7 items from 2011
I guess this one goes under "Decades-long injustice finally righted." Dalton Trumbo, who some of you will probably recognize as having written Johnny Got His Gun, has finally been given credit for writing the 1953 Audrey Hepburn/Gregory Peck film Roman Holiday. Trumbo was one of the Hollywood Ten, a group of writers and directors hauled in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee, and he served eleven months in federal prison for refusing to testify to Congress. Blacklisted, he continued to write while living in exile in Mexico, under fake names and fronts. The screen credit and Academy Award for Roman Holiday were originally given to Ian McLellan Hunter, one of Trumbo's fronts. Trumbo was awarded his Academy Award for Roman Holiday posthumously in 1993, but his writer's credit has just officially been restored by the Writer's Guild of America, West. Wgaw President Chris Keyser: &[...] »
Ben McKenzie plays a wealthy young man on a personal quest for justice in TNT’s hit series Southland. Now the actor heads to the streets of Gotham City as the voice of another rich young adult with a need for righteousness in Batman: Year One, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies.
Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the all-new, PG-13 rated Batman: Year One arrives today, 2011 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. Batman: Year One is also be available in a special download-for-purchase through iTunes, Xbox Live, Zune, Vudu HD Movies and Video Unlimited on the PlayStation Network & Sony Entertainment Network. »
- Robert Greenberger
Ben McKenzie plays a wealthy young man on a personal quest for justice in TNT's hit series Southland. Now the actor heads to the streets of Gotham City as the voice of another rich young adult with a need for righteousness in Batman: Year One, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies.
Ben McKenzie makes his maiden voyage into animation voiceovers as Bruce Wayne/Batman, the title character of comics legend Frank Miller's classic retelling of the Dark Knight's gritty, formative days.
Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the all-new, PG-13 rated Batman: Year One arrives October 18, 2011 from Warner Home Video as a Batman: Year One Blu-ray ™ Combo Pack and Batman Year One DVD, On Demand and for Download. Batman: Year One will also be available in a special download-for-purchase early window starting October 11 through iTunes, Xbox Live, »
You know who wants Brad Pitt for their movie? Everybody. Vulture reports that Warner Bros. wants Pitt to star in Doug Liman's All You Need Is Kill after deciding to put the kibosh on Liman's far more expensive sci-fi heist flick Luna once co-fiancier Skydance dropped out. All You Need Is Kill is based on the manga by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and it doesn't have a bad premise: "A young Army recruit who, despite being killed in the first day of intergalactic alien invasion of Earth, is continually resurrected Groundhog Day–style to the day before he was killed." So you have the same worthwhile thematic ground as Source Code and Johnny Got His Gun—the soldier we can't let rest in peace. There were reportedly some third act problems where the protagonist "dispatches aliens in the same rote way as a twelve year old who’s played too much »
- Matt Goldberg
After a small break The Spooky Hour Horror Hour with Ted, Raychul, Sub-z and DerrickH is back for another week of horror speak, including classic and current movie reviews, news, and even a game review. Read on for the details.
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Source Code, 2011.
Directed by Duncan Jones .
A solider must relive a train bombing over and over to uncover the man responsible for the crime.
Sisyphus was a very deceitful Greek king who let his ego grow fat and self-important. He wasn’t a nice chap and the Gods ended up assigning him one of those horrible afterlife chores. For eternity he was to roll a boulder up a hill only for it to tumble down just before he reached the top. It ain’t no ‘guts-pecked-out-by-vultures’, but such repetition would grate pretty bad. Infinity is aaaaages.
In other news, hardly anyone likes commutes. They’re early and crammed.
Feeling peaky? You will be after this journey through some of the more disturbing hospitals of cinematic history
There's no safer place is there? A hospital is the only place you'd want to be if something was wrong with you, surely. A gleaming white palace of holistic healthcare where the only thing on the agenda is curing the ailments inflicted by the dangerous world outside. And in among all of this altruistic intent is the jovial atmosphere on the wards; the friendly banter of healthcare professionals and the recovering patients. Such visions recur so often in British cinema and TV history that we must hold a special respect in our collective consciousness for the wards. This can be the only reason for the remorseless 25-year domestic accident-based grind through the ranks of aspiring actors that is Casualty.
The happy-go-lucky pratfalls of the Carry On films aren't the worldwide norm though. »
7 items from 2011
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