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Michael Moore Campaign for Best Picture Turns Sour

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Michael Moore's film Farenheit 9/11 got no oscars nominations. So why no support for the Fat Man's cut-and-paste project? Would it be, hmm, they they want to honor artistic achievement in film, something that Fahrenheit 9/11 sorely lacks?

Sure the film brought up great thought-provoking commentary and all that. But Moore got greedy and blew it. Insiders are saying he met face-to-face with 55 Academy Award voters in his agressive campaign for the Best Picture Oscar, telling members to "vote for me" to show America's objection to the re-election of Dubya. Moore's ego believed that his movie was the movie that would changed the course of American history. It didn't.

, Moore won the Oscar for Best Documentary two years ago with Bowling for Columbine and probably would have had a strong chance among all documentaries again this year. But he didn't allow his movie to be considered among documentaries -- he went for the big enchilada -- the Best Picture category. And was turned away. Nada. Nyet. No nominations. This is the thanks he gets from liberal Hollywood after a 20-minute standing ovation at Cannes last May? Could the French have been so wrong?

Moore's star has been falling for a couple of months now and even his bodyguard (a man weighing 400 pounds needs a bodyguard?) was arrested for carrying a unlicensed GUN at a New York's JFK airport on January 19, 2005. Patrick Burke, who says he works for Moore, was arrested after he declared he was carrying a firearm at a ticket counter. (Apparently, Burke is licensed to carry a firearm in Florida and California, but not in New York.) He could be charged with a felony for the incident. In Bowling for Columbine Moore criticizes what he calls "America's culture of fear" and its obsession with guns, yet Moore does the same things he accuses others of.

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Jennifer Garner Couldn't Get out of Electra

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Alias co-star Michael Vartan says his ex-girlfriend Jennifer Garner knew Elektra was going to be a bomb, but had to do the film anyway because she was under contract. Vartan told Us Weekly that he hadn't seen Elektra, but "I heard it was awful." He told the reporter that Garner even said it was aweful, but she had to do it because of a clause in her Daredevil contract.

Jennifer Garner

January 25, 2005

Rappers fight over "Back that ass up"

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Are they kidding? Louisiana rapper Juvenile and wannabe rapper D.J. Jubilee have gone to court over who owns the rights to a song that included the poetic four-word phrase "back that ass up."

Two rappers fighting? Whoa. That's new.

Rather than shooting each other, they took their case to court to settle the matter. It seems Juvenile's hit song sold 4 million CDs and grossed more than $40 million in sales. D.J. Jubilee's song, if anyone ever heard it, was not a success. D.J. Jubilee works as a special education teacher.

, Bruce Schewe, a partner in New Orleans' Phelps Dunbar, says his client, Juvenile, is pleased with the decision.

Juvenile viewed the copyright suit filed against him as a personal affront, Schewe says. "It was a claim of theft, and he was offended by that," Schewe says.

"It was entirely a lyric case. I was never able to get the plaintiff to concede that," Schewe says. "The real question was whether the phrase was the hook in either song and was novel in either song."

Nathan Gisclair, a partner in New Orleans' Montgomery Barnett Brown Read Hammond & Mintz who represents D.J. Jubilee, says the opinion is disappointing -- it gives little guidance on how plaintiffs should litigate cases such as this one in the future.

In its opinion, the 5th Circuit noted that D.J. Jubilee contended "that the district court committed reversible error by excluding, as hearsay, several newspaper articles that purported to find strong similarities between Juvenile's and Jubilee's songs."

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Aviator, Million Dollar Baby Lead Oscars Nods

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The boxing saga "Million Dollar Baby" has scored 7 nominations at the Academy Awards, including best picture and acting nominations for Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank (above) and Johnny Depp.

The Howard Hughes epic "The Aviator" led Academy Awards contenders with 11 nominations Tuesday, including best picture among them, plus acting honors for Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett and Alan Alda and a directing nod for Martin Scorsese.

Prediction: BEST Picture often means BIG, Epic sweeping Picture with voters. They go for heroic epics like "Gladiator," "A Beautiful Mind," "Schindler's List," "Braveheart," "Titanic" and "The Last Emperor." Hence, The Aviator could join these films, but don't be surprised if Academy voters split the Best Picture/Best Director combo and give the Oscar to Eastwood, instead of Scorsese.

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Catwoman leads nommies for Worst Film in '04

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The official Razzie Award nominations were announced today with Catwoman leading the pack of last year’s flops.

Halle Berry gets a nommie for Worst Actress in Catwoman, along with Sharon Stone, who got a nod for Worst Supporting Actress in the same film. Hilary Duff and Angelina Jolie join Berry in the Worst Actress category for Raise Your Voice and Alexander, respectively.

The contenders for worst movie of 2004 are Catwoman, White Chicks, Alexander and Surviving Christmas.

President George Bush gets an unusual entry in the Worst Actor category for his performance in Fahrenheit 9/11. The president is joined by former winner Ben Affleck for just about everything he does, Colin Farrell for Alexander and Ben Stiller -- for all his movies in 2004, although they brought in some serious cash at the box office.

The nommies for Worst Director include Pitof for Catwoman, Oliver Stone for Alexander and Keenan Ivory Wayans for White Chicks.

The Razzie's are always announced the day before the Oscar nominations; the ceremony announcing the winners will take place on February 26. You can visit the awards online at their Web site.

Guillermo Coria Watch: Loses 2 a.m. Match

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Guillermo Coria of Argentina

Guillermo Coria lost to fellow Argentina compatriot David Nalbandian at the Australian Open today, by a score of 5-7 7-5 6-3 6-0, with the match ending after 2 a.m. in Melbourne. There were still a few die-hard Coria fans left in the stands.

Some were even awake.

The two stars are the same age (both just turned 23 this month), and both are very close in caliber on hard courts. The two have been fierce rivals since they became junior champions at 15, and reportedly, they do not get along with each other. Nalbandian will now meet Lleyton Hewitt in the quarter finals.

By the way, Guillermo Coria was named after tennis GOD Guillermo Vilas, the great Argentina star from the late 70s and 80s.

January 24, 2005

Harry Potter Author Still Productive

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How does she do it? This is the busiest lady around ...

J.K. Rowling

. . . Not only does J.K. Rowling pop out Harry Potter books every year (well, it seems that way), now she's popped out another kid.

Rowling has given birth to her third child, a baby girl, born Sunday night in Edinburgh, the author's U.K. publisher has announced.

The little wizard-ette has been named yet but let's hope Rowling puts on her Sorting Hat and comes up with something other than Hermione . . . But if anybody can come up with a cool name, it's Harry Potter's creator.

The next book, which is already a best seller according to the orders they're taking over at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, is the sixth one in the series. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is due to be published on July 16.

Paris Hilton Appears in a new Video

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Described as using "profanity to the ultimate" Paris Hilton is in hot water again for appearing in ANOTHER video -- this time, she's caught stealing merchandise. (And not the good stuff that Wynona Ryder usually stuffs down her shirt.) The website Celebrity Justice has obtained the surveillance video pointed at a west Hollywood newstand (huh?) that reportedly shows Paris Hilton throwing a hissy fit, then ripping off her own porn DVD and leaving without paying for it.

Paris Hilton
, According to employee-on-duty, Jerry Castro, Paris stopped by (this happened in mid-December) and went ballistic when she spotted her X-rated video on sale there. "We took a picture together," Castro recalled. "But as soon as she saw that we were selling her videos and we had her on display she was livid. She was using profanity to the ultimate." The Los Angeles County sheriff want to press charges against the socialite for the theft. Sigh. Read on . . .

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Nicollette Sheridan: Got Flowers, but wanted a Porsche

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Amazing ratings don't mean an Amazing Paycheck when you work for ABC TV. Can the residents of picture-perfect Wisteria Lane get a break? Now that their show Desperate Housewives is a smash hit, the ladies are threatening to revolt if their salaries are not increased -- and pronto.

The "housewives" - Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Nicolette Sheridan and Eva Longoria are demanding bigger paychecks to cash in on the worldwide success of the ABC sitcom.

Now seen in more than 40 countries, the American comedy is has been consistently in the top ten in the US television ratings, regularly attracting more than 30 million viewers.

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Bad Aussie Accent Nails Phony Bruce Willis

Posted by Fara Kearnes at 3:17 AM |

A Serbian con man has been passing himself off as American actor Bruce Willis but was caught because he apparently didn't know the difference between an American accent from an Aussie one.

AND (this is my favorite part!) the reason he thought Bruce Willis was from Down Under, was because EVERYONE in Hollywood is from the Big Red Oz: "I thought he was Australian since all the rest of Hollywood seem to be from there," he told police. (Wait. Isn't that an insult to Australians?)

Oh, and bollocks, mate, he used a forged Australian passport too! Read the story

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