The BAFTA nominations were announced today in London. Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Slumdog Millionaire led the noms with 11 apiece. The Dark Knight followed with nine nominations, including another posthumous nom for Heath Ledger, while Clint Eastwood's Changeling got eight nominations.
The five best film nominations were Slumdog, Button, The Reader, Frost/Nixon and Milk.
The Awards will be handed out February 8th in a ceremony hosted by Jonathan Ross.
Source: Variety Posted 01.15.09 by reelz
A "Notice of Settlement Status and Request For Further Hearing" has been presented to the court by Warner Brothers and FOX attorneys regarding the Watchmen case, IESB reports. The "further hearing" is requested for January 15 (today) at 3:30PM to discuss the settlement between the two parties, or, if the court rejects it, how to proceed with the scheduled January 20 hearing.
Check back later for more updates. Posted 01.15.09 by Ryan
Dashing speculation that the new Star Trek movie might really go where none have gone before, Chris Pine, who will play Captain Kirk, told E! that "It is a different Star Trek, but there's no crazy sex scene." Although he had earlier helped get the rumor mill going by suggesting that the upcoming installment of the sci-fi franchise had been "sexed up for a new generation," Pine now wants everyone to know that the Starship Enterprise hasn't been turned into an intergalactic flying orgy. Just how far will the crew of the Enterprise go then? Pine says "There may be some bare midriffs, but you know it's been a long time since the bikini was invented, so I don't think we're going to ruffle any feathers." Posted 01.15.09 by reelz
In the world of high-stakes street racing, timing is everything. And so far, we'd have to say the timing of Fast & Furious is a little off. As we already noted yesterday, there's an awful lot of running in the new trailer. Obviously, the movie was filmed when gas was four bucks a gallon, and with Vin Diesel no longer the surefire box office draw he once was, well, you gotta economize, right? So, more foot chases, fewer car chases. Of course, gas prices have since calmed a bit, and had the franchise's fourth installment been ready to roll a month ago, when gas was gloriously cheap, audiences would have no doubt flocked to theaters to celebrate the return of rival petro-holics Dom Toretto and Brian O'Conner.
Unfortunately, the movie's editors weren't working fast and furious enough, and now that gas is topping two bucks a gallon again, mindless fuel consumption no longer seems so sexy. Luckily, the movie has one alternative energy source working in its favor: Maxim cover model and former fitness instructor in the Israeli Defense Forces, Gal Gadot. At a reported 94 lbs., the 5' 11" beauty may not pack the obvious wallop of, say, her more sturdily built Fast & Furious co-star Michelle Rodriguez. But if you like your Hollywood bombshells as slim and tapered as a Tomahawk warhead, Gadot may qualify as your new dream gal. We can't say for certain though, because even after multiple viewings of the new new trailer, we're not sure if she appears in it or not. Maybe she's just standing sideways. Posted 01.15.09 by reelz
With 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea picked as the next movie project for McG, Latino Review reports that the Terminator Salvation director already knows who he wants to cast as Captain Nemo: Will Smith.
"Man I'm trying to get Will Smith to do it, been trying to get a hold of him. I've been wanting to work with him for a long time already. That guy's great," said McG, "The character Nemo in this film is more about obsession, he is obsessed and people tend to forget that when you become so obsessed you end up being the villain."
It would be a nice change of pace for Smith to play a villain instead of being considered one for making Seven Pounds. Posted 01.15.09 by Ryan
Besides learning who has the bigger robot -- Transformers or Terminator Salvation -- the recent Terminator screening held some other big news. io9 reports that director McG spoke after the screening about the movie's twist ending, denying that one rumored twist was true, but did say the real ending may "piss off a lot of people."
What may make Terminator fans undeniably happy, however, is the rumored return of Terminator star Linda Hamilton. ComingSoon.net reports that McG mentioned having Sarah Connor record a voiceover recap of the previous movies at the start of Salvation. While McG never said Hamilton's name, could he mean anyone else? Posted 01.15.09 by Ryan
Mickey Rourke isn't the only comeback kid in the upcoming adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's The Informers. The movie also features Kim Basinger and Billy Bob Thorton, neither in need of a full Rourke-style comeback but definitely recently overshadowed by their respective ex-spouses.
In this short clip, unhappily married couple Basinger and Thorton have a passive-aggressive convo about going to uber-restuarant Spago, as, we suppose one did in 1980s Los Angeles. It reminds us a bit of all the hilarious 80s yuppie restaurant talk in American Psycho. We can only hope this new Bret Easton Ellis picture approachesa similar level of greatness. Posted 01.15.09 by reelz
He tasks me. He tasks me and I shall have him! I'll chase him 'round the moons of Nibia and 'round the Antares Maelstrom and 'round Perdition's flames before I give him up!
Those are the immortal words of the greatest Star Trek villain ever -- the late great, Ricardo Montalban who has died at age 88.
As Khan Noonien Singh in the original 1967 Star Trek episode Space Seed, Montalban later reprised the role in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
His powerful performance as the genetically superior, but ruthlessly ambitious, Eugenics War despot provoked Kirk to voice the ultimate shout-out Kha-a-a-a-n!
Following the admittedly stodgy Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Wrath of Khan was the movie that really kick-started the Trek movie franchise due in large part to Montalban's rich performance.
I interviewed Montalban with William Shatner at a Pasadena Star Trek Con back in the mid-1990s and was surprised to learn that neither Shatner nor Montalban had any scenes together in Wrath of Khan. That's logical when you think about it since Kirk and Khan only spoke to each other via the Enterprise viewing screen.
Montalban was ever the courteous gentleman, the fans loved him, and he will be missed.
We end with one of Khan's delicious taunts to Kirk from Star Trek II:
Ah, Kirk, my old friend, do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? [pause] It is very cold in space. Posted 01.14.09 by reelz