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…and One Reason Why Maybe It Isn’t!
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Owf’s Tom Fallows runs down 50 reasons why the 1984 classic horror comedy Ghostbusters is The Greatest Film of All Time.
1. Bill Murray
This is the movie that made the Saturday Night Live comedian a bonified movie star and would pave the way for such later delights as Groundhog Day (1993), Lost in Translation (2003) and Broken Flowers (2005). Without Bill Murray, would Ghostbusters be the classic it is today?
2. The Dialogue
Just transcribing the movie would enough reason why Ghostbusters achieves greatness. This list contains as many classic quotes as we could fit. i.e.
“You forget, Peter. I was present at an undersea unexplained sponge migration,” – Ray.
3. Ray Parker Jr’s Theme Song
All together now, “Who ya gonna call? »
- Tom Fallows
Show-runner and writer of this year's Doctor Who Christmas special Steven Moffat has plundered Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' with imagination, wit and a sense of wonder, giving us the best yuletide outing for the show since it re-booted in 2005. And if the Beeb still can't afford a music editor to inject the occasional moment of silence into Murray Gold's sugar-coated soundtrack, and if the shark still looks fake (why is it that no amount of money in Hollywood or beyond can create a convincing version of this creature?), and if we note that the Doctor could simply have travelled back further into Amy and Rory's doomed honeymoon cruise instead of spending »
Alright, let us finish out this grouping of lists with one final category in relation to horror movies. This list will encompass the "Top Five Hollywood Horror Blockbusters." In this coverage, the best and most profitable major releases from La, New York, Toronto and other major film locales will be graded based on entertainment value.
As you may already now, we have covered "The Top Five Indie Horror Films of 2010." An article on this list can be found here: Top Five Indie Horror Films. Also covered was "The Top Five International Horror Films of 2010," and an article on these films was covered here: Top Five International Horror Films of 2010. Rounding out this first group of lists was "The Five Worst Horror Films of 2010." An article on this dismal grouping of films can be found here: Top Five Worst Horror Films of 2010. But, let us continue with this list of the »
- 28DaysLaterAnalysis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)
A new international trailer has been released for Duncan Jones' (Moon) new sci-fi thriller Source Code. The new trailer features some new footage that we didn't see in the first trailer released. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright. And it was written by Ben Ripley with some revisions done by Billy Ray.
The story centers on a soldier (Gyllenhaal) who, as part of an experimental government program to investigate a terrorist incident, finds himself in the body of an unknown commuter living and reliving a harrowing train bombing until he can find out who is responsible for it. It's like an intense sci-fi version of Groundhog Day.
I loved Jones' film Moon, and I love what I'm seeing from this film. This guy is a very talented filmmaker and I can't wait to see this movie, and where Jones goes from here. Watch »
 Summit Entertainment has released a UK movie trailer for Source Code, the sophomore feature from Moon director Duncan Jones on Heyuguys . The trailer begins much like the previously released domestic release, but varies a bit along the way and features a bunch of different footage along the way. The script had high praise in industry circles and has a clever premise, basically a mystery thriller set in a ten minute span of time Groundhog Day-style. Jake Gyllenhall plays a soldier who is part of an experimental program to ferret out the origin of a terrorist attack on a train. His psyche is projected into the body of a passenger on the train, and he relives the attack multiple times as he tries to trace it back to the point of origin. Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright are in the cast as well. The Source Code script has »
- Peter Sciretta
Chicago – The opening crawl of “Family Guy: It’s a Trap!” jokingly suggests that the viewer should lower his expectations since the writers had totally run out of steam by this point and were pressured by Fox into doing a spoof of “Return of the Jedi” to close out their “Star Wars” trilogy, now released in one Blu-ray set known as “Laugh It Up, Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy.” The warning is somewhat accurate (although that’s largely because “Jedi” is the least-interesting film to spoof) but there’s still some damn funny stuff in here and fans of either Lucas or MacFarlane don’t want to miss it.
Blu-Ray Rating: 3.5/5.0
It started when the “Family Guy” team turned their knowledge of the Lucas trilogy (something chronicled in a half-hour featurette on “It’s a Trap” in which several of the major players merely play “Star Wars Trivial Pursuit »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
When Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol in 1843, cinema was still some 50 years away. Television, over 100. And yet it almost seems like it was written with the screen in mind — maybe because its great anti-hero, Ebenezer Scrooge, is almost like a moviegoer himself when he gazes upon images and events that he can’t directly influence. Certainly A Christmas Carol’s countless adaptations for film and television bear out its endless visual appeal. But what precise mixture of malice and humor makes a great Scrooge? Here are our picks for the finest to grace screens big and small. Who’s your favorite? »
- Christian Blauvelt
Are we in a damn timewarp? Didn’t The Tourist already premiere in Madrid? And wasn’t Brad Pitt wearing leather pants then, too? Thankfully, this isn’t this some Groundhog Day shizzle—Pitt just wore similar pants at the Paris premiere of Megamind late last month. And it was the cast of Burlesque that recently traipsed through Spain. If we didn’t already have plenty of person reasons to look forward to the holidays, we’d still be glad for all these jetsetters to finally go home for a couple days and stop hawking their films across Europe. Oh, crap—turns out Brad and Angie are premiering The Tourist at our Christmas tree next week. Aaaahhhh!!!! Get a closer look at Brad’s baggy slacks—and Angelina’s sheer, sequined top—in the gallery below. [Photo: Getty Images] »
- Anthony Miccio
Last year, David Bowie’s son directed a film about Sam Rockwell being stranded all alone on the other side of the moon while his equipment and his mind fell apart. It was brilliant. That’s why it’s so exciting to see that his new film Source Code will be premiering as the opening night gala feature for the SXSW Film Festival in March 2011. The film focuses on a government program that allows agents to enter into the bodies of other people in the last moments of their lives. The program is used to make Jake Gyllenhaal relive a horrific train bombing over and over again until he can stop it from happening. The official synopsis from the SXSW press release is as follows: When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter »
- Cole Abaius
Wizards, zombies and Jackie Kennedy star on list of finest films you didn't see this year
Fancy catching a taut drama about Jackie Kennedy's fight to preserve JFK's legacy in the seven days immediately following his death? Or perhaps a romantic comedy with the legendary title: Your Bridesmaid is a Bitch? Both stories could well find their names into cinemas, along with another 74, after making it on to the 2010 "Black List" of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood.
This year's list was revealed yesterday by its compiler, film executive Franklin Leonard. It consists of the screenplays which a team of more than 300 movie producers most liked but that did not end up making it into cinemas by the end of the year. "The Black List is a snapshot of the collective taste of the people who develop, produce, and release theatrical feature films in the Hollywood studio system and the mainstream independent system, »
- Ben Child
The "Jersey Shore" crew's second go 'round in Seaside Heights hits your TV sets exactly one month from today (that's Jan. 6 for people currently experiencing the Groundhog Day phenomenon--we're right there with you), and to whet your appetite for what's sure to be another season of championship drinking, bitch-slapping and smushing, we're leaking a few of the individual pix from MTV's cast photo shoot. First up, check out this hot shot of the new girl, Deena Nicole, showing off her bubbly personality with a pinup pose and her trademark hair flower. »
Pascal is Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures, and together with Michael Lynton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, they are responsible for overseeing all lines of business for the studio, including motion pictures (Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems and TriStar Pictures), worldwide television production and distribution, home entertainment, and digital productions (Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation).
So far this year, the studio’s successful slate of films has generated more than $2 billion in worldwide box office revenues. Since 2000, Sony Pictures has had 73 movies open to #1 at the domestic box office, more than any other studio.
Since becoming partners seven years ago, Lynton and Pascal are among the most seasoned, respected and accomplished management teams in the industry today, providing consistent and stable leadership to Sony Pictures and more than 6,000 employees worldwide. Pascal has been with the »
- Linny Lum
Directed by: Duncan Jones
Release Date: April 15, 2011
Trailer Score: 4/10
My Thoughts: Source Code looks to be a Quantum Leap meets Groundhog Day sci-fi action romp. 35 seconds into this trailer, I half expected Jake Gyllenhaal to utter, “oh boy.” He instead exclaims, “no, no, no, no,” as if to echo my thoughts exactly. Question: What did I take away from this trailer? Answer: I don’t want to see Gyllenhaal act the same “stop the terrorist on the train” scene, over and over and over again.
I have a strong feeling that this film will bomb. The story seems tired, and trains have been recently trumped by Tony Scott’s excellent Unstoppable. The cinematography, location, and overall look and sound of Source Code struck me as purely average. Plus, I’m 90 percent sure I’ve heard the exact same song »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
EW has exclusively learned that Groundhog Day star Andie MacDowell has been cast as the character Grey in ABC Family’s drama pilot What Would Jane Do. The one-hour scripted drama follows Jane (to be played by The Lake’s Erica Dasher), a 16-year-old who goes to work for a cutting edge fashion company after the people there mistake her for an adult. MacDowell’s Grey is described as “the hard-nosed, tough-as-nails boss that Jane goes to work for.”
In a release, ABC Family described the show as such: “Jane soon finds herself juggling life as a regular teenager in »
- Tanner Stransky
Jake Gyllenhaal is not having a great day. In this trailer for Source Code, it seems like the military has finally perfected the technology needed to make the movie Groundhog Day a reality. Only instead of a charming, comedic romp with Bill Murray, the guys with the guns are using it for some seriously hard-core stuff. And it's kind of stressing out our friend Jake: His Captain Colter Stevens is reliving the moments before a bomb goes off on a commuter train, hoping to find clues and stop a future attack. With the help of a military supercomputer, aka the Source Code, Jake's able to embody one of the train's passengers for the last eight minutes of that person's life. And from the screams he »
In the new romantic dramedy "Love & Other Drugs" (out November 24), Jake Gyllenhaal gets it on with Anne Hathaway over and over and over again. In the upcoming sci-fi thriller "Source Code" (out April 15) he has to relive the same eight minutes of another man's life over and over and over again. And, each time, it ends the same way: with him getting blown up. While the whole having sex with Anne Hathaway thing sure sounds preferable, the newly released trailer for "Source Code" makes a strong case that the latter option is equally as awesome.
In the flick, Gyllenhaal plays Captain Colter Stevens, a decorated soldier tasked with figuring out who bombed a Chicago commuter train. And here's the twist: As part of the titular "Source Code" experiment, Stevens investigates the bombing by inhabiting another man's body for the last eight minutes of his life. As it happens, said man »
- Tom DiChiara
Source Code may be the most thrilling (or disturbing) movie Jake Gyllenhaal has been in since Donnie Darko. The film is a combination of Vantage Point, Groundhog Day, War Games and The Matrix. In Source Code, Gyllenhaal plays Captain Colter Stevens, a man who enters the body of a dead person through the source code. By entering the code, he can relive the last 8-minutes of a man's life and solve the mystery of his death. What will the military think of next? If only, Doctor Who was around to help these poor souls out. Source Code premieres April 15, 2011. About Source Code: When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he's ever known, he learns he's part of a »
- Terry Boyden
For those of us in America, SyFy intends to air the remaining five episodes of Caprica in a single block on January 4th. Last chance for gay gangsters from another planet!
Saturday, November 20 is National Transgender Day of Remembrance. Take a moment to watch the video compilation of all of the transgender friends we’ve lost since last year.
Designer Zac Posen won a six week internship with Martha Stewart by bidding $3,500 in a charity auction. Posen isn’t exactly known for being easygoing, so this could make a good reality show. If nothing else, it would probably get higher ratings than Martha’s current block on Hallmark.
Charges against patrons of the Rainbow Lounge, »
- Ed Kennedy
Director Duncan Jones brought skilled storytelling and realistic old-school effects to his acclaimed 2009 science-fiction drama “Moon.” Jones’ tale of a lone human operator in an isolated lunar mining facility was a power-packed directorial debut that left us on the edge of our seats eagerly awaiting what the filmmaker had in store for us in the future.
Well, the future has come… in the form of the sci-fi action thriller “Source Code.”
The trailer for Jones’ second directorial effort has surfaced on Apple Trailers, giving us a peek at Jake Gyllenhaal attempting to redeem himself from “Prince of Persia” by returning to his more intense “Donnie Darko” roots. The film’s official synopsis primes us for a mixture of “Total Recall,” “Inception,” “Déjà vu,” “Avatar,” topped off with a large dose of “Groundhog Day…”
“When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in the body of an unknown man, »
The trailer for Source Code, Duncan Jones' Moon follow-up, has hit the web. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a soldier who is repeatedly sent back in time to relive the final eight minutes of a commuter's life just before a train is blown up. Groundhog Day comparisons are inevitable, but there's also something of the Twelve Monkeys about this, with just a dash of Quantum Leap thrown in. We're huge fans of Moon at Total Film, and we've been keeping an eager eye on this one. Thankfully it looks like Jones has delivered again. He's juggling...
- Matt Maytum
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