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18 items from 2011


Here's The 'Paris'-Led Top 10 Limited Debuts of 2011 By Per-Theater-Average

29 December 2011 10:28 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This week at Indiewire we're offering a series of charts reflecting the big winners at the box office this year. Today's chart takes on the best per theater averages of limited debuts in 2011. While most years see the final month or two offering the biggest per-theater-averages of the year (a la "Black Swan," "The King's Speech," "Up In The Air" and "Precious" in recent years), 2011 was something of an anomaly. Far and away the two biggest limited debuts of the year - and among the biggest of all-time - came from two consecutive weekends in May. That would be when Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" and Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" would gross downright stunning $90,000+ averages coming off their Cannes debuts. The biggest debut of the final months of the year was "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" - which averaged $77,641 in early December. While "The Descendants" notably »

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Tom Cruise: Good Genes or Good Docs?

18 December 2011 12:35 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Tom Cruise's mission impossible is aging.Here's the handsome 30-year-old "Far and Away" star back in 1992 (left) -- and 19 years later, the flawless 49-year-old promoting his new movie "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" in London this week (right). What's his secret? Read more »

- TMZ Staff

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Top five Muppet moments

23 November 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The greatest hits of The Muppet Show

Elton John does Crocodile Rock with Dr Teeth and Electric Mayhem

Far and away, one of the funniest musical moments on TV, ever. And one of the funniest things about it is that, even alongside Animal and the variously coloured Muppets, it's Elton who looks the least human.

Danny Boy

Forget all the celebrity guests – the best singers on the show were always the Swedish Chef, Animal and Beaker. And here they are, giving a certain Irish ode the treatment it deserves.

Mahna Mahna

Probably The Muppet Show's most famous song. It makes no sense, it's surreal, it's impossibly catchy. In other words, it's hilarious to watch when sober, it's downright mindblowing if you're anything but.

Miss Piggy hits on Rudolf Nureyev in a sauna

Look, what more description do you need? Miss Piggy hits on Nureyev in a sauna. This was definitely from a pre-pc age, »

- Hadley Freeman

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Quick Shooter: A Clint Eastwood Profile (Part 5)

22 October 2011 9:52 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood in the fifth of a five part feature (read parts one, two, three and four)...

“Maybe the title of Space Cowboys [2000] is a bit misleading because it is mostly about the pioneers of space,” stated Clint Eastwood when discussing the story about four former test pilots from the 1950s who decades later get an opportunity to go into outer space. “We were not really cowboys, but these men who did all the pioneering in the 1950s were going to the frontier of space in planes they were not sure could make it. They were being rocketed along on the ground faster than the speed of sound to see if the human body could take it, so I would say that the film is something of a homage to those gentlemen.” The action thriller with a production budget of $65 million stars Clint Eastwood, »

- flickeringmyth

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The worst Irish movies ever made - Videos & Poll (IrishCentral)

16 October 2011 4:07 AM, PDT | IrishCentral | See recent IrishCentral news »

What are the worst Irish movies ever made? We think we have come up with the Top 5 but if you have any better or worse ideas, feel free to join in. From stereotypical views of Ireland in “Leap Year” and atrocious acting and accents in “Far and Away” to the embarrassing tales of “High Spirits” and “A Tiger’s Tale,” there have been some really awful films made about or in Ireland. Here at Irish Central, we’ve saved the number one spot for one of the most bizarre movies ever made. “Holy Water” is a tale about a group of men who put Viagra in their town’s water supply. Need we say more? ------------ Read More: The ten worst Irish accents in Hollywood movies IrishCentral's top ten Irish mob movies - See Videos ------------ Here’s our full list of the top worst Irish movies of all time: »

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Wahlberg, Foster, Ribisi and Beckinsale Star In Kormakur's Contraband

29 September 2011 12:32 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Far and away the busiest director to ever come out of Iceland - and one of the busiest in all of Europe - Baltasar Kormakur indulges his more commercial instincts with upcoming Hollywood action thriller Contraband.Mark Wahlberg leads the cast of Contraband, a white-knuckle action-thriller about a man trying to stay out of a world he worked hard to leave behind and the family he'll do anything to protect.  Set in New Orleans, the film explores the cutthroat underground world of international smuggling--full of desperate criminals and corrupt officials, high-stakes and big payoffs--where loyalty rarely exists and death is one wrong turn away.  Chris Farraday (Wahlberg) long ago abandoned his life of crime, but after his brother-in-law, Andy (Caleb Landry Jones), botches a drug »

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Thoughts on... Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

26 August 2011 8:04 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Cowboys & Aliens, 2011.

Directed by Jon Favreau.

Starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano, Clancy Brown and Keith Carradine.

Synopsis:

A posse of cowboys attempt to defend Earth from extraterrestrial invaders.

Cowboys and Aliens. Now there’s a high concept movie title if I ever heard one. There are cowboys. There are aliens. And that’s pretty much it. But here is one summer blockbuster that doesn’t try to be overly complicated with a simple concept, yet doesn’t surrender its integrity by dumbing down to usual CGI mindless fare.

Cowboys and Aliens is a film you either go along with and buy into the situation, or you don’t. I don’t believe anyone out there will fall into the middle ground of liking the ‘cowboy’ but disliking the ‘alien’, or vice versa. The two elements on their own are not enough to save this film, »

- flickeringmyth

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"So You Think You Can Dance" Recap - Lady Gaga No Fan of "Nappy Tabs"

28 July 2011 7:24 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Lady Gaga and Rob Marshall join Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy on the judging panel

So You Think You Can Dance performance evenings are often best watched via DVR. That way you can fast forward through the judges' comments. After all, it's the dancing you tune in for, not Mary Murphy's tamale train screams, Nigel Lythgoe's macho-policing, or the fawnings of various nervous guest judges. Those are usually annoying distractions from the often brilliant performances.

But last night almost flipped that equation. Even though the dance numbers were stellar – arguably the best overall night of performances this season – it turned out to be the patter at the judges' table that was absolutely riveting.

You can thank Lady Gaga for that. There she was perched next to Nigel in an absolutely ridiculous get-up (okay, what else is new), but she carried herself with such intelligence, aplomb and emotional generosity »

- Dennis Ayers

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ Offers Ideal Vehicle For Matthew McConaughey

19 July 2011 7:17 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – It’s easy to forget just how good of an actor Matthew McConaughey can be with the right vehicle. He delivered what may be his best performance to date in Jill Sprecher’s 2001 multi-character drama “Thirteen Conversations About One Thing,” in which he played a slick lawyer whose unbreakable self-esteem is shattered by a sudden crisis of conscience.

Over the past decade, McConaughey has chosen projects that seem designed to ignore the promise he sported in his earlier work. An assortment of forgettable romantic comedies have required him to do little more than fulfill the role of charismatic eye candy. What’s striking about McConaughey’s triumphant comeback effort, “The Lincoln Lawyer,” is the fact that it casts him as a lawyer not unlike the one he played in “Thirteen Conversations,” or for that matter, 1996’s “A Time to Kill.” Perhaps it’s the tension of a courtroom that »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Jon Favreau Interviews Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer for Cowboys & Aliens

6 July 2011 3:44 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Director Jon Favreau is taking a slightly different approach to the marketing materials for Cowboys & Aliens. Eschewing the traditional Epk (electronic press kit) format of bland, quick cut behind-the-scenes interviews, the director sat down with the extremely talented members of the Cowboys & Aliens cast and crew for some extended, candid and wide-ranging interviews. We brought you his interview with Harrison Ford last week, and this week Favreau sits down with C&A producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and executive producer Steven Spielberg. The conversations range from Spielberg’s Jaws, to Howard’s Far and Away, and sneaking onto studio lots as young men. Spielberg also tells a fantastic John Ford story. Hit the jump to check out the second installment of interviews. Cowboys & Aliens hits theaters July 29th. Interviews via The Huffington Post:   Here’s the official synopsis for Cowboys & Aliens: 1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory »

- Adam Chitwood

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The worst Irish movies ever made - Videos & Poll (IrishCentral)

27 June 2011 4:28 AM, PDT | IrishCentral | See recent IrishCentral news »

What are the worst Irish movies ever made? We think we have come up with the Top 5 but if you have any better or worse ideas, feel free to join in. From stereotypical views of Ireland in “Leap Year” and atrocious acting and accents in “Far and Away” to the embarrassing tales of “High Spirits” and “A Tiger’s Tale,” there have been some really awful films made about or in Ireland. Here at Irish Central, we’ve saved the number one spot for one of the most bizarre movies ever made. “Holy Water” is a tale about a group of men who put Viagra in their town’s water supply. Need we say more? ------------ Read More: The ten worst Irish accents in Hollywood movies IrishCentral's top ten Irish mob movies - See Videos ------------ Here’s our full list of the top worst Irish movies of all time: »

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Green Lantern: Emerald Knights’ Explores DC Universe

14 June 2011 5:46 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Superheroes may appear relatively sure-footed, but they are on shaky ground with modern audiences. The sense of awe evoked so effortlessly in Richard Donner’s 1978 classic “Superman” is practically impossible to pull off these days. Comic book adaptations have to be entrenched in realism (as in “The Dark Knight”) to truly wow audiences. Fantastical superpowers and pure-hearted morality just seem so passé.

It’s unclear whether Martin Campbell’s upcoming reboot of DC’s “Green Lantern” franchise will follow in line with the Marvel series, which has uneasily melded self-referential humor with its hokey fantasy (with the exception of the first “Iron Man”). Filmmakers can’t act hipper than the material and still expect audiences to sit through it. Hopefully Campbell’s film will have some semblance of the spirit so vibrantly evoked in DC’s latest original movie, “Green Lantern: Emerald Knights.”

Blu-Ray Rating: 3.5/5.0

Fans of comics and »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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30 Years of Tom Cruise – Vote for Your Favourite Tom Cruise Movie

15 April 2011 4:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

As you may have seen from the post preceding this one, Tom Cruise is celebrating 30 years in the movie industry this year and I thought what better use of our time could there be than running a poll for your all-time favourite Tom Cruise movie?!

Below is his entire body of feature film work in list form and all you have to do is vote for your all-time fav! I know this is going to be next to (Mission) impossible since he’s made so many classics but one and one only is what you must choose.

Will it be the obvious Top Gun or will it be the Irish attempts in Far and Away?! “I do not wish ta fight yeeer” he states to a horse before punching it in the face! Classic. Could it be Days of Thunder where we see Top Gun re-enacted in car form. Could »

- David Sztypuljak

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Before They Were Famous: Nicole Kidman in 'BMX Bandits'

14 March 2011 10:45 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

With her numerous acting awards and constant critical acclaim, it's sometimes easy to forget that Nicole Kidman wasn't always A-list.

Time for a reminder.

While the awesome Aussie first made America—and, reportedly Tom Cruise—take notice as the frizzy-haired woman in peril in the 1987 thriller "Dead Calm," she actually landed her first major role four years earlier, playing, yup, a frizzy-haired woman in peril in the not-so-thrilling "BMX Bandits," which makes its Blu-ray debut this week.

Despite a lackluster plot—a trio of teens find a stash of stolen walkie-talkies, sell them for BMX gear, then are trailed by the crooks—the 1983 flick was a coup for 16-year-old Kidman, who had previously done bit parts in two TV movies as well as "Bush Christmas," which, we assure you, was not a porno but a family film.

"BMX Bandits" didn't exactly turn Kidman into a Wonder from Down Under, however, »

- Mark Marino

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The worst Irish movies ever made - See Videos (IrishCentral)

8 March 2011 4:27 AM, PST | IrishCentral | See recent IrishCentral news »

Visit our special St. Patrick's Day section What are the worst Irish movies ever made? We think we have come up with the Top 5 but if you have any better or worse ideas, feel free to join in. From stereotypical views of Ireland in “Leap Year” and atrocious acting and accents in “Far and Away” to the embarrassing tales of “High Spirits” and “A Tiger’s Tale,” there have been some really awful films made about or in Ireland. Here at Irish Central we’re saved the number one spot for one of the most bizarre movies ever made. “Holy Water” is a tale about a group of men who put Viagra in their town’s water supply. Need we say more? Here’s our full list of the top worst Irish movies of all time: Holy Water (2009) Just a short description of this Irish movie will show you quickly »

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Dr. Seuss birthday party idea: Watch 'The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T'

1 March 2011 12:33 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

As of Mar. 2, 2011, Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) would have been 107 years old. And while many fans will likely be honoring the writer and cartoonist by reading his children's books or even catching an out-of-season airing of "How The Grinch Stole Christmas," we'll be celebrating with an encore viewing of "The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T."

You may not know this, but Seuss is also responsible for a live action feature film. He wrote the story, screenplay and lyrics for "Dr. T," a 1953 movie about a boy who falls asleep and becomes trapped in an absurd world where his demanding piano teacher holds his mother hostage and has outlawed every kind of musical instrument that isn't a piano.

In it's time, "Dr. T" wasn't exactly well-received, and Seuss himself referred to it as a "debaculous fiasco," forbidding any mention of it in his official biography. But over the years, it's developed »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Oscar Nominee Trivia File: Nicole Kidman

22 February 2011 9:38 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

She made her television debut almost 30 years ago, and Nicole Kidman quickly rose to stardom in the 1990s. Today, she is among Hollywood's highest-paid actresses and is no stranger to awards. She won her first Oscar in 2002 for "The Hours."

The actress, spokesmodel, and humanitarian landed an Academy Award Best Actress nomination for her performance as Becca Corbett in "Rabbit Hole."

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[DVD Review] You Again

9 February 2011 8:03 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Here is a list of things I hate: the idea that high school is fate. Incredibly contrived romantic comedy plots. Elderly people hyper-sexualized to the point of “comedic” disgust. Hollywood’s perpetuation of the ‘beautiful jock/ugly nerd’ cliché. Ugly characters who become beautiful when they take off their glasses. Characters incapable of forgiving others for tiny past missteps. Women portrayed as deceptive irrational fools. The idea that love is the high-stakes maintenance of a series of illusions of perfection. Adults who are just hyperactive egomaniacal idiot children with credit cards. Oh, I’m sorry, I meant here is a list of things in You Again.

Now, before I begin grousing about this piece of garbage, I would like to give a big round of applause to Billy Unger. The fifteen-year-old actor absolutely kills it as the protagonist’s younger brother, Ben. I laughed, not chuckled, but laughed almost every time he appeared on screen. »

- Willie Osterweil

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