Just saw the latest and final trailer of Avengers Age of Ultron and I can’t wait to see it when it’s released on May 1. My kids and I feel like we’ve been waiting for Avengers 2 forever. Now that I’ve seen the trailer, I wish I hadn’t. It gave some things away the other 2 trailers didn’t. I don’t normally watch trailers to avoid any spoiler, but I couldn’t help myself.
I do think the voice of James Spader as Ultron is spot on. I recognize his voice and it sounds as menacing and evil as it should. This is what the production of The Hobbit should’ve done to Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug — wouldn’t have known that was him if they hadn’t advertised it. As for James Spader, didn’t even think he had a good voice for a villain. Anyway, here’s the new trailer for fans like me that can’t wait . . . . by the way, I still love the first trailer better — sort of makes up for the silent shawarma post-credit scene of the first movie. Nothing like watching your superheroes chilling and acting idiotic like the rest of us. ( Read more )
At the most recent Oscar Awards, Birdman wins the best picture award while Redmayne and Julianne Moore take the top acting awards. Julianne Moore was no surprise, but it was a tough call for the actors. I was rooting for Benedict Cumberbatch but predicted it was going to Michael Keaton. But apparently Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Stephen Hawking got the votes. Well, as long as it’s not Bradley Cooper, it’s fine.
Neil Patrick Harris’ opening number was not bad, but it was Lady Gaga’s tribute to The Sound of Music that was more memorable. Looks like the eccentric singer has mellowed down — imagine if she wore her meat gown to the Oscars :-)).
As we salute another year of good movies, here’s hoping it gets better next year. While general consensus show Hollywood may be running out of unique ideas, I think there is hope yet for the silver screen. For a nerd and fantasy junkie like me, most of my fave movies aren’t oscar-worthy. The truth is, most oscar-nominated pictures either put me to sleep or have me scratching my head. What do you expect from someone who enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy or an avid fan of movies about Middle Earth.
Still, I take the time to watch Oscar nominees if only to see the most brilliant actors and actresses of my generation. Next year, I do hope to see more of Benedict Cumberbatch and less of Bradley Cooper.
It wasn’t a day for heavyweights nor for A-List actors. In the Golden Globes 2015, Boyhood and The Affair won top honors for drama while The Grand Budapest Hotel and Transparent took the trophy as their comedy counterparts.
While I was expecting either Steve Carell or Benedict Cumberbatch to get the best actor award for movie drama, it was unexpectedly taken by Eddie Redmayne from The Theory of Everything. For best actress in a movie drama, Julianne Moore wins while Amy Adams wins best actress for comedy, beating veterans Julianne Moore and Helen Mirren. Patricia Arquette winning supporting actress over Meryl Streep, Keira Knightley, Emma Stone, and Jessica Chastain was another shocker. And just as shocking was the supporting actor going to J.K. Simmons for Whiplash, overtaking the big wigs like Robert Duvall, Edward Norton, Ethan Hawke, and Mark Ruffalo.
Matt Bomer was not a surprise for best supporting actor for The Normal Heart. I do admit he played the only gay role I was attracted to (absolutely hot!!). It wouldn’t be fair to say it was similar to Jared Leto in Dallas Buyer’s Club. I cried when Jared Leto died in the movie, but I did not have the same urge to cradle him in my arms as I did Matt Bomer when he was dying. Matt Bomer is absolutely the most beautiful person I have ever seen :-). Anyway, here is the full list of winners. ( Read more )
After the dry spell on TV during the holidays, I was raring to find out what networks and cable has to offer for the new year. While I did see some regular shows start their year like Resurrection, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Musketeers, Gotham, etc, I saw a new one on the list that I have not heard coming. Apparently, ABC wanted to ride the medieval bandwagon with their 4-week mini series Galavant. But unlike the medieval lot we see running these days, Galavant comes with a twist. It’s a comedy musical. ( Read more )