Since I’m drawing in to cover this week’s entertainment and pop culture links, we have to assume that Jackie has melted in the Australian heat wave… Anyway, the Golden Globes are this weekend so we’ll get our first indication at who or what will be the front runners at the Oscars. Speaking of which, the Academy Awards nominees were announced this week because the Academy says they don’t want to appear influenced by the Globes… So they moved the nomination announcement up because of the Globes? Makes sense…
Anyway, this weekend at the theatres gives us two big releases. There’s a new release in the form of Gangster Squad which actually has a cast despite the fact that the ads are only promoting Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. It also boasts a 32% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. If you want to watch a good movie that opens this weekend, Zero Dark Thirty goes to wide release this weekend so you can finally see it. But just for fun, let’s start this edition of the ELO with Keira Knightley. We don’t feature her on the blog nearly enough.
Lindsay Lohan doesn’t have a very good reputation as an actress or a worker. That reputation may have been permanently cemented with this NYT feature story about her time on the set of The Canyons that showed her in the worst light possible. (New York Times)
Colin Trevorrow, the screenwriter of the cult hit Safety Not Guaranteed, was interviewed to write Star Wars Episode VII but didn’t get the job. He spoke about the movie and SW7 writer Michael Arndt to IGN. (IGN)
I know I hyped the Oscars and Globes at the start but I’m more interested in the Razzies. This year’s nominations list is largely filled with the expected suspects with few surprises. (Film Drunk)
The Oscars will have a tribute to the James Bond movies to celebrate the franchise’s 50th anniversary. It’s such a big deal that Sean Connery could be coaxed out of retirement to appear. (The Daily Record)
The Jackie Robinson biopic 42 has quite an impressive cast attached to it. Could we be looking at an early Oscar contender. (With Leather)
The story of anti-virus billionaire John McAfee’s run from the law in Belize will be made into a film. This proves that real life has better stories than you write and that Hollywood is out of ideas. (Vulture)
TV was back this week with new episodes and shows. However, that doesn’t mean that you should watch every new show on TV. Here are five you should avoid at all costs. (Cracked)
How about another edition of With Leather’s Sports on TV feature. It’s the 20 greatest sports moments of Arthur. (With Leather)
Remember that Los Angeles law requiring the use of condoms in porn films shot in LA? Prominent porn company Vivid Entertainment is filing a lawsuit to get the law eliminated because the use of condoms in film is a free speech issue. (Reason)
The Avengers was one of my favourite movies of 2012. But one photoshop master may just made it better. He’s taken Marvel’s Avengers and made it a female ensemble. (Unreality)
The new Pokemon games, X and Y, were announced this week. Once again, the games will be on a Nintendo handheld console. But what would happen if a proper Pokemon game was finally on a home console? It might look something like this. (Kotaku)
Speaking of The Avengers, ILM received an Oscar nomination for their work on the movie. Here was the For Your Consideration sizzle reel they submitted to the Academy.
Was the use of the n-word in Django Unchained controversial? Because it seems par for the course for Tarantino flicks.