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Beverly Hills, CA – Cameron Diaz will present at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced today.
Diaz will be seen next in “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and “Gambit.” Her film credits include “Bad Teacher,” “The Green Hornet,” “Knight and Day,” “My Sister’s Keeper,” “What Happens in Vegas,” “The Holiday,” “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” “Gangs of New York,” “Any Given Sunday” and the four animated “Shrek” films.
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And the Nominees Are:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Just as my colleague and friend Mike Ward detailed the Best Sound Mixing race (the excellent write up can be found here), I’m diving right in and tackling the Best Sound Editing race. I know that there’s often some confusion about which category is which and what exactly they both do. In short, the Mixing category deals with recording and re-recording, while Editing literally has to do with editing or design in terms of sound. This is in some ways the “sexier” category, but both obviously have their place in terms of importance. I’ll freely admit that I sometimes have a hard time predicting this category, though oddly enough my overall percentage is pretty high for Sound Editing in the end. I guess it just takes me a bit longer than in some other categories to come around to the winner. Will it be the same this year or do I already have the race figured out? Well, let’s find out…
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Every year, even though the vast majority of movie releases are all but instantly forgettable, we have some films come out that you just know will be still remembered fondly 25 years later. 2011 was no exception. It’s a bit early to know which will survive the test of time, but I’m willing to bet that a number of them will. As much as anything, it’s a situation where you have to imagine what films will be talked about in film school, among scholars, or even just over some dinner among family and/or friends. For example, last year I look at The Social Network and Inception as two films that definitely will be remembered, and they’re hardly the only ons from 2010. For 2011, there’s a half dozen that spring to mind for me, and not all of them are films I particularly love. For example, I love Red State, and while I think it will forever remain a notable entry into Kevin Smith’s oeuvre, for the general film community it’s of little note. There are also films like Bellflower and Margin Call that announced interesting new filmmakers, but likely will be looked back on to a lesser degree than the films to come. I have a half dozen contenders for the “test of time” throne from 2011. Let’s get started, shall we?
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Picking the Top 5 Contestants to Watch from Portland and St. Louis.
We have officially completed the audition phase for American Idol Season 11. Hard to believe, right? It’s a kind of depressing feeling going into next week knowing that the once uncrushable reality series is averaging under its usual 20 million range. Are people just having singing-competition fatigue, or are these drops in ratings just a string of consequences following extensive DVR usage alongside utilized media sites like YouTube, which show many of the actual auditions that end up going viral? Whatever the case may be, this television viewer is not giving up on Idol in the least, and my coverage of America’s #1 regular programming show will be even more extensive in the coming weeks once things get interesting and the top 24 are announced. I know we’ve all been a bit distracted by Oscar season, and that’s a great thing, but lets not forget that this is a place where we can openly discuss our love for Idol and other television series in general. Like Clayton mentioned, the off-season shouldn’t be a time to hang up our hats until Oscar winter season comes knocking on our window again, failing to actively engage in some excellent chatter about the finest contributions pop culture has to offer us. Oscars coming to a close next month does not mean the fun at Awards Circuit is over — far from it. So I encourage all the readers to continue to stick with us for the entire year, especially in the off-season gap. Read more on American Idol Auditions: Week 3 Wrap Up…
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