January 02, 2015

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The scariest movies ever nominated for an Academy Award

Since it’s Halloween (Happy Halloween everyone), I wanted to do something horror centric but also still relating to Oscar in some way. As such, I wanted to take a look at which scary movies, to one degree or another, were embraced by the Academy Awards. Ideally I’d have focused on Best Picture, but as I’m sure you all know, the pickings there will be mighty slim. Instead, I’ll bounce around, trying to stick to bigger categories whenever possible, but still looking for the most overt examples of genre fare ever cited. I might bend the rules once or twice, but hey…it’s Halloween. I hope you all enjoy.
Here’s the ten scariest movies to catch the attention of Oscar:
1. The Silence of the Lambs – Any list like this has to start with this one, since it almost swept the Oscars in its year. Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay…it won five of the big eight categories, part of seven nominations in total. An iconic piece of cinema, it deserves a place at the top of any article of this nature. It’s a perfect representation of horror (though it’s hardly just that) that the Academy thankfully embraced.
2. The Sixth Sense – One of the Academy’s most overt embraces of horror, it received a whopping half dozen citations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Screenplay. It was a fleeting embrace as opposed to ushering in a more open minded line of voting by Oscar, but it’s still cool to remember nonetheless.
3. Black Swan – Psychological terror is still terror, so when this film that should be miles away from an Academy member’s tastes got five nods (including Best Picture and Best Director) and won Best Actress, it was an incredibly pleasant surprise. It does harken back to some other movies that they’ve been fond of in the past, so that was a plus, but still…can you believe this was a nominee alongside the likes of The King’s Speech and The Kids Are All Right?
4. The Exorcist – Let me blow your mind for a second…this horror film scored double digit Oscar nominations. Yes, it was nominated for ten Academy Awards (including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress) and won a pair of them, for Best Sound and Best Adapted Screenplay. That’s horrifically […]

Why I might owe Disney a slight apology – OZ: the Great and Powerful

This banner dropped awhile ago, but I never got around to posting it so I’m using it at the top for convenience. After the jump you’ll get the four character posters that dropped on Friday but officially dropped from Disney on Monday. In my essay last week about The Little Mermaid 3D, I included this film as a Disney property that was technically targeting boys but had female appeal. I still stand by that statement, as the film is clearly James Franco’s journey.
But it must be stated that the film also has three major female characters, all played by actresses of note and at least one of them playing something other than the love interest (I’m presuming some misdirection with Mila Kunis being revealed as the main ‘wicked witch’). It doesn’t mean I don’t think the film looks a little iffy or that Franco seems to be attempting to give a bad performance, but it does mean that we’ll get a major would-be tent pole where the major female characters outnumber the major male ones. That frankly doesn’t happen all that often so it deserves notice when it does.
Also of note is Michelle Williams’s role in this, as it represents the acclaimed actresses’s first tentpole appearance and her first major role in an overtly commercial picture since oh, Halloween: H20 in 1998 (you could say the superb Dick in 1999, but that flopped anyway). Yes I know she cameoed in Shutter Island and did a voice in Where the Wild Things Are, but you know what I mean! Anyway, the character posters are after the jump. And no, I will not be posting the 12-second teaser for this Sunday’s Super Bowl commercial.
to see more posters go to Mendelson’s Memos
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Chris Brown goes as Taliban fighter for Halloween

HollywoodNews.com: Chris Brown is likely not winning many fans these days and his Halloween costume this year might make things worse.
Brown ended up stepping out last night for Halloween as a member of the Taliban, states TMZ. Considering his violent past, this might not have been the best costume idea.
Friends with Brown were also dressed in similar outfits and posted a picture on Twitter of them all with guns and the message, “Ain’t nobody F**king wit my clique!!!!”
What do you think about his choice of costume?
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Heidi Klum’s annual Halloween party canceled due to hurricane

HollywoodNews.com: Heidi Klum always throws one of the biggest and craziest Halloween parties, but it seems it had to be canceled this year.
Klum announced that she would be canceling the party due to the destruction Hurricane Sandy has caused on the east coast, states People. “Canceling my Halloween party…postponing to a haunted Christmas,” Klum posted on Twitter after wishing everyone well in the horrible storm.
Klum was reportedly planning to dress up as Cleopatra for the big event.
The New York City Halloween parade has reportedly also been canceled.
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Kelsey Grammer explains taking baby to Playboy party

HollywoodNews.com: While many were shocked to hear that Kelsey Grammer took his newborn baby to the Playboy mansion Halloween party, he claims he has a perfectly good answer.
Grammer recently explained that the three-month-old was at the party because him and his wife, Kayte, couldn’t find a babysitter, states TMZ. “Kayte is breast-feeding and we do not have a nanny or a trusted baby-sitter at this time, so Faith goes everywhere with us,” Grammer commented.
Grammer also explained that the baby had her ears covered the entire time and slept through the party which they left just after midnight.
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Will Kim Kardashian be going blonde?

HollywoodNews.com: Kim Kardashian recently wore a blonde wig for her Halloween costume that had her being a mermaid this weekend.
However, it sounds like she might end up going with that look for a little longer, states RadarOnline. Kanye West reportedly let her know how much he loved her with blonde hair that she might be swayed to change.
Considering he has already given her a wardrobe makeover, it sounds like a hair color change could be close behind.
Do you think she’ll go blonde anytime soon?
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Chris Brown and ex attend same Halloween party

HollywoodNews.com: Chris Brown might not be completely done with his relationship with Karrueche Tran as the two were spotted attending the same Halloween party this weekend.
Both were at Los Angeles’ GreyStone Manor for their weekend Halloween party, states RadarOnline. Brown showed up in face paint and a baseball jersey. Meanwhile, Tran wore a long, fitted red gown.
There are rumors that he is still involved with Tran while seeing where things with Rihanna go.
Who do you think he will end up with?
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Kelsey Grammer takes newborn daughter to Playboy party

HollywoodNews.com: Kelsey Grammer’s new daughter is getting her first dose of celebrity as she was taken to the Playboy mansion Halloween party this weekend.
Kelsey was reportedly there with his daughter Faith in a bassinet, states RadarOnline. One party attendee, Melissa May, even commented on Twitter: “Why the fk does Kelsey Grammer have a newborn baby at the Mansion party!?!?!?”
His daughter with Kayte Grammer is only three months old.
What do you think about him bringing his daughter to the party?
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Justin Timberlake offers his dinner party advice

HollywoodNews.com: Justin Timberlake might be an actor and singer, but he is apparently also a great host as he is offering some dinner party advice to readers of ‘Bon Appetit.’
Timberlake opened up to give his best advice for throwing the perfect party that has guests leaving happy and full, states Hollyscoop. “If you’re hosting people, you want them to feel like they’re in their own home. I don’t like things to be too formal. I’ve hosted Halloween murder mystery dinners where people had to search through the house for clues. At some point, people will drink enough to be hungry, so you need enough food. I’ve hosted parties where I’ll have an In-and-Out truck show up later on in the evening,” Timberlake commented.
But, he apparently thinks a successful party comes down to a couple things: “The key to good hosting is to make sure everyone has enough to eat–and booze on.”
Do you agree with his advice?
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Justin Bieber donates thousands to Children’s Hospital

HollywoodNews.com: Justin Bieber is working hard to give back as he has reportedly donated $75,000 to the Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA.
The money he donated will reportedly be going toward the Musicians on Call program which brings performers and musicians to the hospital to entertain kids at the Bedside Performance Program, states Hollyscoop.
He has done quite a bit of work with the hospital as he has visited there on Valentine’s Day and Halloween to spend time with patients. He also arranged for a screening of his film ‘Never Say Never’ to take place there as the children couldn’t go to theaters.
Do you think he is a charitable celebrity?
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