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Worst 20 Films of 2011 – Season of the Witch, Red Riding Hood & More!

31 December 2011 5:11 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Having spent the last year sat in screening rooms and cinemas watching over 200 of 2011′s cinematic offerings, it stands to reason that I’m going to have to sit through a fair share of duds. As I had seen the vast majority of the key Oscar plays before November, I spent the latter part of the year dedicating myself to seeking out the worst, most lowest common denominator fare ripe for a skewering, and with these twenty dreadful pictures, we have what are, in my opinion, the 20 biggest train wrecks of 2011. Note that Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star is still awaiting worldwide DVD release and didn’t get distribution in the U.K., so that’s one that I was forced to avoid, but I’m assured that it’s irredeemably horrible nevertheless. Anyway, on with the list…

20. Shark Night 3D

(David R. Ellis / Tomatometer: 16%)

Director David R. Ellis »

- Shaun Munro

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Sony Sells 2 More Comedies, Including Remake Of French-Canadian Format

3 October 2011 5:02 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Sony Pictures TV has sold 3 more comedy projects to the broadcast networks: an U.S. version of the French-Canadian format Les Invincibles to Fox with Family Guy executive producer Chris Sheridan writing and Luke Greenfield (Something Borrowed) directing and an untitled half-hour to ABC with Peter Tolan executive producing. Sony TV’s tally now stands at 49 comedy sales this season. Additionally, the studio has sold a drama from comedy veterans Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah to NBC. The Invincibles revolves around three guys and one girl, all in their 20s, who make a pact to simultaneously dump their girlfriend or boyfriend (or quit their job if unattached) and reclaim their lives. CAA-repped Greenfield was the driver behind the project and brought in Sheridan as a writer. The two are executive producing with 3 Arts’ Tom Lassally and Jonathan Berry. (I couldn’t find a trailer in English but, for the francophones out there, »


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Blu-Ray Review: Something Borrowed Is A Cliched, Unfunny, Morally Dubious Mess

29 August 2011 6:45 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

It’s no small irony that they’d call this film Something Borrowed given how liberally it magpies from almost every rom-com we have seen over the past years, and you could perhaps forgive its brazenness if it wasn’t for the fact that the film does nothing with the established tropes and cliches of the genre other than trot them out like some badly thought-out attempt at comfort through familiarity. Strictly speaking, it would probably have been easier to create something entirely original, because the commitment to plagiarism seems monstrously committed – as if it would take a lot of work to copy this much without trying to hide the fact even slightly.

The film was marketed squarely at lovers of chick-lit – an unfair generalisation, since some of them are actually far more intelligent than association with this film would suggest – and is something of a modern riff on A »

- Simon Gallagher

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Blu-Ray Review: Don’t Bother to Take ‘Something Borrowed’

25 August 2011 2:24 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “Something Borrowed” is just a stupid, stupid movie. It’s not painful nor as horrendous as many recent romantic comedies largely through the overall likeability of star Ginnifer Goodwin, but it’s just stupid. It features stupid people doing stupid things and serves as more of a cautionary tale about picking the right people to support you than it does as any sort of modern romance. With too-little chemistry as friends or lovers, “Something Borrowed” never clicks. It should disappear soon from Blu-ray and DVD shelves and all but the most diehard fans of the romantic genre or the stars involved should give it back.

Blu-Ray Rating: 1.5/5.0

Ginnifer Goodwin proved her talents with at least a few Emmy-nomination-worthy seasons of HBO’s “Big Love.” She’s an incredibly likable star, which is something useful for a romantic comedy. And yet, writers Jennie Snyder Urman and director Luke Greenfield bury »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Something Borrowed

15 August 2011 9:14 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, John Krasinski

Director: Luke Greenfield

The Scoop: Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Emily Griffin, this tells the story of two best gal pals (Goodwin and Hudson) who have a bit of an issue after one of them sleeps with the other's fiancé. That, as you can imagine, puts a crimp into very many different things. Soap star Egglesfield plays the man.

Special Features: Featurettes, deleted scenes, gag reel

Rated PG-13, 110 min. | Watch the trailer »

- NextMovie Staff

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Blu Monday: Muppets, Bowling Balls, and Lots of Guns!

14 August 2011 9:00 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Agent 8 3/4 (1964)

Directed by: Ralph Thomas

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Sylva Koscina, Robert Morley

Synopsis: Unemployed Czech-speaking writer Nicholas Whistler thinks he’s got a job visiting Prague for a bit of industrial espionage. In fact he is now in the employ of British Intelligence. His pretty chauffeuse on arrival behind the Iron Curtain, Comrade Simonova, is herself a Czech agent. Just as well she’s immediately attracted to 007′s unwitting replacement. [highdefdigest.com]

Special Features: Unknown.

Armed And Dangerous (1986)

Directed by: Mark L. Lester

Starring: John Candy, Eugene Levy, Meg Ryan, Robert Loggia

Synopsis: Dooley, a cop wrongly sacked for corruption, teams up with a useless defense lawyer in their new careers… as security guards. When the two are made fall guys for a robbery at a location they are guarding, the pair begin to investigate corruption within the company and their union. »

- Travis Keune

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'Hangover 2' Sloshes into Theaters This Weekend

27 May 2011 12:45 PM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Here's a sneak peek at what's in theaters this Memorial Day weekend, including those unlucky party pals, Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Allen (Zach Galifinakis) in "The Hangover Part II," and the animated sequel "Kung Fu Panda 2," with Angelina Jolie, Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman.

Update: Since opening Thursday, "The Hangover Part II" has taken in about $31.7 million.

In Theaters Now (May)'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' (May 20)

Who: Johnny Depp, »

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'Potc 4' Yo-Hos into Theaters This Weekend

20 May 2011 2:11 PM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Here's a sneak peek at the highly anticipated "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," in which Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and crew search for the Fountain of Youth.

In Theaters Now (May)'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' (May 20)

Who: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane; directed by Rob Marshall What: Capt. Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive Fountain of Youth, only »

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Tmp Reviews: Something Borrowed

16 May 2011 10:29 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Have you ever had that one friend that just seems to win at everything?  No, I am not addressing the friends of Charlie Sheen.  However, I am speaking of those studious individuals constantly finding themselves being out shined by the pretty, outspoken “fun girl”. Something Borrowed answers a simple question:  What do you do when your best friend steals that guy you have a mad crush on without giving you a second thought, and you find out he feels the same way about you?  You steal him back, of course!

The Set-up

Shy, sweet, terminally single Rachel’s (Ginnifer Goodwin) dreams and nightmares come true as she becomes tipsy enough to tell Dex she has been in love with him since law school.  The good news is that he feels the same way, but the bad news complicates her chances.  Dex is not only an engaged man, but his wife-to-be »

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'Bridesmaids' Sashays into Theaters This Weekend

13 May 2011 3:21 PM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Here's a sneak peek at what's opening in theaters May 13, including the laugh-fest comedy "Bridesmaids," starring Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, the vampire action flick "Priest," and the quirky dramedy "Everything Must Go," starring Will Ferrell.

Click here for the complete 2011 Summer Movie Guide!

In Theaters Now (May)'Bridesmaids' (May 13)

Who: Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, Wendi McLendon-Covey; directed by Paul Feig What: A comedy centered on two »

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Producer Hilary Swank Talks Something Borrowed, May Star in You're Not You, Opposite Jeremy Renner

12 May 2011 7:49 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Like many actresses these days, Hilary Swank has started a production company, 2S, with producing partner Molly Smith. One of their first optioned projects, the Emily Giffin wedding novel Something Borrowed, is the first film out of the gate, starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson and Colin Egglesfield. "The business is ever elusive, always exciting, always frustrating.," she says. "I want to make movies that people talk about. There are only so many stories I can tell as an actor. I wanted to progress to be a producer." Not designed as your standard formula rom-com, the best-friend morality tale directed by Luke Greenfield opened May 6 to mixed reviews and modest box office. Fans of the book seem to have liked it best. "I don't read »

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Interview: Engaging Colin Egglesfield of ‘Something Borrowed’

9 May 2011 1:55 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Colin Egglesfield is in an enviable position. In his major film debut, “Something Borrowed,” he is engaged to Kate Hudson, and also shows his affection for Ginnifer Goodwin. He is torn between two lovers, but handles both with natural charm.

Egglesfield has carved out a career through hard work and perseverance. After going through the pre-med program at the University of Iowa, he turned to modeling to earn money for medical school, and ended up doing it full time. He morphed from that career to acting, where he built a resume of TV and movie roles until landing on “All My Children” in 2005, playing the son of Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), Dr. Josh Madden.

Kate Hudson (Darcy) with Colin Egglesfield (Dex) in ‘Something Borrowed

Photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

While doing that daytime drama, he scored bigger roles in the films “Beautiful Dreamer” (2006) and “The Good Guy” (2009). After leaving »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Something Borrowed – Seen It Review

9 May 2011 11:28 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Something Borrowed

Directed by: Luke Greenfield

Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, John Krasinski

Running Time: 1 hr 53 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: May 6, 2011

This is a “Seen It” review. You’ve seen it. I’ve seen it. That means all plot points and spoilers are fair game and will be discussed. The only reason to read this review is if you have already watched the film, or never plan on seeing it, but for some reason, you’d like to know what Tsr thought about it. We walk you through the key moments in the film, adding in our thoughts along the way. You’ve been warned.

Plot: After her birthday party, Rachel (Goodwin) wakes up next to her best friend’s fiance (Egglesfield). The two must decide what to do as the wedding day for her friend (Hudson) draws near.

Read Nick Allen’s full Scorecard Review of »

- Jeff Bayer

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Box Office: May 6-8, 2011: Thor, Fast Five, Something Borrowed

9 May 2011 8:08 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

The hammer struck soundly. Thor premiered in Number One spot at the box office with $66 Million. Fast Five was Second with $32.5 Million for $139.8 Million so far. Jumping the Broom premiered in Third Place with $13.7 Million. Something Borrowed premiered in Fourth Place with $13.1 Million. Rio was Fifth with $8.2 Million for $114.9 Million so far. Water for Elephants, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family, Prom, Soul Surfer, and Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil rounded out the top ten respectively.

Thor is a 2011 American superhero film based on comic book character of the same name published by Marvel Comics and is the fourth film released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film was released on April 21, 2011 in Australia and on May 6, 2011 in the United States. Thor was also released in 3D and IMAX 3D. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Ray StevensonIdris Elba, Rene Russo, and »

- filmbook

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Paula Patton-Angela Bassett's Jumping The Broom Solid; Something Borrowed Disappoints: Box Office

8 May 2011 4:18 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin in Luke Greenfield's Something Borrowed Kenneth Branagh-Chris Hemsworth-Natalie Portman's Thor 'Modest' Debut; Paul Walker-Vin Diesel-Dwayne Johnson's Fast Five Plummets: Box Office Featuring Paula Patton, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, and Laz Alonso, Salim Akil's Jumping the Broom debuted in third place, after Thor and Fast Five, pulling in $13.7m at 2,035 theaters according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Though way below the box-office take of Tyler Perry's comedies, the low-budget Patton-Bassett-Devine combo's per-theater average was a respectable $6,732. Jumping the Broom officially cost $6.5m to produce. Needless to say, that figure doesn't include marketing/distribution expenses. Opening at no. 4, the more high-profile Kate Hudson-Ginnifer Goodwin romantic comedy Something Borrowed collected an estimated $13.15m at 2,904 locations, averaging a relatively modest $4,530 per site. A dismal 3% approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics surely »

- Zac Gille

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"Caterpillar," "Lord Byron," "The Beaver," "Thor," More

8 May 2011 11:24 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"A onetime yakuza turned jailbird turned filmmaking enfant terrible, the now-75-year-old Japanese director Kōji Wakamatsu has long been loved by cinema cultists for an outrageous string of 1960s provocations made under the guise of the pinku eiga — or 'pink' film." Steve Dollar at GreenCine Daily: "These typically low-budget sex romps could be as insane, surreal, or mind-bending as possible, as long as they included a minimum amount of nudity and softcore humping. Wakamatsu, seizing the opportunity, used the form to pursue the extremes, reveling in obsessive sex and violence as a leftist critique of Japanese society. Beyond the outrage and sleaze of The Embryo Hunts in Secret [1966]; Go, Go Second-Time Virgin [1969]; and Ecstasy of the Angels [1972], was a form of perverse shock treatment. Wakamatsu took a break from the camera in 1977, and didn't return for 27 years. But he still wants to mess with your head."

Steve Erickson for Moving »

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Something Borrowed Interview

8 May 2011 3:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

This week’s romantic comedy comes courtesy of Something Borrowed, a twisted tale of love and marriage which draws the tagline of “It’s a thin line between love and friendship” out for a couple of hours.

Emily Giffin’s novel was adapted for the screen by Jennie Snyder and Luke Greenfield, whose best known previous work is the 2004 Elisha Cuthbert movie The Girl Next Door, takes on directing duties.

The cast is where these films live or die and Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, and John Krasinski are the faces on the poster of this tale of Goodwin’s character falls for the fiancé of her best friend. Om, and I’m sure you’ll agree, G.

The good folks at Upbeat gathered the cast and crew to talk about their film and they certainly seem like they had a great time filming it. The film is out »

- David Sztypuljak

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Something Borrowed Okay, Jumping The Broom Respectable, Prom Soars: Box Office

7 May 2011 11:52 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Paula Patton, Angela Bassett, Jumping the Broom Thor vs. Iron Man, Spider-man, X-men, The Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four: Box Office Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, and Tom Hiddleston, Thor opened on Friday, May 6, at the North American box office with $25.7 million, including $3.3m from Thursday midnight screenings, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Natalie Portman now has her third 2011 box-office hit, following Black Swan and No Strings Attached. Here's wondering if exhibitors will eventually list her as the year's top female draw. Down a whopping 69% from its debut a week ago, Justin Lin's Fast Five, starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Jordana Brewster, added $10.54m at no. 2. Opening at no. 3, the Kate Hudson-Ginnifer Goodwin romantic comedy Something Borrowed collected an estimated $4.8m at 2,904 locations, averaging an okay $1,653 per site. Directed by Luke Greenfield, the Alcon Entertainment-produced Warner [...] »

- Zac Gille

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This week's new films

6 May 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Deep End (15)

(Jerzy Skolimowski, 1970, UK) John Moulder-Brown, Jane Asher. 92 mins

Where has this movie been for the past 40 years? It's as fresh and stylish a snapshot of late-60s Britain as we've ever seen, and a twisted coming-of-ager to boot. New kid Moulder-Brown wades into the depths of adulthood at the public bathhouse, and develops an unhealthy obsession with his worldlier colleague. The acting is natural, the soundtrack groovy (Can, Cat Stevens) and the visuals bold.

Hanna (12A)

(Joe Wright, 2011, Us/UK/Ger) Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana. 111 mins

A novel fusion of Bourne and The Wizard Of Oz, this thriller packs some visual punches (aided by a Chemical Brothers score) and trowels on the symbolism. Blanchett relishes her she-wolf role, hunting little teen assassin Ronan across Europe.

13 Assassins (15)

(Takashi Miike, 2010, Jap/UK) Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya. 125 mins

Noble samurai spring a trap for an evil lord »

- Steve Rose

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'Thor' Roars into Theaters This Weekend

6 May 2011 1:18 PM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Here's a sneak peek at what's opening this weekend, including the fantastical comic-book flick "Thor," the romantic comedy "Something Borrowed," the family wedding comedy "Jumping the Broom" and the quirky life dramedy "The Beaver," starring Mel Gibson.

In Theaters Now (May)'Thor' (May 6)

Who: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Ray Stevenson, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgard; directed by Kenneth Branagh What: "Thor," the latest Marvel comic book adaptation follows the powerful »

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