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Before There Were Websites... (Pt 2)

10 September 2009 7:10 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

...there were scrapbooks (prev. pt 1)

Let's continue that silly reveal of my "Movies of the Eighties" scrapbook. I'm still hoping to locate the "Movie Stars of the Eighties" companion volume in which I ranked all the actors and actresses of the decade. Wouldn't that be a Rotfl experience? If I can find it I will share, despite the loss of dignity it will surely occasion.

Behold! To your left is the tv guide cover that started it all. I guess it wasn't an actual TV Guide as my personal mythology has always relayed but whatever television magazine thingie was inserted into the Detroit Free Press back in the day. That cover right there started my whole Oscar obsession -- look how worn, damaged and fingered it is. I thumbed through it so many times. What is this naked gold man they call Oscar??? This cover unlocked my latent awards mania. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ensemble Comedies

1 September 2009 8:45 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Funny movies make us laugh, that’s a no-brainer. But, what happens when you get a movie with Lots of funny people in it? Chances are, if it’s done well, you get an exponentially funnier movie. It’s like asking someone if they’d like a scoop of ice cream, or if they’d like three scoops of ice cream with hot fudge, caramel, whipped topping, nuts, sprinkles (gotta have sprinkles) and a cherry on top… it’s an easy decision. That’s sort of like asking someone if they want to see Mike Judge’s new comedy Extract, which opens nationwide in theaters this Friday. This should be an easy decision as well. So, we Movie Geeks decided to reflect on these movies and “extract” a list of our Top Ten Best Ensemble Comedies.

10. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

One of the most quotable, most intelligently ridiculous films of all time, »

- Movie Geeks

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Real-World Fantasy: Attack of the Giant Animals!

31 August 2009 7:25 PM, PDT | thetorchonline | See recent thetorchonline news »

Best part of Harry Potter? The Acromantulas. Best part of The Princess Bride? The Rodents of Unusual Size. Best part of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids? The fight between the giant ant and giant scorpion. (Because all suburban neighborhood backyards are infested with scorpions.) Point being, there has always been something about gigantic versions of smaller animals that have fascinated us. Why else would they constantly pop up in fantasy, dating from as far back as ancient Greece, whose mythology hosted a large menagerie of freakishly huge beasts? But what's the real scoop? This is a mighty big world we live in, with a very large and complex history, and evolution can do a lot of wacky things when you're not paying attention. »

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Top 10 Great Movie Deaths

27 August 2009 12:16 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Photo: Universal Studios Home Entertainment Top 10 Great Movie Deaths Movies love to kill people, and actors love to die (preferably slowly and with a great close-up). Yet, more often than not, film fatalities are an accountant's errand. Just another tally mark in the body count. This isn't a list celebrating the art of ludicrous squibs and exploding craniums. The following movie deaths deliver more oomph than henchmen #4 getting steamrolled by the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile. These are the death scenes we remember long after the actors have screamed, slobbered, cried, coughed, wheezed, or drawn out to William Shatner-esque lengths their final words. They are a perfect combination of acting, writing, filmmaking, image and idea. Some are shocking. Some are sad or bittersweet. Others funny. Some deaths you cheer on. All are memorable. Let's begin to experience ten (technically eleven) great ends, and considering the nature of this list, yes, there are spoilers, »

- David Frank

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New Writers for DC's Shazam & DreamWorks' Rainbow Bridge

20 August 2009 1:04 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

A couple of new screenwriter updates today. Warner Brothers has hired former actor Billy Birch and DC Comics writer Geoff Johns to kick-start and co-write a new version of the Shazam! movie that never got off the ground. Birch is the sixth writer to take a crack at adapting the character Captain Marvel following William Goldman (The Princess Bride), Bryan Goluboff (The Basketball Diaries), Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow (Garfield) and John August (Big Fish, The Nines). Last we heard in back in January, the project was dead, but apparently Get Smart's Peter Segal is still attached to direct and is waiting for the new script. In other news, Spielberg's new DreamWorks has hired Oscar winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost, Jacob's Ladder, The Time Traveler's Wife) to write an English remake of the 2002 Japanese cult hit Resurrection, which has tentatively been re-titled to Rainbow Bridge. Resurrection, or Yomigaeri »

- Alex Billington

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Robin Wright Penn's second act begins

18 August 2009 7:35 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Mr. and Mrs. Penn's third attempt at divorce is underway, filed this time by Robin Wright Penn. People reports the actress filed in Marin County, Calif., on Aug. 12, and that "both parties have already agreed to [shared] custody" over their minor son, Hopper Jack, 16, and that "the estranged couple have already agreed to division of all property." The couple are citing "irreconcilable differences" for the dissolution of their marriage. Robin Wright Penn played Jenny in "Forrest Gump" opposite Tom Hanks. She first made a career splash in the 1987 film "The Princess Bride" with Cary Elwes. The couple have been together since 1989 and married in 1996. More magazine interviewed Penn who seemed resolved »

- April MacIntyre

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Robin Wright Penn Files for Divorce

18 August 2009 9:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Robin Wright Penn has filed for divorce from her husband Sean Penn, People has learned. The papers, filed in Marin County, Calif., on Aug. 12, state that "both parties have already agreed to [shared] custody" over their minor son, Hopper Jack, 16, and that "the estranged couple have already agreed to division of all property." The reason for the split is listed as "irreconcilable differences." Wright Penn, best known for roles in The Princess Bride and Forrest Gump, is not seeking spousal support. Lawyers for both sides weren't immediately available for comment. Together since 1989 and married in 1996, the couple endured a roller-coaster relationship, »

- Ken Lee

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Robin Wright Penn Relishes Her New Independence

17 August 2009 2:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Robin Wright Penn, whose relationship with Sean Penn has been on-again, off-again for the several years, says she has no plans to reconcile with the actor. "I'd been stagnant," the actress, best known for roles in The Princess Bride and Forrest Gump, tells More magazine for its September issue, on sale Aug. 25. "I think I've always been waiting for things to happen. Now I'm like, 'I'm okay - I know the direction, whoever's on board can go with me." One person who won't likely be onboard is Penn. Together since 1989 and married in 1996, the couple endured a roller-coaster relationship only »

- Stephen M. Silverman

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Willy DeVille: 1950-2009

12 August 2009 7:15 AM, PDT | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

An old friend and fellow musician informed me that one of our f Mink DeVille’s founder and creative kingpin Willy DeVille passed away from pancreatic cancer on Aug. 6. He was 58. With a flourish of Spanish strings and clattering castanets, his band was often more reminiscent of West Side Story than the New York City punk band moniker it received during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Over three decades, DeVille’s distinctive voice and R&B sound evolved and refashioned with influences ranging from The Drifters to Leonard Cohen and Lou Reed while being delivered with an aristocracy accentuated by a villainous pencil-thin moustache. Receiving more acclaim in Europe than in the U.S., the band scored a minor hit with 1977’s “Spanish Stroll” from their debut album Cabretta. In 1987, DeVille’s “Story Book Love” from The Princess Bride earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. »

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Deadliest Fantasy Warrior: Li Mu-Bai vs. Inigo Montoya

12 August 2009 12:12 AM, PDT | thetorchonline | See recent thetorchonline news »

Welcome back, gorehounds, to another installment of Deadliest Fantasy Warrior! So far this season we've taken a look at fighters from lands as varied as Middle Earth, ancient Greece, Gotham City, and Sunnydale, California. Well, you can add China and Spain to the list, for our two warriors today are the master of Wudan, Li Mu-Bai, and the wizard of fencing, Inigo Montoya! First, let's take a look at Montoya. With us today is Sarah Morgenstern, grand-niece of Simon Morgentstern, who authored the famous book The Princess Bride, which was later abridged by William Goldman. "Many people assume The Princess Bride is a work of fiction," she tells us. »

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Films From First-Time Directors

11 August 2009 7:32 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

A lot of times, a filmmaker’s first feature film is a passion project, something they’ve been working on for years.  Many times, it is this time spent and devotion to this one project that will make this first film the best film of a director’s career.  Today, in honor of Neill Blomkamp’s first feature film, District 9, we present our top 10 films by first-time directors.

10. Henry V (Kenneth Branagh, 1989)

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,” and so it was to be when, after it appeared that no one could ever improve on Sir Lawrence Olivier’s 1944 Shakespearean spectacle, Henry V, along came an unknown Irishman, actor, Kenneth Branagh in 1989 with his dark take on the English King. Branagh, like Olivier, both in their directorial debuts, starred as Henry the Fifth, the young king who leads his army to wage war on France and claim his rightful place. »

- Movie Geeks

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Contest: Win Huge Prizes from Psych

7 August 2009 11:19 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Psych comes back with an all new fourth season starting on Friday, August 7 at 10 Pm Et on the USA Network and you know we have to celebrate the return of this popular series. We have a brand new contest lined up and we're giving away a ton of prizes like comic books, magic 8-ball's and much more. Check out the full list of prizes below.

Grand Prize Winners Receive:

- Psych Season 2 & 3 on DVD

- Psych Comic Book

- Psych Magic 8 Ball

- Psych Talking Bobble Head Set

- Psych Novel

- Psych T-shirt

- Psych Pineapple Stress Toy

- USA Network Hat

- USA Network T-Shirt

First Prize Winners Receive:

- Psych T-shirt

- Psych Pineapple Stress Toy

to enter this big giveaway today.

Don't miss the season 4 premiere of Psych on USA Network, Friday at 10/9c. While vacationing in Canada, Shawn and Gus track Despereux, an elusive international »

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Exclusive Video: 2 New Psych Season 4 Premiere Clip

6 August 2009 9:45 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We have two brand new exclusive clips from the Season 4 premiere of Psych, entitled Extradition: British Columbia, which will air on Friday, August 7 at 10 Pm Et on the USA Network. Click below for our two exclusive clips and we also have a brand new TV spot for the season premiere as well.

While vacationing in Canada, Shawn and Gus track Despereux, an elusive international art thief who has alluded Lassiter for years. Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) guest-stars.

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Giveaway: Win with the Psych Season 4 Premiere

5 August 2009 9:58 PM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

Psych is coming back for Season 4 on USA Network. To celebrate the new season, USA Network and BuzzFocus are teaming up to giveaway (2) Psych Prize Packages . Each Psych Package includes: - Psych Season 2 & 3 on DVD - Psych Comic Book - Psych Magic 8 Ball - Psych Talking Bobble Head Set - Psych Novel - Psych T-shirt - Psych Pineapple Stress Toy About Psych Season 4: Don’t miss the season 4 premiere of Psych on USA Network, Friday at 10/9c. While vacationing in Canada, Shawn and Gus track Despereux, an elusive international art thief who has alluded Lassiter for years. Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) guest-stars in "Extradition: British Columbia.” Become a fan on Facebook , Follow Psych on Twitter, and play Psych games on USA’s Character Arcade. Official Rules: Entering is simple. You’ve got to be 18 years of age, reside in the USA and provide your name and a valid »

- Buzzfocus Staff

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Interview: James Roday and Dulé Hill

5 August 2009 6:11 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

James Roday and Dulé Hill, who play the characters of Shawn Spencer and Gus Guster on the witty Psych, just want to have fun.

The two actors took part in an interview last week in support of the premiere of their fourth season on USA Network (in Canada, E! Entertainment is currently airing the show's third season), and it's clear that they have fun during every step of the process of making the series, from shooting to publicity.

In this conversation we get more details on the American Werewolf in London and Twin Peaks inspired episodes of the show, and find out what Monica Bellucci and Halle Berry have in common.

The fourth season of Psych premieres on Friday, August 7.

Question: I know that you’ve both played very different characters. Mr. Roday played alongside Maggie Lawson in Fear Itself and Mr. Dulé had a wonderful part on West Wing. »

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Psych Premiere Review, James Roday And Dule Hill Interview, And Awesome Prize Pack Giveaway!

5 August 2009 2:48 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

It won't surprise anyone to learn that I'm a fan of USA's Psych. The new season is starting this Friday, August 7th at 10/9c, and the show is kicking things off with a solid start. Below I've got details and clips, an interview with James and Dule, and an incredible prize pack giveaway with great stuff for two lucky winners. You can also catch James Roday getting put through the ScreenTime ringer here. Don’t miss the season 4 premiere of Psych on USA Network, Friday at 10/9c. While vacationing in Canada, Shawn and Gus track Despereux, an elusive international art thief who has eluded Lassiter for years. Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) guest-stars in "Extradition: British Columbia.” Become a fan on Facebook, Follow Psych on Twitter, and play Psych games on USA’s Character Arcade. The new season of Psych is really going to push the envelope, and I'm exceedingly »

- Marc Eastman

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James Roday and Dule Hill Get Psyched

4 August 2009 9:21 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The two stars of the hit USA Network series talk about the fourth season

One the USA Network's hit series is coming back with their unique brand of detective work in Psych, which will air its fourth season premiere on Friday, August 7 at 10 Pm Et on the USA Network. The two stars of the show, James Roday and Dule Hill recently held a conference call to discuss the new season, and here's what they had to say.

I know that you've both played very different characters in other things, so how do you feel now about playing comedy? Do you enjoy it better; do you like doing horror or drama more? How does it feel?

Dule Hill: I actually enjoy comedy; it's a lot of fun. After doing seven years of drama on West Wing to be able to come and work with Roday and the rest of »

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Name Your Favorite Fantasy Novel!

30 July 2009 6:35 PM, PDT | thetorchonline | See recent thetorchonline news »

Everyone has their favorite fantasy novels -- those special books that you read over and over again, hoping each time to find something new that you might have missed in your last reading. It could be the daring swordfights that draw you in. Maybe the cleverly coded symbolism. Or maybe it's steamy in the way that a hot summer day isn't. Whatever the reason, certain books just speak to us. Here are a few of mine. The Princess Bride When I was a kid, The Princess Bride was one of my favorite movie for three reasons: 1) The sword fights. 2) It starred Andre the Giant. 3) Mandy Patinkin used the phrase "son of a bitch." (I was a kid, remember. »

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Streep Nom #7-8: The Abundant Riches of 1987-88

5 July 2009 6:03 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

We've been looking at each Meryl Streep Oscar nod and its competitive field. Previously: 78, 79, 81, 82, 83 and 85

Meryl Streep's first act was the Liberated Lady. The second was The Chameleon in which Meryl was always the lead, always had new hair, voice and body language and basically controlled Oscar's Universe. It was as if there was only 4 spots for Best Actress, one reserved for her in perpetuity. This second act ended with her intense immersion into notorious dingo-hating Lindy Chamberlain in A Cry in the Dark. [Editor's Note: Yes, I'll do a top ten performance list when "Streep at 60" wraps in mid July. I've heard your requests and I've been rewatching all the movies.]

Starting in 1989 Act III of Streep's career began but we'll get to that shortly. First, let's look at her competition in the last two years of her legendary Act II.

1987

the nominees were...

Cher, MoonstruckGlenn Close, Fatal AttractionHolly Hunter, Broadcast NewsSally Kirkland, AnnaMeryl Streep, Ironweed

I've always loved that "Mary Louise" exchange. But is Cher rewriting history to claim Silkwood as her first movie or »

- NATHANIEL R

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DVD Review: Criterion Collection Invites You to ‘My Dinner With Andre’

30 June 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – I have to admit to having more respect for “My Dinner With Andre” than getting actual enjoyment from the talkative film itself. I understand the praise and awards that the film won and can see how it would have sent a ripple through the art movie world in 1981 when it was released, but I’ve never been a fan of Wallace Shawn, Andre Gregory, and Louis Malle’s film that brings new meaning to the phrase “dialogue-based”.

DVD Rating: 4.0/5.0 The great Malle’s deeply philosophical film is pretty succinctly described in its title. Actor and playwright Wallace Shawn (known to many modern audiences for his role in “The Princess Bride”) sits down for dinner with friend and theater director Andre Gregory. The movie consists almost entirely of their conversation and even though they have claimed that they were not playing themselves (and told Roger Ebert that they’d love »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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