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Complete List of Nominations for 82nd Academy Awards - 2010

Brad Pitt, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, George Clooney, Up in the air, Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe, Precious, Sam Worthington, Avatar, Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
Francouis Duhamel/ The Weinstein Co., David James/ The Weinstein Co., Dale Robinette/Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, WETA/ Twentieth Century Fox, Summit Entertainment

Avatar and The Hurt Locker lead all Academy Award nominees with nine nominations apiece, including Best Motion Picture and his and hers Best Directing nods for former spouses James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow. Inglourious Basterds is close behind with eight, followed by Precious and Up in the Air with six.

Meryl Streep, up for Best Actress for Julie & Julia, extends her reign as the most nominated performer in Academy history, with her 16th nod.

The Oscars will be handed out March 7 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Here's the complete list of nominees:

Best Motion Picture of the Year

  • Avatar
  • The Blind Side
  • District 9
  • An Education
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Precious
  • A Serious Man
  • Up
  • Up in the Air

Achievement in Directing

  • James Cameron, Avatar
  • Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
  • Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
  • Lee Daniels, Precious
  • Jason Reitman, Up in the Air

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

  • Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
  • Helen Mirren, The Last Station
  • Carey Mulligan, An Education
  • Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
  • Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

  • Coraline
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • The Secret of Kells
  • Up

Original Screenplay

  • The Hurt Locker, Mark Boal
  • Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino
  • The Messenger, Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman
  • A Serious Man, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
  • Up, Pete Docter, Tom McCarthy and Bob Peterson

Adapted Screenplay

  • District 9, Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
  • An Education, Nick Hornby
  • In the Loop, Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche
  • Precious, Geoffrey Fletcher
  • Up in the Air, Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

  • Ajami (Israel)
  • El Secreto de Sus Ojos (Argentina)
  • The Milk of Sorrow (Peru)
  • Un Prophète (France)
  • The White Ribbon (Germany)

Original Score

  • James Horner, Avatar
  • Alexandre Desplat, Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders, The Hurt Locker
  • Hans Zimmer, Sherlock Holmes
  • Michael Giacchino, Up

Original Song

  • "Almost There," Music & Lyrics by Randy Newman (The Princess and the Frog)
  • "Down in New Orleans," Music & Lyrics by Randy Newman (The Princess and the Frog)
  • "Loin de Paname," Music by Reinhardt Wagner; Lyrics by Frank Thomas (Paris 36)
  • "Take It All," Music & Lyrics by Maury Yeston (Nine)
  • "The Weary Kind," Music & Lyrics by Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart)

Achievement in Art Direction

  • Avatar
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  • Nine
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • The Young Victoria

Achievement in Cinematography

  • Avatar, Mauro Fiore
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Bruno Delbonnel
  • The Hurt Locker, Barry Ackroyd
  • Inglourious Basterds, Robert Richardson
  • The White Ribbon. Christian Berger

Achievement in Costume Design

  • Bright Star, Janet Patterson
  • Coco before Chanel, Catherine Leterrier
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Monique Prudhomme
  • Nine, Colleen Atwood
  • The Young Victori, Sandy Powell

Best Documentary Feature

  • Burma VJ
  • The Cove
  • Food, Inc.
  • The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
  • Which Way Home

Best Documentary Short Subject

  • China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province
  • The Last Campaign of Booth Gardner
  • The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
  • Music by Prudence
  • Rabbit à la Berlin

Achievement in Film Editing

  • Avatar, Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
  • District 9, Julian Clarke
  • The Hurt Locker, Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
  • Inglourious Basterds, Sally Menke
  • Precious, Joe Klotz

Achievement in Makeup

  • Il Divo
  • Star Trek
  • The Young Victoria

Best Animated Short Film

  • French Roast
  • Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty
  • The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)
  • Logorama
  • A Matter of Loaf and Death

Best Live Action Short Film

  • The Door
  • Instead of Abracadabra
  • Kavi
  • Miracle Fish
  • The New Tenants

Achievement in Sound Editing

  • Avatar
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Star Trek
  • Up

Achievement in Sound Mixing

  • Avatar
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Star Trek
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Achievement in Visual Effects

  • Avatar
  • District 9
  • Star Trek


Flip through the Notable Nominees gallery and see everything else we've got on the 2010 Academy Awards right here!

The Blind Side, Sandra Bullock Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Inglourious Basterds Matt Damon, Invictus An Education, Carey Mulligan UP George Clooney, Up in the Air Precious, Gabourey Sidibe Up in the Air, Vera Farmiga

Cheerleader Toss = Nothing But Net


Cheerleader Toss = Nothing But Net

Trick shots have become the new fad in basketball, thanks in large part to LeBron James and several other NBA stars. James has shown that he is willing to try netting just about any type of ball from any distance. As for draining a human? Let's leave that to these guys.

So where does this unbelievable trick shot rank among them best ever? That question is up for debate. Just don't expect to see Kobe Bryant throwing his former prom date, Brandi, through any basketball hoops anytime soon.

Kulula-air tries not to take itself too seriously is a low-fare 737 carrier based in South Africa. The airline started in 2001 and recently took delivery of a new 737-800 with an unusual paint scheme.

Dubbed "Flying 101" it isn't the typical Kulula logo-jet.

Someone there clearly has a sense of humor. The entire airplane is covered with details about the plane, including arrows pointing to the more interesting parts.

"The big cheese" describes the captain's window. An arrow points to the aircraft's registration, calling it the "Secret code."

Even the lav is pointed out, with the description, "Loo (or mile-high initiation chamber)."

The black box, seats, stabilizer and rudder are also pointed out and include a bit of clever commentary as well. I think we can all appreciate a marketing scheme that doesn't take itself too seriously.

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Inventor unveils $7,000 talking sex robot

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Another Wii Fit Miracle, Woman Loses 112lbs.

February 1, 2010 by Ruibo

A 38-year-old British woman has made another astonishing weight loss miracle due to her strict exercise curriculum (Wii Fit) and healthy dieting.

Lara Roberts, a mother of 2 who was unable to cut down her weight from giving birth to her second child, has now gone from 252 to 140 pounds in a year. Lara Roberts gave the most credit to the Wii Fit for allowing her to work out at home, where she has complete privacy and removes the self-conscious feeling from working out in public.

Losing 112lbs. in a year is definitely no easy task. It takes a lot of motivation and hard work. Her greatest motivating factors are her daughters, whom she loved dearly and hopes to see them grow up. Lara Roberts had to get up 5 a.m. every morning to start her workout on the Wii Fit. Of course, with the Wii Fit work out she also had to fix her eating habit and go on a strict diet to help her lose the weight. The result as you can see from the before and after picture is just amazing.

Before -Around 252 Pounds.

After - Smoking 140 Pounds

Nintendo can definitely have her as a spokes person for Wii Fit and she can totally motivate people to do this too (I mean even I am ready to go out and buy a Wii Fit).


Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Look at Disney's Expedition Everest Roller Coaster

When it comes to theme parks,
Disney is positively Apple-like in its secrecy—ask a Disney employee how one of their rides or attractions works, and you're likely to be told "magic". So it's not surprising that, even though Expedition Everest (one of the tallest and fastest roller coasters Disney has ever built) has been open at its Animal Kingdom park since 2006, the company has never let a journalist see the guts inside its mountain-like structure, until now. The two stipulations given: No photography allowed inside, and we must visit before dawn to beat the morning maintenance checks.

It is 6:15 am when I meet Diego Parras, a Disney Imagineer (what the company calls the creative force behind its theme parks and rides) and my tour guide. At this pre-dawn hour, the park is empty, save for a few Disney employees. It is also eerily quiet, with none of the parades, children, music or grinding gears of machinery that characterize a theme park in operation. And for an adult such as myself, who spent his childhood making annual pilgrimages to the notoriously secretive Disney parks, it's an incredibly revealing experience: a rare glimpse behind the Mouse's curtain.

To enter the coaster's interior, we walk along its track for several paces, before hanging a right through a door and into the mountain structure itself. The interior is hollow and resembles a large loading dock or parking lot. Although this room is pitch black during the day, the lights have been turned on so we can see inside.

There are support beams of various colors, which I am told are connected to independent intertwined structures. Black beams hold the ride up—a dynamic structure that is designed to be moveable—while red beams support a rigid framework and a structure of faux rocks gives the attraction its mountain-like look. "Each piece of the three structures was built at a scheduled time so that they could come together like Lego blocks," Parras says.

We leave the mountain's guts and walk back to the tracks. I look up and see a 22-foot tall robotic Yeti—the largest animatronic robot Disney has ever made. Although most riders only see the Yeti for a few seconds, lit sparingly by strobe lights, the beast became an object of obsessive perfectionism from Disney's Imagineers.

"One guy even brought a bucket of mud which he began packing between the toes," Parras says. "And we teamed up with a primate expert, because we wanted to know what a primate that had to live in this area would look like."

Of course, the Imagineers' obsessive attention to detail is evident in the entire ride, from the prop-laden queuing area (filled with objects pulled from a number of Imagineers' trips to the Himalayas—even the nails used to hang pictures come from the region) to the sounds the coaster cars make.

Most coaster's create a "clicking" noise as they climb a ride's initial ascent. This is a byproduct of the anti-rollback system—a safety mechanism designed to catch a car if it starts to slide backwards. But to Disney's Imagineers, this noise was viewed as an unacceptable diversion from the ride's Himalayan theme.

"The sound had to go away, and so we went back to drawing board to design a new system from scratch that doesn't make the noise," Parras says. The result: a brand new anti-rollback system that allows the cars to ride slightly above the sawtooth-like brakes. If the cars begin to slow down, the ride forces them down and into the brakes.

The next day I got to actually ride Expedition Everest. Unlike most Disney rides, which focus on atmosphere more than adrenaline, the ride is a pure thrill. It’s far faster than Space Mountain, and you can feel the G’s twist your stomach into a knot. We here at Popular Mechanics live for the nitty gritty and the techy, and despite the company line that "magic" plays a greater role in propelling Disney rides than physics, seeing the coaster's guts made the trip on it that much more enjoyable.

Artist Photoshops superheroes into historical scenes

By Jeremy Taylor

If Agan Harahap's goal is to make history entertaining, he has succeeded. It's hard not to crack a smile when you check out his reimagination of the Yalta Conference, which includes a wayward Jedi knight.

That photo comes from the 29-year-old artist's "Superhero" series, which consists of superheroes (and supervillains) Photoshopped into historical settings. "Everybody is so serious when they learn and discuss history," Harahap told Asylum. "I just want to have some fun with it and make everybody smile." Harahap, who also works as the senior photographer for "Trax,"an Indonesian music magazine, used Photoshop 7 to create his Superhero series. And while his art isn't likely to make its way into any high school's curriculum, the fanciful scenes will ring a vague bell in the brain of anyone who's daydreamed their way through history class

Read on to check out more pictures from the set, including Harahap's favorite, a stern-faced Batman addressing a group of Allied paratroopers.

Roosevelt. Churchill. Stalin. Vader. Never has such a collection of powerful leaders been assembled in one place.

Batman's all business when he briefs a group of allied paratroopers at Greenham Common Airfield in England.

Spider-Man was the last thing this American soldier expected to run into on D-Day.

Superman poses with three American GIs, who have just plundered some pretty swanky Nazi-loot.

German soldiers surrender to the mysterious V, of vendetta fame.

15 Worst Birthday Gifts to Give Your Girlfriend | Manolith

By Manolith Team


As we state often, there are always exceptions to every rule, but some things are fairly universal. Women tend to hold their own birthdays in high regard; there’s the happy party vibe, and there’s the mild self-loathing that accompanies her feeling of getting one year older. It’s a tense time for any would-be gift giver, to be sure. There are certain things that guys simply should not get their girlfriends for their birthdays, however — unless she explicitly asks for them. Some could get a guy slapped, and some might hurt not for what they could get him, but for what he won’t be getting after giving them. These are the 15 worst birthday gifts to give a girlfriend; don’t make any of these mistakes.

Click here for this honest but funny list:

THE UGLIEST WEBSITE ON THE ENTIRE INTERNETS! Ladies and Gentlemen, Madames et Monsieurs, Damen und Herren...I give you, without a doubt, the ugliest website on the entire internets. It's as if Myspace barfed on Geocities. Don't stare too long, you're likely to cause retinal damage.


Baby takes first drive through tunnel

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This is just creepy! Reminds me of Willy Wonka in the trippy imagination tunnel boat ride:

"There's no earthly way of knowing / Which direction we are going! / There's no knowing where we're rowing, / Or which way they river's flowing! / Is it raining? Is it snowing? / Is a hurricane a-blowing? / Bah! Not a speck of light is showing, / So the danger must be growing, / Are the fires of hell a-blowing? / Is the grizzly reaper mowing? / Yes! The danger must be growing, / For the rowers keep on rowing, / And they're certainly not showing / Any signs that they are slowing...]

Happy Groundhog Day 2010

Phil Says Six More Weeks!

Phil's official forecast as read February 2nd, 2009 at sunrise at Gobbler's Knob:

Hear Ye Hear Ye Hear Ye

On Gobbler's Knob on this glorious Groundhog Day, February 2nd, 2010, Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of all Prognosticators awoke to the call of President Bill Deeley and greeted his handlers, John Griffiths and Ben Hughes.

After casting a joyful eye towards thousands of his faithful followers, Phil proclaimed, "If you want to know what's next, you must read my text. As the sky shines bright above me, my shadow I see beside me. So six more weeks of winter it will be."

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Amateur video of Challenger explosion by Optometrist

On a chilly January morning 24 years ago, Corydon optometrist Jack Moss raised his new video camera to the sky over central Florida and captured one of the darkest moments in American space exploration – the explosion of the shuttle Challenger.

In the videotape, a stream of white smoke behind the climbing shuttle shoots into view – but Moss, his wife and a neighbor noticed immediately that something was amiss when the channel separated into two streams.

“That’s trouble of some kind,” Moss can be heard saying. “That didn’t look right.”

Moments later, someone is heard telling Moss that the Challenger had blown up.

From Louisville Courier Journal