Golden Raspberry Nominations

The 36th annual Golden Raspberry Nominations have been announced, presented for the worst achievements in film in 2015. While most Razzies are voted on by members of The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, the public is invited to vote on the Redeemer Award at Rotten Tomatoes (see second link, below). The awards will be announced on February 27.

Worst Picture

  • Fantastic Four
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
  • Pixels

Worst Actor

  • Johnny Depp in Mortdecai
  • Jamie Dornanin Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Kevin James in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
  • Adam Sandler in The Cobbler and Pixels
  • Channing Tatum in Jupiter Ascending

Worst Actress

  • Katherine Heigl in Home Sweet Hell
  • Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Mila Kunis in Jupiter Ascending
  • Jennifer Lopez in The Boy Next Door
  • Gwyneth Paltrow in Mortdecai

Worst Supporting Actor

  • Chevy Chase in Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Vacation
  • Josh Gad in Pixels and The Wedding Ringer
  • Kevin James in Pixels
  • Jason Lee in Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip
  • Eddie Redmayne in Jupiter Ascending

Worst Supporting Actress

  • Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting in Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip (voice only) and The Wedding Ringer
  • Rooney Mara in Pan
  • Michelle Monaghan in Pixels
  • Julianne Moore in Seventh Son
  • Amanda Seyfried in Love the Coopers and Pan

Worst Remake, Sequel, or Rip-off

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip
  • Fantastic Four
  • Hot Tub Time Machine 2
  • Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)
  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

Worst Screen Combo

  • All Four “Fantastics” in Fantastic Four
  • Johnny Depp and His Glued-On Mustache in Mortdecai
  • Jamie Dornan & Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Kevin James and Either His Segway or His Glued-On Mustache in Paul Blart Mall Cop 2
  • Adam Sandler and Any Pair of Shoes in The Cobbler

Worst Director

  • Andy Fickman for Paul Blart Mall Cop 2
  • Tom Six, Human for Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)
  • Sam Taylor-Johnson for Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Josh Trank (& Alan Smithee?) for Fantastic Four
  • The Wachowskis (Andy & Lana) for Jupiter Ascending

Worst Screenplay

  • Fantastic Four, Screenplay by Simon Kinberg, Jeremy Slater and Josh Trank, Based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
  • Fifty Shades of Grey, Screenplay by Kelly Marcel, Based on the Novel by E.L. James
  • Jupiter Ascending, Written by Andy and Lana Wachowski
  • Paul Blart Mall Cop 2, Screenplay by Kevin James & Nick Bakay
  • Pixels, Screenplay by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling, Story by Herlihy, Based on a Work by Patrick Jean

Redeemer Award

  • Elizabeth Banks, from RAZZIE “Winner” for Movie 47 to multiple hit movies in 2015
  • M. Night Shyamalan, from perennial RAZZIE nominee and “winner” to director of The Visit
  • Will Smith, for faollowing up After Earth with Concussion
  • Sylvester Stallone, from all-time RAZZIE champ to award contender for Creed

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Obituary: Ray Bowie

Boston fan Ray Bowie (b.1949) died on January 13. Bowie was active in NESFA and was a frequent contributor the the club’s annual recommended reading list.

Obituary: Brian Bedford

Actor Brian Bedford (b.1935) died on January 13. Most of Bedford’s career was on the stage, but he did provide the voice for Robin Hood in the 1973 Disney animated feature. He also appeared in the television films Mr. St. Nick and a version of A Christmas Carol.

Obituary: Alan Rickman

Actor Alan Rickman (b.1946) died on January 14 from cancer. Rickman has numerous appearances in genre films, including playing the role of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series, Sir Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest, the voice of Marvin in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy film, Richis in Perfume, and more. He received Saturn nominations for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Galaxy Quest, Sweeney Todd, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II.

Obituary: David Margulies

Actor David Margulies (b.1937) died on January 11. Margulies appeared in episodes of Tales from the Darkside, Northern Exposure, and Touched by an Angel, but his best known role was as the Mayor of New York in Ghostbusters and its sequel.

Philip K. Dick Nominees

The nominees for the Philip K. Dick Award, presented annually for best paperback original book by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust, have been announced. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 25 at Norwescon 39 in Seatac, WA.

  • Edge of Dark, by Brenda Cooper
  • After the Saucers Landed, by Douglas Lain
  • (R)evolution, by P.J. Manney
  • Apex, by Ramez Naam
  • Windswept, by Adam Rakunas
  • Archangel, edited by Marguerite Reed

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Obituary: Jack Robins

Fan Jack Robins (b.Jack Rubinson, 1919) died on December 23. Robins was a member of ISA and helped it turn into the Futurians, which he invited Isaac Asimov to attend. He attended the First Eastern Convention as well as the first Worldcon. Robins published the fanzines The Scientific Thinker and Looking Ahead and was eventually inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame and made an N3F Life Member.

Gallo Receives Gangel

Tor Creative Director Irene Gallo has received the Richard Gangel Art Director Award from the Society of Illustrators. The Richard Gangel Award was established in 2005 to honor art directors currently working in the field. The Society will be honoring Gallo at the Book and Editorial Opening Reception on Friday, February 5th.

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Tilton Resigns from Locus

Lois Tilton has announced that she will no longer be reviewing short fiction at Locus Online stating “Without consulting or informing me, they had begun deleting material they considered negative from my reviews.” Locus has responded that they were changing the was “editing future online review columns was to be managed” to bring them into line with the way print reviews are edited at the magazine. Tilton has published 205 review columns on Locus Online.

Hugo Mark Protection Committee Seeking European Usage

The Hugo Mark Protection Committee is looking for references to the Hugo Award within the European Union (including the UK), specifically its use on book covers, in fanzines, etc. The MPC is assembling collaborating information for their application for registration of the Hugo Award as a service mark within the EU. Anyone with information or citations that might be useful should contact MPC secretary Linda Deneroff at lindandee at