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(CNN) — “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “Land of the Lost” now have another dishonor to add to the critical lambasting they took upon release: the two films are tied for most Razzie nominations for worst films of the year.

“Transformers,” which dominated box office charts if not reviewers’ hearts, picked up seven nominations, including worst picture, worst director (Michael Bay, a Razzie favorite), worst actress (Megan Fox) and worst screen couple (Shia LaBeouf with Fox or any Transformer).

“Land of the Lost,” the Will Ferrell remake of the early-’70s Sid and Marty Krofft children’s show, earned nods for worst picture, worst actor (Ferrell), worst director (Brad Silberling) and worst screen couple (Ferrell and “any co-star, creature or ‘comic riff,’ “) according to the Razzie list.

“Head Raspberry” John Wilson, author of “The Official Razzie Movie Guide” and chief of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation, acknowledges that the organization might be risking a backlash from “Transformers” fans, who made the film the No. 2 highest-grossing film of 2009 with more than $400 million at the domestic box office.

“This is not the first time we’ve nominated something that made that kind of money,” he said, noting that the “Star Wars” sequels “The Phantom Menace” and “Attack of the Clones” also earned Razzie nods.

But he doesn’t apologize for the inclusion of “Transformers”: ” ‘Transformers,’ to me, is the personification of what’s wrong with Hollywood right now,” he said. “It’s all about do what already worked, pander to the audience, put in a lot of special effects. … It’s almost as though when they were editing the thing they had a little egg timer running, and every seven minutes something had to blow up or somebody had to yell, ‘Go go go go! Run run run run!’ ”

Other nominees for worst picture are “All About Steve,” “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” and “Old Dogs.”

Though Sandra Bullock is riding a wave of respect for her performance in “The Blind Side” — she’s expected to receive an Oscar nomination tomorrow for best actress — she’s also on the list for a Golden Raspberry for her performance in “Steve,” her 2009 dud.

Wilson observed that Bullock, presuming she gets an Oscar nomination Tuesday, could become the first person to win both a major-category Oscar and Razzie on the same weekend.

“She’s in as good a position as anyone could be to accept both awards,” he said. Noting Bullock’s good sense of humor, he has hopes that she’ll show up at the Razzie ceremony on March 6. (Halle Berry, in a rare appearance by a top star, accepted a Razzie for “Catwoman” in 2005.)

The Razzies, now in their 30th year, are equal-opportunity tributes, giving note to A-listers and D-listers alike. Along with Bullock and Ferrell, nominees this year include Steve Martin (“Pink Panther 2”), John Travolta (“Old Dogs”), Sarah Jessica Parker (“Did You Hear About the Morgans?”) and teen heartthrob Robert Pattinson (“The Twilight Saga: New Moon”). Winners receive a hand-made, spray-painted gold trophy with an estimated street value of about five dollars, according to the Razzie Web site.

Wilson was surprised that the Razzie voters, who number about 650, didn’t back “New Moon” more strongly. The “Twilight” sequel earned four nominations overall.

“Based on the volume of postings we had on the two forums on our Web site, I would have thought ‘Twilight Saga’ would have made more categories than it did,” he said.

Along with their year’s-worst awards, the Razzies are also giving out “The Worst of the ‘Uh-Ohs,’ ” giving tribute to the worst of the decade. Pictures up for that distinction are “Battlefield Earth” (2000), “Freddy Got Fingered” (2001), “Gigli” (2003), “I Know Who Killed Me” (2007) and Madonna’s version of “Swept Away” (2002).

The race is expected to come down to “Battlefield Earth” and “Gigli,” which the Razzies named the worst drama and comedy of its first 25 years, respectively.

The Razzies are sticking with tradition, nominating just five films in each category — unlike the Oscars, which are going to have 10 movies in the running for best picture. But though there were plenty of bad films in 2009, Wilson said, if there were 10 worst picture Razzie nominations, it would dilute the process.

“What I’ve been saying is, if we had 10, then our awards really wouldn’t be any more meaningful than the Golden Globes,” he said.

The Gala 30th Annual Razzie Awards will be held Saturday, March 6 — the night before the Oscars — at Hollywood’s Barnsdall Gallery Theatre.


“All About Steve”
“G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra”
“Land of the Lost”
“Old Dogs”
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”


All three Jonas Brothers / “Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience”
Will Ferrell / “Land of the Lost”
Steve Martin / “Pink Panther 2”
Eddie Murphy / “Imagine That”
John Travolta / “Old Dogs”


Beyonce / “Obsessed”
Sandra Bullock / “All About Steve”
Miley Cyrus / “Hannah Montana: The Movie”
Megan Fox / “Jennifer’s Body” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
Sarah Jessica Parker / “Did You Hear About the Morgans?”


Any two (or more) Jonas Brothers / “The Jonas Brothers: 3-D Concert Experience”
Sandra Bullock & Bradley Cooper / “All About Steve”
Will Ferrell & Any Co-Star, Creature or “Comic Riff” / “Land of the Lost”
Shia LaBeouf & either Megan Fox or any Transformer / “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
Kristin Stewart & either Robert Pattinson or Taylor Whatz-His-Fang / “Twilight Saga: New Moon”


Candice Bergen / “Bride Wars”
Ali Larter / “Obsessed”
Sienna Miller / “G.I. Joe”
Kelly Preston / “Old Dogs”
Julie White (as Mom) / “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”


Billy Ray Cyrus / “Hannah Montana: The Movie:
Hugh Heffner (as himself) / “Miss March”
Robert Pattinson / “Twilight Saga: New Moon”
Jorma Taccone (as Cha-Ka) / “Land of the Lost”
Marlon Wayans / “G.I. Joe”

WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUEL (Combined Category for 2009)

“G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra”
“Land of the Lost”
“Pink Panther 2” (A rip-off of a sequel to a remake)
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
“Twilight Saga: New Moon”


Michael Bay / “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
Walt Becker / “Old Dogs”
Brad Silberling / “Land of the Lost”
Stephen Sommers / “G.I. Joe”
Phil Traill / “All About Steve”


“All About Steve” / Screenplay by Kim Barker
“G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra” / Screenplay by Stuart Beattie and David Elliot & Paul Lovett
“Land of the Lost” / Written by Chris Henchy & Dennis McNicholas
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Written by Ehren Kruger, Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
“Twilight Saga: New Moon” / Screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg


“Battlefield Earth” (2000) Nominated for 10 RAZZIES / “Winner” of 8 (including worst drama of our first 25 years)

“Freddy Got Fingered” (2001) Nominated for 9 RAZZIES / “Winner” of 5

“Gigli” (2003) Nominated for 10 RAZZIES® / “Winner” of 7 (including worst comedy of our first 25 years)

“I Know Who Killed Me” (2007) Nominated for 9 RAZZIES / “Winner” of 8

“Swept Away” (2002) Nominated for 9 RAZZIES / “Winner” of 5


Ben Affleck (nominated for 9 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 2 RAZZIES for his roles in “Daredevil,” “Gigli,” “Jersey Girl,” “Paycheck,” “Pearl Harbor” and “Surviving Christmas”)

Eddie Murphy (nominated for 12 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 3 RAZZIES for his roles in “Adventures of Pluto Nash,” “I Spy,” “Imagine That,” “Meet Dave,” “Norbit” and “Showtime”)

Mike Myers (nominated for 4 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 2 RAZZIES for his roles in “Cat in the Hat,” “The Love Guru”)

Rob Schneider (nominated for 6 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 1 RAZZIE for his roles in “The Animal,” “Benchwarmers,” “Deuce Bigalo: European Gigolo,” “Grandma’s Boy,” “The Hot Chick,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry,” “Little Man” and “Little Nicky”)

John Travolta (nominated for 6 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 3 RAZZIES for his roles in “Battlefield Earth,” “Domestic Disturbance,” “Lucky Numbers,” “Old Dogs” and “Swordfish”)


Mariah Carey (the single biggest individual vote getter of the decade with 70+ percent of ALL votes for worst actress of 2001 for her role in “Glitter”)

Paris Hilton (nominated for 5 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 4 RAZZIES for her roles in “The Hottie & The Nottie,” “House of Whacks” and “Repo: The Genetic Opera”)

Lindsay Lohan (nominated for 5 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 3 RAZZIES for her roles in “Herbie Fully Loaded,” “I Know Who Killed Me” and “Just My Luck”)

Jennifer Lopez (nominated for 9 “Achievements,” “Winner” of 2 RAZZIES for her roles in “Angel Eyes,” “Enough,” “Gigli,” “Jersey Girl,” “Maid in Manhattan,” “Monster-in-Law” and “The Wedding Planner”)

Madonna (nominated for 6 “Achievements,””Winner” of 4 RAZZIES for her roles in “Die Another Day,” “The Next Best Thing” and “Swept Away”)

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King Kong is a 1976 American motion picture produced by Dino De Laurentiis and directed by John Guillermin. It is a remake of the 1933 classic King Kong, about how a giant ape is captured and imported to New York City for exhibition.


The remake’s screenplay was written by Lorenzo Semple Jr., based on the original movie story written by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace, which had been adapted into the 1933 screenplay by James Ashmore Creelman and Ruth Rose. It starred Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, and Jessica Lange, in her first movie role, playing a part similar to the one made famous in the original by Fay Wray.

Jessica Lange in King Kong 1976

Directed by
  John Guillermin

   Merian C. Cooper and
   Edgar Wallace
  1933 screenplay
   James Creelman and
   Ruth Rose
   Lorenzo Semple Jr.

  Dino De Laurentiis … producer
  Federico De Laurentiis … executive producer
  Christian Ferry … executive producer

  Jeff Bridges … Jack Prescott
  Charles Grodin … Fred Wilson
  Jessica Lange … Dwan
  John Randolph … Captain Ross
  Rene Auberjonois … Roy Bagley
  Julius Harris … Boan
  Jack O’Halloran … Joe Perko
  Dennis Fimple … Sunfish
  Ed Lauter … Carnahan
  Jorge Moreno … Garcia
  Mario Gallo … Timmons
  John Lone … Chinese Cook
  Garry Walberg … Army General
  John Agar … City Official
  Keny Long … Ape Masked Man
  Sid Conrad … Petrox Chairman
  George Whiteman … Army Helicopter Pilot
  Wayne Heffley … Air Force General
  Forrest J Ackerman … Fleeing Extra in Crowd (uncredited)

Rick Baker as King Kong

Make Up Department
  Del Acevedo … makeup artist
  Rick Baker … makeup effects
  Jo McCarthy … hair stylist
  Rob Bottin … makeup effects

Special Effects Department
  Joe Day … special effects
  Carlo Rambaldi … special effects
  Glen Robinson … special effects
  Terry W. King … special effects technician (uncredited)
  Andrew Miller … special effects (uncredited)
  Wayne Rose … special effects crew (uncredited)

Visual Effects Department
  Lou Lichtenfield … matte artist
  Barry Nolan … photographic effects assistant
  Aldo Puccini … miniature coordinator
  Frank Van der Veer … photographic effects supervisor
  Harold E. Wellman … additional photographic effects

I Married a Witch released October 30, 1942

i married a witch

I Married a Witch is a 1942 fantasy romantic comedy film, directed by René Clair, and starring Veronica Lake as a witch whose plan for revenge goes comically awry, with Frederic March as her foil. The film also features Robert Benchley, Susan Hayward and Cecil Kellaway. The screenplay by Robert Pirosh and Marc Connelly and uncredited other writers, including Dalton Trumbo, is based on the novel The Passionate Witch by Thorne Smith, who died before he could finish it; it was completed by Norman Matson and published in 1941.Many believe that this along the later movie is a partial inspiration for the ABC TV Series Bewitched. Bewitched was a fantasy-comedy loosely based on the feature films I Married a Witch and Bell, Book, and Candle which dealt with the problems that arise when a mortal man marries a beautiful witch.


  • The 1960s TV show “Bewitched” (1964) was based on this movie.
  • Several cast members listed in studio records did not appear in the movie. These were (with their character names): Reed Hadley (Young Man), Jan Buckingham (Young Woman), Florence Gill (Woman Playing Chess) and Walter Soderling (Man Playing Chess).
  • Dalton Trumbo was a contributing writer, but left because his interpretation of the novel differed from producer Preston Sturges. Sturges also left the production (and declined onscreen credit) because of artistic differences with director René Clair
  • Joel McCrea was initially cast as the lead, but declined the role because he didn’t want to work again with Veronica Lake, his co-star in Sullivan’s Travels (1941).
  • Veronica Lake and Fredric March did not like one another, due in part to some disparaging remarks March made about her. During filming, Lake delighted in playing pranks on March, such as hiding a 40-pound weight under her costume when March had to carry her in his arms. In another scene in which the two were photographed only from the waist up, Lake stuck her foot in March’s groin.
  • One of several Paramount Pictures productions purchased by United Artists for theatrical release in 1942-1943 during a product surplus of the former company, and a product shortage of the latter.
  • Many scenes had to be reshot because of the behavior of Veronica Lake. Fredric March, her co-star, found her annoying and started to call the movie “I Married a Bitch”.

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Meteor released October 19, 1979

meteor (1979)

Meteor is a 1979 disaster film in which scientists detect an asteroid on a collision course with Earth and struggle with international, cold war politics in their efforts to prevent disaster. The movie starred Sean Connery and Natalie Wood. It was directed by Ronald Neame and with a screenplay by Edmund H. North and Stanley Mann, “inspired” by an MIT report Project Icarus. The movie co-starred Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Martin Landau, Trevor Howard, Henry Fonda, Johnny Yune, and Katherine DeHetre.

Tagline: There’s No Place On Earth To Hide!


  • Many elements of the movie’s plot were used in the 1998 films Armageddon and Deep Impact.
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  • A 2009 film with the same title and a similar plot, Meteor (TV miniseries), was broadcast by NBC as a 4-hour, 2-part miniseries.