Nicki Minaj’s Sexy 2010 MTV VMA’s Photo Shoot

MTV.com today debuted Nicki Minaj‘s super cute promotional images for the upcoming 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.
A hybrid of iconic comedienne Lucille Ball (I Love Lucy) and blond bombshell biker vixen, Minaj’s shoot is a preview to what is sure to be the biggest night in her career yet.
The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards air live from Los Angeles on Sunday, September 12 at 9/8c.
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Nicki Minaj Keeps It Complex (Hot Photos Included)

Young Money’s leading lady Nicki Minaj is featured in the latest issue of Complex Magazine, and the photos of the Harajuku Barbie’s shoot have surfaced on the Internet. Surprisingly, Nicki keeps her look simple for the issue, leaving the crazy-colored wigs and loud outfits at home. Her debut album Pink Friday is due in stores November 23rd. I hope the images below make your Monday.


Thanks A Lot: 'Miami Herald' MISQUOTES The Smoking Nun

It's awfully nice being referenced as a source in a national news story—except when you're MIS-referenced. The Miami Herald ran a piece about William Levy's rehearsals for ABC's Dancing With The Stars, referring to a story posted here on The Smoking Nun. The dumbass cub reporter referred to us as The Smoking GUN... that other website that reports celebrity arrests. Thanks for nothing, Herald! I sure would appreciate you adding your two cents to the story's comments, informing them that as a Smoking Nun reader, it would be nice if they credited the correct source. See story here.


Katherine Heigl on Knocked Up (2007)

Such a sexist statement would certainly raise the ire of Katherine Heigl, who, similar to an unruly Fox, will also bite the hand that feeds her. In comments that created much furor, Heigl criticized her movie Knocked Up, telling Vanity Fair: “[Knocked Up is] a little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. It exaggerated the characters, and I had a hard time with it, on some days. I’m playing such a bitch; why is she being such a killjoy? Why is this how you’re portraying women? Ninety-eight percent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie.”

Without stooping to petty insinuations, it is hard to imagine why Heigl waited until the movie’s DVD release, which was well after it had finished taking profits at cinemas, before making such claims. Her Knocked Up co-star Seth Rogen did not worry about insinuations,branding her a hypocrite when she later acted in the misogynistic film The Ugly Truth.

en Affleck on I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meat Hook, and Now I Have a Three-Picture Deal With Disney (1993)

Halle Berry’s Razzie for Catwoman was eclipsed in the previous year by the romantic comedy Gigli, the clumsy gooeyness of which elicited a response similar to accidentally finding used gum on the recliner button of a plane seat when one is wedged between two morbidly obese
hideossifications. Starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, it won six Razzies: Worst Picture, Worst Actor, Worst Actress, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, and Worst Screen Couple. It is therefore surprising to discover that Affleck’s greatest shame is not Gigli, but rather I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meat Hook, and Now I Have a Three-Picture Deal With Disney, a short that marked his directorial debut. Granted, the name alone would make anyone wanting to be taken seriously to hang themselves on a meathook, but Affleck did not hold back on the self-castigation: “It’s horrible. It’s atrocious. I knew I wanted to be a director, and I did a couple of short films, and this is the only one that haunts me. I’m not proud of it…It looks like it was made by someone who has no prospects, no promise.” Ah Ben, don’t be so hard on yourself: It only took 10 short years for your mediocrity to be recognized.

Matthew Goode on Leap Year (2010)

The most recent movie on this list, Leap Year is a romantic comedy that should be skipped not just every four years, but perhaps altogether – at least if one listens to its star Matthew Goode. He famously dismissed his most recent film as “turgid”, a Latinate adjective often employed by Churchill which means “turd with the letters gi rammed in there”. Goode only accepted the role due to his reticence to film in Los Angeles: “It wasn’t because of the script, trust me.” Goode despises talking about films he knows “aren’t brilliant” and is not shy to voice his personal opinions of them: he admits that he thought his prior film, A Single Man, was “banal”. All too happy to accept that Leap Year wasn’t all that good(e), he predicted, “‘I just know that there are a lot of people who will say it is the worst film of 2010.”

Mel Gibson on Summer City (1977)

In A Single Man, Matthew Goode, who is ostensibly heterosexual, took on the role of a homosexual character. As an actor, this did not shake him at all, but this is not the case for Mel Gibson, who made notorious for his alcohol-induced anti Semitic spiel. The normally uncompromising Gibson is allegedly ashamed by his first onscreen kiss – a homosexual one – in his debut film, Summer City. The film was made as part of his graduation from the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art, and Gibson described it as “a cheap, nasty movie that was cranked out in three weeks on a tiny budget.” But Mel could not have hated the scene that much – he later worked with the kissee Steve Bisley on two other feature films.

Nicole Kidman on Australia (2009)

Another expatriate Australian, Nicole Kidman, wasunimpressed with her performance in Baz Luhrmann’s Australia. The intended epic, which runs for 3 hours, ended up epically failing. Kidman revealed to Australian newspapers that she “squirmed” during the premiere and said to her husband Keith Urban, “I can’t look at this movie and be proud of what I’ve done”. However, this proved to be another case of the media favoring the sensational soundbyte over veracity – it was not the film that caused her anguish, but rather the fact that she cannot bear watching herself onscreen. And apart from her (ob)scene in Eyes Wide Shut, neither can we.

Top 10 – Best Films of 2009

The 10 films I found the best from the year 2009. Yes you may think its now April, but I was trying to keep it to films from 2009 based on the year they were made rather than UK release date as that is often different to the US release date. Anyway I didn’t want to end up with a confusing list not containing some of the best of 2009 because I saw them at the beginning of 2010.
Check it out see if you agree with many of the films! As I am sure some of the films included would not have been expected.
10. Invictus Review
Directed by Clint Eastwood, about South Africa and the Rugby World Cup in 1995. With Morgan Freeman taking on the mammoth task of becoming Nelson Mandela. I found this film very inspirational in the sense that a sport can bring an otherwise split country together in such a unique way.
9. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Review
This wild and wacky film which allowed us to see the final scenes Heath Ledger had completed before his shock death. Jude Law, Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell all stepped in to the same role which made the film have a very interesting concept. It really was very random and totally off the wall and that is possibly another reason I enjoyed it so much. It was not really like anything I had seen before, some very unique and interesting ideas.
8. It’s Complicated Review
Meryl Streep is in the rom-com genre and as usual she is just fantastic. Having an affair with her ex-husband Alec Baldwin who was then married to someone else, is bound to have so many brilliant comedy moments. Steve Martin actually does not go for his usual type of slapstick comedy role and plays it straight which was even more amusing that if he was his usual type of characters. I was never a big Baldwin fan before this film but totally found myself falling for his charm and was even routing for his character which you should not have really been doing. I thought he had great chemistry with Streep.
7. The Road Review
Takes on such an emotional journey in a world where death seems to be the only option left, the love a father has for his son sees them really fighting to survive. Keeping each other alive. Viggo Mortensen’s performance was just incredible he really is one of the best actors out there.
6. The Damned United Review
Based on a book I really enjoyed with amazing performances from the whole cast especially from Michael Sheen who took on the role of Brian Clough. A larger than life English football manager. My love of football really made this a must see as well, the best manager England never had. I will put this in the very good football films out there along with Fever Pitch.
5. Crazy Heart Review
“I wanna talk about how bad you make this room look. I never knew what a dump it was until you came in here.” – That moment in the film he would have had me pretty much forever, yes something like that really does work for me. I loved that moment of the film, but when you look at this film as a whole it does have a very good story and moves along at a very good pace. Every once in a while though a film is defined my a leading role and it was Jeff Bridges turn for that this year. You have to love a film with a character who has hit or hitting rock bottom being given a second chance to really make a life for himself, learning some very valuable lessons along the way. Even if that does not mean it is a happy ending type of film – at least in the direction it looked like it was going.
4. Avatar Review
“I see you” – well pretty much everyone all over the world saw this film hence it becoming the biggest at the box office of all time. You may think it only being my 4th favorite film of the year is quite low, but I just felt strongly about the other films than this one. It really is visually stunning and out of this world you really do find yourself entering the world of Pandora. For me also this has been the only 3D film I enjoyed. It did not play for the 3D effects instead it was used in a way to make you feel apart of the world.
3. (500) Days of Summer Review
A breath of fresh air – remember this is not a love story it is a story about love - there is a big difference and this film shows exactly the difference. Taking on an interesting approach of showing us different days from the 500 in sometimes a very random order. To show when something was very nice and good, but then showing how different it was when it all went bad.
2. An Education Review
“If people die the moment that they graduate, then surely it’s the things we do beforehand that count.” – I found this quote to be very interesting and have to hope for myself that it is not true at all. Considering I graduated in 2008. This film really broke my heart in a few different ways. I could see parts of myself in Mulligan’s character at different events and stages of the film and I would have totally fell for everything from Sarsgaard’s character told her as well. That type of charm and attention. But this film shows that school based education and education of life are two totally different things. Both of which are beneficial to experience you should not have to pick either one or the other.
1. Up in the Air Review
“The story of a man ready to make a connection” – well I really found myself forming a connection with him and the whole film as well. I really was totally consumed into his little world of collecting air miles and was left thinking about different topics included in the film. relating to the current state of the world with people struggling with jobs and money, how alone he felt at times even though he would not admit it. I also really connected with Natalie the young woman who enters Ryan’s world ready to take it all away from him. Being the same age as that character I could totally understand her break down scenes and relate so much with them. I also did not see the small twist coming at the end which really hit me hard. With totally falling in love with this film, I really found no other choice than to put it as number 1 in my best films from 2009 list.

Top 10 – Best Films of 2010

The 10 films I found the best from the year 2010. I think overall it has been a pretty good year for film, so I probably could have had more than 10 on this list! I have managed to see 41 films from the year 2010, so picked my 10 best from those!
A couple of the films which have made the list managed to surprise me as I might not have been expecting very much from them before watching them.
10. Burlesque (Review)

As you may already know I have such a weakness for musicals, and this one was no different! I really did enjoy this found it easy to watch with some fantastic musical numbers.
9. Conviction (Review)

I found this film to be very underrated and not talked about very much, was only on at my cinema for two weeks! Swank delivers yet again in a film where you really do find yourself routing and hoping for them.
8. The Fighter (Review)

The story of Micky Ward is a very inspiring one, for many different reasons. Most of those reasons are to do with his family, who appear to keep pushing him in the wrong direction. But when everyone is eventually on the same page and his brother Dicky sorts himself out, everything begins to work out.
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (Review)

The beginning of the end as it were. We are entering the final chapter of the Potter series, and it certainly has got better and darker as it has gone on. We have seen the characters grow up and into the people they were born to be. Unbelievable how utterly depressing this is from start to finish but so good at the same time.
6. The King’s Speech (Review)

We are taken on the journey of becoming King with Bertie. He was never expecting to become King, until his brother abdicated the throne and he had to step into his shoes. Difficult enough becoming King, Bertie had a speech problem to overcome and address his people when they needed him most.
5. Toy Story 3 (Review)

Our favorite toys came back for another fine adventure, yet we all felt like Andy did having to say goodbye to them as he was ready to go away to college. This film really does have everything and has been named film of the year because of the massively positive reviews and ratings it has been receiving. Brilliant, but I do not appreciate Pixar’s attempts at making me cry!
4. Shutter Island (Review)

This film was one of the first to come out in 2010, and I think it was forgotten about way too quickly. I found it mind bending and incredible with the twist at the end. Brilliant performances as well. I feel it should have been recognized in awards season!
3. True Grit (Review)

I liked this film so much more than I ever expected too. The performances from each member of the cast were just incredible. A fantastic story of retribution.
2. Inception

Mind-bending and incredible would be the best two words to describe this much talked about film. It managed to confuse everyone and will have everyone arguing over the ending for years to come.
1. Black Swan (Review)

Haunting. Another film which will have people arguing about the ending, but with this film a lot of it allowed you to see what you wanted to see and believe. It really did get into your head and messed it up. We felt for Nina and lived through her whilst watching.

Oscars 2012 – The Show

There’s no business like show business . . . this is something that the Oscar’s is all about showing the world that there really is no business like show business. Billy Crystal was back to being our host again for the ninth time. It was always going to be a more traditional show after the poor attempt last year at having two young actors hosting in Anne Hathaway and James Franco, which really didn’t work. More because of Franco being so wooden than Hathaway, she didn’t really do anything wrong. But they went back to Crystal and you can’t really going too wrong with him as you know exactly what you’re going to get.

The opening monologue featured Crystal in some scenes from the nominated films and sharing a kiss with Geroge Clooney was among it. Also a small cameo from Justin Bieber which Crystal put it that it was to capture the younger audience! His opening speech also had songs about the nine best picture nominations which was actually rather clever due to the nature of some of the films.
We saw loads of different actors throughout the show hitting the stage to present the different awards. Some very charming and others relying on jokes. All of this is what we have come to expect from the ceremony, with a mixture of the current biggest selling actors along with previous Oscar winners and much-loved older actors.

The big four winners . . . aka the acting Oscar winners. These four awards are the most talked about and looked into with the Best Picture and Best Director. As they are the ones audiences pay the most attention to throughout the film going year. These are also the speeches we all want to hear! We want to see how they react and how they then act whilst holding the Oscar they have just won.
Christopher Plummer was my favorite with his “”You’re only two years older than me darling, where have you been all of my life?” that has to be my favorite quote of the night. Just fantastic from Captain Von Trapp! Who became the oldest ever Oscar winner. It makes me want to see The Beginners even more now, as my cinema didn’t screen it!
Obviously my other favorite was the ever fabulous Meryl Streep. Who I have grown to love so much over the past few years, yet I still haven’t managed to catch up on all of her films! I just thought her reaction when she won was so shocking and to be honest I was surprised that she had won as well. Her speech was then just lovely from start to finish and admitting she knows she will never be up there again! I am sure many more nominations will come her way, being the most nominated actress of all time!

The Artist was the big winner collecting best picture, actor and director. So pleased that I can say that I have seen this film as it really is a fantastic experience. As an earlier blog post stated I have only seen 2 of the films which were nominated therefore I am very pleased that I have seen the one that won. Especially that I loved it from start to finish and hope the win encourages people to go and see it!

So after the disappointed of last years Academy Awards, Oscar went back to being more basic and putting on a show that we all have been used to in the past. Therefore a winning formula and I found it very nice to watch, it flowed very well and we got to see a lot of the hottest acting talent around. Much better than last years! Helping me also see which films I now have to catch up with (ok I already knew, but the Oscar makes you want to see them more!). Until next year . . .


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