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BIG DATE: Golden Globes! 2010! Trophies!!

Friday, January 15th, 2010

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Oh, Awards Season, how I love thee.  The Golden Globes are on Sunday, the maybe not as accomplished but a whole lot more fun step-sibling to the Oscars, so let’s get down to it and do some picking.  I’m gonna star who I think will win, more stars means more sure of myself, less stars means you know, less…

Best Motion Picture — Drama
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious
***Up in the Air

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
**Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama

*Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up in the Air (or this guy)
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Tobey Maguire, Brothers

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
***(500) Days of Summer
The Hangover
It’s Complicated
Julie & Julia
Nine

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Sandra Bullock, The Proposal (Will Sandy split the vote here for Drama, or will Meryl…)
Marion Cotillard, Nine
Meryl Streep, It’s Complicated
*Meryl Streep, Julie and Julia
Julia Roberts, Duplicity

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
*Matt Damon, The Informant
Daniel Day Lewis, Nine
Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes
Joseph Gordon Levitt, (500) Days of Summer
Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
***Mo-Nique, Precious
Julianne Moore, A Single Man
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Penelope Cruz, Nine

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Matt Damon, Invictus
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
****Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger

Best Animated Feature Film
Coraline
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
The Princess and the Frog
**Up

Best Foreign Language Film
Barria
Broken Embraces
A Prophet
****The White Ribbon
The Maid

Best Director — Motion Picture
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker (Here’s hoping)
*James Cameron, Avatar
Clint Eastwood, Invictus
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglorious Basterds (trying to read the minds of foreigners… maybe Quentin here?)

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture
*Up in the Air
It’s Complicated
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglorious Basterds (maybe they’ll give him this if they don’t give him director…)

Best Original Score — Motion Picture
**Michael Giacchino, Up
Marvin Hamlisch, The Informant
James Horner, Avatar (I will cut someone if this wins)
Abel Krozeniowski, A Single Man
Karen O. and Carter Burwell, Where the Wild Things Are

Best Original Song — Motion Picture
“I Will See You,” Avatar
***”The Weary Kind,” The Crazy Heart
“Winter,” Brothers
“Cinema Italiano,” Nine
“I Want to Come Home,” Everybody’s Fine

TV TIME:

BEST TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA

Big Love
Dexter
House
***Mad Men
True Blood

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA

Glenn Close, Damages
January Jones, Mad Men
** Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Anna Paquin, True Blood
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA

Simon Baker, The Mentalist
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
*** Hugh Laurie, House
Bill Paxton, Big Love

BEST TELEVISION SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

30 Rock (of course maybe)
Entourage
* Glee
Modern Family
The Office

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

* Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Courteney Cox, Cougar Town
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Lea Michele, Glee  (is there an all of the above option?)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

*** Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
David Duchovny, Californication
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee

BEST MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Georgia O’Keefe
** Grey
Gardens
Into the Storm
Little Dorrit
Taking Chance

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Joan Allen, Georgia O’Keefe
Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens
** Jessica Lange, Grey Garden
Anna Paquin, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
Sigourney Weaver, Prayers for Bobby

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Kevin Bacon, Taking Chance  (No idea.  None.)
Kenneth Branagh, Wallander: One Step Behind
Chiewetel Ejiofor, Endgame
* Brendan Gleeson, Into the Storm
Jeremy Irons, Georgia O’Keefe

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Jane Adams, Hung
Rose Byrne, Damages
* Jane Lynch, Glee
Janet McTeer, Into the Storm
Chloë Sevigny, Big Love (Would be equally happy for this bitch.  Love.)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Michael Emerson, Lost
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
William Hurt, Damages
* John Lithgow, Dexter
Jeremy Piven, Entourage (Just.  Please.  No.)

FLIRTING: Harold Faltermeyer to score ‘A Couple of Dicks’ ??

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Oh, Kevin Smith, please don’t tease…

This is big news in my world, mainly because of the company I keep.   From Dan’s ‘president of the Faltermeyer fan club’ status to Andy’s ability to barely plunk out the ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ theme on the piano to Amanda’s phone ring to finally Aaron’s kindred spirit-i-ness to Kevin Smith.

Empireonline.com:

Faltermeyer, of course, is the German composer whose compellingly catchy synth compositions elevated the likes of Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun and Tango & Cash to an entirely new level of wondrous 80s cheese – perfect, then, for A Couple Of Dicks, in which Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan play two cops on the trail of a stolen baseball card.

Smith said he’d been using a piece from ‘Fletch’ and he loved the way it fit.  Would you like a reminder?

Here, I found you some pictures from the set, stare at these as that ‘Fletch’ piece plays and then I think we should all hold hands and pray for this magic to come to life.

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Ahhhhhh!  That dog is gonna F that phone up!

And if our hand holding doesn’t work?:

Now, of course, there’s no guarantee at this point that Faltermeyer will take the gig – “What I’m looking for is that old Harold Faltermeyer sound that I grew up on,” said Smith. “If he’s moved on from that sound, I’ll respect that. I’ll go get a Casio and fuck it up myself!” – but it sounds like the perfect marriage of composer and subject.

AGREED.

Oh Patrick, we DO owe it all to you.

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

The Swayze

The Swayze.

You’ll be sorely missed.

Dizzle’s ’09 Comic Con Experience

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Nerdtailin' & Cupcakin' 

It’s that time of year again boys and girls, geeks and nerds, super men and women, vampires and werewolves, playas and pimps, Hollywood and hipsters, young and old. Comic Con is back for its 40th time around in sunny San Diego and CC shows no signs of going through a mid-life crisis. It get’s radder every year. Con had it all.

I wish I could have been there from the beginning with Wednesday’s Preview Night  all the way through to the end on Sunday. But honestly, just one day was more than enough to wipe me out. I wouldn’t have been able to make it through the entire schedule even if I wanted to (I probably would have ended up passed out on the floor at the Masquerade Ball After-party…more about that later).But the crew I was rolling with don’t play (you’ll meet them later); started on Wednesday and finished at 5pm on Sunday. Check out my rhyme scheme suckas…”check one. check one-two.”

This year’s excitement about Comic Con was insane. It’s been a few years since I’ve gone last and although I didn’t have any tickets this time around (sold out), I was determined to get in. Even Nina wanted to attempt a sneaky break-in to Comic Con with me using her ninja-like abilities but ultimately dropped out. I know you’re regretting that poor decision Nina! Fortunately for me, I was able to work some magic and swooped up on 2 professional passes, of which I gave one to my partner in crime, Calvino. I guess I dodged a misdemeanor…this time.

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Saturday was gorgeous! But then again, almost everyday is gorgeous in San Diego. Cal and I got suited, booted, and made our way to downtown. Parking in the Gaslamp District was ridiculous. I felt like I was in LA again but with cleaner and crisper air. Over the past few days, thousands of people mobbed into SD’s huge convention center . We ended up paying $20 to park in a lot across the street and 3 blocks east from the venue. Prime location! And for $20, it was still a steal. Immediately after parking, a bike cabby rolled up on us. These guys go around the Gaslamp in downtown SD looking to give lazy people like us rides in their bike carriages. Although we were just across the street from the venue, and didn’t necessarily need a ride that could have taken us 2 minutes to walk the short distance, our lazy asses still negotiated a deal to be driven for much cheaper than the initial asking price of $7 per person.

 

Entering the futuristic sliding glass doors of the Convention Center, with barely a simple glance at our badges from any security personnel (they looked like they were counting down the hours and minutes until they could get off the clock), you can feel the intense energy bubbled inside the structure wanting to explode. We were met by Christie of the Ha Ha’s, T-Slick, and Travis (dressed up as the fat kid from the 3D movie, “UP).” In the few hours we were at Comic Con (1:30 PM-til morning) we managed to have the most fun that any of us has had all year. Here are some highlights:

  • People were lined up for days at the Paramount Pictures booth waiting to get a pic with some of the Orion slave girls from Star Trek. I know they’re green, but they’re still sexy even when not in sparkly silver bikinis and instead, in the Enterprise starship uniforms.

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  • I was about to woop some ass at the Capcom booth playing Marvel vs. Capcom but instead got the munchies and bought a $9.00 burger that tasted like a $2.00 burger.

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  • Although I wasn’t around for a lot of the panels for upcoming films like “Twilight – New Moon” and James Cameron’s “Avatar,” I happened to see the line for the Iron Man 2 panel. Let’s just say that even Marvel and Paramount employees were getting turned away. Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” was another film being promoted that gained a lot of attention.

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  • I learned that in next season’s “Fringe,” the character “Charlie,” played by Kirk Acevedo, “might” not be around. But then they followed up saying that he’ll still be involved in the series. Which is it? Maybe he’ll be coming back as some crazy creature or he would get sent back to the mental institution where he was once held. Whatever the case may be, I ain’t watching it if he ain’t in it. I can’t stand that Olivia Dunham breezy. That’s probably why I cut my cable.

 

  • Nerd tail was the number one priority on the agenda at Comic Con. You’d know what I mean when you see the pics.

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We eventually left the Convention Center around 5:30 PM to grab a pitcher at the nearby Hooter’s Family Restaurant (yes, it’s a family restaurant…just with bigger boobies than your wife’s). The Haunted Hotel usually sets up shop in October during Halloween season but had its doors open during Comic Con. One of the goons from the show was scaring the bejeeesus out of the two girls trying to sell us “magic capes.” I got CB’d (short for cock blocked) and figured that was our cue to leave and head for the True Blood happy hour party at the Bondi Restaurant starting at 7:00 PM and where the rest of the crew was waiting for us. They were serving free booze and food for 3 hours!

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On our way to Bondi, the funniest thing happens. If you know Cal like I do, you’ll know that he’s a huge Harry Potter fan. I see a short teenage girl dressed up as Harry walking towards us on the sidewalk. As she walks past Calvino, he utters the words, “Wingardium Leviosa!” And before I could start laughing, she yells back “Avada Kedavra!” For those of you aren’t too familiar with Potter, let me me put you up on game. “Wingardium leviosa” is the levitation charm and “Avada Kedavra” is the killing curse…can you say, “Ghosted!” She was not joking around.

Once we got into Bondi for the True Blood happy hour party, that’s when the mood changed from comic con frenzy to comic con madness. The party was just getting started. They were giving away free shirts that said, “Fang Banger” and the new “Tru Blood” drink fashioned after the ones on the show. After about 10 “Tru Blood” cocktails (the next morning I thought that I had rectal bleeding before realizing that what caused my turds to turn red was all those red “Tru Blood” drinks I kept downing), we went to the Masquerade Ball AfterParty in the convention center. More nerd tail to be had! Just imagine a sea of costumed Comic Con badge holders getting crazy to house and techno music. We thought our night would finally end there around midnight when the dj had to pause the music and stop the party for a few minutes so that the paramedics could haul a girl off who was passed out on the floor (we later saw her walking it off…what a soldier). But nope…we decided to top it all off with a little clubbing at the upscale and trendy Ivy Hotel in the Gaslamp where even us nerds clean up well. Nerdtailin’ and cupcakin’ until 2AM!

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Christie’s quote sum’s it all up:

“349 MORE DAYS UNTIL COMIC CON 2010! Dude, today is such a depressing day. We are all bummed out that Comic Con is over. I mean…did we not have the best time ever? WE HAD THE BEST TIME EVER!”

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This was the best Comic Con to date (all this during a recession). Can’t wait to see what next year will bring.

SLOPPY SECONDS: The Omega Man

Monday, July 27th, 2009

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Charlton Heston is Legend, Beyotch.

Okay. So here’s the deal with me and I Am Legend. I was totally uninterested in seeing it because I was like, ‘Yeah, I liked it the first time, when it was called 28 Days Later.’ So of course I didn’t do any research on it. THEN I stumble upon The Omega Man and whaddya know? It really IS the movie that spawned I Am Legend. But hot damn, it’s so much better.

Wicked cheesy 70s music. Crappy, but oh-so-good special effects. Charlton cruising in a convertible shooting MFers all over the place. And oh no, he didn’t need a dog to keep him company. He was just crazy all by himself. Anyway, I found that the crazy was communicated in far more creative ways in this oldie but goodie. Watch it. Now. You’ll get to see this badass:

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