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I’ve seen where plenty of critics have said that 2010 was a pretty abysmal year for movie releases. I, for one, think, it was pretty fantastic. I’ve reviewed a handful of them this year and a couple even make this list.
10) Scott Pilgrim vs The World
As an immensely huge fan of the comics this was by far one of my most anticipated movies of the year, following everything from casting to the film’s release back in August. Ultimately it didn’t quite live up to my expectations as I had wished. That being said, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. If you distance yourself from the source material, then it’s very impressive. The effects are some of the best in recent years and the majority of the casting is done very, very well.
9) Tron: Legacy
Simply put, Tron: Legacy isn’t going to win Best Picture anytime soon, »
- Scott Smith
With Mission: Impossible IV on the way, Cruise clearly aims to revive his career through pointless sequels. What could be next?
It's hard to know whether Tom Cruise's attempts to rehabilitate his career are endearingly scattershot or outright desperate. He's worked every angle available to him, going for both critical acclaim with misguided pieces of would-be Oscar bait and commercial success by sending himself up jigging around in a fatsuit – but all to little avail. Fortunately, he appears to have stumbled upon plan C: indiscriminate sequel-making.
Everybody already knows about Mission: Impossible IV. It'll be directed by Brad Bird and co-star The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner, and it seems like the safest sequel for Tom Cruise to shoot for. It's already an established franchise and, although the last instalment was written off as a commercial flop, the new film could take 40% less than Mission: Impossible III's worldwide »
- Stuart Heritage
In a surprising move, distinctly voiced veteran character actor Jared Harris has apparently been offered the role of Professor Moriarty in the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes" sequel at Warner Bros. Pictures reports Latino Review (and later confirmed by Deadline).
The 49-year-old British actor, son of the legendary Richard Harris ("Harry Potter," "Gladiator"), has seemingly beat out bigger name actors like Daniel Day Lewis, Brad Pitt and Russell Crowe who've all been rumoured for the villain role. Harris has acted and won various awards for his work on stage, in television and across many independent and mainstream movies over the past two decades.
His most notable roles of late have been as Lane Pryce on "Mad Men", the first season's main antagonist David Jones Roberts on "Fringe", the indomitable Captain Mike in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", and as Andy Warhol in "I Shot Andy Warhol".
His other credits include "Igby Goes Down, »
- Garth Franklin
It must be the month for Sherlock Holmes sequel casting news: following on from news that Noomi Rapace and Stephen Fry are joining the film, it would seem we have now a Professor Moriarty. And his real name is Jared Harris.Harris is currently best known for playing uptight Brit-with-hidden-depths-and-charm Lane Pryce on the excellent Mad Men. But he’s been seen in movies as diverse as Far and Away, Natural Born Killers, Mr Deeds and, more recently, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Extraordinary Measures. And Harris has also snagged a part in the new take on Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy.It’s the Spy casting that gives us pause on the news about him joining Holmes – you’d think the two projects would clash. Chances are he can do both, though. It’s not like he’s the lead in either. But he does seem like a »
Chicago – The personal life of an entertainer shouldn’t be of any entertainment value, regardless of how celebrity gossip columns and the paparazzi would like to convince the general public otherwise. Who cares if two famous people have chemistry if it doesn’t show up onscreen? Yet when a real-life couple stars in a film together, it’s nearly impossible to watch them without wondering how much truth is reflected in their cinematic relationship.
That’s exactly what many moviegoers will be contemplating when they watch Nanette Burstein’s new Apatow-influenced rom-com, “Going the Distance,” which pairs two stars whose on-again, off-again relationship has been heavily publicized. Whether Drew Barrymore and Justin Long have tangible, engaging chemistry remains to be seen and judged by audiences willing to by a ticket. Until then, here is my list of the top ten real life on-screen couples: the good, the bad and the ugly. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
This month, Dark Horse ends its "Star Wars: Legacy" line of comics. Far and away my favorite of the "Star Wars" comics (I'm an avid reader of all things "Star Wars"), "Legacy" is set in the far-flung future of the series and follows the exploits of Cade Skywalker, a descendant of Luke Skywalker, as he and his friends face off against a reborn order of the Sith, led by the evil Darth Krayt.
However, "Star Wars" fans shouldn't feel too sad about the end of "Legacy," because we haven't seen the last of Cade and his supporting cast — not by a longshot.
In addition to giving you the first look at the cover of "Star Wars: Legacy »
- Adam Rosenberg
Directed By: James Mangold
Knight and Day has no real characters, no plot, no-sense of urgency, no point to speak of. Yet, somehow, polished up like Tom Cruise’s bright white teeth reflected in his Persol Havana sunglasses, it very nearly works.
Director James Mangold envelops this shiny affair in a retro air, specifically the comedy/action genre so prevalent during the 1970s. In fact, were this film made back then it would likely have co-starred Goldie Hawn in the shrieking Cameron Diaz role and Burt Reynolds as Cruise’s, top off at least three times and seemingly impervious to bullets lead.
As loud Julie Havens, Diaz equips herself admirably playing an old fashioned heroine whose sole responsibility is to entice the heterosexual male gaze. There is an attempt, a clumsy one at that, to provide Havens with a pseudo-masculine backstory, something about »
- Chris Laverty
By Roger Friedman
The film will cross the $70 million mark this week. But it’s unlikely it will get to $75 million domestically. It’s his worst performance at the box office since “Far and Away” in 1992.
Internationally, “K&D” has done better of course. Where English has not been a first language, audiences haven’t minded the travelogue vanity caper. The film has yet to open in the U.K., Spain, France or Italy. Cruise may get some action there. So far the box office abroad has come to just over $60 million.
But just think: “Inception” has made in four days what it’s taken “K&D” almost a month to rake in. »
- Roger Friedman
There was more joy for the good folk at Pixar as Toy Story 3 romped to another box-office topping weekend in the Us. The third toytastic instalment continued its opening weekend momentum with the seventh-highest second weekend ever, an estimated $59m, 57% of which came from 3D screens.Less cheering, at least for Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz and that CGI bull, was the performance of breezy actioner Knight And Day ($27.8m), comfortably beaten into second spot by Adam Sandler's latest midlife comedy Grown Ups ($41m). An uncertain, genre-shifting Stateside marketing campaign has been blamed for Cruise's worst opening weekend since Far And Away, and begorrah if that didn't open with half the screens. Sandler movies always open well so no surprises to see Grown Ups picking up a more-than-healthy $41m. The buddy movie sends Sandler away for a Fourth of July break with boyhood pals Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and David Spade. »
The Toy Story 3 train kept chugging over the weekend, out-gunning the debuts of two star-driven vehicles. Grown Ups logged a standard Adam Sandler start, while Knight & Day generated a sub-standard Tom Cruise kick-off. Overall business was down 18 percent from the same timeframe last year, when Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was unleashed, and attendance was relatively soft for the time of year. Generating an estimated $59 million, Toy Story 3 posted the seventh highest-grossing second weekend ever, though its 3D share dipped to 57 percent, down from last weekend's 60 percent. The animated sequel's 47 percent drop may seem steep, but it was normal, given the movie's intense initial interest and the strength of weekdays at this time of year. In 10 days, Toy Story 3 has tallied $226.6 million, already ranking fifth for 2010, just behind Shrek Forever After (which it will surpass on Monday). That also stands as the seventh highest-grossing 10-day opening ever, »
- Brandon Gray <email@example.com>
Tom Cruise has been all over this week promoting Knight and Day, which finally arrived in theaters on Wednesday. Buzz found his blockbuster to fun and summery, but so far the movie has failed to meet expectations and only grossed $3.8 million on its opening day. Regardless, the film still might be the beginning of Tom's road back to major movie stardom. For today's Flashback Friday, we're taking a look at Tom's visit to The Tonight Show in 1992, when he was chatting about Far and Away. Tom opened up about his love for then-wife Nicole Kidman, as well as his need for speed - check out vintage Tom and Jay Leno below! »
Right about now, one may feel the urge to riff on a Cole Porter tune: "Knight & Day, you aren't the one." Ranking second for the day behind Toy Story 3's massive $13.5 million, Knight & Day landed with $3.8 million on approximately 4,100 screens at 3,042 locations on Wednesday. That was the least-attended opening day for an action-oriented Tom Cruise vehicle since his first, Legend in 1986, and it was his lowest-grossing first day in a leading role since Far and Away in 1992 (though that picture had greater attendance). Mr. Cruise's last starring role, Valkyrie, made $8.5 million on its Thursday opening, although that was a Christmas day debut. His previous Wednesday launch was for War of the Worlds, which took off with $21.3 million five years ago, while the one before that, Mission: Impossible II, opened to $12.5 million (and the disparity only magnifies in terms of attendance). The last movie starring Cruise and Cameron Diaz, Vanilla Sky, »
- Brandon Gray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
More constellations emerge on Les Etoiles de la Critique from lefilmfrancais, as star formations accumulate on the chart first posted by ladylurks 2 days ago. Far and away the films garnering »
- Ryan Adams
The blitz was no laboratory experiment – and its victims were not rats
Inevitably, Health and Safety poked its nose into Blitz Street (Channel 4), a recreation of wartime bombing. That human mongoose, Tony Robinson, was kept on a tight leash by the project manager. ("I don't think anyone should walk down that street. That front wall doesn't look very safe.") Hold me back someone or I'll hit him.
The London blitz started 70 years ago. Blitz Street treated it like a laboratory experiment, measuring precisely what happens when 250kg of high explosive TNT hits a house. (Not in a bomb casing, naturally. The shrapnel might hurt someone.) In slow motion a shop window bowed and all the goods leaped out together as if the owner were saying "Here, take it. Take the lot!" Rats, housed in a blast-proof casing, stood in for Londoners. We heard no more about these reluctant conscripts. »
- Nancy Banks-Smith
What do the film franchises Rocky, Rambo, Saw, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Star Wars, Final Destination and Police Academy all have in common? If you said they all had way more sequels, reboots and remakes than they deserved, then you were right (except Rambo and Rocky because I loved the last two films from those franchises.)
Soon to be joining those ranks is the 80s iconic B-movie anti-hero The Toxic Avenger. According to Deadline, Original Media has partnered up with the Dutch TV company Endemol and acquired the rights to the franchise which includes 4 sequels, and animated TV series and a comic book line. The remake/reboot of the film will be financed by Original Media and will be produced by Charles Corwin (who owns Original Media), Richard Saperstein and Akiva Goldsman.
- Paul Young
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
The Dish Rag hopes that you know your limits today, all you Irish blooded people and/or all the rest of you who just love green beer, wearing something green and speaking in a really bad (think Tom Cruise in "Far and Away") Irish accent on March 17.
And you know who you are.
Look at David Hasselhoff in this classic, sprawled on the floor drunk as an Irish skunk video, shot by his daughter on her cell phone.
Remember, only you can prevent drunk texting on St. Paddy's Day.
Cheers and 'Sláinte!'(pronounced 'slawn-cha'), which means health.
More St. Patrick's Day dish:
Zap2it Celeb Special: Nancy O'Dell shares the luck of the Irish
St. Patrick's Day: Hot Irish celebs »
Fiddly-diddly music? Check. Gallons of the black stuff? Check. Forget about the Celtic Tiger, according to Hollywood Ireland is stuck in the middle of the last century
With Leap Year, in which Amy Adams flies to Dublin to propose to her boyfriend on the 29th of February, Hollywood yet again ticks all the traditional Irish boxes, with a film steeped in cow dung, dipped in booze, populated with tutting Catholics, and bathed in shamrock hues that give even the poster a sickly, consumptive glow. Since Far And Away, starring then-married couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, Hollywood seems more than happy to defile the isle, with mawkish sentiment, happy-go-lucky drunkards, and some of the most unconvincing accents known to man. If you'd like to join in the fun, award yourself 10 points every time you see an Irish-themed Hollywood movie in which …
Someone has a fight
The most egregious misuse of Ireland yet, »
- Damon Wise
I’ll admit, I hadn’t heard of the Red Riding trilogy until this press release popped into my inbox. But, after reading about it, I can honestly tell you it’s something that sounds well worth checking out. If you agree with me (and are local to New York City), you’re in luck! IFC Films will be hosting a screening of this trilogy exclusively at the IFC Center. Read on for more!
This 305 minute presentation includes the complete trilogy of films, complete with two intermissions, running twice a day – at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm, beginning on Friday, February 5:
Red Riding was hailed by the New York Film Festival as “One of this year’s great cinematic events. Far and away the most convincing recent addition to the canon of film noir, this taut, mesmerizing trilogy of films was adapted from David Peace’s series of novels about the “Yorkshire Ripper, »
- Masked Slasher
Oh, this is a smart move ... IFC Films have just announced that they will be running their limited theatrical run of UK true crime trilogy Red Riding is what they're calling a 'roadshow' format. Which means? All three films, no trailers, two intermissions, all credits run at the conclusion of the third film. I've seen this format employed twice before - the Toronto International Film Festival present Nicolas Winding Refn's Pusher trilogy and Johnnie To's Election films this way - and when the material is good it's a potent way to experience film. And these films are very good indeed.
New York (NY) (January 15, 2009) - IFC Films, one of the leading American distributors of independent and foreign films, announced today that it will release Red Riding: Special Roadshow Edition for one week only beginning Friday, February 5th exclusively at the IFC Center in New York City. The »
Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw in The Blind Side (Ralph Nelson / Warner Bros.) "… Far and away the biggest-grossing movie with a female as its sole main player, which is certainly a challenge to conventional Hollywood assumptions (men can star alone, while women need a costar of either sex)." That’s Sandra Bullock in the 2009 football drama The Blind Side, right? Wrong. Film commentator Stuart Byron was referring to Goldie Hawn in the 1980 army comedy Private Benjamin (right), which earned $69.8 million at the domestic box office (about $173m in 2010 dollars, as per Box Office Mojo’s average ticket-price ratio). That same year, Hawn co-starred with Chevy Chase in the comedy Seems Like Old Times: $43.9m (or approx. $109m [...] »
- Andre Soares
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