Monday, February 25, 2013

The 2013 Oscars, hosted by Seth Mcfarlane was packed full of surprises and sure shots. Highlights included Mcfarlane's opening scene with surprise guest host Captain Kirk from the future, to Anne Hathaway's pointed frostiness as she accepted the supporting actress award - think gooseflesh in the chest, ahem. Accepting for best film was Argo's director Ben Affleck, who had been snubbed by the Academy for best director, which went to Ang Li for Life of Pi. 

But, the best parts were William Shatner co-hosting the show from the future and Adele's Skyfall performance. 

Check out the list of winners below:

1. Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz
2. Animated Short Film: "Paper Man"
3. Animated Feature Film: "Brave"
4. Cinematography: Claudio Miranda for "Life of Pi"
5. Visual Effects: "Life of Pi"
6. Costume Design: "Anna Karenina"
7. Makeup and Hairstyling: "Les Miserables"
8. Live Action Short Film: "Curfew"
9. Documentary Short Subject: "Innocente"
10. Documentary Feature: "Searching for Sugar Man"
11. Foreign Language Film: "Amour"
12. Sound Mixing: "Les Miserables
13. Sound Editing: "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Skyfall" (A tie)
14. Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway
15. Film Editing: "Argo"
16. Production Design: "Lincoln"
17. Original Score: "Life of Pi"
18. Original Song: "Skyfall"
19. Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio for "Argo"
20. Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantion for "Django Unchained"
21. Directing: Ang Lee
22. Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
23. Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis

Monday, January 28, 2013

SAG Awards: The Winners in 2013

By Mo Khanzada

The Screen Actors Guild Awards were held on Sunday, January 27, 2013 and were aired on TNT and TBS. The Award show honors its union employees in the film and media arts. The awards are largely seen as a predictor for the industry exhalted Academy Awards. This year seems to be no different but only time will tell.

Argo took best picture, as Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence walk away with outstanding leading roles, with Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Hathaway taking the supporting role awards.

Read the full list of nominees and winners below:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
WINNER - Argo (2012)
Other Nominees:
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
Les Misérables (2012)
Lincoln (2012)
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
WINNER - Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln (2012)
Other Nominees:
Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
John Hawkes for The Sessions (2012)
Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables (2012)
Denzel Washington for Flight (2012)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
WINNER - Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Other Nominees:
Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Marion Cotillard for Rust and Bone (2012)
Helen Mirren for Hitchcock (2012)
Naomi Watts for The Impossible (2012)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
WINNER - Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln (2012)
Other Nominees:
Alan Arkin for Argo (2012)
Javier Bardem for Skyfall (2012)
Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master (2012)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
WINNER - Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables (2012)
Other Nominees:
Sally Field for Lincoln (2012)
Helen Hunt for The Sessions (2012)
Nicole Kidman for The Paperboy (2012)
Maggie Smith for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
WINNER - Modern Family (2009)
Other Nominees:
30 Rock (2006)
The Big Bang Theory (2007)
Glee (2009)
Nurse Jackie (2009)
The Office (2005)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
WINNER - Downton Abbey (2010)
Other Nominees:
Boardwalk Empire (2010)
Breaking Bad (2008)
Homeland (2011)
Mad Men (2007)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
WINNER - Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock (2006)
Other Nominees:
Ty Burrell for Modern Family (2009)
Louis C.K. for Louie (2010)
Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory (2007)
Eric Stonestreet for Modern Family (2009)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
WINNER - Tina Fey for 30 Rock (2006)
Other Nominees:
Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie (2009)
Amy Poehler for Parks and Recreation (2009)
Sofía Vergara for Modern Family (2009)
Betty White for Hot in Cleveland (2010)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
WINNER - Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad (2008)
Other Nominees:
Steve Buscemi for Boardwalk Empire (2010)
Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom (2012)
Jon Hamm for Mad Men (2007)
Damian Lewis for Homeland (2011)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
WINNER - Claire Danes for Homeland (2011)
Other Nominees:
Michelle Dockery for Downton Abbey (2010)
Jessica Lange for American Horror Story: Asylum (2011)
Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey (2010)
Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife (2009)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
WINNER -  Kevin Costner for Hatfields & McCoys (2012)
Other Nominees:
Woody Harrelson for Game Change (2012) (TV)
Ed Harris for Game Change (2012) (TV)
Clive Owen for Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012) (TV)
Bill Paxton for Hatfields & McCoys (2012)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
WINNER - Julianne Moore for Game Change (2012) (TV)
Other Nominees:
Nicole Kidman for Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012) (TV)
Charlotte Rampling for Restless (2012) (TV)
Sigourney Weaver for Political Animals (2012)
Alfre Woodard for Steel Magnolias (2012) (TV)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

J.J. Abrahams to Direct Upcoming Star Wars Movie

According to, a source close to to the situation has confirmed that the famed Star Trek director will also direct the New Star Wars Episode VII movie. This comes on the heels of the purchase of Lucas Films - the Star Wars Franchise production company - by Disney for 4 billion.

Read more here.

Ashton Kutcher's Movie Clip from jOBS - Looks Pretty Decent

By Mo Khanzada

Check out this clip from the upcoming movie jOBS, the Steve Jobs biopic. In the clip, Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad respectively play Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Setve Wozniak (Woz). The Five Star Feature Films movie was directed by Joshua Michael Stern and written by Matthew Stealey and released by Open Road Pictures. The cast includes Dermot Mulroney, Lucas Haas, J. K. Simmons and Matthew Modine. jOBS will play on the final night of The Sundance Film Festival on Jan 29, 2013 and will hit theateres in April.

From the looks of clip, Kutcher has captured Jobs' reality distortion field pretty well as Gad captures Woz's corresponding diminutiveness. We here at the Law Blah blah blog wish the whole team a lot of success.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Disney's Plans for Star Wars - Yes, Disney

By Mo Khanzada

On October 26, 2012, Disney forged plans to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd, from owner George Lucas, creator of the massively successful Star Wars franchise for 4.06 billion. The deal includes the Star Wars franchise which has netted 4.4 billion in profit globally. The deal was approved by the FTC on Dec 21, 2012 after the regulatory 30-day waiting period.

According to Deadline, Disney has since announced plans for three more films, one every two years in addition to a television series. The first film Episode 7, will be released in 2015. Disney has also confirmed that Michael Arndt will write the screenplay. 

Half of the consideration for the purchase was paid in cash and the other half in Disney stock. As of Friday, Jan 18, 2013,  Disney's stock price is $52.34, up $1.41 from $50 on the date of the acquisition, an increase of 2.77%.

Below is the press release.

BURBANK, Calif., December 21, 2012 – Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) announced today that Disney has completed its acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Lucasfilm to the Disney family,” said Iger. “Star Wars is one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time and this transaction combines that world class content with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets, which we believe will generate growth as well as significant long-term value.”
Under the terms of the merger agreement, at closing Disney issued 37,076,679 shares and made a cash payment of $2,208,199,950. Based upon the closing price of Disney shares on December 21, 2012 at $50.00, the transaction has a total value of approximately $4.06 billion.
Lucasfilm’s assets include its massively popular Star Wars franchise, operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production, as well as a substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies. It operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC, LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound.

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President Barack Obama Inaugurated for Second Term

By Mo Khanzada

President Barack Obama was inaugurated for a second term on January 21, 2013 in Washington D.C. He won a decisive victory in a hotly contested election against Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney. 

Some of President Obama's key highlights in his first term included: 
  • Elimination of terrorist Osama Bin Laden 
  • Healthcare reform by passing the Affordable Health Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare
  • Successfully adding two female Supreme Court Justices
  • Ending Dont Ask, Dont Tell 
  • Stopped defending DOMA in court
We at Law Blah blah blog wish President Obama a successful second term. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

2013 Golden Globes Winners

The 2013 Golden Globes, hosted by both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, was a night full of winners and losers who were all were triumphant and accomplished artists and, who, in all rights, have won the pride and admiration of their peers and fans just by being nominated.

The night was taken by Fey and Poehler and the two were relentlessly funny making one easily forget the two were EX-cast members of SNL. 

Argo won Best Picture and Best Director even as its director Ben Affleck was snubbed by the Academy for those categories. 

Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for Lincoln as did Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty. Anne Hathaway won supporting for Les Mis along with Christopher Waltz for Django Unchained.

The Golden Globes are held by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, an organization that primarily hosts the Globes and donates money to entertainment related charities. The organization places an emphasis on foreign as well as domestic films in its award considerations.

See if your favorite artist won here at the Golden Globes Website!!