Thursday, January 27, 2005

Changes in Store

We're going to change Theatre Thursday to a monthly format, as it seems like the weekly meme craze is fading somewhat. This will give us a chance to put together some better questions for you movie fans out there.

We're going to take this week off to rejunenate and refresh our batteries, and look for the first Monthly list next Thursday.

If anyone has suggestions for a Theatre Thursday list, please send them to Barry or Misty. Self-addressed, stamped envelope not required.

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Thursday, January 20, 2005

Week 33 - Musicals

We love them, but we'd never admit to watching them.

Oh sure, Chicago won Best Picture a couple of years ago, and everyone loves The Sound of Music, but musicals have occupied a more significant place in our motion picture landscape than most people will be willing to admit.

This week's questions are about the great Movie Musicals. Put on your tap shoes, grab your umbrella, and.....well, what are you waiting for - a cue?

1) What is your favorite Movie Musical of all time? What's the worst you've ever seen?

2) Which Musical is your guilty pleasure? (i.e. which musical would you never admit to anyone - except 5.2 million internet users - that you know all the words to?)

3) Which actor/actress do you feel made the biggest contribution to Movie Musicals? Which is your favorite?

4) Do you prefer movies with musical numbers that are part of the plot itself, or pop songs that basically act as background for regular scenes?

BONUS) Have you ever, in your wildest moments, come into a situation so perfect that it would almost be perfectly normal just to break into song? What would you do if you someone else belting out a heartbreaking ballad or a group of young toughs dancing in the street?

Leave the link to your site in the comments, and remember:

"We are the maker of music, and we are the dreamers of dreams"

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Week 32 - Golden Globes.

The Golden Globe Awards will air Sunday, January 16th at 8pm(E.S.T.) on NBC. This week's questions... makes you the judge of The Golden Globes. You pick who you think will win OR who you think SHOULD win... OR both. Then tune in Sunday to see how many you guessed correctly.

The Nominees are...

Best Motion Picture Drama
1. The Aviator
2. Closer
3. Finding Neverland
4. Hotel Rwanda
5. Kinsey
6. Million Dollar Baby

Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2. The Incredibles
3. The Phantom of the Opera
4. Ray
5. Sideways

Best Actor In A Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
1. Jim Carrey (Eternal Sunshine...)
2. Jamie Foxx ( Ray)
3. Paul Giamatti (Sideways)
4. Kevin Kline (De-Lovely)
5. Kevin Spacey (Beyond The Sea)

Best Actor In A Motion Picture Drama
1. Javier Bardem ( The Sea Inside)
2. Don Cheadle ( Hotel Rwanda)
3. Johnny Depp ( Finding Neverland)
4. Leonardo DiCaprio ( The Aviator)
5. Liam Neeson (Kinsey)

Best Actress In A Motion Picture Musical Or Comedy
1. Annette Bening ( Being Julia )
2. Ashley Judd ( De-Lovely)
3. Emma Rossum ( The Phantom...)
4. Kate Winslet (Eternal Sunshine...)
5. Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones :The Edge...)

Best Actress In A Motion Picture Drama
1. Scarlett Johansson (A Love Song For Bobby Long)
2. Nicole Kidamn (Birth)
3. Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake)
4. Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby)
5. Uma Thurman (Kill Bill- Vol. 2)

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
1. David Carradine ( Kill Bill: Vol. 2)
2. Thomas Haden Church ( Sideways)
3. Jamie Foxx ( Collateral)
4. Morgan Freeman ( Million Dollar Baby)
5. Clive Owen (Closer)

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
1. Cate Blanchett (The Aviator)
2. Laura Linney ( Kinsey)
3. Virginia Madsen ( Sideways)
4. Natalie Portman (Closer)
5. Meryl Streep ( The Manchurian Candidate)

Best Director
1. Clint Eastwood ( Million Dollar Baby)
2. Marc Forster ( Finding Neverland)
3. Mike Nichols (Closer)
4. Alexander Payne (Sideways)
5. Martin Scorsese (The Aviator)

Best Screenplay
1. Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
2. John Logan ( The Aviator)
3. David Magee (Finding Neverland)
4. Patrick Marber (Closer)
5. Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor ( Sideways)

Best Foreign Language Film
1.The Chorus
2.House of Flying Daggers
3.The Motorcycle Diaries
4.The Sea Inside
5.A Very Long Engagement

Original Score
1.Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby)
2.Jan A.P. Kaczmarek ( Finding Neverland)
3.Rolfe Kent (Sideways)
4.Howard Shore (The Aviator)
5.Hans Zimmer ( Spanglish)

Original Song
1. ''Accidentally in Love'' from Shrek 2
2. ''Believe'' from The Polar Express
3. ''Learn to be Lonely'' from Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera
4. ''Million Voices'' from Hotel Rwanda
5. ''Old Habits Die Hard'' from Alfie

Leave your link or answers in the comments. Play along and have fun.

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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Week 31 - Revisionist History

Have you sat in the theatre, watched the characters do something impossible, and thought to yourself, "There's no way that could really happen..."

Here's your chance to set the record straight. Think of a scene from any movie that physically or logically shouldn't have been able to happen: The car that made the impossible jump..The soldier who blows away 500 soldiers without getting a scratch...The couple that amazingly run into each other after 50 years apart...

Then rewrite the scene, or write another scene to show how it should have gone.

For an example, see here.

Good luck, and don't forget to leave your name and link to your site in the Comments!

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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Week 30 - That's a wrap.

We've come to the end of another year, almost. So it's time to pick the best (and worst) of 2004.

1) Which movie do you think was THE BEST of 2004? The worst?

2) If you were handing out the Oscar's this year, who would pick as Best Actor and Actress. Name the actor/actress and the film.

3) The category is 'best film of 2004'. There are 5 nominees. What 5 movies would be on your list.

BONUS) Is there a moving coming out in the upcoming year that you're excited to see? If so, what is it?

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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Week 29 - Merry Christmas.

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas.

1) Which holiday movie/special do you have to watch every single year?

2) Which holiday movie/special could you live without every year?

3) Do you have any special traditions that you do while watching the holiday films? (i.e - decorating the tree, drinking eggnog, opening gifts)

BONUS) Is there any holiday classic that you would like to see remade? If so, what is it, and who would you like to see play the parts?

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Thursday, December 02, 2004

Week 28 - The Competition

The past couple of weeks saw the opening of several big-budget and high-concept films: The Polar Express, Alexander, and National Treasure. These movies starred Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell and Nicholas Cage, respectively.

Only one question this week. Which of these three is the better actor, and why?

Leave your name and site address in the comments.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Week 27 - Vacation.

Theater Thursday will be taking a break this week to enjoy Thanksgiving.

Happy Holidays, y'all. See you next week.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Week 26 - So Tell Me Why....

We've all watched films and wondered why an actor or director did a scene in a certain way, or what was going through their minds when they shot a particular sequence. Now here's your chance to ask them!

1) What question(s) would you ask any actor (past or present) about their film work?

2) What question(s) would you ask any filmmaker (director, producer - past or present) about their film work?

3) What question(s) would you ask any other person on a movie crew (costumer, composer, special effects wizard, best boy) about their film work?

BONUS LITERARY QUESTION) What would you ask any author (past or present) about their writing or body of work?

NOTE: Any questions containing the words, "Ewok, "Jar Jar", or "Greedo" will not be accepted, for they have no possible answers.

Leave your name and site address in the comments!

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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Week 25 - Veterans Day.

Tomorrow is Veterans Day. With that in mind, this weeks questions are all about movies involving the subject of war.

1) Which war movie is your favorite? (Nothing about war could be considered a 'favorite', but ya get my meaning.)

2) What movie about war do you consider to be 'unwatchable', poorly done, or of poor taste?

3) Which actor/actress gave the best performance as a soldier? What movie?

BONUS) If there was a movie to be made about the current war in Iraq, who would you most like to see as the leading man/woman?

Happy Veterans day to all the Veterans out there.

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