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Choose The 1998 Academy Award Winners!

23 December 2010 6:30 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

I love that a heated discussion over Titanic’s infamous Oscar sweep of 1998 has already begun over at Laurent’s excellent retrospective. I guess it’s just the nature of this particular film. There is something about Titanic that hits a raw nerve in people and they feel a need to defend/criticize it so passionately.

As it happens, I fall in the ‘unconditional love’ category and I’m not afraid to admit it. To this day I have a passion for Titanic, a film that so perfectly matches what a glorious, spellbinding, big spectacle romance against an historic backdrop should be, and those films are so rare, especially when they are made with such precise and meticulous detail from James Cameron.

We shouldn’t be embarrassed over how much we loved Titanic in the 90′s. We should embrace it. So as our third ‘Choose The Winners’ article, we are »

- Matt Holmes

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Retrospective: Oscars 1998

23 December 2010 8:21 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Alfred Hitchcock famously quipped that the three things you need to make a good film are a “good script, a good script and a good script.” In February 1998 however the Academy voters decided to ignore these pearls of wisdom, much like they ignored the achievements of Hitchcock himself, when they chose to reward Titanic with a Best Picture win despite the film lacking a screenplay nomination.

This was the first time this had transpired in over thirty years and pretty much confirmed the idea that Titanic was being praised as a spectacle even though it has been proven time and time again that any spectacle without the benefit of good storytelling is only impressive until the next spectacle comes along. L.A. Confidential on the other hand which is as fresh and watachable in 2010 as it was thirteen years ago compliments the quote that “good storytelling never goes out of fashion. »

- Laurent Kelly

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International Trailer for How Do You Know

22 December 2010 9:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Here’s the brand new UK trailer for Columbia’s new movie, How do You Know which features an all star cast including Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd, Jack Nicholson,  and is directed by James L. Brooks.

Synopsis: How Do You Know is a comedy from Academy Award-winning writer-director James L. Brooks (As Good As It Gets, Broadcast News, Terms of Endearment), starring Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd and Jack Nicholson.

How Do You Know is released in the UK January 28th 2011.

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- David Sztypuljak

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This Week In Movies with Pete Hammond

20 December 2010 1:04 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Pete Hammond

hollywoodnews.com: For the first time two 3D movies opened against each other on the same weekend grabbing a combined total of an estimated $60 million at the box office just one week after the debut of another 3D family epic, The Chronicles Of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader which held pretty well from a soft opening, and only one week before yet another 3Der, Jack Black’s Gulliver’s Travels. Both of those movies plus both of this week’s flicks, Tron: Legacy and Yogi Bear are blasts from the past rebooted with new technological advances to make their dormant characters hot again. The future is here, movie-wise, and the studios are clearly stating their aim with this kind of holiday programming.

As for Tron: Legacy its $43.6 million dollar start plus B+ Cinemascore bodes well for a sci-fi reinvention based on a 28 year old Disney movie »

- Pete Hammond

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Tron: Legacy Tops the Box Office, How Do You Know Misses the Mark

19 December 2010 8:57 AM, PST | movies.about.com | See recent About.com Hollywood Movies news »

Tron: Legacy posted impressive numbers, considering it's a sequel to a film that was released almost 30 years ago. Opening at $43 million, Tron: Legacy easily found itself in first place in a weekend where its closest competition came from animated talking bears. Yogi Bear, based on the cartoon series, picked up just $16 million in its first three days of release which is nearly $30 million less than another talking animal movie, Alvin and the Chipmunks, chirped up over the same weekend in 2007 (according to Box Office Mojo). And Columbia Pictures' big budget, big name romantic comedy/drama How Do You Know found out that audiences had no interest in answering that question. The latest film from James L Brooks (Terms of Endearment, As Good As It Gets) scrapped up $7.5 million while opening in almost 2,500 locations.

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How Do You Know Movie Review

18 December 2010 2:00 AM, PST | movies.about.com | See recent About.com Hollywood Movies news »

How Do You Know is cute, harmless, and utterly forgettable. For a while it was being buzzed about as a potential Oscar contender, but that was based solely on the fact it's a James L Brooks (Broadcast News, Terms of Endearment, As Good As It Gets) film starring Reese Witherspoon. Once people actually had a chance to see it, the buzz was cut off - and rightfully so. How Do You Know isn't that big epic love story we've been waiting for all year. Instead, it's simply a nice diversion and nothing more.

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[Review] How Do You Know

17 December 2010 4:36 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Several years ago, perhaps while out of my formative years, I saw the music video for Seether’s “Fine Again,” which contains a particularly striking image: in the middle of a carnival a woman holds a sign which reads “I Will Change Your Life. ” Perhaps this is true, but love is a mathematical equation: you two may be perfect but be having a bad day, or the timing might be off, she might have started seeing someone she enjoys but it may not go anywhere but by the end maybe it’ll be too late. Stretching this haunting image into two-plus hours is How Do You Know, the new comedy from James L. Brooks.

Brooks, like comedian Albert (no relation, though he did starr in Broadcast News) has been a formidable American social critic. Not particularly cynical in his approach to film, instead his characters grow on you from a heartfelt place. »

- John Fink

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Cinematical Seven: The Most Boring Movie Titles of 2010

17 December 2010 2:02 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Features, Cinematical

James L. Brooks' 'How Do You Know' opens this week, and it may be hard to tell that title from any other movie currently playing, or indeed, to remember it at all. Coming up with a good title is an art in itself, and some filmmakers just don't have the touch. If you think of it, 'How Do You Know' could actually be the title of just about any movie ever made. 'The Godfather'? Yep. 'Jaws'? Certainly. There are any number of boring movie titles, and Brooks in particular is responsible for two more: 'As Good as It Gets,' and 'I'll Do Anything.' Or how about Nancy Myers' 'Something's Gotta Give' and 'It's Complicated'? Then we have the random application of song titles to movies, such as 'Can't Hardly Wait' and 'Just Like Heaven.' I »

- Jeffrey M. Anderson

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Cinematical Seven: The Most Boring Movie Titles of 2010

17 December 2010 2:02 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Features, Cinematical

James L. Brooks' 'How Do You Know' opens this week, and it may be hard to tell that title from any other movie currently playing, or indeed, to remember it at all. Coming up with a good title is an art in itself, and some filmmakers just don't have the touch. If you think of it, 'How Do You Know' could actually be the title of just about any movie ever made. 'The Godfather'? Yep. 'Jaws'? Certainly. There are any number of boring movie titles, and Brooks in particular is responsible for two more: 'As Good as It Gets,' and 'I'll Do Anything.' Or how about Nancy Myers' 'Something's Gotta Give' and 'It's Complicated'? Then we have the random application of song titles to movies, such as 'Can't Hardly Wait' and 'Just Like Heaven.' I »

- Jeffrey M. Anderson

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Movie Preview & Trailer: How Do You Know (2010), Starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Jack Nicholson

17 December 2010 9:13 AM, PST | PopStar | See recent PopStar news »

How Do You Know sounds almost too promising for its own good. Check out the cast: Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd and Jack Nicholson. And look at the writer-director, the esteemed James L. Brooks, the man who brought us Terms of Endearment (1983), Broadcast News (1987), As Good As It Gets (1997) and the beloved series Taxi (TV). It's Nicholson's first film in three years, since The Bucket List (2007), and Brooks' first since Spanglish (2004). All the pieces are there, seemingly, for something really special. The story introduces us to George Madison (Rudd), a good guy who heads up a business founded by his father, Charles (Nicholson). Only, George is circling the bowl and doesn't even know it. He's the target of a fraud investigation and likely to be indicted by the feds. Meanwhile, he's dumped by his girlfriend. And then there's Lisa (Witherspoon), a smart, athletic and winsome young woman and top »

- ianspelling@corp.popstar.com (Ian Spelling)

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Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Jack Nicholson on “How Do You Know” – Hollywoodnews.Com Interview

17 December 2010 7:09 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: James L. Brooks has the best laugh in the business.

It sounds fake, like he’s actually pronouncing every “Ha Ha Ha.” But it’s so hearty and infectious, it has to be genuine. Even when several people are laughing at once, its Brooks’ chuckle that rises above the fray.

And there was a good amount of laughter from the press corps and the celebrities being interviewed during a recent New York event for Brooks’ latest, “How Do You Know.” The cast – which includes Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Kathryn Hahn and Jack Nicholson – accompanied their director to Manhattan to meet with gathered journalists and discuss Brooks’ latest romantic comedy.

The first question was a true softball, even for a film about a softball player (Witherspoon) who is between athletic gigs and committed boyfriends. One female journalist asked the celebrity panel how they »

- Sean O'Connell

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How Do You Know

17 December 2010 7:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

How Do You Know

Directed by: James L. Brooks

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Jack Nicholson

Running Time: 1 hr 53 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: December 17, 2010

Plot: An Olympian softball athlete (Witherspoon) is torn between two men: the successful but sleazy Matty (Wilson) or the sweet but federally-investigated George (Rudd).

Who’S It For? There might be enough sex and Paul Rudd to reign in the younger crowds, but older moviegoers more acclimated to James L. Brooks might be best prepared. Fans of Jack Nicholson will feel short-changed.

Expectations: Recently, Rudd and Wilson especially have been digging themselves into on-screen persona role holes, and Witherspoon has been a bit Mia from the movie marquees. The inclusion of Jack Nicholson provides a bit of optimism that this could be a clever comedy like As Good As It Gets, but the latest title from the director who also brought Spanglish suggests otherwise. »

- Nick Allen

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'How Do You Know' review (4/5).

17 December 2010 2:23 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

How do you know you’re watching a good romantic comedy? It avoids the standard moments – the chase in the airport to stop someone from getting on the plane, the disapproving sister who watches over the female lead, the guys’ horny best friends who just want him to have some fun and “forget her” – and focuses on charming leads work out how they feel about each other. It also helps if like How Do You Know if it comes from a master like James L. Brooks. The writer/director of Broadcast News, Terms of Endearment, As Good As It Gets and even the unappreciated Spanglish has delivered again. Professional softball player Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) and corporate businessman George (Paul Rudd) are each at a crossroads. Lisa’s now perceived as past her prime and is cut from Team USA. Paul’s business is being investigated »

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'How Do You Know' review (4/5).

17 December 2010 2:23 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

How do you know you’re watching a good romantic comedy? It avoids the standard moments – the chase in the airport to stop someone from getting on the plane, the disapproving sister who watches over the female lead, the guys’ horny best friends who just want him to have some fun and “forget her” – and focuses on charming leads work out how they feel about each other. It also helps if like How Do You Know if it comes from a master like James L. Brooks. The writer/director of Broadcast News, Terms of Endearment, As Good As It Gets and even the unappreciated Spanglish has delivered again. Professional softball player Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) and corporate businessman George (Paul Rudd) are each at a crossroads. Lisa’s now perceived as past her prime and is cut from Team USA. Paul’s business is being investigated »

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How Do You Know: Simply Irresistible

17 December 2010 2:00 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

A truly great romantic comedy is hard to come by these days. All too often we're subjected to tired cliches, overused personality types, and slapstick comedy in the place of a predictable but uplifting movie about love. With that said, How Do You Know is the rare gem of a love story that has all the right moves: big laughs, enchanting characters, and a sweet aftertaste. The latest from writer/director James L. Brooks (As Good as it Gets) centers on Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) and George (Paul Rudd), as they each face a road block in their thirty-something lives. Lisa, an aging softball player who believes strongly in age-old affirmations, has just been cut from the national team and is struggling to figure out how to spend her time, and more important, whom to spend it with. George, a goofy good guy, thinks he has it all together until he's »

- Becky Kirsch

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Thursty's Stinky Box Office: Nested Macros Edition

17 December 2010 12:11 AM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

This weekend could be a big weekend, but it probably won't be as big a weekend as people want it to be.  Tron: Legacy, Yogi Bear, and How Do You Know are all making their debuts, but they will be joined by a major expansion for The Fighter and a near-major expansion (that is, just under 1,000 screens) for Black Swan.

To the average film site frequenter, it probably seems like the Tron sequel is positioned to become a huge hit.  This is not necessarily the case. If the tracking numbers put out by Reuters at the end of last month are any indication, in fact, Disney could be losing some money.  They've pumped a lot into what they clearly hope to be a franchise, and if they don't make at least fifty million this weekend, their chances of making much of that back are unlikely.  Whatever the case, those who »

- Patrick Sauriol

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Review: How Do You Know

16 December 2010 11:18 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: A former Olympic-class softball player (Reese Witherspoon), is torn between two men; a randy, baseball superstar (Owen Wilson), and a kindly businessman (Paul Rudd) who.s in trouble with the authorities after being accused of wire fraud at his father.s (Jack Nicholson) company. Review: How Do You Know is at least two movies too many. It.s the latest from James L. Brooks, who has admittedly produced some gems in his time (Terms Of Endearment, Broadcast News, As Good As It Gets), »

- Chris Bumbray

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film review—How Do You Know

16 December 2010 9:15 PM, PST | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

If you admire such films as Broadcast News, Terms of Endearment, and As Good as it Gets, as I do, you’ll be rooting for James L. Brooks to score another bull’s-eye with his latest effort. But it’s clear pretty early on that How Do You Know is a muddled misfire: a tiresome, talky romantic comedy about a bright young woman who, at a vulnerable moment in her life, can’t decide between two men—neither of whom seems terribly appealing. That these three characters are played by Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd makes it even more— —disheartening. Worst of all,… »

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Movie Review: How Do You Know (2010)

16 December 2010 9:00 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd in How Do You Know

Photo: Columbia Pictures James L. Brooks hasn't exactly bombarded the cineplex with features as a director -- or as a writer or producer for that matter. As an executive producer on "The Simpsons" I guess he can afford that luxury, not to mention the early directorial successes of Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News and As Good as It Gets. Those three films garnered 25 Oscar nominations and seven wins. Brooks won for Best Director and Screenplay for Terms of Endearment, which also took home Best Picture. However, since 1997 we've only seen one film, Spanglish, and that's all it has taken for the film community to begin to sour.

Personally, I enjoyed Spanglish. Certainly more than others that found it to be schmaltzy with the dramedy of a sitcom. To each their own, but I will happily use that comparison for Brooks's latest film, »

- Brad Brevet

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'How Do You Know': Nutty, and Unappetizing, as a Holiday Fruitcake

16 December 2010 12:29 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

How do you know that “How Do You Know,” writer-director James L. Brooks’ leaden new romantic comedy, is a mess? Well, when Reese Witherspoon’s character asks a beau, “Am I boring you?” you'll find yourself sorely tempted to respond with a vehement “Yes!” And that’s a huge disappointment because Brooks, with “Terms of Endearment,”“Broadcast News” and “As Good as It Gets,” has crafted some of the most memorable popular films of the last several decades. Each of those featured singular characters, gracefully shaped scenes and zinger lines, all of which resonate still. In »

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