The Oscars Highlights: Winners, Losers, and Being Snubbed

The 87th Annual Oscar Award ceremony was held last night in Los Angeles. The event was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and went off without a hitch. Many deserving took home awards for their hard work, many deserving lost out, and as always, some in Hollywood were snubbed this year.

The film Birdman took home Best Picture Award over the other nominees. An emotional Eddie Redmayne took home the award for Best Actor in the film The Theory of Everything. Julianne Moore won Best Actress for portraying a woman with early onset Alzheimer’s in the film Still Alice.

Many fans, like Bernardo Chua, were surprised that the film Boyhood did not bring home more awards. More about Chua can be found on The film was a test of patience, shot over 12 years using the same actors. It told the story of a boy growing up with divorced parents. Boyhood took home only one award- Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette. The film Selma, which centers on Martin Luther King Jr and civil rights, was also nominated for many awards. However, the one award that it was glaringly not nominated for was Best Actor for David Oyelowo, who portrayed King.

Every year the Oscars do an In Memoriam segment which features celebrities who have passed away over the year. Noticeably absent was powerhouse comedienne Joan Rivers who passed away at age 81.

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Winners Of The Annual Golden Raspberry Awards

The Annual Golden Raspberry Awards can be pretty harsh when it comes to which actors, actresses, directors and screen plays they think were the worst of this year. A couple of big winners for these ‘awards’ this year were Cameron Diaz (she won for her roles in The Other Woman, Sex Tape, and Annie) and Kirk Cameron (for his movie Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas). The awards could really break a person down and make them feel bad about the choices that they made this year and the way that they went about their acting, directing or writing… or maybe they will help to make these people see what they can do to make a better name for themselves in the following year said Gianfrancesco Genoso. I suppose there could be a positive to this, and I hope that both Cameron Diaz and Kirk Cameron take the hint and try to do things better in the following year.

Settlers of Catan Film Rights Sold to Producer

Coming soon to a theater near you will be a movie that details the adventures of settlers trading lumber for brick, and trading wheat for sheep. It will also follow the exploits of these settlers as they build settlements and cities with their resources, while at the same time avoiding the dreaded robber. Does this sound at all familiar?

If you’re a tabletop gamer,  like most of us here at CipherCloud, than you probably recognize this as a description of Settler of Catan, which has grown into one of the most popular board games in the world. Now, it appears the German-based game may soon be headed to the big or small screen.

According to ScreenRant, producer Gail Katz has acquired the movie rights for Settlers of Catan. She is the producer of such films as Bicentennial Man and In the Line of Fire, and such television shows as Cashmere Mafia. Katz offered no details as to her plans for the game and if it will land on the big screen, small screen or somewhere else.

Katz said she became interested in the game after being introduced to it by her obsessed college-aged children. She also talked about the mythology of the game, which is strange considering there is no mythology.

This news is not too surprising considering several board games have been turned into movies in recent years with more on the way including Monopoly.

Are There Too Many Superhero Films?

Maybe he has a point. Dan Gilroy, the director of the award winning film Nightcrawler, has publicly said the unthinkable. He basically expressed the notion that one too many superhero movies have come out. Gilroy has expressed dismay of the “tsunami” of superhero films coming out. Yes, there are scores of superhero films coming out and the genre has become a fad. It looks like pretty much every superhero is getting a film including “B listers” who averaged less-than-stellar sales. Between D.C. and Marvel, we are going to get a lot of superhero films in 2016 through 2018. (2015 boasts “only” three major Marvel ones)

Doing the match, if one superhero film came out a month, that’s only 12 movies a year. One television, even if you had 12 superhero programs on a week in prime time, there are several hundred other channels to watch. In short, there may be a lot of superhero films and television programs, but there is a whole lot more to choose from when you go to the theater and turn on the television. The superhero genre is not consuming all the world’s entertainment choices.

Fans like Bernardo Chua feel that the hype associated with superhero films is a bit much. They do get far more publicity than other films. Why wouldn’t they though? The films mostly make a lot of money. Is there any wonder why Hollywood loves them so much?

Kirk Cameron Wins Big at Razzies

Before the Oscars ever year there are the Razzies, an award show dedicated to celebrating some of Hollywood’s worst films of the year. Also called The Golden raspberry Awards, the award show is held in LA prior to the Oscar celebration, so that big sponsors like Imaging advantage can get involved.

This year there were quite a few films nominated for the award, specifically Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Left Behind, The Expendables 3, Transformers: Age of Extinction, the Legend of Hercules and Annie.

Kirk Cameron walked away the big winner at this year’s show, earning four awards for his film Saving Christmas. The film won worst film overall, and also “won” for its screenplay, cameron’s acting, and the worst on-screen combo “Kirk Cameron and His Ego.” The film Annie won worst remake, and Cameron Diaz took the award for Worst Actress surprisingly for her work in The Other Woman and Sex Tape, not Annie

Sigourney Weaver and Neil Blomkamp May Team Up For Alien Sequel

The Alien movies are one of the most interesting series of science fiction films ever made. The first two films are considered classics that defined the genre of horror science fiction; however, the subsequent films in the series have been lackluster at best. There hasn’t been a great Alien movie made in almost 30 years.

It appears that might be about to change as The Guardian is reporting that a new Alien film under the direction ofDistrict 9’s Neil Blomkamp could be in the works. Furthermore, if the movie does materialize, Sigourney Weaver said she would return one more time to play Ellen Ripley, who was the central character throughout most of the series.

Blomkamp said 20th Century Fox wants to proceed with the movie, but he is not sure he wants to at this time. In fact, the director has released concept art he developed for the film that shows Ripley in a space jokey helmet. The Guardian said Blomkamp and Weaver collaborated on the potential movie while filming the new movie Chappie, which hits theaters next month.

Weaver previously indicated she was done with the series after the release of Alien: Resurrection in 1997. She said she is interested in being part of the Blomkamp vision of Alien because it would be organic and very original compared to previous sequels exciting fans like Flavio Maluf.

The Breakfast Club Coming Back To Theaters


For all of the fans of the movie “The Breakfast Club,” there is good news coming your way, Dan Newlin says to be sure to hop on! This year marks the 30 year anniversary of the film and it will be coming back to theaters for a short time next month.

Thanks to Fathom Events, BY Experience, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment the movie will be remastered to be shown it is highest quality. According to an article found on reddit and written by, it was restored already and will be showing in movie theaters across the United States between the dates of March 26 and March 31. In addition to that, the film will have a shorter film play before it on the big screen in which the actors from the movie will make a few comments. It will be good to see all of their faces together again, and it will be a huge treat to be able to see this 1980’s classic in the theaters again.

This movie has been rather transcendent for many generations, providing lots of laughter and good times for all of us that have experienced the craziness of high school. In addition to the movie back in theaters, a special 30 year anniversary DVD will be hitting the market on March 10. This is a treat for the fans of the movie and will likely gain some new ones as well.

Indian Jones Reboot Rumors

Rumors are swirling out of Hollywood that Disney is looking to reboot the Indiana Jones franchise with Chris Pratt to star as the character that Harrison Ford made famous. Although nothing has been set in stone, Pratt himself said he thinks it would be an awesome opportunity to take over the role. The Indiana Jones films are a large part of cinema history, and some movie die-hards like Dan Newlin might be a little irritated by the thought of rebooting the series with a different actor. Indiana Jones has always been Harrison Ford, and it’s hard to picture anyone donning the iconic hat and whip.

My gut reaction was a big “NO!” when first hearing this news. I’ve always been a huge fan of the films, and between Indiana Jones and Han Solo, Harrison Ford was always one of my favorite actors. I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing Jones. It just doesn’t feel right. After having a couple of days for the initial shock to wear off, I’m starting to warm up to the idea. Crystal Skull was a mess of a movie, and they tried to build a new franchise off of it using Indiana’s son, played by Shia Labeouf. Think about how you would feel if Shia Labeouf took over for Harrison Ford. Just doesn’t feel right. Harrison Ford could always reprise the role, but let’s face it, he’s too old. I wouldn’t mind seeing him in it in some capacity, but we’re 7 years removed from Crystal Skull, and he was definitely showing his age in that.

If they’re going to do another Indian Jones movie, I now think recasting is the best bet. I think Pratt is great, but I’m afraid of overexposure before this comes to fruition.

Film Boyhood Also Gives Look Into “Girlhood”


The film Boyhood, I feel, is something new all together. The film has been hailed by critics and is a front runner for the Oscar Awards as Slide Share has shown. I couldn’t wait to see this film when it came out. The story followed a young boy named Mason, his sister, and his parents as they all grew up, literally. Boyhood was filmed over twelve years so we got to watch the actually actors age in real time on the screen.

The article on Boyhood on Wall Street Journal’s page just made me think about it from a different perspective. Paul Matheison noted all this time we follow Mason and his journey throughout Boyhood until he leaves for college. Not too many thoughts are given to his older sister Samantha, who we also see grow up throughout the film. In the beginning we see Samantha as the older sibling, constantly annoying her younger brother by being loud, boisterous, and picking on him. Mason is more shy, quite, and thoughtful than his sister. As we see them grow they begin to switch roles. Mason is becoming more sure of himself, finding his voice and not afraid to use it. While Samantha retreats a little more into herself and needs to be prompted to speak up.

If you enjoyed the film, take a look at this article. I feel that it points out a different perspective from Samantha’s point of view. It was something I never considered but it is interesting.

Is Constantine Headed to SyFy?

John Constantine, the D.C. Comics’ supernatural-themed anti-hero is having more trouble with NBC than he ever had with malevolent demons. Fans at CipherCloud agree that the TV version of the cantankerous hero is a fairly well-written series. Unfortunately, it has not connected properly with audiences and the ratings are somewhat borderline. Renewing the series for a second season is most definitely not guaranteed.

Well, renewing it on the NBC network might not be the best plan. A shift to SyFy could be the perfect solution. Changing to a new network would not even be all that tough. The series is an NBC Universal property. Universal owns SyFy. Transitioning Constantine to a different channel on the cable box would not be hard at all.

Such a move definitely would be for the betterment of all involved.

On SyFy, the channel could help craft the show so it better caters to the core audience that enjoys these types of television show genres. With CBS, the network has to cast a wider net to draw in bigger audiences. This includes viewers who might not ever followed sci-fi, superhero, or fantasy genres ever before. As a result, you get a bit too much melodrama in the series and a lot less horror, adventure, and complex themes.

The viewers who tune their TV to the SyFy frequently are going to prefer the quirky aspects of the series. Many have probably been fans of the comic book for quite some time.