Tuesday, January 31, 2006

How many Oscars did each film get?

A break down of how many Oscars each movie is nominated for. Canadian films Crash (8) and A History of Violence (2) both did well.

8 - BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
6 - CRASH
6 - GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.
6 - MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA
5 - CAPOTE
5 - MUNICH
5 - WALK THE LINE
4 - KING KONG
4 - PRIDE & PREJUDICE
4 - THE CONSTANT GARDENER
3 - THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
3- WAR OF THE WORLDS
2 - A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
2 - CINDERELLA MAN
2 - HUSTLE & FLOW
2 - MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS
2 - NORTH COUNTRY
2 - SYRIANA
2 - TRANSAMERICA

The Oscar goes to...

The 78th Annual Academy Awards nominations were announced at 5:30 this morning. The Awards show will be shown March 5, 2006 on ABC and CTV.

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Amy Adams - JUNEBUG
Catherine Keener - CAPOTE
Frances McDormand - NORTH COUNTRY
Rachel Weisz - THE CONSTANT GARDENER
Michelle Williams - BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
George Clooney - SYRIANA
Matt Dillon - CRASH
Paul Giamatti - CINDERELLA MAN
Jake Gyllenhaal - BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
William Hurt - A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Judi Dench - MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS
Felicity Huffman - TRANSAMERICA
Keira Knightley - PRIDE & PREJUDICE
Charlize Theron - NORTH COUNTRY
Reese Witherspoon - WALK THE LINE

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Philip Seymour Hoffman - CAPOTE
Terrence Howard - HUSTLE & FLOW
Heath Ledger - BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
Joaquin Phoenix - WALK THE LINE
David Strathairn - GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE
TIM BURTON'S CORPSE BRIDE
WALLACE & GROMIT IN THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
KING KONG
WAR OF THE WORLDS

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
CAPOTE
THE CONSTANT GARDENER
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
MUNICH

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
CRASH
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.
MATCH POINT
THE SQUID AND THE WHALE
SYRIANA

BEST DIRECTOR
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
CAPOTE
CRASH
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.
MUNICH

BEST MOTION PICTURE
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
CAPOTE
CRASH
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.
MUNICH

See also the Razzie Award Nominations below.

Razzie How bad was BAD!

The Razzie Awards for the worst films of the year break down as follows.

8 - Son of the Mask
7 - The Dukes of Hazzard
6 - Dirty Love
5 - Bewitched
5 - Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
3 - House of Wax
2 - Alone in the Dark
2 - Cheaper by the Dozen 2
1 - Batman Begins
1 - Undiscovered
1 - Star Wars III 1
1 - The Man
1 - The Longest Yard
1 - Fantastic Four
1 - Into the Blue
1 - The Perfect Man
1 - Monster in Law
1 - War of the Worlds
1 - Kicking & Screaming
1 - Doom

Razzie Nominates the Worst

The Razzie awards for Hollywood’s worst films of the year were announced lat night.

Worst Screenplay
Bewitched
Written by Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron & Adam McKay
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Written by Rob Schneider, David Garrett & Jason Ward
Dirty Love
Written by Jenny McCarthy
The Dukes of Hazzard
Written by John O'Brien
Son of the Mask
Written by Lance Khazei

Worst Director
John Asher
Dirty Love
Uwe Boll
Alone in the Dark
Jay Chandrasekhar
The Dukes of Hazzard
Nora Ephron
Bewitched
Lawrence Gutterman
Son of the Mask

Worst Remake or Sequel
Bewitched
Sony/Columbia
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Sony/Columbia
Dukes of Hazzard
Warner Bros./Village Roadshow
House of Wax
Warner Bros.
Son of the Mask
New Line Cinema

Worst Screen Couple
Will Ferrell & Nicole Kidman
Bewitched
Jamie Kennedy & ANYBODY Stuck Sharing the Screen with Him
Son of the Mask
Jenny McCarthy & ANYONE Dumb Enough to Befriend or Date Her
Dirty Love
Rob Schneider & His Diapers
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Jessica Simpson & Her “Daisy Dukes”
The Dukes of Hazzard

Worst Supporting Actress
Carmen Electra
Dirty Love
Paris Hilton
House of Wax
Katie Holmes
Batman Begins
Ashlee Simpson
Undiscovered
Jessica Simpson
The Dukes of Hazzard

Worst Supporting Actor
Hayden Christensen
Star Wars III: No Sith, He's Supposed to Be Darth Vader?!?!
Alan Cumming
Son of the Mask
Bob Hoskins
Son of the Mask
Eugene Levy
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and The Man
Burt Reynolds
The Dukes of Hazzard and The Longest Yard

Most Tiresome Tablod Target
Tom Cruise & His Anti-Psychiatry Rant
Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Oprah Winfrey’s Couch, The Eiffel Tower & “Tom’s Baby”
Paris Hilton and…Who-EVER!
Mr. & Mrs. Britney, Their Baby & Their Camcorder
The Simpsons: Ashlee, Jessica & Nick


Worst Actress
Jessica Alba
Fantastic Four and Into the Blue
Hilary Duff
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and The Perfect Man
Jennifer Lopez
Monster in Law
Jenny McCarthy
Dirty Love
Tara Reid
Alone in the Dark


Worst Actor
Tom Cruise
War of the Worlds
Will Ferrell
Bewitched and Kicking & Screaming
Jamie Kennedy
Son of the Mask
The Rock
Doom
Rob Schneider
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo

Worst Picture
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Sony/Columbia
Dirty Love
First Look Pictures
Dukes of Hazzard
Warner Bros./Village Roadshow
House of Wax
Warner Bros.
Son of the Mask
New Line

Sunday, January 29, 2006

First Look at In the Land of Women

Blackfilm relvealed two images from In the Land of Women wich was shot in Victoria back in May and June of last year.

The image at top show Adam Brody with Meg Ryan in what looks like Oak Bay.

The lower image is from the last days of shooting at Mayfair Mall.

Set for release May 5th, 2006, the film is a romantic comedy/drama about trying to makes sense of love.
Adam Brody plays Carter Webb who has just been dumped by his true love Sophia (Elena Anaya). Heartbroken and depressed, Carter escapes Los Angeles to suburban Michigan to care for his ailing grandmother (Olympia Dukakis). Soon after his arrival, Carter stumbles into the lives of the family living directly across the street: Sarah Hardwicke, the mother of two daughters: Paige, and older sister Lucy. Through his relationships with these women, as well as with his grandmother, Carter discovers that what felt like an end was only just the beginning of something else....

Friday, January 27, 2006

X-Men 3 The Last Stand

The guys over at IESB had a nice long interview with Tom Rothman, Fox Studio head, about the recently wrapped X-Men 3. When asked about the rumored internet film review he said "The movie just finished shooting 3 or 4 weeks ago so there is no cut of the movie yet. So, somebody made it up."

"The cure story which everybody knows is accurate, that's one thing that's been reported that is accurate. It's a very relevant allegory for today. If you could change who you were would you? If you could change to fit in would you? If I could change a few things about myself, if I could suddenly become handsome and good looking would I? I don't know."

In regards to Vinnie Jones' comments that he is signed to a X-Men 4 and X-Men 5 the retort was very political. "You'll see more of the X-Men world. You know, we're developing a Wolverine movie right now, we're developing a Magneto picture." and "this movie which I can tell you now the official title, is X-Men: The Last Stand, it's is the conclusion of this trilogy. These three movies work as a trilogy. These characters in this relationship, it's the culminaton of that saga. It's the culmination and the resolution of those relationships laid out in the first two movies."

I don't real know that what he is saying is that this is the end of the X-Films, but that this is the end of this trilogy, or series. Like Star Wars. He did not deny that Vinnie Jones is signed for two more films. We may see anouther offshot series, because we know Hollywood loves a franchise.

Monday, January 23, 2006

X-Men 3 Storyline

While there has been no official release of a storyline for X-Men 3, the novel adaptation of the movie, Del Rey Publishers have released a description for bookstores looking to carry the 352-page book. The book by long time X-Scribe Chris Claremont and based on Zak Penn and Simon Kinberg’s script hits shelves on May 16, the film releases ten days later on May 26.

"The X-Men, mutant heroes sworn to defend a world that hates and fears them, are back! This time, with the help of new recruits The Beast and Angel, they must face evolution itself in the form of their former teammate, Jean Grey! "Possessed with the cosmic power of the Dark Phoenix, the resurrected Jean Grey has become a danger to herself, her mutant comrades, and the entire planet! To stave off this imminent threat to humanity, a potential cure is discovered and processed to treat -- and ultimately eliminate -- genetic mutations, once and for all!"Now, as the battle lines are drawn, the X-Men, led by Professor Charles Xavier, must contend with both Jean Grey's world-consuming powers, as well as the malevolent Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier's former ally, Magneto!"

Friday, January 20, 2006

X-Men 4 and 5 coming soon! New X3 images

Well as we get closer and closer to the release of X3, word comes from one of the actors to end the speculation over the continuation of the series. Vinny Jones British football heavy, turned actor was on a recent UK chat show talking about his Jugernaught role. He revealed that he had some good one-liners in the movie, and that his character played an important role in the film, although he didn’t have much screen time. The big teaser of info was that he is signed for X-Men 4 and X-Men 5, where he’ll have to endure the four-hour make-up process again.

Most of the news from the studio and set has indicated that this would be the last X-Film before spinning off into Wolverine and Magneto films and another project for Director Brett Ratner.













Saturday, January 14, 2006

Ultraviolet Trailer now online


Cameron Bright

Cameron Bright
On the set of
Ultraviolet


More and more to do with Kurt Wimmer's Ultraviolet is being revieled. Just recently Sony Pictures revealed the trailer to UGO.

Ultraviolet stars Mila Jovovich and Vancouver Island's own Cameron Bright as Six, the young boy Violet is sworn to protect as he has been mark for death by the human government. Set for wide release February 24, 2006 this is one of the few Science Fiction action films for early 2006.

see the trailer here.

Victoria's Film Commission disapearing?

Recent reports of the demise of the Victoria Film Commission office may be premature, but not far-fetched. The commission fills a valued service to the film and television industries that come to Victoria but their recent loss of the top man, Barry Dodd, struck a blow that will be followed by the end of their current lease in March. Currently the funding that helps run the commission comes from a number of sources including A-Channel, local government and local businesses like The Travelers Inn.

The commission is instrumental in helping productions cut through the red tape that exists in a city like Victoria that is composed of 13 municipalities. In 2005 the film industry conributed nearly $24 Million to the local economy. I’ll try to keep on this story for you as it develops.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

X-Men 3 has a few new pictures

CanMag posted new images from X-Men 3 (X3), but I think they got them from Latino Review.

X-Men 3

Magneto Meets with
Professor X and his X-Men


While the director, Brett Ratner, and Producers of X-Men 3 have yet to reveal the full plot, we do know a few things about the film.
  1. Magneto beefs up the roster of The Brotherhood of Mutants with Psylock and Jugernaught.

  2. Professor Xavier adds to the X-Men Angel and Beast.

  3. Even though she died in X2, Jean Grey is back.

  4. The Morlocks are introduced.

  5. The race war between humans and Mutants is a main element of the story.

  6. Gambit is not in the film. Not this one anyways.


X-Men 3

Mystique
Busts out

Gothy new Underworld Pictures

Latino Review, a fantastic website, has posted some incredible new pictures from Underworld: Evolution. There are more than a few of Selene, the heroine but very little of some of the set pieces that I’ve heard about. In particular there is a coffin that comes to life during this war between Lycan (werewolves) and Death Dealers (vampires).

Underworld

Kate Beckinsale as Selene
Underworld opens January 20, 2006


Most of the cast returns from the first film including Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman. There’s an abundance of flashbacks to expose the beginning of the war between the two monster races, and a new race is introduced to spice things up. I am sure that the film will leave room for a third movie and if as successful as the first I’m certain we’ll see it in theatres in 2008.

Underworld

Bill Nighy as Victor
He's also playing Davey Jones in
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

VIFVF preFest

Jonny TootallSo tonight is the Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival’s (VIFVF) preFest bash. This is where they release the schedule and line-up of this year’s movies. My good friend (who doesn’t return my calls) Adam Sawatsky from A-Channel will be hosting the event. I’ll be picking up my press kit and letting you all, know the scoop.

I can let you in on a few films in the festival a little early though:

Something tells me that the theatre will be full for I am a Sex Addict by Director Caveh Zahedi. An autobiographical comedy about a man’s struggle with sex addiction? Absolutely, and it uses animated sequences, jump cut editing, jarring freeze frames, older film footage, narration and direct-to-camera testimony to make the magic happen. Accompany Zahedi through trials and tribulations with prostitutes, significant others, and Sex Addicts Anonymous.

The French Guy
From Vancouver, this slash-n-laugh tale of a recovering cancer patient who goes on a killing spree is hilarious and full of hipsters, gore, and all the colors of the rainbow. What starts off seeming like an inspirational healing journey turns into a righteous bloodbath!

And two from the Island

Severed
Zombie fans grab your chainsaws and come a runnin’! We’re going deep, deep, deep into the woods where the undead roam free and the timber ain’t the only thing that needs cutting. Set in the Vancouver Island wilderness and loaded with action, shocks, twists and double-crosses, Severed never fails to give zombie fans all the things they know and love about the genre. Zombie film with an eco twist.

Johnny Tootall
Johnny Tootall touches upon many aspects of the long-standing and current fight of Native Canadians to preserve their land and culture, while at the same time offering a realistic portrayal of a crumbling family whose relationships can only be remedied by overcoming adversity.

Don’t forget that you need a membership to see these films, as many of them are not yet rated. Check back tomrow for more details from the Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Call for Crew

Vancouver Independent Film Center
Vancouver's Independent Film Center is looking for crews for several projects in January and Februray 2006. Two of these shows are Foreign Productions and they'll be hiring local crews. One show is shooting 12 days with a paid crew in January - Feb 2006, and the second show is presently Crewing to shoot 55 days beginning February 10, 2006.

These guys are busy and also shooting a short film and a music video for wich they need a lot of volunteers. If you are interested fill out your info at this link and take a look around the IFC site.

Call for Entries


Welcome to post 100!

MediaNet is seeking entries for an independent film and video showcase of Island talent. The artists showcase will feature innovative works with depth and substance, by artists living on Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands within the last seven years.

Get your entry form from the MediaNet website. Entry deadline is February 1, 2006 to the MediaNet office on Quadra street in Victoria.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

New(?) Wickerman Images

A couple of sites have recently "revealed" new images from Nicholas Cage's The Wicker Man. Most of these pictures were posted on Mike Browne's blog back in August, when they were shooting.

But if your interested in seeing more of this film that shot on the island back in the sumer of '05 check out UpComingHorrorMovies.

The Wicker Man features young Island actresses Sophie Hough and Erika Shaye Gair. If anyone has photos of these two, please leave a comment.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Mila posts Ultraviolet

Mila Jovovich has posted 23 new images from Ultraviolet on her own website. I wont repost all of them here, so you might want to take a jump over to Mila's site. Ultaviolet is set to hit theatres on February 24, 2006 along with Running Scared, both films star Vancouver Island's Cameron Bright. That should be interesting.

Monday, January 02, 2006

First images of 2006

Google alerted me to the posting of this new international image for the upcoming Ultraviolet film being released Feb 24th. CanMag posted a revised synopsis for the film.
Mila Jovovich, UltravioletSet in the late 21st century, a subculture of humans have emerged who have been modified genetically by a vampire-like disease (Hemophagia), giving them enhanced speed, incredible stamina and acute intelligence, and as they are set apart from "normal" and "healthy" humans, the world is pushed to the brink of worldwide civil war (a war between humans and hemophages) aimed at the destruction of the "diseased" population. In the middle of this crossed-fire is - an infected woman - Ultraviolet (Jovovich), who finds herself protecting a nine-year-old boy (Cameron Bright) who has been marked for death by the human government as he is believed to be a threat to humans.

Keep checking back for more.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Attractions January 2006

Welcome to a new year. 2006 promises a full slate of films for all tastes.

January brings BloodRyne by Uwe Boll, director of the locally shot Dungeon Siege. Hoodwinked is an animated and updated look at the Little Red Riding Hood Story. The movie I’m hoping will rule the first month of the year is Underworld: Evolution, a sequel to the 2003 Vampire vs. Werewolf spectacular and if part two does well expect to see the franchise continue.

The Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival runs January 27 to February 5 and is a great way to see films that usually fly under the media’s radar. The festival is full of films for the ten days, but there is also a weekend full of events from workshops and seminars to art shows and forum panels. Be sure to get a catalog and a membership; you MUST have a membership to see any of the films. Check out www.vifvf.com for more details and watch victoriawood.blogspot.com for constant updates.

January ends with Oscar Nominations early in the morning on the 31.

February starts with some good comedies, including the animated Curious George and Steve Martin in The Pink Panther. But if action is king, it will be one of Cameron Bright’s two films premiering at the end of the month. I have a feeling Ultraviolet may move its February release date in favor of Running Scared.

March starts with the Oscars and a really lackluster slate of films. The few break outs include Cameron's third film of the year, Thank You For Smoking, about an tobacco industry spokesperson (Aaron Eckhart) who questions his career when he realizes the effects his job has on his son (Bright). Warner Bros. takes another DC comic property to the big screen with V for Vendetta as the Wachowski brothers take Natalie Portman into a confrontation with Hugo Weaving in this Alan Moore created tale. March’s breakout film will be the anticipated Ice Age 2: The Meltdown.

April is almost washed out as the showers prep us for the fantastic summer season that starts with May’s Memorial Day Weekend.

May’s final weekend has traditionally been the kick start to the summer season and some real block busters, but this year a lot of films have lined up before the long weekend to try and jump start the run to the box-office, such as Mission Impossible III, Poseidon, and The Di Vinci Code, but I think it will be X-Men 3 holding the memorial weekend and number one box-office spot when it’s all over. The other notable film in the month of May is the localy shot In The Land Of Women staring Meg Ryan and Adam Brody.

June brings us the final Pixar and Disney movie, Cars, about the adventures of a race car, and what Warner Bros. hopes will be a five movie series starts when Superman Returns.

July is keelhauled as many summer movies moved out of the way for Captain Jack Sparrow and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. The second film in what promises to be at least a hat trick sails in to theatres for the Independence Day weekend, and I for one will be front and centre.

August has really only one highlight, and that’s the X-menesque The Return of Zoom, based on a Graphic Novel by Jason Lethcoe and staring Tim Allen in a super hero version of Galaxy Quest.

September is the return to school for many and the end of summer for some but it shouldn’t be the end of the box-office as it seems to be this year. Three years ago there was a prospective blockbuster scheduled for every weekend, but as I scan the release dates there are huge gaps in time between good films.

October doesn’t have any great films but at least they’re suitable for the month of Halloween. A Texas Chainsaw prequel, the Saw second sequel, and The Grudge 2 all scream into movie houses this month.

November sees Tim Allen back in the Santa suit with the Santa Clause 3 and Bond is back at the beginning in Casino Royale, this time staring Daniel Craig and Judi Dench.

December ends the year with Will Smith in the Pursuit of Happiness and Dakota Fanning in Charlotte’s Web.

Lastly we remember the following people’s achievements in life. Frank Kelly Freas, Will Eisner, Johnny Carson, Ossie Davis, Arthur Miller, Jack Chalker, Sandra Dee, Hunter S. Thompson, Dave Allen, Andre Norton, John DeLorean, Barney Martin, Pope John Paul II, Dale Messick, Philip Morrison, Frank Gorshin, Thurl Ravenscroft, Anne Bancroft, Jack Kilby, Paul Winchell, John Fiedler, Luther Vandross, Byron Preiss, Gerry Thomas, James “Scotty” Doohan, Peter Jennings, Joe Ranft, Robert Moog, Michael Sheard, Bob Denver, Robert Wise, Gordon Gould, Tommy Bond, Don “Gadget” Adams, Jerry Juhl, Rosa Parks, Lloyd Bochner, Michael Piller, Pat Morita, Stan Berenstain, Gregg Hoffman, Robert Sheckley, Richard Pryor, and just recently John Spencer. These people have departed this realm but memories of their work remains with us. If you don’t recognize a name, google it and learn what made them unique and noteworthy.