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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    Those of us in animation always gripe that the rest of Hollywood doesn’t care or know the first thing about animated films. There are tons of anecdotal stories to support this position, but finally, we’ve got some definitive proof. And if you think Hollywood doesn’t understand animation, it’s even worse than you could imagine.

    The Hollywood Reporter recently published interviews with seven anonymous Academy members about how they voted for this year’s nominees. Four of the seven Academy members abstained from voting for best animated feature. The three that did vote all chose Frozen. Here is what each of them said:





    Animated features are consistently more successful than live-action films in Hollywood, and yet, no respect. The animated short category didn’t fare better. Only one of the seven surveyed Academy members voted in the category (or spoke to THR about voting). Their excuses for not voting ranged from:



    I got that coffin of a box from the Academy [with DVDs of the shorts in it], and the discs started falling out and I just said, “Screw it. Life’s too short.” I thought [sending them to us] was a nice thing to do, though.


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    I don’t watch the shorts. And, if I don’t know anybody who made one of them — a friend or an enemy — I just don’t vote, which was the case this year.


    The one person who voted in the animated short category chose Get A Horse!because:



    It was kind of an off-year. I wasn’t bowled over. The Disney one I saw originally in 3D and then again in 2D. For people who didn’t see it on a big screen before Frozen and are only seeing it on a screener, it’s like watching Gravity in 2D. I’m a little unclear about what they did on that one — what was old footage, what was new footage — and I’m a little apprehensive about rooting for the giant. But I felt like I’d seen most of the others before — the [Room with a] Broom one I liked best of those.



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    The 2014 Academy Awards take place in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Several of the artists nominated in the Best Song category performed during the ceremony, including Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O. She teamed with Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig to perform “The Moon Song”, her Oscar-nominated contribution to Spike Jonze’s film Her.

    As Karen explained recently to Rolling Stone, “The Moon Song” was originally intended as a duet. “I was really excited at the prospect of getting to record it with a male vocalist. Ezra was super cool and open, he slipped into character like a champ and damn he’s got the goods.”

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    The Academy Awards are over, and the 2013 award season has officially come to a close. But how well did the results of the ONTD Film Critic Society Awards measure up against the actual Oscar winners?

    Best Picture


    Academy's Pick:
    12 Years a Slave
    ONTD's Pick:
    12 Years a Slave




    Best Actor


    Academy's Pick:
    Matthew McConaughey
    ONTD's Pick:
    Chiwetel Ejiofor




    Best Actress


    Academy's Pick:
    Cate Blanchett
    ONTD's Pick:
    Cate Blanchett




    Best Supporting Actor


    Academy's Pick:
    Jared Leto
    ONTD's Pick:
    Jared Leto




    Best Supporting Actress


    Academy's Pick:
    Lupita Nyong'o
    ONTD's Pick:
    Lupita Nyong'o




    Best Animated Feature


    Academy's Pick:
    Frozen
    ONTD's Pick:
    Frozen




    Best Cinematography


    Academy's Pick:
    Gravity
    ONTD's Pick:
    Gravity




    Best Director


    Academy's Pick:
    Alfonso Cuarón
    ONTD's Pick:
    Steve McQueen




    Best Documentary


    Academy's Pick:
    20 Feet from Stardom
    ONTD's Pick:
    Blackfish




    Best Soundtrack


    Academy's Pick:
    Gravity
    ONTD's Pick:
    The Great Gatsby




    Best Song


    Academy's Pick:
    "Let It Go"
    ONTD's Pick:
    "Young and Beautiful"





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    What's going on between screenwriter John Ridley and director Steve McQueen? When Ridley won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay tonight, he pointedly ignored McQueen, instead choosing to hug former collaborator and total asshole David O. Russell. During his speech, he singled out producer Brad Pitt but did not mention McQueen by name.

    McQueen, in turn, gave an exaggerated, ironic slow clap when Ridley's name was announced. When his film won Best Picture, McQueen hugged most of the people around him, but not Ridley, and did not include Ridley amongst the people he thanked.

    So what happened? According to Matthew Belloni, of the Hollywood Reporter, that's what everyone wants to know:











    So far, this is the most popular theory:






    The Daily Show's Larry Wilmore seems to think this tension has been going on for months:




    Surprising that none of the 50 million entertainment reporters covering these events picked up on this situation before now.

    ETA: The video I've posted doesn't show the sarcastic clapping. Here is a link to a vine that does: https://vine.co/v/MA7p2dXp7qe


    First post! Sorry if the formatting's all messed up.

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    Don't miss the next episode of The Walking Dead, Sun., Mar. 9 at 9/8c.
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    For those of you who don't know, Kid Nation was a short-lived reality show that aired on CBS in the fall of 2007. The show focused on 40 kids who lived in a fake, Old-West town/movie set in the middle of the desert and how they worked on building a functioning society without any adult intervention. It unfortunately lasted only one season before being cancelled, likely over the controversy surrounding throwing 40 kids in a desert and having them allocate money to each other and telling them to have at it. However, in its one glorious season, Kid Nation brought us some truly great little characters and, now that they're all grown up, let's see where they are now.

    Alex Wade

    Alex was that smart 9 year old from Nevada. He got a gold star in episode 12 for being super smart. Today, he's still super smart. He's a 3 time state Geography champion, went to the National Geography Bee and has won both a gold and silver medal at the International Linguistics Olympiad. And, according to the above image, has created 10 languages and 30-40 alphabets.


    Anjay Ajodha

    Anjay was a 12 year old from Texas who was one of the OG council leaders. Unfortunately, he got replaced by that douchebag Greg in the second election for some reason. Before appearing on the show, he was the youngest person to ever compete in the National Spelling Bee at age 8 in 2003. He placed 18th overall in the 2006 Bee. Nowadays, he's a computer science student at the University of Houston and he has a website.

    Blaine Wise

    Blaine was that 14 year old from Florida who was friends with Greg. He got transferred to yellow in episode 9, however, and became a pretty cool dude, winning a gold star and getting on the council in episode 10. Now he plays lacrosse at Greensboro College where he studies criminal justice. He also has a Twitter.

    Divad Miles

    Divad was an 11 year old from Atlanta who kept nominating herself for gold stars but never received one. The council ruled that she only worked hard enough to get the nomination but never the win. Like her other alums, she's super smart; medical research conducted while she was in high school led to an invitation to study with a PhD. She also passes out food and bibles to the homeless in downtown Atlanta, is a member of National Honors Society, and even has her own outreach organization, Divad's Guild.

    DK Simmons

    DK was a 14 year old from Chicago who won a gold star in episode 6 for working hard and resolving conflict. He almost went home before he received the star but was convinced to stay. In the second election, he replaced Guylan on the town council. He's now a student at the University of Illinois Chicago and an aspiring actor.

    Emilie

    Emilie was the 9 year old from Nevada who didn't want them to kill the chicken, despite the journal telling them to. They, of course, did kill the chicken but Emilie still strongly objected. Anjay traded her to the blue district later because he thought she didn't work hard enough. There is no information on her, not even a last name, but she's probably still out there fighting for animal rights.

    Greg Pheasant

    As the oldest and strongest kid in town, Greg often came off as a bully and a douche. Even though he was a bully and gave the other kids "tough love", he still got nominated for a gold star 3 times in the first 4 episodes but never won because Mike was suspicious of his motivation. By episode 5, he finally won a gold star for comforting some of the younger kids (who were previously terrified of him) when they got homesick. In episode 10, he replaced Anjay on the council. Little is known about what he's doing now. He has a Twitter but has never tweeted, so god only knows.
    Here's a nice video of Greg during his time in Bonanza City:


    Guylan Qudsieh

    Guylan was an 11 year old from Massachusetts. He was voted to the town council in the first election, but couldn't take the stress and asked to be voted off by the 2nd election. The only pictures of him on Google are from his family's blogspot.

    Jared Goldman

    Jared was that 11 year old from Georgia who read Shakespeare to the chickens. After the show, he sold left over Bonanza necklaces on Ebay. He was also known for making quirky catchphrases, like "Holy banana bread!" Not much is available about where he is now, but he's hopefully still reading Shakespeare to chickens.

    Laurel McGoff

    Laurel was a 12 year old from Massachusetts who was appointed to the first town council, re-elected and then eventually beaten by Michael in episode 10. She received a gold star for her leadership skills. Today, she seems to sing the national anthem at sporting events and other things like that.

    Michael Thot

    Michael was a 14 year old from Seattle who turned 15 while on the show. He won a gold star in episode 2 for being rational and eventually replaced Laurel on the town council. In 2013, he did an AMA on Reddit and its definitely worth a read.

    Mike Klinge

    Mike was the 11 year old from Washington who took charge in the beginning. He was on the original town council, wore a cowboy hat and was, in general, a stand up little dude. He did theater and now it looks like he makes vines.

    Sophia Wise

    Sophia (no relation to Blaine) was the 14 year old from Florida who kept everyone's shit together. She won a gold star in episode 1, as well as one of the final $50,000 gold stars in the finale. She ran the kitchen and eventually became the town sheriff. She also stood up to Greg a lot. She now goes to Smith College and, according to Michael's AMA, the only tolerable one.

    Taylor DuPriest

    Perhaps the most well remembered member of Bonanza City was 10 year old Taylor from Georgia. An original council member, she was quickly replaced. She was known for being lazy, defiant and her catchphrase "Deal with it!". She famously said that ugly chickens deserved to die, which she later claimed producers told her to say. Nowadays, she's still in beauty pageants and is the only Kids Nation alum with her own Wikipedia page.

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    Composer Robert Lopez won his first Academy Award Sunday night, making him just the 12th person to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony.

    This was the first Oscar bid for Lopez. He and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez triumphed in the Best Original Song category for "Let It Go" from the Disney animated hit "Frozen." They defeated tunes from "Despicable Me 2,""Her," and "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."

    His first major award was a 2004 Tony for Best Original Score of "Avenue Q." He also earned two more Tonys for "The Book of Mormon" in 2011 for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical.

    That latter musical created by "South Park" veterans Trey Parker and Matt Stone brought Lopez a Grammy in 2012 for Best Musical Theater Album.

    And he picked up Daytime Emmys in 2008 and 2010 for his music direction and composition of "The Wonder Pets."


    In order of achievement, the other 11 EGOT members are: composer Richard Rodgers (1962), actress Helen Hayes (1977), actress Rita Moreno (1977), actor John Gielgud (1991), actress Audrey Hepburn (1994), composer Marvin Hamlisch (1995), orchestrator Jonathan Tunick (1997), actor/writer/composer Mel Brooks (2001), comedian/director Mike Nichols (2001), actress Whoopi Goldberg (2002), and producer Scott Rudin (2012).

    At age 39, Lopez is now the youngest EGOT winner by several years. The previous record-holder was Moreno, who won her Emmy Award at age 45 to complete the grand slam.

    Three people have received honorary awards but are not considered to be part of the EGOT club as they didn't win them in competition: Barbra Streisand has a honorary Tony from 1970. Liza Minnelli received a Grammy legend award in 1990, and James Earl Jones received an honorary Oscar in 2011.

    Besides Jones, there are 13 other living performers who have achieved Emmy/Grammy/Tony wins and only need an Oscar to reach EGOT status. They are: actor/singer Harry Belafonte, composer Martin Charnin, writer Anne Garefino, composer John Kander, singer/songwriter Cyndi Lauper, composer John McDaniel, actress Cynthia Nixon, Parker and Stone, composer Marc Shaiman, composer Charles Strouse, actress Lily Tomlin, and actor Dick Van Dyke.

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    "What I've learned for myself is that I don't have to be anybody else and that myself is good enough," the "12 Years a Slave" actress tells reporters backstage.
    Lupita Nyong'o, winner of the best supporting actress Oscar for her work in 12 Years a Slave, stood in front of a room of reporters backstage and admitted that she felt a "little dazed."
    "I can't believe this is in my hands," she said, holding up her statue. "I cant believe this is real life. I'm really overwhelmed."

    The actress, who made her feature film debut in Steve McQueen's drama, has had a whirlwind awards season, topping it off with a win at the Academy Awards.

    "What I've learned for myself is that I don't have to be anybody else and that myself is good enough," she told reporters."When I'm being true to myself, I can avail myself to such extraordinary things -- such as this!" Still clearly waiting for her win to sink in, the charming actress credited her parents for being her inspiration in keeping her grounded and focused on the work.
    She added that many past nominees has also shared some words of wisdom with her as she embarked on the marathon that is awards season. "I think the message that I've gotten from many people who have been in this position is they've said from their hearts that the outcome doesn't matter -- that you've already won. The work has been done," she added.
    Nyong'o has become a fashion icon throughout her first awards season, but backstage she emphasized that the Hollywood world was still very new to her: "This is my first time here, and I feel like Willy Wonka in the chocolate factory."


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    When the Academy announced the official list of presenters for the 2014 Oscars, Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield was on the list. A little over a week ago, Entertainment Weekly made a huge deal about an exclusive interview with Oscar Producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan.

    In the interview, EW quoted Meron as saying, “Andrew Garfield is going to be part of what we hope is a very moving moment in the show, which will illustrate the theme of how movies have inspired. He is going to induct a new superhero into the fraternity of superheroes.”

    Since the induction was played up like it was going to be one of the most memorable moments of the Oscars, this quote got picked up by a number of other news sites including Comicbook.com, TheWire, and Digital Spy.

    However, during the actual Oscars, Andrew Garfield didn’t appear as a presenter at all. Chris Evans introduced the movie heroes segment of the Oscars. We’re assuming that Evans was subbing for Garfield, since Evans wasn’t on the original presenters list.

    The heroes segment included movie clips from several superhero movies, but no new superhero was inducted into the fraternity of superheroes. Several fans have been turning to social media asking why Garfield and the superhero induction segment did not appear on the show, but no answers have yet been provided.

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    Pink had a memorable Oscar debut, paying tribute to the 75th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz."

    The singer took the Academy Awards stage Sunday following an introduction from Whoopi Goldberg to perform one of Judy Garland's most memorable songs, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," from the 1939 Oscar-winning film.

    Dressed in a wine-red sparkling floor-length, long-sleeved dress, Pink -- who made headlines at the GRAMMYs for showing off her acrobatic skills -- performed a rousing rendition of the classic. Matthew McConaughey and Pharrell Williams were the notable stars giving her a standing ovation following the spine-tingling performance. Afterwards, host Ellen DeGeneres approached the stage wearing a Glinda the Good Witch costume.




    Garland's three children -- Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft -- all reunited at the 86th Academy Awards to celebrate their mother and the iconic film.

    Goldberg introduced the tribute, connecting the film to the Oscars' heroes theme, saying that they don't always wear capes, but sometimes they wear ruby slippers, lifting up her dress to reveal that she was wearing a pair of ruby shoes -- a reference to the movie. Goldberg also introduced Garland's three children.

    "Now in 1939, moviegoers first fell in love with a girl named Dorothy who longed for a life different from her own and in one of the most beloved cinematic magic journeys of all time, and with the help of some very memorable friends -- a tin man, a lion and a scarecrow -- Dorothy got her wish. Now that year, the incredible Judy Garland, one of my personal heroes, received an honorary juvenile Oscar after following the yellow brick road right into our hearts."

    Minnelli made a striking appearance on the Oscars red carpet, showing off bright blue highlights to match her cobalt blue dress. She has also been a part of a couple of bits with DeGeneres, with the comedian even referring to her as a male impersonator, saying "well done, sir."

    The Hollywood Reporter previously revealed exclusively that Garland's kids would reunite for the tribute.

 "The Wizard of Oz" received six Oscar nominations in 1939, including one for best picture, and won Academy Awards for original score and song.

    Goldberg then introduced Pink to perform the film's signature song, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," which the artist, otherwise known as Alecia Moore, sang while wearing a ruby-slipper-like red sparkly gown.

    On Feb. 21, Pink was added to the list of bold-faced names making appearances at the live telecast. Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron gave hints to the singer's Academy Awards debut, saying at the time "we are thrilled to have her join us for a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast.”

    Pink is a three-time GRAMMY and six-time MTV Video Music Awards winner. She was named Billboard's Woman of the Year in 2013 and has sold more than 40 million albums and 65 million singles. She also starred in 2013's "Thanks for Sharing" opposite Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow.

    The Oscars are held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.

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    Disgraced Toronto Mayor Rob Ford made a cameo on Jimmy Kimmel's Oscar special Sunday evening following the Academy Awards. Midway through the broadcast, Kimmel promoted Ford's upcoming appearance, admitting that he has "never been more excited about a guest than I am for his one."
    That was when Ford -- dressed in a tux -- came through the doors of Kimmel's Jimmy Kimmel Live! studio, across the street from the Dolby Theatre where the 86th annual Academy Awards were held, seemingly confused by when he was supposed to appear. "Oh, sorry Jimmy," Ford said after waving to the audience. Ford will be an official guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday evening.



    Later, when Kimmel's lead guest Kevin Spacey appeared on the couch, the late-night host thanked the two-time Oscar winner for sharing a dressing room with Ford. "Well, he threw up all over it," Spacey joked.
    On Saturday evening, Jimmy Kimmel Live! released photos of Kimmel picking up Ford from LAX, with the caption "Toronto Mayor Rob Ford had a special chauffeur at LAX this evening."

    In recent months Kimmel has staged a series of pranks -- from a viral "Twerk Fail" video to a fake Sochi Olympics clip -- that have fooled news outlets and garnered attention for the show.


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    Cakes Da Killa, the rap emcee who's graced Details Magazine and wet your Goodie Goodies, just posted the tracklist and possible cover to his first single to follow-up his amazing mixtape, The Eulogy.

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    1. Oven Ready - Prod. Wildkatz

    2. Hunger Pangs - Prod. SXYLK

    3. Living Gud, Eating Gud - Prod. V I S I O N

    4. Get 2 Work - Prod. LSDXOXO

    5. Naptime ft. Jay Boogie - Prod. Moonbase Commander

    6. Paid & Published ft. Terry Lovette - Prod. Wildkatz

    7. Rotation Interlude - Prod. Poisonous Relationship

    8. It's Not Ovah - Prod. Wildkatz

    9. Belee Dat - Prod. Figaro the Kid

    10. Cardio - Prod. LSDXOXO

    11. Just Desserts - Prod. Hanz Durkyl




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    Fantastic Four producer Matthew Vaughn has distanced his upcoming reboot from the superhero team’s previous big screen incarnation. Last seen in 2007’s Rise of the Silver Surfer, Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis made for a fun, family-friendly foursome.

    But the new Fantastic Four, which will see Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan and Jamie Bell star as as the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, Mr Fantastic and the Thing respectively, will have quite a different tone.

    Speaking frankly about the former films, Vaughn told Empire: “It's a total reboot, that's for sure. It's got nothing to do with the other bloody ones. It's not stretchy guy and a guy running around in rock that looks like it's made polystyrene. And its not a comedy."

    Despite facing some criticism regarding his casting, Michael B Jordan is excited to take on the role of firestarter Johnny Storm. "It feels amazing that I can actually talk about it. I've been having to dip and dodge questions for the eight to nine months so it feels good to talk about it. I'm excited," he told Access Hollywood. Fantastic Four, directed by Josh Trank, is set for release on 18 June, 2015.



    In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie plays The Falcon. In an appearance on Huffington Post Live, Mackie described being cast in the film as a “monumental moment” in his career. “When Marvel gave me the opportunity to bring this character to life, I was so emotional and overjoyed at the opportunity of being a part of not only a franchise like that, but a studio like that,” said Mackie.

    Mackie has an older brother, who was into comic books, and that’s who he called after he got cast. In regards to how much comic book fans know about the characters, Mackie said, “It’s crazy how much they know, and if you deter from that, it’s like ‘Well, that’s not authentic.’ You know it’s not real. It’s made-up, so we can change it. ‘No, no, that’s not right. No, he’s real.’ Alright.”

    When asked about the rumor of Michael B. Jordan being cast as Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four, Anthony Mackie confirmed that Jordan had the role. Mackie said, “No, no, no, he’s there.” “Michael B. Jordan is a very good friend of mine,” said Mackie. “I’ve known him since he was a teenager, and I’m so happy, for more than anybody else for him to be getting the accolades he’s getting, because he deserves it.”

    In regards to people taking issue with Jordan not being the right skin color to play Human Torch, Mackie continued, “I think with these type of movies, everything else aside, you need a good actor. Michael B. Jordan is a good actor, black or white. So what you have to realize is, and go back and forth and just say, ‘Superman can’t fly, Batman ain’t real, the Human Torch don’t really set himself on fire and fly around the room, so he can look like whatever they want him to look like.’ You just have to allow yourself to see him that way. And if you can’t do that, that says something about you.”

    When asked if audiences would be able to accept Jordan as Human Torch, Mackie responded, “As an audience member if you can’t do that, you need to look at yourself, because there’s something going on with you, that you might need some help with.”


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