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Are Americans afraid of everything foreign?

29 December 2010 7:03 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

A few months ago, I was in a heated internet debate about the American film Let Me In. The film is a remake of the Swedish horror film Let The Right One In, based on the novel Låt Den Rätte Komma In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. While I haven’t yet had the chance to see the original film, I found it in very bad taste to remake a film that had only been recently made in another country. The other poster hit me with all of the usual remake supporter rhetoric, telling me that remakes don’t hurt the original movies, and that we can bring the story to a wider audience. And then they hit me with one of those comments that make me dive right out of a discussion. They said “America makes the best films”. I may be an American, but I’m also a lover of film of all genres, »

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Mel Gibson: the year of living disastrously

16 December 2010 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From a charismatic star to a pariah infamous for his racist outbursts, Mel Gibson's fall from grace has been spectacular. But can Hollywood live without him?

Mel Gibson has been a repellent human being for so long it is getting hard to remember when he was not. But once upon a time, Gibson was positively adored, the hottest thing since sliced bread. As the historian Ajp Taylor once put it, when something is now very much in the past, it is hard to remember that it was once still in the future. Thus it will shock many to learn that Gibson, like Paul McCartney and Sting and even Madonna, was once a breath of fresh air.

When Mad Max first started making the circuit in 1979, hipsters were all over it. Gibson also won over critics' hearts with his top-notch performances in Gallipoli and The Year of Living Dangerously, both directed by the very young, »

- Joe Queenan

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All is well with Narnia

13 December 2010 8:22 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

I am a Christian minister who dislikes Narnia, but I think media attacks on the Voyage of the Dawn Treader film are over the top

Is the new Narnia movie, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, tantamount to Christian propaganda? Or is it an affront to the faithful, its makers so irreligious and "stupid" that they have destroyed the Christian thinking behind the books?

Both, if recent press reaction is to be believed. The Guardian's own Andrew Pulver noted "the sledgehammer moral lessons with nakedly religious overtones" found in "the godlike burbling of Liam Neeson, the voice of Aslan", whenever "the lion has to deliver one of his homilies".

On the flip side, Neeson remarked in a press conference last week that, in addition to Aslan's Christ-like qualities, he finds elements of "Muhammad, Buddha, all the great, great prophets and spiritual leaders that we've had over the centuries". The comment »

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Is the Nc-17 rating ruining the Oscars?

10 December 2010 2:03 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Faced with the MPAA's dreaded Nc-17 rating, film-makers voluntarily self-censor so as not to be ignored come Oscar time – but now they're fighting back

Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance had two nightmares as a child. One was that his parents would get divorced, the other that nuclear war would break out. The first happened when he was 20-years-old; this year it inspired a film, starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. The second hasn't happened yet. But when the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) gave Blue Valentine an Nc-17 rating for a controversial sex scene, a battle between the studios and the censors began that has only this week revealed a victor. "I was shocked", said Cianfrance at the London film festival in October, "because I think we really tried to respect the audience in this film. It's relatively tame I think, it's just intimate and it's emotional."

Harvey Weinstein, »

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Liam Neeson upsets Narnia fans

9 December 2010 2:32 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

In a recent interview, Liam Neeson managed to tick off almost every Narnia fan by trying to be too politically correct.

Liam Neeson made headlines this week for all the wrong reasons. While discussing his role as Aslan in the new Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Neeson tried to downplay the Christian symbolism in the character. The actor told the London newspaper The Daily Mail "Aslan symbolizes a Christ-like figure, but he also symbolizes for me Mohammed, Buddha, and all the great prophets and spiritual leaders over the centuries." The quote upset many Narnia fans who believe Neeson is being disrespectful to the original vision of C.S. Lewis, the author of the Narnia books. Neeson is reportedly a practicing Catholic.

Walter Hooper, who was once Lewis' secretary and now serves as trustee of the author's estate, called Neeson's comments an attempt to be multicultural and politically correct and »

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Liam Neeson upsets Narnia fans

9 December 2010 2:32 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

In a recent interview, Liam Neeson managed to tick off almost every Narnia fan by trying to be too politically correct.

Liam Neeson made headlines this week for all the wrong reasons. While discussing his role as Aslan in the new Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Neeson tried to downplay the Christian symbolism in the character. The actor told the London newspaper The Daily Mail "Aslan symbolizes a Christ-like figure, but he also symbolizes for me Mohammed, Buddha, and all the great prophets and spiritual leaders over the centuries." The quote upset many Narnia fans who believe Neeson is being disrespectful to the original vision of C.S. Lewis, the author of the Narnia books. Neeson is reportedly a practicing Catholic.

Walter Hooper, who was once Lewis' secretary and now serves as trustee of the author's estate, called Neeson's comments an attempt to be multicultural and politically correct and »

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Hop Trailer Starring Russell Brand

26 November 2010 6:08 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

With all the Christmas and holiday-related movies out there, someone decided that it was high time we had an Easter-specific movie as well... you know, aside from The Passion of the Christ. Hop is an upcoming comedy from Tim Hill, acclaimed director of Alvin and the Chipmunks and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, that supposedly integrates live action with animation in a style similar to those films. Of course, you wouldn't necessarily be able to tell from the teaser trailer, since it just shows an animated rabbit playing drums to Blur's "Song 2". Seriously, what a horrible trailer. The main character is voiced by Russell Brand, but you can't tell that from the trailer either because the rabbit doesn't talk. That rabbit is actually the Easter Bunny, and the plot revolves around a man (James Marsden) who accidentally hits the bunny with his car, and is then called upon to take his place. »

- Sean

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Russel Brand Becomes a Womanizing Easter Bunny in ‘Hop’

21 November 2010 6:19 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

“Candy, Chicks and Rock ‘n Roll.” That’s the tag-line for Hop, the upcoming animated feature starring the voice of British comedian turned American movie star Russell Brand. It comes from the creators of Despicable Me, telling the comic tale of Fred (James Marsden), a lovable slacker bunny who accidentally injures the Easter Bunny (Brand) and must take over for him. It finally fills that gap in holiday movies, in which the Easter Bunny is unfortunately mis-represented. This one takes the premise of The Santa Clause and every other mystical holiday movie ever and applies it to Easter. It will surely overtake The Passion of the Christ as the must-watch Easter movie for families. Check the poster after the jump… Here’s the poster, courtesy of Universal Pictures. Here’s the full synopsis: Blending state-of-the-art animation with live action, Hop tells the comic tale of Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker who accidentally injures the Easter Bunny »

- Neil Miller

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Warner Bros. & Fox Both Ready Moses Pics

19 November 2010 7:56 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

That's right, Hollywood is once again planning on trudging out Bible-based epics, but it's a pretty smart move. The Bible Belt is a huge market that isn't afraid to vote with their dollars and lately, they have been sorely underserved by Hollywood. But when they do find something they like, they reward it, as the box office tallies for such films as "The Passion Of The Christ" and "The Blind Side" (which had a huge faith-based marketing campaign) will attest to. With that in mind, Warner Bros. and Fox are both developing pictures based on that Old Testament badass, Moses.… »

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[DVD Review] Elf: Ultimate Collector's Edition

5 November 2010 12:25 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

‘Tis the season to be jolly because a very special collector’s edition of the 2003 Christmas comedy, Elf has been released on DVD, the Elf: Ultimate Collector’s Edition. The movie itself is the same Infinifilm edition released six years ago by New Line Cinema however this time, the film comes in a rather cool gift tin packaged with other small goodies.

SNL alumnus, Will Ferrell plays Buddy, a man who since he was a baby, was raised by elves in the North Pole, a place where elves make toys, animals, and snowmen talk, and Santa Claus (Edward Asner) actually exists. Buddy eventually finds out that he is not really an elf and decides to embark on a journey to New York City to locate his real human father (James Caan).

Elf is a delightful Christmas film, the first and (so far) best live-action Yuletide romp of the 21st century. »

- Randall Unger

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Liam Neeson Replaces Mel Gibson in "Hangover 2"

25 October 2010 11:04 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Mel out. Liam in.Actor Liam Neeson has been given the cameo role lost by Mel Gibson in the sequel to comedy "The Hangover" after a revolt on set against the scandal-plagued Oscar star.Hollywood showbusiness papers said on Friday that Neeson, star of "Love Actually" and "The A Team", would play a tattoo artist in "The Hangover 2", the follow-up to the raunchy 2009 hit comedy.Neeson told Variety he "just got a call to do a one day shoot on 'Hangover 2' as a tattoo artist in Thailand, and that's all I know about it."Gibson, whose reputation has been damaged by leaks of threatening phone calls to his ex-girlfriend, was dropped from the movie this week after unspecified objections by the cast. The "Mad Max" actor also offended Hollywood's Jewish community in 2006 with an anti-Semitic tirade that followed a drunk driving arrest.The planned comedy cameo in "Hangover »

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Marina de Van's 'Don't Look Back' on Us DVD

23 October 2010 1:33 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

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Writer-Director Marina de Van’s follow-up to body horror In My Skin Takes an even bolder step into the mysteries of identity.

French director Marina de Van's thriller Don't Look Back (Ne me retourne pas) plays with identity and body doubles a la David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. De Van directed the weirdly grotesque personal jouney In My Skin (Dans Ma Peau) in 2003, which shocked audiences with its brutal display of self-mutilation and self-discovery in the lead female character. This is the next film she's tackled, which stars Jeanne Sophie Marceau (The World Is Not Enough and Braveheart) and Monica Bellucci (The Matrix Reloaded, , Irreversible and The Passion of the Christ), two of France's most celebrated modern actresses.

It's on DVD in the USA from on November 16, 2010. »

- Superheidi

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Mel Gibson film cameo cancelled after protests from cast and crew

22 October 2010 7:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

New setback for troubled actor as Warner confirms he won't appear as a tattoo artist in The Hangover 2

Mel Gibson's professional resurrection has suffered another setback after the troubled actor's mooted cameo in the sequel to The Hangover was cancelled following apparent protests from the some of the film's cast and crew.

It emerged this week that Gibson, 54, had been chosen to play a tattoo artist in director Todd Phillips's follow-up to the 2009 comedy blockbuster.

But Warner Bros Pictures and Phillips have now confirmed that he won't be appearing in The Hangover 2.

The director said yesterday that although the producers had been behind his decision to cast Gibson, the move "ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew".

Despite earning considerable critical acclaim for directing such films as The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto, Gibson's off-screen antics have attracted more »

- Sam Jones

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No Second Hangover for Mel Gibson

22 October 2010 3:53 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

This is the news that Mel Gibson will Not be appearing in the sequel to last years comedy hit The Hangover. The director had previously all but announced Gibson’s involvement with the film but was yesterday forced to retract his comments. The problem, it seems, did not lie with the studio; who had already accepted Gibsons involvement in the film but instead from the fellow members of the production crew involved in The Hangover 2.

Director Todd Phillips had this to say ” I thought Mel would have been great in the film… but But I realise film making is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew.”

The decision comes after a storm of bad publicity around Mel’s private life. He currently stands accused of domestic violence and allegations of racial discrimination. He came under fire when »

- Adam Spinks

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No 'Hangover 2' For Mel Gibson

21 October 2010 3:13 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Breaking: Mel Gibson won't be appearing in The Hangover Part II, despite web rumors he'd play a tattoo artist in the Todd Phillips-directed pic. Warner Bros and its financing partner Legendary Pictures released a statement from Phillips. "I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team. But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision ultimately did not have the full support of my entire cast and crew," Phillips said. I think the world of Phillips, but I didn't find it admirable when Wme dropped Gibson as a client, and I think this development is disappointing. Mike Tyson, who was convicted or rape and served time for it, can be in The Hangover, but Gibson can't, because he made an anti-Semitic remark during a Dwi arrest and had some scary voice mails bared against his wishes? »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Mel Gibson to appear in The Hangover 2?

18 October 2010 10:24 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Could Mel Gibson’s ailing career be saved by a cameo role? He’s reportedly signed up to appear in a sequel to 2009’s comedy, The Hangover…

Following a series of very public outbursts and allegations that led to his being dropped by his agent in July, it seemed that Mel Gibson's days as a big name Hollywood star were over.

But according to the New York Post, the troubled actor is about to appear in the sequel to 2009's The Hangover, having already signed up for a small role as a tattooist.

"It's a done deal. Mel will make a cameo as a tattoo artist," a source reportedly said. "Filming is taking place on the Warner Bros. lot, where a Bangkok set has been built, and Mel is expected to film his role in two weeks. Then the production moves to Thailand at the end of October."

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The Stoning of Soraya M – review

16 October 2010 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Iranian-American moviemaker Cyrus Nowrasteh has brought his experience of TV documentaries to bear on the true story of an Iranian woman, Soraya M, framed as an adulterer by her husband in the early years of Ayatollah Khomeini's Iran and stoned to death by her fellow villagers. Her elderly father is compelled by the town's mayor and a corrupt mullah to cast the first stone.

James Caviezel (chosen, no doubt, because he had the title role in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ) plays the Franco-Iranian journalist Freidoune Sahebjam, on whose book the film is based, but the chief role is taken by the magnificent Shohreh Aghdashloo as the conscience of the village. This widow puts her life on the line to tell him about the legal murder of her niece under sharia in the hope he will bring the news to the world.

The craven community is persuasively created, »

- Philip French

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Zack Snyder: From Zombies To The Man Of Steel

5 October 2010 7:39 AM, PDT | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

'Superman' reboot to be directed by the man behind 'Dawn of the Dead' and 'Watchmen.'

By Kara Warner

Zack Snyder

Photo: Sean Gallup/ Getty Images

Nothing sets the Internet buzzing like a juicy bit of comic book movie news, and on Monday (October 4), the biggest headlines belonged to "300" and "Watchmen" mastermind Zack Snyder. He'll direct the "Superman" re-boot, which will be produced by "The Dark Knight" and "Inception" braintrust of Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas.

An obviously enthusiastic Snyder told MTV News he can't wait to get started. "It is pretty awesome," Snyder said. "I'm really excited, and I feel like it's an amazing opportunity."

Snyder was chosen from a very elite list of candidates that included "Black Swan" director Darren Aronofsky, "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" director Tony Scott, "Cloverfield" director Matt Reeves, "Back to the Future" director Robert Zemeckis, and "Source Code" director Duncan Jones. »

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Co-founder Chris Ball exits Newmarket Films

30 September 2010 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Chris Ball is leaving Newmarket Films, which he co-founded in 1994, to form a new distribution company Wrekin Hill.

In November, Exclusive Media Group acquired Newmarket, which has produced such movies as "Memento" and released titles like "The Passion of the Christ," and Ball took on the added title of co-chairman of Exclusive.

Although his new company will continue to do business with Exclusive, Ball said in an announcement, issued jointed with Exclusive CEO and co-chairman Nigel Sinclair, that "forming Wrekin Hill will give me and my partners the flexibility to work on a wide variety of films and craft distribution plans that are unique and appropriately scaled for each film we acquire."

Ball's Newmarket colleagues Rene Cogan, COO-chief financial officer, and John Crye, president of production and acquisitions, will join him at Wrekin Hill.

Besides releasing films under the Wrekin Hill label, the new company will also license the Newmarket Films »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Bob Berney joins Graham King and Peter Schlessel for new company FilmDistrict

27 September 2010 1:00 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Graham King, the Academy Award-winning producer behind The Departed and current release The Town, is forming a new acquisition, distribution, production, and financing company with Sony veteran Peter Schlessel and indie marketer Bob Berney called FilmDistrict. The company’s mandate is to distribute between four and eight wide commercial releases per year via Sony’s TriStar and Triumph labels.

Schessel, who already serves as the president of King’s Gk Films, will add CEO of FilmDistrict to his titles. (His most recent credit is bringing District 9 to Sony last summer.) Berney, who abruptly left Apparition Films just days before the »

- Nicole Sperling

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