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  • The Right Kind of Oscars (Andrew Klavan blog site)

    02/16/2008 9:31:29 AM PST · by purpleraine · 25 replies · 82+ views
    Andrew Klavan ^ | Andrew Klavan by purpleraine
    Well, the writers strike is over, the Oscars will go on and, by golly, we conservatives just can't wait to watch Hollywood pat itself on the back for another year of anti-American, anti-military, anti-traditionalist filmmaking. And while red-carpet anticipation is giving me the shivers, I can't help but imagine an alternative Oscar ceremony in a different kind of Hollywood with this list of exciting best picture nominees: "Oono." Hilarity ensues when a 16-year-old girl finds herself pregnant and gives the baby away to a similarly unmarried neurotic so that the infant grows up to become a drug-addicted loser and dies...
  • Michael Moore: Bring Fidel to the Oscars

    02/20/2008 2:08:44 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies · 396+ views
    Michael Moore: Bring Fidel to the Oscars By MARCELA ISAZA, Associated Press Writer 13 minutes ago "Sicko" director Michael Moore jokes that Fidel Castro would be a "ratings grabber" at Sunday night's Academy Awards show. Moore's Oscar-nominated documentary on the health-care industry concludes with a trip to Cuba, where he seeks care for a group of 9/11 responders who have experienced health problems. They are greeted with open arms at a Havana hospital and given what appears to be top-notch care that they could not get in the United States. Castro, who is 81 and in poor health, announced his...
  • George Clooney: I'm the Hillary Clinton of the Oscars

    02/22/2008 1:11:28 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 54 replies · 97+ views
    People ^ | February 21, 2008 | Brian Orloff
    George Clooney is already practicing his "it's an honor just to be nominated" speech, telling Time magazine in a new interview that he doesn't have a shot at beating out Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor at Sunday's Academy Awards. "For me, it's like being Hillary Clinton," says the Michael Clayton star. "If it weren’t for Barack Obama, it would have been a very good year." Adds Clooney: "I thought Daniel Day-Lewis had the best performance of the year."
  • 2008 Oscars: My heart screams 'Juno!' but my head says Coen Bros.

    02/22/2008 11:44:04 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 34 replies · 640+ views
    rogerebert.com ^ | Roger Ebert
    In theory, if I correctly predicted every single Oscar race, nobody could outguess me, and by default, I would win the prize. Alas, that has never, ever happened, and it's unlikely again this year, because as usual I will allow my heart to outsmart my brain in one or two races, which is my annual downfall. In any event, for what they're worth, here are my Academy Award predictions in a year rich with wonderful films. PICTURE Prediction: My heart cries out "Juno! Juno! Juno!," but my brain dashes a pail of cold water and sternly corrects me: "No Country...
  • Celebrate The "Right" Kind of Oscars

    02/23/2008 10:10:45 AM PST · by daler · 11 replies · 546+ views
    Duluth News-Tribune ^ | 2/23/2008 | Andrew Klavan
    Well, the writers strike is over, the Oscars will go on and, by golly, we conservatives just can’t wait to watch Hollywood pat itself on the back for another year of anti-American, anti-military, anti-traditionalist filmmaking. And while red-carpet anticipation is giving me the shivers, I can’t help but imagine an alternative Oscar ceremony in a different kind of Hollywood with this list of exciting best-picture nominees: * “Oono.” Hilarity ensues when a 16-year-old girl finds herself pregnant and gives the baby away to a similarly unmarried neurotic so that the infant grows up to become a drug-addicted loser and dies...
  • 2008 80th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) -- LIVE THREAD

    02/24/2008 2:25:07 PM PST · by lainie · 1,024 replies · 823+ views
    tv: ABC network ^ | 2-24-2008
    It's an Oscar Party!Warning: might contain snark and/or discussions about fashion.Best Picture:"Atonement""Juno""Michael Clayton""No Country for Old Men""There Will Be Blood" Best Actor:George Clooney, "Michael Clayton"Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood"Johnny Depp, "Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street"Tommy Lee Jones, "In the Valley of Elah"Viggo Mortensen, "Eastern Promises" Best Actress:Cate Blanchett, "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"Julie Christie, "Away From Her"Marion Cotillard, "La Vie en Rose"Laura Linney, "The Savages"Ellen Page, "Juno" Best Supporting Actor:Casey Affleck, "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men"Hal Holbrook, "Into the Wild"Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Charlie Wilson's War"Tom Wilkinson,...
  • Jon Stewart will host Academy Awards

    09/12/2007 7:41:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 548+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/12/07 | Sandy Cohen - ap
    LOS ANGELES - Jon Stewart is getting a do-over as Oscar host. America's favorite faux newscaster, who drew mixed reviews for his first stint in 2006, has been picked for a return engagement in February, the film academy announced Wednesday. "I'm thrilled to be asked to host the Academy Awards for the second time because, as they say, the third time's a charm," Stewart said Wednesday in a statement from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. "He did a great job two years ago," Oscar telecast producer Gil Cates told The Associated Press Wednesday. "You need a host...
  • Academy Sues Over Mary Pickford's Oscar

    09/01/2007 10:26:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies · 655+ views
    AP) LOS ANGELES The Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences is suing to stop the public sale of two Academy Awards given to silent film star Mary Pickford. In the lawsuit filed Wednesday, the academy claims it has the right to buy the historic statuettes and one owned by her late husband for $10 each. The academy contends an heir to the Oscars demanded $500,000 for one statuette alone in July -- an offer the academy refused. Pickford won the Academy Award for best actress in 1930 and was given an honorary Oscar in 1975. When she died in...
  • "Reel" FReepers - Celebrating Cinema - March 2007

    03/01/2007 12:35:54 PM PST · by DollyCali · 267 replies · 1,777+ views
    March 1, 2007 | DollyCali; wtc911
    March 2007Edition Reel Test of the Month Reel Celebrity of the Month Alan Arkin was probably the biggest surprise on Oscar Night winning the Best Supporting Oscar for his portrayal of a cocaine using grandfather of the “Little Miss Sunshine” . He inconveniently dies as the very dysfunctional family is on the way to the big contest. The family is “running late” so just put him in the back … reminiscent of National Lampoons Vacation.. and they presses on to make the deadline in their clunker van. He at 73 has had a long & varied career with movies...
  • (White House Press Sec'y Tony) Snow 'happy' about Gore's Oscar

    02/26/2007 9:23:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 1,259+ views
    CNN ^ | February 26, 2007 | Kathleen Koch
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Al Gore is garnering wide praise following his documentary's win at last night's Academy Awards -- even from White House Press Secretary Tony Snow. Asked in a press briefing Monday what he thought about Al Gore's documentary film, "An Inconvenient Truth," winning an Oscar, Snow said, "I'm happy for him," and mused, "It's good to have a second career."
  • The Unofficial Hollywood Losers Who Take Home Oscars Thread

    02/25/2007 5:04:47 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 18 replies · 2,157+ views
    Any source except ABC ^ | February 25, 2007 | The Dark Side of the Force
    Post any information about who gets awards so we don't have to watch the Oscars on ABC and drive their ratings up.
  • Academy Awards - Live Thread 79th Oscar Awards

    02/25/2007 2:29:29 PM PST · by DollyCali · 716 replies · 20,635+ views
    25 February 2007 | DollyCali
    The Queen Peter Morgan's "The Queen" is nominated for six Academy Awards, including one for best picture. The Departed Under Martin Scorsese's directing, "The Departed" is nominated for five Oscars. Babel "Babel" is nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture and director. Letters From Iwo Jima "Letters" is nominated for four Academy Awards, including best director and best picture. Little Miss Sunshine "Sunshine" is nominated for four Academy Awards, including best picture Leonardo DiCaprio Nominated for his role in "Blood Diamond," this is Dicaprio's third nomination. Ryan Gosling Nominated for "Half Nelson," this is Gosling's first Oscar nod. Peter...
  • Ebert's Oscar Predictions

    02/24/2007 12:01:50 AM PST · by L.A.Justice · 38 replies · 1,403+ views
    rogerebert.com ^ | 2/10/07 | Roger Ebert
    Ebert's Oscar predictions Oscar's in the driver's seat BY ROGER EBERT / In a year when the Academy Award nominations are more diverse and international than ever before, it's anyone's guess who will win best picture. "Dreamgirls" garnered more nominations than any other movie, but was passed over for both picture and director. But there are four categories that can be predicted with certainty -- best actress: Helen Mirren; supporting actress: Jennifer Hudson; best actor: Forest Whitaker, and supporting actor: Eddie Murphy. They have won almost every award, including the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the Golden Globes. If any...
  • Al Gore Snags Two Oscar Nominations

    01/23/2007 1:53:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies · 1,323+ views
    Newsmax ^ | January 23, 2007
    Who says politics is show business for ugly people? "An Inconvenient Truth," Al Gore's film on the perils of global warming, scored two Oscar nominations Tuesday - for best documentary feature and best original song. While he is not technically a nominee - the film's director, David Guggenheim, won the nod, as did singer Melissa Etheridge for the song "I Need to Wake Up" - Gore said he was "thrilled" that his movie was honored. "The film . . . has brought awareness of the climate crisis to people in the United States and all over the world," Gore said...
  • List of Oscar nominations

    01/23/2007 6:05:09 AM PST · by Borges · 69 replies · 1,151+ views
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 1/23/07
    Complete list of the 79th Annual Academy Award nominations announced Tuesday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif.: 1. Best Picture: "Babel," "The Departed," "Letters From Iwo Jima," "Little Miss Sunshine," "The Queen." 2. Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, "Blood Diamond"; Ryan Gosling, "Half Nelson"; Peter O'Toole, "Venus"; Will Smith, "The Pursuit of Happyness"; Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland." 3. Actress: Penelope Cruz, "Volver"; Judi Dench, "Notes on a Scandal"; Helen Mirren, "The Queen"; Meryl Streep, "The Devil Wears Prada"; Kate Winslet, "Little Children." 4. Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, "Little Miss Sunshine"; Jackie Earle...
  • Oscars Announced: 'Dreamgirls' Picks Up Most Oscar Nods

    01/23/2007 6:50:07 AM PST · by Tanniker Smith · 62 replies · 1,292+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | 1/23/07 | DAVID GERMAIN
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- The musical "Dreamgirls" led Academy Awards contenders Tuesday with eight nominations, but surprisingly was shut out in the best picture category after being considered a potential front-runner. The sweeping ensemble drama "Babel" was close behind with seven, including best picture and acting honors for two newcomers to U.S. audiences, Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi. Other best-picture nominees were the bloody crime saga "The Departed," the World War II spectacle "Letters From Iwo Jima," the road-trip comedy "Little Miss Sunshine" and the monarchy-in-crisis chronicle "The Queen." Going into nominations day, the best-picture competition looked unusually wide...
  • ACADEMY AWARDS- Nominating foreign films changes (no official language, prohibit English entries)

    07/05/2006 10:28:48 AM PDT · by weegee · 2 replies · 287+ views
    AP via Columbus Dispatch ^ | Wednesday, July 05, 2006 | No byline
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has changed the way it chooses nominees for best foreign-language film and eliminated a rule requiring entries to be in the official language of the submitting country. The academy’s governors approved a new process in judging foreign-language films, allowing New York-area academy members to participate in the selection for the first time, according to a statement issued last week. A shortlist of films from nine countries will be chosen by the same Los Angeles screening committee that has traditionally viewed the approximately 60 submissions. That shortlist will...
  • 'Brokeback' Author Calls 'Crash' 'Trash'

    03/15/2006 8:49:56 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 16 replies · 380+ views
    The author of "Brokeback Mountain" is trashing the Motion Picture Academy and Best Picture Oscar-winner "Crash" in the wake of the film's upset loss at the Academy Awards. In a commentary piece titled Blood on the Red Carpet posted on U.K.'s Guardian online, E. Annie Proulx called out "conservative heffalump academy voters" for not voting the gay-themed "Brokeback" Best Picture, and called "Crash" "Trash." "Roughly 6,000 film industry voters, most in the Los Angeles area, many living cloistered lives behind wrought-iron gates or in deluxe rest-homes, out of touch not only with the shifting larger culture and the yeasty ferment...
  • 'Brokeback' backlash against 'Crash'? That's progress (liberals bickering over Oscar)

    03/12/2006 10:19:32 PM PST · by weegee · 37 replies · 1,673+ views
    Chicago Tribune syndicated columnists via Houston Chronicle ^ | March 10, 2006, 9:26PM | By CLARENCE PAGE
    Fate is indeed fickle. Who would have guessed that in this year's Oscar voting, Brokeback Mountain, a fine, risky movie about a gay love affair, would surge ahead of Capote, a movie about a gay journalist, only to be edged out for the Best Picture Oscar by a fine, risky movie about racism? Is this a sign of our times, or what? If conservatives needed any evidence that liberal impulses have taken over the Motion Picture Academy, this is it. Right? But, alas, in some folks' minds, every silver lining has its cloud. Instead of celebrating, many fans of Brokeback...
  • Oscar Party

    03/10/2006 12:04:02 PM PST · by Digital Disaster · 1 replies · 250+ views
    The Peace Moonbeam Chronicles ^ | 3-10-06 | Peace Moonbeam
    March 10, 2006 Los Angeles, California With a break in my protest schedule this last week, I decided it would be fun to rub elbows with Tinseltown's movers and shakers at the Oscars. Also, I figured maybe I could raise a few bucks for my upcoming "save-the-whales" protest. The only problem was I didn't have any contacts that could get me in so I had to come up with something. I called Scooter and together we devised a plan to at least crash the "Vanity Fair" post-awards party. The first thing I needed was a designer dress, but I didn't...
  • Children's Author: Teach Kids to Laugh at Celebrities

    03/08/2006 11:31:51 AM PST · by shining_city · 10 replies · 1,163+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/7/06
    The Oscars may be over, but parents still need to teach their kids to laugh at Tinseltown's left-wing celebrities, says best-selling children's author Katharine DeBrecht. Her highly anticipated new book lampoons stars Streisand, Madonna, and Cruise, and was given out in Oscar gift bags. It is available in stores today.LOS ANGELES, March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- With Academy Awards being handed out to movies about racist cops, gay cowboys, and communist sympathizers, Hollywood has declared an outright war on traditional values. But instead of getting angry at the movie business, parents should teach their kids to laugh at it, this according...
  • Bye, Bye Hollywood

    03/07/2006 1:23:02 PM PST · by Anne_Conn · 11 replies · 469+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Tuesday, March 7, 2006 | Gary Reid
    Last night I did something that I have not done for a long time. I watched the entire Academy Awards show. Well, not quite, I did miss the “Best Director” award because I had to walk my dog. Labradors show no interest in awards shows. The reason I watched it was to see the performance of this year's host, Jon Stewart, a funny man, who's Daily Show has become, for me, a daily show. He was picked for the role because the show producers wanted to attract a younger audience.
  • The Academy Awards Speech We Should've Heard

    03/07/2006 6:59:06 AM PST · by dson7_ck1249 · 12 replies · 1,543+ views
    Townhall ^ | 3.7.2006 | Dennis Prager
    Here's a speech we would like to hear from an Academy Award winner: I thank you for this wonderful award. Receiving an Academy Award gives the recipient an almost unique opportunity to speak to hundreds of millions people around the world, so I would like take this once-in-a-lifetime moment to say this:
  • Critics attack Academy for Brokeback snub

    03/06/2006 10:36:42 AM PST · by mathprof · 105 replies · 3,183+ views
    timesonline.uk ^ | 3/6/06 | Chris Ayres
    Leading US critics have questioned whether Hollywood is yet ready to give its biggest prize to a gay love story after the race drama Crash grabbed the Best Picture Oscar at the 78th Academy Awards last night. Brokeback Mountain, the story of unfulfilled love between two gay cowboys that was nominated in eight categories, had been the runaway favourite for the award after cleaning up in the Golden Globes and Baftas. But although it won three Oscars, including the Best Director award for the Taiwanese Ang Lee, the year's most talked-about film ended up losing on the final prize of...
  • Hunger Strike calls for end to China Human Rights Atrocities

    03/06/2006 10:21:58 AM PST · by Anne_Conn · 181+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Monday, March 6, 2006 | Judi McLeod
    There were no diamond-studded stilettos on display for what Drudge called, "The Night of the Golden Statue" last night. As Hollywood stargazers watched their faves arrive for ceremonies in green cars, a worldwide hunger strike to protest China's recent attacks on Human Rights defenders was getting underway
  • Why Jon Bombed

    03/06/2006 6:50:26 AM PST · by sportutegrl · 77 replies · 4,135+ views
    LA Weekly ^ | Sunday, March 5th, 2006 at 07:22PM | Posted by Nikki Finke
    (snip) Then he sets up what starts out like a winner, noting how “a lot of people say this town is too liberal…out of touch with Mainstream America…a moral black hole where innocence is obliterated in an orgy of sexual gratification and greed…” But then he ends with, “I don’t really have a joke here.”
  • Academy Award Winning Songs -- this year, these great songs are joined by the *itches & hoes song

    03/05/2006 10:13:09 PM PST · by doug from upland · 69 replies · 4,132+ views
    dancemetonight.com ^ | 3-5-06 | dfu
    Some of our greatest music has come from film. Hollywood didn't disappoint this year. It gave the Oscar to a wonderful and wholesome song for the whole family to enjoy. The song comes from Hustle & Flow and is entitled "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp." You will just love the lyrics and the music. They have really added something special to our culture. After the lyrics, we have presented a list of the previous winners. You can decide if the *itches and hoes song will be remembered as a great classic along with Days of Wine and Roses,...
  • What Are You Watching Instead Of The Oscars?

    03/05/2006 8:18:37 PM PST · by lowbridge · 71 replies · 852+ views
    3/5/06 | lowbridge
    As for me, a little goodie I rented from Netflix: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067972/
  • George Clooney Says He's Proud To Be Out Of Touch With America.

    03/05/2006 6:19:24 PM PST · by mwfsu84 · 72 replies · 1,880+ views
    3/6/06 | mwfsu84
    Anyone catch George Clooney's acceptance speech after winning Best Supporting Actor? One of his comments was that he was proud to be a part of an industry which is out of touch with America. According to Mr. Clooney, Hollywood is ahead of the curve, focused subjects like AIDS and Civil Rights when they were considered taboo with mainstream America. He cited the 1939 Academy Award given to African-American actress Hattie McDaniel for her performance in Gone With The Wind. George Clooney is entitled to his opinion. I happen to believe he's full of himself if he thinks Hollywood has that...
  • Cash Film's Missing Ingredient: Religion (Hollywood downplays Johnny Cash's Christianity)

    03/05/2006 11:39:23 AM PST · by churchillbuff · 40 replies · 1,002+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 4, 2006 | Robert Levine
    For a movie that is so scrupulously accurate in so many respects, "Walk the Line" makes surprisingly little of the abiding faith that Mr. Cash always credited, along with Ms. Carter, for saving his life. "That dimension of Cash's life, which was present all the way through, was absent," said the Rev. C. Clifton Black, a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, who criticized the film for that reason in a review for the magazine The Christian Century. "I was stunned."
  • Vanity: 2007 Academby Awards Input

    03/04/2006 4:40:45 PM PST · by SampleMan · 12 replies · 362+ views
    Self | 3-4-06 | SampleMan
    I thought it would be fun to get our inputs in early for the best "formula" movie ideas that our most likely to garner Oscar nominations for 2007. Here is mine. NC-17 remake of The Sound of Music, focusing on the lesbian relationship between Maria and Leisl. Additionally, the Republican Party will take the place of the NAZIs, as the family battles to get 12 year old Louisa a late term abortion. New musical scores will be hip-hop. This really has Oscar written all over it.
  • Pressure to cut suicide bomber flick

    03/04/2006 12:16:49 PM PST · by mathprof · 15 replies · 457+ views
    News.Au.com ^ | March 05, 2006
    SOME 36,000 people have petitioned Oscars organisers to urgently disqualify the Palestinian entry for Sunday's Academy Awards, "Paradise Now," claiming it glorifies suicide bombers. An Arab-American peace activist delivered the petition to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences late Friday, 48 hours before the show at which Hany Abu-Assad's film could win the Oscar for best foreign language film. "Giving an Oscar nomination to this film glorifies inexcusable actions," said peace activist Nonie Darwish. "It may even encourage future homicide bombings." The movie, one of five contenders for the foreign film Oscar, tells the story of two childhood...
  • Your Predictions about Oscar Winners?

    03/03/2006 11:57:42 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 128 replies · 1,434+ views
    self
    Best Picture Nominees Brokeback Mountain Munich Good Night, and Good Luck Capote Crash Best Director Nominees Bennett Miller Capote Ang Lee Brokeback Mountain Steven Spielberg Munich Paul Haggis Crash George Clooney Good Night, And Good Luck. Best Actor Nominees Heath Ledger Brokeback Mountain Joaquin Phoenix Walk the Line Philip Seymour Hoffman Capote David Strathairn Good Night, And Good Luck. Terrence Howard Hustle & Flow Best Actress Nominees Charlize Theron North Country Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice Felicity Huffman Transamerica Reese Witherspoon Walk the Line Judi Dench Mrs. Henderson Presents Best Supporting Actor Nominees William Hurt A History of Violence George...
  • Jon Stewart: won't spoil party as Oscars host

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - He is America's leading anti-establishment comic, chosen to host Hollywood's biggest insider event. But Jon Stewart knows that he dare not spoil Oscar's party. ADVERTISEMENT Although he has built his career skewering politicians and the media as host of his own faux newscast on cable television, Stewart says he feels genuine empathy for the film industry elite he will entertain on Sunday in his first turn as emcee of the Academy Awards.
  • Tom Hanks Do's and Don'ts for accepting Oscars!

    03/03/2006 11:18:37 AM PST · by EveningStar · 22 replies · 468+ views
    Yahoo ^ | March 3, 2006
    Oscar nominees, who may be in a fix about preparing their acceptance speeches, can now look to Tom Hanks for help. The Academy has brought out an eight-minute instructional video, narrated by Hanks, about the do's and don'ts while accepting an award. Entitled An Insider's Guide: What Nominees Need To Know, the video includes clips of Oscar moments that stuck in the memory, such as Jack Palance doing one-arm push-ups, or Roberto Benigni gliding over the tops of everyone's chairs en route to the stage or Gwyneth Paltrow's deluge of tears, reports The Independent...
  • Will you watch Academy Awards? Take MSNBC.com/Zogby poll

    03/01/2006 3:31:29 PM PST · by dhs12345 · 54 replies · 1,029+ views
    Take the zogby poll about the Academy Awards.... http://www.zogby.com/msnbc/index.cfm Questions about Politics/Hollywood, will you watch, etc. Made up email (to avoid spam): myemail@email.com
  • Conservative Kids' Book Makes NY Times Blog List

    02/24/2006 5:03:15 PM PST · by shining_city · 10 replies · 664+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | February 23, 2006
    The New York Times has named controversial children's book “Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed” (Kids Ahead; hardcover: $15.95; ISBN 0976726904) by Katharine DeBrecht as one of the books most frequently discussed by bloggers last year. The inclusion on this high profile list alongside “The Da Vinci Code,” “Freakonomics,” and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” is just the latest surprise in a long list of unlikely accolades -- and angry criticism -- garnered by this conservative illustrated book. Written by a self-proclaimed “Security Mom for Bush,” the illustrated picture book -- which features Hillary Rodham Clinton and...
  • 'Paradise Now' Creates Oscar Security Concerns

    02/16/2006 6:45:38 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 23 replies · 607+ views
    TMZ ^ | February 16, 2006
    Oscar security will be "massive" this year according to law enforcement sources. An FBI official, who did not want to be identified, tells TMZ the prospect of terrorist threats is "pretty huge." Another law enforcement source says there's greater concern than usual because of 'Paradise Now,' a controversial film about two would-be Palestinian suicide bombers who target Israel. The movie is up for Best Foreign Language Film. An LAPD official tells TMZ that the law enforcement presence won't increase because of the film, adding that resources are "sufficient" to cover the event. The FBI official says the Oscars are a...
  • Freep a movie poll for fun.

    02/16/2006 1:13:42 PM PST · by dynachrome · 40 replies · 585+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 2-16-06 | Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    This year's Best Picture nominees for the Academy Award are: "Brokeback Mountain," "Capote," "Crash," "Good Night, and Good Luck" and "Munich." How many have you seen? None 1 2 3 4 All 5
  • The Trouble with Oscar

    01/31/2006 11:53:36 PM PST · by RayChuang88 · 45 replies · 1,337+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 31, 2006 | James Bates
    All you need to know about how hard it will be to get people to watch the Oscars is that a nominated documentary about penguins has been watched by more moviegoers than any of the five best picture contenders. Or that four out of five people — and sometimes fewer — tuning into the broadcast will not have seen any of those movies in a theater. Or that roughly only 200,000 people so far have seen Felicity Huffman's Oscar-nominated performance in "Transamerica." That's less than 1% of the weekly viewers who watch her on ABC's "Desperate Housewives."
  • "Mamas, Don't Let Your Sons Grow Up to be Gay Cowboys"

    01/31/2006 12:36:15 PM PST · by Jessica24 · 21 replies · 701+ views
    vanity
    I wrote this on my blog all the way back in November. “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Sons Grow Up to be Gay Cowboys” Discontented with the fact that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Chronicles of Narnia, and King Kong will make approximately eleventy billion dollars at the box office this season, Hollywood liberals (redundant, I know) are gearing up for a fight over-- gay cowboys? Brokeback Mountain stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as two cowboys who give in to their forbidden love for one another and must deal with the consequences. Yeah, I don't watch Lifetime...
  • No fairytale ending for Cinderella Man at the Oscars

    01/31/2006 8:45:39 AM PST · by Craig DeLuz · 18 replies · 388+ views
    The Home of Uncommon Sense ^ | 01/31/2006 | Craig DeLuz
    I’ll have to admit that I haven’t seen most of the movies that were mentioned this morning as the 78th Annual Oscar Nominees were being announced. But I find it hard to believe that Cinderella Man failed to get a single nomination in the top three categories (Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Picture). But then again who cares about the comeback story of a once wealthy middle-aged white heterosexual man who is a faithful father and husband. Read More... Craig DeLuz Visit The Home of Uncommon Sense... www.craigdeluz.com
  • 'Brokeback Mountain' Gets 8 Oscar Nominations'

    01/31/2006 5:52:22 AM PST · by Dr. Scarpetta · 765 replies · 12,226+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/31/06 | AP
    The cowboy love story "Brokeback Mountain" led the Academy Awards field Tuesday with eight nominations, among them best picture and honors for actor Heath Ledger and director Ang Lee. Also nominated for best picture were the Truman Capote story "Capote"; the ensemble drama "Crash"; the Edward R. Murrow chronicle "Good Night, and Good Luck"; and the assassination thriller "Munich." The Johnny Cash biography, "Walk the Line," considered a likely best picture nominee, was shut out, though Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon earned acting nominations for the film. George Clooney picked up two nominations, as supporting actor for his role as...
  • Hollywood's going to have it Tough-KONG!!!

    12/12/2005 3:21:47 PM PST · by rang1995 · 47 replies · 769+ views
    NY POST ^ | 12/12/05 | vanity and NY post
    ALL HAIL THE 'KONG'ERING HERO OF THIS KOLOSSALLY EXCITING NEW KLASSIC By LOU LUMENICK In this photo provided by Universal Studios, Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts) shares a quiet moment at sunrise with Kong atop the Empire State Building, whose heights he has scaled in his flight from the streets of New York City, in "King Kong." Photo: AP Photo/Universal Studios Email Archives Print Reprint December 12, 2005 -- Rating: KING KONG The year's best movie.Running time: 188 minutes. Rated PG-13 (frightening adventure, violence, scary images). Wednesday at the Empire, the Union Square, the Chelsea West, others. BREAK out the popcorn...
  • Cowboy romance "Brokeback" faces challenge

    12/07/2005 1:52:30 PM PST · by Millee · 40 replies · 1,282+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/7/05 | Bob Tourtellotte
    It has wowed film festivals, won rave reviews and sparked Oscar buzz, but when "Brokeback Mountain," a.k.a. the gay cowboy movie, begins playing to general audiences on Friday, it faces its toughest challenge yet -- wooing mainstream America. Two of Hollywood's hottest leading men, Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, risk alienating fans and sending their stars plummeting if, after watching the pair have sex on screen, audiences cannot see them any other way than gay. Winning over middle America is important for the roughly $12.5 million movie because its backer, art house specialist Focus Features, wants a big box office...
  • Che Day (Let's dishonor his memory by paying respects to the people who deserve to replace him...)

    06/14/2005 11:46:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies · 1,095+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 6/15/2005 | Andrew Cline
    Had Che Guevara not been executed by Bolivians in 1967, he may well be celebrating his 77th birthday this week. Or he may have endured a bloody death at the hands of other enemies. Had he lived, Western college students almost certainly would not be walking around campus mindlessly displaying his likeness on flaming red T-shirts. A dead martyr is much easier to lionize than a living dictator. Though he died nearly 40 years ago, Guevara is still sparking controversy. Rolling Stone magazine reported last week that guitar legend Carlos Santana was protested at his June 1 Miami concert. The...
  • Oscar Ratings Sink With Rock(Punk Rock Bombed Last Night!)

    02/28/2005 3:09:29 PM PST · by kellynla · 76 replies · 1,739+ views
    CNNMONEY ^ | 2/28/2005 | Krysten Crawford
    Following in the footsteps of both The Golden Globes and Grammy Awards, ratings for Sunday night's 77th Annual Academy Awards were down this year. Some 41.5 million viewers on average watched ABC's Oscar telecast this year, a 5 percent drop from 2004, according to Nielsen Media Research. The sweep by "Million Dollar Baby," the Clint Eastwood boxing flick that won four of the top six awards, drew a 25.2 rating and a 38 share, according to figures released Monday afternoon by ABC. A rating represents the percentage of total U.S. television households. A share represents the percentage of homes with...
  • Academy Awards TV Audience Down Slightly

    02/28/2005 1:49:18 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 32 replies · 747+ views
    AP ^ | Feb. 28, 2005 | DAVID BAUDER
    With comedian Chris Rock, the Academy Awards succeeded in its effort to find a younger audience — but perhaps at the expense of the country as a whole. A total of 41.5 million viewers tuned in Sunday to watch "Million Dollar Baby" take the Oscar for best picture. That's down 2 million from last year's show, which honored "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," according to Nielsen Media Research. ABC undoubtedly hoped for better, after preliminary figures released earlier Monday from the top 56 markets were the strongest they were in five years. The drop in...
  • Rock wasn't on a roll( Punk Rock bombs at Oscars)

    02/28/2005 9:11:17 AM PST · by kellynla · 111 replies · 3,405+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | 2/28/2005 | Jonathan Storm
    What was all that controversy about? Supposed bad boy Chris Rock delivered a naughty word in his first sentence Sunday night at the Oscars, then followed with a surprisingly flat and uninspired performance. The wail of outrage that fits so well with his highly charged comedy routines was just too much noise when aimed at insignificant show-biz targets like Jude Law and Cuba Gooding. Cracks about President George W. Bush's fiscal policy were mildly amusing, if predictable, but it was just poor taste to compare real fighting and dying in Iraq to a battle between clerks at the Gap and...
  • THE ACADEMY AWARDS :Scorsese disses Oscar ceremony

    02/28/2005 8:16:22 AM PST · by robowombat · 75 replies · 3,981+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | Feb 27, 2005 | Martin Scorsese
    Sunday, February 27, 2005 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THE ACADEMY AWARDS Scorsese disses Oscar ceremony Director warns of Christians' impact, rise of political correctness from left -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: February 27, 2005 5:56 p.m. Eastern -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com Martin Scorsese After three decades of waiting to win an Academy Award, film director Martin Scorsese says a victory tonight for "The Aviator" would be meaningless. In an interview with London's Sunday Times, Scorsese was asked if there would still be any impact on him were his name to be read as the winner of the best director award at the Hollywood event. "No...