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Video of the Day: A Montage of Cinema’s Worst Writing Cliches

Cliché: a phrase, expression, or idea that has been overused to the point of losing its intended force or novelty, especially when at some time it was considered distinctively forceful or novel.

With Hollywood producing so many movies ever year, it is no surprise that they are often full of clichés. Jeff Smith created this montage under the Bottoms Up Productions label for acclaimed movie blog FilmDrunk.com, showing clips of some of the biggest movie clichés from a total of 102 films. The list of films are below the video. Enjoy!

“You Just Don’t Get It, Do You?” – A Montage of Cinema’s Worst Writing Cliche from Jeff Smith on Vimeo.

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1. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

2. Breaking and Entering (2006)

3. Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007)

4. Annapolis (2006)

5. Daylight (1996)

6. Platoon (1986)

7. The Invincible Iron Man (2007)

8. Tooth Fairy (2010)

9. Hud (1963)

10. The General’s Daughter (1999)

11. Clockers (1995)

12. The Karate Kid, Part III (1989)

13. I Sell the Dead
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Take Three: Isabella Rossellini

Craig here with Take Three. Today: Isabella Rossellini

Take One: Blue Velvet (1986)

“She... Wore... Bluuuuuue Vel-vet.” Indeed she did: bluer than velvet was the night. Ladies and gentlemen, Rossellini was the Blue Lady, Miss Dorothy Vallens, in David Lynch’s mid-eighties masterpiece Blue Velvet. Vallens was a tortured torch singer, a gas-guzzling freakopath Frank Booth’s (Dennis Hopper) late-night inviter and pervy amateur detective Jeffrey Beaumont’s (Kyle MacLachlan) sexual initiation vixen. And yet, behind it all, lay a fretful wife and mother. Rossellini’s introductory scene in the film showed her as a midnight siren, a depressed blue dahlia who, once done with her sad, strange rendition of Bobby Vinton’s titular song, seems to dematerialise into a pair of Lynch’s signature red curtains.

After she finds snooping Jeffrey in her closet she’s both defender of her home and explorer of her own dark thoughts. She’s furious,
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Exclusive: Monahan & Michod on Shortlist to Direct 'Once Were Cops'

Exclusive: Monahan & Michod on Shortlist to Direct 'Once Were Cops'
Exclusive Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan ("The Departed") and "Animal Kingdom" director David Michod are on the shortlist to direct the big-screen adaptation of Ken Bruen's crime novel "Once Were Cops," an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. There are several other directors in the mix, but Monahan and Michod appear to have the inside track on the gig. David Logan ("Circus") wrote the script and Steven Sawalich ("Music Within") and Gil Adler ("Superman Returns") are producing the picture. Bruen's novel follows an unbalanced member of Ireland's elite police force who joins the
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'Twilight' star Jackson Rathbone joins 'Truckstop'

Jackson Rathbone, who portrays "Jasper Hale" in Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and whose film The Last Airbender releases this summer, has apparently signed up for his next project, Truckstop.

Cinematical reports that Rathbone is signed onto the film to portray "a man with cerebral palsy who works at a truck stop while caring for his dying father."

Cinematical also "hope[s] he's bending the ear of New Moon co-star Michael Sheen, since the actor was simply excellent as Art Honeyman (a man with cerebral palsy) in Music Within."

Another resource he might be able to use is Kristen Stewart, who portrayed a young woman with Friedreich’s ataxia in The Cake Eaters, n ...
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Twilight's Jackson Rathbone to Play Man with Cerebral Palsy

Twilight's Jackson Rathbone to Play Man with Cerebral Palsy
Once again, you've got to hand it to most of the Twilight stars. Taylor Lautner might be doing everything he can to become the next Tom Cruise (without the couch hopping, we hope), but the rest are filling their non-Twilight time with a whole range of indie projects -- and Jackson Rathbone's is surely the most challenging to date. Variety reports that he will star in an indie drama called Truckstop with Jennifer Lawrence.

Written by Tony Aloupis (with revisions by Steve Grabowsky and director Rotimi Rainwater), the indie focuses on a man with cerebral palsy who works at a truck stop while caring for his dying father. There, he befriends "a troubled young prostitute," because in the land of movies, almost any woman, especially one at a truck stop, has to be a prostitute.

The use of the tired cliche aside, I'm eager to see what Rathbone can
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'New Moon' Star Michael Sheen to Play Nightclub Host on 'Tron Legacy'

Michael Sheen, who portrays Volturi Clan's leader Aro on upcoming movie "The Twilight Saga's New Moon", has been confirmed to join the cast ensemble of Joseph Kosinski-directed film "Tron Legacy". Speaking in an interview with ComingSoon.net, Sheen says he will portray a nightclub host in the Tron world.

"That was amazing, because there's a lot of green screen in that," Sheen told ComingSoon.net about the film, which is planned to be released in U.S. theaters on December 17, 2010. "But my stuff was mainly in this amazing set that they built because I'm a nightclub host, so they built the nightclub and there were hundreds of extras and it was one of those great scenes where there's just loads going on."

Michael Sheen got public attention after starring as Tony Blair on 2006 flick "The Queen". Since then, he has starred on lots of movies, including "Blood Diamond", "Music Within
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"Bhatt-saab hasn't directed it, yet 'Jashnn' is a Mahesh Bhatt film" - Raksha & Hasnain ...

Click above for more movie stills They made The Killer and The Train and then took a two-year break. Now, Raksha Mistry and Hasnain Hyderabadwala, the director duo, are back with Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt's Jashnn - The Music Within. "Bhatt-saab once said that to make a successful film, you need to incorporate something that is a part of your own life. So that's what we did. Jashnn is about a nobody, vying to be a somebody, just like us. Also, this one's an original, hence the time gap," Raksha justifies. Unlike their previous two, this film is a complete original. Rumor has it that Mahesh Bhatt has 'directed' portions of the film. "Several scenes from the film are as emotional as his Janam and Saaransh, so he needed to be there to guide us. Bhatt-saab hasn't directed Jashnn, but we'd still say that it's a Mahesh Bhatt film,
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"Bhatt-saab hasn't directed it, yet 'Jashnn' is a Mahesh Bhatt film" - Raksha & Hasnain ...

Click above for more movie stills They made The Killer and The Train and then took a two-year break. Now, Raksha Mistry and Hasnain Hyderabadwala, the director duo, are back with Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt's Jashnn - The Music Within. "Bhatt-saab once said that to make a successful film, you need to incorporate something that is a part of your own life. So that's what we did. Jashnn is about a nobody, vying to be a somebody, just like us. Also, this one's an original, hence the time gap," Raksha justifies. Unlike their previous two, this film is a complete original. Rumor has it that Mahesh Bhatt has 'directed' portions of the film. "Several scenes from the film are as emotional as his Janam and Saaransh, so he needed to be there to guide us. Bhatt-saab hasn't directed Jashnn, but we'd still say that it's a Mahesh Bhatt film,
See full article at BollywoodHungama »

"Bhatt-saab hasn't directed it, yet 'Jashnn' is a Mahesh Bhatt film" - Raksha & Hasnain ...

Click above for more movie stills They made The Killer and The Train and then took a two-year break. Now, Raksha Mistry and Hasnain Hyderabadwala, the director duo, are back with Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt's Jashnn - The Music Within. "Bhatt-saab once said that to make a successful film, you need to incorporate something that is a part of your own life. So that's what we did. Jashnn is about a nobody, vying to be a somebody, just like us. Also, this one's an original, hence the time gap," Raksha justifies. Unlike their previous two, this film is a complete original. Rumor has it that Mahesh Bhatt has 'directed' portions of the film. "Several scenes from the film are as emotional as his Janam and Saaransh, so he needed to be there to guide us. Bhatt-saab hasn't directed Jashnn, but we'd still say that it's a Mahesh Bhatt film,
See full article at BollywoodHungama »

'New Moon' Asks Michael Sheen to Howl & Bite ... Again?

There's always a seriously talented actor making his or her way through the world of cinema, destined for either critical superstardom or complete obscurity. These days, it seems to be Michael Sheen. The man has made his way through the world of film. He's tackled Shakespeare, and other literary names like Reilly and Wilde. He gets many chances to play Tony Blair. He kicked ass in Music Within and the more recent Frost/Nixon.

But he's also the man of werewolves and vampires. The man has got range. After a whopping three Underworld films as Lucian, The Vancouver Sun reports that he's now joining the world of lusty teen vampires with Twilight. In the upcoming New Moon, he'll play Aro, the mind-reading leader of the Italian vamp clan called Volturi -- basically the royal family of bloodsuckers. Director Chris Weitz says: "Aro is, on the surface, a very gracious and friendly vampire,
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Frost Bites

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Frost Bites
When it came time to cast the film version of Frost/Nixon, Michael Sheen had one valuable fan in his corner: the show's playwright, Peter Morgan. "Peter had said he would only give the film to someone who would cast me as Frost," Sheen says. "Which is basically blackmail, and not exactly how you want to get a part." Morgan had good reason to lobby for the actor. In addition to Frost/Nixon, Sheen has appeared in three of the writer's works and has consistently hit it out of the park. Their collaboration began with the 2003 TV movie The Deal, in which Sheen portrayed Prime Minister Tony Blair of Great Britain. He reprised the role opposite Helen Mirren as the title character in 2006's Oscar-winning The Queen. And in 2009, Sheen will star as soccer coach Brian Clough in The Damn United, scripted by Morgan. Sheen also plans to play Blair
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Casting Bites: Jack Black Becomes Jason Bourne & More!

Filed under: Action, Drama, Music & Musicals, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Casting, Remakes and Sequels

Is Jack Black replacing Matt Damon in the Bourne franchise? Thankfully, no, however The Hollywood Reporter tells us the funnyman has teamed back up with Kung Fu Panda writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger for a live-action comedic take on The Bourne Identity. In the film, Black will play some dude who washes up on the shores of Cuba with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Of course, he automatically believes he's a superspy (thanks Hollywood!), though nothing could be further from the truth. Sounds like a funny premise -- but is Black the right one for the role?

Meanwhile, Sky High's plant-loving sidekick, Danielle Panabaker, is going back to school. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she'll star in Chuck Russell's upcoming sci-fi action film called Prodigy. Based on Dave Kalstein's book,
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Michael Sheen Pays Visit to Burton's Wonderland

While the thesp concentrates on roles that land him 'critical acclaim', Michael Sheen likes to switch things up from time to time. For a perfect example watch The Queen, then Music Within, and wrap it up on Underworld. That's right, one of these films doesn't belong.

Well, Sheen is at it again with two films off his beaten path.

Michael Sheen for Alice in Wonderland

While we haven't been told on what or who Michael Sheen will be playing, it has been confirmed that the actor has landed a last-minute role in Alice in Wonderland. Directed by Tim Burton, the film features Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter.
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Oscars go long with songs

Fifty-nine songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are being considered in the original song category for the 80th Annual Academy Awards.

The songs, unveiled Wednesday, include four songs from August Rush as well as three each from Dan in Real Life, Enchanted, 56 Drops of Blood, Good Luck Chuck, Into the Wild and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.

Films with two eligible songs are Badland, Grace Is Gone, The Hottest State, Music and Lyrics and Once.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will screen clips in random order Jan. 15 featuring each song for voting members of the music branch in Beverly Hills and New York. Following the screenings, members will vote to determine which three, four or five songs become nominees in the category.

The 80th Academy Awards nominations will be announced Jan. 22.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are:

"Do You Feel Me" from American Gangster

"At the Edge of the World" from Arctic Tale

"Someday" from August Rush

"This Time" from August Rush

"Raise It Up" from August Rush

"Break" from August Rush

"Nothing's There" from Badland

"The Devil's Lonely Fire" from Badland

"A Hero Comes Home" from Beowulf

"The Stars of Orion" from Berkeley

"Say" from The Bucket List

"To Be Surprised" from Dan in Real Life

"My Hands Are Shaking" from Dan in Real Life

"I'll Be OK" from Dan in Real Life

"December Boys" from December Boys

"So Close" from Enchanted

"That's How You Know" from Enchanted

"Happy Working Song" from Enchanted

"Atkozott Egy Elet" from 56 Drops of Blood

"O, Atyam!" from 56 Drops of Blood

"Eleg!" from 56 Drops of Blood

"A Dream" from Freedom Writers

"Lyra" from The Golden Compass

"Good Luck Chuck" from Good Luck Chuck

"Shut Me Out" from Good Luck Chuck

"I Was Zapped by the Lucky Super Rainbow" from Good Luck Chuck

"Grace Is Gone" from Grace Is Gone

"Lullabye for Wyatt" from Grace Is Gone

"Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)" from Hairspray

"The Tale of the Horny Frog" from The Heartbreak Kid

"China Doll" from Honeydripper

"It Will Stay With Us" from The Hottest State

"Never See You" from The Hottest State

"Society" from Into the Wild

"Guaranteed" from Into the Wild

"Rise" from Into the Wild

"First Amendment Blues" from Larry Flynt: The Right To Be Left Alone

"Hello (I Love You)" from The Last Mimzy

"Despedida" from Love in the Time of Cholera

"Huck's Tune" from Lucky You

"Little Wonders" from Meet the Robinsons

"Another Believer" from Meet the Robinsons

"Way Back into Love" from Music and Lyrics

"PoP! Goes My Heart" from Music and Lyrics

"Ordinary People" from Music Within

"Pretty Much Amazing" from Nancy Drew

"Falling Slowly" from Once

"If You Want Me" from Once

"Le Festin" from Ratatouille

"Land of Quiet Poems" from Resurrecting the Champ

"Love Will Still Be There" from September Dawn

"Royal Pain" from Shrek the Third

"Rule the World" from Stardust

"Before It's Too Late (Sam and Mikaela's Theme)" from Transformers

"Baby Don't You Cry" from Waitress

"Beautiful Ride" from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

"Walk Hard" from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

"Let's Duet" from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

"Back Where You Belong" from The Water Horse

Music Within

You need an Erin Brockovich to sock home points about toxic waste. So Music Within will hook the audience up with a supremely cool and witty real-life character, Richard Pimentel (well played by Ron Livingston), who then escorts you through his life as a disabled Vietnam veteran, motivational speaker, author and passionate activist for the disabled community. So what should be a tough, sentimental slog whisks by in a breezy, entertaining 94 minutes like a kind of illustrated stand-up comedy routine.

Of course, the challenge faced by MGM is to persuade an audience to risk seeing a movie about events leading up to the landmark Americans With Disabilities Act. The film opens today in 10 markets and will need strong critical support in tandem with MGM's marketing to create awareness. The film Will More than likely make its mark in cable and DVD markets.

Pimentel literally has written the handbook on how to work with the disabled. He is a pioneer in the civil rights effort to integrate the disabled into normal American life, much of this because of his own personal magnetism.

Livingston and director Steven Sawalich keep the character in constant motion, his dialogue sprinkled with humor and his energy contagious. The film also is surrounded by a crew of ferociously individualistic characters. That starts with Pimentel's mom Rebecca De Mornay), mentally unbalanced and unable to accept or love him. Only to hear him tell it, life with Mom is bitterly funny. Especially those bimonthly suicide attempts, each to celebrate the "birthday" of a different child she lost in miscarriages.

His mother's erratic behavior and father's death produce, against all odds, a deeply ambitious man who finds his true calling in public speaking. But a college speech professor (Hector Elizondo) curtly rejects him for a scholarship because he has no point of view.

Richard joins the military. A bomb blast during a tour of duty in Vietnam robs him of much of his hearing. Returning to the same Portland, Ore., campus, he falls in with his "traveling freak show": Mike Stoltz (Yul Vazquez), a fellow veteran filled with rage, and Art Honeyman (Michael Sheen, just terrific), a wheelchair-bound student afflicted with cerebral palsy and a wicked wit. The lover Richard chooses, Christine (Melissa George), is beautiful, blond and normal but believes in open relationships, so he is forced to share her with another man.

He quits a lucrative job to get disabled people jobs, which he and Mike prove supremely good at. When a restaurant refuses to serve Art a birthday breakfast, their arrest turns him into an activist.

The screenplay by Bret McKinney & Mark Andrew Olsen and Kelly Kennemer does a fine job of shoehorning the events of Pimentel's colorful life into a tight but jaunty structure. It also helps that the film can explore mental illness, war injuries, gross disabilities, suicide, lost love and parental rejection and never loose its optimistic nature. It's the opposite of Pollyanna-ism; this group goes in for naughty, mordant humor that deflects all the negativity and prejudice.

The Vietnam sequences, filmed in the Philippines, give evidence of a limited budget, but all other sequences shot in Oregon yield a rich sense of era and place along with a soundtrack of golden oldies.

MUSIC WITHIN

MGM

Articulus Entertainment/Quorum Entertainment

Credits:

Director: Steven Sawalich

Screenwriters: Bret McKinney & Mark Andrew Olsen, Kelly Kennemer

Producers: Brett Donowho, Steven Sawalich

Director of photography: Irek Hartowicz

Production designer: Craig Stearns

Music: James T. Sale

Co-producer: Ron Livingston

Costume designer: Alexis Scott

Editor: Timothy Alverson

Cast:

Richard Pimentel: Ron Livingston

Christine: Melissa George

Art Honeyman: Michael Sheen

Mike Stoltz: Yul Vazquez

Richard's Mom: Rebecca De Mornay

Ben: Hector Elizondo

Bill: Leslie Nielsen

Running time -- 94 minutes

MPAA rating: R

Isaacs and George a go for 'Stopping'

Isaacs and George a go for 'Stopping'
Jason Isaacs and Melissa George will star opposite John Cusack in the Jan de Bont-helmed action thriller Stopping Power from Intermedia Films and Action Concepts.

Cusack plays a man who races to rescue his kidnapped daughter. Isaacs will play Cusack's nemesis, and George Will portray Cusack's girlfriend. The film is slated to enter production in Berlin next month.

Sales and international distribution is being handled by IM Global.

Isaacs' credits include this summer's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, in which the actor plays the villainous Lucius Malfoy. Isaacs just wrapped season two of Showtime drama Brotherhood. His upcoming films including Vicente Amorim-helmed Good, which also stars Viggo Mortensen. Isaacs is repped by Gersh, the Collective and attorney Karl Austen.

George's credits include Turistas and Derailed. She next stars with Josh Hartnett in Sony's vampire thriller 30 Days of Night, which opens Oct. 19, and appears in the MGM drama with Ron Livingston in Music Within, which bows Oct. 26. George also is in production on the new HBO series In Treatment.

George is repped by Paradigm, 3 Arts Entertainment and Mitch Smelkinson.

Livingston married to NL's 'Wife'

Livingston married to NL's 'Wife'
Ron Livingston has joined Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams in "The Time Traveler's Wife", New Line Cinema's adaptation of the Audrey Niffenegger novel being directed by Robert Schwentke. Plan B and Nick Wechsler are producing the picture.

The book tells the story of a dashing librarian (Bana) at Chicago's Newberry Library who has a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel. He must help his wife cope with the many complications of his disorder as the two are often out of sync.

Livingston will play the man's friend, a liberal attorney who works for nonprofit organizations.

A September shoot in Toronto is being planned.

Jeremy Leven and Bruce Joel Rubin wrote the adaptation.

Overseeing for the studio are Richard Brener, Cale Boyter and Michele Weiss.

Livingston recently starred off-Broadway in the Neil LaBute play "In a Dark, Dark House". He starred in the TV series "Standoff" and next appears on the big screen in the fall in the indie film "The Music Within", in which he stars opposite Michael Sheen and Melissa George, as well as the indie drama "Holly", which was shot on location in Cambodia and has screened at several festivals.

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