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Hey, Oscar! Don't forget these performances!

Article: Hey, Oscar! Don't forget these performances!

The illustrious Oscar nominations will be announced on January 24, which gives the choosers ample time to read my urgent plea for them to not leave out some of my favorite people!

After all, I care about the Oscars more than life itself, so ignoring my longings would be as sadistically ill-advised as some of the performances that are already locks.

So now that I have the nominators’ attention, I’ll step up and scream the following:

It's the end of the Universe as we know it — Your 2012 cultural horoscope

Article: It's the end of the Universe as we know it — Your 2012 cultural horoscope

2011 may have been insane, but 2012 is shaping up to be downright frenetic. With all the buzz around the Mayan calendar, and our obsession, once again, with the end of the world in mind, here is a brief overview of what to expect in 2012 (if we get through it, that is). Not since the cultural revolution and the swinging 60’s have the planets above been in such a similar positioning—remember that whole age of Aquarius ditty? Assuming we don’t engage in senseless nuclear warfare with our enemy du jour, 2012 is looking to be like one for the books.

Aries:
As the year kicks off, the biggest influence for Aries comes courtesy of the planet of change, Uranus. This is looking to be an exciting year as long as you’re willing to roll with the punches. That laissez faire act you have been holding on to is going to be tested. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to learn to sit with the anxious energy you’re scheduled to feel the entire year. Try not to fill your time with your normal stockpile of chores and activities. Reflect on who you are and the way you choose to express your voice. This is an excellent time to revisit old projects you thought had been developed to the hilt. It seems there is a chance to breathe new life into it, just like Jennifer Saunders has in reviving the Absolutely Fabulous franchise into a movie. We have to admit the world is a lot more colorful with Patsy and Edina back in play. Go with the flow this year. You’ll thank us.

Weekly movie trailer roundup: Steve McQueen's SHAME is almost here!!!

Article: Weekly movie trailer roundup: Steve McQueen's SHAME is almost here!!!

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“I’m essentially quite happy, but, for some reason, I have done a lot of stuff that is dark. I don’t know why that is and I don’t question it. I don’t really think you have a choice where you go as an artist.” So says Steve McQueen, the Turner prize-winning artist cum prize-winning director (his stunning 2008 film HUNGER won no less than 33 awards). Now his follow up feature, SHAME, which swept the Venice Film Festival awards and garnered high praise well in advance of its upcoming wide release is set to hit theaters on December 2nd. That’s less than one month away (!!!), and since I missed it at NYFF I have my calendar marked – literally. I’m one of those people who get really excited for a movie and try to read as little about it as possible until after I’ve seen it and formed my own opinions. It’s been kinda tough with SHAME because everyone is already raving about it, and with what looks like another unrelenting performance from Michael Fasssbender as well as from cinema’s darling Carey Mulligan, reviews and commentary are freaking everywhere. I also cant’ wait to watch it because then I…