February 2nd, 2010
11:47 AM ET

'Precious' producer speaks on six nominations

"Precious" has been unstoppable, taking the wave of critical acclaim that began on the film festival circuit and riding it straight into awards season. The movie, based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire, got six Oscar nominations this morning.

Mo'Nique is up for best supporting actress; Gabourey Sidibe is nominated for best actress in a lead role; Lee Daniels has been given the nod for best director; Geoffrey Fletcher is nominated in the best adapted screenplay category; Joe Klotz gets the nod for film editing, and, last but not least, the movie is also up for best picture.

The initial reaction to the news? "There's a lot of screaming in my household today," producer Sara Siegel-Magness said.


Filed under: movies • Oscars 2010
February 2nd, 2010
11:29 AM ET

Penelope Cruz 'elated' by Oscar nomination

Penelope Cruz's role in "Nine" has been good to her this awards season.

The actress was nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG award for her portrayal of Guido's mistress, Carla, and she's also snagged an Oscar nod as well for best supporting actress.

"I am completely surprised and elated," Cruz said of the nomination.


Filed under: movies • Oscars 2010
February 2nd, 2010
11:07 AM ET

Fans unite on "24" truths

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24: Day 8, 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.

In the last seven days, I have come to a stark realization. Since last week's episode, two truths are now plainly evident. The first truth is that "24" fans seriously dislike, loathe, do not care for, nor have any respect for the Dana Walsh (aka Jenny) subplot. They hate it, and since "hate" is a strong word, I'll say they REALLY hate it.

Truth number two is that "24" fans are either hopelessly perplexed or completely repulsed by new CTU Director Brian Hastings' role along with his trusty Bluetooth headset. In each case, I am officially with you. We stand united.

To put it bluntly, Dana Walsh and her smarmy ex-con/ex-boyfriend Kevin's storyline is, in a word - (clearing my throat and speaking from my diaphragm) - LAME. It is utterly awful. I'll admit, I was a bit late blowing the whistle on this subject, but I'd like to thank the scores of readers who made sure I came to this conclusion swiftly. Please accept my apologies for the delay.

I think the show's writers have something up their sleeve, but then again, they simply have to have something huge in store for these two. After all, any dude that can just show up at CTU headquarters in a beat up van whenever he feels like it is a clear indication that a great plot is unfolding at some point right? It just can't be as lame as it appears at this point. I MUST think that way since this is a glass half-full kind of blog.

Speaking of a half-full glass, shouldn't we be raising that glass for CTU analyst Arlo Glass, who began snooping on Dana after last week's "I know we're in a crisis, but I gotta run home" stunt? Well, I had zero interest in Arlo before, but he hit pay dirt with the video camera fixed on Dana and Kevin, and as a result, we Bauerites have a reason to hope. I believe he will blow the whistle and deliver us from this foolish storyline. Arlo Glass, salut!

Meanwhile, let's move on to CTU Director Brian Hastings. Like many of you, I have become so critical of Hastings' character on the show that I look at all Bluetooth headsets funny now. Suddenly, they don't seem cool anymore. Not that Bluetooth headsets weren't teeter-tottering on absurd before, but Hastings brings the situation to an elevated threat level. Never mind the fact that everyone at CTU has one, this guy has even tainted my view of the technology, at least temporarily.

By my count in last night's episode, Hastings' two scenes were two too many, and he brings absolutely nothing to CTU. Sure, there are a few second guesses here and there, some delayed decision-making, and the occasional spats with Chloe, but otherwise, he is just "in the way". I find myself wondering aloud "what would Bill Buchanan do?"

I also asked myself how I would feel if either the Russian mobsters "offed" him in a daring raid, or he simply fell down the stairs in CTU headquarters. Either way, he'd be gone for an undetermined length of time, and I would be alright.

Otherwise, I thought the episode moved around at a good pace. Between Renee "going dark," Ortiz's sniper heroics, and Jack's German, that part of the story was pretty fluid and twisty. By the end, the buildup for next week had me intrigued and fatigued.

Loved, kinda liked, or hated the show? Let us know!

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Filed under: 24 • television
February 2nd, 2010
10:28 AM ET

Movies with multiple nominations

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Count 2010 as the year of the multiples.

There are 22 films that have more than one Oscar nomination this year. They are as follows:

9 – Avatar, The Hurt Locker FULL POST

February 2nd, 2010
10:13 AM ET

'The Bachelor': Falling for you and you and ...

We're now down to five women and one RV, as we head up the California coast to San Francisco for the last stop on the road trip.  Tonight's episode features three one-on-one and a single two-on-one date, with one woman eliminated at the end of the episode.

The first one-on-one goes to Tenley, and she and Jake take a private trolley ride to Chinatown.  Alas, no Rice-a-Roni for the couple as they board the trolley.

While in Chinatown, Jake and Tenley act like a bad, fast-paced sequence from a '80s teen comedy - trying on hats, writing fortunes for fortune cookies, etc. All this needed was Oingo Boingo music to make it complete.


February 2nd, 2010
10:04 AM ET

Meryl Streep sets record with 16th Oscar nomination

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Meryl Streep has set a new record with her 16th Oscar nomination for best actress in “Julie and Julia,” easily topping the standard set by Jack Nicholson and Katherine Hepburn, who both have been nominated 12 times.

But, out of the 16, the 60-year-old actress has taken home only two. One for best actress for 1982’s “Sophie’s Choice,” and another 30 years ago for best supporting actress in 1979's “Kramer vs. Kramer.” Hepburn, on the other hand, won four lead actress Oscars in her career.

If Streep wins best actress on March 7, it will end a 27-year streak of always being the nominee, never the winner.

Filed under: Meryl Streep • movies • Oscars 2010
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