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Universal Already Revving up Death Race 3

29 December 2010 8:12 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

With “Death Race 2″, their prequel to the Paul W.S. Anderson remake of the Roger Corman movie “Death Race”, set to zoom onto DVD shelves next January, Universal is apparently already thinking ahead by developing a third movie in the franchise. Directed by Roel Reine, “Death Race 2″ swapped Jason Statham with Luke Goss (the poor man’s Jason Statham, if you will; the two fellas are practically identical, bald head and accents included), and was a prequel that explored the origins of the death race on Terminal Island, as well as the origins of the franchise’s Frankenstein character. Robin Shou and Frederick Koehler reprised their roles in the prequel as Chinese con 14K and idiot savant Lists, respectively. The film also featured Ving Rhames as the owner of Terminal Island, and co-starred Lauren Cohan as the icy bitch, taking over from Joan Allen’s icy bitch from the original/remake. »

- Nix

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Choose The 1998 Academy Award Winners!

23 December 2010 6:30 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

I love that a heated discussion over Titanic’s infamous Oscar sweep of 1998 has already begun over at Laurent’s excellent retrospective. I guess it’s just the nature of this particular film. There is something about Titanic that hits a raw nerve in people and they feel a need to defend/criticize it so passionately.

As it happens, I fall in the ‘unconditional love’ category and I’m not afraid to admit it. To this day I have a passion for Titanic, a film that so perfectly matches what a glorious, spellbinding, big spectacle romance against an historic backdrop should be, and those films are so rare, especially when they are made with such precise and meticulous detail from James Cameron.

We shouldn’t be embarrassed over how much we loved Titanic in the 90′s. We should embrace it. So as our third ‘Choose The Winners’ article, we are »

- Matt Holmes

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Retrospective: Oscars 1998

23 December 2010 8:21 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Alfred Hitchcock famously quipped that the three things you need to make a good film are a “good script, a good script and a good script.” In February 1998 however the Academy voters decided to ignore these pearls of wisdom, much like they ignored the achievements of Hitchcock himself, when they chose to reward Titanic with a Best Picture win despite the film lacking a screenplay nomination.

This was the first time this had transpired in over thirty years and pretty much confirmed the idea that Titanic was being praised as a spectacle even though it has been proven time and time again that any spectacle without the benefit of good storytelling is only impressive until the next spectacle comes along. L.A. Confidential on the other hand which is as fresh and watachable in 2010 as it was thirteen years ago compliments the quote that “good storytelling never goes out of fashion. »

- Laurent Kelly

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Owf Oscars 1999 – Saving Private Ryan Wins Best Picture

17 December 2010 6:32 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

We’ve been asking you all week to vote for your Oscar picks from the year 1999, twelve years on as we retrospectively take a look back at all the Academy Award ceremonies in the 1990′s to see if time has been kind to the winners and losers.

28 of you voted, a little less than the amount who voted last time (which I think is to do with the problems with the form as we had a few complaints, I will try and fix this for next time) including a handful of Owf writers, who have collectively, like Dr. Sam Beckett in Quantum Leap, gone back in time to ‘put things right, that once went wrong’.

The number in brackets is the amount of points that film/actor/director gained (that system is explained here). Let’s take a look at the winners, shall we?

1999 Owf Awards Best Picture – Saving Private Ryan »

- Matt Holmes

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Death Race 2 review

15 December 2010 8:00 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Can Duncan find much to love in the straight to DVD sequel to Death Race? Er, yes. Yes, he can...

If you're anything like me, then you'll normally read the introduction of a review and skip to the end for the star rating, until after you've seen the film. In which case, I'll take this opportunity to point out, straight away, that Death Race 2 is fantastic, bloody, fun and delivers in every way you'd expect, and in many ways, better.

Made as part of Universal Studios Home Entertainment wing, it has been pitched perfectly as the kind of action movie night in that so many of us were raised on, aimed directly at its audience with no pretensions and without the extortionate amounts of money that most films have to shell out for any chance of a decent cinematic release.

What's changed, though, since the Dtv (direct to video »

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best of Bridges

14 December 2010 12:49 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

28 years after an entire generation of wide-eyed, sci-fi fascinated kids were transported into a virtual world of video game adventure, Tron returns with the sequel Tron: Legacy. Jeff Bridges starred in the original, released in 1982, and returns for the sequel. In honor of something so rare and special, We Are Movie Geeks have compiled a list of our Top Ten Favorite Performances from Jeff Bridges.

10. Bad Company

Bad Company (1972) was Jeff Bridges fifth film, following a promising trend set by The Last Picture Show and Fat City. Bridges plays Jake Rumsey, a young Ohio man who flees to Jefferson City to dodge the Civil War draft. Jake joins a group of similar young men and they set out west, in hopes of making lives for themselves, but realize they.ve bitten off more than they can chew. Bridges delivers a rich performance as a man not yet fully matured to »

- Movie Geeks

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Choose The 1999 Academy Award Winners!

11 December 2010 3:50 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Updated: Ok, so I’ve had way to many emails from you guys pointing out that the Oscar form isn’t working for some of you this time around. I’ve put my best team of problem solvers on the issue and they can’t work it out, but 7 or 8 of you have told me it’s not working for you… so I presume there’s many more out there. To date we’ve had a little less entries than last time, so this problem is too much for me to ignore.

My only solution for now is for you to email your picks to editor@obsessedwithfilm.com. I will be collating results on Monday or Tuesday, so you’ve got a bit of time left to enter.

Now you’ve read our 1999 Academy Awards retrospective, here’s your chance to re-write history without the hassle of going back in »

- Matt Holmes

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Sam Neill Joins J.J. Abrams’ Alcatraz and Michael Gambon Joins HBO Series Luck

10 December 2010 2:41 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Though he’ll always be Dr. Alan Grant in my eyes, Sam Neill has done a myriad of different films with just the right amount of gravitas. Now it looks like he’ll be bringing his talents to the small screen as Deadline reports the actor has landed a role in J.J. Abrams mysterious new series Alcatraz over at Fox. Neill will play Emerson Hauser, the head of a government agency who radiates authority and piercing intelligence. The story itself follows a team of FBI agents and a female police officer (previously announced Sarah Jones) as they track down a group of missing Alcatraz prisoners and guards who reappear in the present day after disappearing 30 years ago. Neill joins Jorge Garcia (Lost), Jonny Coyne and Jason Butler Harner.

Hit the jump for details on a new cast member for HBO’s new series Luck.

In his first appearance in a U. »

- Ethan Anderton

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A.J. Cook heads to 'Law & Order: Svu,' Sam Neill to headline J.J. Abrams' 'Alcatraz'

10 December 2010 11:06 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Start your weekend a little early by indulging in some small plates of TV news.

A.J. Cook has landed her first post-"Criminal Minds" role: an episode of "Law & Order: Svu" set to air later this season. She'll play a crime victim in the episode, which will also feature Jeremy Irons in a guest role. [TV Guide]

"Jurassic Park's" Sam Neill has signed on to star in J.J. Abrams' "Alcatraz." Neill will play Emerson Hauser, "the head of a government agency who radiates authority and piercing intelligence." "Alcatraz" is about a team of FBI agents tracking missing prisoners guards who reappear in present day. [Deadline]

Former "Family Ties" patriarch Michael Gross will meet the Walkers when he guests on a forthcoming episode of "Brothers & Sisters." He'll play a restaurant critic who takes an interest in Saul (Ron Rifkin); Gross is booked for just one episode now but could come back later on. »

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A.J. Cook heads to 'Law & Order: Svu,' Michael Gross to 'Brothers & Sisters'

10 December 2010 11:06 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Start your weekend a little ealry by indulging in some small plates of TV news.

A.J. Cook has landed her first post-"Criminal Minds" role: an episode of "Law & Order: Svu" set to air later this season. She'll play a crime victim in the episode, which will also feature Jeremy Irons in a guest role. [TV Guide]

Former "Family Ties" patriarch Michael Gross will meet the Walkers when he guests on a forthcoming episode of "Brothers & Sisters." He'll play a restaurant critic who takes an interest in Saul (Ron Rifkin); Gross is booked for just one episode now but could come back later on. [E! Online]

ABC has set a premiere date for its unscripted series "Secret Millionaire." The show will get a six-week run on Sunday nights starting March 6 in the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" timeslot. [ABC]

The star-studded cast of HBO's upcoming drama "Luck" just got a little more wattage. Michael Gambon (the "Harry Potter" movies, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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TV Bits: New HBO Pilots from Alan Ball and Judd Apatow, Michael Gambon Joins ‘Luck’

10 December 2010 9:33 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Alan Ball goes to the well once again, Judd Apatow makes a return to TV and Professor Dumbledore bets the ponies. Just another day on the cable powerhouse that is HBO. Ball, the Oscar-winning show runner of Six Feet Under and True Blood just shot a pilot called All Signs of Death, based on Charlie Huston's book The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death, which follows a trauma cleaning unit, much like Sunshine Cleaning, but less cute. Apatow, who made his name with TV shows Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, is executive producing a pilot called Girls, which was created by Lena Dunham, currently riding the wave off her indie film Tiny Furniture. It's a more realistic take on the Sex and the City formula. Both shows are only in the pilot stage and neither has been picked up for series yet. It they do, Ball and Apatow will executive produce. »

- Germain Lussier

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Michael Gambon Joins HBO Series 'Luck'

9 December 2010 6:08 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: In his first U.S. series gig, veteran British actor Michael Gambon has joined the new HBO drama Luck as a recurring. Also added to the series as a recurring is Patrick J. Adams. Luck, a David Milch/Michael Mann collaboration starring Dustin Hoffman, takes a provocative look at horse racing -- the owners, gamblers, jockeys and industry players. Gambon, who previously worked with Mann on The Insider, will play a yet-to-be-named character described as a nemesis or worthy adversary for Hoffman's Ace Bernstein. Adams will play Nathan Israel, who works closely with Bernstein. Luck, which is currently in production, recently added Joan Allen as a recurring. Executive producing the series are Milch, Mann, and Carolyn Strauss. Gambon, who earned an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Lyndon Johnson in the 2002 HBO movie Path to War, plays King George V in Oscar hopeful The King's Speech and reprises his role as Prof. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Walker’s Wheelhouse: British Vacation

1 December 2010 1:06 PM, PST | BestWeekEver | See recent BestWeekEver news »

You know how I always sometimes write about things that are more self-indulgent than not? Like my Brendan Fraser updates? We’ve decided to cleverly group these items into a segment called Walker’s Wheelhouse. It’s self-serving, assumes that you care about what’s in my wheelhouse and that you know what a wheelhouse is. But it also herds these ideas together into one palatable whole, so you can chose to get in my wheelhouse or stay out of my wheelhouse. Whatever floats your wheelhouse. Welcome to the first edition of Walker’s Wheelhouse! For the inaugural post I’m going to show you pictures I took on my vacation to the UK last week. You might have noticed my absence? Or not, whatever. Anyway, a few weeks ago I got my mom black out drunk and asked her if I could skip Thanksgiving. She said yes (or so »

- Sarah Walker

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The Man and His Dream: A Francis Ford Coppola Profile (Part 4)

30 November 2010 11:28 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in the fourth of a five-part feature... read parts one, two and three.

“[Preston Tucker] developed plans for a car way ahead of its time in terms of engineering; yet the auto industry at large stubbornly resisted his innovative ideas,” remarked moviemaker Francis Ford Coppola who wanted to do a musical on the life and times of the post-World War II maverick car designer with Leonard Bernstein composing the music. The project was stalled with the financial collapse of Coppola’s studio. “I thought it was the best project Francis had ever been involved with,” stated filmmaker George Lucas (American Graffiti). “No studio in town would touch it; they all said it was too expensive. They all wanted $15 million Three Men and a Baby [1987] movies or Crocodile Dundee, Part 73 sequels.” Lucas agreed to provide the funding for the $24 million budget which »

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The Man and His Dream: A Francis Ford Coppola Profile (Part 3)

23 November 2010 11:50 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in the third of a five-part feature... read parts one and two.

“The success of The Godfather [1972] went to my head like a rush of perfume. I thought I couldn’t do anything wrong,” admitted Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola who decided to produce a $23 million romantic fantasy. “One from the Heart [1982] suffered from the perception of me as some wild, egomaniac Donald Trump type of guy, and once they think about you that way, it’s just so many months before you’re brought down.” A middle class couple (Frederic Forrest and Teri Garr) split up and head off to Las Vegas where they encounter fanciful lovers. “I wanted to take a fable-like story and treat it almost the way [Walt] Disney would approach a story in his animated films,” explained the filmmaker. “If we had made the movie in Las Vegas, »

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Afm 2010: Mma Star Cung Le Takes The Lead In Breaking Point

5 November 2010 6:01 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

[Updating this post with today's news that Phase 4 films have pre-bought all Us rights to the film. It aint made yet but we know who'll be releasing it when it is.]

I declare my bias on this one right up front: Xyz Films - the La company that I'm a partner in - are serving as executive producers on this one and the lead producer - Hawaii International Film Festival programmer Anderson Le - is a long time friend. Do with that what you will. What I do with it is toss it all aside as irrelevant because with the talent attached to this script - which I've read and is fantastic - this is going to be a fantastic film by any measure.

Mma star Cung Le - recently seen on screen fighting Donnie Yen in Hong Kong action drama Bodyguards and Assassins - will take the lead in Journey From The Fall director Ham Tran's English language martial arts film Breaking Point. Producing are Xyz Films, Media 8 Entertainment and Vietnam-based Chanh Phuong Films. For those unfamiliar with the name, »

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'Community': Two episodes bigger; Ex-mtv News' Gideon Yago sells scripted shows

4 November 2010 1:55 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Sure it's late, but we're up and you're up, so we might as well have a TV news nightcap together!

NBC ordered two more scripts from their comedy that could, "Community." That brings their season order up to 24 episodes. [Hitfix]

Emmy nominee for Lifetime's "Georgia O'Keefe," Joan Allen, makes her first foray into a TV series in HBO's "Luck." The series takes place in the seedy world of horse racing and stars Dustin Hoffman. [Deadline]

Remember Gideon Yago who delivered Generation Y's news on MTV? He's gotten into the TV development game, landing two scripted shows. "Fourth Estate," about the newspaper industry, goes to AMC. And Yago is doing a drama set at military school, West Point, called "Long Gray Line" for ABC. [Variety]

Comedienne, Bravolebrity, and actress Kathy Griffin has been tapped to host "VH1 Divas Salute the Troops" airing on Dec. 5 at 9 p.m. Et. [VH1] 

USA has picked up three more »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Joan Allen to make her TV series debut in 'Luck' for HBO.

3 November 2010 10:42 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Deadline reports that Joan Allen will do a multi-episode arc on HBO's upcoming series "Luck," making this her first TV series job. The talented actress joins Dustin Hoffman in the David Milch/Michael Mann collaboration. Series will take a provocative look at horse racing from the owners, jockeys, gamblers and industry players. Allen will play a woman who runs a program utilizing prison inmates to care for broken-down horses. Allen, an Oscar nominee, has done a few TV movies including her recent part in "Georgia O'Keefe" which she executive produced for Lifetime. "Luck" is currently in production, working on the first post-pilot episode which Terry George is helming. »

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Joan Allen Joins HBO's Drama Series 'Luck'

3 November 2010 5:09 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: In her first TV series gig, Joan Allen is set to do a multi-episode arc on HBO's upcoming series Luck, joining a cast led by Dustin Hoffman. Luck, a David Milch/Michael Mann collaboration, takes a provocative look at horse racing -- the owners, gamblers, jockeys and industry players. Icm-repped Allen will play a woman who runs a program that uses prison inmates to care for broken-down racehorses. On TV, the Oscar-nominated actress has done only a handful of TV movies, most recently playing the title role and executive producing Lifetime's Georgia O'Keefe last year, which earned her an Emmy nomination. Luck is currently in production on the first post-pilot episode, which is being directed by Terry George. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Political Movie Quotes to Rock the Vote!

2 November 2010 9:07 AM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

It's Election Day, and U.S. citizens are heading to the polls! In celebration of our blessed freedom, "Extra" has put together a list of some of the best political movie quotes. Check em' out! And get out there and vote!

Top 20 Political Movie Quotes'Man of the Year' (2004)

"Politicians are a lot like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reasons." —Tom Dobbs (Robin Williams)

'Swing Vote' (2008)

"All the world's »

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