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stillakid
02-10-2003, 09:29 AM
By DAVID GERMAIN
.c The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Voters for the Razzies, an annual spoof of the Academy Awards, have a message for Britney Spears and Madonna: Don't quit your day jobs as pop divas.

Spears' teen buddy flick ``Crossroads'' had a leading eight Razzie nominations and Madonna's island-romance bomb ``Swept Away'' received seven, including worst picture and worst actress for both movies.

``Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones,'' also received seven nominations, among them worst picture and director for George Lucas, creator of the sci-fi saga.

The other worst-picture contenders are Eddie Murphy's sci-fi comedy ``The Adventures of Pluto Nash'' and Roberto Benigni's live-action version of ``Pinocchio.''

Nominees for the 23rd annual Razzies, organized by the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, were to be announced Monday, a day before Oscar nominations. Razzie ``winners'' will be announced March 22, the eve of the Oscar ceremony.

Madonna personally had four nominations: Worst actress for ``Swept Away,'' directed by her husband, Guy Ritchie (a nominee for worst director and worst screenplay); worst screen couple, paired with Adriano Giannini in ``Swept Away''; worst supporting actress for the James Bond adventure ``Die Another Day''; and worst song for the ``Die Another Day'' title tune, which she co-wrote.

What was so bad about ``Swept Away,'' a remake of a 1975 Italian film about a rich snob stranded on an island with a handsome sailor?

``What wasn't?'' said Razzies founder John Wilson. ``It's a really awful remake of a highly regarded movie. I think it's the most blatant example of the fact that Madonna simply cannot act. It's as though she decided she's going to be a movie star and will keep inflicting these movies on us till we cry uncle. But this one may finally end her film career.''

Madonna previously received four worst-actress Razzies for such movies as ``Shanghai Surprise'' and ``Who's That Girl?'' The Razzies also named her worst actress of the 20th century.

Spears, whose pop-queen career arc has drawn comparisons to Madonna's, also could continue her predecessor's tradition of bad acting, Wilson said.

``Britney Spears is a Madonna wannabe,'' Wilson said. ``Madonna is on the outs, and Britney could be picking up the torch, or the spear, perhaps.''

Besides Madonna and Spears, worst-actress nominees are Angelina Jolie for ``Life or Something Like It''; Jennifer Lopez for ``Enough'' and ``Maid in Manhattan''; and Winona Ryder for ``Mr. Deeds.''

Benigni was nominated in the actor, director and screenplay categories for ``Pinocchio.'' Other worst-actor contenders are Giannini for ``Swept Away''; Eddie Murphy for ``Pluto Nash,'' ``I Spy'' and ``Showtime''; Steven Seagal for ``Half Past Dead''; and Adam Sandler for ``Adam Sandler's 8 Crazy Nights'' and ``Mr. Deeds.''

The Razzies added a new category, most flatulent teen-targeted movie, meant to ``dishonor the often moronic movies Hollywood is forever aiming at the acne-and-braces set.'' Nominees are ``Adam Sandler's 8 Crazy Nights,'' ``Crossroads,'' ``Jackass: The Movie,'' ``Scooby-Doo'' and ``XXX.''

On the Net: http://www.razzies.com



02/10/03 08:36 EST

wedgeA
02-10-2003, 02:49 PM
Man, Episode 2 is not that bad! What about such "gems" as MIB2, Feardotcom, The Tuxedo, The Scorpion King, and Queen of the Damned? And that's just the stuff I've seen! I'm not saying that AOTC is a work of art, but I don't think that it was one of the worst films of the year, far from it. Actually these razzies are losing its luster given the increasing loads of dung that Hollywood is churning out these days.

Jon
02-10-2003, 05:44 PM
I agree, there are countless horrid movies that have come out. I think that some people are just sick of Star Wars and just have fun trashing it. But what is so bad about AOTC, Hayden or Natalie? Worst Actress? Are you kidding me????

stillakid
02-10-2003, 05:54 PM
I'm just speculating, but it might have something to do with dashed expectations more than anything else. Who really expects to see a great teen horror flick? But after a 20 year buildup, expectations for the Prequels were dashed by a large chunk of the population, which might account for the "award." It's almost an honor if you look at it right. By saying "they" were disappointed in the film, they would be complimenting George by saying they believe he is capable of doing better.

12inch Lando
02-10-2003, 07:13 PM
Well, at this point I don't think George is capable of doing better. I think the team of people who carried him and the studio who pressured him through episodes 4,5 and 6 are capable of doing better. With his creative input of course... Kind of like Harlen Ellison.

QLD
02-10-2003, 07:49 PM
It's like, when you found out Santa Claus wasn't real.....

The Overlord Returns
02-11-2003, 11:01 AM
No...it's an indication of how cool it is to hate star wars...especially in hollywood.......

Explain to me how ep 2 doesn't deserve a nod for sound at the academy......please...explain it.....

LTBasker
02-11-2003, 05:07 PM
Raspberrie awards are stupid. It just encourages people with either way they'll win an award, even if it's for a bad movie, they'll take it as a joke award. Just say the movies sucked and move on. :rolleyes:

And AOTC was the only decent film mentioned in that article.

humsup
02-16-2003, 06:49 PM
I too do not think that EPII are that bad as compares to some of the films you guys had mentioned here. But I would vote it as the worst as compares to all the other Starwars films released so far.

SQueek
02-26-2003, 12:18 PM
hehe i like the fact they have these awards

Fulit
02-26-2003, 02:01 PM
Ha, the jokes on them, I have been to the future, and in 50 years Star Wars is regarded as the most original, best film to come out of "Hollywood". This is because of the slew of sequels and remakes that came out of Hollywood in the early part of the 21st Century. Not to mention the "former TV shows made into movies" thing. When "Bosom Buddies" and "Perfect Strangers" were made into films, it was the last straw, I think. But what am I telling you all for, you'll find out soon enough.

Oh, and in the future, bad filmmakers are not just given a Razzie, they are tortured as well.

2-1B
03-23-2003, 12:05 AM
Congrats to Hayden :) for winning Worst Supporting Actor, and also to Lucas and Hales for Worst Screenplay.

My hat's off to the rest of the AOTC nominees, it just wasn't their year in light of the Swept Away juggernaut. :crazed:

Amy
03-23-2003, 01:52 AM
I dont care what anyone says, I LOVE AOTC.

Pendo
03-23-2003, 05:31 AM
Originally posted by Caesar
Congrats to Hayden :) for winning Worst Supporting Actor, and also to Lucas and Hales for Worst Screenplay.

To be honest, I don't think they deserved their awards. I think Hayden was perfect for the role of Anakin, and Lucas/Hales' screenplay was almost good :p.

PENDO!

QLD
03-23-2003, 10:24 AM
Well, I can honestly say he deserved that award!

stillakid
03-23-2003, 02:33 PM
Originally posted by Pendo
To be honest, I don't think they deserved their awards. I think Hayden was perfect for the role of Anakin,
Had the screenplay been written better, Hayden probably could have pulled the character off as most likely originally intended. I've gotten the distinct feeling that George saw Life As a House in which Hayden plays a disenfranchised troubled youth (sound familiar?) and knew that a teenaged Anakin was the same type of kid. So, for some reason, George figured that Hayden could just waltz over to the Star Wars stages and deliver the exact same performance. But it all starts on the page, and no matter how well Hayden came across in the other movie, without adequate words to spit out as Anakin, no amount of talent would be able to save the character.



Originally posted by Pendo
and Lucas/Hales' screenplay was almost good :p.

PENDO!

I felt the same way about both TPM and AOTC. All the elements are there, but they weren't assembled correctly. George almost got it, but the necessary story polish that he used for the OT was somehow dispensed with for the Prequels. It's sad mostly because he was so close to having two really great films. It didn't have to be this way.

JediTricks
03-23-2003, 06:44 PM
George almost got it, but the necessary story polish that he used for the OT was somehow dispensed with for the Prequels. I agree, it does seem like that. However, ANH had more than just Lucas working on the story during filming in the form of Gary Kurtz and the editors. As I understand it, ESB wasn't even written by Lucas at all beyond the basic plot outline - Lucas brought in people to help him make those movies better.

stillakid
03-23-2003, 06:50 PM
Originally posted by JediTricks
I agree, it does seem like that. However, ANH had more than just Lucas working on the story during filming in the form of Gary Kurtz and the editors. As I understand it, ESB wasn't even written by Lucas at all beyond the basic plot outline - Lucas brought in people to help him make those movies better.

I agree. I somewhat "understated" my pov in the previous post to soften my legendary "negative" stance. ;) Lucas had, and obviously needed, lots of help early in his career. Success can buy autonomy for better or worse. In this case, well...you know. ;)

JediTricks
03-23-2003, 07:36 PM
Originally posted by stillakid
I somewhat "understated" my pov in the previous post to soften my legendary "negative" stance. ;) I already knew that. :D And if you'll notice, my response has no negative comments.

2-1B
03-24-2003, 02:57 AM
Originally posted by stillakid
Had the screenplay been written better, Hayden probably could have pulled the character off as most likely originally intended. I've gotten the distinct feeling that George saw Life As a House in which Hayden plays a disenfranchised troubled youth (sound familiar?) and knew that a teenaged Anakin was the same type of kid. So, for some reason, George figured that Hayden could just waltz over to the Star Wars stages and deliver the exact same performance. But it all starts on the page, and no matter how well Hayden came across in the other movie, without adequate words to spit out as Anakin, no amount of talent would be able to save the character.

Nope, Hayden landed the role of Anakin first and shot AOTC, then he did Life as a House. House was released 6 months before AOTC (it obviously didn't have the same lengthy post-production schedule as AOTC :D ).
Regardless, I loved him in both roles. :)
I can't quite say which one I preferred him in . . . on pure acting, I'd probably go with Life as a House. Still, I think he did well with most of AOTC's emotional scenes. Life as a House just had more meat to the character. :)




WHOA !
How did stillakid's thread about the Razzies get merged with "The Official List of Survivors at the Battle of Geonosis" ? ? ? ? ?


:crazed: :confused: :crazed: :confused: :crazed:

El Chuxter
03-24-2003, 12:03 PM
No problem with the Razzies. I don't agree, but I don't normally agree with awards, so :p.

However, by what logic is Hayden Christensen a supporting actor?

Jedi Clint
03-24-2003, 09:47 PM
Originally posted by Caesar
WHOA !
How did stillakid's thread about the Razzies get merged with "The Official List of Survivors at the Battle of Geonosis" ? ? ? ? ?


:crazed: :confused: :crazed: :confused: :crazed:

Quite by accident sir. Situation.........corrected.

stillakid
03-24-2003, 11:51 PM
WHOA !
How did stillakid's thread about the Razzies get merged with "The Official List of Survivors at the Battle of Geonosis" ? ? ? ? ?


:crazed: :confused: :crazed: :confused: :crazed:

Maybe the Razzie winners were among the survivors at the Battle of Geonosis?