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By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Why do kids have a hard time breaking through at the Oscars?
It’s an interesting question, and one that is dissected over at Gold Derby this morning, where they point out that multiple Oscar-worthy performances from underage talents could be overlooked this season if the Academy’s tendencies disrupt the momentum of select campaigns.
That’s not to say kids are never nominated for the Oscar. Just last year, Hailee Steinfeld and Jennifer Lawrence competed in top categories for their work in “True Grit” and “Winter’s Bone,” respectively. Abigail Breslin, Haley Joel Osment and Anna Paquin competed and, in the case of the latter, won for “The Piano.”
This year, I can rattle off a handful of young performers who should be in the discussion for Oscar consideration:
- Sean O'Connell
Chicago – Poor George Zinavoy. He’s been cursed with striking good looks, remarkable artistic talent, a dedicated mentor and a gorgeous woman who clearly desires to have sex with him. Thankfully, nothing appears to have gotten in the way of his stubborn pessimism, comfortable apathy and belief in the meaningless of existence. How can George be expected to care about his homework when he’s too busy contemplating his mortality?
For that matter, how can audiences be expected to care about such an unsympathetic, oddly soulless Holden Caulfield clone? He goes through the usual existential motions with all the urgency and conviction of a sleepwalker. As played by baby faced, moist-eyed Freddie Highmore, George registers as a mopey bore rather than a fatalist. Highmore’s genial sweetness lacks the raw edge and rebellious spirit that the character desperately needed in order to be the least bit credible.
Blu-ray Rating: 2.0/5.0
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Steven Spielberg's 2001 film "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" imagines a future where life-like, sentient robots live among us, but as visionary as the film was, there's one future development he couldn't have predicted: The YouTube mashup.
Luckily for all of us, that's the future we are now living in -- and today, /Film and movie remix artist Nick Bertke have unveiled an audial and visual wonder featuring the sights and sounds of "A.I." itself. Talk about art imitating art imitating life.
Titled "Davyd," the new clip takes sound effects and snippets of dialogue from the film -- and their corresponding visual clips -- to piece together an ethereal soundscape. The centerpiece? Well, as you could probably guess from the title, it's Haley Joel Osment's Pinocchio-like robot David and his quest to become a real boy -- though you should also keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of superstar Jude Law as well. »
- Scott Harris
Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, The Sixth Sense Julian Beck, Poltergeist II: The Other Side: Top Five Scariest Living Dead Pt.4 In The Sixth Sense, Haley Joel Osment plays a young boy who not only sees dead people, but he hears them as well. Bruce Willis, for his part, sees and hears what he wants to see and hear. As for me, I saw and heard what writer-director M. Night Shyamalan, cinematographer Tak Fujimoto, and the film's sound editors wanted me to see and hear. As far as I'm concerned, scarier than Osment, Willis, the myriad plot holes, the phony melodrama, the dishonest ending, and the dead people you get to see was the dead person you don't get to see in Shyamalan's hugely successful horror movie. I'm referring to that voice in the recording that must be played backwards so you can hear a desperate Spanish-speaking man saying "I don't want to die. »
- Andre Soares
Haley Joel Osment, Bruce Willis in M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense Today is the Day of Dead. In honor of this Christianized pagan holiday — the pagans had the foresight to come up with most of the overworked Western world's holidays — in the follow-up posts you'll find my Top Five Scariest Living Dead Movie Actors. By that, I don't mean the actors were dead when the movies were made. Nor am implying they just went through the motions while on screen — much like the vast majority of zombified human beings while on this plane(t), for that matter. Instead, I'm referring to the movies' dead people who refuse to lie still. I know, oftentimes it's hard to differentiate the walking braindead from the walking dead, but I'm doing my best here. In case you have authenticated proof that one (or more) of those listed below were not dead when »
- Andre Soares
Little kids seeing dead people? That's so 1999.
In these modern times, bringing your A-game requires more than just talking to the dead – it means fending them off as well.
Young Norman finds out that his ability to communicate with entities from beyond the grave may be the only thing preventing his town from a full-fledged zombie attack in Focus Features' upcoming animated adventure "ParaNorman."
The teaser trailer gives viewers a peek into the world of zombie-obsessed Norman, whose spooky little town becomes the unlikely location of an attack of the undead.
If you're expecting some pale, cardigan-wearing Haley Joel Osment rip-off, you're out of luck: hipster-in-training Norman not only has some rad abilities, he's got spiky hair, a sweet hoodie and friends with plugs in their ears – because in the 21st century, zombies, wall ghosts and cloud monsters all want to hang out with the kids who will someday form indie bands. »
- Sarah Crow
We take a look back at the most disturbing moments in Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster movies…
For many of us, Spielberg’s films have formed a childhood backdrop. Geeks of a certain age grew up with such classics as Jaws, Raiders Of The Lost Ark and E.T., and the director and his films have a familiar, almost avuncular presence. It shouldn’t be forgotten, though, that Spielberg’s pictures have always had a dark edge, and it’s inarguable that, even in his most family-oriented films, there lurks a streak of gleeful horror.
As Jurassic Park makes its high-definition debut as part of the Ultimate Trilogy boxset, what better time than to salute the most unexpectedly grotesque moments in Spielberg’s mainstream career? Those sequences that had youngsters everywhere watching through their fingers, or hiding behind a cushion for protection.
Bear in mind, though, that this list is devoted to the director’s blockbuster movies, »
Directed by Matt Reeves
Directed by Tomas Alfredson
Even in a pop culture landscape littered with the bloodthirsty undead, Let The Right One In stood out as a poignant coming of age story as well as a bone-chilling horror film. The haunting mediation on the difficult and often painful transition into adolescence garnered much praise on the festival circuit in 2008. The film earned a loyal cult following through word of mouth and when Matt Reeves announced his American remake, those very same cinephiles lashed out in anger. The general consensus was, “why fix something that isn’t broken?”
Sadly, mainstream audiences seem to have a problem with subtitles, so it was inevitable that the film would be remade. That said, fans of the original should be grateful that Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), alongside legendary British horror brand Hammer Films (a studio that »
It's been a Big week for former child stars -- and it's downright shocking what some of them look like or are up to now! Haley Joel Osment (" The Sixth Sense ") surprised fans with a new look last night on the red carpet, Lindsay Lohan (" The Parent Trap ") was hauled into court over probation issues and Shia Labeouf got into a huge street brawl. It wasn't all bad: Zac Efron (" Summerland ") celebrated his 24th birthday, pregnant Hilary Duff (" Lizzie McGuire ") prepared for her baby boy and Emma Watson (" Harry Potter" ) started classes at Oxford! By looking at all of them though, one thing's for sure: A lot can change in a few short years. Check out how some of your favorite child stars from the 90s and 2000s have changed! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Films about robots have long captured the imagination of movie goers, who may or may not believe in its existence in the not-so-distant-future. Here are the top films about these intelligent mechanical human friends... or enemies. Check it out!
The Best Robot Movies'i, Robot'
When: 2004 Who: Will Smith and Bridget Moynahan What: In the not so distant future, (2035), a detective, who dislikes the rapid advancement of technology, investigates a crime that may have been caused by a robot. »
In the Q&A column Nathaniel answers 9 or 10 questions posed by readers each week. This week young actors seemed to be on your brain for which we must surely blame that Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close trailer. Here we go again.
Spencer: With your great passion for film and your auteur love have you ever thought about Making films?
Yes but not in any specific way which is why I never pursued it. I have some skill with editing which I studied briefly in college (or so my friend who is an actual film editor tells me) and I write but in truth, I probably wouldn't be happy unless I was directing (i.e. in control). I was honest with myself early on that I just couldn't see myself having the right temperament for it. Still, like anyone, I've had fleeting fantasy moments about making movies. It usually involves me »
- NATHANIEL R
HollywoodNews.com: With Dream House opening today, sans press screenings, audiences will get a chance to discover, if they choose, just how much of the film has been spoiled by the trailer. Early reviews indicate that the movie is both stunningly boring and basically a hodge-podge of classic twist ending cliches.
While it’s fashionable to blame The Sixth Sense for the last ten years of last-minute ‘gotchas!’, the would-be thrillers that have followed in M. Night Shyamalan’s footsteps missed a crucial distinction. The last minute reveal that closes The Sixth Sense isn’t really the finale of the film. It’s not a big zinger that the entire movie revolves around. The movie, at its core, is a human drama about a troubled young boy and his struggling single mother. With painfully good work by Haley Joel Osment and Toni Collette (both of whom damn-well should have won »
- Scott Mendelson
On September 30, Universal Studios brings us the newest offering in mind-bending thrills with the release of Dream House, directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz. It's the tale of family relocated from the bustle of New York City to a serene New England town. Once moved into the perfect home, the family soon sees everything begin to come unraveled as the past comes back to haunt them.
Filled with mystery, murder and plot twists, Dream House is reminiscent of some of our favorite past movies where things were not exactly as they appeared. The intrigue of the mind-bending movie has long been an American favorite, as audiences seem to be thoroughly entertained by filmmakers toying with their perception of reality.
The director that first comes to mind when we think of trick of the brain plot twist is M. Night Shyamalan. And he was »
- Doctor Gash
Other Frankenstein projects around Hollywood that involve the classic monster include Haley Joel Osment, set to star in Wake the Dead, a modern-day horror take based on Steven Niles' graphic novels, which appeared to put the Jay Russell-directed project at Slasher Films out front. There is also an adaptation of Peter Ackroyd's novel "The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein" from Ghost House Pictures, and a contemporary take from Columbia Pictures and Matthew Tolmach.
Looks like another classic Universal monster is about to make a comeback on the big screen... several times over, that is. According to Variety, the race is on for a handful of competing Frankenstein movies that are moving forward at different studios, and Fox is hoping that Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy is will be the first out of the gate. Last week Deadline reported that Levy was looking for a new project to follow up Real Steel because his 3D Fantastic Voyage remake was stalling out. Now it appears that he has officially signed on for Fox's Frankenstein re-imagining based on a treatment by Max Landis. Word on the street is that Landis is envisioning "a sci-fi take on the traditional Mary Shelley story, focusing on themes of friendship and redemption." Fox also picked up his spec script Chronicle last year, which is a documentary-style Pov film »
Last week, rumors circled that  Real Steel director Shawn Levy was thinking of leaving the 3D remake  of Fantastic Voyage and looking to jump ship to another Fox project: Frankenstein. Variety is now reporting that, a few minor details aside, that's become a reality. The film is written by Max Landis and is reportedly a revisionist story that presents "a sci-fi take on the traditional Mary Shelley story, focusing on themes of friendship and redemption." Levy's involvement puts this film in the pole position to come out before a half-dozen similar films currently in development. Variety  lists the other Frankenstein films as follows: Wake the Dead starring Haley Joel Osment in a modern-day take based on the graphic novels of Steven Niles, directed by Jay Russell Universal's update from Guillermo del Toro and Scott Stuber I, Frankenstein, written and directed by Stuart Beattie for Lakeshore Entertainment This Dark Endeavor: The »
- Germain Lussier
Last week, we reported that director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) was in talks to helm 20th Century's Fox new adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Today, Variety confirms that Levy has gotten the gig and beaten out talented directors like Paul Greengrass and David Yates. Levy's film will work from a script by Max Landis (Chronicle) and will compete with the six other Frankenstein films currently in the works at other studios. I hope that Levy's adaptation is so full of slapstick and bad jokes that it inadvertently becomes a backdoor Frankenberry movie. Hit the jump for a recap of the other Frankenstein flicks in development. Here's a brief rundown of the other Frankenstein movies in various stages of development. Here's hoping that at least one or two make it out before Levy's and effectively kill this project. David Auburn’s (Proof) adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s novel The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein. »
- Matt Goldberg
After failing to convince Will Smith to star in his proposed adaptation of Fantastic Voyage and with very few A-listers deemed worthy enough to bring the adventure movie to life, director Shawn Levy could soon turn his attention to a new project at 20th Century Fox that will act as his next feature post-Real Steel.
Deadline reports that Levy is looking at re-telling the Frankenstein story with yet another adaptation of Mary Shelley’s famous Gothic novel that could go into production late this year or early 2012. This one has been scripted by Max Landis (son of John) and yes, it’s another Frankenstein and if I’m a little suspect as to whether this will actually happen…. take a look at this.
Since WhatCulture! (then Obsessed With Film) started in mid 2006, we’ve had no less than half a dozen Frankenstein movies threatened by Hollywood but none of them ever made. »
- Matt Holmes
Thanks to the spread of 'spoiler sites' and over-explicit trailers, we may never get a surprise at the movies again. But might that be a good thing?
David Nicholls's novel One Day has already sold more than a million copies; perhaps that's why the team who turned it into a movie didn't worry about giving the plot away. How else to explain why the trailer appears to summarise the whole story? In three minutes you learn, for instance, that the two main characters meet at university, flirt, fall out, get married (not to each other) and get together when they're older. Now you basically know what happens, do you still want to watch the drawn-out version when it hits the cinemas next week? As one complaint put it, the trailer suffered from "showingtoomuchitus".
There's a lot of it about. "A trailer often involves a fast once-over of the whole film, »
- Emine Saner
And he's convinced precocious youngsters are better off attending normal schools than sitting for lessons with private tutors on set.
The 13-year-old Somewhere star, whose latest film Super 8 is produced by Spielberg, tells the Press Association, "Steven said it's really important to have movies and have your regular life. He really is an advocate for still staying in school - I go to regular school - and he thinks you should have that as well." »
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