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By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: “The Town” is a film that is crippled by its own fairytale desires. While the picture pertains to be a character-driven drama about a Boston bank robber and his desire to go straight, it is undone by a refusal to even acknowledge that its lead character has anything to truly atone for. It is one thing to have a sympathetic portrait of an anti-hero as he struggles to be decent in a world that values his indecency. But it is another to take a straight-up criminal and convince us that he is actually some kind of hero. As a result, the key relationships don’t work, the action scenes lack suspense, and the audience is left with no reason to care about the outcome.
A token amount of plot: Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) is a brains behind a four-person robbery team that operates in Boston. »
- Scott Mendelson
A great panel Friday afternoon was the Entertainment Weekly panel Women Who Kick Ass, starring Elizabeth Mitchell of Lost and V, Anna Torv of Fringe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ellen Wong of Scott Pilgrim vs the World, and Jena Malone of Sucker Punch.
Moderator Nicole Sperling asked the women if they were into comics or other geek stuff when they were kids. Torv used to dress up as Wonder Woman, while Malone and Wong preferred the Disney princess/heroines. Asked how hard it has been to get roles, Mitchell said she auditioned seven times and fought hard to play Juliet. On the other hand, she was given the role of Erika in V, which she found more terrifying. For Wong, nothing ever just falls into your lap, one has to fit for everything. She just tried to be herself in her audition for a Knives Chau, because she felt close to the character. »
- Michael Salerno
Chicago – “Mother and Child” is an intense exploration of the various stages of motherhood, through the performances of Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Samuel L. Jackson. Leading the eclectic cast through their paces is director Rodrigo Garcia.
Garcia, the son of famed author Gabriel García Márquez, has carved his own artistic niche in a career directing both prestige television and film. Besides sheparding the HBO’s favorites “The Sopranos,” “Six Feet Under” and “Carnivále” at various points, Garcia also produced and help develop the HBO adaptation of “In Treatment.”
His films are characterized by their human relationship elements, including “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her’  and “Nine Lives,” which Garcia also wrote. Mother and Child is his fourth film directed from his own screenplay.
Photo Credit: Ralph Nelson for © 2009 Sony Picture »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The star, 37, wed Cornelius Grobbelaar in August, 2006 but the couple officially split on 7 May.
Caulfield has since moved to make the separation official after citing irreconcilable differences in legal papers filed last week (ends14May10) at Los Angeles Superior Court.
The actress is the second former Buffy castmember whose marriage has hit the headlines in recent weeks - earlier this month, David Boreanaz confessed to cheating on his wife of nine years, Jaime Bergman, with an anonymous mistress.
Especially with last night's "Across the Sea" (without a doubt the most polarizing episode of the series ever), Lost's sixth season has come under some serious fire. Pacing has been a critical issue among fans, as well as a general lack of answers in what many had hoped would a very conclusive and revealing final season. In an attempt to get to the bottom of this conflict, Mark O. Estes and I (Sam McPherson) will be debating over whether Lost's new season, as many allege, is the worst of the series. He says it is, but I don't think so. After reading our opinions, feel free to add yours in the comments section below — it is a matter of opinion, after all!
We'll get started with Mark's case against season six:
Let me start of by stating that I have been with Lost since the beginning. Literally. I »
- Sam McPherson
"Today" host Matt Lauer and his wife, Annette, are outraged over allegations that Lauer has left his family over infidelities, calling the tabloid story "a work of fiction."
"I am living in my apartment with Annette and my children as a family and a couple," Lauer tells People.com in an interview from France, where he's been co-anchoring the NBC morning show from the Cannes Film Festival. "I have never moved out. I am not moving out. »
Studio Canal Among the Cannes selected items, prestige outfitter Studio Canal has a pair of mention-worthy titles in the five plus hour offering from Oliver Assayas and perhaps this year's Battle of Algiers in Rachid Bouchareb's Outside the Law. Among the films they'll be selling in a non-completed stage are Rowan Joffe's Brighton Rock (see pic of Sam Riley) and Joe Cornish's Attack the Block – both of these should be Venice and/or Tiff bound. - Studio Canal Among the Cannes selected items, prestige outfitter Studio Canal has a pair of mention-worthy titles in the five plus hour offering from Oliver Assayas and perhaps this year's Battle of Algiers in Rachid Bouchareb's Outside the Law. Among the films they'll be selling in a non-completed stage are Rowan Joffe's Brighton Rock (see pic of Sam Riley) and Joe Cornish's Attack the Block – both »
Studio Canal Among the Cannes selected items, prestige outfitter Studio Canal has a pair of mention-worthy titles in the five plus hour offering from Oliver Assayas and perhaps this year's Battle of Algiers in Rachid Bouchareb's Outside the Law. Among the films they'll be selling in a non-completed stage are Rowan Joffe's Brighton Rock (see pic of Sam Riley) and Joe Cornish's Attack the Block – both of these should be Venice and/or Tiff bound. Brighton Rock by Rowan Joffe - Post-Production Carlos by Olivier Assayas - Completed My Afternoons With Margueritte by Jean Becker - Completed The Princess Of Montpensier by Bertrand Tavernier - Completed The Two Deaths Of Quincas Wateryell by Sergio MacHado - Post-Production And Soon The Darkness by Marcos Efron - Completed Attack The Block by Joe Cornish - Production Beyond Suspicion (Insoupconnable) by Gabriel Le Bomin - Post-Production Bruc by Daniel Benmayor »
You’ve got an awesome job and a man you absolutely adore. Things are going swimmingly. Then one day, Bam! — a hot Russian chick shows up and ruins everything. Your name is Pepper Potts and you’ve just fallen prey to…The Other Woman.
For an industry obsessed with perfection, there’s this radical idea in Hollywood that says things cannot go smoothly in movies, especially when it comes to love. Crazy, I know.
Of course, in comic book films you have supervillains to create instant drama for you — but when it comes to sequels and subsequent follow-ups, creators always feel the need to add more fuel to the fire. And as a sexy spy/assassin, Scarlett Johansson’s character in “Iron Man 2,” Black Widow, is practically plutonium.
"I was more concerned about the interpersonal dynamic and how the presence of [Johansson's character] would affect Tony and Pepper," director Jon Favreau told MTV News. »
- Jill Pantozzi
The Italian Film Festival, Scotland
No gimmicks here – just the chance to see some world-class Italian films from directors old and new. From veteran Enzo Castellari, director of the original Inglourious Basterds, comes Eagles Over London, the film that invented the "macaroni combat" genre by dazzlingly recreating the Battle Of Britain. There's also a four-film tribute to legendary actor Vittorio Gassman – Il Mattatore, as he's affectionately known – with screenings of the little-seen swashbuckler For Love And Gold and the original Scent Of A Woman, which won Gassman the Best Actor award in Cannes. More recent titles include director Federico Bondi's Mar Nero, a touching tale of the relationship between an elderly lady and her youthful carer, and Cinema Paradiso director Giuseppe Tornatore's dark, modern thriller The Unknown Woman. And, for the more traditional, there's a screening of everyone's favourite Italian classic, La Dolce Vita.
Various venues, Fri 16 to »
- Andrea Hubert, Phelim O'Neill
Michelle "Bombshell" McGee has two choice words for Sandra Bullock: "I'm sorry." In a new interview with Australian TV show Today Tonight, Jesse James's alleged mistress apologizes for her involvement in the actress's marriage crisis - but says ultimately James is to be blame. "Sandra, I'm sorry for your embarrassment," McGee says in the interview. "I'm sorry all this is public. I'm sorry for everything." "I feel bad for Sandra," she adds. "I want to give her a heartfelt apology." Photos: The Other Woman: Then and NowStill, McGee says that James, 40, led her on - and told her that he and Bullock, »
- Brian Orloff
ABC has repeats of Modern Family, The Middle, and Cougar Town, and is new with Ugly Betty CBS is new with The New Adventures of Old Christine, Accidentally on Purpose, Criminal Minds, and CSI: NY Fox is new with Human Target and American Idol NBC is new with Minute to Win It and Law & Order: Svu The CW is new with America's Next Top Model, Fly Girls, and High Society Bravo is new with the season finale of Shear Genius and the season premiere of Top Chef Masters Comedy Central is new with South Park, Ugly Americans, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, and The Colbert Report E! is new with Kiss and Tell: The Other Woman Speaks MTV has a repeat of 16 and Pregnant and is new with the season premiere of Real World/Road Rules Challenge USA is new with In Plain Sight VH1 has repeats of »
50 Films in and 200 films to go!
So far so good with the IMDb250 project with little problem so far getting the films from the list and a whole lot of fun watching them. Barry has been making great use of his films recently by watching his movies in categories with the New Hollywood and War sections being brilliant to read.
It’s something I wish we planned at the start as putting the films in some sort of order or genre category would have made connecting the films really interesting but on the other hand watching such a random collection of films in a short space of time really is fascinating to experience different actors in different genre’s lead by different directors proving why they apparently deserve to be in the top 250 films of all time.
My next five films showcase the pleasure in my randomness of choice as »
- Gary Phillips
Every time another celebrity cheats, we go through the same cycle: We're shocked and appalled -- and then we lap up every detail.
Diana Landen: Our husbands ogle the pictures of the Other Women (a.k.a. tramps), then reassure us that Ashley Dupre -- or Michelle McGee -- isn't really pretty.
Experts give us advice on how to keep our men faithful. You would think that advice for our husbands would be more useful. (On the other hand, would men read "Comparing You to Gandhi is a Sign of Insanity, Not Love," or "How to Keep 13 Mistresses Happy and Quiet"?)
Eventually, we hear from the excuse-makers: "Everybody cheats," "Monogamy is unnatural," "Males need to spread their seed" and "It's just evolution."
Gentlemen, we have evolved, too. Women who accepted cheating died out a long time ago. The Other Woman is, quite simply, a threat to our children.
Sex makes babies. »
Baby boys who are looked after by nannies are more likely to womanise, a psychiatrist has claimed. Dr Dennis Freidman, author of The Unsolicited Gift, said that the practice introduces young boys to the concept of 'The Other Woman', equipping them with life-long double standards concerning the opposite sex. Dr Freidman, 86, told The Daily Telegraph: "It creates a division in his mind between the woman he knows to be his natural mother and the woman with whom he has a real hands-on relationship: the woman who bathes him and takes him to the park, and with whom (more) »
- By Sarah Rollo
Doc Jensen learned two very important lessons this week. The first? Limit yourself to just one sentence per column that refers to yourself in the third person, because it’s super-annoying. The second? Perhaps I should spend less time looking outside of Lost for insight and more time looking within the show for insight. Take my recap of “Recon” from Wednesday. It’s filled with references to The Fisher King, The Book of Judges, and Jean-Paul Sartre. If I had more time, I would have larded it up further by arguing that the mythic one-eyed monster Cyclops (Homer edition) and »
- Jeff Jensen
In my fantasy of the cheated upon (i.e. Elizabeth Edwards), she has escaped to Tahiti and is enjoying tanning and pure pleasure -- while "other woman" Rielle Hunter stays here and takes all of the crap.
Diana Landen: It's easy to hate Rielle Hunter. She won't "emasculate" John Edwards by telling the truth, but she's happy to publicly slam a dying woman. She justifies her own cruelty with some warped concept of "force fields" of love. Easy to hate her ... but not good for me. I'm trying to figure out why I obsess over her. My husband gets offended: Am I suggesting that he would act like John Edwards? He reminds me that this doesn't have anything to do with my life. But it does.
A good friend of mine from high school -- someone I truly respected -- had an affair with a much younger employee. His marriage broke up, »
Will audiences ever tire of the documentary-style horror film? The success of "Paranormal Activity" proved that ten years after "The Blair Witch Project," people are still into the format, which employs a false sense of authenticity that makes the events appear more real and seem more plausible -- and are therefore scarier. But no film can ever be more frightening than "The Exorcist," right? Well, how about a film that's like "The Exorcist" shot in the style of "Paranormal Activity"?
That's one way of describing "The Last Exorcism," a new horror film produced by Eli Roth ("Hostel") that has just been picked up for distribution by Lionsgate, according to Variety. Formerly titled "Cotton," the film, which premieres at SXSW next month, brings the faux-doc method to a story of an Evengelical priest (Patrick Fabian) who invites a film crew to document his final exorcism. According to a Lionsgate executive, "audiences »
- Christopher Campbell
Even though Eli Roth is starting to develop himself as an actor (Inglourious Basterds) and a director of other things besides just horror (with Endangered Species), he still loves horror, and he's been producing films in that genre recently as well. He has an exorcism film called Cotton that is shot and finished. Variety reports that Lionsgate just picked up the Us rights to the film, which will be called The Last Exorcism. On top of that, Roth just closed a new deal with StudioCanal and Strike Entertainment to produce another psychological horror/thriller called The Other Woman. Wait till you hear what Roth has to say about it. The Other Woman, also written by Cotton co-writers Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland, is about a scorned mistress who makes a film for her ex-lover. That's it? Oh no, there's more. Roth says the film will delve into "the worst nightmares »
- Alex Billington
Meanwhile, horror writer/director/producer Eli Roth will reteam with StudioCanal and Strike Entertainment to produce a psychological thriller titled The Other Woman. The film will be directed by Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland, who are currently writing the screenplay. Botko and Gurland also wrote The Last Exorcism (previously known as Cotton), which they had originally planned to direct. Variety describes the plot of the film as follows: "A scorned mistress who makes a film for her ex-lover, is set to shoot in late spring. Roth said the pic will delve into "the worst nightmares of those who have had extramarital affairs, and the sickest fantasies of those who have been scorned." StudioCanal is trying to sell the film at Berlin's film marketplace this week. »
- Peter Sciretta
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