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Merry Happy End 2010, everyone. There's something about the end of the year, probably having much to do with the annual trek back to the suburb where I grew up, that brings everything into a sharp, marzipan-tinged relief. Choices I made throughout the year were good or bad, people I love and people I'm thankful for are the most important, and my year in media condenses drastically as I have free time to take in the many end-of-the-year lists. I'm not one for end-of-the-year lists. I like lists, and as someone who has worked on the internet for almost a full decade, I know the value of content that can be skimmed first and read second. However, the end of the year is such an arbitrary time to make these lists. It's commercialism that's the motivator, like it always is. Everyone gets time off at the end of the year, time »
Top Ten Worst Movies of 2010 ...that I saw
I typically don't like making "Worst of" lists because I tend to avoid several films throughout the year that I know I probably wouldn't like. So, when reading through this list just know these are the top ten worst films of the year among those I've seen.
I've perused the lists of others on the internet and noticed titles such as The Bounty Hunter, Marmaduke, Killers, Flipped, Grown-Ups, The Nutcracker In 3D, Little Fockers, Cats and Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore, You Again, Skyline, Yogi Bear, Burlesque, The Last Song, Dear John, Life as We Know It, Vampires Suck or Lottery Ticket. I didn't see any of these and have no intention of seeing them. So please take that into consideration.
However, before we get to the ten there were a few that fell shy of making the list, including The Tourist, »
- Brad Brevet
This flick was originally entitled Ways of the Flesh. And as we know, the way of all flesh is toward rotting putrescence... which may be why the title was changed, because the film now dubbed The Heart Specialist has been sitting on a shelf since 2006, and probably ain’t so fresh anymore. The trailer looks like a bad parody from a particularly depressing episode of Saturday Night Live. (Ed Asner?) I’m guessing it’s only Zoe Saldana’s new fame that is securing it any kind of theatrical release at all. The Heart Specialist opens in the U.S. and Canada on January 14, 2011; no U.K. release date has been announced. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Going The Distance (Blu-ray)Warner/New Line Home Video2010/Rated R/Running Time 103 minsList Price $35.99 – Now AvailableGoing the Distance was one of the last surprises of what was a mediocre summer for 2010. The Drew Barrymore and Justin Long romantic comedy treats the subject of a long distance relationship in a manner that's sweet, hilarious and surprisingly mature. No doubt the picture's strong suit is the onscreen relationship between its two leads and that's obviously due in large part to the fact that they were once a real life couple. But their onscreen love story is given hilarious support by SNL's Jason Sudeikis, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia's Charlie Day and a genuinely funny Christina Applegate as Barrymore's over-protective older sibling.Even if you've never been in a long distance relationship we can all certainly relate to it. You're unexpectedly driven apart from your significant other or develop feelings »
Over at Cinematical, Eric D. Snider has compiled a list of the lowest grossing wide releases of 2010. To be eligible, a film had to play on at least one thousand screens nationwide and, y'know, not make much money. The list includes its share of indisputable stinkers, including the heinous "Jonah Hex." But a bunch of the movies are flops in financial terms only, deserved better than they got at the box office, and are worth your time on DVD now that all but one of them are available. They are:
Directed by Vincenzo Natali
$17.0 million gross on 2,450 screens
Seventeen million dollars in nearly 2500 theaters is pretty bad for a summer blockbuster but it's nothing to sneeze at for a quirky sci-fi indie. And that's really what "Splice" was; though Warner Brothers released it in June in the middle of Dumb Movie Season, the film, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance »
- Matt Singer
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Did the internet shut down this week? I’m having a hard time finding anything that’s not a best of list. Speaking of, Best of Cat Videos courtesy of Gawker. Patton Oswalt brings a call of arms for geek culture. I’m not sure I agree that Geek culture is dead (I think he just aged and what he liked as a kid became more mainstream) but it’s still good reading. Well, fine. If no one wants to make new, funny videos this week, I’ll have to find some old stuff to show. Here’s The Lemonheads video for “Luka” featuring a young, attractive, Evan Dando.
Finally, I have a new obsession. »
- Megan Lehar
Jon Lovitz Also Talks About His Scenes From 'Happiness' That Were Cut Ok, so the "Bad Boys" we know and grudgingly love stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, but what if it had instead starred two pasty white dudes from "Saturday Night Live"? In a great "Random Roles" piece for the Av Club, Jon Lovitz reveals that at one point early on, he and SNL alum Dana Carvey were being eyed for the lead roles in "Bad Boys." "But yeah, [Don] Simpson and [Jerry] Bruckheimer, they wanted Dana, and then they added me into it afterward. But the script—oh, another… »
From the vantage point of my mainstream movie beat, 2010 was a mixed bag. Maybe a bit schizophrenic, sometimes even a little backwards. (2010 gave us a movie called "Babies" and another called "Grown-Ups". Guess which one was more mature?) Reality-benders like "Catfish" and "Inception" challenged our perceptions of what is true, while the 3-D phenomenon, for the most part, challenged our resistance to headaches. But all of that aside, in the big picture sense, was it really any different than any other movie year? I don't really think so. Like past recent years, the naysayers were out in force mid-June, denouncing 2010 as the worst movie year since, oh, 1887. But such moaning was premature, if not completely unwarranted. After all, of the fifty-plus 2010 films that I personally was able to see this year, most of them had at least some sort of redeeming value. So, looking back, we can see (in 3-D! »
The Handlers is an Atom.com exclusive web series about a group of ambitious campaign operatives determined to claw their way to the top of their game. They will do whatever it takes to get hapless candidate Jack Power (Bryan Cranston) elected to a post as State Senator, whether he likes it or not. Based on a French concept called Henaut President, the eight-episode series premieres on January 4th, and then series star Bryan Cranston returns to his Emmy Award-winning performance as Walter White on AMC’s hit television series Breaking Bad, which goes into production for Season 4 on January 13th. In a recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, the very busy Bryan Cranston talked about the fun of doing a web series that is a humorous and racy look at politics, his hopes that it will continue for future episodes, how nerve-wracking it was to host Saturday Night Live this past October, »
- Christina Radish
You might have noticed some of my illustrious, talented, and all-around terrific colleagues have set about ticking off their 2010 lists. Never one to miss a chance to throw out an unsolicited (although hopefully compelling) opinion, I thought I might weigh in. This isn't so much a best-of list, as much as a reflection on the last year and some of the films which stuck out for various, particular reasons for me.I think many of the other reviewers on the site have the same lament I've been carrying for the last couple of weeks: 2010 had so many movies and there was so little time to see them all. As of this writing, I still haven't had the opportunity to check out True Grit, Catfish, or give Black Swan the due diligence of a second viewing (if you held a gun to my head for an instant opinion, I'd say it was mostly excellent, »
Here's a look back at Back Stage's top 10 memories:10. Undead DAYTIMEBack in 2009—when the daytime-drama format looked to be going the way of the wild polar bear—American Federation of Television and Radio Artists New York local president Holter Graham sounded a mournful note about the format's future. "The writing was on the wall about daytime and that it was a changing market a long time ago," Graham said. "The economic crisis given to us by the Bush administration sped up that process and made that writing on the wall bright yellow highlighter."That highlighter ink didn't wash away in 2010, but it faded a little. In 2009, CBS announced that its long-running soaps "Guiding Light" and "As the World Turns" would come to an end. This year no such similar announcement came, the networks instead making multiyear commitments to dramas such as "The Young and the Restless" and "Days of Our Lives. »
…and One Reason Why Maybe It Isn’t!
(Article re-posted for your enjoyment)…
Owf’s Tom Fallows runs down 50 reasons why the 1984 classic horror comedy Ghostbusters is The Greatest Film of All Time.
1. Bill Murray
This is the movie that made the Saturday Night Live comedian a bonified movie star and would pave the way for such later delights as Groundhog Day (1993), Lost in Translation (2003) and Broken Flowers (2005). Without Bill Murray, would Ghostbusters be the classic it is today?
2. The Dialogue
Just transcribing the movie would enough reason why Ghostbusters achieves greatness. This list contains as many classic quotes as we could fit. i.e.
“You forget, Peter. I was present at an undersea unexplained sponge migration,” – Ray.
3. Ray Parker Jr’s Theme Song
All together now, “Who ya gonna call? »
- Tom Fallows
Courtesy Promises, Promises
You likely loved her on Saturday Night Live, and caught her on Will & Grace, Kath & Kim and even Glee. Molly Shannon has tackled many roles in her life, but the one the 46-year-old actress cherishes most is that of motherhood.
As mom to Stella, 7, and Nolan, 5½ (with artist husband Fritz Chesnut), Shannon’s stepped out of the spotlight in recent years, but is currently starring on Broadway in Promises, Promises and working on a project for HBO — about a jilted nun!
We recently spoke to the actress about her children, their holiday traditions and her work with »
Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day is for David Lynch's Twin Peaks - The Definitive Gold Box Edition (The Complete Series) for $35.99 (60% off the regular price). Included in the set are both seasons of the series and extra features, including "A Slice of Lynch." Like all Gold Box Deals, it's only for today. Here's what the set comes with: All 29 Episodes plus the original pilot (both U.S. Network and International versions) on 10 discs Remastered picture from the original negative with 5.1 Sound, both personally approved by David Lynch Original broadcast 2.0 audio Deleted Scenes Exclusive feature length documentary: 'Secrets from Another Place' A Slice of Lynch (featuring David Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan, and Mädchen Amick) Return to Twin Peaks Interactive Map of Twin Peaks The complete Log Lady introductions Saturday Night Live: Kyle MacLachlan’s monologue and the Twin Peaks comedy sketch Julee Cruise music video: "Falling" On-air promos, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
By far, the question we get most to our IFC News Podcast e-mail account and to our Twitter accounts is "How can I listen to older episodes of the podcasts?" Well good news podcasts fans; Christmas came a couple days late this year. While we're still working to make all our podcasts available on iTunes, we're pleased to present this complete archive page containing links to every single IFC News Podcast. That's right: every single one. Even the early ones that are embarrassingly terrible that you should never listen to. (Seriously. Don't do it.)
Still, if you've got 200+ hours at your disposal and you want to listen to the evolution of our podcast, now you can. And it has evolved. On our very first episode (a review of "Borat" from October 2006), we were barely capable of introducing ourselves (we also were pretty blatantly ripping off Filmspotting's review format). By episode »
- Matt Singer
Jessica Alba had millions of reasons to smile Sunday as she enjoyed a stroll through La with Cash and Honor Warren. Her film, Little Fockers, took home the top spot at the holiday box office and proved third time's a charm for the comedy franchise. Jessica showed off her sense of humor in the big screen blockbuster and also on TV last week with her role in SNL's "I Just Had Sex" digital short. She got to celebrate all her success by spending the long weekend with her family and she twittered a cute quote from Honor about opening presents. View Slideshow › »
- Katie Henry
Related story on The Daily Beast: True Blood Bites Back
If 2009 was the year of Jersey Shore, MTV's runaway hit about a group of 20-something "guidos" boozing at the beach, then 2010 was the year of the proliferation of all things Jersey, with just about every network trying to cash in on the craze. Though the Jersey Shore gang headed to Miami for the second season of the show, they brought plenty of Jersey flavor along, namely the no-holds-barred fighting that defined the first season. In round one at Seaside Heights, Snooki, aka Nicole Polizzi, may have fallen victim to the punch heard around the world, but the guidette phenom-or public annoyance, take your »
- Alex Berg
Chicago – The Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show is an opportunity for Chicago area film and television fans to interact with their favorite stars twice a year. The last show, on September 25th, 2010, featured celebrities from all eras and varieties of the entertainment spectrum.
HollywoodChicago.com’s Joe Arce was there, taking photos of the participants, including a “Family Ties” reunion with three principal cast members of that beloved sitcom.
Click “Next” and “Previous to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.
Celebrities1: Ruth Buzzi, from the original cast of ‘Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.’
Celebrities2: Meredith Baxter, mother Elyse from ‘Family Ties.’ Celebrities3: Chicago native Michael Gross, father Steven from ‘Family Ties.’ Celebrities4: Marc Price, ‘Skippy’ Handelman from ‘Family Ties.’ Celebrities5: ‘Family Ties’ reunion featuring Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter and Marc Price. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Weekend Box Office: Christmas Weekend In a Christmas weekend marked by low attendance, specialty debuts like Somewhere and The Illusionist showed strong numbers. “Somewhere,” Sofia Coppola’s drama about a Hollywood actor (Stephen Dorff) attempting to reconnect with his young daughter (Elle Fanning), won the Golden Lion at this year’s Venice Film Festival and has been riding a wave of critical accolades ever since with some bumps along the way for being deemed "too European". Focus Features released it in only seven theaters over the Christmas weekend, but averaged $20,286 (marking yet another weekend where the specialty market has shown promising signs amidst the studio slump). While Sony Classics’ “The Illusionist only saw a $16,867 average in three theaters, the animated film from France could get some much needed attention come awards season after its recent Golden Globe nomination. While studio pictures like “How Do You Know” and “Yogi Bear” have »
Emma Stone has revealed that she gave a goldfish to each member of the cast of Saturday Night Live before she hosted the show in October. During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Easy A star admitted that fish might not have been the best possible gift to give the sketch comedy ensemble. "I gave [the cast] goldfish, to say thank you... Right at the end credits, when you clap, we're standing up on the stage and [Saturday Night Live cast member] (more) »
- By Justin Harp
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