Limited Paper Exclusive: Mondo’s BRANDENBURG AND DRAKE Gallery Show Opens Tomorrow, Offers up KILL BILL, BLACK SWAN, and…Barbara Streisand?!

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Back in March– when Mondo opened their first-ever Gallery space in Austin, Texas—they made it clear that they wouldn’t be using their new digs to showcase anything typical.  In fact, it was made clear to everyone that Mondo intended to use the site to celebrate some of their lesser-known artists, to showcase artwork based on some of the more obscure licenses in their catalogue, to provide something a little weirder and more personal than the work they produce in conjunction with Hollywood’s studios.

Since that first Gallery show in March, Mondo’s definitely made good on that promise.  And tomorrow, they’re giving us our latest dose of atypical, obscure, lesser-known, and weird.  Tomorrow, Mondo will unveil the Brandenburg and Drake show…and from what we’ve seen thus far, it’s gonna be something special.  Wanna know (and see) more?  Meet me after the jump, folks.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, INCEPTION, and HARRY POTTER Lead the Nominations for the 2011 MTV Movie Awards

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The film world was rocked to it’s very core today with the announcement of the nominees for the 2011 MTV Movie Awards, the only movie awards show with the courage to hand out trophies for categories like “Best Kiss,” “Biggest Badass Star,” and “Best Scared-As-S**t Performance” (MTV still thinks it would be too much to include the letters “h” and “i”). Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was The Twilight Saga: Eclipse that lead the pack with 8 nominations, followed closely by Inception with 7, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 with 6, and The Social Network with 5 nods.  Obviously Twilight will win everything because fandom doesn’t care about critically comparing their favored property against other material.

As previously announced, Jason Sudeikis will be hosting the awards live on Sunday June 5th. If you’re desperate to make sure that Steve-O gets that coveted “Best Jaw-Dropping Moment” statue for the Poo Cocktail Supreme in Jackass 3D (7) (about which he told MTV, “Being nominated in this category for my work with poo really means something.  I’m not sure what, but I’m very grateful.”), voting will take place at from today until June 4. That is except for the “Best Movie” category, which fans can continue to vote for while the awards ceremony is taking place. Hit the jump for the full list of awards and nominations.

BLACK SWAN Blu-ray Review

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For the first time in his career, Darren Aronofsky directed a hit film. All the more strange, he did it with a tale about a ballet dancer. Black Swan stars Natalie Portman – who won an Oscar for her efforts – as Nina Sayers, the dancer picked for the lead role in Swan Lake. The director (Vincent Cassel) knows she can play the more innocent white swan, but does she have the passion/evil/freedom/aggression to play the black swan, the evil doppelganger? Perhaps with some help from the more sexually suggestive dancer Lily (Mila Kunis). Hit the jump for my review of Black Swan on Blu-ray.

Darren Aronofsky Comes to Natalie Portman’s Defense in Silly BLACK SWAN Controversy

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Last week, a silly controversy erupted over how much dancing Natalie Portman did in Black Swan.  Benjamin Millepied, the film’s choreographer (and Portman’s finacee) told the LA Times that Portman did “85 percent” of the dancing in the film.  Her dancing double Sarah Lane responded by telling EW that Portman’s work only comprised 5 percent of the full body shots.  Lane also says there was a cover-up and that producers asked her not to speak so as not to jeopardize Portman’s Oscar chances.  Now director Darren Aronofsky has stepped in to try and put the matter to rest.  He says that the of 139 dance shots in the movie, 111 are Portman and 28 are Lane.  Hit the jump for his full statement and my thoughts on this “controversy”.

THE KING’S SPEECH Wins Best Picture; Full List of Oscar Winners

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In what easily had to be one of the most painful, unfunny Oscar ceremonies in recent memory, The King’s Speech finally reached the end of its inevitable march to Best Picture.  It was the first Best Picture winner to win less than five Oscars (it won four, including Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay). [Correction: Crash, which won Best Picture in 2006, only won 3 Oscars]  Does that make it more or less unworthy of the Best Picture crown?  I don’t know.  I don’t care.  I’m drained after live-blogging the awful show and 50 minutes of terrible pre-show.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

BLACK SWAN Wins Big at 2011 Independent Spirit Awards, Takes Home Best Film, Director and Actress

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The Oscars don’t take place until tomorrow night, but today the Independent Spirit Awards were held, honoring the best in independent film from 2010. Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan walked away with four prizes: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Cinematography. James Franco won Best Actor for his work in 127 Hours and Winter’s Bone swept the Best Supporting categories with Dale Dickey and John Hawkes taking home Best Supporting Actress and Actor, respectively. The Kids Are All Right picked up Best Screenplay, while Exit Through the Gift Shop won Best Documentary (No, Banksy wasn’t there. Mr. Brainwash accepted the award). Hit the jump to check out the complete list of winners. Don’t forget to check back here tomorrow night when Matt live blogs the Oscars.

INCEPTION, LET ME IN, TRON, and THE WALKING DEAD Top the 2011 Saturn Award Nominations

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If you’re among the folk who believe the Academy Awards are too stodgy, too reluctant to embrace sci-fi, fantasy, and horror — the Saturn Awards are for you.  Sure, Best Picture nominee Inception led the field with nominations, but Let Me In and Tron: Legacy (just one Oscar nomination between them) fall close behind with 7 Saturn nominations apiece. Hereafter, Alice in Wonderland, Black Swan, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, Never Let Me Go, and Shutter Island all landed 5 or more nominations.

The Walking Dead racked up the most television nominations with 6, followed by Breaking Bad, Fringe, and Lost with 5 each.  Hit the jump for the full list of nominees and a breakdown of the number of nominations by film/series.

Cool Artwork For This Year’s BAFTA Nominees for Best Picture

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The Oscars are mere weeks away, and as such, award season is just about over. However, that doesn’t mean we’re bereft of award-inspired artwork just yet. The BAFTAs (British Academy Film Awards) were held last week, where The King’s Speech all but swept most of the categories. Included in the brochure for the ceremony was some outstanding original artwork by Adam Simpson depicting each of the five nominees for Best Picture: Black Swan, Inception, The King’s Speech, The Social Network and True Grit. Hit the jump to check out the individual illustrations for yourself.

Weekend Box Office – THE ROOMMATE At Home in First Place with $15.6 Million; SANCTUM in Second with $9.2 Million

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Super Bowl weekend is not known for its huge debuts – 2010 being the notable exception.  And with much of the country still dealing with their endless winter nightmares and the rest transfixed by the game, this weekend has a good excuse for its low numbers.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Roommate $15,600,000 $15.6
2 Sanctum $9,225,000 $9.2
3 No Strings Attached $8,400,000 $51.7
4 The King’s Speech $8,310,000 $84.1
5 The Green Hornet $6,100,000 $87.2
6 The Rite $5,565,000 $23.6
7 The Mechanic $5,370,000 $20
8 True Grit $4,750,000 $155
9 The Dilemma $3,448,000 $35.7
10 Black Swan $3,400,000 $95.8

New Featurette on BLACK SWAN Director Darren Aronofsky

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Fox Seachlight has released a new Black Swan featurette that focuses on director Darren Aronofsky and it’s loaded with behind the scenes footage and interviews with Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis and Winona Ryder.

While everyone is talking about The King’s Speech and The Social Network as the best film of 2010, I think Black Swan should also be part of the discussion, as Aronofsky crafted a brilliant psychological thriller that has one of the best performances by an actor in years.  I’m of course talking about Natalie Portman.  If you haven’t yet seen Black Swan, I strongly suggest checking it out as soon as you can.   Hit the jump for the new featurette:

2011 SAG Awards: THE KING’S SPEECH and THE FIGHTER Each Win Two Awards

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The Screen Actors Guild handed out awards for the 17th time tonight with The King’s Speech and The Fighter each taking home two wins.  Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech won awards in the “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture” (more or less, SAG’s equivalent to the Academy’s “Best Picture” category ) and “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role” for Colin Firth.  Meanwhile, David O. Russell’s The Fighter dominated the supporting categories by landing “Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role” awards for both Christian Bale and Melissa Leo.  In what should be (in my opinion, at least) an open-shut case for the Academy, Natalie Portman was awarded “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” for her stellar work in Black Swan.

For those wondering what, if any, effect the SAG Awards may have on the eventual Academy Awards, it’s important to note that the event is believed to be a better gauge of Oscar winners than its most recent predecessor (the Golden Globes).  This is because the Screen Actors Guild is comprised mostly of American actors (the largest branch of the Academy) as opposed to the Globes which is made-up of a smaller group of foreign journalists known as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.  Long story short (though certainly not etched in stone), look for The King’s Speech to take home Best Picture next month.

Hit the jump to check out the complete list of winners (television included) from the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Weekend Box Office – THE RITE Stays On Top with $15 Million; The Mechanic Ties for Third with $11.5 Million

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After finishing in first on Friday, The Rite stayed on top with a three day estimate of $15 million from its 2,985 locations.  No Strings Attached followed in second place, holding on to 58% of its first weekend total.  The Mechanic opened in third for the weekend with $11.5 million, a figure that was well above most projections for the R-rated action film.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Rite $15,000,000 $15
2 No Strings Attached $13,700,000 $39.7
3 The Mechanic $11,500,000 $11.5
4 The Green Hornet $11,500,000 $78.8
5 The King’s Speech $11,100,000 $72.2
6 True Grit $7,600,000 $148.3
7 The Dilemma $5,470,000 $40.6
8 Black Swan $5,100,000 $90.7
9 The Fighter $4,055,000 $78.3
10 Yogi Bear $3,165,000 $92.5

Best Picture Nominees in LEGO Form

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Inevitably, every year a number of different visual interpretations of the Best Picture nominees for the Academy Awards hit the net. While some are better than others, this one is pretty great. I give you, the 2010 Best Picture nominees as interpreted by LEGOs. My personal favorite is the 127 HOURS set-up: brutal, yet still funny. Hit the jump to check them out.

2011 Oscar Nominations Announced; THE KING’S SPEECH Leads with 12 Nominations

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The nominees for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards have been announced.  The King’s Speech led the pack with 12 nominations.  True Grit followed with 10 nominations while early favorite The Social Network racked up eight.  Most of the nominees were easy to predict.  While I’m not surprised that John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone), Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) nabbed acting nominations, I’m happy they were recognized for their work.  I’m also ridiculously happy that Exit Through the Gift Shop picked up a nod for Best Documentary.

As far as snubs go, the biggest one has to be Christopher Nolan for Inception.  While he picked up the DGA nomination, the Academy chose to go with Joel and Ethan Coen for True Grit.  As someone who loved the hell out of True Grit, it’s hard for me to complain.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominees along with my commentary.  Winners will be announced on February 27th.  James Franco and Anne Hathaway are set to host the awards ceremony.

Weekend Box Office – NO STRINGS ATTACHED Stays On Top with $20.3 Million

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After just one weekend of excitement surrounding the release of The Green Hornet, the box office reverted to more modest numbers this weekend.  As the week’s sole new release the romantic comedy No Strings Attached came out on top, bringing in a higher than expected total estimated at $20.3 million from its 3,018 locations.

Title Weekend Total
1 No Strings Attached $20,300,000 $20.3
2 The Green Hornet $18,100,000 $63.4
3 The Dilemma $9,720,000 $33.3
4 The King’s Speech $9,100,000 $58.6
5 True Grit $8,000,000 $138.6
6 Black Swan $6,200,000 $83.5
7 The Fighter $4,515,000 $73
8 Little Fockers $4,390,000 $141.1
9 Yogi Bear $4,060,000 $88.8
10 Tron Legacy $3,700,000 $163.2

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