ENTERTAINMENT news: Dracula, other TV, and Statement RE: 2011 B. james Awards

Dracula - Jonathan Rhys-MeyersLet’s begin with casting news:  NBC’s upcoming series Dracula, starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (in the title role), has added Katie McGrath (of Merlin) and Nonso Anozie (of Game of Thrones) to the cast.  McGrath will play “Lucy Westenra,” friend of Mina (Jessica DeGouw) – Dracula’s love interest, whom he believes to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.  Anozie will be “R.M. Renfield,” Dracula’s confidant and keeper of his secret.  It’s been previously announced that Dracula will lead a double life as an American businessman named Alan Grayson, in 1890s London.

In production and development from FOX are two new series titled Wild Blue and Gang RelatedWild Blue is to be a drama set aboard a US Aircraft Carrier and to chronicle the lives of the 600 men and women it carries.  Gang Related is a drama described as being similar to The Departed, about a gang member who’s sent to infiltrate the San Francisco police department.  Other interesting projects include two new series picked up by Animal Planet, Swamp’d – a show about the colorful cast of characters responsible for operating P’Maw’s Bait Shack in Lousianna, and Top Hooker – a fishing competition that places 10 fisherman in various never-before-seen fishing challenges.  Swamp’d is set to premiere this spring, with eight half-hour episodes – Top Hooker is scheduled for a summer release.

Also announced this week:

– Charlize Theron’s Hatfields & McCoys has received approval for a series pilot from NBC.  Theron will serve as the show’s Executive Producer.

– NBC also okayed an Alice in Wonderland sequel project titled Wonderland.  The series is described as a follow-up to the original novel that follows a new character named Clara.


Water for Elephants

In 2011, I awarded my “Best Picture” award to The Artist.  However, for over a year I have questioned that decision and need to offer a correction (the first of its kind in the 11 year history of the Bobby-james Awards).  I’m making the decision I should have made, and that is to replace The Artist in the top spot with my favorite movie from that year, and quite frankly, the film I consider to be the best:  Water for Elephants.

That looks like “that’s all for now, folks!”


The 2012 Bobby-james Awards: May I have the envelope please…

Finally, the time has arrived, I’m announcing the “Best of Film” 2012! It’s one of my favorite sections to do, but also the hardest, especially when considering all the fantastic movies that came out last year. So I won’t keep the suspense running, if you’re feeling any at all – may I have the envelope please …

Achievement in Cinematography – Life of PiClaudio Miranda

Life of Pi 2

2011 Winner:  The Tree of Life - Emmanuel Lubezki

Achievement in Art Direction – Life of Pi - Dan Webster

Life of Pi

2011 Winner: The Tree of Life - David Crank

Achievement in Costume Design – The Hunger Games - Judianna Makovsky

Hunger Games

2011 Winner: n/a

Original Song for a Motion Picture – “Skyfall” – Skyfall - Adele

2011 Winner:  “Bridge of Light” – Happy Feet 2 - Pink

Original Score for a Motion Picture – Cloud Atlas - Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, Gene Pritsker

2011 Winner:  The Artist – Ludovic Bource

Original Screenplay for a Motion Picture – Django Unchained - Quentin Tarantino

Django Unchained

2011 Winner: Warrior – Cliff Dorman, Gavin O’Connor, Anthony Tombakis

Adapted Screenplay for a Motion Picture – Beasts of the Southern Wild - Lucy Alibar, Ben Zeitlin

Beasts of the Southern Wild

2011 Winner: The Help – Tate Taylor

Actor in a Voice-Over Role – John C. Reilly - Wreck It Ralph – “Wreck It Ralph”


2011 Winner: Elijah Wood – Happy Feet Two – “Mumble”

Actress in a Voice-Over Role – Frances McDormand - Madagascar 3 – “Cpt. Chantel DuBois”


2011 Winner: Abigail Breslin – Rango – “Priscilla”

Actor in a Supporting Role – Leonardo DiCaprio - Django Unchained

DiCaprio in Django

2011 Winner:  Christoph Waltz – Water For Elephants

Actress in a Supporting Role – Elizabeth Banks – The Hunger Games

Elizabeth Banks - Hunger Games

2011 Winner:  Jessica Chastain – The Help

Documentary Feature of the Year – West of Memphis

West of Memphis

2011 Winner:  n/a

Independent/Foreign Language Feature of the Year – The Hunter - Australia

The Hunter

2011 Winner: The Artist – France

Animated Short of the Year – Paperman - John Kahrs

Paperman - short

2011 Winner: n/a

Animated Feature of the Year – ParaNorman


2011 Winner:  Happy Feet Two

Actor in a Leading Role – Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln

Daniel Day Lewis Lincoln

2011 Winner:  Jean Dujardin – The Artist

Actress in a Leading Role – Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty

Jessica Chastain - ZDT

2011 Winner:  Berenice Bejo – The Artist

The Lumiére Award for Directing – Ben Affleck - Argo

Ben Affleck Argo

2011 Winner:  Michael Hazanavicius – The Artist

Feature Film of the Year – Argo

2011 Winner:  The Artist

TOP 10 FILMS OF 2012

10. Skyfall

9. Lincoln

8. The Dark Knight Rises

7. Zero Dark Thirty

6. Django Unchained

5. Life of Pi

4. Cloud Atlas

3. The Hunger Games

2. Beasts of the Southern Wild

1.  Argo

There they are movie lovers – my Top 10 Movies of 2012 and The 2012 Bobby-james Awards selections – I’m sure y’all have something to say, so, as always, share your thoughts!


The 2012 Bobby-james Awards: “Cloud Atlas” leads the nominations

In conjunction with Hollywood’s Award season, I present to you the nominess for the Best of Film 2012.  Cloud Atlas leads the pack with 7 nods, but is followed very closely by Life of Pi, The Hunger Games, and Lincoln, all of which boast 6.  And the nominees are…


Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda

 - Cloud Atlas – Frank Griebe, John Toll

Skyfall – Roger Deakins

A Royal Affair – Rasmus Videbæk

Hitchcock – Jeff Cronenweth

Costume Design:

Snow White and the Huntsman – Colleen Atwood

The Hunger Games – Judianna Makovsky

Magic Mike – Christopher Peterson

Mirror Mirror – Eiko Ishioka

The Dark Knight Rises – Lindy Hemming

Art Direction:

Life of Pi – Dan Webster

The Hunger Games – John Collins

Mirror Mirror – Nicolas Lepage, Jean-Pierre Paquet, and Real Proulx

ParaNorman – Phil Brotherton, Francesca Berlingiere Maxwell

Lincoln – Curt Beech, David Crank, Leslie McDonald

Original Song:

– “Skyfall” – Adele – Skyfall

– “Pi’s Lullaby” – Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri  – Life of Pi

– “Love Always Comes As A Surprise” – Peter Asher – Madagascar 3

– “Safe and Sound” – The Civil Wars (and Taylor Swift) – The Hunger Games

– “Suddenly” – Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables

Original Score:

Argo – Alexandre Desplat

Beasts of the Southern Wild – Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin

Cloud Atlas – Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, and Gene Pritsker

The Dark Knight Rises – Hans Zimmer

Life of Pi – Mychael Danna

Original Screenplay:

Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino

Zero Dark Thirty – Mark Boal

The Dark Knight Rises – Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan

End of Watch – David Ayer

Ted – Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, and Wellesley Wild

Adapted Screenplay:

Argo – Chris Terrio

– Beasts of the Southern Wild – Lucy Alibar and Ben Zeitlin

Lincoln – Tony Kushner

Cloud Atlas – Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski

A Royal Affair – Rasmus Heisterberg and Nicolaj Arcel

Actor in a Voice-Over Role:

– John C. Reilly as “Ralph” – Wreck It Ralph

– Charlie Tahan as “Victor Frankenstein” – Frankenweenie

– Kodi Smit-McPhee as “Norman Babcock” – ParaNorman

– Jack McBrayer as “Fix It Felix” – Wreck It Ralph

– Chris Pine as “Jack Frost” – Rise of the Guardians

Actress in a Voice-Over Role:

– Betty White as “Grammy Norma” – Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

– Frances McDormand as “Captain Chantel DuBois” – Madagascar 3

– Jessica Chastain as “Gia” – Madagascar 3

– Catherine O’Hara as “Mrs. Frankenstein / Weird Girl / Gym Teacher” – Frankenweenie

– Kelly Macdonald as “Merida” – Brave

Actor in a Supporting Role:

– Leonardo DiCaprio – Django Unchained

– Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln

– James D’Arcy – Hitchcock

– Tom Hardy – The Dark Knight Rises

– Ben Whishaw – Cloud Atlas

Actress in a Supporting Role:

– Helen Hunt – The Sessions

– Charlize Theron – Snow White and the Huntsman

– Elizabeth Banks – The Hunger Games

– Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables

– Doona Bae – Cloud Atlas                    

Actor in a Leading Role:

– Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln

– Jim Sturgess – Cloud Atlas

– Jake Gyllenhaal – End of Watch

– John Hawkes – The Sessions

– Willem Dafoe – The Hunter

Actress in a Leading Role:

– Quvenzhane Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild

– Helen Mirren – Hitchcock

– Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games

– Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty

– Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook

The Lumiére Award for Directing:

– Steven Spielberg – Lincoln

– Ben Affleck – Argo

– Ang Lee – Life of Pi

– Ben Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild

– Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty

Animated Feature of the Year:

Wreck It Ralph

Rise of the Guardians



Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Animated Short Film of the Year:

Paperman – John Kahrs  

La Luna – Enrico Casarosa  

- Maggie Simpson in the Longest Daycare – David Silverman

Foreign Language Feature of the Year:

Declaration of War – France

Monsieur Lazhar – Canada

–  A Royal Affair – Denmark

A Trip – Slovenia

The Hunter – Australia

Documentary Feature of the Year:

Chimpanzee – Alistair Fothergill, Mark Linfield

West of Memphis – Amy Berg

The Island President – Jon Shenk

Informant – Jamie Meltzer

Searching for Sugar Man – Malik Benjelloul

Feature Film of the Year:



– Beasts of the Southern Wild

Cloud Atlas

The Dark Knight Rises

Django Unchained

The Hunger Games

Life of Pi

Zero Dark Thirty

Winners to be revealed January 20 – in the meantime, what are your thoughts and more importantly, is there something here that shouldn’t be or something that should be but isn’t?  Let me hear it…


ENTERTAINMENT news: Jurassic Park 4

Jurassic Park 4

It’s official – after years of speculation, Universal Pictures has announced a release date for Jurassic Park IV - June 13, 2014.  The fourth installment to the Jurassic Park franchise will be offered in 3D.  The only other additional information available is that Steven Spielberg will serve as the producer for the film.  As of December 2011, there was a first-draft script available. I would suspect more information to be revealed in the coming months.  In the meantime, who would you like to see return to the franchise?  What dinosaurs may or should be included?  Who should be commanding the dinosaurs?

Many JP fans know that of the original trilogy, the third film by far had the weakest plot and visual presentation.  Will the fourth offer anything new, or refreshingly terrifying – or will it go the way of Jurassic Park III?  Perhaps they could make the Tyrannosaurs pack hunters, as has been suggested since the original film in 1993. Maybe  the plot could involve rapid evolution?  Only time will tell, until then, I’m going to look for a way to get involved in this movie – I have always wanted to get eaten by a Tyrannosaur…. there’s still hope that it could happen!

Ciao, ciao for now, I need to change my pants after this exciting announcement!!!


(just kidding about the changing pants part, really, I am!)

The 2012 Bobby-james Awards: Television

In 2012, you may have entered an asylum run by deranged nuns and encountered a blood-thirsty psychiatrist, or maybe you became a family member of the new normal gang, or perhaps you shed blood upon the sands of ancient Rome.  Maybe you prepared delicious dishes, or designed exquisite clothes – or maybe, just maybe, you sang your heart out to see if you were the voice.  Then again, maybe you identified with the crime dramas, or tripped into a science fiction realm where modern technology ceases to exist.  Perhaps you’ve even battled in the courtrooms, where you wrestled DA’s during the day before taking on alligators at night.  Or perhaps your life was a little more subdued and you watched as a group of geriatrics prank young people while Joseph Gordon-Levitt shed his clothing on late night.  Whatever your fancies were in 2012, television had a lot to offer.  But with those offers came the heart-break of cancellation (Harry’s Law), or death, or maybe even the joys of love (Covert Affairs) and new additions.  So without any further hesitation, here are my selection for the Best Television of 2012:

Dramatic Television Series:  American Horror Story – Asylum (FX)

2011 Winner:  Covert Affairs (USA)

American Horror Story - Asylum

Television Series Comedy:  The New Normal (NBC)

2011 Winner:  Harry’s Law (NBC)

The New Normal

Sci-Fi Television Series:  Revolution (NBC)

2011 Winner:  American Horror Story (FX)


Reality Competition:  The Next Iron Chef (Food Network)

2011 Winner:  WWE Tough Enough (USA)

The Next Iron Chef

Animated Series:  Electric City (Web Series)

2011 Winner:  The Simpsons (FOX)

Electric City

Talk Show:  Oprah’s Next Chapter (OWN)

2011 Winner:  Ellen (NBC)

Oprahs Next Chapter

Reality Television Series:  Gator Boys (Animal Planet)

2011 Winner:  Deadly 60 (Nat. Geo. Wild)


Reality Television Personality:  Paul Bedard – Gator Boys (Animal Planet)

2011 Winner:  Steve Backshall – Deadly 60 (Nat. Geo. Wild)

Paul Bedard

Actor in a Supporting Role:  John Gallagher - The Newsroom (HBO)

2011 Winner:  Manu Bennett – Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (Starz)

John Gallagher - The Newsroom - Jim Harper

Actress in a Supporting Role:  Lily Rabe – American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)

2011 Winner:  Jessica Lange – American Horror Story (FX)

AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Lily Rabe as Sister Eunice - Photo: Michael Yarish/FX

Actor in a Leading Role:  Justin Bartha – The New Normal (NBC)

2011 Winner:  Dylan McDermott – American Horror Story (FX)



Actress in a Leading Role: Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)

2011 Winner:  Kathy Bates – Harry’s Law (NBC)

Jessica Lange - AHSA - Sister Jude

Guest Star in a Television Series:  Patricia Arquette - Law & Order: SVU (NBC)

2011 Winner:  Andy Whitfield – Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (Starz)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 14

There they are – my television cream of the crop.  BEST OF FILM nominees coming Sunday, January 13 (one of my favorite BEST OF lists!).  Until then, ciao, ciao for now!