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David Frank knows more than you. Care to disagree? Oh The Wrestler is that good, eh? Life isn't complete without seeing Slumdog Millionaire? Synecdoche, New York will blow my mind with its mighty Kaufman awesomeness? Hey thanks for rubbing it in. Please continue on how Let the Right One In is a masterpiece of masterpieceosity. No no, don't stop. I want to feel like That Guy. You know. That one guy at your college roommate's sexy art student girlfriend's party who hasn't illegally downloaded the latest Bright Eyes album that everyone around him is raving about. Every December through January, I'm him, That Guy. I've never completed a best movie of the year list before February. In fact, when people are proclaiming their already-failed New Year's resolutions at 12:01 Am, I haven't even seen half the films that'll end up on my list. You see, I live in a small Iowan »
- David Frank
Movie star Woody Harrelson has wed his girlfriend of 20 years in an intimate ceremony in Maui.
The No Country For Old Men actor married longterm partner Laura Louie on Sunday near his home in Kipahulu.
A spokesperson for Harrelson tells Usmagazine.com, "Woody Harrelson and Laura Louie were officially married yesterday on the island of Maui. The ceremony was attended by family and friends. The couple have been together 20 years and are the proud parents of three daughters."
Prior to the wedding, there was a Hawaiian chant and blessing by the Hawaiian minister. The bride wore a white wedding dress, while the 47-year-old actor wore cream-coloured casual trousers and a short-sleeved printed shirt.
Harrelson and Louie met in 1987 on the set of TV show Cheers. »
In honor of the year that was 2008, we here at Cinematical have once again spent a whole bunch of long, hard-fought hours (days even!) slogging through the best of the best in order to present you with our list of the 25 Hottest of 2008. What were the biggest trends in the entertainment world this year? Which movies made the most money? Alternatively, which films garnered the largest fanbase? Which actor or actress enjoyed the most success? And just because they were big in 2008, does that mean we'll still remember them at the end of 2009? Chipping it to help dissect 2008 were Cinematical's Erik Davis, Scott Weinberg, Eric D. Snider, Monika Bartyzel, Jessica Barnes, Eugine Novikov, William Goss, Jette Kernion and Peter Martin. Just when you thought the year was over ... the lists have just begun. Check out the gallery below (then come back later in the week when we spin it around »
- Erik Davis
Chicago – It’s impossible for a critic to thoroughly defend something he finds funny but fully realizes that a large majority of the audience may not. Sometimes a film just hits your funny bone in right way. “Burn After Reading” does so for me, but may not for audiences without a little bit of a mean streak.
Fitting snugly into the Coen Brothers’ resume of slightly-demented comedies, “Burn After Reading” disappointed audiences expecting “No Country For Old Men 2”, but like “Raising Arizona”, “The Hudsucker Proxy”, and “The Big Lebowski”, should have an extensive life on the home market.
Every time the Coens have made a “serious” movie, they’ve followed it with a lark of a comedy. “Arizona” came after “Blood Simple”, “Hudsucker” followed “Barton Fink”, and “Lebowski” was an odd choice after “Fargo”. They’ve all thrown audiences for a loop. It happened again with “Burn After Reading”, a dark, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Here’s the latest movie trailer from the upcoming Columbia Pictures drama “Seven Pounds” by director Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness) and starring Will Smith (Hancock, I am Legend), Rosario Dawson (Sin City 2, Death Proof) and Woody Harrelson (Zombieland, No Country for Old Men). Synopsis: Ben (Will Smith) is an IRS agent who is depressed and guilt-ridden about mistakes from his past. He sets out to make amends by helping seven strangers. When he meets Emily (Rosario Dawson), a beautiful woman with a heart condition, he falls in love with her, thereby complicating his plans. Woody Harrelson also appears as a blind pianist who befriends Ben. Stay tuned to Toxic Shock [...] »
- Brian Corder
By Matt Singer
It feels completely appropriate in a year of incredible financial turmoil, particularly in the independent film sector, that so many good movies were made about people teetering on the edge of economic extinction. My own list features two such films, without even getting around to "Slumdog Millionaire," "Frozen River" or the small but immensely powerful "Shotgun Stories." Movie stars were feeling the pinch, too: in the semiautobiographical "Jcvd," audiences saw faded action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme resorting to begging his agent for money to pay for his divorce.
Stars, and studios too. Even before the bottom fell out of the economy, Hollywood studios were beginning to shutter their indie divisions; Paramount eliminated Vantage, Warner Brothers closed Picturehouse and Warner Independent and absorbed New Line. It wasn't much better for smaller distributors: David O. Russell's upcoming "Nailed" was in the news all summer because its production kept »
- Matt Singer
The nominations for the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® are in. Of those nominated, the male actors in a leading role icluded Richard Jenkins for his performance in "The Visitor," Brad Pitt for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Mickey Rourke for "The Wrestler," Sean Penn for his role in "Milk" and Frank Langella in Universal Pictures' "Frost/Nixon." Female leads considered were Anne Hathaway for "Rachel Getting Married," Kate Winslet in "Revolutionary Road," Melissa Leo in "Frozen River," "Meryl Streep for her work in "Doubt" and Angelina Jolie for Clint Eastwood's "Changeling." The list, as sent out by the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) is as follows: Theatrical Motion Pictures Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleRICHARD Jenkins / Walter Vale - "The Visitor" (Overture Films)Frank Langella / Richard Nixon - "Frost/Nixon" (Universal Pictures)Sean Penn / Harvey Milk - "Milk" (Focus Features)Brad Pitt »
Noel: Gang, a year ago at this time, we were so overwhelmed by the quality of the movies we were seeing that we actually came up with a feature where we looked back at other great years for movies, just for the sake of comparison. Well, that run sure didn't last long, did it? I actually don't think 2008 was a bad year for movies—I'm happy with my Top 10, and I can think of 10 to 15 more '08 movies I'd recommend fairly strongly—but I certainly didn't see much that I believe will stand the test of time the way the likes of No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood surely will. I didn't see a lot of greatness, in other words, or even much that aspired to greatness. Outside of the daring, wonderfully confounding Synecdoche, New York, much of the real ambition in 2008 came »
- Tasha Robinson, Scott Tobias, Noel Murray, Nathan Rabin, Keith Phipps
I’m sure you can all guess which movie took the top spot (just in case…. it’s The Dark Knight), and yes it’s predictably Twilight and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince that are the second and third most searched.
But the rest of the list may not be as you might have thought. Here it is, in descending order:
25. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
24. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
23. The Godfather (1972)
22. Star Trek (2009)
21. The Departed (2006)
20. Quantum of Solace (2008)
19. Dragonball (2009)
18. Wanted (2008)
17. Terminator Salvation (2009)
16. Cloverfield (2008)
15. Superbad (2008)
14. Into the Wild (2007)
13. Sex and the City (2008)
12. There Will Be Blood (2007)
11. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
10. Transformers (2007)
9. Juno (2007)
8. No Country for Old Men (2007)
6. Iron Man (2008)
5. The Expendables (2010)
4. TR2N (2011)
3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
2. Twilight (2008)
1. The Dark Knight (2008)
A few of the usual suspects are there with the top three spots already mentioned above, and other familiar »
- Ross Miller
The Washington Post recently posted their lists of best comics of the year and they include:
The Alcoholic, By Jonathan Ames and Dean Haspiel (Vertigo/DC Comics, $19.99)
Bottomless Belly Button, By Dash Shaw (Fantagraphics, $29.99)
The Complete K Chronicles, By Keith Knight (Dark Horse, $24.95)
Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes, By Geoff Johns and Gary Frank (DC Comics, $24.99)
Among their best DVDs, they included:
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Not rated (Weinstein, $24.95)
30 Rock: Season 2, Not rated (Universal, $39.98)
The Big Lebowski (10th Anniversary Edition), Rated R (Universal, $19.98)
Control, Rated R (Weinstein, $28.95)
The Darjeeling Limited Rated R (20th Century Fox, $29.99)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Rated PG-13 (Miramax, $29.99)
Flight of the Red Balloon, Not rated (IFC, »
- Robert Greenberger
The Internet Movie Database have announced the top 25 most searched movies of 2008, and the results aren’t as predictable as you would think. Yes, The Dark Knight, Twilight, and Harry Potter hold the top three spots (in that order) But what is the fourth most searched for film of 2008? Disney’s Tron sequel TR2N. Not bad for a film which exploded onto the scene in July with a surprise teaser trailer appearance at Comic Con. Another surprise is Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables, which somehow is #5 on the list, higher than movies like Iron Man or Indiana Jones.
A lot of 2007 Award winners also make appearances on the list: No Country for Old Men at #8, Juno at #9, and There Will Be Blood at #12. I am surprised to see Cloverfield all the way down at #16. You would think the film would have generated a »
- Peter Sciretta
"Slumdog Millionaire" was named best motion picture drama and "Happy-Go-Lucky" was named best motion picture comedy or musical at the 13th annual Satellite Awards, presented Sunday at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City.
The awards, voted by the International Press Academy, also chose "Slumdog's" Danny Boyle as best director and the film's composer A.R. Rahman for his score. "Happy-Go-Lucky's" Sally Hawkins was hailed as best actress in a comedy or musical.
A complete list of winners is available on the next page.
Other film winners
Foreign-language film, "Gomorra"
Animated or mixed-media film, "Wall-e"
- By Gregg Kilday
Columbia Pictures released this new movie clip from the upcoming Columbia Pictures drama “Seven Pounds” by director Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness) and starring Will Smith (Hancock, I am Legend), Rosario Dawson (Sin City 2, Death Proof) and Woody Harrelson (Zombieland, No Country for Old Men). Synopsis: Ben (Will Smith) is an IRS agent who is depressed and guilt-ridden about mistakes from his past. He sets out to make amends by helping seven strangers. When he meets Emily (Rosario Dawson), a beautiful woman with a heart condition, he falls in love with her, thereby complicating his plans. Woody Harrelson also appears as a blind pianist who befriends Ben. Stay tuned to [...] »
- Brian Corder
What Hugh Jackman Needs for Christmas: Academy voters to not listen to Golden Globe voters—and nominate The Dark Knight for Best Picture. If the Academy's new host is to succeed, he'll need more box-office firepower than what's offered by the Globes' Best Drama field of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, The Reader, Revolutionary Road and Slumdog Millionaire. But Billy Crystal Didn't Need Blockbusters, Right? For all his talent as an Oscar host, Crystal's biggest TV ratings year was the year he got Titanic. Poor Jon Stewart got Crash and No Country for Old Men. How Can Dark Knight Get in the Game? If the Globes' drama category is the template—and some »
Columbia Pictures released another brand new movie clip from the upcoming Columbia Pictures drama “Seven Pounds” by director Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness) and starring Will Smith (Hancock, I am Legend), Rosario Dawson (Sin City 2, Death Proof) and Woody Harrelson (Zombieland, No Country for Old Men). Synopsis: Ben (Will Smith) is an IRS agent who is depressed and guilt-ridden about mistakes from his past. He sets out to make amends by helping seven strangers. When he meets Emily (Rosario Dawson), a beautiful woman with a heart condition, he falls in love with her, thereby complicating his plans. Woody Harrelson also appears as a blind pianist who befriends Ben. Stay [...] »
- Brian Corder
The studio recently released this brand new movie clip from the upcoming Columbia Pictures drama “Seven Pounds” by director Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness) and starring Will Smith (Hancock, I am Legend), Rosario Dawson (Sin City 2, Death Proof) and Woody Harrelson (Zombieland, No Country for Old Men). Synopsis: Ben (Will Smith) is an IRS agent who is depressed and guilt-ridden about mistakes from his past. He sets out to make amends by helping seven strangers. When he meets Emily (Rosario Dawson), a beautiful woman with a heart condition, he falls in love with her, thereby complicating his plans. Woody Harrelson also appears as a blind pianist who befriends Ben. Stay [...] »
- Brian Corder
"The Insider" has the reactions from your favorite Golden Globe motion picture nominees! Brad Pitt is up for a Golden Globe for his role in 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.' "I am pleased to be nominated for this award and would like to also congratulate David [Fincher], Eric [Roth] and Alexandre [Desplat] on their nominations. We're all very proud of the film and thankful to the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing our work," Brad says of the five nominations from the film. 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' director David Fincher reacts to the film's five Golden Globe nominations including his nomination for Best Director! "I would like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Kathy Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Cean Chaffin, Paramount and Warner Bros. for allowing me to make this movie that I've wanted to make for so many years. I am indebted to the entire cast and crew, and »
There are two serious threats to Heath Ledger ("The Dark Knight") at the Oscars, who did not receive Golden Globe nominations today: Dev Patel ("Slumdog Millionaire") and Josh Brolin ("Milk"). If "Slumdog Millionaire" wins best picture at the Oscars, as many pundits believe, remember this: The top champ often claims an acting award. That means Patel, if nommed, must be taken seriously. In Brolin's case, he starred in the academy's best-pic champ of last year ("No Country for Old Men"), wasn't nommed, so he's got a big Oscar Iou. Also, Brolin just happens to be on a hot streak over all. He's got just the kind of momentum and cool factor that might tempt voters »
The Oscar statuette is the pinnacle of one’s career in Hollywood. Win one of these hallowed golden naked men - standing perfectly erect, arms folded, head high – and a star is once and forever smiled upon by the movie Gods throughout eternity.
So it might come as a surprise that the path to Oscar glory isn’t always that hard to figure out. The Academy certainly has its perennial favorite themes. While they occasionally throw viewers for a loop by making the less expected choice (American Beauty, No Country for Old Men), they have picked the predicted winner more times than not.
Baiting for Oscars has evolved into an art form in Hollywood. Actors will gladly take a pay cut in order to throw their hat into the award season competitions. With such acclaim comes a feeling of accomplishment and, in most cases, career success for years to come. »
- Jeff Otto
This year's potential Screen Actors Guild Award nominees appeared in a wide array of projects — from biopics (Milk, Frost/Nixon) to family dramas (Revolutionary Road, Rachel Getting Married), from quirky films (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Slumdog Millionaire) to bona fide blockbusters (The Dark Knight). But the shuttering of independent film companies has resulted in fewer great parts than in the past, according to four movie critics. "There's the loss of juicy roles and interesting scripts," says Pete Hammond, a reviewer for Back Stage and a columnist for TheEnvelope.com. "It's a sad trend even for stars, unless they're able to get someone to finance their films." Adds Sean Smith, Los Angeles bureau chief for Entertainment Weekly, "There are fewer outlets for new voices to get into the pipeline. There are no younger voices this year, which is what's keeping the race from having the energy it usually does. »
- Simi Horwitz
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