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Shadow Play Shirley Temple in Fort Apache
Shoshi Games 2014 HA HA. A must for fans of Zosia Mamet on "Girls" and the Winter Olympics
In Contention Karen O to perform "The Moon Song" at the Oscars. So now all the songs will be represented including...
EW IDINA MENZEL doing "Let It Go" so we got our wish
The Wrap Drake is pissed that PSH's death robbed him of his Rolling Stone cover 


Keyframe The fall of Roman Eye Candy in sword and sandal epics
BAFTA last day to vote on the Rising Star award. I chose Lea Seydoux though Lupita Nyong'o was tempting, only because Léa has been great several times already in short succession. Let's hope Lupita gets a fair shot at a big career!
LA Times Gravity dominates the Visual Effects Society awards (as if anything else would have occurred!)
Variety on Disney's very smart hands-off approach to the viral Frozen celebrations happening online
Marvel Comics it's the 50th birthday of the Black Widow today. (Remember how Emily Blunt was going to play her and we were all excited and then it was Scarlett Johansson instead and we were like "ummm..." and then she was terrible in Iron Man 2 but suddenly great in The Avengers. Happy endings!)

Re: This Regurgitated Weekend
Dave Holmes at Vulture wisely (and with great humor) looks back at the box office of 1987 the weekend the original Robocop debuted. I bring this up because this weekend's wide releases are ALL THREE OF THEM 80'S REMAKES: About Last Night (1986), Robocop (1987), and Endless Love (1981). (Has this ever happened before? Probably but if it has please to remind me)  

The piece is really funny and also has one of the best lines ever uttered about The Witches of Eastwick:

Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer — the closest thing to an all-Beyoncé Destiny’s Child we’re ever going to get...


And speaking of the 1980s...

Exit Music
Readers of a certain age already know and love the awesome 80s bad Berlin (so many classics like "The Metro" "Masquerade" "No More Words") but younger movie-mad readers should also familiarize. For somewhat obvious reasons it's oft-forgotten that Terri Nunn, the lead singer was an actress before joining Berlin and was in the running for Princess Leia before George Lucas decided on Carrie Fisher! Berlin's biggest hit was the Oscar-winning Best Original Song "Take My Breath Away" from Top Gun... but they didn't write it so no Oscars for them. Anyway, they have a new record coming out called "Animal" and the lead single's video co-stars my personal favorite RuPaul's Drag Race diva, Raven. Raven loves the 80s -- remember her "I was giving Michelle Pfeiffer Bitch" on the show? She's a perfect fit to face off with Terri! 


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Are Americans allowed to vote for the BAFTA rising star?

February 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

Wow, Drake is obnoxious. I never had an opinion of him before but I do now.

On another note, I'm glad all the Best Song nominees are being performed (in full?) at the Oscars. It would be nice if they'd do this even in years when the performers weren't world-famous and the songs weren't well-known.

February 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

JOhn T -- i did so i guess so.

February 13, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

suzanne -- i dunno. i mean he's taking a lot of flack for it and you're always going to lose sympathy battles with dead people. But OTOH i feel a teensy bit bad for him. He should have said nothing but maybe since he is a musician (and PSH is not) it was his lifelong dream to be on the Rolling Stone cover?

February 13, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I am quite relieved the Visual Effects Society was not swayed by Amy Adams' Gravity-defying cleavage in American Hustle. The awards frenzy circling AH is fast sucking away our oxygen.

February 13, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Nathaniel - True, but Rolling Stone isn't really exclusively a music magazine. They do quite a bit of general entertainment news - they've done cover stories on Jennifer Lawrence, Lena Dunham, Jon Hamm, Louis CK, etc. over the past year (and their hard news coverage is actually really good). They also did covers on Steve Jobs's death and the Boston bombing. When you're on the cover of a major national magazine, there's always the risk that a major breaking story will bump you off.

February 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Lupita's next role is in that Liam Neeson's remake of Jodie Foster's Flight Plan (OK, fine, not a remake, but I can't remember the title, I always call it Taken 3: Happened on a Plane). Judging from the trailer the ladies are all Julianne Moore and Lady Mary, Lupita has one or two brief appearances and it looks like a come and go character. But she accepted the role before she gets any award heat, so maybe It's the role she got offered from now on that matter.

February 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPJ

I have lost a lot of respect for Drake. I mean he is a big music star and likely would have gotten another RS cover in the future (not sure he will now). To me his tweet was so self centred and badly judged.

February 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRami

There was no good way for Drake to word that. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt and assuming he did not mean it to come across this way, but I can't say I blame everyone for reading it as "my interview is more important than Philip Seymour Hoffman's death."

February 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEdwin

glad to see terri nunn's crush on raven continues

February 13, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpar

His feelings are probably valid--valid in the sense that he wanted to be on the magazine cover and now he's not, so that way naturally needs to negative feelings (we're all human). But yeah, Drake..some things don't need to be said.

Seydoux over Nyong'o for the Rising Star award honestly feels like a good compromise. Seydoux's star has been rising steadily and she deserves to get more work. Even in Blue Is the Warmest Color and all of its PR, it was Exarchopolous who was...um, foregrounded (let's say) and not Seydoux, even though both were doing great work, I thought.

I honestly feel like Lupita Nyong'o has reached a point where (Oscar or not) she's gotten everything out of the season for her career that she's going to get. The ball's in Hollywood's court now to do right by her and I'm choosing to remain cautiously optimistic, though seeing her dressed up as a flight attendant from...Star Trek(?) in those Non-Stop promo materials is not helping.

And yeah, that Endless Love remake...yeesh. I drove by a billboard for it on my way home from work that read "Say Goodbye to Innocence...This Valentine's Day." Strange marketing. I'm as pessimistic as the next person, but Valentine's Day is not the day I want to do that. I might be able to deal with a Witches of Eastwick remake because that movie is so much fun, but there are literally no female stars of now who could fill those three roles. Or, they'd let me cast it and I'd put Michaela Watkins, Kathyrn Hahn and Ari Graynor and literally 2 people would see it.

February 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe Pretentious Know it All

Whoa, didn't know Emily Blunt, was ever in line to play Black Widow, looking at how well ScarJo has done(imo), can't really imagine Emily Blunt doing much better, doesn't even seem like her kinda thing

February 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBee

There's no way this Endless Love can ever match the classic 1981 version, in which a hilarious Shirley Knight leaves no morsel of scenery unchewed. The looks she gives Martin Hewitt--I mean, who can blame her, but she IS supposed to be playing his girlfriend's mom. Positively scandalous in the most amusing sense.

February 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

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