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Dwayne Johnson Can't Handle The Tooth

31 December 2009 1:08 PM, PST | HollywoodNorthReport.com | See recent HollywoodNorthReport.com news »

Tooth Fairy is the new Vancouver-lensed comedy/fantasy feature starring Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Abigail Breslin, Chris Noth, Billy Crystal and Julie Andrews. The Walden Media film is scheduled for release in the Us January 22, 2010 and in Canada February 15. Premise follows pro hockey player 'Derek Thompson' (Johnson), nicknamed 'Tooth Fairy' for his ability to knock out other players' teeth, who is ordered by 'Lilly' (Julie Andrews) to serve one week of hard labour as one of the 'Tooth Fairies'. Music score was composed by George S. Clinton, recorded Spring 2009 with an 80-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony at the Newman Scoring Stage, 20th Century Fox studios. »

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2009: A Look Back

30 December 2009 6:16 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

2009 was another big year for movies thanks to, in varying degrees, the recession, 3D ticket prices and Taylor Lautner’s abs. For funsies we have compiled a fairly trivial movie calendar for the year that was. Here you will find all the big events that, for whatever reason, may not have gotten a lot of media coverage.  Hit the jump to begin reminiscing about the past 12 months:

January

9- David S. Goyer does his best to stop Odette Yustman from ever getting another leading role in a film. (The Unborn)

16- Mall cops lose what little public respect they had. (Paul Blart:  Mall Cop)

23- Brendan Fraser ruins an otherwise perfectly good British film. (Inkheart)

30- Liam Neeson gains 20,000 cool points. (Taken)

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February

6- Steve Martin makes a big mistake. (The Pink Panther 2)

13- The rules of scary movies are upheld. (Friday the 13th)

20- Madea goes to jail. »

- David Corbin

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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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Hey, What's Coming Out in January 2010!?

28 December 2009 4:32 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

By now you're surely sick of high-quality films. You're fed up with James Cameron and Squeakquels and year-end Oscar push movies. By this point you're itching for January, a movie month that only a true genre geek could enjoy. Or someone who loves the geeky risk of maybe seeing a really rotten flick. Yes, January offers that much and more!

Week 1

Daybreakers (Lionsgate) -- A nifty horror sci-fi mash-up that played Toronto and Fantastic Fest and played 'em well.

Leap Year (Universal) -- Amy Adams and Matthew Goode in a romantic comedy about romance. I'll rent it one day because Amy Adams is cute 'n' sexy.

Youth in Revolt (Weinstein) -- The Weinsteins still release films? Yes, but only ones that have been sitting on their shelf for over a year. In this one, an uncomfortable Michael Cera tries to woo a girl. (Oh, you've seen it already?)

Week 2

The Book of Eli »

- Scott Weinberg

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2010 Winter movie preview

28 December 2009 9:17 AM, PST | Tampa Film Examiner | See recent Tampa Film Examiner news »

What's worth checking out inside?

The Winter movie release schedule for 2010 is pretty much a roll-of-the-dice for moviegoers.  Obvious choices like Shutter Island and Alice in Wonderland will attract audiences for a variety of reasons.  Will there be anything else that will standout over the next few months though?  Here's a look at some possible flicks to check out and ones you may want to avoid.

2010 begins with the uber-popular vampire genre in Daybreakers.  Vampires are still a draw these days and that alone will have people heading to the theaters.  Having a top-notch cast that includes Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe could give this movie some life (pun intended).  The story seems to be predictable though, and having vampires that aren't terrifying is getting a bit stale.  In the end, fangs=$$$.  This is one of those times where one should read the critics take on this before going in blind. »

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Tooth Fairy International Movie Poster

23 December 2009 11:00 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Blumhouse Productions and Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation just released another international movie poster featuring The Rock for the upcoming comedy “Tooth Fairy” by director Michael Lembeck (The Santa Clause 2) and starring Dwayne Johnson (Planet 51, Get Smart), Ashley Judd (Crossing Over, Bug), Julie Andrews (Shrek the Third, Mary Poppins) and Billy Crystal. Synopsis: Tess is a 6-years-old girl who is very dissapointed when Derek (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) tells her that the tooth fairy isn’t real. Derek is left to try and save the tooth fairy kingdom. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the latest movie news and more from “Tooth Fairy” starring Dwayne Johnson. »

- Brian Corder

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Peter Segal May Join Neighborhood Watch

17 December 2009 10:13 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Earlier this year, Fox suffered a blow to its plans to make weird comedy Neighborhood Watch when director David Dobkin and star Will Ferrell unexpectedly dropped out.Now, however, the studio might just have a back-up plan, at least for behind the camera, and it's thanks to the Get Smart sequel being shoved back by Warners.That means Peter Segal is likely abatable to take over the reins on Watch, which finds a city dweller moving to the suburbs and joining the local neighbourhood watch program, only to discover a massive and (minor spoiler) vaguely supernatural conspiracy.But even if Segal does agree to work on Jared Stern's script, Fox will still need to find a star. Hey, based on the look of The Tooth Fairy trailer, Dwayne Johnson will star in just about anything these days. Why not a reunion with his Get Smart director? »

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Review: Planet 51

17 December 2009 2:19 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Planet 51 would be a good film, if it was an original idea, wasn’t so long, and had a cast that wasn’t just going through the motions with zero confidence. Yes, it other words, Planet 51 is not a very good movie. It’s your basic fish out of water tale, but from a sci-fi point of view, with the human landing on an alien world where everyone thinks he’s some kind of monster. Captain Charles T. Baker (Dwayne Johnson) lands on Planet 51, a planet that seems to be mirror Earth in the late 1950s early 1960s. It isn’t long before he’s mistaken for a brain sucking, organ eating alien and is chased off, and eventually bumps into Lem (Justin Long), a young alien who works at the local planetarium.

Lem is of course your average teenager, trying to win over the heart of »

- Kent

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Behind The Scenes: Will Ferrell And Mark Wahlberg Are The Other Guys

16 December 2009 7:40 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Adam McKay's latest Will Ferrell vehicle, The Other Guys, claims to be a movie about those two hesitant guys in the background of every buddy cop movie, the guys who want to be the Mel Gibsons and Danny Glovers, the Martin Lawrence and Will Smith wannabes. I was under the impression that that movie had already been made, the painfully spoofy film version of Starsky and Hutch. But the thing about McKay's movies is that the plot is rarely important, since it's just a means of allowing Will Ferrell to say hilariously random shit. MTV.com has a look behind the scenes of The Other Guys, and the only thing the footage seems to accomplish is making Samuel L. Jackson look oddly tiny in comparison to Dwayne Johnson (the two play the badass cops). As with most featurettes, we don't really get much of an idea idea of how »

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The Stars Of 'The Other Guys' Take MTV Behind The Scenes For An Exclusive First Look

16 December 2009 3:00 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

You know those buddy cop movies, the ones where the two leads are in fact full-on superstars. They're in on every major bust, they weather collateral damage and Internal Affairs investigations without a care in the world and the walls of their spacious offices are covered with awards, commendations, medals and the like. In "The Other Guys," those two cops are played by Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson.

They're not the stars of the movie. The other guys are, a pair of bumbling cops played by Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. All four were kind enough to take us behind the scenes for an exclusive first look at Adam McKay's 2010 summer comedy. And here it is now, fresh from "Behind the Screen"!

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- Adam Rosenberg

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James Cameron Takes MTV 'Behind The Screen' On 'Avatar'

16 December 2009 3:02 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Show also looks at 'Sherlock Holmes,' 'Dinner for Schmucks' and 'The Other Guys.'

By Eric Ditzian, with reporting by Josh Horowitz

James Cameron

Photo: MTV News

How did he do it? Seriously. How in the world did James Cameron take an actor in a skintight suit with wires strapped to his body and motion-sensing dots stuck to his face and — presto! — turn him into a highly realistic blue alien bouncing around a lush planet in "Avatar"? We've seen motion-capture films before, but nothing that looks half as impressive as this.

So it really does seem like a sort of wand-waving magic, and to help unlock the mystery behind this enchanted, CGI form of moviemaking, we enlisted the man himself. During MTV's "Behind the Screen" show on Wednesday afternoon (December 16), Cameron sat down at his Hollywood mixing stage to walk us through the creation of one killer action sequence. »

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Disney to make “Twilight” with Angels instead of Vampires?!?

10 December 2009 3:43 PM, PST | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

What? Disney to make their own Twilight: Saga with Angels instead of Vampires?!? That's right kids of America, your beloved Vampires are now as good as a Walkman and Angels are the new iPod! Apparently some trend experts are saying that Angels are the new black...um sure, ok! Disney has acquired the rights to a novel by Lauren Kate called "Fallen,". The book, released earlier in the week by Delacorte Books, and is aimed at young adult readers. Just take a little gander at the ol' story premise... Fallen is part of a four-tome series that centers on an alienated girl torn between two charismatic young men, unaware that they are fallen angels who have battled over her for centuries. Sound familiar? All four books were included in the deal Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray will produce the film adaptation through their Mayhem Production banner. Oren Aviv and Todd Murata »

- Dave Campbell

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Disney options 'Fallen' books for film

9 December 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Disney has optioned rights to "Fallen," a young-adult novel by Lauren Kate that features angels. Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray will produce the film adaptation through their Mayhem Prods. banner.

The book, released this week by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, is part of a four-tome series, all of which were included in the deal. The contemporary story centers on an alienated girl torn between two charismatic young men, unaware that they are fallen angels who have battled over her for centuries.

The book series was packaged by rightsholders Nadia Cornier, Ted Malawer and Michael Stearns.

"Twilight" comparisons are inevitable, and angels have been identified as the next trend in young-adult fiction with vampire and werewolf tales having inundated the market. "Fallen" and titles like Becca Fitzpatrick's "Hush, Hush," which was moved from a 2010 publication date to this past October, present angels as otherworldly hotties who are immortal and possess bad-boy charm. »

- By Borys Kit

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Mark Wahlberg Loved Shooting Derek Jeter For 'The Other Guys'

8 December 2009 3:23 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Actor says fellow Red Sox fans will 'cheer like crazy' when they see the scene next August.

By Larry Carroll

Mark Wahlberg

Photo: MTV News

Beverly Hills, California — It's a scene that could make Red Sox fans cheer, Yankees supporters shudder in fear and other moviegoers laugh. Oscar-nominated actor-turned-funnyman Mark Wahlberg can't wait for the world to see him gunning down Derek Jeter.

"It's phenomenal," Wahlberg told us recently of his comedic turn alongside Will Ferrell in "The Other Guys," a currently filming flick about two boneheaded cops. "They wrote me the sickest role ever; I just get to go bananas on everybody."

Directed by "Anchorman" mastermind Adam McKay, the flick features appearances by everyone from Dwayne Johnson to Samuel L. Jackson to Paris Hilton and Michael Keaton. But a recently leaked photo revealed the cameo by the New York Yankees shortstop on what Wahlberg called one of his favorite days ever on a set. »

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This week's new cinema previews

4 December 2009 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Box (12A)

(Richard Kelly, 2009, Us) Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella. 116 mins

Will Kelly ever make another movie as good as Donnie Darko? There are signs here that he might, but he hasn't this time. The Twilight Zone plot – press the button on this box and you'll get $1m, but someone will die – opens up more moral/conspiracy/sci-fi elements than the film can handle. Still, too much is better than not enough, especially when it's as smoothly sinister, visually sophisticated and borderline bonkers as this.

Me And Orson Welles (12A)

(Richard Linklater, 2008, Us/UK) Zac Efron, Claire Danes. 114 mins

Efron graduates from High School backstage to Welles's 1930s theatre troupe in this sweet coming-of-age flick, holding his own against Christian McKay's rakish, bombastic Welles – even when they fall for the same girl.

Cracks (15)

(Jordan Scott, 2009, UK) Eva Green, Juno Temple. 104 mins

Set within the confines of a posh girls' boarding school, »

- Steve Rose

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Canada's Alliance Pacts With CBS Films......

3 December 2009 8:21 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Canadian film distributor Alliance Films have arranged to distribute CBS Films on all platforms through 2012 under a new deal.

Upcoming movies include CBS Films' first release, "Extraordinary Measures," starring Brendan Fraser, Harrison Ford and Keri Russell, opening Jan. 22;

The romantic comedy "The Back-Up Plan," stars Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin, opening April 16;

The Montreal-lensed teen romance "Beastly," stars Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer, opening July 30;

Action thriller "Faster," stars Dwayne Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton, opening Fall 2010.

CBS Films plans to release four to six films annually, budgeted under $50 million.

"We are delighted to represent CBS Films in Canada," said Alliance Films chairman Victor Loewy, based in Montreal.

"They are going to be an important force in the marketplace and a strong addition to our slate of films..."

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- SneakPeek.Ca

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'Planet 51' scores in Spain and abroad

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

Madrid -- Spain's €60 million ($90.4 million) animated feature "Planet 51" has earned some $40 million in its first 10 days of release in the U.S., Spain and Canada, making it Spain's biggest worldwide boxoffice grosser in 2009.

DeaPlaneta released the animated film produced by Ilion Animation Studios, Handmade Films and Antena 3 Films in Spain Nov. 27, with 500 copies -- an unusually high number in Spain -- and earned more than €3 million ($4.5 million) over the opening weekend, making it the best non-u.S. animation opening in Spain.

The Spanish premiere came a week after Sony released "Planet 51" in the U.S., with more than $28.5 million earned to date.

The worldwide figures place the animated comedy, written by "Shrek's" Joe Stillman with lead voices by Dwayne Johnson and Jessica Biel, ahead of Spain's other international hits this year, Alejandro Amenabar's "Agora" and Pedro Almodovar's "Broken Embraces."

"Planet 51" tells of American astronaut »

- By Pamela Rolfe

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Dwayne The Rock Johnson Interview on Planet 51

25 November 2009 2:15 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Chuck The Movie Guy recently interviewed actor Dwayne Johnson on the upcoming animated film “Planet 51″ by directors Jorge Blanco and Javier Abad starring Dwayne Johnson (Tooth Fairy), Seann William Scott (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), Jessica Biel (Nailed), Justin Long (Drag Me to Hell) and John Cleese (Crood Awakening). Synopsis: The inhabitants of Planet 51 live in fear of alien invasion. Their paranoia is realized when an astronaut arrives from Earth. Befriended by a young resident, he has to avoid capture in order to recover his spaceship and try to return home. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the latest movie news and more from “Planet 51″ and Sony Pictures. »

- Brian Corder

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Planet 51

24 November 2009 7:25 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Planet 51

Directed by: Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad, Marcos Martinez

Cast: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Justin Long, Jessica Biel, Seann William Scott

Running Time: 1 hr 30 min

Rating: PG

Release Date: November 20, 2009

Plot: An American astronaut lands on an inhabited planet where the aliens resemble 1950’s Americans. Once he lands, he needs the help of Lem (Long) to hide from the alien army that wants to dissect his brain.

Who’S It For? Kids. Though there are a lot of jokes aimed at adults that will go right over most children’s heads.

Expectations: Not high, the premise seemed kind of like it hinges on one joke, based on the trailer.

Scorecard (0-10)

Actors:

Dwayne Johnson as Captain Charles T. Baker: The Rock continues his assault on children’s movies with this role as the handsome, charismatic, and slightly dim astronaut, Charles Baker. Johnson’s voice is a great fit for this vain, »

- Megan Lehar

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