Streep Going for Number 3 As Thatcher

 As many of you know, Meryl Streep will be playing British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the upcoming film, The Iron Lady.  Could this role earn her the much deserved 3rd Oscar she has been chasing for 27 years? 

   Streep has said of the role:  “I am trying to approach the role with as much zeal, fervour and attention to detail as the real Lady Thatcher possesses – I can only hope my stamina will begin to approach her own.”

   I would bet it does.  There is nothing this actress can’t do.

On Video for February 8th

Today on video we have a whole lot of movies that I decided to pass on in 2010.  The one I did manage to see was It’s Kind of a Funny Story, starring Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Keir Gilchrist, and Emma Roberts.  This is definitely a cute film, well worth a rent.  You can read my brief summary, in what was the first and only segment of my Watercooler Reviews.

   Also out today are My Soul to Take (looked like a I Know What You Did Last Summer rip-off), Tamara Drewe (which might be the sleeper renter here), Paranormal Activity 2, Ong Bak 3: The Final Battle, Middle Men, Life As We Know It, You Again, I Spit On Your Grave, and For Colored Girls. 

   If you have seen any of those films, feel free to chime in and let us know if they are worth a rent or not.

Aycee Awards : Round 7

The 7th [ and final….FINALLY!!!] part of the Aycee Awards is here!  This last set includes Original and Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and of course, Best Film of 2010.

Here is a recap of all the Aycee Awards categories:

  1. Best Animated
  2. Documentary
  3. Comedy
  4. Action Film
  5. Special Effects
  6. Cinematography
  7. Character
  8. Quote
  9. Song
  10. Score
  11. Trailer
  12. Poster
  13. Most Overrated
  14. Most Underrated
  15. Breakthrough Male Performance
  16. Breakthrough Female Performance
  17. Ending of a Film
  18. On-Screen Duo
  19. Scene
  20. Ensemble
  21. Supporting Actor
  22. Supporting Actress
  23. Lead Actor
  24. Lead Actress
  25. Original Screenplay
  26. Adapted Screenplay
  27. Director
  28. Movie of 2010

Voting will remain open until February 12th and then as we countdown to Oscars, we will unveil the winners you have chosen.

Vote in Part 7 of the Aycee Awards:Original Screenplay 
 Black Swan 
 The King’s Speech
 The Kids Are All Right
 Animal Kingdom
 The Fighter
Adapted Screenplay 
 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
 127 Hours
 True Grit
 The Social Network
 Winter’s Bone
 The Ghost Writer
Best Director 
 Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – True Grit
 Christopher Nolan – Inception
 Danny Boyle – 127 Hours
 Debra Granik – Winter’s Bone
 David Fincher – The Social Network
 Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
 David O. Russell – The Fighter
 Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech
Best Film of 2010 
 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
 The King’s Speech
 Winter’s Bone
 True Grit
 Toy Story 3
 How to Train Your Dragon
 The Kids Are All Right
 The Town
 The Social Network
 Blue Valentine
 Animal Kingdom
 The Fighter
 Black Swan
 127 Hours

Will Melissa Leo Cost Herself the Oscar?

There is some talk going around about how Melissa Leo may have hurt her chances at taking home an Oscar later this month for her performance in The Fighter.  Having won a load of critics awards, a Golden Globe, and the SAG, most pundits have Leo out in front for Oscar, with Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) closing in.  The smear campaign is based on the fact that the above “consider” ads were taken out by Leo personally, after her being upset about all of the covers going to younger people. 

Tony Curtis and Me, A Brief Encounter

 When I read the obit of actor Tony Curtis last September I uttered “thank God!” under my breath.

   Not thank God that he was dead, but thank God that by a stroke of serendipity I had somehow managed to have a brief, interesting encounter with him about this time a year ago, a mere seven months before his death at age 85.

   I was at work that day and we were busy. I help train new hires for a home shopping call center.  Most of our customers are elderly ladies you have to spend a long time waiting on while they search for their glasses to read you their credit card numbers while cursing their cat or dog for getting in the way.  

   Occasionally a  celebrity calls.  

   Once a film legend called, and I spoke to him.

   Read the rest of Gary’s incredible encounter after the jump…

Art Directors Guild Award Winners

 The Art Directors Guild Awards honor films in three genres, so they pretty much cover all the bases.  Although there might not be a whole lot to learn about who will win the Oscar for this category, you might get a glimpse of who might be out of it.  Alice in Wonderland is considered one of the front runners to win the Oscar for Best Art Direction, but is noticeably absent from the winners list.  I currently have The King’s Speech predicted to win the Oscar, so I’m not surprised to see it turn up here.Contemporary feature film: Therese DePrez, BLACK SWANFantasy feature film: Guy Hendrix Dyas, INCEPTIONPeriod feature film: Eve Stewart, THE KING’S SPEECH

‘Dragon’ Dominates the Annie Awards

After wiping the floor with Toy Story 3 at the Visual Effects Society Awards, How to Train Your Dragoncontinues to rake by winning 10 Annie Awards Saturday night.   

   But don’t get too excited, Dragon fans.  A big part of the reason Dragon won 10 Annies was due to Disney/Pixar boycotting the 38th annual presentation with complaints they have about the voting process.  Disney/Pixar still received 7 nominations, but the heavy dose of awards went to the DreamWorks Animation team. 

   All this buzz for Dragon leading into the final voting stage could spell an upset at the Oscars, but I would bet strongly against that happening.  You have to remember, voters will be looking to recognize the entire Toy Story franchise this year, since the Best Animated Feature Oscar was not in existence during the first two films run.  Not to mention, the Disney/Pixar film is up for Best Picture.  It would be a little more than silly to have it be the only animated film nominated for the best film overall, if it is not going to at least win its own genre category.

   Check out the Annie winners for film after the jump…

Super 8 Super Bowl Spot

 The Steven Spielberg produced, J.J. Abrams directed film that has me on pins and needles to see debuted some footage during the Super Bowl.  Super 8 looks absolutely amazing from what we have seen so far.  But how else do you expect me to feel about a movie brought to us by the guys who gave us E.T. and LOST?!   It just looks magical already. 

   Due out June 10th.

Woody Allen & Diane Keaton: The Annie Hall Duo Reunited?

 It’s fair to say that among those who love movies (and who doesn’t?), most have screen couples, movie teams they especially adore. 

   For me, I’ve always  enjoyed Tracy and Hepburn, Bogart and Bacall, Ladd and Lake, Hope and Goddard, Ford and Hayworth, Garbo and Gilbert, Robinson and Bennett. These and others were unforgettable screen teams who made numerous films together and whose work remains popular decades after they first graced  the silver screen together and settled into a permanent place in our collective film love lore.

   Continue reading after the jump…