A new trailer has been released for Happy Feet Two, the sequel to 2006′s dancing-CGI-penguin hit. Featuring the vocal talents of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, and many others, Happy Feet Two tells the theoretically adorable tale of a young penguin who just wants to fly. The film is directed by George Miller, whose previous work includes the Mad Max movies, Lorenzo’s Oil, and the two Babe films. Watch the trailer after the jump. Read More »

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It seems like it was only earlier today that I was writing about George Miller and his Mad Max sequel… oh waitaminute, it was only… et cetera, et cetera.

According to (!) Jay Baruchel, Teresa Palmer has the prize part of “main chick” in Mad Max 4: Fury Road – so, move over Charlize, at least into the position of “not so main chick”. Baruchel was speaking to press at the Dreamworks PR launch of How to Train Your Dragon, which features vocal turns from both Baruchel and Palmer. The Herald Sun have the full story, though no further details on the Mad Max role are given.

Meanwhile, Movieline got the scoop that Miller has also cast Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. How’s that for some starpower? But hold your horses – he hasn’t cast them in the Mad Max sequel. Instead, he’s given them voice roles in his second Happy Feet picture. Movieline know nothing of the specifics – heck, the guys might not even be playing penguins for all they know- but they’ve already been recording for the film this week. I’m visualising… a narwhal and an arctic cod, what about you?

Editors Blog: Oscar Notes

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Random Notes from the Editor:

Errol Morris’ short film which opened the Academy Awards show was fantastic. If you didn’t see it, you can check out the video at Oscar.com.

Ellen DeGeneres is not funny (with exception of the Jennifer Hudson/Al Gore joke, but I have a feeling someone probably wrote that for her).

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2007 Academy Awards Winners

Let’s look at the results from the 79th Academy Awards ceremony:

Best Motion Picture of the Year:

The Departed
  • Babel
  • 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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2007 Golden Globe Winners

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Here are the winners from the 2007 Golden Globes:

SUPPORTING ACTRESS (FILM)
Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls

ORIGINAL SONG
“The Song of the Heart” – Happy Feet - Music & Lyrics by: Prince Rogers Nelson

SUPPORTING ACTOR (MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE)
Jeremy Irons – Elizabeth I

ACTRESS (TV DRAMA)
Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer

ACTOR (TV DRAMA)
Hugh Laurie – House

SUPPORTING ACTRESS (TV MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE)
Emily Blunt – Gideon’s Daughter

ANIMATED FILM
Cars – Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation Studio

ACTRESS (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada

SUPPORTING ACTOR (FILM)
Eddie Murphy – Dreamgirls

MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE
Elizabeth I – Company Pictures, Channel 4, HBO Films

ACTOR (MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE)
Bill Nighy – Gideon’s Daughter

ACTRESS (MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE)
Helen Mirren – Elizabeth I

SCREENPLAY
Peter Morgan – The Queen

ACTOR (TV COMEDY OR MUSICAL)
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock

COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Ugly Betty (ABC)

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
Letters from Iwo Jima (USA/Japan) – Warner Bros. Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures

ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat – The Painted Veil

ACTRESS (TV COMEDY OR MUSICAL)
America Ferrera – Ugly Betty

DIRECTOR
Martin Scorsese – The Departed

ACTOR (FILMMUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Sacha Baron Cohen – Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

FILM MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Dreamgirls – DreamWorks Pictures

ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Helen Mirren – The Queen

TV DRAMA
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)

ACTOR (DRAMA)
Forest Whitaker – The Last King of Scotland

DRAMA (FILM)
Babel – Anonymous Content Production/Una Producción De Zeta Film/Central Film Production/Paramount Vantage

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