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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Photos of the Day: Meet CAPTAIN MARVEL!

Brie Larson wears a green (Kree?) warrior suit on the set of CAPTAIN MARVEL.

Just thought I'd share these pics giving us our first look at Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. In the images above and below, Larson is wearing a green suit that is speculated to have been taken from a Kree warrior named Mar-Vell, who will be played by Jude Law in the movie. (You'll know who the Kree are if you're a regular viewer of the Marvel series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., on ABC TV) And in the last two photos of this entry is the Oscar-winning actress wearing a flight suit as she boards an F-15 Eagle fighter jet at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Awesome stuff.

Brie Larson wears a green (Kree?) warrior suit on the set of CAPTAIN MARVEL.

Lookin' forward to Captain Marvel when it hits theaters nationwide on March 8, 2019. And of course, I can't wait to see Carol Danvers join Captain America and Co. in the fourth, currently-untitled Avengers film that arrives in cinemas less than two months later...on May 3. I hope Brie Larson will be as bad-ass a heroine as Gal Gadot was in Wonder Woman! That is all.

Brie Larson, who plays Carol Danvers in CAPTAIN MARVEL, poses near the cockpit of an F-15 Eagle fighter jet at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

Brie Larson, who plays Carol Danvers in CAPTAIN MARVEL, poses near the cockpit of an F-15 Eagle fighter jet at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The 2018 Academy Award Nominations...

Frances McDormand has been nominated as Best Actress for her role in the Best Picture nominee THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI.

Earlier today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled the list of nominees who will be up for Oscars during the 90th annual Academy Awards on March 4 (airing on ABC TV at 5 PM, PST). Out of all the Best Picture nominees for 2017, I saw Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Jordan Peele's Get Out. I think that Three Billboards will be the Best Picture winner (it was a great film; I'm glad that Frances McDormand is nominated for Best Actress, and Sam Rockwell as Best Supporting Actor), though I wouldn't be surprised or disappointed if Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water won instead. Much props to Peele for earning a Best Director nod for his horror-comedy flick Get Out—which received a total of four nominations [which also includes Best Picture, Actor (for Daniel Kaluuya, below) and Original Screenplay]. I hope Peele's comedy sketch buddy Keegan-Michael Key isn't too envious!

Daniel Kaluuya (here with Allison Williams) has been nominated as Best Actor for his role in the Best Picture nominee GET OUT.

In regards to the technical categories, Blade Runner 2049 (which I watched twice at the theater) is up for five awards: Best Cinematography, Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing and Production Design. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is up for four Oscars: Best Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing and Original Score. Considering that these first three nominations are up against Blade Runner 2049, I reckon The Last Jedi will come up empty in those categories. And I'm surprised that John Williams has been nominated for the two Disney Star Wars films that he worked on... His work on The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi were well-done (I like the themes for Rey, Kylo Ren and the Resistance), but the Star Wars prequels had more memorable tunes in The Phantom Menace's "Duel of the Fates," Attack of the Clones' "Across the Stars" and Revenge of the Sith's "Battle of the Heroes." But enough dwelling on the past. I hope that Williams will close out his third Star Wars trilogy when it comes time to composing the score for Episode IX next year. And he gets an Oscar nomination for that as well!

Ana de Armas and Ryan Gosling star in BLADE RUNNER 2049, which is up for five Oscars...including Best Visual Effects.

And lastly, it's unfortunate that Wonder Woman came up completely empty-handed this morning. Wonder Woman was a watershed in being a movie directed by a woman, starring a woman, and telling the story of a superhero that empowered women. Sorry, Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot. But hey— As a Los Angeles Lakers fan, I'm glad that 5-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant got an Oscar nomination for a film that he worked on last year! Go to this Blog entry to read more about it. Happy Tuesday!

Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver star in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, which is up for four Oscars...including Best Original Score.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Remembering Heath Ledger...

Today marks 10 years since Heath Ledger sadly passed away at the age of 28 in New York City. If only he was here to enjoy the accolades he would receive for his Oscar-winning performance in a cinematic masterpiece that was unveiled to the world less than 6 months later... You all know what I'm talking about.

May he rest in peace.

Today marks a decade since the passing of Heath Ledger...who won a posthumous Oscar for his role as the Joker in THE DARK KNIGHT.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year, Everyone!

A Porg is about to watch one of its own brethren get devoured by Chewbacca (off-screen) in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.

Just thought I'd share these funny pics from Star Wars: The Last Jedi that I saw online. Both of these are actual screenshots from the movie (in case you haven't yet contributed to the film's $517 million domestic box office gross by seeing it at the theater), but the image below is obviously altered. For the record, I like Porgs! Have a safe and memorable 2018.

An altered screenshot of two Porgs inspecting Luke Skywalker's old lightsaber on the planet Ahch-To in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.