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Eddie Murphy Out as Oscar Host!

9 Nov

Eddie Murphy, we hardly knew ya….as an Oscar host! Breaking news from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: with the departure of show producer Brett Ratner yesterday, Eddie Murphy will NOT be hosting this year’s award ceremony.

From Eddie Murphy, via the Academy:

“First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support each party’s decision with regard to a change of producers for this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I’m sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job.”

The Academy has 109 days to figure out its producer situation AND name a new host. Any bets on who it will be? Will we end up with a mishmash of stars doing segmented hosted duty? Leave your predictions in the comments!

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Is this hotel pager friendly?

13 Apr

Besides being the worse blogger ever, I’ve also been very very busy (hence, the uber light posting over the past month). Between traveling, work and traveling for work, my movie watching and blogging schedule has been neglected. But, I promise that will change, and I’ll be back with loads of fun new posts!

In the meantime, check out the newest trailer for The Hangover 2, which comes out next month (May 26th, to be exact!)

The Wait is (Almost) Over

24 Jan

…and the nominees are almost here! Tomorrow is the day that the nominees for the 2011 Academy Awards are announced, and I couldn’t be more excited!  Though there aren’t likely to be MANY surprises as far as nominations go, we’re still likely to see at least a few snubs and surprise additions to the award fields.

With 10 films receiving the nod for best picture (same as last year), the race right now seems to be neck and neck between The Social Network and The King’s Speech. TSN was seen as a lock, having taken multiple best picture/picture of the year awards already.  But this past weekend, the Producer’s Guild broke ranks and awarded its highest honor to TKS. As Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil points out on the LA Times’ Envelope, “Over the last 20 years, the Producers Guild of America has correctly forecast the Oscar champ 13 times. Now we must wonder: Can “The King’s Speech” reign over the Academy Awards by seizing the best picture crown?”

There’s no doubt (at all, even a little bit) in anyone’s mind that both films will be nominated.  Before the Oscars are handing out, we still have two major bodies giving out their awards; The Screen Actors Guild winners will be announced next Sunday on 1/30, and the Writer’s Guild awards will be handed out the following weekend, on 2/5.

On the one hand, I loved The King’s Speech (probably better than The Social Network), and I think it is more deserving of the win for best picture. On the other hand, I’m not convinced that the steamroller that is The Social Network (despite the bump from the Producer’s Guild) can be stopped at this point.

Which is your favorite to take home the statue?

You can catch the announcement of the nominees tomorrow (Tuesday, 1/25) at 5:30am PT/8:30am ET, on a number of channels: the Academy’s Livestream channel, Facebook page or the webcast on Oscar.com.  LiveStream also has a mobile app where the announcement can be watched.

I’ll have a full rundown and recap of the nominees following the announcement, so check back tomorrow!

Welcome 2011!

1 Jan

Happy New Year! I think the below pretty much sums up my hopes for 2011; that, and watching more movies and posting more frequently:

Hope everyone’s new year is off to an excellent start =)

Get Your Thanksgiving On!

25 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you have a better dinner today than CB and co., and thanks for reading Oscartini!

Back to school, back to school, to prove to dad that I’m not a fool…

8 Sep

It’s that time of year again: back to school!  A time of year that brings joy to parents and sadness/longing/jealousy for us post grads (yes, I am talking about myself).  To celebrate this magical time of year, Boston.com polled its readers to see what they thought the best college movies are.  With 20 on the list, I had a few that are on my fav movie list, too.

#19 Drumline—this 2002 gem is the first Nick Cannon movie I ever saw. For someone who hates almost every dance movie that exists, I love Drumline. Nick Cannon is a badass punk, but he rocks the drum like no one’s business.

#7 A Beautiful Mind—this 2001 Best Picture winner is set at and around Princeton University.  One of Russel Crowes’ best roles to date: playing a schizophrenic before he showed the world he actually somewhat of a pscyho in real life. Way to go, Russ.

#6 Legally Blonde—who doesn’t love Legally Blonde?  I saw the Broadway muscial a few years ago, and it made me wish the movie included the music. That good.

# 2 Old School—You’re my boy Blue!

And the favorite college movie of Boston.com readers is…National Lampoon’s Animal House. Not surprising!

See the full list here; are there any college movies that Boston.com readers missed?  What about High School movies?  I’d have to start a list of my favorite movies portraying high school with Mean Girls.  Any other school movies you love?

Sequels, Prequels and Remakes: Are original movies dead?

16 Jun

So this past weekend, two movies duked it out for the top spot; one a remake of an 80’s movie and one a big screen adaptation of an 80’s TV show. As you might have seen, The Karate Kid beat The A-Team—by a pretty large margin too, $56 million to $26 million.

We all know that remakes have been all the rage lately, and the concept is a hard one to find fault in; unless you’re the loyal fan of the original. Take what was once a popular film idea and make it over with a bigger budget, new actors and a new audience, and it’s a surefire formula to roll that money in.Besides remakes, sequels have enjoyed a serious foothold in movies today. With the fourth installment of Shrek hanging in the top 10, along with Ironman 2 and Sex and the City 2, it seems that any movie that crosses a (insert million dollar figure here) mark, automatically gets greenlighted for a sequel…or two.

The long awaited Toy Story 3 opens this Friday…seriously, though, was anyone actually waiting on this one? What, is Andy 25 and married now? Is he still really playing with Buzz and Woody? Toy story 2 came out 11 YEARS AGO. That, in my opinion, is too long to wait before rocking the sequel.

But I digress. With sequels and remakes becoming more the norm, we haven’t seen a lot of re-releases—but we’re in for a treat come July 10th. Apparently, Grease, the sing-a-long edition is coming out in limited release this summer. WTF?!?  So apparently, this version has been seriously sanitized from the original and encourages a whole theater full of regular (read: not people I want to pay money to hear sing) people rocking out to “Summer Lovin” and “Sandra D.” Yikes city.

With so many movies now just extensions of other movies, it begs the question: are there legit no more ideas for a feature length film? Is the only avenue left to remake old movies, tack on sequel after sequel to successful movies (which are now likely to be based on a book or comic) or make some bogus pre story up and call it a prequel?

Though I don’t have a strong feeling one way or the other about the Karate Kid remake, there are some movies that I feel cannot be remade; you don’t want to mess with perfection. On the top of my list is John Hughes’ 1985 classic, The Breakfast Club. If for some unknown reason you haven’t seen the Breakfast club AND for everyone else who loves it, here’s a clip:

What movie remakes would you hate to see if done?