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Michael C. from Serious Film here for a few good laughs.
Any future film historians examining the tail end of 2010 will likely mark this year as dark days for screen comedy. Comedy icons Woody Allen and James L Brooks rolled twin gutter balls, while mainstream audiences lined up around the block to watch the star of Taxi Driver do 98 minutes of boner jokes. As if to rub salt in the wound, the Golden Globes saw fit to nominate an inexplicable slate of comedies that were, with few exceptions, unfunny, unexceptional, or in some cases downright awful.
Still, if you managed to look beyond the large pile of high profile duds there were plenty of laughs to be had in 2010. So here for your consideration is the year in comedy. Not the best movies overall, »
- Michael C.
Bristol Palin 's $172,000 went a hell of a lot further in Az than it would have in L.A. -- where for the same price, she would have been lucky to find a home with four walls! We compiled a bunch of L.A. area cribs that fell in the same price range as Bristol's 5 bedroom, 3,900 square foot beauty in Maricopa ... and it's obvious, the real estate gap is wider than the Grand Canyon. Read »
- TMZ Staff
Single mom Bristol Palin is leaving her Alaskan roots and heading for Arizona, where she has purchased a five-bedroom home.
The "Dancing with the Stars" finalist reportedly purchased the 3,900-square-foot home for $172,000 in cash, according to property records from Pinal County.
It is unknown whether they'll »
Wasilla, Alaska, may soon be missing one of its most famed residents. Bristol Palin, 20, purchased a five-bedroom house in Maricopa, Ariz., setting the Grand Canyon State abuzz about a possible Palin family relocation, reports the New York Times. The Palin family didn't comment about the potential move to the lower 48. Edward Farrell, Maricopa's vice mayor, gave Palin's father, Todd Palin, a tour of the town - which is south of Phoenix - earlier this year. "I left the meeting thinking that maybe he and Sarah were looking for a place to live," Farrell says. The Dancing with the Stars season »
- Alison Schwartz
Bristol Palin is telling friends she may enroll at an Arizona college once she moves in to the home she just bought in the Grand Canyon state ... TMZ has learned. So far, no official word on which school the 20-year-old has her eye on ... but there are a few major clues. Bristol just purchased a $172,000 home outside the Phoenix area -- which she paid for In Cash! The home is just miles from the Arizona »
- TMZ Staff
"The Justice League Recombination"
The Big Bang Theory sends its nerd male adherents off to Christmas pretty happy this week, by squeezing Kaley Cuoco into a tight Wonder Woman costume; but most female fans will have to make do with the foam muscles of Sheldon and Co., who are determined to scoop this year's comic store New Year's Eve Group Costume prize by turning up with a genuine girl and a guy with real muscles.
Yep, Penny's back with Zack, the man with almost infinite Final Frontier between the ears; but it's better than being alone on New Year's Eve. And surely a primate like Zack has no feelings to hurt anyway...?
Not so, as the geeks gang up on him at the episode's start when he declares that he wants to 'talk science' with them. A subsequent and hilarious apology - largely effected by a box of Milk Duds »
For six days, Aron Ralston kept himself alive with fierce self-control and a conviction that only logical thought could let him survive. But the epiphany when the 27-year-old climber realised how he could save his own life came from an explosion of blind rage.
Ralston had been climbing the narrow canyons of Utah alone when a dislodged boulder fell on to his right arm, trapping him against a rock. He was entombed in the wilderness of Bluejohn Canyon, carrying a small rucksack with just one litre of water, two burritos and a few chunks of chocolate. He had headphones and a video camera but no mobile phone – and there was no reception anyway. Most foolishly of all, »
- Patrick Barkham
Cohen and Mischer added that they hope the event will, “showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world".
It’s not surprising that the couple have been picked for hosting duties. This year alone Franco has stepped into poet Allen Ginsberg’s shoes, starred alongside Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love and will soon be scaling the Grand Canyon’s walls, as rock climber Aaron Ralston in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours. »
- email@example.com (Jennifer Trevorrow)
Coward was glib, Gilbert was boring and Hammerstein was obsessed with birds . . . Master of musicals Stephen Sondheim gives his verdict on his fellow songwriters
Despite the fact that Oscar Hammerstein II taught me virtually everything I know about lyric writing, I feel obligated to list some of my quibbles with his work, poking fun along the way. A lot of songwriters fill in empty spaces in the music with reiteration, but there's a fervent lack of surprise in Hammerstein's thoughts, made manifest by his need to spell things out with plodding insistence, as in You've Got To Be Carefully Taught from South Pacific: "You've got to be taught before it's too late,/ Before you are six or seven or eight," which always makes me want to ask, "What about five or nine or 13?"
Hammerstein sometimes gets carried away by "pretty" words and images instead of accurate ones. In A Cock-Eyed Optimist, »
Directed by: Danny Boyle
Running Time: 1 hr 33 mins
Release Date: November 19, 2010
Plot: Aron Ralston (Franco) is an outdoor adrenaline junkie. He takes off for the weekend without telling anyone where he’s heading and runs into serious trouble when he gets stuck in a canyon.
Who’S It For? First of all, it’s just a great film. Second, if you have an inclination to explore the world around you, but only have 1.5 hours, then see this movie and schedule a camping trip when you have more time.
Expectations: Franco + Boyle and trouble in the great outdoors, and it’s based on a true story. I was looking forward to it, but was a little worried about liberties being taken with the story.
- Jeff Bayer
We’re a funny bunch, us horror fans. Of all the emotions we experience watching our beloved freak shows, sadness usually ain’t one of ‘em. It’s hard to want to hug someone when they’re spitting up stage blood all over your screen, but every so often genuine empathy can be aroused in our hardened hearts for certain cinematic victims. So, without getting too heavy about things, I’m in the strange mood to pay tribute to a few:
Characters I Genuinely Felt Sorry For
Freddy the Photographer – Dead & Buried
Oh, Freddy… I hope wherever you wound up that they’re taking good care of you. Freddy the Photographer visits the funky town of Potter’s Bluff and is almost immediately jumped by a gaggle of villagers and burned at a makeshift stake. Then they trash his car and stuff him in it, upside down. Then when the »
- Chris Haberman
Dwts alum Chuck Liddell is ready to settle down at 40 with blonde beauty Heidi Northcott. Both are pictured left on a shopping trip earlier this year. CBS News reveals the Ufc legend and "Dancing with the Stars" alumni proposed to long time girlfriend Heidi Northcott recently and the two have been dating for little more than over a year.. The proposal was quite romantic.According to Bleacher Report, the cage fighter showed off his softer side and "took Northcott on a helicopter ride across the Grand Canyon, and after the trip around the canyon, Liddell ashed her to marry him."And everyone said, awww! "I just feel so happy! Thank you for all of the love and support," Northcott tweeted.This is a first marriage for both.More photos of Heidi and Chuck here from CBS News.(Image Credit: Owen Beiny / WENN.com) »
Mixed martial arts fighter (and former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant) Chuck Liddell proposed to his girlfriend Heidi Northcott on Nov. 4 after taking a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, reports People.
The couple, pictured above with Liddell's Madame Tussaud's wax figure, met at a party through a mutual friend. This will be the first wedding for both of them. Northcott previously dated former professional baseball player Jose Canseco. She also played a little professional poker.
Chuck and Heidi gained some notoriety in 2009 when a video of them working out naked hit the internet and went viral almost instantly. A photo is below, here is the video if you haven't seen it. It was part of a viral campaign by Reebok, which sponsors Liddell.
Perhaps they can have a double wedding with Karina Smirnoff and Brad Penny, another recently-engaged couple who actually met through mutual friend Liddell. We smell naked double wedding! »
It's a technical knockout! Former Ultimate Fighting champ and Dancing with the Stars contestant Chuck Liddell is taking on a new challenge: marriage. The former mixed martial artist proposed to his girlfriend, Heidi Northcott, on Nov. 4, a rep confirms to People. Liddell popped the question to Northcott, his girlfriend of over a year, after a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon. This will be the first marriage for both Liddell and Northcott, who met through a mutual friend at a party. They have not yet set a wedding date. »
- Marla Lehner and Michelle Tan
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Release Date: November 5, 2010
Plot: Peter (Downey Jr.) must get from Atlanta to Los Angeles for the scheduled C-section of his first child. One problem, he’s just been put on the no-fly list and now his hopes are stuck to an imbecile (Galifianakis).
Who’S It For? This movie feels a little too easy. It’s broad comedy with the occasional gross or outlandish joke. Most of the laughs come at the expense of someone else.
Expectations: What’s not to love about Downey Jr. teaming up with Galifianakis and director Todd Phillips? Well, let’s not forget that in between Old School and The Hangover there was School for Scoundrels.
Robert Downey Jr. as Peter Highman: He’s at this best here »
- Jeff Bayer
By Eric Ditzian
Photo: Warner Bros.
"I think pressure is always a good thing," director Todd Phillips told us a few months ago. "A lot of guys make a big hit movie on the size of 'The Hangover' and they get gun-shy. They wait a few years, ... and I wanted to do the opposite. I wanted to do something again and not worry if it was going to be as big as 'The Hangover' because 'The Hangover' was lightning in a bottle."
That, it was. "The Hangover" opened to $45 million in June 2009 on its way to becoming the #1 R-rated comedy of all time. And rather than drown in unrealistic expectations — or the swimming pool full of gold coins he »
There are tons of movies on sale and seeking distro here at Afm, and we're doing our best to weed through the masses and find the horror flicks that will be close to your black little hearts. Case in point - It Was a Black '67.
"Robert and Jack Mintz haven’t seen one another in years. The two brothers grew apart as they aged, each establishing his own career; each entering marriage; each raising a family. When Jack reaches out to Robert for one final attempt at bonding–more for their children’s sake than their own–Robert reluctantly agrees.
The plan: summer vacation, spent at the Grand Canyon.
The two families meet halfway en route, crossing into the small, »
- Uncle Creepy
Filed under: Features, New Releases
Ah, the road trip; a cinematic rite of passage that takes best friends, estranged family or mortal enemies on unlikely journeys in search of love, enlightenment or the perfect buzz.
Todd Phillips' 'Due Date,' opening this Friday, is the latest in a long line of great American road trip movies, a manic mash-up of 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' and 'The Hangover,' with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis as two unlikely traveling companions forced together by bad luck and Galifianakis' own ineptitude. Downey is a father-to-be, trying to rush back home in time for the birth of his child, while Galifianakis and his too-friendly dog, Sonny, are on their way to scatter his dead father's ashes at the Grand Canyon -- as you can imagine, mayhem ensues.
In honor of 'Due Date,' we've composed a list of the »
- Laura Prudom
When Peter Highland (Robert Downey Jr.) is thrown off a plane at Atlanta airport, he ends up forced to travel across America to Los Angeles with schlubby Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis). Under an enforced time schedule, his first child due to be delivered by caesarean section, and with no money or ID, he is captive to the capricious and irritating nature of Tremblay, who is heading to La to become an actor.
First things first, yes, this Is Planes, Trains and Automobiles all over again. Highland is prissy, arrogant and has anger management issues. Tremblay has poor personal hygiene, no filters, and is startlingly stupid. (At one point Highland asks “How have you made it this far without running yourself over in a car”, Tremblay »
It’s hard to take a dull picture in Yosemite—though my shot of the famous granite Half Dome poses no threat to Ansel Adams. My wife and I took advantage of my midterm break at USC and set off on a road trip last week. Having lived in Los Angeles for 27 years, we were embarrassed that we hadn’t taken in some of the great destinations in this part of the country. In May we made our first trip to the Grand Canyon and the Painted Desert, and this past week we visited Yosemite National Park. As millions of people already… »
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