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Every year the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announces its Golden Globe nominations, and every year we wonder why this rococo freakshow matters. In years past, clunkers like The Tourist and Burlesque have been nominated for Best Picture, and to the HFPA's credit, neither of those ridiculous movies ended up winning Best Picture. Unfortunately, the five I've listed below either won Best Comedy/Musical or Best Drama, and you'll likely agree that these embarrassments remain stinky all these years later.
Here they are, the five worst movies to win the biggest Golden Globe of the night.
I'm obviously an elite-level Madonna fan, but I'm also the first to admit that Evita is un-special. Madonna's performance is serviceable and Antonio Banderas' is a bit better, but to me Andrew Lloyd Webber's rather muted spectacle is the least interesting thing about Madonna in the '90s. And yes, I remember "Nothing Really Matters. »
Complaints over this year's nods were largely lost on me. The Globes have maintained their reputation for shunning snobbery
I've never understood the bad rap of the Golden Globes. So they're boozy, easily corrupted and star-struck. So are half my friends. "The Golden Globes are not taken seriously as artistic milestones and have a history of voting idiosyncrasies," sniffed the New York Times last year. "The group tends to nominate based on star wattage instead of performance, in an effort to orchestrate a red-carpet spectacle."
I would argue that this very lack of high-mindedness is what gives the Globes' taste profile such an uncanny resemblance to that of a sentient adult human. They gave best picture to The Social Network not The King's Speech, to Brokeback Mountain not Crash and to Et not Gandhi.
They rewarded Tom Hanks for Big (1988), rather than waiting for him to catch Aids. They gave »
- Tom Shone
The Parents Television Council has finally discovered The Walking Dead.
The oft-outraged and oft-mocked parents organization is taking on TV’s top-rated drama for its “inaccurate” age-appropriateness rating of TV-14.
Some of you doubtless have no idea what that refers to. Ad-supported TV shows have mandatory content ratings that are, lets face it, widely ignored. But not by the PTC.
PTC president Tim Winter said in a statement: “Throughout its run, the AMC program The Walking Dead has featured some of the most graphic and brutally intense violence and gore imaginable.”
Yeah it has!
Continues Winter: “In the current season »
- James Hibberd
After all the cliches – sleezy hack, crusading attorney, tart with a heart – isn't it time showbiz tackled chemical engineering?
There isn't much to recommend the Broadway revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, which, despite a stellar cast including Al Pacino and Richard Schiff, is slow, thin, dated and delusional, thinking itself naughty for the swear words (lots of "fucks"; two or three c-words), when, across the street, Book of Mormon nightly wows audiences with the suggestion that God be penetrated in every orifice.
Still. I saw Glengarry last week with someone who works in sales, which made it somewhat more interesting.
Mamet's play documents the feral end of the sales spectrum – men flogging units of Florida timeshare – and is faithful enough to reality to provoke a complicated reaction from those who work somewhere in it: from recognition – "always be closing", the play's mantra, is "something every sales person lives by," said my friend – to dismay, »
- Emma Brockes
It's time to meet Canada's version of Mark Zuckerberg! Well, at least Degrassi's version of the Facebook creator! Though the fictional social media site Face Range has long been a part of the TeenNick hit series, we've never learned about its creator...until now! In Friday's upcoming Las Vegas special, ambitious overachiever Katie (Chloe Rose) turns to the CEO for some financial help and we've got an exclusive sneak peek at their interesting negotiation process, which includes an awesome Pretty Woman reference! So why is Katie asking the CEO of a huge company for a $5,000 loan? Because she gambled away her savings account the night before! No, she hasn't developed a gambling »
In the box-office lull before the arrival The Hobbit next weekend, Skyfall returned to the number-one spot at the box office, becoming the first film since Avatar to lead the chart in its fifth week. It also became the highest grossing Sony release of all time. Not too shabby, Mr. Bond.
Skyfall topped the domestic rankings with an estimated $11.0 million (down a slim 34 percent from last weekend), which brings its North American total to a stunning $261.1 million. It’s difficult to adequately express how incredible — and somewhat inexplicable — Skyfall’s run has been. The former franchise high-point for the Bond series was Quantum of Solace, »
- Grady Smith
The Phantom of the Opera (2004, directed by Joel Schumacher) is a lavish depiction of its world, examining the nature of facade – the un-reality of the stage, the masked Phantom of the title, and the duality of “costume” within costume (the majority of clothes on screen are designed as costumes for use in performances in the narrative). Costume designer Alexandra Byrne makes use of symbolic colour palettes and silhouettes to bring this heightened world to life.
We are first taken into the world of the Opera Populaire, 1870, with the dress rehearsal of “Hannibal”. It is interesting to note that not all are wearing full “costume” – corsets and petticoats draw attention to the central performance element. Heroine Christine (Emmy Rossum) is dressed identically to the other dancing girls, in a cream and gold top, cropped below the bust, with heavily embellished gold and blue neckline, embellished waistband with two rows of red »
Heidi Klum scrapped her annual Halloween party in October in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Or maybe "postponed" is the right word -- because she and many others were in costume over the weekend.
The model and "Project Runway" host turned up Saturday (Dec. 1) in an elaborate Cleopatra costume, accompanied by Santa Claus. How elaborate? Well, check out her bejeweled face in this close-up shot. That must have taken a while:
Others in attendance included former "America's Next Top Model" star Jay Manuel, dressed as a glam devil; model Alyssa Miller, doing Julia Roberts' streetwalker look from "Pretty Woman"; and Russell Simmons, looking a lot like his brother Joseph "Run" Simmons did back in the day.
Questlove of the Roots was the DJ for the night, dressed as "Slutty Questlove":
The party wasn't just an excuse to dress up, though. Proceeds went to the Red Cross, and on Sunday, »
Robert Pattinson ditched Kristen Stewart for fancy movie luncheon last night,new pic. Last night, Twilight Saga main man Robert Pattinson decided to take a break from hanging with Kristen Stewart, so he could go party it up with "Pretty Woman" acting legend Richard Gear,and some other peeps at a fancy movie luncheon in Los Angeles,California. Rob sported some casual gear,and appeared to have a great time as he posed it up with Richard and company. According to sources, Rob hit up an "Arbitrage" luncheon in Los Angeles, CA last night,November 30th. He joined Richard Gear for food and conversation at the Osteria Mozza. Gear's new movie's director Nicholas Jarecki, as well as writer Kristen Smith and "Homeland" star Morena Baccarin,joined them. The "Arbitrage" movie is a new dramatic thriller that follows "a troubled hedge fund magnate that is desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire, »
Rob rubbed shoulders with Hollywood heavyweights Richard Gere and director Nicholas Jarecki as he attended the 'Arbitrage' Luncheon at Osteria Mozza on Nov. 30. It was a guy's night out as Kristen Stewart was left at home. Robert Pattinson flew solo on Thursday Nov. 30 as the Twilight actor attended the Arbitrage Luncheon at Osteria Mozza. Presumably, girlfriend Kristen Stewart stayed at home as her boyfriend schmoozed with some of Hollywood's biggest stars. Rob went to the event, dressed casually with a black t-shirt, denim jacket and heavier black jacket on top. Arbitrage actor Richard Gere and director Nicholas Jarecki were also featured at the event. From the looks of the photos, it seems as though Rob and Richard hit it off as the two have a lot in common. Richard became a hot commodity after starring in 1980's American Gigolo, and went on to star in hit films such as Breathless and Pretty Woman. »
- Christopher Rogers
This morning a li’l post by Jim Zub, the author of the indie book Skullkickers, hit the viral airwaves. His post entitled “The Reality of Mainstream Creator-Owned Comics” set a plethora of shared Facebook posts ablaze in ‘likes’ and comments. Even my close and personal friend Gene Ha placed it on his wall with a very nice send up. By the way, when I say Gene and I are “close and personal friends,” I mean to say that he recognized me at Baltimore Comic-Con, actually talked to me for more than 10 minutes, and we once had pizza at Matt Wright’s (my Unshaven cohort) house. The article in question laid out in basic math how a comic on the rack of your favorite pulp store breaks down. It’s a sobering, but near perfect (as far as I can tell) account on how we little folk of Artist Alley »
- Marc Alan Fishman
There is just over a week to go until the opening of perhaps one of the most anticipated musicals of the year. The Bodyguard was one those films, along with the likes of Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing, which were the ultimate ‘date’ movies during the late 1980s/ early 90′s, and this December 5th, the film based on Lawrence Kasdan scripted 1993 movie, which starred Kevin Costner and the late, great Whitney Houston, takes to the stage at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End.
Heather Headley plays the role of Rachel Marron in the film, while Lloyd Owen plays her bodyguard Frank Farmer. As mentioned above, the musical debuts on stage at the Adelphi on 5th December, and Thn will have the definitive review on the morning of the following day. We can’t wait.
Here’s the full press release, including full cast list and bio, plus some »
- Paul Heath
The organisers of the Academy Awards are po-faced about comedy, so a dose of screwball humanism is just what they need
"Imagine there's no heaven," sang John Lennon. "It's easy if you try."
Imagine a world with no Marx Brothers films, no Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire. A world in which Cary Grant was never born and Preston Sturges is just a rumor. Dutifully, the populace trudge beneath skies the color of porridge towards box-like movie theatres, where they consume their weekly dollop of gloom, as served up in with movies like A Life of Emile Zola, Marty and Crash.
In this alternative universe, movie-going is a bit like going to the dentist, only without the laughing gas. Films that stand any chance of raising a smile have been expunged from the records, although you will occasionally hear talk among those old enough to remember of something called Some Like It Hot, »
- Tom Shone
In her People.com blog, Diem Brown, the Real World/Road Rules Challenge contestant recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer for the second time, opens up about her desire for a child and the ups and downs of cancer and fertility procedures. Cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie! What other three dishes scream Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings back fond memories and immediately triggers you to reflect upon the past year. A year ... If you would have told me that after I climbed an Icelandic glacier on MTV's The Challenge, I would find a cancer-filled cyst, freeze eggs, »
- Diem Brown
Believe it or not, this isn't Kristen Stewart doing the walk of shame the morning after ... it's Jared Leto on the set of his new film in New Orleans on Thursday.The 40-year-old 30 Seconds to Mars singer -- who is no stranger to guyliner -- is now rockin' a wig, full face, ripped pantyhose and ginormous pumps to play a cross-dresser in the "Dallas Buyers Club," the same flick Matthew McConaughey has whittled himself down to nothing for. »
- TMZ Staff
Not every romantic movie match was made in heaven. We submit it's quite the opposite in a lot of cases.
This baker's dozen batch of film titles in particular, boasting some shamelessly twisted pairings, has definitely given our gag reflex an unhealthy workout over the years. From incest to incomprehensible deception to just plain strange, there are a lot of different variations of yuck to be experienced within this group.
Some are worse than others, sure, but none are very well-suited for the faint of heart or imagination.
13. 'What Women Want'
Ah, pre-bigotry-slinging Mel Gibson. Those were some good old days, weren't they? Except, of course, for "What Women Want." Gibson's hyper-successful ad man Nick Marshall knows his way around a bedpost, but every female in his life pretty much loathes him. Lucky for him, an accident bestows upon him the desirable ability to read women's minds. Old »
- Amanda Bell
Jeremy Renner has appeared in a slate of new Saturday Night Live promos. Renner appears with SNL's Kenan Thompson in the brief sketches to display his intensity and show off his outfits "Pretty Woman-style". This weekend's Saturday Night Live will be the first hosting stint for Renner, who has starred in this year's box office hits The Avengers, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and The Bourne Legacy. Maroon 5 (more) »
- By Justin Harp
On August 1st, 1981, a certain little channel called MTV broadcast their first music video. A quick question of pop trivia, can you name that music video? (answer revealed below)
Since then music videos have been a burgeoning form of media, and have become so much more than a mere visual accompaniment to an artist’s track. They have the ability to escalate the popularity of a song to stratospheric heights, through being played on music channels or being shared on the internet.
By ‘going viral’, music videos can be accessed by everyone with an internet connection. Take the recent pop sensation ‘Gangnam Style’ (530 million views at time of writing). As a song it is distinctly average, a generic pop song, another skid mark on the underpants of our music charts. However, give it a quirky music video and a stupid (albeit entertaining) dance routine, and you have yourself a major hit. »
- Paul England
You might not have immediately known Bill Dees' name, but you surely knew his work. The cowriter of Roy Orbison's 1964 hit "Oh, Pretty Woman" died last week at the age of 73, according to published reports. Dees and Orbison's smash was prominently featured in 1990's Pretty Woman, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. In addition to cowriting "Oh, Pretty Woman"—which was also covered by the likes of Van Halen, Al Green, Connie Francis and even Alvin and the Chipmunks—Dees penned songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and Glen Campbell. In the early 1990s, Dees found himself embroiled in a copyright-infringement lawsuit with 2 Live Crew over »
In the early 1990s, Dees was involved in a landmark Supreme Court case, when Orbison's music publisher sued 2 Live Crew for the raunchy rappers' parody, "Pretty Woman." The case was ultimately decided in the "Nasty As They Wanna Be" group's favor on the basis of fair use.
"It's like if someone asks you if they could use the car," Dees complained at the time. "We said no, but they take it and paint it all different colors."
Memorial services are scheduled for Nov. 11 in Branson, Mo. »
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