See Julianne Moore's Stunning Transformation as Sarah Palin in New HBO "Game Change" Trailer! 


All I can say is wow! Julianne Moore, the fantastic understated actress, goes all out as former Alaska governor Sarah Palin in the upcoming HBO film "Game Change" from executive producer Tom Hanks. (Take a look at the trailer below)

The film chronicles the 2008 failed campaign of GOP presidential nominee John McCain and his vice-presidential pick Palin. This one's based on the book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann and directed by Jay Roach, yup, the guy who gave us all the "Austin Powers" films, "Meet the Parents," "Meet the Fockers," and "Dinner for Schmucks."

But Roach also gave us the powerful, Emmy-winning film "Recount" about the 2000 presidential election when Al Gore lost to George W. Bush. So he knows how to find comedy in life's real drama!

In "Game Change," Moore channels Palin and from the looks of it, channels her well! In her interview with the Huffington Post, she says, "We have her displaying moments of sheer brilliance –- I mean, she was unbelievably charismatic." Moore continues, "Suddenly here was this working class mother who popped out and seemed to be able to command the world, but of course upon further inspection, she was clearly not prepared. She didn't necessarily have the experience necessary to lead our country, and that’s what we were attempting to characterize."

But Moore isn't the only one doing all the characterizations, take a look at Ed Harris as well, who does an impressive job as McCain. Woody Harrelson also co-stars as adviser Steve Schmidt.

I can't wait to see "Game Change" on HBO on March 10th at 9pm!




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Tom Hanks to Present at 84th Academy Awards 


Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks will present at the 84th Academy Awards. The actor, who is also a governor of the Academy, won consecutive Best Actor Oscars in 1993 for "Philadelphia" and in 1994 for "Forrest Gump." Hanks also received Oscar nominations for "Big," "Saving Private Ryan," and "Cast Away."

His current film with Sandra Bullock, "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" is one of the Best Picture Oscar nominees. Hanks will join Jennifer Lopez as one of the presenters at the Oscars on Feb. 26th.

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The Best Song/Video About Julian Sands Ever! 


You remember Julian Sands right? He was the it boy in the late 80s early 90s and he starred in films such as "A Room with a View," the "Warlock" movies, "Arachnophobia," "Boxing Helena," and "Leaving Las Vegas."

You know the name, you may know the face, but what you may not know is the actor is still working in Hollywood today, most recently as the young Henrik Vanger in the U.S. version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" from director David Fincher. I know, I was surprised too!

Sands also made a bunch of B-movie extravaganza and that's really why we love him! But many folks have been wondering, whatever happened to Julian Sands? A quick Google of that phrase and you'll see fans ruminating on his supposed career demise. My favorite is Bad Movie Night saying, "Whatever happened to Julian Sands? It seems like his career has disintegrated into Warlock II and Boxing Helena."

So it was such a nice surprise that Homer, a Chicago comedian and musician, contacted me via YouTube and shared with me his original song and video about...yup, Julian Sands. He calls it "Prayer for Julian Sands" and presents is under his YouTube name of TurnpikeDown.

This one's pretty funny, on point, and on target! So without further adieu, let's bow our heads down and say a "Prayer for Julian Sands."



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Jennifer Lopez to Present at 84th Academy Awards 


Because she's a fantastic actress! Okay, I was just kidding, but once upon a time, I thought JLO could act. She took on George Clooney mano-a-mano in 1998's "Out of Sight" from director Steven Soderberg. Nowadays, La Lopez is busy as one of the judges on "American Idol." But she's still making movies, like the upcoming "What to Expect When You're Expecting."

And on Feb. 26th, Lopez will present at the 84th Academy Awards ceremony according to telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer. Let's see if she's going to wear an iconic outfit for the Oscars much like her green Versace dress she wore at the 42nd Grammy awards.

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"The Help" Dominates SAG Awards, "Boardwalk Empire" and "Modern Family" Triumph! Check Out Complete Winners List! 


"The Help" just received more help from the Screen Actors Guild, propelling the Oscar-nominated flick on top of the heap. Viola Davis took home the Best Actress trophy while Octavia Spencer won the Best Supporting Actress award. "The Help" also received the Best Acting Ensemble award at the 18th Annual SAG Awards.

It's a fitting recognition for a film that has a stronger cast rather than a powerful script or direction. When I first saw the film, my complaint was the by-the-numbers script, but I praised the acting ensemble for they rose above and beyond the screenplay.

Meanwhile, Jean Dujardin of "The Artist" surprised everyone by winning the Best Actor award. I honestly thought that George Clooney from "The Descendants" would win the trophy, but alas. This just made the Best Actor Oscar category totally unpredictable!

And I love that Christopher Plummer won the Best Supporting Actor award for "Beginners." He will win the same category on Oscar night.

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2012 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards (to see winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here):

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Armie Hammer, J. Edgar
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
*WINNER Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role
*WINNER Octavia Spencer, The Help

Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Comedy Series
*WINNER Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Steve Carell, The Office
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
*WINNER Betty White, Hot In Cleveland

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Glee
*WINNER Modern Family
The Office

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
Betty White, The Lost Valentine
*WINNER Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries
Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood
*WINNER Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail
Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
James Woods, Too Big to Fail

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Glenn Close, Damages
*WINNER Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Julianna Margules, The Good Wife
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Drama Series
Patrick J. Adams, Suits
*WINNER Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series
*WINNER Boardwalk Empire

Breaking Bad
Dexter
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role
George Clooney, The Descendants
Demian Bichir, A Better Life
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
*WINNER Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
*WINNER Viola Davis, The Help
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture
Bridesmaids
The Artist
The Descendants
*WINNER The Help
Midnight in Paris

Outstanding Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture
The Adjustment Bureau
Cowboys & Aliens
*WINNER Harry Potter and the Deahtly Hallows: Part II
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
X-Men: First Class

Outstanding Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Television Series
Dexter
*WINNER Game of Thrones
Southland
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
True Blood

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