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2009 Walt Disney Pictures Preview: ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic,’ ‘Up,’ ‘The Proposal,’ ‘Surrogates,’ ‘Old Dogs,’ More

22 December 2008 9:31 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – This 11-image slideshow contains official press images and schedule information for the recently announced slate of films to be released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2009 including new films starring Isla Fisher, Bruce Willis, Robin Williams, John Travolta, Ryan Reynolds, Josh Duhamel, and the newest Pixar film.

These 2009 Walt Disney Pictures include “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience,” “Race to Witch Mountain,” “Hannah Montana The Movie,” “earth,” “Up,” “The Proposal,” “G-Force,” “When in Rome,” “Surrogates,” “Toy Story in Disney Digital 3-D,” “Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” “Old Dogs,” and “The Princess and the Frog”. Not all films have images released, but release details and dates were announced for the entire 2009 slate.

The release dates, cast lists, and filmmaker information for these Walt Disney Pictures films can be found below in chronological order, followed by a slideshow of available images.

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Cast: Isla Fisher, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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List of the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award Nominees

18 December 2008 8:39 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Nominations for the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced this morning all while the Guild members are split on whether to move forward with a strike or not... There are certainly a few surprises to be mentioned such as how it looks like Revolutionary Road should start expecting little more than a Kate Winslet nomination as Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Shannon and the film itself are not mentioned. Melissa Leo swoops into the Best Actress category and Kristin Scott Thomas swoops out. Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) takes the Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) nomination and Robert Downey Jr. also gets in on the action for Tropic Thunder. Will the Academy be as open to Downey's comedic role? Many are talking about Doubt coming out of these nominations, but it really should come as No surprise whatsoever since the top award is based on an ensemble acting piece and in those »

- Brad Brevet

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Doubt Leads Screen Actors Guild Awards

18 December 2008 8:12 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Drama movie Doubt is the main contender at the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Awards - garnering five nominations.

The picture's star, Meryl Streep, is competing for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. She will go up against Angelina Jolie (Changeling), Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married), Melissa Leo (Frozen River) and Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road).

Streep's Doubt co-stars Amy Adams and Viola Davis will both be battling it out for the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role award, against Penélope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Kate Winslet (The Reader).

Philip Seymour Hoffman also received a nod for his performance in Doubt - he is nominated in the best supporting actor category. He will face competition from the late Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight), Josh Brolin (Milk), Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder) and British newcomer Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire).

The stars competing for the Best Actor trophy include Sean Penn (Milk), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor).

The nominees for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture are Doubt, Frost/Nixon, Milk, Slumdog Millionaire, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

The ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on 25 January.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:

Richard Jenkins - The Visitor

Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon

Sean Penn - Milk

Brad Pitt - The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:

Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married

Angelina Jolie - Changeling

Melissa Leo - Frozen River

Meryl Streep - Doubt

Kate Winslet - Revolutionary Road

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:

Josh Brolin - Milk

Robert Downey, Jr. - Tropic Thunder

Philip Seymour Hoffman - Doubt

Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight

Dev Patel - Slumdog Millionaire

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:

Amy Adams - Doubt

Penélope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Viola Davis - Doubt

Taraji P. Henson - The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

Kate Winslet - The Reader

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:

Doubt

Frost/Nixon

Milk

Slumdog Millionaire

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-series:

Ralph Fiennes - Bernard And Doris

Paul Giamatti - John Adams

Kevin Spacey - Recount

Kiefer Sutherland - 24: Redemption

Tom Wilkinson - John Adams

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:

Laura Dern - Recount

Laura Linney - John Adams

Shirley MacLaine - Coco Chanel

Phylicia Rashad - A Raisin In The Sun

Susan Sarandon - Bernard And Doris

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:

Michael C. Hall - Dexter

Jon Hamm - Mad Men

Hugh Laurie - House

William Shatner - Boston Legal

James Spader - Boston Legal

Outstanding Performance By a Female Actor in a Drama Series:

Sally Field - Brothers + Sisters

Mariska Hargitay - Law + Order: Special Victims Unit

Holly Hunter - Saving Grace

Elisabeth Moss - Mad Men

Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:

Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock

Steve Carell - The Office

David Duchovny - Californication

Jeremy Piven - Entourage

Tony Shalhoub - Monk

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:

Christina Applegate - Samantha Who?

America Ferrera - Ugly Betty

Tina Fey - 30 Rock

Mary-Louise Parker - Weeds

Tracey Ullman - Tracey Ullman's State Of The Union

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:

Boston Legal

Dexter

House

Mad Men

The Closer

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:

30 Rock

Desperate Housewives

Entourage

The Office

Weeds

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

The Dark Knight

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

Iron Man

Wanted

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series:

Friday Night Lights

Heroes

Prison Break

The Unit

The Closer

Screen Actors Guild's 45th Life Achievement Award

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Brangelina, Heath Ledger Among SAG Awards Nominees

18 December 2008 4:03 AM, PST | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

Brangelina got their SAG nods. The Hollywood power couple have both scored an acting nomination each at the 15th Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Pitt has been tapped for his performance as an inversely aging man in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," while partner Jolie has been nominated for her turn as a mother who lost her son in "The Changeling."

Heath Ledger, who died in January this year, gets a supporting actor nod for his performance as the villainous Joker in "The Dark Knight." He will be competing for the award with Josh Brolin, Robert Downey Jr., Dev Patel, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Meanwhile, legendary actor James Earl Jones will be the recipient of the guild's 45th Annual Life Achievement Award on January 25.

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'Doubt' tops SAG Award nominations

18 December 2008 2:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The drama "Doubt" topped the list of SAG Award nominations, announced Thursday morning.

With five nominations to its name, the film earned noms for Meryl Streep as outstanding female lead in film, Philip Seymour Hoffman as supporting male, and Amy Adams and Viola Davis as supporting female. Its cast also picked up a fifth mention in the motion picture ensemble category.

On the TV side, the comedy series "30 Rock," the drama series "Mad Men" and "The Closer" and the miniseries "John Adams" all scored three noms each.

A complete list follows:

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role

Richard Jenkins, "The Visitor"


Frank Langella, "Frost/Nixon"


Sean Penn, "Milk"


Brad Pitt, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"


Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler"

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role

Anne Hathaway, "Rachel Getting Married"


Angelina Jolie, "Changeling"

Melissa Leo, "Frozen River"


Meryl Streep, "Doubt"


Kate Winslet, »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Walt Disney Pictures 2009 Preview

17 December 2008 12:40 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Walt Disney Pictures is the latest studio to drop off some new images and information regarding their 2009 slate of films and fortunately for me they have supplied very little in way of pictures, which makes my job much easier, however for you it means you aren't going to get as many goodies such as no images from G-Force, nothing new for Up and not even a preview image for A Christmas Carol. From what I can tell the most exciting thing is a scruffy pic of Bruse Willis in Surrogates, but how about you be the judge? Over the next three pages are all 14 of Disney's upcoming flicks with cast, director, synopsis and picture gallery links where they apply. Remember, the links open in a new browser window so just close the new window to return to this article and continue the preview. Enjoy! Confessions Of A Shopaholic Feb. 13, 2009 Photo: »

- Brad Brevet

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Key team back for SAG Awards

7 December 2008 6:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The key creative team, headed by exec producer and director Jeff Margolis, will return for the 15th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, to be held Jan. 25 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.

Margolis will be joined by producer Kathy Connell, writer Stephen Pouliot, production designers John Shaffner and Joe Stewart, composer and conductor Lenny Stack, lighting designer Jeffrey Engel and exec in charge of talent Maggie Barrett Caulfield.

SAG Awards Committee founding members Yale Summers (committee chair), Daryl Anderson (committee vice-chair) and Paul Napier, as well as returning committee members Shelley Fabares and JoBeth Williams, will produce for SAG.

Gloria Fujita O'Brien and Mick McCullough of Jeff Margolis Prods. return as supervising producers for the 11th consecutive year.

Also returning is the SAG Awards' executive in charge of production since 1999, Benn Fleishman. He was a 2008 Emmy nominee for the HBO special "Bill Maher: The Decider." In the interim, between »

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And The Role of Thor Will Be Played By...

13 November 2008 1:39 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Zachery Ty Bryan? The eldest son from "Home Improvement"? As Viking superman Thor? Seriously? Is this some sort of sick joke?

Well, kind of. You didn't think I was talking about the upcoming blockbuster based on Marvel Comics' Thor comic book character did you? Oops. I probably should clarify. You see Zachery Ty Bryan will be playing a viking named "Thor" in the upcoming Sci-Fi Channel original movie Hammer of the Gods. Described as "a supernatural action horror set amongst warring vikings," the film deals with an angry Viking who goes to war with the Gods battling giants, trolls, Valkyries, and such.

Produced by the United Film Organization, Hammer of the Gods is directed by Todor Chapkunov (Sci-Fi's surprisingly good Copperhead) from a script by the increasingly prolific Sci-Fi Channel screenwriter Rafael Jordan, the scribe behind Copperhead and this past weekend's Yeti. The film was shot earlier this year in »

- Foywonder

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Stage Actor Higgins Dies

11 November 2008 11:13 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

American stage actor Michael Higgins has died of heart failure at the age of 88.

Higgins passed away on 5 November at Beth Israel Hospital in his home of Manhattan, New York.

Best known for his role in the 1974 original Broadway production of Equus, Higgins played Frank Strang, the father of the disturbed youth who blinds horses, alongside Anthony Hopkins in the show.

Before rising to stardom as a stage actor, Higgins served in World War II, with the Army in Italy, earning a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

After the war, he made his Broadway debut in the 1946 production of Antigone.

His other Broadway credits include the 1951 production of Romeo and Juliet, The Lark in 1955, and 1973's The Iceman Cometh, co-starring James Earl Jones.

He also received two Obie Awards - the Off Broadway theatre award presented annually by New York newspaper The Village Voice - for his roles in The Crucible by Arthur Miller, and David Mamet's Reunion.

His film credits include 1975's The Stepford Wives, The Seduction of Joe Tynan, in 1979, and 1981 movie Fort Apache, the Bronx.

He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Lee Goodwin, a daughter named Deirdre, two sons Sean and Christopher, two brothers, two sisters and four grandchildren. »

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Washington, Hanks, Clooney Top "Most Influential" List

11 November 2008 9:18 AM, PST | x17online.com | See recent x17online news »

Los Angeles, California (X17online) - Forbes magazine has put out a list of Hollywood's "most influential actors", not just the top earners, but the ones who actually have an influence over their audience. The list was topped by Denzel Washington, followed closely by Tom Hanks and George Clooney. "Actors and actress are often times confused with the characters they play on screen," explains James Houran, a clinical psychologist who researches celebrity worship. "Without even realizing it, we very often blur the two." Will Smith, Morgan Freeman and Harrison Ford all made the list as well. The only women to make it to the top ten were Angelina Jolie (coming in at number 6) and Julia Roberts in spot number 10. Also making the list: Robert DeNiro and James Earl Jones. »

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What Does It Take To Be Influential in Hollywood?

7 November 2008 3:44 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Forbes, which we like to think of as the Seventeen of financial magazines because of its incessant list-making, has another list: Hollywood's Influential Actors. To determine the top 10, Forbes relied on data gathered by E-Poll Market Research, a Los Angeles company that gathers information on 4500 celebrities. Apparently, 40% of those polled believe Denzel Washington is "influential," and that's good enough for the top of the list. The others, in declining order of influence, include Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Will Smith, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, James Earl Jones, and "Julie" Roberts. Which just goes to show you, Hollywood stars don't have nearly as much influence as they're typically given credit for -- Roberts hasn't even been able to influence the creators of this list to get her first name right. Meanwhile, where are the outspoken Hollywood stars who genuinely make an effort to influence people -- Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, »

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Discuss: Coolest Movie Presidents

4 November 2008 6:03 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

I gotta keep this short because you shouldn't be in front of a computer right now unless you've already voted. And I haven't yet. But since we pride ourselves on being oh-so-timely and up-to-date with what's going on in the world, I offer this obvious discussion topic and then say "Go Truman."

So who are your favorite movie presidents? If you're stuck, here's a little game:

Eddie Albert, Jeff Bridges, Lloyd Bridges, Josh Brolin, James Caan, Ronny Cox, James Cromwell, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, James Garner, Kelsey Grammer, Bruce Greenwood, Gene Hackman, Dan Hedaya, Hal Holbrook, William Hurt, Perry King, Kevin Kline, Tiny Lister, Bob Newhart, Jack Nicholson, James Earl Jones, Leslie Nielsen, Donald Pleasance, Bill Pullman, Dennis Quaid, David Rasche, John Ritter, Tim Robbins, Cliff Robertson, Martin Sheen, Billy Bob Thornton, Jack Warden, Robin Williams

Name the movie in which those actors played the U.S. President. »

- Scott Weinberg

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Exclusive: James Earl Jones Officiates at Two and a Half Men Funeral

3 November 2008 12:13 PM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

This... is Two and a Half Men. Sources tell TVGuide.com exclusively that James Earl Jones and his world-famous baritone — which in the past has been put to great use as Darth Vader and the "voice" of CNN, to name but two examples — are going to be paying a visit to the CBS hitcom.

What brings Jones to the Harpers' world? As the episode's title makes clear, it is the none-too-small matter of »

- Matt Mitovich

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Howard Sued By Broadway Composer Over Alleged Assault

26 October 2008 4:08 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar nominee Terrence Howard is facing a $5 million (GBP3 million) lawsuit from a composer who claims the actor attacked him backstage at the Broadway play they worked on together earlier this year.

Tex Allen accuses Howard of punching him the face while he rehearsed music for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in January.

In legal papers obtained by the New York Post, the composer - who gives no explanation for the alleged assault - claims the incident ruined his music playing, and he is seeking the huge sum in damages.

Howard starred alongside James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad in the New York revival of Tennessee Williams' classic play. »

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Ten Baseball Movies That Belong in the Hall of Fame

21 October 2008 9:59 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Oct 21, 2008 “The one constant through all the years…has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past…. It reminds us of all that once was good and could be again.” When James Earl Jones delivers these lines as writer Terence Mann near the end of Field of Dreams it solidifies the fact that baseball is woven into the fabric of our national consciousness. Simply put, ...Read more at MovieRetriever.com »

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Legendary Actor James Earl Jones To Be Honored With Life Achievement Award By The SAG

3 October 2008 12:17 AM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

One of Hollywood's most famous voices and actors, James Earl Jones, will be honored with the Life Achievement Award by the Screen Actors Guild.

The 77-year-old multi-award winning actor has been selected by the SAG for his thespian and humanitarian accomplishments and for his "long and quiet devotion to advancing literacy, the arts and humanities on a national and local scale."

He will be awarded at the 15 Annual SAG Awards in January.

Aside from starring in numerous notable films, including 1988's "Coming to America" alongside Eddie Murphy, "The Hunt for Red October," and "Field of Dreams," Jones is also famous for voicing "Star Wars" villain Darth Vader

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Darth Vader Jones To Be Honoured By U.S. Acting Union

2 October 2008 6:59 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The man behind the voice of Star Wars supervillain Darth Vader is to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement prize at next year's Screen Actors Guild Awards.

James Earl Jones will be presented with the gong for his career achievement and humanitarian efforts.

In announcing the recipient of the 2009 Lifetime Achievement award, SAG President Alan Rosenberg says, "James Earl Jones' distinguished career on stage, in film, on television, in commercials and as a vocal presence without peer commands our admiration and respect.

"His long and quiet devotion to advancing literacy, the arts and humanities on a national and local scale deserves our appreciation. It is our honor to bestow the Guild.s highest tribute on this extraordinary actor."

The 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will take place on 25 January. »

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Newman Cancels Appearance After Alleged Health Decline

24 September 2008 6:24 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Legendary actor Paul Newman was forced to cancel a recent appearance at a charity event as a result of his declining health, according to reports.

The 83-year-old Oscar-winner was allegedly given weeks to live last month, prompted by reports he had completed chemotherapy treatment at a New York hospital - where he was photographed leaving looking thin and frail.

Rumours of his declining health and alleged lung cancer diagnosis surfaced earlier this year, following his withdrawal as director from a production of Of Mice and Men in his native Connecticut.

At the time of the reports, Newman's spokesman denied the actor had cancer.

But according to new claims, Newman was forced to bow out of the event in their Connecticut hometown - where he was set to co-chair with his wife Joanne Woodward on 15 September.

A source tells the National Enquirer: "Joanne had dearly hoped Paul could attend the charity gala at the Westport Country Playhouse, which she built for the community. She knew he'd want to say a few words publicly.

"But Paul couldn't do it. Some of their closest Hollywood pals were there, including Julia Roberts, Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones and Bernadette Peters... Paul assured Joanne that he'd be supporting her in spirit."

A spokesperson for Newman said last month he is "doing nicely", but has neither confirmed nor denied he has cancer. »

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Djimon Hounsou In Conan Spin-Off

22 July 2008 7:35 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Robert E. Howard’s estate must be rolling in the cash these days - not only is there a planned Conan movie in the works (but when hasn’t there been a planned Conan movie in the works?), a Red Sonja film in development and a Solomon Kane movie in production, but now there is a film adaptation of Thulsa Doom starring and produced by Djimon Hounsou.

The character of Thulsa Doom was originally played by Darth Vader himself (well his voice at least) James Earl Jones in Conan The Barbarian, the film that put Arnold Schwarzenegger on the movie map.

Doom is a serpent-loving villain who crops up in all of the above mentioned Howard titles (except Kane).

This new film version will however take a different approach and cast him as a tragic hero, before he succumbs to the dark-side (gee it really is like Star Wars).

 

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- Niall Browne

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Hounsou Spins Conan Tale While Fergie Draws 'Nine'

21 July 2008 4:28 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Hounsou Tackles Thulsa Doom: Djimon Hounsou has partnered with Dynamite Entertainment to star in and produce a bigscreen feature about immortal sorcerer Thulsa Doom, a central figure in the Conan the Barbarian and Kull comicbooks. Doom was portrayed by James Earl Jones in 1982's Conan the Barbarian. Planned pic will showcase the origins of the flawed hero and show how his road to hell was paved with good intentions. [Variety] Producers team for Papillon Redo: New Spanish production shingle Atlantia Canarias is teaming with L.A. producers Branko Lustig and John Kelly for a remake of the Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman starrer Papillon. Currently in the earliest stage of development, with no screenwriter or director attached, Papillon will shoot in English on a budget of about $90 million, Lustig said. As someone that thinks Papillon is the best McQueen movie (yup, better than Bullitt, Magnificent Seven, etc.) I think this is a Horrible idea. »

- Brad Brevet

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