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Top Ten AMC News Text Interviews for 2009

30 December 2009 9:00 PM, PST | AMC News Interviews | See recent AMC News Interviews news »

Lovely ladies (Anne Heche, Carla Gugino) one-time child stars (Anna Chlumsky, Tom Felton) and numerous comics (Patton Oswalt, Bill Hader, Kevin McDonald)... AMC News talked to all of them in 2009. If traffic is any indicator, below are the interviews you found most riveting. 1. Director Tim Burton "Sometimes it helps to doodle to spark something. That's the great thing about the middle of the night. Then you get up and you »

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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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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- 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: 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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Snooki From 'Jersey Shore' Gets The Business On 'Saturday Night Live'

21 December 2009 7:05 AM, PST | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

We've talked a lot about the shortcomings of this season of "Saturday Night Live," but this past weekend's show was as funny and provocative as the series was at its peak. It was helped along by host James Franco, who has experience with comedy and improvisation. But the writing on Saturday night (December 19) was also top-notch, with a delightfully deranged digital short, the return of Andy Samberg's Mark Wahlberg impression and the funniest "Weekend Update" in ages, thanks mostly to Bobby Moynihan's turn as Snooki from "Jersey Shore."

As Snooki, Moynihan discussed "Jersey Shore" with "Weekend Update" host Seth Meyers. He was dressed in a terrible poof wig, was covered in orange make-up and was exposing his chest hair for the duration of the interview, which made for a very funny physical gag. But the jokes were great too, including the incredible kicker, which saw Snooki suggest that »

- Kyle Anderson

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James Franco Lands an Adam Lambert Kiss on 'SNL'

21 December 2009 1:10 AM, PST | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

Playing a guest host on "Saturday Night Live", James Franco channeled his Adam Lambert side on the show's December 19 episode. In a sketch titled "The Kissing Family", the 31-year-old is captured on camera making out with Will Forte, one of the show's stars who plays his grandfather.

For the sketch, Franco portrays a college student who has brought home his new girlfriend to meet his family for the first time. As the story unravels, it becomes clear that his family has a strong Public Display of Affection quality. After landing a kiss on Bill Hader who takes on his on-screen brother, the star of "Pineapple Express" went on to tongue Forte.

This man-on-man kiss isn't the first time for James Franco. He has been seen starring as Sean Penn's gay lover in the awards-winning "Milk". It is said to be a sort of parody for Lambert's controversial performance at »

- celebrity-mania.com

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SNL best of clips featuring Franco and 'the kiss,' Mike Tyson, Muse

20 December 2009 11:30 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

NBC fired over the best of clips round-up from last night.s holiday episode of Saturday Night Live. The SNL cast hosted the return of Dooneese (.Lawrence Welk Cold Open.), James Franco explaining his recent career choices (.James Franco Monologue.), special guests Mike Tyson and Jack McBrayer (.What Up With That.), Andy Samberg as Mark Wahlberg (.Mark Wahlberg Talks to Xmas Animals.), a Jersey Shore spoof (.Update: Snookie.) and the kissing family going to extremes (.Kissing Family.). Also posted below are performance videos featuring musical guest, Muse. Franco kissed Will Forte, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader in a skit about bringing his girlfriend home to his kissing touchy feely-crazed family . with Forte playing his creepy open-mouthed »

- April MacIntyre

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James Franco takes tongue-in-cheek comedy bit too literally

20 December 2009 11:20 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

James Franco took tongue-in-cheek comedy a bit too literally as he hosted Saturday Night Live. The Spiderman star locked lips with three male comics on the show - and then a tree – as he presented the last SNL show of the decade. Franco snogged comedians Will Forte, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader in a skit about bringing his girlfriend home to his overly affectionate family – with Forte playing his loving granddad. In a later sketch, Franco showed his love for shrubbery - playing a Christmas tree dealer who bonds a little too much with his spruce. Boxing legend Mike Tyson made a surprise cameo in the episode – appearing with Keenan Thompson as the »

- Eric Munn

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Hey, Snooki — Did You See Your Hilarious Impersonator On “SNL” Last Night?

20 December 2009 10:30 AM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

We hope you have a good sense of humor, Snooki!

Nicole Polizzi (better known as “Snooki“) from MTV’s “Jersey Shore” got the royal “Saturday Night Live” treatment last night, when funny guy Bobby Moynihan stopped by Weekend Update — dressed up just like her! We wonder what Snooki thought of Bobby’s super orange skin and enormous poof? Or the fact that he says Snooki is looking for an “Italian, dark, muscly juice-head guido?” But Snooki wasn’t the only “Jersey Shore” star to make an “appearance.” Bill Hader made a cameo dressed up like Mike Sorrentino (aka “The Situation“) and he introduced the world to something we’ve never seen before — back abs! »

- Andy Swift

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Blu-Ray Review: Overly Manic ‘Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian’

14 December 2009 1:41 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The CGI smorgasbord that is “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” is likely to suffice as a babysitter this holiday season as eggnog is made or holiday shopping is concluded. Families are likely to be satisfied by the everything-and-the-kitchen-sink mania that will work for toddlers hopped up on Christmas candy, but the film itself will collapse for their parents, babysitters, and even their older siblings.

Blu-Ray Rating: 2.5/5.0

A slight improvement over the original (a film I truly didn’t like) merely due to the inclusion of Amy Adams and the absence of that film’s overcooked father/son story, “Battle of the Smithsonian” follows the “turn up the volume” model of sequels. “What worked about the original? Let’s make it bigger! And louder!”

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian was released on Blu-Ray and DVD on December 1st, 2009.

Photo credit: Fox Home Video

Where »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' - Taylor Lautner goes Team Edward and Tiger Woods dominates

12 December 2009 11:32 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Taylor Lautner's hosting of "Saturday Night Live" has all the "Twilight" fans in a flutter and may foster one of the highest rated shows of the year.  Who knew Lorne Michaels could be so timely?  Will Lautner be able to show some acting and comedy skills that have been missing from his big screen work so far?  Does it really matter for his legion of fans out there? Let's find out... Intro A trio of scandal plagued politicians; South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford (Sudeikis) Nevada Senator John Ensign (Bill Hader), former Presidential candidate John Edwards (Will Forte ) hold a press »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Gotham Awards: Hurt Locker Receives Best Film Push

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

If this year's Gotham Awards winner is any indication, A Serious Man might be in serious trouble with its Oscar chances as Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker appears to be the "preferred" independent film of the year. - If this year's Gotham Awards winner is any indication, A Serious Man might be in serious trouble with its Oscar chances as Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker appears to be the "preferred" independent film of the year. The Coen Bros. film lost out in the Best Feature and Best Ensemble categories, but I'm really curious in seeing how this all plays out in the next couple of weeks with the New York based film critics' year end kudos. The biggest surprise of the the 19th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards was the Breakthrough Actor award going to Catalina Saavedra's performance in The Maid over Ben Foster »

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The Hurt Locker and Big Fan Lead the Gotham Indie Award Noms

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker (Best Feature, Ensemble, Breakthrough Actor) and Robert Siegel Big Fan (Best Feature, Breakthrough Director and Actor) managed to pick up three mentions each for the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Award nominations, but the big winner on November 30th might actually be The Coen Bros. A Serious Man who have noms in the Best Feature and Best Ensemble Perf. categories. - Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker (Best Feature, Ensemble, Breakthrough Actor) and Robert Siegel Big Fan (Best Feature, Breakthrough Director and Actor) managed to pick up three mentions each for the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Award nominations, but the big winner on November 30th might actually be The Coen Bros. A Serious Man who have noms in the Best Feature and Best Ensemble Perf. categories. Sebastian Silva's (who we just recently interviewed) picked up  pair »

- Ioncinema.com Staff

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Night At The Museum 2 Blu-Ray Review

10 December 2009 8:39 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Night At The Museum:Battle Of The Smithsonian (Blu-Ray)20th Century Fox Home Entertainment2009/PG/105 minsNow Available – List Price $39.98Hollywood sometimes doesn't get that just because a film made a ton of money it doesn't mean everyone thought it was good.  Nor does it mean they should make a sequel, but that's just what we're getting with 'Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian'.  If your kid nags you to see this, don't get upset.  I didn't care for the first film and though calling this follow-up and improvement isn't saying much, it's not the worst time you can spend at the movies.  I miss the days when Ben Stiller took chances and put himself out on a limb with unconventional material.  He seems to be going through the motions now and though 'Tropic Thunder' was a big hit and had some enjoyable aspects, it felt very commercial to me. »

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Night At The Museum 2: Battle Of The Smithsonian DVD Review

9 December 2009 11:39 PM, PST | ScreenStar | See recent ScreenStar news »

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), now out on DVD, is the inevitable sequel to the surprise blockbuster Night at the Museum (2006), and it again stars Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Owen Wilson, and a certain slap-happy capuchin monkey. This go-round, the adventure moves from the Museum of Natural History in New York City to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and now-former security guard Larry Daley (Stiller) comes to the rescue when his old pals get crated up and that darn Egyptian tablet -- you know, the one that brings inanimate objects to life -- starts wreaking havoc in the world's largest museum. The film isn't nearly as entertaining as the original, but, as again directed by Shawn Levy, it's got its moments, and Amy Adams makes for an energetic and winsome, if occasionally irritating Amelia Earhart. The biggest flaw is it »

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

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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian – DVD Review

5 December 2009 6:26 PM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

Movies like the film in question are pretty critic proof. What my review is for anyone over the age of ten is more of a survival guide even though I’m approaching it like I do every film. Kids are going to want to see it and most parents aren’t going to bring them to the latest action spectacle. It’s bigger than the first film, certainly throws in as many historical references as it can, and has two monkeys join in on slapping Ben Stiller around as opposed to just one. Night at the Museum: Part Deux is a family film through and through, and doesn’t care if the parents in the audience will know it.

For those parents, brothers, sisters, and whoever that will be dragged into this, you have someone you can enjoy who gets a fair amount of screen time. This woman (along »

- Philip Barrett

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[DVD Review] Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

5 December 2009 | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

It’s hard not to compare Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian with the sequel to National Treasure; both are family oriented sequels with a faux-spin encouraging an interest in history. National Treasure creates its own conspiratorial links between famous historical references while Night at the Museum just throws it all in a blender and hits “Puree”. Any educational value the films could have had is drowned out by the screaming multitudes of anachronistic characters (or facts) leveraged in favor of cheap one-liners to make the star’s appearance at its center worth the budgetary expense. But was it? With all the cameo appearances in the film, some of which are utterly wasted by lack of screen time, how important was it to have Ben Stiller reprise his role?

After the events of the first film, Larry Daley (Stiller) started his own line of electronics and quit his »

- Lex Walker

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