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Looking Back On 2009 With The MTV Movies Team

31 December 2009 9:00 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

And so we reach the end of 2009. It's been quite a year for movies, hasn't it? Records were broken, vampires continued to sparkle and the game was presumably changed. James Cameron showed the world that he still knows how to tell a tale. Neill Blomkamp and Oren Peli both proved that there are still fresh, original ways of presenting familiar fare. And folks like Joel and Ethan Coen, Jason Reitman, Quentin Tarantino, J.J. Abrams, Spike Jonze and the entire Pixar team continued to define themselves as some of our favorite storytellers.

Here on the MTV Movies team, everyone has a different idea about what made 2009 a fantastic one for film. I'm here to share some of those highlight moments and favorite movies with you now. The entire team isn't represented here -- busy end-of-year schedules and all that jazz -- but you get a good sampling of what moved us and why. »

- MTV Movies Team

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2009: A Look Back

30 December 2009 6:16 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com 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:

January

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)

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February

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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John Travolta drops an All-out Assault of F-Bombs in From Paris With Love

30 December 2009 3:01 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Apparently, an assload of F-Bombs is not the only thing John Travolta will be firing in the French actioner From Paris with Love from Pierre Morel, the director of the sleeper hit Taken and Banlieue 13. As before in Taken that has Liam Neeson wrecking havoc and mayhem all over Paris, it seems its John's turn to step up to the plate and Jonathan Rhys Meyers is just along for the ride.  This looks like a total blast (pun intended). 

A personal aide to the U.S. Ambassador in France, James Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) has an enviable life in Paris and a beautiful French girlfriend, but his real passion is his side job as a low-level operative for the CIA. All James wants is to become a bona fide agent and see some real action. So when he's offered his first senior-level assignment, he can't believe his good luck »

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The Top 10 Movie Moments of 2009

30 December 2009 12:57 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Every site you go to these days has a list of their top 10 best movies of the year. But how many time can you look at slight variations of the same lists you only semi-agree with?

Besides, ranking entire movies is a big job. After much debate on the subject, we here at Screen Rant have decided that, in the end, a year in movies is perhaps best defined by specific movie moments that are now and forever burned into our collective memory.

So, without further ado, here are our picks for those 2009 movie moments which audiences collectively remember as being unforgettably awesome, hilarious, moving, inspiring or are otherwise just plain enjoyable…

 

(By the way, there will be some spoilers in the items below since all the movies in this list have been out for a while.)

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10. The Kidnapping Scene in Taken

Taken is a movie that had many standout moments. »

- Kofi Outlaw

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El Guapo's Top Ten Movies Of 2009!

29 December 2009 8:24 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

El Guapo's Top Ten Movies Of 2009! Now that the year has come to a close, let's take a look at what I thought were the best movies of 2009. And believe it or not, 2009 had a lot of great movies. There were dramas, comedies, science fiction films, pretty much anything and everything one could hope for came out this year. From giant robot movies to tender love stories to comedies that had you laughing until you got a hernia, 2009 was one of the better years in cinema.Granted, I have not seen every movie that came out this year. I missed Up in the Air, Anti-Christ, A Simple Man and the Alvin and the Chipmunks sequel. So don't get all bent out of shape when you don't see those films on my list. Like last year's list I'm sure there will be some choices on here that will have you scratching »

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District 13: Ultimatum Review

29 December 2009 12:13 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Short version: District 13: Ultimatum may not be as good as the first one, but it’s still a somewhat fun film that will appeal most to action junkies.

Screen Rant’s Ross Miller reviews District 13: Ultimatum

I thought the first District 13 movie was a breath of fresh air in the modern day world of action movies. The French language film directed by Pierre Morel (Taken) and co-written by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) featured what is known as “free- running,” or to use its proper name: “Parkour.” That basically consists of someone running up walls and jumping between buildings to get somewhere as quickly as possible. It is described officially as, “the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one’s path by adapting one’s movements to the environment.”

Sounds like a great basis for an action movie, right? Right. In fact, »

- Ross Miller

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45 New “From Paris With Love” Photos

29 December 2009 1:06 AM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

The Photo Gallery has been updated with new photos from the upcoming “From Paris With Love” movie. You can check out bigger versions of each by clicking them below.

From Paris With Love” Plot: A low-ranking intelligence operative (Meyers) working in the office of the U.S. Ambassador in France takes on more than he bargained for when he partners with a wisecracking, fast-shooting, high-ranking U.S. agent (Travolta) who’s been sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack.

From Paris with Love” is directed by French filmmaker Pierre Morel (The Transporter, Taken), stars John Travolta (The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Pulp Fiction) and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors, Mission Impossible: III). The film also stars Kasia Smutniak, Amber Rose Revah, Melissa Mars, Richard Durden and Farid Elouardi.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers as James Reece / Richard Stevens in From Paris With Love

John Travolta as Charlie Wax in »

- Allan Ford

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Balloon Boy’s Parents get the Slammer!

23 December 2009 10:43 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

Justice has been served to those media whores called parents that pranked America with the balloon boy saga. The two stood in front of a judge today and he ordered that the mastermind behind it all Richard Heene, serve 30 days in the slammer starting January 10, 2010.

Don’t think that’s it for him either because once those days are completed he’ll serve an extra 60 days under “work release,” which means after he leaves work he’ll have to go back to the slammer; And he’ll be on probation for 4 years And serve 100 days of community service. Jeez all that to get a dumb reality show.

Of course his wife Mayumi Heene wasn’t innocent either and for that she’ll serve 20 days in jail, get 4 years probation and have to complete 120 hours of community service.

The couple will have to write a letter of apology and promise they »

- Porsche Simpson

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Knight and Day Movie Poster

21 December 2009 12:20 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

20th Century Fox has unveiled the first poster for director James Mangold’s “Knight and Day” action comedy, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.

The film centers on a lonely woman (Diaz) whose seemingly harmless blind date suddenly turns her life upside-down when a super spy (Cruise) takes her on a violent worldwide journey to protect a powerful battery that holds the key to an infinite power source. Maggie Grace (The Jane Austen Book Club, Taken) is playing Diaz’s sister, who is getting married, excited that Diaz will take the place of their late father and walk her down the aisle.

“Knight and Day,” formerly known as “Wichita” or “Trouble Man” is scheduled to hit theaters on July 2nd, 2010.

Knight and Day Poster

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- Allan Ford

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Local ties tenuous in Europe

21 December 2009 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London -- Irish-American "Tip" O'Neill once remarked that "all politics is local," an observation that almost certainly could have bannered the movie industry across Europe this year as the runners and riders gear up for 2010.

As the Speaker of the House of Representatives, O'Neill believed that accounting for -- and to -- your local constituency equated to political success. He was popular because he listened to his people.

And in every major territory across Europe -- from the U.K. to Germany, France, Italy and Spain -- the movie movers-and-shakers who have lived and died by the local sword in 2009 will be looking at 2010 as a year unlikely to bring change to that outlook.

The U.K. is set to break the billion-pound boxoffice threshold by the end of the year with admissions also beating last year's figures by the end of 2009, with production activity rising during 2009 from the previous year. »

- By Stuart Kemp

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First Poster For ‘Knight and Day’

21 December 2009 8:00 AM, PST | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

Instead of getting a trailer for Piranha 3D, as reported to be attached with this week’s release of Avatar, most people got the trailer for Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise’s upcoming action-thriller, Knight and Day. Directed by James Mangold (Walk the Line, Cop Land) and written by Patrick O’Neill, in his first produced, feature screenplay, the film is centered around Diaz and Cruise’s characters being chased around the world where “no one and nothing is what it seems – even themselves.”

The trailer was pretty funny, and looked like the 20th Century Fox film is going to feature some fantastic action including Tom Cruise crash-landing a plane to jumping from a motorcycle onto the hood of Diaz’s car. The film also features Peter Sarsgaard (Orphan and An Education), Maggie Grace (Lost, Taken), Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) and Viola Davis (Law Abiding Citizen and Doubt). Unfortunately, »

- John Muth

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A Nightmare On Elm Street '10: A Pair of pics from the re-shoots

21 December 2009 1:55 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

A few hours ago, producer Brad Fuller checked in via Twitter from the set of A Nightmare On Elm Street where cameras are rolling again for some additional filming. The new scenes being shot are not necessarily "reshoots" but added scenes to help flush out some story here and there.

This latest round of filming involves the Springwood Diner. New photos below the jump.

These new pictures match up to a recent report via SpoilerTV in which sides were sent out to agents to cast a few small roles. Check out the breakdowns below.

Nightmare on Elm St - New Casting Call for Minor Characters

[Waitress] 40s. She works at the diner with Nancy. She started working at the diner as a summer job 20 years ago and never left. Please Submit Character Actors With Great Faces Two lines)

[Dutch] 50s. The owner of a small-town American diner at which Nancy works. Please »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (James Zahn)

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Taylor Lautner Gets His Wish; Will Star in Action Film

18 December 2009 2:20 PM, PST | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Taylor Lautner continues to build on his screen success in “Twilight” sequel “New Moon,” racking up another new film that will showcase his skill at martial arts. He demonstrated them to impressive effect during his debut hosting gig on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” He’ll put his combat skills to the test in the action flick “Cancun.” The film is being described as “Taken” meets “Die Hard,” according to industry trade publication Variety. Lautner is a big fan of 2008’s “Taken,” starring Liam Neeson. Taylor starred in New Moon with Robert Pattinson, Ashley Greene, Kristen Stewart, Nikki Reed, Dakota Fanning and Michael Sheen. »

- kgirard@theimproper.com (Keith Girard)

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Taylor Lautner Cast In Action Flick 'Cancun'

18 December 2009 7:38 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

'New Moon' star will display his karate skills in the Summit-produced film.

By Jocelyn Vena

Taylor Lautner

Photo: Jon Kopaloff/ FilmMagic

Taylor Lautner got his start in the world of martial arts long before finding fame as a werewolf in the "Twilight Saga," and now the 17-year-old will get to display his combat skills in the action flick "Cancun," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The film, produced by "New Moon" studio Summit Entertainment in conjunction with Lautner's production company, Tailor Made, is being described as "Taken" meets "Die Hard," Variety reports. Tailor Made was formed by the actor and his dad, Dan Lautner, with Temple Hill partners Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen.

Lautner is a fan of 2008's "Taken," starring Liam Neeson, and wanted to make a similar film. And the project provides Lautner the opportunity to display his skills in extreme martial arts. "We wanted to continue »

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Three

17 December 2009 11:42 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Dinner for Schmucks

Opens: July 23rd 2010

Cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Bruce Greenwood, David Walliams

Director: Jay Roach

Summary: A renowned publisher encourages his friends to invite the most pathetic guests possible for their weekly dinner party. Just as they find the most pathetic man yet, the host is injured and ends up trapped with the man all night long.

Analysis: A remake of director Francis Veber's 1998 César award-winning "Le Diner des cons", 'Schmucks' is one of the highest profile comedies of next year with one of the strongest casts for the genre in recent memory. It also marks the return of "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents" helmer Jay Roach who has produced several films in recent years but hasn't directed since 2004's "Meet the Fockers".

The question now lies not in the performers or director but the material itself and whether a Gallic comedy can »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Three

17 December 2009 11:42 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Dinner for Schmucks

Opens: July 23rd 2010

Cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Bruce Greenwood, David Walliams

Director: Jay Roach

Summary: A renowned publisher encourages his friends to invite the most pathetic guests possible for their weekly dinner party. Just as they find the most pathetic man yet, the host is injured and ends up trapped with the man all night long.

Analysis: A remake of director Francis Veber's 1998 César award-winning "Le Diner des cons", 'Schmucks' is one of the highest profile comedies of next year with one of the strongest casts for the genre in recent memory. It also marks the return of "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents" helmer Jay Roach who has produced several films in recent years but hasn't directed since 2004's "Meet the Fockers".

The question now lies not in the performers or director but the material itself and whether a Gallic comedy can »

- Garth Franklin

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Clash of the Titans – trailer

17 December 2009 7:31 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Clash of the Titans

Directed by: Louis Leterrier

Starring: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Sam Worthington

Rating: Nr

Release Date: March 26, 2010

Trailer Score: 5/10

My Thoughts: The original Harry Hamlin stinker is one of my most favoritist movies of all time ever dating back from my childhood (along with The Dark Crystal, Krull and The Last Unicorn). So I feel especially well prepared to critique the modernized, CGI stinker version of that god-awful, fantastic pile of crap from 1981. Now, here’s what the new, spiffy trailer does Right: A. The Giant Scorpions. Sure, they’re a wee large and it looks like the screenwriters took some liberties with how they actually fit into the plot, but the original movie is just one big liberty taken after another, so now I guess we’re taking liberties with liberties…which, I suppose is like taking a grain of salt with another grain of salt. »

- Morrow McLaughlin

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Summit Entertainment Set To ‘Drive Angry’

17 December 2009 9:40 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

One of two upcoming revenge projects that Nicolas Cage has on his slate – the other being The Hungry Rabbit Jumps – is the thriller, Drive Angry. The film is about a man who sets out for revenge after his daughter is killed and her baby his stolen. His ploy for revenge soon gets out of hand as, “the chase gets bloodier by the mile, leaving bodies strewn along the highway.”

As I said at the time, it sounds like the Liam Neeson thriller, Taken on wheels… Something about it must have an interesting hook, as according to The Hollywood Reporter, Summit Entertainment (who have enjoyed success lately with New Moon making serious box office bank) has picked up the North American distribution rights to Drive Angry.

 

The studio has set a release date of February 11th, 2011 for the revenge thriller. The deal keeps the company paired up with Cage, after the sci-fi mystery-thriller, »

- Ross Miller

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From Paris With Love Movie Poster

13 December 2009 11:00 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Lionsgate just released this new movie poster for the upcoming film “From Paris With Love” by director Pierre Morel (Taken) and starring John Travolta (Wild Hogs 2, Hairspray), Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Amber Rose Revah. Synopsis: John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers star in the spy thriller From Paris With Love for District B13’s helmer Pierre Morel and EuropaCorp. The Luc Besson/Adi Hasak-penned tale revolves around the entwining paths of an American spy and an embassy worker during a tumultuous time in Paris. - Jeremy Wheeler, All Movie Guide Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the latest movie news and more from “From Paris With Love” starring John Travolta. »

- Brian Corder

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Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: December 13, 2009

13 December 2009 12:35 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

This weekend:

Disney leap Frogs the competition to get to number one; Andy Daly moves to Jelly Stone Park; a Twilight star sees Hereafter; Polanski might not get a release but his Ghost Writer will; Diaz is a Bad Teacher; Frank Langella is an Unknown White Male and Frankenstein Lives in Death Race 2.

Box Office

Clint Eastwood’s Invictus scored just under $10 million over the weekend from 2,125 locations. Opening much like Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby, the film has had solid reviews from critics. With Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon head-lining, the film might have a chance of hitting the $100 million club if it gets some awards momentum.

 

Disney’s The Princess and the Frog took the top spot this weekend with an estimated $25 million. The film which had been on limited release in selected cinemas has gotten great reviews and with no real competition for the next »

- Niall Browne

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