Katy Perry, Tim Tebow, Taylor Lautner, Big Time Rush, Selena Gomez, Kristen Stewart, Victorious, LMFAO, SpongeBob SquarePants, Justin Bieber, and Puss in Boots were among the big winners of the coveted Orange Blimps at Nickelodeon’s 25th annual Kids’ Choice Awards.
Summit Entertainment’s highly anticipated THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 will debut a teaser trailer in theaters with Lionsgate’s THE HUNGER GAMES on March 23, 2012.
The next and final chapter in THE TWILIGHT SAGA, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 will arrive in theatres on November 16, 2012. Academy Award® winner Bill Condon directed both the first and second part of the two-part finale starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. The project, based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series, was written by Melissa Rosenberg with Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Stephenie Meyer producing.
The Oscar race appears to be jogging in place today as the world heads to the multiplex to watch the Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner in the latest “Twilight” installment, “Breaking Dawn, Part 1” (be sure to read our positive review), but that doesn’t mean there isn’t newsworthy happening in Academy land. Let’s run through the top headlines of the day in a new “Awards Alley Roundup.”
Company Town: Ben Fritz writes that “pre-release audience polling” suggests that none of the films that will be debuting in theaters over the weekend, including “Country Strong” and “Season of the Witch,” have mustered enough interest to prevent “Little Fockers” and “True Grit” from staying atop the box-office leaderboard for a third consecutive week. (“The first weekend of January is typically one of the slowest of the year at movie theaters,” he notes.) “Fockers” edged “Grit” for the top spot both of the last two weekends, but “Grit,” which has outperformed all expectations, edged “Fockers” on several individual days and might prove to have longer legs.
The Odds: Steve Pond speaks with Kathryn Bigelow — who last year became the first woman to win the best director Oscar and the first woman to direct a film that won the best picture Oscar — about why she has recently begun to speak out publicly on behalf of Debra Granik’s best picture hopeful “Winter’s Bone,” which was released theatrically way back in June. Bigelow, who introduced two special screenings of the film on Wednesday night at West Hollywood’s Soho House, said that she hadn’t met Granik until recently, but reached out to her to offer her support and assistance because she found “Winter’s Bone” to be “so perfectly crafted… it’s just a magnificent film.”
Entertainment Weekly: Dave Karger offers his predictions about which specific Oscar nominations will be awarded to this year’s top awards contenders when the Academy unveils this year’s field on January 25. He prefaces his breakdown by noting, “Last year no movie earned more than nine nominations; that’s because the top two contenders, ‘The Hurt Locker’ and ‘Avatar,’only had one acting nod between them. But by my guesses, three films — ‘The Social Network,’ ‘The King’s Speech,’ and ‘Inception‘ — could feasibly score a nomination count in the double digits” this year. (He adds, “I have ‘True Grit‘ close behind with nine nominations… ‘The Fighter’ and ‘Black Swan,’ meanwhile, could top out around eight nominations.”)
The Hollywood Reporter: THR staff have provided a running list of exclusive parties that will take place after the conclusion of this year’s Golden Globes ceremony. As has historically been the case, most will take place at spots within or adjacent to the sprawling Beverly Hilton, where the ceremony also takes place, but a few have also been scheduled at off-site locations.
Hitfix: Greg Ellwood reacts to the news that the legendary actor Robert De Niro, who will be presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes later this month, has also received — and accepted — an invitation to head the jury at the 64th annual Cannes Film Festival in May. The festival released a statement indicating that it wanted “to pay tribute to the co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011.” Ellwood, however, suggests that De Niro’s selection marks a somewhat “disturbing trend,” as he is the third American to lead the international film festival’s jury in the last four years (the other two being Sean Penn in 2008 and Tim Burton in 2010).
Hollywood-Elsewhere: Jeff Wells shares a YouTube video that presents facts about and scenes from “The Fighter” alongside facts about and scenes from the actual Micky Ward fights that largely inspired it, illustrating both the ways in which the filmmakers stuck closely to established facts and areas in which they took creative liberties. The video’s closing side-by-side footage, which describes Amy Adams’s performance as “Oscar-worthy” (with a minor caveat), is quite cute.
Photo: Matt Damon in “True Grit.” Credit: Paramount.
[Assorted]: David O. Russell’s highly-anticipated boxing/brotherhood drama “The Fighter” was unveiled on Tuesday night at Grauman’s Chinese Theater as part of the AFI Fest, and shortly after it ended numerous west coast Oscar bloggers began posting reactions. Pete Hammondwrites that all four of the film’s principal cast members — best actor hopeful Mark Wahlberg, best supporting actor hopeful Christian Bale, and best supporting actress hopefuls Amy Adams and Melissa Leo — “have real shots for this vivid and colorful crowd pleaser.” Greg Ellwoodbelieves the film “proved it has the chance to be a big crowd pleaser and substantial box office hit… [as well as] a legitimate Oscar player,” and adds that Adams’ high-quality performance was “the biggest surprise of the film.” Anne Thompsonfeels that “The actors shine in this and should be rewarded,” particular Bale, who “risks going too far with his druggie extrovert, but slowly wins us over,” and Adams, who “wins points for authenticity over Leo’s bigger-than-life mother hen.” Kris Tapley, meanwhile, senses that the film has real commercial prospects, noting that it “played well to a largely public audience… and by ‘well’ I mean they were kind of swinging from the rafters.” (He, too, describes Adams’s perf as “my favorite of the two supporting actress portrayals.”)
MTV News: Eric Ditzian notes that Jim Carrey has joined the “growing chorus of high-profile voices” who have been chiming in on the recent string of suicides by gay teens who were bullied by their peers. The beloved funnyman, who will next been seen in the comedy “I Love You Phillip Morris” playing a closeted homosexual who abruptly comes out of the closet to his wife and kids after meeting his soulmate (Ewan McGregor) in prison, told Ditzian that he often felt like an outsider while growing up, and feels strongly that “anybody who bullies anybody for any reason is no friend of mine.”
The New York Review of Books: Zadie Smith, a Harvard contemporary of Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook CEO and subject of the best picture hopeful “The Social Network,” offers a unique look at how digital media has changed the face of her generation and those to come. Smith, who is now a professor, writes, “The more time I spend with the tail end of Generation Facebook (in the shape of my students), the more convinced I become that some of the software currently shaping their generation is unworthy of them.”
Photo: Ewan McGregor and Jim Carrey in “I Love You Phillip Morris.” Credit: Roadside Attractions.
Over the past decade (2000-2009), only 24 of 200 nominations for acting Oscars have gone to individuals who were 30 years old or younger (at the time of the nominations announcement); of those, only 6 went to men (4 for best actor and 2 for best supporting actor), while 18 went to women (11 for best actress and 7 for best supporting actress); and in no year did more than 5 of the 20 nominees fall into that demographic (that happened once, but in most years the number was 1 or 2). There is, however, reason to believe that these trends will be halted, if not reversed for the long-term, when this year’s nominations are announced on January 25, 2011.
Here’s a segment that “Connecticut Style” anchor Steve Parker and I taped yesterday for New Haven’s ABC News affiliate, WTNH-8, during which we discussed several of this summer’s movie trends that I wrote about earlier in the week on this blog.
Please note that I misspoke twice during the interview: first when I included “Toy Story 3” in the group of this year’s sequels that failed to improve upon their previous installment (“Toy Story 3” is, in fact, an imporvement over “Toy Story 2,” but not over the original “Toy Story”), and then again when I indicated that “New Moon” and “Eclipse” were shot at the same time (my Twi-hard followers on Twitter quickly notified me that there was actually a brief break between the two movies, during which Robert Pattinson filmed “Remember Me,” Kristen Stewart filmed “The Runaways,” and — one would imagine — Taylor Lautner did a few more situps).