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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam discuss the creative laziness of The Hangover: Part II, wonder why there couldn’t only be one Highlander film, and complain about having their every whim catered to by movie studios. Special guest Matt Singer joins us from IFC. Note: In the time since this podcast was recorded, the Hangover tattoo case has been settled.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. We’ll be back in a couple of weeks to discuss Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

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83rd Annual Academy Award Winners [Live-Blog]

Football has the Super Bowl, baseball has the World Series, soccer has the World Cup and movies have the Academy Awards. Each year, Hollywood’s schedule more or less culminates with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences handing out Oscars for the year’s best films and Sunday, for the 83rd straight time, it happened again. Hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway helped some of the most famous actors and actresses in the world hand out the hardware for the best of 2010.

Leading the pack with twelve total nominations was The King’s Speech, followed by True Grit with ten, Inception and The Social Network with eight, The Fighter with seven, 127 Hours with six, Black Swan and Toy Story 3 with five and The Kids Are all Right and Winter’s Bone with four. And those just so happen to be the 10 films nominated for Best Picture.

Did your favorite film take home an Oscar? Or was the Academy predictably predictable? After the jump, we list all of your Oscar winner. Read More »

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green-zoneIn this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley reflect on the winners and the pageantry of this year’s Oscars, and discuss the future of the Superman, Captain America, and Batman franchises. Special guest Jeff Goldsmith joins us from Creative Screenwriting Magazine.

Enter to win a copy of Kick Ass: Creating the Comic, Making the Movie, by e-mailing slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, and putting “Kick Ass Contest” in the subject line, followed by your mailing address! Entries accepted until 3/21/2010, 11:59 PM EST.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next week on Monday night at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Repo Men.

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Step off that ledge Oscar fans, even though Hugh Jackman has declined to return to this year’s event, the show will go on. Today we’ve learned via the LA Times that Steve Martin, a veteran host of the ceremony, and Alec Baldwin, a newcomer, will be sharing the hosting duties for the 82nd Academy Awards. Says Martin: “I am happy to co-host the Oscars with my enemy Alec Baldwin.”

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Those of you anxiously awaiting for Hugh Jackman to commit to another Oscar ceremony should probably line up for Broadway tickets, because you won’t be seeing him on the Oscar stage this year. Sources say Jackman has declined the job over the past few weeks, and while he won’t rule out hosting future ceremonies, he didn’t want to do it two years in a row.

Jackman certainly breathed new life into a ceremony that was getting more stale by the year—he showed enthusiasm and showmanship not seen on the Oscar stage since Billy Crystal’s better years. It also helped that the Academy made efforts to liven up the ceremony as well (although to mixed response).

So now the question remains, who should host the 82nd Academy Awards?

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/Filmcast Ep. 59 – Brüno (GUEST: Eric D. Snider)

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bruno posterIn this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley praise the choice of Ryan Reynolds for The Green Lantern, finally get around to discussing some big changes to the Oscar nomination process, and analyze the social experiment that is Sacha Baron Cohen’s Brüno. Prolific online critic Eric D. Snider joins us for our review.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next Monday at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

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In yet another attempt at maintaining the Academy Awards’ relevance, the Motion Picture Academy announced today that there will be 10 films competing for Best Picture at next year’s 82nd ceremony. This is the first time since 1943 that the Best Picture category has had so many contenders, and it seems to be a return to the earlier years of the Academy where it was not uncommon to have more than 5 nominees.

The move is clearly a follow up to the Academy’s revamping of the ceremony this year with Hugh Jackman, and will allow more crowd-friendly films to be in the running for best pic. I wouldn’t be surprised if a good number of the choices next year have no chance of winning at all. It’s a smart move that will generate more public interest in the Oscars, and I can already see the mouths frothing of  fanboys and girls everywhere.

President of the Academy, Sid Ganis, had this to say on the change:

Having 10 Best Picture nominees is going allow Academy voters to recognize and include some of the fantastic movies that often show up in the other Oscar categories, but have been squeezed out of the race for the top prize. I can’t wait to see what that list of ten looks like when the nominees are announced in February.

The 82nd Academy Awards noms will be announced on February 2, 2010.

Discuss: Will this change make you more, or less interested in the Oscars? What else can the Academy do to help make the awards more relevant?

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frozen_river_posterIn this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss their interpretations of the ending of Contact, lament the length of the Funny People trailer, ponder the greatness of Chris Klein’s career, and discuss their Oscar reflections. Special guest Laremy Legel joins us from Film.com, and Myles McNutt drops by from Cultural Learnings to share his thoughts on the Oscars.

Join us next Tuesday night at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST on Slashfilm’s live page as we review Rachel Getting Married.

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I know this will come as a shock to most of you, but when the 2008 Oscar nominations were announced the other day, a lot of people were upset that The Dark Knight got snubbed for Best Picture (and that Nolan got passed over for Best Director). Imagine that: Internet people getting upset that The Dark Knight is somehow not getting enough recognition. It’s wild, right?

All of the uproar led one Academy Award voter to state, “I plan on casting a write-in vote for [The Dark Knight] on the final ballot.” This raises the question: Could The Dark Knight win best picture as a write-in candidate? Hit the jump for the answer.
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Tracking the Piracy of 2008 Oscar-Nominated Films

Ever since the advent of DVD and bittorrent technology, it’s been inevitable: Studios that send out screeners to Academy members inevitably see those films end up pirated and downloaded on torrent sites. But just how extensive is the problem, and how has its pervasiveness changed over time?

In his post, “Pirating the 2009 Oscars,” Andy Baio from Waxy.org has put together a stunning and comprehensive analysis. Baio has been monitoring Oscar films and their rates of piracy for the past 6 years, most recently adding the 26 nominees for this year’s upcoming Oscar ceremony, which makes his list encompass a solid 211 films in total. Hit the jump for some of this year’s statistics.
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