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16 items from 2010


The Top 10 Alternative Christmas Films!

8 December 2010 4:28 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

It’s that time of year again; it’s dark at 4pm, the air is crisp and often below freezing, lights twinkle from every crevice and you’re already sick of hearing Mariah Carey warble “All I Want for Christmas is You”… Yes, it’s Christmas time again and as the festive period draws ever closer, avoiding succumbing to the cheer and joy is a daily battle you’re sure to lose.

Now I’m not a Grinch – in fact I’m far from it, the lead up to the big day is one of my favourite times of the year (I think inside, I’m actually still about 6 and three quarters!) – but the gloss and exaggerated schmaltz of the period can certainly become tiresome very quickly.

Now I don’t want to belittle the sickly saccharine taste of holiday romantic comedies (Love Actually is a classic), the formulaic overcoming »

- Stuart Cummins

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A Bug's Life: where are they now?

6 December 2010 9:48 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Pixar’s classic A Bug’s Life brought together an amazingly talented group of people. As the film makes its Blu-ray debut, we find out what happened to its cast…

The classic Pixar production, A Bug's Life, brought together an amazingly talented group of people, including Kevin Spacey, David Hyde Pierce and Denis Leary. So, twelve years on from the film's original release, and to tie in with its UK debut on Blu-ray, we ask, where are the voices behind A Bug's Life now, and what have they done since?

Dave Foley - Flik

One of the former members of The Kids In The Hall and a stand-up comedian, Dave Foley has been well occupied since providing the voice for Flik. He's either providing voice talent for animated TV shows, or appearing in person as in a stint on Will And Grace, and the mini-series Kids In The Hall: Death Comes To Town. »

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Billy Crystal Returning to Live Action for 'Muppets' Cameo

16 November 2010 5:36 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

During the Muppets heyday, anyone who was anyone guested on the show and films -- including Madeline Kahn, Bob Hope, Carol Burnett, Johnny Cash, Joan Rivers and even the great Orson Welles. As we learned last week, Jason Segel's 'Muppets' movie is looking to hold up that tradition, populating the cast and cameo list with a ton of recognizable names.

The rumored possibilities listed all manner of current bigwigs -- Jane Lynch, Jack Black, Zach Galifianakis, and even Lady Gaga. Now the first batch of official cameos has been released, and it's packed with more than some of those once-rumored names. There are also a few surprises, like Billy Crystal, who hasn't been in a live action film since 2002's 'Analyze That.' (We're not counting any uncredited blips in 'Tooth Fairy' ... and can only hope that this leads to more live-action work! »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Billy Crystal Returning to Live Action for 'Muppets' Cameo

16 November 2010 5:36 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

During the Muppets heyday, anyone who was anyone guested on the show and films -- including Madeline Kahn, Bob Hope, Carol Burnett, Johnny Cash, Joan Rivers and even the great Orson Welles. As we learned last week, Jason Segel's 'Muppets' movie is looking to hold up that tradition, populating the cast and cameo list with a ton of recognizable names.

The rumored possibilities listed all manner of current bigwigs -- Jane Lynch, Jack Black, Zach Galifianakis, and even Lady Gaga. Now the first batch of official cameos has been released, and it's packed with more than some of those once-rumored names. There are also a few surprises, like Billy Crystal, who hasn't been in a live action film since 2002's 'Analyze That.' (We're not counting any uncredited blips in 'Tooth Fairy' ... and can only hope that this leads to more live-action work! »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Jill Clayburgh Dies

5 November 2010 7:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jill Clayburgh, who embodied hopeful and determined women in such '70s and '80s movies as An Unmarried Woman, Starting Over and It's My Turn, died at her Connecticut home on Friday from chronic leukemia, a disease she quietly battled for 21 years, her husband, playwright David Rabe, told The New York Times. She was 66. Earlier this week, the couple's daughter, actress Lily Rabe, took a temporary leave of absence from the Broadway show in which she is about to open, Shakespeare's A Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino. A spokesperson for the show said only that it was a »

- Stephen M. Silverman

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The Links Are Alive...

29 September 2010 2:18 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

In Contention Tapley's review of Conviction.

New York Magazine Mark Harris great piece on The Social Network in case you haven't read it yet. "I poked Aaron Sorkin..."

Cinema Styles "Coming Home to Tango" a look back at two seminal 70s films and how they age when you age. Interesting stuff. For the record I love Coming Home and don't care for Last Tango in Paris but saw them both in my early 30s.

Mubi remembers Arthur Penn (Rip) We've lost another film great. Time to watch Bonnie & Clyde again.

 Flames... on the Side of My Face pays tribute to the late Madeline Kahn, for whom the blog is titled, on her birthday. "Taffeta, darling"

Ruchome Obrazki late addition to the 'Best Shot' party featuring David Fincher's Se7en (1995). Check it out.

Some Came Running has a wonderfut bit on Sally Menke's eye for shots juxtaposed.

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- NATHANIEL R

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Clip joint: bare feet

29 September 2010 8:38 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Put your best foot forward as Tess Morris trips through the best foot footage on film. Stay in step now

Feet just don't get enough praise in life, let alone in cinema. Nothing says funny, sexy, thrilling or horrific like the naked foot. They're the most versatile prop a film-maker can use – be it for running, jumping, skipping, flirting or roundhouse kicking someone in the face. Indeed, the bare foot in film is so powerful that it can even be massaged offscreen and still steal the show. Let them run free and both feet, one foot, just the toes (or even just the one toe) will put every other body part in the shade. The audience can relate to feet – hey, I've got those! – then imagine their own pair being hobbled. Yep: fetishised or not, elegant, sensual or just down right stinky, the humble foot has certainly secured its place in cinema history. »

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10 Celebrities Who Weren’t Too Sexy For Sesame Street

24 September 2010 9:38 AM, PDT | BestWeekEver | See recent BestWeekEver news »

Sesame Street has decided not to air Katy Perry’s guest appearance, even though the clip is already online, because of reported concerns about showing her cleavage to small children. In the interest of precedent, we’ve done some extensive research (3 minutes of Googling, 3 days in the Brooklyn Library’s microfiche room) and compiled this list of 10 other female celebrities who were deemed not too sexy for Sesame Street’s many sets of toddler-eyes. Note the distinct lack of cleavage in every instance, proving that indeed, it was Ms. Perry’s mammaries that did her in. (“Shame on you women for having those!” – David Cross) 1. Natalie Portman 2. Jessica Alba 3. Christina Applegate 4. Julia Roberts (’88) 5. Eva Longoria Parker 6. Cameron Diaz 7. Alicia Keys 8. Madeline Kahn (’81) 9. Heidi Klum 10. Carrie Underwood (as Carrie Underworm) Katy Perry verdict? The boob-tler did it. »

- Dan Hopper

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Video: How Kristen Chenoweth Plans to Become More Popular

4 August 2010 1:00 PM, PDT | TheInsider.com | See recent The Insider news »

Emmy nominee and stage diva Kristen Chenoweth has a plan to up her profile. The always adorable actress, singer and advocate has teamed up with Glamour to create a digital short for the magazine's iPad issue! "I'm so desperate to get on the iPad," Kristen confesses with a wink. "I would like to become more popular ... currently right now, my dog Madeline Kahn Chenoweth has more followers on Twitter and YouTube than I do. That's one of the main reasons I'd like to be on the iPad." Of partnering with the magazine, "I like to think of myself as a glamorous person," she says. The new issue of Glamour is out Tuesday, while the short -- which you can also watch in the video above -- can be downloaded for the iPad on iTunes.

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- TheInsider

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La la la la la la, Smurf the whole link long.

16 June 2010 12:20 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

/Film a remake of Citizen Kane? This satiric trailer savages our cinema today.

popbytes Hugh Jackman trains giant robots to box in Real Steel. This sounds so terrible that I desperately want it to be a Bad Movie We Love.

USA Today first look at The Smurfs (speaking of bad movies waiting to happen)

Movie|Line alerts us to a new Chen Chang movie on DVD called Parking. We love Chen Chang.

Towleroad something for the prurient among you: Kellan Lutz costume fitting for The Immortals.

Chud & The Flick Filosopher are worried about movie geek tastes becoming so dull and unadventurous. What's happened? It's simple. Everyone became a geek. And once something's mainstream...

Silly Hats Only hosted a White Elephant blog-a-thon yesterday. Participating blogs gifted each other with odd movies to write about. See the results.

Low Resolution "She Should Work More Vol Xxvi: Amy Madigan" Well stated, Joe. She should. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Three Mel Brooks Movies Burst onto Blu-ray

8 June 2010 9:41 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Blu-ray Review

High Anxiety

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Cast: Mel Brooks, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn

Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins

Rating: PG

Due Out: May 11, 2010

Plot: A respected psychiatrist (Brooks) becomes head of a psychological institute with administrators that try to frame him for murder.

Who’S It For?: Those who love Hitchcock films. But don’t watch this one if you might be a neurotic who is very, very nervous.

Movie:

Vertigo, North by Northwest, The Birds, Psycho, and other Hitchcock titles are parodied here in this spoof that is both respectful and very goofy when dealing with the original material. Brooks is fun to watch on-screen as the lead, but the list of funny and memorable jokes is shorter than one may expect. High Anxiety is a likable parody, especially with its goofy cast that can play ball with Brooks’ humor, but it’s not one »

- Nick Allen

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DVD Playhouse--May 2010

17 May 2010 11:41 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—May 2010

By

Allen Gardner

Avatar (20th Century Fox) James Cameron beat his own title as box office champ, set with Titanic over a decade ago, with this eye-popping sci-fi epic about a paraplegic Marine name Sully (Sam Worthington), who takes the form of an “avatar,” or virtual being, to go undercover on the planet Pandora, attempting to infiltrate the native Na’vi to gather intelligence that will aid a joint corporate and military operation to rape the planet of its natural resources, destroying its indigenous population in the process. When Sully suddenly “goes native,” he locks horns with the company CEO (Giovanni Ribisi) and his gung-ho commanding officer (Stephen Lang, in a wonderful, scenery-chewing turn from a long-underrated actor). Thought of by many scholars and film buffs as a “game-changer” as much as the first Star Wars film was—and they may be right. While Cameron’s politically-correct »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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retro trailer: ‘The Muppet Movie’

11 April 2010 3:45 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

This is a looong trailer -- I’m not sure where it came from. Don Deluise, Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Milton Berle, Charles Durning, Mel Brooks... and of course, Kermit and Miss Piggy. It’s a who’s who of 1970s comedy This might be the first movie -- after Star Wars -- that I remember music being such an integral part of. That little snippet from the “Movin’ Right Along” song in this trailer is like a time machine, slamming me back into being a 10-year-old... The Muppet Movie is available on DVD in Region 1 from Amazon.com and from Amazon.ca and in Region 2 from Amazon U.K. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Robin Hood: Men in Tights, History of the World: Part I and High Anxiety Come to Blu-ray on May 11th

2 April 2010 3:27 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Mel Brooks fans everywhere will be able to enjoy three classic Brooks comedies in 1080p this May. High Anxiety, History of the World, Part I and Robin Hood: Men in Tights will all be released on Blu-ray on May 11. Each disc will be priced at $24.99 Srp and you can take a look at the cover art and special features for each disc below.

An outrageous homage to the Hitchcock thriller about a nut-job with a paralyzing fear of heights, High Anxiety stars the comic genius himself as renowned Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Richard Thorndyke who's just become head of the Psycho-Neurotic Institute for the Very Very Nervous. Co-starring Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman and Madeline Kahn, High Anxiety is considered one of Brooks' best.

Special Features:

Hitchcock and Mel: Spoofing the Master of SuspenseThe "Am I Very, Very Nervous?" TestDr. Thorndyke's Ink Blot TestHow Anxious Am I?Don't Get Anxious! The Trivia »

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Blu-Ray Review: Comedy Fans Must Own ‘The Mel Brooks Collection’

20 January 2010 9:43 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “The Mel Brooks Collection” contains two undeniable masterpieces, four more films that I could watch repeatedly, two so-so entries, and one interesting dud. The range of material, the special features, and the collectible packaging make it a must-own for anyone who dares claim to be a hardcore comedy fan.

Blu-Ray Rating: 5.0/5.0

Comedy is subjective but there’s nearly universal agreement on the fact that “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein” are two of the funniest movies ever made. They simply never get old. They had been previously available on Blu-ray, but most of their partners in this new collection are debuting on the format.

The Mel Brooks Collection was released on Blu-Ray on December 15th, 2009.

Photo credit: Fox Home Video

Eight of the eleven films that Brooks directed are included, in chronological order: “The Twelve Chairs,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Silent Movie,” “High Anxiety,” “History of the World, Part I, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The Mel Brooks Collection Blu-ray Review

12 January 2010 1:04 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Watching the Fox Mel Brooks Collection on Blu-ray, two things become readily apparent. One is that Mel Brooks loves movies. He doesn’t just like them, he loves them. Sure, you can hold his adaptation of the Ernst Lubitsch film To Be or Not to Be against him, but can you think of another filmmaker who would make a silent film ever, much less in the mid-70’s? His greatest films are movie-centric satires that show a great affection for old Hollywood and when he strays he tends to fall flat. The second part of the equation that is Mel Brooks is presented after the jump.

And that second part of Mel Brooks is this: he started strong and lost his way. Something of a gag writer, when paired with Gene Wilder the two made their best works - on their own Brooks made films with a lot of gags, »

- Andre Dellamorte

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