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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Five

31 December 2010 5:23 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Factory

Opens: 2011

Cast: John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Ksenia Solo, Mae Whitman, Sonya Walger

Director: Morgan O'Neill

Summary: An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, New York. When his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any pretension and professional restraint he might have to get the killer.

Analysis: Shot almost three years ago now, Dark Castle had originally planned to release this thriller back in late 2009. However for reasons unspecified, it has been sitting on a shelf for some time and keeps getting delayed. In cases like these, the most obvious reason is usually the correct one - it stinks (eg. "Case 39"). The company certainly has had its fair share of box-office duds lately including "Whiteout," "Ninja Assassin," "The Losers," "Orphan" and "Splice".

Yet Cusack generally has good taste in projects, his last venture into horror was the surprisingly effective Stephen King »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Five

31 December 2010 5:23 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Factory

Opens: 2011

Cast: John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Ksenia Solo, Mae Whitman, Sonya Walger

Director: Morgan O'Neill

Summary: An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, New York. When his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any pretension and professional restraint he might have to get the killer.

Analysis: Shot almost three years ago now, Dark Castle had originally planned to release this thriller back in late 2009. However for reasons unspecified, it has been sitting on a shelf for some time and keeps getting delayed. In cases like these, the most obvious reason is usually the correct one - it stinks (eg. "Case 39"). The company certainly has had its fair share of box-office duds lately including "Whiteout," "Ninja Assassin," "The Losers," "Orphan" and "Splice".

Yet Cusack generally has good taste in projects, his last venture into horror was the surprisingly effective Stephen King »

- Garth Franklin

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Close up: Guardian film news, reviews and much, much more

23 December 2010 8:53 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In which Jafar Panahi was jailed and we tried to get in the festive spirit

The big story

The award-winning film-maker Jafar Panahi was jailed for six years after the Iranian authorities found him guilty of "propaganda against the system". A vocal supporter of the green uprising that followed Iran's disputed 2009 election, Panahi has also been banned from directing or producing films for 20-years. Writing on the film blog, Peter Bradshaw paid tribute to Panahi's life and work and called for "a protest retrospective" at the BFI Southbank. Elsehwere cinema organisations posted an online petition, protesting the film-maker's innocence and calling for his immediate release. The likes of Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Juliette Binoche and Francis Ford Coppola have already spoken out in Panahi's defence.

Festive round-up

• Blog: your film highlights of 2010

• Video: Jason Solomons and Xan Brooks round-up the year in film

• Pick of the clicks: the year's most »

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Da Vinci Mona Lisa Mystery; Real Secret Codes Discovered

12 December 2010 4:59 PM, PST | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Leonardo Da Vinci’s mysterious Mona Lisa has just gotten even more intriguing. The Italian genius apparently painted tiny numbers and letters into the eyes of the enigmatic painting, but their meaning is unclear. The 500-year-old Renaissance masterpiece has long puzzled art historians, from Mona Lisa’s wry smile to the identity of the woman in the painting. The book by Dan Brown and the 2006 movie based on it starring Tom Hanks claimed the Mona Lisa contained secrets about the life of Jesus Christ. »

- kgirard@theimproper.com (Keith Girard)

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Wagner Carrilho and the success of failure | Edward Collier

27 November 2010 5:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The likes of Wagner don't let their deficiencies trammel them – but beware Sarah Palin getting near the launch codes

I consider myself a reasonably accomplished person. I can change a fuse and compose a fugue. I can write a grammatical sentence, parse it, and then write it out in cursive italic. I can program in 8096 assembler (though I'd rather not) and design a fully normalised database. My chicken pie has some very vocal fans. However, among the many things I cannot do, though not for want of trying, are singing and dancing.

Two people who also lack these qualities are not allowing this deficiency to trammel them. Wagner Carrilho on The X Factor is to singing what Ann Widdecombe is to dancing – that is, the opposite of what it says on the tin. Elsewhere the widely derided nutritionist "Dr" Gillian McKeith is literally falling over herself whenever she's asked to »

- Edward Collier

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

20 November 2010 10:45 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Directed by: David Yates

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Toby Jones, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Timothy Spall, Jason Isaacs, Bill Nighy

Running Time: 2 hrs 26 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: November 19, 2010

Complete Harry Potter coverage including Bayer’s Tsr 8/10 and interviews with the cast

Plot: While being chased by ultimate nemesis Voldemort (Fiennes), teenage wizard Harry Potter (Radcliffe) attempts with his two friends Ron (Grint) and Hermione (Watson) to seek and destroy particular powerful lockets that will help them save all of the world from unfathomable evil.

Who’S It For? Whether this is considered to be a disaster or not, fans of the franchise (a delegation that now spans multiple generations) will see this movie regardless. For outsiders, this wouldn’t be the best movie to start with, especially with the film’s casual tossing around of wizard terms. »

- Nick Allen

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‘ControlTV’ Tries to Define Reality on the Web

9 November 2010 8:05 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

A cocktail party so crazy you have to sign a waiver just to get in? I was intrigued. Intrigued enough to hop on the freeway a few miles up to a dark corner of North Hollywood to find the undisclosed home base of the web’s latest live-streaming reality show. Walking up to the three-story loft building it became clear this wasn’t going to be my run-of-the-mill Saturday night drinks at a friend’s place. Before entering the ControlTV loft, I’m hustled into a back room filled with producers and burly Pa types ushering me through a waiver and some ground rules. “Try to keep this PG-13,” said one of the younger producers on duty that night. “Just basically don’t drop the f-bomb too much.” She mentions the 30-second delay on the live stream they’ve set up just in case we get out of hand. And »

- Marc Hustvedt

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Win! The Chance To Become An Animated Red Agent!

20 October 2010 11:27 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Here’s an unusual competition: we’re going to turn one lucky winner into an animated Red agent. Read on to find out more…

To celebrate the release of Red, in cinemas on October 22nd, we have joined forces with Entertainment One and the London Film Museum to give one lucky winner the chance of having themselves animated in the style of Warren Ellis' original graphic novel!

Firstly, the synopsis of the film:

Frank Moses (Bruce Willis), Joe Matheson (Morgan Freeman), Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich) and Victoria Winslow (Helen Mirren) used to be the CIA's top agents, - but the secrets they know just made them the Agency's top targets.

Frank, who was the agency's most effective black ops agent of all time must now track down and reassemble the old team. First on the list is intelligence specialist Joe who is charming, disarming and lethal!  Next is hysterically »

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Revision3 Taps YouTuber for ‘Scientific Tuesdays’

19 October 2010 10:04 AM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

The Guru community on YouTube is one of the video sharing site's oldest and most established content niches. Engaging individuals with legit knowhow and consistent programming have moved up the Most Subscribed Guru ranks to become some of YouTube's most popular personalities. Brands and other businesses are starting to take note. Michellephan, the YouTuber at the top of the Guru charts, signed a deal with Lancome earlier this year to become the beauty brand's "official video makeup artist." And now the Guru in the #2 position, Household Hacker is headed to Revision3. Dylan Hart, one half of the Household Hacker duo, will add his Scientific Tuesdays series to the new media studio's programming lineup. Every week, Hart channels his best Bill Nye and showcases the wonders of homegrown science by way of chemical compounds, Bunsen burners, the metric system, and family friendly edutainment. Previous installments (from the series' initial run on »

- Joshua Cohen

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New 'Dilemma' Trailer: No Gay Jokes For Vince Vaughn

11 October 2010 9:03 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

The teaser trailer for the Vince Vaughn-Kevin James comedy "The Dilemma" caused quite an uproar recently, when Anderson Cooper and Ellen DeGeneres voiced their objections to footage in which Vaughn's character uses the word "gay" in a derogatory fashion. Wisely, Universal Pictures issued a public mea culpa, stating: "The teaser trailer for 'The Dilemma' was not intended to cause anyone discomfort. In light of growing claims that the introduction to the trailer is insensitive, it is being replaced."

True to their word, Universal has yanked the teaser and released a three-minute-long theatrical trailer that is 100 percent free of gay jokes, apparently having replaced them with the plot of the entire movie. Yep, while it is entertaining -- we especially like (and simultaneously are made uncomfortable by) the part where Queen Latifah talks about getting intimate with the hood of a car -- the trailer gives away »

- Tom DiChiara

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Stephen King Voted Favorite Author in the Us

9 October 2010 2:53 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

A poll by Harris Interactive surveyed American adults ages 18 and over to name their favorite author. A top ten list was compiled, and Stephen King ended up on top. The big surprise is that Jk Rowling and Jrr Tolkien ended up in 9th and 10th places, despite the fact that their books and movies (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings) are some of the most popular in the Us. The one author who didn't make the list is Stephenie Meyer, the author of "Twilight" books which have also became a huge hit in the Us. Check out the full list below. 1. Stephen King 2. James Patterson 3. John Grisham 4. Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb 5. Tom Clancy 6. Dean Koontz 7. Danielle Steel 8. Dan Brown 9. J.K. Rowling/J.R.R. Tolkien (tie) »

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HeyUGuys IMDb Project – Week 35

23 September 2010 5:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The IMDb250. A list of the top 250 films as ranked by the users of the biggest internet movie site on the web. It is based upon the ratings provided by the users of the Internet Movie Database, which number into the millions. As such, it’s a perfect representation of the opinions of the movie masses, and arguably the most comprehensive ranking system on the Internet.

It’s because of this that we at HeyUGuys (and in this case we is myself and Gary) have decided to set ourselves a project. To watch and review all 250 movies on the list. We’ve frozen the list as of January 1st of this year. It’s not as simple as it sounds, we are watching them all in one year, 125 each.

This is our 35th update, my next five films watched for the project. You can find last week’s update here. »

- Barry Steele

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Ron Howard’s ‘The Dilemma’ Trailer

17 September 2010 3:48 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After creating a great Oscar-worthy film, and two terrible Dan Brown adaptations in the last few years, what does Ron Howard do next? A painfully generic romantic-comedy written by Allan Loeb (The Switch, Wall Street 2).

The Dilemma stars Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Channing Tatum, Queen Latifah and is getting drop in the cinematic graveyard known as January. Check out the trailer below via Fs.net or over at Apple.

Synopsis: Vince Vaughn and Kevin James headline an all-star comedy from director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer about a man who finds out that what you don’t say to a friend is just as important as what you do. Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Channing Tatum and Queen Latifah join them in The Dilemma, a story of how far you can bend a brotherly bond before it snaps. Since college, confirmed bachelor Ronny (Vaughn) and »

- Jordan Raup

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Tonight's TV highlights: The Pope's Visit 2010 | In Conversation | The Road To Coronation Street | Alan Davies' Teenage Revolution | True Blood | Vatican – The Hidden World

16 September 2010 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Pope's Visit 2010 | In Conversation | The Road To Coronation Street | Alan Davies' Teenage Revolution | True Blood | Vatican – The Hidden World

The Pope's Visit 2010

5pm, BBC2

Huw Edwards is dispatched to cover Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the UK, kicking off with the pontiff's arrival in Scotland, then his state welcome and visit to Holyrood House to see the Queen. The 83-year-old has a packed schedule – in the afternoon he's celebrating mass at Bellahouston Park (broadcast live on BBC2) before heading to London. Not on the official itinerary are the expected demonstrations against the papal visit.

In Conversation

8pm, Sky Arts 1

Film critic Derek Malcolm's new interview series continues with two directors: Mike Newell, whose career ranges from Four Weddings And A Funeral to this year's Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time; and Stephen Frears, whose latest, Tamara Drewe, opened on Friday. Ben Kingsley and Juliet Stevenson are in tomorrow. »

- Martin Skegg, Richard Vine, Will Dean, Phelim O'Neill, Rebecca Nicholson, Andrew Mueller

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Seth Green vs. Dan Brown: How Hollywood Approaches Online Video

1 September 2010 11:43 AM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Seth Green is producing a web series. ControlTV In June, at Digitas' Digital Content NewFront, the Emmy Award-winning creator of Robot Chicken pitched his idea for an online original program to Madison Avenue's finest. At the time, he called the project URule. Green billed it as "The Truman Show, except that Truman is a willing volunteer," which basically means Green and co-creator Matthew Senreich would cast a typical, single, unemployed 20-something male and then monitor him 24 hours a day for a six week period. His every choice - from what underwear he puts on in the morning to which potential sexual partners he should encounter - would then be decided by online, real-time voting mechanisms and a live, internet audience. Within the past three months, the name's changed from URule to ControlTV and the show's been greenlit for production. The Ford Motor Company and Sprint Nextel are footing the bill. »

- Joshua Cohen

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Books: Review: Chris Kuzneski: The Prophecy

25 August 2010 10:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Chris Kuzneski writes phenomenally researched books, but he has trouble writing phenomenally written books. Each of his novels gives off a sense that he could be a less formulaic Dan Brown, but the quality of his writing and plotting drags him down every time. Kuzneski always finds a handful of genuinely interesting tidbits to share about his chosen cities and subject matter—in the case of The Prophecy, it’s Pittsburgh and Nostradamus, respectively—but he almost never knows when to quit, and he drowns the narrative in every bit of information he’s managed to glean in the process »

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First Look At Vince Vaughn And Kevin James In The Dilemma

23 August 2010 10:36 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Ron Howard is taking a break from his usual tactic of scrounging for Oscars to make the modern-day comedy The Dilemma, about a man (Vince Vaughn) who learns that his best friend's (Kevin James) wife (Winona Ryder) may be cheating on him. Given that the last movie he made with even a slight amount of comedy was How the Grinch Stole Christmas, that's one hell of a change of pace, but far more welcome than, say, another adaptation of a Dan Brown book. Anyway, The Dilemma won't hit theaters until next year, but USA Today has snagged the first image from the film, in which the four leads (Jennifer Connelly) visit the famous Chicago hot dog stand Wieners Circle and get the traditional verbal abuse from the employees. I'm a New Yorker and I had no idea why anyone would be willingly yelled at by people serving you hot dogs, »

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Chelsea Handler: The Latest Best-Selling Author To Host The VMAs

19 August 2010 8:30 AM, PDT | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards had a city (Los Angeles), a date (Sunday, September 12), a time (live at 9 p.m. Eastern), nominees (lead by Lady Gaga) and a handful of performers and presenters (including Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Drake and B.o.B). But up until late last night, the show didn't have one of its most important elements: A host. But that all changed when "Chelsea Lately" host Chelsea Handler announced that she would be hosting this year's version of the show. Handler is only the second woman in history to host the VMAs by herself (Roseanne Barr took the reins in 1994; Bette Midler shared hosting duties with Dan Aykroyd at the very first VMAs) and is — amazingly — the latest best-selling author to helm the show.

Handler's three comedic memoirs — 2005's My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands, 2008's Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea and this »

- Kyle Anderson

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Fincher Narrows ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Search; Katie Jarvis Joins List

2 August 2010 2:55 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Casting for the role of Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher‘s Us-adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is starring to narrow after a lengthy search, with further testing of six actresses said to have taken place over the past weekend (Deadline).

While testing has been carried out before now, this time the hopefuls reportedly read across from Daniel Craig, already cast in the lead male role as journalist Mikael Blomqvist, whilst in full make-up and wardrobe, which suggests the six who tested will be the final shortlist. No confirmation of who the six were has been revealed as yet, but they were thought to be out of these seven: Ellen Page (Inception), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), Sarah Snook (Sleeping Beauty), Rooney Mara (The Social Network), Sophie Lowe (Blame) and Lea Seydoux (Robin Hood). Another name said to be in contention »

- Paul Chambers

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‘Dan 3.0′ Begins His Year-Long Fan-Controlled Life

2 August 2010 2:36 PM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

And it begins. Revision3 is beginning one of its boldest experiments to date today as the previously announced fan-driven vlog series Dan 3.0 debuts on the internet TV network. For one year straight, with no breaks or time off, Dan will post videos doing whatever his fans want him to do. 20 year-old Dan Brown already has a sizable following—nearly 250,00 subscribers on YouTube—with three years of vlogging under his belt and a few breakout hit videos. Smartly, the series is also released through Dan’s well established YouTube channel: pogobat. The custom Dan 3.0 channel on Revision3 sports a Digg-style “decision engine” which lets viewers submit ideas of tasks for Dan to accomplish. The ideas that get the most votes will actually get performed (or at least attempted) by Dan himself in the subsequent episodes. Related News:Dan Brown Does Whatever You Want in Rev3’s ‘Dan 3.0′ ‘fforward’ Emerges As Kevin Rose »

- Marc Hustvedt

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