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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 nine of the ReelzChannel 100, we highlight 10 Overlooked Movies from the Decade.
Link | Posted 12/31/2009 by reelz
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Bbdo, At&T and BlackBerry have just released a new interactive advertisement directed by Michael Mann (Public Enemies, Heat, The Insider) that ties a broadcast TV spot (a 24-style action-thriller) with a your Facebook account information to insert you into the story. The television broadcast version of the advertisement is a bit shorter, and keeps the identity of the central character a mystery. In the online version, your photo, key information, and even your friends are inserted into the action. Also of note, Roberto Schaefer (Quantum of Solace, The Kite Runner, Stranger Than Fiction) was the director of photography on the spot, which was edited by the two-time Academy Award-nominated Saar Klein (Almost Famous, The Bourne Identity, The Thin Red Line). Go to onestepaheadmovie.com to watch/be in the spot now. Thanks to DannyT for the tip. »
- Peter Sciretta
Having moved past lost dinosaurs, Will Ferrell wants to take on the biggest, modern dino of them all -- music mogul Simon Cowell. WENN reports that Ferrell's dream project is to play the American Idol judge in a feature film: "I would love to play Simon Cowell in a movie -- heck, I would love it. It would be my dream role." The actor drew similarities between Cowell and his previous character, one Ron Burgandy: "It wouldn't be that hard for me to play him because I see a lot of Ron Burgundy in Simon Cowell. Like Simon, Ron was the biggest thing on TV, loved himself -- they are like long-lost twin brothers separated at birth."
Then again, this is probably nothing more than news disregarding inflection and comedy. Ferrell followed the talk up with discussing how he'd prepare: "It would be fun getting into character as well. I »
- Monika Bartyzel
I've been waiting and waiting to feature a video interview from Making Of for a long time. If you haven't ever heard of Making Of, it's an incredible new website that focuses on the filmmaking process. They post new interviews daily with some of the most talented and brilliant filmmakers out there talking about their own process and some techniques and tips. I finally found a video today that I wanted to feature and it has Marc Forster in it talking about how important failure is in filmmaking. That may sound odd at first (how can failure help?), but if that title gets you to watch this video, then all the better. Anyway, check this out. Marc Forster previously directed Quantum of Solace as well as The Kite Runner, Stranger Than Fiction, Stay, Finding Neverland, Monster's Ball, and Everything Put Together. He's attached to a number of upcoming projects, including »
- Alex Billington
Playing with genre conventions is not a new idea. Scream and Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon deconstructed the contemporary horror convention; Adaptation and Stranger than Fiction flipped story conventions on their ears. So the idea of deconstructing a genre and making its devices an open part of the plot isn't revolutionary. Yet Atsuhiro Yamada's first feature, Happy Ending, is a charming little film that will likely make most cineastes smile.
Momoko (Nahana) unashamedly borrows horror films without paying for them from the local rental shop. Kuroda, a fellow film buff and frequent companion at the local second-run art house, keeps reminding her that she owes 52,700 yen in rental fees (nearly $600Us), as well as trying to get her to watch some romances. When Momoko drops a romance novel and picks it up at the same time as a handsome young man, her friend Maki is convinced »
- Jenn Brown
Bond star Daniel Craig recently revealed that filming on the next James Bond movie will start at the end of 2010.
His next film, Finding Neverland, was nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and seven Academy Awards.
The filmmaker, who had left Switzerland for the USA at the age of 20 to pursue his dream, continued his directorial success with films including Stranger than Fiction, The Kite Runner, and then last year's Quantum of Solace.
In an interview with MakingOf, Forster explains that the Bond flick was, for him, "a very different experience."
He had a budget five times the amount he normally worked with plus, »
- David Bentley
The 2009 American Film Market today announced its schedule of seminars and conferences to be held between Nov. 4 and 11. Celebrating its 30th year, the Afm will showcase panels on film financing opportunities, local and international distribution trends, marketing strategies and digital technologies. The sessions will include film executives, producers, writers, directors, distributors, financiers and attorneys. This year’s seminars and conferences will include the annual “Afm Finance Conference” on Friday, Nov. 6; “Pitch Me!” on Saturday, Nov. 7; “No Direction Home – Changing Indie Distribution Strategies” on Sunday, Nov. 8; “Writing for the Genre World” on Monday, Nov. 9; “Case Study: How to Package and Finance Your Independent Project Overseas” on Monday, Nov. 9; and “The New Hollywood Movie Studio, New Media and Social Networking” on Tuesday, Nov. 10.
Programming the seminars and conferences will be the American Society of Cinematographers, British Academy of Film & Television Arts/Los Angeles, Directors Guild of America, Film Independent, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, »
There are countless producers out there who would love to have Will Ferrell and his patented brand of screaming comedy star in their film. But he’s just too popular and most producers can’t pay his regular salary. That’s a real shame when you consider that Ferrell was able to lead “Land of the Lost” to $50 million at the box office. Granted, the film cost $100 million to make, but that’s neither here nor there.
Rush is a commercial director but “Everything Must Go” is his feature directorial debut. He also wrote the script and it’s based on a Raymond Carver short story. According to Variety, “Ferrell will play a guy who loses his job and gets »
- Matt Goldberg
Will Ferrell will take a break from the big studio scene when he finishes shooting The Other Guys, by starring in the $10m indie comedy Everything Must Go.Based on a Raymond Carver short story (Carver's work was also the basis of Robert Altman's Short Cuts and Ray Lawrence's Jindabyne) It's the directorial debut of Dan Rush, whose script was smokin' hot enough to make it onto to the infamous Hollywood Black List of cracking-but-unproduced screenplays.The story follows Ferrell attempting to sell all of his possessions, after his wife dumps them on the lawn and kicks him out of the house.Obviously Ferrell is great at the broad stuff, but hopefully this will be one of his more understated and sympathetic roles, a la the brilliant Stranger Than Fiction. Production gets underway next spring. »
Bill Murray is a rarity. He's one of the few comedy actors who has successfully embraced a new role as an independent, sometimes dramatic actor. Jim Carrey could.ve done it. He was amazing in The Truman Show and Eternal Sunshine. Adam Sandler still has a chance to do it. He was a shining light in the flawed Funny People. And Will Ferrell still has a shot at it. Remember Stranger than Fiction and the lesser known Winter Passing? Well, it seems as though Will may have another go at outgrowing his comedy mold. Variety reports that Ricky Bobby has signed on to play the lead in the upcoming Everything Must Go, the debut film from former commercial director Dan Rush. The film is an indie romantic comedy that follows a man who is laid off his job and then locked out of his house by his wife. She then »
New York’s West Village IFC Center, which just announced an upcoming two-screen expansion, has announced its programming for the fall. In addition to a slate of first-run theatrical releases, the center is housing the New York International Children’s Film Festival, a tribute to doc distributor Docurama, screenings from the eleventh annual Stranger than Fiction documentary fest, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and midnight screenings of films from John Hughes, Monty Python and … »
Do you remember the movie Stranger Than Fiction? There's a scene where Dustin Hoffman explains to Will Ferrell the difference between comedy and tragedy and has him tally up events that would fit into either genre. The Coen Brother's new film, A Serious Man, seems to live this debate as I can't really tell if it's a dark comedy depicting tragic events or a tragedy with comedic characters. Comedy and tragedy aside, you also have to ask at the end of the day if it's even "good." Is it good? That's where our debate really gets interesting. I saw this movie over a week ago and I still don't feel qualified to give you an answer. So let's just start at the beginning. A Jewish husband with a glorious beard makes his way through the snow and finds his wife at home. After a brief conversation, they realize the man the husband has invited over, as »
- Josh Radde
Stranger Than Fiction, the weekly documentary film series programmed by Thom Powers and presented by the IFC Center, will launch its eleventh season on September 29, 2009 with a sneak preview of “Ahead of Time,” including a Q&A with director Bob Richman and film subject Ruth Gruber whose 98th birthday is the following day. examines the adventurous life of Gruber whose accomplishments included covering the 1947 Jewish refugees on the boat … »
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Thirty-one panels and workshops will complement the three keynote discussions.
Cutler, whose latest documentary "The September Issue" is in theaters, will be part of a conversation with Thom Powers, programmer, the Toronto International Film Festival, and artistic director, Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Series, on Wednesday. »
Hollywood has cooked up a new twist. This may not be in league with Javier Bardem being replaced by actress Carmen Maura in a gig, but it's still surprising. Variety reports that DreamWorks has lined up its voice talent for 2010's Oobermind -- Robert Downey Jr.'s lead baddie has been replaced by Will Ferrell, and he'll be joined by Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill (not to mention Tina Fey, who signed on earlier).
The satire focuses on a big-noggined supervillain called Oobermind. He has defeated his hero rival Metro Man (Pitt), and finds post-hero-fighting life to be boring. So he creates a new superhero called Titan (Hill), to fight. Only this dude wants to be a bad guy as well, which forces Oobermind to switch sides himself. (Can you spot all the Venture Brothers similarities?) Fey, meanwhile, voices a reporter trying to keep up with the many superhero/villain changes. »
- Monika Bartyzel
First off I need to to a little bit of housekeeping here. I've been neglecting my blog section lately, and for that I apologize. It's been a busy time here in Fangoland, and in my personal life. My wife and I just welcomed our first child into the world last Friday, and while I was away for that a few cool things went down in the horror world - both courtesy of The Vault of Horror.
Regular visitors to Fangoria.com might recall a storm set off last November when fellow blogger Brian Matus aka Hellstorm posted a response to a list of films put out under The Vault's "Cyber-horror Elite" banner. Over the course of a few more installments of Brian's Raising Hell column, he took on said "elite" on a few more issues.
Now, by some strange cosmic alignment or wicked turn of events, I have been invited by Brian Solomon, »
- email@example.com (James Zahn)
Just as everyone has an opinion, a favorite meal and a nose — albeit a fake one at times — so too does everyone have a birthday. Even celebrities. Here at Birthday Bash, it’s my mission to salute the fine actors, filmmakers and other Hollywood heroes that are celebrating their special day this week. After all, it’s cheaper than mailing a cake.
July is populated with some of the highest profile celebrity birthdays yet to be featured on Birthday Bash, with this week bringing a trio of faces famous for very different roles.
Harrison Ford (July 13): While it’s a given that everyone gets older as the years progress, it’s still incredibly difficult to believe that Harrison Ford turns 67 today. The actor is a genre legend, hanging with furry co-pilot Chewbacca as Han Solo in “Star Wars” and making whips cool again in the “Indiana Jones” franchise. Despite »
- Josh Wigler
Every once in a while there’s a film that slips through the cracks, unseen by most but is well worth seeing. Well, that’s sort of the point of this column, so it sort of goes without saying. Being surprised by a little film like ‘Winter Passing’ (2005) is a welcome treat from first time writer-director Adam Rapp. ‘Winter Passing’ boasts a cast that’s and unconventionally matched, bringing comedic and dramatic talents together in an unexpected harmony.
Reese Holden (Zooey Deschanel) is an aspiring actress, but aspiring to act isn’t paying her bills very well. Reese is approached by a publicist, eager to acquire the rights to print the love letters written by her father to Reese’s mother. Reese’s father, Don Holden, played by Ed Harris, is an accomplished and celebrated novelist who has also fallen off the radar and not published in many years. In fact, »
The Stranger Than Fiction Festival awards were presented in Dublin last weekend following the three day festival. Leticia Agudo & Aoibheann O'Sullivan won the award for Best Irish Short for their film 'Forty Foot', which also scooped the Audience Award. The Jury Award for Best International Short went to Keith O'Shea for 'Dear Matthew'. The awards ceremony, which took place on the 21 June - the final day of the festival, wrapped up the three day long screening fest which included Irish and International talent. »
A jury compromising of filmmakers and documentary experts has been assembled for the upcoming Stranger Than Fiction festival (18 – 21 June) at Dublin's Ifi. The judging panel includes Ifta winning director Lenny Abrahamson (Adam & Paul), veteran filmmaker Bob Quinn (Poitin) and Bulgarian director Boris Desapodov 'Corridor no. 8'. Also on the panel are; David Rane, film producer, and director of the Guth Gufa Documentary Festival; Micheal O Meallaigh, Head of commissioning in TG4; and Ifb production exec in charge of documentary film, Alan Maher. With three prizes to be awarded on the night, the jury will decide the Best Irish and Best International prizes, with voting for the Audience Award taking place in the cinema immediately after the screening. »
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