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The Motion Picture Academy is embroiled in a minor dustup involving the disqualification of one of the five nominees for Best Original Song because of some shady campaigning. The songwriter of “Alone, Yet Not Alone” is fighting back, and most aggravatingly, “Godless Hollywood” is being blamed for unfairly picking on this plucky underdog of a nominee, which is the theme song to an obscure Christian film that has only played in a few theaters. Why, it’s a regular “David vs. Goliath!”
It doesn’t help the songwriter’s case that the song is terrible, and sounds like an outtake from the Sandi Patti box set.
Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time The Academy nominated terrible songs and left out more deserving fare. In fact, here are a few Best Original Song nominees from the past that should have been disqualified instantly. Not for any impropriety … but because they suck. »
In my childhood, snow days meant putting on a shirt, a sweatshirt, some hand-me-down snow overalls, a jacket, a scarf, gloves, a hat, two pairs of socks, and boots before heading outside and enjoying a day of freedom. After snow ball fights and a potential injury or two, my brother and I would head back inside, leaving a puddle at the front door where our boots and overalls now sat on the floor. Then, there was hot chocolate, some food, and one round of clothes in the dryer before we were back out in the cold.
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- Samantha Highfill
This review of Looking is causing a stir. He’s confused by the lack of mincing.
This horrific story came out over the weekend, and now GLAAD responds to the Grantland.com story about the outing and suicide of Essay Anne Vanderbilt.
The expulsion of 18-year-old high school student Robert Marucci for appearing on Sean Cody has been reversed. It was a misunderstanding.
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Actor, comedian, musician and songwriter Matthew Patrick Davis (Greek, Community, The Sarah Silverman Program) brings those many talents to bear in his passion for genre cinema, creating mini musical parodies of horror, fantasy and sci-fi classics. For example, here's a hilariously obscene song from The Shining: The Musical, entitled “Bash Your Fucking Brains In.” [Do I even need to warn you that this song is Nsfw?] <a data-cke-saved-href="http://mpdavis.bandcamp.com/album/the-shining-the-musical" href="http://mpdavis.bandcamp.com/album/the-shining-the-musical"&... Shining! The Musical! by Davis & Sons</a> Another impressive sample of Davis's work is this promotional scene from a proposed stage adaptation of Tim Burton's A Nightmare Before Christmas, in which Davis portrays protagonist Jack Skellington while performing “Jack's Lament,” originally written and performed for the film by Danny Elfman. Posted in 2012, the clip has generated a fair amount of buzz from fans eager to see it come to the attention of Burton, Elfman, Disney and the rest of the powers-that-be behind Nightmare. While that apparently hasn't happened yet, it's still an excellent performance, hinting at the wild possibilities of a fully-backed stage production. »
- Gregory Burkart
4 items from 2014
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