WOO HOO, the Oscars are finally here. It feels like forever since we first started talking about them. There are so many things to look forward to tonight. Will Anne Hathaway and James Franco make us laugh? Which actress will dazzle on the red carpet? On the flip side, who will shock us with their interesting fashion choices? Which movie will dominate tonight and win the most awards? But most importantly… which Homorazzi cast member will predict the most correct winners? I know, it’s so exciting you can barely stand it ;)

Patrick, Dan, Brian, Adam, Jonny, Rich, Nic, Redd and myself have all cast our ballots for tonight’s ceremony. We all love a little friendly competition, and would love to have bragging rights amongst us as the official unofficial Oscar guru at Homorazzi. You can check out all our selections below and afterward, place your votes on which cast member you think will come out on top? Pssst, a little secret. Like ‘N Sync sang, “It’s Gonna To Be Me“.

check out all our predictions after the jump

2011 Razzies Reveal The Worst of The Worst

In: Donovan, Movies

The night before the Oscars, celebrating the best in cinema, are handed out, a ceremony of a very different kind is taking place in Hollywood. For the past 31 years, the Razzie Awards have been dishonoring the worst movies made the previous year. The annual event took place this year at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. Sounds eleganza extravaganza, doesn’t it?

Coming out on top, or should I say bottom, was the much reviled “The Last Airbender“. The fantasy 3D flick took home five Razzies including Worst Picture and one for its director, M. Night Shyamalan. Whatever happened to him? He was so good with “The Sixth Sense”. Placing a close second for overall crapiness, was “Sex and the City 2“. The critically-panned sequel sashayed away with 3 awards including one for the entire cast.

Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Alba and the ladies of SATC took home a Razzie each for their acting violations. I love Jessica Alba, but her nomination and win were justified, considering all the awful movies she was in last year, including “Little Fockers” and “Machete”. Unlike in previous years, none of the celebrities honored, showed up to accept their Razzie in person.

Last year Sandra Bullock showed up on the Saturday to pick up her Razzie, then won an Oscar the following night. Other celebs who’ve embraced the satirical ceremony and shown up in person were Halle Berry (Catwoman), Bill Cosby (Leonard 6) and Ben Affleck (Gigli, Daredevil, Paycheck”. Check out other winners/losers below.

view the full list of winners slash losers after the jump

This weekend, Gnomeo & Juliet took the top spot at the Box Office, with $14.2 million. The porcelain dwarf animation edged out Hall Pass, which had an early lead on Friday, but a few hundred thousand in sales. Hall Pass, the hilarious new comedy starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, opened this weekend with $13.4 million. This was only one of two new movies that came out this weekend and made it into the top 10 list. I definitely recommend it.

The other new movie that opened this weekend was Drive Angry (which I had never heard of), starring Nicolas Cage. The film’s premise: “A vengeful father escapes from hell and chases after the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter.” He escapes from hell? Really? The critics found that the movie lacked focus and was confusing, which combined with very little promotion, left this film with a measly $5.1 million in its opening weekend.

The King’s Speech added another $7.6 million to it’s earnings this weekend, bringing their total to over $114 million. Obviously, there were still people that wanted watch the film before it received a bunch of awards tonight at The Academy Awards.

Check out the Top 10 List after the jump…

Last month, I spent a day (and night) with punk/pop band These Kids Wear Crowns filming their music video for their first single Jumpstart of off the album of the same name. So who is this group? TKWC got their Jumpstart on MuchMusic’s hit show disband where they were discovered and with their talent, rocketed to stardom with the tween crowd. Their infused style makes their sound fresh and radio ready.

These boys from Chilliwack, BC are so nice. During the entire shoot, they took their time to meet the fans who were extras in the video and took pictures and talked with them at any chance they had. You have to admire a band that doesn’t forget where they came from. The song is on Canadian radio and already getting some serious airplay. There’s no doubt, people are loving this track.

Their very first single Break It Up performed well along with their debut album. This single has been climbing the charts and now with the video being released, its sure to be a hit. The concept is that Alex (the lead singer) finds a glove on the street and when he puts it on and touches things, they change from drab to fab making everything colorful and bright.

Check out the video and some photos from the shoot after the jump…

Wine 101: Single ‘n’ Swingin’

In: Charge It, Nic

We love choosing and drinking wine by country because we know what we’re most likely going to get out of a California Chardonnay, or an Argentenian Malbec. But the flavour of a wine really goes more microcosmic than just the country it’s from. It’s comes down to specific vineyards, land plots, soil composition and a dozen other factors that flavour the grapes before they’re even pressed into wine.

One of my favourite tag lines for any vineyard’s wine is “It’s All About The Dirt“, and it’s the solid truth with wine. Depending on whether those grapes are grown in clay, or volcanic rock, or any other variety of soil, the very ground in which it’s grown can be good or bad for specific varietals, and really do play a major part in flavouring the over all finishing product of the wine.

This is where single vineyard wines come in. See a lot of the wine that we drink isn’t necessarily what we would call “estate grown” or “single vineyard“. The bottle could say Sonoma County Chardonnay from California, but that doesn’t mean all the grapes are grown at the vineyard listed on the bottle. That means the wine is produced by the vineyard listed on the bottle and a lot of the time the grapes are outsourced from other vineyards in the Sonoma County area. Does this really matter? Well, not really. They’re going to obviously make a delicious Sonoma County Chardonnay, but as mentioned before, soil plays a big part in flavouring the wine.

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If you still weren’t convinced Anne Hathaway and James Franco would do an excellent job co-hosting this year’s Academy Awards from their first two promos, the following two videos should do the trick. I’m really looking forward to the youthful, fun energy these two actors are going to bring to the show. While both Franco and Hathaway are respected Oscar-nominated actors, they’ve also shown their comedic sides in hit films like “Pineapple Express” and “The Bride Wars” respectively. It’ll be their proven comedic timing that’ll make the marathon broadcast fun to watch.

In the first clip, Anne Hathaway channels her inner Eva Peron in the classic musical, “Evita“. Just when you think it’ll be a straight-up imitation, Hathaway switches up the lyrics to “Don’t cry for me Kodak Theater“. Then she breaks it down and starts rapping to Wreckx-N-Effect’s hit, “Rump Shaker“. I love how she’s not afraid to make a fool of herself to provide some laughs. Check it out below.

watch the videos after the jump

Wow, that was fast. Chris Medina was just booted on Thursday night’s episode of “American Idol“, and he already has a single and music video out. That’s gotta be some sort of record. I don’t think a turn-around like this has ever happened so fast for any eliminated contestant, not including the final 2. Those folks over at Interscope Records mean business. One of the changes made for Season 10, was a new partnership with Universal Music Group as Idol’s official partner record label, replacing Sony Music Entertainment. Like every other change implemented this year, this is another wise decision that looks like it’s going to work out.

Upon his elimination, Medina was told that famed producer, Rodney Jerkins, wrote a song and wanted to produce it for him. Jerkins, who’s worked with Brandy (The Boy Is Mine), Lady Gaga (Telephone), PCD (When I Grow Up), and Whitney Houston (It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay), is one of the producers brought on this year to help mentor the contestants. He, like the rest of America, was so moved by Chris’ story that he wrote a beautiful ballad for the eliminated Idol.

watch his music video after the jump

A Bodyguard Remake? Sacrilegious!!!

In: Donovan, Movies

Oh, HELL to the NO! Whitney Houston thought crack was whack. I wonder what our sweaty lipped queen has to say about this. Warner Bros. is remaking its 1992 hit, “The Bodyguard” originally starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston who made her film debut. Even though the film earned six Razzie nominations, the film raked in over $420 million worldwide. With numbers like that, it’s no wonder the studio is making this a priority project.

Reportedly, the remake will follow the original script but with a few changes to make it more contemporary. Instead of a Secret Service agent, Costner’s character will be a former Iraq war veteran who’s first post-military gig is that of protecting a celebrity. Quickly he discovers that modern technology like Twitter, Gawker Stalker and Google Maps has made it easier for stalkers to access celebrities. Thus, making his job even more difficult, especially when you throw in some nookie nookie in there.

In the end, it’s not really the story that made the original a hit. Critics everywhere slammed the movie’s plot and Houston’s wooden acting. What made it a hit, was Whitney’s magical voice and the power ballads. If the studio wants to duplicate its success, casting is key. They need to take a popular female singer and give her the platform that The Bodyguard did Houston.

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