5 REASONS WHY AVATAR SHOULD NOT WIN BEST PICTURE
The year 2009 was a good year for American cinema, with many laying a good chunk of the recognition at the feet of James Cameron’s sci-fi epic, Avatar. The film has been nominated for nine Academy Awards (including Best Picture and Director), eight British Academy Film Awards, and four Golden Globes. It has also received awards and nominations from over 25 different film associations, and just recently surpassed Cameron’s previous film Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time worldwide. With such a reputable track record, you would think that it would be a shoo-in for winning Best Picture at the Oscars. Think again.
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BAD ASS NEW CLASH OF THE TITANS POSTERS
A series of new character posters for Warner Bros. remake of “Clash of the Titans” have been unleashed via UGO.
The remake directed by Louis Letettier from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan stars Sam Worthington as Perseus, Gemma Arterton as Perseus’ love interest Io, Ralph Fiennes as Hades, Liam Neeson as Zeus – Hades’ brother and father of Perseus, Danny Huston as Poseidon, Mads Mikkelsen as Draco, Alexa Davalos as Andromeda, Jason Flemyng, Izabella Miko, Nicholas Houltand Pete Postlethwaite.
“Clash of the Titans” is a modern version of the 1981 Greek mythology film directed by Desmond Davis.Ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods.
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BENICIO DEL TORO TALKS THE WOLFMAN
Too young to have experienced the theatrical heyday of Universal’s monster stable – the original The Wolfman, directed by George Waggner from a script by Curt Siodmak was released in 1941 – Del Toro became acquainted with the films in a much more intimate way: first seeing them in the flickering light of a home projector.
“When I saw The Wolfman or Dracula or The Bride of Frankenstein, it was before VHS or DVD,” said the actor, “and there were these Super 8 films that started [circulating]. I grew up watching those films when I was four, five, six, or seven years old. It was [due to] my cousins.”
The genre additionally manifested itself in print for Del Toro, who recalls issues of the granddaddy of all horror magazines, Famous Monsters of Filmland, being in his home, which in turn yielded his ardor for the monster model kits often featured in the ad sections of that mag.
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‘UP’ WINS BEST ANIMATED FEATURE AT ANNIES
Pixar’s Up took home the top prize for Best Feature at the 37th Annual Annie Awards, an event that honors the best in animated movies and TV.
The soaring adventure is the favorite for the “Best Animated Feature” Oscar next month, especially since the Annies have predicted the winner seven out of nine times since the category was created in 2002.
Last year DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda pulled an upset over Pixar’s Wall-E, but this year the award went to the expected recepient and the only animated film nominated for “Best Picture.” In fact, Up is only the second entirely animated movie nominated for the top Academy prize since 1991’s Beauty and the Beast. It’s also nominated for original screenplay, sound editing, and musical score.
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CAPTAIN AMERICA WILL BE AN UNKNOWN U.S ACTOR
Good news for those worried that Scottish-born John Barrowman or Australian Sam Worthington might be the guy to put on Captain America’s red-white-and-blue tights: Director Joe Johnston said categorically that he will cast an American in the title role of The First Avenger: Captain America.
Casting an American? Absolutely,” Johnston said in a news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Saturday while promoting his next film, The Wolfman. “Oh, yeah. I don’t think we could make the film without an American playing the part. But we may not be casting in America, because we’re going to London. I think we’ll probably shoot in the U.K. for most of it, because it takes place in Europe. But, yeah, we’ll definitely be casting [an American].”
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I agree wholeheartedly with the article on why Avatar should not win Best Picture. If I had to chose just one point, I would chose the lack of original story line. A movie with groundbreaking technology does not a Best Picture make. Do you think Avatar should win Best Picture? If not, which is your choice?
The beasts look super creepy and we love that. What do you think of the new Clash of the Titans posters?
I am glad that The Wolfman is adhering to the original film in this manner. CGI is cool, but it is so much more realistic if the actor is encased in 10 hours worth of make-up. It is interesting to see how Del Toro interest in horror began. I simply cannot wait till this movie is released. Just another four days. Are you excited to see The Wolfman? What did you think of the interview?
Congratulations on ‘Up’ winning the Best Animated Feature at the Annies, it was well deserved. What do you think?
I think film fanatics and comic book fans alike would flip out if Captain America were cast with a non-American actor. What a controversy that would be. And if he’s an unknown, no need to guess on who it might be, we’ll just have to wait and see who they cast.