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Staff Picks: Kevin Polowy's Top 10 Movies of 2011

26 December 2011 11:00 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

It's useless trying to sum up 2011 movies in a nutshell. As in every year, there were those that wowed (see below) and those that almost made you lose faith in all of humanity ("Green Lantern," "Jack and Jill"). And then of course, there were those movies that didn't live up to the hype.

But as I've always said, expectations are a bee-yotch. "The Descendants" and "Drive," for instance, are both films that I saw in advance, yet that had already been built up by fellow journos ("Descendants" as the Best Picture frontrunner, "Drive" as just Best. Picture. Ever.). I appreciated but was slightly disappointed by both. And then there's "Hugo," of which I saw an early cut that was overly long (Scorsese later edited it) with not-quite-finished 3-D.

Of the 150 or so movies I watched in '11, these are simply just the 10 I enjoyed the most, with an additional 10 honorable »

- Kevin Polowy

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The Baytown Disco Movie Poster starring Billy Bob Thornton, Eva Longoria

21 December 2011 2:50 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Poster for The Baytown Disco, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Eva Longoria Barry Battles directs as well as scripting the action/crime comedy alongside Griffin Hood, also stars Paul Wesley, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Michael Rapaport, Serinda Swan, Zoe Bell, Natalie Martinez, Brea Grant, Andre Braugher and Daniel Cudmore. The film is produced by Bill Perkins and Robert Teitel, and was shot in Louisiana. Battles makes his feature-length directorial debut on the project, after a single credit for a short called Mr. Extion. Thank you to our friends over at IMPAwards for this, the first poster for The Baytown Disco. After her ex-husband Carlos shoots Celeste three times in the gut, it's time to play dirty. In the fight for her godson, Rob, she hires three outlawed and redneck brothers to bring him back to her. But nothing can be that simple in the South. What begins as a small rescue mission rises to a southern battle royal. »

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The Baytown Disco Movie Poster starring Billy Bob Thornton, Eva Longoria

21 December 2011 2:50 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Poster for The Baytown Disco, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Eva Longoria Barry Battles directs as well as scripting the action/crime comedy alongside Griffin Hood, also stars Paul Wesley, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Michael Rapaport, Serinda Swan, Zoe Bell, Natalie Martinez, Brea Grant, Andre Braugher and Daniel Cudmore. The film is produced by Bill Perkins and Robert Teitel, and was shot in Louisiana. Battles makes his feature-length directorial debut on the project, after a single credit for a short called Mr. Extion. Thank you to our friends over at IMPAwards for this, the first poster for The Baytown Disco. After her ex-husband Carlos shoots Celeste three times in the gut, it's time to play dirty. In the fight for her godson, Rob, she hires three outlawed and redneck brothers to bring him back to her. But nothing can be that simple in the South. What begins as a small rescue mission rises to a southern battle royal. »

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The Baytown Disco Movie Poster starring Billy Bob Thornton, Eva Longoria

21 December 2011 2:50 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Poster for The Baytown Disco, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Eva Longoria Barry Battles directs as well as scripting the action/crime comedy alongside Griffin Hood, also stars Paul Wesley, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Michael Rapaport, Serinda Swan, Zoe Bell, Natalie Martinez, Brea Grant, Andre Braugher and Daniel Cudmore. The film is produced by Bill Perkins and Robert Teitel, and was shot in Louisiana. Battles makes his feature-length directorial debut on the project, after a single credit for a short called Mr. Extion. Thank you to our friends over at IMPAwards for this, the first poster for The Baytown Disco. After her ex-husband Carlos shoots Celeste three times in the gut, it's time to play dirty. In the fight for her godson, Rob, she hires three outlawed and redneck brothers to bring him back to her. But nothing can be that simple in the South. What begins as a small rescue mission rises to a southern battle royal. »

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Ida Awards and More Documentary News

3 December 2011 9:20 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Patricio Guzmán's Nostalgia for the Light won Best Feature at the International Documentary Association's Awards ceremony in Los Angeles last night. The La Times' Susan King: "Set in northern Chile's Atacama Desert, the documentary juxtaposes scenes of astronomers in observatories scanning the galaxies, while nearby, archaeologists and elderly women dig through the sand searching for the human remains of pre-Columbian mummies, 19th century miners who labored in slave conditions and the bodies of victims of Gen Augusto Pinochet's regime who were taken to the Atacama as political prisoners and dumped there." Michael Guillén interviewed Guzmán in October 2010.

TheWrap's Steve Pond notes that neither Nostalgia nor any of the other docs nominated for the Ida's top award — Better This World, How to Die in Oregon, The Redemption of General Butt Naked and The Tiniest Place — have made the Academy's shortlist of 15 films left in the race for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar. »

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Producers Guild Awards Unveil Best Documentary Nominees!

2 December 2011 11:44 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has announced the nominees for their Documentary Theatrical Motion Picture category. The Television series nominations for the 2012 Producers Guild Awards will be announced on December 7, and the rest of the nominations will be announced January 3.

Winners of the 2012 Producers Guild Award will be announced on January 21 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel where Steven Spielberg, Leslie Moonves, Don Mischer, and Stan Lee, will be honored.

Here are the Documentary nominees of the 2012 Producers Guild Awards:

"Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest"

Actor Michael Rapaport documents the influential band A Tribe Called Quest.

"Bill Cunningham New York"

Profiling veteran New York City fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham.

"Project Nim"

The unbelievable story of a chimpanzee who was raised as a human child by a family.

"Senna"

A documentary on Ayrton Senna, a Brazilian Formula One racing driver who won the F1 world championship three times! »

- Manny

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Producers Guild Announces 5 Documentary Nominees

2 December 2011 9:12 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Producers Guild of America announced their five 2012 Documentary Theatrical Motion Picture award nominees Friday.  Sony Pictures Classics' Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest from Michael Rapaport, Richard Press' Bill Cunningham New York from Zeitgeist Films and Senna, the profile of Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna from Asif Kapadia were among the nominees.  Video: 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest' Trailer Project Nim, which follows a chimpanzee who was raised like a human child from Oscar-winner James March (Man on Wire) also received a nod.

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- Lauren Schutte

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Grammy nominations: Tina Fey, Betty White, Seth MacFarlane and more

1 December 2011 7:30 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

The big Grammy awards were announced Wednesday night (Nov. 30) via the Grammy's concert on CBS. Kanye leads all nominees with seven, followed by Adele, Bruno Mars and the Foo Fighters with six apiece.

But what about the lesser-publicized Grammys? There are always some fun names on those nomination lists.

"30 Rock" star Tina Fey is nominated for her first Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for her work on "Bossypants," the audio book version of her memoir. Fey faces off with fellow funnywoman Betty White, also a first-time Grammy nominee, who is in the same category for her audio book "If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't)." They are also both up against actor Val Kilmer for his work on "The Mark of Zorro."

Seth MacFarlane is up for two Grammys and involved in a third. THe "Family Guy" creator is nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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2012 Grammy nominations: Adele, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and more

30 November 2011 7:56 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

The nominees have been announced for the 54th annual Grammy Awards. Kanye West leads the nominations with seven; Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars each garner six nods; and Lil Wayne and Skrillex each are up for five awards.  The Grammys air live on CBS Feb. 12, 2012.

Album Of The Year:

21 -- Adele

Wasting Light -- Foo Fighters

Born This Way -- Lady Gaga

Doo-Wops & Hooligans -- Bruno Mars

Loud -- Rihanna

Record Of The Year:

"Rolling In The Deep" -- Adele

"Holocene" -- Bon Iver

"Grenade" -- Bruno Mars

"The Cave" -- Mumford & Sons

"Firework" -- Katy Perry

Best New Artist: (artist/producer)

The Band Perry

Bon Iver

J. Cole

Nicki Minaj

Skrillex

Song Of The Year: (songwriter)

"All Of The Lights" -- Jeff Bhasker, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter and Kanye West, songwriters

(Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie)

"The Cave" -- Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford and Country Winston, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Top 10 films that defined the 90s

25 November 2011 2:43 PM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

The 1990s were quite a turning point for society as a whole. After a decade of conservative politics, neon colors, feel-good music, corporate greed and the entire “Me” generation, we as a collective whole hit a brick wall and said “enough”. Suddenly bands who were labeled “college rock” were hitting the popular stations, Grunge put Seattle back on the map. And suddenly no one knew who they were anymore. Clothiers stole from every imaginable source for inspiration, songwriters eschewed the party scene for lyrics that delved deep into the darker recesses of the soul, and the tough guy made way for the sensitive, caring man who wasn’t afraid to show emotion.

As always, film is a wonderful time-capsule, capturing the present and preserving it for us to look back on and take a new look at what was going on in the world. Here, I present ten films that »

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10 Best Documentaries of 2011

22 November 2011 7:21 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Documentaries have come a long way in the past twenty years, especially in the past decade. Ten years ago, I would have been at a loss for words had you asked me to name ten “great” documentaries released in a single year. Documentary film has developed into a popular and visible form of entertainment, while having a bigger effect on society, usually addressing important issues with the goal of informing the public and pushing for social change.

The shortlist of documentary nominees for the 84th Annual Academy Awards were announced recently. As expected, many bloggers have commented on their disappointment with the number of misfires. I doubt that these same bloggers have seen the majority of the films listed, so it is a bit unfair that they presume these 15 titles aren’t worthy of consideration. With that said, I can say that two of the best films I’ve seen »

- Ricky

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The Story With The Best Documentary Short List Is, Once Again, The Snubs

19 November 2011 9:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Every single year come awards season, it's always upsetting to see the blatant misfires on the Academy's short list of films eligible for the Best Documentary Oscar. Just last year [1], the big story wasn't so much that Exit Through the Gift Shop or Restrepo were up for the award, it was that films like Catfish, Best Worst Movie and Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work were snubbed. This year it's more of the same. Much more. Fifteen films have been chosen that will be narrowed down to five to tangle for the Oscar itself and on that list are several exceptional documentaries: Bill Cunningham New York, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory and Project Nim (above) just to name a few. Not on the list, however are Constance Mark's Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey, Steve James’s The Interrupters, Werner Herzog‘s Into the Abyss, Errol Morris' Tabloid, Ian Palmer's Knuckle, »

- Germain Lussier

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My favourite film: Beautiful Girls

3 November 2011 5:59 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In our writers' favourite film series, Michael Hann and family find solace in Ted Demme's flawed but incisive ensemble drama

• Not pretty enough? Post your own review of Demme's Beautiful Girls – or leave a comment in the thread

You could argue that Ted Demme's Beautiful Girls is little more than an artfully arranged array of Hollywood comedy-drama archetypes. High school reunion? Yes. Bunch of tight childhood friends on divergent paths? Yes. Plus you've got unattainable girls, commitment issues, and the need to make a big decision that will change everything forever. And there are the character archetypes, too: the smooth lothario whose life is really a sham, the deluded jerk, the square, the happy loser, the cool but not too cool guy we're set up to identify with, the kinda kooky but great girl we're meant to fall in love with, the sassy best friend, the glamorous outsider with the model looks. »

- Michael Hann

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Cmj 2011 Movie Review: Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

1 November 2011 3:45 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest Director: Michael Rapaport Lately, there’s been a run of music documentaries coming out, more of them being actual love letters to the music instead of actual films is slightly annoying to the landscape of cinema. Recently, Cameron Crowe released his love letter to Pearl Jam in “Pearl Jam Twenty,” which was an examination of how wonderful the band Pearl Jam was and is in pop culture and to Cameron Crowe. But despite the glitzy frills of concert footage and more recent interviews melded with home videos from the late 80s and early 90s, “Pearl Jam Twenty” doesn’t offer »

- Rudie Obias

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New Release: Cop Land Collector’s Series Blu-ray

31 October 2011 1:21 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Release Date: Nov. 1, 2011

Price: Blu-ray $14.99

Studio: Lionsgate

The 1997 crime film Cop Land features perhaps Sylvester Stallone’s (The Expendables) best performance.

Written and directed by James Mangold (Knight and Day), the drama movie stars Stallone as Freddy Heflin, the sheriff of a New Jersey suburb that’s home to a crop of New York City policemen. Injured in an accident years earlier, Freddy looks up to the NYPD cops, something he has always aspired to be, but when he sees a young cop (Michael Rapaport, The 6th Day) who’s supposedly dead alive and kicking, he begins to realize that the cops living in his town might not be so perfect. When Internal Affairs (Robert De Niro, Taxi Driver) asks for Freddy’s help, he’s torn between turning against the cops he admires and being the kind of policeman he has always tried to be.

Released in 1997, Cop Land has a great cast. »

- Sam

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest’

24 October 2011 3:08 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Actor Michael Rapaport proves himself a gifted documentarian with “Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD and a gift for fans of the golden age of hip-hop. Documenting the ups and downs of one of the most beloved and influential bands in the history of rap, Rapaport has delivered a strong music doc that sags a bit near the end but nevertheless serves to remind viewers of the right age that hip-hop just ain’t what it used to be.

Blu-Ray Rating: 3.5/5.0

I’m old enough to remember when A Tribe Called Quest hit the music world like a bomb. For the right listeners of the right age (of which I was one), the band was a part of a wave of bands that were revolutionizing hip-hop in their own way. I vividly remember De La Soul, The Jungle Brothers, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Blu-Ray Review: Beats, Rhymes, & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest

21 October 2011 12:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

I've had to tear down and restart this review several times now because I want so very much for you to see Michael Rapaport's Beats, Rhymes, and Life, but I don't want to oversell it, while still adequately explaining the impact it had on me. My impulse is to say that in charting the rise and dissolution of the 90's hip hop sometimes-quartet A Tribe Called Quest, Rapaport has made a vital and important movie--not just because Quest was such a great group (which they were) but because there's no real sense of history with hip-hop, because for the most part, there is no idea of "classic rap," and articulating where the music's been is as essential as the history of rock, country, jazz, and »

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Contest: Win Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest DVD

18 October 2011 10:23 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Michael Rapaport's documentary Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest will be released on Blu-ray and DVD October 18. We have a new contest lined up to celebrate this documentary on A Tribe Called Quest, and we're giving away copies of the DVD and a poster signed by Phife Dawg and director Michael Rapaport. These prizes will certainly go fast, so enter this contest today.

Winners Receive:

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest DVDBeats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest poster signed by Phife Dawg and director Michael Rapaport

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Just "Like" (fan) the MovieWeb Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

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DVD: DVD: DVDs In Brief: October 19, 2011

18 October 2011 10:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

After flopping commercially with the stellar cult favorites Zero Effect, The TV Set, and Walk Hard, director Jake Kasdan finally scored a big commercial hit with Bad Teacher (Sony), a ribald, hard-r-rated comedy distinguished by Cameron Diaz’s fearlessly committed performance as a proudly amoral gold-digger who sets her sights on exquisitely milquetoast new co-worker Justin Timberlake. It’s just too bad the filmmakers couldn’t think of anything for love interest Jason Segel to do beyond standing on the sidelines looking/being adorable… Actor Michael Rapaport made an unexpectedly moving directorial debut with Beats Rhymes & Life (Sony), a documentary »

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Bad Teacher, Red State

18 October 2011 11:44 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

We've got quite a few new releases hitting and DVD and Blu-ray this week and Captain Jack Sparrow leads the way with a zillion different version of his latest adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Other major titles include the R-rated (or optionally unrated) comedy Bad Teacher starring Cameron Diaz, the animated direct-to-dvd feature Batman: Year One, and Kevin Smith's Red State, which is accompanied by more Askew-niverse fanboy merch like Kevin Smith: Too Fat for 40 and Smodimations: Vol. 1. There are plenty of interesting documentaries this week as well such as Michael Rapaport's A Tribe Called Quest documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life, William Shatner's The Captains, Page One: Inside the New York Times and the Danish war doc Armadillo. If that's not enough we've also got The Crow, Scorsese's Cape Fear and The Guns of Navarone on Blu! What will you be buying or renting this week? »

- Sean

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