Obituary: Lorenzo Semple, Jr.

Screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr. (b.1923 died on March 28, one day after his 91st birthday. Semple wrote screenplays for Papillon, Never Say Never Again, the 1976 King Kong and the 1980 Flash Gordon among other projects. He may have been best known for his role in creating and writing for the 1960s television show Batman. Semple wrote the first four episodes and the series’ Bible, acted as a consultant for the rest of the series, and came up with the idea of the graphics indicating fights, named everything Bat-whatever, and came up with Robin’s Holy ___ catch phrase.

Obituary: Ken Utsui

Japanese actor Ken Utsui (b.1931) died on March 14. Utsui is best known for portraying Starman in a series of films in the 1960s, beginning with Invaders from Space. Prior to that he played the title character in six films in the Super Giant series beginning with Sûpâ jaiantsu.

Obituary: Patrice Wymore

Actress Patrice Wymore (b.1926) died on March 22. Wymore’s only genre credit was the horror film Chamber of Horrors, but she got her start in Vaudeville and made several films. In 1950, she married Errol Flynn, becoming his third, and final wife.

Obituary: James Rebhorn

Actor James Rebhorn (b.1948) died on March 21. Rebhorn appeared in numerous films and television shows, including many of genre interested including Independence Day, Real Steel, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle. Over the course of a fifty year career, he also appeared as a regular on several television series.

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.