Trailer for Documentary A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story

a brave heart: the lizzie velasquez story

From the producers of the most viewed TEDWomen event of 2013 comes A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story, a documentary following the inspiring journey of 25-year-old, 58-pound Lizzie from cyber-bullying victim to anti-bullying activist. The Sara Hirsh Bordo-directed film premieres at SXSW on March 14th at 11 a.m. at the Paramount Theater.

Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Velasquez was first bullied as a child in school for looking different and, later online, as a teenager when she discovered a YouTube video labeling her “The World’s Ugliest Woman.” The film chronicles unheard stories and details of Lizzie’s physical and emotional journey up to her multi-million viewed TEDx talk, and follows her pursuit from a motivational speaker to Capitol Hill as she lobbies for the first federal anti-bullying bill.

Rita Velasquez, Lupe Velasquez, Chris Velasquez and Marina Velasquez also appear in the film, which features music from singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.



Photos from the Red Carpet of the 87th Annual Academy Awards

red carpet

Neil Patrick Harris hosted the 87th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night, but before the show kicked off, the stars walked the red carpet and we’ve got photos that you can view below! The Oscar Warrior also live-blogged the awards and you can view an archived version of the blog here.

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Grand Budapest Hotel topped the night with four awards each, while Whiplash took home three awards. You can check out the full list of nominations and winners by clicking here

What did you think of the show? Let us know in the below!



Nominations and Winners of the 87th Annual Academy Awards

The 87th Annual Academy Awards

Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, The 87th Annual Academy Awards were held on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. The Oscars were televised live by the ABC Television Network in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Photos from the Red Carpet of the 87th Annual Academy Awards

You can see the nominations and winners below. The Oscar Warrior also live-blogged the awards show, which you can check out here.

Best Picture

American Sniper (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Fox Searchlight Pictures) **Winner**
Boyhood (IFC Films)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Company)
Selma (Paramount Pictures)
The Theory of Everything (Focus Features)
Whiplash (Sony Pictures Classics)


Alejandro G. Iñárritu – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) **Winner**
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game

Actor in a Leading Role

Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything **Winner**

Actress in a Leading Role

Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice **Winner**
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Actor in a Supporting Role

Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash **Winner**

Actress in a Supporting Role

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood **Winner**
Laura Dern – Wild
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Meryl Streep  – Into the Woods

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

American Sniper, Written by Jason Hall
The Imitation Game, Written by Graham Moore **Winner**
Inherent Vice, Written by Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything, Written by Anthony McCarten
Whiplash, Written by Damien Chazelle

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Alexander Dinelaris, Nicolas Giacobone, Armando Bo **Winner**
Boyhood, Written by Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher, Written by Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Written by Wes Anderson
Nightcrawler, Written by Dan Gilroy

Foreign Language Film

Ida (Music Box Films), Poland, Pawel Pawlikowski **Winner**
Leviathan (Sony Pictures Classics), Russia, Andrey Zvyagintsev
Tangerines, Estonia, Zaza Urushadze
Timbuktu (Cohen Media Group), Mauritania, Abderrahmane Sissako
Wild Tales (Sony Pictures Classics), Argentina, Damián Szifrón

Animated Feature Film

Big Hero 6 (Walt Disney Pictures) **Winner**
The Boxtrolls (Focus Features)
How to Train a Dragon 2 (DreamWorks Animation) 
Song of the Sea (GKIDS)
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (GKIDS)

Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock **Winner**
The Imitation Game – Production Design: Maria Djurkovic; Set Decoration: Tatiana Macdonald
Interstellar – Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
Into the Woods – Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
Mr. Turner – Production Design: Suzie Davies; Set Decoration: Charlotte Watts


Emmanuel Lubezki – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) **Winner**
Robert Yeoman – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski – Ida
Dick Pope – Mr. Turner
Roger Deakins – Unbroken

Costume Design

Milena Canonero – The Grand Budapest Hotel **Winner**
Mark Bridges – Inherent Vice
Colleen Atwood – Into the Woods
Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive – Maleficent
Jacqueline Durran – Mr. Turner

Film Editing

Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach – American Sniper
Sandra Adair - Boyhood
Barney Pilling - The Grand Budapest Hotel 
William Goldenberg – The Imitation Game
Tom Cross – Whiplash **Winner**

Documentary (Feature)

Citizenfour (RADiUS-TWC) **Winner**
Finding Vivian Maier (Sundance Selects)
Last Days in Vietnam (American Experience)
The Salt of the Earth  (Sony Pictures Classics)
Virunga (Netflix)

Makeup and Hairstyling

Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard – Foxcatcher
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier – The Grand Budapest Hotel **Winner**
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White – Guardians of the Galaxy

Music (Original Score)

Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel **Winner**
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Hans Zimmer - Interstellar
Gary Yershon – Mr. Turner
Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Theory of Everything

Music (Original Song)

“Everything Is Awesome” from The LEGO Movie
Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson
“Glory” from Selma **Winner**
Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me
Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
“Lost Stars” from Begin Again
Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

Sound Mixing

John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin – American Sniper
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten – Interstellar
Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee – Unbroken
Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley – Whiplash **Winner**

Sound Editing

Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman – American Sniper **Winner**
Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Brent Burge and Jason Canovas – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Richard King – Interstellar
Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro – Unbroken

Visual Effects

Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould – Guardians of the Galaxy
Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher – Interstellar **Winner**
Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer – X-Men: Days of Future Past

Documentary (Short Subject)

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry **Winner**
Joanna – Aneta Kopacz
Our Curse – Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki
The Reaper (La Parka) – Gabriel Serra Arguello
White Earth – J. Christian Jensen

Short Film (Animated)

The Bigger Picture – Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees
The Dam Keeper – Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
Feast – Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed **Winner**
Me and My Moulton – Torill Kove
A Single Life – Joris Oprins

Short Film (Live Action)

Aya – Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis
Boogaloo and Graham – Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney
Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak) – Hu Wei and Julien Féret
Parvaneh – Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger
The Phone Call – Mat Kirkby and James Lucas **Winner**


The New Promo for House of Cards Season 3

House of Cards Season 3

Netflix aired a new promo for their hit series “House of Cards” during The Oscars on Sunday night and you can now watch it below! The third season will debut on February 27.

Starring two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey (who also took home a Golden Globe for his work on the Netflix series), the third season picks up as Francis (Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) Underwood continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. The third season will feature new recurring characters, including Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, The Blind Side) in an unspecified role and Jenna Stern (16 Blocks, Hitch) as an ambassador at the United Nations. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of the band Pussy Riot will also appear.

Based on the BBC miniseries of the same name, the third season of “House of Cards” is executive produced by David Fincher, Joshua Donen, Beau Willimon, Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti, John David Coles and Eric Roth. The one-hour drama is produced by Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix.

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delete is Live-Blogging The 87th Oscars!

The 87th Oscars’s Oscar Warrior is live-blogging The 87th Oscars on Sunday night, February 22 starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT!

Alejandro Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel are tied with nine nominations each to lead the pack with The Imitation Game scoring eight, followed by Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper with six each. All five of those movies have received Best Picture nominations along with three other films: SelmaThe Theory of Everything and Whiplash. The first four movies also have received nominations for director with the fifth being Bennet Miller for Foxcatcher (which didn’t receive a Best Picture nomination).

Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, The 87th Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

You can follow along below, and if you have any questions during the broadcast, you can post them to the below or you can tweet to @EDouglasWW or use the hashtag #CSOscarBlog, and we’ll try to answer them. You can view the full list of nominations for the 87th Academy Awards by clicking here.

Once the live blog starts, you can refresh the page for the latest updates!

12:09 And that’s it for me, folks!  This ceremony was way too long and it was only in the last hour where it got remotely interesting or entertaining. I think we need new producers and a new host for next year because this year was verging on disastrous until the end.  Night!

12:04 And the Oscar goes to Birdman! (Although shouldn’t it be Birdman (and the Whatever the Rest of the Title is?)

12:03 AM And here comes two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn to announce the Best Picture…. which will be Birdman?

12 AM (3 1/2 hours into the telecast!) and instead of announcing Best Picture, NPH is bringing back that Oscar predictions joke… sigh.

11:57 And Julianne Moore wins her first Oscar for Still Alice and gets another standing ovation. it’s like the people in the audience are just tired of sitting down and will give a standing ovation just to stretch their legs. (Julianne is giving a great speech, talking very eloquently without getting overly emotional.)

11:56 The last hour of the Oscars have been fantastic but that’s because there’s been less NPH and more Oscar moment nods to last year as well as finally answering some of the big questions of the Oscar race.

11:53 And here comes Matthew McConaughey to present the Oscar for Female Lead which everyone is guessing will go to Julianne Moore for Still Alice

11:51 And the Oscar goes to Eddie Redmayne!! Woohoo … so well deserved! (And such a nice guy… but we’ll forgive him for Jupiter Ascending.) And he’s giving a really heartfelt and emotional speech.

11:48 Next up is Cate Blanchett presenting the Lead Actor category which has also been hugely contested as a horserace between Keaton and Redmayne… who will win? (I picked Redmayne although my gut tells me that Keaton might win this one and continue Birman’s sweep.)

11:44 I’m so happy for Alejandro. Interviewed him for his last couple movies and I’ve been a fan going to 21 Grams. Guy is a great director and so deserving of the Oscar and it’s good for him to win in a year where everyone is complaining about an “all-white Oscars” (Although his cinematographer Chivo is also Mexican and Whiplash editor Tom Cross is half-Asian.)

11:42 And the winner is…. Alejandro Inarritu… which means that Birdman has almost definitely won Best Picture as well.

11:40 We’re 3 hours and ten minutes into the broadcast with four more awards to give out including the big ones.  Next presenter is Ben Affleck and NPH (who disappeared for a while) makes a “Gone Girl” joke. Affleck is presenting Best Director… which is odd because he didn’t win last year and he wasn’t even nominated the year before. Is this another Oscar apology? I wonder who’ll win this one.

11:37 And where did NPH go? He’s no longer introducing anyone, not even the “what’s coming up next”…

11:36 An incredibly moving speech from Graham Moore, writer of The Imitation Game, who did indeed win for Adapted Screenplay. And he also gets a standing ovation as well as a number of teary-eyed actors in the audience.

11:33 Eddie Murphy only presented Original Screenplay as Oprah Winfrey is coming out to present Adapted Screenplay, which could also go a number of different ways but The Imitation Game is thought to be the frontrunner.

11:31 Incidentally it’s been a long time since Best Picture would sweep all categories as was the case with Slumdog Millionaire, Hurt Locker, and Return of the King.  12 Years a Slave won three Oscars including Best Picture, as did Argo. The King’s Speech won four total.

11:30 Best Original Screenplay goes to Birdman, which definitely seems to point to it winning Best Picture over The Grand Budapest Hotel, which many thought might take this one. Boyhood may be out of the running at this point unless they give director to Linklater.

11:29 Next presenter is Eddie Murphy and man, I hope he does better than he did at SNL 40 last weekend…. Murphy is presenting the screenplay awards, starting with original screenplay which could help give a sign of where things are going with Best Picture. 

11:27 So far, Grand Budapest is ahead with four Oscar wins, Whiplash is second with three, Boyhood and Birdman both have one each, as do American Sniper and Selma. None for the Imitation Game or Theory of Everything.

11:23 Yes! Alexandre Desplat has won his first Oscar for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” after seven previous nominations!  (Sadly, I got that one wrong in my Oscar predictions.)  This is the fourth Oscar for Wes Anderson’s latest film.

11:22 Julie Andrews is presenting Best Original Score with all the poise and grace we’ve come to expect from her. (Alexandre Desplat has two nominations in his category… will he win one of them?) 

11:20 At least they’re bringing out Julie Andrews who gives Lady Gaga a big hug before being introduced and that gets a standing ovation.  This show is so back-loaded. It’s been such a dud until the last 15 minutes starting with “Glory” and now this.

11:15 And just to annoy me further, it’s Lady Gaga singing “The Sound of Music”… I mean, what is the point of this? Don’t we have more awards to give out still? And she goes into “My Favorite Things.”  Her voice is as strong as Julie Andrews’ in the original movie (which is a favorite of mine) but I do question when a show is running this late that they pad it with this sort of thing.

11:13 She’s talking about “The Sound of Music” which was at the Oscars 50 years ago… but with the show already running 2 hours and 45 minutes, is this really necessary?

11:12 Next up is Scarlett Johansson introducing something…. who cares what it is? She looks great!

11:11 By the way, if for some crazy reason Whiplash wins Adapted Screenplay, it could pull an upset for Best Picture. I don’t see it happening but it’s out there.

11:08 John Legend and Common gave a great speech and got a standing ovation from the audience in the Kodak Theater. With less than a half hour to go, the Oscars seemed to have finally gotten some life pumped into them!  And we still have a couple horse races to go in screenplay categories, director, actor and picture!

11:05 And “Glory” wins!!!  Such a great song and performance… but will Common and John Legend accept the award even though they didn’t write the music or lyrics?

11:02 And the best joke of the night makes reference to John Travolta’s pronunciation of Idina Menzel from last year’s Oscars as she introduces him as “Glom Gazingo.” They’re presenting the award for Best Original Song which should go to “Glory.” 

11:00 This is an amazing performance and I’ll be truly shocked if this doesn’t win Original Song.

10:57 NPH is still carrying on with this silly Oscar predictions gag although Octavia Spencer had to introduce the performance of “Glory” by John Legend and Common

10:53 They still have two song performances to go? What are they waiting for?

10:50 Yup, CitizenFour won and I’m guessing that Edward Snowden won’t come out to accept it. (And NPH just made the same joke, which makes me feel like a hack.)

10:49 Next up are Jennifer Aniston and David Oyelowo (both snubbed in their respective actor categories) presenting for Best Documentary which should go to CitizenFour although I’d much prefer to see Life Itself getting nominated.

10:48 It’s a shame that the Oscar ceremony isn’t that great considering that the 8 Best Picture contenders are some of the best movies in many years. At least six or seven of them deserve to win Best Picture.

10:46 Next up is Terrence Howard who is presenting Whiplash as Best Picture… great timing considering its three wins. Also getting a little teary-eyed while presenting The Imitation Game (as opposed to Selma, the third film he’s introducing).

10:44 Woohoo!!!  Tom Cross won for Whiplash, its third win of the night!!  I have a special connection to this one because Tom Cross’ wife is a long-time acquaintance of mine.

10:43 Okay, we’re back with Naomi Watts and Benedict Cumberbatch presenting the award for Film Editing… we have ten more awards to go and (presumably) 45 minutes left.  This one could go to Boyhood but I want Whiplash to win.

10:39 The only thing I’m going to say about the In Memoriam section was that they seemed to have left off Joan Rivers , which seems like an odd omission since she’s appeared in many films. Beautiful presentation and song by Jennifer Hudson otherwise.

10:30 Meryl Streep has only won three out of 19 Oscar nominations? That’s not great. I guess she’s presenting the In Memoriam segment … and I’m putting a moratorium on jokes until it’s over.

10:29 Gotta say that so far this is one of the most boring Oscar ceremonies in recent memory, at least since the current producers got involved.  Time to get new producers next year I think.

10:25 Yup. Emmanuel Lubecski wins his second Oscar in a row while Roger Deakins still has never won an Oscar for his work.

10:23 It’s Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba… an odd pairing but they’ll probably present another technical award… and yes indeed, they’re presenting Cinematography which most people think will go to Birdman unless Grand Budapest pulls an upset and gets its fourth Oscar!

10:22 Lots of fans of the Grand Budapest Hotel in the audience which makes me think it might win Original Screenplay as well.

10:20 Next is Chris Pratt and Felicity Jones.. what do these two have in common besides being actors? Not much. They’re presenting the Oscar for Production Design… how exciting. This should also go to Grand Budapest.

10:17 At least the commercials are going by fast… I guess that’s something, right?  Now NPH is presenting the President of the Academy, Cheryl Boone Isaacs. I have no idea what she’s talking about. I’m starting to zone out. Oh, she’s talking about freedom of expression and the courage of filmmakers… got it. Not sure why she has decided to mention this at this point in the show when they’re nearing the two-hour mark though.

10:15 Not sure if Big Hero 6’s win was that big a surprise… except to Jeffrey Katzenberg who probably spent more money on awards campaigns than it actually grossed domestically.  I liked Big Hero 6 too much to be bitter that I got it wrong in my Oscar predictions.

10:10 And it’s a pretty big upset cause Big Hero 6 has won for Animated Feature, which means that Disney swept the animation category this year! 

10:08 Next up is the presentation for Animated Feature presented by Zoe Saldana and Dwayne Johnson… who actually look really good together. This would be a huge upset if How to Train Your Dragon 2 doesn’t win.

10:07 It goes to Disney’s “Feast”!!! My favorite animated short I’ve seen in a long time… and with that, I’m 3/3 in the shorts categories. 

10:05 Next up is Kevin Hart and Anna Kendrick, possibly the weirdest and most random pairing of a weird and random night? They’re presenting the animation categories. Or at least animated short. Will this go to “Feast” or “The Dam Builder”?

10:03 Next up is Ansel Elgort and Chloe Moretz who are presenting the screenplay categories? No, visual FX. That was a weird intro… This should go to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes….  NOPE!!! Interstellar! It’s first (and probably only) win of the night unless Hans Zimmer wins for his score.

9:59 And we’re back with NPH referring back to his Oscar predictions gag from earlier… and next up is Josh Hutcherson of The Hunger Games introducing the song from “Beyond the Lights”… “Grateful” performed by Rita Ora. (Number was okay but seemed shorter than other numbers.)

9:54 Poor, Ellar Coltrane. Went to give his “Mom” a hug and she walked away…  And Patricia Arquette uses her win to make a political statement about equal wages for women. You mean she didn’t get paid the same amount as Ethan Hawke? is that what she’s trying to say?

9:53 And the winner is Patricia Arquette, of course. Did anyone think this was going to go otherwise? I hate to sound like Jeff Wells but this makes for a boring telecast when everything goes exactly as expected/predicted.

9:51 Next up is Jared Leto in a grey tux to present Supporting Actress (which most think will go to Patricia Arquette).

9:48 Sound editing goes to….  American Sniper!  (At least I got that one right) This one proves my point that war movies almost always win in this category, the winners in this category having previously won for Eastwood’s Letters from Iwo Jima.

9:47 Honest to gosh, the first time I saw Whiplash (in an IMAX theater) I was not impressed with the sound mixing… and remember that I actually had a career as a sound mixer long before I wrote about movies.

9:46 Sound Mixing goes to… Whiplash!  (Darn, I think I picked Birdman but I’m glad to see Whiplash has won two Oscars tonight!)

9:45 Next is Chris Evans and Sienna Miller presenting for sound mixing and sound editing… just to get things exciting again.

9:43 Next up is Margot Robbie and Miles Teller (who played drums for NPH’s entrance). Oh, great. They’re talking about the technical awards.. that were also presented weeks ago. Do we really need this as part of the broadcast?

9:42 NPH seems to be missing. Maybe they can find a better host. This Oscar telecast has been pretty lame so far. And now they’re doing an obvious Birdman bit with NPH walking naked through the hallways behind the theater. Sigh. (This is literally some of the same jokes done last night at the Independent Spirits.)

9:37 Honestly, I hadn’t heard this song before and I think it’s better than at least the previous two performed and probably “Glory” as well.  Shame it won’t win.

9:35 Gwyneth Paltrow is introducing the song from the Glenn Campbell doc, “I’m Not Going to Miss You,” performed by Tim McGraw.

9:33 Oh, no… it’s NPH walking through the audience again, pointing out the British actors and humiliating the likes of David Oyelowo, who should have been nominated for an Oscar. They’re doing a bit where he’s trying to prove that jokes are funnier and less insulting with a British accent. Oy vey.

9:31 And just like on Thursday night, Viola Davis follows Kerry Washington.  She’s talking about the Governor’s Award for the Lifetime Achievement Awards which were presented earlier to Harry Belafonte, Maureen O’Hara, Hayao Miyazaki and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, and they have clips from the earlier presentation.

9:30 Winners to the orchestra: “Yeah, try to play us off when we have something serious to say… we’re ignoring you!”

9:28 Next is Documentary short… will this also go to the movie about a crisis hotline?!? Spoiler: Yup.  It goes to Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1. (And they cut to Bradley Cooper… cause you know, he played a veteran.)

9:27 At least the winners of Live Action Short are British so we can be amused by their accents… and they’re also being played off as they suddenly remember who they should thank.

9:25 They’re presenting the Live Action Shorts or… the make or break for most office Oscar pools. (As expected, the weepy The Phone Call won, which makes me think that all the other shorts frontrunners will win with few surprises.)

9:24 Uh oh… NPH is back. But at least some of the actors in the audience have LEGO Oscars in their possession.  Next up is Kerry Washington and Jason Bateman to present… something they have nothing to do with?  #randomOscars

9:18 This could be this year’s “Blame Canada” with Tegan & Sarah joined by Lonely Island, but it’s just a crazy performance with too much going on. But it has Batman playing death metal… what the?!? I hope Batman will play more death metal in the LEGO Batman Movie.

9:17 The show is pretty bad so far… including NPH’s introduction of Marion Cotillard who is introducing…  the performance of “Everything is Awesome!” of course because… she has absolutely nothing to do with The LEGO Movie. I hope this is good.

9:15 Oh, no. NPH is walking through the crowd and talking with the seat fillers in the audience.

9:13 And the oddest choice to present Best Picture nominee Boyhood… Shirley MacLaine!?!?! Oh, she’s also presenting The Theory for Everything and Birdman Etc.  Still, what an odd choice and I don’t get these BP presentations.

9:12 And Pawel Pawlikowsky gets played off but he keeps going because he forgot to thank the important people… like his late wife.

9:10 And the Oscar goes to… Ida from Poland. Already the frontrunner and favorite despite Leviathan’s Golden Globe win. This is the first win in ten nominations for Poland.

9:09 After a weak joke about them switching places through make-up, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor are presenting… Foreign Language film.  (No idea what they were presenting at first)

9:07 Not to boast but I’m 3 for 3 on my Oscar picks… although we won’t be seeing/hearing the tough races for another two hours at least.

9:03 Next up is Channing Tatum who is presenting… the Team Oscar search?  What the? 

9:02 Very classy shout-out to the late Dick Smith by the winners.

9:01 Yup, goes to Grand Budapest Hotel for its second win of the night. But yeah, as mentioned in the , we’re half an hour into the show with only three awards given away.

8:59 Next presenter is Reese Witherspoon after a terrible introduction by NPH.  He’s really not doing well. She’s presenting Hair and Make-Up which should also go to Grand Budapest Hotel.

8:57 Jennifer Lopez is presenting Costume Design and the Oscar goes to… (drum roll)  The Grand Budapest Hotel! This is the fourth Oscar for the costume designer whose name I’m not even going to try to spell. She previously won for Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette and Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon.

8:56 You can tell there are Oscar-worthy actors in the audience. They’re laughing at NPH’s weak jokes.

8:55 I don’t want to pass judgment on the show after just 25 minutes but so far…  not great.

8:52 Now’s a good time for questions if you have any.   below or on Twitter with the hashtag #CSOscarBlog.

8:51 In all honesty, I’m not a huge fan of Maroon 5 either. I like Keira Knightley’s version of the song in the movie better.

8:49 Dakota Johnson is introducing Maroon 5 and Adam Levine performing “Lost Stars” from Begin Again. (I won’t say any more about the song because I have a definite bias against the songwriter.)

8:48 I don’t understand why these award shows do these Best Picture presentations throughout the show like this. I figure most people know who the BP nominees are.

8:46 Next up is Liam Neeson presenting the Best Picture nominations?  I never understand why they do this but I guess he’s talking about Grand Budapest Hotel and American Sniper? I guess he has a connection to Ralph Fiennes through Schindler’s List but what is the connection to American Sniper?

8:45 NPH is doing a bit where he says he’s predicted the Oscar winners and put the envelope in a locked glass case so that no one will think he tampered with it.  Kind of an odd decision but we’ll see how it goes.

8:44 J.K. mostly thanked his wife and his kids and didn’t waste too much time.

8:41 And the winner is…. (drum roll) J.K. Simmons!!!! Yay!!!!! (Note: Lupita screwed up and said “The Actor Goes to…” which is what they give away at the SAG.)

8:40 Birdman (and the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is becoming this year’s Borat… and whatever its annoyingly long full title was.

8:39 JK Simmons is thought to be the frontrunner in this category… will he win?

8:38 So far, NPH is being very earnest and not making many jokes. (Although he just made one about Smurfs 2). First up is Supporting Actor cause here comes last year’s Supporting Actress winner, Lupita Nyong’o.

8:37 I’m not sure but I think American Sniper may be the highest grossing Best Picture nominee after Titanic and Avatar.

8:34 It is funny how many times the camera cuts to NPH’s “Gone Girl” co-star Rosamund Pike… twice so far.

8:33 Now NPH is joined by Anna Kendrick who is almost as big a Broadway fan as NPH… and they’re interrupted by a cranky Jack Black.  This isn’t a very good opening, I gotta say.

8:32 And less than two minutes before he was doing a magic trick…

8:30 It’s starting and here comes NPH!  (And he goes almost directly into a musical number after a joke about the Oscars honoring the “biggest and whitest”)

8:25 Five minutes until the show starts!  Robin Roberts is getting a lot of last minute interviews inside the Dolby Theater. Get ready folks!

8:23 Literally nothing has been going on for the last 23 minutes. It’s like the sold advertising for a show that just isn’t happening.

8:15 This is going to be the longest 15 minutes ever.

8:14 Bradley Cooper seems to be very excited to be at the Oscars with Clint Eastwood… didn’t he work with him for months?

8:09 About twenty minutes until the ceremony begins. The red carpet has been as uneventful as it always is.  Hopefully the ceremony will make up for it.

8:05 I bet Ethan Hawke can’t wait to stop talking about Boyhood. We can start asking him about the fourth movie in the Before  Sunset series soon.

8:03 I notice that Emma Stone isn’t with Andrew Garfield. Man, that would blow if he loses the Spider-Man gig and his girlfriend at the same time.

8:01 I’m glad Robin Roberts is doing the red carpet at least, cause she classes it up. Although right now it’s pretty slow. Lots of commercials.

7:57 So far, the majority seems to think that Best Picture will either go to Birdman or Boyhood.  I’m going with Birdman but I do hope Richard Linklater wins for director cause it’s amazing that he spent 12 years making Boyhood…. and making a dozen other movies in the same time.

7:53 I just made the mistake of trying to find out why Margot Robbie is trending on Twitter… I need a few minutes here. (I’ve met her in person recently and she’s very nice.)

7:48 42 minutes until the actual show starts. Right now it’s just fashion stuff.   (See my previous comment. I’m not into fashion.)

7:45 For those wondering, I’m wearing a Scott Pilgrim T-shirt and Levi’s jeans tonight.

7:44 Benedict Cumberbatch says the nominations do when the interviewer suggests that good things happen in threes (since he just got married and has a baby on the way)

7:41 It’s Chris Pratt and Anna Faris looking cute as ever. I guess Chris Pratt may be presenting tonight? He has cleaned up nice although he still has a slight beard.

7:38 It’s crazy how early ABC started their coverage of the red carpet.  There were hosts on the carpet at 5pm Eastern and they didn’t have anyone to talk to.

7:35 PM Hey, everyone! Just signing on.  Not much going on right now except ABC is showing a red carpet interview with Dakota Johnson and her mother Melanie Griffith.


Learn How Die Antwoord Ended Up Starring in Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie


One of the more interesting aspects of Neill Blomkamp’s third feature film Chappie is the unconventional decision to cast South African rappers Ninja (on left) and Yo-Landi Vi$$er, collectively known as Die Antwoord, in key roles as version of themselves, in a future in which they’re criminals who end up stealing a high-tech police robot (played by Shalrto Copley) and training him to help them commit crimes.

Die Antwoord are hugely popular worldwide due to the hard-edged music and the intense visuals in their music videos, which have been seen by millions of viewers, and Blomkamp incorporated the group’s visual style and attitude into his movie. 

In the featurette below, you can learn more about the group and their relationship with Blomkamp that led to this collaboration on Chappie

Also starring Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel and Sigourney Weaver, Chappie opens nationwide on March 6. Look for our interview with Blomkamp and some of his cast over the next couple weeks in which they talk more about the influence of Die Antwoord on the sci-fi action thriller. 

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Fifty Shades of Grey Remains #1 Despite Huge 73% Drop

Fifty Shades of Grey

Three new movies opened on Friday in wide release but none of them had much of an effect on last week’s Top 3 as Universal Pictures’ adaptation of E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, remained in first place despite a jaw-dropping 73% drop from its Valentine’s Day opening weekend record. It grossed an estimated $23.2 million in its second weekend.  

Despite the drop, Fifty Shades of Grey is currently the highest-grossing movie of the year domestically with $130.1 million, but adding the international box office, where it remained #1 in 51 markets with $68.1 million and $280.5 million total, it has now grossed $410.6 million at the global box office so far. 

Remaining in second place was Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service (20th Century Fox), starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and Taron Egerton, which grossed an estimated $17.5 million in its second weekend, down 52%, but with a solid 10-day gross of $67.1 million, well ahead of Vaughn’s last Mark Millar adaptation, Kick-Ass

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (Paramount) remained in third place with a solid $15.5 million, down 52% from the holiday weekend, making it the second-highest grossing movie of the year with $125.2 million. The way things are going, it could very well pull ahead of 50 Shades domestically with that having such a big week-to-week drop-off and with little family competition.

The top new movie of the weekend was the Kevin Costner cross-country racing drama McFarland, USA (Disney), based on the true story of the California town where a group of unlikely Mexican migrant workers became the top running team in the state. It grossed roughly $11.3 million in 2,755 theaters to take fourth place. 

Following close behind is another new movie, the high school comedy The DUFF (CBS Films/Lionsgate), starring Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Ken Jeong and Allison Janney, which grossed an estimated $11 million in 2,575 theaters, averaging $4,283 per theater, for fifth place.

Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper (Warner Bros.) continued its strong run in the Top 10 with another $9.6 million to take sixth place. It has grossed $320 million domestically since opening on Christmas Day in New York and L.A. and it’s a week or two away from becoming the highest grossing movie of 2014. Since Bradley Cooper also provided the voice of Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy, that puts him in a good place as a box office star, being in two of the three top movies of last year.

Expected by many to do much better this weekend than it actually did, the comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (Paramount), starring Adam Scott, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Gillian Jacobs, absolutely bombed this weekend with just $5.8 million in 2,888 theaters (that’s more than the other two movies), averaging just $2,000 per venue. That’s compared to the $14 million that the original comedy made in March 2010, which makes it clear that fans of the original movie had no interest in a sequel (Apparently, having most of the cast appear on an entire episode of E!’s “The Soup” does little to get people to go see your movie in theaters either.)

Speaking of bombs, the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending (Warner Bros.) continued to lose ground as it dropped 60% in its third weekend to take eighth place with $3.7 million and a $39.5 million domestic gross so far. 

The top 10 was rounded out by the Weinstein Company’s two biggest hits The Imitation Game and Paddington with $2.6 and $2.2 million, respectively. With $83 million grossed so far, The Imitation Game is the second-highest grossing movie nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars tonight, well behind American Sniper

Ending up just outside the Top 10 was the drama Still Alice, starring Oscar frontrunner Julianne Moore, which expanded into 765 theaters on Friday and ended up with $2.2 million over the weekend for a total of just under $8 million since opening in mid-January.

Opening in four theaters New York and L.A., the Oscar-nominated Argentinian revenge anthology Wild Tales (Sony Pictures Classics), a festival favorite, grossed $89,000 with a theater average of $22,250.


The ‘Winners’ of the 35th Annual Razzie Awards

Nominations for the 35th Annual Razzie Awards

For the 35th year in a row, The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation has awarded their Razzie Awards for best of the worst of 2014. You can check out the ‘winners’ and nominations below. Do you agree with the ‘winners’?


Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas **Winner**
Left Behind
The Legend of Hercules
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Transformers: Age of Extinction


Nicolas Cage / Left Behind
Kirk Cameron / Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas **Winner**
Kellan Lutz / The Legend of Hercules
Seth MacFarlane / A Million Ways To Die in the West
Adam Sandler / Blended


Drew Barrymore / Blended
Cameron Diaz / The Other Woman and Sex Tape **Winner**
Melissa McCarthy / Tammy
Charlize Theron / A Million Ways to Die in the West
Gaia Weiss / The Legend of Hercules


Ben Affleck (From RAZZIE “Winner” for GIGLI to Oscar Darling for ARGO and GONE GIRL) **Winner**
Jennifer Aniston (From 4-Time RAZZIE Nominee to SAG Award Nominee for CAKE)
Mike Myers (From RAZZIE “Winner” for LOVE GURU to Docu Director of SUPERMENSCH)
Keanu Reeves (From 6-Time RAZZIE Nominee to Critically Acclaimed JOHN WICK)
Kristen Stewart (From RAZZIE “Winner” for TWILIGHT to the Art House Hit CAMP X-RAY)


Cameron Diaz / Annie
Megan Fox / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles **Winner**
Nicola Peltz / Transformers: Age of Extinction
Brigitte Ridenour (Kirk’s Sister) / Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Susan Sarandon / Tammy


Mel Gibson/ Expendables 3
Kelsey Grammer / Expendables 3, Legends of Oz, Think Like a Man Too and Transformers: Age of Extinction **Winner**
Shaquille O’Neal / Blended
Arnold Schwarzenegger / Expendables 3
Kiefer Sutherland/ Pompeii


Michael Bay / Transformers: Age of Extinction **Winner**
Darren Doane / Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas
Renny Harlin / The Legend of Hercules
Jonathan Liebesman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Seth MacFarlane / A Million Ways To Die in the West


Any Two Robots, Actors (or Robotic Actors) / Transformers: Age of Extinction
Kirk Cameron & His Ego / Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas **Winner**
Cameron Diaz & Jason Segel / Sex Tape
Kellan Lutz & Either His Abs, His Pecs or His Glutes / The Legend of Hercules
Seth MacFarlane & Charlize Theron / A Million Ways To Die in the West


Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas, Written by Darren Doane and Cheston Hervey **Winner**
Left Behind, Screenplay by Paul LaLonde and John Patus,
Based on the Novel by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Sex Tape, Screenplay by Kate Angelo and Jason Segel & Nicholas Stoller
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Written by Evan Daugherty and Andre Nemec & Josh Applebaum,
Based on Characters Created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman
Transformers: Age of Extinction, Written by Ehren Kruger, Based on Hasbro’s Transformers Action Figures


Annie **Winner**
Atlas Shrugged #3: Who Is John Galt?
The Legend of Hercules
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Transformers: Age of Extinction]

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