It only took 36 years, but Barbra Streisand is returning to the Academy Awards stage to perform. The first, and only time so far, was in 1977 when she performed her Oscar-winning “Evergreen“- the theme song from A Star Is Born. I’m not sure how the producers coaxed the legend to getting back on stage, but I’m extremely thankful. The 85th Annual Academy Awards are going to be epic.
“In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music,” says producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, “how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand? We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year’s Oscars, her first time singing on the show in 36 years.”
Seriously, I’m still in shock that Streisand agreed to do this. Why now? Back at the 1997 Academy Awards, her duet with Bryan Adams, “I Finally Found Someone,” was nominated for Best Original Song, but she opted out of performing it. Instead, Natalie Cole was supposed to sing the tune, but fell ill last minute. With only one day of rehearsals, Celine Dion stepped in and blew it out of the water.
With Adele already confirmed to perform “Skyfall” as part of the James Bond tribute to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the spy franchise, and Barbra’s addition, the singing portions of the show are going to be must-see segments. Typically for me, it’s the perfect time for a bathroom break. Check out Barbra’s 1977 performance below, along with Celine’s last minute substitution back in 1997.
The latest Seth Rogen comedy hits theaters this week, and I am pleased to say that I was totally surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie. The film pairs Rogen and Barbara Streisand in a oddball mother/son road trip that is full of the goofy scenarios that you would expect from such a pair.
Andrew Brewster (Rogen) is an organic chemist trying to sell his newly invented cleaning product to stores and companies across the country without much success. After visiting his mother, he decides to invite her along for the ride as he travels across the country so that he can surprise her at the end by introducing her to her long lost love. The movie’s plot line is predictable, the funny situations are expected but honestly, it doesn’t matter. This movie is such a lighthearted fun film that I had fun from start to end.
This movie looks so cute! Funny man, Seth Rogan teams up with funny lady Funny Girl, Barbra Streisand in a new comedy called The Guilt Trip. The trailer has just come out so be sure to check it out below!
The gist of the film is an inventor (Rogan) and his mom (Streisand) hit the road together so he can sell his latest invention. When he first asks her, she is thrown off by the invitation but soon becomes very excited about the mother-son adventure ahead. It sounds like some nice quality time together, but will he be able to get the job done traveling with his mother for 8 days in a car?
The movie was originally called called My Mother’s Curse, but the title was changed to The Guilt Trip shortly after which I think was a better choice. There are also some other familiar faces in the film, including Adam Scott, Casey Wilson, Colin Hanks, and more.
This week’s featured new release is The Beaver which stars Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster who lends her skills as director to the film. What was thought to be an ingenious pairing and a movie made of gold, turned into a complete and utter flop for some critics while others beg to differ and say that it’s worth the watch. Check out the synopsis below:
Walter (Mel Gibson), once a successful and happy family man, has hit rock bottom. But, in his darkest hour, he finds a rather unusual savior: a beaver hand-puppet that takes over Walter’s life in an attempt to change things for the better. As he begins to regain the trust of his bewildered, yet game family and coworkers, his alienated oldest son (Anton Yelchin) strikes up a tentative romance with a cerebral cheerleader (Winter’s Bone’s Jennifer Lawrence). Once Walter begins bringing his furry counterpart into the shower, however, things start to crack.
Even though it sounds completely terrible and I’m not the biggest Mel Gibson fan, I still think I’ll check it out but only if there isn’t anything else on TV.
A parody on all of our favorite gay icons? Yes, please! For me, the only one missing is Britney Spears – #sad face. In the following video, we enter into Madonna‘s nightmare: Lady Gaga. Madge calls up Gaga because she wants her career back, but at first, runs into a problem. Gaga has never heard of Madonna, and hangs up. She calls back and says, “You’ve stolen my looks, my music, and my gays and I want it back!” Gaga keeps hanging up on her.
It seems like a hopeless situation. Madonna just wants her crown back…but was it always hers? Nope. Before Madonna was Cher. So, she calls up Cher to apologize and say she knows how she feels. Cher’s not buying it.
Later on, Madonna finds herself at “Divas Anonymous,” which is moderated by Sue Sylvester. Others in the support group are Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, and Barbara Streisand. This scene is hysterical. Could this all just be a bad dream? Or is Lady Gaga actually her living nightmare? Find out by watching below.
Back for another episode, and this time it’s the all dance review. Something about the sun popping out the last couple days that makes me re-tune in with my groove thang. So if you don’t want some hard beats, skip this, but if you want some dance-in-your-living-room tunes or your treadmill routine’s getting old, these are for you!
Here’s the beauty of the Ministry of Sound Annuals: I pick my favorites very early on into getting the album, but I keep the entire album on my iPod for just this reason. Every so often, something will come on random, and I’ll wonder why I never tuned in the first few times around. This track is one of those. The kicker beat may be a little too rough for some, but this thing gets my cardio pumping harder at the gym. This is a group out of Australia remixed by a Japanese DJ. The culture clash works for it, and the “Oooh-ooh-ooh”s get me everytime.
Like clockwork, the day before the Academy Award nominations are announced celebrating the best in cinema from the previous year, the Razzies take stage front and center highlighting the worst movies. The annual awards were created in 1980 as a logical antidote to Hollywood’s annual of self-congratulatory awards. The voting members of The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation sifted through all the crappy movies of 2010 and picked the bottom of the barrel to single out.
In a year where Hollywood saw declining attendance numbers, perhaps the Razzies will serve as a wake-up call to studio execs to ease up on remakes, reboots, awful sequels or gratuitous usage of 3D. The number of films that exploited the gimmicky technology was so high, the Razzies created a special category for 2010 specifically for 3D movies.
Leading the packing with 9 nominations a-piece, were repeat offender M. Night Shyamalan and his badly-reviewed “The Last Airbender” and the third installment of the Twilight Saga, “Eclipse”. Other notable movies receiving the dishonor were the much maligned ” Sex and the City 2″ and pretty much anything that starred Jennifer Aniston. The actress was nominated for her turns in “The Bounty Hunter” and “The Switch”. Other thespians receiving worst acting nods include Cher, Ashton Kutcher, Miley Cyrus and the entire casts of “Sex and the City” and “Twilight: Eclipse“.
You can check out the complete list of the 2011 Razzie nominations below. The 31st Razzie Awards will announce the “winners” at Hollywood’s Barnsdall Gallery Theatre on Saturday February 26 at 7:30 PST, the night before the Oscars.
The Fockers are back! Last night, I caught a prescreening of the third “Focker” film, and its all star cast did not disappoint. Several years after we last left off, Greg (Ben Stiller) and Pam (Teri Polo) now have two fraternal twin children (Henry and Samantha) and they’re planning their fifth birthday party. Naturally, the in-laws are coming which is always a recipe for disaster.
While at work (he’s still a nurse), Greg meets Andi (Jessica Alba) who is a drug rep. A little caught off guard by her looks, he chats with her a while about her proposal to do a speech at a doctor’s convention for an erectile dysfunction pill (that works for people with heart conditions) called Sustengo. At this point, I start to wonder if I’m watching Love & Other Drugs again, but I’m not. Andi is a bubbly, determined, and flirty rep that doesn’t take no for an answer. When Greg gets paged to help another nurse with an anal insertion on a patient, Andi comes to help. “Focus on relaxing your anus,” she says. The procedure is successful. “That was bad ass,” says Alba. “Literally,” responds Greg. Alas, Greg says no to her proposal…for now.