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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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Secret Identity: Captain America, Conan And More Casting We Want To See In 2010

31 December 2009 6:01 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

It's out with the old and in with the new as 2009 transitions into 2010 in just a few short hours. There's no question that it's been a fantastic, crazy and occasionally tumultuous year for comic book fans thanks to film releases like "Watchmen" and compelling news stories regarding "Iron Man 2," "Green Lantern" and others.

But all of that is in the past now. It's time to look forward at what we can expect in the new year. There are still many announced comic book movies and television shows that lack official casting, but with some of these projects heading into production in 2010, it's only a matter of time before the secrets are revealed.

While we all have our own favorite franchises and characters, these are the five heroes and villains I'm dying to see cast in 2010.

Captain America

Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark and Chris Hemsworth is Thor, but »

- Josh Wigler

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Hot Toys Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator 2: T800 12″ Figure

30 December 2009 10:09 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

If you’re a fan of movie related toys/figures, you might enjoy the latest offering from Hot Toys out of Hong Kong.  That’s because they recently announced a new Arnold Schwarzenegger 12″ figure from Terminator 2.  As you can see from the slice above, it really looks like him.  For two more images including Schwarzenegger wearing sun glasses, hit the jump.  If I had the money and a lot more space, my room would be covered with stuff like this.

No word on price or when you’ll be able to purchase the figure, but I’d keep checking the Hot Toys website if you’re interested.

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- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Comic Character Actor and Voice of Top Cat – Arnold Stang – Dies

30 December 2009 4:16 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Arnold Stang was a character actor best known for his roles as nerdish comic foils on radio, television, and films.  His distinctive nasal voice was also used to great effect for animated productions, notably as the voice of Top Cat, known as Tc by his friends, for the popular Hanna-Barbera animated television series Top Cat from 1960 to 1961.  He was also the voice of Lulipopo in the animated feature Alakazam the Great in 1960, and Nurtle the Turtle in Pinocchio in Outer Space in 1965.  He was Rumpelstiltskin in George Pal’s fantasy classic The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm in 1962.

Stang was born in Manhattan, New York, on September 28, 1918.  He began his career on radio in children’s programs while in his teens.  He worked with numerous comedy legends on radio and followed Milton Berle to television in the 1959s.  He was Herman the mouse, opposite Sid Raymond’s Katnip the cat, »

- Harris Lentz

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Aniston Was The Force Behind New Paparazzi Bill

30 December 2009 1:56 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jennifer Aniston has been named as the force behind a new state law in California, which will restrict the paparazzi in 2010 and beyond.

Aniston's activism was instrumental in the success of Assembly Bill 524, which takes effect from Friday, according to Democrat and Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, who has revealed the actress' horror stories prompted her to fast track the legislation.

The new law allows for civil penalties against members of the paparazzi and media outlets that sell and buy unlawfully obtained photographs and video footage of people, including celebrities and their families, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Bass tells the publication, she wrote the bill after Aniston and a group of celebrities she assembled helped her to understand just how bad the Los Angeles paparazzi problem had become.

The actress tells the Times, "There have to be some boundaries. When you have children in the car and the photographers are rushing you, it’s just absolutely out of control.

"It’s become a public safety issue. Somebody’s going to die if we don’t do something."

The measure was signed into law in October by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. »

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New Year's Eve Signals The 'End Of Days' In This Week's Sick Day Stash

30 December 2009 11:01 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Call them "cult classics." "Guilty pleasures." "Comfort movies." We all have a mental rolodex of flicks that may not be terribly popular but, for one reason or another, they resonate in a very special way. Maybe you saw it at the right moment. Maybe you just see gold where everyone else sees feces. Whatever the case, these are the special favorites that you keep stashed away for sick days. Here are some of ours.

New Year's Eve is a time for celebrating the year gone by and the year yet to come. It is an occasion where mirth and merriment are equally abundant. Champagne flows from bottles like the greatest of geysers. Loved ones and devil worshippers gather together for the coming birth of Satan's son into our mortal realm. Confetti is spilled everywhere and laughter hangs thick in the —

Wait, you're not familiar with that Satan part? Really?

Haven't »

- Josh Wigler

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Monsters Vs. Aliens: James Cameron's Love/Hate Relationship with Technology

29 December 2009 8:52 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

[Major spoilers ahead for "Avatar" and other James Cameron films.]

Like all of James Cameron's six previous films, "Avatar" is a war of worlds both literal and figurative. Colonists from the planet Earth do battle with the native inhabitants of a moon named Pandora over the right to mine a rare and powerful mineral. Cameron casts the struggle as a conflict between the technological world (the humans and their advanced military) and the natural world (the natives, known as the Na'vi, who share a symbiotic relationship with their environment). Given that the humans are characterized as greedy and violent while the Na'vi are portrayed as caring and spiritual, it isn't particularly surprising that the movie ultimately treats the Na'vi as the heroes and the humans as villains. But it's a little curious when you consider that this condemnation of industrialization appears in a film made using some of the most cutting-edge moviemaking technology ever devised by man. »

- Matt Singer

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- Garth Franklin

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The Best Films of the Decade (aka "The Naughties")

27 December 2009 9:03 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Best Films Of The Decade (aka The Naughties) From Alex & Terry

List # 1

By Alex Simon

When Terry and I initially discussed writing these lists, I had a tough time thinking back on 20 films over the past decade which I was really taken with, thinking that movies have sunk so low over the past ten years, that even choosing a dozen would be a short-order job. Thirty minutes into it, my list had nearly 60 titles! After much cutting, pasting, and re-cutting and pasting, here are my top 20 films (in no particular order) of the first decade of the 21st century, dubbed by many as “the naughties.” --A.S.

1.No Country for Old Men (Coen Brothers, 2007) An elegiac blend of stark beauty and full-throttle despair from two of our finest filmmakers, set in the contemporary American West. Every frame is damn near flawless, and would have been an even more perfect vehicle for the late Sam Peckinpah. »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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The 15 Most Anticipated Films of 2010

27 December 2009 10:16 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

So you’ve unwrapped all of your Christmas presents, received three copies of District 9 from multiple uncommunicative family members, and the year of 2009 is about to be wrapped up. The debate is over: 2009 has been a great year for film. So what do you do now?

Why, start thinking about what’s around the corner, of course!

While there’s less in the way of interesting sci-fi, as 2009 will surely be remembered for, 2010 has plenty of interesting new films in store, as well as some remakes, reboots and sequels. Here’s a list of the 15 most anticipated films of 2010, in order of release, followed by a minefield of movies you might consider avoiding.

The Wolfman (February 12)

Originally scheduled for release this year and pushed back due to production delays, it seems that Joe Johnston’s The Wolfman is finally upon us. While news of reshoots and delays always send »

- John Cooper

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Screen Rant’s Favorite Christmas Movies

23 December 2009 6:34 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Christmas is upon us again, faster than we expected (as usual). Over the years, thousands of hours of feature film and television time have heralded the arrival of this annual holiday – while some titles may have changed, and even been remade or rebooted, the jingle of holiday bells and giggles of cinematic heavenly ghosts and their audiences continues to echo on in theaters and homes… And we thought we’d share some of our favorites with you.

Whether they’re traditional treats that continue to give, or outside-the-box laughter landslides that help to make the spirit ring even louder, the month of December is truly full of special holiday films that touch the heart. So have a seat in your preferred chair, warm up a cup of your favorite holiday beverage and enjoy the Screen Rant staff’s Christmas List of Favorite Holiday Movies!

 

Vic Holtreman: (Owner, Editor-in-Chief)

“I’d »

- Mike Wilkerson

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Sr Pick [Video]: Avatar Wars: Humans vs. CGI Characters

23 December 2009 3:34 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Said The Joker to James Cameron: “You’ve changed things… Forever. There’s no going back.” Certainly this is true for Avatar, Cameron’s fantasy/adventure epic, which is currently wowing movie audiences all over the world.

The technology Cameron invented to make Avatar a reality has advanced the quality and believability of CGI characters leaps and bounds past the limitations we knew before – but how are flesh-and-blood actors reacting to the new era of CGI?

 

Well, now we know the answer to that question, thanks to “Avatar Wars” a mashup video created by the guys over at Black 20 Studios.

In this hilarious mock trailer (which you’ll bear witness to in a second), the actors who play the human inhabitants of planet Pandora are facing facts: they are being out-shined by their blue CGI costars, the Na’vi, while human actors in general are being overshadowed by a »

- Kofi Outlaw

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Add These Glorious Cinematic Gifts To Your Christmas Wish List

22 December 2009 1:00 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Christmas is almost upon us, and if you haven't checked everything and everyone off your holiday shopping list, you're a terrible person. We kid! But seriously: nothing says "You're important to me" like a last-minute trip to the mall for scented candles or your third consecutive pair of Christmas mittens.

We've all gotten those crappy goodies during less-than-memorable family get-togethers, just as we've all been given those prezzies that are so superlative they make our hearts sing. And you know who gets the best gifts of all? People in the movies. Before you check under the tree this year to see if your loved ones think you've been naughty or nice, check out our picks for the best presents in movie history.

Power-lacing Nikes ("Back to the Future Part II")

Fact: there are no cooler kicks in all of cinema than the auto-lacing Nike high tops Marty McFly slips on »

- Eric Ditzian

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New The Expendables Raw Footage Emerges

22 December 2009 10:50 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A new YouTube video has surfaced with some unseen raw footage from The Expendables, which is set for a nationwide release on August 13, 2010. Click below to watch this brand new footage from this high-octane action film.The Expenables Raw FootageThe Expendables stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, David Zayas, Giselle Iti&#233, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brittany Murphy, Charisma Carpenter, Liam Hemsworth, Gary Daniels and will be released in theaters everywhere on August 13, 2010. »

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Actor Stang Dies

22 December 2009 8:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

American film and TV actor Arnold Stang has died at the age of 91.

Stang passed away on Sunday in Newton, Massachusetts, after a battle with pneumonia.

He enjoyed a long career in radio, film and television, starring as Frank Sinatra's sidekick in 1955 drama The Man With the Golden Arm, co-starring with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action man's first feature film, 1970's Hercules in New York, and 1963 comedy It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

Stang also became known for voicing numerous cartoon characters, including Nurtle the Turtle in the 1965 film Pinocchio in Outer Space and 1960s animated U.S. TV series Top Cat, as the series' main character, T.C.

He made the transition to Broadway too, appearing on the New York stage three times, most recently in the 1969 revival of The Front Page.

Other guest appearances include TV spots in Bonanza, Batman and The Cosby show, and as a regular on The Goldbergs, a long-running 1950s family series.

Stang is survived by his wife, JoAnne, son David, daughter Deborah, and two granddaughters. »

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In Pictures: 'James Cameron Honored With A Star On The Hollywood Walk of Fame'

22 December 2009 6:30 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

James Cameron Honored with A Star On The Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photo copyright by Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos. Sigourney Weaver attending as James Cameron is honored with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photo copyright by Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sigourney Weaver attending as James Cameron is honored with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photo copyright by Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos. Arnold Schwarzenegger attending as James Cameron is honored with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photo copyright by Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos. Stephen Langattending as James Cameron is honored with a star on The Hollywood Walk »

- James Wray

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Shriver In New Traffic Violation

22 December 2009 4:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife Maria Shriver has risked the wrath of her politician partner yet again - after finishing off 2009 by committing another motor vehicle violation.

Shriver infuriated her husband, the Governor of California, in October, when photos of her chatting on her cell phone behind the wheel appeared online.

Schwarzenegger promised "swift action" against his apologetic wife - who was caught weeks later parking in a restricted zone, and then again parking next to an expired meter.

Now Shriver has broken the rules of the road again - she was given a ticket on Friday after the minutes on her parking meter ran out while she was shopping in Brentwood, California.

According to TMZ.com, Shriver took the ticket off the windshield and, minutes later, proceeded to drive off without stopping at a stop sign. »

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Summit Entertainment bumps up the Bruce Willis spy thriller ‘Red’

21 December 2009 12:39 PM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

Summit Entertainment has revealed that its upcoming big-screen adaptation of Red, based on the graphic novel by Warren Ellis, will arrive in theaters in October of 2010.

Starring Bruce Willis, Red centers on a retired black ops agent whose former employer sends a team of highly-trained and technologically advanced assassins after him.

The film was originally slated for November. Red will now face off against Saw VII and Prisoners.

Red also stars Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, John C. Reilly, Mary-Louise Parker and James Remar.

Parker plays the love interest, a federal pension worker who becomes embroiled in the Willis character’s struggle to stay alive.

DC’s Gregory Noveck exec produces with Jake Myers. Jon and Erich Hoeber adapted the script.

Related posts:New posters for Bruce Willis’ ‘Surrogates’ are out and the models are looking too skinny Bruce Willis to join ‘The Expendables’ – Joins Arnold Schwarzenegger in cameo-land One word describes the Bruce Willis, »

- Reel Loop News Staff

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Avatar's Sam Worthington interview with Conan (Video)

21 December 2009 9:21 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

The Tonight Show hosted James Cameron's "Avatar" star Sam Worthington, who talked to Conan and Andy about his experience on the blockbuster film. He shared stories of working with James Cameron, meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger and shooting some very interesting scenes for the movie. Sam Worthington Pt.1 (12/18/09) [4:01] Sam Worthington talks about getting the part in Avatar! Sam Worthington Pt.2 (12/18/09) [4:31] Sam tells us about walking through the forest by James Cameron while wearing a g-string. »

- April MacIntyre

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