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Hacking Netflix pointed out a extremely useful list on the website 100ThingsILearned.com. It's compilation of all of the the movies from the IMDb's Top 250 that are available for steaming on Netflix Watch Instantly. You can find the full list on 100Things..., but here are the ten highest ranking titles from IMDb (the number denotes their rank), plus links to their Netflix pages.
13. "Seven Samurai"
19. "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings"
33. "Forrest Gump"
50. "The Shining"
54. "The Pianist"
Don't have New Year's Eve plans this year? You could do worse than watching a couple of these. »
- Matt Singer
Disney’s Rich Ross told Deadline , “We’re Going For The Best Picture Win” For Toy Story 3. We wanted to have the best movie and the reviews have clearly said that and it’s the number one box office hit of the year so I’m not sure why we would not go for it all,” The Walt Disney Studios Chairman was of course referring to their worldwide billion dollar grosser which also happens to sit atop the Rotten Tomatoes chart as the best reviewed film of 2010.
In order to secure a victory, the studio has recently launched an incredible Oscar campaign using the Toy Story characters in movie posters aping some of the great best picture nominees of the past including The Godfather Part II, West Side Story, On The Waterfront, Shakespeare In Love, The Silence Of The Lambs, Titanic, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and Forrest Gump. »
As you probably know by now, Disney and Pixar have been pushing for not only Best Animated Feature, but the Academy Award for Best Picture. We've written in the past about the ambitious Oscar campaign  launched by the mouse house -- Industry trade newspaper advertisements which feature characters and scenes from the film compared to previous Best Picture winners that had something going against them such as being a different genre, a sequel or a plain old underdog. Films such as The Godfather Part II, West Side Story, On The Waterfront, Shakespeare In Love, The Silence Of The Lambs, Titanic, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and Forrest Gump. We've featured a couple of these ads on the site in the past months, and today we learned that Disney has released the whole batch of "for your consideration" campaign ads on their online awards site. Hit »
- Peter Sciretta
The final week of December is always a busy time for the film industry, as it not sees the release of broad populist films (to take advantage of the fact that most people have a bit of down time during the holidays) but also the last of the year's awards bait (so as to get the Oscar buzz rolling right). On this day in 1993, a film opened that seemed to bring together those two universes, as "Philadelphia" hit theaters.
Directed by Jonathan Demme, "Philadelphia" starred Tom Hanks (who was in the midst of ascending to his status as one of the biggest and greatest American actors ever) as a gay lawyer who is fired from his firm because he has AIDS. The film featured a number of excellent performances, including turns from Denzel Washington (as Hanks' homophobic defense lawyer in the wrongful termination suit against the firm), Antonio Banderas (as »
- Kyle Anderson
For the first time in 1,000 years, I actually tuned in to CBS’ Survivor: Nicaragua. The reasons are completely beyond my control, though I think doctors refer to this disease as “having to much time on one’s hands.” The twist this season were that the teams were divided in an “Olds” and a “Youngs.” Though, by the time the final 3 rolled up, the “Olds” had already gotten in their “Oldsmobile” chauffeured by Gary Oldman back to Old Mountain while listening to “Old Me Now” by the Thompson Twins. The final three came down to Chase, whom you might remember as one of the Southerners chasing down Forrest Gump as a boy; Sash, whose pectoral muscles pulled a Spongebob floppy-arm days into their journey; and Fabio, real name Jud, a sort of ditzy-acting but entirely sweet, sugar-sweet, human being who loves his mother in ways that are simply astounding. I loved Fabio, »
- Michelle Collins
Directed by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum 1 & 2, Date Night), this Dreamworks Studios project is released on October 7, 2011. Executive producers include Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future series, Forrest Gump, Contact, The Polar Express).
Here's the synopsis:
Dreamworks Studios presents Real Steel, an action drama about a former boxer (Hugh Jackman) who, against all odds, gets one last shot at a comeback when he teams up with his estranged son (Dakota Goyo) to build and train the perfect contender for the new hi-tech sport of robot boxing.
A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set »
- David Bentley
Hollywood casting agents can now look no further than Jeopardy when searching for smart, young talent. Thirteen year-old Thomas Horn has signed on to star in Stephen Daldry’s film adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” after winning $31,800 in prize money on Jeopardy back in October. His pay day on the film should make those winnings look like play money. Daldry, best known for directing The Hours and The Reader, required an exceptionally intelligent kid to fill the title role penned by Oscar-winning scribe Eric Roth of Forrest Gump and Munich fame. Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullocks have also signed on to play Horn’s parents in the film and the young actor will undoubtedly learn a great from the two veteran actors. Scott Rudin is producing the film, which is a co-production between Warner Bros. and Paramount. Shooting is set for late-January in New York City. »
Computer-generated imagery (CGI) has been playing a role in films for over 30 years. It began merely as the ability to draw lines on TV screens but has evolved into nothing short of the power to create worlds.
Beginning with 1981′s “Looker,” in which a naked image of Susan Dey was generated on a computer, and continuing on through “Avatar” (2009) in which a blue, naked, CGI lady flies around on a dragon, determined computer nerds FX pioneers have tirelessly pushed the boundaries of this technology.
Disney’s “Tron” put CGI in the public eye. In 1976, after encountering the old, old, old-school video game “Pong,” director/animator Steven Lisberger became obsessed with incorporating CGI into films. The graphics »
- Ben Freiburger
The Academy Awards are defined as “recognizing the excellence of professionals in the film industry, including actors, directors and writers”. Now this may be true, and while most of the films awarded with the prestigious little golden man are indeed excellent, the adjective “best” that goes in front of each award sort of makes you think 'excellent' isn’t always enough.
Here is a list of 10 films, actors, directors and writers that won, they were (mostly) good films, but to deem the “best” that year in their respective categories is a little far-fetched...
10: No Country For Old Men (2008) – Best Adapted Screenplay
The 2008 Academy Awards saw two non-traditional Westerns go head to head: the Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood (2008). Daniel Day Lewis rightly took home the Best Actor in a Leading Role award for his role of Daniel Plainview, »
Back in October, "Jeopardy!" invited kids to compete on the show and 12-year-old Thomas Horn ended up winning $31,800 plus an all expenses paid vacation to Alaska. Now, Horn has been cast to play the lead in "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. The film is based on Jonathan Safran Foer's novel and focuses on Oskar Schell, a nine-year-old boy who is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. His mission is to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. "Extremely Loud" is directed by Stephen Daldry (The Reader, Billy Elliot) from a script by Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Forrest Gump). »
One of last year's unsung heroes was Disney's A Christmas Carol. A film I loved, which seemed to largely go unnoticed. The critical consensus was pretty evenly split, which never does much for inciting a great deal of word-of-mouth, but I was thoroughly impressed with this particular telling (see my original review below). I suspect there was a certain disinterest in yet another version of the story, which led to the lack of zeal for the film, but it deserves a serious look.
Also available as a 3D release, the film has a nice, if not particularly overloaded, selection of bonuses to help tempt you. The key Blu-Ray extras are a feature length picture-in-picture viewing mode which takes you behind the scenes to learn how the motion capture effort comes together. It's a nice bonus really, though I'm not sure that a great many people will be inclined to watch the entire thing. »
- Marc Eastman
The new “X-Men” prequel, “X-Men: First Class,” has been generating quite a bit of buzz over the last few months as producer Bryan Singer and director Matthew Vaughn hint and tease at characters and easter eggs for fans of the superhero franchise. But one question so far has remained mostly unanswered: just what is the darn thing about, exactly?
Well, now we know, as Twentieth Century Fox has just released the official synopsis for the film and it turns out that… the story is pretty much just what we thought it was.
According to the synopsis, which has been posted online by the folks over at Screen Rant, “X-Men First Class” “charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, »
- Scott Harris
Hotly tipped as one of the biggest possible Oscar winners next year, The Kings Speech has received fanfare the world round with screenings at San Sebastian, Toronto and London Film Festival’s and rightly so.
Director Tom Hooper follows his roll of biopic’s (John Adams, The Damned United) with the story behind the Royal family leading up to the Second World War. Colin Firth plays Bertie the future, and last, King of the Commonwealth, who suffers from a near debilitating speech impediment. From this he is held back from Royal duties and has been subjected to years of physical and mental abuse from his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and brother, the heir to the throne, King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce).
The film opens with an excruciating scene of Bertie attempting his first radio address at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley, broadcast throughout the Commonwealth. The total »
- Paul Koren
The new "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon" trailer has hit the Internet, giving viewers a first look at the third installment in Michael Bay's robot-vs.-robot franchise. The trailer is surprisingly light on the Awesome explosions and robotic violence that will no doubt comprise 90 percent of the film, instead subtly setting up the movie's premise: that 41 years ago Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were sent to the moon not to collect space rocks, take soil samples and come up with clever one liners ("One small step..."), but to investigate a mysterious crash landing on the orb's dark side. What they found there was a ginormous wrecked spacecraft that was piloted by a mammoth, as-yet-unidentified robot (we're thinking Alpha Trion, one of the 13 original Transformers).
The trailer got us to thinking. Our planet's history over the past 50-60 years has been quite an interesting one, filled with devastating wars and world-famous weddings, »
- Tom DiChiara
Gossip Girl has aired terrific mid-season finales in the past, and "The Townie" was no exception, redeeming Serena, Juliet and Ben and casting Lily in the worst possible light.
Who would have guessed Chuck's quote used in the promo, "shared enemies make for some unlikely friends," would have referenced his former stepmother and not Juliet?
This isn't to say Serena's decision-making is strong or that Juliet isn't insane, but Lily's role in Ben's plight was a dark twist - as was her clandestine plan to sell the company.
Just Say No: Ironically, Ben may be the only guy who ever did ...
Having pieced together the origin of Juliet’s vendetta against Serena over 10 episodes, last night filled in the remaining blanks via flashbacks from Damien and Serena herself in therapy.
Ben was indeed Serena's teacher at boarding school. They were close, and while no actual statutory rape took place, a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Steve Marsi)
We've seen Fred Astaire dance with a vacuum cleaner and Forrest Gump shake hands with John F. Kennedy, and have known for a long time that it's possible to bring back old footage of actors and repurpose them in new ways. But who better than George Lucas to take it a step further, buy up all the old film rights to deceased movie stars and bring them back in computer form? It's a wild idea that only Lucas would probably be crazy enough to try, but before you get to worked up know this story is coming from Mel Smith, an actor and director who made The Radioland Murders in 1994 under Lucas's tutelage. Talking to The Daily Mail Smith made it clear he's no fan of Lucas and his technology obsessions-- "George is obsessed with [CGI] and used too much in the last two Star Wars films-- which I thought »
Photo: Columbia Pictures The memories of Academy members have always been seen as short term. This isn't because of physical examinations performed by doctors or intense scientific studies, it's simply because the record shows that films released later in the year tend to take home the Oscar kudos more than those released earlier.
Certainly, there are exceptions to every rule and we had one just last year with the early summer release, The Hurt Locker, winning six Oscars including Best Picture. Before that, the May releases of Crash, Gladiator and Braveheart won Best Picture with other early releases such as Forrest Gump in 1994 and The Silence of the Lambs in 1992 taking the top prize. However, that's just six films out of the last 20 years that were released before August.
I don't say this as a major revelation, but it is a fact that has »
- Brad Brevet
Today marked a sad day of remembrance for Chicago Cubs fans with the passing of former third baseman Ron Santo. Unless you're an avid Twitter reader, however, you may not have known that the Major League Baseball legend played a big role in actor Gary Sinise's life. You can read about that among the retweets below.
Other posts in our mix for today include a David Slade revelation about how Florence and the Machine were almost used in "Eclipse," as well as how he feels about the "Eclipse" soundtrack's Grammy nomination. It's all detailed after the jump along with Mary Elizabeth Winstead's micro-review of "Black Swan" and Matthew Broderick with a puppy.
I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is Twitter-Wood for December 3, 2010.
Twitter Pic of the Day:
@BrettRatner Matthew and Lucky Park! http://yfrog.com/elc20pij
@M_E_Winstead Black Swan was heart-stopping, »
- Brian Warmoth
It's the stuff of a paranoid thriller: secret government info gets into the public domain. Stuart Heritage explains why WikiLeaks: The Movie is unlikely to happen just yet
It's a scene familiar from countless conspiracy thrillers: in a starkly lit underground bunker full of blinking monitors and whirring cold war-era machinery, a high-ranking military official yanks the cigar from his mouth and barks: "But if this information gets into the wrong hands, there's gonna be a revolution! Get me the president!"
At least, it used to be a familiar scene. Because the events of this week have largely rendered it redundant. You see, that information really did get out – in the form of the leaked Us embassy cables – and the reaction has generally been less of a revolution and more of an absent-minded tutting. This might be a wild generalisation, but the public at large seems to have been totally »
- Stuart Heritage
The spirited extravaganza, now in its thirteenth year, includes over 200 hours of holiday-themed entertainment. Pour a little egg nog, cuddle up by the fire and get into the holiday spirit by checking out ABC Family's holiday movies!
Wednesday, December 1 He's mean, he's green and he doesn't »
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