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Cinema Chat: Golden Globe Winners, Razzie Nominations, "Theeb," "Ride Along 2" And More

Jan 14, 2016

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Academy Award nominations were announced today. Check out Golden Globes winners and Razzie nominees as part of WEMU's 'Cinema Chat!'   David Fair and Russ Collins  also preview your movie options for the coming weekend. 


Best Motion Picture - Drama

"The Revenant" 

Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical

"The Martian"

Best Director

Alejandro González Iñárritu, "The Revenant"

Best Actress - Drama

Brie Larson, "Room"

Best Actor - Drama

Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"

Best Actress - Comedy/Musical

Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy"

Best Actor - Comedy/Musical

Matt Damon, "The Martian"

Best Supporting Actress

Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs"

Best Supporting Actor

Sylvester Stallone, "Creed"

Best Screenplay

"Steve Jobs"

Best Animated Feature

"Inside Out"

Best Foreign Language Film

"Son of Saul"

Best Original Score

"The Hateful Eight"

Best Original Song

"Writing's On the Wall," "SPECTRE"


The organizers of the Razzie Awards have unveiled their choices of the year's cinematic misfires, and it's a pretty healthy selection of some true stinkers.

"Fifty Shades of Grey," "Pixels," "Jupiter Ascending," and "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" all led the way with six nominations each, while superhero flop "Fantastic Four" earned five.  However, the Razzies aren't just about kicking people while they're down.  In their Razzies Redeemer Award category, Elizabeth Banks (who directed "Pitch Perfect 2"), M. Night Shyamalan (who bounced back with "The Visit"), Sylvester Stallone (who took home a Golden Globe for "Creed") and Will Smith (who battled the NFL in "Concussion") all got nominated for not making something awful.

The Razzies will handed out the day before the Oscars, on February 27th. Full list of nominees below.

Worst Picture

Fantastic Four

Fifty Shades of Grey

Jupiter Ascending

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2


Worst Actor

Johnny Depp (Mortdecai)

Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey)

Kevin James (Paul Blart Mall Cop 2)

Adam Sandler (The Cobbler and Pixels)

Channing Tatum (Jupiter Ascending)

Worst Actress

Katherine Heigl (Home Sweet Hell)

Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey)

Mila Kunis (Jupiter Ascending)

Jennifer Lopez (The Boy Next Door)

Gwyneth Paltrow (Mortdecai)

Worst Supporting Actor

Chevy Chase (Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Vacation)

Josh Gad (Pixels and The Wedding Ringer)

Kevin James (Pixels)

Jason Lee (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip)

Eddie Redmayne (Jupiter Ascending)

Worst Supporting Actress

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip and The Wedding Ringer)

Rooney Mara (Pan)

Michelle Monaghan (Pixels)

Julianne Moore (Seventh Son)

Amanda Seyfried (Love the Coopers and Pan)

Worst Remake or Sequel

Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip

Fantastic Four

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Human Centipede 3

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

Worst Screen Combo

Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell (Fantastic Four)

Johnny Depp and his glued-on mustache (Mortdecai)

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey)

Kevin James and either his Segway or glued-on mustache (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2)

Adam Sandler and any pair of shoes (The Cobbler)

Worst Director

Andy Fickman (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2)

Tom Six (Human Centipede 3)

Sam Taylor-Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey)

Josh Trank (Fantastic Four)

Andy and Lana Wachowski (Jupiter Ascending)

Worst screenplay

Simon Kinberg, Jeremy Slater and Josh Trank (Fantastic Four)

Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey)

Andy and Lana Wachowski (Jupiter Ascending)

Kevin James and Nick Bakay (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2)

Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling (Pixels)

Razzies Redeemer Award

Elizabeth Banks

M. Night Shyamalan

Will Smith

Sylvester Stallone

Opening Downtown


With war raging in the WWI era Ottoman Empire, the peaceful lives of two orphaned Bedouin brothers are interrupted when a British Army officer enlists them to help him find a rumored source of water near the Ottoman train track.  Stephen Holden of the New York Times writes “The wide-open spaces of Jordan, where ‘Theeb’ was filmed, are as awe-inspiring in their breadth and aridity as the vistas in a spaghetti western.  The film’s acute sense of this unforgiving environment is underscored by a soundtrack in which gunfire and voices ricochet eerily through the spiky canyons and arid mountain passes… the otherworldly beauty is inseparable from the dangers that lurk within it.”  The film won the Best Director prize at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, and has been shortlisted for the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Film category.  “Theeb “opens Friday at the State.


Spike Lee’s modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes.  Set in Chicago, Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris) is in love with an aspiring rapper, but she is disturbed by the bloody war between his Spartan gang and the rival Trojans.  When a child is accidentally killed in a drive-by shooting, Lysistrata, desperate to do something to stop the escalating bloodshed, persuades Spartan and Trojan women to swear off sex with their men until the fighting stops.  As the ultimate battle of the sexes rages on, the city’s fate hangs in the balance in this searing satire of gun violence in America.  “Chi-Raq” opens Monday at the Michigan.

Special Screenings Downtown

"Gangnam Blues"

Set in the 1970s against the backdrop of the real estate development of Seoul’s Gangnam district, the friendship of two childhood friends is tested as they find themselves entangled in the collusion and battles between political powers and criminal organizations.  “Gangnam Blues” plays Saturday, January 16 at 2 PM at the Michigan as part of the Korean Cinema Now film series.

"Tim's Vermeer"

Magicians Penn and Teller turn their analytic gaze from the world of magic to the world of fine art in this documentary about inventor Tim Jenison, who conducts experiments to discover how 17th-century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer achieved such photographic realism in his paintings. The screening features a special post-screening presentation by University of Michigan Physics professor Tim Chupp and U-M History of Art professor Celeste Brusati, on the physics of vision and Vermeer’s use of the camera obscura. “Tim’s Vermeer” plays Tuesday January 19 at 7 PM at the Michigan.

"Ghost in the Shell"

The film adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s iconic manga, a cyborg cop investigates the seemingly impossible infiltration of a computer mainframe by a powerful hacker called the “Puppet Master.”  “Ghost in the Shell” plays Wednesday January 20 at 7 PM at the State as part of the CineManga Film Series. 


In honor of the passing of legendary artist David Bowie, who appeared in such films as “Basquiat,” “The Last Temptation of Christ,” and “The Prestige,” a single screening of the iconic Jim Henson film “Labyrinth” will be presented at the State Theatre.  A selfish 16-year old girl (a young Jennifer Connelly) is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King (Bowie).  “Labyrinth” plays Thursday January 21at 7 PM at the State.

Opening at the Multiplex

"Ride Along 2"

As his wedding day approaches, Ben (Kevin Hart) heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James (Ice Cube) to bring down a drug dealer who's supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product.  “Ride Along 2” opens Friday.

“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” 

The gripping true story of six elite ex-military operators assigned to protect the CIA who fought back against overwhelming odds when terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound in 2012.  “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” opens Friday.

"Norm of the North"

Polar bear Norm's greatest gripe is simple:  there is no room for tourists in the Arctic.  But when a maniacal developer threatens to build luxury condos in his own backyard, Norm does what all normal polar bears would do...he heads to New York City to stop it.  With a cast of ragtag lemmings at his side, Norm takes on the big apple, big business and a big identity crisis to save the day.  Featuring the voices of Rob Schneider, Bill Nighy and Heather Graham, “Norm of the North” opens Friday.

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