People can't stop talking about John Travolta's flub last night. Which is understandable because...what happened?! In case you have no idea what we're talking about, the actor took the stage at the 2014 Academy Awards to introduce Idina Menzel who performed her song "Let It Go" from the animated film Frozen. Everything was going smoothly until it came to actually saying her name. After praising the "wickedly talented" star, Travolta introduced her as, "the one and only Adele Dazeem." Wait, what?! Who's Adele Dazeem? Travolta's mistake took the Internet by storm, and although nobody really knows what happened in that moment, we do know that the Pulp Fiction »
In the late-'90s, two hot names in independent cinema - Quentin Tarantino, fresh off of Pulp Fiction , and Robert Rodriguez of El Mariachi and Desperado - teamed up for the unconventional '96 horror film From Dusk Till Dawn . One part story of two thieves on the lam (played by George Clooney and Tarantino) and one part balls-to-the-wall vampire film, From Dusk Till Dawn , as a property, proved it had legs. Perhaps it was the story's cunning thieves, Seth and Richie Gecko, or perhaps it was the unapologetic and grotesque portrayal of the vampires (they sure ain't pretty). Whatever the case may be, it spawned two sequels, a comic book adaptation and a video game. You can »
The 'Pulp Fiction' star introduced the singer as "the talented, the one and only, Adaley Darzeen", News.com.au reported.
Menzel performed 'Let It Go' track for Disney's animated film 'Frozen', which bagged the awards for Best Animated Film and Best Original Song. (Ani) »
- Smith Cox
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6.91 Iron Man 3
6.16 Man Of Steel
6.14 Despicable Me 2
6.11 Fast & Furious 6
7.46 The World’S End
7.17 This Is The End
6.67 The Heat
6.66 We’Re The Millers
6.59 American Hustle
- Jeff Bayer
The movie mogul on why he loves the Brits, making films for his children and how giving up M&Ms made him a better person
How are you and what are you doing?
I'm in New York City, it's snowing, freezing cold and for some unfathomable reason, I'm about to walk down the street to my office. Other than that, I'm fabulous.
Your new film, Escape from Planet Earth, is the Weinstein Company's first animation, right?
The first one we've made from scratch, yeah. Funnily enough, it's about two brothers who squabble all the time. I wouldn't know anything about that, of course [Harvey runs the Weinstein Company with his brother Bob]. One of the brothers is a larger-than-life alien hero who gets sent to Area 51, where he's imprisoned, so the quieter brother has to go and rescue him. Every weekend, my four daughters insist I drive them to the movie theatre and watch the latest animated film. So »
- Michael Hogan
The crew at NewsBeFunny know the truth: There's absolutely nothing funnier than an dysfunctional news broadcast. This month's snow-centric round-up of hilarious reporter flubs might be even funnier than last month's, focusing primarily on slips, both verbal and physical – from wacky pratfalls in snow-covered streets to accidental on-air cursing that would make Ron Burgundy blush.
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In one early highlight, a Rochester man creatively compares the harshness of below-freezing temperatures to the diminishing returns of one particularly troubled pop star: "I compare winter to be the Justin Bieber of seasons, »
Peter Debruge: Ok, gentlemen, time to guess who will win the Oscar for best picture. I say “guess” because the word “predict” seems entirely too confident when it comes to the Academy Awards. Despite all the ink and all the effort that people put into anticipating who will win on Sunday night, all the logic and algorithms that factor into their prognostications, I still think it’s a crapshoot — and I say this as someone who once managed to win Variety’s office Oscar pool. That’s no humblebrag, mind you. Quite the opposite. My point is that only once in the last 20 years of the Academy Awards have my preferences aligned with the Academy’s — a group that prefers “Argo” to “Amour” and “The Lord of the Rings” to “Lost in Translation,” while overlooking what I consider to be the best film of 2013: “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
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- Peter Debruge, Scott Foundas and Justin Chang
We recently took part in a Q&A session for Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn" for the El Rey Network, but that doesn't mean he was able to get away without dishing a bit on the upcoming flick Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
"I always forget that it’s almost 10 years since the last Sin City," says Rodriguez about revisiting that world. "It still feels so fresh in my mind... I guess since we were always kind of working on it, it didn’t feel like that much time had passed."
"I always knew I was going to make another Sin City. So that was a little pressure in my mind as far as how we were going to approach it. I knew we would shoot it in 3D for instance. I knew we were going to adopt certain books and come up with new story lines. »
- Uncle Creepy
As much as we talk about the stats and trends of the Oscars, each year of the awards seems to present us with a new piece of history. This year, Dallas Buyers Club could make history as the first film to win both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in a film that did not receive a Best Director nomination. While Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto seem to be locked into their wins, this did provide an interesting jumping off point to look at the recent history of this category.
Here are the films in the past 25 years that have managed a Best Actor and Supporting Actor nomination:
1989: Driving Ms. Daisy – Morgan Freeman and Dan Ackroyd
1993: Schindler’s »
- Terence Johnson
Sometimes it seems like Brad Pitt emerged from the womb this handsome and talented. Not so, it turns out, as pop culture archeologist and La Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson recently discovered by unearthing footage from the actor's little seen 1988 debut "The Dark Side of the Sun." We imagine these materials were located in a vast warehouse like at the end of "Raiders of the Lost Ark." While the article is worth reading (and watching) in full, the basics are this: a 24-year-old Pitt, looking fresh-faced and acting as awkwardly as Pitt is ever likely to act (that voice over! Egads!), signed on to this barely-watched Yugoslavian drama. It's got everything—Pitt in a gimp costume not unlike the one in "Pulp Fiction" (something that muffles his trademark voice into an indistinguishable purr), Pitt kissing a dolphin, and a weird romance involving Pitt and his leather-bound alter ego. It sounds amazing. »
- Drew Taylor
Following the groundbreaking film that grossed $160 million worldwide, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For reunites Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller for the next chapter in this trailblazing series. Weaving together stunning visuals with an uncompromising, hard-boiled plot, the film promises more lurid tales from the various residents of Basin City.
With a star-studded cast that includes the legendary Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction), Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin (Milk), Jessica Alba (Spy Kids 4), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises), Sin City: A Dame to Kill For ensures an experience like no other!
The film will be released by Dimension Films in the Us and Canada on August 22nd, 2014.
- Uncle Creepy
Gavin Logan on the Oscar race for Best Original Song...
With all the intense, anxious debate surrounding predictions, snubs, and "who are you wearing?" (like any of us really care) people could be forgiven for forgetting that the Oscars is supposed to fun. One of my favourite categories, and one that tends to get overlooked, is Original Song. We all know just how important music is in helping to capture a tone for a movie but maybe even more important is a particular song that can sometimes sum a movie up and make it easily recognisable. If I throw out 'Misirlou', you automatically think of Pulp Fiction. If I mention 'Unchained Melody', it's impossible not to think of that racy pottery scene from Ghost. Although not original compositions specifically written for those movies, the songs will nevertheless be forever linked to them. In terms of original songs, think back to »
- Gary Collinson
After the Academy Award for Best Song was won by ‘It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp’ at the 2006 Oscars, host Jon Stewart quipped, ‘For those of you who are keeping score at home, I just want to make something very clear: Martin Scorsese, zero Oscars; Three 6 Mafia, one.’
If the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences specialises in one thing at a sophisticated level no other collaborative body could ever hope to match, it’s giving awards to the wrong people. Sometimes, it almost seems like a deliberate act of petulance. Try finding anyone outside of Robert Zemekis’s immediate family who considers Forrest Gump to be a better picture than Pulp Fiction (one win) or The Shawshank Redemption (IMDb’s Best Film Ever Made; no wins).
In 1999, The 71st Academy Awards became to many people, the apogee of undeserved Oscars and the rabid invective from »
- Cai Ross
I don't envy Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, the producers of Sunday's Oscar telecast. They have an impossible job, with a variety of incompatible constituencies to please -- the Academy old guard, ABC executives, fans of the competing movies, people who didn't like any of the competing movies, the young, the old, the domestic audience, the foreign audience, and the TV critics. Last year, they came up with one of the higher-rated Oscar shows in recent years, but they also took flak for the often deliberately tasteless antics of emcee Seth "I Saw Your Boobs" MacFarlane.
This year, they've gone the opposite way, hiring Ellen DeGeneres, who proved she can be blandly inoffensive to a worldwide audience when she hosted the show in 2007. Of course, the show will still be a Frankenstein-monster of parts that don't really fit together, there will be too many awards given to too many people you've never heard of, »
- Gary Susman
Justin Chang: Scott, I know it will come as little surprise to you that when Peter Debruge and I sat down to discuss this year’s Oscar nominees for best supporting actor and supporting actress, we spent almost as much time talking about the performances that should have been nominated as we did talking about the ones that actually were. This is hardly a new ax for any critic to grind, but it bears repeating: Those who vote on the Academy Awards are largely in the business of making movies — not seeing them, thinking about them and writing about them week in and week out. No wonder this organization’s choices often strike us as so pedestrian and provincial, less engaged by the boundary-expanding possibilities of cinema than beholden to the power of hometown hype.
See Also: Oscars Picks: Variety Critics on Who Should Win Best Supporting Actor »
- Justin Chang and Scott Foundas
Plot: A hit man (John Cusack) holes up in a seedy motel while waiting for his boss (Robert De Niro) to come and claim a mysterious bag that he.s been asked to transport. Review: Remember how . after the one-two punch of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction . cinemas in the mid-nineties were filled with Tarantino clones? So many indie directors hoped to get their share of his fame, and while some of these films were Ok (Things To Do In Denver When You.Re Dead), most were awful (Feeling »
- Chris Bumbray
Oscar 2014 presenters range from Alfred Hitchcock heroine to ’12 Years a Slave’ producer (photo: Oscar 2014 presenter Jennifer Lawrence) Expect at least a couple of standing ovations at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony to be held on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. Oscar 2014 producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced earlier today the complete list of movie celebrities — all actors, including a handful of actor-directors / actor-producers — who will be presenters at the ceremony, to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, and which will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide — even in the United States, via the ABC network. (See the full list below.) Among the Oscar 2014 presenters, you’ll find a number of past Oscar winners and nominees. With a couple of exceptions, not from the very distant past, mind you, as the overwhelming majority of presenters are performers working in »
- Steve Montgomery
What's more epic than the battle between Heaven and Hell? Apparently the battle between Sega and Nintendo. According to Collider, filmmaking duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will follow their apocalyptic 2013 smash This Is the End with Console Wars, a comedy about the rivalry between the Nineties' two most historic video game companies.
The duo will direct and write the Sony-released film, adapting the script from Blake Harris' upcoming 2014 book, Console Wars: Sega, »
Producer Harvey Weinstein says Hunger Games star 'deserves a rest' after series of exhausting movies
• David O Russell apologises for 'stupid' Jennifer Lawrence slavery comparison
Speaking to the Sun on Sunday (paywall) Weinstein said the exhausted star of dystopian sci fi saga The Hunger Games and comedy Silver Linings Playbook would be taking a well-deserved rest after an incredibly busy period of filming.
"Jennifer is too nice and will do people favours and agrees to do a movie like American Hustle when she could have had a rest," said Weinstein. "She signed on to do Hunger Games when she was young and wouldn't have realised how much it would dominate her life. But she's a professional and always will be."
The producer said Lawrence, who took the best actress Oscar last »
- Ben Child
Huffington Post a live-blogged review of critical punching bag Pompeii
Pajiba on Lupita Nyong'o on Ellen. We already knew Ellen was a perfect talk show host but Lupita is a natural at talk show guesting as well
Gurus of Gold top threes in each category from the Gurus. Looks like I'm way off consensus on Adaped Screenplay and Editing
Slate Turns out "Chivo", cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, has an instagram feed and Slate is crazy besotted with it
Pop & Hiss P!nk added to performers list at the Oscars. We're guessing aerial acrobatics but they already had those really recently at an Oscars ceremony... like I think just two years ago, right?
NY Times Manohla Dargis delivers an impassioned ode to Jennifer Lawrence's huge career... and thinks she's going to win Sunday night
- NATHANIEL R
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