85th Academy Awards Wrap Up

85th Academy Awards Wrap Up

What a night! Seth Macfarlane hosting went much better than expected, a good balance of controversial mixed with a little class, he defintiely went above and beyond to show his love for song and dance. As far as the musical numbers go, the theme of a tribute to Musicals became a bit self-serving – with the main musical dance number featuring Chicago (which just so happened to be produced by the Producers of the Oscar telecast). It feels a bit strange to pay tribute to musicals and only really litter it with mainly modern films.

ben-affleck It was certainly an interesting evening, it felt like so many categories were completely up for grabs. I do feel like Roger Deakin’s was the biggest snub of the night, Skyfall was the best looking film I’d seen this year by far. Christoph Waltz totally deserved his win, despite the odds being in Tommy Lee Jones’ favor for Best Supporting Actor. I was definitely a bit surprised at Tarantino’s win, while Django was a great, entertaining film, beating out the detailed research that went into ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ and the amazing script Kushner wrote for Lincoln, I definitely didn’t see him winning. When Ang Lee took the Best Director Oscar for “Life of Pi,” I would not have been shocked to see it take Best Pic. But in the end, “Argo,” prevailed. On my own personal predictions, I got 17/24 correct, which, for the record, is my worst year for predictions – ever. The highlights of the evening were definitely Daniel Day-Lewis’ speech, and Ben Affleck’s energy filled closer.

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Poster For “Taking Woodstock” Released

Poster For “Taking Woodstock” Released

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The poster for Ang Lee’s new movie has been released.   Rolling Stone magazine debuted the poster for “Taking Woodstock,” a movie based the memoir of Elliot Tiber, who helped create the Woodstock music festival.

The movie stars Emile Hirsch, Demetri Martin, Paul Dano, Liev Schrieber and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.  I should let you know that I only learned that from IMDB, and not from the poster, which is a little difficult to read in places.  (However, movie studios, please don’t take this as a complaint and I’d rather see a poster that made me want to see the GD movie instead of a poster that told me clearly who was in it.)

“Taking Woodstock” comes out August 14th.

Ang Lee’s ‘Taking Woodstock’ Set to Start

Ang Lee’s ‘Taking Woodstock’ Set to Start

Taking Woodstock CoverAng Lee will begin production on his new film, ‘Taking Woodstock’ for Focus Features later this month. The film stars Emile Hirsch, Imelda Staunton, Liev Schreiber, and comedian Demetri Martin. [Read more…]

Demetri Martin Takes ‘Woodstock’

Demetri Martin Takes ‘Woodstock’

demetri_1.jpgMy new favorite comedian Demetri Martin is in final negotiations for the lead role in “Taking Woodstock” a new film helmed by Ang Lee. [Read more…]

Oscars: Best Director

This year, for me anway, is a pretty exciting year for the Oscars. The best director category usually has at least one of my favorite directors hanging around. Last year, we had Clint Eastwood and the long long overdue win for Mr. Scorsese. The year before held Steven Spielberg and the win for Ang Lee and the year before that had Clint Eastwood narrowly defeating Scorsese again, with a little hello nod for a hugely underrated director, Alexander Payne.

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