Peter O’Toole Retires

After 150 years of being in the acting business, legendary actor Peter O’Toole is retiring.

It’s my belief that one should decide for oneself when it is time to end one’s stay. So I bid the profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell.

Mr. O’Toole was nominated for the Academy Award EIGHT times, but unfortunately never won any of them. He was, however, awarded with the “honorary Oscar” which is the academy’s way of sucking up to a talented actor that they’ve snubbed for over forty years.

You’ll most likely remember him best from the classic, Lawrence of Arabia but Mr. O’Toole has been in at least 70 films, and a slew of television and stage performances. This man had one heck of a career.

Here is one of my favorite O’Toole moments from the film The Lion in Winter 

Holy Cast List Batman!

The Dark Knight Rises is the third and supposed final film in the Nolan-Batman saga, and while the cast list was announced quite some time ago theres still a couple mysteries surrounding who’s gonna be who.

I’ll start with what has been confirmed and what many of you probably know: Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman are all back reprising their roles from the previous films. But all that’s boring. The fun stuff here is that the villains are going to be Bane played by Tom Hardy and Selina Kyle (or Catwoman as you might know her) played by Anne Hathaway. I find it interesting that Nolan chose these two villains as he has generally picked the baddies that don’t have super powers, Ra’s Al Ghul being the only exception as in the comics he is immortal. However, even with that Nolan was able to manipulate it in a way so that Ra’s was no longer a single, immortal entity but rather a  title that is inherited with the passing of the former so that there will always be a Ra’s Al Ghul. Crafty Bastard.

Lil' somethin like dis

I’m not sure what Nolan-y twists are going to be present for Bane and Catwoman, although since Tom Hardy is going to take on the role as the venomed up behemoth I’d have to assume that they’re going to portray him closer to the comic incarnation, wherein he is extremely intelligent and devious, as opposed to the Batman & Robin mind-less, wrecking ball adaptation. He was also the first villain to severely cripple the Bat by breaking his spine…over his knee. That better be in there.

Adding Catwoman into the mix should bring a great dynamic as I’m sure Nolan is going to play with the love/hate relationship she and Batsie have. Serving as a both a new love interest and enemy should make for a compelling plot. Hopefully.

The most recent news surrounding the bat-flick is the involvement of Joseph Gordon-Levitt (JGL, Jiggle, Jigglets, what have you) and the possible inclusion of Marion Cotillard. Deadline reports that Jiggle will be in the film when Nolan starts production, although it is still unsure who he will be playing. There are rumors circulating around that he’ll take on Alberto Falcone, son of the mob boss Carmine Falcone from Batman Begins, although there have been no confirmations one way or another. There’s even been talk about him being some sort of Robin figure, although I’m not sure that’s necessarily the road this film would go down. Regardless,  I love me some Jigglin’ so I don’t particularly care who he’ll be playing.

The involvement of Marion Cotillard is a little bit suspect still, but it was reported last week by the French newspaper Le Fiargo that she will be joining the cast. This has yet to be confirmed or denied but there’s already rumor spreading that she’ll be playing Talia Al Ghul, daughter of Ra’s mentioned above. If we accept both this and Jiggle playing Carmine’s son, that means a whole crap-load of familial ties to deal with and sift through during the plot, which in turn can only mean a Batman film leaning on the lengthy side. But really, does anybody have a problem with that?

Rumors, rumors, rumors. All I know is this cast is looking more and more like Inception by the minute. Now all we have to do is wait for an announcement about Leo signing on for Calendar Man. If only. If only…

I'm the King of the World!

The Oscars are coming! The Oscars are coming!

Yay.

Sunday February 27th marks the 83rd Academy Awards, people! Are you excited?! Really? Are you really? You’re not just saying that are you? Ok good, me too!

Yeah that’s right, I’m actually looking forward to the Oscars this year. Shocking considering that I’m not the biggest fan of these award shows and I think that they’re generally full of crap and give out awards to the films that have the highest paying producers. But meh. This year I’ve actually seen the majority of films in the best motion picture category! (6 out of ten ain’t bad right?) And the best part? I liked em! Sure there were some that I felt were weaker than others (more on that in a second) but all in all it should make for an exciting awards ceremony.

So in case you live under a rock or something and don’t know the nominees this year, here’s the big five for ya:

Best Motion Picture:

  • 127 Hours
  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The King’s Speech
  • The Social Network
  • Toy Story 3
  • True Grit
  • Winter’s Bone

Best Actor:

  • Javier Bardem for Biutiful
  • Jeff Bridges for True Grit
  • Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network
  • Colin Firth for The King’s Speech
  • James Franco for 127 Hours

Best Actress:

  • Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right
  • Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole
  • Jennifer Lawrence for Winter’s Bone
  • Natalie Portman for Black Swan
  • Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Christian Bale for The Fighter
  • John Hawkes for Winter’s Bone
  • Jeremy Renner for The Town
  • Mark Ruffalo for The Kids Are All Right
  • Geoffrey Rush for The King’s Speech

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Amy Adams for The Fighter
  • Helena Bonham Carter for The King’s Speech
  • Melissa Leo for The Fighter
  • Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit
  • Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom

Now what would be a list of nominees without my winner predictions? Personally I think it’s gonna go a little something like: The Social Network, Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, and Melissa Leo. These aren’t necessarily what I want to see win (with the exception of Natalie Portman of course) but rather just my predictions based off of the Golden Globes and SAG awards that recently happened. As I said above, while all the films in the best picture category were great, there are some that I thought were weaker than others, The Social Network being one of them. Yeah that’s right, I’m one of those people who didn’t really think it was as great as everyone was making it out to be. But considering that it friggin’ swept the Golden Globes, I wouldn’t be surprised if something similar happened Oscar night.

I will be updating during the Oscars to see how well I did with my predictions, and if you have any differences feel free to comment below.

Golden Globe and SAG Nominations

Determining what is and isn’t a good movie is a slippery slope. Tastes vary from person to person and when it comes time to hand over an award to the “best” actor or film, there’s bound to be some people left disappointed. This week both the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild nominations came out, and while I didn’t find too much of it surprising, I decided I should share the information anyways.

The Golden Globes are the second biggest industry of awards right behind the Oscars and, while they do sometimes give an idea of what you might expect to see come Oscar night, they generally reflect the constant bribing studios and network execs put out towards the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) which leads to all sorts of snubs and surprises. This year’s awards were pretty well dominated by The King’s Speech and Glee (go figure), but I’ve gots a list of some of the more interesting nods:

Johnny Depp nominated for The Tourist. I can’t really talk much about this one as I haven’t seen the film itself, but the critics and reviewers out there have basically panned Depp’s performance in it. But he still snagged a nomination. Hmm.

Mila Kunis nominated for supporting actress in Black Swan. This isn’t a bad surprise, just interesting considering that she wasn’t talked about or expected to be nominated for anything. I think Mila is a fine actress (very, very fine) and hopefully this role will help her snag some more dramatic parts later on.

True Grit left OUT. Yeah, yeah so I haven’t seen the movie yet but come on. The Coen Brothers. Jeff Bridges. Hell, Matt Damon! This movie has been talked up as one of the best of the year, and yet it’s been left out of all the main categories. Even more surprising considering the Coen Brothers are usually a hit come award season.

These are just a few of the snubs and surprises that came with the Globes this year and you can feel free to check out the complete list from the Golden Globe website, I have at the bottom of this post a list of the main categories and their nominations for just a quick look.

The most recent on the award nomination lists is the Screen Actor Guild awards which came in today. SAG members vote for the nominations which leads to an interesting result, as it reflects what actors considered were the best performances. There really isn’t much of a surprise to the SAGs, the one I found most shocking would be Leonardo DiCaprio getting snubbed after his performances in Shutter Island and Inception (both of which are being pushed for nominations come Oscar time). I think Leo was outstanding in both of these films and it’s pretty surprising that he didn’t get any recognition for either.

If you want to check out the full list of SAG nominees, check it out at the Screen Actors Guild website or take a little look see at the quick list I have at the bottom of the post.

So yeah, not too much of an uproar with nominations this year, I’m just waiting for Oscar season when the awards are actually interesting.

Golden Globe Nominations – Best Picture, Actor and Actress

  1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
    1. BLACK SWANProtozoa Pictures & Cross Creek Pictures & Phoenix; Fox Searchlight Pictures
    2. THE FIGHTERParamount Pictures and Relativity Media; Paramount Pictures and Relativity Media
    3. INCEPTIONWarner Bros. Pictures UK LTD.; Warner Bros. Pictures
    4. THE KING’S SPEECHSee-Saw Films and Bedlam Productions; The Weinstein Company
    5. THE SOCIAL NETWORKColumbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing
  2. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
    1. HALLE BERRY FRANKIE AND ALICE
    2. NICOLE KIDMAN RABBIT HOLE
    3. JENNIFER LAWRENCE WINTER’S BONE
    4. NATALIE PORTMAN BLACK SWAN
    5. MICHELLE WILLIAMS BLUE VALENTINE
  3. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
    1. JESSE EISENBERG THE SOCIAL NETWORK
    2. COLIN FIRTH THE KING’S SPEECH
    3. JAMES FRANCO 127 HOURS
    4. RYAN GOSLING BLUE VALENTINE
    5. MARK WAHLBERG THE FIGHTER
  4. BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
    1. ALICE IN WONDERLANDWalt Disney Pictures; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
    2. BURLESQUEScreen Gems; Sony Pictures Releasing
    3. THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHTAntidote Films, Mandalay Vision, Gilbert Films; Focus Features
    4. REDdi Bonaventura Pictures; Summit Entertainment
    5. THE TOURISTGK Films; Sony Pictures Releasing
  5. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
    1. ANNETTE BENING THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
    2. ANNE HATHAWAY LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS
    3. ANGELINA JOLIE THE TOURIST
    4. JULIANNE MOORE THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
    5. EMMA STONE EASY A
  6. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
    1. JOHNNY DEPP ALICE IN WONDERLAND
    2. JOHNNY DEPP THE TOURIST
    3. PAUL GIAMATTI BARNEY’S VERSION
    4. JAKE GYLLENHAAL LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS
    5. KEVIN SPACEY CASINO JACK

 

SAG Nominations – Best Picture, Actor and Actress

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

JEFF BRIDGES / Rooster Cogburn – “TRUE GRIT” (Paramount Pictures)
ROBERT DUVALL / Felix Bush – “GET LOW” (Sony Pictures Classics)
JESSE EISENBERG / Mark Zuckerberg – “THE SOCIAL NETWORK” (Columbia Pictures)
COLIN FIRTH / King George VI – “THE KING’S SPEECH” (The Weinstein Company)
JAMES FRANCO / Aron Ralston – “127 HOURS” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

ANNETTE BENING / Nic – “THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT” (Focus Features)
NICOLE KIDMAN / Becca – “RABBIT HOLE” (Lionsgate)
JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Ree Dolly – “WINTER’S BONE” (Roadside Attractions)
NATALIE PORTMAN / Nina Sayers – “BLACK SWAN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
HILARY SWANK / Betty Anne Waters – “CONVICTION” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

CHRISTIAN BALE / Dicky Eklund – “THE FIGHTER” (Paramount Pictures)
JOHN HAWKES / Teardrop – “WINTER’S BONE” (Roadside Attractions)
JEREMY RENNER / James Coughlin – “THE TOWN” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
MARK RUFFALO / Paul – “THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT” (Focus Features)
GEOFFREY RUSH / Lionel Logue – “THE KING’S SPEECH” (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

AMY ADAMS / Charlene Fleming – “THE FIGHTER” (Paramount Pictures)
HELENA BONHAM CARTER / Queen Elizabeth – “THE KING’S SPEECH” (The Weinstein Company)
MILA KUNIS / Lily – “BLACK SWAN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
MELISSA LEO / Alice Ward – “THE FIGHTER” (Paramount Pictures)
HAILEE STEINFELD / Mattie Ross – “TRUE GRIT” (Paramount Pictures)

 


Emma Stone All Blonde And Stuff

So, I haven’t written about Emma Stone up here in quite some time, and while I’m in the midst of writing all sorts of other stuff I feel that this takes a little more precedence over all of that.

Emma Stone is BLONDE!!!!

She had to have her hair dyed for her new role as Gwen Stacy in the upcoming Spider-Man re-boot. I must say I miss the red hair, but she’s gotta do what she’s gotta do….I guess.

Leslie Nielsen Passes at 84

Canadian-born actor and star of such comedy classics as Airplane! and The Naked Gun series, Leslie Nielsen, died today, Sunday November 28 at the age of 84. He passed away at a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, FL due to complications from pneumonia.

Leslie Nielsen started out his acting career in dramatic television during the 1950s and got his big break with the 1956 film, Forbidden Planet, which became a huge success landing Nielsen a line of other MGM films. However, despite his dramatic background, Nielsen was most widely known for his comedies, particularly his role as Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun series.

Nielsen was the absolute master of deadpan comedy. His calm, matter-of-fact delivery paired with the absurdity surrounding him made such simple lines like, “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.” all the more hilarious. That line of course comes from the 1980s satire, Airplane! in which Nielsen plays a doctor on board an airplane where people are falling sick from food poisoning. It’s ranked on AFI’s top 100 comedies of all time and is the host of one of my favorite lines in comedy history:

“A hospital? What is it?” the flight attendant asks, referring to the illness

“It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now.” replies Nielsen in perfect deadpan.

It’s difficult to see a tremendous talent pass, especially when it is held by someone as good-hearted as Leslie Nielsen. And so in our own special way, Bitchy Queens is going to honor his talent and impact on the film world by Chris and I each watching our favorite Nielsen comedy and posting up our ramblings about it as a sort of thank you and final good-bye to a comedy legend.

R.I.P. Mr. Nielsen.

Daniel Day-Lewis=Abraham Lincoln

Source: Deadline

Two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis has been cast as honest Abe in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln set to release in 2012. DDL beat out contender Liam Neeson for this role, and while I personally think that Neeson looks a bit more like the Prez, Lewis is one of the most versatile actors in the business today so I’m sure he’ll pull off the role brilliantly. I like him in case you couldn’t tell. Here’s a little more information about the movie:

Based on the best-selling book, Team of Rivals, by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, the screenplay has been written by the Pulitzer Prize winner, Tony Award winner, and Academy Award nominated writer Tony Kushner.  It will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg.

It is anticipated that the film will focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War.

Let’s just hope his Lincoln is as crazy as Bill the Butcher

 

Carey Mulligan As Daisy In Great Gatsby Adaptation

Source: Deadline

Carey Mulligan (An Education) has been selected for the role of Daisy in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, The Great Gatsby. She will be starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio who will play Jay Gatsby and Tobey Maguire who will play Nick Carraway. Daisy was  a very coveted role with a bunch-load (yeah that’s right) of big name actress up for the part, and when Mulligan heard she won the part she apparently broke down into tears on the red carpet. Mulligan’s performance in An Education was outstanding (I mean, she did receive an Oscar nomination for it) so I’m pumped that she won this part, I’m sure she’ll do an amazing job with it. Here is what Luhrmann had to say regarding the decision to cast Mulligan:

“Regarding the role of Daisy Buchanan, I was privileged to explore the character with some of the world’s most talented actresses, each one bringing their own particular interpretation, all of which were legitimate and exciting. However, specific to this particular production of The Great Gatsby, I was thrilled to pick up the phone an hour ago to the young Oscar-nominated British actress Carey Mulligan and say to her: “Hello, Daisy Buchanan.”

 

Oh Hey Look, A Blog!

Hey. So, um, yeah how have you been? Me? I’ve been doing ok, yeah just trying to get things sorted out you know? Yeah. Well, you look great. No I mean it you really do, glad to see you’re doing alright for yourself. Yeah………..Look, I uh, I’m sorry for not writing in a while. I’ve just been caught up in a lot of other things and I’ve been meaning to, I really have, it’s just…I dunno I guess it just slipped my mind. Can you forgive me?

That sincerely awkward apology goes out to all three of our viewers (Mom, Dad, StarHump69) and we want to let you all know that we’re coming back from our month long hiatus with avengeance, starting with this steamy story hot off the presses:

Jessica Simpson Engaged!!! 

I don't know what the man sees in her

That’s right folks, the “30 year old singer” (neither of those claims have yet to be proven) became engaged to her man-friend Eric Johnson on Thursday, just days after her ex-husband, Nick Lachey, popped the question to Vanessa Minnillo. Can this engagement just be a reaction to her ex’s? Will Simpson’s new marriage be a more successful one? Does anybody actually care about any of this? No. No, they don’t. Which is why I’m happy to say that Bitchy Queens is back to bring you real stories, like this one:


Paul Giamatti Joining The Hangover II 

Like this but MORE hungover

Paul Giamatti will be joining The Hangover Part II and will head down to Thailand with director Todd Phillips and the film’s cast in a few weeks. I’m not sure which character he is slated for, and what exactly the film is going to be about but really does it matter? It’s Paul Giamatti!

Anyways, expect a heckuva lot more posts to be coming your way now that we’ve gotten up off of our asses and are writing again.

Comic Book Movie News Mashup

I’m trying my hardest to make sure this blog doesn’t become only about comic book movies, but with all the announcements it’s so gosh danged hard! Figured I’d put the most recent developments all into one post so:

  • D.C. is expecting a script for Flash to come in by the end of the year. It’ll be written by Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green, who most recently wrote the script for The Green Lantern.
  • When asked about the possibility of a Justice League Movie, D.C.’s chief creative officer, Geoff Johns, said “I’m going to speak frankly: I think our characters are bigger than Marvel’s.” He went on to say “that he’d rather spend time building each character on his or her own rather than smashing them together.” Pretty ballsy to say, we’ll see if he’s right.
  • A week after announcing that Emma Stone has been cast as Gwen Stacy, the Spider-Man reboot announces it’s villain will be played by Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill, The Replacements). No news on who the villain’ll be. I’d love to see some Mysterio action, but that’s pretty doubtful.

Well, I’ll keep postin’ em as I hear em. I swear I’ll write something of substance on here some day. But until then, COMICS COMICS COMICS!