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The Best Films of the Decade (aka "The Naughties")

27 December 2009 9:03 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Best Films Of The Decade (aka The Naughties) From Alex & Terry

List # 1

By Alex Simon

When Terry and I initially discussed writing these lists, I had a tough time thinking back on 20 films over the past decade which I was really taken with, thinking that movies have sunk so low over the past ten years, that even choosing a dozen would be a short-order job. Thirty minutes into it, my list had nearly 60 titles! After much cutting, pasting, and re-cutting and pasting, here are my top 20 films (in no particular order) of the first decade of the 21st century, dubbed by many as “the naughties.” --A.S.

1.No Country for Old Men (Coen Brothers, 2007) An elegiac blend of stark beauty and full-throttle despair from two of our finest filmmakers, set in the contemporary American West. Every frame is damn near flawless, and would have been an even more perfect vehicle for the late Sam Peckinpah. »

- The Hollywood

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What I Watched, What You Watched: Installment #23

27 December 2009 2:32 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Well, the lack of screenings last week allowed me to take in a lot more films at home, on top of being able to show my family some they had yet to see over the holiday weekend. So, without further delay let's dig in as I have nine films to talk about this week and I have spread them out over two pages.

Julia (2009) Quick Thoughts: There have been a few folks around the Internet cheering for Tilda Swinton's performance in Julia as the best lead female performance of 2009. After finally seeing the film I am willing to concede it is definitely a good performance, but I can't quite understand where the over-the-top adulation from some corners is all about. The film itself is also quite entertaining, especially considering it is too long. However, I realize now the best way to fill your film with Tons of cliches is »

- Brad Brevet

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Oscars quiz: What film lost all five bids for acting?

5 December 2009 11:15 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

All of the films below received five Oscar nominations for acting. Only one was totally snubbed in the performance categories. Which one? To see the answer, click on the "Continue reading" link below. Answer: "Tom Jones" (1963) lost all five: Albert Finney (actor), Hugh Griffith (supporting actor), Diane Cilento, Dame Edith Evans, Joyce Redman (supporting actress). As for the others: "The Godfather: Part II" (1974) won one: Robert DeNiro (supporting actor). "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967) won one: Estelle Parsons (supporting actress). "All About Eve" (1950) won one: George Sanders (supporting actor). Note: "Network" (1976) was also nominated for five acting slots, winning three: Peter Finch (actor), Faye Dunaway (actress), Beatrice Straight (supporting actress). "Peyton Place" »

- tomoneil

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Universal Announce Dual Format Blu-Ray/DVD ‘Flipper’ Discs

2 December 2009 1:33 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Ever since Toshiba’s HD DVD (now discontinued) released their two-in-one combo discs back in 2007, it was inevitable that double sided Blu-Ray/DVD discs would eventually be made available. It therefore comes as no surprise that Universal Studios (the only major movie studio that backed HD DVD during the high-definition format war) is now leading the way with duel format Blu-Ray/DVD discs. The first films to be released on these ‘flipper’ discs will be Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne Trilogy, which will be available on January 19 2010.

Although the idea of selling discs with Blu-Ray on one side and DVD on the other will undoubtedly help shift consumers toward switching over to Blu-Ray (whilst slowly discontinuing the production of standard DVDs), I have personally never been a fan of dual sided discs as they are more prone to damage (despite the fact Blu-ray discs themselves do not scratch very easily »

- Andrew Peters

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Cinematical Seven: Seven Actors Who Should've Played Scrooge By Now

1 December 2009 7:46 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

For many kids this Holiday season, their first exposure to Ebenezer Scrooge will be Jim Carrey's kinetic, flailing mo-cap performance in Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol. Carrey has always done the "living cartoon" thing well, but I prefer my Scrooge more Alastair Sim and less Ace Ventura. In fact, Sim's 1951 portrayal of the character stands as the definitive Scrooge performance to me. Sim is believable at every turn in A Christmas Carol, and he gives Dickens' oft-repeated dialogue a vitality that set the bar for everyone that proceeded him.

There have been a handful of great Scrooges over the years -- Albert Finney, George C. Scott, Patrick Stewart, even Bill Murray -- but there are some actors who seem born for the role.

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- John Gholson

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Universal Announces 'Flipper' Format for Home Video

1 December 2009 1:06 PM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

We think the following press release from Universal is pretty cool and could be a game changer for those quibbling about being forced to upgrade to Blu-ray.

Universal City, California, December 1, 2009 – In a move that is poised to elevate the Blu-ray™ Hi-Def format and provide consumers with the ultimate in convenience and viewing flexibility, Universal Studios Home Entertainment (Ushe) announced the introduction of groundbreaking dual-format discs containing both Blu-ray™ Hi-Def and DVD versions of some of Hollywood’s most iconic films.  An industry first, the new “flipper” discs will launch on January 19, 2010 with the blockbuster superspy thrillers The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, starring Matt Damon, premiering as individually packaged Blu-ray™ discs.

For the first time ever, consumers will have the ability to choose between Blu-ray™ and DVD formats, simply by flipping a single disc.  With complete utility in one convenient package, the revolutionary medium can »

- Robert Greenberger

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Matt Damon’s The Bourne Identity movies first to be Blu-ray & DVD Flipper Discs

1 December 2009 9:43 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

I was just speaking to someone, explaining Blu-ray is definitely here to stay, but DVDs won’t be going anywhere. I said there will probably be a movement toward selling them together. I just never made the connection they could be on the same disc. Universal Studios has changed all of that.

News release from Universal …

In a move that is poised to elevate the Blu-ray™ Hi-Def format and provide consumers with the ultimate in convenience and viewing flexibility, Universal Studios Home Entertainment (Ushe) announced the introduction of groundbreaking dual-format discs containing both Blu-ray™ Hi-Def and DVD versions of some of Hollywood’s most iconic films. An industry first, the new “flipper” discs will launch on January 19, 2010 with the blockbuster superspy thrillers The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, starring Matt Damon, premiering as individually packaged Blu-ray™ discs.

For the first time ever, consumers will have the »

- Jeff Bayer

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Universal Announces ‘Flipper’ Discs. Features Both Blu-ray and DVD Versions on One Disc

1 December 2009 9:41 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Universal Studios has announced a new type of dual-format disc they’re calling “Flipper” discs and it’ll launch in January with the Bourne movies.  The discs will feature Blu-ray and DVD versions on each side of the same disc.  According to the studio:

“Universal’s flipper discs are the perfect way for consumers to future-proof their collections while still enjoying their favorite movies on all their existing DVD players,” said Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment.  “The flipper disc offers an easy way for viewers to convert to Blu-ray now or at any time in the future, confident in the fact they will be able to experience their home entertainment purchases in the highest quality picture and sound when they do.”

This is one of those products that really should have launched when Blu-ray got released.  But everything about the launch of Blu-ray was screwed up, it »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Bollywood Courts Helen Mirren, Tom Hanks For Biopic to End All Biopics

1 December 2009 6:00 AM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

· Helen Mirren, Tom Hanks and Tommy Lee Jones are among the Oscarrific stars reportedly in talks to join Mother: The Indira Gandhi Story, a long-gestating, Bollywood-produced biopic of the former Indian prime minister who was assassinated in 1984. Mirren would reprise her signature role as Queen Elizabeth II, while Hanks and Jones would take on the roles of -- deep breath -- Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. Respectively. Emily Watson and Albert Finney may also drop in as Margaret Thatcher and Peter Ustinov, the latter of whom was awaiting an audience with Gandhi when she was killed. "Queen of Bollywood" Madhuri Dixit is attached to the title role, having narrowly edged out this year's ambitious awards-season lock Sandra Bullock. [Telegraph via The Wrap]

Brian Grazer and Ron Howard makes their own Indian deal, the new My Fair Lady picks up a director and more Hollywood Ink after the jump. »

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I’m lining up a star cast for Indira biopic: Krishna Shah

1 December 2009 5:41 AM, PST | | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, Dec 1 (Ians) Amid speculation over whether Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit will accept his offer to play the lead role, Indian-origin filmmaker Krishna Shah has said he is in talks with some major Us and British stars for a biopic on Indira Gandhi.

“I am approaching the project from the (Richard) Attenborough school of casting. There will be many big names from both Bollywood and Hollywood to draw audiences in,” Shah told the Daily Telegraph in comments published Tuesday.

Shah, who last directed the low-budget “Hard Rock Zombies” for the American market in 1985, said he is in talks with acclaimed British actors Albert Finney, Helen Mirren and Emily Watson and Hollywood stars Tom Hanks and Tommy. »

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Mirren, Hanks Eye Roles in $66M Indira Gandhi Epic

30 November 2009 6:16 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By Daily Telegraph

Director Krishna Shah has a £40 million ($66 million) budget and an international cast for his planned two-part biopic of Indira Gandhi, the prime minister of India who was assassinated in 1984.

Helen Mirren is in talks to again play Queen Elizabeth II for the two films, which are due to start filming in April next year in India, the U.K., Russia and the U.S.

Tom Hanks and Tommy Lee Jones are being lined up to play Lyndon B Johnson and Richard Nixon, respectively, with Emily Watson to play Margaret Thatcher and Albert Finney expected to play Peter Ustinov, who was i »

- Lisa Horowitz

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Indira Gandhi Biopic Recasts Helen Mirren As The Queen, Taps Tom Hanks For Lbj?

30 November 2009 3:00 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Indira Gandhi, India's first and only female Prime Minister, is getting a much-deserved biopic, and big name actors are being wooed for star-studded cameos. According to The Daily Telegraph, Helen Mirren is in talks to return to the role of Queen Elizabeth II, who she won an Oscar for playing in 2006's "The Queen." Emily Watson, meanwhile, has been cast as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Other expected -- or at least sought-after -- portrayals include Tom Hanks as Lyndon Johnson, Tommy Lee Jones as Richard Nixon and Albert Finney as British actor Peter Ustinov.

The biopic, titled "Mother: The Indira Gandhi Story," will be released in two parts, a la Steven Soderbergh's "Che" films. Both will be directed by Indian filmmaker Krishna Shah, who last helmed a pair of American B-movies called "Hard Rock Zombies" and "American Drive-In" back in 1985. Since then he seems to have primarily »

- Christopher Campbell

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Movie Alert! Four Back-to-back Winners On TCM Tonight

7 November 2009 2:09 AM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

There's a great line-up of quirky films being shown back-to-back on TCM (North America) tonight. At 8:00 Pm is Woody Allen's hilarious Take the Money and Run. At 10:00 Pm is Ridley Scott's The Duellists starring Keith Carradine and Harvey Keitel. At midnight is Stephen Frear's Gumshoe starring Albert Finney, and capping it off at 1:30 Am is Walter Hill's superb (and under-rated) Hard Times (aka The Streetfighter) starring Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Strother Martin. Crank up those DVD recorders! »

- (Cinema Retro)

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De Niro to the 7th? (Oscar's Male Hierarchy)

6 November 2009 3:46 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Have you been buying the minor huzz (hype+buzz) 'Robert De Niro's 7th Oscar nomination' for the holiday film Everybody's Fine? My friend txt critic saw it last night and sent the following note by phone...

it's, well, fine. most definitely a drama (despite the trailer) and conceptually a cross between About Schmidt and Four Christmases. nice, sweet and somewhat forgettable.

might, Might be a nomination for DeNiro, but i wouldn't bet on it.I dunno. I wasn't betting on it either but Best Actor sure seems vacant this year with only Colin Firth (A Single Man) and George Clooney (Up in the Air) catching any sort of real fire. As I've been saying for months, Fox Searchlight shouldn't have even hesitated to position Crazy Heart for a 2009 release. Jeff Bridges would have a clear shot at the career trophy given the field (if -- and it's always »


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Top Ten Tuesday: Classic Stories That Should Not Be Adapted Again

3 November 2009 10:17 AM, PST | | See recent news »

While the idea of ceasing the overall usage of adapting stories, classic or otherwise, into feature films is laughable, there are those stories that just should not be touched again.  Whether they have been done so many times that it seems trivial to adapt onto the silver screen or an adaptation has come along that so definitely captures the essence of the story, there are those classic stories that should simply be left alone.  Certainly, there are those stories that we will have left off this list, and some of you may think some of these classic stories deserve another go in the feature film realm.  For now, and in honor of Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation of A Christmas Carol, we give you our 10 classic stories that should Not be adapted ever again.

10. Macbeth

Adapted Roughly 35 Times

MacBeth is perhaps one of the best Shakespeare stories and also one of the most difficult to adapt successfully, »

- Movie Geeks

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Four Angry Young Men: Richard Burton, Albert Finney, Richard Harris, Tom Courtenay

26 October 2009 1:53 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Albert Finney in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. Photo: Bryanston Films Ltd./Photofest "Four Angry Young Men" is the title of a four-film series to take place on two consecutive Saturdays, Nov. 14 and 21, at the Getty Center’s Harold M. Williams Auditorium. Note: The screenings are free, but a separate reservation is required for each film. The Four Angry Young Men in question — no actorish Marlon Brando-James Dean types, they — are Richard Burton (Look Back in Anger), Albert Finney (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning), Richard Harris (This Sporting Life), and Tom Courtenay (The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner). Good-looking, (mostly) working-class blokes with the chance of happiness and success at their fingertips if only … Well, if only life [...] »

- Andre Soares

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1999: A Year In Review (Part One)

7 October 2009 9:07 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Many films come out every year with critics and fans alike, compiling lists of their bests and worsts. There are also many films that fall between the cracks, only to be discovered years later. Many critics believe that one of the best years in cinema was 1939, when Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz were released alongside many other classic gems.

Personally, I’ve always felt that 1999 was an epic year for movies, providing us with so many interesting films. In fact, 1999 was such a good year for movies that even some of the bad ones are still worth watching!

So, please sit back and put your memory caps on as Screen Rant takes on a retrospective of 1999 in the world of film.


In 1999, the world was a very different place. We were on the cusp of a new millennium and 9/11 was something that nobody - not even »

- Niall Browne

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From the Files of Fangoria: Never Call A Wolfen a Werewolf

20 September 2009 10:45 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

From the Files of Fangoria is a regular feature with observations on content discovered during the process of digitally archiving 30 years of press releases and photos received by Fangoria and previously kept in storage.

It’s time to go back into the files, kids, back to old New York.  Today’s file is one that is so “old-school” New York it mugged me as soon as I opened the filing cabinet.   Director Michael Wadleigh’s, Wolfen reminds us all that Manhattan was purchased from the Native Americans for a few lousy beads, and in 1981 a three bedroom in the East Village would run you 10 bucks a month.  Staring Albert Finney, honestly my favorite actor of late 70’s and early 80’s, Wolfen is a horror film as prime as river view real estate.

When a prominent land developer turns up brutally murdered in Battery Park, the full investigative power of Finney »

- (David McKendry)

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Trailer: A Christmas Carol

13 September 2009 10:48 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Jim Carrey is not my idea of Scrooge (that'll be Albert Finney), but Disney clearly don't agree and they've given us (via /Film) a look at a new trailer which showcases Robert Zemeckis's pseudo-realistic animation style, previously seen in The Polar Express.

The UK release date is set for the decidedly un-festive 6th of November and this trailer does everything it should: the graphics are startling and the holiday spirit is alive and well in every frame. London is under its blanket of snow and moonlight, the ramshackle abode of Ebenezer Scrooge is in a suitable state of ruin, and Carrey's 'performance' (motion)-captures the miserly man very well. While I'm dubious about the need for another Christmas Carol Disney and Zemeckis (from the director of Back to the Future - as the trailer has it) seem to be adding their signature magic to this one.

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Where My Heart Lies: My Favorite Actors. And Yours?

29 August 2009 10:05 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

instead of a tues top 10, a 25.

I did this once for the actresses but I'm always giving the ladies their due. So, here's to the silver screen men that have enriched my movie-life. I admit up front that I haven't investigated Classic Hollywood actors to the extent I've investigated their leading ladies, so this list is highly subject to change the more old movies I see in my life.

Nathaniel's 25 all time favorite leading men

In no particular order and extremely subject to change

Gene Kelly | Tony Leung Chiu-Wai |

Montgomery Clift | Jeff Bridges | Paul Newman

Jude Law | James Dean | William Holden | Gene Hackman | Rock Hudson

Jack Lemmon | Gael García Bernal | Ewan McGregor | James Stewart | Gregory Peck

Steve Martin | Marlon Brando | Jack Nicholson | Burt Lancaster | Richard Burton

Brad Pitt | Johnny Depp | Cary Grant | Warren Beatty | William Hurt

Because sometimes you just want to name names

The list is not comprehensive, not set in stone, »


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