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By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: This time, it’s time to document the worst of the worst in cinema for the 2011 movie year. Of course, while most critics make a point to try to seek out the allegedly best in cinema in any given year, not quite as much effort is made to track down every would-be stinker. As such, I’ve tried to highlight truly terrible films that either ‘damn well should have been good’ or represent something greater than itself via its artistic failure. Anyway, without further pretentious ado, here are the nine worst films in alphabetical order, followed by the absolute worst picture in 2011.
This film so slavishly followed that indie formula I’m always whining about (‘brooding young man solves his problems/comes of age with help of a selfless hottie’) to such a degree that with just a bit of tweaking, »
- Scott Mendelson
"It's no fun wearing my Tintin shirt now that the masses know who he is." The drawing over that caption is superfluous. Still, the cartoon in this week's New Yorker nicely sums up the shift in Tintin's status in the Us since the release of Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin — his face has migrated from imported T-shirts to dog food ads.
As with another 3D spectacle currently in theaters, Pina, we've already had two roundups on Spielberg's Tintin, the first in October, an entry that kicked off with initial reactions to the film's premiere and eventually segued into more considered reviews in the British and European press, and the second in November, an entry gathering takes from the Tintinologists and reviews from AFI Fest. So I'll try to keep it brief in this third go-round, focusing more on Hergé than Spielberg, beginning with Charles McGrath's introduction in the video embedded above. »
Chicago – Twenty years before helming “Captain America,” director Joe Johnston made another superhero picture that was equal parts nostalgic and bombastically patriotic. Though 1991’s “The Rocketeer” was distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, the material is so dark that it’s worthy of Touchstone. As a throwback to Saturday morning serials and classic Hollywood archetypes, the film is likably breezy and instantly disposable.
Sharing the effects-laden hollowness of Johnston’s debut feature, “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids,” but lacking in its wit, there’s little wonder that “The Rocketeer” failed to find an audience during its initial theatrical run. Yet there are enough highlights here to solidify the film’s status as a cult classic, particularly Timothy Dalton’s suavely snake-like villain who, in many ways, out-charms the cocky protagonist.
Blu-ray Rating: 2.5/5.0
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
If you've ever read Inside Oscar, you'll know that the Best Original Song category at the Oscars has been infuriating people since time immemorial. They regularly snub instant classics and even when a great movie song is nominated it will usually lose. The music branch gets far less flak from the media than other controversial Academy subcategories like the Documentary group or the Foreign Language Film nominating committee but that's only because everyone knows that songwriting has very little to do with the actual art of cinema ... unless you're writing an original musical. Brett McKenzie's work on The Muppets aside, that really only happens once a decade or so.
Four other quirks to know.
The music branch Hates Madonna as a songwriter (the list of classic songs snubbed is alarming and her W.E. song "Masterpiece" has already been jettisoned) but likes her as a singer (both times she has »
- NATHANIEL R
In honor of this week's limited run for her directorial effort "W.E." this weekend, Indiewire decided to take a trip down Madonna memory lane, counting down her best-performing films at the box office. While the singer-dancer-actress-filmmaker is not generally revered for her film work, she's perhaps gotten a bad rap. A simple look at her acting resume makes it clear that for every "Body of Evidence" or "The Next Best Thing," there's an "Evita" or "A League of Their Own." Her five best films -- "Evita," "League," "Dick Tracy," "Desperately Seeking Susan" and doc "Truth or Dare" -- are also her highest grossing. Perhaps most impressive of all is "Dare" (directed by her "W.E." co-writer Alek Keshishian), which grossed a stunning $28.3 million when one adjusts for inflation (making it one of the highest-grossing documentaries of all time). »
If you think of Madonna's name in relation to movies, you probably think of her performance in Evita, maybe her turn as Breathless Mahoney in Dick Tracy. If you're particularly unlucky, your brain might dredge up memories of Swept Away. Regardless, most of the associations between "Madonna" and "movies" aren't going to suggest this is a person ideally positioned to be writing and directing a movie of her own. Nevertheless, that's just what she's doing with the historical drama W.E., which tells the story of the star-crossed romance between King Edward VIII and American Wallis Simpson. Madonna both directed and co-wrote (with Alek Keshishian) the film, and with its December 9th release date fast approaching, the Weinstein Company has released a new trailer. At first blush it looks promising, especially if you're a fan of this sort of historical romance. It's got a solid cast, including Abbie Cornish, Richard »
Warren Beatty has not acted since 2001′s disaster Town & Country, or directed since 1998′s Bulworth but the legendary former Hollywood hellraiser has been hard at work perfecting his script on a new Howard Hughes epic. British actress Felicity Jones, soon to be seen opposite Anton Yelchin in Like Crazy, has landed the plum role as the love interest of the billionaire hollywood director-turned reclusive Ocd sufferer.
Beatty who featured in classics Bonnie And Clyde, The Parallax View and Shampoo also directed and starred in equally classic Reds, Heaven Can Wait and the visually stunning Dick Tracy. This latest Hughes film is a passion project for Beatty with a number of Hughes’ fascinating and legendary life events, tales and rumours ripe enough for the big-screen. »
- Craig Hunter
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Demon Knights #1 (Tony S. »
- Brandon Johnston
Steve Martin hasn't exactly been cranking out the comedies this century. So if you're, say, under 25, you'd be forgiven (maybe) for referring to the guy merely as "the white-haired guy" in the new laugher "The Big Year."
Sure, Steve Martin may be older than your average "Twilight" star, but the dude was and still is hee-larious. He's been cracking up movie audiences for over 30 years.
From cursing out a rental car agent in "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" to singing about the joys of molar extractions in "Little Shop of Horrors" to marveling over the great wonders of phone books in "The Jerk," these are 10 of Steve Martin's funniest movie moments (plus a few extras). Fair warning: This list might inspire you to dust off your parents' VHS collection. We approve.
10. My Little Buttercup, '¡Three Amigos!' (1986)
- Julie Miller
Big congrats to the St. Louis-based filmmakers over at Crunchy Cool Films. They’ve scored a major casting coup by securing three A-list horror villains for their upcoming shocker The Bloodfest Club which starts filming in our town soon. Horror vets Bill Moseley, Michael Berryman, and William Forsythe have all signed on for roles in the film!
Bloodfest Club will be the second film from the writing team of Oscar Madrid and Jim Ousley. Their first, Hooch & Daddy-O (2005), was an award-winning mock documentary (available on Netflix). about a fictional 80′s cop show. Bloodfest Club will mark the directorial debut of Madrid and stars writer Ousley as Sonny Kane, a slow-witted, Chuck Norris-obsessed janitor at a High School that takes on a bloodthirsty alien roaming the hallways killing students.
Moseley will star as Dr. Colin Dante, the sinister history professor in search of lost artifacts on campus. Berryman will play Sensei Noddy Donigan, »
- Tom Stockman
Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes project is no longer to be housed at Paramount, TheWrap reports. The announcement that Beatty's old dream of playing the multi-affaired multibillionaire would finally come to fruition was issued in late June. At the time, a statement by Paramount's chairman and CEO Brad Grey read: "Warren's script is quintessentially Beatty, elegantly written and wonderfully entertaining. It is our privilege to have one of the great artists in the history of the film industry come home to Paramount." The studio distributed two of Beatty's greatest critical and box-office successes, Heaven Can Wait (1978) and Reds (1981). But as they say, you can never go back home again. Beatty has reached a deal with New Regency, which is partly owned by 20th Century Fox. As per TheWrap, the actor-director-producer-screenwriter declined to comment on why he made the move. Back in June, Deadline.com said that Beatty was "meeting with" the likes of Andrew Garfield, »
- Zac Gille
Luke Goss’ new movie Blood Out is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on September 26. Goss plays small-town sheriff who must infiltrate a vicious Baltimore gang to avenge the murder of his brother in the action-thriller which also stars Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Tamer Hassan and Val Kilmer. Goss was adored by millions of teenage girls as one half of Bros in the 1980s, before re-inventing himself as an action movie star in the 2000s.
But which other pop stars have taken the leap? And how have they fared?
Well, we need look no further than Luke’s co-star in Blood Out, hip hop legend Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. 50 Cent shot to fame in 2004 with his massive anthem In Da Club. His debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ went platinum eight times. In 2005, he starred in a semi-autobiographical movie of the same name, directed by Hollywood heavyweight Jim Sheridan, and »
Prognosticators of doom and gloom for Tim Burton's latest effort, here's your biggest opening to date. These are the first set pics of Johnny Depp on the set of Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, and at the very best, he looks like a dandied-up zombie version of Michael Jackson as he might exist in Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy. What's the context here? Is this how Depp will look as Barnabas Collins throughout the film? Is the makeup highly exaggerated for the purpose of lighting or effects? Has Collins smeared zinc oxide all over his face so he can withstand sunlight? And even if so, why does his hair look like an ultra-stylized flapper 'do from what we can see under that fancy hat? The only question I can answer definitively would be this: "are these photos absolutely the wrong way to get a first look at this incarnation of Barnabas? »
- Russ Fischer
But Andrew Garfield Apparently Won't Be Doing It After the publication last year of Peter Biskind's biography "Star," his victory in a "Dick Tracy" lawsuit, and his wife Annette Bening's Oscar-nomination this year, Warren Beatty has been more visible of late than he has been in a decade; the actor hasn't directed a film since 1998's "Bulworth," and hasn't been on screen since the 2001 train wreck "Town & Country." With all this attention, the 74-year-old star has done something productive with it; namely, started moving towards a new film: a comedy that seems to be the Howard Hughes project… »
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA La) will honor Warren Beatty with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film. The actor, producer, director and writer has starred in a bevy of classics including: Bonnie and Clyde, Shampoo, Dick Tracy, and Splendor in the Grass. Only Beatty and Orson Welles have been Oscar-nominated as an actor, director, writer, and producer for the same film; Beatty for Heaven Can Wait and again for Reds, and Welles for Citizen Kane. BAFTA will honor Beatty on November 30, 2011. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor producer/actor Michael Douglas with the 2011 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film, the award named in his father’s honor. Michael Douglas (producer of One »
With a veritable catalogue of iconic performances to his name, it’d be hard to argue against the fact that Al Pacino is the finest – and most consistent – American actor to ever grace the silver screen.
From his first, small part in the 1969 independent movie, Me Natalie, through to his performance in the upcoming biopic of Phil Spector, Pacino’s career has always been eye-catching.
However, it was his appearance in the 1971 movie The Panic In Needle Park that properly kick-started his film-career. A bleak, verité style film, The Panic In Needle Park told the story of Bobby (Pacino) a hustling, drug addict in early 70s New York and his doomed relationship with fellow junkie, Helen (Kitty Winn).
An art house hit, The Panic in Needle Park »
Alexa here. Madonna turns 53 today. Her profile seems relatively low-key lately; sometimes I feel like I'm reading more about Lourdes than her mom. But this bit of kitsch I saw for sale on etsy the other day brought me back to the days of the Madonna media juggernaut.
That's right, a set of Dick Tracy and Breathless Mahoney dolls from 1990. Yes, I am old enough to remember seeing this movie in the theater. A month prior to its release I had tickets to Madonna's Blonde Ambition tour and alas, she canceled because of throat issues (later memorably documented in Truth or Dare). At the time, Madonna called Dick Tracy the "best movie I've ever been in." After lining up to see it opening night I strongly disagreed, and not just because I was still stung by her concert cancellation. This was Warren Beatty telling a tale full of sound and fury, »
The crew of an offshore oil rig unwittingly disturb a creature which makes its way on to the rig and quickly starts to work its way through the crew. A tropical storm has hit, which caused most of the crew to be evacuated. Can the remaining few, with communications cut off, survive until the storm breaks and help arrives?
An initial word of warning about that poster. The creature that is on the loose in this film bears no resemblance to that set of jaws. The poster makes it look like some sort of leviathan is surfacing to swallow the rig whole, whereas what we actually have is a man in a black suit, filmed in snapshots and at quirky angles to make it look like, well, something other than a guy in a black suit. This is basement-budget film-making of the first order, with all of the problematic connotations »
- Dave Roper
The Emmy nominations came out today and were full of the usual suspects. Mad Men ruled. The entire cast of Modern Family scored deserved acting nominations. Glee got nominated for Best Comedy despite having an uneven-at-best year.
There were some cool sorta surprises too. Game of Thrones found its way into the Best Drama Series category. So did the sadly under-watched Friday Night Lights. Perhaps most awesome of all is Louis C.K.’s Best Actor nomination for Louie.
But wait, who’s that, off there in the Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special category? It’s Lady Gaga for her The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden HBO special. We’d recognize that wig anywhere!
Gaga wasn’t the only Grammy winner to score an Emmy nod today. Justin Timberlake snagged another nom for hosting Saturday Night Live. The erstwhile singer already has television’s highest honor in his stacked trophy case, »
- John Mitchell
2011 is now half over. [Gulp] Well that got away from us. If you were offline for June -- and if so my god why? -- please revisit some highlights from the month that was.
Peggy Sue Got Married holds up 25 years later... the first ⅔ at least. Top Ten X Moments the best moments in the Marvel's mutant movie franchise. Red Carpet "Voices of Reason and Flamboyant Firemen" -this was so fun to do.
Unsung Heroes Michael on the "Origins of Love" sequence in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Curio gets its most popular ep' ever: "Do You Save Your Ticket Stubs?" Dick Tracy 2? Alex attends the Warren Beatty Q&A in Los Angeles Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Moulin Rouge! It remains a "Spectacular! Spectacular!" Top Ten Ewan McGregor Have you seen Beginners yet? So glad he's back.
Most Discussed: 10 Best Picture Nominees... or Less
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- NATHANIEL R
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