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DVD Tuesday: 1/31/2012

Posted: January 31, 2012 in Movies

It’s new release Tuesday for all you movie lovers out there, which undoubtedly means that you’ll be spending your off time this afternoon/evening in front of the TV.

Let’s find out what’s out today!

 

Drive

Synopsis: Ryan Gosling stars as a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles for armed heists by night. Though a loner by nature, Driver can’t help falling in love with his beautiful neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), a vulnerable young mother dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband Standard (Oscar Isaac). After a heist intended to pay off Standard’s protection money spins unpredictably out of control, Driver finds himself driving defense for the girl he loves, tailgated by a syndicate of deadly serious criminals. But when he realizes that the gangsters are after more than the bag of cash in his trunk-that they’re coming straight for Irene and her son-Driver is forced to shift gears and go on offense. — (C) FilmDistrict

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Ron Pearlman, Bryan Cranston

Rating: R

Mark’s Review Score: 8.65 (93% RT, 8.0 IMDB)

Mark’s Review: The fact that this movie got absolutely no love at the most recent film awards banquets is a travesty in itself.  Ryan Gosling plays a small time criminal, a driver hired to do any sort of getaway driving, trying to get by while working as a stunt driver for Hollywood movies.  He meets a woman (Carey Mulligan) who lives in his building and her son.  They quickly take a liking to one another and she gets wrapped up into his life of crime.  A job goes bad and the Driver is left to exact revenge on the mob boss (Albert Brooks) that set him up.  It’s a very stylish crime-thriller and the 80’s theme only makes it better.  The cinematography is off the charts and the acting is top notch.  I guarantee you’ll love this one!

 

In Time

Synopsis: When Will Salas is falsely accused of murder, he must figure out a way to bring down a system where time is money – literally – enabling the wealthy to live forever while the poor, like Will, have to beg, borrow, and steal enough minutes to make it through another day. — (C) 20th Century Fox

Cast: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfreid, Cillian Murphy

Rating: PG-13

Mark’s Review Score: 5.1 (37% RT, 6.6 IMDB)

Mark’s Review: Justin Timberlake’s movie career is kicking into high gear here in the past year or so.  Rather than taking roles that are glorified “cameos” he’s now a leading man in Hollywood.  He’s not a terrible actor and I actually think he does quite well in certain genres, mainly the romantic-comedy zone.  Now that might not be fair to Timberlake as he’s trying to branch out into various other genre’s, like the science-fiction category with In Time.  The movie revolves around a future where no one ages and the only way to stay alive is if you have “time” left.  Time is the currency of the future, where everything cost you seconds to minutes to hours to days.  It’s an interesting premise and I’m looking forward to seeing it myself.  I’m hoping that it’s a decent action thrill ride and I’m not left rolling my eyes at cheesy dialogue and corny one-liners.  Justin Timberlake is starting to remind me of a young Will Smith, hopefully Timberlake’s career pans out the same way.

 

The Double

Synopsis: In The Double, the mysterious murder of a US senator bearing the distinctive trademark of the legendary Soviet assassin “Cassius,” forces Paul Shepherdson (Richard Gere), a retired CIA operative, to team with rookie FBI agent, Ben Geary (Topher Grace), to solve the crime. Having spent his career chasing Cassius, Shepherdson is convinced his nemesis is long dead, but is pushed to take on the case by his former supervisor, Tom Highland (Martin Sheen). Meanwhile, Agent Geary, who wrote his Master’s thesis on Shepherdson’s pursuit of the Soviet killer, is certain that Cassius has resurfaced. As Shepherdson and Geary work their way through crimes both past and present, they discover that Cassius may not be the person they always thought him to be, forcing both to re-examine everything and everyone around them. — (C) Image

Cast: Richard Gere, Topher Grace, Martin Sheen

Rating: PG-13

Mark’s Review Score: 3.7 (18% RT, 5.7 IMDB)

Mark’s Review: I’ll watch anything with Richard Gere in it, once.  A spy-thriller that has two great actors (Gere, Sheen) can’t be all bad, right?  Well…if the reviews are anything to be looked at it doesn’t bode well for the film.  I really can’t say much for the movie as I haven’t seen it, but it’s available in the Redbox for $1 and let’s face it, I’ll watch anything…once…for $1.

 

The Big Year

Synopsis: Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson are at a crossroads — one is experiencing a mid-life crisis, another a late-life crisis, and the third, a far from ordinary no-life crisis. From David Frankel, the director of The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me, comes a sophisticated comedy about three friendly rivals who, tired of being ruled by obligations and responsibilities, dedicate a year of their lives to following their dreams. Their big year takes them on a cross-country journey of wild and life-changing adventures. — (C) 20th Century Fox

Cast: Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Steve Martin, Rashida Jones, Angelic Huston

Rating: PG

Mark’s Review Score: 4.9 (39% RT, 5.9 IMDB)

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Louis C.K. Getting CBS Pilot

Posted: January 30, 2012 in Television

According to  a recent report over at Deadline CBS has apparently has given the greenlight to Louis C.K. and former Seinfeld writer Spike Ferensten for their own pilot.

I’ve never been the biggest Louis C.K. fan out there but I won’t deny that his show on FX was genuinely funny.  I’m not sure how a mainstream show on a basic cable channel will do with someone as raunchy as C.K.  Getting someone like Ferensten to write for you though has to be a genius move.  To clarify though C.K. will not be starring in the pilot but rather co-scripting with Ferensten.

CBS’ track record for comedies has been hit or miss in the past couple of years.  They first hit it out of the park with Everyone Loves Raymond and The King of Queens, then came My Wife and Kids and Two and a Half Men.  How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory are CBS’ two mainstays as far as comedy goes, and relatively speaking, the two of them are pretty tame.

Hopefully the program directors over there at CBS let Louis have full control over what gets written into a script and they don’t try to influence his creativity.  I guess we’ll see.

Oh yea, before you go, this is what CBS is currently promoting for comedy these days….dear god.

MarBar’s First NFL Mock Draft Of 2012

Posted: January 30, 2012 in Poop

The NFL 2012 draft doesn’t take place until the end of April, and while the Super Bowl isn’t for another week, the off-season is well underway for 30 NFL teams which means scouting is wrapping up and NFL would-be’s are busy going through the grind that is getting prepped for the draft.

What follows is my first NFL 2012 two round mock draft.  Feel free to hate it or love it.

 

1) Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

Andrew Luck, for the past two years, has been the best college player in the country.  He’s also the most NFL ready quarterback since Peyton Manning, nearly 15 years ago.  Luck can make all the throws, has great accuracy, stands in the pocket, and can pick up yardage with his legs when needed.  It’s almost deja vu for the Colts when the last time they had the #1 overall pick in the draft they selected perhaps arguably the greatest quarterback (statistically) the league has ever seen.  The Colts are in full-fledged rebuilding mode and Luck will kick the process off right.

2) St. Louis Rams – Matt Kalil, OT, University of Southern California

Kalil is the most NFL ready offensive tackle prospect in the draft and he’s the only tackle that carries the definition of “can’t miss” on him.  He’s being compared to Miami Dolphins LT Jake Long and that’s a pretty fair comparison.  He’s a massive man with long arms and great fluidity to him.  He’s light on his feet and carries good leverage.  He’s a smart player and can react uber fast to double-moves and quicker linemen.  Kalil will replace current STL LT Jason Smith, who was also a very high draft pick after being selected several picks too early.  Sam Bradford will get the pass protection he needs on his blindside and Kalil will give the running game a much needed boost.

3) Minnesota Vikings – Morris Claiborne, CB, Louisiana State University

The Vikings are in desperate need of playmakers in their defensive secondary and it just so happens that Claiborne is the definition to a “T”.  While at LSU Claiborne wasn’t the “playmaker” that others were at the position, opposing offenses never threw the ball in his direction.  He’s a shutdown cornerback and perhaps the only cornerback in this draft class that you can leave on an island with the receiver and not worry about him getting beat as a rookie.  Claiborne is also a physical CB who likes to make the tough/hard tackle and wraps up nicely.  He’s an asset, instead of a liability, in the run game.  He’s just what the Vikings are looking for.

4) Cleveland Browns – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor University

Colt McCoy was a nice stop gap for a little bit but he’s just not the answer the Browns organization is looking for in a quarterback.  It’s the most important position on the team.  Griffin III is arguably the most exciting player in this draft class  but he’s far from what I would call a “lock”.  Griffin III is a playmaker and he can make all the throws.  However, his accuracy can take a dive at times and his pocket presence could use some work.  I’m nit-picking though.  If I was in need of a quarterback I’d consider trading up for Griffin III, which is what the Redskins might look into.

5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

The NFL has transitioned into such a passing league that taking a runningback in the top 15 of the draft is considered taboo nowadays.  That may be the “rule” now but there are always exceptions.  Richardson is that exception.  He’s a player with size and speed.  He has agility and the burst to cut to the outside or wiggle through the guards past the linebackers.  He’s incredibly strong and plays with a mean streak.  He has a bit of Ricky Williams in him (on the field, not off), and that’s never a bad thing.  He’s not a bad option catching the ball out of the backfield either.

6) Washington Redskins – Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State University

The Redskins may not have a franchise QB at the present moment but it’s never a bad idea to give what ever QB you have a franchise wide receiver.  Blackmon has been the nation’s best wide receiver for the past two years catching passes at OSU.  He’s got size, quickness and enough speed to be a special receiver at the NFL level.  He reminds me alot of Michael Crabtree but with more potential.  Crabtree was overdrafted based on his production in college but Blackmon has the skill to back up a top 10 selection.  The Redskins could get Blackmon, ala the Bengals with Green, and then draft their franchise QB in the 2nd round.

7) Jacksonville Jaguars – Quinton Coples, DE, University of North Carolina

The Jaguars have long been looking for their franchise defensive end capable of getting 12-15 sacks per year.  They tried with Derrick Harvey…bust.  They tried with free agent acquisition Aaron Kampman…two torn ACL’s later…bust.  However, you can’t draft scared.  Coples had a TREMENDOUS 2012 Senior Bowl this past week and just dominated the competition, which wasn’t half bad by the way.  He had a down year his senior campaign after playing the entire 2010 season at defensive tackle and producing well.  He’s a similar player to Julius Peppers when he was coming out and has drawn that comparison many times.  The new rookie pay-scale has made it where teams can now draft a little bit more risky due to the money not being so involved up front.  Coples would be well worth the risk for Gene Smith and the Jaguars.

8) Carolina Panthers – Devon Still, DT, Penn State University

I really believe the Panthers selection will come down to either interior defensive linemen or wide receiver.  If Blackmon falls this far he would surely be the pick but since in this mock he does not the Panthers are going to go with the highest rated DT on their board, which should be Devon Still.  Still has great size (6’5, 310lbs.) and very good speed.  He can get after the QB and hold up against the run.  It’s one of the Panthers biggest need areas and he would solve a lot.  I would compare him to Tyson Alualu (Jaguars), both being penetrating defensive tackles that could pop outside in a pinch.

9) Miami Dolphins – Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

The Dolphins have used a couple of first round draft picks in the past five years to shore up their offensive line, and it’s worked.  Just look at Reggie Bush’s rushing numbers this past season, and that guy’s a bum!  Jake Long and Marquise Pouncey were the two top linemen and now Reiff will join them on the right side of the line.  He’s a solid technician with his craft that comes from a program notorious for producing top OL talent in Iowa.  Reiff plays with a mean streak, has great leverage and great strength to drive his defender back.  Reiff could go much higher than this depending on how the draft goes.  He could go as high as #5 or #7.

10) Buffalo Bills – Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama

Courtney Upshaw capped off a great National Championship game against LSU with a dominating week of practice during the 2012 Senior Bowl.  The actual game wasn’t as conclusive as his practices but I wouldn’t be worried.  Upshaw can shift all around the defensive line and can play standing up.  He’s quick with a nice array of moves to get past linemen.  He’s in the mold of Lawrence Timmons (Steelers) but can also put his hand down on the ground and play that way, like a Brandon Graham (Eagles).  The Bills desperately need a stud pass rusher and with some easy coaching they could get that with Upshaw.

11) Seattle Seahawks – Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, University of South Carolina

Melvin Ingram was another defensive end hybrid that had a great week at the 2012 Senior Bowl.  He’s a downhill runner with good body strength to get past tackles and guards and nice pass rushing moves.  The Seahawks are in need of a pass rusher to cap off their defense.  Ingram could also move around the defensive line or the Seahawks coaching staff could get cute and play him standing up as a pass rushing OLB.  Either way, expect Ingram to get to the QB.

12) Kansas City Chiefs – Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor University

The Chiefs could possibly lose their franchise wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to free agency in March, if that happens (as I think it will) look for them to draft his replacement.  Kendall Wright is shooting up draft boards after a very strong senior season, catching over 100 passes for over 1600 yards with 14 tds.  He’s one of the main reasons the Baylor Bears were so good this past season.  He’s comparable to Santonio Holmes as he’s fast enough to run past you on the outside for the deep threat and he’s quick enough to catch a pass over the middle and take it to the house.  He can score on you multiple different ways.  He could go much higher than this with a good combine and pro-day.

13) Arizona Cardinals – David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

The Cardinals need better protection along the offensive line for their now franchise QB Kevin Kolb.  DeCastro is a big bodied mauler who protected Andrew Luck for three years.  He’s a better pass protector than the run game but he’s able to run block with the best of them.  I expect DeCastro to blow away people at the combine with his quickness and strength.  He could get a look from teams higher than this.  I wouldn’t rule out DeCastro’s teammate Jonathan Martin here either.

14) Dallas Cowboys – Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

The Boys are in dire need of defensive back help and Kirkpatrick is just the man for the job.  He’s a physical zone coverage CB that with the right safety over the top can play the role of “risk taker” much in the mold of Antonio Cromartie.  He’s quick and fluid and can break on the ball on a dime.  The only thing that worries me with Kirkpatrick is that he’s got some past transgressions that make you wonder and he’s been burned before by lesser competition and faster WR’s.

15) Philadelphia Eagles – Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

Martin falls a bit here mainly due to the fact that he struggles with speed rushers off the edge.  That is correctable though and if corrected you’re looking at a top 5 LT in the NFL.  He’s a very dominant run blocker and with the Eagles, that is needed.  Martin could play RT if needed but I think he’s built more for the left side.

16) New York Jets – Nick Perry, DE/OLB, University of Southern California

The Jets defense wasn’t what it should have been this past season and that’s mainly due to them not having elite pass rushers.  Perry can be that and more.  He’s a smaller edge rusher that plays bigger than himself.  He stands out playing in a stand up formation and getting around tackles and backs to the QB.  He had 9.5 sacks for the Trojans as a junior in 2011.

17) Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland) – Michael Brockers, DT, Louisiana State University

If there was a weak spot on the Bengals defense it was the interior defensive linemen play.  Michael Brockers plays very similar to John Henderson, former Tennessee Volunteer DT standout.  I’m not saying he’ll have Henderson’s career but their play is very similar.  Brockers can swallow up the RB and put pressure on the QB as he’s a three down DT.

18) San Diego Chargers – Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College

Kuechly is your standard inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.  He’s a tackle machine capable of getting past the guards to the QB or RB for a sack or loss.  The Chargers could use an upgrade through the interior of their linebackers with Kuechly the transition would be simple.  Takeo Spikes isn’t getting any younger and Kuechly would fit in nicely.

19) Chicago Bears – Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

The Bears are in desperate need of a wide receiver that can be a playmaker.  They tried that route with Devin Hester and it didn’t work out quite so well on the receiver front.  Johnny Knox is a nice #2 option but he’s not anything more.  Roy Williams is a just a shell of what he was drafted to be.  Floyd can come in and start right away.  He’s drawn comparisons to Brandon Marshall and Larry Fitzgerald concerning body type but I think he’s more of a Vincent Jackson type receiver.  He’s a receiver you can rely on to make the tough catches over the middle and pick up yardage after the catch.

20) Tennessee Titans – Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

Konz is the best center prospect in the 2012 draft and he’s a behemoth of a man but he can also play guard.  Considering that the Titans don’t necessarily need a center, Konz could start right away for the Titans. Capable of run blocking and pass blocking equally well Konz can start from day one.

21) Cincinnati Bengals – Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

This is a bit higher than most think Sanu will be drafted, but I think with a good combine and pro day and a run on WR’s early, Sanu can get this high.  He’s a swift receiver in the mold of Kenny Britt (another former Rutger WR) who can go across the middle or down the sideline.  I actually think Sanu will be a better pro than Britt (as Britt can not stay healthy) but we’ll see.  The Bengals would then have AJ Green and Sanu outside, a formidable 1-2 threat capable of scoring every play.

22) Atlanta Falcons – Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

Jenkins could go much higher than this if he had his head screwed on straight.  His brush-ups with the law was a direct result of his transfer from UF to North Alabama.  While at Florida Jenkins shut down the likes of AJ Green, Julio Jones, and Alshon Jeffrey.  If that’s not a awesome resume to be drafted in the first round, I’m not sure what is.  Jenkins could step in immediately in the Falcons secondary and make an impact, especially if the Falcons lose Brent Grimes to free agency.

23) Detroit Lions – Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

The Lions are facing losing Cliff Avril to free agency in a few months and Kyle Vanden Bosch is nearly 1000 years old.  They’re going to need a stud pass rusher to step in and sack the QB.  Mercilus is a lean pass rusher that has an array of moves and would be nice situational rusher going into his rookie year.  The Lions could also go secondary help here if one of the DB’s falls, especially Jenkins.

24) Pittsburgh Steelers – Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia

The Steelers offensive line stays in shambles and if they ever want to win another Super Bowl they’re going to have to address that.  The guard play for the Steelers was simply atrocious during the 2011 season.  Cordy Glenn had a pretty fantastic 2012 Senior Bowl week and capped it off with a nice performance in the game itself.  Glenn would do nicely matched up next to Pouncey at center.

25) Denver Broncos – Mark Barron, S, Alabama

The Broncos starting safeties were Brian Dawkins, Quincy Carter, and Rahim Moore.  Dawkins is eligible to collect social security, Carter is a back up at best, and Moore is a free safety.  Barron would be able to come in and compete right away to be the starter.  He has Darren Sharper like attributes and with some coaching up can be a Sharper-type safety.  He’s a hard hitter with ball hawking skill.

26) Houston Texans – Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State University

If there was one weak spot on the Texans surprise defense, it was the defensive tackle position.  Imagine if they had a DT who could stop the run and rush the passer.  They might have beaten the Ravens and then who knows?  Worthy is a stout, physical DT who’s main claim to fame is stopping the run but he’s surprisingly agile for a big man.  He fits right in as a nose tackle in Wade Phillips 3-4 defense but could kick outside as well.

27) New Orleans Saints – Alshon Jeffery, WR, University of South Carolina

The Saints could potentially lose one or both of Marques Colston and Robert Meachem to free agency.  If that happens (as I think one of them is gone) look for them to draft their replacement early on.  Alson Jeffrey fits the mold of Colston and but has the ability past his.  Jeffery actually reminds me of a young Brandon Marshall, someone capable of catching everything his way but could also slip past you.  Jeffery’s combine workout and pro day will be very important to his chances of going in the first round.

28) Green Bay Packers – Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

The Packers need to shore up their defensive line around NT BJ Raji.  Dontari Poe is a mammoth tackle that would eat space on the outside as a 3-4 DE, allowing the Packers rush LB’s to get to the QB.  The Pack’s defense was one of the main reasons why Eli Manning was able to pick them apart on their way to the Super Bowl.  Poe would be a welcome addition.

29) Baltimore Ravens – Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama

The Ravens need to seriously consider drafting Ray Lewis’ replacement as he can’t play forever.  Hightower comes from a program in college that was known for producing very good linebackers.  Hightower will get some comparisons to Oakland Raider (and former Bama ILB) Rolando McClain but I’m pretty sure that Hightower would be the better pro in the Ravens defense.

30) San Francisco 49ers – Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (FL.)

The 49ers really need another playmaking wide receiver but the value just isn’t here for one (things would be different if say Jeffery or Sanu dropped).  Frank Gore is getting up there in age and preserving his body would be in the 49ers best interest.  The best way to do that would be to draft his eventual replacement.  Miller has the size, strength, and shiftiness not mention QUICK.  He actually compares to another former Hurricane in Clinton Portis.

31) New England Patriots – Zach Brown, OLB, University of North Carolina

The Patriots defense used to be one of the best in the business, then things fell apart.  Now they’re built for offense.  Zach Brown and his speed would do wonders for that defense.  He’s got a little bit of Patrick Willis in him…a little bit.  Quiet now.  Line Brown up on the outside as a pass rusher and he could get you a sack or put him in coverage and he could pick one off for you.

32) New York Giants – Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State University

In all fairness to Adams, he’ll probably go much higher than this.  He’s a bruising OT that can play both sides of the line and play both sides well.  Keeping Eli Manning upright, something that hasn’t always happened during their Super Bowl run, should be the priority.

 

 

You know that antagonizing waiting period of ONE WHOLE FREAKING YEAR between the first season of HBO’s hit television series Game of Thrones and the second season?  Yep, it’s about to get a little less painful with season 2’s first full trailer.  No more teasers, no more waiting, April is almost here.  Winter is coming!

Season 2 of the TV show based on George RR Martin’s best-selling fantasy novels will center around the second book in the series “Clash of Kings” which sees three “usurpers”; Stannis Baratheon, Renly Baratheon, and Robb Stark,  making their claim to the Iron Throne of Westeros.  Game of Thrones was up for a couple of Emmy Awards a couple of weeks ago with actor Peter Dinklage winning an Emmy for his role as “Tyrion Lannister” in the television series.

Season 2 of Game of Thrones stars April 1 on HBO.

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards were handed out earlier tonight, and while there aren’t as many categories as say the Golden Globes or the Academy Awards themselves, the talk amongst Hollywood is that the SAG awards are the most telling when it comes to guessing or pinpointing who might be taking home an Oscar.

As it turns out, The Help was the major winner from the awards show nabbing three awards in the five categories.  One for “Outstanding Performance by a Cast”, one for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role”, and one for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role”.  The biggest surprise came by the way of Viola Davis (The Help) beating out Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) for the Leading Role award.  Nearly everyone, including myself, have pegged Streep to take home the Oscar for “Best Actress” next month but the trend seems to be weighing in The Help’s favor.  Octavia Spencer won for her Supporting Role for The Help as well.

The other two notable wins were for Jean Dujardin for The Artist with the “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role” award.  I will still be pissed to no end if an actor from a silent film wins best actor at the Oscars.  Pissed I tell you!  Not when Clooney and Pitt are on the ballot anyways.  Christopher Plummer took home a well deserved “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role” for his turn as the dying-gay father in Beginners.  It’s a well deserved win because Plummer was brilliant in it.  In reality, Plummer’s only real competition for the SAG award was Nick Nolte in Warrior.

The only Oscar I can see going different is the Best Actor award, that one is still really up in the air (get it, a Clooney movie…for which he was nominated and passed over…he’s also nominated this year).  Clooney and Pitt would be my favorites by don’t count out Dujardin either, he’s been getting a lot of love on the awards circuit.

Here are the full list of winners:

 

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

– The Artist

– Bridesmaids

The Help

– The Descendants

– Midnight in Paris

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

– Demian Bichir – A Better Life

– George Clooney – The Descendants

– Leonardo DiCaprio – J. Edgar

Jean Dujardin – The Artist

– Brad Pitt – Moneyball

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

– Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis – The Help

– Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady

– Tilda Swinton – We Need To Talk About Kevin

– Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

– Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn

– Armie Hammer – J. Edgar

– Jonah Hill – Moneyball

– Nick Nolte – Warrior

Christopher Plummer – Beginners

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

– Berenice Bejo – The Artist

– Jessica Chastain – The Help

– Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids

– Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer – The Help

 

Tune in to the 84th Academy Awards on February 26th to see who takes home the golden statues!

 

This past weekend’s box office results were a tad bit surprising considering Kate Beckinsale’s Underworld movie is still performing at a high level, bring in major bucks.  However, the more surprising fact about the weekend that was in the movie theaters is that people are lining up to watch Liam Neeson kick some ass.  It doesn’t matter what kind of ass he’s kicking as long as he’s kicking it.  It could be Star Wars droid ass, sex slaver ass, or wolf ass…ass will be kicked!

A quick recap of the top five; The Grey brought in $20 million making it one of Neeson’s highest grossing openings as a lead actor in his career.  Especially considering we are in the dead zone for movies (usually between January and March).  Coming in at number two was Beckinsale’s Underworld Awakening making nearly $13 million in its second week.  The fact that people are still flocking to see this shit storm of a film has my face squarely planted in my palm.   The third highest grossing movie this past weekend was the Katherine Heigl side-show…erm…film One for the Money, raking in nearly $12 million.  Katherine Heigl seems to think that she’s the next Jennifer Aniston, but sadly she’s more the next Sarah Jessica-Parker, minus the horse face.  Fourth in the box office listings was the World War II action-aviation title Red Tails with $10 million.  I’m still flabbergasted that a LucasFilm project chose to bring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrance Howard as their main attraction.  Yikes.  Still, George Lucas hasn’t been making sound movie decisions lately (have you seen the trailers for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D?).  Ringing out the fifth spot was perhaps the most thought provoking title for a movie we’ve ever seen in Man on a Ledge.  The film is literally about a man standing on a ledge of a building.  Shit.  You.  Not.  Who would’ve thought?  The film brought in a highly disappointing $8 million.

Here’s a run down of the top 10 films this weekend:

weekend gross (total) *numbers in millions*

 

1) The Grey – $20 (NEW)

2) Underworld Awakening – $12.5 ($45.1)

3) One for the Money – $11.7 (NEW)

4) Red Tails – $10.4 ($33.7)

5) Man on a Ledge – $8.3 (NEW)

6) Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – $7.1 ($21.1)

7) The Descendants – $6.55 ($55.8)

8) Contraband – $6.5 ($56.4)

9) Beauty and the Beast 3D – $5.3 ($41.1)

10) Haywire – $4 ($11)

 

*I’m a bit surprised how poorly Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire has done.  It was arguably one of the best movies in theaters over this weekend, featured non-stop action, a great plot, good acting, and a hot chick whooping everyone’s ass.  What gives? *

Let’s Go To The Movies: 1/27/2012

Posted: January 27, 2012 in Movies

It’s Friday, which means it’s the weekend, which means millions of Americans will be heading to their local movie theaters for some relaxation in front of the big screen.  Let’s examine what new films will be gracing the box office this weekend; they include Liam Neeson once again kicking some ass, Avatar guy stands on a ledge, and Katherine Heigl does her best to ruin everyone’s favorite book.

Here’s a closer look:

 

The Grey

Synopsis: In The Grey, Liam Neeson leads an unruly group of oil-rig roughnecks when their plane crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Battling mortal injuries and merciless weather, the survivors have only a few days to escape the icy elements – and a vicious pack of rogue wolves on the hunt – before their time runs out. — (C) Open Road Films

Cast: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Frank Grillo

Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour 57 minutes

Rotten Tomatoes Review Score: 76%

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New York Post

USA Today

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Man on a Ledge

Synopsis: An ex-cop and now wanted fugitive (Sam Worthington) stands on the ledge of a high-rise building while a hard-living New York Police Department negotiator (Elizabeth Banks)tries to talk him down. The longer they are on the ledge, the more she realizes that he might have an ulterior objective. — (C) Summit Entertainment

Cast: Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks, Anthony Mackie, Jamie Bell

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour 42 minutes

Rotten Tomatoes Review Score: 20%

Sample Reviews:

Newark Star Ledger
Detroit News

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One for the Money

Synopsis: A proud, born-and-bred Jersey girl, Stephanie Plum’s got plenty of attitude, even if she’s been out of work for the last six months and just lost her car to a debt collector. Desperate for some fast cash, Stephanie turns to her last resort: convincing her sleazy cousin to give her a job at his bail bonding company…as a recovery agent. True, she doesn’t even own a pair of handcuffs and her weapon of choice is pepper spray, but that doesn’t stop Stephanie from taking on Vinny’s biggest bail-jumper: former vice cop and murder suspect Joe Morelli – yup, the same sexy, irresistible Joe Morelli who seduced and dumped her back in high school. — (C) Lionsgate

Cast: Katherine Heigl, Jason O’Mara, John Leguizamo

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour 46 minutes

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The Globe and Mail

Toronto Star

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Albert Nobbs

Synopsis: Five-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close stars in this emotional and thought-provoking tale of a woman forced to live as a man in 19th Century Ireland. After thirty years of keeping up the charade, a new love threatens to destroy everything she’s worked so hard to build.. — (C) Roadside Attractions

Cast: Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson

Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour 53 minutes

Rotten Tomatoes Review Score: 50%

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Newsday

Washington Post

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