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Somebody over at Sony is surely going to get spanked today. At some point yesterday afternoon, Nimrod Antal's Armored --- a film which is still in theaters (and distributed by Sony Pictures) --- was released on the Playstation Store in both Playstation 3 and PSP formats. Worst of all, they didn't even make any money from the blunder --- the film was free to download for any sharp-eyed PS3 owner. It was pulled after about five hours, but in that time it was downloaded by many. Sony has yet to comment on the blunder, but I think it could hint at some of their future plans for digital offerings. Specifically, it reminds me of their plan to offer Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs on Sony televisions and Blu-ray players a month before it's supposed to hit DVD and Blu-ray. Sony offered Cloudy for $25.99 --- a price which likely kept casual »
- Devindra Hardawar
From the start, the 2009 forecast seemed a little Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, but when Amelia took us flying Up In The Air, past the blinding Whiteout, we could see A New Moon. A Bright Star rose above the horizon of the Red Cliff and we found ourselves on The Road to some Precious moments in film. Those Inglourious Basterds saved us from the claws of Wolverine…he even tried to Drag Me To Hell! The night Watchmen kept a close eye on us as we spent a second Night In The Museum, saw the Dawn Of The Dinosaurs, and another Ice Age. We became Astro Boy, rocketed off to Planet 51, and witnessed the epic Monsters vs. Aliens battle. Some were slyly introduced to The Fantastic Mr. Fox, many cheered as both Ponyo and Coraline attempted to save their families and the world, and we sailed with Max »
AOL's Moviefone has released its 2009 year-end movies poll and one thing is clear -- moviegoers, at least the ones voting on Moviefone, loved "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." The vampire romance saga was chosen as the Best Movie of the Year.
But my favorite question? "How would you rate 2009 overall," to which the answer was a resounding "Eh!"
Check out the full results of the Moviefone poll below:
1. What was the best movie of the year?
'New Moon' - 41%
'Avatar' - 14%
'The Hangover' - 13%
'Star Trek' - 11%
'Up' - 9%
'Inglourious Basterds' - 9%
'Up in the Air' - 2%
2. What was the worst movie of the year?
The American Film Institute has released its list of 2009's "Moments of Significance" and hailed James Cameron's "Avatar" as one of the "events" of 2009. Yet, the film wasn't chosen as one of the year's best movies. (Take a look at AFI's Top 10 of 2009 right here)
But their picks are quite intriguing -- Twitter, Reality Shows, Leno, Michael Jackson. Here's the complete AFI Moments of Significance:
AFI Moments Of Significance
James Cameron.s pioneering effort to unleash the human imagination was fully realized in 2009 with the release of Avatar, a film that firmly established itself as a landmark in the way stories are told.
With an army of technological wizards at his side, writer/director/producer/co-editor Cameron called upon the forces of art and technology to create new tools for storytelling that are groundbreaking in both scope and scale. »
He Said – He Said … The Top 7 Films of the Decade
Our lists are done. We’ve checked them twice (and then some). Now there is only one thing left to do, complain, rant and argue. It’s time for the He Said – He Said … Top 7 Films of the Decade.
It’s He (Jeff Bayer) and his list …
6. Moulin Rouge!
2. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
He (Nick Allen) and his list …
7. The Band’s Visit
2. Talk to Her
Complete Coverage of Top 7 Films of the Decade
Top 7 Films of the Decade by Jeff Bayer
Top 7 Movies of the Decade by Nick Allen
He Said – He Said … Top 7 Films of the Decade
Amazing. Not one movie in common. I’ve decided to let »
- Jeff Bayer
The A-Team movie will see cameos from TV series actors Dwight Schultz (the original "Howling" Mad Murdock) and Dirk Benedict (the original Faceman). However, LatinoReview report that Mr. T will not make an appearance in the movie.
According to the report, the iconic actor was not interested in returning, since he would not be appearing as B.A. Baracus, the role he originated in the TV series (Quinton "Rampage" Jackson will play that role in the movie). He also didn't want the movie to be marketed around his cameo if he wouldn't be playing a major role. Mr. T claims that he has "nothing against the cast" or the big screen adaptation, he just isn't interested in a cameo.
Mr.T's Favorite »
- Ryan Gowland
“Avatar” surprised no one by taking the No. 1 spot on the foreign circuit for the second weekend in a row.
But director James Cameron’s mega-budget epic raised eyebrows with its overseas boxoffice staying power, grossing $145 million -- a mere 12% drop from its opening weekend -- from 14,844 screens. It did well in its second week in the U.S. as well.
Triple-digit opening grosses usually decline substantially in the ensuing weekend. A drop of less than 50% is considered positive by the industry. Distributor 20th Century Fox said “Avatar’s” relative miniscule decline “is even more impressive given theatre closures in many markets on Dec. 24 and/or Dec. 25.”
The film’s offshore cumulative total stands at $405 million. Worldwide tally clocks in at $617.3 million.
Not coincidentally, Fox reported yesterday that its 2009 overseas boxoffice take set a new industry record -- an estimated $2.263 billion, the highest of any Hollywood studio ever “with four more days to go. »
- By Frank Segers
Hats off to YouTube user Zack Young, who expertly edited this three-minute montage featuring clips from many of this year's most memorable (and not so memorable) movies. The video compilation, joyously set to Arcade Fire's "Wake Up," makes 2009 seem like a much stronger year in cinema that I personally think it was, but there's nothing wrong with looking on the bright side of things. I especially appreciated the inclusion of the year's excellent animated output, such as Fantastic Mr. Fox, Up, Ponyo, Coraline, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Only major exclusion in my mind: the absorbing baseball drama Sugar. »
- John Young
In a year that brought us Coraline, Where the Wild Things Are, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Princess and the Frog, and Up, how can you justify the existence of Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel as anything less than a mind-numbingly generic brand-name cash grab? It's a shame too, because I honestly like the Chipmunks -- or maybe I liked the Chipmunks. It has been almost twenty-five years since I watched them on television (and in their first feature film, The Chipmunk Adventure). Were they always this boring?
Forcing the Chipmunks to attend an average high school after a taste of rock and roll superstardom could've made for a pretty decent fish-out-of-water comedy (munk-out-of-tree comedy?), but that potential is wasted in favor of an uninspired battle of the bands story, pitting our boys against an all-girl group of chipmunks called the Chipettes. The girls, who are also huge Alvin and the Chipmunks fans, »
- John Gholson
If you've got young kids, you've probably resigned yourself to the fact you'll be taking them to this movie at some point over the long holiday break. Here's what you're in for.
"Perhaps not since The Godfather: Part II have we seen a sequel come along that more than matches the mastery of the film that came before it — all the pathos, the brio, the epic sweep ... the cheese balls."
— Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"...a frenetic but undeniably funny follow-up that offers twice the number of singing-and-dancing rodents in another seamless blend of CGI and live-action elements."
— Joe Leydon, Variety
"Closing out a pretty great year for children's movies — Up, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Coraline among them — Betty Thomas's dutiful animated and live-action sequel to 2007's Alvin and the Chipmunks brings up the rear with capable mediocrity."
— Ella Taylor, Village Voice
"...a charmless sequel."
— Michael Rechtshaffen, »
- reelz reelz
Leading the news in decisions made in Hollywood that should never have been considered, much less funded, we find out that Columbia Pictures is going to let Phil Lord and Chris Miller direct the big screen adaptaion of the 1980s hit 21 Jump Street that launched Johnny Depp's career and causes Richard Greico to throw a bottle at the television whenever it's mentioned. Don't get me wrong, I watched 21 Jump Street. I also liked Lord and Miller's last project, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I just don't think any of those things go together in 2012, which is when they're releasing it. Fantasy casting - go!
I live in a moderately small town in West Virginia, so whenever I get to mock another place, it's like Christmas and my birthday rolled into one. Today, we have Laredo, Texas, which has achieved the dubious distinction of being the largest »
Writer/producer/starrer Jonah Hill has already admitted that “the Internet thinks it's the worst idea ever!" of his recently-penned cinematic reimagining of ‘80s cop show 21 Jump Street. But two guys who could be on his side are Phil Lord and Chris Miller, co-directors of this year’s CG belly-rumbler Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. The pair are reportedly in talks to direct Hill in the film, which looks set to update the original show’s central conceit, in which fresh-faced cops infiltrate high...
- Josh Winning
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are in talks for 21 Jump Street, an adaptation of the 80’s TV series co-written, executive produced, and starring Jonah Hill. The Columbia Pictures movie would be the live-action debut for both filmmakers.
The original show was about a team of young looking police officers working undercover to put a stop to teen crime. It was a star-making vehicle for A-lister Johnny Depp. Cross your fingers for a cameo.
In an earlier interview, Hill described the movie to Complex, “[Sony execs said] they were gonna let me make my kind of movie—an R-rated, insane, Bad-Boys-meets-John Hughes-type movie—and I told them the second they don’t, I’m not gonna be involved anymore. We’re not even spoofing the movie. It’s not strictly comedic, either. We’re doing a full-on action movie, blowing shit up.”
“21 Jump Street” will »
- Jeff Leins
Jonah Hill (Funny People, Superbad) who has been working on an update of the 80’s television show 21 Jump Street for Sony, has announced that the movie is in negotiations to sign it’s directors. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who directed September’s Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, are potentially signing on, according to the Hollywood Reporter blog.
For the duo, who have also written for shows How I Met Your Mother, created MTV’s Clone High and Extreme Movie, this will mark their first time directing a live-action feature. Fans of Clone High may also remember Lord as the voice of the deranged Principal Scudworth.
The new version of the undercover teenagers high school drama, as described by Hill in Complex Magazine, will be “an R-rated, insane, Bad-Boys-meets-John Hughes-type movie.” With Hill executive producing and probably starring, along with writer Michael Bacall, currently on the upcoming Scott Pilgrim vs. »
- John Muth
I've already talked about 2009 as the year for remakes, and here's one more to add to your list. Back in May we heard that Jonah Hill was writing a film adaptation of 21 Jump Street, and now the movie is going forward with Hill as the star. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the masterminds behind Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, are in talks to head up the film for Columbia Pictures. Though Jonah Hill has made me laugh on many occasions, it doesn't need to be said that he's no Johnny Depp. I was secretly hoping his involvement would stay strictly behind the scenes, but how do you feel about these developments now that the movie is looking like a reality? »
It appears that rumors of "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke coming aboard the "21 Jump Street" remake was premature, as filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are now the frontrunners to helm the action comedy.
Lord and Miller, the co-directors of this year's "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," are said to be in negotiations to helm "21 Jump Street," the Jonah Hill-penned remake of the late '80s/early '90s television cop drama. The Hollywood Reporter states that the directing duo are in high demand after the surprise success of "Meatballs," which just recently earned a Golden Globe nomination.
Further, "Meatballs" was a Sony Pictures production, which is the same studio responsible for the upcoming "Jump Street" revamp. It's likely that the company wants to keep Lord and Miller in the family, considering their successful work on "Meatballs."
Of course, "21 Jump Street" is quite a leap from the family-friendly content »
- Josh Wigler
Phil Lord and Chris Miller, directors of the animated “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”, is currently in negotiations with Columbia Pictures to helm the live-action “21 Jump Street” movie. Known primarily as the show that launched Johnny Depp’s career, “Jump Street” was about a group of too-young looking cops that were recruited into a secret undercover unit where they went, among other things, undercover in high schools to bust thieves, drug dealers, bad apples, and the like. “21 Jump Street” the movie is currently being guru’ed onto the big screen by Jonah Hill, aka the fat kid from all those Judd Apatow movies, who is writing the script with Mike Bacall and plans to star. Yes, Columbia Pictures, in their infinite wisdom, for some reason thought it was a brilliant idea to hand over the entire franchise to a two-bit Judd Apatow player. I shit you not, folks, this »
Chicago – Here’s one of the year’s lamest excuses for children’s entertainment. Like “Shorts” and “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” it assumes that young minds crave little more than frantic and shrill zaniness. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer views kids in the same way he views adults: as human guinea pigs in need of being dumbed down.
Like his equally abysmal “Kangaroo Jack,” “G-Force” is an adult action comedy that just happens to feature animated characters. In its theatrical format, the film pushed the boundaries of 3D effects, culminating in an experience as headache-inducing and empty headed as James Cameron’s “Avatar.” Its 2D presentation on Blu-ray is vastly preferable, though the film still amounts to little more than a cynical exercise in special effects technology, complete with awful dialogue, uninspired animation and a script assembled out of the most audience-insulting cliches.
Blu-Ray Rating: 1.5/5.0
First-time feature director Hoyt Yeatman »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
So… it looks like the rumored 21 Jump Street movie adaptation is definitely a go, for better or for worse.
Columbia Pictures is negotiating with the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs helming team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller to direct the filmed version of the TV series that launched Johnny Depp’s career – as well as Holly Robinson’s… even though, she’s pretty much faded into near-obscurity.
The film, about a group of baby-faced cops who go undercover at high schools, has been guided by comedian Jonah Hill, who promised “an R-rated, insane, Bad-Boys-meets-John Hughes-type… full-on action movie, blowing shit up.”
Hill will also star in the film and exec produce. Although, I’m not sure which of the characters he’d play. He doesn’t quite match any of them. No word on who’ll play the characters originated by Holly Robinson and Steven Williams »
Jonah Hill has been navigating the S.S. 21 Jump Street through the Hollywood seas for quite some time now, and it looks like the winds are finally catching the sails. With Columbia Pictures behind them, Hill and partner Mike Bacall are getting ready to take their story to the big screen with Hill starring and executive producing. The Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs directing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller are currently in negotiations to take the helm of the big screen remake of the TV show that introduced everyone to my favorite hetero love interest, Johnny Depp. This will be the their first time sailing into a live-action feature film project. Lord and Miller also wrote Meatballs, which is quite possibly the funniest animated feature I've ever seen and instills quite a lot of confidence about how they'll handle the material. The team's other notable credit is »
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