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17 items from 2010


The Top Ten ‘Dream’ Movies

7 December 2010 5:00 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

With Inception out on DVD and Blu-ray this week, we thought we’d take a look at some of the other movies out there that tackling dreams and dream states… So here it is, the Top Ten Dream Movies.

10) Time Bandits

A boy and six good-natured little persons career through time-twisting interactions with Napoleon, Robin Hood, and Agamemnon, among others, with a map the little people stole from their employer, the Supreme Being. But their intention is to rob their way through the past, which does not make their boss happy. Meanwhile, Evil is after the map in order to become the Supreme Being himself. The result is an extraordinarily visual extravaganza that overflows with Gilliam’s ecstatic vision.

9) Paprika

Techno-geek Kosaku Tokita invented the DC Mini to allow therapists to enter a patient’s dreams and explore his unconscious, but an evil cabal uses the Mini to create a »

- Phil

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We Blame Mona: Tony Danza Screams At Priest During Funeral

17 November 2010 3:00 PM, PST | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

Look, we know Mona wasn’t the instigator of every crazy scheme on Who’s the Boss? (counterpoint: yes, she was), but we ask you, who else could have made Tony Danza scream at a priest during a funeral? Apparently Danza became angry during the funeral of writer Philip Carlo, held last week at the Peter C. La Bella Funeral Home in Brooklyn. The service was also attended by Mickey Rourke and Danny Aiello among others, officially making this funeral identical to a weird sexy dream we once had but feel embarrassed talking about. As Carlo’s eulogy went on, Danza apparently didn’t care for what the priest had to say, eventually interrupting the holy man to yell, “Excuse me, but this is not about you. It’s supposed to be about my friend, and if you can’t do that, maybe you should let someone else speak!’” We »

- Halle Kiefer

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NY Friars Club Honors Michael Feinstein Pictures

10 November 2010 6:54 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Michael Feinstein and Billy Stritch attend NY Friars Club Honors Michael Feinstein.Photo copyright Bernadette Giacomazzo/PR Photos. Marti Miller and Michael Feinstein attend NY Friars Club Honors Michael Feinstein.Photo copyright Bernadette Giacomazzo/PR Photos. David Hyde Pierce, Freddie Roman, Marti Miller, and Michael Feinstein attend NY Friars Club Honors Michael Feinstein.Photo copyright Bernadette Giacomazzo/PR Photos. David Hyde Pierce attends NY Friars Club Honors Michael Feinstein.Photo copyright Bernadette Giacomazzo/PR Photos. Freddie Roman and Danny Aiello attend NY Friars Club Honors Michael Feinstein.Photo copyright Bernadette Giacomazzo/PR Photos. 11/08/2010 - David Hyde Pierce - NY Friars Club Honors Michael Feinstein - Arrivals - The Friars Club - New York City, NY USA © Bernadette Giacomazzo/PR Photos 11/08/2010 - David »

- Michelle Wray

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Familiar Faces: The Woody Allen Hierarchy.

22 September 2010 5:10 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Woody Allen's newest feature You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger opens today in movie theaters. It's currently confusing me with its Curse of The Jade Scorpion or The Purple Rose of Cairo -like silhouette poster. With this move the marketing department has made me recall both the worst and the best from Woody Allen's filmography simultaneously. It's very schizo... maybe this means the new feature will be right smack dab in the middle, neither essential nor embarrassing?

American Poster (left), a European treatment (right)

Why couldn't they have gone with the European poster treatment? European posters are always better. It's a law of Hollywood's nature.

To celebrate its release -- I haven't had time to see it yet -- I wanted to revamp an old list I started years ago. When Vicky Cristina Barcelona was cast in 2007, numerous media outlets were making ridiculously inaccurate claims about Scarlett Johansson »

- NATHANIEL R

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Indie Watch: A Cast is Coming Together for Cut

17 September 2010 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

If you head to the official site for Cut , you can see the type of cast that's in store for the independent film. Directed by Joe Hollow and Wolfgang Meyer, Cut tells of a small crew of friends who start the weekend with a trip into the mountains. Along the way a small prank (note to kids in horror movies: quit the prankin'), local murders and a corrupt town set the stage as terrifying secrets unfold. Its a fight for survival as they spiral through a bloodbath of twists and turns and unexpected horrors. Devanny Pinn, Brandon Slagle, Mark Hanson, Larry Laverty and Frederic Doss lead the cast. Danny Aiello and Danny Trejo are supposedly in talks. Check out the site. Learn more! »

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The "Afterschool" Special, Amanda Seyfried x2 and More New on DVD

8 September 2010 4:17 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

A look at what's new on DVD today:

"Afterschool" (2009)

Directed by Antonio Campos

Released by Mpi Home Video

Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, Campos' polarizing debut stars Ezra Miller as a high schooler whose Av club assignment leads him to capture the drug-induced deaths of two of his popular prep school classmates. [Sam Adams' review of the film is here.]

"All Men Are Brothers" (1975) and "Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms" (1978)

Directed by Chang Cheh and Wu Ma/Chang Cheh

Released by Well Go USA

Well Go USA do long-suffering American kung fu fans a solid and finally release "All Men Are Brothers," the sequel to the Shaw Brothers' epic "Seven Blows of the Dragon" (a.k.a. "Water Margin") featuring David Chiang and Chen Kuan-tai as warriors battling against the tyranny of despots, and "Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms," which pits Shaw brothers favorites' the Venom Mob against the master that crippled them. »

- Stephen Saito

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Jacob’S Ladder Blu-ray Review

6 September 2010 6:32 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

One of the most haunting and overlooked films of the 80s, Adrian Lyne’s Jacob’s Ladder is a trip of a movie with a twist ending that it actually earns (I’ll not name the plethora of films guilty of not warranting their surprise finales here).  It tells the story of Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins) who, in the opening moments of the picture, gets stabbed in the jungles of Vietnam.  The movie then picks up years later to find Jacob as an overworked United States postal worker in New York City.  Only the city (while normally depicted as drab and dangerous in most movies) seems more treacherous and strange than ever here.  Odd occurrences surround Jacob.  The city seems infested by what can only be described as demons.  As reality begins to crack around Jacob, his girlfriend Jezebel (Elizabeth Pena) and chiropractor Louis (Danny Aiello) take on polar opposite roles in his world, »

- Gil Kellerman

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Hollywood's late bloomers

26 August 2010 3:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hollywood may be obsessed with youth and speed, but just occasionally age and wisdom win out. Joe Queenan on the late bloomers who make a good case for biding one's time

Early next year, Annette Bening will garner an Oscar nomination for her tart, intense performance as Julianne Moore's control-freak lover in The Kids Are All Right. She could just as easily be nominated for her tart, intense performance as a neurotic middle-aged healthcare professional in the underrated film Mother and Child, another engaging arthouse release that surfaced a few months ago. In effect, after more than a decade of working infrequently, and even then mostly appearing in duds (Being Julia, The Women, Running with Scissors ) Annette Bening is making a serious comeback at the age of 52, 20 years after most leading ladies have arrived at the expiration date for their careers.

What makes this return to centre stage even »

- Joe Queenan

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Ten Box Office Bombs That Deserved An Audience

19 August 2010 10:14 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Given the critical respect/financial disrespect of the wonderful, geek-friendly romantic comedy Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, here’s a list of my top 10 financial disasters that should have been anything but:

10. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (dir. Terry Gilliam)

Released on March 10, 1989. Here we follow the tale of the Baron, off to round up his crew of heroes so that he can return to save a small town that’s under attack by the Turkish Sultan — or something like that. The film is a fantastical children’s tale with all of these ridiculous elements put together. The studio didn’t like the Gilliam-ness, and Gilliam didn’t like the studio-ness (a common tale in the auteur’s long career). The film’s budget was $47M. Its domestic gross was $8M.

9. EDtv (dir. Ron Howard)

Released on March 26, 1999. Who knew that a romantic comedy starring Matthew McConaughey could flop? This »

- Andrew Robinson

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Daytime Emmys 2010 winners list

27 June 2010 9:15 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"As the World Turns" took home some hardware in its penultimate Daytime Emmy ceremony. Michael Park and Maura West took home Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress, which was his first win and her second. "Atwt" also took home Outstanding Supporting Actress for Julie Pinson (pictured).

Here is the full list of winners:

Outstanding Drama Series

"All My Children"

"The Bold and The Beautiful"

"General Hospital"

"The Young and the Restless"

Outstanding Lead Actor

Peter Bergman as Jack Abbott on "The Young and the Restless"

Doug Davidson as Paul Williams on "The Young and the Restless"

Jon Lindstrom as Craig Montgomery on "As the World Turns"

Michael Park as Jack Snyder on "As the World Turns"

James Scott as E.J. Dimera on "Days of Our Lives"

Outstanding Lead Actress

Sarah Brown as Claudia Zacchara on "General Hospital"

Crystal Chappell as Olivia Spencer on "Guiding Light"

Bobbie Eakes as Krystal Carey »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Lionsgate Revisits Jacob's Ladder on Blu-Ray

25 June 2010 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Adrian Lyne's highly-effective 1990 film Jacob's Ladder is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a Blu-Ray debut on September 14, courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The disc will include a 1080p Hi-Def transfer, an audio commentary with Lyne, deleted scenes, a "Building Jacob's Ladder" featurette and a theatrical trailer. Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Pena and Danny Aiello star in this head trip about a Vietnam vet suffering from visions of "demons" trailing his every move. Terrific stuff definitely worth revisiting. »

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Stuntman Danny Aiello, III is Dead

19 May 2010 7:37 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

By Harris Lentz, III

Danny Aiello, III was the son of character actor Danny Aiello II, and a leading stuntman in films and television for over 30 years.

He was born in Bronx, New York, on January 27, 1957, and began his career in films in the late 1970s, appearing in the small role of Baldie in the 1979 cult classic The Wanderers.  He worked on numerous films as a stuntman and stunt coordinator over the next 30 years.

His many credits include the films Amityville II: The Possession (1982), Splash (1984), The Natural (1984), Return to Salem’s Lot (1987), Deadly Illusion (1987),Last Rites (1988), The January Man (1989), The Dream Team (1989), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989), Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989), Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (1989) as his father’s stunt double, Blue Steel (1989), Ghostbusters II (1989), Tune in Tomorrow (1990), Jacob’s Ladder (1990), Hudson Hawk(1991), The Pickle (1993), Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995), Diabolique (1996), Jungle 2 Jungle (1997), Kate & Leopold (2001), Stuart Little 2 »

- Harris Lentz

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Stuntman Aiello Loses Cancer Battle

6 May 2010 12:11 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood actor, director and veteran stuntman Danny Aiello III has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 53.

Aiello died in Hillside, New Jersey on Sunday.

The son of Oscar-nominated actor Danny Aiello, Jr., he began acting in his father's films, including a role as his dad's body double in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing.

Aiello also directed his father in 1999 feature film 18 Shades of Dust.

His credits as a stunt co-ordinator included TV firefighter drama Rescue Me, U.S. soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live and forthcoming movie Sex and the City 2.

Aiello is survived by his wife and two daughters, as well as his parents, two brothers and a sister. »

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Stunt Man Danny Aiello III Dead at 53

4 May 2010 5:06 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By Wrap Staff 

Veteran stunt man Danny Aiello III, a son of actor Danny Aiello, died May 1 of pancreatic cancer at his home in Hillsdale, N.J., according to his family.

Born in the Bronx, Aiello had numerous credits as a stunt coordinator, from the upcoming "Sex and the City 2" to FX's firefighter drama "Rescue Me" to soap operas including "All My Children."

Films on which he did stunts span nearly 30 years, starting with "Fighting Back" and "Splash" in the early '80s and including "Ghostbusters II," "Jacob's Ladder," »

- Lisa Horowitz

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Actor and stunt coordinator Danny Aiello III, dead at 53

3 May 2010 9:21 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Danny Aiello III, actor, director and stunt coordinator, died May 1 in Hillsdale, N.J., from pancreatic cancer. He was 53. Aiello III had over twenty-five years experience in the industry, receiving considerable notice as one of New York's finest up and coming filmmakers. According to his website, Mr. Aiello produced and directed "18 Shades of Dust" a feature film nominated at the London Film Festival; the CBS television series "Dellaventura" nominated for the People's Choice Award for Best New Dramatic Series; and had directed episodes of the Paramount television series "The Untouchables" and "The Watcher", as well as being 2nd Unit Director for both series. Bronx native Mr. Aiello is the son of actor Danny Aiello. As »

- April MacIntyre

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Top Ten Tuesday: Professional Killers – The Good Guys

9 March 2010 7:42 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Some people work at a desk, pushing paper… some people do manual labor, working outdoors, or in factories… some manage others and some are managed… but, a select few highly-skilled folks kill for a living. These professional killers are a lonesome breed, focused and cold, fully committed to their trade. If you were ever meet one,well… it probably means you’re not going to have a good day. However, at least in Hollywood, these mysterious assassins are not all bad guys. These movies tell us some of these skilled takers of lives actually have hearts, can love another or put their training to use for a better good. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about the movies that feature Professional Killers – The Good Guys.

10. La Femme Nikita

Ah, Luc Besson with your love for professional killer movies. Where would we be without you? But, some of you »

- Movie Geeks

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HeyUGuys IMDb250 Project – Week 5

21 February 2010 10:03 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The IMDb250. A list of the top 250 films, as ranked by the users of the biggest movie Internet site on the web. It is based upon the ratings provided by the users of The Internet Movie Database, which number into the millions. As such, it’s a perfect representation of the opinions of the movie masses, and arguably the most comprehensive ranking system on the Internet.

It’s because of this that we at HeyUGuys (and in this case, we, is myself and Gary) have decided to set ourselves a project. To watch and review all 250 movies on the list! We’ve frozen the list as of 1st January this year. It’s not as simple as it sounds, as we’ll be watching them in one year, 125 each.

This is our fifth update, a rundown of my next five movies watched for the project.

(You can find last week »

- Barry Steele

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