Screen Junkies » the help http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:54:36 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.3 Here Are Your 2012 Academy Award Winners http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/here-are-your-2012-academy-award-winners/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/here-are-your-2012-academy-award-winners/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:00:55 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=246211 Ah...the sweet smell of universal agreement.

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The 2012 Academy Awards have come and gone, and judging by my Twitter feed, it was a hilarious show that everyone loved, Billy Crystal is the funniest man in the world, and everyone agreed with all the winners 100%. Bask in the unanimous consensus by checking out the list of the big winners below.

Best Art Direction: Hugo

Best Costume Design: The Artist

Best Film Editing: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Makeup: The Iron Lady

Best Sound Editing: Hugo

Best Sound Mixing: Hugo

Best Visual Effects: Hugo

Best Documentary (Feature): Undefeated

Best Documentary (Short Subject): Saving Face

Best Short Film (Animated): The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Best Short Film (Live Action): The Shore

Best Music (Original Score): The Artist – Ludovic Bource

Best Music (Original Song): “Man or Muppet,” The MuppetsBret McKenzie

Best Foreign Language Film: A SeparationIran

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year: Rango

Best Cinematography: Hugo

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published: The Descendants

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen: Midnight in Paris

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Octavia Spencer – The Help

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher PlummerBeginners

Best Achievement in Directing: Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Jean DujardinThe Artist

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Meryl StreepThe Iron Lady

Best Motion Picture of the Year: The Artist

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Octavia Spencer Is The Winner Of The 2012 Best Supporting Actress Oscar http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/is-the-winner-of-the-2012-best-supporting-actress-oscar/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/is-the-winner-of-the-2012-best-supporting-actress-oscar/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2012 02:21:27 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=246168 Her own maid must be so proud.

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No need to check Albert Nobb’s Janet McTeer for a penis. In the end it was The Help’s Octavia Spencer who won the 2012 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. She’s going to need a bigger mantle for this and the other ten awards she won for her role as a maid who shares her stories with a journalist writing about racism in the South.

This is her first Academy Award. And it’s about time! She was robbed for her work in Halloween II and something called Herpes Boy.

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Gor Blimey, Here Are The 2012 BAFTA Award Winners! http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/gor-blimey-here-are-the-2012-bafta-award-winners/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/gor-blimey-here-are-the-2012-bafta-award-winners/#comments Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:44:17 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245163 They're like the Oscars but more polite.

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Tonight, the BAFTA Awards took place. In case you’re some kind of ignorant fool, BAFTA stands for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and many Oscar prognosticators consider the awards useful in predicting the Academy Awards. Anyway, here’s a list of all the big winners, for your reading pleasure.

Best Film: The Artist

Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, for The Artist

Best Actress: Meryl Streep, for The Iron Lady

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, for Beginners

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, for The Help

David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: Michel Hazanavicius, for The Artist

Best Original Screenplay: The Artist

Best Adapted Screenplay: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Film not in the English Language: The Skin I Live In

Best Animated Feature Film: Rango


And here’s your obligatory joke about a silent movie winning Best Original Screenplay: Best Original Screenplay!? It’s a silent movie!! Boom.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Bucky Larson’ Has A Sucky Opening http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-bucky-larson-has-a-sucky-opening/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-bucky-larson-has-a-sucky-opening/#comments Sun, 11 Sep 2011 20:43:29 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=227890 Born to be a flop.

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It’s truly rare that a movie earns the scorn of both critics and audiences, but Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star has managed to do just that, with a rare 0% rating on the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes and a laughably tiny box office opening of $1.45 million. This puts it behind other Adam Sandler-produced comedy’s like Grandma’s Boy.

EXCLUSIVE: Nick Swardson Does Porn In 'Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star' Trailer

Shockingly, this didn’t put Bucky Larson in last place for new releases over the weekend. That honor goes to the scifi/horror/whatever Creature, which grossed, and this is not a typo, $331,000. For you record-hounds out there, this is the worst-ever opening gross for a movie premiering on 1500 or more screens. Yes, even worse than Bucky Larson.

In less unprecedented news, Steven Soderbergh‘s epidemic thriller Contagion is the number one movie this weekend, finally ending The Help‘s reign of terror by way of an opening weekend gross of $23.1 million. Thanks, infectious disease! (Box Office Mojo)

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The Help’ Is At It Again! http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-the-help-is-at-it-again/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-the-help-is-at-it-again/#comments Sun, 28 Aug 2011 20:00:05 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=226194 Poor Paul Rudd.

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Never underestimate the help, people. Or The Help, for that matter, which braved Hurricane Irene and a bunch of weak openers (again) for another week at the top spot at the box office, earning a $14.3 million gross this weekend. At the number 2 spot is Columbiana, the latest action movie from the Luc Besson conveyor belt, which throat-chopped its way to a $10.3 million opening.

Don't Be Afraid Of This 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' Trailer

The other two openers to make anything resembling a “splash” this weekend were Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and Our Idiot Brother. The former, a horror remake from producer Guillermo Del Toro, was in third place with an $8.7 million opening. The latter, which had lots on Paul Rudd to offer if we’d only just accept it, made it to 5th place with an opening gross of $6.6 million. (The Playlist)

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The Help’ Could Have Done Worse http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-the-help-could-have-done-worse/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-the-help-could-have-done-worse/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2011 04:51:13 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=225273 Maybe 'Conan: The Help' would have done better.

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It appears that America has survived another summer blockbuster season, with the last of the summer blockbusters gently fading into the sunset. In the number one spot this weekend, we have The Help, which capitalized on weak openings for some other movies and nabbed a healthy $20.5 million despite pretty bad reviews.

'Fright Night' International Trailer Delivers More Scares

What are some of those “weak openings”? For one, we have Spy Kids: All The Time in the World, which somehow managed to only gross $12 million in its opening weekend, despite audiences’ well-documented love for being assaulted by various strange smells. The other “big” movie to open this weekend was Conan the Barbarian, which only managed a $10 million opening, putting it one spot behind Spy Kids at number4.  Somehow, Jay Leno must be responsible for this. The other big movie to open this weekend was the well-reviewed-but-not-well-attended Fright Night, which landed at number 6 with $7.9 million. (The Playlist)

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Tiffany Brouwer http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/tiffany-brouwer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/tiffany-brouwer/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2011 17:40:28 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=224386 Actress Tiffany Brouwer appears in 'The Help.'

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Actress Tiffany Brouwer appears in The Help. Relatively new to Hollywood, Brouwer’s resume thus far is composed mainly of small television roles, including an appearance on “Entourage” and a couple episodes of “Femme Fatales.”

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Bryce Dallas Howard http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/bryce-dallas-howard/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/bryce-dallas-howard/#comments Thu, 11 Aug 2011 17:40:10 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=224275 Bryce Dallas Howard is Hilly Holbrook in 'The Help.'

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Bryce Dallas Howard is Hilly Holbrook in The Help. Howard, the daughter of acclaimed director Ron Howard, is best known for her roles in Spider-Man 3 and one of those Twilight movies. She was also the fearless blind chick in The Village and will appear alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen in 50/50 later this year.

A word from Bryce: ”I’ve always had the perspective that roles come into my life when I need them most and sort of teach me lessons. The same can be true of films, films are released into society to aid in a lesson, inspire people, comfort people.”

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Is ‘The Help’ Lawsuit Complete B.S.? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/is-the-help-lawsuit-complete-b-s/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/is-the-help-lawsuit-complete-b-s/#comments Thu, 11 Aug 2011 01:09:18 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=224226 Maybe, but not necessarily.

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Up until now, the only reason I had to care about The Help was the fact that Emma Stone is in it. But today, after reading about a lawsuit filed against the author of the book on which the film is based, I care slightly more. Why? Because it poses an interesting question: When is it OK for a book or film to use someone’s likeness?

Ablene Cooper, who worked for the brother of Kathryn Stockett, the book’s author, claims that one of protagonists, a maid named Aibileen, is based on her. She came to this conclusion after noting several similarities between her and the character, such as…

  • Both have names that begin with the letter ‘a’ (Ablene and Aibileen)
  • Both are maids…
  • Both worked in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960′s…
  • Both have a gold tooth…
  • Both lost a son to cancer.

Considering that the author of the book knew Cooper, it’s not a stretch to believe that the similarities are more than coincidence. But is there enough for a lawsuit? After all, the name has been changed, and the book claims to be a work of fiction. Isn’t that enough to ward off this kind of legal trouble? Not necessarily.

According to Mark Litwak’s Entertainment Law Resources, there is no problem with basing a character off of a real individual, so long as the public cannot readily identify the individual in question. On his website, Litwak encourages writers to change the context surrounding their characters as well as their names in order to avoid any unwanted recognition. But aside from the name, Stockett failed to do this in The Help. Both Cooper and her fictional character share many defining characteristics, including location, profession, the loss of a son, and a particularly damning gold tooth.

However, another matter comes into play. Did this fictionalized portrayal of Cooper defame her in any way? Citing the case of Leopold v. Levin, in which convicted murderer Nathan Leopold sued the author of a fictionalized novel based on his case, Litwak claims that such a fictionalized portrayal would have to be highly offensive to meet the “standard for determining invasion of privacy.” Although Cooper’s lawyers are pointing to a scene in which the character of Aibileen compares her skin color to that of a roach, the idea that the film is somehow defaming Cooper is tough to swallow.

Other questions remain which bring Cooper’s motives into doubt. For starters, it would seem that the one-year statute of limitations has already run out. Second, why is she only seeking $75,000? Third, the fact that Cooper waited until the film was released to start making a fuss is somewhat suspect. But no matter how it plays out, one thing is certain: I would rather bash my head into a brick wall than sit through this movie.

(Source: ABC News)

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‘The Help’ Trailer Looks Like ‘Oprah’s Book Club: The Movie’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-help-trailer-looks-like-oprahs-book-club-the-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-help-trailer-looks-like-oprahs-book-club-the-movie/#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2011 23:45:40 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=207600 If this movie hits, get ready for the 2015 release, 'The Help 2: The Helpening'.

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Here’s a trailer for a film that should be right in your wheelhouse. Assuming, of course, that your wheelhouse consists of 1960′s period pieces that focus on a bond between two women that society had deemed too different. We’ve got the new trailer for The Help, which addresses all those things and more.

If that’s not your sort of thing, maybe you’ll see this movie just because you like to stare at Emma Stone, who plays the role of Skeeter Phelan, a college grad who begins working at a newspaper, only to find she needs to call on her maid (Viola Davis) for help with an article. Cue “I’m Every Woman.”

The Help is an adaptation of a best-selling book that was selected for Oprah’s book club, which is wildly unsurprising, given the book’s subject matter. It’s pretty much the opposite of Tron.

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