Monthly Archives: February 2011

Post-Oscar thoughts

Last night’s Academy Awards were among the most predictable and boring of the past few years. Basically everyone who was expected to win did win — I was hoping for an upset in one of the major awards, such as The Hurt Locker taking Best Picture over Avatar in 2010. Hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco fell flat. Hathaway did a good job, and she probably would have fared better solo or with a co-host who seemed to care. About halfway through the show, Franco seemed to lose interest. I say bring back Hugh Jackman. He did a great job a couple of years ago. Jackman and Hathaway would make a great song-and-dance duo.

Here are some post-Oscar links:

The Los Angeles Times lists the Best and Worst moments of the Oscars.

Time reviews the awards ceremony.

Entertainment Weekly’s Ken Tuckers gives a positive review of the Academy Awards hosts.

Here is the complete list of winners — and the show’s opening skit.

 

 

 

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Oscars just three days away

It’s almost time for the Academy Awards, and I’ve actually seen two of the movies nominated for Best Picture: The King’s Speech and True Grit. Though I’ve not seen the other eight films, I have trouble imagining Colin Firth losing the Best Actor award — though stranger things have happened in Academy history. The Los Angeles Times provides a behind-the-scenes look at Oscar preparation. The newspaper has other, pre-Oscar coverage, including Award Season Hits and Misses.

Other interesting L.A. Times stories:

A look the locations used to shoot The King’s Speech.

Casting directors would like their own Oscar category.

Speculation on why Natalie Portman might not win Best Actress.

The New York Times has an interactive Oscar ballot where you can share Oscar picks with your Facebook friends.

 

 

 

 

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Entertainment Weekly highlights bad spin-offs

Some of the most popular television series have been “spun-off” from other hit shows, such as Cheers and Frasier or All in the Family and The Jeffersons. But often, spin-offs don’t live up to their predecessors. Entertainment Weekly listed the 15 Worst TV Spin-offs Ever. I hadn’t heard of several, including Baywatch Nights and AfterMASH. What’s your least favorite spin-off? Do you have a favorite?

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Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ is 1000th Billboard No. 1

Lady Gaga‘s latest single, Born This Way, debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It is the 1000th song to hit No. 1. Check out Billboard for the list of number ones, going back to Ricky Nelson‘s 1958 hit, Poor Little Fool.

 

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Time lists great acting performances

Time’s Great Performances features several of this year’s Academy-Award nominated actors, including Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and James Franco (127 Hours). The magazine also recognized Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush for their portrayals of King George VI and Lionel Logue, respectively, in The King’s Speech. Logue is the speech therapist who worked with King George to overcome stammering. I really enjoyed “The King’s Speech” and “True Grit.” What do you think of the performances Time highlighted?

 

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What did you think of the Grammy’s?

Did they seem to give away fewer awards during last night’s telecast of the Grammy Awards? I guess it is hard to squeeze in time for too many awards when there are 17 performances. I was rather underwhelmed by most of last night’s performances. The highlight for me was Cee-Lo Green and Gwyneth Paltrow‘s collaboration with The Muppets for a fun performance of Green’s Forget You. There were plenty of collaborations last night, but I would have enjoyed seeing a few more legends performing with this generation’s musicians, like Bob Dylan‘s rendition of Maggie’s Farm with Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers. Time magazine’s Claire Suddath reviewed last night’s performances. Click here for a complete list of winners.

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Super Bowl thoughts

It seems like people tune into the Super Bowl for the commercials as much as the games. Though I caught a fair amount of the match-up between the Packers and the Steelers, I didn’t pay as much attention to the commercials as usual. From what I read on Facebook and Twitter, however, it seems like the commercials were a bit of a letdown this year. Even before the Super Bowl, the Los Angeles Times cited a Darth Vader/Volkswagen commercial as being the Super Bowl ad winner. What do you think? Did you have a favorite?

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