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    Spears' Debut Leads 'Worst Film' Field

    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

  2. #2
    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.

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    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????
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  4. #4
    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.

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    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.
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    It's like, when you found out Santa Claus wasn't real.....
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  7. #7
    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.....

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    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.

    And AOTC was the only decent film mentioned in that article.
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  9. #9
    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.

  10. #10
    hehe i like the fact they have these awards
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