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Patrick Stewart knighted

30 December 2009 6:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London -- Hollywood based Brit producer Graham King, Channel 4 drama chief and Film4 head Tessa Ross and actor Patrick Stewart are among those honored in the U.K.'s New Year's honors list, dished out by the Queen.

Ross is heralded a Citizen of the British Empire (Cbe) while the Oscar winning King grabs an Order of the British Empire. Stewart takes a knighthood for his services to drama, making him a Knight.

New Zealander Peter Jackson becomes a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

"I never imagined a lad from North London would be recognized in this way for following his dream," King said. "It is an honor beyond words and a great privilege that I hope will inspire others to continue to strive towards achieving their goals and believing that everything is possible."

King moved to the U.S. in 1982 and scored an Oscar for »

- By Stuart Kemp

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Check Out 'The White Ribbon,' 'The Loss Of A Teardrop Diamond' And 'The Chaser' In This Week's unLimited

29 December 2009 9:00 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

New Year's week is typically a dry time for new releases, which is likely fine by multiplex employees. After last weekend's record box office, they could use a rest. But we cinephiles are always in need of fresh options, and just because it's the week after Christmas -- a traditional peak time for moviegoing -- doesn't mean there should be a total lack of new offerings. I know I'm not the only person who grew up regularly going to the movies on New Year's Eve.

Fortunately, while there seems to be no studio fare out this week, there are a few new films coming out in limited release. And each appears to be worth checking out if they're available in your area now or later, theatrically or otherwise.

"The White Ribbon"

What it is: The latest from Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke ("Funny Games"), "The White Ribbon" is a drama set »

- Christopher Campbell

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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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Mark Wahlberg thinks David Beckham has 'ruined the neighbourhood'

29 December 2009 2:35 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

The Departed star Mark Wahlberg has revealed he thinks David Beckham has 'ruined the neighbourhood'. The actor thinks the soccer star has been nothing but a nuisance since making the big move from the UK to Los Angeles. Sources say Wahlberg has recently made his opinion of the Beckhams public, saying that they’ve 'ruined the neighbourhood'. The Beckhams purchased a home in Beverly Hills close to Mark and his family, which he claims was a quiet neighbourhood prior to the famous Brits moving to town. Wahlberg has said: 'Man, the Beckhams. It used to be so quiet on my road. Then David moves in with his family. Suddenly we've got paparazzi hanging out day and »

- Ellie Pratt

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Mark Wahlberg Hates David Beckham for Ruining His Neighborhood

28 December 2009 11:05 PM, PST | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

Some people might be thrilled of having David Beckham and Victoria Adams as their neighbors, but that doesn't happen with Mark Wahlberg. In fact, he is a little upset over the Beckhams' move to his Beverly Hills neighborhood in Los Angeles, claiming that the Beckhams have "ruined the neighborhood."

"Man, the Beckhams. It used to be so quiet on my road. Then David moves in with his family. Suddenly we've got paparazzi hanging out day and night," the "Max Payne" actor shared, as quoted by the Daily Mail. "Now they'll follow any car that drives down the road."

Wahlberg went on by stating that Beckham, who joined football club Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007, is wasting his time if he wants to popularize the sport in the U.S. The 38-year-old actor said, "I'm just not sure why he came to America in the first place. Man, we don't want your soccer. »

- celebrity-mania.com

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AFI Moments of Significance for 2009

28 December 2009 1:31 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

I’ve served on several past American Film Institute film juries. We meet one day in December and not only pick the year’s ten best American films but also engage in a spirited discussion about the most significant industry trends—in TV, film and the web—of that year. The 13-member TV and film juries are unusual, in mixing academics, journalists and filmmakers. Having left James Cameron’s Avatar off the top ten list (they also omitted Martin Scorsese’s The Departed the year that it won four Oscars, including best picture and director), they made it their lead moment of significance for its landmark technical innovations. Their rationales for eight … »

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Wahlberg Slams Beckham's L.A. Move

28 December 2009 8:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Mark Wahlberg has blasted soccer superstar David Beckham - insisting his move to Los Angeles has ruined a "quiet" celebrity neighbourhood.

The Departed actor lives close to the Beverly Hills home Beckham purchased following his move to Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.

He is adamant the British star's presence has encouraged hordes of photographers to swarm into the area - and is convinced Beckham is wasting his time trying to boost soccer in the U.S.

Wahlberg says, "Man, the Beckhams. It used to be so quiet on my road. Then David moves in with his family. Suddenly we've got paparazzi hanging out day and night. Now they'll follow any car that drives down the road...

"I'm not telling Beckham to take his family home. I'm just not sure why he came to America in the first place. Man, we don't want your soccer. There's no way Americans are going to buy the idea of 90 minutes of running around without much happening. Thanks for trying guys, but we'll stick to baseball and basketball." »

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It's really complicated: Can Meryl Streep beat herself at the Golden Globes?

28 December 2009 6:57 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Meryl Streep is a Golden Globes darling, reigning with the most nominations (25) and wins (six — tied with Jack Nicholson), but she confronts hefty competition in the race for best musical/comedy actress: herself. She's nominated for "It's Complicated" and "Julie & Julia." While the Oscars forbid actors to be nominated twice in one category, double whammies have occurred several times at past Globes. Leonardo DiCaprio reaped dueling bids for "The Departed" and "Blood Diamond" in 2006. He lost to Forest Whitaker ("Last King of Scotland"). Barbara Harris was nommed twice for best comedy/musical actress of 1976 for "Family Plot" and "Freaky Friday." Diva Barbra Streisand ("A Star Is Born") upstaged all mere mortals. But »

- tomoneil

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The Best Films of the Decade (aka "The Naughties")

27 December 2009 9:03 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Best Films Of The Decade (aka The Naughties) From Alex & Terry

List # 1

By Alex Simon

When Terry and I initially discussed writing these lists, I had a tough time thinking back on 20 films over the past decade which I was really taken with, thinking that movies have sunk so low over the past ten years, that even choosing a dozen would be a short-order job. Thirty minutes into it, my list had nearly 60 titles! After much cutting, pasting, and re-cutting and pasting, here are my top 20 films (in no particular order) of the first decade of the 21st century, dubbed by many as “the naughties.” --A.S.

1.No Country for Old Men (Coen Brothers, 2007) An elegiac blend of stark beauty and full-throttle despair from two of our finest filmmakers, set in the contemporary American West. Every frame is damn near flawless, and would have been an even more perfect vehicle for the late Sam Peckinpah. »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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IMDb, RottenTomatoes: Movies of the Decade

27 December 2009 2:29 PM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

At the end of the year, and especially the decade, you’re inundated with enough top lists that they themselves should be ranked.  Plenty of other websites and other media outlets have been counting down basically the same best movies, which is partially the reason I spared you the numbered trips down memory lane.  (But before I write myself into a hypocritical corner, I’ll still be doing my traditional top movies of the year list.  Hint: New Moon isn’t on it)

That being said, here are two definitive lists of note that highlight what was critically lauded this decade on RottenTomatoes.com and what the movie fans and voters on IMDb.com felt were the best the aughts had to offer.  Slashfilm compiled the top 20 from Rt and they snatched up the top 25 off IMDb for your look at how the decade fared in movies.

There are a few surprises on both lists, »

- Jeff Leins

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

27 December 2009 10:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Last Airbender

Opens: July 2nd 2010

Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Summary: A live-action film based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series. In a fantastic world where civilisation exists as four great empires, a reluctant young child sets out on a perilous journey to restore balance to a world torn apart by war.

Analysis: It has been quite the decade for M. Night Shyamalan, who started it as a household name with the label of a modern-day Hitchcock thanks to the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs". Today he's considered more of a one-trick pony and in some cases a punchline due to rampant stories of egomania run wild and a series of much derided onscreen flops like "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening".

Thus 'Airbender' marks a potential return to form for the helmer. An adaptation of the hit »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

27 December 2009 10:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Last Airbender

Opens: July 2nd 2010

Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Summary: A live-action film based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series. In a fantastic world where civilisation exists as four great empires, a reluctant young child sets out on a perilous journey to restore balance to a world torn apart by war.

Analysis: Its been quite the decade for M. Night Shyamalan who started it as a household name with labels of a moodern-day Hitchcock thanks to the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs". Today he's considered more of a one-trick pony and in some cases a punchline due to rampant stories of egomania run wild and a series of much derided onscreen flops like "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening".

Thus 'Airbender' marks a potential return to form for the helmer. An adaptation of the hit cartoon series »

- Garth Franklin

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First Warlords Trailer Starring Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Jet Li

25 December 2009 10:00 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The first trailer for the Chinese epic Warlords has just hit the Internet, and judging from the short glimpse we get here, this one should deliver solid action and intrigue on a truly grand scale when it comes out April 22.

The movie stars three titans of Asian action cinema. Jet Li needs no introduction to Western audiences, and he’s joined in The Warlords by Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro, who squared off in House of Flying Daggers. Lau also played inspector Lau Kin Ming in the Infernal Affairs trilogy, which inspired Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning The Departed, and Kaneshiro stars in John Woo’s upcoming historical epic Red Cliff.   Hit the jump for the full synopsis and the trailer:

According to the movie synopsis, Warlords is set in the midst of war and political upheaval during the Taiping Rebellion of the 1860s, Li is General Pang, who barely survives »

- Keith Demko

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The Best of the Decade: 2000-2009

23 December 2009 9:56 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A best of the decade list is an incredible thing to consider. The Aughts were ripe with imagination and originality. The past ten years also came jam packed with many new visionary directors that changed the cinematic landscape forever. Yet, at the same time, it was also a decade wrought with remakes, rip-offs, ten-year late sequels, and films based on preexisting toy properties, comic books, and amusement park rides. George Lucas offended almost everyone by dusting off his Star Wars mythos and adding copious amounts of CGI to it. And Batman, a caped figure in tights who last flourished in the trippy sixties, managed to crawl head and shoulders above the rest at the box office to be crowned king. Thus proving that the so-called "geek" or "fanboy" truly ruled the silver screen over the course of this tumultuous past decade. Today, we look at the ten films that ruled »

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International Trailer: Edge of Darkness

22 December 2009 5:34 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

We’ve previously seen a domestic trailer for Mel Gibon’s latest movie (no, not the one with him running around the street with a beaver attached to his arm!), Edge of Darkness which is in a whole different genre!

Edge of Darkness is directed by BAFTA nominee Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) and based on the BBC BAFTA award winning mini-series of the same name.  Gibson leads an impressive cast including BAFTA nominee Ray Winstone (The Departed, Beowulf), Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Bojana Novakovic (Drag Me To Hell). Academy Award® winner Graham King (The Departed, The Aviator) and Michael Wearing (BBC mini-series The Edge of Darkness) co-produced the film.

It’s due for release 29th January and we hope to get a review to you in the very near future. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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- David Sztypuljak

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Clooney's New Comedy Will Take You 'Up in the Air'

21 December 2009 9:35 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

At once cynical and sweet, Up in the Air might be the perfect film for George Clooney. He has often added a cool but caring element to his roles, and Up in the Air's Ryan Bingham capitalizes on his Cary-Grant-like charm. As a full-time firer, Ryan jets from city to city, doing companies' dirty work as he tells employees they have lost their jobs. It sounds heartless (especially in the current economic climate), but Ryan takes pride in his work. He brings humanity to the proceedings, trying to make the news as soft a blow as possible, for both personal and legal reasons.

He thrives in the commitment-free life that he has forged for himself, relishing the away-from-home comforts of airports and hotels. Even his rarely slept-in apartment resembles a room in a spartan inn. He has some connection with his two sisters (Melanie Lynskey and Amy Morton), but »

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Vera Farmiga: The Hollywood Interview 2009

21 December 2009 9:13 AM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

(Vera Farmiga, right, and George Clooney in Up In The Air.)

by Terry Keefe

(Currently appearing in this month's Venice Magazine.)

The first time we interviewed actress Vera Farmiga was in early 2001, at Swingers Diner on Beverly, over French fries. It was around 8 in the evening, as she had to spend the day auditioning for a network pilot. She was promoting a supporting role in a relatively forgettable Robert De Niro-Ed Burns cop thriller called Fifteen Minutes, where she played a Eastern European hairdresser who witnesses a murder. Parking was scarce in the neighborhood, to the point that we first met that night while angling for the same spot. Today, things have changed somewhat. We’re meeting at a ridiculously large and posh board room at the Beverly Hilton, which reminds of the one in Network where uber-exec Ned Beatty chews out Peter Finch’s Howard Beale. Valets take care of the cars. »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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DiCaprio, De Niro To Award Scorsese Special Golden Globe

18 December 2009 5:27 AM, PST | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

As if the Golden Globes nominations 2010 weren't looking star-studded enough, Leonardo Di Caprio is set to team up with Robert De Niro. The pair will present Martin Scorsese with a very special award at the event. De Niro, who worked with the legendary director on his career-making movies Raging Bull and Taxi Driver, and DiCaprio, who finally helped Scorsese win the Oscar he had long deserved with The Departed, will present the Cecil B. »

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De Niro, DiCaprio to present Scorsese with award

17 December 2009 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio will present the Cecil B. DeMille Award to Martin Scorsese at the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards, which will be broadcast live by NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 17.

De Niro has a long association with the director, stretching back to 1973's "Mean Streets" and encompassing "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull" and "Goodfellas."

DiCaprio has appeared in such Scorsese films as "Gangs of New York," "The Aviator" and "The Departed" and will next be seen in the director's upcoming "Shutter Island." »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Exclusive: 'The Young Victoria' Crowns Golden Globe Nominee Emily Blunt

17 December 2009 12:00 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Emily Blunt’s performance as the future queen of England in "The Young Victoria" doesn’t even hit theaters until this Friday and she’s already earned a Golden Globe nomination! Sure, we all know her from “The Devil Wears Prada,” but much like the British ruler who reigned from 1837 to 1901, Blunt seems to be quite the over-achiever.

In the above exclusive clip from the movie, her Victoria can be seen proposing marriage to Albert (Rupert Friend), an extremely rare move at the time, and one that was totally in-character for the Queen who ascended to the throne at age eighteen and immediately began re-writing the rules.

“Can you imagine, at 18, having to share a room with your mom?” Blunt said of the coddled queen, whose mother wouldn’t even let her walk down a flight of stairs unless someone held her hand. “I mean, there’s nothing worse. She »

- Larry Carroll

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