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Listen, Don't Watch: 10 Soundtracks Better Than Their Movies

12 November 2009 4:31 AM, PST | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Seven months ago, the movie formerly known as The Boat That Rocked had its UK theatrical release, followed up two months later with the DVD. Reviews at the time were so-so. Now the pic gets shipped state-side, renamed Pirate Radio and apparently with all the good parts taken out.

That said, the soundtrack contains 32 '60s classics from The Kinks to The Who to David Bowie — sending it straight to the "Listen, Don't Watch" category, and leaving us wondering if it belongs on our list of 10 Soundtracks Better Than Their Movies.

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Pirate Radio - Trailer

Philip Hoffman and Bill Nighy star - in theaters Friday

Link | Posted 11/12/2009 by reelz

Movies and Music | Pirate Radio | Purple Rain | Twilight | Marie Antoinette | Lost Highway | Garden State | Pretty in Pink | The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou | O Brother, Where Art Thou? | Staying Alive | Xanadu »

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Michael Caine Says No Johnny Depp in Batman 3

24 September 2009 5:12 AM, PDT | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Michael Caine may be in hot water again. He got in trouble when he confirmed rumors with MTV that Johnny Depp would play The Riddler and Philip Seymour Hoffman would play The Penguin in Batman 3. At the time, Caine said:

When Christopher [Nolan] said we were going to do The Dark Knight next, I didn't [know] what that meant in Batman terms. I said, "What's the story?" and he said The Joker. I said, "Oh, s**t! How are you going to top Jack [Nicholson]?" He said, "Well, I've cast Heath Ledger. And I went "Ha! I couldn't top Jack, but if anyone could, maybe Heath could." And he did.

I was with [a Warner Bros.] executive and I said, "Are we going to make another one?" They said yeah. I said, "How the hell are we going to top Heath?" And he says "I'll tell you how you top Heath — Johnny Depp as The Riddler »

- Ryan Gowland

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Ludacris Stumps for Gamer

3 September 2009 8:51 AM, PDT | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges has made one of the most difficult crossovers for a performer to make, transitioning from foul-mouthed rapper to respected actor, earning roles in such Oscar-winning films as Crash and Hustle & Flow. Bridges is about to hit the big-screen again, this time in the sci-fi thriller Gamer, alongside tough-guy actor Gerard Butler.

In an interview with, Bridges is very aware of the difficulties of the transition he is making into feature films and maintains a humble attitude.

I'm taking my time with it and I come in with no ego. I've had a chance to work with a lot of different individuals especially on Crash. It was all kind of A-list actors on there so I just come in and learn before I take on that starring role. I'm just trying to get me feet all the way wet. Being a successful rapper requires many different talents, »

- BrentJS Sprecher

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Wanted Director Thinks He Can Bring Back Angelina Jolie for Wanted 2

26 August 2009 9:48 AM, PDT | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Russian director Timur Bekmambetov scored a huge hit with the bullet-bending visuals of Wanted, the adaptation of Mark Millar's comic book. With James McAvoy and Terence Stamp returning for the sequel, Bekmambetov would like Angelina Jolie back as well. There's only one small problem — her final scene in Wanted.

"She was kind of ... dead," Bekmambetov told MTV.

Not that death should prohibit a character's return. Not in a comic book movie, anyway. Bekmambetov has a plan for Jolie's return:

If you remember from the first film, we have a recovery room with the baths of wax. We know how to do this, but it's still tough to do, because the bullet is inside her head. But there has to be a reason for her to come back ... and we know the reason. I think we found the reason for her to come back. Bekmambetov believes they will make Wanted 2 "this winter, »

- Ryan Gowland

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Exclusive Video: New Valkyrie Special Feature Clip

19 May 2009 8:15 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We have an exclusive clip from the special features of Valkyrie, which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on May 19. Click below for our exclusive special feature clip, that goes into the realism of the film's explosions.

Link Itembed Itrate It+ LISTExclusive: Biggest Explosions "Tom Cruise gives one of the best performances of his career" (Jeffrey Lyons, NBC/Reel Talk) in this action-packed film from the director of The Usual Suspects and X-Men. Based on the incredible true story of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (Cruise) and his ingenious assassination plot targeting Adolf Hitler, this engrossing thriller reenacts the daring operation to eliminate one of the most evil tyrants the world has ever known. Co-starring Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Terence Stamp and Eddie Izzard, Valkyrie delivers gripping suspense and pulse-pounding excitement from start to finish.

Special Features: (Two-disc and Blu-ray only)

- Commentary by Tom Cruise, Bryan Singer, »

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Saturday Night Link

9 May 2009 7:37 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Moon in the Gutter uploads an Elisabeth Shue clip from 14 years ago (!) and reminisces about Leaving Las Vegas.

Fin de Cinema has a ton of Cannes 09 posters. Love it

/Film a glossary of terms to explain the new Alice in Wonderland screenplay

Screengrab kicks Winona Ryder when she's down (fearing that she might get back up)

Carpetbagger looks at spring's limited release sleeper success. Can you guess which movie? I haven't seen it yet but I did take note here.

Big Monster Cinema has awesomely weird posters and taglines. I wish movie marketing would go completely B-Movie again.

Bleeding Tree apologizes for his original support of the PG-13

Birth of a Notion gives update and personal notes on Farrah Fawcett and her battle with cancer.

Cinema Styles has a thought provoking post on acting and 'career-long characters'

Ultra Specific Pointless Rant

Have you heard of the film The Tree and the Forest? »


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Freshwater Link

13 April 2009 2:20 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

/Film more on Ridley Scott's Robin Hood's basic angle and the casting. A fourth Oscar winner has been added... is he actually going for Oscars, 2010 rather than a mere adventure romp?

Getty Images La Lohan is back to her natural red. Okay an approximation of it but still... good sign? No. I shan't get my hopes up. Don't do that to yourself, Nathaniel!

Twitch Elisabeth Shue to star in Piranhas 3D. Sigh. I love my Shue but does No studio or casting director or director or producer or anyone anywhere besides her fans (and it's weird how many she still seems to have) remember what she was able to do in Leaving Las Vegas? We can't get any real roles for her

Crazy Days Robyn Gibson finally dumping Mad Mel -- entitled to half a billion?

Mnpp congratulates Smg on the bun in her oven and offers her sound advice, »


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Before the Oscars, They Belonged to Us, Part 3

26 February 2009 2:51 AM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Disclaimer: This article may contain sarcasm; irony and “LOLs” proceed with caution.

The Final Chapter (read Part 2 here)! We have Howard the Duck, Freejack and Shyamalan flicks on the list; these are never good signs. Nonetheless we are bringing it all to you in full-color and in 3-D. (Ed. Note: Due to the economy, 3-D has been dropped and will be replaced by Smell-o-vision — check for your scratch and sniff cards in about 4-6 weeks.) Best Sound went to rage-zombie veterans Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke, leaving Mark Weingarten who worked on Rejuvenatrix in the dust. The Sound Editing section contains one too many references to Ron Silver, and at least two references to a Roger Corman film.

The visual effects category pulled on our heartstrings this year due to the loss of Stan Winston, who was noted en memoriam along with other heroes, Vampira, Leonard Rosenman and Charles H. Schneer »

- Heather Buckley

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Christopher to Direct Inception, Not Batman 3

18 February 2009 3:25 AM, PST | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

With the announcement a week ago that Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan was set to direct Inception this summer from a script Nolan wrote himself, it seemed like any Batman sequel would have to be put on the back burner. However, Batman-on-Film reported days later that "three sources" said the Inception deal includes "an agreement between the studio and the acclaimed director to helm his second sequel to Batman Begins". This backs up the story by referring to their December report that Nolan himself mentioned he and David Goyer were discussing a third story that they both liked.

MTV News then brought the Batman-on-Film report to a Nolan rep, who denied the report was true.

"He is doing Inception next. We haven’t announced any deal or anything on the next Batman as that is all speculation," said the rep. We get it, wait for an announcement from Nolan.

Inception, »

- Ryan Gowland

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Notorious Reviews

16 January 2009 8:47 AM, PST | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

All over the map:

"...a luridly unapologetic trip through the violence, hunger, verbal bravado, and money fever of the hip-hop world, which it views as both liberating and destructive (often for the same reasons)."

-- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"A great rapper deserves a great biopic, but B.I.G. fans will have to settle for this merely passable one."

-- Nathan Rabin, Onion Av Club

"If there's something praiseworthy about Notorious, it's that it pulls off the remarkable, ignominious feat of making its deceased subject less likeable than one remembers."

-- Nick Schager, Slant Magazine

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Notorious - Trailer

The Life of Christopher 'Biggie' Wallace - Now In Theaters

Link | Posted 1/16/2009 by reelz

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Taylor Lautner to Howl at the New Moon!

7 January 2009 1:00 PM, PST | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Taylor Lautner, the teen heartthrob who played pre-pubescent werewolf Jacob Black in Twilight will indeed be kept on for the sequel New Moon -- this according to, the author's official website.

Earlier rumors circulated that Summit would cut Lautner loose because of his lanky and youthful look. In New Moon, Jacob undergoes a feral transformation which requires a radical change in the character -- going from fun-loving youngling into hot and hairy hulk, but activist Twilighter's have lobbied hard for the movie company to keep Lautner, and the 16-year-old will have packed on nearly 30 pounds for the part by March -- which is when shooting starts.

"Jacob is a totally different character in New Moon," Melissa Rosenberg, screenwriter of both Twilight films, told Entertainment Weekly. "He's a foot taller and huge—and he's supposed to look 25. It's really a question of whether or not the same actor can play the role. »

- Jim Littler

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