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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Avatar

Avatar has been in the works since 1994, back when James Cameron decided that his 114-page script required, “technology to catch up” with the demands of his fantasy-world. Now, nearing the end of a decade past our 2nd millennium, we have his newest masterpiece. Read the rest of this entry

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Oscar Winner List

For the five people left that haven’t heard, here is the list of winners from the 82nd Annual Academy Awards:

Motion Picture: The Hurt Locker

Actor: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

Actress: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Director: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker Read the rest of this entry

Episode 13: Oscar Picks and Predictions

This week Mike and Veer are joined by Devil’s Advoate contributor Jonathan MacFarlane in order to discuss who should win, as well as who will win. Can anyone topple Avatar? Will Sandra Bullock win, causing the earth to open up and swallow all of the legitimate actors nearby? Only one way to find out.

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James Cameron Thinks Win-Win

In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, James Cameron, the creator behind Titanic, and the recent juggernaut Avatar, expressed his desire to see his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow win Best Director for her film The Hurt Locker, rather than himself.  He did add one caveat, that for the sake of “Team Avatar” it would be nice to win Best Picture. 

James Cameron: Producer, Director…Novelist?

The clamor for more Na’vi exploits has been heard and answered.  James Cameron, the film’s writer, director and producer, will be authoring a novelized prequel to the film.  It’s expected that the book will cover Jake Sully’s background, as well as his brother’s, and the human’s early involvement on Pandora.   If successful this could open the floodgates for more stories in various formats.  

What Oscar Noms Got Right (Mad As Hell Op-Ed Piece)

Ahhh yes leave it up to James Cameron to make a billion dollars, and still be whining about something. Sci Fi Wire has it that the Academy has been criticized by James Cameron and his lackey producer for not nominating Zoe Saldana for a best actress award. My response to this is…REALLY????? As an actor I find this disturbing. James Cameron was quoted as saying “People confuse what we have done with animation…It’s nothing like animation. The creator here is the actor, not the unseen hand of an animator.” No I’m sorry it’s not it doesn’t matter if they were wearing the funny suits. Read the rest of this entry

Academy…I Renounce Thee (A Mad As Hell Op-Ed Piece)

The Academy Award Nominations have been announced.  The Best Picture category, the category that pretty much determines what will be nominated in most other categories, has swollen from five films to ten films this year.  The idea was that films that might be on the cusp, like 2008’s The Dark Knight, might stand a chance at the coveted award.   Read the rest of this entry

Avatar and The Future: Why Special Effects Aren’t Enough (A Mad As Hell Op-Ed Piece)

This past couple of weeks has sparked an interesting debate. With the release of two holiday blockbusters (Avatar and Sherlock Holmes) the debate is all about substance vs. flash. This past Christmas eve I went to the midnight show of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes with two friends. Now these guys aren’t what you would call movie aficionados. In fact to give you an idea one of my friend’s favorite movies is Fast and the Furious. I’m sure I just misunderstand the genius of a Paul Walker. Read the rest of this entry

Episode 4: Avatar

We made the pilgrimage to Pandora and made it back with enough time to do an audio journal.  This week Veer and myself discuss James Cameron’s much anticipated opus, Avatar.  So, don’t be a scoon, download the episode and give it a listen.   

I dare say it’s our best episode yet.  You be the judge.

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Avatar

Avatar has been in the works since 1994, back when James Cameron decided that his 114-page script required, “technology to catch up” with the demands of his fantasy-world. Now, nearing the end of a decade past our 2nd millennium, we have his newest masterpiece. Read the rest of this entry

Awards and Award Season: Golden Globes 2009

Most people usually see the Golden Globes as the pre-cursors and foreshadowers of the Academy Awards, but there’s one big difference: Best Picture is divided into Drama and Musical/Comedy. This allows for a lot of variety, plus two winners in each of the biggest categories: Picture, Actor, and Actress. The Director, Screenplay, and Supporting Actor/Actress awards are lumped together, so it becomes a bit more prophetic of the Oscar race than the others (for example, the winners of Best Actor were Sean Penn (the eventual winner) and..ahem…Colin Farrell). This year’s three front-runners for Best Picture-Drama (and the coveted Best Picture Oscar) are Up in the Air (likely for Screenplay), The Hurt Locker (likely for Director, unless the “King of the World” has any say about it) and Precious (which is more actor-driven than production), with blockbusters Avatar and Inglourious Basterds weak competition. The Best Picture-Musical or Comedy section has the same variety: indie darling (see my piece on the Spirit Awards) vs. big-budget musical (the most viable candidate) vs. silly comedies (The Hangover? way to defy expectations, you snooty critics). Here’s the full list: http://www.goldenglobes.org/nominations/ Read the rest of this entry