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11 items from 2010

Tell-Tale (2010)

17 December 2010 11:55 AM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Directed by: Greg Williams

Written by: Sebastián Gutiérrez

Cast: Carla Gugino, Adam Arkin, Clifton Collins Jr., Jesse Spencer

I love noir. On film or on the page, it makes no difference. Its stories take place in world just left of our own, a reality that’s at once both heightened and concrete. Webster defines noir as "crime fiction featuring cynical characters and bleak settings," and while that's accurate, noir is so much more. It's shadows and fog, smoke and mirrors, dangerous dames and damaged men. It's the twists you see coming and the turn you don't — truths that are lies, lies that are truths and, yes, lies that are lies.

There's always a colorful cast of supporting characters — hustlers, pimps, flim-flammers, junkies and twisted old men that have seen it all and aren't spilling a drop. Of course, there's the language, which is a character in itself. Hardboiled slang tells it like it is, »

- Theron

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Chicks of the Assimilated Animus

16 November 2010 8:21 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Jung talks of the anima and animus as the unconscious's ego--a dark figure of our dreams--for men it's an elusive princess, devouring witch, beautiful maiden asleep in a block of ice; for women a werewolf lover, a dark demon wolf with big eyes all the better to drink your essence with, like Twilight. The animus is best exemplified in the Beauty and the Beast myth. The unassimilated animus is a wild beast, untamed and surly. The assimilated is tamed and 'absorbed' into the female consciousness, i.e. once the animus becomes a prince and not a beast, the woman starts to get bossy and surly herself!

Don't we see this all the time in marriages? Before the marriage the man is in charge, tall and dominating... sometime after the wedding the alchemical change occurs and the woman starts bossing him around, making important decisions. In my essay on the Twilight mythos, »

- Erich Kuersten

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Neo-Noiriste: John Dahl

10 November 2010 11:18 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

By the time John Dahl had directed his third feature – 1994’s  The Last Seduction – critics had anointed him as a contemporary torch bearer – perhaps the lone, consistent one – of the film noir ethos.  Even today, with his filmography having grown to include the less noir-ish thrillers Unforgettable (1996) and Joy Ride (2001), a tale of card sharks prowling New York’s underground big-money poker circuit in Rounders (1998), and a true story of Ww II adventure and valor in The Great Raid (2005), Dahl’s name is still most closely associated with modern day noir thanks to the three indelible thrillers which launched his career:  Kill Me Again (1989), which he co-wrote with David W. Warfield, Red Rock West (1992), on which he collaborated with his brother Rick Dahl, and The Last Seduction, written by Steve Barancik.

Dahl’s working in movies represents a formidable leap from a less than cosmopolitan upbringing in Billings, Montana.  Although »

- Bill Mesce

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Gemma Arterton, Alec Baldwin heat up ‘Men in Black 3′

17 October 2010 11:16 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: It’s a good thing that “Men in Black 3” took a script break, because there’s some extra casting that’s heating up the sequel.

British hottie Gemma Arterton is in talks to play a secretary in the film being scripted by Etan Coen and blockbuster scribe David Koepp. Previous beauties that appeared in other “Men in Black” films include Linda Fiorentino, Lara Flynn Boyle and Rosario Dawson.

In addition, expect the laugh meter to get higher as “30 Rock” thespian Alec Baldwin joins the cast. He will play a 1969 Mib boss.

Production is expected to begin this November for a planned May 25, 2012 release.

Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith will reprise their roles as Agent K and Agent J respectively.

Filming is scheduled to begin this November, with a provisional release date of May 25, 2012.

Digital Spy had the news.


Photo credit: PR Photos

Follow Hollywood News on Twitter for up-to-date news information. »

- HollywoodNews.com

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[DVD Review] Once More With Feeling

24 July 2010 8:14 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

I really want Chazz Palminteri to be my therapist. To have him nod, squint his eyes, stare directly at me and offer advice on how to spot the good people in my life, like “Sonny” from A Bronx Tale would have done. Dr. Frank Gregorio (Chazz Palminteri) is an aging psychotherapist with long-standing dreams to become a singer. He’s very successful, has been married for forty years to his beautiful wife Angelina (Maria Tucci), and has two lovely daughters.

Frank starts brushing up in karaoke bars in order to prepare to sing at his younger daughter’s wedding. He is talented, much better than most in the bar, and begins to love being on stage. One night, he and his wife meet Lydia (Linda Fiorentino) in the karaoke bar. Lydia takes an instant liking to Frank, enjoys his singing, and when Frank comes back to the bar to practice without his wife, »

- Marissa Quenqua

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This Weekend in Box Office History: Comparisons for May 7-9, 2010

9 May 2010 12:00 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Through the years, early May has evolved into the start of the summer movie season, even though the actual summer doesn't begin for another month and a half. This year is no exception with the release of Iron Man 2, which follows in the footsteps of the first Iron Man, Spider-Man and Spider-Man 3 among past early May/summer kick-offs. Five Years Ago - 2005 While early May had seen huge numbers before 2005, this weekend was anemic as far as summer starts go. Director Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven was the would-be event picture, being a historical epic positioned to repeat Scott's Gladiator success in 2000. But its Medieval subject matter was less appealing and its marketing less focused than Gladiator, leading to a relatively modest $19.6 million debut at 3,216 theaters. Additionally, few cared enough to see Paris Hilton get slaughtered in House of Wax, the weekend's other major release that opened to $12.1 million at 3,111 sites. »

- Brandon Gray <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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[DVD Review] Jade

10 April 2010 5:40 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

As much as we love to say that things never change in Hollywood, one can always tell a great deal about a specific era based on the films that were produced in it. Though it’s hard to think of the early and mid 90s as the past, one can already easily note the vastly different character of mainstream films’ sensibilities towards race and sex between then and now. Case in point is Jade, a film whose audience had already vanished by the time it was released and is somewhat perplexingly being released on Blu-ray. Released the same year as such other triumphs of moderate budgeting and sensible plotting as Cutthroat Island, Showgirls, and Waterworld, Jade is a relic of a Hollywood in flux between the testosterone and sex-fueled 80s and the franchise and spectacle-driven 00s.

David Corelli (David Caruso) is a detective in San Francisco assigned to investigate the »

- Anders Nelson

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New On Blu-ray and DVD This Week

7 April 2010 7:00 AM, PDT | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

This week sees the release of several new movies and TV shows, some for the first time ever on Blu-ray. Of the ones coming out this week, we’re excited for a few of them in particular. These esteemed examples of entertainment include The Natural, Dreamscape, the debut of the quirky ABC show The Unusuals, the second season of Simon & Simon, Cocoon and the Blu-ray premiere of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (pictured above with Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellan and John Rhys-Davies). Yes, we realize it’s not the director’s cut of the trilogy but still, having these great films on Blu-ray in any form is cause for excitement.

Check them out:


Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans ~ Fairuza Balk, Nicolas Cage, Vondie Curtis-Hall (Blu-ray and DVD)

Cocoon ~ Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn (Blu-ray)

Dolan’s Cadillac ~ Christian Slater, Wes Bentley, and Emmanuelle Vaugier (Blu-ray and DVD)

Dreamscape ~ Dennis Quaid, »

- Joe Gillis

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Alt.TV – 10/3/10

10 March 2010 11:34 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Are you bored of the same old TV shows? Tired of the mainstream? Then check out this round-up of alternative movies and series showing on UK television tonight…

8.00pm Impact (Sci-Fi Channel)

During a meteor shower said to be the most spectacular in 10, 000 years, a rogue asteroid strikes the moon, knocking its orbit out of kilter. Scientists soon discover that the moon’s new trajectory will cause it to collide with Earth in 39 days, and plan an international mission to restore it to its original path. Part One of Two. Part Two immediately follows.

9.00pm Dogma (Film4)

Linda Fiorentino is Bethany Sloane, a nurse at an abortion clinic in Illinois who’s suddenly accosted by Metatron (Alan Rickman), a cynical messenger from God. She’s the last living descendent of Christ and therefore the only person who can stop fallen angels Bartleby and Loki (Affleck and Damon) from entering a »

- Phil

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Better Off Single: Bad Movie Boyfriends and Girlfriends

11 February 2010 8:21 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Single this Valentine's Day? Recently got dumped? Forgettaboutit! There are worse things than being alone.

Don't believe us? We've offer up Exhibit A: 10 Bad Movie Girlfriends. Among the warnings, guys? Beware of Amanda Peet. And we didn't even include her character from Something's Gotta Give — a single heart attack and she's ready to pawn you off on her mother.

And for all the single ladies, we have Exhibit B: 10 Bad Movie Boyfriends. From freeloaders to narcissists to charmers with gun-wielding ex-wives, honey, you can do better!

Next Showing:

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Adam Sandler | Christian Bale | Javier Bardem | Jaye Davidson | Owen Wilson | Sharon Stone | Zooey Deschanel | Jeremy Irons | Christian Slater | Eihi Shiina | Rachel Harris | Rachel McAdams | Linda Fiorentino | Robert Pattinson | Amanda Peet | Kristen Bell | Jonathan Rhys-Meyers | Chris Noth | Seth Rogen »

- reelz reelz

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Scenes (Songs) We Love: "Lunatic Fringe" from 'Vision Quest'

9 February 2010 12:32 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

We've had some time to get used to the truly terrible idea of a 3D Stretch Armstrong flick with Taylor (Team Jacob) Lautner as the flexible hero in question. But on the upside, at least now I can hold out hope that maybe if Lautner's busy getting all bendy, he won't have time to ruin the memory of Louden Swain in a remake of the sports/teen drama Vision Quest -- which brings me to today's Scenes (Songs) We Love, and while most people focus on Madonna's Crazy for You as the musical highlight of the flick, I thought I would offer up a pretty viable alternative: Lunatic Fringe from Red Rider.

Vision Quest was based on the novel by Terry Davis and centered on a high-school wrestler (played by Matthew Modine) who decides to take on the top dog in a fight to do something meaningful with his »

- Jessica Barnes

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