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My mom requested that I do Channing Tatum as an entry in the Hall of Hotties McDotties, and I’m nothing if not a dutiful daughter.  He wasn’t on my original list of Hottie McDotties (he’s a bit too “all-American boy” for my tastes), but it’s certainly not difficult to look at him.  Besides, with his new film Dear John in theaters soon (I thought it came out tomorrow, but apparently I’m going to have to endure those painful TV spots for at least another week), I’m sure to get some extra blog hits.  Hopefully.  Anywho, Channing had a pretty big year last year, what with Fighting, G.I. Joe, a cameo in Public Enemies, and his wedding to Step Up co-star Jenna Dewan (yep, sorry Mom.  He’s taken).  This year, besides Dear John, he’s got the Gladiator-esque The Eagle of the Ninth coming out, and tons of filming to do.  His filmography isn’t overly impressive, but he rose to stardom very quickly, and with his looks and his physical skills (dancing and fighting and all that), he’s basically guaranteed film roles for a while.  I think he’s likable enough, and I hope we can see him in some more challenging roles, of the non-“I’m going to punch you/challenge you to a dance off/stare dreamily into your eyes” variety.

Why He’s More Than Just Eye Candy: He’s really athletic.  He played football in high school (which was actually a military school), and got a full athletic scholarship to a college in West Virginia.  He’s also earned belts in Kung Fu and in Gor-Chor Kung Fu (yes, sounds impressive, whatever it is).  After school, he worked as a construction worker, mortgage broker, and salesman.  Then he began his modeling career, which led to film roles.  So he’s nothing if not a man of many talents.

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Rolling Stone put some famous musicians through the ol’ PhotoShop machine, and they came out on the other side looking uber-creepy – mostly because they now look like Na’vi, from “OMJC bEsT mOvEe EvAh!” a.k.a. Avatar.  (By the way, let’s start a trend of saying OMJC – “Oh my James Cameron!” – instead of OMG, just because James Cameron is apparently God now).

Let’s take a look at Madonna from Pandora

If you think you can handle it, there’s more after the jump…

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Although Mad Men is on hiatus (they haven’t even started filming season 4 yet… get on it ASAP, Matt Weiner!), Jon Hamm has been keeping busy, I suppose.  He’s starring in Ben Affleck’s newest directorial outing, The Town.  He was at the Golden Globes on Sunday, where he debuted a (wonderful) beard (and yeah, his show won).  He’s been out pimping his newest film, the historical literary drama Howl, at Sundance.  I think I heard a rumor that he’s going to be reprising his role as the dysfunctionally handsome Dr. Drew Baird on 30 Rock soon, but I’m too lazy to look it up for verification.  So that’s what he’s been up to, or will be up to.  And look at that beard!

More pics after the jump…

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Best Dressed Ladies

Marion Cotillard

I ADORE the color of this dress, and I love the structured intricacy of the top of the gown.  I don’t even mind the slit with the black lace peeking through.

Ginnifer Goodwin

The cocktail length dress is my favorite, particularly for the Golden Globes (it’s a little too casual for the Oscars, in my opinion).  This one is the perfect length, and I like that it tapers towards the bottom – it gives it a good silhouette.  The color is also vibrant and awesome.  One of my favorites from the evening.

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8:13 pm – Well, I’ve decided to live-blog the Golden Globes.  I thought I’d do it, then I was eating dinner and it got too late, and then I decided that late is better than not at all.  So here goes.  If you’re following along, just refresh the page every so often while I update the entry – that’s really the only way I know to “live-blog.”

8:16 – For the two awards that I’ve missed, all I have to say is:  1.)  I’m sad that Tina Fey didn’t win for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical, and it would’ve been neat to see Lea Michele win (although she doesn’t really deserve it as much some of those other ladies do, I just like her, I like Glee, and I enjoy seeing newbies win).  However, I do like Toni Colette.  So, good for her!  2.)  Mo’Nique’s speech was very good.  I thought it was cute that she’s known her husband since they were at least 14.  I was rooting for Anna Kendrick, but it’s always nice to see a comedian do well in a dramatic role, as Mo’Nique has done, and the buzz surrounding her performance started months and months ago, so it wasn’t much of a surprise.

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Irish actor Michael Fassbender has recently popped up in some big budget, high-profile films like Inglourious Basterds and 300.  He’s also toiled in lesser-known projects, like Fish Tank, Town Creek, Eden Lake, and Angel, and the massive HBO mini-series Band of Brothers (I watched this recently and, although I think he played a fairly prominent character, I only recall seeing him once or twice – that’s what happens when every character wears the same uniform).  His portrayal of IRA protester Bobby Sands in the 2008 film Hunger won him many rave reviews and awards, including a British Independent Film Award and an Irish Film and Television Award.  He has a ton of projects in the pipeline, including Jane Eyre and the comic book adaptation Jonah Hex.

Why He’s More Than Just Eye Candy: He’s fluent in German (as displayed in Inglourious Basterds).  He’s also proven that he’ll go a long way for his art.  For Hunger, he went on a medically monitored crash diet to lose 14 kilos (about 31 pounds) to weigh in at about 59 kilos (around 130 pounds).  So he went full Christian Bale on that one.  Looking through pictures of him (and having seen him in a handful of projects), I’d say that he has the unique gift of being a chameleon.  He rarely looks the same in any two pictures.  I think that this will probably open up a number of roles for him, and hopefully lead to more notoriety.

More pictures after the jump (of course).

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Yes, this is the same old blog, but with a new header.  The photograph was taken by my sister.  It’s a picture of the little dinosaur that sits on the dashboard in my car.  Her name is Clementine.  My sister’s camera is awesome, and I’m jealous of it.

New year, new picture.  I’m pumped.

I’m finally cracking down and getting this done.  I’m still not entirely set in the rankings, and I’m having second thoughts about putting certain films  on the “runners-up” list as opposed to my top 30 list, but as Carole King once said, “it’s too late, baby, now it’s too late.”

30.  El laberinto del fauno [Pan’s Labyrinth(del Toro, 2006)

An intense, chilling fairy tale, laid out beautifully by the very imaginative Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, Pan’s Labyrinth is eerie and dark, the way most fairy tales were before Disney laid claim to them.  Even the Faun, one of the “good guys,” is slightly terrifying, but he pales in comparison to some of the vicious baddies here, like the Pale Man and our heroine’s unusually cruel stepfather.  Unlike the candy-coated Princess tales of late, Pan’s Labyrinth doesn’t end on a decidedly happy note.  But then, it has a strong tether to reality, much more so than faries and fauns and mandrakes would first lead us to believe.

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A bunch of analysts who are artistes at praising crappy films have weighed in on this year’s Golden Globes nominations, and who they believe will win.  You can find them at this link.  

The “pundits” are Lane Brown (Vulture, New York Magazine), Erik Davis (Cinematical), Edward Douglas (ComingSoon.net), Scott Feinberg (AndTheWinnerIs), Marshall Fine (Star Magazine, Hollywood and Fine), Pete Hammond (Notes on a Season, The Envelope), Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly), Kevin Lewin (World Entertainment News Network), Guy Lodge (InContention), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Sam Rubin (KTLA), Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Jeff Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere), Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today).

Here are some lowlights:

BEST DRAMA PICTURE
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds” – Lodge
“Precious”
“Up in the Air” – Brown, Douglas, Feinberg, Fine, Karger, Lewin, Rubin, Stone
“Avatar” – Davis, Hammond, Musto, Travers, Wells, Wloszczyna

Okay… sure, Avatar is pretty looking, and it’s got some amazing technological power behind it, but best drama?!  Fo realz?  It’s not even best animated film of the year (because, come on, it’s mostly animated).  I haven’t seen Up in the Air yet, but I’m already rooting for it.  Then there’s that tiny part of me that would love to see Inglourious Basterds win.  Anything but Avatar, please.

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I got a little out of control and ended up with 50 films on my “top films of the decade” list.  While I’ve seen a lot of films from this decade, I know that I haven’t seen nearly enough.  So, the list will be a mixture of my personal favorites (even the rather stupid ones that I just love to watch over and over again), and the ones that I think are the best.  And that’s 50 films.  Whew.  I’ll rank the top 30, and do write-ups for some, if not all, of them.  For now, here are 20 honorable mentions, just in alphabetical order.

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