Thursday Roundup, Part 2: Golden Globes presenters; Sundance news; WGA video game nominees; BAFTA/LA update; Oscars dance auditions
Oh, my God, did we not mention a new batch of presenters at either the Golden Globes or Screen Actors Guild Awards today? Let me correct that immediately: Amy Adams, Kate Hudson, "Avatar" star Zoe Saldana and Ashton Kutcher will serve as presenters at the 67th Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday. Feeling better?
As the days tick down until Sundance 2010, Indiewire presents its report on the competition film class of Sundance '09 and how it fared at the box office, post-festival. Not surprisingly, "Precious" was the top grosser of the lot — as Indiewire notes, it's just $100,000 shy of besting "Napoleon Dynamite" as the biggest moneymaker to come from Sundance in the last 10 years. "Sin Nombre" and "An Education" also fared well; the piece also notes the biggest disappointments, of which Lynn Shelton's well-received "Humpday" takes top honors.
For some (and we're not mentioning any names), Sundance is less about the business of film and more about the festivities and chances to be seen. If you happen to fall into that category, here's a handy rundown of where the swelegant will be during the fest. As scribe Jay Fernandez notes, this does NOT include any private functions, so if that's your goal, don't bother. And don't ask us, either.
Meanwhile, the Writers Guild of America has announced the 2010 nominees for outstanding achievement in video game writing. Save your puns, please. (You gotta hire someone to write, "Ouch!" or "Pow"?) Video game technology grows more complex, and buyer demand has risen for more complex stories beyond the traditions of the first-person shooter. The nominees are culled from the most popular and critically acclaimed releases of 2009, including Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, which was the best reviewed game of the year, according to Metacritic.
The nominees are as follows:
Assassin's Creed II - story by Corey May; script writers Corey May, Joshua Rubin, Jeffrey Yohalem; Ubisoft Entertainment
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - written by Jesse Stern; additional writing Steve Fukuda; story by Todd Alderman, Steve Fukuda, Mackey McCandlish, Zied Rieke, Jesse Stern, Jason West; Battlechatter dialogue, Sean Slayback; Activision
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - written by Amy Hennig; Sony Computer Entertainment
Wet - written by Duppy Demetrius; Bethesda Softworks
X-Men Origins: Wolverine - script writer Marc Guggenheim; Activision
The winner will be announced at the 2010 Writers Guild Awards on Feb. 20 in both Los Angeles and New York.
And in dancing news: Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of "So You Think You Can Dance" and "American Idol," among other massively popular shows, was named chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles (BAFTA/LA) for an initial one-year term. So you know I'm going to make this joke: Did he win the position in a dance-off? Funny thing is, if he did, he won it in a landslide, as this clip from the BBC's '60s-era Young Generation dance troupe shows. Nigel is the gent in blue, and he can clearly shing-a-ling like nobody's business.
And lastly, can you dance? Or, to paraphrase the title of Mr. Lythgoe's series, do you think you can dance? If so, there might be a job for you at the 82nd Academy Awards. Open auditions for professional-level dancers between the ages of 18 and 30 and familiar with contemporary and hip-hop styles will be held on Jan. 22 and 23 at CenterStaging in lovely downtown Burbank. Show co-producer Adam Shankman — whom, it should be noted, once danced for the Oscars many moons ago, prior to directing "Hairspray," among other films — is choreographing the audition numbers. Oh, and they're not paying for parking, so bring quarters along with your Danskins.
Do dancers still wear Danskins?
— Paul Gaita
Photo: Amy Adams. Credit: Getty Images.
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