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Boos! & Whoop-doos!: A Decade of Glossy Schlock!

31 December 2009 1:23 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Drive-In? Whoop-doo!Boos! & Whoop-doos!: A Decade of Glossy Schlock! The Aughts ushered in a new era of glossy schlock that rose quietly from the ashes of the once burgeoning Drive-In scene. The Drive-In Theater has always stood as a temple for exploitive, low-grade cinema. But by 1999, even the most popular of these late night playgrounds had crumbled to dust. They rose to prominence in the late forties and early fifties, and then experienced a quaint resurgence in the late 70s and early 80s. By the time this decade kicked off to shouts of "Y2K", they had all been wiped clean off the face of the Cineplex landscape. But their aura and mystic still lingered around many a DVD shelf like a ploom of stink bomb smoke. If there's one lasting remnant the Drive-In era gave us, it's the Z-grade flick. The second run feature whose only purpose »

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Sony Pictures 2010 Sneak Preview

31 December 2009 10:42 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony PIctures has released a sneak peak at their upcoming slate of 2010 releases. The films include Legion, Dear John, The Bounty Hunter, Death At A Funeral, Takers, The Karate Kid, Grown Ups, Salt, The Other Guys, Eat Pray Love, Priest, Born To Be A Star, The Roomate, The Social Network, Burlesque, and The Green Hornet.Legion - January 22nd In the supernatural action thriller Legion, an out-of-the-way diner becomes the unlikely battleground for the survival of the human race. When God loses faith in Mankind, he sends his legion of angels to bring on the Apocalypse. Humanity's only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner and the Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany).Dear John - February 5th Directed by Lasse Hallstr&#246m and based on the novel by best-selling author Nicholas Sparks, Dear John tells the story of John Tyree (Channing Tatum), a young soldier home on leave, »

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Todd's Top And Bottom of 2009, Plus Directors To Watch For!

31 December 2009 7:12 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

With 2009 at an end the time has come to look back over things with my personal picks for my favorite films of the year, the biggest disappointments, and a list of promising young directors to watch out for going forward.  Please bear in mind that my bottom list is not necessarily what I consider to be bad films (though most of them certainly are) but the films that I was most disappointed by. It's an important distinction. As always it's worth noting that there are both good films (ie Mother) and bad films (ie Giallo) that don't appear because I haven't seen them yet and this is, of course, all purely subjective ...

Todd's Favorite Films Of 2009:

Antichrist

The latest from Lars von Trier is provocative and transgressive in all the right ways.  I've been a fan of von Trier from his student days and his return to conventional style »

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'Iron Man 2' Stuntman On 'The Losers,' Zoe Saldana's Training And Filling In For Mickey Rourke

29 December 2009 6:01 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Director Sylvain White’s highly anticipated adaptation of Andy Diggle and Jock's “The Losers” will hit theaters next April. And while the film has an all-star cast — including Chris Evans, Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba and Columbus Short — the movie may ultimately stand out from the pack thanks to its reliance on practical special effects over CGI, according to veteran stunt coordinator Garrett Warren (“Avatar”).

“[White] wanted it to be not only like the comic book but somewhat more visceral,” relayed Warren during an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “It’s an amazingly real yet superbly comical look at these black ops special agents. And I loved the dichotomy. He was thinking the ‘Bourne’ films and ‘24,’ and yet he wanted to have comedy involved.”

“It’s all live action, 100%,” continued Warren. “There is some amazing action in that movie. You will be blown away. People will think, ‘Wow, that had to be CG. »

- Blair Marnell

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

27 December 2009 10:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Last Airbender

Opens: July 2nd 2010

Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Summary: A live-action film based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series. In a fantastic world where civilisation exists as four great empires, a reluctant young child sets out on a perilous journey to restore balance to a world torn apart by war.

Analysis: It has been quite the decade for M. Night Shyamalan, who started it as a household name with the label of a modern-day Hitchcock thanks to the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs". Today he's considered more of a one-trick pony and in some cases a punchline due to rampant stories of egomania run wild and a series of much derided onscreen flops like "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening".

Thus 'Airbender' marks a potential return to form for the helmer. An adaptation of the hit »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

27 December 2009 10:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Last Airbender

Opens: July 2nd 2010

Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Summary: A live-action film based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series. In a fantastic world where civilisation exists as four great empires, a reluctant young child sets out on a perilous journey to restore balance to a world torn apart by war.

Analysis: Its been quite the decade for M. Night Shyamalan who started it as a household name with labels of a moodern-day Hitchcock thanks to the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs". Today he's considered more of a one-trick pony and in some cases a punchline due to rampant stories of egomania run wild and a series of much derided onscreen flops like "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening".

Thus 'Airbender' marks a potential return to form for the helmer. An adaptation of the hit cartoon series »

- Garth Franklin

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Where Have All The Manly Men Gone?

25 December 2009 1:38 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Today I had a talk with one of my closest long time friends and she brought to my attention this article written two weeks ago by Wesley Morris, the African American film critic for The Boston Globe about the lack of real genuine masculine men in movies nowadays, that are both American and under 40. Think about it. Practically all male movie stars that are both Amercian and under 40 are really just oversized boys who haven’t really grown any pubic hair yet. Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Tobey McGuire, that girly looking dude from those Twlight movies. Maybe Matt Damon could fit that bill but that’s only because of those Bourne spy movie,s and even then he doesn’t really have that masculine “weight”. So my friend and I started to think about what well-known established Black actors could fill that bill, and I’m afraid we couldn’t. »

- Sergio

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Screen Gems 2010 Preview: Synopses and Images from Dear John, Death At A Funeral, Takers, Priest, The Roomate and More

22 December 2009 12:07 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Screen Gems has released synopses and some first look images from their 2010 films and it’s all after the jump.  Some of the new/first look images are from The Roomate (starring Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly), Death at a Funeral (starring Peter Dinklage, Danny Glover, Martin Lawrence, James Marsden, Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, Zoë Saldaña), and Takers (starring Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Jay Hernandez, and Hayden Christensen).

Also, while they didn’t release any images, they did provide the first synopsis for Burlesque which stars Cher, Christina Aguilera, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet, Julianne Hough, Peter Gallagher, Alan Cumming, Kristen Bell and Stanley Tucci.

Check out everything after the jump.  It’s posted by release date.

Dear John

February 5, 2010 Drama Directed by Lasse Hallström Screenplay by Jamie Linden Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks Produced by Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Ryan Kavanaugh Executive Producers Jeremiah Samuels, Toby Emmerich, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Jude Law Denies 'Thor' Casting Rumor

22 December 2009 9:44 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

"Sherlock Holmes" arrives in theaters this week, pairing "Iron Man 2" star Robert Downey Jr. with actor Jude Law — who remains a far less prominent star in the comic book movie world than his co-star, despite his comics cred-inspiring ink. (He has a tattoo of Rorschach from "Watchmen.") However, an October rumor seemed to indicate that Law was on track to change all that with a role in "Thor" alongside Robert DeNiro.

Unfortunately, the rumor turned out to be just that, as Law explained to MTV News during the recent "Sherlock Holmes" red carpet event.

"Was there?" said Law when told there was a widely circulated rumor tagging him for a role in Kenneth Branagh's film about the Marvel god of thunder.

When asked whether he'd ever been approached about a role in the film, the actor answered, "No, I had no idea!"

While the rumor attaching Law and »

- Rick Marshall

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A Glimpse at Screen Gems 2010 Line-up

22 December 2009 7:33 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

Screen Gems is quickly becoming a studio/distributor with a solid line-up of genre films on their slate. Here’s a few screen-caps and synopses of their heavy-hitters, two of which star Paul Bettany!

Legion - January 22

“In the supernatural action thriller Legion, an out-of-the-way diner becomes the unlikely battleground for the survival of the human race.

When God loses faith in Mankind, he sends his legion of angels to bring on the Apocalypse.  Humanity’s only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner and the Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany).”

Dear John – February 5

“Directed by Lasse Hallström and based on the novel by best-selling author Nicholas Sparks, Dear John tells the story of John Tyree (Channing Tatum), a young soldier home on leave, and Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried), the idealistic college student he falls in love with during her spring vacation.  Over the next seven tumultuous years, »

- John Cooper

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Rene Russo To Play Mother Of "Thor"

19 December 2009 8:15 AM, PST | www.ohmygore.com/ | See recent OhMyGore news »

Rene Russo is set to play Frigga, the mother of the titular hammer-wielding Norse hero in "Thor" for Marvel Studios says Variety. As the wife of Norse god (Anthony Hopkins) Frigga is the queen of Asgard and mother to both Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Natalie Portman also stars as Thor's love interest. Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson, Colm Feore, Stellan Skarsgard, Idris Elba, Kat Dennings, Stuart Townsend, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano and maybe Jeremy Renner are starring. Mark Protosevich and Zack Stentz penned the script in which arrogant warrior Thor reignites an ancient war and as punishment, "Thor" is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans. Once here, he learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain »

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Confirmed: Rene Russo Is Thor's Step-Mom

16 December 2009 6:27 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Toward the end of November, it was getting hard to keep up with the news about Kenneth Branagh's Thor. In a span of ten days, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Stuart Townsend, Ray Stevenson, and Tadanobu Asano were all added to the cast and shooting was announced to begin in January. Since then, movies like Avatar and Iron Man 2 have dominated the news world, but now an intriguing name brings it back to the front. In a very strange way, Variety has announced that Rene Russo will be playing Frigga, wife of Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and step mother of Thor (Chris Hemsworth). I say that the news comes in a strange way, as the article that went along with said tweeted announcement is now broken link that has been removed from the website. What this says about the legitimacy of the story is up in the air, but we'll »

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Will Rene Russo Be Thor's Step-Mom?

16 December 2009 6:27 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Toward the end of November, it was getting hard to keep up with the news about Kenneth Branagh's Thor. In a span of ten days, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Stuart Townsend, Ray Stevenson, and Tadanobu Asano were all added to the cast and shooting was announced to begin in January. Since then, movies like Avatar and Iron Man 2 have dominated the news world, but now an intriguing name brings it back to the front. In a very strange way, Variety has announced that Rene Russo will be playing Frigga, wife of Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and step mother of Thor (Chris Hemsworth). I say that the news comes in a strange way, as the article that went along with said tweeted announcement is now broken link that has been removed from the website. What this says about the legitimacy of the story is up in the air, but we'll »

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Has Joseph Gatt Joined The 'Thor' Cast?

15 December 2009 1:29 PM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

British actor and model Joseph Gatt may be the latest addition to the cast of “Thor.”

According to a statement posted on Gatt’s website, Gatt is “prepping for his most prominent job to date: a (secret) role in the forthcoming Marvel Studios film ‘Thor’, slated for release in 2011." However, this announcement has not been officially confirmed by Marvel at this time.

Gatt’s most prominent film appearance to date was in the 2006 horror film, “Pulse.” Gatt has also performed extensively as a motion capture actor on several video games, including “Lair”, “24: The Game” and "Driv3r" as well as “God of War II” and “God of War III.”

Thus far, speculation on Gatt’s role in “Thor” has centered on Skurge the Executioner, one of the earliest “Thor” villains who was often in league with the Enchantress. Neither character has been confirmed to appear within the film.

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- Blair Marnell

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Ray Stevenson Talks Fat Volstagg in Thor

11 December 2009 8:32 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Ray Stevenson made his mark playing Titus Pullo in the incredible Rome series, but he also made a splash earlier this year playing the title character of Frank Castle in Punisher: War Zone. Unfortunately the film was a bit of a disaster critically and at the box office but he was perfectly cast and did his job right.

Stevenson has also played some cool characters in King Arthur and Outpost among many others, but the best is yet to come as we’ll be seeing a lot more of the growing star in the next few years with him being cast and working on a few big films including a role in the Denzel Washington starrer, The Book of Eli. For the Rome fans out there, a feature film based after the series is also in development so we can expect to see Titus Pullo back in action yet again. »

- Rob Keyes

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Zachary Levi Discusses Turning Down Thor Role

11 December 2009 1:49 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

A month ago, it was revealed that Zachary Levi, star of the TV series Chuck, was forced to turn down the roll of Fandral the Dashing in Thor, director Kenneth Branagh's live-action adaptation of the Marvel comic book. The addition of six episodes to NBC's third season of Chuck prevented Levi from committing to the role, which ultimately went to Stuart Townsend.

Levi recently told TV Guide that it was a "bummer" to have to pass up the part, but said that he would be up for another superhero role, if Marvel would have him.

There's no way to slice it. I am Chuck Bartowski in a lot of ways, so to be able to not only be up for a really big movie, but to be up for a really big movie that is a part of the Marvel Universe, that Kenneth Branagh is directing, that Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins are in, »

- BrentJS Sprecher

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2010 Warner Bros. Picture Preview: ‘Sex and the City 2,’ ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street,’ ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’

9 December 2009 2:50 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Warner Brothers has released a slate of images from their entire 2010 schedule of films, including “The Book of Eli,” “Edge of Darkness,” “Valentine’s Day,” “Untitled Cop Movie,” “Hubble 3D,” “Clash of the Titans,” “The Losers,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Sex and the City 2,” “Jonah Hex,” “The Lottery Ticket,” “The Town,” “Flipped,” “Going the Distance,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” and “Life As We Know It”.

This 25-image slideshow contains official press images for the recently announced slate of films to be released by Warner Brothers Pictures in 2010 including new movies starring Denzel Washington, Katherine Heigl, Drew Barrymore, Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Worthington, Bruce Willis, Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Biel, and Mel Gibson.

The release dates, cast lists, and filmmaker information for these Warner Brothers Pictures films can be found below in chronological order, followed by a slideshow of available images. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Chris Brown Does Lots of Own Stunts for 'Takers'

8 December 2009 12:28 AM, PST | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

Starring as a member of skilled bank robbers in action film "Takers", Chris Brown apparently does some of the stunt works himself. His co-star in the upcoming movie, Matt Dillon, unraveled the fact when talking to MTV News in a recent interview. "He's, like, jumping over cars," the older actor gushed. "He did a lot of stunts."

Recalling the filming of some scenes he shared with Brown, Dillon who plays a detective in the movie detailed, "The stuff I did with Chris Brown is chasing him though the streets for eight days straight. It was, like, nonstop." The Academy Award-nominated actor went on to praise the singer, saying "This guy is such a good athlete."

Dillon is not the only "Takers" star who has good words for the 20-year-old. Co-star Michael Ealy, who takes on the role of Brown's older brother, also spoke up about the "I Can Transform Ya" singer. »

- celebrity-mania.com

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Thor Updates: Rehearsals Begin & Stan Lee’s Cameo

7 December 2009 4:50 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Marvel Studios’ upcoming production of Thor, the Mighty God of Thunder, is about to get underway in January as we’ve seen a stream of updates in recent months leading up to the exciting project.

In just the last few weeks alone, Idris Elba and Kat Dennings joined the ensemble cast along with Stuart Townsend, Ray Stevenson, and Tadanobu Asano as The Warriors Three; Joe Quesada’s talked up the movie and its director, Kenneth Branagh. And last but not least, rumors of Jeremy Renner playing Hawkeye have spread with the possibility of the character having a cameo role in Thor.

With all of the casting announcements, one thing was missing: Stan Lee’s role! Stan talked in a few interviews about meeting director Branagh, praising him and revealing that Branagh promised him a role in the movie.  Now it has been confirmed from Stan the Man himself!

 

On his Twitter account yesterday, »

- Rob Keyes

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'Moon' tops British indie film awards

6 December 2009 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London -- Duncan Jones' "Moon" floated off with the best British film nod during this year's British Independent Film Awards, with Jones also taking home the best debut director plaudits at a ceremony Sunday night.

With Jones absent because he's in preproduction in Los Angeles on his sophmore flick "Source Code," "Moon" producer Stuart Fenegan picked up his brace of awards on his behalf.

Andrea Arnold secured yet another award for "Fish Tank," swimming off with the best director nod, while her movie's lead, Katie Jarvis, a girl plucked from an Essex railway platform to star in the project, took home the most promising newcomer plaudit.

Best actor went to Tom Hardy for his portrayal of infamous British prison inmate "Bronson," while Carey Mulligan took home the best actress nod for her eye-catching turn in "An Education."

John Henshaw, currently on British screens in an advertisement for the Post Office, »

- By Stuart Kemp

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