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2011: the year in review

31 December 2011 2:55 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Police stood by as Britain rioted, popular protests changed the face of the Middle East, European governments fell apart – and so did Fleet Street's reputation. 2011 has been an extraordinary year

It wasn't the sight of a double-decker bus ablaze on Tottenham High Road that stunned Britain as it awoke one morning in August. It wasn't even the historic building smouldering in ruins, or the trail of burnt-out police cars. What chilled the country turning on the news that summer Sunday was footage of a young woman calmly trying on trainers before looting them while police stood by helplessly and watched.

As night fell, violence spread across the capital as mobs of masked youths hurled missiles at riot police and ransacked shops, making off with trolley-loads of TVs, clothes, jewellery, groceries, even nappies. In growing disbelief, the country watched looting break out in broad daylight; shop owners across London frantically boarded up and fled, »

- Decca Aitkenhead, Stuart Heritage, Barney Ronay, Jess Cartner-Morley, Alexis Petridis, Sam Wollaston, Jonathan Jones, Alok Jha, Marina O'Loughlin

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Watch A New Trailer And Extended Clip From The Hockey Comedy Goon

21 December 2011 4:13 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

There's no reason not to be excited for Goon at this point. First, its a comedy about hockey, a subgenre that has brought us the awesomeness that is Slap Shot, The Mighty Ducks, and Happy Gilmore (to an extent). Next, the script was written by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg, both of whom regularly prove themselves as two very funny guys. Then there's the cast, which includes great names like Seann William Scott, Liev Schreiber, Alison Pill, Eugene Levy, and Kim Coates. Lastly: it's a hockey comedy that largely focuses on characters beating the crap out of each other. What's not to love? Keep that excitement going as the new trailer for Good has premiered online. Check it out below or in HD over on Apple. Coincidentally, Hey You Guys! has also posted the first extended clip from the movie which you can see here. In the film, Seann William »

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From Downton Abbey to Kirstie's crafts … the New Boring is everywhere

18 November 2011 1:42 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A mind-numbing cultural diet of Downton Abbey, Adele, home-baking, crafts à la Kirstie Allsopp and novelty knitwear is crushing the spirit of the nation. Rise up against the New Boredom

It's now clear why Julian Fellowes was made a Tory life peer last year: for services he was about to render to the Conservative-led coalition in stupefying a nation with some of the most unprofitable questions ever posed by a prime-time British drama. Will Downton Abbey's eligible girls (Snooty, Pouty and Dowdy) ever find true love? Will Bates ever be free of his barmy ex, even though she is, in fact, dead? Are Fish Face and Evil Smoking Guy for real?

And now along comes news of the Downton Christmas special, which will fill our mental in-trays with more insufferable imponderables. Apparently, the special will introduce a new character called Lord Hepworth, played by veteran roué Nigel Havers. The »

- Stuart Jeffries

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Over/Under: ‘Hoosiers’ vs. ‘Cool Runnings’

15 November 2011 7:34 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Hoosiers is one of those films that somehow finds a way to strike a chord with nearly everyone who watches it. There are some movies that are just mainstream right down to their DNA. There’s this, there’s The Shawshank Redemption, maybe a Forrest Gump; they get mentioned as people’s favorite movies with far greater frequency than anything else. And I’m not talking about cinema buffs when I say people, I’m talking about your grandma, the guy who works on your car, the grandma that works on your car. You know, regular people.  Since it contains one of the big starring roles of Gene Hackman’s career and it was directed by David Anspaugh, who repeated his success at telling an Indiana sports tale with Rudy, that should probably come as no surprise. Disney is maybe the most mainstream production company in the movie business. From the very beginning they’ve focused on »

- Nathan Adams

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Seann William Scott offers up blood, sweat, and teeth in 'Goon' -- Exclusive Poster

11 November 2011 6:00 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

In Goon, Seann William Scott plays a bruising hockey enforcer who’s “been touched by the fist of God.” Judging from the official poster, God’s fist wasn’t alone. Scott’s character Doug might be “the nicest guy you’ll ever fight,” but his scarred-up mug belongs on the post-office wall. Jay Baruchel, a hockey fanatic from Montreal who co-wrote the script with Superbad’s Evan Goldberg, plays Doug’s best friend — and yes, it looks like he went back to his Knocked Up barber — and Liev Schreiber’s mustache might be up for some serious acting awards. Take »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Exclusive: Watch the world premiere of the Goon trailer!

7 November 2011 2:50 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Let's just be up-front about this: the world needs another great hockey movie. And no, I'm not talking about a reboot of The Mighty Ducks. I'm talking about a movie for people who love hockey. Who love a good fight, a wicked slapshot and a cold Canadian beer. Lucky for us, we have Goon. Written by our Montreal brethren Jay Baruchel (who co-stars) and Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express), Goon is a throwback to the classic hockey movies like Slapshot and is a film made by hockey »

- Mike Sampson

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Culture walkouts: our critics' take

25 October 2011 12:29 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

People have been walking out of the RSC's risqué new production of Marat/Sade. Are critics ever tempted to follow them? Guardian reviewers reveal the times they just couldn't take any more

Although the play is nearly 50 years old, Peter Weiss's Marat/Sade still has the power to shock. Around 30 people per night have walked out of the Royal Shakespeare Company's revival in Stratford-upon-Avon, disgusted by scenes including stun-gun torture and simulated sodomy by a sex toy, with one theatregoer describing it as "utter filth and depravity". In response to the row, Katy Brand tweeted about a version she once starred in: "Production ended with me on stage masturbating. Seems tame by RSC standards."

Critics, of course, are required to sit through whatever is thrown at them, be it shocking, preposterous, dreadful or dull. But have there ever been times when they left early? Here, Guardian reviewers reveal the »

- Alexis Petridis, Tim Ashley, Michael Billington, Judith Mackrell, Peter Bradshaw, Brian Logan

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French game given timely lift by a fictional All Black | Richard Williams

24 October 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

France cinema has a low-cost blockbuster on its hands – a rugby story that could almost have been set in the Welsh valleys

If you saw a 50-year-old man running naked around the Arc de Triomphe at midnight last summer, that would have been Philippe Guillard. He was making good his promise to run a naked lap of the Parisian landmark if more than 500,000 people went to see his film about life among the rugby people of France's south-west. His assessment turned out to be too modest by half.

Since its release at the start of the year more than a million people have flocked to see Le Fils à Jo, a film which is to its sport and its region as the 1996 British film Brassed Off was to brass bands and the South Yorkshire coalfields: a comedy with soul and roots and humanity, and a deep love of its subject and its setting. »

- Richard Williams

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6 Things You Never Knew About WWE Superstar Zack Ryder!

20 October 2011 12:07 PM, PDT | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

HollywoodLife.com chatted with our new Broski Zack Ryder! And now we have learned Six new things about the WWE Superstar who is on a meteoric rise! Woo Woo You Know It! Zack Ryder has skyrocketed in the WWE Universe ever since he started hosting his exceptionally popular weekly web show, Z! True Long Island Story! The life long fan of wrestling can be seen both on WWE's flagship show, Monday Night Raw and WWE Smackdown where along with wrestling he is the New Assistant General Manager. And to cap it all off, he will have a United States Championship Title match at WWE Vengeance PPV this Sunday Oct. 23 against his arch rival Dolph Ziggler! HollywoodLife.com caught up with Zack to talk about Halloween, his dream matches, his favorite Hollywood hottie and much much more. Read on to learn Six things you never knew about Zack Ryder! 1. Would Zack Ryder »

- Russ Weakland

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10 Other New Movies You Could (and Should) Sue Over

10 October 2011 11:38 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

So a woman in Michigan is suing the distributors of "Drive," the artsy, violent Ryan Gosling vehicle (get it?), because she says it was advertised as being "very similar to the 'Fast and Furious,' or similar, series of movies."

While other outlets are decrying the lawsuit as "idiotic" and "moronic" and "symbolic of everything that's wrong with America," let us play devil's advocate and put our support behind this brave champion of justice.

In fact, let's take it a step further and give you valiant legal eagles out there 10 more movies (actually, the top 10 in America this weekend) to sue, along with opening claims. Just check with your lawyers first.

(Warning: Spoilers Ahead.)

'Real Steel'

There's not enough robot blood. You expected Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots to the Max, a movie set in a future where humanity is so vicious and bent on decapitation as »

- Kevin Polowy

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Kenan Or Kel: Who's Engaged?

1 October 2011 2:52 PM, PDT | Celebsology | See recent Celebsology news »

Who loves orange soda? Who loves orange soda? Kellllll loves orange soda! He's not the one getting engaged though.

According to Us, Kenan Thompson, 33, of Saturday Night Live is engaged! Half of our favorite Nickelodeon show recently got engaged to model Christina Evangeline. The two are planning on a short engagement with a ceremony already set for this upcoming November 11, 2011.

The public really took notice again of Kenan later in his career when he first appeared on SNL in 2002 portraying Bill Cosby. He actually is the first cast regular to be a part of the show having been born after the series first aired in 1975. 

No one can forget his other memorable roles though, which include All That, The Mighty Ducks, Fat Albert and the academy award winning Fat Burger with longtime friend Kel Mitchell.

Congrats to the happy couple!

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- Stephanie Webber

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Liverpool 2-1 Wolves – Match Report

24 September 2011 10:12 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Charlie Adam's shot leading to the opening goal

Liverpool continued their revival from the heavy blow dealt out by Tottenham last Sunday, with a 2-1 win at home against Wolves.

A bizarre Roger Johnson own goal opened the scoring in the 11th minute when Charlie Adam’s fierce drive was headed onto the post and in by the former Birmingham defender.

Boosted by their early lead, Liverpool took a hold on the game and in the 38th minute a divine pass from Jose Enrique was met by Luis Suarez who twisted and turned in the box before firing past a helpless Wayne Hennessey.

Wolves made two changes at the break and one of them made an instant impact. In the 49th minute, Steven Fletcher latched on to a Steven Hunt cross and thumped the ball high into the net, past an outstretched Pepe Reina.

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- Matt English

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The Top Ten Baseball Movies of All-Time

19 September 2011 10:35 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Moneyball is one of the year's most anticipated films and it will be hitting theaters this Friday. Starring Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's who lead a team of castoffs to the American League playoffs back in 2003, the film is based on Michael Lewis' ("The Blind Side") bestselling book of the same name, and has been mentioned for awards season kudos.

The film debuted in Toronto at the beginning of this month where it didn't cement it as the Oscar frontrunner, but it didn't knock it out of contention either. Most of the reviews coming out of the festival were positive to glowing including Brad's take on the film (read that here) when he saw it on the first day of the fest.

Hollywood hasn't made that many baseball movies over the years but the ones they have made have often been terrific. Here, »

- Bill Cody

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International Trailer for Goon Starring Seann William Scott, Magnolia Picks Up Film for Distribution

13 September 2011 8:18 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The international trailer for the hockey comedy Goon has gone online. The film is currently screening as part of the Toronto Film Festival, and centers on a bouncer with a penchant for fighting who joins a downtrodden hockey team. The trailer is decidedly goofy, with the flick looking a bit like an R-rated version of The Mighty Ducks. The cast of Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber and Alison Pill is impressive, with Pill getting the bear’s share of laughs from this trailer. Matt caught the film at Tiff and was a fan, calling it “just the right mix of sweetness, vulgarity, and offbeat humor.” Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Magnolia's Magnet Pictures recently picked up the film for distribution (via Heat Vision). Michael Dowse (Take Me Home Tonight) directs from a script by Baruchel and Evan Goldberg. Here’s the synopsis for Goon: Goon »

- Adam Chitwood

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‘Goon’ International Trailer: ‘Happy Gilmore’ Meets ‘The Mighty Ducks’

13 September 2011 7:34 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Goon co-writer/star Jay Baruchel (She’s Out of My League) and his script collaborator, Evan Goldberg (Superbad, The Green Hornet), have been looking for a studio to pick up their self-described “anti-sports movie” for around a year - and now, Magnolia Pictures has officially snatched up U.S. rights to the hard-hitting hockey comedy (pun intended).

An international trailer for Goon has been released, painting the film as being an R-Rated laughfest that (for lack of a better description) feels like the lovechild of Happy Gilmore and The Mighty Ducks.

Canadian director Michael Dowse (Take Me Home Tonight, the Fubar movies) sat at the helm of Goon, which is based on Adam Frattasio and Doug Smith’s book “Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey” about Smith’s real-life experiences.

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- Sandy Schaefer

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Trailer: The Way with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez

23 August 2011 4:04 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have the trailer for "The Way" adventure film, starring Martin Sheen (The Departed) and his son Emilio Estevez (The Mighty Ducks). Check it out below. Plot: An American father (Sheen) travels to France to recover the body of his estranged son (Estevez) who died while traveling "El camino de Santiago" from France to Santiago de Compostela (Spain). The new movie is written and directed by Estevez, and already premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. It is now set to get a limited theatrical release on October 7th. Estevez has previously directed "Bobby" and "Men at Work," which co-starred his brother Charlie Sheen. Trailer: If you cannot see the player, click here. »

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This Week In Trailers: One Life, 10,000 Days, Breakaway, Ra.One, Mysteries of Lisbon

15 July 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? Ra.One Trailer Realize that when we showcased the teaser trailer for this film [1] a few months ago you animals went wild with dozens upon »

- Christopher Stipp

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Eric's Movie Review: Green Lantern

20 June 2011 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Green Lantern is a schizophrenic film that might leave the lay person entertained, scratching their collective heads, or both. With every single element of the film flawed, it's not a question of whether the movie will be enjoyed, but that it can be enjoyed despite itself. When watching the film, one must go in with the mindset that he or she is watching at least three separate movies that sometimes intersect. First is the Ryan Reynolds centered poor man's Iron Man. Next is Mark Strong's space epic. Last is the Peter Sarsgaard avant-garde performance art piece and/or slapstick comedy. While the inspiration of Marvel Studio's first film is obvious, the plot line involving Ryan Reynolds is more akin to The Mighty Ducks. Underdog joins team, fails, quits, gets pep talk, and wins the »

- Eric Whitman

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Men of a Certain Age Review: "A League of Their Owen"

15 June 2011 9:00 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

From Hoosiers to The Mighty Ducks, and from Rudy to Ladybugs, underdog sports movies have a special place in many of our hearts. That place was brought back to the forefront in "A League of Their Owen."

The tale of a bunch of misfits getting together to take on the bigger, stronger, more talented, and better-dressed team has been around for ages. Men of a Certain Age certainly put its own twist on that same old story, and it made for my favorite episode of the summer season.

The hilarity of this episode begins with the fact that although Big Owen Thoreau was an NBA star, little Owen Thoreau has a difficult time dribbling a basketball without falling on his face. While many of his Thoreau Chevrolet softball compadres are not much better, at least none of them fell flat on their face running to first base.

Although his athletic »

- d4cella@gmail.com (Dan Forcella)

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Paul Feig Walks Down the Aisle With "Bridesmaids"

8 May 2011 10:01 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Paul Feig is nothing if not open. As the author of two wonderfully observed memoirs - "Kick Me," covering his childhood and "Superstud" chronicling his twenties, with his TV series "Freaks and Geeks" to semi-autobiographically fill in the rest of his early years -- he's let audiences grow up with him. With sharp, self-deprecating wit and warmth, he's been the best teller of his own story, one that's led him from an adolescence in Michigan where a respite from constant teasing in junior high was making TV commercials for his father's hardware store before he eventually took center stage himself to the slings and arrows of being a standup comedian and actor. However, partly out of his considerable humility and just as likely because it would ruin some of his schtick, the one area of his life that hasn't been as nearly well-documented has been the success he's found as a director. »

- Stephen Saito

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