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Cinematical Presents: The 25 Lamest of 2009

30 December 2009 6:32 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

We've arrived at the very end of 2009, which means it's finally time to unveil our hotly-anticipated 25 Hottest and Lamest lists of 2009. Tonight we conclude the festivities with our 25 Lamest of 2009 list, which includes a number of movie-related events (films, actors, actresses, trends, scenes) that we all thought were the hands-down lamest things to happen in Hollywood over the past 12 months. Joining us from the Cinematical staff for this year's lists are Eric D. Snider, William Goss, Monika Bartyzel, Dawn Taylor, Elisabeth Rappe, Jen Yamato, Erik Davis and Peter Hall. For those who missed last night's 25 Hottest of 2009 list, head over here to check that out. Enjoy!

25. Year One

Take the director of National Lampoon's Vacation and Caddyshack, the writer of Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, two writers from The Office, a cast that includes Jack Black, Michael Cera, Hank Azaria, David Cross, and Oliver Platt, and what do you get? One »

- Erik Davis

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

27 December 2009 10:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Last Airbender

Opens: July 2nd 2010

Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Summary: A live-action film based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series. In a fantastic world where civilisation exists as four great empires, a reluctant young child sets out on a perilous journey to restore balance to a world torn apart by war.

Analysis: It has been quite the decade for M. Night Shyamalan, who started it as a household name with the label of a modern-day Hitchcock thanks to the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs". Today he's considered more of a one-trick pony and in some cases a punchline due to rampant stories of egomania run wild and a series of much derided onscreen flops like "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening".

Thus 'Airbender' marks a potential return to form for the helmer. An adaptation of the hit »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

27 December 2009 10:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Last Airbender

Opens: July 2nd 2010

Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Summary: A live-action film based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series. In a fantastic world where civilisation exists as four great empires, a reluctant young child sets out on a perilous journey to restore balance to a world torn apart by war.

Analysis: Its been quite the decade for M. Night Shyamalan who started it as a household name with labels of a moodern-day Hitchcock thanks to the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs". Today he's considered more of a one-trick pony and in some cases a punchline due to rampant stories of egomania run wild and a series of much derided onscreen flops like "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening".

Thus 'Airbender' marks a potential return to form for the helmer. An adaptation of the hit cartoon series »

- Garth Franklin

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Starz renews 'Spartacus' before it premieres

21 December 2009 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Starz is renewing its upcoming action-drama "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" -- and the series hasn't even premiered yet.

Starz called the move "a bold vote of confidence."

"We couldn't be happier with the first season," said Starz Entertainment Evp, Programming, Stephan Shelanski. "'Spartacus' delivers on all levels – action, characters, intrigue, romance and excitement. 'Spartacus' is the most ambitious original project we've ever undertaken, and speaks to the commitment to our subscribers to provide truly original programming along with our unmatched lineup of theatrical features."

The network is debuting the bloody spectacle, which uses the graphic novel style of films like "300," on Jan. 22. The second season will be titled, "Spartacus: Vengeance."

This isn't the first time a network has renewed a show before its series debut. Showtime made headlines by ordering a second season of its Hank Azaria drama "Huff" before its debut (and the series only lasted two seasons). Though »

- By James Hibberd

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DVD Playhouse--December 2009

19 December 2009 3:11 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—December 2009

By

Allen Gardner

Public Enemies (Universal) Johnny Depp portrays legendary Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger in co- writer/director Michael Mann’s take on America’s first “Public Enemy Number One.” Like many big studio releases today, Public Enemies has it all: A-list talent before and behind the camera, but lacks a heart or soul that allows its audience to connect with it. Film plays out like a “true crime” TV show with re-enactments of famous events cast with top actors and shot by the best technicians in the business, with little, if any, character or story development to hold it together in between. A real disappointment from one of our finest filmmakers and finest actors. The lone standout: the great character actor Stephen Lang as a hard-eyed lawman who’s seen a lot, but manages to retain a tiny piece of his heart. For a better take on the same subject, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Blu-Ray Review: Overly Manic ‘Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian’

14 December 2009 1:41 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The CGI smorgasbord that is “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” is likely to suffice as a babysitter this holiday season as eggnog is made or holiday shopping is concluded. Families are likely to be satisfied by the everything-and-the-kitchen-sink mania that will work for toddlers hopped up on Christmas candy, but the film itself will collapse for their parents, babysitters, and even their older siblings.

Blu-Ray Rating: 2.5/5.0

A slight improvement over the original (a film I truly didn’t like) merely due to the inclusion of Amy Adams and the absence of that film’s overcooked father/son story, “Battle of the Smithsonian” follows the “turn up the volume” model of sequels. “What worked about the original? Let’s make it bigger! And louder!”

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian was released on Blu-Ray and DVD on December 1st, 2009.

Photo credit: Fox Home Video

Where »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Night At The Museum 2 Blu-Ray Review

10 December 2009 8:39 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Night At The Museum:Battle Of The Smithsonian (Blu-Ray)20th Century Fox Home Entertainment2009/PG/105 minsNow Available – List Price $39.98Hollywood sometimes doesn't get that just because a film made a ton of money it doesn't mean everyone thought it was good.  Nor does it mean they should make a sequel, but that's just what we're getting with 'Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian'.  If your kid nags you to see this, don't get upset.  I didn't care for the first film and though calling this follow-up and improvement isn't saying much, it's not the worst time you can spend at the movies.  I miss the days when Ben Stiller took chances and put himself out on a limb with unconventional material.  He seems to be going through the motions now and though 'Tropic Thunder' was a big hit and had some enjoyable aspects, it felt very commercial to me. »

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Night At The Museum 2: Battle Of The Smithsonian DVD Review

9 December 2009 11:39 PM, PST | ScreenStar | See recent ScreenStar news »

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), now out on DVD, is the inevitable sequel to the surprise blockbuster Night at the Museum (2006), and it again stars Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Owen Wilson, and a certain slap-happy capuchin monkey. This go-round, the adventure moves from the Museum of Natural History in New York City to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and now-former security guard Larry Daley (Stiller) comes to the rescue when his old pals get crated up and that darn Egyptian tablet -- you know, the one that brings inanimate objects to life -- starts wreaking havoc in the world's largest museum. The film isn't nearly as entertaining as the original, but, as again directed by Shawn Levy, it's got its moments, and Amy Adams makes for an energetic and winsome, if occasionally irritating Amelia Earhart. The biggest flaw is it »

- ianspelling@corp.popstar.com (Ian Spelling)

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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian – DVD Review

5 December 2009 6:26 PM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

Movies like the film in question are pretty critic proof. What my review is for anyone over the age of ten is more of a survival guide even though I’m approaching it like I do every film. Kids are going to want to see it and most parents aren’t going to bring them to the latest action spectacle. It’s bigger than the first film, certainly throws in as many historical references as it can, and has two monkeys join in on slapping Ben Stiller around as opposed to just one. Night at the Museum: Part Deux is a family film through and through, and doesn’t care if the parents in the audience will know it.

For those parents, brothers, sisters, and whoever that will be dragged into this, you have someone you can enjoy who gets a fair amount of screen time. This woman (along »

- Philip Barrett

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[DVD Review] Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

5 December 2009 | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

It’s hard not to compare Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian with the sequel to National Treasure; both are family oriented sequels with a faux-spin encouraging an interest in history. National Treasure creates its own conspiratorial links between famous historical references while Night at the Museum just throws it all in a blender and hits “Puree”. Any educational value the films could have had is drowned out by the screaming multitudes of anachronistic characters (or facts) leveraged in favor of cheap one-liners to make the star’s appearance at its center worth the budgetary expense. But was it? With all the cameo appearances in the film, some of which are utterly wasted by lack of screen time, how important was it to have Ben Stiller reprise his role?

After the events of the first film, Larry Daley (Stiller) started his own line of electronics and quit his »

- Lex Walker

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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian – DVD

4 December 2009 7:11 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

DVD Review

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Directed by: Shawn Levy

Cast: Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Hank Azaria, Robin Williams, Bill Hader

Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins

Rating: PG

Due Out: December 1, 2009

Plot: Ex-museum night guard Larry (Stiller) returns with his historical friends to stop an evil Egyptian pharaoh (Azaria) staying at the Smithsonian from taking over the world.

Who’S It For?: Kids who are in elementary school will be amused, but like a trip to any mediocre museum, they probably won’t remember it.

Movie:

The original film’s intent on education through entertainment drops the former in favor of slacking on the latter. Historical figures like Ivan the Terrible, Al Capone, Teddy Roosevelt, Sacagawea, Genghis Khan, and others, along with some famous art pieces, are turned into Saturday morning cartoon characters (and not the ones seen on PBS). We are given their quirks instead »

- Nick Allen

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Review: 'Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian' on Blu-ray

4 December 2009 6:58 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

I admit to having missed Night at the Museum despite the recommendations of friends. As a result, sitting down to watch Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian was a test to see if the sequel could be entertaining without knowing the ins and outs of the predecessor.

Thankfully, 20th Century-Fox sent over the Blu-ray disc, on sale this week, for review. The special edition has three discs: the film on Blu-ray with the usual assortment of extras, a disc with the film in Standard DVD and the now ubiquitous digital copy.

Overly, this is a mildly amusing film and does not make me miss the original in the slightest. The film tosses any sense of reality out the window from the get-go and expects you to be pulled along, not questioning the absurdities.

I did like how they recapped the first film via a conversation between »

- Robert Greenberger

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This Week in Blu-ray: There is No Salvation

2 December 2009 10:03 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

On to another month of This Week in Blu-ray, we charge into a magical December filled with Terminators, Basterds, gangsters and teenage wizards. And that's just what I have to deal with before I ever sit down to watch any Blu-rays. It seems odd that this week, the first in the month of Christmas, is such a light week. Sure, there are two summer blockbusters hitting Blu-ray, but they're the lame ducks of the group. That said, I did find one or two little gems in this week's lineup. None of them involve Terminators or Ben Stiller battles though, sadly. You can thank me for saving you the money later. Read on below and be enlightened. And remember to support Fsr by buying via our Amazon links below. We need to keep the lights (and Dr. Cole Abaius' creepy "laboratory") up and running here at the HQ... The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter (Criterion) In the interest »

- Neil Miller

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What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday

1 December 2009 7:30 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Looking to add some new DVDs to your entertainment library? It's Tuesday which means there's a slew of movies hitting shelves, including these three releases. Terminator Salvation Christian Bale plays John Connor in this latest installment in the Terminator franchise. The film follows an ex-con turned robot (Sam Worthington) who meets up with Connor in the hopes of saving Connor's father (who is currently a teenager), and therefore the human race. Confusing? Yes. But strange time-traveling aside, my biggest complaint is that I miss the humor from the previous films. Still, it's a Netflix possibility thanks to some solid action sequences and Worthington's standout performance (not to mention he's nice to look at). If you're a die-hard Terminator fan, you may consider the special three-disc Blu-Ray edition, which includes a Director's Cut and behind-the-scenes featurettes. 32% Two more DVD releases to check out when you read more. Paper Heart Written by actress/comedian Charlyne Yi, »

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Hank Azaria to host Paley's annual gala

23 November 2009 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"The Simpsons" co-star Hank Azaria will host the Paley Center for Media's annual gala, which will honor Fox's veteran animated comedy, which marks its 20th anniversary this season.

The event will be held on Dec. 8 at The Beverly Hills Hotel.

Azaria voices several characters on "The Simpsons," including Moe, Apu, Chief Wiggum and Professor Frink. »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla Blu-ray Review

21 November 2009 8:01 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Recently, I reviewed Waterworld. Now I’m talking about 1998’s disaster opus Godzilla. These are two of the biggest flops of the 1990’s. Overhyped and overproduced, and expensive as all get out, perhaps they’re hitting Blu-ray in the hopes of eeking out profits. Someone thought they might have had something here, but when Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin came off of Independence Day, this was going to be the next big thing, but instead they misfired. My review of 1998’s Godzilla after the jump.

Mathew Broderick stars as Dr. Niko Tatopoulos, a scientist who studies the effects of nuclear mutations. He’s brought in by the American government when Godzilla begins fucking things up. At first, Godzilla is outside of Tokyo, but then he comes to New York. Long swim. Emmerich stages everything like ID4, so there’s some moments, but the destruction doesn’t take your breath away. »

- Andre Dellamorte

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Hank Azaria Says Hal Is Hitting Major Milestones

17 November 2009 1:00 PM, PST | People - CelebrityBabies | See recent People - CelebrityBabies news »

J. Graylock/Jpi

Before welcoming his first child Hal, Hank Azaria never knew of the March of Dimes organization. However, when baby boy was born considerably early, the actor and his girlfriend Katie Wright learned firsthand the trials and tribulations that accompany the life of a premature baby. “We were unaware of it until it happened to us,” he tells Celebrity Baby Blog at the March of Dimes 4th Annual Celebration of Babies luncheon.

“Once we went through what you go through with a premature child even with the best care, the idea that there’s an organization that helps »

- Anya

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Night at the Museum 2: like history, it's just one darn thing after another

11 November 2009 5:22 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This caper set in the Smithsonian Museum is out this week on DVD, but if you can't face a gazillion comic cameos concertinaed into 105 minutes, here's our condensed screenplay instead

Night at the Museum 2 By Paul MacInnes with apologies to Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon

Scene 1

Int: Night. The catacombs of the Smithsonian Museum. Approximately $78m of animatronics – flying machines, dinosaurs and sculptures by Rodin – are Crashing about Fighting each other. In the middle stands Ben Stiller.

Ben Stiller

(deadpan)

I gotta get the Egyptian tablet to the sarcophagus before they drown Billy the Kid in an hourglass!!!

Ben Stiller jumps into a passing Viking longship and tries to Steer it towards wherever the Egyptian section might be. His eyes are wide and Manic.

Ben Stiller Woooooaaaaahhhh!

Suddenly, from behind a wigwam, Bursts a biplane piloted by Amelia Earhart, the first woman to Fly across the Atlantic – just »

- Paul MacInnes

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Heat and Logan’s Run Blu-ray Reviews

10 November 2009 10:26 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Catalog titles Ftw. I am one of those rare people who enjoy being “double dipped.” I like upgrading to Blu-ray if I love a film, because you only get to watch a movie for the first time once, and so a different and better transfer is a reason (at least for me) to get excited about a film you’ve seen a number of times. When I would go see something in the theater on multiple occasions, I’d often go to different theaters (or failing that, different seats). My reviews of the Blu-rays of Heat and Logan’s Run after the jump.

Heat is one of the great American films. It took me a while to come to that, and I still think that Michael Mann’s finest film is The Insider, but there’s no denying Heat. Robert De Niro stars as Neal McCauley, a high line criminal who knows how to rob. »

- Andre Dellamorte

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Blu-ray Review: Night at the Museum 2

6 November 2009 3:09 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Night at the Museum 2 is exactly what a Hollywood sequel needs to be. Bigger, louder, filled with more famous faces and almost the same story as the first. It is on its way to eclipsing the success of the first and it hits Blu-ray and DVD next week.

Ben Stiller gathers his Natm cohort as they take their mix of slapstick and Scooby Doo to Washington D.C. where the Smithsonian archives are bought to life by the power of Ahkmenrah’s Tablet. Shawn Levy’s family friendly Night at the Museum grossed nearly $600m worldwide so a sequel was fairly inevitable and in these risk aversive climate the Battle of the Smithsonian needed only to rekindle the comedic chaos and broad dramatic strokes of the original to succeed.

It’s no surprise that the sequel does not stray from this path, and this is a blessing and a curse. »

- Jon Lyus

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