Shortly after the nominations for the 2009 81st Annual Academy Awards were announced yesterday morning, AMPAS President, SID GANIS (Marvel Entertainment), fielded questions about how the Oscar telecast might handle the issue of HEATH LEDGER’s death should The Dark Knight star win for Best Supporting Actor. Listen in below:
The 81st Annual Academy Awards Show will be broadcast 2/22 on ABC.
We have to admit this morning’s announcement that SEAN PENN had been nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award came as no surprise. PENN’S performance as Harvey Milk in GUS VAN SANT’S terrific biopic, MILK, was nothing short of brilliant.
We caught up recently with PENN backstage at the Critics Choice Awards and he talked to us about his role in the film, who should have really played the lead in MILK and a movie we should check out. Listen in below:
STEPHEN J. CANNELL’S latest novel, ON THE GRIND, brings back his popular L.A. cop character, Shane Scully, in a page turning thriller that finds Scully pitted against dirty cops and corrupt city officials.
This is the xx novel featuring Scully and CANNELL writes this guy like he’s a member of the family. We spoke with the author in his Hollywood office and asked if, when inventing Scully, he didn’t have to reveal a bit of himself. Listen in below and remember that ON THE GRIND (St. Martin’s Press) is available in bookstores and on-line now.
At a recent TCA press conference for the series, SORVINO talked about taking the role and how stepping into action-star shoes appealed to her. Listen in below:
Electronica artist LADY GAGA has become a household name thanks to her party hit JUST DANCE and the Grammy nominated artist should continue to have a breakout ‘09. However, LADY GAGA is also known for pushing the envelope and she admits that she was a bit of a wild child during her younger years!! (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR)
FALL OUT BOY is getting a rather special distinction, as the band has created their own version of The Simpsons theme song for Sunday’s episode. Group members PATRICK STUMP and JOHN TROHMAN talked about why they decided to tackle the challenge.
KEVIN JAMES should be on cloud nine these days now that PAUL BLART: MALL COP was America’s #1 film last weekend. Although JAMES doesn’t seem like a method actor, he actually did his share of research for the role. The actor, who really did gain20 pounds while shooting the movie (due to eating the nearby mall food), talks about a rather special vehicle that helped him get into character.
“Button” nosed out its rivals Thursday morning by scoring 13 nominations for the 81st Academy Awards. Paramount-Warner Bros.’ “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” got the most noms, including best pic.
Other best pic contenders are Universal’s “Frost/Nixon,” Focus Features’ “Milk,” the Weinstein Co.’s “The Reader,” and Fox Searchlight’s “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Nominations for the 81st Oscars, were announced Thursday morning at Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences h.q. in BevHills by Acad prexy Sid Ganis and Forest Whitaker.
In 15 of the last 20 years, the top-scoring contender went on to win best picture. But the trend may be changing. The top nominee only won best-pic in two of the last five years.
Awards will be presented Feb. 22 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. The show, produced by Laurence Mark and exec produced by Bill Condon, will be hosted by Hugh Jackman and air live on ABC-TV.
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”
Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”
Sean Penn, “Milk”
Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”
Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”
Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”
Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”
Meryl Streep, “Doubt”
Kate Winslet, “The Reader”
Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Stephen Daldry, “The Reader”
Clint Eastwood, “Changeling”
David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”
Josh Brolin, “Milk”
Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”
Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
Michael Shannon, “Revolutionary Road”
Amy Adams, “Doubt”
Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Viola Davis, “Doubt”
Taraji P. Henson, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”
Mike Myers’ ill-received “The Love Guru” led contenders at the 29th Annual Razzie Awards, which honors the very worst of the year.
Nominations were announced on Wednesday morning, one day before Oscar nominations.
The comedy picked up seven nods, including worst pic of the year, worst actor for Myers, worst director for Marco Schnabel and worst screenplay.
Other top contenders for the worst feature prize include M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Happening,” Paris Hilton’s “The Hottie and the Nottie,” fantasy film “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale,” and spoof pics “Disaster Movie” and “Meet the Spartans.”
In the worst actor category, Myers will be pitted against Larry the Cable Guy for “Witless Protection,” Eddie Murphy for “Meet Dave,” Al Pacino for both “88 Minutes” and “Righteous Kill,” and Mark Wahlberg for “The Happening” and “Max Payne.”
Nominations for worst actress include Jessica Alba for “The Eye” and “The Love Guru,” Cameron Diaz for “What Happens in Vegas,” Kate Hudson for “Fool’s Gold” and “My Best Friend’s Girl,” the entire cast of “The Women,” and Hilton for “The Hottie and the Nottie.” Hilton is also nommed for worst supporting actress in “Repo: A Genetic Opera.”
The Razzies are determined by 687 voting members of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. Winners are announced on the morning before the Academy Awards.
And the nominees are:
“Disaster Movie” and “Meet The Spartans
“The Hottie and The Nottie”
“In The Name of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale”
“The Love Guru”
Larry the Cable Guy, “Witless Protection”
Eddie Murphy, “Meet Dave”
Mike Myers, “The Love Guru”
Al Pacino, “88 Minutes” and “Righteous Kill”
Mark Wahlberg, “The Happening” and “Max Payne”
Jessica Alba, “The Eye” and “The Love Guru”
Cameron Diaz, “What Happens in Vegas”
Paris Hilton, “The Hottie and the Nottie”
Kate Hudson, “Fool’s Gold” and “My Best Friend’s Girl”
The entire cast of “The Women” (Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith and Meg Ryan)
Uwe Boll, “1968 Tunnel Rats”, “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale” and “Postal”
Jason Friedberg, “Aaron Seltzer for Disaster Movie and “Meet the Spartans”
Tom Putnam, “The Hottie and the Nottie”
Marco Schnabel, “The Love Guru”
M. Night Shyamalan, “The Happening”
WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Uwe Boll (as himself), “Postal”
Pierce Brosnan, “Mamma Mia!”
Ben Kingsley, “The Love Guru,” “War, Inc.” and “The Wackness”
Burt Reynolds, “Deal” and “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale”
Verne Troyer, “The Love Guru” and “Postal”
WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Carmen Electra, “Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans”
Paris Hilton, “Repo! The Genetic Opera”
Kim Kardashian, “Disaster Movie”
Jenny McCarthy, “Witless Protection”
Leelee Sobieski, “88 Minutes and In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale”
“Disaster Movie” and “Meet the Spartans” (jointly) - written by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer
“The Happening” - written by M. Night Shyamalan
“The Hottie and the Nottie” - written by Heidi Ferrer
“In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale” - screenplay by Doug Taylor
“The Love Guru”- written by Mike Myers & Graham Gordy
WORST SCREEN COUPLE
Uwe Boll & any actor, camera or screenplay, “1968 Tunnel Rats, “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale” and “Postal”
Cameron Diaz & Ashton Kutcher, “What Happens in Vegas”
Paris Hilton & either Christine Lakin or Joel David Moore, “The Hottie and the Nottie”
Larry the Cable Guy & Jenny McCarthy, “Witless Protection”
Eddie Murphy & Eddie Murphy, “Meet Dave”
WORST RIP-OFF, PREQUEL OR REMAKE
“The Day the Earth Stood Still”
“Disaster Movie” and “Meet The Spartans” (jointly)
“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”
“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”