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12 items from 2011

Clip joint: Car parks

27 October 2011 1:39 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Wind down your window, take your ticket and find a space for this week's clips celebrating the magic of the multi-storey

One of the great glories of cinema is that it has the power to take the mundane and make it magical. To most of us, car parks signify a world of pain, where fearsome red-and-white crash barriers dictate our fate and where finding a space is often like finding meaning in the collective works of Martin Lawrence. To others, they meant lost Saturday afternoons spent waiting for your mum to finally come out of Woolworths so you could rush home to catch Terrahawks. Either way, car parks are grey and dull. In the movies, however, they are fantastic places, filled with high-level espionage, high-octane chases and Willem Dafoe going down on Madonna. Here are five car park sequences worth reserving a permanent bay for …

1) The Way of the Gun »

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Cable girl: Harry's Law

26 October 2011 3:25 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Cliched comedy-drama has Kathy Bates and various misfits opening a legal firm in a black neighbourhood. Avoid

It's a tale of a raggle-taggle bunch of misfits who become a thriving law firm! With their office in a shoe shop! It's strenuously quirky! Slice the secretary in half and you'll find "kooky" written all through her! Court cases comprise two lawyers, one liberal, one not, speechifying about an issue ripped from the headlines, two impassioned closing arguments and, despite everyone's best efforts, the neocon gets all the best lines throughout!

Yes, it's a new David E Kelley comedy-drama! It's called Harry's Law (Universal Channel). And it's quite bad!

Harry is Harriet Korn, an older, fatter lady in pantsuits (I mention this far from gratuitously as these are the main, if not the only, characteristics with which her creator has seen fit to endow his protagonist) who is fired from her job »

- Lucy Mangan

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The Help review

19 October 2011 3:40 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Already a hit in America, Tate Taylor’s big-screen rendering of The Help arrives in the UK. Here’s Louisa’s review of a flawed yet affecting drama...

Kathryn Stockett’s 2009 debut, The Help, was leapt upon by the American reading public with the kind of fervour usually reserved for sparkly vampires, boy wizards, and clunky art-history based thrillers about Jesus’ missus. Stockett’s 1963-set tale of race relations, courage, and friendship between a group of women in Jackson, Mississippi became a stateside book group hit which sold in its millions.

Since the Us summer release of Tate Taylor’s film adaptation, The Help has done similarly good business, beating superheroes, cowboys and aliens to a three week spot at the top of the American box office.

It’s easy to see why. The Help is an entertaining, very well-acted, affecting film. It’s got more than a few laughs, »

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‘The Help’ Cast to be Honored at the Hollywood Film Awards

5 October 2011 6:25 PM, PDT | | See recent news » Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel to be honored at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony.

The 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment, are pleased to announce that the cast of DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media’s “The Help” – Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel – will be recognized at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony with the “Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award.”

The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder of the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place on the evening of Monday, October 24, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Hollywood Film Awards Gala launches the awards season. »

- Josh Abraham

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Victoria's Secret Model Marisa Miller Joins 'R.I.P.D.'

25 August 2011 8:11 AM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Now that the main characters of “R.I.P.D.” have been cast, it’s up to Universal to fill in secondary and other roles. In the past few days two big names have been added, one of whom is a world-famous super model and the other a well-respected television and movie actress.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Victoria’s Secret super model Marisa Miller has been cast, but it’s unknown yet what role she will play.

Best known of course for her modeling work, Miller has nonetheless done some television cameos, like on “How I Met Your Mother” and “Entourage.” However, this will be her first time acting in a movie.

Just last week Variety also gave us news that Mary-Louise Parker has also joined the cast. This time there’s no secret as to whom she’ll be playing: Parker will be the head of a division who gets to »

- Danica Davidson

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The Smurfs Take Over Sony Pictures Animation - Part 2

14 July 2011 10:51 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When we last left off with my visit to Sony Pictures Animation, our assembled press corps had just finished speaking with The Smurfs cast members Hank Azaria and Jayma Mays. After they left, we were greeted by director Raja Gosnell and producer Jordan Kerner to discuss all things Smurfs. Take a look at our full interview with the director and producer below, and be sure to keep reading below the interview for a very special Smurf-related surprise, featuring yours truly.

Director Raja Gosnell and Producer Jordan Kerner:

Is there a special place you go to when you're working on material for children? How do you access that, creatively?

Raja Gosnell: Part of it is experience. I've been in family movies going way back to the Popeye movie with Robert Altman, some 30 years ago. I spent a good deal of my career editing for Chris Columbus, the Home Alone movies, »

- MovieWeb

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Hot Rods & Droids: A George Lucas Profile (Part 4)

5 July 2011 11:50 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker George Lucas in the fourth of a six part feature... read parts one, two and three.

For over a decade filmmaker George Lucas had been developing a project which was a gender reversal of the Biblical story about Moses being hidden as a baby in the bulrushes. When asked to describe Willow (1988), Lucas called it “an adventure fantasy that takes place a long time ago in a mythical land.” Cast as the title character who becomes the guardian and defender of the wayward baby from an evil sorceress was Warwick Davis who made a name for himself playing the Ewok known as Wicket. “I was on holiday in southwest England when I got a call from George to come to Elstree – one of the major British studios – and audition for the part,” remembers Davis. “Actually, I did four auditions altogether; three in England and one in America. »

- flickeringmyth

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'Something Borrowed': The highs and lows of chick lit movie adaptations

6 May 2011 4:38 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

"Something Borrowed" does not go into its opening weekend with a whole lot of goodwill. Fans of the best-selling Emily Giffin novel have not been shy expressing their displeasure with the casting of stars Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson, and critics have largely panned the movie -- earning it a 35 out of 100 on review aggregate Metacritic and an even more dismal 15% on

Film adaptations rarely live up to the books that inspire them, even under the best of circumstances, and few genres seem to highlight this more than the unfortunately named "chick lit."

Since "Borrowed" seems to be headed for straight the genre's Fail bin, we've come up with an alternative viewing list of the female-driven books that ended up besting expectations -- and, for balance's sake, a few stinkers from the undistinguished cannon of chic lit adaptions gone awry.

The highs

"The Devil Wears Prada"

The definitive chick lit success story, »


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Today’s Special: Guess the green movie quote

14 March 2011 5:55 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

St. Patrick’s Day is on Thursday, March 17, that wonderful celebration of green clovers, green beer and anything else green. So, to get us in the mood, the Disc Dish Today’s Special column is celebrating with a couple of St. Paddy’s Day features this week.

In this first one, test your knowledge of movies containing the word “green.” Match the right movie (on the left below) to the right film quote (on the right below). If you have the luck of the Irish, you’ll get all 12 and can call yourself Paddy. If not, don’t worry, you can get the answers here.

Wishing one and all a happy pre-St. Patrick’s Day! Now, start matching…

The Films The Quotes 1. Anne of Green Gables, starring Anne Shirley, Tom Brown (1934) a. “A heart can be broken, but it will keep beating just the same.” 2. How Green Was My Valley, »

- Chris

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Mary Stuart Masterson, Jeremy Davidson pregnant with twins

9 March 2011 3:09 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Mary Stuart Masterson and hubby Jeremy Davidson are about to increase the size of their growing brood... by two!

"My family life at home in Brooklyn is becoming [more involved] -- we're actually pregnant with twins," the "Army Wives" actor tells E! online.

"We are four months along," he adds. "So balancing career and family is becoming increasingly challenging for me... and in five months we are going to have three kids under the age of two." 

The now 44-year-old "Fried Green Tomatoes" actress gave birth to the couple's first son in October, 2009. She and Davidson were wed in 2006.

The twins are due in August and according to their daddy, he and Masterson are "in happy shock about it."

Congratulations to the happy family! »


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Masterson Pregnant With Twins

8 March 2011 5:36 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Mary Stuart Masterson is expecting twins.

The 44-year-old Fried Green Tomatoes star will give birth to her second and third children this summer.

Masterson and her third husband Jeremy Davidson are already parents to a 17-month-old son.

She's not the only star expecting twins - Mariah Carey is expecting a double bundle of fun this spring. »

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The Other 100 Greatest Movie Insults of All Time

6 January 2011 3:00 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Back in summer 2010, we posted the ‘100 Greatest Movie Insults of All Time‘ which turned out to be our highest hit post ever! Now, the same people have gone back to the drawing back to create the 2011 version called ‘The Other 100 Greatest Movie Insults of All Time’!

Both videos were created by Harry Hanrahan who has done yet another fantastic job making them. Great to see Hook, Cool Runnings and Coming to America (you sweat from a baboon’s balls!) both making it into this one. We hope you’ll enjoy this one as much as you did the previous!

Thanks to Pajiba for the heads up on this. Below the embed is the list of movies used in this video. Please note this video contains swearing and depending on how fun your boss is, may not be safe for work!

Click here to view the original 100 Insults video after watching the one below

0’05 – Dumb & Dumber, »

- David Sztypuljak

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