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Ubisoft to buy Thq titles?

21 December 2012 1:40 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

News Aaron Birch Dec 21, 2012

Thq’s difficulties may become a bargain money-spinner for the French publisher…

Now that Thq has filed for bankruptcy following its gradual decline, many of the company’s projects are still in motion, at least according to Thq president, Jason Rubin. However, some of Thq’s biggest IPs may be on the way to a different stable.

According to unconfirmed sources, McV has reported that Ubisoft, publisher of such big names as Assassin’s Creed, Rayman, Far Cry and Ghost Recon, is interesting in acquiring some of Thq’s assets.

The list, which is pretty much made up of Thq’s most successful IPs, includes Saints Row, Red Faction, Darksiders, and WWE would give Ubisoft a good injection of big name titles. Talks have been long, and it’s believed that Ubisoft is pushing hard for a good, cheap and chips deal, which, given Thq’s situation, »

- aaronbirch

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The Great Showdowns in Film: An Interview w/ Artist Scott C.

6 December 2012 1:05 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

David and Goliath. Hamilton and Burr. Spinal Tap and mini Stonehenge?

The first two exist among the greatest showdowns in history. The latter is but a sampling of the greatest in film history as depicted in artist Scott Campbell’s collection; The Great Showdowns. Campbell, or Scott C. as he signs his work, has quickly risen as one of the most recognizable names in the expanding world of pop-art. Known for his simple style and distinctive characters, Scott C. has created a world of epic showdowns between some of films most unlikely (and often inanimate) characters.

Hollywood’s Gallery 1988, the worlds center of pop-arts emergence, has showcased many of Scott C’s works over the years with dedicated shows and entries into their popular Crazy 4 Cult collectives. Now, Gallery 1988 and Titan Books have come together to share over 140 of Scott C’s most action packed and hilarious showdowns in a »

- Tony Nunes

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Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon – The Festive Edition

5 December 2012 5:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We have all seen the adverts lately – you know, the ones where film and TV’s Kevin Bacon cleverly satirises the game that bears his name. In case you are not aware, it involves getting from one random person, via ‘six degrees of separation’, to Kevin Bacon. Well, as it is the season to be jolly and all, Thn thought it appropriate to attempt to link the film star with the main man himself, Santa Clause. So without further adieu…

Santa Claus:

The big guy in red has been imitated more times than Tommy Cooper. And just like that, he’s on screen again whether it’s Leslie Nielsen, Richard Attenborough or Dan Aykroyd you can bet he’ll bring a smile to your face – even if for all the wrong reasons (I’m talking to you Mr Aykroyd). What would Christmas be like without those rosy red cheeks and that large, »

- Steve Shepherdson

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Interviews: Red-Carpet Premiere of New Christmas Film ‘Scrooge & Marley’

2 December 2012 8:43 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Bring up the immortal classic “A Christmas Carol,” by author Charles Dickens, then bring up how many film and TV versions have been done using its basic story. After a half hour of listing every conceivable production, a gay version won’t be found. “Scrooge & Marley” is the new film that takes care of that category. The premiere was last week in Chicago at the Music Box Theatre.

The Cast and Production Crew of ‘Scrooge & Marley’ at The Music Box Theater, Chicago

Photo credit: Patrick McDonald for HollywoodChicago.com

Featuring an essential array of talent – including David Pevsner (Scrooge), Tim Kazurinsky (Marley), Bruce Vilanch (Fezziwig), Megan Cavanagh (Ghost of Christmas Present) and Richard Ganoung (Charity Solicitor) – “Scrooge & Marley” updates the story to present day, places its characters in the gay community and contains flashbacks to the disco era and the go-go 1980s. With a combination of camp and the »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'Red Dawn' Review: The Pros And Cons Of The Action Film

19 November 2012 2:19 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

What once was old is new again! Even old stuff that you probably only sort of remember, which is why we are being bombarded with a reformatted “Red Dawn,” a vaguely apocalyptic action thriller full of hot young actors (among them, Asgard's protector Chris Hemsworth, Hunger Gamer Josh Hutcherson and Nickelodeon superstar Josh Peck) who were probably too young to remember the original. Well, no matter. The teens need something to watch now that the glittery vampire luster of “Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” has faded. Now, the real question is: will you, hard-working moviegoer, want to pluck down for the new “Red Dawn” or is it something you'd rather just let fade into the sunset? Read on to find out! Con: It's a Completely Unnecessary Remake The original “Red Dawn,” released in 1984, is little more than a Reagan-era curio, one whose longevity has been assured, not because of some cult status or critical reevaluation, »

- Drew Taylor

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10 Reasons Birthday Girl Whoopi Goldberg Will Always Be Awesome

13 November 2012 2:37 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

She's still working hard as a panelist on The View and an occasional movie star, but the fact is, birthday girl Whoopi Goldberg (57 today) has already cemented a pretty-much-unbeatable legacy in the entertainment industry. Here are 10 favorite things about her.

10. She is the funniest character in Soapdish (though Sally gives it all she's got)

Also: She was commanding and looked amazing in this.

9. Give it up: Sister Act rules

The triumphant "Oh Maria" clap-along performance? No, Joyful Noise, you will never be this.

8. She was a brilliant center square on Hollywood Squares

And she personally made Bruce Vilanch a celebrity, which is a victory for everybody.

7. Her ecstatic Oscar speech for Ghost

With apologies to the kickass Annette Bening's work in The Grifters, this speech is pretty irreplaceable.

6. Her secret admission that she was stoned during that speech.

Just like Jessica Tandy.

5. "Molly, you in danger, girl."

Best line-reading of 1990? I say yes. »

- virtel

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Demi Moore Turns 50 -- See The Brat Pack Then & Now!

11 November 2012 7:00 AM, PST | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Demi Moore's brat pack days are far behind her -- she turns 50 years old today! Moore stared as Jules in "St. Elmo’s Fire" opposite 80’s heartthrob, Emilio Estevez … cementing her place in the famed Brat Pack with Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy and Emilio Estevez!The Brat Pack ruled the ‘80s, starring in coming of age flicks like "The Breakfast Club," "Sixteen Candles" and "Pretty in Pink," centered on the teenage angst of suburban life of the 1980s. While Demi definitely made a name for herself in "St. Elmo’s Fire," it wasn’t until 1990’s "Ghost" where she starred alongside Patrick Swayze that really launched Moore into the spotlight. So have the young stars of the ‘80s aged as well as Demi? Click “Launch Gallery” above to see now & then shots of the gang! Read more »

- tooFab Staff

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Demi Moore Parties in India With Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss Before 50th Birthday

9 November 2012 2:46 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Just after Demi Moore's 49th birthday, she and Ashton Kutcher confirmed they were ending their marriage. But now, leading up to the Ghost star turning 50 this Sunday, Demi seems happy and in a good place. This week the brunette beauty partied in India with Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and around 200 other posh guests. Naomi threw the Jodhpur bash to celebrate her billionaire beau Vladislav Doronin turning 50. According to the Ybf, the supermodel chartered 13 private planes to fly guests in for a two-day 1930s-glamour-themed party. Diana Ross even took the stage to perform, reportedly taking in a $500,000 performance fee for the night. Writer Nimisha Tiwari tweeted a picture early Thursday of Demi looking »

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Top Ten Tuesday: Friendly Ghosts

29 October 2012 10:59 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

From Japanese ghost stories such as Ringu (1998) and Ju-on (2002, remade as The Grudge) to modern revisionist ghost stories such as Brad Anderson’s Session 9 (2001) and Ti West’s The Innkeepers (2011), cinematic specters have nearly always been evil, or at the very least, malicious. Scary movies have long held the belief that ghosts should frighten us, and Hollywood had lined their pockets with that notion, but is it possible to make a good movie about “good” ghosts? We think so, and here’s our proof… our Top Ten Movies About Friendly Ghosts.

10. Heart And Souls (1993)

Anything starring Robert Downey, Jr. is worth checking out in my book, but this comedy was surprisingly enjoyable. Downey plays a guy used by four ghosts to reconcile their lives before moving on into the afterlife. The catch is, Downey is less than enthusiastic, but finds himself the catalyst for something bigger than himself and goes along for the ride. »

- Movie Geeks

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Exclusive Interview: Scott Campbell Talks The Great Showdowns

25 October 2012 3:17 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Halloween is almost upon us so we decided to sit down with the talented artist Scott Campbell to discuss his new book, The Great Showdowns. We also discussed his work on such video games as Psychonauts and Brutal Legend.

Amanda Dyar: The Great Showdowns is a great new book that features artwork of the greatest confrontations in cinema history. Where did the original idea for Great Showdowns originate from, and what made you decide to release your art into its own book?

Scott Campbell: The Great Showdowns began with 10 small candy sized paintings for the annual Crazy 4 Cult show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. A group show in which artists create work inspired by cult films. I enjoyed drawing my favorite film moments just standing around with each other. They looked like they were really enjoying themselves together because they were really quite pleased to be included in this line up of films. »

- Amanda Dyar

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Storytelling, Audiences, and Social Influence, or Why Whoopi Goldberg Turned to Kickstarter

10 October 2012 10:00 AM, PDT | TribecaFilm.com | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Whoopi Goldberg is a product of Hollywood: she was Celie Johnson in The Color Purple in 1985, Oda Mae Brown in Ghost in 1990, and Sister Mary Clarence in Sister Act in 1992. She has won an Oscar, a couple of Emmys and Golden Globes, a Tony, and a Grammy. But this past June, she turned not to a studio but to Kickstarter, the crowd-funding platform, for the $65,000 she needed to finish producing her documentary about Moms Mabley, a standup comedian who is one of Ms. Goldberg's role models. She raised what she needed, but the effort wasn't totally stress-free. 'People got really pissed at me,' Ms. Goldberg said last week at an Advertising Week panel discussion on the Future of Film. 'People just assume that you're sitting on wads of dough.' Welcome to today - when the studios are churning out sequels, when producers are conducting experiments with new distribution models, »

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Morning Meme: Chris Kluwe Covers "Out," Lee Daniels Discusses Matthew McConaughey's Role In "The Paperboy," and Zac Efron Opposes Tigers In Schools

3 October 2012 4:33 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

In what is likely to be one of the best looking films of next year, Jake Gyllenhaal will star with Hugh Jackman in Prisoners, about a small town carpenter whose daughter and her best friend are kidnapped, and the failure of the police to find them. Bonus: Jake Gyllanhaal plays a cop, so there's uniform potential.

The Weather Channel is going to name winter storms, much like hurricanes are named. They claim it's because names make people pay more attention to the danger, but mostly I think it's because you can only use "snowmaggedon" so many times before people tune you out.

Chris Kluwe is on the cover of Out this month, which is a pretty fast turnaround. It's worth checking out just for the photos of him in jeans riding low on his hips with no underwear visible, but he also talks about equality, and how to write a great zinger. »

- lostinmiami

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Whoopi Goldberg to be guest star on '666 Park Avenue'

3 October 2012 2:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Whoopi Goldberg is to appear on ABC's new series 666 Park Avenue. The Sister Act star will play a character named Maris Elder on the horror drama's ninth episode, Entertainment Weekly reports. Elder, a reclusive resident of The Drake, uses hypnosis to help Jane (Rachael Taylor) explore her supernatural connection to the haunted apartment building. The 56-year-old actress is best known for appearing in such films as Ghost, Made in America, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Girl, (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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Photography Starts On Director Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan

18 September 2012 1:34 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Photo credit: David Lee (c) 2012 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions announced today that principal photography has begun on Jack Ryan, from Academy Award®-nominated director Kenneth Branagh, starring Chris Pine, Academy Award®-nominated Keira Knightley and Academy Award®-nominated Kevin Costner. Branagh has helmed films such as Thor, Frankenstein and Dead Again. He’s become a very astute director and I have no doubt he’ll do another fine job with this contemporary action thriller. I really am impressed that Branagh, in addition to directing the film, will take on the role of Russian oligarch Viktor Cherevin. Check out the movies I mentioned if you’ve never seen Branagh the actor. Presently he’s on PBS as “Kurt Wallander” in the Wallander series Sunday nights on PBS.

Based on the Jack Ryan character created by bestselling author Tom Clancy, Jack Ryan is set in the present day. »

- Melissa Thompson

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A Tribute To Patrick Swayze, 1952-2009

15 September 2012 9:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Every week on The Hollywood News’ flagship podcast The Hollywood Booze, we toast actors, actresses and filmmakers that have departed the Earth during that particular week. Just over a week ago, we published our 29th episode of the show, and during every single one of those podcasts, we have toasted one person consitently every week. That person is Patrick Swayze.

I’m not even sure as to how this came to be. I remember that on the first recording day we said goodbye to some long forgotten name, and then glasses were raised into the air, containing our preferred beverage of choice (for the record me and Fordy opt for a lager, Joe a cider and Big Dave whatever is available within arms reach — even if that is a bottle of whisky – eh, Dave), and cheers was bellowed into our microphones. Then, I recall that I said; “…and also, to the late, »

- Paul Heath

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The Top 40 Hottest Guys of New York Theater!

5 September 2012 5:25 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

It's no surprise that summer tends to bring out the hottest guys in New York. And as the dog days of summer start to wane on the streets of the Big Apple, it's time to once again turn our attention to where the hottest of the hot like to spend their time: the New York stage.

Sure, movies and television have their share of rippling abs, but glimpsing a hottie on the screen is nothing compared to the live, in-the-flesh experience. So without further ado, we present the Hottest Guys of New York Theater!

Cesar Abreu

Ricky Martin isn't the only sexy stud to come to us via the pop group Menudo - we can thank our lucky stars we also get the stunning, studly Cesar Abreu. Currently dancing for the Metropolitan Opera, Cesar has also, unsurprisingly, been featured many times in the annual stripfest Broadway Bares.

Nick Adams

No stranger to this list, »

- Tim OLeary

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Ten Great Movie Ghosts

5 September 2012 2:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Over the course of cinema history, horror fads have come and gone. We’ve seen all sorts of trends in terror, such as vampires, slashers, and torture porn. But one constant has been the supernatural movie, proving that cinema audiences have an eternal fascination with haunted houses and spectral stars. As we await British true life haunted house movie When The Lights Went Out, let us take a look at some of the silver screen’s greatest ever ghosts…

10. Dr. Malcolm Crowe 

The Sixth Sense (1999)

Child psychologist Dr. Malcolm has been having a rough ride of late, having found himself as the recipient of some serious bad luck. First off, he was shot (by a former New Kids on the Block member, no less). Next, he was lumbered with oddball Cole (Haley Joel Osment), a pint-sized psychic who claims to see dead people. If all that wasn’t bad enough, »

- Tom Fordy

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Jeremy Renner on Bourne Legacy role and where new film fits in franchise, reveals fight training and script secrecy

17 August 2012 11:46 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

When Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass decided to step down from the successful Bourne series, the question on everyone's lips was: Is this the end of Hollywood's coolest spy franchise?

The espionage films began a decade ago with Bourne being pulled unconscious from the sea in The Bourne Identity.

Over the course of two more films, The Bourne Supremacy in 2004 and The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, audiences followed Bourne's journey as he discovered his own identity and the CIA mounted an increasingly desperate manhunt for their super-spy.

The trilogy earned almost $1 billion at the global box office with $443 million alone hauled from the last chapter but, while there was a thirst for more, the filmmakers faced a conundrum if they wanted the story to move forward.

Bourne had gone public about the Us government's intelligence programmes before disappearing off the radar at the end of the last film, so there »

- David Bentley

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"True Blood" Recap: Terry - You in Danger, Girl

30 July 2012 8:28 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Good gravy, where to start? This week's episode (directed by series star Stephen Moyer) was packed with enough blood, sugar, sex, and magic to put the Red Hot Chili Peppers themselves to shame. Grab your tube sock and let's jump in!

As disorderly orderly Joe Bob gets dragged off to the po-po by Andy (Chris Bauer), Sam (Sam Trammell) snaps, "Enjoy prison, asshole!" Joe starts to respond, but Andy cautions him, "Shut up, buttplug."

Luna (Janina Gavankar), meanwhile, is in her room freaking out over the fact that there are so many shifter-killers everywhere. Sam talks her down and tucks her in, assuring her that he has it covered. But the second he is gone, she is up again and practicing her hospital spazz-out audition scene for Girl Interrupted 2: Your Girlfriend is a Shifter - she looks into the mirror, gets a terrible stomach pain, and doubles over - »

- brian

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New on Blu-ray: Next of Kin (1989)/Hard to Kill (1990)/Cellular (2004)

17 July 2012 6:13 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Next Of Kin (1989) Back in the ’80s and ’90s, films about unconventional heroes taking on the criminal element were everywhere. To make your film stand out, you had to have a gimmick. It wasn’t enough to just toss in a high-kicking, kung fu-fightin’ cop into the standard “loose cannon who doesn’t play by the rules” genre. Van Damme, Seagal, Schwarzenegger, and Stallone were already stomping those roles into the ground, and doing it to big box office. So howzabout a good ol boy, backwoods hillbilly turned big city cop forced to take on gangsters in three-piece suits? Bingo! Of all the ’80s/’90s action stars, Patrick Swayze boasted easily the most impressive filmography of the bunch. Besides the ability to kick ass in films like “Steel Dawn”, “Road House”, and “Next of Kin”, he also had “Dirty Dancing” and “Ghost” on his resume in the same time period. »

- Nix

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