1. A weekend trip turns into horror for a group of teenagers in a beaver infested swamp.
2. No beavers were harmed during the making of this film. As you can probably tell.
3. Just as well. You don’t want to go up against Brian May.
4. Yes, I know Brian is all about the Badger, but I couldn’t find any famous beaver supporters (fnar).
5. Single entendre alert @1:20!
6. “Hey honey, what about Zombeavers? It’s from the guy who secured a bridging loan for American Pie.” I’m not saying that this is pretending to be Citizen Kane, but when exactly did the producer become a selling point? David O. Selznick is turning in his grave.
7. As with Sharknado (2013) or Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) the story is secondary to the title. From Wererats to Vamporillas, the possibilities are endless.
8. Broadsheet Prognosis: “Nice beaver…”
Release Date: March 20 (VOD).
6. As co-writer of the next Star Trek movie, Pegg now has the unenviable task of cleaning up the mess left by Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Fast and Furious helmer Justin Lin will take over directing duties from J.J. Abrams, who is otherwise engaged.
3. Director Joseph Kahn says he is not making any money from the short and uses original material so that’s cool. But it is really all about the Power Rangers though no?
4. Doesn’t the Blue Ranger’s antics remind you of Ozymandias from The Watchmen (2009) making his billions from Watchmen action figures but still kicking ass in secret? No? That’s probably for the best.
DirectorAlejandro González Iñárritu (centre) with Best Film Oscar for Birdman
What do you mean you ‘weren’t invited’?
What you may need to know:
1. The night’s big shocker was Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman bagging four golden naked guys, including the two biggies for best director and best picture. One-time favourite 12 Years of Emo – sorry – Boyhood took home a single, solitary statuette.
2. First-time presenter Neil Patrick Harris was… okay. What worked: The Birdman bit and an early salvo at the inherent whiteness of the nominees (at least David Oyelowo got a good seat). What didn’t work: His opening number (ugh) with dancing stormtroopers and Jack Black (double ugh), not to mention choosing to follow the best short documentary winner’s heartfelt speech about suicide with an ill-judged joke about the woman’s dress.
3. Thank you count – Spouses and/or parents: 23. Agents: 11. Wes Anderson: 6. God: 1. It was a bad year for false idols with Harvey Weinstein failing to garner a single expression of gratitude.
4.Patricia Arquette gave a well-received (mainly by Meryl Streep) speech about equal pay, while John Legend and Common used the opportunity to express some rousing and heartfelt sentiments on civil rights. But the best speech of the night was undoubtedly Ida’s Pawel Pawlikowski, who gallantly barrelled through not one but two rounds of cut-off music. Well played, Sir.
5 In spite of some fine work from John Travolta, the weirdest presenter award goes to Terence Howard, who tried to break the microphone and seemed to be publicly working through some personal issues.
7. If you’re shocked or surprised that your personal favourite didn’t get the love, then The Hollywood Reporter’s series of “Brutally Honest” interviews with Academy members casts a light on the process behind who gets what and why.
8. For example, one anonymous voter picked Leviathan (2014) for best foreign film based on the poster. “I didn’t get around to seeing any of them. I shouldn’t have voted, but I did. Everywhere I looked, I saw pictures of this stupid carcass and I thought, ‘That’s a cool-looking thing.’ And I voted for a movie based on the dead whatever it was in the ad thinking that it looked cool.”
9. And it gets worse: On casting his vote for best documentary feature, he added “I didn’t see any of the nominees, but goddamn Virunga is running commercials late-night every freaking hour, and those gorillas, man — I was like, ‘Wow, that looks heavy.’ And I voted for it.” So now you know.
10. Broadsheet Verdict: As these things go, it wasn’t bad but it was far from exceptional. But more importantly – who were you wearing? This special was brought to you in association with Quinnsworth Yellow Pack Vodka – even better than the real thing.Highlights of the 87th Academy Awards are on RTÉ2 tonight at9pm.
2. The ceremony is back in the Dolby Theater which has hosted the event since 2002. It was originally the Kodak Theater but selfies and smartphones put paid to Eastman Kodak. The venue was purposefully designed with the Oscars in mind and seats 3200 egos.
1. Amy (Jordanne Jones, top left) is a 13-year-old trying to cope with the death of her mother. She experiences the temptation of suicide after witnessing the outpouring of love for a local suicide victim.
3. Anyway, this film is a two and a bit hours single mobile shot. Birdman (2014) used a bit of trickery and visuals to create the illusion of an extra long shot but this one appears to be the real unbroken deal.
1. In the aftermath of a family tragedy, young author Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) is dislocated to an eerie house that breathes and bleeds, and soon discovers that her new husband Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) is not who he appears to be.
6. That funereal PJ Harvey song playing over the trailer is her cover of Nick Cave’s Red Right Hand. This version was recorded for the second series of BBC’s Peaky Blinders. If you’re not up on Peaky Blinders, then you’re missing a treat.
7. Broadsheet Prognosis: Bloody good.
Release Date: October 16.