Tuesday Round-Up, Part 1: 'Avatar' sickness; Burton's 'Grudge'; Evening Standard Awards and more
Can watching "Avatar" make you sick? A report today on MSNBC.com notes that while the 3-D effects in the Oscar-nominated sci-fi epic are wowing most audiences, there's a significant amount of moviegoers who are left nauseous by the technology (hold your puns, please).
The culprits lay with disruptions in the body's vestibular system -- a system of fluids and nerves and cells that connect the ear to the brain and keep you from toppling over every time you take a step -- that literally inform the brain to clear the decks, so to speak, and vomit. With more 3D titles on the horizon ("Clash of the Titans," "Alice in Wonderland"), the best way to deal with the problem is to watch the 2-D version. Or bring a stomach distress bag.
Speaking of distressing, Movie City Indie has posted the video of Tim Burton's acceptance speech from the Annie Awards, at which he received the Windsor McCay Award (along with Bruce Timm and Jeffrey Katzenberg). Burton was unable to attend the event, but sent along this video which, in typical fashion, is both alarming and amusing. I won't give away the payoff, but if you're a fan of Japanese ghost stories, you'll appreciate the denouement.
And Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank" continued its winning streak by landing the top prize at the Evening Standard British Film Awards. The Cannes Jury Prize winner was named best film at the annual event, which honors the best in British and Irish films; Andy Serkis' performance as Ian Dury in "Sex & Drugs and Rock & Roll" earned best actor, while Anne-Marie Duff's turn as John Lennon's mother in "Nowhere Boy" trumped Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan.
Another Oscar nominee, "In the Loop," took the screenplay award for director Armando Iannucci, Jesse Armstrong, Tony Roche and Simon Blackwell, while Academy shutout "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" won best documentary. And "The Hurt Locker" added another laurel to its collection when cinematographer Barry Ackroyd was presented with the London Museum Award for Technical Achievement.
-- Paul Gaita
Top photo: Michelle Rodriguez in "Avatar." Credit: 20th Century Fox. Bottom photo: Anne-Marie Duff. Credit: Getty Images.
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