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2009: A Look Back

30 December 2009 6:16 PM, PST | | See recent news »

2009 was another big year for movies thanks to, in varying degrees, the recession, 3D ticket prices and Taylor Lautner’s abs. For funsies we have compiled a fairly trivial movie calendar for the year that was. Here you will find all the big events that, for whatever reason, may not have gotten a lot of media coverage.  Hit the jump to begin reminiscing about the past 12 months:


9- David S. Goyer does his best to stop Odette Yustman from ever getting another leading role in a film. (The Unborn)

16- Mall cops lose what little public respect they had. (Paul Blart:  Mall Cop)

23- Brendan Fraser ruins an otherwise perfectly good British film. (Inkheart)

30- Liam Neeson gains 20,000 cool points. (Taken)



6- Steve Martin makes a big mistake. (The Pink Panther 2)

13- The rules of scary movies are upheld. (Friday the 13th)

20- Madea goes to jail. »

- David Corbin

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'Bayonetta' Review - Dear God, Not Another Cutscene

23 December 2009 7:30 AM, PST | MTV Multiplayer | See recent MTV Multiplayer news »

"Bayonetta" is an extremely unique-looking, very Japanese, very strange action title from Platinum Games and Sega. Its closest analog would be the "Devil May Cry" series, but the strange enemies and perplexing storyline of "Bayonetta" make Capcom's franchise look like a grounded Merchant Ivory period piece. But is it good? Well, that depends on how much patience you have.

The Basics

In "Bayonetta" you'll play as an ultra-powerful witch who is capable of travelling to heaven, hell and purgatory at the drop of a hat. It plays very similarly to the aforementioned "Devil May Cry" series, which is to say that it's a 3rd person action game with a heavy focus on over-the-top attacks, building up combos and giant boss fights.

The Highs

Insane Visuals

You will see things in "Bayonetta" that you simply never considered possible within the scope of the human mind. Giant hair monsters playing volleyball with metallic, »

- Russ Frushtick

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First Knight and Day Trailer Now Online

22 December 2009 6:18 AM, PST | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Imagine that you meet an actual spy and can't get him out of your life. That's the premise behind Knight and Day (formerly Wichita), the James Mangold comedy starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, and a group of escaping bulls.

The movie doesn't open until next summer, but a first-look trailer has made its way online. Check out the bull-free trailer below.

Next Showing: Knight and Day opens July 2, 1010

Link | Posted 12/22/2009 by Ryan

Cameron Diaz | Tom Cruise | James Mangold | Knight and Day »

- Ryan Gowland

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Panopticon Is The End Of The World, Not A New Transformer

17 December 2009 6:14 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The Day After Tomorrow. Knowing. 2012. What do all of these movies have in common (other than being complete wastes of time and money)? They are all crappy thrillers where the protagonist learns of the coming apocalypse and, using that knowledge, tries to save the earth. All of them were also number one on opening weekend and considered financial successes. So you know what that means: we get another one. Producer of favorites like Doom, Imagine That, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Lionsgate are now producing Panopticon, the newest from director Peter Cornwell and writer Craig Rosenberg, according to Variety. The film follows a salesman (enter "everyman" actor here) who receives a "pre-recorded message to himself" telling him that he has to save the world from certain doom. Research finds that a panopticon is a prison designed by Jeremy Bentham »

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Decade in Review: 2003 Top Ten

8 December 2009 6:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

As you may have noticed, I will not be done with my Decade in Review until sometime into the new year. Hopefully we'll wrap up shortly after the Oscars; You know how distractingly all-consuming the Oscars can be! I hope you'll stay with it even though the rest of the media will move on any second now. They're always in such a rush. No stopping and smelling of the flowers. I've still got to update that "Actors of the Aughts" project for final compilation/statement. For now, let's move on to 2003. What follows is my original top ten list, based on films released in NYC in 2003. If I have anything new to say that'll be in red after the original text.

Special Mentions: The Cremaster Cycle and Angels in America

Most Underappreciated: Hulk (Ang Lee), In the Cut (Jane Campion), Anything Else (Woody Allen), Charlies Angels: Full Throttle (McG) and »


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Legal Ease: Do I correctly understand this unsolicited submission agreement, saying that I am basically giving up all my rights?

7 December 2009 10:10 AM, PST | Film Independent | See recent Film Independent news »

Q:  Here's a quote from an unsolicited submission agreement I was sent.  "I hereby grant to you the non-exclusive right to use any or all of the Material for any and all purposes, in perpetuity."  Am I missing something or do I understand this correctly in saying that I am basically giving up all my rights to my writing if I submit it? 

A:  An unsolicited submission agreement like you were sent is a misnomer.  It should be called an unsolicited gift agreement.  It's a gift agreement, because for the privilege of being read, you actually grant to the reader the rights to your material.  Imagine this: you're trying to sell your house, and a potential buyer who hasn't even seen the house yet makes you an offer - the buyer will look at the house, and in exchange the buyer will own it just for looking.  No word in »

- maint

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Buzz Break: Is it Raining? I Hadn't Noticed

4 December 2009 12:30 PM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

· Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried make out in the rain in this new still from Dear John -- mandatory, since it's based on a novel by "wet people making out" author Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook). Audrina, get excited!

· What does Kara DioGuardi think of the Adam Lambert cancellation kerfuffle? "We're living in a pretty bad economic time, so they have to do what they have to do to keep their advertisers," DioGuardi told E! "Networks are doing what they think their viewers want and don't want, so it's just budgetary."

· Meanwhile, Cynthia Nixon isn't happy that New York state scuttled gay marriage. "Wednesday's No vote on same sex marriage was supremely disappointing on a personal as well as a political level," the actress wrote on HuffPo. "Guess Christine and I can kiss that Waldorf Astoria wedding... Brooklyn Botanical Gardens wedding... Montauk Beach wedding -- you fill in the blank -- goodbye. »

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On Second Thought, No 'Harvey' For Spielberg

4 December 2009 5:46 AM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

Steven Spielberg has pulled the plug on the "Harvey" adaptation he was planning to direct.Pic — an adaptation of Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a man who befriends a six and a half foot tall invisible rabbit — has been a challenge to pull together since Spielberg committed last August. One of the biggest challenges has been setting a star to play Elwood P. Dowd, the character played by James Stewart in the 1950 film.Spielberg’s first choice was Tom Hanks, but the actor who is often regarded as a modern day Stewart wanted no part of taking over a role played by the iconic star. Spielberg and Fox spent several months courting Robert Downey Jr. While the star didn’t commit, he made suggestions on rewrites of the Jonathan Tropper script. He and Spielberg never found themselves in creative sync on the script, and the director finally called the whole thing off. »

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'New Moon' repeats atop int'l boxoffice

29 November 2009 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" easily took the No. 1 spot on the foreign circuit during the weekend, grossing an estimated $85.1 million from 8,476 sites in 56 markets.

Offshore boxoffice for the girl-meets-vampire teen favorite based on Stephenie Meyer's novel and co-starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart held up surprisingly well from its No. 1 opening round, dropping a relatively benign 31%.

"New Moon's" total offshore gross is $250.1 million. Worldwide, the total is $480.8 million.

A first-place Germany bow garnered an estimated $16.9 million (including previews) from 703 locations. (Offshore distribution is supervised by Summit International, with Concorde Filmverleih handling in Germany.) The premiere included, said Summit, the second-best Germany opening day this year behind that of the sixth edition of Warner's Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

"New Moon" also topped the charts in France ($8 million at 751 screens), the U.K. ($7.1 million from 504 locations) and in Spain ($5.2 million from 630 sites). Top market cumes include the U. »

- By Frank Segers

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Eddie Murphy to produce and potentially star in 'The Misadventures of Fluffy'

23 November 2009 4:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Eddie Murphy is attached to produce and may also star in the buddy comedy “The Misadventures of Fluffy." The project comes is being set up at Paramount and is from a pitch by Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly. The R-rated comedy is being described as a roadtrip comedy through New York which apparently features talking animals and also has an element of social comedy like 1980's "Trading Places." I don't know so much about this one... According to The Hollywood Reporter, insiders emphasize that Murphy is not formally attached to star at this point. Murphy was last seen in the heartwarming "Imagine That" for Paramount. Prior to that he starred in "Meet Dave." Future projects include "Shrek Forever After" which is in post-production phase and the completed "A Thousand Words" which Brian Robbins helmed. The latter also stars Cliff Curtis, Kerry Washington and Allison Janney. »

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Contest: Win Imagine That on DVD

22 November 2009 7:26 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Imagine That will be released on DVD on November 24 and you know we have to celebrate this new release. We have a brand new contest running and we're giving away copies of this new DVD for our readers. These discs will go fast, so be sure to enter this contest today.

Winners Receive:

- Imagine That DVD

- Imagine That purple blankets

to enter this big giveaway today.

What if your daughter's imagination was the secret to your success? When a highly competitive money mogul (Eddie Murphy) finds his financial kingdom slipping, he turns to his 7-year-old daughter (Yara Shahidi) and her fantasy world of imaginary princesses for help. Embarking on a whirlwind journey of comic proportions, father and daughter are about to discover that sometimes all you need is a little imagination - and a lot of love - in this "feel-good winner with something for everyone" (Pete Hammond, »

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Eddie Murphy And More Talking Animals

19 November 2009 4:34 PM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

Eddie Murphy is attached to produce and could potentially star in “The Misadventures of Fluffy.”Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly sold the pitch for the R-rated comedy and will write the script. The project is described as a road trip pic through New York featuring talking animals, and with an element of social comedy reminiscent of Murphy’s 1980’s hit “Trading Places.”Yes, we all know how frustrating it is that one of the funniest comedians/actors of the '80's has fallen to this level of crapitude. The guy was on fire. Then, kids and fat suits and talking animals entered his life and things have never been the same. There's nothing wrong with family movies. If that's all he wanted to make fo the rest of his life, then fine. Just make sure that they are good, huh Ed? Which brings me to the key phrase in the description for "Fluffy. »

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Animal Magnetism

19 November 2009 11:30 AM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

After a family-friendly wipeout with this spring's Imagine That, Eddie Murphy may be returning to his R-rated roots (with some odd friends in tow). THR reports that the erstwhile Dr. Doolittle is attached to produce and potentially star in The Misadventures of Fluffy, an NYC road trip comedy with talking, presumably foul-mouthed animals. The movie also contains "an element of social comedy reminiscent of Murphy's 1980's hit Trading Places," says THR. Uh, sure! We were thinking more like Conker's Bad Fur Day. [THR] »

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Perhaps another talking animal movie for Eddie Murphy

19 November 2009 8:01 AM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

If talking animals worked before to get butts into theater seats to watch Eddie Murphy as Doctor Doolittle, why not do it again? Paramount Pictures has a project in the formative stages called The Misadventures of Fluffy, a family-fantasy comedy in which Murphy would play one-half of an animal buddy team that goes on a journey through New York City. THR describes the logline as a "social comedy reminiscent of Murphy’s 1980's hit Trading Places." Cool. So that means there's a nude scene with Jamie Lee Curtis in it, right?

Eddie needs a hit these days. Imagine That bombed this summer, Meet Dave bombed when it came out last summer and while Norbit did Ok at the box office, that was almost three years ago now. The Shrek movies keep Murphy's mortgage payments in check but the man can't live on telling Donkey jokes alone.

Writers Sam Pitman and »

- Patrick Sauriol

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Eddie Murphy Attached to Produce, Possibly Star in R-Rated Buddy Comedy The Misadventures of Fluffy

19 November 2009 6:47 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The last great hope for a resurgence in the career of Eddie Murphy seemed to be the Richard Pryor biopic. While Murphy playing Pryor is basically too obvious to happen (he arguably owes his entire career to Pryor's influence) doing so could have brought the actor up out of the career sewer in which he's been flailing around for some time. It's one thing to make money-grubbing films like Meet Dave and Imagine That, but when those movies don't actually make all that much cash, it might be time to re-think things. But Muphy bailed on that project, and in so doing killed most of the hope that he might make a movie worth watching any time soon. Now, with the announcement that Murphy will produce and just maybe star in a new R-rated buddy comedy set in New York City, it's time for the classic talk (just one funny »

- Russ Fischer

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Eddie Murphy Doing Talking Animals Social Comedy?

19 November 2009 6:17 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

There are two Eddie Murphys, the guy making the movies we want him to make-- Trading Places, Coming To America-- and the more recent guy who makes the kind of movies no one should make-- Norbit, Imagine That, etc. So what would happen if those two sides of the same guy came together in one movie? Chaos? Or something that managed to make everyone happy. I'm not really sure what to make of The Misadventures of Fluffy, Murphy's next project as described by THR, but it sure sounds like some kind of weird hybrid. It's a talking animals movie and a buddy comedy (uh-oh), but it's also R-rated and will contain "an element of social comedy reminiscent of Trading Places." Huh? Insiders are apparently emphasizing that Murphy is only attached as a producer at this point, but if this project is as bizarre and possibly great as it sounds, »

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'Nicholas Flamel' novels headed to theaters

18 November 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Lorenzo di Bonaventura will produce a series of feature films based on Michael Scott's young adult fantasy novels, "The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel."

Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House, has already published three books in the six-part series -- "The Alchemyst," "The Magician" and "The Sorceress" -- and will publish the fourth, "The Necromancer," in May. The books detail the adventures of fifteen-year-old twins Sophie and Josh Newman as they travel around the world with the immortal alchemist Nicholas Flamel.

"Michael's fantastic series is a natural evolution from Harry Potter," said di Bonaventura.

Scott and Barry Krost will serve as executive producers on the projects.

The "Flamel" books were once set up at New Line with "Survivor" mastermind Mark Burnett producing.

Di Bonaventura most recently produced "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "Imagine That." His next film, "Salt," will be released by Columbia in July. »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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Besson, Reno, Portman, Oldman: 'The Professional' 15 Years Later

18 November 2009 2:23 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Jean Reno and Natalie Portman in The Professional

Photo: Columbia Pictures Is Luc Besson an overrated filmmaker? I think he's a fine director but reviewing his resume he's usually a pretty average writer and his movies are kind of hit-or-miss. But every once in while he sneaks in an effort that surprises you, makes you take a step back and think, Whoa, where'd that come from? My most recent such reaction came while watching his last directorial effort, Angel-a, a sweet and moving love story dropped into a hotzone trifecta of mediocrity including The Fifth Element, The Messenger and Arthur and the Invisibles. To that point, outside of Angel-a he hasn't made a substantial contribution to the medium since Leon - The Professional, a contribution certainly worth celebrating, and will be done so over the next ten paragraphs.

I didn't see The Professional in the movie theater. I watched it on VHS. »

- Andre Rivas

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Are the A-List Actors Becoming an Endangered Species?

16 November 2009 2:15 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

There was a time, not too long ago, when the dream was to be on the A-list in Hollywood. Being so high up on the ladder meant great roles, great movies, and box office success. It was a world raining money. Now, however, not only are times tough, but Hollywood is learning a valuable lesson: It's not all about the stars. (Something we wondered about three years ago.)

Reuters reports that the movie town is rethinking the millions of dollars they spend to grab the big stars because big celebrity doesn't necessarily equal big box office. They cited the money brought in by The Hangover, District 9, Paranormal Activity, and the Twilight Saga, and the fact that none of these productions had big celebs leading the way. Meanwhile, the star extravaganzas like A Christmas Carol, Surrogates, Funny People, Land of the Lost, Imagine That, and Duplicity boasted big-name talent, but still flopped. »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Hollywood rethinks use of A-list actors

13 November 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Hollywood studios are now thinking twice about splurging on A-list movie stars and costly productions in reaction to the poor economy, but also because of the surprising success of recent films with unknown actors.

After buddy comedy "The Hangover," a movie with a little-known cast, made $459 million at the global boxooffice this past summer, several films have shown that a great concept or story can trump star appeal when it comes to luring fans.

"District 9," a low-budget movie in which the biggest stars were space aliens treated like refugees and the lead actor was South African Sharlto Copley, made $200 million. Thriller "Paranormal Activity," starring Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat, has cash registers ringing to the tune of $100 million.

Next up, on Nov. 20, comes Summit Entertainment's relatively low-budget ($50 million) franchise movie "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," a sequel to 2008 hit vampire romance "Twilight" which made global stars of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. »

- By Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters

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