Will “The Simpsons” Win An Oscar?

Unlike almost every other category, Academy rules state that the general membership of the Academy cannot vote for each of the three short film categories unless they’ve seen all of their respective nominees. (For Documentary Short Subject, the films must be screened in a theater.) So popularity and name recognition matter (a bit) less than they do for the better known (and way better seen) feature-length nominees.

Best Animated Short

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One of the most highly competitive categories this year includes a state-of-the-art hybrid 2-D and 3-D film by animation behemoth Walt Disney Animation; a sweet comic vignette featuring The Simpsons silent toddler Maggie; and the shortest nominee in the history of the Academy Awards.

Nominees:
Adam and Dog, Minkyu Lee
Fresh Guacamole, PES
Head Over Heels, Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
The Longest Daycare, David Silverman
Paperman, John Kahrs

Should win: Let’s be clear here: All of these nominees are fan-frigging-tastic. The stop-motion Head Over Heels creates a lovely visual metaphor for a long marriage (i.e., one spouse lives on the floor, and the other on the ceiling). The one-minute-and-45-second Fresh Guacamole is packed with delightful visual puns (like dicing a baseball onion into actual dice). The Longest Daycare (which you can watch in its entirety below) tucks some witty commentary about education into a life-or-death thriller starring Maggie Simpson. And Walt Disney Animation better be hard at work making a feature-length film that looks as sumptuously gorgeous as the black-and-white short Paperman. But there is something about the haunting, lyrical beauty of Adam and Dog — about how the first dog came to befriend the first man in the Garden of Eden — that stands out as something truly special. You can watch it in its entirety above.

Will win: There’s one school of thought that says it’s foolish to bet against Disney. There’s another that says the temptation to give The Simpsons an Oscar would be too great to pass up. But we suspect the uncanny quality of Adam and Dog will separate it from the pack just enough to lead it to an Oscar.

BONUS: Watch “The Longest Daycare” in its entirety

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Best Documentary Short

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Young struggling kids and the human face of the homeless are just a few of the heavy topics tackled among these nominees.

Nominees:
Inocente, Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
Kings Point, Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
Mondays at Racine, Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
Open Heart, Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
Redemption, Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

Should win: Choosing which one of these nominees to single out is a bit like deciding how much of a good person you don’t want to be. Do you ignore the film about “canners” who struggle to make a living collecting recyclables from the trash (Redemption)? Or the story of a homeless teenager who turns to art for therapy and survival (Inocente)? How about the doc about the eight Rwandan children with a life-threatening heart condition who are selected for open-heart surgery (Open Heart) — are you going to ignore that one? And let’s not forget the story of a single Florida retirement center (Kings Point): Are you really going to turn your back on your gramdma? Alas, the answer to all these questions is yes, because for us, Mondays at Racine — about a hair salon that accepts cancer patients for free — most directly tugged at our hearts and our minds.

Will win: Open Heart could easily steal enough hearts to walk away with this category, and one should never underestimate the power of adorable senior citizens — which is why HBO will air Kings Point March 11 at 9 p.m. By focusing on a single girl’s story, however, we think the stunningly photographed Inocente has the best chance of a win.

Best Live Action Short

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If you’re looking for uplift and good cheer, look elsewhere. Death hovers over all five of these nominees — and in the case of one, literally plays a central role.

Nominees:
Asad, Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
Buzkashi Boys, Sam French and Ariel Nasr
Curfew, Shawn Christensen
Death of a Shadow (Dood Van Een Schaduw), Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
Henry, Yan England

Should win: Several of these nominees take greater formal risks and bring us to further-flung places than most of their fellow feature-length nominees. Asad focuses on two boys trying their best to avoid the pull of piracy amid the chaos of life in Somalia. Buzkashi Boys illuminates the unusual Afghan sport of Buzkashi, which is like polo except with a dead goat carcass. Death of a Shadow spins a macabre tale of a WWI soldier who uses a specialized camera to capture shadows for Death. Curfew brings together a young girl and her suicidal uncle. Henry flips the Amour script and imagines what life is like from inside the experience of an elderly man with Alzheimer’s. So which one is the best? Let’s go with Buzkashi Boys, if only for making a film about a sport involving a dead goat carcass — and the boy who aspires to become a national hero in the sport — so damn compelling.

Will win: Curfew seems to have the best combination of emotional heft and accessibility, plus it stars the current voice of Dora the Explorer (Fatima Ptacek). Expect star and director Shawn Christensen (who also penned the Taylor Lautner thriller Abduction) to take home the Oscar.

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(This post has been corrected to reflect the different voting rules for Animated and Live Action Short, and Documentary Short Subject.)

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10 Star-Filled Summer Movies You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

1. As Cool As I Am

Starring: Claire Danes, James Marsden, Sarah Bolger, Jeremy Sisto
Synopsis: “A smart teenage girl comes of age in a small town with her self-centered parents who had her when they were teenagers.”
Release Date: June 7 in one NYC theater; June 10 on VOD.
Box Office: Played two theaters, numbers unavailable.

2. Some Girls

Starring: Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, Zoe Kazan, Jennifer Morrison, Emily Watson, Mia Maestro
Synopsis: “Based on his play by the same name, Neil LaBute’s script follows a successful writer (Adam Brody) who, on the eve of his wedding, travels across the country to meet up with ex-lovers in an attempt to make amends for past relationship transgressions.”
Release Date: June 27; also on VOD
Box Office: Unavailable
Fun Fact: This was one of the first movies released on Vimeo on Demand, another competing VOD platform. That was its main release strategy.

3. Killing Season

Starring: Robert De Niro, John Travolta
Synopsis: “Set in the Smoky Mountains, the film follows an American military veteran (Robert De Niro) who has retreated to a remote cabin in the woods. When a rare visitor, a European tourist (John Travolta), appears on the scene, the two men strike up an unlikely friendship. But, in fact, the visitor is a former Serbian soldier bent on revenge.”
Release Date: July 12
Box Office $27,000 from 12 theaters in one week.

4. Coffee Town

Starring: Glen Howerton, Josh Groban, Adrianne Palicki, Jake Johnson, Ben Schwartz
Synopsis: “Coffee Town is an updated workplace comedy for the generation that works out of coffee shops. Will (Glenn Howerton) is a 30-something website manager who uses a local café, Coffee Town, as his office. When the owners of the shop discuss plans to convert Coffee Town into a bar, Will enlists the help of his two best friends Chad and Gino (Steve Little and Ben Schwartz) to save his freeloading existence. In order to thwart the plans of Coffee Town’s owners, the trio stages a robbery to create the illusion of an unsafe neighborhood not suitable for the proposed venue.”
Release Date: July 9; streaming online and VOD too.
Box Office: Unavailable
Fun Fact: This is one of College Humor’s first full-length features and was purposely made for streaming.

5. Hot Flashes

Starring: Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah, Virginia Hadsen, Wanda Sykes, Camryn Manheim
Synopsis: “An unlikely basketball team of unappreciated middle-aged Texas women, all former high school champs, who challenge the current arrogant high school girls’ state champs to raise money for breast cancer prevention.”
Release Date: July 12
Box Office: Unavailable

6. Vehicle 19

Starring: Paul Walker
Synopsis: “A foreign traveler (Paul Walker) unknowingly picks up a rental car that will tie him to a web of corrupt local police.”
Release Date: June 14
Box Office U.S. data unavailable, but it did strangely well in the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia. Also out on VOD.

7. Compulsion

Starring: Heather Graham, Kevin Dillon
Synopsis: “Amy (Heather Graham) is a vivacious and charismatic gourmet chef, with a dangerous appetite. She uses the most sensual of cuisine to lure her prey and turn them into victims of her twisted methods of controlling relationships and creating intimacy.”
Release Date: June 21
Box Office Data unavailable; also out on VOD.

8. Best Man Down

Starring: Justin Long, Shelley Long, Tyler Labine, Jess Weixler
Synopsis: “The best man at Scott and Kristin’s wedding, Lumpy, is the life of the party, until a long, indulgent night leads to his untimely death.”
Release Date: TBD; will be on VOD before theaters.
Box Office TBD

9. Generation Um

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Adelaide Clemens, Bojana Novakovic
Synopsis: “The end of another night out sets the stage for an intimate unfolding of the relationships John, Violet and Mia have, with each other and the city around them. As the day fades into night, secrets are revealed, compromises are made, loneliness is acknowledged, laughter is cherished, lies are dispelled and disappointment is dealt with.”
Release Date: May 2; May 28 on DVD.
Box Office: Unavailable

10. Between Us

Starring: Julia Stiles, Taye Diggs, Melissa George, David Harbour
Synopsis: “Two couples reunite over two incendiary evenings where anything can happen. Grace and Carlo are a newly married New York couple who visit their old friends Sharyl and Joel in their huge Midwestern home. Despite their wealth, the hosts are in a bitterly destructive marriage. A few years later, the couples reunite in New York, only to find tables turned.”
Release Date: June 14
Box Office: Unavailable

Actually, you can read about its premiere right here on BuzzFeed.

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So This 3 Year Old Boy Went Missing Recently. You’ll Never Guess Where He Was Found, LOL.

We’ve all seen this somewhat of an urban legend in movies, TV shows or cartoon. A child climbs inside one of those claw crane machines in an arcade to get a toy from inside and gets stuck. Well it might not be such an urban legend after all, since that’s exactly what happened recently in Lincoln, Nebraska.

According to KETV 7, this little boy is safe after climbing into and getting stuck inside a claw crane machine at a bowling alley in Lincoln, NE. Lincoln police said it started when the boy’s mother discovered he was missing from their apartment and after a frantic search notified police.

After receiving the call Lincoln police immediately began searching for the missing child when Madsen Bowling and Billiards, which is across the street from the boy’s home, discovered him inside the arcade machine.

Soon after, the mother was reunited with the child, who is doing just fine and was not distressed by the whole ordeal. The vendor even gave the boy a stuffed animal from the machine.

Watch KETV’s news report on the incident here below: [youtube id=”x48oYZd38LE” width=”600″ height=”340″ position=”left”] I think this little boy might just have found the only way to win a toy from those claw style machines. Source: KETV Share this unusual story with your friends below.

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These 20 Vintage Sideshow Photos Will Give You Nightmares. Especially #11…OMG.

If there is one great American pastime that we’d rather forget existed, it’s the circus sideshow. These shows were not only creepy, but also heavily exploited vulnerable people.

Despite the negatives of sideshows, most of these performers are just too cool and freaky not to look at. Here are 20 of the most famous and freaky sideshow performers of all time. Just wait until you see #11; she might start haunting your dreams.

1.) The Human Pincushion.

2.) The pierced man.

3.) Pip and Flip.

4.) Lucia Zarate, the smallest person who ever lived. In this picture, she is 18 years of age, and only weighs 4 pounds.

5.) The Legless Acrobat with his family.

6.) Sideshow boxers.

7.) A performer with severe hand and feet deformities.

8.) The Four-Legged Woman.

9.) John Jennings, also known as The Modern Samson.

10.) Mike, the headless chicken. He managed to live 18 months without a head.

#11 is one I’ll never get over. Hit Next Page to see… OMG.

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You’ve Been Married For Too Long When Your Conversations Sound Like This.

If you’ve been living with your partner for a long period of time, you (probably) have a good sense of communication with that person…right? Communication skills are extremely important in a relationship (especially during arguments). Unless you and your spouse have a very particular sense of humor, we advise doing and saying the complete opposite of the behavior exhibited here.

Consider yourselves warned. 

1.) This one should probably be taken more personally, though.

2.) I think he takes things too personally.

3.) At least she didn’t say 300?

4.) You could have at least tried for better beer, though.

5.) I like to think this is a recurring event.

6.) This is why you just don’t ask that question.

7.) It’s insensitive to two people for the price of one!

8.) Admittedly, it’s not the most romantic way to broach the subject.

Open communication is a beautiful thing in relationships. Of course, things can sometimes get a little too open. Let’s keep it civil, people!

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Here Are 14 Unbelievable Facts That Will Blow Your Mind. #3 Is All Kinds Of WHAAAAT.

Some of these 14 crazy facts listed below are simply mind-boggling. Unbelievable facts about beloved actress Betty White and sliced bread to guillotines and Star Wars. I bet you didn’t know most of these. I sure didn’t.

The next time you find yourself in a party, bring up one of these facts and blow everyone’s minds with your crazy knowledge. I suggest you stick with the Betty White one, everyone loves Betty White. Share this super interesting list of odd facts with your friends below.

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“Streamy Awards” Showcase Awkward Relationship Between YouTube And Hollywood

Larry King and Jenna Marbles present the award for Best First Person Series. Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

It wasn’t a coincidence that the Streamy Awards took place on Sunday at the Hollywood Palladium exactly one week before, and blocks away from, the spot where the Hollywood establishment will celebrate their biggest night of the year, the Oscars. If anything, the proximity was meant as a challenge.

This year’s Streamys were meant to “commemorate the arrival of online video as one of the pillars of entertainment with television, music and movies,” according to Drew Baldwin, CEO of the website Tubefilter, which three years ago first created the ceremony celebrating the best in online video. The ceremony also commemorated the awkward and often contentious relationship budding between the online video world and traditional Hollywood.

In his opening monologue, host Chris Hardwick called web video’s distribution model “the most significant global paradigm shift since the Industrial Revolution.” This idea, that platforms like YouTube offer creators the opportunity to circumvent gatekeepers who might have excluded them from the entertainment industry in the past, was echoed throughout the night by winners accepting Streamys as well as the presenters doling them out — and even the commercials broadcast between awards. “Hollywood has really big gates around it, and I think we’re cheating it by going around,” one video creator announced in a montage paid for by Maker Studios and shown during the ceremony.

For all the tough talk, though, content created by Hollywood studios and stars still earned top honors at the show. Paramount’s web series Burning Love was the night’s big winner, taking home Streamys for Best Male Performance, Best Ensemble Cast, and Best Comedy Series. Tom Hanks’ Electric City won for Best Animated Series. AMC’s The Walking Dead: Cold Storage won for Best Derivative Series.

Mainstream pseudo celebrities paired with YouTube celebrities to dole out the awards: Jenna Marbles and Larry King, George Takei and Ashley Clements, Lance Bass and the Fine Brothers (there were also appearances by minor characters from Glee and NCIS).

The idea, Baldwin said, was to follow the lead of other awards shows by introducing upcoming talent alongside established talent. The move, though, left some in the ballroom (and online) grumbling that they wished the show was less about gimmicky appearances by Vanilla Ice and David Hasselhoff and more about the online video community.

The show’s special guests, the slick set design, and the steady pacing were a far cry from the first Streamys, remembered by some guests as an amateur affair rife with production snafus (one guest recalled the host repeatedly calling out “roll the video!” to no response, an embarrassing miss at a show celebrating video production). The improvement might be attributable to Dick Clark Productions (responsible for the Golden Globes, among other awards shows), brought on to produce the show for the first time this year.

For all production value, however, there was one part of the Streamys that would never happen at the Globes or the Oscars: those commercials, broadcast in the ballroom throughout the show.

The most prominent ads came courtesy of Maker Studios and Machinima (both multichannel networks that have venture capital funds to burn, having closed fundraising rounds worth $36 milllion and $35 million, respectively). Baldwin declined to disclose how much revenue those advertisements, which also ran during the show’s online broadcast, cost those networks or generated for Tubefilter.

It was hard not to notice that in between the commercial breaks dominated by advertisements for Maker and Machinima, programs made by those same networks were winning many of the night’s top honors. (Maker Studios’ KassemG won for Best Host, Epic Rap Battles of History took home awards for Best Online Musician and Best Use of Fashion and Design, and Machinima-made Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn won for Best Drama Series, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Production Design.)

Asked how large a role the show’s advertisers might have in influencing the award winners, Baldwin answered, “Although there were representatives from all the major studios that are producing, the majority of the blue-ribbon panel are independent producers, so there wouldn’t be voting along party lines.”

The “blue ribbon panel” to which Baldwin referred selects all the Streamy winners, save the two audience choice awards. Baldwin said the voters are a “handpicked” group of video creators and executives from both the online video and the traditional entertainment worlds — “about 100” individuals total — but their identities aren’t made public.

Such suggestions of backroom campaigning may be the surest sign of all that web entertainment is well on its way to competing with the Hollywood establishment — but the ceremony’s cash bar was an equally sure sign that the Streamys still have a long way to go.

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QVC Is Probably Going To Bring Back Paula Deen

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Paula Deen’s alleged use of racial slurs have gotten her booted from the Food Network and her products tossed out of Wal-Mart, Target and Home Depot, but it looks as though she may still has QVC to eventually fall back on.

The Pennsylvania-based TV and online retailer posted a letter on its website Thursday to tell customers that it was troubled by allegations against Deen, who is in the middle of a workplace discrimination lawsuit, and had made the decision to suspend her from its air and online sales channels — but only temporarily.

“Some of you may wonder whether this is a ‘forever’ decision – whether we are simply ending our association with Paula,” the company’s President and CEO, Mike George, wrote. “We don’t think that’s how relationships work. People deserve second chances. And we always strive to do the right thing.”

QVC, which takes in some $8 billion per year, isn’t driven by ratings, but by sales. It caters to niche markets, skewing white, female and wealthy, the sort of demographics that make Deen one of its hottest sellers. Currently, its website has has three pages of Deen-branded items for sale.

Deen also has a strong relationship with David Venable, QVC’s most popular food host. His show, In the Kitchen With David has a fervent fan base, and Deen wrote the introduction to his hit cookbook last fall.

Her fans have flocked to her defense, too, including a cruise she will host in January 2014.

Deen has worked to defend herself on television, notably during a teary appearance on the Today Show.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/jordanzakarin/qvc-is-probably-going-to-bring-back-paula-deen

“Mad Men” Then And Now

1. Ken Cosgrove THEN: A total misogynist.

2. Don’s office THEN:

Don’s office NOW:

3. The clients THEN:

Sterling Cooper landed Lucky Strike, Right Guard, Menkin’s Department Store, and Bethlehem Steel Company.

The clients NOW:

Along with juice, there’s Jaguar, Heinz, Chevy, and St. Joseph Aspirin.

4. Secretaries THEN:

5. Joan’s view on life THEN:

6. Don’s mistress THEN:

7. The firm’s attitude on Jewish people THEN:

The firm’s Jewish hire NOW:

8. Pete and Peggy THEN:

9. Love THEN:

Love NOW: Your boss is not-so-secretly lusting after you.

10. Roger and Joan THEN:

11. Don’s dinner THEN:

12. Formal attire THEN:

13. Creepy Glen THEN:

Less creepy Glen NOW:

14. Work drinks THEN:

15. Don’s home life THEN:

16. Pete’s home life then:

Pete’s home life NOW:

17. Parties THEN:

19. The boardroom THEN:

20. Pete’s mother THEN:

21. Cars THEN:

22. Sterling Cooper THEN:

Sterling Cooper NOW:

23. Casual women’s clothing THEN:

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What Rich People In China Are Doing For Fun Is Disgusting. It Needs To Stop Immediately.

In China, something is happening to one of the most beautiful and majestic of all wild animals: tigers are being viciously slaughtered. Not only that, but we are the ones doing the slaughtering. Rich Chinese citizens are responsible for the deaths of at least 10 beautiful tigers. They are doing it for fun… and it needs to be stopped.

At least 10 tigers were cruelly slaughtered recently in a ritualistic mass killing.

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It was meant as a display of wealth and status. 15 suspects were arrested in the operation and the 16th suspect jumped to his death.

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It’s suggested that local public figures and businessmen participated in the violent tiger killings in order to flaunt their status.

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Two years ago, video footage of the “ritual” surfaced, showing tigers being kept in iron cages and electrocuted until they passed out.

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Source: BuzzFeed China has always had a market for tiger parts. Their bones can be sold for an average of 14,000 yuan (nearly $2,254) per kilo while the meat is valued at over 1,000 yuan (nearly $161) a kilo. There were over 100,000 tigers in the wild at the turn of the 20th century. Today, fewer than 3,200 remain today. The world has seen a 97% decline of the tiger population, with extinctions of 3 sub-species. Please share this article and let people know the atrocities that are happening in China.

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