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There Are 41 Songs (& Vids). There Is Only 1 Cher.

22 December 2010 5:08 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

41 Songs were declared eligible for Oscar's least cinematically relevant prize a short while ago. Wheeee!

We only didn't share them yesterday because every single damn thing happens in the same week. I'd be more excited about this category if recent years hadn't seen the big show trending away from original performers singing their original songs. If I can't see Cher doing her Burlesque number(s) on Oscar night, someone is going down.

The Academy will choose up to 5 of these songs as nominees, depending on how their voting goes. I've included video accompaniment when available - listen (and watch up).

 Which are you rooting for?

Please god no. No more honors for this eyesore movie.

"Alice" from Alice in Wonderland "Forever One Love" from Black Tulip "Freedom Song" from Black Tulip

 oooh, now this is more like it. Sadly, it's only a partial video.

"Welcome to Burlesque" from Burlesque


a Burlesque suite. »


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41 Contenders Compete to be Nominated for Best Original Song

15 December 2010 3:19 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

We are only two months away from the Oscars, and members of the Academy are hard at work trying to decide who best deserves one of those five nomination slots. 

Today, they released their shortlist for Best Original Song which tops out at an impressive 41 songs.

But we can already make an educated guess as to which five will be competition on Oscar night based on who the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards favored, and none of them involve Justin Bieber or Debbie Gibson.

“I See the Light” from “Tangled” earned a Best Song nod from both, as did “If I Rise” from “127 Hours” and “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from “Burlesque.” Randy Newman’s “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3″ also seems a lock, since all of Newman’s songs for Disney/Pixar have scored nominations over the years.

But, there are a »

- Elisabeth Rappe

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Music in the movies: Elliot Goldenthal

13 December 2010 9:20 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The latest Music in the Movies column celebrates the work of Elliot Goldenthal, whose compositions have graced such films as Alien 3, Interview With The Vampire and Heat

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 »

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The Next Three Days

20 November 2010 10:42 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

The Next Three Days

Directed by: Paul Haggis

Cast: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson

Running Time:

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: November 19, 2010

Read Bayer’s Tsr 9/10 of The Next Three Days

Plot: After his wife (Banks) is sent to prison for a murder she may not have committed, a Pittsburgh man (Crowe) devises a plan to break her out.

Who’S It For? This one might work for those who didn’t see the lawyer-driven Conviction, but are still compelled by a movie about getting a loved one out of jail one way or the other.

Expectations: The few fleeting commercials I had seen made it look like a bit of an action movie, which was interesting considering that writer/director Paul Haggis has done writing work of his own on the latest two James Bond movies.

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Russell Crowe as John Brennan: It’s hard not to like this character. »

- Nick Allen

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The Next Three Days

19 November 2010 6:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

The Next Three Days

Directed by: Paul Haggis

Cast: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde

Running Time: 2 hrs 2 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: November 19, 2010

Plot: John (Crowe) and Laura (Banks) are a married couple whose life is nearly destroyed when Laura is accused of murder. John will do anything to get her out.

Who’S It For? It’s a slow-building thriller. You have to have some patience and also believe that Crowe isn’t too much of a star to play an everyman.

Expectations: Almost zero. I knew next to nothing about this film. Thriller, Russell Crowe … that’s it. That’s the list.

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Russell Crowe as John Brennan: This is most definitely a “Russell Crowe film” and here’s the amazing thing: he can still play a regular guy. That’s not true with other actors. It’s very hard to put yourself in »

- Jeff Bayer

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View The Trailer For A Stunning Documentary Set In “Waste Land”

25 October 2010 3:16 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Opening in New York on the 29th of October, Waste Land is a documentary set in the Jardim Gramacho, what is also known to many as the largest trash site in the world. The documentary, which was screened last week at the BFI London Film Festival, follows the journey of New York artist, Vik Muniz, as he travels from his home in Brooklyn to the garbage dump on the outskirts of Rio De Janeiro. There, he meets an amazing group of people called “catadores”, or self-designated recyclable materials pickers, who he tries to help and connect with through the power of art. Directed by Lucy Walker, this astonishing film has been wowing the crowds on the festival circuit, and winning a whole bunch of snazzy awards. Set to an inspired soundtrack created by Moby, this film documents the lives of these incredible people and their emotionally compelling stories.

Check out the trailer now! »

- Laura Stackhouse

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Ciff 2010: Our capsule reviews

16 October 2010 6:38 AM, PDT | | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

• Bill Stamets and Roger Ebert

The 46th Chicago International Film Festival will play this year at one central location, on the many screens of the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois. A festivalgoers and filmmakers' lounge will be open during festival hours at the Lucky Strike on the second level. Tickets can be ordered online at Ciff's website, which also organizes the films by title, director and country. Tickets also at AMC; sold out films have Rush Lines. More capsules will be added here.

"127 Hours" (USA)A tour de force by James Franco and Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire"). Many are familiar with the true story, and just as many probably thought it could never be filmed. Boyle succeeds. A climber named Aron Ralston went climbing by himself in remote canyons, and was trapped deep in a crevice when a falling rock pinned his arm. He had limited food and water, no »

- Roger Ebert

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Exclusive Clip From Upcoming DVD and Blu-Ray Release of Suck

15 October 2010 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

It's sex, blood and rock 'n' roll in Rob Stefaniuk's comedy horror flick 'Suck' (not to be confused with the upcoming theatrical release 'Vampire's Suck' - and so does that movie apparently) is set to arrive on DVD and Blu-ray here in the UK on 18 October. And to celebrate we have got our hands on an exclusive clip from the release. You can check it out below! 'Suck' stars the likes of Malcolm McDowell, Jessica Pare, Nicole de Boer, Iggy Pop, Moby, Henry Rollins, Dave Foley and Alice Cooper to name a few »

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September Capsule Reviews

11 October 2010 10:30 AM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Every month there's a slew of movies released directly to DVD, and rather than let them pass harmlessly under the radar, we're compiling them here in easy to digest capsule reviews. If you're looking for a nice flick to get you through the weekend, then this is the list for you. So sit back, and take a gander at some of the notable independent and direct-to-dvd releases of September.

September 7th

Doc West

Doc West is a made-for-tv Western with one immediate advantage over many of the cheap dollar store direct-to-dvd western flicks that come out nowadays: it has enough of a budget to keep things consistent. There are no blatant anachronisms or costume defects that take you out of the feature with a sudden, “Is that guy wearing a Phillies shirt under his vest?” The story is simple and sees Doc West in pursuit of some bandits who stole his money, »

- JPP Staff

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Suck DVD Review

28 September 2010 12:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Suck hits DVD and blu-ray on September 28th.

It takes a brave writer to name their movie Suck - you're pretty much daring reviewers to come up with a clever spin on why your movie does just that. It's good for writer/director/star Rob Stefaniuk that his sophomore effort behind the camera is pretty damned good. A combination of a smart cast, some moments of visual inventiveness, and a clever script save the movie from the curse of its title.

A small confession: I was actually prepared to dislike the movie in its opening minutes, thanks to some terrible vampire makeup and worse music but I got over it.

Suck follows a struggling Canadian band called The Winners after their bassist, Jennifer (Jessica Paré), has a fateful encounter with a 300-year-old vampire named Queeny. The band's hapless lead, Joey (Stefaniuk) knows something's off with his ex-girlfriend and current bandmate »

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Will Oldham, Rufus Wainwright, and Yoko Ono Get Deep "In the Woods"

23 September 2010 2:27 PM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

No one seems to know much about this film "In the Woods," sometimes referred to as "Itw Pathway" -- other than that in it, a bunch of people with varying degrees of fame trip out in the woods. Indeed the cast which includes Terrence Howard, Will Oldham, Rufus Wainwright, Alan Cumming, and Debra Winger were not told anything before they agreed to the project.

Jennifer Elster, a former fashion stylist turned writer-director brought in Yoko Ono and Rufus Wainwright to score the film so you know shits going to get weird. The message from the filmmakers so far is "Each person agreed to walk into the unknown. The journey will unfold over time. The messages will become clear to the informed viewer as an episodic film experience is unleashed. The delivery will be as unconventional as the experience itself."

The rest of the long, strange cast includes: Moby, Rosie Perez, »

- Brandon Kim

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New Poster for Rob Stefaniuk’s ‘Suck’

3 September 2010 2:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Suck is the story of a failing and ageing rock band called The Winners who are desperate to make it to the top. During a road trip, their boring everyday image changes when their bass player Jennifer (Jessica Paré) disappears one night with a hip vampire called Queeny who changes the band forever. Jessica returns with a new sexually charged charisma that drives audiences wild. One by one the band succumbs to vampirism and their new image propels them to stardom.

Thanks to the guys at Imp Awards we have our first look at the brand new one-sheet for Suck, which is written by and stars Rob Stefaniuk and features cameos from rock icons such as Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop, along with appearances from Moby, Henry Rollins, and British screen legend Malcolm McDowell.


- Phil

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Fab Sale Round-Up: Gilt Groupe, Koala Kuddles and More!

14 August 2010 8:00 AM, PDT | People - CelebrityBabies | See recent People - CelebrityBabies news »

Courtesy of Gilt Groupe

Next week, Gilt Groupe is hosting a few drool-worthy sales worth checking out. You’ll find adorable clothing, baby gear and cool toys at up to 60% off. We’ve got all the details below. Just make sure you sign-in at 12 p.m. Est when each sale starts — or risk missing out on some great deals!

8/16 — Ceramic initial lights (above left) from Perch Design and boho-chic rompers and dresses (above right) from T-Bags Little

8/17 — Cool bean bag kids chairs by Fat Boy, mini tanks and tees featuring waxed and dyed prints from Hiho Batik and pretty reversible »

- Shanelle

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Fantasia 2010: Days 15-18

26 July 2010 2:48 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

The final Friday of Fantasia 2010 brought us one of the highlights of this year’s festival: director Christopher (Creep) Smith’s necromancer plague drama Black Death. Playing as the perfect accompaniment to Ken Russell’s The Devils, Black Death is a very subdued and naturalistic take on pestilence and witchcraft.

The film uses the backdrop of medieval superstition as a metaphor for modern-day religious propaganda and state sponsored fundamentalism. With influences as far ranging as In the Name of the Rose, Wicker Man, and Witchfinder General, it turned out to be a crowd pleasing and blessedly subtle take on an oft covered theme that stands out as one of the best of the sub-genre. Check out McCannibal’s Black Death review here.

The midnight showing of The Butcher Brothers' The Violent Kind was a little more hit and miss. The crowd seemed torn as large portions of the audience »

- EvilAndy

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Possible Worlds reveals Chloe, Arctic Blast & The Trotsky in line-up!

20 July 2010 1:53 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

One of the coolest film festivals in Australia is Possible Worlds -- Sydney's Canadian Film Festival -- which always manages to attract some interesting and high profile Canadian films for their Australian and, occasionally, world premieres.

This year is no different, and they have just unveiled their full program, which includes Australian premiere of the Julianne Moore/Liam Neeson psychological thriller Chloe, and the world premieres of Brian Trenchard-Smith's sci-fi thriller Arctic Blast and the Margaret Atwood documentary In The Wake of The Flood.

Here's the full press release:

The fantastic program for Possible Worlds, Sydney's Canadian Film Festival has been announced and is showcasing the best new films made in Canada from August 2 to August 8 in a number of Sydney venues including Dendy Opera Quays and Dendy Newtown.

 The dynamic program is filled with a mixture of intelligent and entertaining events including premiere screenings, filmmaker Q&A's, industry talks and parties. »

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E1 Entertainment Officially Announces Their Need to Suck and Gives Us New Stills

13 July 2010 10:29 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

We told you about it a couple of weeks ago, but now E1 Entertainment has made it official! They will be bringing home Rob Stefaniuk's new rocker heavy vampire comedy Suck to Blu-ray and DVD this fall!

From the Press Release

Leading independent distributor E1 Entertainment (E1) has added rock-n-roll vampire musical “Suck” to its growing library of horror titles in the U.S. E1 will manage distribution across multiple platforms including home video, VOD, digital and TV sales.

E1 will also partner with D&E Entertainment for a one-night-only U.S. theatrical screening of “Suck” in September that will be followed by home video and digital distribution prior to Halloween.

The film follows a down and out band, ironically known as The Winners, that are desperately seeking a record deal and will do anything to make it big. After a life-changing encounter with a vampire, they rocket to »

- Uncle Creepy

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Universal Unveils an Official Trailer for the Rock and Roll Horror Comedy Suck

6 July 2010 11:45 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Suck Movie Still - Jess' PareUniversal Pictures has picked up Suck for a United Kingdom release with Alliance releasing this rock and roll flavoured film in Canada and E1 Entertainment in the Us' (Inside). Now, Universal has released an official trailer for the feature, which is shorter, punchier, and more showy. More footage from the film is displayed along with an announced American DVD release of September 28th. This feature will also be available on Blu-Ray formats. If you are unfamiliar with the story, Suck follows a down and out rock and roll band as they struggle to find popularity. Their new found fame comes at a price as the band members choose to become vampires to stay relevant. The official trailer courtesy of Universal Pictures is below along with a full synopsis.

The synopsis for Suck:

"A rock’n’roll vampire spoof about a down and out band, »

- (Michael Ross Allen)

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Fantasia 2010: First Event Information and Films Announced!

29 June 2010 12:10 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Several press releases went out today featuring some huge news coming out of Canada's Fantasia Film Festival including the first batch of films that will be populating this massive three-week long event. Pull up your chair, kids! You're gonna be here for a while!

Dig on the wealth of information below from today's releases and look for more announcements and of course full coverage soon!

Spotlight: Between Death And The Devil

Recent times and crimes have seen extraordinary levels of disillusionment with organized religion, particularly with the Catholic Church, and genre cinema has mirrored this anger with startling impact. In the face of this, we’ve put together this troubling spotlight focused on the abuse of faith, the horrors of ideology and the corruption of Godliness. Several of these films will absolutely stagger you.

Black Death (UK) Dir: Christopher Smith – North American premiere. Hosted by Director Christopher Smith

With the Black Death sweeping across England, »

- Uncle Creepy

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Fantasia 2010 Brings The Best Of The World To Montreal!

29 June 2010 10:04 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

You want the best of genre film from Canada, the Us and around the globe? Fantasia is the place.

Montreal, June 29, 2010 - For its fourteenth edition, the Fantasia Film Festival is proud to present over 50 titles from Asia. Once again, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China are widely represented, demonstrating the great quality and diversity of their industries. And, as always, the programming team is also dedicated to exposing several hidden gems hailing from emerging national cinemas. Through these, audiences can discover new visions and new sensibilities. Therefore, the public will be privy to works hailing from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and - a first for the festival - Indonesia. The filmic multicultural feast prepared by the 2010 Fantasia Film Festival promises to satisfy film lovers of all kinds.

Fantasia's 2010 occidental lineup of World Cinema is once again on fire with an astounding kaleidoscope of styles and sensibilities. »

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Suck to Blow-out Speakers September 28th on DVD

25 June 2010 10:16 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Suck the movie will be releasing on DVD through E1 Entertainment September 28th. The film has had a successful run on the film festival circuit and now the special features for the DVD release are available. The film will have audio commentaries, a making of featurette, a music video and other features, which are listed below (Uhm). The music video to be shown on the DVD is also below along with a trailer for Rob Stefaniuk's latest, Suck.

The synopsis for Suck:

"A rock’n’roll vampire spoof about a down and out band, The Winners, who will do anything for a record deal. When their disgruntled manager (Dave Foley) tells them that they are getting “long in the tooth”, he doesn’t know that his words are truly prophetic. During a road trip, their humdrum image radically changes when Jennifer (Jessica Paré), the bass player, disappears one »

- (Michael Ross Allen)

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