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Ang Lee's big and beautiful 3D "Life of Pi" adaptation hit DVD and Blu-ray this week, and to celebrate the arrival of Pi and/or Richard Parker coming to your TV, the movie took to the streets. An American street chalk artist by the name of Tracy Lee Stum was charged with recreating one of the film's loveliest scenes on the pavement at L.A. Live.
Stum and her chalk-slinging team spent three days painting away at the graphic project, and it was finally finished on Tuesday, March 12 — not coincidentally, the same date that "Pi" discs hit shelves. Win. Get More »
This week: Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," a spiritual survival tale about a boy and a tiger lost at sea on a lifeboat, took home more Oscars (four) than any other movie this year, including Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects and Best Original Score.
Also new this week is the making-of-"Psycho" biopic "Hitchcock" starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren, the animated kids' flick "Rise of the Guardians" and the sobering dramedy "Smashed" with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul. Get More »
"Argo" may have won Best Picture, but it was "Life of Pi" that swept the Oscars this year with four wins, including Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects and Best Original Score.
Based on the bestselling novel by Yann Martel, "Life of Pi" follows two unlikely survival companions — a young boy named Pi (Suraj Sharma), and a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker (the work of several incredibly talented special effects artists) — as they're lost at sea on a life raft. Uneasy bonding amidst astonishing spectacle ensues.
Judging by the film's bewilderingly underwhelming domestic box office numbers, chances are you might not have seen this one in all its 3-D glory in theaters ... though now's your chance to bring this breathtaking adventure into your own living room as two lucky winners will take home a "Life of Pi" Blu-ray/DVD combo, courtesy of our giveaway. Get More »
Finding the right director for their movie is one of the biggest and most important challenges studios face. After all, the director shapes every aspect of the film, from the story to the cinematography to the cast. And if you do manage to get the right director, the reward can often be measured in Oscar nominations.
But if you get the wrong director? Well, that can be measured too — in YouTube parodies.
Say hello to Oscar Nominees with the Wrong Director. Get More »
We've been bombarded with Oscar mania for the better part of three-ish months now, and it's getting to the point where it's hard to distinguish one Oscar contender from another. To keep from defaulting to exhausted apathy when it comes to the 85th Annual Academy Awards, we feel a fresh perspective on this year's Oscar nominees is in order ... for which a good old-fashioned face swap is just the ticket.
We apologize in advance if these re-imaginings by our own Dustin Glick make for nightmare fodder. Sometimes looking at something in a new light isn't exactly pretty.
It's fun to imagine what a movie might have been like if it had starred the actors who were originally supposed to ... well, star in it. Final casting usually ends up working out for the best, but there's nothing wrong with a little cinematic game of "What If?" Below are some visual aids in picturing what would've made for a very, very different Oscar season this year.
Thieves play dirty. Tigers play dirtier.
In case you didn't already know (and, honestly, that may have been the case), Jason Statham is apparently quite the desirable gent. But his bald-headed, British-accented, two-fisted, high-kicking charm can't hold a candle to the power and appeal of a Bengal tiger.
The scene-stealing CGI creation of "Life of Pi" joins forces with Jennifer Lopez (it sort of oddly makes sense, doesn't it?) in this Beauty and the Beast reimagining of "Parker," the new crime thriller opening Jan. 25. We knew Statham was a cool cat and all, but come on!
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The day is only (quick math) 1,440 minutes long, so maybe you can't spare 27 of them to watch the trailer for every single Best Picture-nominated film. And we get it! You're a busy (man; woman; eunuch)! Get More »
Last year we released the hounds. This year we're bringing the entire animal kingdom.
You may remember (fondly, of course) our dog-themed poster spoofs of last year's Oscar nominees. We're expanding our horizons this year for some cross-species variations on "Argo," "Les Miserables," "Zero Dark Thirty" and the six other films vying for the golden Best Picture statue that, until now, featured mostly two-legged cast members. (There's a distinct lack of an attention-stealing Uggie this year, isn't there?)
Check out what's playing below, courtesy of Old Red Jalopy. Once again, most of them look even more interesting than their homo sapien-driven counterparts.
In an Oscar season filled with glad-handing, Oprah Winfrey specials, and the ever-insincere "It's a thrill just to be nominated," isn't it about time we got a little honesty amid the roiling sea of industry platitudes?