Obituary: Richard Coogan

Actor Richard Coogan (b.1914) died on March 12, less than a month before his 100th birthday. In 1949, Coogan was cast in the lead role for Captain Video and His Video Rangers, which shot live in New York while Coogan was appearing on Broadway in Diamond Lil during the evenings. Coogan left the show in 1950, citing low budgets and poor scripts, and was replaced by Al Hodge. Coogan also appeared on the Westerns The Californians and Laramie.

MTV Movie Nominees

The nominees for this year’s MTV Movie Awards have been announced. Winners are selected by votes of fans on the MTV website and the winners will be announced on April 13 by Conan O’Brien on a televised broadcast. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below.

Movie of the Year

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • American Hustle
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Female Performance

  • Amy Adams for American Hustle
  • Jennifer Aniston for We’re the Millers
  • Sandra Bullock for Gravity
  • Jennifer Lawrence for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave

Best Male Performance

  • Bradley Cooper for American Hustle
  • Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave
  • Josh Hutcherson for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club

Best Fight

  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Steve Carell vs. James Marsden vs. Sacha Baron Cohen vs. Kanye West vs. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler vs. Jim Carrey and Marion Cotillard vs. Will Smith vs. Liam Neeson and John C. Reilly vs. Greg Kinnear
  • Identity Thief, Jason Bateman vs. Melissa McCarthy
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly vs. Orcs
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Sam Claflin vs. Mutant Monkeys
  • This is the End, Jonah Hill vs. James Franco and Seth Rogen

Best Scared-as-S**t Performance

  • Rose Byrne for Insidious: Chapter 2
  • Jessica Chastain for Mama
  • Vera Farmiga for The Conjuring
  • Ethan Hawke for The Purge
  • Brad Pitt for World War Z

Best Shirtless Performance

  • Jennifer Aniston for We’re the Millers
  • Sam Claflin for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Zac Efron for That Awkward Moment
  • Chris Hemsworth for Thor: The Dark World

Best Villain

  • Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips
  • Benedict Cumberbatch for Star Trek into Darkness
  • Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave
  • Mila Kunis for Oz The Great and Powerful
  • Donald Sutherland for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Best On-Screen Transformation

  • Christian Bale for American Hustle
  • Elizabeth Banks for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Orlando Bloom for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club
  • Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club

Best Cameo Performance

  • Robert De Niro for American Hustle
  • Amy Poehler and Tina Fey for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  • Kanye West for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  • Joan Rivers for Iron Man 3
  • Rihanna for This is the End

Best Hero

  • Henry Cavill as Clark Kent for Man of Steel
  • Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man for Iron Man 3
  • Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor for Thor: The Dark World
  • Channing Tatum as John Cale for White House Down

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Academy Award Winners

The Winners of this year’s Academy Awards were announced and winners on March 2. Categories with winners of genre interest are listed below. This year’s results make Robert Lopez (winner for the song “Let it Go”) the twelfth person to win a Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.

  • Directing: Gravity, for Alfonso Cuarón
  • Writing—Original Screenplay: Her, written by Spike Jonze
  • Film Editing: Gravity, for Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
  • Music—Original Score: Gravity, by Steven Price
  • Music—Original Song: “Let it Go,” from Frozen, music and lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  • Animated Feature Film: Frozen
  • Short Film—Animated: Mr. Hublot
  • Live-Action Short Film: Helium
  • Visual Effects: Gravity, for Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, and Neil Corbould
  • Cinematography: Gravity, for Emmanuel Lubezki
  • Sound Editing: Gravity, for Glenn Freemantle
  • Sound Mixing: Gravity, for Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, and Chris Munro

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Razzie “Winners” Announced

The 34th annual Razzie Award “winners” have been announced. The Razzies are given for the worst films to hit theatres in a given year.

  • Worst Picture: Movie 43
  • Worst Actress: Tyler Perry in A Madea Christmas
  • Worst Actor: Jaden Smith in After Earth
  • Worst Supporting Actress: Kim Kardashian in Tyler Perry’s Temptation
  • Worst Supporting Actor: Will Smith in After Earth
  • Worst Screen Combo: Jaden Smith & Will Smith on Planet Nepotism in After Earth
  • Worst Director: The 13 People Who Directed Movie 43
  • Worst Screenplay: Movie 43, written by 19 “Screenwriters”
  • Worst Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel: The Lone Ranger

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Obituary: Harold Ramis

Director and actor Harold Ramis (b.1944) died on February 24. Ramis got his start with Second City and went on to write, direct, and act in numerous comedies, including Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Stripes, Animal House, and Bedazzled.

Obituary: Margery Mason

Actress Margery Mason (b.1913) died on January 25. Mason portrayed the old lady who booed Buttercup in The Princess Bride and also appeared in Quatermass and the Pit and a bit role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Other appearances included Pink Floyd’s The Wall and the live action version of 101 Dalmatians.

Obituary: Malcolm Tierney

Actor Malcolm Tierney (b.1938) died on February 18. Tierney portrayed Doland in four episodes of the Doctor Who serial “The Trial of a Time Lord” and had an uncredited role in Star Wars as a guard on the detention block who was shot by Luke Skywalker. He also appeared in an episode of Out of the Unknown and the films Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and The Medusa Touch.

Obituary: Jimmy T. Murakami

Director Jimmy T. Murakami (b.Teruaki Murakami 1933) died on February 16. Murakami directed Battle Beyond the Stars and When the Wind Blows. He worked as an animator on several projects, including the 1980s television series The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and as a producer on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Obituary: Christopher Malcolm

Scottish actor Christopher Malcolm (b.1946) died on February 15. Malcolm’s first screen role was a bit role in the 1968 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He went on to play Rogue 2 in The Empire Strikes Back, had appearances in Superman III and Labyrinth and played Kirk Matunas in Highlander. Malcolm also portrayed Brad Majors in the original stage production of The Rocky Horror Show.

Obituary: Ralph Waite

Actor Ralph Waite (b.1928) died on February 13. Best known for portraying John Walton on The Waltons, he also appeared in the television series Carnivàle and episodes of The Outer Limits and Time Trax. His film work included the alternate history film Timequest, Crash and Burn, and Spirit.