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Blu-ray Review: ‘The Art of Getting By’ Sleepwalks Through Coming-of-Age Clichés

16 December 2011 5:25 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Poor George Zinavoy. He’s been cursed with striking good looks, remarkable artistic talent, a dedicated mentor and a gorgeous woman who clearly desires to have sex with him. Thankfully, nothing appears to have gotten in the way of his stubborn pessimism, comfortable apathy and belief in the meaningless of existence. How can George be expected to care about his homework when he’s too busy contemplating his mortality?

For that matter, how can audiences be expected to care about such an unsympathetic, oddly soulless Holden Caulfield clone? He goes through the usual existential motions with all the urgency and conviction of a sleepwalker. As played by baby faced, moist-eyed Freddie Highmore, George registers as a mopey bore rather than a fatalist. Highmore’s genial sweetness lacks the raw edge and rebellious spirit that the character desperately needed in order to be the least bit credible.

Blu-ray Rating: 2.0/5.0

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- (Adam Fendelman)

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Is Guy Ritchie Going to Direct ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’?

8 December 2011 2:24 PM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Well, this is certainly going to make my piece about the Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows (coming next week! only here at Film School Rejects!) press conference a touch more interesting. Deadline Ratcliff reports that Warner Bros. is currently “making a deal” with director Guy Ritchie and his new partner Lionel Wigram to “come aboard” their The Man From U.N.C.L.E. feature that was recently vacated by director Steven Soderbergh. That’s really just sort of vague – Deadline has really buried the lede on this one, finally getting to it – “the intention is for Ritchie to direct the film.” A ha! Elementary! Ritchie and Wigram recently formed their own production company after making two Sherlock Holmes films together. Wigram wrote and produced the first Sherlock Holmes film, and serves as executive producer on the next installment, opening next week. Wigram has a bevy of other titles under his producer belt, including »

- Kate Erbland

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Spotlight on Filmbase Training Courses

29 September 2011 8:00 AM, PDT | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

Filmbase has been open for 25 years and Irish talent that have cut their teeth at the Temple Bar based centre include Kristen Sheridan (Disco Pigs, August Rush), John Wallace (co-producer Rewind, Runners), Thomas Heffernan (Writer, The Pool), Martina Niland (Snap, Sarah & Steve) and John Moore (Max Payne). With an ample scope of training subjects and wide range of course formats, Iftn takes a closer look at the upcoming training programme at Filmbase. »

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Haley Joel Osment Boards Frankenstein Project Wake The Dead Produced By Slash

29 June 2011 11:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Haley Joel Osment, the young actor everyone remembers from The Sixth Sense, is set to star in upcoming Frankenstein-themed project, Wake The Dead, Variety report.

Now 23 years of age, Osment has been very much off the radar since his lead role in Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence back in 2001, and Wake The Dead could have the potential to resuscitate his once very promising career.

Wake The Dead is to be directed by Jay Russell (My Dog Skip, Tuck Everlasting), in what will be quite a change from the director’s ordinarily family-targeted films. It is being scripted by Russell and James V. Hart (Hook, August Rush), and will be produced by former Guns N’ Roses guitarist and current solo artist, Slash, under his Slasher Films banner, the horror film production outfit that he formed last year.

The film will see Osment star as Victor Franklin, a college student »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Haley Joel Osment to Star in Frankenstein Retelling Wake The Dead

27 June 2011 8:02 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

After an eight year hiatus from the movies, Haley Joel Osment is making a return to acting with three independent projects.  The first two are in post-production, with no release set and truly unfortunate titles: Sassy Pants and Montana Amazon.  The third has a fine title (Wake the Dead) and should have no trouble finding distribution given the marketability.  Variety reports that Osment will play Victor Franklin, a college student who experiments with raising the dead in a present-day retelling of Frankenstein. Wake the Dead is set up at Slasher Films, a production company launched by Guns N' Roses guitarist SlashJay Russell (The Water Horse) will direct from a script he co-wrote with James V. Hart (August Rush), based on Steve Niles comic of the same name.  Wake the Dead is one of many upcoming projects based on the Frankenstein tale.  Hit the jump for a recap. Now with »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Learn 'The Art Of Getting By' Tonight With MTV Sneak Peek Week, And Send In Your Questions!

31 May 2011 12:01 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

MTV Movie Awards Sneak Peek Week kicked off last night (May 30) with a special first look at "Fright Night," the R-rated vampire thriller starring Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. But tonight, our week-long look at some of the summer's most anticipated movies takes its fangs out of the blood, guts and gore without shying away from matters of the heart.

Tonight's Sneak Peek Week installment is "The Art of Getting By," a new romantic dramedy starring Freddie Highmore ("August Rush"), Emma Roberts ("Scream 4") and Michael Angarano ("Red State"). The film centers on George (Highmore), a high school slacker who's made his way to senior year without a single ounce of academic effort. But George's loner lifestyle takes a hit when he finds himself befriending Sally (Roberts), an immensely popular student and an extremely unlikely ally.

We'll be chatting with Roberts, Angarano, co-star Elizabeth Reaser and director Gavin Wiesen »

- MTV Movies Team

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Today’s Birthdays 4/07/11

7 April 2011 10:04 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Billie Holiday would have celebrated 96 today. Her melodic voice can be heard on a lengthy list of film soundtracks including Schinder’s List, Slaves Of New York, Harlem Nights, Watchmen, Angela’s Ashes, The Green Mile, August Rush, The West Wing , The Notebook , Sex In The City and Capote. The films she acted in are The Emperor Jones and New Orleans.

Actor and comedian Bill Bellamy turns 46 today. He started his career as a stand-up comic and parlayed that into a hosting gig at MTV Jams. Love Jones and How To Be A Player are probably his most memorable films. He’s also appeared in Any Given Sunday, The Brothers, Royal Pains, Lottery Ticket and was the voice of Skeeter on Cousin Skeeter.


- Cynthia

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Top 7 Singing Performances by an Actor/Actress

6 January 2011 7:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

With Country Strong, Gwyneth Paltrow’s first true singing test, expanding to theaters nationwide this Friday, we at The Scorecard Review thought it appropriate to have this week’s Top 7 center around those brave and talented thespians whom have actually sung, have actually used their own voices, in a major motion picture. In a time ruled by technology, where professional singers could have easily been hired, rendering these thespians Ashlee Simpsonian, those on this list instead opted to “do it for real,” and in the end, successfully proved to the world that they were genuinely talented singers themselves.

For this Top 7, I’m only picking my one favorite from a film, no double dipping. So John C. Reilly, Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones — you’re out!

I’ve also limited this list to 21st century performances, and only to actors-turned-singers, not singers-turned actors. »

- Aaron Ruffcorn

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