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So, that's it for 2010. And what have we learned tonight, Craig?
Digital is coming, hard and fast. Comixology just announced (via press release) that at the moment there are more than five thousand comics in its store, and that that application has been downloaded over one million times from iTunes. You know what they aren't saying? How many comics they're actually selling. Heck, it'd be interesting to find out how many comics they've been giving away for free.
We do have some industry numbers: while graphic novel sales fell an estimated 20%, digital comics sales increased over 1000%. And it's not just comics, either; Amazon announced that the Kindle has now outsold Harry Potter at their site-- best guesses say they've sold 5.4 million to date. Barnes & Noble has announced that the Nook line of eReaders has become the company's biggest bestseller ever in almost 40 years. And the iPad was the most wished »
- ComicMix Staff
It's not been a vintage year for fanboy fare, writes Ben Child, but he's managed to find a top five worth shouting about. Post your own shortlist below
Once again we find ourselves in the season of lists, and just as was the case last year, I find myself incapable of finding 10 films that I can recommend as the year's best. Does this say something about the dearth of quality fanboy fare? Quite possibly. We may have emerged from the bad old years of Joel Schumacher Batman movies and Ben Affleck in a pimp suit, but there are still more poor and distinctly average films out there than there are great ones.
This year saw the arrival of Predators, much-hyped but ultimately a tired retread with few new ideas to revive the franchise, not to mention a pointless Laurence Fishburne pseudo-cameo. We also had the fetid Jonah Hex, in which »
- Ben Child
Christmas might be over, but @NextMovie loves our Twitter followers so much we want to keep giving you stuff! Can’t argue with that, can ya?
Featuring Chace Crawford , 50 Cent, Rory Culkin and Emma Roberts – and narrated by Kiefer Sutherland – you know this is one flick you don’t want to miss! Just check out the awesome interactive “ABCs of Twelve” Flipbook to see for yourself.
All you have to do to be entered to win is follow @NextMovie on twitter and retweet the following message: ”We’re giving away ‘Twelve’ DVDs to 3 lucky followers. Rt (via copy/paste) this to enter! Rules: http://cot.ag/e2bEXk“
We’re taking entries from now until 4 p. »
- NextMovie Staff
If you've got money or gift cards left over from Christmas that are burning a hole in your pocket, there are a few new DVD and Blu-ray releases this week that just might be worth picking up. Most notably, Anton Corbijn's The American starring George Clooney hits stores today, along with the fourth Resident Evil film Resident Evil: Afterlife, which is also available on Blu-ray in 3D! If that's not enough for you, there is also Joel Schumacher's latest crapterpiece Twelve, along with new seasons of Jersey Shore and Diablo Cody's The United States of Tara, plus the first season of the amazing animated spy comedy Archer, from the makers of Sealab 2021 and Frisky Dingo. Will you be buying or renting anything this week? The American  (+ Blu-ray ) Resident Evil: Afterlife  (+ Blu-ray , Blu-ray 3D ) Twelve  (+ Blu-ray ) Fubar II  (+ Blu-ray ) (Canada only) Legendary  Legacy  And Soon the Darkness »
Director: Joel Schumacher
The Scoop: “Gossip Girl”‘s Crawford may remain on the Upper East Side in this film, but don’t expect quite the polish from this gritty drug drama. He plays White Mike, a teen who trades a high school diploma for the cash he can bank dealing to the Manhattan elite. When his cousin is killed and his best friend is arrested for pulling the trigger, his world – which includes innocent love interest Molly (Roberts) – and judgmental philosophies are thrown into a tailspin. Kiefer Sutherland narrates.
Rated R, 93 min. | Watch the trailer »
- NextMovie Staff
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Not a whole lot to choose from this Tuesday after Christmas as most studios like to get their product on the shelves for gift-giving rather than counting on people spending their gift certificates the days after, but there may be something of interest for a couple of you.
The American I know a lot of people did not like this movie but I found it to be quite good. I wonder if anyone that didn't like this movie could possibly like Somewhere, both are rather quiet and meditative features. It's interesting Focus handled both of them this year. Resident Evil: Afterlife I will need to Netflix this one, but I won't be adding it to the home collection, at least not until I've seen it. I still don't own the third one and have no intention of buying it »
- Brad Brevet
Taking in the Small Screen this week, a trip to Europe with a gun-slinging George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey's new cable network, an Australian outback love story, a rehashing of Vietnam, and Joel Schumacher's Upper West Side mess are this week's top picks on indieWIRE's column looking at entertainment off the silver screen. 1. George Clooney's 2010 Entry "The American" (criticWIRE rating: B-) Anton Corbijn's international thriller "The American" didn't succeed »
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Due Out: December 28, 2010
Plot: An intersecting tale mainly focused on drug dealer White Mike as he is torn between the mean streets of New York and the fabulous party lifestyle of the upper East side. Things start to change for White Mike with the introduction of a new drug, twelve.
Twelve is an interesting kind of movie. It doesn’t seem to have much to say other than a Mr. Garrison’s “Drugs are bad, mmkay?” occasionally and even that is a bit of a stretch. »
- Calhoun Kersten
2010 was an interesting year for comic-book movies, with films as diverse as Kick-Ass and Scott Pilgrim (one a controversial hit, the other a box-office flop) slyly subverting superhero conventions to entertaining effect. Compared to these sprightly charmers, Jonah Hex (2010, Warner, 15), which commanded glossy front covers prior to its damp-squib release, turned out to be one of the year's biggest disappointments.
Reliably gruff Josh Brolin plays the titular, back-from-the-dead civil war scarface, hellbent on vengeance after his family and visage were torched by evil-haired Confederate slimeball Quentin Turnbull, played in pantomime-dame fashion by John Malkovich. Turnbull is in possession of some newfangled sub-nuclear super weapon which he tests by casually wiping out a small western town, and which he intends to train on the Capitol building of a country sorely in need of a new sheriff. Or something. Meanwhile, Megan Fox's ballsy tart »
- Mark Kermode
DVD Playhouse December 2010
America Lost And Found: The Bbs Story (Criterion) Perhaps the best DVD box set released this year, this ultimate cinefile stocking stuffer offered up by Criterion, the Rolls-Royce of home video labels, features seven seminal works from the late ‘60s-early ‘70s that were brought to life by cutting edge producers Bert Schneider, Steve Blauner and director/producer Bob Rafelson, the principals of Bbs Productions. In chronological order: Head (1968) star the Monkees, the manufactured (by Rafelson, et al), American answer to the Beatles who, like it or not, did make an impact on popular culture, particularly in this utterly surreal piece of cinematic anarchy (co-written by Jack Nicholson, who has a cameo), which was largely dismissed upon its initial release, but is now regarded as a counterculture classic. Easy Rider (1969) is arguably regarded as the seminal ‘60s picture, about two hippie drug dealers (director Dennis Hopper »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
A look at what's new on DVD today:
Directed by Marcus Efron
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment
A remake of the 1970 British thriller of the same name, director Marcos Efron transplants the story from France to Argentina where two friends' bike ride across the mountains takes a turn for the disastrous when one mysteriously disappears. "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" star Amber Heard and "The Unborn"'s Odette Yustman bring their collected screaming ability to this horror film. Karl Urban and "Babel"'s Adrianna Barraza co-star.
Directed by Anton Corbijn
Released by Universal Home Video
Ahh, Focus might've suckered unsuspecting moviegoers at the multiplex with an amped-up action ad campaign for this elegaic account of the last assignment of a hit man (George Clooney) - "The American" scored an impressive D- from Cinemascore as it became the number one film at the box »
- Stephen Saito
Now we know they are famous forever but once they were unknowns. So how did some of Ireland's biggest names actually get their start in movies? The answers will surprise you. Colin Farrell Colin Farrell tries to give the impression of being a working-class Dublin boyo – but in fact he comes from the posh Dublin suburb of Castleknock. Some have fallen for the image he projects – the on-line magazine, “Askman,” for example, once wrote that Farrell is “the kind of guy you want to knock back a few pints with. He oozes working-class heroism.” His father Eamon, was a former soccer player with an Irish club called Shamrock Rovers, and currently runs a health food store in Dublin. He has said that his mother, Rita, collects newspapers clippings of him for her scrapbook. Although his accent makes him sound like someone who grew up in a tough Dublin neighborhood of Dublin, »
Gary Collinson selects his Essential Movie Superheroes...
Although the comic-book superhero was generally overlooked by the movie industry until Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie (1978) made you believe a man could fly, Hollywood failed to capitalise on this success over the next couple of decades and a stigma soon became attached to the genre. Save for a handful of notable exceptions (Warner Bros.’ Batman franchise was successful, but we all know how that turned out once Joel Schumacher got involved), it wasn’t until the release of the X-Men and Spider-Man movies that Hollywood really started to stand up and pay attention.
These days it seems you can’t breathe for superheroes – 2010 has seen the release of Iron Man II, Kick-Ass and Jonah Hex, while the next few years will see a host of superhero movies grace the screen including Thor and X-Men: First Class in 2011 along with the likes of Captain America, »
Not many directors have made a success of one superhero movie, let alone two. So why move on to the Magic Kingdom?
If there were a line in the Hollywood sand, with the hacks on one side of it, and the more creative film-makers on the other, Jon Favreau's decision this week to spurn Iron Man 3 in favour of Disney family jaunt Magic Kingdom might just push him into the former camp. Cynics will suggest that both are big-budget movies controlled firmly by the men in suits. Yet Favreau brought a firm but unfussy hand to the first two Iron Man films, turning what was something of an also-ran character in Marvel's canon into the star of one of the biggest and best-received series in comic book moviedom.
- Ben Child
Jon Favreau announced today that he won’t be returning for Iron Man 3 which seems just as well. Iron Man 2 was a mixed bag, and Favreau already seems to be moving onto the next stage of his career with Cowboys & Aliens. Unfortunately, the man leaves a large director’s chair to be filled – a chair that comes with a lot of expectations and responsibilities alongside what must be a cave-full of fun to be had playing around with Tony Stark. There’s no secret formula for choosing the right director for a project, especially when its the third in a series. We here at Fsr wouldn’t recommend Brett Ratner or Joel Schumacher based on past performance in taking over franchises on the third film, but finding names that actually make sense is a little more challenging. We’ve done our best to come up with at least six individuals that would be up to »
- FSR Staff
Like previous Music in the Movies subject, Elmer Bernstein, Elliot Goldenthal was a student of the legendary Aaron Copland. Whilst Goldenthal isn't the most prolific of film composers, his distinct sound has accompanied some great films over the years and earned him three Oscar nominations and one win. A reason why Goldenthal hasn't got the number of credits his contemporaries boast? He often alternates between film scoring and stage productions.
I haven't included his Oscar winning score for Frida in the article, as I'm not a huge fan of it and there are other titles below that fit better with the rest of the series.
So, here are what I consider to be the most notable scores of Goldenthal's career:
Alien 3 »
Before arriving, invitees traveling to this 10th anniversary edition of the Marrakech Film Festival were presented with an eye-popping list of stars — actors and directors both — who would be in attendance. Keanu Reeves, Martin Scorsese, Susan Sarandon, Eva Mendes, Francis Ford Coppola, Harvey Keitel (the subject of a retrospective), the Dardennes Brothers… the list went on and on. Some of these stars showed up to promote their films — Reeves, for example, arrived with James Caan (also the subject of a tribute) to support their opening night picture, Henry’s Crime. Coppola and the Dardennes along with Lee Chang-dong are doing “master classes” later in the week. Others — Maggie Cheung, Gael Garcia Bernal — are on the jury. Still others are simply traveling with retrospective titles because they love this festival and the city. (Sarandon, for example, is appearing at a public screening of Joel Schumacher’s The Client… Read the rest »
- Scott Macaulay
There's also posters for I Am Number Four and The Adjustment Bureau.
A new and longer trailer for HBO's upcoming fantasy series "Game of Thrones" is up at Youtube.
- Garth Franklin
HeyUGuys consider ourselves fortunate to have the opportunity to while away our days watching, thinking, eat, sleep-and-dreaming film. We recognise that the things we get to do on a daily basis are extraordinary. Topping our list of the extra extraordinary this month was the opportunity to sit down and talk with Colin Farrell.
We have loved the irrepressible Irish native since his mesmeric, screen-dominating turn as Private Bozz in Joel Schumacher’s Tigerland. Hollywood fell in love with him too and he went on to achieve critical and box office success in the decade that followed. He is hoping to replicate that success with the two pictures he has opening this winter: Peter Weir’s The Way Back – an epic escape/adventure that trekked him across three countries during the challenging shoot – and William Monaghan’s London Boulevard.
London Boulevard opens here in the UK on Friday 26th November and »
- Emily Breen
When I think of Matthew McConaughey as a lawyer, I think of Jake Brigance, John Grisham’s sweaty, beefcake version of Atticus Finch in Joel Schumacher’s A Time To Kill. But after 14 years of playing mostly callow characters, McConaughey doesn’t really have the persona to play idealistic anymore. So it’s just as well that he’s cast as a sketchy attorney in the adaptation of Michael Connelly’s The Lincoln Lawyer. He doesn’t quite reach the level of Frank Galvin (Paul Newman in The Verdict), but he’s definitely sending out a Richard-Gere-in-Primal-Fear-vibe, especially with a »
- Jeff Labrecque
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