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We've arrived at the very end of 2009, which means it's finally time to unveil our hotly-anticipated 25 Hottest and Lamest lists of 2009. Tonight we conclude the festivities with our 25 Lamest of 2009 list, which includes a number of movie-related events (films, actors, actresses, trends, scenes) that we all thought were the hands-down lamest things to happen in Hollywood over the past 12 months. Joining us from the Cinematical staff for this year's lists are Eric D. Snider, William Goss, Monika Bartyzel, Dawn Taylor, Elisabeth Rappe, Jen Yamato, Erik Davis and Peter Hall. For those who missed last night's 25 Hottest of 2009 list, head over here to check that out. Enjoy!
25. Year One
Take the director of National Lampoon's Vacation and Caddyshack, the writer of Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, two writers from The Office, a cast that includes Jack Black, Michael Cera, Hank Azaria, David Cross, and Oliver Platt, and what do you get? One »
- Erik Davis
Heeb magazine, the place for appreciation of hip Judiaism culture, has an interview with Year One director (and Ghostbusters cast member) Harold Ramis. In the nearly 20 years since the release of Ghostbusters II, Egon's hair has gone nearly snow white but Ramis' acerbic wit hasn't diminished.
The interview covers the breadth of Ramis' film career, touching on questions concerning Stripes, Groundhog Day and his thoughts on today's movie comedians. And then Heeb's interviewer hits up Ramis with the manditory Ghostbusters III question about when the heck this sequel is gonna happen:
"Something’s going to happen. Dan [Aykroyd] did write a spec GB3 screenplay a few years ago, but no one was motivated to pursue it," Ramis answered. "Now, 25 years after the original, there seems to be some willingness to proceed and apparently a substantial public appetite for a sequel. We’ll introduce some new young Ghostbusters, and all the old guys will be in it, »
- Patrick Sauriol
What's that you say? You've grown hopelessly addicted to our Fave Fives, printing them up and amassing them like some crazy lady in Kentucky who lives up to her waist in decades of accumulated trash, filth and dessicated cat carcasses? (Sorry -- we watched Hoarders last night and it's hard to shake off.) Well then, you're in luck! Next up is New York-based comedian, author and sexpot Julie Klausner, whose book, I Don't Care About Your Band: What I Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux-Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I've Dated, comes out on Groundhog Day 2010. Click on to learn what five pop culture moments Julie deemed 2009's most essential. »
I hate to say it, but the more I hear about Ghostbusters 3 the harder it is to get excited about it. Alyssa Milano and Eliza Dushku? Bill Murray as a ghost? While it is only but speculation at this point and all of it could be completely wrong, nothing I have heard so far really instills a lot of confidence that they can get the magic back 20 years later. Like it or not, however, the film is most likely happening, and now Harold Ramis has given us an indication as to when exactly that might be. In an interview with Heeb Magazine, which covered old ground such as Animal House, Club Paradise, Stripes, and Groundhog Day, Ramis confirmed that the film will center on both the old and new team of Ghostbusters, but more significantly spilled about the film's production timeline. Last week, Ivan Reitman hinted that filming could get »
I propose a new policy for 2010: let's not be even vaguely ready to buy into every little Ghostbusters 3 statement that passes the lips of Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd. Especially Dan Aykroyd. But the thing does seem to be happening, for better or worse, and while we're lodged in the last days of 2009 I'll stick with this year's policy of delivering every shred of haphazard promise about the upcoming film. The latest is from Harold Ramis, who promises a summer 2010 shoot for a 2011 release. The statements come from Heeb, which spoke to the director about many of his films, and got a couple neat statements about Groundhog Day. (Check the source for those.) Of Ghostbusters 3, he says: Something’s going to happen. Dan [Aykroyd] did write a spec GB3 screenplay a few years ago, but no one was motivated to pursue it. Now, 25 years after the »
- Russ Fischer
The first decade of the new millennium has come to an end, and that means it is now time for film sites all over the web to begin posting their various retrospectives and lists recalling the decade that was. I generally as a rule dislike such lists because they are always so subjective. Then I said screw it and took it upon myself to do one of my own naming the ten worst horror movies of the past decade. Besides, people love bitching on the Internet about lists like this, and who am I to deny readers yet another excuse to get into pointless flame wars over personal opinions.
Of course, this list is just my personal opinion which is not legally binding ... unless Proposition 304 passes. And we all pray that it will.
I set two rules when putting this list together: Only horror movies that received fairly wide theatrical »
At first Bill Murray was a goofball, a lounge singer or a guy that tried to blow up a gopher. Graduating to movie stardom, he soon found a style of detached cool that worked like gangbusters, or ghostbusters. In movies like Stripes and Ghostbusters, he would make wry comments while the rest of his co-stars acted their parts; he rarely got involved in the drama. But it worked. A decade later, however, he could be seen giving an actual performance in Wes Anderson's Rushmore (1998). He was still funny, but he found a real emotional connection with his co-stars, and he was touching. From there, you could easily look back and find other moments of greatness: his bit parts in films like Tootsie, Ed Wood, Kingpin and Wild Things, his abrasive gangster in Mad Dog and Glory, in the very dark, anxious and underrated Quick Change, which was his directorial »
- Jeffrey M. Anderson
Feeling down? Greatpoochini invites you to fluff yourself up and let your imagination take wing to find the best film clips featuring plumes of all kinds
"I'm as light as a feather! I'm as happy as an angel!" Whether inspired by these immortal words, especially when uttered by Alastair Sim's Ebeneezer Scrooge, or perhaps the fine white quills wielded by Scrooge's clerks in A Muppet Christmas Carol, this week we focus on feathers.
But before letting your imaginations take flight, some ground rules. There'll be extra marks for clips that do not feature live birds – especially as depicted in those sub-Attenborough wildlife documentaries, soundtracked by condescending narration, that seem to have been handed down from Hollywood generation to generation. However, in the spirit of Clip joint, some creative exceptions, and the occasional turkey, will of course be accepted.
1) Dumbo's grips his magic feather, spreads his ears, and we all see an elephant fly. »
Another year has come and nearly gone, which means it’s once again that time of year to reflect on the cornucopia of movies released in theaters over the last 12 months. While we’re all eager to find out what movies rank amongst the best of 2009, the Movie Geeks prefer to start with the bad news and finish with the good news. So, this week we pull all the stops and lay out the Bottom Ten Worst Movies of 2009.
There’s pretty much only one thing this thriller (in name only) has plenty of. White. It’s not exciting. It’s not suspenseful. It doesn’t make you care one iota whether anyone lives or dies. It’s really one of those movies that, at the end of the day, is just a waste of space, time, and money. When your “thriller” gets its culminating action scenes and suspense »
- Movie Geeks
Duncan Jones might be pinned down to the sci-fi genre from Moon on onwards. After being attached to a finger-full of projects since his Sundance launch pad, the helmer has signed onto direct the 2007 Black List script (high on that list and tops on ScriptShadow's recent poll) with Jake Gyllenhaal in the running to topline the pic. - Duncan Jones might be pinned down to the sci-fi genre from Moon on onwards. After being attached to a finger-full of projects since his Sundance launch pad, the helmer has signed onto direct the 2007 Black List script (high on that list and tops on ScriptShadow's recent poll) with Jake Gyllenhaal in the running to topline the pic. Originally written by Ben Ripley, Source Code got a revision from Billy Ray (this writer-director has his DNA on tons of screenplays) and it basically looks at an experimental government program set »
- Ioncinema.com Staff
With disturbing regularity looking through industry news is beginning to feel like Groundhog Day. By that I don’t mean I get the all-encompassing sense of glee that permeates through my veins every time I see Bill Murray and Andie McDowell serenely skipping snow-drenched fences together at the end of Harold Ramis’ classic romance film. Instead, I refer to the depressing inevitability that comes with learning Hollywood’s creative bankruptcy means I must read about comic book adaptations on a nearly daily basis.
Todays news, via Slashfilm, is that Scarlet Fire Entertainment are developing an adaptation of Adam Hamdy’s Dare Comic property The Hunter. The lead character, this time an FBI agent, makes the surprising discovery that he has, you guessed it, extraordinary powers. Hamdy is to write an entirely new plot for this film using existing characters and is also set to produce.
Hamdy announced his excitement at »
The karma-fuelled comedy My Name Is Earl is getting daily repeats on E4 – and there are plenty of reasons to catch up
My Name Is Earl is back. No, they're not making any new episodes – although one never knows with Us TV – but Earl is getting repeated, daily on E4 from tonight, which is good news for the many fans of the show and even better news for those who somehow eluded its charms over its 96-episode run.
When Earl first hit in 2005, it hit big. Impressive ratings in the States earned it a decent, prominent slot in the schedules here – unlike, say, the massively underrated and still brilliant King Of The Hill. The story of a man with a huge list of misdeeds to atone for, Earl hit its stride almost immediately. The karma-fuelled plotlines twisted and turned while exploring the locale of Camden County and its colourful denizens. »
- Phelim O'Neill
Curtis' superpower gives a glimpse of the Misfits' lives before the storm. Plus Dexter Fletcher turns up as Nathan's dad
Spoiler alert: This weekly blog is for those who have been watching Misfits - don't read ahead if you haven't seen episode three yet
Richard Vine's episode four blog
After last week's slight lull in proceedings, episode four of Misfits shows life before the storm for the Misfits. Curtis explores the limits of his power, we see what Tony and Sally's relationship was like, find out why Nathan is doing community service for stealing some pick'n'mix - and there's even a Dexter Fletcher cameo.
Curtis is at the heart of the action this time, using his power to rewind his life to the point just before it all went wrong for him. It's a great device, like watching a combination of Run Lola Run and Groundhog Day as he goes »
- Richard Vine
Wanna know more about Duncan Jones’ upcoming sci-fi film “Source Code”, starring Jake Gyllenhaal? You’ve come to the right place, and you should keep reading. Does the movie sound interesting to you, but you’d rather avoid Possible Spoilers? Then stay clear of this page. You’ve been warned. So, you’re still here? Here’s the deal: The Playlist has read the script for Ben Ripley’s “Source Code”, and they explain how the movie begins, and the film’s plot. It’s basically a combination of the Denzel Washington movie “Deja Vu” combined with “The Matrix” and the Bill Murray comedy “Groundhog Day”. And oh yeah, some form of time travel is involved, too. It kicks off with Colter (to be played by Jake Gyllenhaal), a thirty year old man with a military buzz cut, waking up on a commuter train heading into Penn Station from New Jersey. »
Say this for ABC and the producers of "Lost": They are committed to the information lockdown as regards season six.
The network sent out its description of the season premiere, "La X," on Monday, and aside from making sure that we know there's a space between the "A" and the "X," the release says less than these things usually do.
Often with these documents, there's a one- or two-sentence description of the episode, a la this one from "Some Like It Hoth" last season: "Suspicions about a possible breach intensify after Ben is taken from the infirmary, and a reluctant Miles is forced to work with Hurley when he's asked to deliver an important package to a top Dharma official." It then lists the regular and guest cast and tells you who wrote and directed the episode. There's never a ton to grab onto, but it at least gives »
By the Hollywood Reporter
Conventional wisdom had it that the Michael Jackson documentary would be available on DVD for the holidays, but Sony said last month that the timetable just wasn't happening, pushing the release into 2010.
Now, the concert-footage film is set for release on Jan. 26.
Read more at the Hollywood Reporter. »
- Josh Dickey
Here are the answers to yesterday’s weekly Sunday Movie Quiz. If you missed the quiz yesterday, go here and give it a try before you look at the answers. Hope you had fun, and will come back for another quiz next Sunday.
Movie Quotes – Name the films
1 I’ll have what she’s having. – When Harry Met Sally
2 Yes Miss Daisy, I be honking. – The Long Kiss Goodnight
3 So, um, we think we should discuss the bonus situation… – Alien
4 Alrighty then. – Ace Ventura – Pet Detective
5 Watch out for that first step, it’s a doozy. – Groundhog Day
6 It’s like looking in a mirror, only, not. – Face/Off
7 Hi, I killed the president of Paraguay with a fork, how have you been? – Grosse Point Blank
8 You might have seen a housefly, maybe even a superfly, but I bet you ain’t never seen a donkey fly. – Shrek
9 Tell me about it, »
- Barry Steele
Welcome to the town of Stockbridge. Again. And again. And again. And, well, you get the point. Picking up on the heels of last month’s The Castle of Fear Doctor Who adventure, The Eternal Summer takes us into present day Stockbridge with a bang. The Doctor and Nyssa find themselves in a bit of a Groundhog Day situation, but with a twist. While time seems to be repeating itself, it doesn’t always happen in the same order, or in fact the same year. The is also the fact that death »
- Brian A. Terranova firstname.lastname@example.org
If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s never to underestimate the films being made in New Zealand. No, I’m not referring to Lord of the Rings, but it’s the indie films that never cease to surprise me. Blackspot is a new cerebral thriller from directed by Ben Hawker. The film was co-written by Ben and his brother Luke. This is Ben’s first directorial outing, but he has worked in special effects for Weta Workshop on such films as 30 Days Of Night, King Kong and The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, so he’s well-versed in the industry.
One thing I can absolutely say for certain is that audiences may not fully understand what they just saw upon leaving the theater, but they will most definitely find themselves thinking about it, and some will find themselves philosophically picking it apart and discussing it with friends. »
Chicago – “Hell is other people!” declares reclusive author Arlen Faber. That’s nothing compared to the hell of fake people, who permeate so many subpar pictures marketed as “indie” entertainment. There’s not a single character in “The Answer Man” that feels the least bit realistic. There’s not a single line of dialogue that sounds as if it was spontaneously spoken, instead of typed by a screenwriter with a slick Thesaurus. But most importantly, the film doesn’t work because its characters are simply undeserving of the required audience empathy. It’s impossible to care about anyone on the screen, or anything that happens to them.
Blu-Ray Rating: 2.0/5.0
So why is this film a mediocre dud rather than a catastrophic failure? Because it is populated by gifted actors who try to inject the contrived material with vibrant life. Jeff Daniels is one of the most appealing actors in modern cinema, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
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