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"Undeclared" is now airing on IFC, and we thought we'd take this opportunity to revisit the show that further cemented broadcast television's inability to recognize the genius of Judd Apatow. Every week, Matt Singer and Alison Willmore will be offering their thoughts on two more episodes.
The Perfect Date
Directed by Greg Mottola
Hal and Hillary
Written by Kristofor Brown
Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar
"Intercourse you!" -- Kikuki
We're rapidly approaching the end of "Undeclared," with just one week and one episode left after this column. As "Freaks and Geeks" neared its premature conclusion it reinvested in narrative, bringing Sam Weir and Cindy Sanders' storyline to a head and throwing Lindsay into an existential crisis about what she was going to do with her summer and, by extension, her life. "Undeclared," in contrast, appears to intentionally avoid anything resembling a wrap up. »
- Matt Singer
The feature-film version of the squeaky-voiced YouTube hit is unbelievably irritating – and frankly a waste of time, writes Peter Bradshaw
The YouTube phenomenon about the teenage dork called Fred with the speeded-up voice has been expanded to a feature-length movie: and it's an ordeal worthy of comparison with Tom Green's notorious comedy Freddy Got Fingered. The big deal is that voice: an ingenious trick on the web perhaps, but here it wears thin after the first billionth of a second. It sounds a bit like Pinky, or perhaps Perky, or possibly Gene Wilder's moment of hysteria in The Producers. ("My blue blanket! I'm wet! I'm wet and I'm hysterical!") There is one sort-of reasonable joke about the Marriott hotel. Otherwise this is one to miss.
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- Peter Bradshaw
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Airplane!, and the free DVD you're going to get in next Saturday's Guardian, here are 30 facts on Shirley the mother of all movie spoofs ...
1 Airplane! is a remake of a 1957 TV movie called Zero Hour!
2 The "food-poisoning on a plane" plot and many of the lines were lifted straight from the original.
3 They bought the rights to Zero Hour! so that's Ok.
5 Thus Hailey is credited as a writer of a movie that basically takes the piss out of his own work.
6 Airplane! was the fourth highest-grossing movie of 1980 in the Us, and the highest-grossing comedy in history until Ghostbusters.
7 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who played co-pilot Roger Murdock, is the highest-scoring NBA basketball player of all time, with 38,387 points.
8 The film's »
- Steve Rose
HollywoodNews.com: There’s always truth in a great romantic comedy and in the case of the latest Drew Barrymore film “Going the Distance” – the chemistry is all real.
During the production, Barrymore was dating her on-and-off again b.f. Justin Long.
“There’s a lot of honesty here,” Barrymore says in an interview with Nylon magazine. “When we’re emotional in a movie, we’ve [bleep]ing been there.”
Speaking of which, there’s a phone sex scene in the film per Page Six.
This isn’t the first time that Barrymore has appeared on screen with her real-life boyfriend. The actress starred alongside Tom Green in her action film “Charlie’s Angels” and in the comedian’s film “Freddy Got Fingered.”
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Having written reviews for over a decade now, I have by this point been asked to explain myself more times than I could possibly count. Of course, these are often rhetorical inquiries… sometimes they aren’t even phrased as inquiries at all. Nevertheless, among the now countless film critics out there, it isn’t uncommon for some explanation of one’s rating system to exist. In fact, I’ve written the idea up before myself.
Certain recent events have moved me to put my ideas down again, not so much because of the interest in what I might mean by any particular 4-star rating (or whatever), but more because of what readers might expect a 4-star rating to mean, and the ways in which these ideas may clash.
I also decided to write on the subject based on a panel I attended at SXSW, which was called Hyperbole in Film Criticism. »
- Marc Eastman
But not in the way you think. Andrew Macdonald’s DNA Films has made a deal with India-based Reliance Big Entertainment and Im Global to finance Judge Dredd, a 3D film that was scripted by Alex Garland, and will be directed by Pete Travis, best known for Vantage Point and Omagh. The film will be shopped at (Cannes Film Festival) by Im Global, in the first collaboration since Reliance bought a majority stake in Stuart Ford's foreign sales company.While Judge Dredd is perhaps best remembered for the forgettable 1995 action film that starred Sylvester Stallone, Macdonald went back to the franchise’s DNA to completely overhaul the film and bring it back to its origins as the UK comic created by John Wagner and illustrated by Carlos Ezquerra. Dredd is set in a futuristic world filled with violence, and the character is empowered to act as judge, jury and executioner. »
After directly jumping from high school to the NBA, LeBron James never got to experience the college basketball ritual of March Madness, but if it were a condition rather than an event, I'd say his decision to star in the Universal comedy "Fantasy Basketball Camp" might just count for some sort of insanity. James is set to play the lead in the film, directed by "Soul Men" helmer Malcolm D. Lee, about a group of friends who head to Vegas and learn life lessons in addition to tips on how to set picks at the Cleveland Cavalier's fantasy camp.
Of course, James already has some big screen experience under his belt with last year's Spirit Award-nominated doc "More Than a Game" about his Ohio high school squad, as well as some small-screen experience on "Saturday Night Live" and multi-character Nike commercials. Still, the track record for basketball stars crossing over »
- Stephen Saito
Razzie Awards 2010 winners have been announced.
The big “winner” was Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, taking home three awards: Worst Screenplay, Worst Director and Worst Picture of 2009. Nominated twice in the past for worst director (Armageddon, Pearl Harbor), Michael Bay finally won the prize.
The 2010 Razzie winners list:
All About Steve (20th Century-Fox)
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (Paramount / Hasbro)
Land of the Lost (Universal)
Old Dogs »
The 2009 Razzie Award Winners! With so many Berry Bad Movies to choose from, voting members of The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation decided to spread their dis-honors among multiple titles for their Gala 30th Annual Razzie® Awards. In ceremonies presented on Oscar Eve at Hollywood's Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, no less than six 2009 releases received at least one gold-spray-painted statuette designating them as being among last year's Worst Achievements in Film.
The big "winner" was also one of last year's biggest box office hits: The overlong, over-loud, under-whelming toy-based sequel Tranformers: Revenge of the Fallen. In addition to taking Worst Director for The Boy Blunder of Blow-'em-Ups Michael Bay, Tranformers: Revenge of the Fallen also fell victim as the year's Worst Screenplay and Worst Picture. Worst Actress was awarded to a star who could well follow up the berry next night with an Oscar® win: Sandra Bullock, RAZZed for her performance in All About Steve. »
On the eve of her expected Academy Awards triumph, Sandra Bullock won the 2009 Worst Actress Razzie for "All About Steve," while "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" received the Worst Picture award. If Bullock takes Best Actress for "The Blind Side," she will be the first person ever to win an Oscar and a Razzie over the same weekend. "She's in the unprecedented position, Saturday she's the worst, and the very next night, she's back on her feet, and she's the best," said Razzies founder John Wilson. "We certainly don't wish her ill at that other awards show." The "Transformers" sequel won two other Razzies, Worst Director for Michael Bay and Worst Screenplay for Ehren Kruger, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Bay and his team probably will not lose any asleep over it since "Transformers 2" took in $402.1 million domestically to become the second higest grossing film of 2009, coming in only behind "Avatar. »
Tom Green is on the rebound after a less-than-stellar decade that began with the generally loathed -- and, according to Green, vastly misunderstood -- gross-out comedy Freddy Got Fingered. The film turned a profit on DVD, Green says, and now he wants to restore nearly a half-hour of slashed material for a director's cut. "Yeah, there's a lot of really crazy stuff," he continued. "And actually when you lost stuff, the movie got a little bit disjointed. That was the film theorists' critical problem with the movie, that it was disjointed." Seriously. Step up to the plate, Criterion Collection. Better late than never. [Av Club] »
The 2010 Razzie nominations were announced today. “Land of the Lost” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” led the pack with 7 nominations each, Sandra Bullock and Megan Fox will be battling it out for the Worst Actress Award.
“She could be the first person ever to win a Razzie and an Oscar in the same weekend,”
said John Wilson, founder of the Golden Raspberry Awards, now in their 30th year of singling out Hollywood’s low points.
Other actors and actresses graced with nominations include Will Ferrell, Robert Pattinson, Eddie Murphy, John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, and Julie White who played Shia Labeouf’s mother in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
The Razzies were set up in 1980 by John Wilson, as a response to the Academy Awards, which is why the ceremony always »
- Allan Ford
The 30th Annual Razzie Awards has indeed offered an interesting twist to this year's award season. On Monday, February 1, the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation has unraveled that Sandra Bullock, the front-runner for 2010 Oscar's Best Actress, and Robert Pattinson, tweens' favorite vampire, are being considered among 2009's worst "achievements" in film.
Having secured 2010 Golden Globe, SAG Award and People's Choice Award for her role in "The Blind Side", 45-year-old Sandra was given the Worst Actress nod for her role as Mary Horowitz in "All About Steve". She is listed for the title alongside Beyonce Knowles, Miley Cyrus, Megan Fox and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Worst Actress isn't the only category Sandra is nominated for. The leading lady of "The Proposal" is also up for Worst Screen Couple which she shares with co-star Bradley Cooper. She is placed in the same category Pattinson and his "The Twilight Saga's New Moon" co-stars, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, »
Forget about the Oscars for now, let's talk about the Razzies. One day before the prestigious Academy Awards nominations, the Golden Raspberry Awards noms have been announced and it ain't good for both "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "Land of the Lost." Both movies earned 7 nominations each.
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" received nominations for worst film, worst director for Michael Bay, worst screen couple (expanded to include both Shai LeBouf and Megan Fox or LeBouf and any Transformer), worst supporting actress, worst screenplay and worst remake/rip-off.
"Land of the Lost" also received seven nominations for Will Farrell as worst actor and worst screen couple, worst picture, director for Brad Silberling, remake/rip-off, screenplay and supporting actor for Jorma Taccone as Cha-Ka.
Oscar's ugly little stepbrother Razzie announced his nominations this week for the worst movies and performances of 2009, and let's just say there's no shortage of stuff to choose from. The Golden Raspberry Awards are, of course, the annual awards that mock and ridicule all of the terrible blockbusters that we are forced to sit through in a year, and among the biggest offenders this year we have Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Land of the Lost, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and Twilight Saga: New Moon. Transformers and Land of the Lost lead the pack with seven nominations each. In an interesting twist, it seems that Sandra Bullock is nominated for Worst Actress for her performance in All About Steve, which means she might actually have a shot at winning both Best Actress at the Oscars and Worst Actress at the Razzies in the same year. Now that's an achievement! »
I don’t have much love for the Razzie Awards. It’s not because I disagree with their choices as much as I find their choices predictable and safe. Instead, they just phone it in with movies most people agree are terrible and then we move along with our day. No controversy, no creativity, no reason to care. Well, I don’t care. Some people do just as some people think Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Land of the Lost are genuinely good movies even though they each scored seven Razzie nominations.
Other “worsts” include Old Dogs, All About Steve and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Acting nominations are even more non-sensical as they seem to pick actors in bad movies rather than bad performances. Did people walk out of Bride Wars thinking Candice Bergen was one of the worst parts of that movie? Was Will Ferrell one »
- Matt Goldberg
Pricking the balloon of pomposity The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation have been handing out the anti-Oscars for shockingly terrible acting, screenwriting and directing for the past thirty years, and their annual awards nominations have been announced.
Leading the field is a film is Transformers: Rotf, a film woefully lacking in plot and excitement that even the most sunset loving military fetishist left disappointed, and close on its heels is the less woeful but still pretty terrible G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra – it seems 2009 was a bad year for toy-based action blockbusters with a colon in the title.
Often dismissed as a spiteful or facetious exercise, the Razzies have gained some notoriety over the years, and even some credibility when the nominated stars turn up to accept the awards – Halle Berry’s appearance for Catwoman endeared her and somewhat made up for that execrable film.
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- Jon Lyus
Before the entertainment industry gets swept away by tomorrow morning's Oscar nominees announcement, let's discuss the (arguably) worst movies of the year with the 2010 Razzie nominations. As usual, box office performance has little bearing on eligibility - Transformers 2, and G.I. Joe each took home a handful of noms despite raking in the big bucks. Of course, what is most likely to send hoards of fans into a rage is all the hating on New Moon - the film scored nods for Worst Screen Couple, Worst Screenplay, and Worst Supporting Actor. (Though I doubt the nomination will affect your desire to meet Robert Pattinson in person). I'm actually most amused by the fact that Sandra Bullock can be a Razzie nominee and a potential Oscar nominee in the same year, but check out the full list below and tell me what you think! To see the nominees, just read more. »
Sandra Bullock is a decent bet to earn an Oscar nomination on Tuesday, which would mean she would pull off a rare awards-season double: An Oscar and Razzie nomination in the same year.
"All About Steve," the 2009 movie Bullock starred in that wasn't "The Blind Side" or "The Proposal," is among the leading nominees for the annual Razzie Awards, honoring the worst of what Hollywood had to offer in the past year. Bullock is nominated for worst actress and worst screen couple (with Bradley Cooper) in "All About Steve"; the movie is also nominated for worst picture, director and screenplay.
Those five nominations don't, however, put it at the top of this year's Razzie list. That, uh, honor goes to "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "Land of the Lost," which had opposite fates at the box office but are united in their suckitude with seven Razzie nominations each. Both are nominated for worst picture. »
Michael Bay's smash-hit robot epic, which has taken more than $800m (£503m) at the global box office, tied with Will Ferrell's dinosaur-battling dud for the most nods, including worst picture, worst screen couple, worst director and worst sequel, remake or rip-off.
All About Steve, a romcom starring Bradley Cooper and Sandra Bullock, received five nominations, as did GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Bullock's nomination for worst actress of the year could mean she has the rare honour of winning both worst and best actress awards – she's tipped for Oscar glory for »
- Catherine Shoard
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