12 items from 2008
What good would a 25 Hottest of 2008 list be without a 25 Lamest of 2008 list to complement it? That's right, in addition to scouring all the year's news for what was hot, we did the same for what was not ... hot. What irritated us to no end? Who had a horrible year at the movies? What person, place or thing would we happily ship off to a galaxy far, far away? Chipping it to help dissect 2008 were Cinematical's Erik Davis, Scott Weinberg, Eric D. Snider, Monika Bartyzel, Jessica Barnes, Eugine Novikov, William Goss, Jette Kernion and Peter Martin. In a year that saw George Lucas take a fan beating, Harry Potter get pushed around and M. Night Shyamalan attempt an R-rating, who (or what) would go down as the lamest of 2008? Click through the gallery below to find out ...
The 25 Lamest Things in Movies 25. The New 'At the Movies'
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- Erik Davis
Richard Gere has confessed that he rarely speaks to Diane Lane away from the movie set. The actor told Metro that the pair, who have appeared together in The Cotton Club, Unfaithful and this week's release Nights In Rodanthe, enjoy a "peculiar relationship". He said: "The funny thing is we don't talk much at all. We have almost no relationship outside making movies. We exchange Christmas cards and, maybe once or twice a year, we'll call each (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Movies like Nights in Rodanthe are beyond reviewing, because intellectually analyzing them cancels out their intended effect. This is a weepie, pure and simple. If you're the type that likes crying at the movies, you'll love it. If you loved Richard Gere and Diane Lane together in a thriller like Unfaithful (2002) but you don't like to cry, you probably won't like it. Me, I found a few things to like and much to loathe.
Diane Lane stars in Nights in Rodanthe as Adrienne Willis, a frazzled single mother with a young son and a teenage daughter; the latter has just begun talking back and expressing her universal disdain for everything her mother does. Adrienne's no-good husband (Christopher Meloni), who, we learn, has had an affair, arrives to pick up the kids so that Adrienne can go help her happy-go-lucky pal Jean (Viola Davis, playing a typical movie "best friend") look after a sexy, »
- Jeffrey M. Anderson
They are a pair of strangers with more baggage than the Titanic who spend a life-changing couple of nights together at a storm-tossed island on North Carolina's Outer Banks - which looks even more picturesque than the agreeably weathered two stars.
She's Adrienne, looking after an overdecorated bed and breakfast/dinner »
- By LOU LUMENICK
Fans of the movies inspired by Nicholas Sparks’ novels (The Notebook, Message In A Bottle) will be drawn to Nights in Rodanthe the way the lead characters are drawn to visit lonely inns on the ocean. They also won’t be surprised by what they find there. The world of Nicholas Sparks is just as it’s presented in the too-revealing trailers. It’s a place where people always have wine with dinner, listen to jazz and sit on adirondack chairs by the water. It’s a world where people still write letters to each other by hand, and hear the voices of the writer as they read them. It’s a world where eventually one or both of the lead characters drawn to each other no matter how they fight it will have to scream at the other: “What are you afraid of?” That's not to say it’s a bad world. »
Richard Gere and Diane Lane reunite for the romantic love story 'Nights in Rodanthe,' and the onscreen couple came out in New York City Tuesday night to premiere their new movie! "I think everybody's going to have a good cry tonight," joked Richard, who arrived with wife Carey Lowell on his arm. As for working with Diane again, he explained, "There's a shorthand of how to work. We trust each other. It's very comforting." "I adore him and he's such a perfect leading man in every way," said Diane, adding of the project, "We held hands together then we jumped in together." Diane came solo, but didn't hide her excitement about hubby Josh Brolin's turn as George W. Bush in the upcoming Oliver Stone biopic 'W.' "I can't wait to see the movie!" she lit up. "I'm so excited. I'm all atwitter." In theaters Friday, Gere and »
"The Insider" has rocker/new dad Gavin Rossdale's new video, "Love Remains the Same," from the 'Nights in Rodanthe' motion picture soundtrack -- featuring scenes from the movie. Get your first look here! In 'Nights in Rodanthe,' Richard Gere and Diane Lane put their chemistry to the test a third time in 'Rodanthe' (first co-starring in 'The Cotton Club' in 1984 and then 18 years later in 'Unfaithful'), the story of a married mother (Lane) who travels to a tiny North Carolina coastal town to escape her personal demons. Tending to a friend's inn for the weekend, she finds herself weathering a major storm with an enticing doctor (Gere) -- and igniting a romance that could change their lives forever. 'Nights in Rodanthe' hits theaters on September 26.
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment have announced the DVD release of the 15th ANNIVERSARY EDITION of CHAPLIN, a dramatized biography of the highs and lows in the life of one of the foremost comic geniuses the silver screen has ever known, played by Robert Downey Jr which earned him an Academy Award® nomination and BAFTA Award. The film, directed by two-time Academy Award® winner Richard Attenborough (Ghandi), boasts a critically-acclaimed ensemble cast that includes Academy Award® winners Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs), Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda) and Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny) ; Academy Award® nominee Diane Lane (Unfaithful) ; and Academy Award® nominees and Emmy® winners Dan Aykroyd (Driving Miss Daisy) and James Woods (Ghosts of Mississippi).
This 15th Anniversary Edition features a newly re-mastered widescreen version of the film and all-new bonus materials, including two featurettes that document Chaplin.s film legacy, a never-before-seen home movie of Chaplin »
Romantic sparks fly once again on screen as Richard Gere and Diane Lane reunite for their third movie together, the romantic drama 'Nights in Rodanthe.' And "The Insider"'s own Cheryl Woodcock has the happy pair all to herself! When it came to shooting the movie's love scene Cheryl asked Gere just how many takes does a scene like that require? Gere said, "As many takes as we can have!" First co-starring in 'The Cotton Club' in 1984 and then 18 years later in 'Unfaithful,' Gere and Lane re-unite for 'Rodanthe,' the story of a married mother (Lane) who travels to a tiny North Carolina coastal town to escape her personal demons. Tending to a friend's inn for the weekend, she finds herself weathering a major storm with an enticing doctor (Gere) -- and igniting a romance that could change their lives forever. The two first »
- #5. AustraliaDirector: Baz LurhmannWriters: Ronald Harwood, Stuart Beattie, Richard Flanagan and LurhmannProducers: G. Mac Brown (Unfaithful), Catherine Knapman and LuhrmannDistributor: 20th Century Fox The Gist: This romantic action-adventure set in northern Australia prior to World War II, centers on an English aristocrat (Kidman) who inherits a ranch the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle driver (Jackman) to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier.Fact: Lurhmann, Kidman, Jackman and the film all come from the country mentioned in the movie's title.See It: Every now and then, a sweeping studio epic with summer blockbuster production budget (this had a 130 million dollar price tag) is nice to have among the mix. »
Actor Olivier Martinez gave up his childhood dream of becoming a boxer after deciding he could make more money as an actor.
But Martinez was looking to fulfill more athletic dreams in his youth - following in his father's footsteps as a boxer.
The actor fought as a welterweight throughout Europe before he attended Paris' prestigious French National Conservatory of Dramatic Art and began to shift his career focus.
He says, "I wanted to be a boxer because I thought that's how I could make money. But I found a better way.
"With acting you can do it for much longer. And, if I like the part and the people I'm working with, I love my work. You play a bullfighter, a race-car driver, you get into a world that you don't know and you learn it."
Martinez, who was raised in a working class Paris suburb, insists he is grateful for his international onscreen success.
He adds, "The people I grew up with, some are dead and some are in jail, and some are just working to make a living. A lot of the time, when you are born in the streets you stay in the streets." »
- #55. Australia Director: Baz LurhmannWriters: Ronald Harwood, Stuart Beattie, Richard Flanagan and LurhmannProducers: G. Mac Brown (Unfaithful), Catherine Knapman and Luhrmann Distributor: 20th Century Fox The Gist: This romantic action-adventure set in northern Australia prior to World War II, centers on an English aristocrat (Kidman) who inherits a ranch the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle driver (Jackman) to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier. Fact: Lurhmann, Kidman, Jackman and the film all come from the country mentioned in the movie's title. See It: Peroid piece has Oscar written all over it - yet I'm curious to see what kind of stylistic treatment this 130 million dollar production will get. »
12 items from 2008
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