January 21, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Anti-Government, Left-Wing Hollywood Spent the Last Decade Putting 'Crosshairs' Over America

Anti-Government, Left-Wing Hollywood Spent the Last Decade Putting ‘Crosshairs’ Over America

The 10 Best Movies of 2010 *

* Disclaimer: I have not seen "The Social Network," "The King's Speech," "Black Swan," "The Kids Are All Right" or "127 Hours" - movies that are on most critic's Top 10 list - so my list of the year's 10 best is subject to change, but for what's it's worth, here's the 10 best films I saw in 2010:

1) Winter's Bone
2) Leaves of Grass
3) The Ghost Writer
4) Toy Story 3
5) A Prophet
6) Solitary Man
7) City Island
8) I Am Love
9) Chloe
10) Greenberg

See my list of The 10 Worst Movies of 2010 here.

Top 10 Great Conservative Messages in the Movies, Part II

Top 10 Great Conservative Messages in the Movies, Part II

Monday, January 10, 2011

'Country Strong' review



'Country Strong' Review: Heart, Soul, Great Performances and Music

Andy Serkis Signed To Reprise Gollum In 'The Hobbit'

Andy Serkis Signed To Reprise Gollum In 'The Hobbit'

Box Office Totals for Weekend of January 7, 2011

Rentrak Announces Official Box Office Totals for Weekend of January 7, 2011

The Associated Press Brings Online Viewers Unprecedented Access to the 2011 Awards Season

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Top 10 Great Conservative Messages in the Movies, Part I

Top 10 Great Conservative Messages in the Movies, Part I

Anti-Government, Left-Wing Hollywood Spent the Last Decade Putting ‘Crosshairs’ Over America

Anti-Government, Left-Wing Hollywood Spent the Last Decade Putting 'Crosshairs' Over America

'The Green Hornet' Trailer

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Gerry Rafferty 'Baker Street'



Gerry Rafferty, who had a smash hit in 1978 with "Baker Street" died this week at age 63. Great song that still holds up 30 years later. Rafferty was also the lead singer of Stealers Wheel, a Scotish band that had a huge hit - "Stuck In The Middle With You" - in 1972.

It's Movie Awards Season - Redbox Invites Movie Fans to Make Their Predictions

It's Movie Awards Season - Redbox Invites Movie Fans to Make Their Predictions

Happy 80th Birthday to Robert Duvall

Happy 80th Birthday to The Mighty Robert Duvall

Top Ten Movies-on-Demand Titles

Rentrak Announces Top Ten Movies-on-Demand Titles

'Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends' Complete Series Now Available on DVD

'Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends' Complete Series Now Available on DVD

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Johnny Depp Top Money-Making Star of 2010

Thanks largely to "Alice in Wonderland" and to a much-lesser extent, "The Tourist," Johnny Depp has been voted the Top Money-Making Star of 2010 by The Quigley Poll.

Conducted each year since 1932, The Quigley Poll is an annual survey of motion picture theatre owners and film buyers, which asks them to vote for the 10 stars they believe generated the most box-office revenue for their theatres during the year.

More from The Quigley Poll:
Angelina Jolie placed second this year based on "Salt" and "The Tourist."

Robert Downey Jr. made it to #3 for his third consecutive year in the survey, with 2010 roles in "Iron Man 2" and "Due Date."

Matt Damon, placing #4, had a productive year with "Green Zone," "Hereafter" and "True Grit."

Steve Carell made the Top Ten at #5 for his first time on the strength of "Dinner for Schmucks," "Date Night" and "Despicable Me." (voice)
Johnny Depp Top Money-Making Star of 2010