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Year in Review Part 2: Burn the Negatives!

30 December 2009 9:23 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The title of this post is indefensible, exclamatory (!) and puerile. But these movies piss me off and if they can be super obnoxious, so can I. Now, in truth, I probably never see the absolute "worst" of the movies that play in theaters since I can pick and choose my own film menu. My New Year's Resolution is to be more constructive when I criticize (I'm not giving up criticism. That's mother's milk). I'd also like to be more positive in 2010.

Thus, I retract the titular command: No negatives of the following movies and performances should be incinerated ... instead let them live on as cautionary tales to actors and filmmakers. People are watching. Try harder.

Worst Supporting Actor

I've already expressed my concerned about the "too much!" of Stanley Tucci's continually nominated performance in The Lovely Bones. I don't know what the hell Richard Gere was doing in Amelia, »


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Megan Fox voted worst actress of 2009

30 December 2009 7:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Movie fans have named Megan Fox as the worst actress of the year. Fox topped the list of worst actresses on film website Moviefone's year-end poll for her role in Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, pipping Beyoncé's performance in Obsessed and Hilary Swank in Amelia to the title. However, the 23-year-old was also crowned sexiest actress, beating off competition from the likes of Star Trek's Zoe Saldana (more) »

- By Oli Simpson

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Fox Divides Movie Poll

30 December 2009 4:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie fans have rated Megan Fox's sex appeal above her onscreen talents - she has been named worst actress of the year, but also the sexiest in a new poll. Fox has topped the list of worst actresses by film website for her role in action sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, narrowly beating out Beyonce Knowles for her performance in thriller Obsessed and Hilary Swank in Amelia.

But the 23 year old can console herself after landing the title of sexiest actress in the same poll, seeing off competition form Star Trek's Zoe Saldana and Sandra Bullock.

Fox's Transformers follow-up also divided voters, being named both worst movie of the year and best action movie.

Twilight's vampires and werewolves also proved popular, with British heart-throb Robert Pattinson scooping the title of sexiest male star and Taylor Lautner being named male breakout star of the year. The Twilight Saga: New Moon was named best film ahead of Avatar and The Hangover, and the bloodsucker movie was also crowned best chick flick. »

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"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" the Best And Worst of the Year?

29 December 2009 6:52 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The people had spoken and they picked "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" as both the Best Action Movie of 2009 and the Worst Movie of the Year!

AOL's Moviefone has released its 2009 year-end movies poll and one thing is clear -- moviegoers, at least the ones voting on Moviefone, loved "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." The vampire romance saga was chosen as the Best Movie of the Year.

But my favorite question? "How would you rate 2009 overall," to which the answer was a resounding "Eh!"

Check out the full results of the Moviefone poll below:

1. What was the best movie of the year?

'New Moon' - 41%

'Avatar' - 14%

'The Hangover' - 13%

'Star Trek' - 11%

'Up' - 9%

'Inglourious Basterds' - 9%

'Up in the Air' - 2%

2. What was the worst movie of the year?

'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' »

- Manny

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The Secrets To Getting Shiny & Healthy Winter Hair!

27 December 2009 9:02 AM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

Are you feeling the drying, frizzing effects of the harsh cold?

Fret no more! Celebrity hair stylist, David Evangelista who’s worked with Hollywood A-listers like Eva Longoria Parker, Hilary Swank and Mandy Moore, just to name a few is sharing his top tips for maintaining healthy, gorgeous, beautiful hair!

David’s top tips for fabulous winter hair!

“Heated rooms take the moisture right out of the hair cuticle. Combat this by using a humidifier to ensure there is moisture in the air while you sleep.” “Use warm water when shampooing and conditioning hair. Very hot water will dry the hair out and make it more difficult to style.” “Trim hair every 3 months. Hair can break and split more easily in the winter time due to cold temperatures and dryness. Make sure to see your stylist for regular trims!” “Use a hair mask twice a month. A moisturizing »

- MTHollywoodlife

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Could Taylor Swift Be The Next ‘Supergirl’?

22 December 2009 7:00 AM, PST | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

Hollyscoop has reported on a rumor going around that 2009 Grammy winner Taylor Swift is in talks to put on the blue and red costume in an upcoming remake/reboot of the 1984 film Supergirl, that once starred Helen Slater and Faye Dunaway. Their sources say that Warner Bros. is looking to create a new film, and/or possibly a TV series, for the character, despite the original film being a financial failure.

Since this is merely a rumor as of now, the more interesting part was what the source’s said about the scarcity of female superheroes at the moment, “Hollywood is short of female heroes and the time is right for a new Supergirl.” This part seems logical enough – despite the mandate from a couple years ago when studio head Jeff Rubinox supposedly said, “Warner Bros. will no longer feature movies with female leads.”

This comes after a number of »

- John Muth

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Science+Fiction Festival Report: Christopher Lee on Modern Horror Movies

22 December 2009 12:07 AM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

In late November the 2009 Science+Fiction Festival was held in Trieste, Italy. This happening is an international science fiction event dedicated to exploring the worlds of fantasy, experimental languages, and new technologies in film production, television, and visual and performing arts.

Most of the movies and lectures were concentrated on science fiction and fantasy, but there was quite a good share of horror related happenings. While the majority of attendees were psyched that cyberpunk guru Bruce Sterling was presiding over the international jury, I was mainly interested in visits by two legendary horror icons -- Roger Corman, who was just awarded with an "early" honorary Oscar, and Sir Christopher Lee, who had recently been knighted during the Queen's Birthday Honours.

These two genre heavyweights were certainly the icing on the top of a well produced and run film festival for me, but unfortunately, due to business obligations I missed Corman, »

- Uncle Creepy

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Peter Sarsgaard: The Hollywood Interview

21 December 2009 9:12 AM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

(Peter Sarsgaard in An Education, above.)

by Terry Keefe

(Currently appearing in this month's Venice Magazine.)

Like a seal of approval, it’s always a good sign of a film’s merit to see Peter Sarsgaard in the opening credits, because he chooses his projects well, whether it has been in a leading or supporting role. For a few years now, he has been in a strong enough career position that he could opt only to play leads, even if those were in smaller films, but from his film choices, he has also clearly been more interested in the quality of role, and not necessarily the size of the part, or the paycheck. As Mark, the uniquely resourceful slacker best friend of Zach Braff in Garden State, and as Clyde Martin, the protégé in Kinsey, and in his portrayal of real-life New Republic editor Charles Lane in Shattered Glass, and »

- The Hollywood

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Brittany Murphy's career in movies: every film - and what it made at the American box office

21 December 2009 6:29 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

American actor Brittany Murphy has died suddenly at the age of 32. We document her career in films and show how they scored at the Us box office

Actor Brittany Murphy died yesterday in Los Angeles, at the age of 32. Her film career spanned fifteen years and took in hits including teen comedy Clueless (1995) and romcom Just Married (2003), as well as indie films like Riding in Cars with Boys (2001) and Sin City (2005) that weren't box office smashes but were nevertheless critically acclaimed.

According to box office figures from the Internet Movie Database, Brittany Murphy's most successful film in box office terms was 2006's Happy Feet, an animation in which she voiced a singing penguin called Gloria; it had taken $197,992,827 at the American box office by May 2007. 8 Mile, the 2002 movie based on Eminem's early life, comes in second with a box office gross of $116,724,075.

Less successful financially were films like Phoenix, »

- Katy Stoddard

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Swank Splashes Out $3.5 Million On New York Home

20 December 2009 5:36 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Million Dollar Baby actress Hilary Swank has treated herself to a lavish gift in time for the holidays - she has splashed out $3.5 million £2.2 million) on a New York home.

The 35-year-old actress has purchased a two-bedroom apartment at Superior Ink - a complex of condos in Manhattan's star-studded West Village, according to the New York Post.

The actress' new A-list neighbours include supermodel-turned-actress Gisele Bundchen, Liv Tyler and twin moguls Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. »

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Having a Juliette Lewis Moment

18 December 2009 4:37 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

It happens from time to time.

Came in from the cold, fed the cat and the next thing you know. There she is. Juliette Lewis filling every nook and cranny of me brain.

When actresses invade my consciousness to that degree I immediately surrender to the moment: Think about the last time I saw them (Whip It in this case which was such fun), look at pictures or videos, surf the web to find out what they're up to. In Juliette's case she's still plugging away at that music career (her last record Terra Incognito hit in September) and she's filming or was filming Due Date, Todd Phillips' follow up to The Hangover.

We'll also see her next year in Betty Anne Waters, the latest Hilary Swank vehicle. I have no idea how big her role will be but I hope she shares a scene with fellow Whip It alum Ari Graynor, »


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Sugar Shout Out: Colin Cowie Opens Up His Home and His Cookbook

16 December 2009 11:55 PM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Colin Cowie opens up his home and his cookbook Meet True Blood's newest werewolf Check out this week's Cool Capture winner How to wear thick eyeliner a la Marion Cotillard Why attractiveness matters more in urban areas Espirit taps Daisy Lowe and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld to model Decorating ideas to steal from A Christmas Story Hilary Swank's holiday request 5 tips to traveling with presents Your favorite brand of workout gear for 2009 10 postpartum body surprises you should know about »

- PopSugar

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Omg! Kellan Lutz Stripping Down to His Calvins

16 December 2009 1:56 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Get ready for up close and personal shots of Kellan Lutz in nothing but his skivvies. Sources confirm that the Twilight hunkster, 24, is the new face and body of Calvin Klein underwear. All those involved are staying tight-lipped about the new campaign, but I'm told we'll be seeing something early next year... Calvin executives apparently want to model the ads after the famous Mark Wahlberg campaign in the '90s that was shot by the late, great celebrity photographer Herb Ritts, reports Fox411. Other celebs who have shown off their goods for Ck include Antonio Sabato Jr. and Djimon Hounsou. Their female counterparts have included Eva Mendes and Hilary Swank. This wouldn't be »

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Golden Globe-Nominated 'Hangover' Takes A Swig, 'Inglourious' Storms Shelves And More, In The DVD Report For Dec. 15

15 December 2009 4:00 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Getting some of the funniest guys in show business and dropping them in Vegas for a bachelor party sounds like a winning formula, but nobody expected "The Hangover" to gross a whopping $450 million dollars worldwide. Now the film is hitting DVD and Blu-ray, and is our lead film for this week's DVD Report.

Todd Phillips already had hits like "Old School" and "Road Trip" in the bank at the time he was begged to director "The Hangover," and the veteran comedy helmer pulled together a cast of unproven but fan-favorite stars. Headlining the zany misadventure romp would be Bradley Cooper (best known as the quintessential a-hole in "Wedding Crashers), Ed Helms ("Daily Show" and "The Office" alum) and underground comedy icon Zach Galifianakis. While all three shared a level of success, none had ever held a film together on their own, making this a considerable experiment for all involved.

What resulted, »

- Brian Jacks

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Female Critics Weigh In on 2009's Best

14 December 2009 4:02 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has weighed in on their picks for the best of 2009. And if the Oscars plays out anything like this list, early next year should be a great time for women in Hollywood. Kathryn Bigelow and The Hurt Locker picked up 6 nods from the association, including the top spots of Best Film and Best Director. Anne Thompson has since weighed in on that pick, sure that the female director will win the Best Director Oscar this year, becoming the first woman to ever receive that honor. But Bigelow wasn't the only winning woman the Awfj picked out of the crowd.

Screenplay nods went to (500) Days of Summer and Up in the Air -- two of my favorite scripts of the year, An Education won Carey Mulligan some acting love, Inglorious Basterds won a handful of awards including Best Editing for Sally Menke, and Meryl Streep »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Golden Globe picks help sort out Oscar prospects

14 December 2009 1:20 PM, PST | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

Having 10 best-picture nominees will be something different for the next Academy Awards, but it's nothing new at the Golden Globes.The Globes, whose nominations come out Tuesday morning, have long featured 10 or more best-picture nominees, divided into two categories: best drama and best musical or comedy.Plenty of Globe nominees for musical or comedy have made the best-picture cut at the Academy Awards, some even going on to win the top prize at the Oscars, such as 2002's "Chicago."But the Globe dramatic picks typically are the films that have scored well at the Oscars, where the best-picture category has been doubled from five nominees to 10 for the first time in 66 years.That could make the Globes even more of a bellwether for how Academy Awards nominations will play out Feb. 2, potentially opening the best-picture race to populist lighter films that often get overlooked amid the gloomy fare favored by Oscar voters. »

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'P.S. I Love You' writer Cecilia Ahern gives birth to baby girl (IrishCentral)

14 December 2009 9:12 AM, PST | IrishCentral | See recent IrishCentral news »

Cecilia Ahern, the daughter of Ireland’s former Taoiseach (prime minister), Bertie, had a 6-pound baby girl in Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital yesterday. Ahern and her partner, David Keoghan, issued a statement saying they were “delighted to announce the arrival of a baby girl, Robin” according to the Belfast Telegraph. As well as being daughter of the former Taoiseach, Cecilia has earned fame in her own right. The 28-year-old has written seven bestselling books, and her first book “P.S. I Love You,” became a Hollywood movie starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler. The film was about a young widow who finds 10 letters that her husband wrote for her before he died. Ahern has not experienced that sadness in her own life. She has been a brilliant commercial success, and is looking forward to becoming a mother, the Belfast Telegraph reported. She said the baby was “the greatest gift I've ever been given. »

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Where have all the biopics gone?

9 December 2009 1:32 PM, PST | - The Movie Critics | See recent - The Movie Critics news »

A few years ago, the Hollywood biopic finally seemed to be coming of age. It was the fall of 2004 -- a season that gave us not one but two of the most thrilling biographical dramas ever made, the jumpin' and impassioned Ray and the bold and brilliant Kinsey. (No, that's not Kinsey at left -- it's Woody Harrelson as Larry Flynt -- though it's probably a ménage he would have approved of.) The fact that these two movies came out within one month of each other was a coincidence, yet I marveled, at the time, at what they had in »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Freeman: There Will Be a 'Batman 3'

8 December 2009 10:00 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

With Inception still in production, one assumes The Dark Knight follow-up might actually be the furthest thing from director Christopher Nolan’s mind.

But that’s probably not the case, insists actor Morgan Freeman, who appeared in the recent Bat-movies, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

"I know — I just know — that Chris is working on number three," Freeman told MTV recently. "He couldn't possibly not be."

Obviously, there is no shortage of executives and fans who would like to see another Batman movie in production. However, standing in the way is Inception, which is a mammoth project, as well as the uncertainty regarding who the next villain should be, although Catwoman and the Riddler are rumored to be the leading candidates.

Nolan also hasn’t exactly shown unabashed enthusiasm about helming another 'Batman' film, especially after Heath Ledger’s death left some potential story ideas up in the air. »

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Casting Standouts: 'Amelia'

8 December 2009 1:03 PM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

Despite the differences in nationality and era, the main character and the director of the Fox Searchlight biopic "Amelia" share many traits. Indian-born director Mira Nair and world-famous aviatrix Amelia Earhart grew up in rural areas and achieved international fame. Before Earhart mysteriously disappeared on a flight over the Pacific, she captured the imagination of a Depression-ridden world by becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic solo. Nair is one of the few female directors to maintain a steady international career, with such diverse films as "Salaam Bombay!," "Monsoon Wedding," "Vanity Fair," and "The Namesake."Nair thought Hilary Swank, who won Oscars for her performances in gender-defying roles in "Boys Don't Cry" and "Million Dollar Baby," would be ideal for the role of Earhart. "Hilary is an intuitive daredevil," observes Nair. "She loves the roller coaster of life. She would happily jump out in a parachute and come down just like Amelia, »

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