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The Departed: Those We Lost in 2008

21 December 2008 11:00 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

(from left) Paul Newman, Bernie Mac, George Carlin, Estelle Getty, Roy Scheider and Heath Ledger For the past two years I have started doing a recap of a select group of notable names we lost from the entertainment world (and a few others) over the past year. This is by no means an all-encompassing list, but I think it's a pretty good representation of the cream of the crop when it comes to the people that left us in 2008, and I must say, we lost A Lot of big names this year... A Lot! Brad Renfro (Died January 15, 2008) - Former child star who began his career aged 12, playing the boy at the centre of 1994 mafia drama The Client. He died of a reported accidental heroin overdose. Bobby Fischer (Died January 17, 2008) - Reclusive chess champion who died of kidney failure who became as well known for his chess as he was »

- Brad Brevet

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Google Releases 2008 Zeitgeist Rankings

10 December 2008 12:31 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Google recently released their 2008 Zeitgeist rankings, an amalgamation of billions of search queries that may or may not collectively define what captured the world’s spirit this year. From their “Top of Mind” section, they have a listing of “Fond Farewells,” those that passed away who were most searched for and many of whom are names we recognize: 1. Heath Ledger 2. Bernie Mac 3. Tim Russert 4. Isaac Hayes 5. George Carlin 6. Brad Renfro 7. Randy Pausch 8. Paul Newman 9. Boyd Coddington 10. Michael Crichton Their Showbiz section also features the graph above and a listing of the most searched for movie trailers: 1. Dark Knight 2. Iron Man 3. Hulk 4. Star Wars 5. Indiana Jones 6. Twilight 7. Spiderman 8. Superman 9. Terminator 10. Harry Potter. Finally, [...] »

- David Chen

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'Black Dynamite' Trailer, for All You Jive Turkeys

27 November 2008 10:32 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

You know, I was content with thinking that blax-ploitation send-up Black Dynamite was merely a very creative fake trailer (we've included the red-band version post-jump, just to stay safe). But every indication seems to suggest that Michael Jai White's funky fight against The Man is a feature-length affair -- and one that's been accepted to the next Sundance Film Fesitval to boot.

I don't care if Grindhouse didn't make much at the box office, because the world is still better off for having that film (or those films) in it, and I can't help but think there's room on our '70s throwback shelf for a little African-American TNT. Those feeling the vibe might want to check out the official website for a soulful theme that would do Isaac Hayes proud, some fittingly bad-ass posters and anything you might want to know about the film and its influences.

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- William Goss

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MTV Fun Interview With Edi, Taylor And Rachelle

20 November 2008 7:07 PM, PST | twilightersanonymous.com | See recent TwilightersAnonymous news »

Twilight CoStars Edi Gathegi Taylor Lautner And Rachelle Lefevre Talk Vampire Camp Potential SequelsnbspIf we get a chance to do two and three well be back for two and three Lefevre says.In real life the Twilight trio are the best of friends and like your buddies they love teasing each other giggling over injokes and reminiscing about the good old days. Recently we took some fan questions straight to them and the results proved to be more fun than a baseball game during a thunderstorm. MTV So guys Twilight is finally coming out and were super excited. We have some fun questions for you straight from the fans If you woke up tomorrow and found yourself as students at Forks High who would you want to date?Lefevre Edward! Fully Edward! Gathegi Like if Edi wakes up at Forks High? Uh Alice. Yeah shes so cute and perky and »

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I’m Bummed I RETURNed To Sleepaway Camp

18 November 2008 11:16 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

I guess this entry is going to get kind of spoilerish, but sadly (not in a sarcastic way, this is actually really sad), Return To Sleepaway Camp isn’t much worth your time anyway, so eh, read on.

Sleepaway Camp is rad. It’s that simple. It’s a modern slasher classic that I had no hesitation in returning to. It’s a case of, “I’m not sure what I want to watch, I’ll just throw on Sleepaway Camp,” or “Oh my God! You’ve never seen Sleepaway Camp?? We’re watching it right now!” How many times have you met someone who’s never seen it and then just got so excited at the prospect of making them see it and staring at their face at the end? It just contains a lot of nostalgic fun, and as far as late nights and friends go, it’s a good flick to love. »

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Samuel L. Jackson on Bernie Mac in Soul Men: "He was just out there doing his thing"

8 November 2008 11:33 AM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Underpinning Soul Men's high-energy hilarity is an unmistakable theme of mortality — a strange coincidence following the unexpected deaths of two costars, Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes

Samuel L. Jackson, who plays an aging member of a former soul group alongside Mac, says the theme leaves him solemn and optimistic.

"I'll be 60 in December, so, I look at that, and I look in the mirror, and I still don't look like somebody I thought would look like this at 60," he told TVGuide.com "So, I think about it."

In Soul Men, which opened Friday, Jackson's and Mac's characters struggle to reckon with their elder years as they try to revive their brief stardom decades after their one-hit-wonder trio split up. Their cross-country road trip is punctuated by foot-tapping song and dance performances, slapstick-driven antics, encounters with the past and even a little legal trouble.

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- Anna Dimond

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Samuel L. Jackson on Bernie Mac in Soul Men: "He was just out there doing his thing"

8 November 2008 11:33 AM, PST | TVGuide.com - Features | See recent TVGuide - Features news »

Underpinning Soul Men's high-energy hilarity is an unmistakable theme of mortality — a strange coincidence following the unexpected deaths of two costars, Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes

Samuel L. Jackson, who plays an aging member of a former soul group alongside Mac, says the theme leaves him solemn and optimistic.

"I'll be 60 in December, so, I look at that, and I look in the mirror, and I still don't look like somebody I thought would look like this at 60," he told TVGuide.com "So, I think about it."

In Soul Men, which opened Friday, Jackson's and Mac's characters struggle to reckon with their elder years as they try to revive their brief stardom decades after their one-hit-wonder trio split up. Their cross-country road trip is punctuated by foot-tapping song and dance performances, slapstick-driven antics, encounters with the past and even a little legal trouble.

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- Anna Dimond

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'Madagascar 2' Opens Big, 'Models' Surprises and 'Porno' Holds Strong

8 November 2008 3:55 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Marty the zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Photo: DreamWorks Animation For the last week I have been working on a major overhaul to the backend systems of RopeofSilicon and it has caused me to feel a little out of touch with the world of movies recently. The election on Tuesday was another wrench in the works making it feel like a mid-week holiday only to have Friday sneak up on me out of nowhere. So here I sit on a late Friday night/early Saturday morning and finally feel like I am catching up only to realize the weekend box-office is a blur to me. I wrote the reviews and expected Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa to land big, but the numbers mean nothing to me. However, I think if I focus hard enough I can guide »

- Brad Brevet

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Review: Soul Men

7 November 2008 8:03 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

No matter what else happens in Soul Men, it's hard not to be moved by the posthumous performances of Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes, especially when they appear onscreen together, and more so when, in one scene, they leave a room together. At other times, however, Mac is at the top of his comedic game. He has the power to make us forget that anything is wrong in the world, including the fact that it has lost two of its best and brightest.

In Soul Men, Mac plays Floyd Henderson, one third of a legendary 1960s soul music trio. In the 1970s, the group's lead singer Marcus Hooks (played in flashbacks and photos by John Legend) embarked upon a solo career, leaving Floyd and his bandmate Louis Hinds (Samuel L. Jackson) in the lurch. They tried to continue alone, but quickly broke up due to "creative differences," i.e. they fought over a woman. »

- Jeffrey M. Anderson

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Soul Men Movie Poster

6 November 2008 11:55 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Here’s a brand new movie poster from the upcoming comedy “Soul Men” by director Malcolm D. Lee and starring Bernie Mac Samuel L. Jackson and the late Isaac Hayes. Synopsis: Two former backup soul singers, Louis (Samuel L. Jackson) and Floyd (Bernie Mac) who have not spoken to each other in 20 years reluctantly agree to travel across the country together to a reunion concert to honor their recently deceased lead singer (John Legend). Cleo (Sharon Leal), a beautiful young woman who is believed to be Floyd’s daughter, accompanies them as a new singer. Stay tuned to Toxic Shock for the latest “Soul Men” movie news and interviews. »

- Brian Corder

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Soul Men

6 November 2008 1:06 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

It's a testament to the gravity and authority the late Bernie Mac brought to his roles that he manages to hold onto his battered dignity throughout an early scene in Soul Men, where he hits unexpected high notes as a doctor shoves fingers up his rectum. It's a painful gag on multiple levels. Sadly, that hackneyed bit is the rule rather than the exception in this dreadful comedy. Soul Men subjects Mac to an endless gauntlet of humiliation, sexual and otherwise, using him as a sturdy vessel for stale gags involving Viagra, inopportune erections, and groupies with false teeth and/or comically oversized breasts. The film is so unrelentingly awful that its schmaltzy end-credits dedication to Mac and co-star Isaac Hayes feels tacky and disrespectful. In a nifty premise that promises far more than it delivers, Soul Men casts Mac and Samuel L. Jackson as cranky old men who »

- Nathan Rabin

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Moviegoers headed to 'Madagascar'

6 November 2008 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Hollywood should jump back into the win column this weekend with three nicely diverse wide openers including a broadly appealing animated sequel homing in on a possible $50 million domestic bow.

A built-in fan base and strong early reviews could help DreamWorks Animation's "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" outpace the 2005 franchise original's opening Friday-Sunday haul of $47.2 million. "Madagascar" bowed during a Memorial Day frame and thus posted a four-day opening of $61 million, en route to grossing $193.6 million overall domestically.

The Paramount-distributed sequel certainly should ring up at least $45 million-$50 million, but a big weekend of moviegoing could push the PG-rated comedy even a bit higher.

"I think the movie has a real shot at opening over $50 million," Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore said. "The only real wild card is the weather. If it rains, that's great news for any film that plays to a family audience. But if it snows, it kills you. »

- By Carl DiOrio

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Soul Men

6 November 2008 6:00 AM, PST | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Release Date: Nov. 7

Director: Malcolm D. Lee

Writer: Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone

Cinematographer: Matthew F. Leonetti

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Bernie Mac, Isaac Hayes

Studio/Run Time: 
Dimension Films/MGM, 103 mins.

Despite final performance from Hayes, not enough soul in this buddy film

Call it the Dark Knight effect, wherein the specter of death draws an audience to view its late stars one last time. Alas, the posthumous appearances of Black Moses and an Original King of Comedy (whose last film, Old Dogs, is slated for a 2009 release)—Samuel L. Jackson, still living, hasn’t yet attained royal status—are the lone highlights of this buddy pic. After the lead singer (John Legend) of a successful soul trio expires, back-up singers Jackson and Mac begrudgingly bury the hatchet so as to have one last performance at the Apollo Theatre. It’s a good enough excuse to dust off an Eldorado »

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Return to Sleepaway Camp Movie Review

3 November 2008 11:59 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Return to Sleepaway Camp (2008) Starring Michael Gibney, Jackie Tohn, Paul DeAngelo, Vincent Pastore, Christopher Shand, Jonathan Tiersten, Isaac Hayes and Felissa Rose Produced by Return to Sleepaway Corp.; Magnolia Pictures and Magnolia Magnet (Distributing) Written and Directed by Robert Hiltzik Score: Technical: 70, Story: 85, Acting: 85, Total: 80 When I heard Felissa Rose was making an appearance in the new Sleepaway Camp movie, I told myself, “There is no way in Hell I’m watching that! That bitch is scary!” but then I thought to myself, “Well, she scared me once, so the chances of her scaring me again are slim to none, since I’ll be expecting it.” Well, the second half of me was right. Instead of following the first film, Return [...] »

- Tessa

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Samuel L. Jackson Interviewed on Soul Men

3 November 2008 11:25 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Here’s another brand new Inside Reel interview with actor Samuel L. Jackson on his latest comedy “Soul Men” by director Malcolm D. Lee and starring Bernie Mac Samuel L. Jackson and the late Isaac Hayes. Synopsis: Two former backup soul singers, Louis (Samuel L. Jackson) and Floyd (Bernie Mac) who have not spoken to each other in 20 years reluctantly agree to travel across the country together to a reunion concert to honor their recently deceased lead singer (John Legend). Cleo (Sharon Leal), a beautiful young woman who is believed to be Floyd’s daughter, accompanies them as a new singer. Stay tuned to Toxic Shock for the latest “Soul Men” movie news and interviews. »

- Brian Corder

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Opening This Week: Gay zombies, the literal Sundance kid and the Muscles From Brussels

3 November 2008 7:28 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

By Neil Pedley

Those nursing a Halloween hangover can enjoy a little hair of the dog with some amusing takes on terror, a double bill featuring the greatly missed Bernie Mac and a trio of Fantastic Fest titles coming their way.

"The Alphabet Killer"

Eliza Dushku reunites with "Wrong Turn" director Rob Schmidt for this supernatural riff on the infamous Alphabet murders that took place in Rochester, NY in the early '70s. Dushku stars as the lead investigator in a series of brutal child killings who's struck down by a severe mental breakdown. Two years later, her career as a detective is ostensibly over, yet when the killings inexplicably start up again, so do her crippling hallucinations and she must find a way to track down the serial killer with or without the help of her former colleagues at the police department. Timothy Hutton, Cary Elwes and Michael Ironside »

- Neil Pedley

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In Theatres This Week: Bernie Mac in two films - "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," "Soul Men"

2 November 2008 11:55 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Bernie Mac will be sorely missed. This weekend, he appears in two films, both lighthearted and fun and a great tribute to the versatile actor. DreamWorks and Paramount's "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" opens this weekend, promising a ton of laughs to both fans who have seen the first film and those eager to explore the sequel. The first film opened on May 27th, 2005 and, after a $47.2 million debut weekend, went on to gross $195.5 million in the U.S. and a big $339 million overseas. The sequel stars Ben Stiller (Alex), Chris Rock (Marty), Jada Pinkett-Smith (Gloria), David Schwimmer (Melman), Sacha Baron Cohen (Julien), Cedric the Entertainer (Maurice), Bernie Mac (Zuba), Andy Richter (Mort), Alec Baldwin (Makunga), Sherri Shepherd (Mom). What's the second film about? In the highly-anticipated sequel to “Madagascar,” Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria, King Julien, Maurice and the penguins and the chimps find themselves marooned on the distant shores of Madagascar. »

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Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

30 October 2008 1:04 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Influential Republican operative and all-around evil genius Lee Atwater was a man of contradictions: In 1990, he released an album of classic R&B covers called Red Hot & Blue with help from Isaac Hayes, B.B, King, and Billy Preston, yet his deep love of African-American culture and music didn't keep him from making scowling black rapist/murderer Willie Horton a household name, cannily exploiting racism while running George H.W. Bush's successful 1988 presidential campaign. Stefan Forbes' conventional but absorbing documentary Boogie Man chronicles Atwater's meteoric rise from wisecracking Southern good ol' boy to top political consultant. Atwater emerges as a complex figure, a backstabbing Iago who plotted furtively against mentor Ed Rollins and taught the dark art of manipulating public opinion to protégé Karl Rove. At the height of his personal and professional success, Atwater was stricken with a fatal brain tumor that was treated with steroids, which in turn. »

- Nathan Rabin

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Review: Return To Sleepaway Camp DVD

29 October 2008 1:52 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Within the first 10 minutes of Return To Sleepaway Camp, a character is introduced who is so gratuitous and ridiculous, and such a transparent ruse, that you can’t help but think, is writer/director Robert Hiltzik kidding? Is he intending to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his cult slasher flick with a sendup of his own creation?

Actually, as revealed in the extras on Magnet/Magnolia’s DVD, Return was produced 20 years after the original, and has taken an extra half-decade to make it to general release. Watching the movie, it’s not hard to see why. It would be nice to say that Return To Sleepaway Camp at least succeeds in delivering a gory/campy good time, but instead it’s an 86-minute endurance test that quickly wears out its welcome by taking forever to get to the murder spree that is its raison d’etre, in the meantime »

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Video: 'Soul Man' Samuel L. Jackson on Jennifer Hudson

29 October 2008 12:20 AM, PDT | TheInsider.com | See recent The Insider news »

Samuel L. Jackson walked the red carpet with the cast of 'Soul Men' at the world-famous Apollo Theater in Harlem Tuesday night -- and "The Insider" was there! While it was a night for celebration, Jennifer Hudson's personal tragedy -- and the memories of co-stars Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes -- was foremost on people's minds. "This is in my opinion the perfect last film for Bernie," said Sam. "We see him do something we've never seen him do -- sing and dance. I hope everybody's excited about it -- it's such a wonderful film. Getting up every day and seeing Bernie -- he was like the funniest grumpy old man in the world; we loved him." As for Jennifer Hudson, Sam said, "It's virtually impossible to say, 'I know how you feel,' but our hearts and prayers go out to her." It was definitely a »

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