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The most unusual thing about this story is the idea of Warner Bros. getting back into feature animation, something that has not been a great strength of theirs in the past.
As much as I adore "The Iron Giant," I can acknowledge based on what I know about that process that it is a good thing Warner shut down their feature animation division in '99. Every now and then, you'll see a studio get the idea that they should be making animated films so they can get a slice of that financial pie, and they'll spend a lot of time and money to do so, and inevitably we'll get one or two movies that cost way too much and underperform, and then the studios get right back out of that business. Remember when 20th Century Fox bought Don Bluth a giant animation studio in Arizona? You know… the one that was supposed to replace the giant animation studio that Bluth ran into the ground in Ireland? And do you remember when that entire thing went belly up about a year and a half later?
Rihanna and Coldplay have been added to the list of performers for the 54th annual Grammy Awards. Rihanna broke the news via Twitter last night, tweeting, “My friends @Coldplay and I will be sharing the stage for a performance at this year’s annual Grammy Awards! #Bonkers.” Coldplay then retweeted the message without additional commentary.
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The pairing will most likely perform “Princess of China,” the songs they sing together on Coldplay’s “Mylo Xyloto,” but wouldn’t it be awesome if they did “We Found Love,” as well? The song spends its 10th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.
Both Rihanna and Coldplay are up for multiple Grammys.
Paul McCartney, who will be honored two nights before at the annual MusiCares dinner, will also perform at the Grammy Awards, which air Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Although nothing has been officially announced, among the artists expected to pay tribute to Sir Paul at the MusiCares dinner are James Taylor, Foo Fighters, Neil Young, Coldplay and Norah Jones, according to Hits Daily Double.
In five days, the nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards will be announced. It seems extraordinary that another season has nearly passed. And with a silent film and a somewhat fantastical (not-so-) children’s film poised to dominate the major categories, one realizes how quickly trends can change in Hollywood. The period nature of these films will result in their showing up across the crafts categories as well, along with many other usual suspects. But at the margins, there is definitely room for excitement.
So with that preface, I now embark on my final analysis of the crafts categories for the cinematic year of 2011. This will be done in two parts, five categories covered in each part. Check back later for part two.
Following on the heels of the Cinema Audio Society today is the Costume Designers Guild, which has selected nominees in its three patented categories.
The first thing you'll notice, naturally, is yet another "War Horse" snub. I haven't been expecting an Oscar nomination for the film's costumes and the period field is particularly stacked this season, but nevertheless, another miss.
There aren't many surprises on the list, though the appearance of "X-Men: First Class" in the fantasy category is a nice inclusion for its blend of period styles with comic book tropes. Once upon a time I thought costumer Sammy Sheldon might be a possibility for an Oscar nod, and maybe that's even still the case. Ditto "Thor," outfitted by four-time nominee Alexandra Byrne.
Predicting Best Makeup nominees is always a blind-man's-buff process, but the one title we can reasonably expect to show up on Tuesday morning is "The Iron Lady"; like Marion Cotillard's Edith Piaf, Meryl Streep's Margaret Thatcher is enabled by startling cosmetic and prosthetic wizardry. This has been recognized by BAFTA, but as blogger Bradley Porter, who also worked on the film, points out, credit isn't entirely being given where it's due: the only name nominated by BAFTA is chief makeup and hair designer Marese Langan, thoroughly deserving of notice -- but prosthetics designer Mark Coulier isn't on the list. Given that he's the man behind the ageing work that most wows people in this area, that's a shameful oversight. Here's hoping the Academy doesn't make the same error. [Eat Sleep Live Film]
A quick review of last night's "Happy Endings" coming up just as soon as I have idea face...
Ads for tonight's "Parks and Recreation" - or, to be specific, ads for NBC's Thursday night comedies that include "Parks and Rec" - have hinted at, quote, "the arrival of a secret big-time movie star" whose face is not revealed and whose name is not mentioned. I've seen tonight's episode, and can say three things upfront: 1)It's extremely funny, and one of the best overall episodes so far about Leslie's campaign for city council; 2)The Secret Big-Time Movie Star in question is used very well; and 3)Knowing the identity of the Secret Big-Time Movie Star doesn't seem like something that would ordinarily be treated as a spoiler — especially not by the spoiler-loving NBC promo department — particularly since he appears on-camera within the first 5 seconds of the episode.
Still, if you want to know who it is, and get a very brief sense of who he's playing and what the episode is about, click on through. If not, we'll see you tonight at 8:30...
And now, as they say, for something completely different.
The guild nominations these last few weeks have been rank and file, the usual mish-mash of the same titles reflecting a bit of group think and perfunctory nominations. That ends today, though, as the Cinema Audio Society's crop of selections for excellence in sound mixing includes some eyebrow-raising, refreshingly singular choices.
First and foremost, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" was snubbed, and I'm shocked by that. The sound mixers carried the franchise's last two films to nominations with both the CAS and the sound branch of the Academy, but stopped things dead in their tracks today by ignoring the year's best work in the field. Will it still be able to grab a mention from the smaller group within AMPAS? Maybe, but this is a blow.
There's no rest for the wicked, as the chefs must pack up and head back to San Antonio for their next challenge. But for this one, they'll want to be at least a little wicked, as that's pretty much the theme. I suspect that means Lindsay and Sarah will do exceptionally well, because these girls cannot stop being catty little monsters to poor Beverly.
For his whole career, Bruce Springsteen has wrestled with the notion of what it means to be an American. Many of his songs deal with a sense of place, whether it be his home state of New Jersey or, in a larger context, the United States.
On “We Take Care Of Our Own,” the first single from his March 6 release, "Wrecking Ball," Springsteen's questions have become only more urgent as he sees America turning from a country that used to stand for “wherever the flag is flown/we take care of our own” to one where “I’ve been stumbling on good hearts turned to stone/the road to good intention has gone dry as a bone.”
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