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Week in geek's best of 2010

31 December 2010 6:26 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It's not been a vintage year for fanboy fare, writes Ben Child, but he's managed to find a top five worth shouting about. Post your own shortlist below

Once again we find ourselves in the season of lists, and just as was the case last year, I find myself incapable of finding 10 films that I can recommend as the year's best. Does this say something about the dearth of quality fanboy fare? Quite possibly. We may have emerged from the bad old years of Joel Schumacher Batman movies and Ben Affleck in a pimp suit, but there are still more poor and distinctly average films out there than there are great ones.

This year saw the arrival of Predators, much-hyped but ultimately a tired retread with few new ideas to revive the franchise, not to mention a pointless Laurence Fishburne pseudo-cameo. We also had the fetid Jonah Hex, in which »

- Ben Child

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UK Teaser Debut - I Spit on Your Grave

29 December 2010 2:24 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Steven R. Monroe's I Spit on Your Grave remake is coming out in UK cinemas on January 21st, 2011, and Anchor Bay UK has made an exclusive new teaser trailer for it, which will be the first glimpse unsuspecting cinemagoers in the UK will get of this highly controversial new film.

From the Press Release

In 1978, Meir Zarchi’s I Spit on Your Grave shocked audiences all over the world. Critics reviled it, but audiences embraced its “Day of the Woman” empowerment message. Three decades later, lightning struck again with the 2010 remake, which shocked 21st century moviegoers. Now, Anchor Bay Entertainment completes the grisly circle of revenge with the February 8, 2011 release of the unrated I Spit on Your Grave – both the 1978 original classic and the state-of-the-art 2010 remake - on high-definition Blu-ray™ and DVD. This release marks the U.S. Blu-ray™ debut of the original cult classic. SRPs for the 2010 DVD »

- Uncle Creepy

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Robert De Niro Tops List of Most Movie Deaths

27 December 2010 4:16 PM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

ChaCha put together a list of actors who have died the most in their movies. Topping the list is Robert De Niro with fifteen deaths, including ones in "Cape Fear," "Frankenstein" and "Jackie Brown." Bruce Willis also made the list and was actually killed twice by his ex-wife Demi Moore in "Mortal Thoughts" and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." Brad Pitt is in top ten as well, but his deaths are a bit odd. He died in "Cool World," but returned as an animated character. He died in "Fight Club," but never actually existed. And he died in "Meet Joe Black," but came back as Death. The list is far from perfect, since it doesn't include Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed, Titanic, Blood Diamond), Kevin Spacey (Se7en, American Beauty, La Confidential), Samuel L. Jackson (Deep Blue Sea, True Romance, Jurassic Park), or John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Face/Off, The Punisher). Plus, there »

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Sean Young's home movies show us the making of David Lynch's Dune

24 December 2010 11:26 AM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

After making Stripes in 1981 and Blade Runner the next year, Sean Young was considered one of tinseltown's rising actresses. Through the 80s she had several parts in major releases such as David Lynch's failed but visually striking adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune and a brief part in Oliver Stone's Wall Street.

But back in 1988 Young's career begin to take an unexpected detour. She had won the role of Vicki Vale in Tim Burton's Batman but a couple of weeks before shooting was scheduled to begin Young injured her shoulder in a riding accident. The injury was bad enough that her part needed to be recast, and that's how Kim Basinger got the part in the movie.

Two years later, the world was hungry for another Batman movie, and Young wanted to be a part of it. She knew that Catwoman was set to be introduced in »

- Patrick Sauriol

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Choose The 1998 Academy Award Winners!

23 December 2010 6:30 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

I love that a heated discussion over Titanic’s infamous Oscar sweep of 1998 has already begun over at Laurent’s excellent retrospective. I guess it’s just the nature of this particular film. There is something about Titanic that hits a raw nerve in people and they feel a need to defend/criticize it so passionately.

As it happens, I fall in the ‘unconditional love’ category and I’m not afraid to admit it. To this day I have a passion for Titanic, a film that so perfectly matches what a glorious, spellbinding, big spectacle romance against an historic backdrop should be, and those films are so rare, especially when they are made with such precise and meticulous detail from James Cameron.

We shouldn’t be embarrassed over how much we loved Titanic in the 90′s. We should embrace it. So as our third ‘Choose The Winners’ article, we are »

- Matt Holmes

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Best Of 2010: Comic Book Movie/TV News, Rumors, And Swag!

22 December 2010 2:15 PM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

We're wrapping up our look back at the Best Of 2010 from the worlds of comics, comic book movies and television today, and this time around we're turning our attention to the industry-shaking news, crazy rumors, and awesome promotional swag that crossed Splash Page HQ this year.

We already gave you the year's best comic books, webcomics, and graphic novels, as well as our picks for the best comic book movies and television series in 2010, but these are the stories — and other stuff — that had everyone talking around the ol' newsdesk.

Best Of 2010: Comic Book Movies/TV News, Rumors, Etc

Best Adaptation News

Darren Aronofsky directing "The Wolverine"

We're living in a time where awesome comic book movies are the norm, not the exception. "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," sadly, didn't satisfy that rule. But we're much more optimistic about the kinda-sorta sequel "The Wolverine" thanks to director Darren Aronofsky's involvement. »

- Splash Page Team

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Christian Bale Using His Superhero Currency Smartly

22 December 2010 10:50 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The press conference announcement in Beijing by acclaimed director Zhang Yimou that Christian Bale will star in his Chinese period film The 13 Flowers of Nanjing is the latest piece of evidence that Bale uses his signature role as Batman as a beachhead that allows him to stretch, better than any actor who has inhabited a superhero movie role (with the possible exception of his The Prestige costar Hugh Jackman). I always felt that Michael Keaton could have better exploited his Batman perch as a way to enable  good projects, but he seemed uncomfortable being defined by the role and left after two films. Keaton shows up now and then and delivers the occasional strong performance, but any ability to get movies made just by his presence vanished after his exit. Val Kilmer never got the chance to exploit the perch after replacing Keaton for one appearance in 1995's Batman Forever, »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Hawaii Five-o Producer Previews 2011: What's on Tap?

22 December 2010 4:56 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Redemption for Chin. Family drama for Danno. Romance for Kono. An archnemesis for McGarrett.

All of these developments and more are ahead on Hawaii Five-o when this CBS drama returns in January. What, specifically, can fans expect from TV's top-rated new show? Sounds like a question for showrunner Peter Lenkov...

Ke Kinohi Promo

On plans for McGarrett in 2011: Hesse is alive... and you realize there's a connection from Wo Fat to Hesse. [We'll get into] the whole mystery of what was in the "champ box" in the second half of the season; that's all going to really play out.

Who is Wo Fat? He's McGarrett's archnemesis. He's the Joker to Batman, or Lex Luthor to Superman. In the original series, Wo Fat was sort of launched as a character in the pilot and in the last episode 12 years later he was caught by McGarrett and put behind bars, but in the course »

- matt@mediavine.com (Matt Richenthal)

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Wicked Quad One-Sheet: I Spit on Your Grave

17 December 2010 11:07 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

While we wait patiently for the February 8th home video release of I Spit on Your Grave, our friends in the UK will be treated to a January theatrical run. Speaking of which .... feast your eyes on this sexy quad one-sheet.

In just a couple of months we'll have both Meir Zarchi's original I Spit on Your Grave and Steven R. Monroe's balls-to-the-wall remake on Blu-ray. To celebrate the releases, Anchor Bay has shot us over the official home video trailer. Dig it!

From the Press Release

In 1978, Meir Zarchi’s I Spit on Your Grave shocked audiences all over the world. Critics reviled it, but audiences embraced its “Day of the Woman” empowerment message. Three decades later, lightning struck again with the 2010 remake, which shocked 21st century moviegoers. Now, Anchor Bay Entertainment completes the grisly circle of revenge with the February 8, 2011 release of the unrated I Spit on Your Grave »

- Uncle Creepy

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Home Video Trailer Debut - Anchor Bay's I Spit on Your Grave

17 December 2010 5:17 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

In just a couple of months we'll have both Meir Zarchi's original I Spit on Your Grave and Steven R. Monroe's balls-to-the-wall remake on Blu-ray. To celebrate the releases, Anchor Bay has shot us over the official home video trailer. Dig it!

From the Press Release

In 1978, Meir Zarchi’s I Spit on Your Grave shocked audiences all over the world. Critics reviled it, but audiences embraced its “Day of the Woman” empowerment message. Three decades later, lightning struck again with the 2010 remake, which shocked 21st century moviegoers. Now, Anchor Bay Entertainment completes the grisly circle of revenge with the February 8, 2011 release of the unrated I Spit on Your Grave – both the 1978 original classic and the state-of-the-art 2010 remake - on high-definition Blu-ray™ and DVD. This release marks the U.S. Blu-ray™ debut of the original cult classic. SRPs for the 2010 DVD are $29.97, and $34.99 for the Blu-ray™; the 1978 version »

- Uncle Creepy

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2010: The Truffles – The HeyUGuys Awards Part 1

17 December 2010 5:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

As 2010 draws to a close and the year’s films are placed into Top Tens and Best Of lists, it’s always good to take an alternative perspective on a year in cinema.

To this end HeyUGuys presents for your edification our movie awards – The Truffles.  We asked our writers to sift through the movie mayhem of the past twelve months and come up with the awards they would want to see handed out.

We will be posting Part 1 of The Truffles today and we’ll be saving Part 2 for next Monday, so check back then for more awards.

Drum roll…

Craig Skinner

Best ‘difficult second album’ of 2010: The Brothers Bloom

Released in the UK this year, far too long after its initial Us release, Rian Johnson’s The Brothers Bloom provided me with two of the most enjoyable hours I spent at the cinema this year with its »

- Jon Lyus

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Thursty's Stinky Box Office: Nested Macros Edition

17 December 2010 12:11 AM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

This weekend could be a big weekend, but it probably won't be as big a weekend as people want it to be.  Tron: Legacy, Yogi Bear, and How Do You Know are all making their debuts, but they will be joined by a major expansion for The Fighter and a near-major expansion (that is, just under 1,000 screens) for Black Swan.

To the average film site frequenter, it probably seems like the Tron sequel is positioned to become a huge hit.  This is not necessarily the case. If the tracking numbers put out by Reuters at the end of last month are any indication, in fact, Disney could be losing some money.  They've pumped a lot into what they clearly hope to be a franchise, and if they don't make at least fifty million this weekend, their chances of making much of that back are unlikely.  Whatever the case, those who »

- Patrick Sauriol

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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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The directors who went from animation to live action

14 December 2010 8:34 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We take a look at 11 directors who made the jump from animated to live action features, and how their attempts fared…

You hear quite a few live action directors, Guillermo del Toro, for starters, talking about a desire to make animated films. To control every aspect of the frame, and what goes in it.

Yet, the journey the other way around is increasingly common. It's hard not to see the appeal, too. For directing an animated film is a two year job at the very least, and three years more likely. Live action is generally a quicker way to get a film on the screen.

Also, given how CG dependent many movies are becoming, there's a general assumption that an animation director will have a better handle on computer effects.

However, great films from animation directors aren't that common. Here are eleven directors who took the chance, and how they got on. »

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Is a Remake of Stephen Kings Maximum Overdrive Revving Up

14 December 2010 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

Stephen King may be a legendary horror writer, but sadly his directorial efforts never reached that kind of apex. His one and only ever directing gig was 'Maximum Overdrive', his own adaption of his short story 'Trucks', back in 1986. The now cult horror starred Emilio Estevez dodging the hellish advances of technology as a barrage of electrical appliances attacked - including a bunch of trucks, lawnmowers and even a vending machine. Pat Hingle ('Batman'), Laura Harrington and Lisa Simpson herself Yeardley Smith starred also. News is that the production company Dino De Laurentiis is prepping a remake which doesn't actually make me shudder. Technologies a huge part of our lives and has been effectly covered in horror in the past few years with features such as 'Pulse' so it could be interesting. Or could stink up the place! »

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The iron-fisted father of movie matte painting

13 December 2010 8:45 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Another great documentary has gone online from visual effects supervisor Dennis Lowe (Alien, Neverending Story, Labyrinth, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer). Lowe has become a prolific and valuable documentarian of visual effects history, starting out with his Alien documentaries a couple of years back, and recently looking into the life and work of matte painter Leigh Took (Clash of the Titans, Batman, Neverending Story II, The Da Vinci Code).

Now Lowe has turned his attention to one of the founding fathers of visual effects photography, the fine-artist-turned-matte-painter Percy Day O.B.E.

Day stumbled across the technique of 'original negative matte painting' when working as a matte artist in France for the production of Au Bonheur Des Dames (1931). Up until this point, matte painting was a very public spectacle, with the artist working live on location to add dimensions to a set by depicting scenes on glass, which would »

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God Damn Us, Everyone: The Essential Christmas Guide Part 2

10 December 2010 3:09 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Although we’ve already had a good week’s Christmas viewing, there’s still a long, icy road to walk (or sit down and watch). So, as always, it’s good to plan ahead.

The problem with starting your festive viewing so early is that you run the risk of getting overloaded too quickly. It’s entirely possible to get ‘Christmased’ out well ahead of the big day. Four weeks of festive cheer, joy to the world, and God bless us everyone is enough to grate on even the most merry of souls. That being the case, week two of our festive viewing needs to take an alternative route. There’s plenty of material within the Christmas canon that subverts the standard yuletide traditions, and some of it even quite deliciously dark. So it’s time to turn to one of the most celebrated of gothic filmmakers in modern times, »

- Tom Fordy

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'Tourist' Star Angelina Jolie Talks Catwoman, Working With Brad Pitt

10 December 2010 6:18 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

During our rapid-fire questions, MTV News also asks about Lady Gaga, 'American Idol' and retirement.

By Eric Ditzian, with reporting by Josh Horowitz

Angelina Jolie

Photo: MTV News

It's time to play "Address That Rumor" with Angelina Jolie!

Interviews with the Oscar winner don't come along every day, and when you actually have the opportunity to chat with her, you've got to maximize your time. Thus, when MTV News sat down with Jolie in Paris while she was promoting "The Tourist," we took the opportunity to throw out some rapid-fire questions about upcoming projects, persistent rumors and pop-culture preferences. Ok, Angie, let's get down to business!

Rumor has it that your husband, Brad Pitt, is going to have a cameo in your directorial debut, a drama set during the Bosnian war. True or false?

Jolie: "Possibly."

Cryptic! Moving on: There's another Jolie/Pitt rumor floating around the Web, »

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From Harry Potter to Narnia: the pressure on film franchises to perform

9 December 2010 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In the world of film franchises, it's billions or bust – anything less than Harry Potter-style success spells the end for a series. Cath Clarke reports on how Narnia went to the brink

The omens suggest there may be a happy ending in sight in the saga of the Narnia franchise. Last week snow was falling – as if Aslan himself had ordered it – as The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third in the Chronicles of Narnia series, was premiered as the royal film performance. (Rumour has it the Queen shed a tear or two; maybe it was from relief – last year she had to sit through The Lovely Bones.) But in 2008 it was different story: it looked like curtains for Narnia after Disney unceremoniously dumped the series – disappointed with the performance of film No 2, Prince Caspian. Production of Dawn Treader was downsized, then delayed; for a while it looked likely »

- Cath Clarke

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Tim Burton’s Animated Promo Video for his MoMA Exhibition

9 December 2010 3:42 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Tim Burton‘s MoMA is presently showing at the Toronto Bell Lightbox center, the new headquarters of the Toronto International Film Festival. In celebration of the event director Tim Burton has created an animated short promo video to advertise the exhibit. Fans of the director should be inspired to head out and check out the show. Watch the clip after the break.

The Tiff Bell Lightbox, Toronto’s newest landmark building, dedicated to cinematic culture and the permanent home to the Toronto International Film Festival.

This blockbuster show displays over 700 unique elements and is designed to appeal  to casual fans and more dedicated ones alike. Items range from popular movie paraphernalia like the Batman masks, a life-sized Johnny Depp model dressed as Edward Scissorhands, a replica topiary from the same movie to an 22-foot-tall sad little Balloon Boy and more personal items raided from his London home. The latter includes personal letters, »

- Kyle Reese

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