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87th Academy Awards: Nominations & Snubs

In: Donovan, Movies

For the first time ever, the Academy Awards unveiled all 24 categories and their nominees live. Chris Pine and directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams woke up early to make the announcement.

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel led this year’s class of Oscar films with nine nominations apiece, including nods for Best Picture and Best Director. Close behind was The Imitation Game with eight. Making a big splash late in the game was Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper with six tying Boyhood. Eastwood, himself though, failed to pick up a Best Director nod.

Over on the acting front, it was pretty much status quo but with a couple of surprises. Meryl Streep extended her own record by scoring her 19th Oscar nomination. Robert Duvall at 84-years-old became the oldest male to nab an acting nomination. Now on to the snubs.

check out all the nominations after the jump


The last time George Lucas resurrected Star Wars, it was met with plenty of criticism and a lukewarm response. Jar Jar Binks anyone? This time around the-powers-that-be aren’t playing around and convinced the stars from the original trilogy to reprise their iconic roles. The newcomers joining Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in the beloved franchise are Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens takes place 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. Other than that, details for the highly-anticipated film have been kept under wraps. J. J. Abrams is directing the film from a screenplay he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan, co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Lucas’ participation with the new trilogy is somewhat limited. He serves only as creative consultant on The Force Awakens and other new Star Wars films. “I mostly say, ‘You can’t do this. You can do that,’” he told Bloomberg Businessweek. “You know, ‘The cars don’t have wheels. They fly with antigravity.’ There’s a million little pieces. Or I can say, ‘He doesn’t have the power to do that, or he has to do this.’ I know all that stuff.”

The new 88-second teaser trailer does not give away much but it already has me excited to head to a galaxy far far away once again. It already looks much better than Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Check out the first teaser trailer below. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens storms into theaters on December 18, 2015. Let the countdown commence.

check the trailer after the jump

Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams has been receiving a bit of flack for his seemingly gratuitous scene of actress Alice Eve in her underwear in the film. The 46-year-old understands the criticism he’s been receiving and takes responsibility saying he “didn’t quite edit the scene in the right way.”

During a stop on Conan, Abrams proves the charges of sexism are unwarranted. He’s an equal opportunity exploiter. J.J. brought along a deleted scene from the film to share. It shows Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) showering. A “shower of evil” as Abrams jokes. Dayum. It’s short and sweet, but extremely sexy. It’s even hotter when Conan changes the background music.

The full scene better be part of the DVD/Blu-Ray extras. He can’t tease us like that without giving up all the goods. Check out his interview with Conan below. The good parts begin at the 1:30 mark. Enjoy.

watch the video after the jump

This isn’t your daddy’s Star Trek. It’s one from a galaxy far, far away. Oops, wrong sci-fi movie franchise ;) In all seriousness though, Star Trek Into Darkness looks pretty dang awesome. That’s saying a lot considering I didn’t even go gaga for the first one.

Earlier this week, Paramount released the first official poster for the Star Trek sequel. It featured a metropolis in shambles with a figure who’s back is towards us. Now, we know who the figure is and what happened to destroy the city which looks a lot like a futuristic San Francisco. J.J. Abrams just released the first teaser video for the hotly-anticipated film and it’s FAN-FRIGGIN-TASTIC.

There’s so much action jam-packed in a minute, my heart is still racing from watching it. We see Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and McCoy (Karl Urban) maneuvering themselves through some sort of red cornstalk labyrinth. Uhura (Zoe Saldana) looking hot, while Spock (Zachary Quinto) is armed and dangerous. Not to mention all the screaming and ass-kicking taking place. Check out the trailer below.

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Forget the holiday season, this is my favorite time of the year. It’s time for the big networks to unveil their plans for the 2012-13 television season. As Fall arrives, it brings the promise of the next big thing. All the networks hope they have the season’s new “IT” show.

NBC among all of them definitely needs the most help. Based on their presentation, they definitely have a couple of potential hits and surefire bombs. Speaking of which, before we chat about the new shows, let’s quickly officially say good-bye to this season’s canceled shows. Gone are Chuck (final season), Free Agents, The Playboy Club, Prime Suspect, The Firm, Best Friends Forever, Bent, Are You There Chelsea?, Awake and Harry’s Law. Can’t say that I’ll miss any of them. In fact, I probably would’ve axed more shows. Remember when NBC was “must-see television“? Me neither. Seems like a lifetime ago.

For Fall 2012, NBC is hoping laughs will bring in the viewers. Not only did they renew most of their under-performing sitcoms, but the network also ordered seven new comedies. With the genre making a comeback this past season, it’s definitely a sound judgement. On the flip side, I think airing “The Voice” in both the Fall and Spring will hurt the franchise. Fox has always held off from doing that with “American Idol” and it’s worked. Also a horrible decision by the peacock network is waiting til midseason to air the second season of “Smash“. Hopefully, this doesn’t kill the show.

Without further ado, let’s get to the brand new shows. Based on first impression, I’m predicting “The New Normal“, “Revolution“, “Chicago Fire” and “1600 Penn” as NBC’s greatest chances for success. Watch the clips below and see if you agree with my choices.

check out NBC’s new shows after the jump

After the success of the first reboot of Star Trek, director and producer J. J. Abrams promised a second film would be in the works. After Leonard Nimoy made a very prominent featured cameo in the first flick, it was a major question whether or not William Shatner would be next in line to make a cameo in the sequel. However, that is looking like it’s not the case.

Even though the film focuses around the development of Captain Kirk through actor Chris Pine, the actor who played him for the entire television series still won’t get his cameo. According to some reports, Shatner was a little peeved that he wasn’t asked to be a part of the original reboot so the rumor started to flutter that J. J. would maybe give him a shot. However, Will revealed at Calgary’s Comic Expo that even though he was become an acquaintance of J. J. Abrams lately, he will not be in Star Trek 2. And even though Leonard did play a hug role in the first film, he also will not be jumping on board for round 2.

It is looking like the rest of the main cast will return including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto who played a young Spock, Simon Pegg as Scotty, John Chu as Sulu and Zoe Saldana as Uhura. So what’s the plot looking like for the sequel?

Check out Star Trek 2 plot rumors after the jump

5 Movies You Should See This Summer

In: Kyle, Movies

It’s that time of year again! We’ve been teased with trailers for months and now they’re finally here. Summer movie season is upon us! With so many great movies coming out this season, it was VERY difficult narrowing it down to just 5. I’m a huge movie buff and a sucker for sequels, but I wanted these movies to be fresh and epic. Enjoy!

1. The Tree of Life – May 27

When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I was hooked! I love trailers that manage to tell you a story without giving too much away. Starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain, this drama about a 1950s family is sure to leave audiences in awe. The film focuses on the life of Jack, who is one of three sons in the film parented by the surprisingly intimidating Brad Pitt. Everything seams fine and dandy in the beginning until Jake’s world begins to unravel. It’s hard to speak of a movie when the trailer speaks so much for itself. We’re used to seeing Pitt as a fun, lovable character, but this looks completely different!  Where does Sean Penn come in, you ask? He plays the adult version of Jack, now dealing with his troubled past. I have a feeling that The Tree of Life not going to disappoint. Check out the trailer below!

view my other four picks after the jump

NBC Aborts “Undercovers”

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Looks like Mission: Sexpionage failed. J.J. Abram’s spy thriller “Undercovers” is officially terminated. NBC made the announcement that most people, including me, were expecting for a longtime. Considering the brilliant Abrams was behind the show, it stunk DOA. The writing was crappy, storylines not riveting and the characters not engaging. I really wanted to like it, but gave up after watching three shows. My goodwill for Abrams can only last so long.

Undercovers” initially received the typical 13-episode order, but given the anemic ratings, the back nine episodes weren’t ordered. So far only seven episodes have aired and NBC still plans to air the next three shows on November 10, November 17 and December 1. But even with that, it only adds up to ten. The remaining three episodes haven’t been scheduled yet. My guess is, they’ll either burn them off on Saturday nights or wait til Christmas where repeats dominate the TV schedule.

Did you watch “Undercovers” and are you saddened by the news? How could JJ Abrams produce such a crappy show? It’s too bad it stunk so bad, it was nice to see Gerald McRaney back on TV. The same can be said for Boris Kodjoe . Damn, he is one fine hot brother. Hopefully he gets another gig soon where he can strut his sexy shirtless self again. Post your comments below.

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