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Early 2014 Oscar Predictions

In: Dan, Movies

I just couldn’t help myself and had to jump in and write a post about the upcoming 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, 2014. We are just under three months away from the ceremony where Hollywood’s biggest and noteworthy-est stars come together to celebrate each other’s fantastic work over the previous 12 months. This is my favourite time of year as the best films roll out to theatres just as the weather starts to turn cold, giving me the perfect excuse to sit in a cozy, warm theatre several nights each week!

In my opinion, there have been some pretty spectacular movies already this year which should make the race up to the Oscars that much more interesting! If you haven’t seen Gravity, you absolutely MUST. With several film award shows between now and then, as well as the New York Film Critics Circle choosing their favourites this past week, there are bound to be some serious contenders emerging as we head into the new year. I’m going to break down some of the biggest categories with what I assume to be sure locks, my faves, and a few dark horses, just to keep things interesting. If you think I’ve missed anything from my list, I want to hear from you. If I believe you enough, I may even let you take me out to see the movie you’re gushing about!

check out my predictions after the jump

Janet Dickinson (Mrs. Wilkinson), Drew Minard (Billy), Samantha Blaire Cutler (Debbie) and the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical. Photo by Amy Boyle

Editors Note: This isn’t a repost of yesterday’s review. Both Dan and Tommy watched Billy Elliot: The Musical and enjoyed it tremendously that each did a review. Rather than clump them into one post, I felt each deserved their own time to shine in the spotlight. Enjoy a different point of view on the North American touring production.

Well folks, it has been a minute since I’ve cast my opinion on the arts. I knew it was going to take an impressive artist feat to break me out from under this winter rock I’ve been hiding, and the inaugural kick off to the 2013 Vancouver Theatre circuit did just that! Last night, Ali and I took in the premier showing of Billy Elliot: The Musical, playing at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver from April 2 – 7, 2013. The ten-time Tony Awards® winner, including Best Musical, made its Vancouver debut and needless to say it didn’t disappoint. I’ll go as far as to say it’s now in my personal ranking of all-time best musicals, in a close second sitting right behind Wicked.

I went in to this musical with minimal expectations as I couldn’t recall the film’s plot all that well, having seen it almost a decade ago and refusing to refresh my memory in an effort to allow raw emotion to take root (if I was so compelled to shed a tear). Before the show even began, I bumped into some good friends including fellow cast member Tommy and his Mom, who ended up sitting in the row directly in front of us. It felt great to laugh along with them, and celebrate some of the subtly brilliant homo-centric moments. On a similar note, I want to give a shout out to the Vancouver theatre audience. I am always overwhelmed with emotion when I feel the love and witness the reactions of complete strangers around me, uniting us in a moment of sheer pleasure or heart-breaking sadness. Ah, the joys of live theatre!

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If I could attend any awards show, it’s hands down the Golden Globes. Not only is it the most star-studded, but you can eat and drink while pretending to be interested in some of the acceptance speeches 😉 Admit it, some of them are major snoozefests. Too bad Meryl Streep couldn’t win every category. Her speeches are always hilariously witty.

Going into tonight’s ceremony, Lincoln has the most nominations with seven. Tied in second are Argo and Django Unchained. On the television front, Game Change is on top with five nominations, with Homeland in second with four nominations. Who will be the big winner when all is said and done?

A few of us have shared our predictions in each category. Not to toot my own horn, but I’m the reigning champ amongst the Homorazzi crew. Last year, I predicted the most correctly. That being said, Adam was numero uno for our recent Emmy predictions. Who’ll win this time? Check out all our choices below.

check out our predictions after the jump

We’re taking the day off today, so we decided to repost some of our favorite Christmas-themed posts from this and previous years.

If you’re an avid reader of the site, you might’ve noticed there was a shortage of articles Sunday. Reason being was, we were all busy having our Christmas staff party. Given everyone’s busy schedules this time of year, it’s almost next to impossible to find a date that works for everyone. Surprisingly, all but three of us were able to make it yesterday. That’s a pretty amazing feat considering our busy lives and Alex, Kevin and Topher not currently living in the same city as the most of us. Check out the pic above. The only people missing from the pic are Nic (his BF’s sis was in town), Stephen (was there earlier but had to leave for another engagement) and Alex (LA) and Kevin (Toronto).

It was great to have so many of us together to laugh, catch up and reminisce about the early days of the site. Not to sound super cheesy, but there’s this amazing energy among all of us when we’re all in the same room. With our recent accomplishments, it was nice to sit back and relax for one night and pat each other on the back.

In between all the laughs and drinks, we decided to have a gingerbread contest. We split up into two different teams determined by names out of the hat. Team 1 (my team) won the right to pick either the house or the train. We opted for the train. Each team was given only 30 minutes to build, decorate, and come up with a theme for their creation. Now, we need your help to decide which team pulled it off better. Cast your votes so we can declare a winner and give one team bragging rights over the other.

THANKS again to all of you for making Homorazzi.com such a success in a short period of time. We have the best readers on the internet for sure.

view our gingerbread creations after the jump

The Zombie Syndrome

In: Dan, Random Reads, The Arts

Okay. Ali and I took in one of the most unique shows slash performance arts projects hitting the streets of Vancouver. The ‘show’ is titled The Zombie Syndrome, and I’m honestly struggling with how to even classify this piece of work. The show itself takes place on the streets of Vancouver, and includes constant movement from all of the participants and audience members!

I received a phone call and voice message the day before the show letting me know exactly where Ali and I needed to meet, aptly dubbed ‘the secret rendezvous point’. We were joined by seven other people, and were quickly swept up into a world of science and the need for all of us to save the world from an apparent zombie invasion. Man, I love me some zombies! And Vancouver was the perfect backdrop for this unique play of sorts.

I’ve been forbidden to tell you anymore about the play, other than it is completely interactive from an audience perspective, requiring several people to use their phones and help uncover the mystery and steps of the story. It’s a brilliant concept, and wonderfully crafted by The Virtual Stage. I honestly want to spill my guts about this experience, but you really have to see it for yourself!

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That’s right folks! It’s hard to believe, but the Vancouver Home + Design Show is back in action with the 2012 fall event, boasting all of the latest and greatest in home and interior design to get your juices flowing and minds racing just in time for your fall décor updates! I pretty much squeal with excitement whenever I see the advertising start to pop up around Vancouver announcing the dates of the show, running October 11 through 14 at BC Place Stadium.

Having attended the show for years, I’ve become pretty good kanoodle buddies with a few of the people who run the show, including Jill Kivett, Show Manager + Spokesperson from Marketplace Events Vancouver. Her thoughts on this year’s show are pretty spectacular…

Details & promo code after the jump…

It’s hard to believe that the summer is winding down and we find ourselves tuning in for the So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 Finale! At the end of this epically long two-hour event, Skeletor will hand pick SLASH America will decide who their top favorite female and male dancers are from this year’s fresh round of contestants. While this season has been sluggish at best, and it seems inevitable that this will be the last season for the Fox hit that has slowly declined in the ratings over the past few seasons, I am quite excited for tonight’s episode. First off, it was announced on Facebook that pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen would be performing during tonight’s episode, and that’s reason enough to tune in!!

Let’s get on with the show! Actually, wait! Who do you think is going to win this co-crown?! I think it’s been too obviously set up for Cyrus NOT to take home the male prize, sorry Chehon. For the ladies, it’s been a much tighter race to the finish; however, I think Eliana is going to sneak out the win even though I truly feel Tiffany deserves the crown as well. We’ll know soon enough!

The show opened with a recap of all the past winners for the last 8 seasons, including the nonsense that was Russell’s season. That still makes my blood boil…

Find out who won after the jump…

SYTYCD 9: Top Four FINAL Performances!

In: Dan, TV Shows

Holy smokes kiddies, where did the summer go?!? It’s hard to believe that the ninth season of So You Think You Can Dance is winding down, and we’re already at the stage where the final four dancers take to the stage for one last performance. I have to admit, I’m secretly relieved. While Adam has been an AMAZING guest writer throughout the season, my absence for some weeks has really caused an inability to connect with this year’s set of dancers. Is there a dance from this season that I truly remember, and would place in my all-time favourites collection? No. And that doesn’t make me happy.

I truly wanted to believe Skeletor’s over-produced rant about finding the best set of dancers this show has ever seen, but as the season has played out those words have simply proven to be false. Sure, Eliana has had some brilliant routines, and Cole was a master at embodying his characters each week, but was there a Melanie, or Twitch, or Alison, or Jakob caliber performer? Not by my standards. The fact that Cyrus, while brilliant in his own style, is still in this competition of apparent ‘all around’ best dancers just further proves my point. If So You Think You Can Dance survives to air another season, I BEG of Nigel Lythgoe to let go of his ridiculously tight grip on this competition and truly let America decide who should be going home from the very first week. Bring back a fresh top ten new girls and guys, and pair them up for the first few weeks. Showcase new dance styles again, like the brilliance that was Bollywood when it was first introduced. Help us fall in love with the next Kerrington, or Travis, or Heidi, or Neil, or Brandon, or Janine. Hell, let Cat Deeley choose her own outfits again! Take the standard recession business model, and get back to your roots and remember the core of what made you great in the first place.

Recap & performances after the jump…

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