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Zelda Rubinstein, The Underwear Bomb And James Cameron In Today's Twitter-Wood

31 December 2009 4:14 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

News that "Poltergeist" actress Zelda Rubinstein has been taken off of life support didn't go unnoticed by horror movie fans in the Twitter-Wood community this week. The sad revelation caught the attention of both Richard Kelly and Jeff Katz (on his birthday, nonetheless), and I definitely echo those sentiments to her family.

In other posts, attempted underwear bomb from last week is still a trending topic among tweeters. Kevin Nealon was among those contemplating the ongoing investigation yesterday. Catch those thoughts after the jump along with Brian Lynch on Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner, Christina Applegate and Emmy Rossum on James Cameron's work in "Avatar" and more in the Twitter-Wood report for December 30, 2009.

Twitter Pic of the Day:

@pennjillette http://twitpic.com/vwdsh - We posed for a picture with Corey from Slipknot. We had to tell him to put his thumb In for heavy Metal.

-Penn Jillette, »

- Brian Warmoth

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Week in geek's best of 2009 | Ben Child

31 December 2009 1:56 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

These were the top five science-fiction, fantasy and comicbook movies this year that set my pulse racing. Which were yours?

In this season of lists, I thought I'd run down my top 10 science-fiction, fantasy and comicbook movies of the year. Easy peasy, or so I imagined, until I got to flick No 6 and realised there have actually not been that many films this year which I could put hand on heart and say I've absolutely loved. So here without further ado, are Week in Geek's top five movies of the year, followed by the five I've least enjoyed.

1. Watchmen

Zack Snyder's epic adaptation of the classic graphic novel attracted as many brickbats as it did plaudits from the critics. Those who hated the film pointed out that you couldn't really "get it" without having read the original Alan Moore comic about masked vigilantes living in an alternate 1984. Yet the »

- Ben Child

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Ten (and more) Great Films of 2009 from Around the World

29 December 2009 9:53 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

It seems that the Cannes film festival got things right this year, even if audiences seemed to not quite get the quality of the competition.  After consideration of a wealth of films from around the world, big and small, I find my end of year top-10 list peppered with films of heady considerations tackled with both visual bombast and narrative elegance.  While 2007 will likely be remembered as the strongest year of the aughts for cinema, 2009 is one of sheer variety.  There be lots of surprises and pleasures of both the cerebral and visceral kind.  

10) The Limits of Control - Jim Jarmusch's deliberate ode to architecture, form and patient viewing is bumped into masterpiece territory by the wonderful cinematography of Christopher Doyle and the handsome (dude can Wear a suit) figure of Isaach De Bankolé.

9) Mr. Nobody - Has quantum physics and romantic love ever been successfully combined in a large-scale science fiction epic? »

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- Garth Franklin

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Top 100 Tuesday: 100 Best Movies of the Decade

29 December 2009 4:43 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

We are leaving Kubrick behind and fast approaching Hyams.  If you get that reference, go grab yourself a cookie.  It is time for us to reflect back on the decade that was.  On January 1st, 2000, Disney released Fantasia 2000.  On Wednesday, December 30th, 2009, The White Ribbon is set to bow.  Between the release of these two films, thousands of films came and went, and some of them were far more memorable than others.  It was a long trek getting this list together, but here are our collective top 100 films of the past decade.

Quick Year-to-Year by the Numbers:

2009 – 11

2008 – 11

2007 – 7

2006 – 14

2005 – 12

2004 – 8

2003 – 7

2002 – 12

2001 – 10

2000 – 8

100. Million Dollar Baby (2004) – Clint Eastwood

99. Juno (2007) – Jason Reitman

98. An Education (2009) – Lone Scherfig

97. Spider-man 2 (2004) – Sam Raimi

96. Munich (2005) – Steven Spielberg

95. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) – Wes Anderson

94. The King Of Kong (2007) – Seth Gordon

93. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’S Stone (2001) – Chris Columbus

92. Clerks 2 (2006) – Kevin Smith

91. Femme Fatale (2002) – Brian De Palma

90. Tasogare Seibei »

- Movie Geeks

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Bazmann’s Christmas Address

25 December 2009 7:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

It’s been a great year for the British film industry. It kicked off with the British invasion of the Oscars, with notable wins for Kate Winslet, and Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire. The huge amount of British Actors plying their trade successfully in Hollywood continued to grow, with Scot Gerard Butler particularly in demand with parts in Gamer, The Ugly Truth and Law Abiding Citizen.

British filmmakers have been responsible for some of the more interesting films this year. Duncan Jone’s Moon was a brilliant yet under appreciated sci-fi drama. Fish Tank and Harry Brown lead the way for low budget drama. Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus finally found a distributor. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince became the highest grossing British movie of all time.

British film festivals Raindance and the BFI London Film Festival saw record attendances, and showcased some great films from home, »

- Barry Steele

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Top 10 Dramas of the Decade

24 December 2009 2:38 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

The ReelzChannel 100 began when we asked Leonard Maltin for his favorite Hidden Gems of the decade. His list led the web team into a general discussion about the best movies of the decade and — after no small amount of debate, arguing, and (we're not proud to say) some petty name-calling — we decided we'd better bring it to an end with a company-wide vote. Then it was just a matter of tallying up the votes and hoping for the best. Lucky for us, ReelzChannel is filled with a staff ranging from movie lovers to movie fanatics. What turned out isn't what you'll find on a critic's best of list — instead it's what movie fans really enjoyed.

In day four of the ReelzChannel 100, we highlight the Top 10 Dramas of the Decade.

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Link | Posted 12/24/2009 by reelz

Donnie Darko | No Country for Old Men | Walk the Line | Slumdog Millionaire | There Will Be Blood »

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Inside Story: Did the Teen Kill Her Mom Over Her Diary?

22 December 2009 7:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In a case that plays like a script for a quirky indie film, a 15-year-old girl faces life behind bars for allegedly teaming up with her older boyfriend to murder her mother after she showed police the girl's diary. Tylar Witt was 14 this past June when her mother, Joanne Witt, 47, was found dead in their home in El Dorado Hills, a very upscale Northern California suburb. Prosecutors say Tylar drugged her mother and then her boyfriend, Steven "Boston" Colver, stabbed her 20 times and slashed her throat with a butcher knife. El Dorado County Superior Court judge James Wagoner ruled last »

- Howard Breuer

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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Young Old Soul

21 December 2009 12:25 PM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

It's true that Maggie Gyllenhaal's first two films were directed by her father Stephen (1992's "Waterland" and the following year's "A Dangerous Woman"), but no one was crying nepotism by the time she broke out of Sundance with 2002's pitch-black comedy "Secretary," an astute character study on Bdsm behavior in which she bared all -- figuratively, literally and both ways boldly. Since then, Gyllenhaal's carved out an eclectic path through indie cinema ("SherryBaby," "Donnie Darko") and mainstream fare ("World Trade Center," "The Dark Knight"), with her richest roles typically emerging from the smaller passion projects that she clearly loves most.

Such is the case with first-time filmmaker Scott Cooper's charming country-music drama "Crazy Heart," adapted from Thomas Cobb's novel and featuring the music of co-producer T-Bone Burnett. In a performance that just nabbed him a Golden Globe nomination, Jeff Bridges headlines as 57-year-old crooner legend Bad Blake, »

- Aaron Hillis

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #248: Avatar

21 December 2009 12:37 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

0:00 - Intro 2:50 - Singe's Cop Story / Steven Seagal: Lawman 22:40 - Top 20 Films of the Decade: District 9, The Lord of the Rings, The Dark Knight, The Departed, Grizzly Man 39:40 - Review: Avatar 1:16:30 - Trailer Trash: Iron Man 2, Robin Hood, Hot Tub Time Machine 1:31:15 - Other Stuff We Watched: Superbad, Man v. Food, A Threevening with Kevin Smith, Sons of Anarchy, Up, Inglourious Basterds, In The Loop, The Limits of Control, The Messenger, The Lives of Others, Beautiful Losers, Santa with Muscles 2:07:40 - Junk Mail: Kill Bill Vol. 3 and James Cameron's hometown, Commentaries Ruining the Magic, Worst Movies of the Year, Donnie Darko and Zombieland, The Girlfriend Experience, Bob Clark and Halloween, Martial Arts Eras 2:47:35 - This Week's DVD Releases 2:49:14 - Outro Note: Our additional spoiler discussion of Avatar is now available here »

- Sean

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No Future for Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese Witherspoon

16 December 2009 11:55 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

I’ve had a crush on Jake Gyllenhaal ever since I saw Donnie Darko years ago. I can only keep dating men that look like him for so much longer until I’ll have to finally experience the real thing. Well ladies and Adam Lambert, I think my time is now because according to sources that like to be all up in Reese and Jake’s business they’ve let the cat out the bag that the two are definitely no longer together.

One unknown source said, “There are no other people involved. The relationship just ended. It just fizzeled. But they also wanted to be careful and private about it because of Reese’s kids.”

Yeah, because her kids read gossip magazines and talk about their mommie’s relationship with the kids at elementary school.

Where’s a better source when you need one? Well evidently over at Popeater »

- Porsche Simpson

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Watch with mother: what are the scariest children's films?

16 December 2009 2:55 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Where the Wild Things Are has been thrilling parents and getting their offspring quivering. Which family films still give you the shakes?

Is Where the Wild Things Are, Spike Jonze's retelling of the Maurice Sendak tale about a little boy who finds kindred spirit with a horde of lumbering beasts, too scary for children? It almost certainly depends on the child. What's certain is that kids enjoy being ripped from their existences and challenged on a sensory level just as much as adults do. And they may find the strangest of things terrifying - as a child I was incapable of viewing Sam the blue eagle from the Muppets for more than a few seconds without experiencing epic nightmares that froze me to my very core.

Here are some other films which may just have parents reaching for the remote, though any shivers they engender will surely manifest themselves »

- Ben Child

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Pride And Prejudice And Zombies… the movie

14 December 2009 4:22 PM, PST | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

You knew it was only a matter of time. When the book Pride And Prejudice And Zombies came out earlier this year, it was mentioned on almost every corner of the internet, it being the awesome idea that it is. The books is a retelling of the famous Jane Austen novel. With added zombies. And now we've not only got confirmation that a movie is, in fact, in the works, but we've got some news on who is going to be a part of it. According to Variety, the film will star and be co-produced by Natalie Portman, with Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly also producing. It's also being reported that David O. Russell (I Heart Huckabees, Three Kings) is in talks to direct. »

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David O. Russell Directing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?

14 December 2009 3:42 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Just last week we found out that Natalie Portman was going to be joining the adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in addition to producing the undead period piece with Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly. However, there was still no word on who would be directing, let alone writing the script. But with the film moving so quickly, it sounds like a director might already be in place as Pajiba claims that David O. Russell (Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees) might be writing and directing. So while the risk of a fight breaking out on set has increased exponentially, this project would certainly be in good hands. While David O. Russell is temperamental, he's one of the more original and unique filmmakers out there. You have to respect a guy who jumps from a relatively grounded film set during the Gulf War (Three Kings) to a crazy, not-easily-accessible existential »

- Ethan Anderton

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There Will Be Blood Named Greatest Film Of Decade

14 December 2009 4:16 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

There Will Be Blood has topped a magazine rundown to find the best movie of the 2000s.

The 2007 drama, which starred Daniel Day Lewis and won two Academy Awards, was rated as the greatest film of the last ten years by experts at Britain's Total Film magazine.

The Dark Knight, released in 2008 and starring late actor Heath Ledger, was named Blockbuster of the Decade, while 2001 hit Donnie Darko was lauded as the top cult movie of the last ten years.

The publication's deputy editor, Jamie Graham, says, "The Total Film selections were designed to identify the films that have most shaped the landscape of modern mainstream cinema." »

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Not Crazy About The Second Trailer For The Crazies

13 December 2009 3:12 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

We don.t really need another zombie movie, but the first trailer for The Crazies totally justifies its production. It.s disconcerting, ominous and features the contextually creepy, yet awesome song .Mad World,. which you might remember from the Donnie Darko soundtrack. Sadly, the same cannot be said for the second trailer. Don.t get me wrong, I.m still looking forward to the film, which hits theaters on February 26th, but the second trailer suggests the movie might be rather sloppy and not as original as we once thought. It shows off some possessed guys and a convoluted montage of the townsfolk freaking out, but no additional plots details and minimal new footage. You can take a look for yourself below, but, if you.ve yet to see the first trailer, be sure to click here and watch that too. »

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The Crazies Trailer #2: A More Straightforward Look at a Small Town Apocalypse

12 December 2009 8:40 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The first trailer for Breck Eisner's The Crazies was pretty good, but with one significant misstep: it made heavy use of the song 'Mad World', which for the next decade should be considered as owned lock, stock and barrel by Donnie Darko. That aside, the trailer had a fairly intriguing vibe. This second trailer omits the song, thankfully, and is a bit more straightforward. It gets into a lot less plot, jumping in when things are already going off the rails in a small town. There's more of a slasher vibe to this cut, which I'm guessing is a deliberate move to skew the film as something more simple than it actually is. As a result, the downside is that in this clip there's less of a sense that The Crazies is anything other than a 28 Days Later-style zombie movie derivative. It should be more than that, as the »

- Russ Fischer

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Pride, Prejudice, Portman & Zombies

12 December 2009 8:50 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Since I’ve been at Screen Rant I’ve written about some odd films in many, many different genres. Sometimes I’ve written about films that tick the boxes in multiple genres and that on the surface at least appear to be quite odd. Well, it’s time to add another film to that list: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Natalie Portman will take the lead role as love-longing zombie-eradicator Elizabeth Bennet in this big-screen adaptation of the bestselling novel by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.

 

The plot of the film is pretty much what it says on the tin – it’s Jane Austin’s classic novel with a new zombie element grafted onto to it.

Portman will produce through her “HandsomeCharlie” production shingle along with Annette Savitch. In relation to the project, Savitch said:

“Natalie and I are longtime passionate fans of Jane Austen’s books and this a fresh, »

- Niall Browne

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Portman in ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’

11 December 2009 8:09 PM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

Natalie Portman is set to star in and produce Lionsgate’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies based on the best-selling book by Seth Grahame-SmithJane Austen’s name is also tacked on the cover of the novel, but he basically used her characters to tell a flesh-eating zombie adventure.

Variety describes it an expanded version of the Austen classic, the book tells the timeless story of a woman’s quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers.  Portman will play Elizabeth Bennet.

This is why I love Natalie Portman, aside from the obvious aesthetic qualities and her rapping ability.  While other actresses her age are popping up in an endless stream of period pieces (I’m looking at you Keira Knightley), Portman is doing a zombie movie set in the Jane Austen world of proper attire and mild-mannered ladies. »

- Jeff Leins

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