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Alec Baldwin Gets Star Struck (Video)

24 December 2009 5:48 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Even Alec Baldwin gets starstruck sometimes. On Letterman Wednesday night Baldwin described what happened when he was filming "The Good Shepherd" with director Robert De Niro. Every time De Niro yelled cut the first few days to give notes, Baldwin was lost in his head having "Raging Bull" fantasies. He then told the story of being in an elevator with Burt Lancaster. Baldwin did an impression of the screen legend standing in profile, knowing he was being stared at, and letting Baldwin soak him in. Baldwin is currently doing promotion for "It's Complicated." Watch: »

- Katherine Thomson

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Christmas and new year TV films

18 December 2009 5:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Not sure what to watch? We can help with our comprehensive guide to the best films on TV this Christmas and new year

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Saturday 19 December | Sunday 20 December | Monday 21 December | Tuesday 22 December | Wednesday 23 December |Christmas Eve | Christmas Day | Boxing Day | Sunday 27 December | Monday 28 December | Tuesday 29 December | Wednesday 30 December | New Year's Eve | New Year's Day

Saturday 19 December

Yes Man (Peyton Reed, 2008)

10am, 8pm, Sky Movies Premiere

Remember Jim Carrey in Liar, Liar, where he forces himself to tell the truth for 24 hours? Well, here Jim Carrey forces himself to answer yes to any request, for a year. Which is upping the ante somewhat, but doesn't make it a better film. This is a return to the manic, gurning, not-very-funny Carrey, as if The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine etc hadn't happened. Just say no.

The Golden Compass (Chris Weitz, 2007)

11.40am, 8pm, Sky Movies Family

What with Harry Potter, Narnia, Lemony Snicket and all, »

- Paul Howlett

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The 2009 Black List Revealed

11 December 2009 10:04 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Since 2004, Franklin Leonard releases The Black List every December.  It’s a list of best read scripts that’s complied from the suggestions of agents assistants, managers, film executives, and whoever else he gets to contribute.  While last year had 260 people contribute, this year’s had 97 scripts from 311 contributors.  Most of the scripts on the list are in some stage of development in the studio system, and it’s been said that a high listing can help move your project forward.  What I’m trying to say is, the list is very important in Hollywood and many people try extremely hard to land in the top ten.

So now that you’re curious, hit the jump to check out the top ten on the 2009 Black List:

Of course big thanks to Entertainment Weekly for posting the list.  If you can, hit the link to show some appreciation. And for more on The Black List, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Exclusive: 'The Black List' -- Top 11 unproduced screenplays of 2009

11 December 2009 8:30 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Last December, we introduced you to Franklin Leonard and The Black List, the list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. Since then, Leonard has been named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top 35 executives under 35 working in Hollywood and his list has gained even more prominence. This year's list consists of 97 scripts with 311 people contributing to the ranking -- up from 260 in 2008. The top 10 (actually, 11, thanks to a tie in 10th place) is filled with mostly up-and-comers, with the exception of Aaron Sorkin and David Scarpa. All of the scripts are in some stage of development around Hollywood, »

- Nicole Sperling

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Critical Thinking: Armored, Brothers, Fine, Air

6 December 2009 12:40 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Armored

Rotten Tomatoes: 44% (4.8/10)

Metacritic: 51/100

Films with Comparable Scores: "My Bloody Valentine," "My Sister's Keeper," "Transporter 3"

Analysis: Cited as a streamlined heist thriller, the 88 minute runtime and pace are given good notices. Yet there's also many complaints about its formulaic predictability and lack of twists or surprises.

Brothers

Rotten Tomatoes: 56% (6.1/10)

Metacritic: 59/100

Films with Comparable Scores: "Beowulf," "The Good Shepherd," "M:i-2," "Spider-Man 3"

Analysis: A remake that's more melodramatic than its Danish predecessor, the performances (especially Tobey Maguire) are being singled out as superb and the family tragedy/romance elements handled with deft touch by director Jim Sheridan. Yet the story never clicked with some, and quite a few found it too strained and awkwardly oppressive.

Everybody's Fine

Rotten Tomatoes: 46% (5.3/10)

Metacritic: 47/100

Films with Comparable Scores: "27 Dresses," "Jennifer's Body," "The Box," "The Cell"

Analysis: A bland holiday movie about dysfunctional family that lacks laughs and emotion, but Robert DeNiro and a strong »

- Garth Franklin

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Critical Thinking: Armored, Brothers, Fine, Air

6 December 2009 12:40 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Armored

Rotten Tomatoes: 44% (4.8/10)

Metacritic: 51/100

Films with Comparable Scores: "My Bloody Valentine," "My Sister's Keeper," "Transporter 3"

Analysis: Cited as a streamlined heist thriller, the 88 minute runtime and pace are given good notices. Yet there's also many complaints about its formulaic predictability and lack of twists or surprises.

Brothers

Rotten Tomatoes: 56% (6.1/10)

Metacritic: 59/100

Films with Comparable Scores: "Beowulf," "The Good Shepherd," "M:i-2," "Spider-Man 3"

Analysis: A remake that's more melodramatic than its Danish predecessor, the performances (especially Tobey Maguire) are being singled out as superb and the family tragedy/romance elements handled with deft touch by director Jim Sheridan. Yet the story never clicked with some, and quite a few found it too strained and awkwardly oppressive.

Everybody's Fine

Rotten Tomatoes: 46% (5.3/10)

Metacritic: 47/100

Films with Comparable Scores: "27 Dresses," "Jennifer's Body," "The Box," "The Cell"

Analysis: A bland holiday movie about dysfunctional family that lacks laughs and emotion, but Robert DeNiro and a strong »

- Garth Franklin

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The Naughts: The Actor of the '00s

3 December 2009 10:06 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Quietly and unexpectedly, Matt Damon has become the premier Hollywood actor of the past decade. He's lent his minutely constructed, surprisingly athletic performances to the films of directors Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Paul Greengrass, Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood, a roster that's not coincidentally produced some of the most vital and successful films of the past ten years.

His remarkable career isn't simply a matter of a good agent. It's all in the manner in which he so carefully adapts his particular skills to the roles.

Damon's commitment is displayed on his body, which he relentlessly crafts to the specifications of each character -- he's almost the anti-movie star in his physical malleability. Take a look at how he changes from "The Bourne Identity" in 2002 to the Farrelly Brothers' "Stuck On You," a year later. In the former, he carved himself down to muscle and bone, a tightly packed »

- R. Emmet Sweeney

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UFO star Joshua Jackson

24 November 2009 12:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - Movies | See recent Virgin Media - Movies news »

Joshua Jackson has signed up to take the lead in 'UFO'. The 'Dawson's Creek' actor will take the lead in the big screen adaptation of the cult 70s TV show by Gerry Anderson in a story which follows test pilot Paul Foster join a secret alien-fighting organisation hidden between a film studio. The movie will be directed by special effects expert Matthew Gratzner - who has previously worked on 'The Aviator', 'The Good Shepherd', 'Pitch Black' and 'Alien Resurrection' - and is based on the hit TV series of the same name. The show followed the pilot's discovery of the secret group - named .. »

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Robert De Niro's Dream Co-Star: Angelina Jolie

16 November 2009 1:50 PM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Robert De Niro can't get enough of Angelina Jolie.

The actor, 66, tells "Extra" Jolie, 34, is one of the actors he'd "love to work with."

"It depends on the project [who would be] at the top of my list... wonderful actresses," De Niro says. He and Jolie co-starred in the 2006 period drama "The Good Shepherd."

See Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's most romantic moments

Also on his list? "Helen Mirren," he says.

De Niro wouldn't mind collaborating with rapper 50 Cent off-screen, »

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Angelina Jolie May Play A Murderer In Ridley Scott's 'Gucci'

21 October 2009 12:00 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

It's been almost a week since Ridley Scott was in the trades. Did you miss seeing his name attached to another potential directorial gig? Well, this latest Scott news doesn't concern a new project. He has long talked about doing a movie about the Gucci family, which would presumably climax with the murder of former fashion mogul Maurizio Gucci, who was gunned down in 1995 by a hitman hired by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani. Now, according to Variety, Angelina Jolie has been offered the part of Reggiani.

Despite having more anticipated projects, like the "Alien" prequel (which we'd love to see Jolie star in), and more marketable ideas, like the "Monopoly" board game adaptation, on his plate, Scott is still actively developing "Gucci." The film is reportedly a priority for Fox 2000, which is in the process of hiring someone to rewrite the script. The story will span three decades, focusing not »

- Christopher Campbell

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Home Movie and The Butcher (Film Reviews)

15 October 2009 9:53 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Fangoria Archives: Originally posted 7/15/2008

It has only taken a decade or so, but the children of The Blair Witch Project have come of age in the last couple of years, and found-footage horror is flourishing on big and small screens. A handful of direct Blair Witch knockoffs/spoofs notwithstanding, the vérité form has only really been embraced very recently by fright filmmakers, ranging from old masters (George A. Romero with Diary Of The Dead) to genre-feature first-timers (the Cloverfield gang), from foreign practitioners ([Rec]’s Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza) to those remaking them (the Dowdle brothers of Quarantine). While the first-person approach can give screen terror an immediacy that traditional filmmaking styles cannot, it also carries the limitation of restricting what the audience-surrogate characters can plausibly capture on their cameras.

Home Movie, the writing/directing debut of actor Christopher Denham, doesn’t quite get over that hurdle, but for a lot of its running time, »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Michael Gingold)

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – DVD & Blu-ray Release Date and Extras

20 August 2009 6:07 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Will the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen DVD be more than meets the eye? You decide.

Though you’ll have to wate until October to officially judge it.

On October 20, DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures will release Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Complete coverage of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Features

Scorecard Review

Video Review

He Said – He Said

Soundtrack listing

Interviews

Megan Fox

Josh Duhamel

Tyrese Gibson

Ramon Rodriguez

Visual Effects Supervisor Scott Farrar

Here’s the news release …

With more action and more thrills, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen captivated audiences to earn over $820 million at the box office and become the #1 movie of the year in North America and throughout the world.  The latest spectacular adventure in the wildly popular Transformers franchise will make its highly-anticipated DVD and Blu-ray debut on October 20, 2009 in immersive, two-disc Special Editions, as well as on a single disc DVD, from DreamWorks »

- Jeff Bayer

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #227: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and The Hurt Locker

21 July 2009 11:07 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

0:00 - Intro / Jay's Documentary / In-House Stuff 9:05 - Headlines: First Tiff Titles Announced, Nicolas Cage and Cameron Diaz in The Green Hornet, Machete Casting Rumours, First Photo of ScarJo as Black Widow, Natalie Portman Joins Thor, Bruno Banned in the Ukraine, Emmy Nominations, Fox Recasting Futurama? 26:30 - Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 40:15 - Review: The Hurt Locker 50:07 - Trailer Trash: Whip It, I Love You Phillip Morris 58:58 - Other Stuff We Watched: I Love You Beth Cooper, American Gladiators, G.I. Joe, The Good Shepherd, Captain Eo, Watchmen Blu-ray 1:48:25 - Junk Mail: Disturbing Movies, Following, Dream Reviews, Star Trek Series, Movies That Make You Hungry 2:11:15 - This Week's DVD Releases 2:12:28 - Outro » Download the MP3 (62 Mb) [1] » View the show notes [2] » Vote for us on Podcast Alley! [3] Subscribe to the podcast feed: [4] [5] [6] [7] [1] http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect. »

- Sean

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Free Flick Fridays:[p]Prelude To a Kiss

17 July 2009 12:00 AM, PDT | TribecaFilm.com | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Prelude To a Kiss (1992) Dir. Norman Rene Rom-com sweetheart Meg Ryan (Serious Moonlight [Tff '09], You've Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally) is in her element as Rita Boyle. Quirky and free-spirited, Rita was born to a wealthy family, only to join the Socialist party (unbeknownst to her parents). Despite her beauty, youth, and health, Rita holds a very pessimistic view of the world. Alec Baldwin (30 Rock, My Sister's Keeper, The Good Shepherd, Running With Scissors) is Peter Hoskins, a slightly-timid-yet-charming man who quickly falls for Rita despite her strange ideas about the world. The couple forms an endearing pair, and it all plays out very nicely, very by-the-book romantic comedy. That is of course, until their wedding day, when an eccentric, elderly man named Julius (played by Sydney Walker) crashes the wedding and requests a kiss from the bride before he continues on his way. Seeing some kind of spark »

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Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant Trailer Starring Matt Damon

1 July 2009 10:33 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Steven Soderbergh has never been one to take a lot of time off in between projects. Last year he completed his two-part epic Che (which still has yet to be released on DVD), and just a few months later his follow-up film The Girlfriend Experience was screening at Sundance. Now we've already got a trailer for his next movie, a corporate comedy/thriller called The Informant starring Matt Damon. When I first heard about this movie, for some reason I thought it was going to be more of a straight up espionage flick (maybe it's just that Damon's look with the glasses reminded me of The Good Shepherd), but it's definitely got a strong satirical edge to it. The fact that it's a true story also interests me. In a way this feels like Soderbergh's response to The Coen Brothers' Burn After Reading, and it will probably also be a »

- Sean

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Clark to join Chernin's firm

14 June 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Peter Chernin, who steps down as News Corp. president and COO at the end of this month, has drafted Universal exec Dylan Clark to oversee film operations at his new company.

Under Chernin's six-year production deal, Clark will be responsible for overseeing the two films per year that the deal guarantees.

Clark, who joined Uni eight years ago and currently serves as exec vp of production under production president Donna Langley, will continue in his current post through October. He is currently overseeing Ridley Scott's Robin Hood project, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, as well as Peter Billingsley's "Couples Retreat," starring Vince Vaughn, Paul Greengrass' "Green Zone," starring Matt Damon, and Greg Mottola's "Paul," starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

While Chernin's company doesn't yet have a name, other key elements appear to be falling into place with Katherine Pope, who recently stepped down as president of Universal Media Studios, »

- By Gregg Kilday

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"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" - 2-Disc Criterion Collection Blu-ray review.

4 May 2009 | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

The 2-Disc Criterion Collection Blu-ray reviewby Peter Dimako, Editor A compelling, superbly acted and meticulously-directed project now sees release on Blu-ray. I have always admired David Fincher as a director; the Colorado-born helmer is responsible for such films as “Alien³,” “Panic Room,” “Fight Club” and the most recent “Zodiac” with Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. It’s good to see the talented Julia Ormond returning the screen in quality films once again. Here she takes the part of Caroline, a middle-aged woman supporting her mother Daisy (Cate Blanchett) in her last ailing days at the hospital. She’s asked to read a story and thus unfolds a remarkable telling of a man “Born under unusual circumstances.” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is a strange case indeed; a child, born of old age, shriveled and exhibiting signs of a man on death’s bed, suffering from bad »

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Cast Away

2 April 2009 1:59 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Like many of today's top casting directors, Victoria Burrows got her start when personal computers were nonexistent, FedEx was in its infancy, faxes and videotape machines were rare, and black-and-white glossies were everywhere. "It used to be hard-copy pictures, then sit down and meet an actor," says Burrows with little nostalgia. "Often, you wouldn't tape them; you would just read them and do callbacks. That's all gone because of computers."Now, working on such motion-capture films as Disney's A Christmas Carol and Mars Needs Moms!, she spends her days in casting sessions with partner Scot Boland, calculating how actors' performances will translate in neoprene wetsuits covered with white dots and subsequently rendered by 3-D animation software. The auditions are uploaded to a computer and stored with other information on the servers of Cast It, a popular database management system that allows them to be viewed instantly by anyone with a password to the company account, »

- Todd Longwell

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Celebrity Birthdays - 03/20/09

20 March 2009 4:32 AM, PDT | PopStar | See recent PopStar news »

We have some pretty famous birthdays to report to you today! Can you guess who they are based on the following facts? You can catch him playing in Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, and Ocean's Thirteen playing the role of Saul Bloom. He's quite the Harry Potter star, first appearing in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Perhaps he was the prisoner? He may not be with us any longer, but he certainly left his mark on generations of children in Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood! She was a witch of a woman in Little Black Book who partially redeemed herself through Saving Grace. He's nothing if not a hottie! He started out on The O.C. before playing a recurring role on Smallville, but his most recent role is Charlie Hogan in Privileged. From Boston Public to The War at Home to Prison Break, he's a familiar face on television. Sued a »

- rsw@corp.popstar.com (Robert Samuel White)

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Celebrity Birthdays - 03/20/09

20 March 2009 4:32 AM, PDT | PopStar | See recent PopStar news »

We have some pretty famous birthdays to report to you today! Can you guess who they are based on the following facts? You can catch him playing in Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, and Ocean's Thirteen playing the role of Saul Bloom. He's quite the Harry Potter star, first appearing in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Perhaps he was the prisoner? He may not be with us any longer, but he certainly left his mark on generations of children in Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood! She was a witch of a woman in Little Black Book who partially redeemed herself through Saving Grace. He's nothing if not a hottie! He started out on The O.C. before playing a recurring role on Smallville, but his most recent role is Charlie Hogan in Privileged. From Boston Public to The War at Home to Prison Break, he's a familiar face on television. Sued a »

- rsw@corp.popstar.com (Robert Samuel White)

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