Every now and then, Zach Galifianakis does a hilariously awkward faux interview segment on Funny Or Die with celebrities and this week, the actor/comedian takes on some of the biggest names in Hollywood that are in the running for Oscars this season in Between Two Ferns: Oscar Buzz Edition.
The actors he interviews include: Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, Bradley Cooper, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts, and Sally Field.
If you’ve every scene an episode of Between Two Ferns, you’ll know that these actors are pretty much walking into a trap and are not walking into a conventional interview. Galifianakis doesn’t give them the respect their used to by other interviewers and asks some really embarrassing and off topic questions. Hathaway shows up drunk for her interview, Jennifer Lawrence puts him in his place, and Bradley Cooper and him have a huge fight. Watch the hilarious interviews below.
Let the official Oscar campaigning begin. Even though the race started long before today, with the nominations now revealed, the handshaking and butt kissing to Academy voters kicks into high gear. This is exactly the part Joaquin Phoenix criticized when he slammed the Oscars. Despite that dig, as predicted by him, Phoenix snagged an Oscar nod for his work in The Master. Can he parlay his “unique” campaigning to Oscar glory when the winners are announced on February 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood?
Oscar host Seth Macfarlane and Emma Stone woke up extremely early today to read out the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards. Side note: Macfarlane is the first host to announce the nominations since Charlton Heston did double duty back in 1972. As widely predicted, Lincoln dominated with 12 nominations including Best Director, Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor. Coming in second was Life of Pi with 11 nods. Unlike Lincoln, Life of Pi didn’t score any acting nods and their haul came mostly from the creative categories. Check out all the nominations and my commentary including snubs in all the major awards below.
The BAFTAs aka British Academy Film Awards really don’t factor too much in the Oscar race. It’s just another excuse to dress up and publicly campaign for your chances at securing an Academy Award. That being said, their nominations fall mostly in line with many of the Oscar precursors. Even across the pond, Steven Spielberg’s film about an American president is the one to beat. Lincoln dominated with 10 nominations. The historical drama secured nods for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress to name a few.
The musical Les Miserables and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi came in second with 9 nominations a piece. The 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise, Skyfall, picked up 8 BAFTAs including nods for Javier Bardem and Dame Judi Dench in the supporting acting categories. Anna Karenina which has been mostly shut out in many Oscar precursors, racked up several nominations mostly in the creative categories such as makeup, production design, costume design etc…
The BAFTAs, hosted by Stephen Fry, will take place on Sunday, February 10 at London’s Royal Opera House and be broadcast on BBC One. Check out all the nominees below.
The highly anticipated trailer for Quentin Tarantino‘s film ‘Django Unchanged‘ has just debuted, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz among others. Similarly to Kill Bill, this film is about vengeance but set in the wild west, two years before the civil war.
With the help of his mentor (Waltz), a slave-turned-bounty hunter (Foxx) sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner (DiCaprio). The plantation is known as “Candyland” and there slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport.
This A-list ensemble also consists of Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, and Don Johnson. ‘Django Unchained’ hits theatres in December 2012. For now, check out the first trailer below!
This weekend, Water for Elephants, one of my all-time favorite books is making its big screen debut and I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peak of the film this past Wednesday. I basically sprinted to the theatre in anticipation, was the first one to arrive (about twenty minutes early), but I didn’t care. I got the best seat in the house, had tissue ready in my pocket should it be required and sat back, waiting for my imagination to come to life before me on screen (and my emotions take over).
If you’ve read my book review on the original novel, Water for Elephants, by Sarah Gruen, or my articles showcasing the announcement of the case or the official movie trailer, then you’ll truly understand my passion. If you haven’t, I recommend you read each of those first and THEN go see this movie! To everything that I have bought, sent or loaned you the book, then I strongly encourage you to see this movie ASAP. You won’t be disappointed!
Unlike Dan, who’s read the book and extremely excited about the movie adaptation, I don’t know much about this production. Admittedly, I had no idea what “Water for Elephants” was about before seeing the trailer. Truth be told, even after watching it, I still have no idea what the plot is besides involving a love triangle. Having said that, the trailer looks pretty amazing and it’s got me excited for the movie’s release date. I can just imagine, how even more stoked Dan is after he watches it, considering he’s read the book.
While I’m a huge Reese Witherspoon fan and who can blame me with winners like “Legally Blonde“, “Sweet Home Alabama“, “Walk The Line“, Robert Pattinson is another story. He’s never done anything to offend me or put me off, but I just don’t get the hoopla about him. After watching the trailer, I fear I might have to eat those words when I catch the entire film. The chemistry between Resse and him is absolutely searing. On paper, I would’ve never thought it, but in the short clip they share so much heat and tension, I can’t stand it. If I start crushin‘ on him after this flick, I will never forgive the movie producers or myself.
“Water for Elephants” is a film adaptation of Sara Gruen’s best-selling novel of the same name. The movie takes place during the Great Depression. Pattison plays Jacob Jankowski, a veterinary student who drops out of school to join the circus. With his medical background, he becomes their on-site vet. Witherspoon plays Marlena, a circus performer married to August, a twisted animal trainer, played by Christoph Waltz. As you can imagine, major drama ensues between the trio while the circus travels from town to town.
Get your first look at a slim-downed sexier Seth Rogen as comic book hero “The Green Hornet“. Rogen headlines a solid cast which includes Jay Chou as Kato, Cameron Diaz as Lenore “Casey” Case and Christoph Waltz as Chudnofsky.
Rogen plays rich party boy Britt Reid. Upon hearing about his father’s death, he decides to change his partying ways and goes on a crusade to rid crime from his city. With the help of his valet and Asian sidekick, Kato, the two don masks and infiltrate the city’s crime scene. Respected music video director Michel Gondry directed the film. Topher even did a Top 10 Best Music Video’s List previously on Homorazzi.com.
“The Green Hornet” was originally slated to hit theaters June 2010, but Sony instead gave the slot to the Adam Sandler comedy “The Grown Ups” instead, and was pushed back to Decemeber 2010. With the studios decision to convert the film to 3D, it has been delayed one more time to a final release date of January 14, 2011. Normally this type of move signals “box office bomb”, but the trailer looks pretty good, so who knows.
I was beside myself with excitement this morning to learn that one of my favorite novels, one that I recently wrote a book review for; Water for Elephants is being made into a film and set to release in 2011!
My trusted free daily newspaper on my commute to work informed me of an informal casting call for a female roll, open to anyone “without piercings, tattoos, breast implants, artificial nails, or highlighted or coloured hair” to potentially star next to the recently named star-studded cast.
The male lead character, Jacob Jankowski will be played by heartthrob Robert Pattinson (I literally melted in my chair when I heard this), with the female lead character, Marlena, played by Academy Award Winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line). The supporting male character, August, the cruel animal trainer married to Marlena will be played by recent Academy Award Winner, Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Bastards) – literally, casting perfection. What a fantastic combination of acting talent to take on some of the most dynamic characters written in recent literature! The hunt is still on for the role of ‘old’ Jacob Jankowski, who is the voice and narrator behind his own personal memoire of life in the circus.