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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 three of the ReelzChannel 100, we highlight the Top 10 Action/Adventure Movies of the Decade.
Link | Posted 12/23/2009 by reelz
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I have been a Tarantino fan for years now, but the man has an incredibly bad habit of fucking with his fans. Much like his friend Robert Rodriguez, he seems to suffer from Adhd, one minute saying that he is working on Project A, only to talk to a reporter the next day about Project B. For those that still aren't grasping what I'm talking about, what did you think about the Vega brothers movie? News is still really blowing up about that mini-series that he wants to do with HBO, huh? Are you still saving to buy Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair and the Grindhouse boxset? The flavor of the last month or so has been the future of Kill Bill Vol. 3, which he has said won't happen until around 2014, but now Qt has changed gears once again and is talking about a whole new monster. In »
Killer Imports  is a regular feature on Film Junk where we explore foreign-language films from around the world that haven’t yet had their chance to shine. Kung Fu Cyborg: Metallic Attraction opens with a promising title sequence. On a plain white background befitting a technologically sterile environment, a headless robotic body performs various human movements like training on a Wing Chun dummy and playing an erhu, a Chinese musical instrument. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie was rather disappointing although it does have a certain amount of charm. I had not heard or seen anything about this movie when I noticed its clunky title on the DVD cover. Since the images on the cover were rather indistinct, I imagined either a martial arts Terminator wreaking havoc or an Ultraman-like hero dispatching evil-doers. What I got instead were Transformers in a meandering mess of a plot meant to please everyone. »
ABC is new with Supernanny, Ugly Betty, and 20/20 CBS is new with Ghost Whisperer, Medium, and NUMB3RS Fox has repeats of House and Bones NBC is new with Law & Order and Dateline NBC The CW is new with Smallville and has a repeat of America's Next Top Model USA is new with Monk and White Collar Bravo has Legally Blonde E! is new with The Soup Tlc is new with Say Yes to the Dress and Battle of the Wedding Planners MTV has repeats of Southpark and Jackass, and has Kill Bill: Vol. 2 VH1 has Cocktail and a repeat of Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew Late-night highlights include Terrence Howard and Sheryl Crow on The Jay Leno Show on NBC; Mariah Carey on The Late Show With David Letterman on CBS; Reese Witherspoon, Danny DeVito, and Kris Allen on The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien on NBC; Diddy »
"The Bride will fight again!" he said.
Uma Thurman has now followed that up with confirmation that she has spoken with Tarantino about the project, which many speculate may involve a showdown between The Bride's daughter and the daughter of Vernita Green (played by Vivica Fox), one of The Bride's victims in Kill Bill: Vol. 1.
Speaking with MTV, Thurman said:
We did chat, we did chat. He has not yet finished the script. I don't even really know if he's really started it, although I got a taste of some of his ideas and they are really good.... He has started to share with me what he was thinking, and it's awesome.
So, it sounds as if we can definitely expect a third Kill Bill ... at some point. Remember how »
- Rich Z Zwelling
The filmmaker's hit movies Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Kill Bill: Vol. 2, starring Uma Thurman, were released in 2003 and 2004, earning more than $332 million (£221 million) worldwide and leaving fans clamouring for more.
The director declared a follow-up is in the pipeline, with an expected release date of 2014, on Saturday while appearing at the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico.
The proposed Kill Bill: Vol. 3 will be set 10 years after the last instalment to allow Thurman's character, The Bride, to "have a break" from her bloody revenge mission. »
In a sluggish end-of-summer round on the international circuit, "The Final Destination" in 3D narrowly outgrossed "Inglourious Basterds," emerging as the weekend's No. 1 title with a foreign boxoffice take of $15.5 million drawn from about 2,000 screens in 18 territories.
Boxoffice estimates Sunday had director Quentin Tarantino's World War II drama reigning at No. 1 overseas for the third consecutive weekend with a take of $14.3 million from 2,946 locations in 35 territories, with "Destination" logging in at $14 million. But, as Warner Bros. reported Monday, returns for the fourth title in New Line's horror-thriller franchise "came in higher than estimated."
Warners and various independent distributors handle the New Line series, about young people harboring deathly premonitions involving plane crashes, highway pileups, roller coasters run amok and, in "Destination," a violent race car mishap.
"Destination" had muscular No. 1 openings during the weekend in Germany ($4 million, including previews, from 414 screens), Holland, Austria and Poland ($1.3 million from 74 sites for »
- By Frank Segers
Showing staying power overseas especially in holdover markets, Universal's "Inglourious Basterds" fought its way to the No. 1 spot during its second consecutive round on the international circuit, grossing $19.8 million for the weekend at 2,857 sites in 31 territories and raising its foreign gross to $59.4 million.
Encountering limited fresh competition, director Quentin Tarantino's World War II opus starring Brad Pitt opened No. 1 in six of nine new markets and finished first in such holdover territories as Australia, France and Germany. Overall, "Basterds" finished down a relatively tame 28% from its opening-weekend tally of $27.5 million. Its worldwide total is $133.2 million.
Opening on the foreign circuit was New Line's "The Final Destination," which finished No. 3 overall for the weekend. The total take via Warner Bros. and other distributors was $10.7 million from 885 screens (3D and conventional sites) in four territories. A No. 1 U.K. bow produced a hefty $5.95 million from a total of 550 situations.
Director Ang »
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Welcome to Gore Girls! MTV contributor Terri Schwartz doesn't know crap about the horror genre, and she's volunteered to be our Movies Blog guinea pig. She has a good guide too. Fellow contributor Jenni Miller is a bonafide horror enthusiast, and she's willing to walk Terri through her formative experiences with blood, guts, monsters and maniacs. Together, this dynamic duo are The Gore Girls!!! Good luck Terri... you're definitely going to need it.
Terri: In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I am the horror-virgin and sissy half of the Gore Girls, and that blood and guts really freak me out. And so, I'm not entirely certain how to feel about "The Gore Gore Girls," Herschell Gordon Lewis's bloodbath of a film.
I think I'm mostly concerned about what this film was aiming to be. »
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Well, it was indeed a "Glourious" weekend for Quentin Tarantino at the box office. Not only did Inglourious Basterds win the weekend, but it scored a higher-than-expected $37.6 million! What's more, this is the best opening for a Tarantino movie ever, topping Kill Bill: Vol. 2 which opened at $25 million. I get a laugh reading some of the stuff out there, particularly Nikki Finke's post at her site that basically implied this movie saved the Weinstein Company's bacon -- as if this was going to be some sure train wreck waiting to happen. I gotta say -- never bet against Quentin Tarantino, at least not too often. I know he has some detractors out there who think he's overrated, and Grindhouse was a flop to be sure, but Tarantino has enough talent and enough fans to pull out out of the hat from time to time. Besides, this movie had been hyped to death for months. It »
- John Cairns
(from left to right) Cast of Pulp Fiction with Bruce Willis, Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta Top 10 Quentin Tarantino Characters This was not an easy list by any stretch. As I went through Quentino Tarantino's films and jot down my favorite characters from each, my list continued to grow and grow... well beyond ten names. At one point I thought I would do a top 15, but that would have meant leaving off a couple of characters I didn't want to see left out and I didn't want to have to go up to 20 because at that point it just becomes excessive and sort of ruins the fun of narrowing things down to ten and taking a stand. So I ended with ten, but made sure to list my honorable mentions at the end, a list that still left a couple of names out of the »
- Brad Brevet
This week brings yet another easy weekend screening for me. Especially since, unlike last week, I haven't actually seen the highly anticipated upcoming release in question.
It's been a long time since director Quentin Tarantino served up a proper feature. There was "Death Proof" of course, which formed one half of "Grindhouse," and a brief bit in "Sin City." But the last feature-length solo effort from Tarantino was "Kill Bill: Vol. 2," and that was in 2004. While the Bride's tale of bloody revenge was a blast, I'm looking forward "Inglourious Basterds"' World War II adventure. Maybe it's the Jew in me, but the premise of American soldiers brutalizing Nazis while spouting Tarantino dialogue sounds exactly like my idea of a good time at the movies.
- Adam Rosenberg
For cinephiles (pronounced “movie nerds”), the works of Quentin Tarantino aren’t just fun on their own terms: They’re packed with nods, winks, and say-no-mores to other movies, genre clichés, and Tarantino’s own conventions. His characters are no exception, though some of them may pop us for saying so.
When Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds rides a pile of Nazi corpses into a theater near you, it’s a pretty safe bet that some of the writer-director’s favorite stock characters will be along for the genoride. And yes, many of them will be movie buffs. Here are the ones to watch for with your one good eye through a hail of bullets, sleet of blood, and freezing rain of gore.
Check out the Top 10 Tarantino Character Types.
Link | Posted 8/14/2009 by reelz
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IFC Films gave Fango an update on when a quartet of its horror titles will debut as Blockbuster exclusives and then become available for retail via Mpi. Look for The Objective (at Blockbuster July 14) to retail on October 27; Pontypool (Blockbuster Oct. 13) to retail February 10, 2010; Dead Snow (Blockbuster Oct. 20) to retail January 26, 2010; and Dark Mirror (no Blockbuster date as of yet) to retail March 2010.
Meanwhile, the two Blu-ray set of the complete theatrical cut of the Weinstein Company’s Grindhouse (which we previously reported on here) has now been shifted to a street date of December 31 by Wal-Mart, which appears to be the only retailer offering it at the moment. That’s the slot the company has also set for a three-dvd Grindhouse edition—but since that’s a Thursday, and discs usually street on Tuesdays, could that just be a default date? (A few years back, the Weinsteins announced a »
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The Associated Press has reported that actor David Carradine was found dead this morning in his hotel room in Bangkok, an apparent suicide. Carradine, who was in the Thai city to shoot a movie, was 72.
The actor was discovered by a hotel maid hanged with a curtain cord, and a preliminary police investigation found no signs of foul play. Further details are being withheld out of consideration for his family. Carradine’s long career ranged from the art house to the grindhouse and everything in between, with horror credits including Larry Cohen’s Q, Gary Graver’s Trick Or Treats, Robert Martin Carroll’s Sonny Boy, Anthony Hickox’s Sundown: The Vampire In Retreat (pictured) and Waxwork II: Lost In Time, Fred Olen Ray’s Evil Toons, Ethan Wiley’s Children Of The Corn V: Fields Of Terror, Mitch Marcus’ Knocking On Death’S Door, Mark Lambert Bristol’s The Monster Hunter, »
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The Thai newspaper The Nation reports that David Carradine was found dead in his hotel room in Bangkok by a maid. While initial reports indicated an apparent suicide, friends and family members stepped forward to say they doubted that was the case. A U.S. Embassy spokesman said he died either this morning or yesterday evening but would not comment further.
The 72-year-old actor starred in a wide range of movie and TV roles over a nearly 50-year career. Arguably his two most famous were as Shaolin priest Kwai Chang Caine on the hit 1970s TV show Kung Fu and as folk singer Woody Guthrie in the 1976 biopic Bound for Glory. He also starred in the 1972 Martin Scorsese movie Boxcar Bertha and the 1977 Ingmar Bergman movie The Serpent's Egg.
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“Raising Jeffrey Dahmer” takes a slightly different approach to depicting the life and crimes of the infamous American serial killer, focusing not on the maniac himself, but on his parents, in particular his father. Through this, first time director Rich Ambler is able not only to chart Dahmer’s chilling development, but more importantly to ask questions as to what might have turned him into a killer, and why those closest to him did not realise what he was doing. Originally shot back in 2006, the film is now receiving a region 2 release via Revolver Entertainment on a barebones DVD without extras. The film largely revolves around Jeffrey’s father Lionel (Scott Cordes, also in the likes of “Suspension” and “Saving Grace B. Jones”) and his second wife Sheri (Cathy Barnett), who are forced to look to themselves after his horrific crimes are revealed. As the police (led by exploitation legend »
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17 items from 2009
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