THE EVOLUTION OF FILM

Scott Ewing put together a great video of the evolution of film in 3 minutes.

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A few movies are already putting themselves in place for an Oscar run. One of those is GONE GIRL. Directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck. GONE GIRL is based on the book by Gillian Flynn. It is about a woman who disappears on the day of her wedding anniversary and her husband is the prime suspect.

GONE BABY is scheduled to be released October 3rd.

MTV Movie Award Nominations

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Just when you thought the movie awards were over. MTV announced their Movie Award nominations today.

Conan O’Brien will host the ceremony, which will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre on April 13 at 9 p.m. PT/ET on MTV.  You can vote at www.MovieAwards.MTV.com through April 12th.

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
• Amy Adams – American Hustle
• Jennifer Aniston – We’re the Millers
• Sandra Bullock – Gravity
• Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
• Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
• Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
• Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
• Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
• Josh Hutcherson – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
• Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE
• Liam James – The Way Way Back
• Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station
• Will Poulter – We’re the Millers
• Margot Robbie – The Wolf of Wall Street
• Miles Teller – The Spectacular Now

BEST KISS
• Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams – American Hustle
• Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson – Don Jon
• James Franco, Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens – Spring Breakers
• Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller – The Spectacular Now
• Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter – We’re the Millers

BEST FIGHT
• Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Paramount Pictures) – Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Steve Carell vs. James Marsden vs. Sacha Baron Cohen vs. Kanye West vs. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler vs. Jim Carrey and Marion Cotillard vs. Will Smith vs. Liam Neeson and John C. Reilly vs. Greg Kinnear
• Identity Thief (Universal Pictures) – Jason Bateman vs. Melissa McCarthy
• The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Bros. Pictures) – Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly vs. Orcs
• The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate) – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Sam Claflin vs. Mutant Monkeys
• This is the End (Columbia Pictures) – Jonah Hill vs. James Franco and Seth Rogen

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
• Kevin Hart – Ride Along
• Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street
• Johnny Knoxville – Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
• Melissa McCarthy – The Heat
• Jason Sudeikis – We’re the Millers

BEST SCARED-AS-SHIT PERFORMANCE
• Rose Byrne – Insidious: Chapter 2
• Jessica Chastain – Mama
• Vera Farmiga – The Conjuring
• Ethan Hawke – The Purge
• Brad Pitt – World War Z

BEST ON-SCREEN DUO
• Amy Adams and Christian Bale – American Hustle
• Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
• Vin Diesel and Paul Walker – Fast & Furious 6
• Ice Cube and Kevin Hart – Ride Along
• Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST SHIRTLESS PERFORMANCE
• Jennifer Aniston – We’re the Millers
• Sam Claflin – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
• Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
• Zac Efron – That Awkward Moment
• Chris Hemsworth – Thor: The Dark World

#WTF MOMENT
• Steve Carell, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner – Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Paramount Pictures)
The Channel 4 News Team’s afternoon is no longer a delight as their speeding van filled with bowling balls, scorpions and hot oil takes a tumble on the highway.
• Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll – Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Paramount Pictures)
Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll manage to strike fear into a room full of unsuspecting beauty pageant-loving parents thanks to a bump n’ grind dance routine to a Warrant classic.
• Cameron Diaz – The Counselor (20th Century Fox)
Having sex in a car is pretty much a rite of passage, but having sex with a car? Cameron Diaz’s Malkina gets down and dirty with a bright yellow Ferrari to show the world how it’s done.
• Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
Leonardo DiCaprio’s iconic portrayal of excessive Wall Street player Jordan Belfort takes a turn for the insane when he takes his Lamborghini for a spin.
• Danny McBride and Channing Tatum – This is the End (Columbia Pictures)
Danny McBride shows an apocalyptic world, and uncomfortable theater-goers everywhere, that there’s no better pet than a scantily-clad Channing Tatum.

BEST VILLAIN
• Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
• Benedict Cumberbatch – Star Trek into Darkness
• Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
• Mila Kunis – Oz The Great and Powerful
• Donald Sutherland – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

BEST ON-SCREEN TRANSFORMATION
• Christian Bale – American Hustle
• Elizabeth Banks – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
• Orlando Bloom – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
• Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
• Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

BEST MUSICAL MOMENT
• Backstreet Boys, Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen and Craig Robinson – This is the End (Columbia Pictures)
Spoiler alert! Backstreet Boys reunite in heaven to perform “Everybody” with signature boy band moves and flair for this unforgettable apocalyptic ending.
• Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
Lawrence cleans and dances her frustrations away as she mouths the words to 70s classic “Live and Let Die.”
• Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
During his wedding reception, DiCaprio’s fraudulent Jordan Belfort pops and locks it to Bo Diddley’s “Pretty Thing.”
• Melissa McCarthy – Identity Thief (Universal Pictures)
To ease the tension of stealing Sandy’s identity, McCarthy’s Diana shows her musical range as she attempts to sing along with the car radio — and even hits that high note in “Barracuda.”
• Will Poulter – We’re the Millers (New Line Cinema)
With eyes wide shut, Poulter’s Kenny Rossmore throws it back to the 90s with a hilarious rendition of TLC’s “Waterfalls.”

BEST CAMEO PERFORMANCE
• Robert De Niro – American Hustle
• Amy Poehler and Tina Fey – Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
• Kanye West – Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
• Joan Rivers – Iron Man 3
• Rihanna – This is the End

BEST HERO
• Henry Cavill as Clark Kent – Man of Steel
• Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man – Iron Man 3
• Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
• Chris Hemsworth as Thor – Thor: The Dark World
• Channing Tatum as John Cale – White House Down

Watch This Years Best Animated Short

Check out the winner of this years Best Animated Short MR. HUBLOT.

2014 Oscar Recap

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The 86th Academy Awards just wrapped up making history. 12 YEARS A SLAVE became the first film directed and produced by a black filmmaker to win the Oscar for Best Picture. It won three awards including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o, and Best Adapted Screenplay. This is the 19th time in 86 years that the Best Picture and Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron for GRAVITY) have split. While most were predicting the split, I was convinced that splits were rare and 12 YEARS A SLAVE didn’t have the support to win Best Picture. I am happy to be wrong. GRAVITY was no doubt the biggest technical achievement in filmmaking this year, but 12 YEARS A SLAVE is the better film. If there was ever a year for a split it was this one. GRAVITY won all the technical awards and 12 YEARS A SLAVE won Best Picture. Who can complain about that? Both films won what they deserved and how often does that happen?

GRAVITY did win seven Oscars Including Best Director Alfonso Cuaron.  He is the first Hispanic filmmaker to win the Oscar for Best Director.

AMERICAN HUSTLE, my least favorite of the nine nominees, went 0 for 10. Only THE COLOR PURPLE and THE TURNING POINT beat it by going 0 for 11. My favorite film WOLF OF WALL STREET also went home empty-handed after 5 nominations.

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB tied with 12 YEARS A SLAVE with three Oscar wins. Matthew McConaughey for Best Actor and Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor. It also won for Best Makeup & Hairstyling. Sorry Jackass fans, no Oscar for BAD GRANDPA.

No surprise that Cate Blanchett won Best Actress for Blue Jasmine. She has dominated this category all year. Merly Streep has now lost a record 15 times winning only 3 out of the 18 times that she has been nominated.

The only real surprises were in the Best Animated Short and Best Documentary categories.  MR.HUBLOT some how beat out GET A HORSE for Animated Short and 20 FEET FROM STARDOM beat out the better THE ACT OF KILLING for Documentary.

All in all it was a good show. Ellen Degeneres knocked it out of the park. Unlike Seth MacFarland, she is comfortable on stage and didn’t have try too hard. There were a few awkward moments that can happen during any live show. At first the pizza bit seemed forced, but it ended up working. The group selfie also started off awkwardly, but ended up being re-tweeted over 2 million times. Becoming the most re-tweeted tweet ever. As of 2:06am EST. it is at 2,314,092 retweets and still going.

Ellen Degeneres Oscar Selfie
Final Count:

GRAVITY- 7
Best Director, Alfonso Cuaron
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Score
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing
Best Visual Effects

12 YEARS A SLAVE-3 
Best Picture
Best Supporting Actress, Lupita Nyongo
Best Adapted Screenplay

“Dallas Buyers Club” (3) – Focus Features
Best Actor, Matthew McConaughey
Best Supporting Actor, Jared Leto
Best Makeup & Hairstyling

FROZEN-2
Best Animated Feature
Best Song

The Great Gatsby-2
Best Costume Design
Best Production Design

Blue Jasmine-1
Best Actress, Cate Blanchett

HER-1
Best Original Screenplay

Movies with multiple nominations that were shut out:
American Hustle (10)
Captain Phillips (6)
Nebraska (6)
The Wolf of Wall Street (5)
Philomena (4)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (3)

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