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The London Film Critics Circle (of which I'm a member) handed out its year-end kudos this evening, and "The Artist" was the big winner, taking awards for Film of the Year, Director of the Year and Actor of the Year. I'll be back from this evening's festivities soon enough to offer up extended commentary, but for now, check out the full list of winners below.
Dave Walker at the New Orleans Times-Picayune is the man I trust on all things "Treme," and he has a significant piece of news today: HBO has delayed the "Treme" season 3 premiere date until sometime in the fall.
The first two "Treme" seasons aired in the spring, and the show was absent from HBO's list of spring premiere dates from press tour. Given that "True Blood" owns the summer for HBO, "Treme" was either going to have to air on a different night (which has not been a boon to other HBO shows like the canceled "Bored to Death") or be delayed.
Presumably, "Boardwalk Empire" season 3 will also be on in the fall, and HBO still has to schedule Aaron Sorkin's drama about cable TV news, so "Treme" could wind up airing on a different night, after all. We'll see. David Simon has told me and Dave that ideally the show would run four seasons, but that'll be up to HBO to decide. The ratings for the first two seasons weren't particularly strong, and at the moment it's a show that exists because HBO likes it and wants to be in business with Simon. Hopefully, whenever it airs in the fall, they'll still feel that way about it.
UPDATE: HBO has asked me to clarify that the premiere hasn't technically been delayed, since they never announced a premiere date of any kind for the season. Everyone just assumed it would air in the spring, since HBO usually - but not always - airs its various shows at the same time each year.
Now that I've seen both "21 Jump Street" and "Haywire," I am officially prepared to say that 2012 is the year Channing Tatum turned the corner.
I've known people who are fans of his work since "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints," and I've certainly seen most of his films up to this point. I've always felt like he was tough to cast just right, and whatever his most vocal supporters saw in that work, I wasn't seeing it. I thought he showed signs of life in things like "Stop-Loss" or his supporting freakshow role in "The Dilemma," but he still wasn't connecting for me across the board.
Now, with this one-two punch, I'm seeing a much looser, funnier, alive presence onscreen, and I think the same is true of our interview when we sat down to talk about "Haywire." I'm not sure what happened, but it can't just be that the material is better. It's like something opened up inside of him, and suddenly he's able to project whatever that new energy and joy is, and it's really apparent in the work.
Ewan McGregor was, at one point, on track to be a gigantic movie star.
Instead, his career has become something much more interesting and unusual and hard to pinpoint, and I'm glad. McGregor made such a strong impression with his first few major film roles in the Danny Boyle films "Shallow Grave" and "Trainspotting," and by the time he was cast as Young Obi-Wan in "The Phantom Menace," he appeared to be on track to be one of the biggest actors of his age.
His heart does not appear to lie in the blockbuster mainstream world, though, and he's spent years now moving back and forth between the indie world and Hollywood, and his choices seem to me to be genuinely motivated by his own particular interests. Well before Michael Fassbender was getting teased about his equipment on the Golden Globes by George Clooney, Ewan McGregor was the Guy Who Liked To Show His Junk, and the contrast between that and his appearances in the "Star Wars" films and a "Nanny McPhee" sequel and "Robots" is pretty startling. Not many people are able to effortlessly switch modes like that, but I think it's in no small part because McGregor is so quietly charismatic.
Let’s make one thing perfectly clear: Santigold is totally over you. In her trippy new video for “Big Mouth,” she has no use for you and your irritating ways so shut your trap.
The clip is a fun combo of childlike animation and live action as Santigold’s throwing attitude all over the place, backed up by her two-women crew S1Wettes.
Santigold also decides to take a swipe at Lady Gaga, who is represented as an animated blond mermaid. “Gaga-ga all slightly off/not me I take the loss,” she sings. We’re not really sure what that means, but it’s probably not good, especially since Gaga gets eaten by an underwater tiger.
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"Chuck" has almost reached the finish line, folks. The two-hour series finale airs on Friday, January 27 at 8 p.m. on NBC, and tomorrow night gives us "Chuck vs. the Bullet Train," either the next-to-last or third-to-last episode of the series, depending on how you want to look at it. (The two hour finale is made up of two separate episodes.)
I'm going to have a whole lot of "Chuck" coverage next week, including a five-part retrospective interview I did with Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz while I was in California. But before we start looking back, here's a chance to look forward with a sneak preview clip - exclusive to HitFix for the next few hours - from early in tomorrow night's episode. If you don't want to know anything before it airs (not that the clip gives much away), don't click through.
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.