Our Favorite Performances: Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator

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Many people were upset and disappointed this year when Leonardo DiCaprio lost his fourth and fifth Oscar (Best Actor and Best Picture for The Wolf of Wall Street which he also produced) this year to Matthew McConaughey. While I would have loved for him to win, I knew that it wasn't going to happen. The Academy tends to pick winners that make one excellent movie, like Jean Dujardin for The Artist, Halle Berry for Monster's Ball, rather than actors constantly producing knockout performances in every film. Sure, there are exceptions like Daniel Day-Lewis and Cate Blanchett, but they are rare. "Why give the gold to someone who will continue to create a career of golden performances even if they lose?" That's the Academy's mantra. I think we all know deep down that eventually Leo's Oscar curse will break and until then we will continue to watch and root for him.
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4 Reasons Why John Hughes Wasn’t So Great

In lieu of the hate I will probably receive for this I would just like to state that John Hughes is a personal favorite of mine as both a director and writer. This list is by no means intended to be a hate fest just to slam the dearly departed. If anything it will probably make you appreciate Hughes all the more.

No director is perfect (I think) and each has their flaws. By highlighting them and discussing them I think you come to appreciate the individual better as an artist who despite his/her personal and professional failings was still able to produce captivating and entertaining works of art. If anything it can probably give the fans of Hughes out there something to shoot for. If you were indeed looking to pick up where Hughes left off in the teen drama genre then you would do well to avoid
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'Home Alone 3,' Lost In Disney World: A Story I Pitched To John Hughes When I Was Eight

In 1994, when I was eight years old, I became obsessed with “Home Alone.” At the time, I owned both “Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” on VHS, along with two “Home Alone” posters, a “Home Alone” video game and even the novelization of “Home Alone” by Todd Strasser. I have no explanation for my fandom, other than the fact that I saw the film's protagonist, Kevin McCalister, as some type of hero, one who was forced to defend his house from two burglars on Christmas. Soon enough, I found myself writing a letter to the film's writer/producer John Hughes. Several months earlier, I had created a new chapter in the “Home Alone” series, and was now wondering whether Mr. Hughes would be willing to option it. At that point, my only knowledge of the filmmaker was that he was somehow involved with creating “Home Alone,
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Uppercut Bus Driver Fired -- You Broke the Rules

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**Warning -- Video Contains Really Bad Language**The Cleveland bus driver who fired back at an aggressive female passenger with a Ferocious uppercut to the face ... has been fired by his bus company. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority has announced ... Artis Hughes was terminated from his job ... for not following policy after he was assaulted by the passenger back in September. In a statement, the Rta explains ...  "Mr. Hughes claims that his actions were in self-defense.
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Opening Night Coverage: ‘An Enemy of the People’

By Sam Negin

Theater Editor & Columnist


Last night, a Broadway revival of Henrik Ibsen‘s play An Enemy of the People opened on Broadway. I had the great pleasure of being in attendance at the performance, which I will review here along with a summary of the reviews found in several leading trade papers.

Among the enthusiastic crowd were several theater and film regulars, including Manhattan Theatre Club Artistic Director Lynne Meadow, costume designer William Ivey Long, Emmy winner and two-time Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale, four-time Tony nominee Jan Maxwell, film and theater star Tate Donovan, TV and stage star Sam Waterston, Tony nominee and stage vet Jessica Hecht, acting duo Dylan Baker and Becky Ann Baker and the great stage and screen vet James Earl Jones.

The play stars four-time Tony winner Boyd Gaynes and Emmy winner Richard Thomas (TV’s The Waltons), who play brothers living in a
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Tom Hardy as... James Bond? - A GeekTyrant Discussion

Inception and The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy has been getting a lot of attention in Hollywood. His last film, This Means War, did poorly at the box office, I think mostly because of the bad reputation of director McG. However, Hardy's turn as Bane in Dark Knight Rises makes the film even more eagerly anticipated. Talking to a UK radio station, Hardy revealed he would like to play a spy again, but this time as the most famous one in all of film history - 007 himself. "I'd love to play Bond with Chris Nolan (as a) director or something, it would be awesome."

Indeed it would, Mr. Hardy. Indeed it would. Now, let's be realistic, Hardy is being anything but serious. Skyfall is halfway through production and headed for a November 9th release. Daniel Craig, the current James Bond, has been signed to play the world's greatest secret agent for five more films.
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Recasting Classic Martin Scorsese Films in this great Photospread

Harpers Bazaar has created a fantastic photospread as a tribute to the films of director Martin Scorsese. The photos put different actors in the place of the main characters for some of Scorsese's earlier film projects. For example the image above feature Keanu Reeves and Chloë Moretz as the lead characters in Taxi Driver. Check out the rest of the photos below and tell us what you think! You can red the article that these photo's go along with here.

Taxi Driver

Chloë Moretz, Keanu Reeves

"How about breakfast tomorrow? I get up at about one o'clock."

The Age of Innocence

Kate Bosworth

"I want to get away with you...and...find a world where words like that don't exist."


The Aviator

Alessandro Nivola, Emily Mortimer

"Feels like a little adventure?" "Do your worst, Mr. Hughes."



Vincent Piazza, Michael Pitt and Sir Ben Kingsley

"It's gonna be a good summer.
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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Blu-ray Review

If imitation is truly the most sincere form of flattery, then Planes, Trains, and Automobiles may well be among the most flattered comedies of all time.

Chris Farley and David Spade struck gold with a similar format with Tommy Boy. Robert Downey, Jr. and Zach Galifanakis made a go of the road movie comedy in Due Date last year with great success.

And yet, in the grand scheme of things, they are little more than faint echoes of the 1987 film from writer-director John Hughes and stars Steve Martin and John Candy.

The movie follows Neal Page (Martin) and Del Griffith (Candy), two men who are thrown together by coincidence and circumstance while trying to get back home to Chicago from New York for Thanksgiving. En route, they're faced with delayed flights, broken-down trains, and rental cars engulfed by flames.

All of those issues are compounded by the fact that Del's talkative,
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TSRn: Warren Beatty to write, direct, produce and star in Howard Hughes film

The Scorecard Review news

News: Warren Beatty is set to return to the director’s chair after 13 years, with a film about loony tycoon Howard Hughes. Beatty will also write, produce and star in the film as Howard Hughes, next to a whole list of potential names that could include Jack Nicholson, Andrew Garfield, Evan Rachel Wood, Rooney Mara, Annette Bening, Shia Labeouf, and Alec Baldwin.

Source: Deadline

Thoughts by Tsr: Why is Warren Beatty making a Howard Hughes movie less than ten years after Martin Scorsese’s own Hughes documentary, The Aviator? Who knows. Perhaps Beatty, who has been off the silver screen for ten years now, has been going through his own Hughes moments – locking himself in a screening room and watching Ishtar on repeat. (Ok, I wasn’t able to finish Ishtar, because it sucked.)

Snide aside, the word is that Beatty’s movie isn’t going to be an exact biopic,
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The Akira Remake Might Be Dead (Huzzah), The Emu Pecks At One Of My Favorite Novels Boo, And The Avengers May Have A New Baddie: Trade News That'll Smack The Taste Outta Your Mouth

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Hello there, you disgusting collection of simpering assfaces. Here's some news for you.

Good news: Albert Hughes, co-director of The Book Of Eli and From Hell, is no longer attached to direct the live-action remake of Akira. I say this is good not because I bear Mr. Hughes any ill will, but because I'm hoping that this will eventually lead to the entire project being scrapped. Considering the lead has been linked to everyone from Keanu Reeves (winces) to DiCaprio (shrugs) to Zac Efron (dies inside), I'd rather it just quietly disappears. I'm rarely that lucky though.

Also good news in the lost director front: David O. Russell has left the video game adaptation, Uncharted. Why is it good news? Fans of the game (myself included) were in an uproar after the supposed casting of Mark Wahlberg as Nathan Drake, as well as Russell's strange take on the story (he
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Christopher Nolan Soars With Howard Hughes Biopic 10 Years After 'The Aviator'

Christopher Nolan Soars With Howard Hughes Biopic 10 Years After 'The Aviator'
Ten years ago, Christopher Nolan was best known for his mind-bending thriller "Memento" and the similarly dark "Insomnia." In the time since, he's directed two extremely successful "Batman" films, cemented his reputation as a master of twists in "The Prestige" and literally received full reign from Warner Bros. in creating his dream film (pun intended), "Inception."

But 10 years after "The Aviator," will the world be ready for another of Nolan's pet projects -- another movie that's all about Howard Hughes?

Let's backtrack a little. In the early 2000s, Nolan had wanted to make a film called "Mr. Hughes" about the renowned aviator and billionaire, based on Michael Drosnin's biography "Citizen Hughes: The Power, the Money and the Madness." But around that same time, Martin Scorsese put his own Hughes film, "The Aviator," into production, and Nolan was forced to back off.

The film went on to be a resounding success and even won five Oscars,
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Christopher Nolan wants to do his Howard Hughes biopic after The Dark Knight Rises

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What does Christopher Nolan want to do after The Dark Knight Rises? Apparently he wants to get to work on his Howard Hughes biopic. A while back, Nolan wanted to do a biopic on Mr. Hughes but decided to shelve it when he realized that Martin Scorsese's The Aviator would make it to the big screen first. Don't think that Nolan is doing a repeat though. Scorsese's film was based on Charles Higham.s biography Howard Hughes: The Secret Life, which covered the early years of Hughes' life up to...
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Some Kind of Wonderful Review | Duckie Finally Wins!

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As far as important John Hughes' films go, I have to reluctantly confess that, before this week, I'd never seen Some Kind of Wonderful, an embarrassing admission for a reviewer so unabashedly fond of Mr. Hughes. But in this case, the oversight serves me well, as I can objectively view a Hughes' film without my judgment being clouded by nostalgia. I had no preexisting relationship with this film, nor any allegiances to the characters, so my perception is not colored.

Some Kind of Wonderful is not a particularly great movie, for all the reasons one might expect when viewing a 1987 film for the first time in 2010: It's dated, cheesy, terribly directed, the music is painful, and the performances are mediocre, at best. There are no emotional transitions in this movie: The characters align around each other for inexplicable and unexplained reasons: Keith falls in love with Amanda just
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How Many Films Have You Watched in Your Lifetime?

How Many Films Have You Watched in Your Lifetime?
The world record-holder for movie watching has died. Gwilym Hughes (pictured), 65, watched more than 28,000 movies in his lifetime and held the Guinness World Record since 2008, according to BBC News. Hughes didn't see his first film until he was 8 years of age, but more than made up for lost time, averaging 10 to 14 films per week in his later years. That works out to an average of 500-700 movies per year (?!). Hughes, a painter and decorator, kept detailed records on every movie he saw.

It's a staggering record. I consider myself a huge movie addict, but I probably only see somewhere in the mid-300s per year. In part, that's because I spend a good chunk of time writing about what I see. Also, I try to enjoy a balanced media diet of movies, television, comics and graphic novels, websites, and so forth. Over my lifetime, I've probably seen somewhere in the vicinity of 10-12,000 movies.
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One year on: Remembering John Hughes

On the anniversary of director John Hughes’ untimely death, Carley looks back at his work, and the influence it had on a generation of movie-goers...

Dear John,

We never met in this lifetime. Our paths were never destined to cross. But one day, after I watched one of your movies, you changed my life in a way that can't be thanked in person or in letter form.

From a young age I had always been interested in films. I very much enjoyed watching films at home or at the cinema, but it never really went further than that. Until, one day, I flicked onto a BBC late night showing of The Breakfast Club. I couldn't have been any more than eight or nine years old, but I can remember now, to this day, that is was the first film that spoke to me.

The next day after watching it, I
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The Oscars 2010: Reelloop Style

It’s that time of year again: the Academy Awards are upon us, complete with foolish dresses, asinine speeches and Jack Nicholson’s shades. It’s a day devoted to film love, and if you stick with us on this page you’ll get to see riveting running commentary from Reelloop writers John Cooper and Philip Barrett as they view the show live from California and Missouri.

Here’s how it will go down: we’ll keep updating this post with our scintillating thoughts, and you keep refreshing the page to keep it up to the minute. Feel free to leave us any comments as you feel our rage when Inglourious Basterds or The Hurt Locker gets overlooked as Avatar sweeps up.

We’re insensitive. We’re absurd. We’re movie buffs. Ready? Here we go.


Philip (5:01 Pm Pst) – You mean I busted my ass home and missed
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I Need My Fix pics from the Shutter Island premiere. Scorsese gets the stars out

Worth 1000 "Mate a Movie" contest. Fun entries my favorites being Lt. Aldo Raine of the Na'Vi tribe and a Coen Bros/ The Wolfman mash-up

/Film An Avatar novel to tide you over until the sequel?

Studio Daily Lance Acord, one of the best living cinematographers (Where The Wild Things Are, Marie Antoinette), speaks

In Contention concludes its annual opinionated shots of the year column

MTV Movies Oren Moverman (The Messenger) moving on from depressed soldiers to depressed rock stars. A Kurt Cobain biopic is next

Upper Playground 'The Lost Art of Inglourious Basterds'. Mmmm, movie artwork.

Finally, today is Molly Ringwald's birthday -- happy 42 -- and since I grew up idolizing her (ohhh, the 80s!) I had to share this great print celebrating The Breakfast Club. It's going for $10 a pop. Isn't it fine?
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