So long "Cowboys & Aliens!"
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced the 10 films remaining in the running for the Visual Effects category for the 84th Academy Awards! Besides "Cowboys & Aliens," "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," "Sucker Punch," "Super 8" and "Thor" also did not make the list. (Check out the list of the original 15 contenders right here)
On Thursday, January 19, the Visual Effects Branch members will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the films, then they will vote nominate five movies for the final Oscar consideration.
Oscar nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
And of course, the Oscars will be presented on Sunday, February 26.
And here's the list of shortlisted films in alphabetical order:
"Captain America: The First Avenger"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"
"Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol"
"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
"The Tree of Life"
"X-Men: First Class"
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"Bridesmaids" is the biggest women-centric R-rated comedy so it's no surprise that Universal wants to do a follow-up to the zany adventures of the characters played by Kristen Wiig and company. ("Bridesmaids" movie review)
Not to mention that Melissa McCarthy is getting awards love from various award-giving bodies including a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nomination for Best Supporting Actress. And the ensemble is being praised as well! (Melissa McCarthy interview for "Bridesmaids")
So why is Universal taking a long time to make a sequel? Apparently, Wiig, who co-wrote the script with Annie Mumolo, is refusing to work on the second installment, according to THR, and the "Saturday Night Live" actress is writing something else with Mumolo.
Theories abound on why Wiig is saying hell no to working on the sequel. As THR points out, the principal cast members including Wiig, McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper were "underwhelmed with the $100,000 bonus each received." Wouldn't you be offended by $100k? A movie that made gazillion dollars and all you're getting is that?
Even Universal chief, Ron Meyer, tried to wine and dine Wiig to no avail. He even dangled a magical carrot to the tune of an eight-figure income, but Wiig still said no!
So the studio is willing to do a sequel without Wiig! Is that smart? Um no, it will be dumb! If McCarthy was the heart of the movie, Wiig was the soul, and Universal can't work on a sequel without its soul. And Wiig also gave a memorable performance in the film, she was the Maid of Honor of the film, after all.
So a "Bridesmaids" sequel without Wiig will definitely not work, so forget about it Universal! I'd rather wait at the altar if Wiig is coming to the wedding.
Read the full story right here.
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The Art Directors Guild (ADG) has announced nominations in nine categories of Production Design for theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials and music videos competing in the ADG’s 16th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards for 2011.
In the Period Film category, "The Artist" is competing with "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Hugo," "Anonymous," and "The Help."
In the Fantasy Film category, the nominees are "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," "Cowboys and Aliens," "Captain America: The First Avenger," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," and "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn."
Under the Contemporary Film banner, the nominees are "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "Drive," "Bridesmaids," and "The Descendants."
Winners will be announced February 4th at the 16th Annual Awards Banquet.
Here is the full list of nominees [/url] (to see winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here)
NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2011
THE ARTIST -- Laurence Bennett
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY -- Maria Djurkovic
HUGO -- Dante Ferretti
ANONYMOUS -- Sebastian Krawinkel
THE HELP -- Mark Ricker
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 -- Stuart Craig
COWBOYS & ALIENS -- Scott Chambliss
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER -- Rick Heinrichs
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:ON STRANGER TIDES -- John Myhre
THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN: THE SECRET UNICORN
EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE -- K.K. Barrett
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO -- Donald Graham Burt
DRIVE -- Beth Mickle
BRIDESMAIDS -- Jefferson Sage
THE DESCENDANTS -- Jane Anne Stewart
NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN IN TELEVISION FOR 2011
ONE-HOUR SINGLE CAMERA TELEVISION SERIES
Episode: 21 Bill Groom
GAME OF THRONES
Episode: A Golden Crown Gemma Jackson
THE PLAYBOY CLUB
Episode: The Scarlet Bunny Scott P. Murphy
AMERICAN HORROR STORY
Episode: Murder House Mark Worthington
TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Robb Wilson King
CINEMA VERITE Patti Podesta
TOO BIG TO FAIL Bob Shaw
THE HOUR Eve Stewart
EPISODE OF A HALF HOUR SINGLE-CAMERA TELEVISION SERIES
Episode: Express Christmas
Joseph P. Lucky
Episode: Double-Edged Sword
Keith Ian Raywood, Teresa Mastropierro
Jefferson D. Sage
Episode: Monkey Business
EPISODE OF A MULTI-CAMERA VARIETY, OR UNSCRIPTED SERIES
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
Episode: Ducky Tie
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Episode: Host Justin Timberlake, Musical Guest – Lady Gaga
Keith Ian Raywood, Eugene, Lee, Leo Yoshimura,
N. Joseph De Tullio
2 BROKE GIRLS
Episode: And The Rich Peoples Problems
Episode: Top 12 Boys Perform James Yarnell
DANCING WITH THE STARS
Episode: Round One
AWARDS, MUSIC or GAME SHOWS
83nd ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS
63rd ANNUAL EMMY AWARDS
IT’S WORTH WHAT?
John Ivo Gilles
68th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS
2011 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS
NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR COMMERCIALS & MUSIC VIDEOS FOR 2011
COMMERCIALS AND MUSIC VIDEOS
Commercial: Red Jeffrey Beecroft
Commercial: The Art of Progress
ACTIVISION: CALL OF DUTY
Commercial: Modern Warfare 3
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The Detroit Film Critics Society has announced its Best of 2011 winners and Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" won the big prize! The black-and-white silent movie took home the Best Picture and Best Director awards. ("The Artist" is one of my favorite films of 2011, check out the rest right here)
In the acting categories, Michael Fassbender won the Best Actor award for "Shame" while Michelle Williams (she's my favorite in 2011 to win) took home the Best Actress award for "My Week with Marilyn." Christopher Plummer won Best Supporting Actor for "Beginners" while Carey Mulligan surprised with a Best Supporting Actress win for "Shame."
Here is the full list of winners (bolded) and nominees (to see winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here)
"The Tree of Life"
Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"
Terrence Malick, "The Tree of Life"
Jeff Nichols, "Take Shelter"
Nicolas Winding Refn, "Drive"
Martin Scorsese, "Hugo"
George Clooney, "The Descendants"
Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"
Michael Fassbender, "Shame"
Brad Pitt, "Moneyball"
Michael Shannon, "Take Shelter"
Viola Davis, "The Help"
Felicity Jones, "Like Crazy"
Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"
Charlize Theron, "Young Adult"
Michelle Williams, "My Week with Marilyn"
Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, "My Week with Marilyn"
Albert Brooks, "Drive"
Ryan Gosling, "Crazy, Stupid, Love"
Patton Oswalt, "Young Adult"
Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"
Best Supporting Actress
Bérénice Bejo, "The Artist"
Jessica Chastain, "Take Shelter"
Carey Mulligan, "Shame"
Vanessa Redgrave, "Coriolanus"
Octavia Spencer, "The Help"
"Crazy, Stupid, Love"
Jessica Chastain, "The Help," "Take Shelter" and "The Tree of Life"
Felicity Jones, "Like Crazy"
Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"
Elizabeth Olsen, "Martha Marcy May Marlene"
Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants"
"Into the Abyss"
"We Were Here"
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"The Artist" dominated the Vancouver Film Critics Circle nominations picking up nods for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. And the voting members really, really love Jessica Chastain! The actress, competing in the Best Supporting category, received a nomination for her performances in three movies including "The Tree of Life," "The Help," and "Take Shelter."
Winners will be announced on January 9 at a ceremony in Vancouver's Railway Club.
Here is the full list of nominees (to see winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here)
BEST CANADIAN FILM
Café de flore
Small Town Murder Songs
BEST ACTOR IN A CANADIAN FILM
Mohamed Fellag, Monsieur Lazhar
Patrick Huard, Starbuck
Peter Stormare, Small Town Murder Songs
BEST ACTRESS IN A CANADIAN FILM
Keira Knightley, A Dangerous Method
Vanessa Paradis, Café de flore
Ingrid Veninger, i am a good person/i am a bad person
Rachel Weisz, The Whistleblower
Michelle Williams, Take This Waltz
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A CANADIAN FILM
Vincent Cassel, A Dangerous Method
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Seth Rogen, Take This Waltz
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A CANADIAN FILM
Hélène Florent, Café de flore
Jill Hennessy, Small Town Murder Songs
Hallie Switzer, I am a good person/I am a bad person
BEST DIRECTOR OF A CANADIAN FILM
David Cronenberg, A Dangerous Method
Ed Gass-Donnelly, Small Town Murder Songs
Ken Scott, Starbuck
Jean-Marc Vallée, Café de flore
BEST BRITISH COLUMBIA FILM
People of a Feather
The Tree of Life
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Michael Shannon, Take Shelter
Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain, The Help, Take Shelter, The Tree of Life
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Terence Malick, The Tree of Life
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Nostalgia for the Light
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, The Descendants
Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Kid with a Bike
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