The most acclaimed movie of 2009 is also the best action movie in years. A bomb disposal unit cleaning explosives off the Baghdad streets gets a new colonel. He’s brilliant and dangerous, jeopardizing his team to save others. Is this the kind of person we need in our armed forces? Director Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break) never lectures. She’s too busy pulling off suspense sequences that will keep audiences up late at night. The film has already garnered Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe, and SAG nods. Look for Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie to score Oscar noms later this month. Essential.
Extras: Commentary with Bigelow and scriptwriter Mark Boal. A featurette which looks at filming in Jordan.
While Natalie Portman‘s been overlooked for a Critics’ Choice or Golden Globe nom, her performance in Brothers was nothing less than what we’ve come to expect from the absurdly talented 28 year old. The gorgeous low-profile actress has starred in an astounding amount of acclaimed films given her age, including Closer, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, V For Vendetta, and Garden State. Take our Ultimate Quiz and see how well you know the silver screen stunner. Plus, see a red carpet timeline of Natalie Portman’s fashion choices.
When the Academy unveiled its shortlist of 15 nominees for Best Documentary in November, it seemed shocking that “Anvil! The Story of Anvil,” which VH1 acquired, didn’t make the cut. After all, it was on Top 10 lists by most major publications and was arguably one of year’s most-loved movies. (See the New Yorker’s “Anvil!” review: “Suffice it to say that the emotion that swept the cinema, at the climax, seemed unanimous, binding, and true: pretty much all that we ask of a movie …”)
Last night, Eli Roth, “Bear Jew” of Critics’ Choice-nominatedInglourious Basterds and the writer/director behind the Hostel series, tweeted quite the real-life nightmare. While kayaking off the coast of Mexico, his kayak suddenly sank, stranding him about a mile off shore. He was forced to climb deadly sea urchin-covered rocks to an island, and when a wave knocked him over, he was stung over 200 times. Lucky to be alive, he was rescued by a fisherman.
Drunk tourists harassed him upon his arrival back to the beach, while he was covered in blood and in dire need of medical attention. Finally, he was brought to a hospital and forced to endure getting all 200 pins removed, without anesthetics due to swelling. TMZ obtained a disturbing photo of his mauled foot.
Roth plans to hobble to the People’s Choice Awards tonight. A trooper to say the least. [Photo: Weinstein Co.]
His entire horrific tale – via Twitter – after the jump.
Voters for future film awards will think twice about praising Mariah Carey‘s performance in Precious after seeing her acceptance speech at the Palm Springs Film Festival, except those who hope to see her embarrass herself all over again. Stepping on stage to accept Breakthrough Actress with director Lee Daniels—was he there to prop her up?—the superstar danced a little before pausing, sighing and announcing “Please forgive me, because I’m a little bit, um…” Following an unkind suggestion from the audience, she nodded “Yeah…”
Rambling on about the film, the book Push and meeting Lifetime Achievement Award winner Helen Mirren (coincidentally cast for Carey’s role in Precious before dropping out), Carey began applauding, dropped a finger snap and admitted she could be “difficult.” Several minutes—and attempts to applaud her off–later, she thanked the audience for “listening to her little spiel” and departed. Said Sean Penn later in the night, “Think anything’s going to make YouTube tonight?” Uh…yeah.
Nick Jonas, who will be performing at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards with The Administration as the official house band, took some time during a recent gig to try out a few jokes on the audience. Why yes, we are cooing as we type this. We are loud, proud Nick fans, even if our age (let’s just say we’ve been able to drink legally for a while) makes it totally weird.
So is Nick the next Aziz Ansari or did he bomb big time? Check out the video and let us know. In our opinion, Nick does come across as a bit of a comedy amateur (Reading jokes from a book? Surely our beloved JoBro is above this!), but his reaction when the audience nails the punchline is too presh for words. Let’s hope he brings some of his onstage charm to the CCMAs on January 15th! For more Nick news, check out the official CCMAs site and our Tweet Tracker.
Actor Kevin Bacon, star of such iconic movies as Footloose, A Few Good Men, and Frost/Nixon, will be honored at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards as the recipient of the Joel Siegel Award. Meryl Streep, his co-star in The River Wild, is set to present him with the award.
Check out the official press release under the jump, and visit the CCMA’s website and Tweet Tracker for the latest news on the show, which airs on VH1 on January 15th at 9:00 PM ET/PT.
The New Year is upon us, and while resolutions and wishes are abound, we’re wondering what’s brewing in the world of cinema. Anticipation is already sky-high for the third film of The Twilight Saga and the first half of the final film of the Harry Potter series, but what else is waiting in the wings? We’ve got Angelina Jolie in a wig, Megan Fox in a corset, and an uber buff Jake Gyllenhaal.
Here are 10 movies worth your $12.50 + popcorn in 2010.
The Wolfman: February 12th
Benicio Del Toro has been holding out on us! Typically attracted to critic-friendly films (Traffic, Things We Lost in the Fire, Che), Del Toro gets horrific for Valentine’s Day weekend in The Wolfman,starring as the legendary moon-hatin’ monster. Critics’ Choice-nominatedEmily Blunt plays his fur-lovin’ love interest and always-great Anthony Hopkins co-stars as Del Toro’s father.
Alice in Wonderland: March 5th
Tim Burton + Johnny Depp. Do we really need to say more? Previous collaborations of the eccentric duo include Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This fantastical gothic version of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale is sure to be visually stunning and over-the-top. Naturally Johnny Depp is The Mad Hatter, while Australian actress Mia Wasikowska snagged the role as Alice. Burton’s wife Helena Bonham Carter plays the part of The Red Queen with Anne Hathaway as The White Queen. Other highlights include Alan Rickman as The Caterpillar and Michael Sheen as The White Rabbit. Can you feel our excitement?
Golden Globe and Academy Award winner, Marion Cotillard has raised the bar once again with her performance in the musical Nine earning her a CCMA nomination and another Golden Globe nomination. Marion not only enchants on the big screen, but she also dazzles us with her remarkable beauty on and off the red carpet. Browse through 25 of Marion Cotillard’s hottest looks throughout the years and be sure to tune into the CCMAs on January 15 at 9 PM EST on VH1.
Sexiest Man AliveJohnny Depp has been left out of this year’s awards race so far, but he’ll always be at the top of the A-list in our hearts. In 2009, he opted for a summer blockbuster portraying one gorgeous John Dillinger in Public Enemies. From Cry-Baby to Edward Scissorhands to Pirates of the Caribbean, his versatility knows no bounds and we’re waiting with baited breath for his role as The Mad Hatter in Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland, due out March 5th. How well do you know the quirky, sexy, and oft-reclusive Johnny Depp?