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18 items from 2008


The Electric Newpaper Rob Is A Sucker For Smart Girls

15 December 2008 5:07 PM, PST | twilightersanonymous.com | See recent TwilightersAnonymous news »

Those dreamy eyes that devilmaycare grin and that rebelrocker mop. Its no wonder that women from teenage girls to their mothers all over the world are literally throwing themselves at Robert Pattinson.The 22yearold has become Hollywoods latest It boy thanks to his role as Edward Cullen the mysterious and sexy vampire in the fantasy romance Twilight.nbspYet during a roundtable interview with The New Paper at the posh Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills last month the 1.85mtall Londoner seemed as meek as a mouse.And he appears unfazed at being the idol of thousands of teenage fans. Surely amid his throng of female admirers there has to be someone who fits his type?Theyre all pretty young Pattinson who is single said somewhat sheepishly.Even mums love TwilightI dont really have a type but I like smart people. You know I really like comedienneactress Tina Fey. She is like the sexiest woman. »

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Miley Cyrus Tackles 'Babysitting' Sequel

10 December 2008 8:17 PM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Remember Adventures in Babysitting, the Chris Columbus teen comedy with Elisabeth Shue? Comic fans were most amused that one of her charges, Sara (Maia Brewton), wore Thor’s helmet throughout the film and Vincent D'Onofrio’s creepy character was nicknamed Thor.

The movie did well enough to spawn a short-lived television series and finally word is out that a sequel is being made.  The star will be Miley Cyrus, according to The Chicago Sun -Times, and the movie is slated for 2010. The Hannah Montana star will appear opposite fellow Disney headline Raven Symone with Tiffany Paulsen (Nancy Drew) at work on the script. »

- Robert Greenberger

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Reese Witherspoon Beats the Odds, but Can't Beat Angelina

6 December 2008 9:02 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Reese Witherspoon took the stage at the Beat the Odds Awards sponsored by The Children's Defense Fund, joined by a handful of other celebs in La Thursday night. She's been busy promoting Four Christmases but it must have been nice to take a break and start getting into the spirit of giving back. Her romantic comedy has been a hit at the box office so far, proving that Reese deserves her spot as the third highest paid actress in Hollywood. She's down two slots from taking the title last year, thanks to Angelina at No. 1 and Julia Roberts at No. 2, but having a hit movie at the end of 2008 sounds like the perfect way to climb back to the top next year. To see more photos including Zachary Quinto, Elisabeth Shue, and Robin Thicke, just read more. Images include: Reese Witherspoon, Zachary Quinto, Elisabeth Shue, Robin Thicke, Paula Patton, Greg Grunberg. »

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Worst Idea Ever: Further Adventures in Babysitting Still Happening

5 December 2008 12:40 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In 2007, I told you about Disney’s plan to tant the memory of the now classic 1980’s teen adventure comedy Adventures in Babysitting by casting Raven Symone (That’s So Raven, The Cosby Show) in the part played by Elisabeth Shue in the original film. Nearly 20 months went by, which gave us a bit of false hope that the remake had fallen into development heck. Not the case. The Chicago Sun Times reports that Miley Cyrus is also set to star in the project, and will begin filming after she films a few more episodes of her Disney cable television show. The film will be retitled “Further Adventures in Babysitting,” and [...] »

- Peter Sciretta

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Hollywood News & Notes

11 November 2008 7:16 PM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Repo!

Repo! the Genetic Opera just opened and has already been marketed by Lionsgate as the cult successor to the Rocky Horror Picture Show.  The movie opened this weekend in just eight theaters and earned $51,000, averaging an impressive $6450 per screen.

Director Darren Lynn Bousman told Moviehole he’s already planning a sequel to the Paris Hilton, Alex Vega film.

''I want to start a sequel next year. But again, everything — I’ll end my whole thing on a soapbox, which I love to get on,” Bousman told the site. “This movie is all about support from the Internet, and support from fans. This is not a movie where you’ll see billboards or bus stop ads or trailers on TV. It’s a movie that exists in a grass roots kind of a fashion. It exists when fans go and see it, and they go on message boards and talk about it. »

- Robert Greenberger

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Jaden Smith for "Karate Kid" remake.

10 November 2008 11:40 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Will Smith's youngest son Jaden Smith will star in the reincarnation of the 1984 film "The Karate Kid." The original film starred Ralph Macchio as Daniel Larusso, a new kid in a school who, after being humiliated by the karate jock, turns to learning the art under the guidance of martial arts master Mr. Miyage (the late Pat Morita). With his romantic interest Ali Mills (previously played by Elisabeth Shue) as support, he takes on the Cobra Kai dojo in a tournament to win back his pride and move to becoming a young man in the process. Jerry Weintraub, starter of the original franchise, will produce alongside Will Smith, James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz of Overbrook Entertainment. Script is being penned by Chris Murphy and filming it set to start next yer in Beijing with China Film Group Corp co-producing in China. »

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Jaden Smith for "Karate Kid" remake.

10 November 2008 11:40 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Will Smith's youngest son Jaden Smith will star in the reincarnation of the 1984 film "The Karate Kid." The original film starred Ralph Macchio as Daniel Larusso, a new kid in a school who, after being humiliated by the karate jock, turns to learning the art under the guidance of martial arts master Mr. Miyage (the late Pat Morita). With his romantic interest Ali Mills (previously played by Elisabeth Shue) as support, he takes on the Cobra Kai dojo in a tournament to win back his pride and move to becoming a young man in the process. Jerry Weintraub, starter of the original franchise, will produce alongside Will Smith, James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz of Overbrook Entertainment. Script is being penned by Chris Murphy and filming it set to start next yer in Beijing with China Film Group Corp co-producing in China. »

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Jaden Smith for "Karate Kid" remake.

10 November 2008 11:40 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Will Smith's youngest son Jaden Smith will star in the reincarnation of the 1984 film "The Karate Kid." The original film starred Ralph Macchio as Daniel Larusso, a new kid in a school who, after being humiliated by the karate jock,  turns to learning the art under the guidance of martial arts master Mr. Miyage (the late Pat Morita). With his romantic interest Ali Mills (previously played by Elisabeth Shue) as support, he takes on the Cobra Kai dojo in a tournament to win back his pride and move to becoming a young man in the process. Jerry Weintraub, starter of the original franchise, will produce alongside Will Smith, James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz of Overbrook Entertainment. Script is being penned by Chris Murphy and filming it set to start next yer in Beijing with China Film Group Corp co-producing in China. The film is a cult favorite and one »

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Jaden Smith for "Karate Kid" remake.

10 November 2008 11:40 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Will Smith's youngest son Jaden Smith will star in the reincarnation of the 1984 film "The Karate Kid." The original film starred Ralph Macchio as Daniel Larusso, a new kid in a school who, after being humiliated by the karate jock, turns to learning the art under the guidance of martial arts master Mr. Miyage (the late Pat Morita). With his romantic interest Ali Mills (previously played by Elisabeth Shue) as support, he takes on the Cobra Kai dojo in a tournament to win back his pride and move to becoming a young man in the process. Jerry Weintraub, starter of the original franchise, will produce alongside Will Smith, James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz of Overbrook Entertainment. Script is being penned by Chris Murphy and filming it set to start next yer in Beijing with China Film Group Corp co-producing in China. »

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Movie Review: Hamlet 2

22 August 2008 3:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Steve Coogan as Dana Marschz and Amy Poehler as Cricket Feldstein in Hamlet 2

Photo: Focus Features Here it is, a publicist's nightmare. Hamlet 2 is a film that really doesn't have an audience, at least not a target one. It seems Focus has been hell bent on trying to create a little controversy around the film's portrayal of Jesus as a "Sexy Jesus" but it seems most people have turned a deaf ear. That isn't to say Hamlet 2 isn't a funny film, because it really isn't all that bad, it's to say it is something of an enigma that isn't quite sure of exactly what it is as it mixes racy comedy with personal drama giving the studio nothing to sell, not even a big name actor. At times raunchy and at other times sweet, Hamlet 2 centers on Dana Marschz a washed up actor turned failed high »

- Brad Brevet

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2 for the Show

22 August 2008 1:59 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

"I've built my career on being an asshole," asserts Steve Coogan. "And if you're happy being an asshole, it's freeing. You end up quite cool." "The end run to coolness," quips Elisabeth Shue. Coogan and Shue are successful actors, and so, despite their lighthearted banter, they know about the vagaries of acting and the pain of rejection. Shue admits, "Being an actress is extremely humiliating." Shue and Coogan co-star in filmmaker Andrew Fleming's Hamlet 2, released next week nationwide, so these are topics close to their hearts. Indeed, most actors can find something to identify with in the film. Part satire, part valentine, Hamlet 2 recounts the comic misadventures of Dana Marschz (Coogan), failed-actor-turned-high school drama teacher who transforms his "high risk" students into the hot musical-theatre cast of a singing, dancing, politically incorrect sequel to Shakespeare's tale. Dana is the ultimate nerd-loser: earnest, determined, and relentlessly talent-free. On the bright side, »

- Simi Horwitz

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Movie Review - 'Hamlet 2'

21 August 2008 10:24 PM, PDT | GetTheBigPicture.net | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

Hamlet 2

Starring Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, and Elisabeth Shue

Directed by Andrew Fleming

Rated R

When you see that a comedy is called Hamlet 2, your expectations either go up or down. The title tells you something, and you have to have some reaction to it. Odds are you have a fair understanding of The Danish Play even if you’ve never read Hamlet. And if you think making it this far without having to proves something, then the something you've proven is that you like depriving yourself life’s perfections.

So, before you see a frame of Hamlet 2, you’re aware that this film in some manner endeavors to make a follow-up to a story that simply can’t have one. I made the same mistake myself, for I had not yet met Dana Marschz (Steve Coogan).

Marschz (it’s pronounced “marshht-s,” I think) is a failed actor, »

- Colin Boyd

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Hamlet 2

21 August 2008 10:00 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Hamlet 2 Directed by: Andrew Fleming Cast: Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Joseph Julian Soria, Elisabeth Shue Time: 1 hr 30 mins Rating: R Plot: Dana Marschz (Coogan) is a failed actor turned into an even worse drama teacher for West Mesa High in Tucson, Arizona. He has one chance to save his job or the drama departure will be dropped. Dana decides to write an original play titled "Hamlet 2." Who’s It For? If you ever had an over eager drama school teacher or adore the comedic styling of Coogan than you'll find plenty of laughs with Hamlet 2. Expectations: Coogan turned in a strong performance in Tropic Thunder. He's mostly known for his portrayal as Alan Patridge, but I've never seen that British show, am I missing out? The film is by the co-writers »

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Thomas Haden Church Gets Dark and Dramatic with 'Don McKay'

20 August 2008 5:02 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Drama, Independent, Casting, Cinematical Indie

Once you get a taste of Smart People, deal with Eddie Murphy's Nowhereland, take on a stalkerific Sandra Bullock, and then steal Kate Hudson's work, it's time to get into some dark drama.

Variety reports that Thomas Haden Church has signed on to star in a new indie film called Don McKay, with the likes of Elisabeth Shue, Melissa Leo, M. Emmet Walsh, and Keith David. Coming from writer/director Jake Goldberger and shielded by a Screen Actors Guild waiver, the $5 million project just started production in Boston. The film focuses on a man who leaves his hometown after a tragedy forces him to do so. Twenty-five years later, he comes back when he hears that "his long-lost love is dying." Not surprisingly, his return spins "a web of confusion, deceit, and murder." Old secrets never die in the movie world. »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Steve Coogan Interview, Hamlet 2

19 August 2008 8:00 PM, PDT | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

MoviesOnline sat down with Steve Coogan ("Night at the Museum") to talk about his new movie, "Hamlet 2," a world premiere at – and the comedy smash of – the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Andrew Fleming, "Hamlet 2" also features Catherine Keener, David Arquette, Amy Poehler, and Elisabeth Shue. In the irreverent comedy, a failed actor-turned-worse-high-school-drama teacher (Coogan) rallies his Tucson, Az students as he conceives and stages a politically incorrect musical sequel to Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Steve Coogan is one funny guy and we really appreciated his tim »

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New Hamlet 2 poster

13 August 2008 9:25 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

If there's one thing that Shakespeare's Hamlet desperately needed was a musical number titled "Rock Me, Sexy Jesus" and realizing this, writer/director Andrew Fleming created the comedy Hamlet 2, in which Steve Coogan plays a failed actor turned high school teacher who produces the aforementioned sequel with the aforementioned musical number. Catherine Keener, Melonie Diaz, David Arquette, Elisabeth Shue and Amy Poehler co-star as people who are equal parts mesmerized and horrified by this play. Check out the new poster below. Hamlet gets an infusion of pizzaz on August 27th. »

- Omar Aviles

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Near Impossible Task of Marketing the Unmarketable Movie

31 July 2008 2:05 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Photo: Focus Features If you had looked at my email Inbox over the past three weeks there is one movie title you would have seen dominating the subject line in many of the emails I received, Hamlet 2 from Focus Features. I have been offered numerous giveaways including movie paraphernalia and tickets to the San Diego Comic Con screening with the RopeofSilicon logo on them. There are clips, pictures and interviews abound. I actually was supposed to interview Steve Coogan on Tuesday, but a cell phone mishap forced me to have to cancel. Contests, interviews and pictures aside, it wasn't until this past Monday that I realized what all the fuss was about. I was wondering why Focus was pushing this film so much harder than anything else in recent memory. There was a Hamlet 2 party at Comic Con, a screening at Comic Con and they hired a team »

- Brad Brevet

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Hamlet 2

23 January 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sundance Film Festival

PARK CITY -- If the Nuart started doing weekend midnight showings again where everyone dressed up in costumes, Hamlet 2 would be a fitting selection. An erratic, freewheeling satire of Middle American mores, it should thrive as a festival curio, appealing to anti-establishment sensibilities.

In like vein, marketers will face the challenge of inducing the word-snobs of The Smart Set to slum with slapstick entertainment. Still, there's enough rowdy and off-the-wall humor in Hamlet 2 to perform princely at the boxoffice, particularly in college-city venues.

A slam-bang patchwork of more inspired comedies such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Borat, Hamlet 2 centers on Dana Marschz (Steve Coogan), who attempts to teach drama in a Tuscon high school. With delusions that he is soaring to great heights like Icarus, this doofus presents high school plays based on his favorite movies, including Dead Poets Society and "Mr. Holland's Opus," which appeal to his inflated ego but leave his charges flat. His productions are major fiascos, rightfully skewered by a ninth-grade drama critic.

In one of the movie's many funny lines, Marschz admits that his life is like a parody of tragedy: He's infertile, his wife is having an affair with their roommate, he has father issues, and he's a recovering alcoholic. Not to mention, he's talentless.

Dramatically, Hamlet 2 is a twist on the formula of let's-put-on-a-show, with the twist being that no one wants the show, least of all the administration, which has chopped the school's art funds. Even arts-funding advocates would notice that Marschz's grandiose piffles are a major waste. As such, the film unwittingly makes a case for slashing funds for the arts. Lo, and unfortunately we behold, Marschz does smite the school board Philistines (not exactly a difficult target) with a last-ditch rally and a from-the-rafters opus.

Unlike Ace Ventura, Inspector Clouseau or other lovable loonies, Marschz is merely a knucklehead errant. He's a creep, but he's nicely endeared to us by Coogan's funny, fey performance. Among the players, Elisabeth Shue delivers a winning rendition of herself; her appearance as a Tucson nurse who has rejected her show business career is one of the film's best absurdities. Similarly, Amy Poehler is hilarious as a WASP-y, anti-Semitic ACLU lawyer.

Attaining somewhat of a bad parody of a comedy, screenwriters Andrew Fleming and Pam Brady have slapped together a string of gags in a hit-and-miss dither. Some of it is quite brainy. There's an appealing anarchic tone and anti-authority bent as well. There also are zany surrealistic moments and a devilish eye for incongruity, especially a rousing rendition of Elton John's Someone Saved My Life Tonight as belted out by the Tucson Gay Chorus for the boondocks high school audience.

Fittingly, director Fleming blasts the production along, an indication of a keen sense of comic pacing, which performs double duty in masking some of the more dimwitted moments.

Technically, Hamlet 2 is distinguished by production designer Tony Fanning's sendup of Southwest suburbia.

HAMLET 2

Focus Features

L+E Pictures

Credits:

Director: Andrew Fleming

Screenwriters: Andrew Fleming, Pam Brady

Producers: Eric Eisner, Leonid Rozhetskin, Aaron Ryder

Executive producers: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Michael Flynn

Director of photography: Alexander Gruszynski

Editor: Jeff Freeman

Production designer: Tony Fanning

Music: Ralph Sall

Cast:

Dana Marschz: Steve Coogan

Brie Marschz: Catherine Keener

Herself: Elisabeth Shue

Cricket Feldstein: Amy Poehler

Gary: David Arquette

Principal Rocker: Marshall Bell

Octavio: Joseph Julian Soria

Rand Posin: Skylar Astin

Running time -- 90 minutes

No MPAA rating

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