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It's been a nice week. Thanks to the lack of news I was able to focus on my top 25 movies of 2009, but it won't be slow for long.
This past Monday ballots for the 2010 Oscars were mailed to the 5,777 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and one day later ballots for the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards were sent out to nearly 100,000 actors. Oscar ballots must be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers by 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2010 and SAG ballots are due two days earlier, by noon Pst on Thursday, January 21, 2010.
Speaking of ballots, Steve Pond at The Wrap posted a brain-bender of an article concerning the Oscar balloting system, which includes 11 different ballots in 11 different colors covering 15 of the 24 Oscar categories. He then proceeds to explain a couple of the peculiarities regarding each of them. It all sounded like a hot mess if you ask me. »
- Brad Brevet
Some major well-known celebs dominated this news year. Rihanna, Barack Obama, Tiger Woods, and Charlie Sheen all made the headlines in a Big way! But what about the stars you barely heard of until this year?
Here are 8 celebs who broke out in 2009 in a Big way!
Justin Bieber: If you didn’t know who Justin Bieber was in 2008, you sure know him now! This 15-year-old Candian native won the hearts of teen girls (and even some a bit older!) with the hits off his album “My World.” His mall tour stop at Long Island’s Roosevelt Field Mall in November even had to be cancelled after police were called in to contain 3,000 screaming fans. We haven’t seen a star like this since Paul McCartney!
Megan Fox, who arrived at first place in a poll ranking 2009’s worst actress, says she could tell that her Jennifer’s Body co-star and recipient of the famed girl-on-girl kiss, Amanda Seyfried, was was “not excited about it.” The Transformers beauty went on to say that the smooch is awkward to watch because it’s so uncomfortable.
“I feel it’s so awkward and quiet, there is no score underneath it and it’s just… Could you watch yourself doing it? It’s awkward and it was really awkward to film it,” said the 23-year-old.
She added: “I would say it’s easier kissing someone who you know doesn’t want to kiss you, that’s more comfortable than going into a scene with somebody that you think is anticipating it or is going to enjoy it. But I knew clearly Amanda was not excited about it.”
- Reel Loop News Staff
New York, Dec 30 (Ians) Movie fans have rated model-turned-actress Megan Fox’s sex appeal above her onscreen talents, as she was named the worst actress of 2009 but also the sexiest in a new poll.
Fox has topped the list of worst actresses by film website Moviefone.com for her role in action sequel “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, narrowly beating out Beyonce Knowles for her performance in thriller “Obsessed” and Hilary Swank in “Amelia”, reports buzzhollywood.com.
Fox’s “Transformers” follow-up also divided the voters,. »
Zoe Saldana in Avatar (Weta / 20th Century Fox) Avatar now has the #3 spot in the Box Office Mojo chart of the biggest Tuesday box-office earnings ever (not adjusted for inflation or higher 3D/IMAX ticket prices). But wait. Avatar was #3 last week as well. And still is. Yesterday, James Cameron’s sci-fi epic adventure grossed an outstanding $18.2 million — its 12th day out. The previous week, Avatar had grossed $16m. Now, Avatar is both #3 and #4 on the chart. And it’s #1 and #2 for the best Tuesday box-office grosses in December. Michael Bay’s Transformers, with $27.8m on opening day, and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, with $20.8m on Day 5, occupy the top spots on the list. Both [...] »
- Michelle Hutton
The producer X-Men and Transformers isn't just interested in fictional superheroes, he also has an eye on what everyday heroes are up to. Fresh off of producing Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Tom DeSanto has been hard at work on creating a special for truTV. Dubbed Crisis: New York Under Water, the series will introduce audiences to actual case files involving attempted attacks on the U.S. by terrorists and how they've been thwarted by various government agencies. The special is rated TV-14-v and airs tonight on truTV at 11 p.m. Est. Here's the official synopsis from the network: From producer Tom DeSanto (X-Men and Transformers) comes a thrilling new series that unlocks the case files of America’s elite terrorist hunters and tells the stories of their daring missions. Through a mix of computer-generated animations, action-packed recreations, and hair-raising interviews with the actual agents, we’ll recount the shocking, »
With the proliferation of Top Tens and Best Of lists on the internet at this time of year we wanted to try something a little different.
2009 was an important year for the business of cinema; games were changed with the acquiescence of audiences to the notion of 3D, low budgets met with large returns, old franchises spawned reboots and rebakes with varying success, the British film industry remained strong and gave us some bright new stars in our sky.
We asked our writers to come up with an alternative set of awards which would honour those films, directors and actors who made 2009 such an enjoyable year. Strong emotions are rendered in strong language, be warned if words offend.
So, here now, I present to you our awards for 2009 – The Truffles.
- Jon Lyus
Movie fans have rated Megan Fox's sex appeal above her onscreen talents - she has been named worst actress of the year, but also the sexiest in a new poll. Fox has topped the list of worst actresses by film website Moviefone.com for her role in action sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, narrowly beating out Beyonce Knowles for her performance in thriller Obsessed and Hilary Swank in Amelia.
Fox's Transformers follow-up also divided voters, being named both worst movie of the year and best action movie.
Twilight's vampires and werewolves also proved popular, with British heart-throb Robert Pattinson scooping the title of sexiest male star and Taylor Lautner being named male breakout star of the year. The Twilight Saga: New Moon was named best film ahead of Avatar and The Hangover, and the bloodsucker movie was also crowned best chick flick. »
From action to science fiction to animation, we discuss our favorite frames of celluloid from the past year.
By Josh Wigler
Photo: 20th Century Fox
Even as moviegoers look ahead towards 2010, it cannot be denied that 2009 was a banner year for blockbuster cinema. Hot off the heels of the domestic box office's single most lucrative weekend ever, there is no question that both Hollywood and the indie scene alike had their best game-faces on this year, resulting in a science-fiction renaissance through the likes of "District 9" as well as more intimate (though no less dangerous) affairs as seen in "The Hurt Locker."
While a movie is only as good as the sum of its parts, it's clear that the films of 2009 had some very, very good parts. From intergalactic space battles to an intense conversational showdown over a glass of milk, these are our nine »
I don't think J.J. Abrams would want to work much faster than this outlined schedule by Zoe Saldana, his beautiful Star Trek star who spoke to MTV recently about a sequel. Trek was a blast in my opinion, but it was also a pretty accomplished film with a tight, efficient script. That's no accident, because those things don't happen by accident.
As a comparison, I offer Transformers, which went from a pretty entertaining first film to an absolute train wreck because there was no time to develop the story. It was two years between installments there, and Trek looks like it will wait three years before boldly going again. That gives Abrams and company time to get it right, a process that Saldana say is already underway.
- Colin Boyd
AOL's Moviefone has released its 2009 year-end movies poll and one thing is clear -- moviegoers, at least the ones voting on Moviefone, loved "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." The vampire romance saga was chosen as the Best Movie of the Year.
But my favorite question? "How would you rate 2009 overall," to which the answer was a resounding "Eh!"
Check out the full results of the Moviefone poll below:
1. What was the best movie of the year?
'New Moon' - 41%
'Avatar' - 14%
'The Hangover' - 13%
'Star Trek' - 11%
'Up' - 9%
'Inglourious Basterds' - 9%
'Up in the Air' - 2%
2. What was the worst movie of the year?
According to the fine fellas over at Fangoria, principal photography for the as yet un-casted “Captain America” is set to roll in June of 2010. That’s pretty soon. No casting news yet. Will it be Sam Worthington? He’s in everything else. Why not? I’m thinking the good Captain is going to have to be pretty buff so 6 months is going to have to be enough time for someone to get in fighting trim. In other superhero news, the production team is in place for “Green Lantern” starring Ryan Reynolds. These guys are good so I’m hoping the Green won’t be another Wolverine. Thanks /Film for the bullets. Cinematographer Dion Beebe (Memoirs of a Geisha, Chicago, Equilibrium, Collateral) Production designer Grant Major and costume designer Ngila Dickson (Lord of the Rings trilogy) Art director François Audouy (Avatar, I Am Legend, Watchmen, Transformers, the Spider-Man” trilogy) »
Director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) is wasting no time in putting together an A-list crew to help him bring Green Lantern to the big screen. It's a virtual 'who's who' of Oscar talent, from cinematography through to production design.
Dian Beebe, who previously won an Oscar for his work on Memoirs of a Geisha and was nominated for Chicago has signed aboard as cinematographer, while production designer Grant Major and costume designer Ngila Dickson, both of whom won Oscars for their work on Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, have also joined Green Lantern.
Art director Francois Audouy, who previously provided concept art for Avatar and I Am Legend, and worked as art director for Watchmen and the first Transformers, will bring his talents to bear on the DC franchise.
We're still waiting to hear who will be cast in support roles opposite Ryan Reynolds, and indeed, who »
This year was a pretty good year for Scifi films and despite some disappointments I must admit that 2009 was a pretty good year for scifi film fans young and old with a nice mix of films to suit all tastes.
Two films that did not make my list because they did not play anywhere near me were The Road and Moon. Both films looked truly fantastic and were high on my list to watch but alas the distributors released the film very poorly so only the critics and a select group of film fans got to see both films. I am sure that they both would have made my top list if I had a chance to see them.
So with that said and done here are the 10 Best Scifi Films of 2009 as I see it.
As today is a slow news day, I thought I'd pass along a couple small superhero film tidbits. Fangoria has learned that Joe Johnston is readying The First Avenger: Captain America for a June 2010 start. Sounds like we'll begin hearing casting news shortly. Meanwhile, there might not have been any recent casting developments for Warner Bros' adaptation of Green Lantern, but SuperheroHype has learned some of the Oscar-winning crew hired for the production: Cinematographer Dion Beebe (Memoirs of a Geisha, Chicago, Equilibrium, Collateral) Production designer Grant Major and costume designer Ngila Dickson (Lord of the Rings trilogy) Art director François Audouy (Avatar, I Am Legend, Watchmen, Transformers, the Spider-Man" trilogy) Sounds like the team is really shaping up. »
- Peter Sciretta
The "Twilight" vampire franchise topped a survey of 2009 moviegoers' favorites, but film fans were divided over whether they loved or hated this year's "Transformers" sequel.
A poll on the AOL movie Web site Moviefone.com ranked "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" both the worst of 2009 and the year's best action movie, as well as the second-most disappointing film of the year -- after "Bruno."
Whatever the views of Moviefone.com followers, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" grossed more than $834 in ticket sales worldwide to make it the third-most commercially successful movie of 2009, behind "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," according to Boxofficemojo.com.
Voters showed no such ambivalence about "New Moon," the sequel to 2008's blockbuster "Twilight, »
- By Jill Serjeant, Reuters
In an interview with The Wolfman director Joe Johnston, Fangoria reports that his next film, The First Avenger: Captain America is set to go in front of cameras in June. That’s not too surprising when you consider the film has a target release date of July 22, 2011. According to Fangoria, Johnston is currently meeting with the art department. I hope they spend an entire day mocking Rob Liefeld’s illustration of Captain America.
SuperHeroHype reports that Green Lantern will have some Oscar-winners in its roster when it comes to the behind-the-camera work. First up, you have cinematographer Dion Beebe (Oscar-winner for Memoirs of a Geisha). Then you got production designer Grant Major and costume designer Ngila Dickson who both won »
- Matt Goldberg
Even though we don't yet know any of the names that will be part of the Green Lantern cast beyond Ryan Reynolds in the lead role, director Martin Campbell isn't wasting any time getting the below-the-line talent assembled. Superhero Hype is reporting that many of the key crew members are already on board, and there's no lack of Oscars among them. Dp Dion Beebe won a statue for his work with Rob Marshall on Memoirs of a Geisha, while production designer Grant Major and costume designer Ngila Dickson were both winners for Return of the King. Perhaps the most exciting crew member, though, is the one who hasn't won an Oscar-- Francois Audouy just finished doing concept art for Avatar, and was also the art director for Watchmen and the first Transformers, movies that may have their flaws but look great throughout. Of course talented people working on the set »
James Cameron is the “King of the World”. The Terminator has yet another Titanic hit on his hands with Avatar. The fantasy adventure epic has banked another $76 million for a magic $217 million total.
The Alvin and the Chipmunks sequel brought in another $50 million for a $84 million total. It looks like a third installment will be on the way.
Meryl Streep shows that she can still open a movie with It’s Complicated. The comedy had a $23 million opening. Never underestimate the power of Streep.
- Niall Browne
Josh Duhamel wants a quiet Christmas at home with Fergie. The 'Transformers' actor - who has had a rocky first year of marriage with his Black Eyed Peas star wife following accusations of adultery and break-ups - says he wants nothing more than to spend time at home with her over the holiday period. He said: "This Christmas I get to go home and we get to have a lot of time together so that's nice. It's my favourite time and she is everything to me. I can't wait." Josh, 37, was accused of cheating on the singer while he was away filming action movies after a Us stripper claimed she met him when he turned up at the club »
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