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Having spent the last year sat in screening rooms and cinemas watching over 200 of 2011′s cinematic offerings, it stands to reason that I’m going to have to sit through a fair share of duds. As I had seen the vast majority of the key Oscar plays before November, I spent the latter part of the year dedicating myself to seeking out the worst, most lowest common denominator fare ripe for a skewering, and with these twenty dreadful pictures, we have what are, in my opinion, the 20 biggest train wrecks of 2011. Note that Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star is still awaiting worldwide DVD release and didn’t get distribution in the U.K., so that’s one that I was forced to avoid, but I’m assured that it’s irredeemably horrible nevertheless. Anyway, on with the list…
20. Shark Night 3D
(David R. Ellis / Tomatometer: 16%)
Director David R. Ellis »
- Shaun Munro
The Hangover Part II opened to absolutely Huge success in 2011, taking a whopping $255 million at the Us box office alone. Well, now the film is on DVD and Blu-Ray for you all to own, so as you get your backsides down to the shops to pick it up, we thought that we’d take a look at the top ten ‘guy’ movies that also float our boat, particularly when we’ve had a few shandys down the boozer on a Friday night; ones that you simply must check out!
Now, this list may be a bit random, and we apologise for the two red herrings that have found their way in at numbers 6 and 3, but we totally back up our reasoning for inclusion – and it’s our list.
So hunt these puppies down when you’re browsing the shelves at HMV!
10. Revenge Of The Nerds (1984)
Revenge Of The Nerds was »
- Paul Heath
There’s a great argument that out of all of the star studded names in the superb comedy Horrible Bosses, one motherfucker [Jones] steals the show entirely. Yes, Jamie Foxx is simply awesome in the role of the go-to ‘hitman’, grabbing the limelight from his A-list co-stars Jason Bateman, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey and a potty-mouthed Jennifer Aniston. To celebrate the release of the film, which hit home entertainment markets in the UK this week, we thought we’d think back and pop up some other movie scene stealers…
If Quentin Tarantino were ever to ressurrect a character from one of his classic early movies, then Christopher Walken’s Vincenzo Coccotti would be it – and this guy lived right? For me, that whole scene in True Romance is the reason that I watch it time and time again. “I haven’t killed anybody… since 1984.” Walken managed »
- Paul Heath
Season 4, Episode 2: Thirty-Eight Snub
Directed by Michelle MacLaren
Written by George Mastras
Thirty Eight Snub features two memorable scenes. No one can forget Walt receiving a fist to the eye and a half a dozen kicks to the midsection from Mike the Cleaner. Mike is a man of few words, and speaks only to avoid trouble and make his job less complicated, but when Mike speaks, his words are heard and heard loud:
“Do yourself a favour and learn to take yes for an answer.” -Mike
The other unforgettable scene featured Walt purchasing a gun from Lawson. The dialogue in this scene was reminiscent of a Tarantino film or a Elmore Leonard novel: “Some call it a moral right, I do include myself within that class … If you’re not a convicted felon, you might be best advised to bear your arms within the confines of the law.”
Cocaine. I think the "you" in the title is cocaine. Magnolia Pictures has passed along the red band trailer for the Mark Pellington-directed (Arlington Road, Henry Poole Is Here) I Melt With You. From the look of the trailer, the mid-life crisis ensemble drama is some kind of mash up of The Big Chill and Stag. Or Very Bad Things if you prefer Christian Slater to Mario Van Peebles. Either way, it's middle-class to rich white guys lamenting the dead ends of their lives in drug-o-vision, and I think I might have to sit this one out. Alright, that's not even being close to fair--but there's something off-putting about the combination of the music and the cast of actors looking sad about growing older »
Rabies (Kalavet) Written and Directed by: Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado Starring: Lior Ashkenazi, Danny Geva, Ania Bukstein, Menashe Noy, Ran Danker, Henry David, Ofer Shechter, and Liat Harlev Take a dash of Very Bad Things and cross it with Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, and you might get something like Rabies. Ironically, the story has nothing to do with Rabies, and I have no idea why that is the English title. The film has the distinction of being the first horror export out of Israel, and it is a nice surprise. The story begins with a brother and sister seeking refuge in the woods because their, um, relationship is frowned upon. Unfortunately for the sister, a lunatic has dotted the woods with archaic (yet effective) booby traps, and she finds herself at the bottom of one of the traps. Simultaneously, a foursome of coeds takes a wrong turn on »
When only four percent of scripted TV shows feature Lgbt characters, what's a gay girl to do? Why, strap on your gay goggles and watch TV along with us, of course! Our handy appraisal scale is better than any old letter grade. Other sites A+. We say, "What about our lezzy-lady feelings?"
"Destiny isn't easy to run from." Actually, I think destiny is pretty much destined, but we'll let it go because, Look! There's the chick from Life Unexpected! Except nobody watched that show, which is why she's in this one. Britt Robertson as Cassie Blake has a tire blowout that keeps her from being home when her mom is killed in a fire. She moves to Capeside Chance Harbor to live with Grams, which means a new school, which means strange new people everywhere. When this school has a spelling bee, nobody wins. (See what I did there?) Think »
- the linster
So far we've just seen a wild teaser trailer for the forthcoming big screen adaptation of the classic board game Battleship with Hancock director Peter Berg at the helm. Now we get to see a bit more from the film in the form of a behind-the-scenes featurette that is unfortunately hosted by the gossip-mongering, bubbly personalities at "Entertainment Tonight." They seem to think pop star Rihanna is unrecognizable as a naval weapons specialist, but it's not exactly a magnificent transformation to have a couple tattoos and wear camouflage. Alexander Sarsgaard and Taylor Kitsch have a chat too so check it out below! Here's the featurette for Battleship from "Entertainment Tonight": A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an advanced armada of unknown origins in order to defeat them. Battleship is directed by American filmmaker Peter Berg, of Very Bad Things, The Rundown, Friday Night Lights (the »
- Ethan Anderton
The Hangover Part II, 2011.
Directed by Todd Phillips.
You know The Hangover? Yeah, well, it’s that in Thailand.
Not many people dislike The Hangover. We meet in secret once a month. Carol bakes fairy cakes and we all sit and chat. We don’t talk much about The Hangover, nor film in general. We just talk about what we’ve been up to, how we’re getting along. It’s nice to be amongst people who didn’t get it either.
Surely we’re the weirdos, right? We missed a subtlety on that first viewing. Maybe we were in an underwhelmed mood that day. So give Part II a stab. Have a beer before. Go with friends who liked its predecessor. Ease yourself into it. »
Yep. That's exactly what I'd expect a Peter Berg "Battleship" to look like. It's funny… Berg is one of those guys who has definitely made enough films now that we can get a handle on him as a filmmaker, and between his writing, his producing, and his directing, he seems to be a mass of fascinating contradictions. The rancid, curdled laughs of "Very Bad Things," the heartfelt sincerity of "Friday Night Lights," and the balls-out macho of "The Rundown" all feel like the work of different people, but I get the feeling that's Berg in a nutshell. Here's a guy who »
Horrible Bosses, 2011.
Written and Directed by Seth Gordon.
Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.
It’s ‘average new comedy’ time this weekend with the release of Horrible Bosses. Although it doesn’t break any new boundaries in terms of script, plot, or gags, it is funny throughout and worth seeing on DVD if not at the cinema.
The plot is simple. Jason Bateman works for slave-driver Kevin Spacey; Charlie Day is sexually harassed by his boss Jennifer Aniston (boohoo, I know); Jason Sudeikis finds his new boss, Colin Farrell, intolerable to work for. So, the three friend decide to kill each others’ bosses.
I was one of those nerdly little film geeks who loved Dr. Strangelove well before his peers even got the jokes. I went crazy for the colorfully nasty humor found in '80s farces like Ruthless People, Throw Momma From the Train, and A Fish Called Wanda, and I fell in love with the powerful venom of Danny DeVito's The War of the Roses. I adore dark comedy. Arsenic and Old Lace, M*A*S*H, Very Bad Things, Heathers ... when it's done well, few sub-genres can be as memorable as the dark comedy: delicate and subtle or sledgehammer nasty, dark comedy speaks to an audience that doesn't mind a little carnage mixed with comedy, provided the two ingredients complement one another in some tasty way. Plus, let's be honest: it's healthy to laugh at death once in a...
I'm undecided on the subject of remakes. On one hand, they are a sign of all that's wrong with Hollywood — its laziness, lack of imagination and desire to make an easy buck. On the other hand, I can find nothing wrong with a talented group of people bringing a good, new idea to preexisting beloved characters — this kind of creativity can result in greatness on several levels. It just depends on who's involved.
One remake I'm truly looking forward to is the upcoming NBC series Prime Suspect, starring Maria Bello and co-starring Aidan Quinn and Kirk Acevedo. Brought to us Peter Berg, the actor turned director of Very Bad Things, Friday Night Lights and Hancock, this new take on Prime Suspect is an Americanization of the British series that made the masses finally sit up and take notice of the incomparable Helen Mirren.
In Prime Suspect, Bello plays Jane Timoney, »
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Cameron Diaz - CinemaCon 2011
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Cameron Diaz - CinemaCon 2011
Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress and former model. She became famous during the 1990s with roles in the movies The Mask, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and There’s Something About Mary. Other high-profile movie credits include the two Charlie’s Angels movies and voicing the character Princess Fiona for the Shrek series. Diaz received Golden Globe award nominations for her performances in the movies There’s Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich, Vanilla Sky, and Gangs of New York.
Diaz was born in San Diego, California, the younger daughter of Emilio Diaz (1949–2008), who worked for the California oil »
- Josh Abraham
Fans to Have Exclusive Access to Ashba Tracks on Film.s Website for Digital Editing of .Scene 64.
Multi-platinum recording artist Dj Ashba, guitarist for Guns N. Roses and top Billboard-selling hard rock band Sixx: A.M., debuted original tracks today on the website of upcoming indie The Power Of Few, a crime mystery starring Christopher Walken (Catch Me If You Can, Wedding Crashers), Christian Slater (True Romance, Very Bad Things), Q.orianka Kilcher (Terrence Malick’s The New World) and Anthony Anderson (Transformers, The Departed). The tracks are available at the film.s website,www.thepoweroffew.com, as a part of .Scene 64,. the digital editing contest created by the film.s writer/director Leone Marucci and Kilcher in their efforts to involve fans in a »
- Melissa Howland
The stag party that goes disastrously wrong is a movie commonplace. Think of Staggered (imminent groom Martin Clunes wakes up naked on a distant Scottish island) and the even less funny Very Bad Things (prostitute accidentally dies as pre-wedding revellers frolic in Las Vegas). But two years ago the writers and director of The Hangover had a major financial and critical success after adding amnesia to the stag party plot. Three chums wake up in Vegas to discover that a trail of terrible mishaps the night before included a run-in with the mob, a marriage, a stolen police car and a missing groom who had to be delivered in Los Angeles the following day. Childish stuff in the Animal House/American Pie manner, but gloriously, inventively funny.
The Hangover Part II sees the same ingredients shaken up in the kaleidoscope, but a less attractive and far less amusing pattern emerges. »
- Philip French
Here’s a rather interesting take on audience participation in film-making…. The filmmakers in charge of new movie, Power of Few starring Christopher Walken, Christian Slater, Q’orianka Kilcher and Jesse Bradford have decided that they want members of the public to edit a scene, in this case scene 64 and use the best edit as part of the movie. I’ve got an official press release below which explains in further detail but in a nutshell, you cut together a scene with pre-short footage, add music from the selection provided and the edit judged to be the best by director, Leone Marucci will end up in the final cut of the film. I’ve also placed a video below which explains in further detail the premise of the project which sounds great to get involved in.
Find out more on their official website.
We also get our first look at »
- David Sztypuljak
Director/writer Leone Marucci and star Q.orianka Kilcher (Terrence Malick’s The New World) are inviting online audiences to determine the final cut of their new film, The Power Of Few, with a ground-breaking digital editing contest, .Scene 64.. Using raw film footage and editing tools on the film.s official website www.thepoweroffew.com, participants will have the opportunity to cut a scene from the film. One of the favorites, as voted by fans, will be used in the finished film and the winner will receive a screen credit.
.Scene 64. features Kilcher and co-star Jesse Bradford (Bring It On, Flags of Our Fathers), in an action sequence shot on location in New Orleans. The pair co-star with an ensemble cast including Christopher Walken (Hairspray, Wedding Crashers) and Christian Slater (True Romance, Very Bad Things) in the crime mystery. The Power Of Few revolves around an enigmatic smuggling ring.s »
- Melissa Howland
Ever wanted to edit a final cut of a film? Well, now you can possibly get your chance. The online audience is going to get their chance to edit the final cut of director/writer Leone Marucci indie film “The Power of Few”, starring Christopher Walken (“Hairspray”, “Wedding Crashers”), Christian Slater (“True Romance”, “Very Bad Things”), and Q’orianka Kilcher (Terrence Malick’s “The New World”) with the groundbreaking digital contest “Scene 64” The contest is as follows: Using raw film footage and the editing tools found on the film’s official website, participants will have the chance to cut a scene from the film. Fans will vote for their favorites and one of »
An Aardman Production For Sony Pictures Animation Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen Also On Board
Culver City, Calif. – Hugh Grant will voice the lead role alongside an all-star cast in The Pirates! Band Of Misfits, the new stop-motion, 3D, animated film produced by Aardman Animations for Sony Pictures Animation. The film, which will be distributed by Columbia Pictures, will be released March 30, 2012 in North America.
Hugh Grant, starring in his first animated role, is the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to »
- Michelle McCue
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