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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Bidazzled

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Bidazzled. All opinions are 100% mine.



Have you heard of Bidazzled? It is a relatively new online auction site, having been launched just this past November. It is a a "penny auction" site with a twist - it was created to raise money for a lung cancer charity, the Ruch Foundation.

What makes Bidazzled.com really great is that you can snag some awesome things for a song. You can buy bids, currently at $1 each, with bid packs available for as low as just $25. The more you buy, the lower the price per bid because when you dilute the cost with the bonus bids you can end up paying .67 per bid or less if you buy larger packs of bids. Currently though they are offering 5 free bids at sign up and I will include a promotional code below worth 15 extra bids.

I stopped by Bidazzled and watched a 4th generation iPod Shuffle go for $7.90! I wouldn't mind paying just 8 bucks for such a sweet tech toy. Winners typically save 80% off retail (in the case of the afore-mentioned iPod, it was more like 90%) and even if you lose you aren't a non-winner. If you lose the auction, you will receive up to 50 bids as a thank you for participating and you can even purchase the item less the investment you put into the auction. So even if you don't win, you can still snag a nice product at a discount.

If you do win, Bidazzled.com may offer to buy the product back from you. They might offer you cash, cash and bids or bids to buy back the item to re-auction it for charity. According to the site, over 70% of profit goes to the charity.

How does it work: The price increases a few cents with each bid placed while at the same time a few seconds are added to the countdown clock to give others to get in on the bidding. When there are no other bids placed, the auction ends. You then buy the item for the ending price (plus shipping and handling) and snag something at significant savings.

There are two promotional codes out that I can offer you you to use at sign up. To obtain 15 additional bids, use either one of these codes on the registration page.

* Blog: BBP1202A
* Twitter: BTP1202A

Bidazzled.com also has a sweet viral referral program such that if:

*A refers B. A receives 5 Bonus Bids
*B refers C. A receives 4 Bonus Bids
*C refers D. A receives 3 Bonus Bids
*D refers E. A receives 2 Bonus Bids
*E refers F. A receives 1 Bonus Bid.

So tell all your friends! I plan to sign up myself and give it a try. I have often found that the early bird gets the worm so I plan to bid on a few things myself. Did I pique your interest? Be sure to visit Bidazzled.com index.php soon and check it out. The above promo codes expire January 15! Good luck and if you snag something sweet, be sure to come back and tell me about it!

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Everybody's Fine UK Poster

Everybody's Fine UK Poster
Exclusive peek at De Niro's next film


Everybody's Fine UK Poster

It landed a Golden Globe nomination just the other day for its Paul McCartney-scribed theme tune, and now here's a poster to give you a better look at Everybody's Fine, the Robert De Niro-starring family drama. And what's nice about this one is that the tone of the poster resembles the tone of the film, unlike the rather dishonest and insanely cheery-looking US version.

That's not to say that this is a total downer, just rather more reserved than the US promo would have you believe. The story sees De Niro's widower, Frank, pay a surprise visit to each of his grown-up children to see how they're getting along (we hope the title isn't a spoiler). The kids include Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale, and they have some surprises in store for their old man


Everybody's Fine is out on February 19 in the UK.

Source: EmpireOnline

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Princess And The Frog UK Poster

Princess And The Frog UK Poster
Exclusive look at the new Disney quad


Princess And The Frog UK Poster

Disney's return to the fairytale, The Princess and the Frog, comes out here on February 5, but in case you can't wait until then, here's a spiffy new poster from the film to tide you over, showing all the major characters and showcasing the gorgeous animation.

For those of you who haven't seen it yet or toured around Walt Disney Animation Studios learning all about it (ahem), here's a handy guide to the characters. In the centre is Tiana (Anika Noni Rose), hard-working waitress with a dream of opening her own restaurant. On her palm is the froggy form of Prince Naveen (Bruno Campos), who got himself trans-frog-rified by voodoo man Dr Facilier (Keith David), top right.


On the left is voodoo lady Mama Odie (Jenifer Lewis) and her snake Juju, alongside Cajun firefly Ray (Jim Cummings), and that's trumpet-playing alligator Louis (Michael-Leon Wooley) along the bottom.

It's all directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the guys who made Aladdin and The Little Mermaid, so go relive your childhood when it comes out.

Source: EmpireOnline

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Golden Globes Nominations Are Revealed

Golden Globes Nominations Are Revealed
Up In The Air vs Nine vs Avatar...?


Golden Globes Nominations Are Revealed

The nominations for the Golden Globes – the glitzy awards ceremony that are constantly proclaimed as indicators of where the Oscars might go, even though they’re not really – have been announced, with Up In The Air leading the way.

There were precious few surprises or risks taken by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association – the wizened and Werther’s Originals-loving collection of Cocoon extras who moonlight as film journalists in their spare time – but there were some notable nominees, nonetheless:

In the Best Picture (Drama) category, they found room to include James Cameron’s Avatar, although they weren’t able to go the extra mile and nominate any of its cast (Zoe Saldana is certainly worth a nod), perhaps of the mind that mo-cap acting is not real acting.

Other Best Picture nominees are Jason Reitman’s Up In The Air, Inglourious Basterds, Precious and The Hurt Locker, while the bet-hedging Musical/Comedy category recognised the likes of (500) Days Of Summer, Nine (the only nominee likely to feature on Oscar’s shortlist), It’s Complicated, Julie & Julia and, because they have to make up the numbers somehow, The Hangover.

The Best Director category threw up one of the big stories of the awards season – James Cameron going up against his former missus, The Hurt Locker’s Kathryn Bigelow, with the likes of Jason Reitman, Quentin Tarantino and the now-obligatory nod for Clint Eastwood rounding out the five.

In the acting stakes, Meryl Streep – who would get nominated if she turned up on screen with a turkey on her head, wearing a giant pair of sunglasses and doing a ridiculous shimmy, it seems – hogged two nominations in Best Actress (Comedy/Musical), while Sandra Bullock bestrode both Drama and Comedy/Musical like a colossus with nods for The Blind Side and The Proposal.

Good to see Jeff Bridges, for Crazy Heart, Michael Stuhlbarg for A Serious Man and Colin Firth for A Single Man (don’t get them mixed up) also in the running, although we think the HFPA could have been ballsy and nominated District 9’s Sharlto Copley for his astonishing, entirely improvised performance as Wikus van der Merwe. Incredibly, despite that improvisation, District 9 did get a nomination – for Best Screenplay.

Best Supporting Actor nominees included Christoph Waltz – surely the man to beat – for Inglourious Basterds, along with, surprisingly, Matt Damon for Invictus. Woody Harrelson was also nominated – not, sadly, for his awesome turn in Zombieland (or, indeed, his horrendous cameo in 2012), but for his low-key work in The Messenger. Personally, we’d have included Peter Capaldi for his work as Malcolm Tucker in In The Loop (which should also have been nominated for Best Comedy), but no such luck. Also interesting to see that Alec Baldwin, long considered a shoo-in for It's Complicated, didn't make the grade: is he being punished for hosting the Oscars?

Best Supporting Actress nominations went to the likes of Mo’Nique for her role as a demonic mum in Precious, Penelope Cruz’ now customary nod for Nine, and an Up In The Air split, with Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick sharing the honours.

The nominations were announced a few seconds ago, with the utterly bizarre trio of The Office’s John Krasinski, Diane Kruger and Justin Timberlake doing the honours.

The Golden Globes will be presented on January 17 at a big old starry do at the Beverly Hilton in LA, with Ricky Gervais being all cheeky and British as host. Here's the full list of nominees...

Best Motion Picture -- Drama
Avatar
The Hurt Locker
Inglorious Basterds
Precious
Up in the Air

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture -- Drama
Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sadibe, Precious

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Drama
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Tobey Maguire, Brothers

Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy
(500) Days of Summer
The Hangover
It's Complicated
Julie & Julia
Nine

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy
Sandra Bullock, The Proposal
Marion Cotillard, Nine
Meryl Streep, It's Complicated
Meryl Streep, Julie and Julia
Julia Roberts, Duplicity

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy
Matt Damon, The Informant
Daniel Day Lewis, Nine
Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes
Joseph Gordon Levitt, (500) Days of Summer
Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Mo-Nique, Precious
Julianne Moore, A Single Man
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Penelope Cruz, Nine

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Matt Damon, Invictus
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Christoph Waltz, Inglorious Basterds
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger

Best Animated Feature Film
Coraline
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
The Princess and the Frog
Up

Best Foreign Language Film
Barria
Broken Embraces
A Prophet
The White Ribbon
The Maid

Best Director -- Motion Picture
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
James Cameron, Avatar
Clint Eastwood, Invictus
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglorious Basterds

Best Screenplay -- Motion Picture
Up in the Air
It's Complicated
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglorious Basterds

Best Original Score -- Motion Picture
Michael Giacchino, Up
Marvin Hamlisch, The Informant
James Horner, Avatar
Abel Krozeniowski, A Single Man
Karen O. and Carter Burwell, Where the Wild Things Are

Best Original Song -- Motion Picture
"I Will See You," Avatar
"The Weary Kind," The Crazy Heart
"Winter," U2, Brothers
"Cinema Italiano," Nine
"I Want to Come Home," Paul McCartney Everybody's Fine

Source: EmpireOnline

Mel Gibson To Star In Summer Vacation

Mel Gibson To Star In Summer Vacation
This, not Leo Viking pic, next for Gibbo
Source: Variety


Mel Gibson To Star In Summer Vacation

Lordy, Mel Gibson is getting busy.

Just hours after the news was announced that he will direct a Viking epic to star Leonardo DiCaprio, Variety has revealed that won’t actually be next on Gibbo’s agenda. Instead, he’ll star in How I Spent My Summer Vacation, a self-penned action drama set in Mexico.

This explains why Gibson was glimpsed in Mexico last week; clearly, he was scouting locations, something he’s been doing for the best part of a year. What with this, starring in Jodie Foster’s The Beaver, preparing for the release of Edge Of Darkness and prepping that untitled Viking flick, Gibson must have left very little time for his Christmas shopping.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation will tell the story of a career criminal (Gibson) who gets sent to a squalid, crime-ridden Mexican prison, where he bonds with a nine year-old boy. Well, that part explains where the title, redolent of a school essay, comes from – and it also links this film, thematically, at least with Gibson’s directorial debut, The Man Without A Face, which also presented a scarred man with a shot at redemption in the guise of a friendship with a young boy.

However, Gibson won’t be directing this one; instead, Adrian Grunberg – his first A.D. on Apocalypto – will be yelling through a megaphone and doing that imaginary square thing with his hands. Stacy Perskie, his second A.D. on his mad Mayan epic, will produce along with Stuart Davey, leaving Gibbo to get on with the job of acting and being the writer on set.

Filming on the Icon Productions movie will start in March.

Source: EmpireOnline

Monday, December 14, 2009

Del Toro Updates Hobbit Info

Del Toro Updates Hobbit Info
The latest from a reliable source
Source: The One Ring


Del Toro Updates Hobbit Info

As we creep closer and closer to The Hobbit actually kicking off production, all sorts of rumours have been swirling around about the first film and how it might start shooting later than thought.

But while he can't offer solid info about a filming date yet (the greenlight has yet to flash) Guillermo del Toro did hop on to the forums of fan site The One Ring to allay fears of trouble.

"We may say what we want but until there are two scripts delivered and budgets and schedules to support them we will be all under a yellow light of development. THAT we have not stopped.

"As I have reported in the past, we are scouting, designing (my last 3 hour meeting with Weta was this morning) and will not stop. BUT the greenlight and thus commencement can only be granted by the studio. Pete as producer and me as director will do everything we can in the meantime."

The studio, meanwhile, appears 100% behind GDT and Jackson: "Is there any trouble brewing with WB? Not at all. All I can say is that they reacted to our delivered script with great delight and we have been receiving strong support in our development."

He goes on to mention that dragon character Smaug's animation is being developed, and that many other tests of the likes of armour and prosthetics are continuing apace.

Del Toro does admit that everything is still in flux while they lock down the second script, but from his attitude - he's even planning to go a little more radio silent than usual since he'll be so busy working on the movies - it certainly sounds like all is on track.

Naturally, Empire will continue to bring you all the latest Hobbit info.

Source: EmpireOnline

Friday, December 11, 2009

Nowhere Boy Guitar Lesson Clip

Nowhere Boy Guitar Lesson Clip
Exclusive: McCartney teaches Lennon


Nowhere Boy Guitar Lesson Clip

Sam Taylor-Woods' young-John-Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy went down a storm at the London Film Festival, and is rapidly approaching its Christmas Day release here in the UK. So just to keep you going until then, we have a clip from the film to give you a taste of the music you can expect.

Aaron Johnson (the upcoming Kick-Ass, but you may remember him from Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. Or not) plays John Lennon, with Thomas Sangster (Love Actually) as Paul McCartney. This clip sees McCartney giving Lennon a guitar lesson as they begin their long collaboration, and yes, that's Kristin Scott-Thomas as Lennon's disapproving aunt Mimi.


Happily, the pair sound more like Lennon and McCartney than they look like them - as you can tell from the soundtrack album, which comes out on Monday 14. And yes, they did their own singing rather than miming to Beatles or Quarrymen (the Beatles' predecessor) tracks.

Source: EmpireOnline

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Josh Brolin For MIB 3?

Josh Brolin For MIB 3?
He could don the suit and the shades…
Source: LA Times


Josh Brolin For MIB 3?

File this one strictly in the "rumour' category for now, but The LA Times is reporting that Josh Brolin is being considered for a role in Men In Black 3.

It's still early days, and the film itself is still very much at the development stage (no actual greenlight yet), but it has Tropic Thunder's Etan Cohen writing a script and Sony is hoping to grab Barry Sonnenfeld to direct again.

For now though, there's fun to be had speculating on who Brolin could play: he's a possible replacement for K should Tommy Lee Jones decide he's too old/grumpy/busy for all that alien hunting nonsense and would make a suitably different partner for Will Smith's J (again, assuming Smith agrees to return).

And as the Times points out, J spent some of MIB II with other partners (including the awesome Patrick "The Tick" Warburton) before Jones' character came out of retirement.

If Brolin is to join the cast, and the thing is going to shoot next year, scheduling might have to be worked out: the actor is already signed on to the Coen brothers' True Grit remake and Mafia drama Cartel.

Do you think he'd make a good agent? And do you actually want a third film? Let's not forget that the second one was definitely lacking…

Source: EmpireOnline

Monday, December 7, 2009

Pitt Producing Dracula Movie Vlad

Pitt Producing Dracula Movie Vlad
A new take from Twilight team Summit
Source: Heat Vision Blog


Pitt Producing Dracula Movie Vlad

Given that vampires have earned the company one or two pennies in the last couple of years, it's hardly surprising that Summit Entertainment would be looking to stick with the creatures of the night (or the day, in the Twilight gang's case). But for its next trip to bloodsucker central, the subject matter is somewhat more traditional: Dracula, with Brad Pitt's production company helping to keep the blood flowing.

Don't go expecting it to be all capes and fangs just yet, though. Vlad, a script written by actor Charlie Hunnam (of Green Street and now TV's Sons Of Anarchy) is the focus, with music video man Anthony Mandler aiming to direct.

Vlad will explore Drac as a young prince, plundering the history of Vlad the impaler, the man behind the myth.

Summit apparently nabbed the rights to the script a while ago, but has been keeping it in a development dungeon until Mandler, who has worked with the likes of Rhianna and Eminem, toddled along with his showreel.

Now the hope is, according to Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog, to produce a "visually edgy and radical period movie". 300 with more teeth, anyone?

Source: EmpireOnline

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Exclusive: Micmacs UK Trailer

Exclusive: Micmacs UK Trailer
Jeunet's new bananas adventure


Exclusive: Micmacs UK Trailer

Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the man behind Amelie and The City of the Lost Children, is bringing us a new slice of fried madness in Micmacs - and there's a new UK trailer online to give us a better taste of what flavour of barmy is in store.

Our hero is Bazil (French superstar Dany Boon) who is accidentally shot in the head and finds his whole life turned upside down. Homeless, he ends up being taken in by a group of eccentrics, and starts to plot with them to take down the source of all his woes: the weapons manufacturers responsible for the bullets that hit him and killed his father years before.


Micmacs is out here in the UK on March 26, but if you need to see it sooner, learn some French and hop on the Eurostar, because it's already out in its native land.

Source: EmpireOnline

Paul Greengrass Quits Bourne 4

Paul Greengrass Quits Bourne 4
More trouble for the new outing
Source: Variety


Paul Greengrass Quits Bourne 4

In the latest setback for the future of the Bourne films, Paul Greengrass has decided to pass on directing the fourth installment.

The Playlist blog was the first to report the news, breaking word on Monday that Greengrass had decided to ditch the job amid rumours of creative differences and dissatisfaction with Universal’s decision to develop dual scripts.

Now comes a statement from Greengrass, in which he outlines his reasons for walking away in a much more diplomatic tone.

“My decision to not return a third time as director is simply about feeling the call for a different challenge. There's been no disagreement with Universal Pictures. The opportunity to work with the Bourne family again is a difficult thing to pass up, but we have discussed this together and they have been incredibly understanding and supportive.

“I've been lucky enough to have made four films for Universal, and our relationship continues. Jason Bourne existed before me and will continue, and I hope to remain involved in some capacity as the series moves on."

This latest development comes after Universal has already been having trouble shoving the film through development, with scheduling issues and the aforementioned script troubles. That, and the small matter of Matt Damon not yet being committed to star.

It might be a sign from the movie gods that perhaps the series worked best as a trilogy, but we doubt Universal will let even the loss of Greengrass put an end to their plans…

Source: EmpireOnline