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Natalie Portman Is Pregnant! Here Are Five Roles She Could Play While She's With Child

27 December 2010 11:28 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

The biggest news to come out of this holiday weekend (aside from "Snowmaggedon 2," of course) has to be the fact that Natalie Portman is not only engaged (like that isn't big enough news on its own) but also pregnant! Since Portman's a serious actress with a trio of exciting films -- "No Strings Attached," "Your Highness" and "Thor" -- to look forward to in 2011, we wouldn't expect a silly little thing like a baby growing in her belly to slow her down. In fact, we think she should take full advantage of her condition by starring in movies that incorporate her pregnancy.

She wouldn't be the first actress to tackle a role while eating for two. That extra glow in Reese Witherspoon's complexion in "Vanity Fair" wasn't just good lighting, Helena Bonham Carter managed to hide her pregnancy during "Sweeney Todd" beneath those period dresses, and a preggers Penelope Cruz »

- Terri Schwartz

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8 Terrible Cinematic Birthdays

23 December 2010 9:25 PM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

I'm not one to toot my own horn, but my loyal readers here at Shadowlocked may be interested to know that today is my birthday. I'm not going to get into how old I am, but let's just say that I am now the atomic number of arsenic and leave this particular thread of conversation on that joyous note. Anyway, while initially deciding that I would take a day off from the chaotic party life that is Shadowlocked, the writing gnome in my mind took over and thought that the arrival of my birthday might be an enjoyable segway into a list of sorts.

Many movies have had a birthday party scene. Sometimes it's inconsequential filler and sometimes it's a key scene of foreshadowing or character development. Usually it is a festive occasion and a bonding moment between family and friends. But now and then, it's a clever tool for »

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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

18 December 2010 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Knight and Day; Salt; The Last Exorcism; Scott Pilgrim vs the World

How far can Tom Cruise go on the strength of a smile and a pair of sunglasses? Back in the days of Risky Business, a poster image of Cruise beaming his best "Wtf?" grin over the top of a pair of Wayfarers helped sell not only the movie but also the shades.

That image is recreated almost exactly in a signature shot from Knight and Day, a slipshod action-comedy caper that casts Cruise as a possibly paranoid super-spy on the run from his federal employers. It should have been the perfect vehicle for the star's peculiar charms – an allegedly character-driven smash-'em-up in which glamorous "nobody" Cameron Diaz falls for Cruise's eerily ageless hunk, thence to be thrown into a world of deadly danger from which only his killer smile can save her. The presence of director James Mangold, »

- Mark Kermode

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"Glee" Episode 210 Recap: Little Brittany Lou Who

8 December 2010 8:11 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

You know how some of you were saying in the comments that you couldn't tell if I liked Glee or not sometimes? Yeah. You're not gonna have that problem in this recap. They had me the first time they mentioned "The Island of Misfit Toys."

The teachers at McKinley are exchanging Secret Santa gifts, powered by Coach Bieste. Will, after enduring a "let's be friends" chat with Emma, draws Sue's name.

Brittany is decorating her locker for Christmas while Artie helps. "Last year I left my stocking up over Christmas vacation, and an entire family of mice started living in it," she tells him as she hangs an ornament. "Their Christmas gift to each other was rabies."

Artie, it turns out, wants just one thing for Christmas: For his parents to stop friend requesting him on Facebook.

"What are you asking Santa for?" Brittany asks him.

Artie is all, huh? »

- Christie Keith

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Polanski Wins Big At European Film Awards

5 December 2010 6:31 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Roman Polanski's tense political thriller The Ghost Writer swept the board at the European Film Awards on Saturday, taking home six honours.

The Rosemary's Baby director was shooting the movie when he was arrested in Zurich, Switzerland in September last year over a 33-year-old child sex charge.

He was released in July after Swiss officials refused to extradite him to the U.S. and he returned to his adopted homeland of France.

And Polanski refused to run the risk of being arrested again to accept his awards at the event in Estonia - he thanked voters for their support via internet video software Skype.

The film was the toast of the evening, winning titles for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Music Score, Best Production and Best Actor for star Ewan McGregor.

While addressing the assembled industry members at the ceremony, Polanski said, "You have rewarded a truly European venture." »

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"Black Swan," Reviewed

2 December 2010 10:41 AM, PST | | See recent IFC news »

Does a genius need to be a little bit crazy to be great? Darren Aronofsky seems to think so. He returns to that idea in film after film, from "Pi" to "The Fountain" to "The Wrestler" to his latest, "Black Swan." All of Aronofsky's movies are about obsession, about people who take the things they love to unreasonable and frequently self-destructive extremes. His latest mad genius is Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman), a dancer struggling to cope with the pressure of being cast as the lead of a new production of the ballet "Swan Lake." Just as her career reaches its pinnacle, her mind reaches its breaking point. A girl turning into a swan; that's just supposed to be her role in the ballet. But when no one's around, NIna feels funny. She sees things. Her back itches. Her toes stick together. She's so committed she could be committed.

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- Matt Singer

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Why aren't more slasher movies set in blocks of flats?

18 November 2010 2:39 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In horror films, old dark houses have their place, but as hell is other people apartments are far spookier

In Dream Home, the owners of the flat on which Josie Ho is about to exchange contracts suddenly jack the price up beyond her reach, so she goes on a killing spree in the apartment block. Who can blame her? As anyone who has ever been gazumped, gazundered or gaziddled can attest, being cheated out of the property on which you've set your heart is enough to make anyone think bad thoughts, though I'd like to believe not many of us would go as far as Josie in the disembowelling and penis-lopping stakes.

I'm surprised there aren't more slasher movies set in flats. Tenants or flatmates can bring out the psycho in all of us simply by using electric drills in the middle of the night (Michael Keaton in Pacific Heights »

- Anne Billson

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25 Creepiest Movie Quotes

31 October 2010 8:00 AM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Oh, Halloween is totally On! Counting down, "Extra" has collected 25 of the most spine tingling and scariest quotes ever uttered in movies.

25 Best Horror Movie Quotes25. 'Paranormal Activity' (2007)

"No, you haven't been having any progress, and you're not in control. It is in control, and if you think you're in control, then you're being an idiot! Not a single thing you've done has helped, and I'm sorry, I don't mean to burst your bubble, »

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The Top Flicks for Halloween

30 October 2010 8:00 AM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Shut the blinds, carve the pumpkins and grab the popcorn -- "Extra" has compiled a list of the best horror, thriller and campy flicks to celebrate Halloween!

Top Flicks for HalloweenAmerican Psycho

The 1991 satirical thriller centers around businessman — and serial killer — Patrick Bateman, played by Christian Bale.

The Amityville Horror

1979 thriller about the paranormal experiences of the Lutz family. The film is said to be based on true events.


This 1990 campy-horror flick about deadly »

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The Complete New York City Horror Movie Marathon!

29 October 2010 9:10 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Not going to the Village Parade? Staying in for Halloween this year? Why not put together a mini-marathon of scary movies set in New York! Below, I've put together a (nearly) complete list of the best and worst New York horror movies, listed in no particular order. Did I miss one? Let me know in the comments and I'll add it on! The Devil Comes To New York Rosemary's Baby Young post-hippy newlyweds Guy and Rosemary get a steal on an apartment in the legend-shrouded Bramford and move in. Sure the neighbors are kooky, Rosemary's first friend in the building jumps out a window, and her new tannis root necklace is a bit smelly, but it's worth it for being so close to Central Park, right? Rosemary becomes pregnant, but soon begins to realize Guy might not be the father... I love Rosemary's Baby. I've »

- Nick Carr

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Dennis Iliadis Turning to The Demonologists

28 October 2010 5:02 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

The devil and his minions have always translated into box office dollars with the success of films like The Last Exorcism, Rosemary's Baby, and of course The Exorcist. Lo and behold, yet another demonic terror tale is on its way, this time from the director of the Last House on the Left remake.

According to The La Times Dennis Iliadis is negotiating to direct a new film called The Demonologists, say several sources familiar with the project. The film is written by Teddy Tenenbaum, a screenwriter who also has numerous credits on the Jennifer Love Hewitt series "Ghost Whisperer."

The film from Sherlock Holmes producer Silver Pictures concerns a family of veteran ghost hunters who get more than they bargained for when they are called in to face what they soon realize is not a routine ghost job but a demon infestation. The film shares some thematic similarities with House, »

- Uncle Creepy

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Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week

28 October 2010 1:57 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Stephen K Amos, Wallace and Gromit, Armstrong and Miller, Brimstone and the Psychoville Halloween Special. Plus great movies too in the coming week on UK TV!

This week, naturally, it's all about the scares and there are plenty of films and shows to provide the shivers for Halloween and the next seven days or so.

But the scheduling genies have also managed to squeeze in the laughs among the shrieks this week, for those too squeamish for the scream-inducing telly treats.

We start off with a newcomer to the eponymously named stand-up comedian sketch show club with The Stephen K Amos Show airing tonight, Friday, October 29th at 10:00pm on BBC2. There's plenty of room for series of this sort and we look forward, with a warm welcome, to Mr Amos' particular brand of funny stuff.

Those UK fans of the world's first loveable serial killer who managed to »

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Just in Time for Halloween: 10 of the Scariest Horror Films of the Last 20 Years (Videos)

26 October 2010 3:09 PM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Last Halloween, we discussed the very best direct-to-dvd horror films. The year before, we dealt with the very worst horror films that my wife ever forced me to watch. This year, we're dealing with the new classics. The goal of this list is pretty simple. I'm sure we're all sick and tired of seeing countless "scariest movies of all time" lists every Halloween that basically include some combination of the same several movies. Among the movies that will not be on this list: Psycho, Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Jaws, Halloween, Alien, and The Shining. Nothing against those films, but I'd imagine that any film nerd who cares enough to read a list of great horror movies has »

- Scott Mendelson

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The creme de la scream?

25 October 2010 3:40 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Too much blood or not enough guts? Let us know what you think about our selection of the best movies for thrills, chills and kills

And so we come to Horror, the seventh and last part of the Guardian and Observer's series to the greatest films of all time.

Horror turned out to be one of the more straightforward areas to cover: we all know what a good horror film is. But like every other type of cinema, it's a tricky job disentangling classic horror from more modern developments in the genre; all the more so, as certain aspects of horror film-making – the gore, the violence, the headchopping sadism – have definitely escalated in the last two or three decades.

Creditably, our critics kept torture porn and stalk-n-slash at a distance: only Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Evil Dead on our list can be considered to have even a toehold in the gorehound universe. »

- Andrew Pulver

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The Devil Made Them Do It!: 12 Great Demon Movies

23 October 2010 8:00 AM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

"Paranormal Activity 2" just hit theatres, and while we've got the willies, we decided to bring you some other demon movies that make the hairs on the back of the neck stand up!

Here are a dozen devilishly good ones!

12 Great Devilish Movies'Constantine' (2005)

Based on the DC/Vertigo comic book, the story revolves around an irreverent supernatural detective named John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), who has, quite literally, been to hell and back. And »

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Hammer Films Star Victoria Vetri Arrested For Attempted Murder; Read Cinema Retro Columnist And Author Tom Lisanti's Interview On CNN

22 October 2010 10:26 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Vetri in Hammer Films' When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth.

Actress and former Playmate of the Year Victoria Vetri of Rosemary's Baby and When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth fame has been arrested for the attempted murder of her husband. Read more at where Cinema Retro contributor Tom Lisanti was interviewed for his comments, as he profiled her in his book Glamour Girls of Sixties Hollywood.

Click Here To Read The Story And Tom Lisanti's Comments

Click Here To Order The Book From Amazon »

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The best horror films: the full list

22 October 2010 4:50 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Just the list, no snazzy extras? You've come to the right place

1) Psycho

2) Rosemary's Baby

3) Don't Look Now

4) The Wicker Man

5) The Shining

6) The Exorcist

7) Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror

8) Let the Right One In

9) Vampyr

10) Peeping Tom

11) The Innocents

12) Ring

13) The Haunting

14) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

15) Dead of Night

16) The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

17) Halloween

18) Bride of Frankenstein

19) Les Diaboliques

20) Dracula

21) Audition

22) The Blair Witch Project

23) The Evil Dead/Evil Dead II

24) Carrie

25) Les Vampires

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13. 'Rosemary's Baby' Revealed! - 20 Most Iconic Horror Scenes of All Time

19 October 2010 5:11 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Halloween, Horror

The Movie: 'Rosemary's Baby' (1968)

The Scene: A struggling actor, Guy (John Cassavetes), and his doting wife Rosemary (Mia Farrow) move into the Bramford -- an ominous New York City apartment building with a mysterious past and strange, elderly residents. When Rosemary becomes pregnant (by nefarious means) things start to take a turn for the worse. She finds herself completely isolated from everything she once knew and her nosy neighbors, the Castevets, practically run her life. Rosemary's paranoia increases and her worst fears are brought to a diabolical climax after she gives birth and realizes the truth about her son and the Castevets' creepy circle of friends. Hint: it's all in the eyes.

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- Alison Nastasi

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Chinatown: Archive review

17 October 2010 3:55 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From the Guardian, 9 August 1974

"Chinatown has swept me off my feet in a trance of admiration" – Rex Reed, New York Daily News. "Forget Hitchcock. We've got Polanski!" Tom Burke, Rolling Stone.

The accolades from America are deafening, the box-office returns impeccable. Roman Polanski's Chinatown is indeed a palpable hit – the first this highly talented, unpredictable director has had since Rosemary's Baby, which seems an age ago. He calls it, "a traditional detective story with a new, modern shape". And if by that he means an old cinematic genre decked in convincing new clothes, one can't quarrel.

But Chinatown is rather more than just a skilful version of The Maltese Falcon, with Jack Nicholson updating the Bogart part and Faye Dunaway as a makeweight Bacall. In fact it is not really a homage at all, or another runner in the nostalgia stakes. It is too clever for that. It is »

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Geimer 'Happy' Polanski Was Freed

8 October 2010 5:16 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A woman bedded by moviemaker Roman Polanski when she was just 13 is relieved he was not extradited back to the U.S. to face sentencing for the crime - insisting officials "did the right thing" by freeing him.

The Rosemary's Baby director slept with Samantha Geimer at Jack Nicholson's house in the late 1970s and later pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor.

He fled to Europe in 1977 before he was sentenced by a judge, and was re-arrested in Zurich, Switzerland in September last year after flying in to the country for a film festival.

After months of legal wrangling, Swiss officials refused to extradite Polanski and set him free in July - and Geimer has now spoken out to insist she is happy with the outcome.

She tells U.S. talk show host Larry King, "(When he was re-arrested) I was surprised. I was shocked. I was just terrified. I knew something bad was going to happen. I just didn't know what it was going to be, but I knew it could only be bad for me."

Asked by King if she is happy Polanski was not sent back to the U.S. to be sentenced, Geimer replied, "Yes. Very relieved... If just the arrest brought such a (media) ruckus into my life... I'm sure his coming back would just be a thousand times worse.

"So I'm very happy that, you know, I think they did the right thing. I'm happy they didn't extradite him. I don't want to see him go to trial. And I just certainly don't want to show up and be part of that if it happens...

"(The decision) doesn't bother me at all. I hope he continues to be successful. I hope he - you know, (I) wish nothing but the best for him and his family. We've all been through a lot. I'd like to see him just be sentenced to time served, and that we could both stop being used to continue this matter." »

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