Malcolm McDowell receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Yesterday, Malcolm McDowell received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. While this event should have occurred about 20+ years ago, better late than never, right?

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At the age of 68, McDowell has been in a number of fantastic films, including A Clockwork Orange and Halloween.

Fellow British actor Gary Oldman was present to honor McDowell. The event resulted in what is perhaps the most precious picture I have ever seen.

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Congrats, Malcolm!

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Oscar Sunday 2012: My predictions

As an avid film writer, I feel it is my civic duty to announce my predictions before the Academy Awards air this evening. I’ll get right to it…

Best Picture

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Snore shouldn’t even be in the running in this category, so we can nix that one right away. I predict The Artist will get nudged out by a miniscule amount, which will surely cause an uproar.

Projected winner: The Help

Actor in a Leading Role

While I would give my right arm to see Gary Oldman take home the title, I think we all know it’s unfortunately not going to happen.

Projected winner: Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Actress in a Leading Role

In a perfect world, my lady crush Michelle Williams would take home the Oscar, but sadly we don’t live in a perfect world. I predict Meryl will be going home a loser tonight as well, which only happens… well, hardly ever.

Projected winner: Viola Davis, The Help

Actor in a Supporting Role

If at any point in time tonight Jonah Hill is standing on a stage in front of a microphone holding a tiny statue that looks like a naked man, I will lose my shit.

Projected winner: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Actress in a Supporting Role

I’m no math whiz, but seeing as how two women from The Help are nominated in this category, the film has a good chance. However, I might be leaning toward Ms. Spencer.

Projected winner: Octavia Spencer, The Help

Animated Feature Film

Really, Kung Fu Panda 2? Am I reading this correctly?

Projected winner: Rango

Cinematography

I kind of want The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo to win every category it’s nominated for, but I’m not so sure that’ll happen here.

Projected winner: Hugo

Art Direction

As long as Harry Potter gets nothing this evening, I will be a happy camper.

Projected winner: Hugo

Costume Design

Same goes for W.E., the film written, directed and produced by Madonna. Yes, I said Madonna.

Projected winner: The Artist

Directing

Woody Allen and Marty Scorsese might be left in tears tonight.

Projected winner: Michael Hazanavicius, The Artist

Film Editing

We can’t let The Artist win everything, now, can we? (Seriously, it’s like people have never seen a black and white silent film before the year 2011).

Projected winner: Hugo

Music (Original Score)

Despite what I just said above…

Projected winner: The Artist

Music (Original Song)

Because how can a cartoon bird accept this award?

Projected winner: “Man or Muppet,” The Muppets

Sound Editing

BECAUSE THIS MOVIE DESERVED TO BE NOMINATED FOR BEST PICTURE, NOT EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY DUMB.

Projected winner: Drive

Sound Mixing

A movie from the Transformers franchise, are we serious?

Projected winner: Hugo, even though I’m the only person on the planet not interested in this movie

Visual Effects

Again, Transformers and Harry Potter are in this category. Gag me.

Projected winner: The Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Sorry Clooney, not today.

Projected winner: Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, The Descendants 

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Honestly, I think I’m one of few who doesn’t see how Bridesmaids is a huge step forward for women in film. Like, am I missing some part of that movie that had cinematic value or an air of substance? I really don’t see how Sookie from “Gilmore Girls” taking a dump in a sink is revolutionary for females in film. Rant over.

Projected winner: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

On a final note, I trust Billy Crystal will do a better job serving as host than stoned James Franco and poor Anne Hathaway fared last year.

See who the winners are tonight, when the 84th Annual Academy Awards air on ABC, starting at 8:30 p.m.

Be sure to follow my Twitter tonight, where I’ll be sharing the winners and everything Oscars.

“Titanic 3D” brings Leo & Kate (back) to life

And tears to my eyes.

Because really, James Cameron, was a re-release of “Titanic” necessary, let alone in 3D form? I guess you didn’t make enough money off of “Avatar.” Oh, wait…

Much to my dismay, “Titanic 3D” is sailing (pun intended) toward a theater near you soon:

As you know from reading this blog, I’m a sucker for a good movie poster, and I must say, I do like the “Titanic 3D” one. However, they could have just re-released the poster and called it a day, in my opinion.

Watch Kate and Leo fall in love and the ship sink all over again when “Titanic 3D” hits theaters (and IMAX) on April 6, 2012.

“The Expendables 2” poster: where do I begin?

As if the idea of a sequel to “The Expendables” wasn’t horrific enough, the film’s artwork has proved to be even more terrifying. Take a look for yourself:

No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. The poster above actually does have Rocky, Chuck Norris and the governor of California on it. Oh, it looks like they squeezed Jean-Claude Van Damme in on the action too, as well as Jason Statham and Bruce Willis. Yep, this is real, people. No joke.

If you’re interested in seeing a film jam packed with every popular action star from the 90s onward, who has now reached (or passed) middle age, feel free to go see “The Expendables 2” when it hits theaters on Aug. 17, 2012.

Michelle Williams is Marilyn Monroe

As if Michelle Williams isn’t gorgeous enough in real life, she’s just as stunning in her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe onscreen.

“My Week With Marilyn” hits theaters on Nov. 23 and tells the true story of the relationship between Monroe and Sir Laurence Oliver during production of their film, “The Prince and the Showgirl.”

The film’s poster showcases the iconic beauty that Williams and Monroe both possess:

 

Check out the trailer here:

Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe

In her latest role, Michelle Williams channels Marilyn Monroe in “My Week with Marilyn,” which hits theaters in November.

She also channels the blonde beauty in the October issue of “Vogue” magazine. With photographs taken by famed celeb photographer Annie Leibovitz, the results are nothing short of stunning.

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In the day and age of teen starlets who grew up too fast and poor role models, seeing a classic portrayal of beauty is very refreshing.

Read the article in its entirety at Vogue.com.

Vanity Fair: Hollywood 2011 issue

This year marks the magazine’s 17th annual Hollywood issue and features a slew of current, hot-in-Hollywood actors and actresses.

Check out the cover featuring Olivia Wilde, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, James Franco and more:

Read all about the cover shoot at vanityfair.com.