Coming Soon (ish): The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

15 Apr

If, like me, you are a) too old to be watching the MTV Movie Awards, b) too busy watching Game of Thrones and Mad Man to watch, and c) just not interested in the loudness and Selena Gomez-ness anyways, then you missed the new trailer for Catching Fire, the second Hunger Games movie which comes out in November (hence the soon-ish in the title).

Though we’re in for a long wait until November 22, I for one am completely content to start getting pumped up for this movie now, as it’s probably going to be awesome!

Are you as psyched as I am for THG: CF to come out? Can you bear the 6+ month wait until it hits theaters? Leave ‘em in the comments!

Coming soon: World War Z

25 Mar

It almost seems unfair to release such an awesome trailer…and then make audiences wait 88 whole days to see the whole thing! Alas, that’s what we’re looking at here with World War Z. Check out the full (extended!) look below!

Thoughts? You know I love me a good end of the world zombie movie, and I imagine I’ll be going through Walking Dead withdrawal by then, so WWZ is definitely on my anticipated summer blockbuster list!

Sound off in the comments!

Hanging with Mr. (Bradley) Cooper

14 Mar

Things I’m always up for:

  • Free things
  • Movies
  • Advanced screenings that make me feel “in the know”

So when I saw that the Boston Globe was hosting a free, advanced screening of “The Place Beyond the Pines” starring Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling, it seemed the stars had clearly aligned and I immediately roped by friend and frequent movie partner Kara in to see it.

photo (2)What made the screening extra cool was the scheduled post-movie Q&A with director and writer Derek Cianfrance!  But when it came time for the Q&A with Boston Globe movie editor Janice Page, the audience was in for a surprise when the film’s star and recent Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper joined him!

Cianfrance (who also directed Blue Valentine) was apparently having dinner with Bradley (yeah, that’s how tight we are now) nearby and asked him to tag along–which he did to the delight of the audience.

Derek and 2012’s sexiest man alive (who was dressed way down in a hoodie and baseball hat, but still managed to look super hot) answered questions about preparation for roles, project choices and lots of questions about the film: character development, where the inspiration for the plot came from, and what the name of the movie means (Schenectady, NY, where the film was filmed and set, is the Mohawk word meaning “beyond the pine plains”).

The Globe posted a bunch of way better pictures on Facebook; yes, I waited in that lo-o-o-ng line, but got in with the first group thanks to my spot (lucky 99!)

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I’ll post my thoughts on the movie later, but first, an Oscartini tip: Always go to screenings. Sometimes one of the film’s stars will show up…and it will be awesome!

Taking Home Oscar for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd time

6 Mar

Now that we’re a full week+ removed from the 85th Academy Awards, I wanted to throw up a gratuitous pic of the acting winners, along with some interesting facts about each!

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Some fun facts abou each of this year’s acting winners:

  • This is the second time in three years Christoph Waltz has taken the best supporting actor statue; both of his winning performances were directed by Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Bastards). 
  • Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence each took home their first Oscar with their second nominations; Hathaway was nominated in 2008 for Rachel Getting Married, while Lawrence was nominated for best actress for Winter’s Bone in 2010.
  • As for Daniel Day-Lewis, he’s been nominated for Best Actor 5 times and has won 3 of them (My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood, Lincoln), which made him the only male actor in history to accomplish this. One more win, and he’d tie Katharine Hepburn as Hollywood’s most Oscar-laden actor.

Also, not sure if you saw this, but JLaw (which is her thing now, apparently?) forgot to thank some VIPs in her acceptance speech: Silver Linings Playbook Director David O. Russell and The Weinstein Company chairman Harvey Weinstein. She released a statement thanking them (which can be seen here), but my favorite part was her closing:

Thank you to both. I will never be able to forgive myself for such a brain fart but I hope that you both can. Obviously it was not on purpose, I couldn’t remember what I had already said and my mind went completely blank–your brain does funny things during the most overwhelming moment of your life!

How can you not love her?!

New Iron Man 3 Trailer!

5 Mar

Less than two months until Iron Man flies back into our lives! What do you think of the latest trailer? As an unabashed fan of RDJ, I of course think it’s awesome and can’t wait to catch it in theaters!

2013 Red Carpet Recap

25 Feb

Now that I have my quick initial thoughts of last night’s telecast up, it’s on to the fashion! Overall, I found the red carpet pre-show to be a little boring, fashion-wise. Lots of status quo dresses and hair, not too much adventure or excitement. Still, no one gets away from the cameras on Oscar night without be asked who they are wearing!

Of course, there were a few exceptions! I thought the lovely ladies below all rocked it:

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Best actress winner Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture

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Jennifer Garner in Gucci

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Best Supporting Actress nominee Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta

Halle Berry in Versace

Halle Berry in Versace

Best Actress nominee Jessica Chastain in Armani

Best Actress nominee Jessica Chastain in Armani

As for my least faves…I thought Charlize Theron’s gown was WAY too similar to what Anne Hathaway wore to the Golden Globes:

Anne Hathaway at the Globes in Chanel, Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture at the Oscars

Anne Hathaway at the Globes in Chanel, Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture at the Oscars

Speaking of Ms. Hathaway, she didn’t wow last night either, in this dreadful pink thing, which she described as “business in the front, party in the back.” When you’re pretty sure you going to win an Oscar, probably don’t wear a mullet, ok?

Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway in Prada

Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway in Prada

And don’t even get me started on Kristen Stewart. Someone get that girl a hairbrush.

Who did you love on the red carpet? Anyone stand out as the fashion winner to you?

That’s a Wrap: The 85th Academy Awards

25 Feb

Let me put it out there: last night’s Oscar telecast was fantastic. A little long yes, a tad dry in parts, but overall, I found it to be funny and delightful. I was genuinely surprised that Seth MacFarlane did so well. He was charming and walked the line of cracking jokes at Hollywood’s big players and being respectfully that the he, the dude who voices a vulgar teddy, alien-like baby and talking dog, was hosting the Oscars.

Though there weren’t a ton of surprises, winner wise (see the full list here), there were many moments during the telecast that stood out to me. Here are some quick reactions:

  • I seriously loved Oscars tribute to music, especially the performances from Chicago, Dreamgirls and Les Miserables. What can I say? I love me some musicals. 

  • Singing and dancing by Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron, Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Godron Levitt was a definite hightlight, as was the riff on The Sound of Music. The opening monologue parts with William Shatner were not my faves.

Another area in which the show really shined was with the host of wonderful acceptance speeches. Jennifer Lawrence receiving best actress (at the ripe old age of 22, making her the second youngest actress to win the award and the youngest person to have been nominated for Best Actress twice!) really nailed her speech, despite taking a tumble as she walked to accept the award!

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Other speeches that stood out were Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis (surprisingly funny, and also history-making, as DDL is the first actor to win three best actor statues!) and Ben Affleck (not surprisingly emotional and poignant!) taking home best picture for Argo. He’s only the fourth filmmaker to take home best picture without being nominated for best director. Go Ben!

Another one for the history books was Oscar’s first tie since 1995 and only the 6th in Oscar history, when Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty both won for best sound editing!

What were your favorites moments from last night’s telecast? Were you a fan of Seth’s schtick? Sound off in the comments and check back in for more in-depth analysis later this week!

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