While Seth MacFarlane was leading us into what felt like the longest Oscars ceremony ever this past Sunday, "Life of Pi"'s visual effects artists were protesting on the red carpet. Over 400 technicians outside the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood marched after well-known effects house Rhythm & Hues filed for bankruptcy, shortly after nabbing a BAFTA for Ang Lee's Oscar-winning film. Over 200 employees were laid off without pay after working over a year on Lee's mystical movie, which won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects that evening. Supervisor Bill Westenhofer tried to draw attention to the effects industry's struggles during his acceptance speech, but the obnoxious "Jaws" theme song played him off stage, and his microphone was cut.
After witnessing the embarrassing punch in the gut, film fans and industry professionals on Facebook and Twitter have been replacing their avatars with a green screen photo to show their support for the artists behind Hollywood's biggest blockbusters. Why are these prestigious studios and the outstanding talent behind them suffering when their projects are winning Oscar gold?
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Call us YA rookies, but "The Mortal Instruments" is fairly new to us and our knowledge of teen paranormal romance. We expected to see young, beautiful heroes brooding and battling supernatural evil, but the pantlessness comes as a bit of a surprise.
That's what MTV News' Josh Horowitz found on the set of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" when he spoke with Godfrey Gao, the actor playing Magnus Bane. As it turns out, Gao was more surprised by the cold than the lack of pants.
"At first, I was like, 'All right, I thought this party was going to be an indoor mansion with a lot of lights and chandeliers like you see in back.' Turns out, it's outside, and it's actually, I think, 11 degrees Celsius [51 degrees Fahrenheit], so I'm just hanging out with my boxers on and everyone sees ... I have great legs."
"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" opens on August 23.
Of the disappoints from this year's Academy Awards telecast, the one that still confuses us is the flat tribute to the 50 years of James Bond. If there's one thing you can usually count on the Oscars to deliver, it's tasteful movie montages, but the 007 sequence felt rushed and was surprisingly boring.
While it's sad to see the Oscars waste such a good opportunity, there is a consolation prize two days after the awards. The Playlist just posted a similar but much, much better montage made by 19-year-old Dutch film student Kees van Dijkhuizen Jr. It captures the spirit and the arc of the series in a way that the Oscars didn't even come close to.
Check out our own look back at the series, the Bond-a-Thond!
Watch the far superior tribute to James Bond after the jump!
Here's a collaboration we never thought we'd see: Angelina Jolie has tapped Joel and Ethan Coen to rewrite her next directorial effort, "Unbroken."
That's right, The Hollywood Reporter reports that Jolie has managed to wrangle the Coen Brothers to make sure that her next film will be in the best shape it can possibly be. This movie has been in development at Universal for over 50 years, but Jolie only recently took the project from former helmer Francis Lawrence. If the movie had script issues, the Coens really are the right people to be asked to straighten them out.
As you know, J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" reboot dealt with alternate timelines within the fictional universe, but did you know that the movie itself had an alternate timeline, one where Mark Wahlberg starred as George Kirk, father of James T.?
When the actor spoke with Total Film recently about his latest film "Broken City," he revealed that Abrams had offered him the role, but Wahlberg ultimately turned it down because he couldn't understand the dialogue in the script.
"I remember him asking me to play Captain Kirk's father in 'Star Trek,' Wahlberg said. "I tried to read the script and I didn't understand the words of the dialogue or anything. I said, 'I couldn't do this. I think you're really talented, but I couldn't do it.' "
Listen, we know that it's only the end of February, but we're thinking that it's about time for some spring break. We're so excited, in fact, that we went ahead and packed a bag to get ready and brought all of the usual items: sunglasses, extra cash, cocaine, handguns, etc.
You can find all of those items and more on the ridiculously cool new poster for "Spring Breakers," which is set for release toward the end of March. The film star Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Benson as bored college students who rob a restaurant to fund their out-of-control spring break trip.
You can check out the full poster after the jump!
A full trailer for the fantasy series's third season finally debuted, giving us actual looks at new characters like Ciaran Hinds' Mance Rayder. Watch the new preview below.
Also, Nicole Kidman debuts as "Grace of Monaco" in today's Dailies!
Will Gluck's upcoming "Annie" remake has found its leading lady in the form of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" star Quvenzhane Wallis. The same weekend she made her appearance as the youngest ever Best Actress Oscar nominee, she was confirmed for the starring role.
That part had originally gone to Willow Smith, but she passed on it in January. Now Wallis is confirmed for the role, Deadline reports, which will be her first starring part since "Beasts." Wallis also has a small role in Steve McQueen's "Twelve Years a Slave."
People on the internet can't seem to decide on how Seth MacFarlane did as the host of the Oscars. Either he was funny or sexist or edgy or dated, or he was all of these and no one could decide among the adjectives.
Thankfully, VH1 has put together a compilation of MacFarlane's most biting jokes from his opening monologue. That way, you can review the evidence and decide for yourself whether the host sucked, rocked, or fell somewhere in between.
Did MacFarlane's Lincoln joke go too far, even 150 years later? What about the Chris Brown-Rihanna jab? MacFarlane certainly threw a lot of punches; we're just not so sure about how many he landed.
How do you think Seth MacFarlane did as Oscars host? Let us know in the comments below and on Twitter!
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With all of this talk about the Oscars still going around, sometimes a girl wants to share in the glam of Hollywood's biggest night, even if she's a telekinetically powered, vengeful teenage girl.
Empire recently published a new image (via The Playlist) of Chloe Moretz dressed to the 6s (as in 666) in Kimberly Peirce's remake of the horror classic, "Carrie."
Check out the new image after the jump!