When award season rolls around there’s only one show that no one in Hollywood wants to be a part of ... the Annual Razzie Awards. The only competition honoring the best of the worst in film.
Even the biggest stars can’t dodge the occasional stinker and this year Mike Myers’ was no different. His summer flop The Love Guru received seven nominations, including worst picture, worst actor and worst screenplay for Myers. Ouch!
Myers shouldn’t feel too bad, Paris Hilton didn’t fair much better with nods for worst actress and worst screen couple for Hottie and the Nottie and worst supporting actress for Repo! The Genetic Opera.
Hilton’s Hottie and the Nottie will also compete for worst pic alongside The Love Guru, The Happening, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale and spoof flicks Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans.
The 29th Annual Razzies, determined by the 687 members of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, will be announced Feb. 21, the morning before the Academy Awards.
And the nominees are:
Disaster Movie and Meet The Spartans
The Hottie and The Nottie In The Name of The King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
The Love Guru
Larry the Cable Guy, Witless Protection
Eddie Murphy, Meet Dave
Mike Myers, The Love Guru
Al Pacino, 88 Minutes and Righteous Kill
Mark Wahlberg, The Happening and Max Payne
Jessica Alba, The Eye and The Love Guru
Cameron Diaz, What Happens in Vegas
Paris Hilton, The Hottie and the Nottie
Kate Hudson, Fool's Gold and My Best Friend's Girl
The entire cast of The Women (Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith and Meg Ryan)
Uwe Boll, 1968 Tunnel Rats, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale and Postal
Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer for Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans
Tom Putnam, The Hottie and the Nottie
Marco Schnabel, The Love Guru
M. Night Shyamalan, The Happening
Worst Supporting Actor
Uwe Boll (as himself), Postal
Pierce Brosnan, Mamma Mia!
Ben Kingsley, The Love Guru, War, Inc. and The Wackness
Burt Reynolds, Deal and In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
Verne Troyer, The Love Guru and Postal
Worst Supporting Actress
Carmen Electra, Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans
Paris Hilton, Repo! The Genetic Opera
Kim Kardashian, Disaster Movie
Jenny McCarthy, Witless Protection
Leelee Sobieski, 88 Minutes and In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans (jointly) - written by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer
The Happening - written by M. Night Shyamalan
The Hottie and the Nottie - written by Heidi Ferrer
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale - screenplay by Doug Taylor
The Love Guru - written by Mike Myers & Graham Gordy
Worst Screen Couple
Uwe Boll & any actor, camera or screenplay, 1968 Tunnel Rats, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale and Postal
Cameron Diaz & Ashton Kutcher, What Happens in Vegas
Paris Hilton & either Christine Lakin or Joel David Moore, The Hottie and the Nottie
Larry the Cable Guy & Jenny McCarthy, Witless Protection
Eddie Murphy & Eddie Murphy, Meet Dave
Worst Rip-Off, Prequel or Remake
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Disaster Movie and Meet The Spartans (jointly)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
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Hilton plays Hottie Cristabel a woman with few personality traits other than that she is beautiful and irrationally loyal to her ugly friend Nottie June (Christine Lakin). Cristabel is two-for-two in the looks/personality department--and she's the object of affection of a helplessly clumsy schlub Nate (Joel David Moore). After an unhealthy two decade-plus crush on Cristabel Nate uproots and moves to L.A. to pursue her only to be diverted by Cristabel with a distracting rule: June needs a boyfriend. Cristabel may just be blowing Nate off but he goes with it and in a Queer Eye moment he gives June a make-over. Of course he ends up embracing the inner beauty of The Nottie while Cristabel falls into the arms of a 12-packed European model Johann (Johann Urb). He looks like many of Hilton's real-life arm candy. All eyes are on Hilton to see how (if at all) she's matured as an actress since her big screen debut in 2005's remake House of Wax. Not much folks. It's as though she intentionally seeks ultra-campy roles. Hilton is simply a media creation a self-aware businessperson masquerading as an actress. Solid workman comedy actors Lakin (Mean Girls) and Moore (Grandma's Boy) who have cut their teeth in numerous industry productions support Paris as best they can. Lakin dons an impressive array of make-up techniques including thinning hair moles facial hairs bad teeth--modeled after what some have called the Geico caveman. She plays it well though her appearance frankly isn't funny; her comic timing is and compensates when the disaster could be even worse. Director Tom Putnam a USC film grad attempts his first feature film with The Hottie and the Nottie. While fluidity is constant and the movie feels like a familiar romantic comedy á la 1980s John Hughes there is an underlying crassness that tries to push boundaries robbing the film of its likeability. To see this movie is a packed theater is similar to watching an amateur stand-up comedian bomb onstage group discomfort and all. The comic concept of a "Nottie" looking like a half-Aborigine freak is a bizarrely pitched joke and the laughs are lazy. Sets and costumes are like a parallel universe of reality where clothes video games and interiors are stuck in the ‘70s ‘80s and 90s. The ultimate compliment to Putnam's voice no doubt is producer Paris Hilton who is known to be hands-on with her projects. We can only guess what she said. Here's a clue. One of her lines of dialogue is "A lifetime without orgasms is like a world without flowers."
Johnny Depp's Neverland named top film by NBR
The Johnny Depp-led biopic Finding Neverland, a whimsical retelling of Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie's life, was named the best film of year by the National Board of Review. NBR prexy Annie Schulhof described the film as visually magical. "All the elements hit the page for a best NBR film--the acting, the costumes, the set design, the music, and especially the cinematography," she told The Associated Press. Jamie Foxx, meanwhile, took the best actor honor for his portrayal of Ray Charles in Ray and Annette Bening was named best actress for her role as an aging British stage star in Being Julia. Laura Linney, who plays the wife of sex researcher Alfred Kinsey in Kinsey, won the supporting-actress category while the cast of Closer--Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Clive Owen and Natalie Portman--received an accolade for best acting by an ensemble. In other categories, the Disney and Pixar juggernaut The Incredibles, about a family of super heroes, conquered the best animated feature category, the Spanish film The Sea Inside won top foreign language film and Born Into Brothels took best documentary. Michael Mann won the best director award for his Tom Cruise starrer Collateral and scribe Charlie Kaufman's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, starring Jim Carrey as a man who wants to erase memories of a failed romance, won for best original screenplay.
Gothams hail Sideways
Director Alexander Payne's comedy Sideways was named best feature of the year Wednesday at the IFP/New York's 14th annual Gotham Awards in New York. Helmer Jonathan Demme's The Agronomist, about Haitian human rights activist Jean Dominique, took best documentary. The breakthrough actor award went to Catalina Sandino, for her role in Maria Full of Grace, while that film's director, Joshua Marston, was awarded the breakthrough director award. The Gothams aired live for the first time on cable network IFC.
Brokaw bids adieu to viewers
After almost 23 years as NBC Nightly News anchor, Tom Brokaw ended Wednesday night's broadcast with a touching farewell. "Thanks for all that I have learned from you," he said, expressing gratitude to his viewers. "That's been my richest reward." Brokaw is leaving Nightly News and daily journalism to pursue other interests, but will still contribute to NBC News, doing at least three documentaries a year, the AP reports. A South Dakota native who joined NBC in 1966, Brokaw was White House correspondent from 1973 to 1976 and anchored Today from 1976 to 1981. He began his Nightly News stint in April 1982, sharing the anchor title with Roger Mudd, and emerged as solo anchor in September 1983.
Nick and Jessica perplexed by rumor mill
During an appearance on ABC News' Good Morning America, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey denied tabloid rumors their marriage is on the rocks. "We really are trying to think of where this whole firestorm of gossip came from," Lachey said. "We haven't been able to find really one instance or one public spat." Simpson scoffed at stories she didn't wear her wedding ring to a recent public event because of the couple's alleged marital troubles. "It was a fashion decision," Simpson said, explaining her yellow gold bracelets didn't match her large platinum and diamond wedding rings. "I'm kind of finicky about gold jewelry ... about matching it with silver. Now I don't look at it as that. It's just always going to stay on my finger. It's never coming off."
Knight maybe involved in Vibe melee
Authorities are investigating whether rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight played a role in the altercation at the Vibe Awards last month, in which rapper Dr. Dre was attacked. Knight, who had a falling out with Dre over their label Death Row Records in the mid-'90s, has denied any involvement in the incident in which a man, Jimmy "James" Johnson, punched Dre in the face. The assault sparked a brawl in which Johnson was stabbed and seriously injured by Dre protégé, rapper Young Buck. Unidentified sources told theLos Angeles Times police have been interviewing witnesses and reviewing video footage to examine Knight's actions before, during and after the melee. Knight was released from prison in 2001 after serving time for assault and weapons violations and the conditions for his parole ban him from having any contact with Dre. The AP reports Knight apparently came to the Vibe Awards without an invitation and sat just a few feet behind Dre.
Joan, Raymond top Family Awards
CBS' Joan of Arcadia and Everybody Loves Raymond were among the winners at the sixth annual Family Television Awards, presented Wednesday in Los Angeles, Reuters reports. Joan and Raymond won in the drama and comedy categories, respectively, while Joan star Amber Tamblyn and Raymond's Doris Roberts tied for actress honors, while Bernie Mac, star of the Fox comedy The Bernie Mac Show, won in the actor category. ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition won best reality program, while the network's Lost took the best new series prize. The awards, organized by the Family Friendly Programming Forum, honor "outstanding work in family-friendly television entertainment."
Actor Orbach diagnosed with prostate cancer
Law & Order star Jerry Orbach has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, the AP reports. "We expect he'll be fine. He's been playing golf, shooting his episodes and doing real well," manager Robert Malcolm told the New York Daily News. Producer Dick Wolf told the News Orbach's illness will not disrupt production of the NBC show. "We expect him to make a full and swift recovery, and while he is receiving treatment, we will work around his schedule," Wolf said.
Inflatable SpongeBobs stolen!
Be on the look out for a thief carrying around 9-foot-wide SpongeBob SquarePants inflatables. More than 50 SpongeBob-nappings have been reported from Florida to Utah since the Nickelodeon pop icon started appearing on the roofs of Burger King restaurants in a promotional tie-in with the hit movie, AP reports. "We don't have any theories. SpongeBob SquarePants is kind of a fad. It could be a childhood prank or an adult trying to get a fad item for Christmas," Florida's Putnam County sheriff's Lt. Steve Rose told the AP Wednesday. "If any leads come across, we will follow up in hopes of making an arrest."
Kit Bowen contributed to this report.