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The Definitive Interview with the Writers of 500 Days of Summer

31 December 2009 3:36 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

It's fitting that on the very last day of 2009 I run my final interview with the screenwriters of my favorite movie of 2009. 500 Days of Summer is, hands down, my favorite movie of the year. Although I saw the film for my first time in January at Sundance, at the beginning of the year, it has remained my favorite. I've been lucky enough to interview everyone involved in the movie: director Marc Webb, stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, and now the screenwriters - Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber. This is the definitive interview about 500 Days of Summer, every last question about it is answered, so read on! Watch my interview with 500 Days of Summer writers Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber: For anyone interested, I've included a transcript of the complete interview below, in case you'd like to read the interview instead of watch it. 500 Days of »

- Alex Billington

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My Top 10 Favorite Films of 2009

31 December 2009 3:31 PM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

Here’s my top 10 favorite films of 2009.  Take a look and post your top 10 below.

10.  Away We GoSam Mendes’ tender-hearted comedy follows a comfortable couple deciding where they should start a family together.  John Krasinski (”The Office”) and a sweet Maya Rudolph (”Saturday Night Live”) are surprisingly, exceptionally good, delivering punchlines with ease but settling into a natural rhythm in their complementing roles.  Their trip around the continent takes them in quirky or depressing directions that serve as lessons for the kinds of parents they want to be together.  I identified with a rootless mindset in a telecommunication world and the desire to shirk traditional marital agreements for an arrangement that feels right for them alone.  (my Away We Go review)

9.  An Education – A coming of age tale about a girl torn between her logical goals and the glamorous affection of an older man.  Carey Mulligan is the year »

- Jeff Leins

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Three Essential Films of 2009 (Karen’s List)

30 December 2009 4:49 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

For me, three films stood above the rest. It was a year full of good movies but not so many outside-the-box roles for black actors.  As much as I enjoyed Precious it was set in “the ghetto” and that’s been done before. I long to see stories that go beyond the typical city limits. But my list isn’t about black films, it’s about the best films so here they are…

1. 500 Days of Summer – Zooey Deschanel and Joesph Gordon-Levitt are precisely cast in this “story about love.” Marc Webb’s feature debut feels like a remix of French New Wave and a standard rom-com. Whatever the formula it has solid a soundtrack and some great visuals that convey the messiness of memory when it comes to love.

2. Up in the Air – Clever dialogue, great supporting cast and George Clooney. It will garner several Oscar nominations because it actually lives up to the hype. »

- Karen

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt And Zooey Deschanel Introduce MTV's Bizarre Interview Moments of 2009, Part Two

30 December 2009 2:01 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Working at MTV News, you get to see some pretty weird stuff happen. MTV Movies managing editor Josh Horowitz has a particular knack for loosening celebrities up in interviews to the point that they say ridiculous things. Just browsing through the MTV video archives unearths a veritable gold mine of hilariously awkward moments. We've selected 10 of the most memorable of these, five of which we presented last week and the remaining five you can check out today in the second part of MTV's Bizarre Interview Moments of 2009.

As a special treat, "500 Days Of Summer" stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel help us get the show started... with a shot at Horowitz. It's pretty painful, really. You'll see.

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- Adam Rosenberg

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2010 movie preview: 15 films you probably didn’t know you should be excited for

29 December 2009 9:37 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

A few days back John made the rather excellent list of 15 films that are sure to get audience’s pulses racing with anticipation for next year. Yet away from the marketing hype, pre-release publicity and away from the A-List names there are a slew of movies that, whilst not overly commercially minded, look like they may just be delightful. Some might be sleeper hits, some might not. Either way here is a list of 15 films, five each from the U.S., Asia and Europe, you may not have heard of to look out for next year:

The United States

The Fighter

Perhaps tainted by Christian Bale’s lost lustre or director David O. Russell’s reputation, The Fighter is receiving much less attention than I initially envisioned. Mark Wahlberg is to star in the lead role of professional boxer “Irish” Micky Ward with Bale as his half brother. The Fighter »

- kcasey

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2010 movie preview: 15 films you probably didn’t know you should be excited for

29 December 2009 8:46 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

A few days back John made the rather excellent list of  15 films that are sure to get audience’s pulses racing with anticipation for next year. Yet away from the marketing hype, pre-release publicity and away from the A-List names there are a slew of movies that, whilst not overly commercially minded, look like they may just be delightful. Some might be sleeper hits, some might not. Either way here is a list of 15 films, five each from the U.S.,  Asia and Europe, you may not have heard of to look out for next year:

The United States

The Fighter

Perhaps tainted by Christian Bale’s lost lustre or director David O. Russell’s reputation, The Fighter is receiving much less attention than I initially envisioned. Mark Wahlberg is to star in the lead role of professional boxer “Irish” Micky Ward with Bale as his half brother. The Fighter »

- Kieron Casey

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Flicks on 6 – (500) Days of Summer, District 9

28 December 2009 5:10 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

It’s the holidays, so these are a little late. Sorry, please don’t cancel your subscription, it’s how I pay the bills … if bills were free.

For “Keep It Local” on Koin Local 6, we tackled DVD reviews of Tuesday, December 22. That meant chatting about All About Steve, District 9 and my pick of the week … (500) Days of Summer.

As for (500) Days of Summer … it’s one of my favorites this year. And the Blu-ray is loaded with plenty of extras.

Full Coverage of (500) Days of Summer

Scorecard Review of (500) Days of Summer)

Reel Reviews Video Review of (500) Days of Summer & The Ugly Truth

Video Interview with Zooey Deschanel & Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The Songs, Soundtrack & Dancing of (500) Days of Summer

(500) Days of Summer – Blu-ray review

Related posts:(500) Days of Summer and The Ugly Truth – Video Review'>(500) Days of Summer and The Ugly Truth – Video Review (500) Days of Summer'>Joseph Gordon-Levitt »

- Jeff Bayer

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(500) Days of Summer – Blu-ray

28 December 2009 3:54 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Blu-ray Review

(500) Days of Summer

Directed by: Marc Webb

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Clark Gregg

Running Time: 1 hr 36 mins

Rating: PG-13

Due Out: December 22, 2009

Buy (500) Days of Summer [Blu-ray] on Amazon

Plot: A boy (Gordon-Levitt) ready to fall in love meets a commitment phobic girl (Deschanel) and the two proceed to dance in and out of love over the course of 500 days.

Who’S It For? Do you think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is just a little bit of a romance? Are you sick of the standard fair of The Proposal being considered a quality romantic comedy? If so, then you’re the one to buy (500) Days of Summer.

Full Coverage of (500) Days of Summer

Scorecard Review of (500) Days of Summer)

Reel Reviews Video Review of (500) Days of Summer & The Ugly Truth

Video Interview with Zooey Deschanel & Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The Songs, Soundtrack & Dancing of (500) Days of »

- Jeff Bayer

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The Best Films of the Decade (aka "The Naughties")

27 December 2009 9:03 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Best Films Of The Decade (aka The Naughties) From Alex & Terry

List # 1

By Alex Simon

When Terry and I initially discussed writing these lists, I had a tough time thinking back on 20 films over the past decade which I was really taken with, thinking that movies have sunk so low over the past ten years, that even choosing a dozen would be a short-order job. Thirty minutes into it, my list had nearly 60 titles! After much cutting, pasting, and re-cutting and pasting, here are my top 20 films (in no particular order) of the first decade of the 21st century, dubbed by many as “the naughties.” --A.S.

1.No Country for Old Men (Coen Brothers, 2007) An elegiac blend of stark beauty and full-throttle despair from two of our finest filmmakers, set in the contemporary American West. Every frame is damn near flawless, and would have been an even more perfect vehicle for the late Sam Peckinpah. »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Top Crossover Success Stories

27 December 2009 10:42 AM, PST | newser.com | See recent newser news »

We’ve seen lots of celebrities crash and burn in endeavors outside the area where they’ve made their mark; from James Brady Ryan , a look at the top five crossover successes: Zooey Deschanel: Following the acting-to-singing trail blazed by “the mostly bland J.Lo, the horrendous Lindsay Lohan, the dog-howlingly awfulness of Paris Hilton,” Deschanel’s band She & Him “produced an album that was sweet, well-crafted, and flat-out catchy.” Danica McKellar: “An entire generation’s first crush as Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years ” was a math major at UCLA and is now the author of books pushing girls to get into »

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MTV News Doles Out Our Christmas Movie Awards

25 December 2009 11:09 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Merry Christmas, gentle readers! Today is a day for spending time with loved ones, yelling at those loved ones, giving them gifts, refilling their drinks. It's also a day for popping in a DVD in the living room while working through a food coma. What will it be? The list of movies that have explored this eggnog-drenched holiday is nearly as long as Santa's own. Now action, now rom-com, now satire and thriller!

With some strong 'nog in hand, we took a look back at some of the very best and very worst a big screen Noel has to offer and plucked out our favorite elements from each. Gather the family round the computer screen and take in MTV News' Christmas Movie Awards.

Best Santa – Dan Aykroyd in "Trading Places"

When Louis Winthorpe III hits rock bottom, he soars to the highest ranks of cinematic Santas. Booted from his cushy »

- Eric Ditzian

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Weinberg's Top 20 of 2009

24 December 2009 4:03 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Let's keep this quick and easy. You've probably seen twelve dozen year-end "best of 2009" lists, but this one is mine! No rambling commentary, no goofy synopses, just 20 films from the past 12 months that I liked the best. (These are listed alphabetically.)

(500) Days of Summer -- There are tons of romance-intensive films that are funny, familiar, and/or heartbreaking, but here's one that tackles one of the pricklier situations: when one partner is clearly "more into" the relationship than the other. Leads Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel provide pitch-perfect performances, and the screenplay is a surprisingly insightful mixture of warmth, intelligence, reality and fantasy. I saw this one way back in January and it still stands as one of my very favorite films of the year.

Avatar -- Whether or not it becomes the "game-changer" that the hype machine promised is none of my concern. All I know is that, without fail, »

- Scott Weinberg

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John’s 10 Biggest Movie Surprises of 2009

24 December 2009 12:56 PM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

I’ll be up front with you: the list you’re about to read wasn’t what I had in store for you. As I sat at my desk and prepared to crank out what would be another top ten list of 2009, I realized that I was utterly ill-equipped to do so. As many great films as I witnessed this year, I missed just as many that I’m sure I’d enjoy: A Serious Man. The Fantastic Mr. Fox. The Hurt LockerThe Brothers Bloom.

I know. Just thinking about it makes me sick. But I saw enough to be confident in saying that 2009 was an extremely good year for movies — from blockbusters to indie pictures, we’ve witnessed some great films and surprising debuts from unique filmmakers.

What follows isn’t a list of the “best” films of 2009, but instead is a list of the most surprising, excellent »

- John Cooper

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500 Days Of Summer DVD Review

24 December 2009 11:19 AM, PST | ScreenStar | See recent ScreenStar news »

500 Days of Summer (2009) is one of those little movies -- and now DVDs -- that sneaks up on you. You walk into the theater perhaps not expecting much and it just charms the hell out of you. It's not super-original and it's not especially great, either, but it's just an easy, breezy, winsome and occasionally heartbreaking romantic comedy that works for two reasons: 1) the chemistry between its stars, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Tom, a greeting card writer, aspiring architect, and hopeless romantic searching for the perfect girl in Los Angeles, and Zooey Deschanel as Summer, the elusive, more cynical co-worker for whom Tom falls hard; and, 2), the time-hopping and dexterous editing that spreads the ups and downs of the couple's relationship across its 500 days. As the deep-voiced narrator suggests at the very start of the movie, (500) Days of Summer is a boy-meets-girl tale, but it's not a love story. The problem? »

- ianspelling@corp.popstar.com (Ian Spelling)

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Top 10 Best Films of 2009! Did Your Favorite Movie Appear On My List?

24 December 2009 10:34 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

From big blockbusters to small independent films, they all earned a slot in my Top 10 Best Films of 2009 list. My requirements are simple . did the film entertain? Provoke? Cajole? Will I remember the movie years from now? I.m happy to report that the films that entertained, provoked, and cajoled me can all be found on my list. And yes, I.ll remember these movies for years to come.

Here.s my list of the Top 10 Best Movies of 2009, from No. 10 to the best of the best! And there's also a fun Top 10 video made just for you!

10. .A Serious Man. . The Coen brothers play gods to Michael Stuhlbarg.s hapless character named Larry Gopnik in this gleaming dark comedy. The film is a meditative study on religion, family, and individuality. I adore the narrative style of the Coen brothers where they put the protagonist in incredible situations (.Fargo.), see »

- Manny

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The Foywonder's Ten Worst Horror Films of the Decade

23 December 2009 8:31 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The first decade of the new millennium has come to an end, and that means it is now time for film sites all over the web to begin posting their various retrospectives and lists recalling the decade that was. I generally as a rule dislike such lists because they are always so subjective. Then I said screw it and took it upon myself to do one of my own naming the ten worst horror movies of the past decade. Besides, people love bitching on the Internet about lists like this, and who am I to deny readers yet another excuse to get into pointless flame wars over personal opinions.

Of course, this list is just my personal opinion which is not legally binding ... unless Proposition 304 passes. And we all pray that it will.

I set two rules when putting this list together: Only horror movies that received fairly wide theatrical »

- Foywonder

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Bribery Scandal Exposed Within African American Film Critics Association

23 December 2009 7:30 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

About a week and a half ago, I reported on the African American Film Critics Association (Aafca) awards list, which was dominated by Precious wins for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay. However, obviously left out of the party was Gabourey Sidibe, who was nominated for best actress, but didn’t win. The award instead went to the Nicole Beharie for her starring role in the little seen American Violet.

As I just learned, this is actually causing quite a bit of controversy within the Aafca because, according to an article I read on The Hollywood Reporter’s Showbiz 411 blog, Sidibe should have won, based on the number of votes she received; however Aafca co-counder Gil Robertson IV is being attacked by the other members of the Aafca, claiming that he manipulated the final tally to please the producers of American Violet, who, allegedly, offered him monetary “donations” in return – essentially, »

- Tambay

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New On DVD This Week

22 December 2009 3:00 PM, PST | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

With Christmas less than 72 hours away, it looks like the studios are putting out quite a few last-minute gift ideas for you to snatch just in time to throw under the tree. This week’s big releases include District 9, (500) Days of Summer, and the second Family Guy Star Wars Special: Something Something Something Dark Side.

Of these releases, we are all pretty excited about the new Family Guy DVD this week. It’s the sequel to 2007’s Blue Harvest Star Wars special. This time, Seth McFarlane and his team spoof the events of The Empire Strikes Back. This special is never-before-seen, and won’t get airtime until mid-March.

Check out this week’s releases:

Movies

District 9 ~ Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope (DVD and Blu-ray)

(500) Days of Summer ~ Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (DVD and Blu-ray)

All About Steve ~ Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Thomas Haden Church (DVD and Blu-ray)

Extract ~ Jason Bateman, »

- Joe Gillis

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(500) Days of Summer

22 December 2009 2:30 PM, PST | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

Some may feel that the film is not groundbreaking as a romantic comedy and is cute at most. However, (500) Days of Summer is certainly one of the most fascinating romantic films I've ever seen because of the way the relation between the two lovers is presented to us.

Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) works as a writer for a greeting cards company. His boss has hired a new assistant, Summer (Zooey Deschanel). Obviously, Tom immediately falls head over heels for her. Summer accepts to go out with him. However, when Tom wants to take their relation to the next level, she tells him that she just wants to be a friend. As a matter of fact, Summer cherishes her independence and doesn't believe that she needs a lover to be over the moon.

Honestly, I dug (500) Days of Summer because it's one of the most realistic depictions of women behaviour I've seen in films. »

- anhkhoido@hotmail.com (Anh Khoi Do)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Movies of 2009

22 December 2009 7:36 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or… the craziest for some, but it’s a time of year when many are giving and receiving gifts of some kind. So, the Movie Geeks want to give you something as well… the best movies of the year, surprise! 2009 was an interesting year for movies, producing incredible movies from various genres. We saw many great films ranging from drama to comedy, sci-fi to animation, old school to new technology. There was something for everyone. We’ve tossed and turned and toiled, even lost some sleep to give you the perfect list of movies we feel are the Top Ten Best Movies of 2009.

10. The Hurt Locker

As much as you will hear about Jeremy Renner’s performance, which is a great performance, to me this is a film that really shines the spotlight on the film’s director, Kathryn Bigelow.  A »

- Movie Geeks

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