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**Note: This will be at the top for a bit; new stories will appear below!** It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of remakes -- also known as the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of bad, it was the epoch of incredible; it was the season of fright, it was the season of dumb; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair -- and man, did we have a lot of it; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; some flicks took us directly to heaven, others took us the other way. The year was 2008, and it was pretty memorable.
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Let the Right One In: This Swedish vampire gem takes us back to »
- Uncle Creepy
Perhaps I'm still feeling the cheer of holiday beer, but I'm absolutely loving the above trailer for John Travolta's new film, From Paris with Love. Think Pulp Fiction meets a razor, and then layers of deliciously silly movie camp and a move overseas.
The film stars John Travolta as an American spy who teams up with an embassy worker (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) "during a tumultuous time in Paris." While it isn't quite as bad as big, bad men bringing out The Gimp, there does seem to be a decent amount of explosions and mayhem. Better yet, the film was written by Luc Bessoin and Adi Hasak, and penned by District B13 director Pierre Morel.
The campy trailer could be just a fluke of crappy marketing, but with this combination of talent, I'm thinking that audiences are in for a strange and amusing ride! At the very least, it's nice »
- Monika Bartyzel
Samuel L. Jackson.s has become one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood. The award-winning actor has been on a roll since his memorable performances in Pulp Fiction and Jungle Fever. It was therefore no surprise, when Jackson got a call from acclaimed writer Frank Miller to recreate the part of a bad-ass villain in the forthcoming comic book film, The Spirit. Adapted from a series by Will Eisner, The Spirit is based on the story of a murdered cop, Denny Colt, who becomes a »
- Jenny Karakaya
I happened to catch Pulp Fiction on TV the other day (of course it was the ridiculously edited version on AMC) and, not having seen it in a while, I was marveling at how good John Travolta was in that movie. The Wild Hogs, Be COOLs and The PUNISHERs have almost made me forget that Jt was once a force to be reckoned with. Today we get a look at a trailer for his latest film From Paris With Love. It's about a spy and an embassy employee (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and they cross paths and etc. »
- Mike Sampson
From classic creatures to modern gore, special effects makeup has always been at the dark heart of movie magic. Now, film fans will go skin deep – and beyond – with Fantastic Flesh: The Art of Makeup Efx, coming from Anchor Bay Entertainment on January 27, 2009. In this Starz Original documentary, viewers will meet the masters of the craft and discover its incredible history.
Directed by filmmaker and visual effects artist Kevin VanHook (Death Row), Fantastic Flesh: The Art of Makeup Efx was lauded as “an enjoyable look at the industry as well as a great nostalgia piece” by IconsofFright.com, while Bloody-disgusting.com said the documentary “offers a unique glimpse behind the lens to a magical place where hardcore film fans who grew up on too many monster movies would love to play.”
From the silent era to today’s blockbuster, this fast-paced documentary examines the techniques, reveals the secrets, and emphasizes »
- Robert Greenberger
When I woke up to the radio alarm was ...like how big their toolbox is. Heh. What an odd sentence to wake up too. So why not carry this opening line over into a quiz for you. Can you guess which films these first lines of dialogue are from? Highlight under the quote to see the correct answer and who first guessed it. Everything has been identified now. You didn't even need any clues. Well done!
01 "Did that bad monster try to fight with Muddy's little baby? My darling!"
The Women (1939) was guessed by Ben. It's about 1,000,000 times better than the new one.
02 "The Road to Reality. Don't wanna be going there"
Jeff Gp is Happy-Go-Lucky
03 "Where've you been? I've been waiting since 7:00"
The Z knew this was Zodiac. The young couple is off to buy fireworks after this sentence
04 "What do we care if we were expelled from college? »
- NATHANIEL R
Pulp Fiction writer Roger Avary has pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol. The Oscar winner was involved in a fatal car crash in January when his Mercedes Sedan hit a telephone pole, killing his passenger and injuring his wife. The 43-year-old pleaded not guilty to the charges against him at a Ventura, California courthouse on Friday. (more) »
- By Lara Martin
Avary, 42, faced prosecutors at a Ventura County, California courthouse on Friday to face charges of gross vehicular manslaughter for his part in the horrific car smash in January, which left his passenger Andreas Zini dead. Avary's wife, was also injured in the accident, but made a full recovery.
Avary pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.
As well as the manslaughter charge, the writer faces two felony counts of causing bodily injury while intoxicated. If found guilty he could face up to 11 years behind bars.
A pre-trial conference is set for 20 February in Ventura.
The Oscar-winning screenwriter of Pulp Fiction is getting a heavy dose of reality. Roger Avary, who co-wrote the 1994 neonoir classic with Quentin Tarantino, was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter on Friday for a deadly car accident in Ojai, Calif., in January. Prosecutors claim Avary, 43, was driving drunk the night of Jan. 13 when he lost control of his car and slammed into a telephone pole. A passenger, Andreas Zini, 34, was killed in the crash. Avary's wife, Gretchen, suffered serious injuries when she was ejected from the vehicle. Avary, who co-wrote 2007's Beowulf starring Angelina Jolie, also faces two felony counts of causing bodily injury while intoxicated. A pretrial hearing is set »
Reelz Channel We can complain all day about Hardwickes departure but like it or not whats done is done. Shes moving on and the Twilight fans must do the same. Instead of griping weve decided to take a look at the directors we think could be a worthy replacement. Heres Ten Director Suggestions for New Moon.nbspChris WeitzResume American Pie About a Boy The Golden CompassWhat he would bring to New Moon Weitz is here because rumors are circulating that hes already been offered the job. In terms of heartfelt human comedies I like the guy. But Golden Compass was a turkey and thats his sole experience with a project of similar scope. Alfonso CuaronResume Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Children of Men Y tu mama tambienWhat he would bring to New Moon Cuaron raised the bar on the Harry Potter series after Chris Columbus forgettable first two entries. »
You can now watch Go for free on Hulu. Before Doug Liman launched the Bourne Franchise, he directed two wonderful indie films — Swingers and Go. Swingers launched the career of Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, but Go went virtually under the radar, despite being a really cool film. The film suffered from a marketing campaign focused around Katie Holmes, who was on Dawson’s Creek at the time, and being criticized for its use of fragmented time in a post Pulp Fiction world. Yes, it copied the structure, but who cares - unlike most of the Tarantino-inspired films, this one is good. It’s also the breakout film for screenwriter John August, [...] »
- Peter Sciretta
"I resisted change. I didn't know how to change, and I didn't think I needed to change. But now I know different, and I have no problem being accountable. I can go as far as I want to go, if I stick to the rules. I tried to beat the system, and I got the shit kicked out of me. I don't recommend my way to anybody." Mickey Rourke's voice is low and soft, but there is an unmistakable intensity to his words. He looks you in the eye when he speaks, occasionally grabbing your arm or shoulder to pull you closer to make his point. His face is weathered and beaten — literally, he spent years as a professional boxer — but it's not hard to see the movie star still in there, the face that commanded the big screen in the 1980s in films such as Diner, Angel Heart, »
- Jenelle Riley
Tyler Durden, Neo, Andy Dufresne, Keyser Soze, Vincent Vega, and William Wallace. What do they all have in common? They're all incredibly memorable movie characters, yes, and in their own ways, they're all bad-asses.
But they're also pivotal points in movie history all sandwiched in the 1990s. Gunaxin has compiled a list of classic films from that decade that just so happens to be geared at guys: The Top Fifty Guy Movies of the 1990s.
Reading it, I was surprised how many good entries there really were that decade, and that's before you consider a lot of movies aren't made for guys.
Here's the top ten, but check out Gunaxin's list and see what you think of their ratings:
1 - Fight Club
2 - The Matrix
3 - Pulp Fiction
5 - The Usual Suspects
6 - Heat
9 - Hard Boiled »
- Colin Boyd
Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson refuses to seek counselling for his ongoing struggle with drink and drugs - because the therapy groups near his home in Los Angeles are "just too weird".
The Pulp Fiction star battled an addiction to booze and illegal substances before a stint in rehab in 1990 forced him to get clean.
And although Jackson has been sober for 18 years, he would ideally like to continue therapy to help steer him away from temptation - but
Jackson has a strong dislike of the Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in La.
He says, "It's just too weird. You hear guys saying stuff like, 'I've been hitting the red wine too heavy and I need to stop, but I want to keep smoking reefer (cannabis) and doing cocaine.'
"In New York, rehab is for real. You sit next to guys who were IV users, guys who stole s**t, guys who sold their bodies. In Los Angeles you're sitting next to a guy who wants to go easy on the fine wine. Man, that's a symptom of something right there." »
Part supernatural thriller and part romance, Silver Cord stars Val Kilmer ( The Thaw ), Arielle Kebbel ( The Uninvited ), Eric Balfour ( Texas Chainsaw Massacre ), Ving Rhames ( Pulp Fiction ), Cam Gigandet ( The Unborn ) and Shane West ( The Lodger ) in a story about a man who is separated from his woman. To find her he has an out of body Experience but the "silver cord" that connects his soul with his body breaks and he is believed to be dead. In a desperate race against time his friends have less than 24 hours to save his soul before his body is cremated. Today, we've discovered early poster art and official site that does a deft job of showcasing the surprising amount of seasoned folks behind-the-scenes. Directing James Ordonez ( Proof of Life ) who co-wrote the »
Veteran actor Samuel L. Jackson has been honored by his fellow Hollywood stars with the 23rd Annual American Cinematheque Award on Tuesday.
Jackson's iconic movie lines, often involves cursing and swearing, were repeated and censored at the show, where Justin Timberlake attempted to utter the full quote from "Snakes on a Plane."
Samuel L. Jackson was honoured by a host of fellow Hollywood stars as he was handed the 23rd annual American Cinematheque Award on Tuesday night.
An array of stars, including Justin Timberlake and Sharon Stone, turned up at the event to heap praise on Jackson, whose movies have grossed more money in box office sales than any other actor in movie history.
After the ceremony, Jackson told Hollywood Reporter, "I felt a bond with everyone in that theatre. (It was) a kinship that opened up a whole new world."
Justin Timberlake admits he has some special kind of feelings for his Black Snake Moan costar Samuel L. Jackson. "I am here because onscreen and off, I feel nothing but love for the great Samuel L. Jackson," Timberlake said at last night's American Cinematheque gala honoring Jackson in Beverly Hills. "At least for tonight that mysterious 'L' stands for 'Love,' man love—and there's nothing wrong with it." While high on praise, the Cinematheque's annual awards ceremony is more of a roast than anything else. Timberlake got in some of the best cracks. He said past honorees like Julia Roberts, Al Pacino and George Clooney have nothing on the Pulp Fiction »
The Pulp Fiction star plays bigoted policeman Abel Turner in the film, and admits his personal experiences with law enforcement officers helped him play the part.
He tells British newspaper The Times, "I drew on cops in my life who are like Abel. I have been pulled over legitimately because I was doing something wrong, and I been pulled over because I was black in the wrong place and my car was too nice.
"I have been pulled over in Mississippi; that was frightening. But the guy was like, 'Hey Mr Jackson, sorry'. I have been pulled out and spread out in the middle of the street and laid face down.
"Even in L.A. cops looking at me going: 'You look familiar.' And you just gotta say 'Oh, Ok'. Because you don't know if he's talking about a wanted poster that he saw today or he actually saw a movie of mine and can't quite put that together."
Jackson has even stared down the barrel of a gun when confronted by thugs - but insists he uses the terrifying experiences to help his work.
He adds: "I've had guns pulled on me. Of course I have. It's America. People pull guns on you in America. So you use all that." »
The eagerly anticipated Batman: Cacophony #1 finally hit shelves this month, and, on many levels, it did not disappoint. The three-issue series is authored by famous screenwriter/director Kevin Smith, and his signature style is evident. Smith, as always, manages to weave in a healthy dose of crude, sexual humor, and it is surprisingly successful coming out of The Joker’s mouth. The tone of the book, however, is not as dark as one would think. The atmosphere created by the creative minds at work is more a cartoonish, brightly colored Pulp Fiction than the noir-esque Batman of years past. A color palette of burnt oranges, yellows, and primary colors adorn the pages in the book, and this tone nicely compliments Kevin Smith’s clever, quick witted humor.
On the topic of art, the book is drawn by illustrator Walt Flanagan, making his DC debut. Although he shows promise, his style »
- Nate Crocker
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