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Oscars 2012: Why Jean Dujardin Should Win

Perhaps he just did.  I think they’re doing Best Actor soon?

Good luck to him, in any case.  Here is more proof of his awesomeness.

Jean Dujardin’s Villain Auditions*

Personally, I think I am most excited for Albert Nobbs 2: The Nobbening.

* I can’t handle embedding right at this second. It’s not working.

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Link Round-Up: Star Wars Edition

Recurring feature attempt #1!

I can’t help it. Some of the movie and entertainment links that I’ve been seeing around the interwebs are just too awesome, hilarious, and/or horrifying not to share. Here’s your first “weekly” link round-up! 

In honor of the recent re-release of The Phantom Menace in 3D and George Lucas’s ongoing mission to alienate all Star Wars fans everywhere, I present for your viewing pleasure… some not crappy stuff about Star Wars.

#1 – This awesome mashup, illustrated by Steven Anderson via flickr.com

Red leader standing by...

#2 – This rather hilarious awkwardness

To be fair, the interviewer is pretty much just as awkward as Lloyd.

And I salute the fact that Jake Lloyd went to school and is pursuing things other than his own fame… but, man, is he not happy about giving this interview. Sure, the interviewer is pushing for the answers he wants (and can we all give a giant “Eesh!” to that last “question?”), but Lloyd is giving him NOTHING.

Dude, this is what you’re known for. You gotta make peace with it. Or don’t show up to the conference. In that shirt.

#3 – GREAT SHOWDOWNS, welcome to the amazing art of Scott C.

His Great Showdowns series, each with their own perfectly chosen quote, are some of my favorite movie art…of…all the movie art I’ve seen.*  But seriously. He’s awesome. Go to his website and check him out.

“I warn you not to underestimate my powers.”

“And now, Your Highness, we will discuss the location of your hidden Rebel base.”

“Well, what have we got here? Will you look at her? Those flashing eyes, those flushed cheeks, those trembling lips. You know something Princess? You are ugly when you’re angry.”

Have a great long weekend!

*

Had to. It’s automatic. I can’t help myself.

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James Franco Don’t Care, James Franco Don’t Give a Sh*t

In looking around the interwebs to see what others thought of the Oscars, it seems that it is generally agreed that the hosting was, erm, not great.  People are being a little kinder to Anne than to James, mainly because she at least seemed to be trying.  James, on the other hand, appeared to completely not care or even want to be there.  Or so everyone says/thinks/presumes.

For my part, as soon as I saw “JAMES FRANCO AIN’T CARE” (here), I knew that my only response to James’s hosting abilities could be this:

 

(I realize that I am not the first one to make this connection, *Erin*… and probably most of Twitter, and I don’t care.  That video does not get old.)

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More Oscar Madness By People Who Aren’t Me

Still not sure who you’re rooting for?  Still haven’t seen some of those Best Picture Nominees? (me either, but that’s beside the point)

Here’s Ellen and Neil Patrick Harris performing Inception, The Social Network, True Grit, and 127 Hours for your consideration.

Coming Soon: My picks for the Oscars & my article on The King’s Speech!

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Time Traveling Drag Queen from the Future*

I know I probably missed the boat on this being news to you, but this is pretty awesome.

Have you heard about the guy who found “proof” of time travel in the DVD extras of a Charlie Chaplin movie?

George Clark was watching his box set of Charlie Chaplin films and in the extras for The Circus he watched the footage of the film’s premiere at Mann’s Chinese Theatre in 1928.  In the footage is an old person (woman, man, it’s a bit up for debate) who appears to be talking into a cell phone.  In any case, they are definitely holding something to their ear and talking.

Here, he made a video (be warned, it’s rather long):

I realize I’ve pretty much missed the big debate and people have been saying it’s just a hearing device.  I would guess heated words have been thrown around and hackles have been raised.  I’m sure a religious group somewhere is pissed off.  Personally, I really don’t think ole’ George deserves to be called a “nutcase.”  He’s hopeful. 

And I get it.  For my part, I completely agree with Kai over at The List, where I first heard about this…

It’s just pretty damn cool to consider…even if only for a moment…that time travel is possible!!! 

And that the proof is hidden in this extremely random place.  I totally agree that it sounds like the set up for an awesome movie – this regular guy discovers the truth by watching DVD extras…he found something no one else ever noticed and is launched into this hidden secret world…must fight off the cover-up goons…gets to change history.  It’s an unusual entry point into the classic “things are not what they seem” story that we’ve been telling forever. 

Also, as brought up in The List’s comments, consider this: it’s the future and we’ve harnessed the power of time travel.  Done.  Awesome.  So what do we do with our newfound powers?  Well, I’ll tell you what.  We send a drag queen to attend the premiere of a Charlie Chaplin film…and call and tell someone about it.  How freaking hilarious and cool is that?

Or maybe our time travel movie starts when a drag queen from the future STEALS the time traveling device to use for her own selfish ends.  And she’s a serious film buff.  Weirder movies have been made, my friends.

Mainly, I just really love the phrase “time traveling drag queen.”  Hey, there’s the pitch right there!**

* To be said in the same voice as “Duck Dodgers in the 24th and a Half Century”***

** No stealing.

*** In looking that up to make sure I didn’t get the century wrong, I discovered that Duck Dodgers’ full name is: Duck Edgar Dumas Aloysius Eoghain Dodgers. Woah.

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Coming Soon: a Trailer Extravaganza!

It was time for me to do a little catch up on my movie trailer watching and so I give you:

10 Movie Trailers I Recommend and that Actually Make Me Excited for the Movie!* (plus some random stuff that I think you’ll like that has sort of has to do with things)

Click on the title to see the trailer…

1. FrICTION

Especially from a writing/storytelling point of view, this looks fascinating!  I love stories where you can’t tell what’s real and what’s not, that blur lines between fact and fiction and deal with authorship, improvisation (or feigned improvisation), and the gaze of an audience.  Sweet.

2. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

I am surprised at my opinion, but I have to say, this looks really really fun.  As for the “plot”…. eh, who knows.  But fun.  Minus Nicolas Cage’s hair, of course, which is a horse of a different color.

3. The Kids Are Alright

This is not based on the memoir that I want to read, but I already knew that.  I think this looks good.  I think I would like it.  And I like the people in it.  Actually, based on the trailer, I think I’m going to like the son the best, which is the one actor I didn’t already know.

4. The Adjustment Bureau

At a movie recently, during this preview, I heard people near me complaining about being confused and particularly about it being the most boring title ever.  a. I think it looks cool.  Like I said, I like the messing with your perceptions things, are we seeing a trend yet?  b.  I love Emily Blunt and ballet, so yeah, good combo.  And, in the trailer at least, she doesn’t look half bad for someone who never studied it.  c. I love Philip K. Dick stories.  And he can title them whatever he damn well pleases.  So shut up.  (plus it’s cooler that way)

Though rewatching it now, I will admit that the music is a little too “forced drama” for me.

5. Winnebago Man

Looks f*ckin awesome!  Probably wouldn’t see it in a theatre, but definitely want to see it.  This is a green band trailer (appropriate).  There is a red band one too (less appropriate), but I didn’t feel like signing my life up to hulu.  Please feel free.

6. Solitary Man

I want to see it.  I really like Jenna Fischer.  That is all.

7. Going the Distance

I’ll support the rom com.  They’re not all terrible; I often quite enjoy them (though many new ones, I find, are indeed terrible).  This looks cute.  And alllll the one-liners in the trailer were funny to me.  That seemed like a good sign.  And I have been in a long-distance relationship.  And I feel like they got good people – a la Jason Sudeikis woot WOOT!  Also, it’s written by someone named Geoff La Tulippe.  Geoff of the Tulips, or so I shall now call you.  I approve.

8. Let It Rain

I have read very good things about this French film.  Also, it’s been a day of thinking about maintaining diversity in lists, so this is currently filling the foreign film slot. 🙂

9.  The Extra Man

YES.  Kevin Kline in what looks like a very funny role.  Paul Dano.  John C. Reilly.  (and Katie Holmes is thrown in there too.  We’ll see.)  They had me at “No.  Enough!”  Trust me, watch the trailer.

10. Inception (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) – Trailer 1, Trailer 2, Trailer 3

I have been excited for this movie since the moment I saw the first trailer a few months ago.  I can’t wait.  As I said, I love stories that mess with your perceptions and especially those that deal with dreams, memory, and the mind in general (I would probably say my favorite of all time is Eternal Sunshine, to give you an idea).  From the moment of seeing the hallway twisting (which gave me flashbacks to an amazing Fred Astaire dance sequence – see below), I was hooked.  And I love that they’re trying to give so little away in interviews and the like.  This is one I want to experience without going in knowing, you know?  Plus it’s got my man, JGL, which certainly doesn’t hurt anything…  These trailers makes me squeal in anticipation and get very excited for July 16th!  (full disclosure: I also just watched the third trailer for the first time, and I have to say, cheers to their marketing team.  They get you hooked with the tease in the first one and slowly give you a little bit more of an idea of what it’s going to be about so you’ll stay interested and appeal to the masses, who, I assume, want to know more in order to spend their money.  Well done, peeps.)

Fred Astaire in Royal Wedding – song starts at 1:33 and the dancing starts at 2:34:

(Please note that it’s almost entirely one continuous, full-length body shot as he goes around the room. Awesome, right?)

More randomness:

I just need to ask, and I know this is out of nowhere, but it has to do with trailers and you will thank me when you watch this…whatever happened to Tucker and Dale vs. Evil???  Looks so amazing…and ALAN TUDYK!!!  And, I just realized, Siri from 30 Rock.  huh.

Right?  RIGHT???

What are you excited to see?

* Does that sound bitter?  Perhaps that sounds like I’m being harsh on today’s movies.  Then again, see here.

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Dear Entertainment Weekly, did you read my mind?…or, perhaps, my blog???

Late Friday night, just after finishing my post on The Karate Kid, I picked up the half-read Entertainment Weekly that had arrived that very day, and what should I find?  The very next article was their own review of The Karate Kid, which states:

Yes, they should have called it The Kung Fu Kid–but you don’t mess with brand titles like this one.

I swear I didn’t read the article first, we are just in agreement.  How cool!  (Except I still think Hollywood should grow a pair and trust that a good movie can do well on its own, even if it’s not a remake of another 80s movie, tv show, or toy.)

THEN, oh then, dear readers, I turned the page and what to my wondering eyes should appear?  This title…

“10 Things I Hate About Katherine Heigl’s Character in Killers“!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lisa Schwarzbaum, are you out there?  Have you seen this blog?  Are you reading these words right now?  Are you there, Ms. Schwarzbaum, it’s me, Margaret???*

I can’t help being kind of flattered/flabbergasted, even though I know that I have no copyright whatsoever on the phrase or the idea and it’s unlikely that she knows I exist.  But what if she does!?  And we are certainly of the same mind on this movie and character, though I refuse to even see it.  To read her amazing (and scathing, yowza!) review, go here! (The ten things are written out further in article fashion, though my favorite line is the end: “But don’t tell me I’m making too much out of nothing, because the steady drip-drip-drip of nothings like this are killing us all.”  Wow.)  Here I was just going to write 10 Things (okay, 2 Things) that I hate about the damn poster! 

My Official Stance on Killers (the official poster)**

The only things I hate more than the stereotypical female “ew, guns are icky” pose (#1) are Katherine Heigl’s crazy eyes (#2)!  [see poster below]  There’s some serious disconnect going on between what she’s doing with her hands (icky gun symbolism) and the fact that she’s just weirdly smiling, not to mention a disconnect between the upper and lower halves of her face.  That smile sure isn’t reaching her eyes.  And, based on what I saw in the preview, that’s kind of how she looks/”acts” for the rest of the movie.  Yay for awesome female characters in film, presented through complex and nuanced performances!

It seems I’m kind of on point this week.  SWEET!

*My name is not at all Margaret.  I just really wanted to write that.

**This thing has been all over NYC on buses and telephone booth billboards and I have had Creepyeyes Mcgee staring at me far too much lately.  So yeah, I’ve thought about it.

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