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Bad Lieutenants and Magnificent Sevens – the golden rules of the cinematic remake

31 December 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Magnificent Seven, The Ring, Psycho, The Preacher's Wife – some remakes are an improvement, some are an abysmal waste of time. Joe Queenan judges the pack

In 1992, Abel Ferrara made a very dark, very depressing movie called Bad Lieutenant. In it, Harvey Keitel played a morally bankrupt police officer who seeks redemption by investigating the rape of a nun who refuses to bring charges against her assailant, turning the Bad Lieutenant into the Mad Lieutenant. The film did nothing at the box office, and is remembered mostly because it is the motion picture in which Keitel shows off his penis. There was at the time no great demand for Keitel – a fine actor, but never a matinee idol – to show off his penis, even though it was a very splendid penis indeed, nor has there been any grassroots groundswell of support for this sort of thing afterwards.

Not so long ago, »

- Joe Queenan

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Boos! & Whoop-doos!: A Decade of Glossy Schlock!

31 December 2009 1:23 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Drive-In? Whoop-doo!Boos! & Whoop-doos!: A Decade of Glossy Schlock! The Aughts ushered in a new era of glossy schlock that rose quietly from the ashes of the once burgeoning Drive-In scene. The Drive-In Theater has always stood as a temple for exploitive, low-grade cinema. But by 1999, even the most popular of these late night playgrounds had crumbled to dust. They rose to prominence in the late forties and early fifties, and then experienced a quaint resurgence in the late 70s and early 80s. By the time this decade kicked off to shouts of "Y2K", they had all been wiped clean off the face of the Cineplex landscape. But their aura and mystic still lingered around many a DVD shelf like a ploom of stink bomb smoke. If there's one lasting remnant the Drive-In era gave us, it's the Z-grade flick. The second run feature whose only purpose »

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Indian film industry enters New Year with many global milestones

31 December 2009 12:46 PM, PST | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

Three Oscars, collaborations with Hollywood studios, a doctorate for Shah Rukh Khan and many more - the Indian entertainment industry made its mark on the global arena in 2009. Now it is set to move forward with international projects like 'Kites' and 'My Name Is Khan' and Grammy nominations for A.R. Rahman and Amjad Ali Khan.In the New Year, Bollywood is hoping to hit the bull's eye on the global front with two much-talked-about films -- 'Kites' and 'My Name Is Khan'.Described as a truly international film, 'Kites' tells the story of a young con-man who lives life in Las Vegas, always ready to make fast money in any way possible, always looking for the big score.Directed by Anurag Basu and co-produced by Rakesh Roshan and Reliance Big Pictures, it stars Hrithik Roshan along with Mexican Barbara Mori, Kangana Ranaut and Kabir Bedi. »

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Cage adventure set

31 December 2009 10:37 AM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

While everyone is getting ready to start their New Years Eve, someone is somewhere playing with the Nicolas Cage Adventure Playset. Oh, you heard correctly. Do you remember Colorforms? They were the books that came with the vinyl stickers, and you could set the scene however you wanted. Well, this is basically the same thing. Mr. Cage comes with a double sided backdrop: haunted and tropical. There are also nine vinyl stickers, including 3 full body ones. Notice how each Nic Cage comes »

- Niki Stephens

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Looking Back On 2009 With The MTV Movies Team

31 December 2009 9:00 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

And so we reach the end of 2009. It's been quite a year for movies, hasn't it? Records were broken, vampires continued to sparkle and the game was presumably changed. James Cameron showed the world that he still knows how to tell a tale. Neill Blomkamp and Oren Peli both proved that there are still fresh, original ways of presenting familiar fare. And folks like Joel and Ethan Coen, Jason Reitman, Quentin Tarantino, J.J. Abrams, Spike Jonze and the entire Pixar team continued to define themselves as some of our favorite storytellers.

Here on the MTV Movies team, everyone has a different idea about what made 2009 a fantastic one for film. I'm here to share some of those highlight moments and favorite movies with you now. The entire team isn't represented here -- busy end-of-year schedules and all that jazz -- but you get a good sampling of what moved us and why. »

- MTV Movies Team

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Lol: Nic Cage as Everyone

31 December 2009 7:26 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

There's a serious backlash building against the Nicolas Cage backlash, as if a whole chunk of film fans simultaneously came to the conclusion that his body of questionable and bad work is actually entertaining as hell. (That it all stands apart from his unquestionably good work isn't in question.) I'm right there with it; my last viewings of Knowing and The Wicker Man pushed me to the point where I'm actively looking forward to films like The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Drive Angry and Hungry Rabbit Jumps. (Ok, Cage's work in Bad Lieutenant and great buzz for Kick-Ass certainly didn't hurt.) But it might get out of hand. Since November, Nic Cage has been infecting cinema as a whole, as chronicled on the photoblog Nic Cage as Everyone. I'm not going to sugar-coat this: a great many of the entries photoshopping Cage into every role from Edward Cullen to Jerry Maguire to »

- Russ Fischer

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Todd's Top And Bottom of 2009, Plus Directors To Watch For!

31 December 2009 7:12 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

With 2009 at an end the time has come to look back over things with my personal picks for my favorite films of the year, the biggest disappointments, and a list of promising young directors to watch out for going forward.  Please bear in mind that my bottom list is not necessarily what I consider to be bad films (though most of them certainly are) but the films that I was most disappointed by. It's an important distinction. As always it's worth noting that there are both good films (ie Mother) and bad films (ie Giallo) that don't appear because I haven't seen them yet and this is, of course, all purely subjective ...

Todd's Favorite Films Of 2009:


The latest from Lars von Trier is provocative and transgressive in all the right ways.  I've been a fan of von Trier from his student days and his return to conventional style »

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Year in Review Part 2: Burn the Negatives!

30 December 2009 9:23 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The title of this post is indefensible, exclamatory (!) and puerile. But these movies piss me off and if they can be super obnoxious, so can I. Now, in truth, I probably never see the absolute "worst" of the movies that play in theaters since I can pick and choose my own film menu. My New Year's Resolution is to be more constructive when I criticize (I'm not giving up criticism. That's mother's milk). I'd also like to be more positive in 2010.

Thus, I retract the titular command: No negatives of the following movies and performances should be incinerated ... instead let them live on as cautionary tales to actors and filmmakers. People are watching. Try harder.

Worst Supporting Actor

I've already expressed my concerned about the "too much!" of Stanley Tucci's continually nominated performance in The Lovely Bones. I don't know what the hell Richard Gere was doing in Amelia, »


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The best films of 2009

30 December 2009 3:02 PM, PST | | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

Since Moses brought the tablets down from the mountain, lists have come in tens, not that we couldn't have done with several more commandments. Who says a year has Ten Best Films, anyway? Nobody but readers, editors, and most other movie critics. There was hell to pay last year when I published my list of Twenty Best. You'd have thought I belched at a funeral. So this year I have devoutly limited myself to exactly ten films.

On each of two lists.

The lists are divided into Mainstream Films and Independent Films. This neatly sidesteps two frequent complaints: (1) "You name all those little films most people have never heard of," and (2) "You pick all blockbusters and ignore the indie pictures." Which is is my official Top Ten? They both are equal, and every film here is entitled to name itself "One of the Year's 10 Best!"


¶ The Top 10 Mainstream Films

Bad Lieutenant. »

- Roger Ebert

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2010 Walt Disney Pictures Preview: ‘Toy Story 3,’ ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ ‘Prince of Persia’

30 December 2009 2:35 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Walt Disney Pictures has released a slate of images from their 2010 films including “Alice in Wonderland,” “Prince of Persia,” “Toy Story 3,” “The Last Song,” “Tron: Legacy,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” “Oceans,” “When in Rome,” and “Step Up 3D”.

You can click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through this slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. Specific photographer credits where noted.

AliceInWonderland1: Mia Wasikowska ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

AliceInWonderland2: Helena Bonham Carter (center) ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

AliceInWonderland3: Matt Lucas, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

LastSong1: Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus Ph: Sam Emerson, Smpsp © Touchstone Pictures. All Rights Reserved

LastSong2: Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth Ph: Sam Emerson, Smpsp © Touchstone Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

LastSong3: Miley Cyrus Ph: Sam Emerson, Smpsp © Touchstone Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Oceans1: Adelie Penguin, »

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Brandon Bird's Nic Cage Colorforms

30 December 2009 10:32 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

If there's one thing I wish carried over from my childhood, it's Colorforms. Those things were so awesome, the sticky vinyl allowing you to recreate scenes with your favorite characters, or throw them up in the window for damage-free art. Collections included Batman, Robin, and the rest of the Super Friends, the Smurfs, He-Man, you name it.

And -- alas -- while they're not experiencing a resurgence, Brandon Bird has tapped into my Colorform-loving heart with a new creation -- the Nicolas Cage Adventure Set. It includes two backgrounds -- a tropical island and haunted castle, 3 different outfits on Cage, and added perks like a space helmet, skateboard, and parrot. Looking at this, I can only hope that more are to come -- Christopher Walken dancing, being creepy, and playing Russian Roulette, Meryl Streep's Julia Child cooking and eating, and my god -- should someone ever make me a Heathers colorform set, »

- Monika Bartyzel

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New Photos from 2010 Movies - Part 1

30 December 2009 3:13 AM, PST | | See recent Hollywood Movies news »

It's a slow week for casting news and there are no new films opening in wide release this Friday, but that doesn't mean there's nothing worth reporting on. With 2010 just days away (seriously, where did 2009 go?), studios are starting to release details on their upcoming movies and it's looking like 2010 could be a pretty incredible year at the box office. I'll have the breakdown on 2010's big comedy and action films soon, but in the meantime here's a batch of new photos from some of the movies hitting theaters in the next 12 months:

Cemetery Junction Photos - Ralph Fiennes/Ricky Gervais

Clash of the Titans Photos - Sam Worthington/Gemma Arterton

Cop Out First Photo - Bruce Willis/Tracy Morgan

Daybreakers Photos - Ethan Hawke/Willem Dafoe

Dear John Photos - Channing Tatum/Amanda Seyfried

Edge of Darkness Photos - Mel Gibson/Shawn Roberts

Extraordinary Measures Photos - Brendan Fraser »

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New "Season Of The Witch" Stills

29 December 2009 12:34 PM, PST | | See recent OhMyGore news »

Here's some new images from Lionsgate's "Season Of The Witch", the Nicolas Cage starrer that arrives in theaters March 19. "Lionsgate's supernatural thriller, "Season Of The Witch", stars Nicolas Cage as medieval knight Behmen who undertakes a mission pitting him against an devious witch and making him the last hope for the world against an ancient and dark force. His faith broken by years of battle as a crusader, Behmen returns to central Europe to find his homeland decimated by the Black Plague. While searching for food and supplies at the Palace at Marburg, Behmen and his trusted companion, Felson (Ron Perlman) are apprehended and ordered by the dying Cardinal to deliver a young peasant girl believed to be the witch responsible for the Plague to a remote abbey where her powers can »

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"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" the Best And Worst of the Year?

29 December 2009 6:52 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The people had spoken and they picked "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" as both the Best Action Movie of 2009 and the Worst Movie of the Year!

AOL's Moviefone has released its 2009 year-end movies poll and one thing is clear -- moviegoers, at least the ones voting on Moviefone, loved "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." The vampire romance saga was chosen as the Best Movie of the Year.

But my favorite question? "How would you rate 2009 overall," to which the answer was a resounding "Eh!"

Check out the full results of the Moviefone poll below:

1. What was the best movie of the year?

'New Moon' - 41%

'Avatar' - 14%

'The Hangover' - 13%

'Star Trek' - 11%

'Up' - 9%

'Inglourious Basterds' - 9%

'Up in the Air' - 2%

2. What was the worst movie of the year?

'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' »

- Manny

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17 Again Tops Blunders Survey

29 December 2009 4:02 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Zac Efron movie 17 Again has scooped an unwelcome award - it's topped a list of 2009's most gaffe-prone films.

The comedy, about a man who gets the chance to rewrite his life by returning to his youth, contains almost 100 goofs and continuity errors.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen tie for second place with 71 blunders, while Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and The Twilight Saga: New Moon round out the top five, with 29 mistakes each.

The survey, by film website, also revealed disaster movie 2012 has 27 errors while Nicolas Cage's sci-fi blockbuster Knowing has 25.

In total, eagle-eyed film fans spotted more than 900 gaffes in movies released during 2009.

Moviemistakes editor Jon Sandys says, "This isn't meant to be assigning blame - generally these are noticed by the biggest movie fans, even in films they loved. That said, you wonder how some of these blunders get past the editing room." »

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The Insider's Best and Worst Celebrity of the Day

28 December 2009 2:26 PM, PST | | See recent The Insider news »

Time for "The Insider"'s best and worst celebrity of the day! Lady Gaga and Nicolas Cage are today's honorees… Can you guess who's best and who's worst? Lady Gaga just reportedly raked in over one million dollars in ticket sales for her New Years Eve bash in Miami! It's the hottest show in the country and we hear she's getting a cool $300,000 for it. Go Gaga! On the flip side, Nicolas Cage -- sued again? Nic is reportedly being sued this time for close to two million dollars by an investment firm for unpaid loans. Cage's lawyer reportedly denies the claims. Let's hope 2010 will be a little bit brighter for you, Nic!

[Read full story on The Insider]


- TheInsider

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Kick-Ass International Trailer

28 December 2009 5:56 AM, PST | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

The latest clip to come out for the comic book adaptation of Kick-Ass is the international trailer, which is slightly altered from the domestic version. Directed by the English writer/director/producer Matthew Vaughn, Kick-Ass will open in the U.K. on April 2, 2010, while the U.S. will have to wait until April 16. Check out the trailer below.

Next Showing:

Kick-Ass - Redband Trailer

Nicolas Cage Stars

Link | Posted 12/28/2009 by Ryan

Matthew Vaughn | Kick-Ass »

- Ryan Gowland

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New Season of the Witch Stills

27 December 2009 11:44 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Some more good news for fans of Nicolas Cage and Nicolas Cage's hair -- a few new stills surfaced over the holiday weekend for his latest film Season of the Witch, and we have them for you with every single follicle intact!

Season of the Witch stars Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Stephen Campbell Moore, Robert Sheehan, and Claire Foy. It is directed by Dominic Sena, written by Bragi Schut, Jr., and produced by Charles Roven and Alex Gartner.

Check out the stills by clicking on the image.

The plot crunch and trailer can also be found below; look for the film in theatres on March 19th, 2010!


Lionsgate's supernatural thriller Season of the Witch stars Nicolas Cage as medieval knight Behmen, who undertakes a mission pitting him against a devious witch and making him the last hope for the world against an ancient and dark force. His faith broken »

- Uncle Creepy

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Cage being sued for smidgen of reported $37m

27 December 2009 8:15 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Nicolas Cage, on the brink of financial ruin, is not being sued for $36.7 million. Cage's attorney Marty Singer said his client is facing a lawsuit filed by Red Curb Investments that alleges the actor failed to pay back $3 million in loans - much less than the $37 million earlier reported. 'Any claims that Nic Cage engaged in fraud or wrongful conduct is absurd and ridiculous,' Singer told People magazine. Cage's former accountant and a mortgage broker are also being sued by Red Curb, which accuses them of fraud for allegedly not disclosing Cage's actual financial position. Cage has outstanding taxes with the Internal Revenue Service and has had government liens slapped on assets. He »

- Philippa Bourke

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Red Curb Bosses Not Suing Cage For Fraud

27 December 2009 2:56 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

An investment company is not suing Nicolas Cage for fraud and a reported $36.7 million (£22.9 million), People magazine has clarified.

Christmas reports suggested the movie star was facing another huge financial battle with Red Curb Investments, but it appears the initial details were greatly exaggerated.

The private lender is actually suing the actor for failure to pay back almost $3 million (£1.9 million) in loans from 2007.

Red Curb is additionally suing Cage's former accountant, Samuel Levin, for $3 million (£1.9 million) claiming he defrauded the company by neglecting to disclose the Oscar winner's financial status.

Cage faces huge financial problems after he was slapped with a tax lien in October after reportedly failing to pay income tax on earnings dating back to 2007. He is also facing other claims of unpaid tax relating to earnings from 2002 to 2004. »

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