10 items from 2010
I'm not one to toot my own horn, but my loyal readers here at Shadowlocked may be interested to know that today is my birthday. I'm not going to get into how old I am, but let's just say that I am now the atomic number of arsenic and leave this particular thread of conversation on that joyous note. Anyway, while initially deciding that I would take a day off from the chaotic party life that is Shadowlocked, the writing gnome in my mind took over and thought that the arrival of my birthday might be an enjoyable segway into a list of sorts.
Many movies have had a birthday party scene. Sometimes it's inconsequential filler and sometimes it's a key scene of foreshadowing or character development. Usually it is a festive occasion and a bonding moment between family and friends. But now and then, it's a clever tool for »
With Santa Claus right around the corner, what better time is there to point out those good little boys and girls who have taken a turn for the worse? These are the baddest of the bad, the meanest of the mean, naughtiest in Santa’s list. They didn’t start out that way… Some say it’s genetics. Others say it’s how they were raised. Some are just being controlled by the devil himself! No matter how you view it, these kids are going to see a lot of coal in their stockings if they keep it up… Top Ten: Santa’S Naughty List
10. The Exorcist
The Exorcist (1973) starred a young Linda Blair as Regan, an innocent little girl possessed by the devil. Sure, most parents out there surely feel their children are possessed by the devil at one point or another, but Linda Blair and the special effects »
- Movie Geeks
We’ve all been there. The hotly-anticipated action/comedy/fantasy film debuts, a movie that you’ve waited for months to see, and you head to the cinema with friends or family in the hopes that it will be an experience that you will thoroughly enjoy. The action will be actiony. The comedy will be, well, comedy-y. And you hope for the opportunity to be able to pore over the subtle nuances of brilliance/explosions long after the film is over. You settle in, the lights go down, the curtains draw open…and you spend the next 90 minutes flabbergasted at the uncanny awfulness of a certain cast player; awfulness so unyielding that it overwhelms the film itself and ruins the entire experience for any and all attentive viewers. I speak, of course, of the “kid”.
The “kid” can take many forms – annoying sidekick, awkward character actor, blubbering deadweight, and so on. »
Last year's thriller Orphan really upped the Evil Kid ante with "Esther," who caused all kinds of murder and mayhem. When that behavior includes beating a nun to death with a hammer, that's pretty evil.
But clearly trying to top her is Case 39's "Lilith" — played by Jodelle Ferland, building on her creepy kid behavior in Tideland. By the looks of the trailer, she could be the homicidal spawn of Esther and Damien. We survey Lilith's evil kid competition through the ages, highlighting these little monsters' Groundable Behavior and doling out wooden spoons with our Spanking Index.
see Evil Movie Kids Through the Ages >>
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Tim Burton will reunite with Ed Wood screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski on a 3D stop-motion animated adaptation of Charles Addams' The Addams Family. We've heard in the past that the new project will stick closer to the source material of the Addams cartoon strips from The New Yorker. Deadline has the following quote: "[The project is] based on artwork that Tim absolutely loves. The retrospective in New York of Tim's own artwork showed how much of an influence Charles Addams was to him. We want the tone to be as darkly funny and subversive as the Addams drawings, and we've come up with an approach that nobody has ever done before." The scribes got their start with Problem Child, where they caught the eye of Burton. They wrote Ed Wood, followed by The People vs. Larry Flynt, Man on the Moon, Agent Cody Banks and 1408. The project is set up »
- Peter Sciretta
They’re creepy, unhinged, and you definitely wouldn’t want to meet them down a dark alley. It’s our list of the ten most unsettling movie villains ever…
Cinema is filled with memorable villains. Whether it's the sardonic cheer of Gert Fröbe's Auric Goldfinger, or the sneering oiliness of Die Hard's Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), the movies are full of superb, loveably evil performances. The hero may get the girl and save the world in most instances, but it's the villain who gets most of the quotable lines.
Every now and again, however, a movie antagonist comes along to genuinely still the blood, a villain played with a depth and commitment that is genuinely disturbing.
It's like the alignment of the planets. Occasionally, a great director, an exemplary script and a gifted actor will join together on the same project, creating the kind of unsettling performances that »
It shows each of the five main comedian actors as young kids and these kind of gimmicks always bring a nice charm to productions. Grown Ups is directed by Dennis Dugan who made ‘You Don’t mess with the Zohan’, ‘I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry’, ‘Big Daddy’, ‘Happy Gilmore’ and ‘Problem Child’ so make of that what you will in terms of quality, it’s also written by Sandler so I’m hoping that after Funny People this will be a success even though it has Rob Schneider in it for some kind of shock value.
Synopsis: Grown Ups is a comedy about five friends and former teammates who reunite years later to honor the passing of their childhood basketball coach. »
- Gary Phillips
What Is It:
Every summer season needs a big blockbuster comedy that brings together lots of names under one umbrella with the aim of letting star power, a well-packaged trailer and 90 minutes of amiable fun lead to box office gold. That's precisely the role that Grown Ups finds itself in.
It's got an interesting job on its hands, though. Last summer, the comedy crown was taken by The Hangover, a film that earned staggering amounts of money without the help of any major stars at all. Instead, it had a premise of promise, and some jokes that work.
Grown Ups' premise is suitably straightforward and relatively high concept: 30 years after they all graduated high school together, five friends are brought back together for the funeral of their basketball coach. Consequently, they »
If you recently missed an episode of your favorite show, don't sweat it. TV Daily has you covered. Every day, we will be updating you with the funniest, most exciting series out there. Finally, you can catch all of these water cooler conversation starters in one convenient place. Today, we have brand new episodes of Cougar Town, Stossel, Ugly Betty, Human Target, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Chef's Kitchen, and Camp Woodward.
To get started, click on one of the boxes below:
Cougar Town: Episode 1.20: "Wake Up Time"
Travis' first breakup forces Jules to come to a realization about herself.
Stossel: Episode 1.13: "Thu, Mar 25, 2010"
John Stossel looks at the unfunded liabilities behind Social Security and Medicare, and asks "Are we stealing from our children?"
Betty has a hard time telling Daniel important news about her future.
Human Target: »
A few days ago, "Up in the Air" author Walter Kirn was convinced he'd been passed over for an invitation to the Academy Awards. It appears there is a happy ending to the story after all, though, as Paramount eventually came through, according to his tweets last night.
Today, meanwhile, Tiger Woods took the spotlight to apologize for his own oversights and mistakes. Most of Twitter-Wood had opinions to express, but I handpicked Gilbert Gottfried to speak for the crowd. Check out those retweets after the jump, along with an Ashton Kutcher tattoo, Tim Curry and Christopher Mintz-Plasse's reaction to "Valentine's Day." It's in Twitter-Wood for February 19, 2010.
Twitter Pic of the Day:
@aplusk I just saw something i could never imagine. a man in siberia who has me tatooed on his arm http://twitpic.com/14433t
Runner-Up: (Tim Curry!) @simonpegg The man, »
- Brian Warmoth
10 items from 2010
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