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Will 'Abduction' finally earn Taylor Lautner a Razzie?

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Scoring only 3% at Rotten Tomatoes, "Abduction" looks like classic Razzie Awards bait. Lead actor Taylor Lautner has lost two Razzie races in the past for the "Twilight" films and "Valentine's Day," so this might finally be his lucky year.

Film critics certainly believe he's deserving.

REELVIEWS: "Perhaps the only way to approach 'Abduction' that will not result in a 105-minute boredom-induced coma is to think of it as a comedy, preferably with a drinking game attached."

NEW YORK POST: "Actual abduction may be preferable to the movie of the same name, but only if your kidnappers don't torture you by forcing you to watch it."

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-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Taylor Lautner with Lily Collins in "Abduction." Credit: Lionsgate


Sarah Palin may win the most votes ... at the Razzies

Sarah palinSarah Palin might not win election to the presidency, but she could reap a Razzie Award for her documentary "The Undefeated," which opens in select movie theaters on Friday.

"She's the political equivalent of what the Razzies are all about and she's hysterically funny if you don't stop and think, 'Oh, my God, she could've been vice president!'" gasps Razzie president and founder John Wilson. "Sarah Palin exhibits ineptitude and an indefensible grasping after other people's ideas, calling them her own. Just like Hollywood filmmakers who can't make an original movie. She wants you to put on rose-colored glasses instead of 3-D glasses, but there is still a surcharge you should not pay."

If Palin makes it into the Razzie running for worst female performance of the year, she'll join a select number of famous people who've been nominated for portraying themselves, like Madonna ("Truth or Dare") -- or  who've won, like the Jonas Brothers ("The 3-D Concert Experience"). Ex-President George W. Bush and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld won Razzies for appearing in Michael Moore's documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11."

"I don't know why Sarah Palin called her movie 'The Undefeated,'" Wilson says. "She lost the vice presidency, she quit the governorship of Alaska and she cut her bus tour short. The title makes no sense."

Wilson points out that "The Undefeated" is the same title as a John Wayne Western that came out in 1969.  "Just think what Michele Bachmann might do if she makes a movie -- name it after John Wayne Gacy," he adds, referring to her recent confusion of the two names. "She'll call it 'Psycho.'"

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-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: "The Undefeated" (AMC Theatres)


'Transformers 3' and 'Zookeeper' look like top Razzie rivals

Transformers Dark of the Moon Zookeeper news"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and "Zookeeper" are doing boffo at the box office, but now the bad news: They could hit the jackpot at the Razzies too, according to the awards' president and founder, John Wilson.

"Transformers 3" hasn't received reviews as nasty as the second installment, "Revenge of the Fallen," which won Razzies for worst picture, director (Michael Bay) and screenplay last year, "but it has all of the earmarks to be a big contender again," Wilson says. "It's still got a low score at Rotten Tomatoes and it's a blatant rip-off of the first two films."

"Looks like Hollywood is loading up our worst picture category with lots of contenders early this year," he adds. "All of the big-budget blockbusters in 2011 have been horrible at best. In any other year, 'Green Lantern' would be a shoo-in for a nomination, but now I just don't know -– there's so much competition!"

 "Zookeeper" could also make the Razzie list, Wilson warns: "It looks like the producers didn't use the academy's players directory to find the stars to voice the animals in their film. They used our list –- Sylvester Stallone and Adam Sandler have a long history with us."

Sandler is such a Razzie darling that he might be nominated a few times this year. "Sandler could not only be nominated for that awful movie he did with Jennifer Aniston, 'Just Go with It,' but he could end up being nominated against Aniston for his other movie, 'Jack and Jill' in which he plays dual roles. If he pulls that off, he'll  become the first star ever nominated for both worst actor and actress in the same year. Eddie Murphy won for portraying both genders in 'Norbit,' but his character Rasputia was in the supporting actress category."

Nicolas Cage might also reap lots of Razzie luv this year. Wilson says, "I realize that Nicolas Cage is in such trouble with the IRS that he has to take every role he's offered, but that means he could end up being nominated twice for worst actor – for 'Season of the Witch' and 'Drive Hungry.'"

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Poll: Will Robert Pattinson win a Razzie for 'Water for Elephants'?

Razzie Award voters slobber over Robert Pattinson so often that it's almost impossible to imagine they won't pour it on for "Water for Elephants."

RPattz has been nominated three times over the last two years, but, alas, mysteriously, he keeps losing. When he was nominated for worst actor of 2010, he got trounced by Ashton Kutcher ("Valentine's Day," "Killers"). The previous year, when Pattinson was up for worst supporting actor for "Twilight: New Moon," he got beat by Billy Ray Cyrus ("Hannah Montana: The Movie"). He and Kristen Stewart lost worst screen couple that year to Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper ("All About Steve").

Water for elephants Robert Pattinson newsThis year, Pattinson has a new "Twilight" installment due out –- "Breaking Dawn - Part 1" –- that could result in his next Razzie nom, but he sometimes earns bids for two films at once -– like last year when he was nommed for both "Twilight: Eclipse" and "Remember Me."

Arguably, RPattz doesn't deserve to be nominated for "Water for Elephants," which scores a respectable 54 at Metacritic. The film even received a socko review from Variety, which hailed it as "a splendid period swooner that delivers classic romance and an indelible insider's view of 1930s circus life." The L.A. Times enjoyed it too, but added a caveat: "There is quite a bit to enjoy in a film that certainly qualifies as broad-based popular entertainment. But because the ingredients are so promising, there hangs over this serviceable project the wish that it had turned out better still."

However, "Water for Elephants" was panned by the New York Post, Time magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Salon blamed Pattinson for "glowering" too much, but the New York Times noted, "Mr. Pattinson is only partly to blame for the fatuity of a character who even in the novel is really a generic male ingénue with no personality."

To a large degree, RPattz gets picked on by Razzie voters just because he's a heartthrob, like recent champs Hayden Christensen and the Jonas Brothers. Surely, that means he'll "win" someday soon.

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Robert Pattinson in "Water for Elephants." Credit: 20th Century Fox


'Sex and the City 2' star accepts Razzie Award -- belatedly

When the cast of "Sex and the City 2" won the Razzie Award for worst screen ensemble on Feb. 26, no one leapt out of the audience to accept the gold spray-painted statuette. However, one of the film's actors, David Eigenberg, who portrays Steve Brady (Miranda's husband), announced afterward that he'd like to accept it in person. Razzie chief John Wilson and his team produced this video with Eigenberg as a result.

— Tom O'Neil


The Razzie Awards: "The Last Airbender" is the best winner, er, loser

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The night before the Academy Awards presents Oscars to the best achievement in films, the 31st annual Razzie Awards celebrated the  "Berry Worst Achievement in Film" for 2010

The big "winner" -- so to speak -- at the satirical ceremony presented by the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation on Saturday evening at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre was M. Night Shyamalan's critically skewered 3-D fantasy film, "The Last Airbender."

The film took home Razzies for worst picture, worst director, worst screenplay, worst supporting actor for Jackson Rathbone, who also won for "Twilight Saga: Eclipse," and the new Razzie category, worst eye-gouging misuse of 3-D.

The evening's other major loser was "Sex and the City 2," which took home worst actress for all four of its stars -- Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon -- worst sequel and worst screen ensemble honors.

Worst actor went to Ashton Kutcher for two films -- "Killers" and "Valentine's Day" -- and worst supporting actress went to Jessica Alba for four films -- "The Killer Inside Me," "Little Fockers," "Machete" and "Valentine's Day."

Though the Razzie nominees rarely attend the ceremony, Sandra Bullock did show up last year, the night before she won her Oscar for "The Blind Side," to pick up her Razzie for the comedic dud "All About Steve."

 -- Susan King

Photo: Dev Patel in the Razzie Award-winning "The Last Airbender." Credit: Industrial Light and Magic/AP


Quiz: Which role was nominated for a Razzie and an Oscar?

Only two actors were nominated by the Academy Awards and Razzies for the same role. One was James Coco in "Only When I Laugh" (1981). What's the other? To see the answer, click the "Continue Reading" link underneath the photos below.

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Poll: Can Babs or Liza beat Cher for the Razzie?

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The battle to snatch the Golden Raspberry as the worst supporting actress of 2010 is a fierce smackdown between some of the most legendary (some might say notorious) divas in Hollywood. At first glance, Cher seems like an obvious front-runner for her campy romp through "Burlesque," but wait -- she's pitted against Barbra Streisand's worst performance since "Nuts" (wow!) and Liza Minnelli doing what appears to be a bad drag queen's impersonation of Beyonce crooning "Single Ladies." How, oh how will voters ever be able to choose among such plump, juicy Razzie options?

-- Tom O'Neil

Photos: "Sex and the City 2" (Warner Bros.), "Burlesque" (Columbia), "Little Fockers" (Universal)


Razzie outrages: 'Yogi Bear' and 'Jackass 3D' got snubbed!

Yogi bear razzie nominations newsYogi may be smarter than the average bear and his namesake flick beloved by moviegoers ($89 million at the U.S. box office), but "Yogi Bear" got skunked by the Razzies.

"Yogi Bear" was certainly worthy of the ridicule, according to some critics. USA Today blasted it, saying, "'Yogi Bear' is a big boo-boo," and the Chicago Tribune harrumphed, "'Yogi Bear' gives cheap hackwork a bad name. Which is a shame, because hackwork made this industry."

But "Yogi Bear" is among the many surprising omissions on the list of Razzie nominations. There are so many shockeroos ("Little Fockers" and "Jonah Hex" aren't up for worst picture! Where's "Jackass 3D"?) that we think it's best to break them down this way. Below is the short list of contenders sent to voters. Their choices for nominations are marked by bullets.

WORST PICTURE
● "The Bounty Hunter"
"Clash of the Titans"
"The Expendables"
"Grown Ups"
"Jonah Hex"
"The Killers"
● "The Last Airbender"
"Little Fockers"
● "Sex and the City 2"
● "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"
● "Vampires Suck"
"Yogi Bear" 

WORST EYE-GOUGING MISUSE OF 3-D
"Alpha and Omega"
● "Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore"
● "Clash of the Titans"
"Gulliver's Travels"
"Jackass 3D"
● "The Last Airbender"
"My Soul to Take"
● "The Nutcracker in 3D"
"Piranha 3D"
"Resident Evil: Afterlife"
● "Saw 3D" (a.k.a. "Saw VII")
"Step Up 3D"
"Yogi Bear"

WORST ACTOR
Dan Aykroyd (voice only), "Yogi Bear"
Josh Brolin, "Jonah Hex"
● Gerard Butler, "The Bounty Hunter"
Robert De Niro, "Little Fockers"
● Ashton Kutcher, "The Killers," "Valentine's Day"
● Taylor Lautner, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," "Valentine's Day"
● Robert Pattinson, "Remember Me," "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"
Adam Sandler, "Grown Ups"
● Jack Black, "Gulliver's Travels"
Benicio Del Toro, "Wolfman"
Josh Duhamel, "Life as We Know It," "When in Rome"
Jake Gyllenhaal, "Prince of Persia"
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, "Tooth Fairy"
Sam Worthington, "Clash of the Titans"

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'Last Airbender,' 'Twilight Saga: Eclipse' lead 31st annual Razzie nominations

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M. Night Shyamalan may have received best director and screenplay Oscar nominations for the 1999 best picture nominee "The Sixth Sense," but more recently his films are being nominated for the Golden Raspberry -- Razzie -- Awards. His 2010 misfire, "The Last Airbender," makes him a threepeat offender in the Razzie world after 2006's "The Lady in the Water" and 2008's "The Happening."

His 3-D version of the popular animated TV series scored nine Razzie nominations Monday morning, including worst picture, director, remake, screenplay, worst screen couple/worst ensemble and a new Razzie category, worst eye-gouging misuse of 3-D.

Also scoring nine thumbs down was the box-office giant "Eclipse," the third installment in "The Twilight Saga."

Joining "Airbender" and "Eclipse" in the worst picture category are "The Bounty Hunter," "Sex and the City 2" and "Vampires Suck."

Battling it out for worst actor are nominees Jack Black for "Gulliver's Travels," Gerard Butler for "The Bounty Hunter," Ashton Kutcher for "Killers" and "Valentine's Day," Taylor Lautner for "Eclipse" and "Valentine's Day," and Robert Pattinson for "Remember Me" and "Eclipse."

Worst actress nominees are Jennifer Aniston for "The Bounty Hunter" and "The Switch," Miley Cyrus for "The Last Song," all four gal pals from "Sex and the City 2," Megan Fox for "Jonah Hex" and Kristen Stewart for "Eclipse."

Those with the dubious distinction of being nominated in the supporting actress category are

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