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The Definitive Interview with the Writers of 500 Days of Summer

31 December 2009 3:36 PM, PST | | See recent news »

It's fitting that on the very last day of 2009 I run my final interview with the screenwriters of my favorite movie of 2009. 500 Days of Summer is, hands down, my favorite movie of the year. Although I saw the film for my first time in January at Sundance, at the beginning of the year, it has remained my favorite. I've been lucky enough to interview everyone involved in the movie: director Marc Webb, stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, and now the screenwriters - Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber. This is the definitive interview about 500 Days of Summer, every last question about it is answered, so read on! Watch my interview with 500 Days of Summer writers Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber: For anyone interested, I've included a transcript of the complete interview below, in case you'd like to read the interview instead of watch it. 500 Days of »

- Alex Billington

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Oklahoma Film Critics Love "The Hurt Locker"

31 December 2009 12:18 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Oklahoma Film Critics Circle picked Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War piece "The Hurt Locker" as Best Picture of 2009. Bigelow also took home the Best Director prize.

In the acting categories (it's beginning to look like a "repeat"), George Clooney for Best Actor ("Up in the Air"), Meryl Streep Best Actress ("Julie and Julia"), Christoph Waltz Best Supporting Actor ("Inglourious Basterds"), and Mo'Nique for Best Supporting Actress for "Precious."

Here's the complete list of winners of the 2009 Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards

Best Film of 2009

.The Hurt Locker.

Best 10 Films of 2009

1. .The Hurt Locker.

2. .Up in the Air.

3. .Inglourious Basterds.

4. .(500) Days of Summer.

5. .Precious: Based on the Novel .Push. by Sapphire.

6. .A Serious Man.

7. .Up.

8. .District 9.

9. .Fantastic Mr. Fox.

10. .Avatar.

Best Director

Kathryn Bigelow, .The Hurt Locker.

Best First Feature

(tie) Neill Blomkamp, .District 9. & Marc Webb, .(500) Days of Summer.

Best Actress

Meryl Streep, .Julie & Julia.

Best Actor

George Clooney, .Up »

- Manny

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Three Essential Films of 2009 (Karen’s List)

30 December 2009 4:49 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

For me, three films stood above the rest. It was a year full of good movies but not so many outside-the-box roles for black actors.  As much as I enjoyed Precious it was set in “the ghetto” and that’s been done before. I long to see stories that go beyond the typical city limits. But my list isn’t about black films, it’s about the best films so here they are…

1. 500 Days of Summer – Zooey Deschanel and Joesph Gordon-Levitt are precisely cast in this “story about love.” Marc Webb’s feature debut feels like a remix of French New Wave and a standard rom-com. Whatever the formula it has solid a soundtrack and some great visuals that convey the messiness of memory when it comes to love.

2. Up in the Air – Clever dialogue, great supporting cast and George Clooney. It will garner several Oscar nominations because it actually lives up to the hype. »

- Karen

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Top 100 Tuesday: 100 Best Movies of the Decade

29 December 2009 4:43 AM, PST | | See recent news »

We are leaving Kubrick behind and fast approaching Hyams.  If you get that reference, go grab yourself a cookie.  It is time for us to reflect back on the decade that was.  On January 1st, 2000, Disney released Fantasia 2000.  On Wednesday, December 30th, 2009, The White Ribbon is set to bow.  Between the release of these two films, thousands of films came and went, and some of them were far more memorable than others.  It was a long trek getting this list together, but here are our collective top 100 films of the past decade.

Quick Year-to-Year by the Numbers:

2009 – 11

2008 – 11

2007 – 7

2006 – 14

2005 – 12

2004 – 8

2003 – 7

2002 – 12

2001 – 10

2000 – 8

100. Million Dollar Baby (2004) – Clint Eastwood

99. Juno (2007) – Jason Reitman

98. An Education (2009) – Lone Scherfig

97. Spider-man 2 (2004) – Sam Raimi

96. Munich (2005) – Steven Spielberg

95. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) – Wes Anderson

94. The King Of Kong (2007) – Seth Gordon

93. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’S Stone (2001) – Chris Columbus

92. Clerks 2 (2006) – Kevin Smith

91. Femme Fatale (2002) – Brian De Palma

90. Tasogare Seibei »

- Movie Geeks

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(500) Days of Summer – Blu-ray

28 December 2009 3:54 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Blu-ray Review

(500) Days of Summer

Directed by: Marc Webb

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Clark Gregg

Running Time: 1 hr 36 mins

Rating: PG-13

Due Out: December 22, 2009

Buy (500) Days of Summer [Blu-ray] on Amazon

Plot: A boy (Gordon-Levitt) ready to fall in love meets a commitment phobic girl (Deschanel) and the two proceed to dance in and out of love over the course of 500 days.

Who’S It For? Do you think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is just a little bit of a romance? Are you sick of the standard fair of The Proposal being considered a quality romantic comedy? If so, then you’re the one to buy (500) Days of Summer.

Full Coverage of (500) Days of Summer

Scorecard Review of (500) Days of Summer)

Reel Reviews Video Review of (500) Days of Summer & The Ugly Truth

Video Interview with Zooey Deschanel & Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The Songs, Soundtrack & Dancing of (500) Days of »

- Jeff Bayer

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John’s 10 Biggest Movie Surprises of 2009

24 December 2009 12:56 PM, PST | | See recent Reel Loop news »

I’ll be up front with you: the list you’re about to read wasn’t what I had in store for you. As I sat at my desk and prepared to crank out what would be another top ten list of 2009, I realized that I was utterly ill-equipped to do so. As many great films as I witnessed this year, I missed just as many that I’m sure I’d enjoy: A Serious Man. The Fantastic Mr. Fox. The Hurt LockerThe Brothers Bloom.

I know. Just thinking about it makes me sick. But I saw enough to be confident in saying that 2009 was an extremely good year for movies — from blockbusters to indie pictures, we’ve witnessed some great films and surprising debuts from unique filmmakers.

What follows isn’t a list of the “best” films of 2009, but instead is a list of the most surprising, excellent »

- John Cooper

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Josh's Top Ten Movies Of The Year--Or How The King Of The World Reclaimed His Throne

24 December 2009 12:20 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

2009 was a year of delights at the movies. The list below testifies to that. It doesn't rival '07 when two examples of virtual moviemaking perfection were released--namely "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood" but '09 may have been filled with as many unexpectedly joyful film going experiences as I can remember in a single calendar year.

From sitting in the first public screening of what should have been a forgetful and frivolous romantic comedy on a frigid night in Park City (see #8) to being flabbergasted by the inventiveness of a would-be sci-fi auteur (whose name I couldn't spell or pronounce at the time, see #7) for 112 riveting minutes. Franchises were reborn. Genres were injected with new life. Stephen Sommers made a watchable film called "G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra." Young filmmakers came of age. And one mad genius with the heart of a pussycat and »

- Josh Horowitz

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500 Days Of Summer DVD Review

24 December 2009 11:19 AM, PST | ScreenStar | See recent ScreenStar news »

500 Days of Summer (2009) is one of those little movies -- and now DVDs -- that sneaks up on you. You walk into the theater perhaps not expecting much and it just charms the hell out of you. It's not super-original and it's not especially great, either, but it's just an easy, breezy, winsome and occasionally heartbreaking romantic comedy that works for two reasons: 1) the chemistry between its stars, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Tom, a greeting card writer, aspiring architect, and hopeless romantic searching for the perfect girl in Los Angeles, and Zooey Deschanel as Summer, the elusive, more cynical co-worker for whom Tom falls hard; and, 2), the time-hopping and dexterous editing that spreads the ups and downs of the couple's relationship across its 500 days. As the deep-voiced narrator suggests at the very start of the movie, (500) Days of Summer is a boy-meets-girl tale, but it's not a love story. The problem? »

- (Ian Spelling)

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Exclusive: The Writers of (500) Days of Summer

21 December 2009 | | See recent news »

One of the movies that's sure to wind up on many Top 10 lists at the end of the year is the indie comedy (500) Days of Summer , which got one of the strongest reactions at this year's Sundance Film Festival for its clever look at the varying stages of a relationship through the journey of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Tom Hansen, a mild-mannered greeting card writer who falls for his boss' assistant Summer Finn, played by Zooey Deschanel. The movie, directed by Marc Webb (who we spoke to over the summer if you want to check out that video interview ), follows their relationship through the good and the bad times, jumping back and forth between the good times and inevitable break-up that leaves Tom devastated. The hilariously clever film came out of a spec script written by Scott »

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Toronto Film Critics Announces Its Best Of The Year

20 December 2009 6:54 AM, PST | AMC - Script to Screen | See recent AMC - Script to Screen news »

As the various critic associations around North America continue to release their picks for the best in film of the past year, my hometown's critic association (well, my home is very close to Toronto) has unveiled their list of awards:

Best Picture (tie)


Inglourious Basterds

Runner Up: The Hurt Locker

Best Actor

Nicolas Cage - The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans


George Clooney - Up in the Air

Michael Fassbender - Hunger

Colin Firth - A Single Man

Viggo Mortensen - The Road

Best Actress

Carey Mulligan - An Education


Arta Dobroshi - Le Silence de Lorna

Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia

Best Supporting Actor

Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds


Christian McKay - Me & Orson Welles

Timothy Olyphant - A Perfect Getaway

Best Supporting Actress

Anna Kendrick - Up in the Air


Vera Farmiga - Up in the Air

Mo’nique - Precious: »

- John Campea

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Exclusive Video: New (500) Days of Summer Special Feature Clip

18 December 2009 11:23 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We have a brand new exclusive DVD special feature clip from (500) Days of Summer, which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 22. Click below to watch our exclusive special feature clip from this brand new DVD.Exclusive: Conversations Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn't. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents the critically acclaimed, offbeat romance that proves when it comes to love some people know nothing at all as (500) Days of Summer arrives on Blu-ray Disc (Bd) and DVD December 22. Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in this quirky romantic comedy about love and fate, as a young greeting card writer (Gordon-Levitt) who is hopelessly, helplessly searching for the girl of his dreams... and his new co-worker, Summer Finn (Deschanel), may just be "the one." But the 500 days of their offbeat relationship reveal (in no particular order) that the road to happiness can be unpredictable, »

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Remember the Musical Sequence from (500) Days of Summer? Prepare to Have Your Mind Blown.

18 December 2009 10:50 AM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

Man, oh man. So, Ok. In (500) Days of Summer, remember that part where Joseph Gordon-Levitt is so pleased that he got inside Zooey Deschanel's American Apparel boy shorts that he launches into a full-fledged musical number scored to the Hall and Oates classic "You Make My Dreams"? Well, I have a hunch that director Marc Webb is feeling mighty unambitious right about now, because Shorewood High School has gone and filmed their own lip-dub of the song, and it's shot in (seemingly) one take, and it was filmed backwards, and it's amazing. How long before Hollywood signs Mr. Ballew's Video Class to a three-picture deal?

Take a look for yourself: »

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Detroit Film Critics Awards 2009

18 December 2009 12:07 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

2009 Detroit Film Critics Society Awards 2009 Detroit Film Critics nominations: Dec. 11, 2009 2009 Detroit Film Critics winners: Dec. 18, 2009 ("*" denotes the winner in each category)   George Clooney, Anna Kendrick in Up in the Air (Dale Robinette / Paramount)   Best Film (500) Days of Summer The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds * Up Up in the Air Best Director Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker * Pete Docter, Up Jason Reitman, Up in the Air Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds Marc Webb, (500) Days of Summer Best Actor George Clooney, Up in the Air Matt Damon, The Informant! * Colin Firth, A Single Man Joseph Gordon-Levitt, (500) Days of Summer Sam Rockwell, Moon Best Actress Alison Lohman, [...] »

- Anna Robinson

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"Hunger," "Inglourious Basterds" Top Toronto Film Critics 2009 Awards

16 December 2009 10:37 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

For the first time ever in the history of the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards, two films tie for Best Picture. Steve McQueen's "Hunger" and Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" shared the top prize, while Kathryn Bigelow was named Best Director for "The Hurt Locker."

There's also a tie in the Best Screenplay category between "Inglourious Basterds" and "Up in the Air."

Yes, a signal of what's in store this awards season, winners are all over the place. For example, Nicolas Cage came out of left-field to nab the Best Actor award for his performance in "The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans," while the astounding Carey Mulligan was named Best Actress for her role in the brilliant "An Education."

Oh, and I love that the Toronto Film Critics picked "The Cove" for Best Documentary -- great eye-opening film!

Here's the complete list of winners and runners-up of »

- Manny

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Thanks from Golden Globes nominees – Crazy Heart, Fantastic Mr. Fox, (500) Days of Summer

16 December 2009 10:06 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

It’s awards season and Jeff Bridges, Wes Anderson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt give thanks. The Golden Globes will air January 17, with Ricky Gervais hosting.

67th Annual Golden Globes nominees – the complete list

It’s not the nomination, but the thank you that matters, right?

Jeff Bridges, Actor, Crazy Heart

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama

“The Hollywood Foreign Press has been mighty fine to me over the past 30 years, and this year is especially sweet. I’m happy to share this nom with my buddies T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham for our Crazy Heart theme song, and with our writer-director Scott Cooper and co-stars Maggie, Bob and Colin who helped make Bad Blake such a genuine character. I would like to dedicate this recognition to the memory of the late, great Stephen Bruton who brought his musical touch to every part of the picture.”

“The Weary Kind, »

- Jeff Bayer

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More Love For The Hurt Locker, Plus Basterds, The White Ribbon And More ...

16 December 2009 9:01 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

It's verging on a sweep for Kathryn Bigelow.  Fresh off the Golden Globe nom for The Hurt Locker, the Toronto Film Critic's Association has just published their list of award winners and while the film itself didn't get the best picture nod, there Bigelow is again as best director.  The fact that they picked Nicolas Cage as best actor for his role in Bad Lieutenant makes me particularly proud of where I live, as does the general diversity of the rest of the list.  If we're not careful people might actually start to think that Toronto's critics actually watch more than is available in the multiplex ...

The list!

Best Picture (Tie)

    "Hunger" (Maple Pictures)

    "Inglourious Basterds" (Alliance Films)


    "The Hurt Locker" (Maple Pictures)

Best Performance, Male

    Nicolas Cage, "The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans"


    George Clooney, "Up in the Air"

    Michael Fassbender, "Hunger"

    Colin Firth, "A Single Man"

    Viggo Mortensen, »

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‘Up in the Air,’ ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Lead Nominations By Chicago Film Critics Association

16 December 2009 8:29 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – The Chicago Film Critics Association, of which writers Brian Tallerico, Adam Fendelman, and Pat McDonald are all voting members, announced their nominees for the best of 2009 this morning. “Up in the Air” and “Where the Wild Things Are” led the way with six nominations each, closely followed by “The Hurt Locker” and “Inglourious Basterds,” each with five.

Up in the Air” and “Where the Wild Things Are” each scored nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. “The Hurt Locker” and “Inglourious Basterds” scored a similar trifecta of Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. The fifth Best Picture slot went to the latest work by Joel & Ethan Coen, “A Serious Man,” a pair who were also nominated for Best Director. The Coen’s “Fargo” and “No Country For Old Men” are previous Best Picture winners of the Cfca. “A Serious Man” also landed »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Jeff Bridges: Living The Legend, By Kurt Loder

15 December 2009 7:00 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Fox Searchlight Pictures threw a little holiday party at a fashionable SoHo hotel the other night, and no wonder. The company has had a very good year. Three of its movies are getting serious critical love as the year-end polls come in. The animated “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and its director, Wes Anderson, have just won awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review (Nbr); “(500) Days of Summer” won a best-film nod from the St. Louis Film Critics Association, and best-debut awards for director Marc Webb from the Nbr and New York Film Critics Online; and “Crazy Heart” -- a movie that won’t even be released till this Wednesday –- won the best-actor award from the L.A. critics for its star, Jeff Bridges. Will Oscar action for these three pictures soon follow?

Descending to the downstairs party rooms of the Crosby Street Hotel, »

- Kurt Loder

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Reactions from Golden Globe nominees

15 December 2009 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Golden Globe noms announced

Complete list of film and TV nominees

"I'm pumped!" James Cameron said before hopping a plane from New York to Los Angeles, where he hoped to celebrate with the cast and crew of best drama nominee "Avatar" at a screening Tuesday night. "It's been a 4 1/2-year journey, and this is not typically the kind of film that critics love, it being a genre movie and being seen as a big commercial movie." Cameron, also nominated for a best director Golden Globe, was pleased the movie also got some love in the music category. "I think this is James Horner's best score to date," he says. But he says he is sad his actors got short shrift. "Maybe there's a sense that acting for performance capture isn't the same as acting for a lens, which is going to take an education. I think that will eventually go away. »

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Sandra Bullock, Robert Downey Jr. React To Golden Globe Nominations

15 December 2009 12:52 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Emily Blunt, Quentin Tarantino, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and others also celebrate their nods.

By Eric Ditzian

Sandra Bullock

Photo: Jim Spellman/ Getty Images

The 2010 Golden Globe nominations have been very kind to Sandra Bullock. The 45-year-old actress has two hit films this year and was blessed with nods for both: Best Actress in a Drama ("The Blind Side") and Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical ("The Proposal").

"I am beyond stunned," Bullock said in a statement. "Just to be included in the company of these amazing women I have so admired thru the years, has left me slack jawed with awe. It is Truly an honor just to be nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press, and I will cherish this moment with all the artists I have worked with behind the scenes, who truly make me look good!"

2010 Golden Globe Nominees

Robert Downey Jr. has won two Globes in the »

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