Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Oscars 81st Annual Academy 2009 Awards

Oscars 81st Annual Academy 2009 Awards. Watch Live! Oscar 2009 81st Annual Academy Awards held on Sunday, February 22,2009 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT on ABC.

Oscars 81st Annual Academy 2009 Awards Trophy

81st Annual Academy Awards List of nominees

Best Picture

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Frost/Nixon
  • Milk
  • The Reader
  • Slumdog Millionaire

Best Director

  • Danny Boyle
  • Ron Howard
  • Gus Van Sant
  • David Fincher
  • Stephen Daldry

Best Actor

  • Richard Jenkins - The Visitor
  • Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon
  • Sean Penn - Milk
  • Brad Pitt - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler

Best Actress

  • Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married
  • Angelina Jolie - Changeling
  • Melissa Leo - Frozen River
  • Meryl Streep - Doubt
  • Kate Winslet - The Reader

Best Supporting Actor

  • Josh Brolin - Milk
  • Robert Downey Jr. - Tropic Thunder
  • Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
  • Michael Shannon - Revolutionary Road
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman - Doubt

Best Supporting Actress

  • Amy Adams - Doubt
  • Penelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Viola Davis - Doubt
  • Marisa Tomei - The Wrestler
  • Taraji Henson - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Original Screenplay

  • Courtney Hunt - Frozen River
  • Mike Leigh - Happy-Go-Lucky
  • Martin McDonagh - In Bruges
  • Dustin Lance Black - Milk
  • Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon and Pete Docter - WALL-E

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Eric Roth and Robin Swicord - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • John Patrick Shanley - Doubt
  • Peter Morgan - Frost/Nixon
  • David Hare - The Reader
  • Simon Beaufoy - Slumdog Millionaire

Best Animated Feature

  • Bolt
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • WALL-E

Best Animated Short

  • La Maison en Petits Cubes
  • Lavatory — Lovestory
  • Oktapodi
  • Presto
  • This Way Up

Best Foreign Language Film

  • The Baader Meinhof Complex
  • The Class
  • Departures
  • Revanche
  • Waltz With Bashir

Best Art Direction

  • Changeling
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Duchess
  • Revolutionary Road

Best Cinematography

  • Changeling
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Reader
  • Slumdog Millionaire

Best Costume Design

  • Australia
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Duchess
  • Milk
  • Revolutionary Road

Best Documentary Feature

  • Man on Wire
  • The Garden
  • Encounters at the End of the World
  • Trouble the Water
  • The Betrayal

Best Documentary Short

  • The Conscience of Nhem En
  • The Final Inch
  • Smile Pinki
  • The Witness — From the Balcony of Room 306

Best Editing

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Dark Knight
  • Frost/Nixon
  • Milk
  • Slumdog Millionaire

Best Live Action Short

  • Auf der Strecke (On the Line)
  • Manon on the Asphalt
  • New Boy
  • The Pig
  • Spielzeugland (Toyland)

Best Makeup

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Dark Knight
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Best Original Score

  • Alexandre Desplat - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • James Newton Howard - Defiance
  • Danny Elfman - Milk
  • A.R. Rahman - Slumdog Millionaire
  • Thomas Newman - WALL-E

Best Original Song

  • “Down to Earth,” Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman - WALL-E
  • “Jai Ho,” A.R. Rahman and Gulzar - Slumdog Millionaire
  • “O Saya,” A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam - Slumdog Millionaire

Best Sound Editing

  • The Dark Knight
  • Iron Man
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • WALL-E
  • Wanted

Best Sound Mixing

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Dark Knight
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • WALL-E
  • Wanted

Best Visual Effects

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Dark Knight
  • Iron Man

15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards/ Evan Rachel Wood Photo in Red Carpet

Evan Rachel Wood Photo in Red Carpet at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles
Evan Rachel Wood Photo in Red Carpet

15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards/Anne Hathaway Photo in Red Carpet

Anne Hathaway Photo in Red Carpet at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles
Anne Hathaway Photo in Red Carpet

15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards/Angelina Jolie's Photo in Red Carpet

Angelina Jolie's Photo in Red Carpet
at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles

Angelina Jolie's Photo in Red Carpet

Friday, January 9, 2009

Touch Pre, WebOS - The Touchscreen Cell Phone

Touchscreen Pre, WebOS - Palm gets back into the game

Palm was under serious pressure to hit a home run at CES today—and boy, did it deliver. Running Palm's gorgeous (if belated) new platform, dubbed WebOS, the touchscreen Pre could well be Palm's savior, and perhaps its biggest hit.So, as for the Pre itself (due on Sprint in the first half of this year, no pricing yet): It's got a big, 3.1-inch 480 by 320 touch display (yes, with multitouch and an accelerometer), weighs in at 4.8 ounces, and comes with a curved, slide-out keypad. Yes, it does Wi-Fi and 3G (EV-DO Rev. A, to be exact), as well as GPS (with turn-by-turn directions courtesy of TeleNav), stereo Bluetooth, 8GB of internal storage, a 3MP camera, a 3.5mm headset jack, and a removable battery.

But the key to the Pre is its OS, and WebOS—previously code-named "Nova"—is one of the hottest mobile platforms I've seen yet, rivaling both Android and Apple's iPhone OS.

At a glance, WebOS doesn't look all that different from the icon-driven, touch-based Android and iPhone platforms; you've got your main, wallpapered home screen, complete with a row of icons along the bottom for your standard e-mail, calendar, and calling features.

But Palm's done a few key things differently here, starting with the "gesture" area at the bottom or side of the screen (if you're, say, surfing the Web in landscape mode). For example, if you're browsing an individual contact in the Pre's address book, you can flick horizontally in the gesture area to go back to the contact list, or you can flick up for a translucent window shade of applications. Nice.

More importantly, though, is WebOS's way of letting you handle and sort all your open applications like a deck of cards. If you're composing an e-mail, for example, you can flick up, call open a new application, and then return to your e-mail at any point. All open applications appear as windows (similar to the windows in the iPhone's Web browser), and you can flick back and forth, reorder them, and discard them at will.

That's really cool, and it solves one of the biggest problems that's dogged the iPhone—namely, that its various applications are all walled off, making it difficult to easily switch from, say, the Web browser to the calendar and back again.

WebOS also introduces a concept dubbed "Synergy," which all applications can continuously get info from the Web. The best example: WebOS's unified contact list, which seamlessly displays all your contacts and grab their e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and IM handles from Facebook, Gmail, Exchange, you name it.

I'm also happy with Palm's integrated messaging interface, which combines IM and text chats into a single, threaded conversation.

And then there's the WebOS "Dashboard": a flexible space at the bottom of the screen for calling, messaging, and appointment alerts. As you're working in other applications, you might see the first line of a text message or IM, or the Dashboard might open a bit bigger for a calendar alert, complete with "dismiss" and "snooze" options. When alerts appear, you're free to keep working in your open application, or you can go ahead and open the alert—and if you want to answer an IM, you can swipe to that "card" in WebOS, and then return to your previous application card. Great stuff.

A few other interesting notes: When you're sitting at the Pre's main screen, you can just start typing on the QWERTY keypad to call up a universal search menu; you'll instantly see any matching contacts, or you can quickly jump to Web results from Google, Google Maps, and Wikipedia.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention "Touchstone," a little hockey puck of an accessory with a killer feature—wireless charging. Just place the Pre on top of the Touchstone device to power it up. Awesome.

It's a lot to chew on—indeed, Palm's press conference is barely an hour old, and already I'm having the same feeling I did after the iPhone's debut two years ago. The Pre—and WebOS—look red-hot, and the two combined may well guarantee that Palm will live to fight another (and perhaps, many) days.


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Twilight: The Movie


Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan

Kristen StewartAbout Bella: New to Forks, Washington, Isabella Swan arrives to live with her father after her mother remarries. Intelligent, caring and perpetually clumsy, Bella has a habit of finding herself in distress... all the more convenient that she has a vampire to look after her.

About Kristen: Kristen Stewart is best known for playing Jodie Foster's daughter in Panic Room. She's also starred in Zathura, In the Land of Women, The Messengers, and had a small role in Into the Wild.

Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen

Robert PattinsonAbout Edward: Edward Cullen was adopted by Dr. Carlisle Cullen as a 17-year-old. Super-fast, charming and a talented musician, his unique gift is hearing what people are thinking. Everyone except Bella ...

About Robert: Born in England, Pattinson had a small role in Vanity Fair with Reese Witherspoon before landing the role of Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He also sings professionally under the name Bobby Dupea, a reference to Jack Nicholson's character in Five Easy Pieces.

Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black

Taylor LautnerAbout Jacob: A Native American from the Quileute tribe, the ever-cheerful Jacob strikes up a friendship with Bella that grows more complicated as the saga continues.

About Taylor: Lautner's key role to date was as Sharkboy in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. He also co-starred in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and had a role on the NBC series My Own Worst Enemy, playing the son of Christian Slater's character.

Cam Gigandet as James

Cam GigandetAbout James: James is a skilled tracker, who hunts for sport. Unlike the Cullens, he primarily feasts on human blood.

About Cam
: Gigandet played Kevin on The O.C.. His other credits include Never Back Down, Who's Your Caddy? and Jack & Bobby.

Billy Burke as Charlie Swan

Billy BurkeAbout Charlie: Chief of police in Forks, Charlie enjoys fishing and watching sports on TV. He warily accepts Edward as Bella's boyfriend but is concerned about her becoming too consumed with him.

About Billy: Burke's credits include 24, My Boys, Jane Austen's Mafia! and Untraceable.

Rachelle Lefevre as Victoria

Rachelle LefevreAbout Victoria: A nomadic vampire with flame-red hair who travels with James and Laurent, she becomes a primary threat to Bella in New Moon and Eclipse.

About Rachelle: Lefevre's credits include Swingtown, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, What About Brian, and Boston Legal.

Twilight is an upcoming 2008 film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's 2005 best-selling novel of the same name. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, the film stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson as Bella and Edward respectively. The film will be released in North America on November 21, 2008, taking the release date that the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film previously held.

Seventeen-year-old Isabella Swan moves to the small town of Forks, Washington to live with her father, Charlie. There, she finds herself drawn to a mysterious classmate, Edward Cullen, who is revealed to be a 108-year-old vampire who is physically just 17. Although Edward discourages the romance at first, they soon fall deeply in love. When the arrival of three nomadic vampires, James, Victoria, and Laurent puts Bella's life in danger, Edward and his family, Alice, Carlisle, Esme, Jasper, Emmett and Rosalie put their lives at stake to save her before it's too late.

Bella Swan has always been a little bit different. Never one to run with the crowd, Bella never cared about fitting in with the trendy, plastic girls at her Phoenix, Arizona high school. When her mother remarried and sent Bella to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she didn't expect much of anything to change. But things do change when she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen. For Edward is nothing like any boy she's ever met. He's nothing like anyone she's ever met, period. He's intelligent and witty, and he seems to see straight into her soul. In no time at all, they are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance - unorthodox because Edward really isn't like the other boys. He can run faster than a mountain lion. He can stop a moving car with his bare hands. Oh, and he hasn't aged since 1918. Like all vampires, he's immortal. That's right - vampire. But he doesn't have fangs - that's just in the movies. And he doesn't drink human blood, though Edward and his family are unique among vampires in that lifestyle choice. To Edward, Bella is that thing he has waited 90 years for - a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. Somehow or other, they will have to manage their unmanageable love. But what will they do when Laurent and James, the Cullens' mortal vampire enemies, come to town, looking for Bella? A modern, visual, and visceral Romeo and Juliet story of the ultimate forbidden love affair - between vampire and mortal.

In the small town of Forks, Washington, a young girl is about to endure the hardship of what is our modern Romeo and Juliet. Bella swan was about to start her new life as a junior. In a new school, and in a new town. When she moved to be with her father, she expected days of rain, school, and the reality that she was going to be alone. Until, she saw him. The boy with the auburn hair and the most beautiful attributes anyone could have. Possibley too much for a human to have. What becomes lust and yearning for the wrong one. What's been secretly told throughout time, becomes her reality to find out that the one she vies for, is as cold as ice, through and through. The one who aches for every drop of her blood, and the one who watches her every move from the shadows, is a vampire. This romance between mortal and vampire becomes, our romeo and Juliet. Two worlds torn apart by love, secrecy, and devotion to one another and endangers the world around them.

When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret. What Bella doesn't realize is the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And, it might be to late to turn back.

Bella Swan is a girl just trying to survive Forks, Washington- the town with the worst weather in the United States- because her mother's just married a baseball player. Edward Cullen is one of five teenagers adopted by the amazingly intelligent and handsome Dr. Cullen, and all he wants is to guard his eerily beautiful family's secret- that they're all vampires who've given up hunting humans. Can Edward keep up the "vegetarian" lifestyle when he falls for Bella, whose blood has a scent sweeter than anyone on the planet's? Or, more importantly, can he protect her from others who don't have the same amount of self-control?

Isabella Swan moves to gloomy Forks to live with her father. As she starts her junior year in high school she becomes fascinated by Edward Cullen who holds a dark secret which is only known by his family. Edward falls in love with Bella as well but knows the further they progress in their relationship the more he is putting Bella and those close to her at risk. Edward warns Bella that she should leave him but she refuses to listen and to understand why he is saying this. Bella learns his secret. He is a vampire, however she is not afraid of his blood-thirsty needs and the fact he could kill her at any moment. Bella is afraid of losing him, the love of her life. The thrill begins when a new vampire finds it a challenge to hunt Bella down for her irresistible blood. The game is on and James will not stop until she is killed.


The Cullens:

  • Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen, a 108-year-old vampire who appears to be seventeen. He is Bella's love interest. He has the ability to read minds, along with superhuman speed and strength.

  • Peter Facinelli as Carlisle Cullen, a four-hundred-year-old vampire who looks to be in his mid-20s. He serves as the town's physician and is the father figure of the Cullen family.

  • Elizabeth Reaser as Esme Cullen, Carlisle's vampire wife and a mother figure to the Cullen family.

  • Ashley Greene as Alice Cullen, a member of the Cullen family who is married to Jasper. She can see the future, based on the decisions that people make.

  • Jackson Rathbone as Jasper Hale, a member of the Cullen family who can manipulate emotions and is Alice's husband. He has the most difficulty maintaining the Cullens' "vegetarian" lifestyle.

  • Nikki Reed as Rosalie Hale, a vampire member of the Cullen family who is described as the most beautiful person alive. She is married to Emmett.

  • Kellan Lutz as Emmett Cullen, a member of the Cullen family who is described as extremely muscular. He is Rosalie's husband and true love.

Other Vampires:

  • Cam Gigandet as James, leader of a group of nomadic vampires who intends to kill Bella.

  • Rachelle Lefèvre as Victoria, James' mate who assists him in finding Bella.

  • Edi Gathegi as Laurent, the most civilized member of James' coven.


  • Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan, a clumsy seventeen-year-old girl who moves to the small town of Forks, Washington from Phoenix, Arizona about half-way through her junior year of high school.

  • Sarah Clarke as Renée Dwyer, Bella's mother who lives in Florida with her newlywed husband, Phil.

  • Billy Burke as Charlie Swan, Bella's father and Chief of Police in Forks.

  • Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black, an old childhood friend of Bella's and a member of the Quileute tribe.

  • Gil Birmingham as Billy Black, Jacob's father and a friend of Charlie's.

  • Solomon Trimble as Sam Uley, a member of the Quileute tribe who is a shapeshifter.

  • Christian Serratos as Angela Weber, one of Bella's new friends in Forks.

  • Michael Welch as Mike Newton, one of Bella's new friends who vies for her attention.

  • Anna Kendrick as Jessica Stanley, Bella's first friend in Forks.

  • Gregory Tyree Boyce as Tyler Crowley, another one of Bella's classmates, also vying for Bella's attention.

  • Justin Chon as Eric Yorkie, one of Bella's classmates who vies for her attention.

  • Matt Bushell as Phil Dwyer, Bella's stepfather who plays minor-league baseball in Florida.

  • Ned Bellamy as Waylon Forge, one of Charlie's friends at the police station; this character is not featured in the book Twilight.

  • José Zúñiga as Mr. Molina, the Biology teacher at Forks High School; in the book Twilight, this character's name is Mr. Banner.

Soundtrack: Hardwicke revealed in an interview with MTV that a song by alternative rock band Muse, later revealed to be "Supermassive Black Hole", would be included on the film's soundtrack. Hardwicke said that they may record a remix of the song to give it "a little bit of extra Twilight stuff to fit the scene". She also stated that two songs written by Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward, will be included on the soundtrack as well. Paramore will also be recording a song for the film which will be featured on the soundtrack. The soundtrack is scheduled to be released on October 28th, 2008 by Atlantic.