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Hacking Netflix pointed out a extremely useful list on the website 100ThingsILearned.com. It's compilation of all of the the movies from the IMDb's Top 250 that are available for steaming on Netflix Watch Instantly. You can find the full list on 100Things..., but here are the ten highest ranking titles from IMDb (the number denotes their rank), plus links to their Netflix pages.
13. "Seven Samurai"
19. "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings"
33. "Forrest Gump"
50. "The Shining"
54. "The Pianist"
Don't have New Year's Eve plans this year? You could do worse than watching a couple of these. »
- Matt Singer
Just under a week ago, a shortlist of actors were announced of who could take the lead role in Ron Howard's mega-production of Stephen King's epic fantasy series The Dark Tower. Now it seems that Javier Bardem and Viggo Mortensen are the two frontrunners to take the role. According to reports at the NY Post, Bardem is the first choice with Mortensen as the back up. The project is only in early stages with regular Ron Howard collaborator Akiva Goldsman leading the scripting duties. The theory is that The Dark Tower series will encompass three films with an interlinking television series to cover all the details of the plot. Goldsman and Howard will work on the first film and the first season of the TV series with the lead actor being present for both. Requiring huge commitments for whoever takes the lead role, its not impossible to imagine »
- Will Chadwick
In the end, it wasn't Frodo who scored the ring. Yes, the Fellowship was back in force as Billy Boyd, who played Pippin in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, tied the knot today with longtime partner Ali McKinnon in an intimate wedding attended by fellow Hobbit pals Elijah Wood and Dominic Monaghan. Fortunately there was no Gollum in sight. The pair got hitched in the Boyd's hometown of Glasgow, Scotland. The groom eschewed the pointy ears and furry feet for a handsome three-piece suit, while the bride stunned the 130 guests in an ivory dress. Boyd met McKinnon, a ballet dancer and yoga teacher, back in 2002 when the couple worked on a pantomine together. They have a 4-year-old son named »
The angriest -- and smartest -- nerd in existence right now is Patton Oswalt. One of my favorite comedians and a guy that can provide you a detailed explanation for each of Neil Gaiman's Endless (and also tell you in what order they first appeared in Gaiman's The Sandman comic book series), Oswalt has written a brilliant essay describing how the many things that labeled some of us nerds or geeks have now fallen by the wayside. All of us are now nerds and geeks to some extent, or okatu (outsiders) as the Japanese prefer to call people that have been swallowed by their fanboy interests.
Oswalt's piece is online at Wired's website. Titled "Wake Up Geek Culture. Time to Die" (and you get just one guess what seminal science fiction film that line is from), the man states a convincing case why geek culture began to wither circa »
- Patrick Sauriol
Most people who go to the movies take it for granted, but light is as important a facet of cinema as the budget or the script. Without light, your movie couldn't be projected up onto the big screen. And without light on set, the cameras wouldn't be able to recognize the image in front of them. Or would they? Bryan Singer popped online recently to write a little bit about his upcoming film Jack The Giant Killer. He said he's going to shoot it in 3D using Epic Red cameras and that, because he's using that camera and the film is set before electricity, he can "more effectively explore the use of natural light." Is Singer making his Barry Lyndon? Read more after the jump. Bleeding Cool  unearthed this quote from Singer. Here's exactly what he had to say. I’m very much looking forward to using the Epic Red »
- Germain Lussier
Chicago – The opening crawl of “Family Guy: It’s a Trap!” jokingly suggests that the viewer should lower his expectations since the writers had totally run out of steam by this point and were pressured by Fox into doing a spoof of “Return of the Jedi” to close out their “Star Wars” trilogy, now released in one Blu-ray set known as “Laugh It Up, Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy.” The warning is somewhat accurate (although that’s largely because “Jedi” is the least-interesting film to spoof) but there’s still some damn funny stuff in here and fans of either Lucas or MacFarlane don’t want to miss it.
Blu-Ray Rating: 3.5/5.0
It started when the “Family Guy” team turned their knowledge of the Lucas trilogy (something chronicled in a half-hour featurette on “It’s a Trap” in which several of the major players merely play “Star Wars Trivial Pursuit »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The future of one of the largest media companies in the world, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. (MGM), was uncertain for much of 2010 as the studio struggled under a crushing debt and a takeover bid from Lionsgate Entertainment. In order to protect its library of more than 4,100 TV and movie properties, MGM filed a Chapter 11 petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court early last month that would reorganize the company by trading equity in the new MGM to its lenders in exchange for dissolving its $5 billion debt.
Earlier this week, it was officially announced that the studio has emerged from bankruptcy with $500 million to run the new MGM and the rights to its library—as well as to its Leo the Lion mascot and logo—intact. As expected, Spyglass Entertainment's Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum took over control of the studio as co-chairmen and co-CEOs. MGM plans to make six movie a year »
- BrentJS Sprecher
Mad Men star Jon, James Bond actor Daniel Craig, X-Men's Hugh Jackman and The Lord Of The Rings' Viggo Mortensen are being considered to play the lead role of The Gunslinger Roland of Gilead in Universal's film trilogy and TV series based on Stephen King's series of sci-fi books.
Ron is directing the first film in the series from a script written by Akiva Goldsman.
- David Bentley
After years of playing a noble, furry-footed hobbit in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Elijah Wood decided to show audiences his dark side as the creeper cannibal in Sin City. And just when you think that was as shady as Wood could go, he tweets this: (Via Badass)
For those of you looking for an unconventional way to spend your holiday, good news! The Bunny Museum is Real! And “The Hoppiest Place in the World” is open 365 days a year by appointment. For free…
Merry Christmas one and all!
When will you be visiting the Bunny Museum?
You can e-mail Kristy, follow her on Twitter or check out her production blog. »
- Kristy Puchko
Actor Sean Bean has officially ended his fourth marriage - his divorce was granted by a London judge on Tuesday.
The Lord of the Rings star wed fourth wife Georgina Sutcliffe in February 2008, but their union was marred within months of the marriage when Bean was arrested over allegations an argument between the pair turned violent.
They enjoyed a short-lived reunion but decided to separate for good over the summer.
Sutcliffe filed for divorce citing the actor's "unreasonable behaviour" and alleged the British hunk is "unbearable" to live with.
And on Tuesday a judge agreed to end their marriage after just two years when the pair was handed a decree nisi at the High Court in London. »
The La Times’ Hero Complex ran an impressively in-depth article exploring Ron Howard‘s barely in the works, multi-platform adaptation of Stephen King‘s über-tale, The Dark Tower (and I wrote up a post examining what details Deadline could pull from Howard). Now Moviefone explores the supposed shortlist of leading men in consideration for the lead role of Roland of Gilead, the last gunslinger of a quasi-futuristic (and weirdly familiar) world, with his all-consuming quest to find the Dark Tower.
The role call (ha! get it?): Viggo Mortensen, Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman, and Jon Hamm. All of these actors are stars, they’d all give the role a nice weight, and – perhaps most importantly – they’d attract the kind of budget required to pull off what Howard and producer-writer Akiva Goldsman have in mind.
Stephen King wrote the epic series’ opening line when he was nineteen years old (a »
- Anthony Vieira
Sean Bean is awesome. Sean Bean as 'Boromir' from The Lord Of The Rings is awesome. Sean Bean essentially playing a variant of Boromir in HBO's upcoming "Game of Thrones" is awesome. With the fantasy-horror film Black Death, the actor returns yet again with sword, armor, and beard in tow. How's it look? From director Christopher Smith (Triangle, Severance), the film also stars Kimberley Nixon, Eddie Redmayne, Carice van Houten, David Warner, Andy Nyman, Tim McInnerny, John »
- George Merchan
Filmmakers have been trying to adapt Stephen King's The Dark Tower series for years, and in September it was confirmed that Ron Howard would be the latest director to have a stab at the project. Howard is taking a unique approach to King's rich and complex series; the novels are extremely dense, and draw from influences as diverse as The Lord of the Rings and Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns. Howard's adaptation is set to take the form of three movies (of which he'll direct the first at least), with an additional two television series airing...
- Matt Maytum
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole didn’t receive a kind reception from critics when it first hit theaters. The story about two child owls who get separated from their family only to engage in a Cain and Abel story did not resonate well in the hearts of adults.
Perhaps that’s because Director Zack Snyder (Superman: Man of Steel, Sucker Punch) and screenwriters John Orloff (Anonymous) and Emil Stern (Tenderness) did not intend for it to be an overly gritty film in the vein of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Instead, the team set out to service the original novel series of Kathryn Lasky as best they could. They do so to modest success. The soul of the story, a young owl that triumphs over great adversity is still there, which will be enough to hit home with younger audiences. However, some key details were »
This Dark Tower film adaptation that Ron Howard is working on is one of my most anticipated movie projects since Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings. I know we're a few years away from the being released, but there's no doubt in my mind that it's going to be epic!
As previously reported, the plan is to start everything off with a feature film, from there they will create a bridge to the second feature with a full season of TV episodes! We will then see the second film hit the big screen, and after the sequel is released we will see another season of The Dark Tower on TV. This season will focus on Deschain as a young gunslinger. The storylines will be taken from the prequel comic book series that King was heavily involved with. Then we will get the third and final film which will »
Locke & Key, the popular horror comic by author Joe Hill, is coming to television this summer, thanks to DreamWorksTV and Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci, the guys behind other genre shows like Fringe, Alias and Xena: Warrior Princess, and movies such as Eagle Eye, Star Trek and Transformers. They also seem to have a hand in the upcoming Jon Favreau "what exactly is this movie exactly" movie, Cowboys & Aliens.
The show was green lit (green lighted?) by Fox in October and the wheels are finally starting to turn, with Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings, War of the Worlds) and Sarah Bolger (The Tudors, The Spiderwick Chronicles) being among the actors locked in so far.
According to those intrepid reporters at Deadline, Locke & Key ". . . tells the story of Nina Locke (Otto) and her three children, Tyler, Kinsey (Bolger), and Bode, who survive an unspeakable horror and attempt to rebuild their lives at Keyhouse, »
There is no getting around the fact that sequels to popular movies are a way of life in Hollywood. If a movie has a strong box office showing then, inevitably, a sequel (or two) won’t be too far behind.
A sequel to a film based on a series of books is to be expected: The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Twilight Saga, as are films that are usually cheap and easy to produce: Saw, Friday the 13th, or Nightmare on Elm Street. Also films that have a well established mythos: Spider-Man, X-Men, Batman, Superman are almost always expected to have multiple sequels.
Typically, most of…
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- Paul Young
Ron speaks, but he doesn't say much! This story was leaning towards the "do not report on" pile because so little information is leaked. However we have recently received a large amount of e-mails asking about the project and you know are motto, you ask and you shall receive...
Our friends at Deadline in passing had a change to ask the director and TV legend Ron Howard about working on Stephen King's massively popular The Dark Tower series and this is what he had to share with fans:
"It is going well, and it has been incredibly stimulating to work on," Howard told Deadline. "It's dense, a great author's life work is not to be taken lightly. It has been utterly fascinating to explore it, and we are having great creative conversations. I've begun tossing and turning at 3 in the morning over it, so that's a good sign."
There you have it. »
- Keepers of the Bid
BadassDigest reports that “scheduling problems” have prevented Clint Mansell from continuing on the project to score Source Code the latest film from director Duncan Jones and will be replaced by Chris Bacon.
His most recent work was actually for the film score for Moon, the feature debut of director Duncan Jones. After the release of Moon, Jones wrote about Clint Mansell that, ”It goes beyond his ability to write truly epic and memorable phrases, it’s the fact that in the case of Moon, he truly invested himself emotionally in understanding what we were trying to do. In my experience, that’s not standard operating procedure. That’s not the approach of a Hollywood “jobsman”. He cared. He wanted to understand. He approached the film as what he is; an artist. And in Clint’s case… a very special, very talented one at that”.
With that said it comes as »
A deadly driving competition spawns a racing legend in Death Race 2, an all-out action thrill ride, coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download January 18, 2011 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment DVD Originals. With full details and the trailer already out in the open, inside you'll now find a look at 3 clips, along with a behind-the-scenes featurette focusing on star Danny Trejo! Danny Trejo (Machete), Ving Rhames (Piranha 3D), Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings, Black Death) and Luke Goss (Hellboy 2: The Golden Army), star along with returning cast members Fred Koehler (Lost) and Robin Shou (Beverly Hills Ninja), in an all-new prequel to Paul W.S. Andersons 2008 adrenaline-fueled action-thriller, Death Race. »
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