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Is Baldwin going to gobble up Martin?

With Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin hosting the 2010 Oscars, how these two are going to perform together is almost as intriguing as the awards themselves. I know that at least one of our staff members thinks that Baldwin just might take a chomp out of Martin if he gets a little hungry along the way. While I can’t say that I think Baldwin will mistake Martin for a Maxibon, I do have my suspicions that the stage simply won’t be big enough to fit the both of these egos. And with Baldwin, there’s always the chance that the cops may be called or that he’ll lose control and shoot his mouth off (who could forget the “rude little pig” remark that he spat at his daughter?). Only time will tell but until then, I’m going to have a stab at who I think will emerge victorious. Could there be any more juice in the Best Picture category? Not only do we have the babies of an ex-married couple going head-to-head in James Cameron’s Avatar and Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, but now something else has added a little bit of fuel to the fire. One of The Hurt Locker’s producers, Nicolas Chartier has been banned from the Oscars after sending out emails, urging academy members to vote for his movie. Usually, I’m all for getting what you want, however you want but this is the Oscars so maybe Chartier should’ve thought twice (or been a little bit smarter about how he went about getting what he wanted. Hey, just putting the thought out there). Okay, I sure have gotten sidetracked here but back to the actual award. I’m pretty sure it’s a two horse race between the biggest movie in history (Avatar) and one of the few movies about the Iraq war that people have flocked to see (remember, The Hurt Locker only got a cinema release in Australia after its box-office success in the US). With ten movies nominated, it’s a tough category to pick and every one of these movies is definitely worthy of the gong (come on, balloons were used to make a house fly in Up and hey, ick factor aside, An Education was wonderfully done considering the notion of a much older man romancing a 16-year-old girl didn’t make me want to hurl). I’m going to put my faith in Avatar based on the fact that it has two things that certainly excite me: Sam Worthington and blue creatures! I guess the next logical talking point now would be to talk about who will be crowned Best Director. But hey, since when did I ever do anything logical? That said, I’m going to jump into my thoughts on the Best Actor award. When I read that Jeff Bridges has been nominated but denied Oscar glory five times in the past, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the poor guy. Then I thought of George Clooney and his sincere attempts to sell me coffee (Nescafe, I believe) and I was swayed. That said, I still reckon Bridges will emerge victorious and even I’ll say that his performance as a broken-down country singer in Crazy Heart was fantastic so I’ll give him this one (aren’t I generous). Moving onto the Best Actress accolade and after seeing Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side, I just can’t see how she could possibly be beaten. Her performance as a feisty do-gooder Christian woman who gives a poor boy a chance at living up to his potential, is phenomenal. And hey, so was seeing Bullock with that blonde tint in her hair (personally, I think she looks better as a brunette). The only person I can see trumping Bullock is Meryl Streep whose portrayal of Julia Child in Julie & Julia was pretty impressive (I just think it takes less ability to act like a joyous French cook than to carry an entire film like Bullock did). Carey Mulligan’s chances to cause an upset for her role in An Education aren’t bad either but let’s face it, this ain’t the BAFTAs! Claiming the award for Best Supporting Actor in pretty much every other awards ceremony has been Christopher Waltz for Inglourious Basterds. Therefore, it’d be a pretty stupid person (which is usually me) to bet on anyone else winning this one but not even I’m going to fall into this one, this time! With Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Matt Damon and Christopher Plummer also nominated, there certainly is some stiff competition for Waltz to overcome but I’m pretty confident that he’ll manage to do so. Now I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it until the Oscars is over. If anyone else but Mo’Nique wins the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, I’ll be flabbergasted (yes I will!). I know this next point is completely off topic but before she found success as a comedian, Mo’Nique was actually a phone sex operator (hey, don’t ever say I never give you anything!). Believe me, she’s every bit as monstrous as she’s supposed to be as the abusive mother of Mary (Gabourey Sidibe) and has you wanting to jump into the screen and put her abuse to an end. In my opinion (although it may sound harsh), the other nominees are simply making up the numbers but kudos has to go out to Anna Kendrick (yep, the Twilight chick) for her performance in Up in the Air (yep, taking the attention away from George Clooney is no small feat!) And for the big finish! James Cameron versus Kathryn Bigelow (aka: ex-husband versus ex-wife). With all of the hype surrounding this match-up, I’d find it highly comical if one of the other nominees did topple this feisty duo. After all, it’d be a brave soul to completely discount Quentin Tarantino out of anything. That said, I’m going to place my bet of Bigelow. It’s time for a female winner and quite frankly, I’ve taken it a bit against Cameron that he’s had so many wives (five of them… yes, five!). You’d think that after your second or even maybe third wife, you might be questioning whether the whole marriage thing is for you. Then again, maybe not. Well, that’s me done for now. Check back on Tuesday to see how I did with my predictions. Bonjour!

 
THE BLIND SIDE

BSFC-00040 SANDRA BULLOCK as Leigh Anne Tuohy in Alcon Entertainment's drama. The Blind Side,a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

 
Oscars Bigelow Cameron

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2010 file photo, James Cameron, left, director of "Avatar," and his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow, director of "The Hurt Locker," pose together at the 15th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles. The science-fiction sensation "Avatar" and the war-on-terror thriller "The Hurt Locker" lead the Academy Awards with nine nominations each, including best picture and director for former spouses Cameron and Bigelow. The 82nd Academy Awards will be presented on March 7. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file) Original Filename: Oscars_Bigelow_Cameron_NYET689.jpg

 
It really is a Thriller!

While I don’t really like to publicly admit this, I’m a little bit of a closet Michael Jackson fan. In fact, one of my earliest childhood memories is fighting over the Thriller video (yep, on VHS not DVD) with my older brother (I’m not tellin’ who won. All I’ll say is that I have a scar on my forehead for a reason and it ain’t self-inflicted). What really makes me laugh about anything to do with Michael Jackson is that I just can’t get past those shameless impersonators parading themselves on television. And I’m talking the complete package: white glove, glittery jacket, white socks coupled with black pants that are a fraction too short… need I go on? I could go on forever but at the end of the day, not even I can deny the fact that Michael Jackson is a legend when it comes to music. That’s one thing that no one can take away from the man! So when I got my hot little hands on a copy of Michael Jackson’s This Is It, I completely understood why people around me had been gushing over it when they saw it at the cinemas (seriously, my 10-year-old cousin was ready to lift up her sleeves and have it out with me when I said something slightly negative about the man). Look, I’m not obsessed with Jackson, the Jackson 5 or even his intriguing personal life (I’m not exactly Supernanny, ready to swoop in and give parenting tutorials but I’m guessin’ dangling a child at a height isn’t good) but as an entertainer, he’s second to none. Featuring the last ever footage of this musical genius on stage and in action, there’s no denying that Michael Jackson’s This Is It, is great viewing. And while I’m at it, appreciating the fine art of performance, I’m going to throw in a little word for Mao’s Last Dancer, a flick that really exceeded my expectations. I have been know to scamper away from any flick loosely tying acting together with singing and dancing (and no I didn’t appreciate the mother/daughter bonding session complete with Pierce Brosnan screeching as though he were in pain in Mamma Mia! In fact, it’s really worth seeing just for comical reasons… oh, how cruel I’m becoming in my old age!). So if I enjoyed it, it really must be good. Anyway, back to the point… based on Li Cunxin’s autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer is one of the best Aussie flicks I’ve seen in quite a while. Not only does it capture the grace and style of the talented performers on screen, there’s an element of drama that keeps you hooked throughout. I also quite enjoyed the historical back drop as well as the story takes place during Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Quality stuff! You know, the word ‘sarcastic’ has been used to describe me quite a bit throughout my lifetime and here, I just can’t help myself. Bruce Willis donning fake hair in Surrogates looks so real and awesome I had myself thinking “is he really a bald man?” Yep, that was sarcasm at its best straight from my mean little mind. Why do movie producers continually try to put hair on this poor guy? It looks bad… it looks like the fake hair I used to play with as a kid when I used to have to pretend to enjoy playing with Ken and Barbie. In fact, I was so distracted by the fake hair during this flick that I wanted to jump into the screen and touch it to feel if the texture was the same as my old dolls (note: my brother hi-jacked these dolls and got a sick satisfaction out of cutting their plastic limbs off for some unknown reason). Whew… I’ve vented and can now concentrate on what is actually a really good sci-fi flick. One thing you can always count on Bruce Willis for is to play an action hero and here, he’s perfectly cast as the macho Tom Greer (argh, why does Germaine Greer keep on poppin’ into my head at this point?). But this is the clincher… sure, he’s a tough guy but he’s also sensitive. It’s a perfect blend… like chocolate and ice-cream. Ever imagined living as an ideal representation of yourself? Surrogates makes this possible because in this movie world, sensory simulators are used by people to control robotic surrogates who are the perfect version of themselves. And all from the comfort of their own home! But as usual, it’s not all sunshine, rainbows and lollipops… Are you excited (wow, how random am I?). If you’re not, you will be on Friday because I’ll be taking you through a few of my hot Oscar tips. Not following? The Oscars are on this Sunday (in the US) and I’ll be putting my neck on the line (again!) with a few of my predictions on Friday. Until then… play nice!

 
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LI CUNXEN {SENT FROM MAGE.....so therefore it has no CAPTION..}

 
xoxo Gossip Girl signing in…

So, you know how we all have our guilty pleasures in life? Well, one of mine happens to be Gossip Girl. You know, when The OC and even Dawson’s Creek ended, I was thinkin’, “how on earth am I going to get my trashy TV fix now?” Lucky for me, by the time I’d saved up enough to own and then watch Dawson’s Creek and The OC on DVD, the world gave me the gift of Gossip Girl. I have to admit, I have no patience for the TV networks and their tendency to switch their programming at their will (don’t even get me started on what Channel 10 did with Nurse Betty and Dexter: what a joke!). So with Gossip Girl, I didn’t even try to keep up with it on television because I knew I’d be buying these bad boys on DVD. I’m going to just come out and say this next bit and try not to sound too ashamed when I say that most of my wage each week is spent on DVDs (not clothes or shoes like most girls my age). So, what did I do on pay day last week? I invested in Gossip Girl: Season One and Gossip Girl: Season Two. Hey, who needs food and clothes when I have a gazillion hours of Gossip Girly goodness (and that’s not even counting the Special Features!). It’s hard for me to put my finger on why I love this show so much and I’m certain it’s impossible to do so in just one sentence. That said, I’m going to start at the beginning to try and determine just why these obscenely rich kids have caught my attention. First off, let me explain who Gossip Girl is. Basically, she offers commentary online about the lives of everyone in the show (she doesn’t mince her words and uses abbreviations such as ‘B’ for Blair and ‘S’ for Serena). If the voice sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the one and only Kristen Bell from Veronica Mars behind the mic. Now, enough dallying about. Onto the show! Played by Blake Lively, Serena van der Woodsen (whew… what a name!), former ‘it’ girl who suddenly disappeared to complete a short stint at a boarding school where no one knew she existed, reappears and not everyone is happy. And by ‘everyone’, we really mean biatch (can I say that?) Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester… yes, that chick who also sings in that Good Girls Gone Bad song they play on Video Hits). Seriously, this chick could give Joan Collins’ character in Dynasty a run for her money. But hey, it’s not as though Blair doesn’t have her reasons as we soon find out later in season one (Serena’s got a massive secret that involves Blair’s beau and I’m guessin’ you can fill in the dots). Although, Blair is cruel to the core at times and she completely frowns down upon those she views as ‘beneath her’ such as Dan (Penn Badgley), Serena’s new love interest who happens to stem from a more modest background than everyone else in Gossip Girl (apart from his own father and sister, Jenny of course). Seriously, she even has the nerve to utter ‘ew’ any time Dan comes in her vicinity and let’s just say, she doesn’t approve of his dress sense. Here’s where I’m going to really exercise some creative control (it’s my blog after all) and say that I have a little crush on Dan. Sure, he might not be as good looking as Nate (Chace Crawford) but he’s so much more. Most importantly, he can string a sentence together and he’s thoughtful. Now, I could launch into a whole ‘Nate’s bad because blah blah blah’ speech but my venomous words are saved for the one and only arrogant repugnant rich kid, Chuck (Ed Westwick). He pays his way out of everything and to give you just a glimpse as to his attitude, when asked why he should be accepted as a college usher, he replied “I am Chuck Bass”. Enough said! If I go any more into season one and continue with season two, I would be robbing you of the experience of watching this juicy show right through without knowing what’s about to happen. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be left marveling at just how spoilt some kids are. Although, I wouldn’t mind having a little bit of what these brats have minus the domineering parents. I’m going to end by paying tribute by letting you know what’s coming up Gossip Girl style: S talks new releases on Wednesday.

 
GOSSIP GIRL

Pictured: Ed Westwick stars as Chuck in GOSSIP GIRL on The CW. Photo Credit: Andrew Eccles / The CW © 2007 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

 
GOSSIP GIRL

Gossip Girl-- Pictured: (l-r) Nicole Fiscella, Leighton Meester, Taylor Momsen, Nan Zhang, Blake Lively, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick stars in GOSSIP GIRL on THE CW. Photo Credit: The CW / Andrew Eccles © 2007 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

 
GOSSIP GIRL

Gossip Girl-- Pictured: (l-r) Nicole Fiscella, Leighton Meester, Taylor Momsen, Nan Zhang, Blake Lively, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick stars in GOSSIP GIRL on THE CW. Photo Credit: The CW / Andrew Eccles © 2007 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

 
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