Stardust, Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters and Ugly Betty are among the nominees for the 2008 Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards.
The Matthew Vaughn-directed Stardust will compete in the Outstanding Film-Wide Release category, against Across the Universe and The Jane Austen Book Club, while The Bubble, Whole New Thing and Dirty Laundry are just some of the nominees up for the Outstanding Film-Limited Release award.
In the TV categories, Brothers & Sisters, Degrassi: The Next Generation, The L Word, Greek and Dirty Sexy Money are all in the running for Outstanding Drama Series, while Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, Exes and Ohs, The War at Home and The Sarah Silverman Program will compete for Outstanding Comedy Series.
Elsewhere, All My Children and As the World Turns are the only two nominees for Outstanding Daily Drama; episodes from The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Tyra Banks Show will fight it out for Outstanding Talk Show Episode; and Daphne, The DL Chronicles and The State Within are competing for Outstanding Television Movie or Mini-Series.
Meanwhile, in the Outstanding Music Artist category, British rockers Bloc Party have been nominated for their album A Weekend in the City, and will go up against The Cliks' Snakehouse, Melissa Etheridge's The Awakening, Rufus Wainwright's Release the Stars and Patrick Wolf's The Magic Position for the prize.
The 19th annual GLAAD Media Awards nominations were announced at the Queer Lounge in Park City, Utah, on Sunday, and the winners will be revealed later this year.
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Or maybe it’s because there’s a really cute teenage super spy in it. Meet Alex Rider (Alex Pettyfer) said cutie who lives with his uncle Ian (Ewan McGregor) a boring bank manager. Or is he? After Ian mysteriously disappears Alex soon learns his uncle was a spy for Britain’s secret intelligence service MI6 and unbeknownst to Alex has been secretly training him—scuba diving mountaineering martial arts as well as knowing several languages—so Alex can take up the family business. Suddenly Alex’s whole world is turned upside down. He is immediately recruited by Mr. Blunt (Bill Nighy) to go after billionaire Darrius Sayle (Mickey Rourke) who created a mega-computer Stormbreaker which could bring about the end of the world. With the help of his housekeeper Jack Starbright (Alicia Silverstone) and his friend Sabina Pleasure (Sarah Bolger) Alex takes Sayle head-on in a dangerous race against time to stop the evil plan. No big whoop. Newcomer Pettyfer—who apparently beat out over 500 teenagers to win the role of Alex Rider—does an admirable first attempt if a tad stiff. He’s got some big shoes to fill bringing to life a character beloved by fans of the best-selling series by novelist Anthony Horowitz but he has more than enough potential to hone those skills. And with his wind-swept blonde hair dreamy eyes and lilting British accent he should be a surefire hit with tweens of the female persuasion. The rest of the colorful cast fits in nicely. Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest) with all his delightful little ticks is fun as Mr. Blunt—the “M ” as it were of the spy organization—and Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) as his second in command Mrs. Jones. Silverstone who was once Clueless but now grown up is surprisingly quirky as the devoted housekeeper while Rourke is sufficiently slimy as the villain. Then there’s a small laundry list of character actors who add to the proceedings including Missi Pyle (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Sayle’s dominatrix-esque paramour and Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings’ Gollum AND King Kong) as Sayle’s severely scarred grunting henchman. Wonder if Serkis will ever get to play someone normal for once. British director Geoffrey Sax (White Noise) keeps to the spirit of the books something author Anthony Horowitz was adamant about before finding the right people to adapt his stories. No big studio feel here but there is plenty of action—motorcycle racing dangling from tall buildings and even a chase on horseback. There are also plenty of cool gadgets all things a typical teenager might have such as a super-charged PDA. And numerous and nefarious ways to dispose of our young hero. At one point Alex finds himself in a water tank with a giant jellyfish who won’t necessarily attack but if Alex gets tired of treading water and drifts into the marine invertebrate—well you get the picture. This kind of standard James Bond fare reminds me of Dr. Evil who says in the first Austin Powers “No no no I'm going to leave them alone and not actually witness them dying I'm just gonna assume it all went to plan. What?” Thankfully Stormbreaker doesn’t take itself too seriously but rather has fun with the genre and introduces a new young hunk to make the young girls swoon.
Dawn of the Dead, the horror remake of the 1978 George Romero cult classic, finally took the box office title away from The Passion of the Christ with $27.3 million, which came in second with $19.1 million.
Dead proves once again moviegoers' appetite for the macabre, following recent hits The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which opened last October with $28 million and Jeepers Creepers 2, which opened last summer with $15.2 million.
Other newcomers to make it to the top 10 included the psychological thriller Taking Lives, starring Angelina Jolie, which came in third place with $11.4 million and the quirky love story Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which took sixth with $9.6 million.
This is the fourth week in row where the box office numbers were up from last year. The Top 12 films grossed an estimated $109.7 million, up 32.56 percent from last year's $82.7 million and up 5.35 percent from last week's $104.1 million.
Last year, Buena Vista's PG-13 rated comedy Bringing Down the House held on to the No. 1 spot for the third week in a row with $16.2 million at 2,871 theaters with a $5,644 per theater average; Warner Bros. R-rated Dreamcatcher opened in second place with $15 million in 2,945 theaters with a $5,103 per theater average; and MGM's PG rated teen spy flick Agent Cody Banks took third place in its second week with $9.2 million in 3,369 theaters with a $2,739 per theater average
BOX OFFICE TOP 10, ESTIMATES (Source: Exhibitor Relations, Inc.)
No. 1: Dawn of the Dead (Universal Pictures, R)
Gross: $27.3 million
Weeks opened: NEW!
Per-theater average: $9,945
No. 2: The Passion of the Christ (Newmarket, R)
Gross: $19.1 million (-40%)
Weeks opened: 4
Theaters: 3,250 (+29)
Per-theater average: $5,904
Cume to date: $295.2 million
No. 3: Taking Lives (Warner Bros., R)
Gross: $11.4 million
Weeks opened: NEW!
Per-theater average: $4,218
No. 4: Starsky & Hutch (Warner Bros., PG-13)
Gross: $10.6 million (-33%)
Weeks opened: 3
Theaters: 3,185 (unchanged)
Per-theater average: $3,352
Cume to date: $67.7 million
No. 5: The Secret Window (Sony, PG-13)
Gross: $9.6 million (-47%)
Weeks opened: 2
Per-theater average: $3,181
Cume to date: $33.1 million
No. 6: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Focus Features, PG-13)
Gross: $8.5 million
Weeks opened: NEW!
Per-theater average: $6,334
No. 7: Hidalgo (Buena Vista, PG-13)
Gross: $8.5 million (-28%)
Weeks opened: 3
Theaters: 2,929 (-136 theaters)
Per-theater average: $2,902
Cume to date: $48.5 million
No. 8: Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (MGM, PG)
Gross: $6 million (-25%)
Weeks opened: 2
Theaters: 2,973 (unchanged)
Per-theater average: $2,018
Cume to date: $17.2 million
No. 9: 50 First Dates (20th Century Fox, PG-13)
Gross: $4.3 million (-21%)
Weeks opened: 6
Theaters: 2,153 (-433)
Per-theater average: $1,997
Cume to date: $113.1 million
No. 10: Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (Buena Vista, PG)
Gross: $1.5 million (-39%)
Weeks opened: 5
Theaters: 1,281 (-520)
Per-theater average: $1,171
Cume to date: $27.6 million