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Brooke Shields: America’s Princess

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By Michael Goth

If one young person could be picked who most personified the 1980’s, Brooke Shields is one such person who would come to mind. In fact, in a 1981 cover story Time magazine named Brooke, “The Face of the Eighties”.

Brooke’s career as an actress and model has been filled with contradictions. At a young age, Brooke appeared in several films that caused controversy over the sexual matter in which she was portrayed. As did the series of famous Calvin Klein print and television ads where 14- year old Brooke, often presented in a provocative manner, uttered the tagline “You want to know what comes between me and my Calvin’s? Nothing!”

Off screen Brooke was insecure, suffered from bouts of depression and didn’t lose her virginity until her early 20’s. She also headed a campaign in the early 1980’s to keep cigarettes out of the hands of children. Brooke spoke about these very contradictions in her recently published book There Was A Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me.

As an actress, Brooke has continued to act into her late 40’s, most notably in the sitcom Suddenly Susan, which ran from 1996 to 2000. However, as an actress Brooke will probably be best remembered for three coming of age dramas, Louis Malle’s Pretty Baby (1978), The Blue Lagoon (1980) and Franco Zeffirelli’s Endless Love (1981).

The only child of Frank and Teri Shields, Brooke Christa Shields was born on May 31, 1965 in New York City. Her parents were divorced before their daughter was even born and though Brooke would remain close to her father and step family, she was raised primarily by her alcoholic mother who could often be both physically and emotionally abusive. Despite this, Terri was very protective of her daughter and kept her safe from the darker sides of fame that have so often consumed many a young celebrity. Also, a real bond of love and affection existed between mother and daughter.

Brooke was the first member of Generation X, those babies born between 1965 and 1978, to achieve superstardom. And her road to the top began when Teri got her daughter cast in an Ivory soap ad when Brooke was 11-months old. A successful career in modeling soon followed.
Brooke’s first film role came at age 10 in the well-made but little known horror film Alice, Sweet Alice. Though like many low budget indie horror movies, Alice, Sweet Alice gained a cult following but quickly disappeared from theaters. Though Brooke’s role is small, she gives a solid performance that showcases her acting talent at such a young age.

Brooke’s break through film came in 1978 with Pretty Baby, a highly controversial film directed by Louis Malle, in which Brooke plays an 11- year old prostitute who lives with her mother in a brothel. Though Teri had it put into Brooke’s contract that her daughter would not perform any nude scenes and that a body double would be required, many questioned her wisdom in allowing her daughter to appear in such a film. Despite controversy over that some felt the film promoted child pornography, Pretty Baby and Brooke received positive reviews from critics. Pretty Baby was a hit overseas but didn’t perform well in America. The film moves at a snail’s pace and, frankly, who wants to see a film about an 11-year old prostitute?

Following Pretty Baby, Brooke appeared in several films that went unnoticed at the box office, though Wanda Nevada and Just You and Me, Kid are very enjoyable. Upon turning 14 in 1979, Brooke would be cast in the film that she would become most known for, The Blue Lagoon.
The Blue Lagoon was a pet project for Randall Kleiser, the director of the 1978 blockbuster Grease. The Blue Lagoon was based upon a novel by Henry De Vere Stacpoole and tells the story of two cousins, Emmeline (Brooke) and Richard Lestrange (Christopher Atkins), who become marooned on a deserted island. Away from the norms of society a passionate love affair develops between the young couple as they enter puberty.

The Blue Lagoon caused controversy over its depictions of underage nudity, though like in Pretty Baby, all of the scenes where Brooke’s character appears unclothed were performed by a body double. Despite its controversy, The Blue Lagoon is a very sweet coming of age story which was beautifully shot in the South Pacific and features strong performances from both Brooke and Christopher Atkins. To this day, The Blue Lagoon remains Brooke’s second best film.

The last film that Brooke would act in as a child actress was the 1981 adaptation of Scott Spencer’s 1978 bestseller Endless Love, the story of a doomed love affair between two Midwestern teens, 17- year old David Axelrod and 15-year old Jade Butterfield. Both Brooke and her mother felt that Endless Love was a good project as the great Italian director Franco Zeffirelli was attached to the film and the actress wanted to work with an artistic filmmaker, which she felt she hadn’t done since Pretty Baby. Also, Brooke loved Zeffirelli’s 1968 version of Romeo & Juliet.

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In his autobiography, Zeffirelli: The Autobiography of Franco Zeffirelli, the director said that at first he was hesitant to work with Brooke but once filming began in Chicago, he found the young actress to be of promising talent. In There Was A Little Girl, Brooke spoke about how her famed director often bullied her but that she felt that he truly respected her as an actress.

Endless Love’s cast included unknown Martin Hewitt as David, Jade Butterfield’s (Brooke) troubled love interest as well as a strong supporting cast including Don Murray (Who Brooke said she loved in 1957’s Bus Stop), Shirley Knight, Richard Kiley, Beatrice Straight, James Spader and Tom Cruise in his film debut.

Brooke sites Endless Love as featuring what she considers her best performance which she attributes to working with Franco Zeffirelli. Endless Love is an amazing piece of work that is both moving and disturbing as it tells a story of love young turned obsession. After 34 years, it remains Brooke Shields greatest film and performance.

Avoiding the pitfalls that overcome many young actors, Brooke Shields has continued to work in film and television. The 1993 film Running Wild and the 2005 television movie Gone but Not Forgotten were especially memorable. However, Brooke Shields will probably always be remembered for her early roles as a child actress. As it is my opinion that she was the best there ever was.

Then and Now: Jennifer Jason Leigh

Then and Now: An in depth look at the career of actress Jennifer Jason Leigh.

By Michael Goth

Jennifer Jason Leigh is the greatest actress of her generation. 31 years ago at the age of 20 the estranged daughter of actor Vic Morrow warmed herself into the hearts of moviegoers as the sympathetic Stacy Hamilton in the Amy Heckerling directed Fast Times At Ridgemont High.

Jennifer is known for picking roles that she finds interesting and will contribute to her growth as an actress, even if the film has little box office potential. Infact, the Ron Howard film Backdraft in 1991 is the only high grossing movie that Jennifer has ever been it. Even Fast Times was only a marginal hit that didn’t truly find its audience until it was run on cable and released on video.

Jennifer Leigh Morrow was born on February 5, 1962 in Hollywood, California to actor Vic Morrow and screenwriter Barbara Turner. She has an older sister, Carrie Morrow, and a half-sister, Mina Badie, from her mother’s marriage to television director Reza Badiyi. Jennifer is Jewish of Russian descent on her father’s side.

Jennifer’s parents were divorced when she was only two years old. Something that she never forgave her father for. Father and daughter were still not on speaking terms in July of 1982 when Vic Morrow was killed along with two young children during the filming of the John Landis segment of Twilight Zone-The Movie, when a helicopter crashed on the set. So that people would not associate her with Morrow, as a teenager Jennifer changed her professional middle name to Jason after actor Jason Robards, a family friend.

Jennifer studied under Lee Strasburg, the father of method acting, when she was 14 as well as attending Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Center in New York City. Guest starring roles on such shows as The Waltons and Baretta soon followed as well as a role in the 1981 slasher movie Eyes of a Stranger.
First time screenwriter and former Rolling Stone contributing writer Cameron Crowe went undercover as a high school senior to see how real teenagers acted and what issues they faced. The result was the bestselling novel Fast Times at Ridgemont High, which was bought by Hollywood before it was even published, by producer Art Linson (The Untouchables, Heat, Fight Club), who hired Crowe to write the screenplay and newcomer Amy Heckerling to direct.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High remains one of the most realistic high school movies ever produced. In the film Jennifer’s character, Stacy Hamilton, is continuously pressured into having sex by her best friend Linda, played by Phoebe Cates, and ends up pregnant and has to have an abortion. If the hysterical banter between Sean Penn as surfer dude Jeff Spicoli and Ray Walston as history teacher Mr. Hand is the comical highlights of the movie, then the heart of the film is Jennifer’s Stacy Hamilton. One misconception of teen pregnancy is that only bad girls get pregnant but Stacy is a good girl, though one who should listen less to Linda and more to her own heart.

Another highlight of Jennifer’s early work was the cult horror film The Hitcher. In The Hitcher Jennifer plays alongside C. Thomas Howell and Rutger Hauer. Her character is Nash, a young woman working in a roadside Texas diner who becomes involved in a deadly psychological mind game between Howell and Hauer. Nash is also victim of a terrible death compliment of the deliciously evil Hauer.

In 1990, Jennifer received great critical recognition for playing troubled prostitutes in Miami Blues and The Last Exit to Brooklyn. She received the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress for Miami Blues and the Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress for Last Exit. The late great Chicago Tribune critic Roger Ebert named The Last Exit Out Of Brooklyn as one of the best movies of 1990 and praised Jennifer for her performance.

In the early 90’s, Jennifer flirted with mainstream Hollywood success beginning in 1991 in the Ron Howard directed firefighter action-thriller Backdraft where teen pregnancy is that only bad girls get pregnant but Stacy is a good girl, though one who should listen less to Linda and more to her own heart.
Another highlight of Jennifer’s early work was the cult horror film The Hitcher. In The Hitcher Jennifer plays alongside C. Thomas Howell and Rutger Hauer. Her character is Nash, a young woman working in a roadside Texas diner who becomes involved in a deadly psychological mind game between Howell and Hauer. Nash is also victim of a terrible death compliment of the deliciously evil Hauer.

In 1990, Jennifer received great critical recognition for playing troubled prostitutes in Miami Blues and The Last Exit to Brooklyn. She received the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress for Miami Blues and the Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress for Last Exit. The late great Chicago Tribune critic Roger Ebert named The Last Exit Out Of Brooklyn as one of the best movies of 1990 and praised Jennifer for her performance.

In the early 90’s, Jennifer flirted with mainstream Hollywood success beginning in 1991 in the Ron Howard directed firefighter action-thriller Backdraft where she played William Baldwin’s girlfriend. Backdraft is a fine movie but Jennifer’s part is quite small and really doesn’t give her much to.
Jennifer was given a much meatier role later in the year in Rush. Rush features what may quite possibly be Jennifer’s finest performance as Kristen Cates, a narcotics officer who is assigned to work alongside Jason Patric. The agents falls in love but soon become victims of the very drugs they are trying to get off the street. Rush is an intense and provocative thriller that unfortunately didn’t find an audience.

In 1992, Jennifer was given the MTV Movie Award for Best Villain for her very effective performance as a mentally ill woman in Single White Female who moves in with Bridget Fonda. Jennifer’s character seems normal, almost shy at first, but soon her psychotic behavior begins to surface as she begins to become jealous of the relationship between Fonda and her boyfriend (Steven Weber). Though not a huge hit, Single White Female did respectable business at the box office and remains one of Jennifer’s best performances. Jennifer was also nominated for the Chicago Film Critic’s Association Award for Best Actress.

Jennifer teamed up with Kathy Bates in director Taylor Hackford’s 1995 film adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling novel Delores Claiborne. Jennifer plays a young woman addicted to pills with a history of childhood sexual abuse, who returns to her hometown when her mother, Delores Claiborne (Kathy Bates), is accused of murder. The film is one of the best adaptations of a Stephen King novel and all involved give great performances. Still the movie failed at the box office. Delores Claiborne was also Jennifer’s last attempt to break into the Hollywood mainstream.

Georgia, also released in 1995, was a small low budget film produced and starring Jennifer. The screenplay was written by Jennifer’s mother, Barbara Turner, and like Delores Claiborne touched on the theme of family estrangement. Jennifer plays a rebellious and drug addicted singer named Sadie Flood, who has spent the last couple of years unsuccessfully trying to make it in Las Angeles Sadie returns to her hometown and conservative sister, Georgia, a successful country singer played by Mare Winningham. Jennifer dropped to 90 pounds to play Sadie and also received some of the best reviews of her career.
Jennifer spent the remainder of the 1990’s appearing in small independent films stating that she was uncomfortable with the Hollywood limelight, and preferred to make small personal films with characters that audiences could care about instead of big budget Hollywood productions.

In 2001, Jennifer co-wrote and co-directed (with Alan Cumming) The Anniversary Party about a troubled couple (Jennifer and Cumming) who have recently gotten back together and are throwing a party to celebrate their 6th wedding anniversary. Jennifer plays Sally, an aging actress who is currently starring in a film. However, the director (John C. Reilly) believes that Sally’s heart is no longer in her acting. Along with Reilly, who appeared with Jennifer in Delores Claiborne and Georgia, the cast was made up of friends of both Jennifer’s and Alan Cumming’s including Jennifer Beals, Kevin Kline, Phoebe Cates, Parker Posey, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer’s step-sister Mina Badie . Almost the entire cast appeared with Jennifer in previous films. The Anniversary Party is a wonderful and moving film that ranks among the best Jennifer had ever made.

Jennifer Jason Leigh continues to work in small independent films and on stage as characters she cares about and hopes that the audience will as well. At age 51, Jennifer continues to deliver heartfelt performances in roles that are diverse and challenging.

Exclusive Interview With Actor Anthony Ingruber

The Critic’s Word Editor in Chief Clifford Kiyabu sits down with voice actor Anthony Ingruber for an exclusive interview!

I’ve had the utmost pleasure of interviewing talented actors, directors, writers and producers of different calibers over the years, but I have never come across someone as unique as Anthony Ingruber, a young actor who has a very impressive knack for dead on impersonations. I sat down with Anthony to discuss his impressions and voice work including upcoming projects he’s involved with.

Clifford: First off, I’d like to welcome you to our little part of the web.

Anthony: Thanks very much for the interview and taking an interest in my work it’s great to be here!

Clifford: Before we jump right into it, I figured we’d start off a little light if that’s okay with you?

Anthony: Always good.

Clifford: So tell us a little about yourself, Anthony?

Anthony: I’ve had a very international upbringing. My mother is Dutch and my father is Australian and I have been raised in some very contrasting areas of the world, the Philippines, Australia and Cyprus to name a few. Although this has been tough at times, I have found it has given me invaluable practice in learning new accents for my work.

Clifford: How long have you been doing voice impressions?

Anthony: Really since high school I think, I was 15. I had just moved to Australia after 5 years in Cyprus and was having difficulty adjusting to life there and making new friends. I discovered that by imitating beloved actors such as Jack Nicholson and Harrison Ford that I could easily break the ice and introduce myself as someone to goof around with.

Clifford: Who [or what] inspired you to go into acting?

Anthony: I think it was around the time I started doing impressions that I began really taking an interest in the work that these actors had done. I remember renting The Shining and Blade Runner and being completely blown away by the performances and the cinematography. From that moment on I think I
realized that acting was what I really wanted to pursue in life. The performances of actors such as Gary Oldman, Daniel Day Lewis, Harrison Ford and Jack Nicholson are those that I hold in very high regard and use as a personal drive to perfect my own acting to try to live up to their level.

Clifford: Prior to conducting this interview, I did some research on you and I was quite impressed to see the large variety of character impressions on your YouTube channel, which character was your favorite?

Anthony: I think my favorite really depends on who I am performing for…I
always ask which of the actors the audience prefers and I will launch into that
character. It’s always such a delight when I’m able to do justice to their favorite actor! My personal favorite is probably Jack Nicholson as he is such an energetic and lively personality that is great to relieve stress after a long hard day!

Clifford: How do you prepare before taking on a role?

Anthony: it really depends on what role it is that I’m taking. The work I tend to apply for usually requires a different accent than my own; for example I’ve portrayed British WW2 soldiers on 3 separate occasions. So usually the week leading up to the shoot date I simply go about my daily business with a British accent until it becomes a natural change. Also, I like to go in prepared, so I read up on whatever subject matter the film covers so I have a greater understanding of the mindset that the character is in.

Clifford: What kind of training have you had?

Anthony: I took a brief 3 month script writing course in New Zealand, but the majority of my training is very much self-taught. I credit watching film obsessively at a very young age and applying what works for me into my own method of acting.

Clifford: I know we’ve already touched on the subject of inspiration that led you to become an actor, but I wanted to dive a little deeper into that subject with something a little more specific. Like; what inspired you to go into ‘voice’ acting?

Anthony: I think voice acting has become very prominent in the last few years due to the new standards of voice acting in videogames; which have become a formidable story telling medium in their own right. I’m also a huge videogame and cartoon fan and so voice acting has always appealed to me.

Clifford: Now you’ve done both physical and voice acting, which would you say was more challenging and why?

Anthony: Definitely physical, on screen acting is the more challenging. Voice acting can be done very comfortably and you have no need to worry about how you dress or look which is always a huge relief!

Clifford: Is there a particular genre that you enjoy working on?

Anthony: Comedy has always been my strong suit but I greatly enjoy dramatic pieces…being able to explore the darker sections of human nature is something I love to escape to and acting is a safe method that gives you that opportunity.

Clifford: Any chance you’ll be able to tell us what projects you’re currently working on?

Anthony: Currently I’m working on “In the Name of God”, a short film directed by Jakub Roman about a young soldier in Iraq. The film focuses on the religious aspects of conflict and the corruption that unfortunately can be involved in war. I’m also working on a TV pilot again, directed by Jakub Roman, called “The Agency”. It’s a light hearted comedy about the struggles of aspiring actors and the rather rubbish jobs they need to take before they land a decent gig. Unfortunately I can’t reveal too much at this stage but I may be able to as production goes underway.

Clifford: When can we roughly expect to see “In the Name of God” released?

Anthony: Unfortunately there hasn’t been an official press release yet, but I think it’s aiming for a late fall release.

Clifford: As an actor, you must have a “dream team” you’d love to work with some day?

Anthony: Any of the actors that I have impersonated would definitely be on my dream team list! The performances of actors such as; Jack Nicholson or Gary Oldman has made a huge impact on my desire to be an actor as well as my own style of acting. The impersonations are my way of paying homage to these legends of cinema and paying tribute to their work.

Clifford: Now this next question I ask has become a standard tradition for first time guest here at The Critic’s Word and may come off as awkward, but I assure you you’re not the first to be asked this.

Clifford: The term ‘For The Sake of Art’ has always been coined in the entertainment industry for how far an actor/actress would be willing to go for, well… the sake of art. So my question to you is; How far are you willing to go for the sake of art in this industry?

Anthony: I think this is a question every actor asks themselves early in their career; I feel I would be able to commit myself to a role and do whatever I feel is necessary to deliver a realistic performance. Of course it’s easy to assume that to be the case so I suppose the only way to know would be when a role comes along that demands that dedication, and seeing if I can go to that place of mind.

Clifford: I assume you’re on all the major social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc… So where can our readers find you and more importantly learn more about you?

Anthony: I have an official Facebook fan page, Twitter and YouTube channel all under the title of Anthony Ingruber, so anyone interested in my work can find it fairly easily!

Clifford: Thank you dropping by and taking the time to chat with us. We’d love to have you back sometime in the near future.

Anthony: Thank you very much for the interest and it’s my pleasure to chat with you! Would love to be back soon.

And this concludes my interview with actor Anthony Ingruber. There’s no doubt in my mind Anthony is going places, as he’s got a good chip on his shoulders and his skill in voice work alone speaks for itself. You can find Anthony on his Official website: anthonyingruber.com. see his full resume on IMDB: imdb.com. Like him on Facebook: facebook.com/AnthonyIngruberOfficial, and Follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/AnthonyIngruber. Also subscribe to his YouTube channel at: youtube.com/user/anthonyingruber

C.H.E.W.I.E. Award Winners! [4/4]

Ladies and Gentlemen, readers and fellow movie buffs! Welcome to the 1st annual “Critic’s Honorable Entertainment Winners In Excellence Awards,” AKA The C.H.E.W.I.E. Awards!

Several months ago, our hardworking writing team assembled and began efforts on what would soon be TCW’s very first annual awards show, featuring staff nominated content in multiple categories spanning the entertainment venue, in both mainstream and indie genres. The process of nomination was both anonymous and equally respectful to all aspects of film. And though the process of nomination was strictly handled by our writing staff, the voting process itself was open to all readers and members of our website. And now, after a month of voting, we are proud to deliver to you the results of our awards show in a four-part “Winners Announcement” segment. Thank you for your support and your votes; we hope you enjoy the results of our C.H.E.W.I.E. awards.

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JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT 
(50/50)

RUNNER UPS:
George Clooney (The Descendants)
Anthony Hopkins (The Rite)
Ryan Gosling (Drive)
Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double)
Michael Fassbender (Shame)

ALAN RICKMAN 
(Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part II)

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Nick Nolte (Warrior)
John Hawkes (Martha Marcy May Marlene)

DAVID FINCHER
(The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

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Gavin O’Connor (Warrior)
J.J. Abrams (Super 8 )
Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
Tate Taylor (The Help)

ANNIE MUMOLO& KRISTEN WIIG 
(Bridesmaids)

RUNNER UPS:
Alexander Payne. Nat Faxon. & Jim Rash (The Descendants)
Will Reiser (50/50)
Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady)

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART II

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The Woman
Warrior
The Iron Lady
The Descendants
Drive
The Help

C.H.E.W.I.E. Award Winners! [3/4]

Ladies and Gentlemen, readers and fellow movie buffs! Welcome to the 1st annual “Critic’s Honorable Entertainment Winners In Excellence Awards,” AKA The C.H.E.W.I.E. Awards!

Several months ago, our hardworking writing team assembled and began efforts on what would soon be TCW’s very first annual awards show, featuring staff nominated content in multiple categories spanning the entertainment venue, in both mainstream and indie genres. The process of nomination was both anonymous and equally respectful to all aspects of film. And though the process of nomination was strictly handled by our writing staff, the voting process itself was open to all readers and members of our website. And now, after a month of voting, we are proud to deliver to you the results of our awards show in a four-part “Winners Announcement” segment. Thank you for your support and your votes; we hope you enjoy the results of our C.H.E.W.I.E. awards.

Part 3

DRIVE


RUNNER UPS:
Water For Elephants
Warrior
50/50
The Iron Lady
Moneyball
The Descendants
Martha Marcy May Marlene
The Help

GNOMEO & JULIET


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Rango
Rio
Kung Fu Panda 2

I SAW THE DEVIL


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13 Assassins
The Troll Hunter
Snowtown

HEATHER DORFF
(What They Say)


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Rooney Mara (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Brit Marling (Another Earth)
Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin)

ANGELA BETTIS
(The Woman)


RUNNER UPS:
Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II)
Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)
Octavia Spencer (The Help)
Amara Miller (The Descendants)
Elle Fanning (Super 8 )
Viola Davis (The Help)

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C.H.E.W.I.E. Award Winners! [2/4]

Ladies and Gentlemen, readers and fellow movie buffs! Welcome to the 1st annual “Critic’s Honorable Entertainment Winners In Excellence Awards,” AKA The C.H.E.W.I.E. Awards!

Several months ago, our hardworking writing team assembled and began efforts on what would soon be TCW’s very first annual awards show, featuring staff nominated content in multiple categories spanning the entertainment venue, in both mainstream and indie genres. The process of nomination was both anonymous and equally respectful to all aspects of film. And though the process of nomination was strictly handled by our writing staff, the voting process itself was open to all readers and members of our website. And now, after a month of voting, we are proud to deliver to you the results of our awards show in a four-part “Winners Announcement” segment. Thank you for your support and your votes; we hope you enjoy the results of our C.H.E.W.I.E. awards.

Part 2

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS


RUNNER UPS:
Cowboys & Aliens
Thor
Captain America: The First Avenger

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART II

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Troll Hunter

SUPER 8

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Another Earth
Cowboys & Aliens
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Real Steel

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

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The Adjustment Bureau

BRIDESMAIDS

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HangoverII
Horrible Bosses
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

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C.H.E.W.I.E. Award Winners! [1/4]

Ladies and Gentlemen, readers and fellow movie buffs! Welcome to the 1st annual “Critic’s Honorable Entertainment Winners In Excellence Awards,” AKA The C.H.E.W.I.E. Awards!

Several months ago, our hardworking writing team assembled and began efforts on what would soon be TCW’s very first annual awards show, featuring staff nominated content in multiple categories spanning the entertainment venue, in both mainstream and indie genres. The process of nomination was both anonymous and equally respectful to all aspects of film. And though the process of nomination was strictly handled by our writing staff, the voting process itself was open to all readers and members of our website. And now, after a month of voting; we are proud to deliver to you the results of our awards show in a four-part “Winners Announcement” segment. Thank you for your support and your votes, we hope you enjoy the results of our C.H.E.W.I.E. awards.

PART 1


THE WOMAN

RUNNER UPS:
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
Red State
Chillerama
Red, White, & Blue
Insidious


WHAT THEY SAY

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The Secret Friend
Doll Boy
Izak’s Choice


THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

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Straw Dogs
Martha Marcy May Marlene
We Need to Talk About Kevin



DRIVE

RUNNER UPS:
Transformers 3: Dark of The Moon
Fast Five
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows
Hobo With a Shotgun

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A tribute to Whitney Houston

February 11th, 2012. will forever mark a dark day for music fans everywhere, as one of the greatest voices of our generation has passed away. Whitney Elizabeth Houston has died in the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

According to her Publicist Kristen Foster, who made the announcement on Saturday, February 11th. The cause of death appears to have been by drowning. No confirmation on how, but speculations may point to some form of medication that rendered her unconscious. Meanwhile news of her sudden untimely passing has shaken both the music and film industry, leaving celebrities expressing their heartfelt condolences for her passing and anger towards certain events continuing to take place without regard of the event.

The industry’s Reaction:

Many celebrities issued public statements responding to Houston’s passing. Singer/actress Dolly Parton, whose song ‘I Will Always Love You’ was covered by Houston in 1992 which was featured in the film ‘The Bodyguard’ said in a statement “I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, ‘Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed’” meanwhile Houston’s Ex-husband, Bobby Brown was reportedly “in and out of crying fits” after receiving the news of his Ex’s passing. He did not cancel a scheduled performance following that night, but audience members in Mississippi reported having seen Brown blowing kisses skyward, tearfully saying “I love you, Whitney.”

Houston godmother, Aretha Franklin, commented on reading about her death “It’s so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen,” Meanwhile CBS’s ‘2 Broke Girls’ star, actress Kat Dennings, voiced her disgust over hearing word of the Beverly Hilton carrying on with their party event only hours after the singer was found lifeless in her hotel room: “Why the FUCK is the party at the Beverly Hilton still happening tonight? Tacky and disrespectful.”

Following the news of her death Ken Erhlich, executive producer of the 54th Grammy Awards, announced that Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Khan will perform a tribute to Houston at the awards. He said: “Event organizers believed Hudson, an Academy Award winning actress and Grammy Award winning artist, could perform a respectful musical tribute to Houston.” Erhlich than went on to say: “It’s too fresh in everyone’s memory to do more at this time, but we would be remiss if we didn’t recognize Whitney’s remarkable contribution to music fans in general, and in particular her close ties with the Grammy telecast and her Grammy wins and nominations over the years.”

It was reported during Sunday’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards Singer/Actor LL Cool J, whom also hosted the awards reminded audience members and those tuning in that “tonight we celebrate music, and we celebrate Whitney.” He then went on to say “We’ve had a death in the family,” he then started the show with a prayer for Houston and a clip of the music legend singing ‘I Will Always Love You.’

Editor’s Opinion:

It’s still a very surreal feeling writing about her death, not in a million years would I ever imagine I’d be sitting here writing about the unfortunate passing of a talented individual such as Whitney Houston, it’s just something you never expect to do… I cannot say I was a major fan of Houston’s music because in all honesty I wasn’t. I enjoyed a great deal of her many great memorable hits but aside from that I never followed her career as closely as some did.

However, one very vivid memory in particular I remember about the singer was the first time I heard Whitney Houston sing ‘I Will Always Love You.’ I was six years old at the time and though I didn’t understand half the meaning behind the lyrics, her unique voice sent chills running down my back when she hit the high note towards the end of the song. The intensity of her mezzo-soprano vocal range was beyond incredible; it truly was a one of a kind voice.

While a dark cloud was cast upon her image by various groups of the media in the later part of her life due to her constant struggle with substance abuse, she leaves behind a legacy of artistry that reached out and touched the hearts and minds of millions across the world. It’s greatly disappointing that over the course of the next few months the only thing on people’s minds (due to mass reports by mainstream media outlets) of Ms.Houston will be speculations and rumored gossip over her death. This is most distressing because we should be celebrating the life she lived and the legacy she left behind rather than the gloomy image painted of her by others in later years. In all honesty we’ve all done our fair share of regrettable mistakes in life; no one goes Scott free from that sad fact. But it’s not the mistakes we do in life that echo’s into eternity. It’s the good we’ve done and the lives we’ve touched along the way that will live on forever.

August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012

Extra Tidbit: In her career Whitney Houston was nominated for a grand total of 562 Awards in her lifetime. She Won a total 415 of them which includes six Grammy Awards over the course of 14 years.

Rainn Wilson Talks about Potential ‘Office’ Spin-Off

The Office is one of NBC’s most celebrated comedies for the Network, but it’s not their oddball sense of humor that hooks viewers in every week. No, it’s the presence the cast infuses into their characters that reels viewership in every week. Since 2008 the rumor of an Office spin-off have circulated the interweb, there’s even been hints and teases by those involved with the show but never quite brought to fruition (We came close with Parks and Recreation, but alas, no cigar).

And with so many memorable characters on the show like Ed Helms and his corky attitude as Andy Bernard, or Rainn Wilson as the ever so oddball Dwight Schrute, or Creed Bratton as, well, Creed Bratton… every character has their own memorable moments and to that extent we love them all for their strange awkward antics. But the question comes to mind; are any of them deserving of having their own spin-off? And if so, who??

According to The Hollywood Reporter the spin-off is very much alive and will be much “Weirder” then its counterpart. During last Sunday’s SAG awards actor Rainn Wilson was cornered by reporters on addressing the news regarding an Office Spin-off and Wilson confirms that a concept is in fact in the works and it’ll much more awekward in oddball humor.

“It could be really cool because It would be on his farm, which would be a bed & breakfast, and it would have a crazy menagerie of characters,” he told E!’s Giuliana Rancic on the red carpet, adding: “It would be even more far out and weirder than The Office… it’s a good idea.”

According to the THR the concept might get a test of sorts on an upcoming episode of The Office later this season. Wilson, along with Office co-star Paul Lieberstein and executive producer Ben Silverman, are believed to be involved, though the actor suggested the spin-off is just an idea at this point, the possibility is still very much alive and well.

Extra Tidbit: If you could pick one character from The Office to get their very own spin-off, who would you like to see?

NBC’s “Awake” Gets Premiere Date!

While it’s a considerably slow day for entertainment news, I am happy to report that after months of unconfirmed hearsay and rumors, one of NBC’s most promising new shows is finally getting a release date! The NBC show “Awake” is now set for a March 1st premiere which has successfully bumped another new NBC show “The Firm” from its Thursday night timeslot. I am personally happy to hear this news because not only am I a fan of Jason Isaacs, but a solid fan of sci-fi as well. March 1st cannot get here soon enough.

Awake is a Sci-fi/Drama starring “Harry Potter” alum Jason Isaacs as a detective who survives a horrific car crash that causes his life to split into two separate “realities” in which his wife was killed in one and his son in the other. Which of the two is real is beyond him, and will he be able to make the ultimate choice to choose which is real? The premise alone is very intriguing for me, and I’m sure if done right, the show could be a success. Only time will tell whether or not NBC can pull off another sci-fi hit in these trying times.

Official Website: http://www.nbc.com/awake/

Wikipedia Page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awake_(TV_series)