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Megan Fox

Paramount Pictures announced last week that Megan Fox, who was Shia LaBeouf’s romantic partner in the first two “Transformers” movies, would not be in the next one. Sources claim that Michael Bay, the director of the blockbuster, decided to drop Fox because she was uncooperative and difficult to work with. This is not news to us all as the unfriendly relationship between Bay and Fox was always known. During an interview with Wonderland Magazine in October 2009, Fox said: “ Michael Bay is like Napoleon, he wants to create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is.” After the October issue of the magazine was released, Bay fired back and posted an open letter, criticizing the actress of being “the grump of the set” who was also “thankless, classless, graceless and unfriendly.” “Transformers 3” is expected to be released in July next year and we are all so excited to see who will be good enough to replace Megan Fox!


So I finally saw Avatar, it came out on DVD on earth day. How ironic the movie is all about Mother Nature and the DVD came out on Earth Day. Any ways, the movie was very good. I really like how there was two worlds going on at once. The best part was how the movie wasn’t a cliché. Every movie has them going to war and winning a victory and the hero saves the day. Avatar wasn’t like that at all, you had no idea what to expect. Not to mention the wild graphics, and beautiful colors. It was also incredible how much imagination it took to create the language, the hair tie thing, and the planet Pandora. Honestly it is a modern age Star Wars. Honestly they would be stupid to not to make another one, money wise and also the story. Although the last movie had an awesome ending not giving any hints of another one. They need to make anther one. Avatar was just as great as everyone claimed. They are predicting it to sell more copies and produce more money then #1 Titanic.

Oscars 2010

The 2010 Oscars, which was the 82nd annual Academy Awards, was full of surprises, tears, and touching moments. For those who missed out, The Hurt Locker was the night’s biggest winner, winning 5 awards including the Best Picture Award, Directing Award, Film Editing Award, Sound Mixing Award and, Original Screenplay Award. The Lead Acting Awards went to Jeff Bridges for his role in Crazy Heart and Sandra Bullock for her role in The Blind Side. Supporting Roles Awards went to Mo’Nique in Precious and Christoph Waltz in Inglorious Basterds. As expected, Avatar, the movie that sold the most tickets this year, won several awards too. Nominees who did not take home an Oscar statuette shared some exquisitely intense moments and we as viewers felt the intensity. It was exciting on the red carpet as stars looked glamorous. Couples like Jennifer Anniston and John Mayer, Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt showed off us their adorable affections.   The Academy Award memorial at no surprise included Michael Jackson, as he was the biggest death of 2009. Even though he was not seen as an actor, he has acted in several films.

Kathryn Bigelow (director)

“The Hurt Locker” brought home six Academy Awards last Sunday, including the first directing honor for a female filmmaker and best picture.  This little seen film knocked “Avatar” out of the top spots which was a shocker to a lot of people.  After the awards, the film earned the title of being the lowest-grossing film in modern history to capture Hollywood’s highest award.  The Academy Awards Organizers had doubled its best-picture contest to 10 movies this year with hopes to rope in more mass appeal hits. “This has been such a dream — beyond a dream — for all of us,” screenwriter and producer Mark Boal said in his best picture acceptance speech.  The films performance in the 82nd annual ceremony was higher than expected.  Along with the first two awards, the film also received honors for its original screenplay, editing, and two sound awards.  “There’s no other way to describe it. It’s the moment of a lifetime,” said Bigelow, who was only the fourth woman nominated for directing in academy history.  Many film critics argued that the movie was an inaccurate account of the military and made them look unprofessional.  Of course there will be some criticism but I personally enjoyed the movie.


Posted on: March 2, 2010

From a raining Sunday, a trip to the theaters, or laying in bed sick, movies are the key machine. It is the big spot on the weekends, or just by yourself chilling. Movies can be used whenever. Plus there are so many types and movies to choose from, it can fill any situation. For me, movies are perfect for in between school and practice. Relaxes you before intense practice and after stressful school. I swear the movie makers make them for the brain dead  situation for teenagers on the weekends. There is all different types, if you like being scared then horror is for you, of you like to pee your pants then comedy is for you, and if you like mood swings then drama is for you. Whatever fits your mood. But no matter what the situation is or your mood is, there sure to be a movie that fits it.

3D Glasses

Most of you have probably seen a movie in 3D at some point and may have noticed the 3D Glasses recycling bin outside of the theatre.  You may have even wondered, what happens to those 3D glasses?  There are four companies that provide 3D glasses and they are IMAX, Real-D, XpanD, and Dolby Laboratories.  Each company has their own recycling program for their 3D glasses.  IMAX says its glasses can be washed up to 500 times.  IMAX told USA Today, “When we put them through our glasses-cleaning machine, they come out as clean and sterile as they come out of a dishwasher at a restaurant.”  XpanD’s glasses are built very tough so they can be washed multiple times.  Michael Williams from XpanD said “under 120 degrees or you might have a little gob of plastic”.  Real-D has the largest amount of 3D glasses that are used and have accounted 700,000 glasses used in a day.  Their glasses are shipped out to a cleaning facility near Los Angeles and are cleaned, inspected for defects, and then shipped back out.

Ad for the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars.

The full list of nominees for the 83rd annual Academy Awards was released this morning. The Oscars will air live on March 7th. It will be extensively covered by ABC.

Many famous and big time movies are vying for the prestigious accolades at the awards this year. A frontrunner for Best Picture and Best Director is James Cameron’s movie, Avatar. Although it was only released in late December, it has broken many many box office records and has blown audiences away.

The full list obtained from CNN:

Best picture

“The Hurt Locker”
“Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
“Up in the Air”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“The Blind Side”
“District 9”
“An Education”
“A Serious Man”


George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”
Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
Morgan Freeman, “Invictus”
Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker”


Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”
Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”
Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Helen Mirren, “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan, “An Education”

Supporting actor

Matt Damon, “Invictus”
Woody Harrelson, “The Messenger”
Christopher Plummer, “The Last Station”
Stanley Tucci, “The Lovely Bones”
Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Supporting actress

Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”
Mo’Nique, “Precious”
Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”
Penelope Cruz, “Nine”
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Crazy Heart”


Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”
Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
James Cameron, “Avatar”
Lee Daniels, “Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”

Animated feature

“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“The Princess and the Frog”
“The Secret of Kells”

Original screenplay

“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“The Messenger”
“A Serious Man”

Adapted screenplay

“District 9”
“An Education”
“In the Loop”
“Up in the Air”