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Will it be a Smurf-tastic year at the Razzies? [poll]

The Smurfs movie news

"The Smurfs" is such a lousy film that it scores only a lowly 30 at Metacritic. The New York Post's Lou Lumenick gives it the lowest possible score -– zero -- while blasting it as a "relentlessly witless and cynical children's movie packed with potty jokes, product plugs and double-entendres along the lines of 'What the Smurf?' "

Razzies chief John Wilson mounts an all-out nuclear attack: Few entities are as gag-inducing as "The Smurfs," he says. "We sincerely hope whoever thought this would be a money maker was wrong and that they will burn in Hollywood hell for inflicting something this noxious on the paying public. The blame for 'Smurfs' reaching theater screens can be squarely placed at the feet of the two inexplicably successful 'Alvin' movies (both of which were listed in various places on previous Razzie nominating ballots)."

While both the reboot of "Alvin and the Chipmunks" in 2007 and "The Squeakquel" in 2009 made the Razzie shortlist, they didn't actually get nominated. Do you think "The Smurfs" will have better luck  achieving full Razzie glory?

— Tom O'Neil

Photo credit: Columbia Pictures

'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

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


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?

Razzie nominations news

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.

● "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" 

"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"

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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Cover your eyes and try not to look: Razzie Awards shortlist

When The Envelope ran a poll asking our readers what will win worst picture of 2010 at the Razzies, "Burlesque" pulled a notable score of 8% out of 11 choices, but it's not  on the shortlist of contenders recently sent to voters. Another shocker: Justin Timberlake isn't cited among choices for worst supporting actor as Boo Boo in "Yogi Bear." (However, his costar Dan Aykroyd is nominated for worst actor and "Yogi Bear" is up for worst picture.) What outrages!

Luckily, there's a place for write-in votes on the ballot as you can see in our separate post offering a close-up of the tally sheet.

-- Tom O'Neil

"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"

(Special category for 2010)
"Alpha and Omega"
"Cats & Dogs 2: 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"


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Up close: See the Razzie voters' ballot

Ever wonder what a Razzie Awards ballot looks like? Click the image below to get an enlarged view in a pop-up window that shows you the top section of this year's voter's sheet. Notice that there are 13 suggestions for the new award for worst eye-gouging misuse of 3-D. Voters choose five, having the option to include a write-in. Votes must be submitted by Jan. 15. Nominations are to be announced Jan. 24 -- that's one day before Oscar noms are unveiled, natch. Razzies are set to be bestowed Feb. 26, one day before You Know What.

-- Tom O'Neil

Razzies Ballot

Razzie shortlist hits 'Burlesque,' but not as hard as possible

Good movies are forever overlooked for the Oscars, but somehow Burlesque hasnt been shortlisted for the top award in Hollywoods lowliest honors, the Razzie Awards.

The critically drubbed Christina Aguilera-Cher musical wasnt completely snubbed in nominating ballots mailed to Razzie voters: Burlesque is a finalist for worst screenplay, worst director, worst supporting actor (Cam Gigandet), worst supporting actress (Kristen Bell and Cher) and worst actress (Aguilera).

But the movie was spared from being nominated for the annual booby prize of worst picture. The finalists for that dishonor, with nominations set to be announced Jan. 24, are The Bounty Hunter, Clash of the Titans, The Expendables, Grown Ups, Jonah Hex, Killers, The Last Airbender, Little Fockers, Sex and the City 2, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Vampires Suck and Yogi Bear.

Overseen by writer John Wilson, the Razzies are adding a new category for bad work in 2010: worst eye-gouging misuse of 3-D. Among those eligible films: Piranha 3D, The Nutcracker in 3D and Resident Evil: Afterlife.

Among movies and actors shortlisted for the Razzies are Jessica Alba, who is eligible for worst supporting actress for four films (The Killer Inside Me, Little Fockers, Machete and Valentines Day), and Emily Blunt, eligible in the same category for her work in The Wolfman and Gullivers Travels.

George Lopez is a contender for worst supporting actor for his performances in Marmaduke, The Spy Next Door and Valentines Day. Mickey Rourke has been singled out in the same category for The Expendables and Iron Man 2.

Angelina Jolie, nominated for a lead comedy actress Golden Globe for The Tourist, also is up for a worst actress Razzie for the same performance. 

Last year, Sandra Bullock actually attended the Razzie ceremony, collecting her worst actress prize for All About Steve the same year she won the lead actress Oscar for The Blind Side.

John Horn

Cher and Christina Aguilera in "Burlesque." Credit: Stephen Vaughan/Screen Gems.


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