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The SurlyGurls Predict The Academy Award Winners

The 84th Annual Academy Awards ceremony is all set to run this Sunday and we SurlyGurls are pretty EXCITED! Billy Crystal is back to host, which is a real treat considering Eddie Murphy was originally scheduled to host. Let’s not forget the terrible hosts that have plagued the show over the last couple years! Do you remember how awful Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin were when they hosted!?! On paper they sounded like such an awesome choice, but in reality it was almost unwatchable!!

But, that was years ago and there is no need to focus on that now! Let’s turn our attention to this year and get on to our predictions!! We’ve carefully considered each category and here’s how we think things are going to go down on Sunday night.

Best Picture

AndreaThe Artist – I love this movie! This unique little French film is a delight to watch. It is an uplifting and stylish homage to the early days of Hollywood. Everything about this movie is pure, innocent and full of romance. Again, I loved this movie!! Hands down, ‘The Artist’ is the best film of the year.

Whitney – The Artist – There is no way this won’t win. It’s all anyone is talking about. It’s amazing. It’s silent and in black and white and one of the most talked about films of 2012.

Best Director

Andrea – Michel Hazanavicius – Hazanavicius took a big risk with this picture, but his creativity, skill and direction turned it into one of the best movies of the year. He’s been receiving praise and accolades at every turn and he’s leaving the Kodak Theatre without a statue!

Whitney – Michel Hazanavicius – Another no brainer, really. How can you give the best picture to a movie and then not give the director the award as well? Plus, it takes real talent to bring out the subtle nuances and emotions from actors without any dialogue.

Best Actor

Andrea – Jean Dujardin – His performance is the very foundation of this movie. Dujardin carries the film with body language, facial expressions and his contagious and endearing smile. This truly outstanding performance is visibly richer and more vibrant than any of the other nominations.

Whitney – Jean Dujardin – The man says more with his eyebrows than most actors say in an entire page of dialogue. Brad and George will have to duke it out another time, their good looks and popularity won’t win out this time.

Best Actress

Andrea – Viola Davis – I was routing for Davis to grab the Golden Globe for her exceptional performance, but Meryl Streep nabbed it instead. But, in spite of that fact, I have a feeling that Davis will take home the little gold guy. Also, I really want to see her give the acceptance speech!

Whitney – Meryl Streep – I didn’t see The Iron Lady, and while I am a huge Anglophile, and love (almost) all things to do with Britain, I just have no desire to see it. I would really like to see Viola Davis win this, but how can you beat Ms. Streep?

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Box Office Results · February 12, 2012

So after these many, many weeks of low turnouts at the theatres, after last year’s lowest audience numbers in 16 years – these four movies are what draw out the big crowds!?
These ones!?

You guys made this is the biggest non-holiday February weekend… EVER! Do you know the last time four movies debuted and all of them opened to over $20M? Well, let us tell you – it was Christmas 2008!

We understand Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and everyone is essentially obligated to go out and see the latest romantic comedy and/or drama. We also acknowledge that Rachel McAdams is adorable, but all things considered it is still baffling to us that ‘The Vow’ pulled in over $41M. As delightful as McAdams is, Channing Tatum is equally as boring and one-dimensional. How he managed win the heart of McAdams – as well as all those moviegoers – is truly beyond us.

Those of you who weren’t feeling the Heart Day vibes (or Channing Tatum) helped ‘Safe House’ secure that number two spot. People love them some Denzel, so it isn’t too surprising that Washington’s CIA thriller wasn’t very far off the lead, with just over $39M.

You know what else people love – they LOVE them some people flying around on bees! Just like we said! ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’ took off with $27.5M, grabbing hold of the third position.

Oh, and that group of ‘Star Wars’ fans who haven’t yet let their disgust and frustration for George Lucas and his constant greed-driven bastardisation of his sci-fi classic keep them away from the 3D re-release of ‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace’ added another $23M to its domestic totals. This makes Jar Jar Binks and friends the fifth-highest grossing movie in North America. That’s ahead of ‘E.T.: The Extraterrestrial’! That shit is just not right!

Here is the estimated breakdown of the weekend totals:

TW LW

Movie Title

Weekend Gross Total Gross Week
1 The Vow $41,700,000 $41,700,000 1
2 Safe House $39,300,000 $39,300,000 1
3 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $27,550,000 $27,550,000 1
4 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (3D) $23,000,000 $23,000,000 1
5 1 Chronicle $12,300,000 $40,167,000 2
6 2 The Woman in Black $10,300,000 $35,456,000 2
7 3 The Grey $5,080,000 $42,822,000 3
8 4 Big Miracle $3,900,000 $13,200,000 2
9 8 The Descendants $3,500,000 $70,729,000 13
10 5 Underworld Awakening $2,500,000 $58,900,000 4

 (via boxofficemojo.com)

Midseason T.V. Premieres – Feb 12, 2012

Comic fans rejoice, for tonight is going to be a good one for you!

Finally, after months of waiting, ‘The Walking Dead‘ will return to AMC tonight at 9 PM. We can’t even imagine what is going to happen now that Shane went on his psycho rampage and killed all the barn zombies and poor Rick had to shoot Sophia in the head. Personally, we’re hoping the group runs Shane out of town (so to speak) that guy is bad news. We can’t wait to see what happens and how disgusting things are going to get from here on out. (Seriously, cutting open a zombie and digging through it’s stomach to find remains of what it ate….yeesh.)

Also on AMC tonight at 10 PM is the premiere of the 6-part series ‘Comic Men‘. The series will take place at comic shop ‘Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash’ – fanboy-extraordinaire Kevin Smith’s New Jersey store. Along with a cast of what we can just imagine are some of the kookiest characters on T.V., the show will let those of us on the outside see exactly what comic book fanboys get really excited about.

[ Image Credit: Photo by Gene Page/AMC]

New in Theatres · February 03, 2012

This weekend a sinister ghost lady, another sinister ghost lady, a family of trapped whales and some super-powered teenage douchebags take on the SUPER BOWL!! Who will win?! Harry Potter or the Patriots!? The Giants of the Sea or the NY Giants!? Let’s take a look at what Tom Brady and Eli Manning are up against.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK
Do you believe in ghosts?

Directing: James Watkins
Writing: Jane Goldman (screenplay), Susan Hill (novel)
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Ciarán Hinds, Emma Shorey

Price of Admission will get you: Harry Potter brandishing an axe and a candlestick against a sinister ghost lady in this spooky old-fashioned Hammer Film.

Running Time · 95 min
Genre · Drama / Horror / Thriller
Rating · PG-13

CHRONICLE
What are you capable of?

Directing: Josh Trank
Writing: Max Landis (screenplay), Max Landis, Josh Trank (story)
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly, Alex Russell, Dane DeHaan

Price of Admission will get you: a found footage flick about a group of teenagers who gain superhuman abilities and then immediately demonstrate why teenagers should not have superhuman abilities.

Running Time · 83 min
Genre · Action / Drama / Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller
Rating · PG-13

BIG MIRACLE
A family of whales trapped beneath the ice. One unforgettable rescue.”

Directing: Ken Kwapis
Writing: Jack Amiel (screenplay), Michael Begler (screenplay), Thomas Rose (book)
Starring: Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, John Pingayak, Ahmaogak Sweeney

Price of Admission will get you: another inspirational true story about troubled marine mammals; like last September’s ‘Dolphin Tale‘ only with Gray whales… and Drew Barrymore. Don’t worry, there will be all the same opportunities to try to hide the fact you’re crying like a baby!

Running Time · 107 min
Genre · Drama / Romance
Rating · PG

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Complete List of 2012 DGA Awards Winners!

The Screen Actors Guild wasn’t the only group dishing out awards Sunday night. The Director’s Guild of America was also patting themselves on the back.

The Artist‘ director Michel Hazanavicius received top honours from the Guild.

What does this mean for your potential Oscar Picks!? Well, let us tell you!

Winning the Directors Guild of America Award makes Hazanavicius your best bet to take home the gold in your Office Oscar Pool!!

Almost without fail, the winner of the DGA award has won the Academy Award. Since they started handing out DGA awards back in 1948, there have only been six instances in which the DGA winner left the Oscars empty-handed. The most recent being in 2002. ONLY SIX!

Also, this means you should probably pick “The Artist” for the win too. Here’s some more interesting stats for you! There is only 13 times in which the winner’s film didn’t stroll off with a Best Picture statuette at the Oscars. The most recent of these was in 2005.

You’re Welcome.

The list of Directors Guild of America Award winners are listed below.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Feature Film
Michel Hazanavicius · The Artist

Movies For Television And Mini-Series
Jon Cassar · The Kennedys
[Reelz Channel] 

Dramatic Series
Patty Jenkins · The Killing – “Pilot”
[AMC] 

Comedy Series
Robert B. Weide · Curb Your Enthusiasm – “Palestinian Chicken”
[HBO] 

Musical Variety
Glenn Weiss · 65th Annual Tony Awards
[CBS] 

Reality Programs
Neil P. Degroot · Biggest Loser – “Episode #1115”
[NBC] 

Outstanding Achievement In Documentary Film
James Marsh · Project Nim

Daytime Serials
William Ludel · General Hospital – “Intervention”
[ABC] 

Children’s Programs
Amy Schatz · A Child’s Garden of Poetry
[HBO] 

Commercials
Noam Murro · Heineken Premium Light, DirecTV, Volkswagen, EA Battlefield 3
[Biscuit Filmworks

[image credit: Provided courtesy of AP / Dan Steinberg]

Box Office Results · January 29, 2012

Alpha Male Liam Neeson and his bloody Man vs. Nature action flick dominated the Box Office this weekend. Neeson’s past box office wins with 2008’s ‘Taken’ and 2011’s ‘Unknown’ proved that audiences love watching him kill people. Now we also know that moviegoers love watching him slay bloodthirsty wolves!

The other two newcomers, ‘One For The Money’ and ‘Man On A Ledge’, also fell victim to tough guy Liam Neeson with weak openings. Though, that probably has more to do with the fact they both looked terrible.

The Katherine Heigl vehicle came in at #3 with just under $12M. Perhaps the cute no-name male co-star was part of the problem (but only a very little part). We certainly don’t think Heigl is good enough to carry a movie herself, and when you pair her with “that guy from that dinosaur tv show… you know, the one that was cancelled…” it’s just not enough.
(Sorry Jason O’Mara. We liked Terra Nova…)

Speaking of not good enough, Hollywood’s baffling love affair with Sam Worthington continued with ‘Man on a Ledge’. Too bad no one else feels the same way about him, his flick pulled in $8.3M for a #5 debut. The only positive thing we can say about this movie is that he is FINALLY sporting something other than that stupid crew cut!

Here is the estimated breakdown of the weekend totals:

LW TW Movie Title Weekend Gross Total Gross Week
1 The Grey $20,000,000 $20,000,000 1
1 2 Underworld Awakening $12,500,000 $45,126,000 2
3 One For the Money $11,750,000 $11,750,000 1
2 4 Red Tails $10,400,000 $33,780,000 2
5 Man on a Ledge $8,300,000 $8,300,000 1
4 6 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close $7,145,000 $21,106,000 6
16 7 The Descendants $6,550,000 $58,848,000 11
3 8 Contraband $6,500,000 $56,400,000 3
5 9 Beauty and the Beast (3D) $5,345,000 $41,147,000 3
6 10 Haywire $4,000,000 $15,279,000 2

  (via boxofficemojo.com)

Complete List of 2012 SAG Awards Winners!

'The Help' wins best Cast in a Motion Picture.

Listed below are the winners in film and television categories for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
(They may help you when you make your Oscar picks!!)

FILM

Male Actor · Lead:
Jean DuJardin · The Artist

Male Actor · Supporting:
Christopher Plummer · Beginners

Female Actor · Lead:
Viola Davis · The Help

Female Actor · Supporting:
Octavia Spencer · The Help

Cast in a Motion Picture:The Help

Stunt Ensemble · Motion Picture:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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