Entertainment

up in the air cap 6The Kansas City Film Critics gathered together last night for our annual vote. Up in the Air was the night’s big winner taking home Best Picture, Best Actor (George Clooney), and Best Adapted Screenplay. Kathyrn Bigelow took home the award for Best Director (The Hurt Locker), Up was voted Best Animated Film, and District 9 was honored for with the Vince Koehler Award for Outstanding Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror Film. You can check out the full list of winners here.

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If you’ve never heard of Straight No Chaser I’m betting you’ve never heard “The 12 Days of Christmas” performed quite like this. Enjoy.

Straight No Chaser: The 12 Days of Christmas (2008 Version)

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G'night Olivia

by alphamonkey on December 21, 2009

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The various tubes were clogged over the weekend with the unexpected death of Britney Murphy. However, the news that hit us much harder was that Alaina Reed Hall passed away after a long battle with breast cancer. Fans of the NBC sitcom 227 (and who doesn’t love them some Jackée?) will also remember her as Rose Lee Holloway. Her near 30-year career included voice work, movies, and guest spots on several TV-shows including Ally McBeal, News Radio, and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. But, to us, she’ll always be Sesame Street‘s Olivia.

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Six directors all hoping for an Oscar nomination. Here’s Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds), Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), Peter Jackson (Lovely Bones), James Cameron (Avatar), and Lee Daniels (Precious) sitting together and discussing movies over coffee. Kinda cool.

Oscar hopefuls talk about movies

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Are you excited about James Cameron’s highly anticipated super-special “something 3-D” new flick Avatar? Our pals over at Team Tiger Awesome sure are, and they’re ready to show you why.

Avatar’d

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If you don’t like Steve Buscemi, well, how can I put this politely? You can go fuck yourself. The man has been entertaining us in his own unique way for more than 20 years. He was my choice for the Joker in The Dark Knight, and while I freely admit Heath Ledger did far more with the role than I expected, I would have liked to see Buscemi’s take on the character.

Seeing how he’s got his share of great moments, I had a hard time choosing a clip to share. In the end I went with this memorable opening of Desperado (which aside from the curves of Salma Hayek lovingly captured in each frame, is, by far, the best thing about the film).

Happy Bithday Mr. Pink, and thanks for the memories!

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Dorthy Lamour may be gone, but that’s no reason we can’t celebrate the lady on her special day.

Best known for her work with Bob Hope in the the series of Road to… movies, the actress starred in more than 50 films while also making appearances on television and the Broadway stage.

Wishing her a happy birthday also gives me an excuse to share this clip of Lamour performing to the troops at a 1942 USO show with Veronica Lake and Paulette Goddard.

“A SWEATER, A SARONG, AND A PEEK-A-BOO BANG”

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Hitting theaters in limited release in select cities today is Up in the Air, the latest from director Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking, Juno), starring George Clooney Anna Kendrick, and Vera Farmiga. I’ve seen the film twice, and I promise my review is in the way, but for now take a look at what the stars of the film and their director (plus his dad!) have to say about the movie.

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MGM turns 85

by alphamonkey on December 4, 2009

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MGM is having an 85th birthday bash. Take a look back at the films the studio has produced over the last eight-and-a-half decades.

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Forty-six years ago today an actor named William Hartnell stepped out of a police box and a legend was born. So today we take a moment to acknowledge the man known only as The Doctor. Matt Smith will become the eleventh actor to star in the role when the new season of Doctor Who begins next year, but for now we take a look back at the ten Doctors who preceded him, from Hartnell to David Tennant, and savor the memories.

Take a load off Doctor, sit back, enjoy some jelly babies, and have yourself a very Happy Birthday!

Dr Who all 10 doctors in three minutes

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