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The Top 10 Movies Of 2010: Josh's Take

31 December 2010 2:00 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Are you top ten-ed out? Probably? But damn it, I didn't see a zillion movies this year (Ok, around 150) to not earn the right to subject you to a list of my 10 favorites. Honestly this list is probably more for me than for you guys. As we head into the awards season (People's Choice is just days away, get your powder blue tux ready!), what better way to get into the right mindset of endless accolades than to bestow my own. So here we go folks... the top 10 films of 2010* according to me.

*List void on January 1st when I'll surely change my mind about a few of these.

Top 10 (In Alphabetical Order)...

"127 Hours"

At face value a gimmick of a film, but so much more in the hands of Danny Boyle. By turns contemplative, visceral, epic and intimate, "127 Hours" added up to one of the more moving pieces of cinema this year (and, »

- Josh Horowitz

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Mickey Rourke hopes to portray 'man who plays rugby who is gay'

29 December 2010 8:59 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Moving on from "The Wrestler," Mickey Rourke intends to star in another sports flick. This time, a biopic about Gareth Thomas.

Thomas, a Welsh rugby player, is one of the few openly gay men in the sports world.  

On "Alan Carr's Chatty Man" Sunday evening (Dec. 26), Rourke discussed his hopes to bring the headline making athlete to the big screen. 

As Alan Carr phrased it, the film would be about "a gay rugby player."

"You're not supposed to say that," Rourke teases. "This is the one thing that he and I talked about. This is something that's really important. We're doing a movie about a man who plays rugby who is gay."

"Sorry, I shouldn't be so homophobic," Carr (who is openly gay) retorts.

"It's one of the toughest, hardest sports in the world to play. They play with no pads... it's a really brutal sport," the actor explains. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Mickey Rourke To Play Gay Rugby Player Gareth Thomas

29 December 2010 1:36 AM, PST | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

It looks like Mickey Rourke is aiming to repeat his award-winning success by playing a troubled sports star. The Wrestler actor has revealed that he'll play openly-gay Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas in a biopic based on his professional and personal struggles. Rourke confirmed tabloid speculation whilst on Alan Carr's talk show Chatty Man, and that he's passionate about the story. »

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Sound On Sight’s Best Films of 2010 part 4

29 December 2010 12:48 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

#1 – Black Swan

Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky does not have a medium setting. However one might feel about any of this films – from the agitated anti-drug parable Requiem for a Dream to the time-bending metaphysical sci-fi mini-epic The Fountain to working-man’s tragedy The Wrestler – it’s difficult to argue that he holds back in any respect. Black Swan acts as a sort of greatest-hits of Aronofsky’s past pet themes – contorted bodies (Requiem), pathological obsession (Pi), and the transformational/destructive properties of the performing arts (Wrestler), but in execution it takes a bold leap in a different direction, throwing caution to the wind and delivering an over-the-top, consistently heightened, and gloriously insane film that isn’t afraid to skirt with the ridiculous in order to engage with its high-art millieu and troubled central figure.

Both a deeply Freudian melodrama and a body-horror nightmare, Black Swan is anything but subtle. »

- Ricky

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30 Straight Actors Who Have Gone Gay For a Film Role

28 December 2010 2:10 PM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

While Richard Chamberlain and John Travolta might agree that Hollywood is still not a safe place for leading men and women to be open about their sexuality, the entertainment industry has embraced and rewarded the heterosexual men and women willing to play gay on-screen. The latest example is Mickey Rourke, who has confirmed that he too will join that bandwagon by playing Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas (who announced that he was gay just last December) in an upcoming biopic. In honor of this role -- which, hell, might win Rourke the Oscar that evaded him for The Wrestler, when he lost to someone on this very list -- Movieline reviews which hetero actors have gone gay or transsexual for a role, and which were awarded Academy Awards along the way. »

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Mickey Rourke as Rugby Player Gareth Thomas

28 December 2010 12:29 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Mickey Rourke has confirmed he will star in a new movie based on the true story of a gay rugby player.

Yeah, yeah, you read it correctly, a gay rugby player.

The actor met up with Welsh sports ace Gareth Thomas over the summer, prompting rumors the pair was set to bring the athlete’s tale to the big screen – and the gossip is true!

“I read the story, it’s one of the toughest, hardest sports… and to be a man that plays rugby that is gay, to live with that secret for the amount of years Gareth had, to perform at the high level he performed at, it takes a lot of courage.” Rourke said and added:

“When I met the rugby player, Gareth Thomas, this is one thing that he and I talked about. This is something that’s really important. We’re doing a movie about »

- Fiona

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Mickey Rourke Set To Play ‘A Man Who Plays Rugby Who Is Gay’

28 December 2010 7:59 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Mickey Rourke, the comeback king from “The Wrestler” fame, is about to tackle another film set in the world of man-to-man contact sport.

Rourke confirmed his plans to play Gareth Thomas, a Welsh rugby player who made headlines for being open about his homosexuality, Collider reports.

Thomas announced that he was gay in December 2009, sparking a media frenzy and leading “Sports Illustrated” to dub him “the only openly gay male athlete” — and while that title seems dramatic at first glance, we were hard-pressed to name any other openly gay players in football, rugby or other team sport.

Rourke is said to have wanted to play a rugby footballer for some time, and saw an opportunity in the press surrounding Thomas’ announcement.

But both the actor and the athlete have strong feelings about what this movie is really about—which is not a gay rugby player.

Rourke explained, “Here’s the deal. »

- Elizabeth Durand

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Mickey Rourke Committed To Playing Gay Welsh Rugby Player Gareth Thomas

28 December 2010 3:53 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

He perfected the aging professional wrestler who battled ill health to recapture his years past glory days, now Mickey Rourke is preparing to tackle another role in a man-to-man, aggressive, contact sport.

The sport is professional rugby where Rourke is to portray Welsh player Gareth Thomas who you may remember hit the headlines 12 months ago when he announced he was gay, a rare and brave thing to do for an athlete in such a sport. Sports Illustrated would later call him ‘the only openly gay male athlete’ and it’s hard to argue with that… can you name any openly gay players in football, rugby or any other team sport?

Rourke (58) met with Thomas (36) earlier this summer and a movie package is currently being put together.

There is of course a two decade and change age gap between them and Rourke is an All-American and clearly not Welsh and they look nothing alike but still, »

- Matt Holmes

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Rourke's Dog Attacked Him During First Meeting

28 December 2010 12:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Mickey Rourke dotes on his one remaining pet dog - even though the pooch attacked the actor when they first met.

The Wrestler star has long loved Chihuahuas and regularly takes in new mutts from a rescue centre.

He was once the proud owner of seven of the dogs, but he reveals to British TV host Alan Carr: "I'm down to one."

And Rourke admits he almost didn't end up with little Jaws, after the pooch bit him during their first meeting at a shelter: "(The owner) said, 'Oh no, you don't want that one... we're putting him to sleep.' He's growling and spitting and I say, 'It's ok, it's ok'.

"I went to give him a kiss and he bit me here (above lip). I got two stitches. They think I'm going to sue them... I'm a little embarrassed cos the dog was (small) but it really hurt a lot. About a half hour later I said, 'I'll take him'.

"I've had him for five years now. I can pick him up - it took me six months to be able to pick him up. He's not the friendliest thing on the planet." »

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Mickey Rourke Talks About Playing Openly Gay Rugby Player Gareth Thomas

27 December 2010 4:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Since his 'comeback' in The Wrestler, Mickey Rourke's career has been an unusual one, to say the least. High-profile fare like Iron Man 2 and The Expendables has been balanced with duds like Killshot (filmed before The Wrestler) and Passion Play. But one project on Rourke's horizon sounds interesting -- he says he's set to play Gareth Thomas, the Welsh rugby player who made headlines not long ago when he came out of the closet, becoming what Sports Illustrated [1] called in May 2010 "the only openly gay male athlete." (At least in a major professional team sport.) News that this might be happening broke over the summer, provoking some unhappy commentary that centered largely on the fact that the actor is 22 years older than Gareth Thomas. But the two met and got on well, and as of the summer were working to get a script written that could be the basis for a film. »

- Russ Fischer

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Mickey Rourke: I Plan To Play First Openly Gay Professional Athlete

27 December 2010 10:02 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

And you thought Mickey Rourke played a tough guy in 'The Wrestler.'

The Golden Globe-winning actor has spoken recently of his desire to portray on film Gareth Thomas, the star Welsh rugby player who is considered to be the first openly gay active professional athlete.

On Sunday, Rourke sat for an interview on British television's 'Alan Carr's Chatty Man,' to discuss the role with the show's openly gay host. During the exchange, Rourke both gave insight into why he wants the role, and to how he wants the movie to be portrayed (via Bleeding Cool).

Carr: Is it true you're about to play a gay rugby player?

Rourke: You're not supposed to say that, okay? Here's the deal. When I met the rugby player, Gareth Thomas, this is one thing that he and I talked about. This is something that's really important. We're doing a »

- Jordan Zakarin

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Scott Feinberg’S Top 10 Films Of ’10

26 December 2010 7:59 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Please Note: The following rankings and remarks reflect my personal opinions and do/will not in any way impact my projections or analysis on this site, wherein I strive above all else to correctly forecast what will happen, not what I believe should happen. My demonstrated ability to do that over the years is what has led most of you to my site, and any failure to do that will undoubtedly lead you away from it, so you can rest assured that I mean it when I say that one has/will have no bearing on the other.

Scott Feinberg’s Top 10 Films of 2010

1. “The Social Network” (Columbia, 10/1, PG-13, trailer)

I distinctly remember sitting in a movie theater over the summer when the first teaser for “the Facebook movie” began playing, prompting groans and snickering all around me — stuff along the lines of, “What’s it gonna be about? A server crashing? »

- Scott Feinberg

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Box-Office Wrap-Up: Dec. 24 - Dec. 26, 2010

26 December 2010 7:13 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The holiday is over and it's time to get back to work. However, I don't plan on doing too much today, but I would never neglect my Sunday morning box-office duties.

Unfortunately, this weekend saw Laremy's seven week string of picking the #1 movie correctly come to an end, but there's still some good cheer to spread. Let's get to it. Laremy predicted the #1 movie correctly 0 Weeks In A Row Little Fockers I couldn't bring myself to go see it, but apparently families weren't as turned off by the first two or the highly unfunny trailers as Little Fockers took the weekend. Yet, there is a ray of sunshine in my life, where I hope this is the last of these focking films...

Little Fockers was tracking for a $55-68 million five-day weekend and it only managed $48.3. Does this mean we won't get a Fockers First Friends Fourquel?

As for the closest reader predictions. »

- Brad Brevet

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Best Films of 2010 #1 – ‘Black Swan’

25 December 2010 4:19 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Black Swan

Directed by Darren Aronofsky

Written by Darren Aronofsky

2010, USA

Darren Aronofsky does not have a medium setting. However one might feel about any of this films – from the agitated anti-drug parable Requiem for a Dream to the time-bending metaphysical sci-fi mini-epic The Fountain to working-man’s tragedy The Wrestler – it’s difficult to argue that he holds back in any respect. Black Swan acts as a sort of greatest-hits of Aronofsky’s past pet themes – contorted bodies (Requiem), pathological obsession (Pi), and the transformational/destructive properties of the performing arts (Wrestler), but in execution it takes a bold leap in a different direction, throwing caution to the wind and delivering an over-the-top, consistently heightened, and gloriously insane film that isn’t afraid to skirt with the ridiculous in order to engage with its high-art millieu and troubled central figure.

That figure is Nina (Natalie Portman), a ballerina working under the sometimes-lecherous, »

- Ricky

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‘Black Swan’ – What Did You Think?

24 December 2010 10:11 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan hit theaters a few weeks ago, but has been expanding wider and wider each week. There's a good chance that if you live near a theater, you'll have the opportunity to see it this weekend, and many of you already have (the movie is doing gangbusters at the box office, making over $22 million to date). Aronofsky hasn't yet made a film that I haven't liked/loved and after 2008's The Wrestler, his name finally began entering the popular consciousness. With Christmas upon us, and many families and couples flocking to the theaters this weekend, we thought it would be a good opportunity to ask: What did you think of Aronofsky's latest film? Is it a worthy follow-up to The Wrestler? Does it live up to the rest of Aronofsky's oeuvre? Does Natalie Portman really deliver an Oscar-worthy performance? And what of Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, »

- David Chen

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Our Complete 2010 Christmas Weekend Movie Guide + Reviews

24 December 2010 7:37 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Following the success of our various Thanksgiving and Christmas Movie Guides, our resident San Francisco contributor, Marco Cerritos, has once again put together another movie guide for Christmas 2010, giving a quick recap and rundown of what's playing and what's worth seeing (or skipping). Marco has seen almost everything out there, and while you may not always agree with him, he provides the greatest reviews he can to make it just a bit easier for you to choose. This year in particular there is a very strong selection of films currently playing in theaters, so if you're still struggling to figure out what to watch then look no further! This is an alphabetized list containing 11 films that, as of today, are playing in most theaters nationwide. Black Swan Marco's Rating: A Directed by: Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler) Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel Rated: »

- Marco Cerritos

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The Lincoln Lawyer Trailer #2

24 December 2010 7:05 AM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Check out the second trailer for the upcoming drama, The Lincoln Lawyer.

Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln sedan. Haller has spent most of his career defending garden-variety criminals, until he lands the case of his career: defending Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), a Beverly Hills playboy accused of rape and attempted murder. But the seemingly straightforward case suddenly develops into a deadly game of survival for Haller.

The supporting cast includes Marisa Tomei (In the Bedroom, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, The Wrestler), William H. Macy, John Leguizamo, Michael Pena, Trace Adkins, and Katherine Moennig.

Brad Furman (The Take) will direct from the adapted screenplay by John Romano (Night in Rodanthe, Intolerable Cruelty).

From Lionsgate and Lakeshore Entertainment, The Lincoln Lawyer will be in theaters on March 18, 2011.

Click here to view the embedded video. »

- Allan Ford

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Motion Picture Purgatory: Black Swan

23 December 2010 11:30 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

It's been a long time since we've seen a genre film garner the type of praise that's being heaped upon Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, especially in terms of awards and nominations, and we couldn't be happier about it. But does Trembles agree?

Synopsis:

Set in the world of New York City ballet, Black Swan stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company (Mila Kunis). A Fox Searchlight Pictures release by visionary director Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler), Black Swan takes a thrilling and at times terrifying journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect. The script was written by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin.

TwinkleFOES get pirouWET!

Discuss Motion Picture »

- The Woman In Black

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Staff Picks: Kevin Polowy’s Top 10 Movies of 2010

22 December 2010 1:45 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

I’m not going to lie, 2010 started off pretty dubiously. Aside from the rare spring gem like “Kick-Ass,” the year looked like it was shaping up to be one of the worst in eons. Even summer was a month old before “Toy Story 3″ and “Inception” saved it.

But June through December brought so many treats, we got fat off its rewards. Mmm, taste the thrill rides. You know it’s a good year when it’s a struggle to whittle your list of favorites down to a mere 10.

Of the roughly 100 or so movies I saw this year, here are my faves, and because I’m a dirty cheat, some honorable mentions, too.

10.’Machete

Robert Rodriguez’s gloriously over-the-top intro to “Mexploitation” (can this be an ongoing genre please?) didn’t do so bueno at the box office, which is a shame: Audiences missed out on one of the »

- Kevin Polowy

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Black Swan raises the bar with striking and beautiful set of posters | Paul Owen

20 December 2010 6:13 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

British design studio's adverts for new Darren Aronofsky film echo Polish and Czech posters of the 60s and ballet advertisements of the early 20th century – to impressive effect

I'm looking forward to seeing Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, the ballet thriller that the director views as a companion piece to his last film, the gripping and compassionate drama The Wrestler. But I'm also hoping to see the film's beautiful and striking posters on buses and bus shelters around the country. These are some of the most interesting and arresting movie posters I've seen for a long time.

The adverts were created by the British design studio Laboca and are influenced by Polish and Czech posters of the 60s and 70s, as well as ballet advertisements of the early 20th century. You can see the full set here. Three of the four take as their starting point some kind of dual »

- Paul Owen

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