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The Truffles 2011 – The HeyUGuys Movie Awards – Part 1

21 December 2011 4:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Back for their third year we are proud to present the annual HeyUGuys movie awards – The Truffles.

At the end of each year our wonderful team of writers like to round up the various movieland highs and lows into our own unique categories, to reward the diverse, the challenging and the downright lovely and both tar and feather the cinematic outcasts which offended, disgusted and just plain irritated us.

It has been a tremendous year with some intriguing debuts and some howling missteps from seasonal filmmakers. We had planets colliding, blocks attacked, apes rising and the usual spew of remakes, sequels, prequels and the rest.

Here’s our take on the filmic landscape after a whole year of 2011.

First up on stage…

Adam Lowes

Best use of an old, familiar song on the end credits – Hobo With a Shotgun



Not only were we offered a loving and thoroughly entertaining tribute to those scuzzy, »

- Jon Lyus

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265 Feature Films Eligible for Oscars, Original Song Short List Revealed

20 December 2011 2:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Oscar nominations are just about a month away and Academy voters are, hopefully, working on seeing as many films as possible in the categories they're responsible for. Final word has come down that 265 films total are eligible for awards this season, everyone from Abduction to Zookeeper. It was also announced that 39 songs are eligible for the always controversial and entertaining Best Original Song Oscar, including three songs from The Muppets, one from Captain America: The First Avenger, one from Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and many more. Read the full list and rules of eligibility for each category after the break. Deadline posted the press releases for these piece of news here [1] and here [2]. The 265 films that are eligible for Oscar nominations adhere to these guidelines: To be eligible for 84th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, »

- Germain Lussier

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39 songs contend for Best Original Song Oscar; Rules slightly change

20 December 2011 6:52 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences just announced the 39 nominees eligible for

Best Original Song this year. The Academy doesn’t have the best track record when narrowing down the list to five. In recent years they’ve overlooked some of the best songs including Bruce Springsteen’s track written for Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler. As usual some of the nominees seem worthy of appearing on the list while others will have you scratching your head wondering why they are even being considered. There has been a new rule added to the voting process this time around. It states that songs must be judged in the capacity that they appear in each film. According to The Collider, in early January the voting body will get together and watch clips from each eligible movie in which the 39 songs are featured, after which they will determine the nominees. Let »

- Ricky

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'The Muppets,' 'Happy Feet' May Bring Music to Oscar's Ears

19 December 2011 5:39 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Oscar has just gotta sing!

39 songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures have been chosen as potential nominees for Best Original Song for the 84th Annual Academy Awards, according to Deadline.

The list of possible Best Song nominees certainly contains some no-brainers, including no less than three tunes from "The Muppets" and two from "Happy Feet Two," though there are some surprises in there as well, such as "Taking You With Me" from "Our Idiot Brother" and "Star Spangled Man" from "Captain America: The First Avenger."

To be eligible for an Oscar nomination, a song must "consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film. A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits," according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. »

- Bryan Enk

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39 Original Songs Vie for Oscar’s 2011 Playlist

19 December 2011 3:15 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Thirty-nine songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 84th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title:

“The World I Knew” from “African Cats

“Lay Your Head Down” from “Albert Nobbs

“Star Spangled Man” from “Captain America: The First Avenger

“Collision of Worlds” from “Cars 2

“Dakkanaga Dugu Dugu” from “DAM999″

“DAM999 Theme Song” from “DAM999″

“Mujhe Chod Ke” from “DAM999″

“Rainbird” from “Dirty Girl

“Keep On Walking” from “The First Grader

“Where the River Goes” from “Footloose

“Hello Hello” from “Gnomeo & Juliet”

“Love Builds a Garden” from “Gnomeo & Juliet”

“Bridge of Light” from “Happy Feet Two

“The Mighty Sven” from “Happy Feet Two

“Never Be Daunted” from “happythankyoumoreplease”

“Hell »

- Michelle McCue

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39 Original Songs Fight for Oscar Glory! Is Your Favorite on the List?

19 December 2011 2:38 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced the thirty-nine songs eligible for nominations in the Original Song category.

How do the songs qualify? In order to be eligible, "a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film. A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits." Hence, we hear most of the original songs during the first part of the closing credits.

So here's what's coming up next: On Thursday, January 5, the voting members of the Music Branch will see clips featuring each song, in random order. Right after the screenings, members will vote using a point system of voting. The average score is 8.25 and if there's no song that achieved that score, then there will »

- Manny

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Oscars: 39 Original Songs Vie For Oscar’s 2011 Playlist

19 December 2011 1:46 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: Thirty-nine songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 84th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title:

“The World I Knew” from “African Cats

“Lay Your Head Down” from “Albert Nobbs

“Star Spangled Man” from “Captain America: The First Avenger

“Collision of Worlds” from “Cars 2

“Dakkanaga Dugu Dugu” from “DAM999″

“DAM999 Theme Song” from “DAM999″

“Mujhe Chod Ke” from “DAM999″

“Rainbird” from “Dirty Girl

“Keep On Walking” from “The First Grader

“Where the River Goes” from “Footloose

“Hello Hello” from “Gnomeo & Juliet”

“Love Builds a Garden” from “Gnomeo & Juliet”

“Bridge of Light” from “Happy Feet Two

“The Mighty Sven” from “Happy Feet Two

“Never Be Daunted” from »

- Josh Abraham

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84th Annual Academy Awards Best Original Song Contenders Down to 39

19 December 2011 8:55 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Thirty-nine songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 84th Annual Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title:

"The World I Knew" from African Cats

"Lay Your Head Down" from Albert Nobbs

"Star Spangled Man" from Captain America: The First Avenger

"Collision of Worlds" from Cars 2

"Dakkanaga Dugu Dugu" from Dam999

"Dam999 Theme Song" from Dam999

"Mujhe Chod Ke" from Dam999

"Rainbird" from Dirty Girl

"Keep On Walking" from The First Grader

"Where the River Goes" from Footloose

"Hello Hello" from Gnomeo and Juliet

"Love Builds a Garden" from Gnomeo and Juliet

"Bridge of Light" from Happy Feet Two

"The Mighty Sven" from Happy Feet Two

"Never Be Daunted »

- MovieWeb

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Everything Seedy is Shiny in 'Rock of Ages'

14 December 2011 9:38 AM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Two men are sitting at a table, one of whom speaks excitedly while the other appears bored.

"Stop me if you've heard this. A bunch of fresh-faced believers with a song in their heart, going up against killjoys determined to kill the kids' dreams. Yeah? Well, I bet you've never heard it told quite like this."

Cue: rising music.

Setting: Hollywood. Period: 1987, the age of Poison and Ratt.

Cue: titles

Rock Of Ages

"From the director of [the lesser version of] Hairspray, based on the hit Broadway musical."

Fade in.

A squalid spirited, yet neglected bar on the Sunset Strip is full of young people. Both the guys and girls wear colorful spandex and shaggy, feathered manes. A power ballad throbs as an older man explains the club is actually a church for fresh-faced believers with a song in their heart and a belly full of Jäger. But there are forces at work — diabolical »

- Theron

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Kevin Bacon, John Stamos and Lindsay Lohan Join Hunger Fundraiser

7 December 2011 7:01 PM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Kevin Bacon, John Stamos and Lindsay Lohan are helping to stamp out hunger this Christmas (2011) by donating to a fundraiser for the needy. Jeff Bridges and Charlie Sheen are also participating in the Six Days of Good For Hunger campaign organized by Bacon's charitable initiative, SixDegrees.org. The Footloose star says, "I woke up this morning and had a good meal, but millions of people didn't. We at SixDegrees.org are excited to promote Six Days of Good for Hunger to bring attention to the cause and inspire giving, especially this time of year." The stars are also using their Facebook.com and Twitter.com pages to urge followers to support local food banks and donate to hunger organizations. © WENN »

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Bacon And Lohan Join Hunger Fundraiser

6 December 2011 11:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Kevin Bacon, John Stamos and Lindsay Lohan are helping to stamp out hunger this Christmas by donating to a fundraiser for the needy.

Jeff Bridges and Charlie Sheen are also participating in the Six Days of Good For Hunger campaign organised by Bacon's charitable initiative, SixDegrees.org.

The Footloose star says, "I woke up this morning and had a good meal, but millions of people didn't. We at SixDegrees.org are excited to promote Six Days of Good for Hunger to bring attention to the cause and inspire giving, especially this time of year."

The stars are also using their Facebook.com and Twitter.com pages to urge followers to support local food banks and donate to hunger organisations. »

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Facebook proves Alec Baldwin must be my best friend

22 November 2011 12:41 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Forget six degrees – we're now separated by a mere 4.74 people. Well, if a Facebook scientist says it, it must be true

News that scientists at Facebook have proved we are all, basically, best friends comes as little surprise to me. News that Facebook has scientists comes as more of a shock. What on earth do they do the rest of the time when not proving that everyone is on Facebook and that Facebook can fix the world, do you reckon? Test the acidity levels of the soil in Farmville? Come up with algorithims explaining the meaning of everyone's Facebook photos? Oh wait, sorry, someone already did that. All those Harvard degrees – totes worth it!

But back to the story at hand. On Monday, these Facebook PhDs announced that, according to their findings, everyone is separated by a mere 4.74 people. Being, as you have perhaps already discerned, a very scientifically minded »

- Hadley Freeman

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4.74: The new 6 degrees of separation

22 November 2011 12:08 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

On Monday (Nov. 21), Facebook and scientists at the University of Milan, reported that the average number of acquaintances separating two people in the world is no longer 6, but 4.74.

The original 6 degrees was published by Stanley Milgram in 1967, but only caught on after it was linked to actor Kevin Bacon. "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" was, per Wikipedia, started by four college students in 1994 who were watching "Footloose" during a snowstorm. They realized, after much research, that practically any other actor could be connected to Bacon within six degrees.

The new research is based on Facebook's 721 million users and, according to the New York Times, took one month to complete using a set of algorithms to calculate the average distance between any two users.

"When considering even the most distant Facebook user in the Siberian tundra or the Peruvian rain forest," Facebook wrote on its official blog, "a friend of your »

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Bacon Launches Animal Protection Campaign

17 November 2011 11:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Kevin Bacon has launched a new campaign against the proposed Keystone Xl oil pipeline in a bid to protect the rare spirit bear.

Environmental activists have been campaigning to prevent the building of the pipeline, which will transport oil reserves from Canada through the heart of the U.S. to the Gulf of Mexico, and last week, U.S. President Barack Obama shelved the controversial plan until after the 2012 election - to allow for a review of the proposal.

However, the delay has conservationists worried the added time will give oil giants a chance to gain more support.

And the Footloose star has now joined forces with officials at the Natural Resources Defense Council in an effort to preserve the spirit bear's habitat and protect the species from certain extinction if the plan goes through.

In a new online ad, he says, "In British Columbia a native legend says that when the great glaciers retreated a white bear was left behind to remind us that this lush rainforest was once covered in ice and snow. Today, only 400 of these spirit bears still survive, along a wild untamed coastline that has sustained the people of many first nations for thousands of years. But the land of the spirit bears is facing a grave new threat.

"The Enbridge corporation is planning a pipeline that would carry billions of gallons of tar sands oil into the heart of the spirit bear coast. Enbridge pipelines have had more than 700 spills in the past 10 years. The new pipeline would fill super tankers with the world's dirtiest oil, the ships would then have to navigate a passage narrower than the passage that sank the Exxon Valdez (ship). A single spill could blanket the spirit bear coast in a matter of days. What will become of the spirit bear?"

Bacon isn't the only actor to voice his disapproval of the pipeline plan - eco-warriors Robert Redford, Alec Baldwin, John Cusack and Mark Ruffalo have all taken a stand as well. »

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Bacon's Dog Recovering After Surgery

10 November 2011 8:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Kevin Bacon is nursing his dog back to health after the poorly pooch underwent surgery on his leg.

The Footloose star took his pet Paulie to a veterinarian's office for an operation after the dog injured one of its hind legs.

Bacon kept fans updated on the animal's progress by uploading photos to his Twitter.com page and later thanked them for their well wishes.

He tweets, "My Man Paulie (is) home from the hospital... Thanks to everyone for your sweet concern for my man Paulie. He's bright eyed and bushy tailed as u can see after a successful operation." »

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Cma Awards 2011: Live Blogging the Show

9 November 2011 4:58 PM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Getty Cma Awards host Carrie Underwood

The 45th annual Cma Awards are on ABC tonight and Speakeasy is live-blogging the show.

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are co-hosting the show and the scheduled performers include Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift.

What do you think of the awards? Join the conversation and leave your thoughts in the comments.

10:58 pm

Good night everyone!

10:55 pm

Taylor Swift wins for Entertainer of the Year.

10:50 pm »

- WSJ Staff

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Miranda Lambert: I Don't Want to Catch on Fire at the CMAs

9 November 2011 7:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It is two days before the 45th annual Cma Awards, and reigning Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert still hasn't chosen what to wear on stage to perform live. "Whatever it is," she told People with a laugh, "it probably shouldn't be something flammable!" "Baggage Claim," the first single off her new album Four The Record, may be a scorching kiss-off to a no-good man, but it was the on-stage pyrotechnics that had the Nashville Fire Department concerned during Monday's rehearsals at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. After a couple of run-throughs, an announcement came from the production staff: "All right everybody, »

- Kay West

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2011 Cma Awards Predictions: Will Taylor Swift win big? Blake Shelton?

4 November 2011 3:37 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The 45th Annual Cma Awards, country music’s equivalent to the Grammys, will air Nov. 9 on ABC. The performance-packed show already has a number of potential water cooler moments, including Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Vince Gill’s salute to Glen CampbellLionel Richie singing a number of his hits with top country artists (all of whom appear on his forthcoming country album); the past and present meeting in Blake Shelton and Kenny Loggins’ duet on “Footloose, ” and appearances by Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, American Idols’ Scotty McCreery, Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert. No Gwyneth Paltrow repeat performance though. In between »

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Footloose

31 October 2011 7:00 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Screenwriter Dean Pitchford wrote Footloose after reading a news story about a town that had outlawed dancing. Back in the early 1980s, this was unusual but not completely out of the ordinary in small, rural communities. The story made sense with the times, and for audiences to come, dancing was a stand-in for other social issues. Perhaps I am reading too much into the original 1984 Footloose, but then again, how else can I explain the fact that a 1980s dance movie has become a classic in its own right?

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- Rachel Kolb

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'Robot Chicken' star Seth Green shares his five favorite movie comedies

28 October 2011 6:30 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Seth Green has an unimpeachable comedy résumé. From his clueless aspiring rapper in 1998’s Can’t Hardly Wait to the hilariously myopic characters he voices on Robot Chicken and Family Guy, Green mines belly laughs from Millennial solipsism better than anyone else. Not to mention that he kicked off his career with one of the all-time great performances by a kid actor: as a 12-year-old avatar for Woody Allen in 1987’s Radio Days.

This past Sunday, Robot Chicken, which Green created with Matthew Senreich, came roaring squawking back after a seven month hiatus, with skits that imagined Footloose’s Ren »

- Christian Blauvelt

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