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  • Feb 08, 2020 03:28 PM
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    Good point. The musical numbers are quite long and boring at times. I still think there are too many awards to go through. 3 hours is way too long for an awards ceremony on TV.
  • Dec 30, 2019 06:05 PM
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    NeoLogic Wrote: Really sucks when you find out a live performance was lip synced. Such a dumb decision to me. That's a very quick way to lose fans. I think you are better off cancelling a show then risking people finding out you faked one.
    Agreed. One would think it only hurts a musicians credibility and popularity. Or do fans really not care all that much about realism and talent?
  • Feb 08, 2020 03:28 PM
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    It seems like every televised event these days is getting the axe. When I say axe, I mean runtime. Major League Baseball is a good example. For the sake of viewership and ratings, the game itself was shortened by cutting corners here and there. Some would argue it was a good move on their part, and that it would bring in more viewers. The jury is still out. When it comes to the Academy Awards, many complaints can be made about not only the length of the show, but the flow of content in general.

    Last year's ceremony was 3 hours and 23 minutes long. 29.6 million viewers tuned in. Which was a 12 percent boost from 2018's numbers. Yet it was still the second smallest audience to date. One main cause is that people prefer to watch the highlights online the next day. That says something. Just to give us some comparison. Back in Titanic's hay day, 57 million people tuned in.

    One way the show could improve is by having exclusive movie content that viewers would have to tune into, such as never before seen movie trailers etc.

    Matthew Belloni, the Hollywood Reporter's editorial director said it well:

    "The fact that the Oscars are so boring is a colossal failure on the Academy's part."

    I agree, I think the Oscars are a bit boring, especially for those who aren't big movie buffs. I doubt general viewers care about who wins Best Cinematography, or Editing. We have 24 categories to get through. Many are categories like I mentioned.

    "It's after midnight on the [US] east coast by the time they get to best picture, and they're running through it to get it done because they're already late. It is crazy."

    He also pointed out that the Academy has been nominating films that fewer people are watching.

    "You don't see as many of the Titanic or Gladiator-style movies that win best picture any more. It's smaller films, films with niche audiences. There's less of an incentive for viewers to tune in, because they don't feel like they have a horse in the race".

    I must admit, I had to make a special effort to watch the majority of the films nominated this year. I can see what he's saying.

    Last but not least, what makes the ceremony drag is the endless line of long-winded 'thank you's' that we have to sit through. This issue is an old one for sure, and a remedy has been attempted many times. One guy won a jet ski for having he shortest speech.

    Organizers last year attempted to remedy this once again by giving awards for categories such as Cinematography and Editing during commercial breaks. It was reversed because Spike Lee and Martin Scorsese complained.

    Something should be done. The Oscars will continue to lose viewership if they don't change with the times. Advertisers are leaning towards social media more and more every year. It's just a matter of time until they'll have to make changes. Does anyone else agree? Or am I jumping to harsh conclusions here? What other steps could be taken to remedy the issues this ceremony has?

  • Jan 31, 2020 07:34 PM
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    Yeah, that's true. I'm the same way, I don't very much care for sequels decades later either. But if you're going to see an action movie like this, it should be in theaters.
  • Jan 31, 2020 07:34 PM
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    If you've been living under a rock, the sequel to Top Gun has been made and is set to release this summer. For those in the know, there's been lots of excitement about this long-awaited sequel. It still seems like we have more questions than answers. Joseph Kosinski, the director of the film, finally spilled SOME of the beans to Entertainment Weekly.

    I'll go ahead and get this important detail out of the way. The film is set to release June 26, 2020. I think it definitely belongs with the other summer flicks expected to come out this year.

    The film is taking a different angle as far as the story goes. Tom Cruise's Pete "Maverick" Mitchell is the teacher this time, but his students aren't new boots. They're actually previous graduates of the Top Gun school who have come back for specialized training. So this time, their level of experience will be higher than the first film.

    The actors are actually in the jets. They of course, have a Navy pilot in the other seat flying, but they're actually filming while flying. In fact, they had to go through intense training just to be able to handle the physical burden that flying in a jet fighter brings.

    One thing I found interesting is this quote from the director:

    “There’s no crew up there,” he adds. “I’m not up there with him, there’s no cinematographer, no hair and makeup. They are responsible for every aspect of the filmmaking process when they’re up in those airplanes.”

    The plot will greatly center around Maverick and Goose's son, who is all grown up and goes by the name of Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw.

    The big question I've had this whole time is: Where is Iceman? There's been a lot of speculation as to whether or not Val Kilmer would be able to make it back into the film due to his battle with throat cancer. They've been very hush hush about this, but according to the director, Iceman has returned to the film, but we're still not sure if it will be Kilmer. I hope so.

    Thought I'd get the conversation going. Is anyone else excited about the sequel? Do you think it will hold up to the first one? Also, feel free to share any other info that you might have come across.

  • Jan 26, 2020 08:14 PM
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    Yeah, I'm not actually surprised that Tool didn't get the second nomination. They're big successful band, but definitely not as mainstream. I was really happy to see Billie Eilish clean up though.
  • Jan 26, 2020 08:14 PM
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    Acceptance speeches are pretty well known for their greatness or their awfulness. If I had a nickle for every time I've seen someone flub their acceptance speech because they were drunk or purposely controversial, I'd have a good chunk of change. Luckily, there were some good ones this year that I would like to share and point out. My top acceptance speeches are.

    Tanya Tucker for Best Country Album:

    Tool for Best Metal Performance:

    I really enjoyed watching both, Tanya's especially because it's her first record in 20 years. The story they told was really touching, and it's always cool to hear how an album was made. Not to mention, I'm a Shooter Jennings fan, so yeah. Tool of course. Danny Carey was very fun and interesting to watch. Does anyone else have a favorite? Lets see what everyone else considers to be the best acceptance speeches this year.

  • Jan 05, 2020 05:39 PM
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    The Wire was even getting passed on by the Emmy's as well. I think it was House of Cards during it's hay day.
  • Jan 05, 2020 05:39 PM
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    I think the Golden Globes are much more unpredictable than the Oscars. I'm sure many would agree. The unpredictability can range from the antics of hosts, acceptance speeches, and award winners. It's fair to say what show or actor you see clean up at the Golden Globes one could very well go home empty handed the next. So lets dive in and see if we agree with this list of some of the biggest snubs and surprises at the Golden Globes.

    1. Alfred Hitchcock - This director was repeatedly snubbed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association(HFPA). Such films that were overlooked: Psycho, Rear Window and Vertigo.

    2. Robert De Niro - He wasn't able to secure a nomination for the Godfather II, though he went on to win Best Supporting Actor at the Academy awards.

    3. Jodie Foster - She went home empty handed for her performance in Taxi Driver. She did, however get at least an Oscar nomination for it. Instead she was nominated for her role the same year for Freaky Friday.

    4. Sigourney Weaver, Jodie Foster and Shirley MacLaine - It was a huge surprise when at the 1989 Golden Globes when all three won Best Actress in a Motion Picture in a three way tie. Four other ties happened as well.

    5. Keri Russell - She was considered a long shot for her work on Felicity in 1999, but she won Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series anyway that year.

    6. The Wire - Although considered by many to be the best crime drama. It didn't received a single Golden Globe nomination for the entirety of its run on HBO 2002 to 2008.

    7. Friday Night Lights - This popular show which ran from 2006 to 2011 didn't receive a single nod from the HFPA either.

    8. True Grit 2010 - This remake saw at least 10 Oscar Nominations, but none whatsoever at the Golden Globes.

    9. The Grand Budapest Hotel - Birdman might have beaten it out at the Oscar's for Best Picture in 2015, but The Grand Budapest Hotel beat it first for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes.

    10. Gina Rodriguez - She won The CW's first Golden Globe by receiving the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for Jane the Virgin.

    So there you have it. I'm finding 6 and 7 to be very surprising. I must say that number 9, although positive, I'm still salty about when it comes to the result at the Academy Awards. Who else agrees with these? Are we missing some here?

  • Dec 23, 2019 05:13 PM
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    Malcolm in the Middle, It's Always Sunny, and Community. Nice additions. Happy I think that particular Community episode belongs in the top 5. I forgot all about that one.