Too bad Russ has already filled the week’s /Film: The Movie quota, because this post is writhing on the floor for our fave bad joke. Director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey) is developing and writing a proposed half-hour series for HBO set in the hectic and catty world of Hollywood movie blogging. If the network takes the next step forward, THR reports that Condon would direct the pilot episode, in addition to being the series’ executive-producer.
Oddly titled, Tilda, with no relation to the ivory actress, the lead character is said to be a female, take-no-prisoners veteran writer/blogger, which automatically conjures Deadline’s L.A.-based Nikki Finke, followed by the less polarizing and /Filmcast-friended Anne Thompson. I checked and was disappointed to find that Finke has not yet commented on the series using a characteristic “TOLDJA!” and complimentary clip art of a monitor and a steaming cup of joe.
Sharing writing and producing duties on Tilda is Cynthia Mort, who worked on Will & Grace and created the sexually provocative, short-lived HBO series (and Adam Scott-starrer) Tell Me You Love Me. Regarding Tilda, it could offer a field day for insidery jokes and awkward sweatshirt-clad cameos from West Coast peers. Further blending the worlds of film and high-concept teevee, Condon recently helmed the pilot for Showtime’s cancer-topical comedy series The C Word.
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Janet Jackson has been cast opposite Tyler Perry in his next film, Why Did I Get Married, based on the filmmaker’s stage play. Does anyone like these Tyler Perry movies? Anyone?
Harry Potter’s Dumbledore, Sir Michael Gambon, is expecting to become a father at age 66.
Photos of Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore in Bikinis smoking a joint? No way.
Dreamgirls star Eddie Murphy stormed out of the Academy Awards after losing the Best Supporting Actor Oscar to Alan Arkin. May-be you shouldn’t have made Norbit!
Grab yourself a Grindhouse desktop wallpaper.
Academy Awards viewership went up 3%, but still didn’t crack the 40 million-viewer mark as it has three of the past six years. May-be they should hire a funny host next year. Make the show entertaining perhaps? Spread out the major awards? Just a couple thoughts.
Let’s look at the results from the 79th Academy Awards ceremony:
Best Motion Picture of the Year:
- Letters from Iwo Jima
- Little Miss Sunshine
- The Queen
Achievement in Directing:
Martin Scorsese for The Departed
- Clint Eastwood for Letters from Iwo Jima
- Stephen Frears for The Queen
- Alejandro González Iñárritu for Babel
- Paul Greengrass for United 93
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:
Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland
- Leonardo DiCaprio for Blood Diamond
- Ryan Gosling for Half Nelson
- Peter O’Toole for Venus
- Will Smith for The Pursuit of Happyness
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:
Helen Mirren for The Queen
- Penélope Cruz for Volver
- Judi Dench for Notes on a Scandal
- Meryl Streep for The Devil Wears Prada
- Kate Winslet for Little Children
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Yesterday we reported that movie critic Roger Ebert was spreading a rumor that Little Miss Sunshine would cause a major upset at the 2007 Academy Awards. Well it looks like Vegas visited the same rumor mill.
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Imagine watching the latest Hollywood action movie in your local multiplex when a SUV comes barreling through the theater wall during the film’s big chase sequence. I’ve always wondered if this has ever happened. Turns out it has, but instead of a popcorn action flick, it occured during a screening of Dreamgirls.
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Toy Fair took over New York City this weekend. Let’s take a look at all the new movie/comic book related toys.
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In what appears to be an savvy marketing gimmick to promote The Simpsons Movie, Fox has released Homer Simpson’s Academy Award picks. You can check out the picks after the jump, but be forewarned, the list contains spoilers for Little Miss Sunshine and The Departed)
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Here are the winners from the 2007 Golden Globes:
“The Song of the Heart” – Happy Feet - Music & Lyrics by: Prince Rogers Nelson
Jeremy Irons – Elizabeth I
Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer
Hugh Laurie – House
Emily Blunt – Gideon’s Daughter
Cars – Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation Studio
Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada
Eddie Murphy – Dreamgirls
Elizabeth I – Company Pictures, Channel 4, HBO Films
Bill Nighy – Gideon’s Daughter
Helen Mirren – Elizabeth I
Peter Morgan – The Queen
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
Ugly Betty (ABC)
Letters from Iwo Jima (USA/Japan) – Warner Bros. Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures
Alexandre Desplat – The Painted Veil
America Ferrera – Ugly Betty
Martin Scorsese – The Departed
Sacha Baron Cohen – Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Dreamgirls – DreamWorks Pictures
Helen Mirren – The Queen
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
Forest Whitaker – The Last King of Scotland
Babel – Anonymous Content Production/Una Producción De Zeta Film/Central Film Production/Paramount Vantage