When "Avatar" was competing at the Oscars four (!) years ago, 3D was a relative novelty in multiplexes -- and a total one in the awards race. With the technology now a fixture in both contexts, have voter perceptions of it changed? This is the question asked Jen Chaney, as she notes the progression from "Avatar's" relegation to technical awards to the very real possibility of "Gravity" becoming the first 3D Best Picture. (Alfonso Cuaron, meanwhile, will most likely make it two in a row for 3D films in the Best Director race.) "There will be a 3D Best Picture winner at some point in our lifetimes," she concludes. "If not now, if not this year, then certainly in the not-so-distant future." [The Dissolve]
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The Academy may have long ago lost interest in Peter Jackson's Middle Earth exploits, but the same cannot be said of the readers of UK film magazine Empire. With seven bids, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" leads the nominations for the 2014 Empire Awards, which are entirely reader-voted -- resulting in an unusual list made up equally of prestige Oscar contenders and populist multiplex fare. By way of illuistration, "12 Years a Slave" is just behind with six nods, while "Captain Phillips" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" each notched up five.
At first, "Looking in the Mirror" appears as though it's meant to focus on Dom's 40th birthday and subsequent party in Dolores Park, but the most compelling moments again center on Patrick (Jonathan Groff) and Richie (Raúl Castillo). The series has not been afraid to bluntly depict those uncomfortable moments when ethnicity and social class clash and, sadly, nothing that occurs during this half hour is out of the norm for the Gay community. There are two moments in particular that are clearly painful for Richie.
I never had a chance to write a review of "Growing Up Fisher," the other comedy NBC decided to preview after the Olympics this weekend, but I also didn't have a lot to say about it. (I had plenty to say about "About A Boy," however.) J.K. Simmons is among our more likable actors (and incredibly funny if given good material), and there's probably a version of the show oriented around him as a blind lawyer that could be amusing. This faux-"Wonder Years" approach (or, since it's set in the present, with Jason Bateman narrating from the future, faux-"HIMYM" approach) doesn't really work, though, in that the kids are forgettable and Jenna Elfman's character is actively grating. (And I say that as someone who's often liked Elfman in the past.)
For those of you who tuned in tonight after the closing ceremonies from Sochi, what did you think? Did you laugh? Did you find the blind jokes (many of them based on creator D.J. Nash's father) clever or offensive? Did you like the family? The dog? And will you watch again?
Have at it.
A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as Kristin Chenoweth passes out because I forgot to feed her...
A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I have something to say about your extremely comfortable and attractive shirt...
A review of tonight's "True Detective" coming up just as soon as I need you to tie my shoes for me...
CNN to end “Piers Morgan Tonight”
The former “America’s Got Talent” judge isn’t expected to leave the cable news network, but his 9 pm timeslot will become vacant next month after three years. “Look,” he tells the NY Times. "I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing, and there is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it. That’s run its course and (CNN chief) Jeff (Zucker) and I have been talking for some time about different ways of using me.”
Here's some sad news with the Oscars just a week away. Alice Herz-Sommer, the 110-year-old subject of Best Documentary Short nominee "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life" (and my pick to win the category), has left this mortal coil.
With the final honors being handed out Saturday night, the industry has spoken through the various Guild and Society awards of the pre-Oscars film awards circuit. And it should be no surprise that the three films that led the charge are the three films most consider to be duking it out for Best Picture.