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Oscar 2014 Not-So-Live Blog and Wrap-Up

Ellen DeGeneres, Oscars

OK, I’m exhausted. I’m not sure if that was the longest Oscar show I’ve seen, but it absolutely felt like it was. I think everyone in the Dolby Theater was having a blast, but it did not make for good TV. I would have never thought The Great Gatsby would have won multiple awards while American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, Captain Phillips and a slew of better films were completely shut out. 12 Years somehow gets gifted Best Picture with only three awards, which I believe ties it for the least by any Best Picture. Gravity takes the most hardware with seven wins. Dallas Buyer’s Club also wins three. The Great Gatsby (whaaa?) and Frozen each won two. These are my thoughts that would have been Tweeted in a live blog except I’m too claustrophobic for 144 characters and Ellen broke Twitter with this Ultimate Selfie.  My thoughts below.  Weird show, but I’m glad the best movie won the most awards.

Bradley Cooper, Ellen DeGeneres, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Oscars, Most Retweeted Pictue of All-Time

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Top 5: Actresses Who Won Best Actress For the Wrong Movie

top5This is a bit of a series we’re doing based on a simple fact of Oscar logic: people don’t usually win their Oscars for the movie they should have.  A few weeks back we looked at the Best Actors; today we’ll look at Best Actresses who picked up the little gold guy for the wrong film. Continue reading Top 5: Actresses Who Won Best Actress For the Wrong Movie

Top 5: Actors Who Won Best Actor For the Wrong Movie

top5As this year ends, and awards season begins, it’s worth noting one of the biggest truisms of Oscar-dom: people don’t usually win their Oscars for the movie they should have. Continue reading Top 5: Actors Who Won Best Actor For the Wrong Movie

My Favorite Scene: Braveheart (1995) “Sons of Scotland”

Oh shut up.  Like your favorite scene from Braveheart is anything else.  Yes, it’s a layup, but it’s a great scene.  When I was in college I actually wrote an eight page paper on the ethos, pathos and logos employed by Wallace to rally the Scots.  This was the same class in which I wrote a treatise on the logical fallacies of resisting the Power of the Dark Side.  If you find yourself in a class with a burned out geek of a professor, feed them.  You’ll reap A’s.

There was a time yon long ago when Mel Gibson was an extremely talented director and actor and not just a crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy (ad infinitum) anti-Semitic bug-eyed schizoid.  And in the year of our Lord 1995, he made a film called Braveheart to which the heart doth cleave.  So listen to the words of William of Clan Wallace and remember that better time and remember it well.Braveheart, William Wallace, Mel Gibson

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II to Begin Production March 2014

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Zhang Zhiyi, Donnie Yen

Many stateside don’t realize that Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was the fourth of a pentalogy of films.  Finishing the series has become a daunting task due to the Oscar-winning success of Ang Lee’s film, but it looks like things are moving ahead and Michelle Yeoh and Donnie Yen will return.  More below courtesy of ComingSoon.net.

Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today production of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II – The Green Destiny will begin in March 2014 in Asia. Yuen Wo Ping is set to direct with Donnie Yen starring as Silent Wolf and Michelle Yeoh reprising her role as Yu Shu Lien. The screenplay is based on “Iron Knight, Silver Vase” by Wang Du Lu, book 5 in the “Crane-Iron Pentalogy” series, on which the original Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was based. The screenplay is written by John Fusco (Forbidden Kingdom, Hidalgo, Spirit) and will be produced by Harvey Weinstein and David Thwaites, co-produced by Johnny Levin with Executive Producer Anthony Wong. Yucaipa Films is co-financing the project.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, distributed by Sony Pictures, became a surprise international success, grossing $213.5 million. It grossed $128 million in the US becoming the highest grossing foreign language film in American history and has won over 40 awards including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film was also nominated for six other Academy Awards including Best Picture.

“I loved Ang Lee’s film,” commented TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein. “I thought it was a master class in directing, but I know we are in fantastic hands with Yuen Wo Ping directing the second installment of ‘Crouching Tiger.’ Master Yuen worked with me on ‘Iron Monkey,’ ‘Kill Bill’ and now ‘Grandmaster.’ He is a first-class director and choreographer, and I am thrilled to be teaming up with him once more. With John Fusco’s incredible script and the dream team of Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh we are in great shape.”

Noted Wang Hong, son of late author Wang Du Lu: “My sister and I and our families sincerely appreciate that Harvey and TWC stayed committed to bringing my father’s works to the screen for the enjoyment of audiences around the world. My father created timeless characters and stories of universal appeal. They remain no less relevant today. Through great filmmaking, another generation will get to experience them.”