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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Five

31 December 2010 5:23 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Factory

Opens: 2011

Cast: John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Ksenia Solo, Mae Whitman, Sonya Walger

Director: Morgan O'Neill

Summary: An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, New York. When his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any pretension and professional restraint he might have to get the killer.

Analysis: Shot almost three years ago now, Dark Castle had originally planned to release this thriller back in late 2009. However for reasons unspecified, it has been sitting on a shelf for some time and keeps getting delayed. In cases like these, the most obvious reason is usually the correct one - it stinks (eg. "Case 39"). The company certainly has had its fair share of box-office duds lately including "Whiteout," "Ninja Assassin," "The Losers," "Orphan" and "Splice".

Yet Cusack generally has good taste in projects, his last venture into horror was the surprisingly effective Stephen King »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Five

31 December 2010 5:23 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Factory

Opens: 2011

Cast: John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Ksenia Solo, Mae Whitman, Sonya Walger

Director: Morgan O'Neill

Summary: An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, New York. When his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any pretension and professional restraint he might have to get the killer.

Analysis: Shot almost three years ago now, Dark Castle had originally planned to release this thriller back in late 2009. However for reasons unspecified, it has been sitting on a shelf for some time and keeps getting delayed. In cases like these, the most obvious reason is usually the correct one - it stinks (eg. "Case 39"). The company certainly has had its fair share of box-office duds lately including "Whiteout," "Ninja Assassin," "The Losers," "Orphan" and "Splice".

Yet Cusack generally has good taste in projects, his last venture into horror was the surprisingly effective Stephen King »

- Garth Franklin

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Scott Feinberg’S Top 10 Films Of ’10

26 December 2010 7:59 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Please Note: The following rankings and remarks reflect my personal opinions and do/will not in any way impact my projections or analysis on this site, wherein I strive above all else to correctly forecast what will happen, not what I believe should happen. My demonstrated ability to do that over the years is what has led most of you to my site, and any failure to do that will undoubtedly lead you away from it, so you can rest assured that I mean it when I say that one has/will have no bearing on the other.

Scott Feinberg’s Top 10 Films of 2010

1. “The Social Network” (Columbia, 10/1, PG-13, trailer)

I distinctly remember sitting in a movie theater over the summer when the first teaser for “the Facebook movie” began playing, prompting groans and snickering all around me — stuff along the lines of, “What’s it gonna be about? A server crashing? »

- Scott Feinberg

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Top ten episodes of Smallville

19 December 2010 4:18 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

It’s going to be a little over a month until the next episode of Smallville, and after they left us with such a great episode cliffhanger, I thought it only prudent to curb my addiction by looking back at the last nine seasons and sort through, and try to find out just what were the best episodes of this re-telling of Superman’s origin. It is a bit of a daunting task, because not every episode is gold, but when this show is on form, it’s fantastic.

10. 'Red' (Season 2, Episode 4)

Clark and his friends are all excited because they’re finally old enough to buy class rings. Jonathan advises against it, and tells Clark to save his money for something he actually needs, but since all the other kids are getting one, he has to have one too. Unfortunately, the company has saved a buck by using not rubies, »

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Dominic Pace wants Lex Luthor role in next Superman film

18 December 2010 10:44 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

There's been no shortage of suggestions as to who should play the new Superman in Zack Snyder's big-screen reboot.

Among the names thrown around is True Blood star Joe Manganiello, who is full of praise for the filmmaker. "He's an unbelievable director, I'm a huge fan of 300," he recently said, adding that he'd be honoured to play the Man of Steel.

Snyder has confirmed the film is a restart with no connection to any previous films, which effectively rules out bringing back Brandon Routh, star of Bryan Singer's Superman Returns.

But what about other characters such as the villain? If Snyder is starting with a clean slate, we can also reject a reappearance by Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor.

We don't know yet if Lex will be part of the story but one actor has contacted The Geek Files to put himself forward as a contender for the archvillain. »

- David Bentley

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Kevin Spacey on Reprising the Role of Lex Luthor in Superman: The Man of Steel

18 December 2010 9:54 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Even with a colossal budget of $270 million, director Bryan Singer's Superman Returns still managed to turn a profit of $120 million and was considered by many a valiant attempt to recapture the myth and magic of Richard Donner's Superman.

But, comic book movie fans have a laundry list of complaints about the movie, from Superman's (Brandon Routh) use of his powers to become a peeping tom to his super-powered love child with Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth), a character that never existed in the comic books.

For Warner Bros. (WB), the movie was likely a huge disappointment in light of the $220 million profit Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins earned the year before. Whether motivated soley by profit or with the intent of appeasing the fans, WB has decided to reboot the franchise by bringing in Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) to direct Superman: The Man of Steel.

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- BrentJS Sprecher

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Christmas Movie Recommendations: Black Christmas, Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, Mr. Skeffington

17 December 2010 10:54 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Bette Davis, at 3 a.m. in Vincent Sherman's Mr. Skeffington Forget Judy Garland and Van Johnson (and Spring Byington and three-year-old Liza Minnelli) in Robert Z. Leonard's In the Good Old Summertime. Forget Janet Leigh and Robert Mitchum in Don Hartman's Holiday Affair. Forget June Allyson, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rossano Brazzi in Mervyn LeRoy's Little Women. It's too late to watch any of those Turner Classic Movies Christmas presentations, anyhow. My first TCM Christmas recommendation kicks off at 11 p.m. Pt: Olivia Hussey (Romeo and Juliet), Margot Kidder (Superman), and Keir Dullea (2001: A Space Odyssey) star in Black Christmas (1974), in which "a deranged killer terrorizes the women staying in a sorority house over Christmas." Bob Clark, best known for Porky's and the Jack Lemmon drama Tribute, directed. At 12:45 a.m., TCM offers another Christmas flick for the whole family: Nicholas Webster's Santa Claus Conquers the Martians »

- Andre Soares

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Yogi Bear

17 December 2010 7:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Yogi Bear

Directed by: Eric Brevig

Cast: Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, Tom Cavanagh, Anna Faris, Tj Miller, Nate Corddry, Andrew Daly

Running Time: 1 hr 23 mins

Rating: PG

Release Date: December 17, 2010

Plot: When their homeland of Jellystone National Park is threatened by a mayor with plans to destroy the forest, two picnic-raiding bears (voiced by Aykroyd and Timberlake) work with a bumbling park ranger (Cavanagh) to save the day.

Who’S It For? Parents looking for a simple distraction for their kids will not get their money’s worth – the running time of the actual film is 78 minutes (a trip to Wal-Mart would probably take longer). Adults, say “No!” to your children should they walk up to you with movie show times and bearskin in hand. Yogi Bear would be a better way to punish your kids than entertain them.

Expectations: The character of Yogi Bear isn’t exactly everyone’s »

- Nick Allen

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Ten Essential... Movie Superheroes

17 December 2010 2:44 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Gary Collinson selects his Essential Movie Superheroes...

Although the comic-book superhero was generally overlooked by the movie industry until Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie (1978) made you believe a man could fly, Hollywood failed to capitalise on this success over the next couple of decades and a stigma soon became attached to the genre. Save for a handful of notable exceptions (Warner Bros.’ Batman franchise was successful, but we all know how that turned out once Joel Schumacher got involved), it wasn’t until the release of the X-Men and Spider-Man movies that Hollywood really started to stand up and pay attention.

These days it seems you can’t breathe for superheroes – 2010 has seen the release of Iron Man II, Kick-Ass and Jonah Hex, while the next few years will see a host of superhero movies grace the screen including Thor and X-Men: First Class in 2011 along with the likes of Captain America, »

- flickeringmyth

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Should Jon Favreau have cast Iron Man 3 and Marvel aside for Disney?

16 December 2010 8:17 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Not many directors have made a success of one superhero movie, let alone two. So why move on to the Magic Kingdom?

If there were a line in the Hollywood sand, with the hacks on one side of it, and the more creative film-makers on the other, Jon Favreau's decision this week to spurn Iron Man 3 in favour of Disney family jaunt Magic Kingdom might just push him into the former camp. Cynics will suggest that both are big-budget movies controlled firmly by the men in suits. Yet Favreau brought a firm but unfussy hand to the first two Iron Man films, turning what was something of an also-ran character in Marvel's canon into the star of one of the biggest and best-received series in comic book moviedom.

Sure, he had the advantage of an on-form Robert Downey Jr as his Tony Stark, and the Iron Man movies »

- Ben Child

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Kevin Spacey Doubtful He Will Reprise His Role as Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder's Superman

16 December 2010 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Spacey's portrayal of the Man of Steel's archenemy left many fans wanting, while plenty of others felt he successfully picked up where Gene Hackman left off in the original film series. “I’m a huge fan of Bryan Singer’s. I thought the movie did pretty damn well. It’s always one of those things where because it’s such an important franchise to so many people, and they’re so devoted to it, that you’re always going to end up with people who didn’t like it or liked it or liked (a certain) part.” Spacey seems to understand wholeheartedly that many long-time Superman fans did not support the Man of Steel's latest cinematic debut, Superman Returns. The film was very close in tone and style (with obviously more dynamic effects) to the original Superman films starring Christopher Reeve. Now, »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Delving Into Disney and DC Comics

13 December 2010 9:53 AM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

#Gift Students of film and pop culture history have had a bumper selection of titles to choose from in the last few weeks. Four documentaries have been released that warrant the attention of anyone with an interest in two of the most enduring and successful enterprises in the entertainment industry: Walt Disney Studios and DC Comics. They might not make it onto the best sellers shelves at your local Best Buy but here at CinemaSpy we believe in bringing worthwhile works to your attention regardless of their commercial appeal. These four films definitely qualify.

Waking Sleeping Beauty

Official Synopsis: Far from a fairytale, Waking Sleeping Beauty is an unprecedented eye-opening look at the conflict, drama and tension that ushered in the second chapter of Disney’s animation legacy – a decade of unparalleled creativity that included The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King. Told by the »

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part One

13 December 2010 7:39 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Back for its third year (see the 2010 edition) and bigger than ever, today kicks off the first in a fifteen-part look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2011. Each 'part' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of varying length covering twenty films. Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first major releases in mid-January.

Like all cinematic lists set within a timeframe, there's some overlap. Some films here have already opened worldwide but have yet to hit the U.S., some upcoming films you'd expect to be here aren't because they're either still in development or have already announced 2012 release dates, some were on last year's list but got delayed so have been included again (but with all new analysis).

I confined my list to films that have either set 2011 release dates or had begun/completed production, and only films that have »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part One

13 December 2010 7:39 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Back for its third year (see the 2010 edition) and bigger than ever, today kicks off the first in a fifteen-part look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2011. Each 'part' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of varying length covering twenty films. Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first major releases in mid-January.

Like all cinematic lists set within a timeframe, there's some overlap. Some films here have already opened worldwide but have yet to hit the U.S., some upcoming films you'd expect to be here aren't because they're either still in development or have already announced 2012 release dates, some were on last year's list but got delayed so have been included again (but with all new analysis).

I confined my list to films that have either set 2011 release dates or had begun/completed production, and only films that have »

- Garth Franklin

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Lists and Awards 2010. Critics and AFI

12 December 2010 3:28 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Another good day for The Social Network. David Fincher may be sharing the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's Best Director award with Olivier Assayas (whose Carlos also wins Best Foreign Language Film and is the runner-up for Best Picture), but otherwise, it's won Best Picture, Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross share the Best Music/Score award with The Ghost Writer's Alexandre Desplat.

Best Actress: Kim Hye-ja in Bong Joon-ho's Mother. Best Actor: Colin Firth in Tom Hooper's The King's Speech. A couple of surprises in the Best Supporting categories: Niels Arestrup for A Prophet and Jacki Weaver and Animal Kingdom. Best Cinematography: Matthew Libatique for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. Best Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas for Christopher Nolan's Inception.

Lixin Fan's Last Train Home wins Best Documentary. Best Animated Film: Lee Unkrich's Toy Story 3. The Douglas E Edwards »

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Jaimie Alexander On Set Interview Thor

10 December 2010 9:00 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

If you’ve ever read Thor, you know Sif and Thor have a long and complicated history (read more about it here).  However, when you go to see Thor in movie theaters next summer, their relationship might surprise you.  That’s because unlike the comic books where Sif and Thor have been lovers, in the movie, they’re platonic friends.  But even though director Kenneth Branagh and Marvel have changed certain aspects about their relationship, she’s still an Asgardian warrior that kicks ass.

Anyway, earlier this year I got to visit the set of Thor was the production was filming outside Los Angeles.  While there I was able to participate in an interview with Jaimie Alexander (Sif) and she talked to us about landing the role, how she prepared, working for Branagh and Marvel, working on green screen, her thoughts on Loki, and a lot more.  Hit the jump »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Green Lantern Co-Writer Mark Guggenheim on the Cast, Script Cuts, and "Easter Eggs," Including the Superman Cameo

8 December 2010 8:39 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Now that the first trailer for DC's latest comic book movie adaptation, Green Lantern, has debuted, we have an idea of the tone that director Martin Campbell is going for, how Hal (Ryan Reynolds) and Carol (Blake Lively) will interact and what the legendary Green Lantern costume will look like, but so much still remains a mystery. The trailer only included snippets of footage of Peter Sarsgaard and Mark Strong as Hector Hammond and Sinestro, respectively, and we only saw a handful of the other, alien, Green Lantern Corps members. Plus, whatever happened to the Clark Kent/Superman cameo?

In a recent interview with MTV, Marc Guggenheim, who co-wrote the Green Lantern (Gl) script with Michael Green and Greg Berlanti, opened up about a whole host of Gl topics, from the casting to script cuts and "Easter Eggs." He even sheds some light on Superman's cut cameo and hints »

- BrentJS Sprecher

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'Green Lantern' Co-Writer Talks Easter Eggs, Alien Lanterns, And The Deleted Superman Cameo

7 December 2010 8:28 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Last week, we got an update from writer Marc Guggenheim about his creator-owned comics and movie projects "Halcyon" and "Resurrection," but just in case you're not familiar with the two series (though you should be — they're great), there's another little project he co-scripted that certainly is on your radar: the live-action "Green Lantern" movie.

I spoke to Guggenheim a while back (before the "Green Lantern" trailer debuted) about some of the script rumors that popped up over the last year or so, as well as some of the elements of his original script with Greg Berlanti and Michael Green that weren't likely to make the final cut of the film.

I also asked him about some of the Green Lanterns fans are wondering whether they'll see in the film, and though he couldn't give me too many answers about who's in the script, it looks like we can cross one fan-favorite (okay, »

- Rick Marshall

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Hans Zimmer Denies Rumors that Say he Will Score ‘Superman’

7 December 2010 7:09 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Five days ago it was reported that legendary composer Hans Zimmer (Inception) would be scoring Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot. Although we try our best to sway away from posting rumors, the story seemed legit. Thompson on Hollywood reported that the composer confirmed that he’ll be taking on the new Superman movie’s musical responsibilities without using the Academy Award winning iconic Superman theme by John Williams. It seemed too good to be true considering Zimmer will be busy composing future scores for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Sherlock Holmes 2 and Kung Fu Panda 2, and well I guess it was.

The Hollywood Reporter spoke to Zimmer about the rumor who denied the whole thing. Zimmer confirmed that not only would he not be scoring Superman, but also that he has never met Zack Snyder, nor would he ever want to replace or alter John Williams »

- Ricky

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Hans Zimmer Is Not The New 'Superman' Composer

7 December 2010 7:01 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Contrary to a report from last week, it appears that Hans Zimmer, the Oscar-winning composer responsible for scoring Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight," is not composing director Zack Snyder's "Superman" reboot.

After allegedly confessing his involvement with "Superman" to Thompson on Hollywood last week, Zimmer now tells The Hollywood Reporter that there's no truth to the story: "It's like some dirty quote taken out of context. Let's just be absolutely straight here: I have never in my life met Zack Snyder."

"I met Chris Nolan once and he knows Zack Snyder and therefore I'm doing Superman," he continued. "You know that's all it is."

Zimmer's longtime publicist Ronni Chasen was shot and killed in Hollywood in November, and Zimmer said that if Chasen was still alive, rumors of his "Superman" involvement wouldn't have gotten so out of hand.

"Here's the thing: no Ronni. Suddenly all sorts of stuff »

- Josh Wigler

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