85th Academy Award Nominees

Best Picture

  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Les Misérables
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor

  • Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln
  • Denzel Washington, Flight
  • Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
  • Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
  • Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actress

  • Naomi Watts, The Impossible
  • Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
  • Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Supporting Actor

  • Alan Arkin, Argo
  • Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
  • Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Best Supporting Actress

  • Sally Field, Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
  • Amy Adams, The Master
  • Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Best Director

  • Michael Haneke, Amour
  • David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Ang Lee, Life of Pi
  • Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Best Original Screenplay

  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Amour
  • Django Unchained
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Flight

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Argo
  • Lincoln
  • Life of Pi
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Animated Feature

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Paranorman

Best Documentary Feature

  • Searching for Sugar Man
  • How to Survive a Plague
  • The Gatekeepers
  • 5 Broken Cameras
  • The Invisible War

Best Foreign Feature

  • Amour
  • Kon-Tiki
  • No
  • A Royal Affair
  • War Witch

Best Visual Effects

  • The Avengers
  • Life of Pi
  • Prometheus
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Cinematography

  • Anna Karenina
  • Skyfall
  • Life of Pi
  • Django Unchained
  • Lincoln

Best Film Editing

  • Argo
  • Lincoln
  • Life of Pi
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Makeup/Hairstyling

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Hitchcock
  • Les Miserables

Best Production Design

  • Anna Karenina
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Life of Pi
  • Les Misérables
  • Lincoln

Best Costume Design

  • Anna Karenina
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Les Miserables
  • Lincoln
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Original Score

  • Anna Karenina
  • Life of Pi
  • Argo
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall

Best Original Song

  • “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted
  • “Before My Time” from Chasing Ice
  • “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi
  • “Skyfall” from Skyfall
  • “Suddenly” from Les Misérables

Best Short Animated Film

  • Adam and Dog
  • Head over Heels
  • Fresh Guacamole
  • Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
  • Paperman

Best Short Live Action Film

  • Asad
  • Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)
  • Buzkashi Boys
  • Curfew
  • Henry

Best Documentary Short

  • Open Heart
  • Redemption
  • Inocente
  • Mondays at Racine
  • Kings Point
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Sound Editing

  • Argo
  • Django Unchained
  • Skyfall
  • Life of Pi
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Sound Mixing

  • Argo
  • Les Misérables
  • Skyfall
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln

Release Date: January 4, 2013
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: John Luessenhop (Takers)
Cast: Alexandra Daddario, Dan Yeager, Tremaine Neverson, Scott Eastwood, Tania Raymonde, Shaun Sipos, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, James MacDonald, Thom Barry, Paul Rae and Richard Riehle.
Plot: TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D continues the legendary story of the homicidal Sawyer family, picking up where Tobe Hooper’s 1974 horror classic left off in Newt, Texas, where for decades people went missing without a trace. The townspeople long suspected the Sawyer family, owners of a local barbeque pit, were somehow responsible. Their suspicions were finally confirmed one hot summer day when a young woman escaped the Sawyer house following the brutal murders of her four friends. Word around the small town quickly spread, and a vigilante mob of enraged locals surrounded the Sawyer stronghold, burning it to the ground and killing every last member of the family – or so they thought.

Decades later and hundreds of miles away from the original massacre, a young woman named Heather learns that she has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she never knew she had. After embarking on a road trip with friends to uncover her roots, she finds she is the sole owner of a lavish, isolated Victorian mansion. But her newfound wealth comes at a price as she stumbles upon a horror that awaits her in the mansion’s dank cellars…

Thoughts: When Lionsgate first announced the plot of the movie [SEE: Texas Chainsaw 3D Poster and Plot Details] I thought it was weird; “Even with the “3? in the title, this movie is not a sequel to the two modern rebooted movies in the series from the Platinum Dunes (the 2003 Jessica Biel starring The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and its 2006 prequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning). No, Texas Chainsaw 3D is a direct sequel to the 1974 original, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Ironically, this would mark the third direct sequel to the original film after 1986?s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 from the original director Tobe Hooper and 2004?s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.” And I still think it is weird. Why not just craft a stand alone story with Leatherface? That what the actual story feels like. It doesn’t feel like a direct sequel that picks up moments after the original. I’d prefer it if it was just “after” the other movies and stood on its own feet.

There is a lot of good horror left in a character like Leatherface. Texas Chainsaw 3D really does just seem like more of the same. Why not change it up a bit? Have Leatherface go on a massacre in Dallas or Houston. Hell, at this point I’d rather see “Leatherface in Space” than another movie with a bunch of young people in an old mansion in the middle of nowhere getting put on hooks and cut up with a chainsaw.- even if it is now in 3D. Ugh.

Back in 2009 we talked about Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks TV striking a deal to bring Stephen King’s Under the Dome to television, and after three years the project is finally happening! Out is DreamWorks TV and in is Spielberg’s Amblin Television along with CBS Television Studios and producers Neal Baer, Stephen King, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacey Snider and Brian K. Vaughan. The show is skipping the pilot stage and going straight to series with a 13-episode pickup slated to premiere in summer 2013.Under the Dome focuses on a small New England town that is cut off fromt he rest of the world by an invisible force field that causes ecological effects and a fight for control within the isolated population. It is perfectly suited for being adapted for television.

From out of the blue it looks like the potential DC Comic Booster Gold television series is still a possibility thanks to SyFy channel and Arrow showrunner Andrew Kreisberg, who is heading up the potential Gold series. IGN asked Kreisberg for an update on the project and he told them; “Booster Gold is going in in the next couple weeks before Christmas. We’ll see what happens from there. It’s such a different project even though they’re both DC Comics properties. Booster is much more candy and popcorn, being about time travel and changing the future and being a superhero who can fly. But they’re both super-fun projects. As a lifelong DC Comics fan, I am beyond blessed to be working on these projects with all these amazing characters.” There is so much potential for the series. Timecop meets superheroes with a lighthearted/comedic underlining. If they are allowed to use other DC characters throughout time it would be even better. Have Booster Gold travel to the golden and silver ages of the DC Comics universe and showcase different heroes and villains that are well known. I just hope that SyFy doesn’t hold it back and make the series take place in present day.

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Release Date: November 30th, 2012
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Director: John Hyams
Cast:  Scott Adkins, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Andrei Arlovski
Plot: John (Scott Adkins, The Expendables 2) wakes up from a coma to discover his wife and daughter were slaughtered in a brutal home invasion. Haunted by images of the attack, he vows to kill the man responsible, Luc Deveraux (Van Damme).

While John tries to piece his reality back together, things get more complicated when he is pursued by a relentless UniSol (Arlovski). As John gets closer to Deveraux and the rouge army of genetically enhanced warriors led by back-from-the-dead leader Andrew Scott (Lundgren), John discovers more about himself and begins to call into question everything he believed to be true.

Thoughts: I am a huge fan of the original Universal Soldier. It is not only one of the best tough guy action movies, but also has an awesome sci-fi element thrown it. Van Damme vs Lundgren racks right up there with Stallone vs Lundgren in Rocky 4. I was such a big fan of the original that I watched the two Soldier TV movies and even saw The Return in theaters (big mistake there).

John Hyams was able to breath new life in the series with Universal Soldier: Regeneration, reuniting both Van Damme and Lundgren. Now he brings the series forward again (and back into theaters) with Day of Reckoning, which shifts the focus from the two leads but continues to change the franchise into a movie series with legs and a ton of possibilities for the future. I just hope the trailer for Reckoning is misleading, because I’d hate to see Luc Deveraux make a full turn to the “dark side”.

In addition to watching the movie in theaters, you can order Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning right now on demand!

The battle between DC’s ‘The Terminator’ and Marvel’s ‘Merc with a Mouth’ will surely be a close fought one. What makes it closer is that Deadpool was adapted from Deathstroke and hence the similarities between them are actually quite remarkable. So let’s get into the arena and find out if the “adapted one” can actually beat up the “original”.

Name: Slade Wilson, Deathstroke the Terminator
Affiliations: No known affiliations
Background: A former Lt. Colonel in the US Army, he was chosen for a special army experiment which he willingly agreed to. The experiment initially left him powerless and crippled, but later it enhanced his body’s powers and made him a force to be reckoned with.

He became a mercenary but kept his identity as a secret like superheroes. During a mission he got his son kidnapped. Though he later rescued his son, his wife was angry and shot him, wounding his right eye. Ever since then he wears a featureless mask to hide his right eye. He was hired to kill and capture Teen Titans and has been their enemy since.

VS

Name: Wade Winston Wilson, Deadpool (Look at the similarity in the name as well)
Affiliations: Initially a villain in New Mutants, he soon appeared as a mercenary who changed sides quite often depending on who pays him more money. He has appeared in Avengers and is now a part of X-Men. He was also a part of the Heroes for Hire team.
Background : Losing his parents at an early age, Wade enrolled in the US Military Special Forces. He was consequently kicked out due to disciplinary actions. He became a mercenary but killed only those people who he felt deserved to die. Later he became a part of Department K which promised to cure him when he was diagnosed with cancer. Being a test subject his cancer was subdued via the healing factor derived from Wolverine, but this was just temporary. Later in the hospice, when the sadistic assistant Ajax tried to kill him by pulling out his heart, his healing factor suddenly jumpstarted and regenerated his heart, although it did not not cure his other body scars. He moved out of the hospice and now serves as a mercenary.

LET THE FIGHT BEGIN !!!

Skill:
Deadpool attacks with his semi-automatic pistols and his dual swords strapped to his back. He also has an M82A1 Sniper rifle to take out targets from a distance. As he was a part of the US Military Special Forces, Deadpool knows a variety of martial arts and is an expert swordsman and marksman.

Deathstroke uses similar weapons as Deadpool with the only exception being the Power Staff/Energy Lance. This power staff is basically a fighting staff augmented with the addition of ballistic weaponry. Deathstroke uses the Promethian sword instead of the twin blades used by Deadpool. He carries a flash bomb in his armour which is capable of blinding even the legendary Justice League.

Deathstroke’s enhanced strength makes Deadpool’s argument pretty weak when comparing the two. Though the healing factor serum gave some amount of strength to Deadpool it is nothing when compared to the power that Deathstroke commands. Deadpool’s fighting style is hit and evade rather than the standard hit and block. In fact Deadpool is often seen carrying a number of teleportation devices to help his cause.

The edge in this round goes to Deathstroke for his super enhanced strength and better (and more lethal) weapons.

  • Deathstroke – 75/100
  • Deadpool – 60/100

Intellect:
Deathstroke is actually considered the greatest strategist in the DC universe (beating even Batman) and is always able to anticipate the opponent’s move beforehand due to his extremely sharp reflexes. He has the capability to use 90% of his brain which is 9 times more than what an average human can. He has to his credit the feat of single-handedly defeating the entire Justice League of America roster and vanquishing the meta humans. Deathstroke wins this round hands down as his intellect is far more superior than Deadpool’s.

  • Deathstroke –90/100
  • Deadpool – 70 /100

Armour:
Deathstroke wears a thick woven, Kevlar and chain link mail which can stop bullets from small firearms. The Promethium mesh layering also protects him from conventional injury. Deadpool wears clothed red and black armour and relies far more on his superior regenerative healing to aid him during the battles rather than armour.

Deathstroke wins this round as he actually has some real armour…

  • Deathstroke – 55/100
  • Deadpool – 30/100

Special Abilities:
As both these lab rats are genetically mutated they have a large number of special powers, but we will look at only the major ones.

Deadpool

  • Superhuman Reflexes
  • Superhuman Agility
  • Telepathic Immunity
  • Extended Longevity
  • Regenerative Healing Factor – As understood this allows him to regenerate and heal faster than normal human beings, but to regenerate an extra heart is something tremendous. He has once even fought and won a battle with a sword stuck to his brain. Also unlike Wolverine’s natural healing factor, Deadpool can mentally control his healing factor.

Deathstroke

  • Enhanced Mind and Senses
  • Enhanced Strength
  • Enhanced Immunity
  • Retard Aging
  • Regenerative Healing Factor – Deathstroke’s body can endure lots of pain before actually going down. He can shake off gunshot wounds and stabs and even deadly poisons.

This round goes too…

  • Deathstroke – 60/100
  • Deadpool – 90/100

RESULT

This battle goes to…

DEATHSTROKE

I guess Deadpool’s advantage of the regenerative healing factor and his ability to teleport wouldn’t be as effective when he is up against a master tactician and strategist like Deathstroke. Well tough luck Deadpool even though your sense of humour in the comics is very much appreciated.

  • Deathstroke – 280/400
  • Deadpool – 250/400
This guest post was written by Soumabha RayChaudhuri. A B.E. Hons. Computer Science from BITS Pilani, Pilani campus, he is the blog admin of Bytes and Banter. He writes to express, entertain and educate with his humorous and satirical views about the current, past and future ongoings in the world.

Many moons ago our resident gamer Dubray Kinney took a look at The Walking Dead: A New Day from Telltale Games. He said that the point-and-click adventure’s plot was “comparable to the better parts of the comics” and for $5 dollars the game was worth taking a look at. Flash forward two months and Telltale is readying the release of the the forth adventure in their Walking Dead series, which marks the penultimate part of this saga.

The original story that began in “Episode 1” is coming to a head, and you’ll have to put everything on the line to protect Clementine. As with the first three, the forth episode features some awesome atmosphere and feels like the AMC television adaptation of The Walking Dead, but sadly it does not feel like the comic series. Creators had to pick and choose which version of the material to follow, because you really can’t follow both at the same time. It should be interesting to see if the game crosses over into territory from the show and side characters.

The Walking Dead: Around Every Corner will be released later this month, just in time for Halloween! It was written by Gary Whitta, who wrote the Denzel Washington action movie The Book of Eli and the video game Prey. Have you been following the game? Will you be picking up the new installment?

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We are currently living in the golden age of television. Just like in the 40s with comics, television is giving audiences unprecedented access to content that no audience in history has been able to have. From shows about cops to shows about the beginning of man, television seemingly has it all, and that is an overwhelming positive. We are also living in an era where lots of television shows are lost in the mix as shows get straddled with airing on upcoming networks or just getting lost in the shuffle of new management of a network. This is going to be the first article in a new column that is called Shows You Aren’t Watching But Should. This is the inaugural article, so brace yourselves, and don’t tread lightly because chances are, you’re most likely not watching the shows that I’ll be spotlighting weekly. I’m hoping that changes. All of these shows I take a look at are currently airing right now or have just wrapped their current seasons and have either been renewed or awaiting renewal.

Magic City
Starz. The new kid on the block. Its claim to fame is that it was the home to the cult classic comedy Party Down before scrapping it in favor of going to an only drama primetime lineup. Sure, Starz has a long way to go before it can catch up to Showtime and HBO as a true player in the pay cable world but it has been doing well in getting a footing in an increasingly crowded market. It also has to fight off direct ompetition from Cinemax. The network has started getting some notice thanks to airing Torchwood: Miracle Day, Spartacus, and snagging Kelsey Grammer for the lead in its award winning series Boss, wherein Grammer won a Golden Globe for his work beating out the likes of Jon Hamm and Bryan Cranston. Their show that is the most underrated, but is truly a feast for the eyes, is its Miami set gangster drama Magic City.

Written by Mitch Glazer and starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Steven Stait, and Danny Huston amongst others, Magic City is a sprawling tale of corruption and power set in late 1950s Miami. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is our hero, playing hotelier Ike Evans, a man trying to balance his dealings with the mob underworld (as seen through his interactions with Huston’s gangster Ben Diamond) and making sure that his business is, well, legitimate in the eyes of the law. It is a balancing act that propels this series as it gets into darker and darker territory. Ike is a man that is being hunted by both sides of the law, meaning he has nowhere to hide or turn too. The law wants him because of his shady business dealings and the wanted seek the cut that Ike has hastily talked his way out of giving. It is a dynamic that has rarely been seen before. A man pushed into a corner and only has one option. Fight his way out or die trying.

The writing here is sharp. Mitch Glazer has a passion for the era and it shows in the first season. Detail that only a local with passion (yes, Glazer grew up in Miami) could really hit the marks the way this show does. Glazer, in fact, wrote every single episode in the show’s short (eight episode) first season. The storylines do not drag out for too long, and events move at a good pace. Also, thanks to it airing on Starz, this show does not shy away from nudity and while some paycable shows overdo it in the nudity department, this show shows off the buff at an appropriate level. And though it may seem unnecessary to mention the nudity, I only bring it up because there are certain people who are privy to nudity, and well, the statement was both a warning and a heads up, depending on where you fall when it comes to the category that is nudity on TV.

For people yearning for a good old fashioned gangster drama set in a place and time that has not been seen on television in a long, long time, then Magic City is the show for you. It is both sexy and tantalizing while it features a great cast in a compelling ensemble setting. This is definitely worth a shot. It is good, so check it out already! Especially since the show is in production of its second season and will feature the likes of Esai Morales and James Caan in the new season, which is set to premiere in the Spring of 2013.

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