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The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters Ever

19 June 2014 11:54 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Over a month ago, perhaps feeling daunted by the seemingly endless summer season stretching out in front of us and the sheer volume of popcorn we were going to have to eat, we brought you our list of The 20 Worst Summer Blockbusters Of All Time. But now that we’re in the thick of it, and we’ve had a few more decent big titles open (“22 Jump Street,” “Edge of Tomorrow” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” all had their charms) we’re turning that frown upside down, and bringing you our rundown of the 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of all time. But that “hooray for everything!” vibe is a little misleading. As we’ve proven to ourselves so many times before, stable, long-term professional relationships of mutual respect and admiration tend not to be shaken by debates over whether “Jonah Hex” is empirically worse than “Battlefield Earth,” but are much »

- The Playlist Staff

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'Pulp Fiction,' A to Z

21 May 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Twenty years ago today, Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein unveiled the filmmaker’s sophomore movie — an ambitious anthology of crime stories, all interconnected and metatextualized — at a late Saturday night screening at the Cannes Film Festival. A little over three hours later, as the crowd staggered out of the Palais des Festivals, they knew they had an audience favorite on their hands. Soon, they would be able to add Palme d’Or winner, Best Picture Oscar nominee, the first indie film to break the $100 million mark, a gamechanger and a modern classic to the list. »

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From Michael Bay to Eminem, here are creators who've (sort of) apologized for their work

22 April 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

When you create something for public consumption, you’re putting yourself in a very fragile position. For example, creating a popular television show means handing your beloved characters over to the world for weekly scrutinizing. Then again, it also means handing them over for weekly adoration. But no matter how beloved a show, movie, album, or book might be, no creator is perfect. And by default, no creator’s work is perfect.

That being said, there are few times in the world of pop culture where a creator has come forth and apologized for a large piece of work. Do »

- Samantha Highfill

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Visual Index ~ Can't Stop the Music's Best Shot(s)

1 April 2014 5:22 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

April Fools! I needed an infamous 'bad movie we love' for today's edition of Hit Me With Your Best Shot a crowd source visual party, where anyone with a love for movies can watch the pre-assigned film and chime in on the one moment that makes it or defines it or reflects it. In other words, whatever "best" means to you.

The Village People musical Can't Stop the Music (1980) starring Valerie Perrine (of Lenny & Superman fame), Olympian Bruce Jenner (long before the Kardashian days) and Steve Guttenberg early on in his career, came through. And how. You can barely believe this movie while you're watching it but you can't exactly look away either. (Credit where it's due, the lightbulb for this week's selection came to mia via an e-mail from Awards Watch, about their new series pairing Razzie winners with Oscar winners.) 

This musical, the very first Razzie Worst Picture winner is awful, »

- NATHANIEL R

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10 Terrible Films That The Wrong Person Got Blamed For

29 March 2014 3:50 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Filmmaking is an innately collaborative process: the director is normally the creative face the public get to see, but behind that you have producers keeping studios happy, writers trying to give something meaning and catering staff dealing with obnoxious actors. Everyone’s important.

Until the film is a success, at least.

If the critics adore it or audiences just can’t enough, the director is immediately ascended to the level of genius, maybe bringing a heavily-involved actor along for the ride. Awards notice occasionally give the smaller players a chance to shine, but for the most part it’s an individual heaped with praise for the group’s work.

Likewise, when a film fails, you can guarantee it’ll all be made out to be the fault of one person. More often than not the director’s the unlucky one, but the honour can realistically fall on anyone »

- Alex Leadbeater

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God Exists: Idina Menzel renamed 'Adele Dazeem' in official Playbill for 'If/Then'

4 March 2014 8:24 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Poor John Travolta. Poor, poor John Travolta. Idina Menzel, whom the "Battlefield Earth" star inadvertently rechristened at the Oscars on Sunday, has decided to have a little fun at Travolta's expense by reprinting the official Playbill for her new Broadway musical "If/Then" with the name "Adele Dazeem" listed on her official bio. To further reflect the alternate universe in which John Travolta clearly resides, "Rent" is now "Nert," "Wicked" is now "Wicked-ly" and "Frozen" is now "Farfignugen." Final analysis? Idina Menzel wins everything. At this performance... #idinamenzel #adeledazeem pic.twitter.com/rpgi4BYaLa — Janet Krupin (@janetkrupin) March 4, 2014 »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Visiting the set of X-Men: Days Of Future Past

19 February 2014 12:26 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Ryan Lambie 21 Feb 2014 - 06:10

Last June, we were lucky enough to visit the set of X-Men Days Of Future Past and chat to some of the cast and crew. Here's what happened...

Nb: This article contains very mild spoilers for X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

Opposite and a little way to my left, Richard Nixon sits happily eating his lunch. Well, not the real Richard Nixon, obviously, but Mark Camacho, an actor so cunningly made up to look like the infamous Us President circa 1973 - complete with architectural nose and hairline - that it’s impossible not to stare. We’re sitting in the canteen tent of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, where tables have been arranged in long rows, one after the other, so the place looks like Da Vinci’s The Last Supper multiplied in a hall of mirrors.

Days Of Future Past marks an important »

- ryanlambie

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10 mystifying Razzie nominations

21 January 2014 6:57 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Top 10 Ryan Lambie 22 Jan 2014 - 05:51

Like any awards ceremony, the Razzies can sometimes make some bizarre decisions. Here's our pick of 10 mystifying nominations...

Established in 1981, the Golden Raspberry Awards have grown from a tiny ceremony hosted in founder John Jb Wilson's living room into their own Hollywood institution. Intended as an antidote to the self-congratulation and glitz of awards season fixtures like the Oscars or the Golden Globes, the Razzies aim to single out the worst films, screenplays and performances of the preceding year, serving up an irreverent parody of Hollywood's vanity and excess.

Sometimes, the Razzie choices aren't too far off the mark. Few would argue against Battlefield Earth's 2000 win for Worst Picture, or that the impenetrably murky The Last Airbender didn't deserve the amusingly-titled award for Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3D.

There have been some really worthwhile categories on occasion, too, like Worst Movie Trends of the Year, »

- ryanlambie

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Young Ones’

19 January 2014 12:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A hodgepodge of Western, sci-fi and Greek tragedy, “Young Ones” is certainly one of the more unique films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. But the sophomore effort from Jake Paltrow (“The Good Night”) gets so bogged down in its primal tale of murder and revenge that the most intriguing elements become little more than futuristic window dressing. Unfolding in three distinct chapters, each featuring a different protagonist, the visually rich and dramatically spare pic plays a bit like a cinematic graphic novel. A cult following could be in the offing, but commercial prospects otherwise appear limited.

Set in an unspecified area of the United States (though shot in South Africa) where water has become a precious commodity, “Young Ones” has the vibe of a post-apocalyptic drama but can’t technically be classified as such. The world is still functional; the film simply focuses on a group of characters »

- Geoff Berkshire

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'Grown Ups 2' and 'After Earth' lead Razzie Award nominations

14 January 2014 9:59 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Adam Sandler has been a Razzie Awards darling for decades, but in the past three years he's incited unprecedented wrath. In 2011, he swept every category for "Jack and Jill" and he won Worst Actor again in 2012 for "That's My Boy." This year "Grown Ups 2" leads the Razzies with eight nominations, including Worst Picture, Actor, Director, and Screenplay. It's perhaps lucky for Sandler that 2013 was an auspicious year for bad movies. Unlike last year, when the "Twilight" finale became the best reviewed Worst Picture in Razzie history, voters have a wide selection of derided nominees to chose from for Worst Picture. -Break- It's up against the much-ridiculed "After Earth," which earned six total nominations. It follows in the footsteps of another Scientology-inspired sci-fi flop, "Battlefield Earth," which was Razzie's Worst Picture of 2000, Worst Picture of the Decade, and Worst Drama of Their »

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From the Golden Globes to the Oscars, the battle for awards glory gets serious

12 January 2014 1:19 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It's been a vintage year for Hollywood – and the big studios are now lobbying hard in a tight and high-stakes race

A diet of bubblegum blockbusters and inane sequels has exposed Hollywood for years to accusations of undermining western civilisation, or at the very least dumbing it down. Who could emerge from the likes of Battlefield Earth, Showgirls and Basic Instinct 2 and not wonder at Tinseltown crassness? How could an industry with so much money and talent produce so much junk?

You don't hear such questions these days. A run of exceptional films has restored Hollywood's cultural credentials and fuelled some of the most intense awards campaigning in living memory.

Studios, actors and directors are slugging it out – and allegedly slinging mud – in what promises to be a vintage season for gongs, starting with the Golden Globes on Sunday and climaxing with the Oscars in March. "For a time, »

- Rory Carroll

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Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2013

2 January 2014 7:15 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Another year has come to an end, which means it's time for the Dread Central staff to weigh in with their picks of the best and worst of 2013's horror offerings. We're giving you a full dozen lists this time, and per usual they come in a variety of formats, each reflecting the unique styles of our writers.

We've also compiled them to come up with the year's overall winners and losers. We averaged out the top and bottom five vote getters on everyone's lists, and here are the results:

Best: Maniac

Runners-up: The Conjuring, Evil Dead

Worst: Texas Chainsaw 3D

Runners-up: The Purge, The Last Exorcism Part II

Check out the Dread Central staff's Best of and Worst of lists for 2013 by following the links below!

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[Gareth "Pestilence" Jones]

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Andrew Kasch's Picks

Stoker: Chan-wook Park delivered some next-level filmmaking and his best film since Oldboy with his U. »

- Uncle Creepy

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