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Year in Review Part 2: Burn the Negatives!

30 December 2009 9:23 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The title of this post is indefensible, exclamatory (!) and puerile. But these movies piss me off and if they can be super obnoxious, so can I. Now, in truth, I probably never see the absolute "worst" of the movies that play in theaters since I can pick and choose my own film menu. My New Year's Resolution is to be more constructive when I criticize (I'm not giving up criticism. That's mother's milk). I'd also like to be more positive in 2010.

Thus, I retract the titular command: No negatives of the following movies and performances should be incinerated ... instead let them live on as cautionary tales to actors and filmmakers. People are watching. Try harder.

Worst Supporting Actor

I've already expressed my concerned about the "too much!" of Stanley Tucci's continually nominated performance in The Lovely Bones. I don't know what the hell Richard Gere was doing in Amelia, »


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2009's Worst Sex Scenes

29 December 2009 9:38 AM, PST | | See recent newser news »

Sometimes on-screen sex scenes are just sex…not sexy. The Frisky points to a list on YourTango detailing the 10 worst sex scenes of 2009: The Watchmen: Two superheroes have sex on a spaceship…with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” playing in the background. Enough said. The Ugly Truth: Katherine Heigl’s orgasm-in-a-restaurant scene just can’t live up to the original from When Harry Met Sally . Bruno: Sacha Baron Cohen’s entire film is chock-full of awkward, cringe-inducing sex scenes—how can you choose just one? Grey’s Anatomy: Katherine Heigl scores a second spot on the list by having sex with a ghost—even if it »

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Lisa Schwarzbaum's 10 movie marvels of the decade

29 December 2009 9:30 AM, PST | - The Movie Critics | See recent - The Movie Critics news »

Notice I didn't say best movies -- that territory has been well covered by far more passionate list makers than I am. (By the way, do you agree with me that a devotion to ranking is primarily a male urge?  Tell me three good reasons why I'm right or wrong. At any rate, I don't have the gene for it.) As the first decade of the 21st century comes to a close, though, here's fodder for your New Year's Eve party: A list, in no particular order, of 10 movie developments from the past 10 years that have impressed, depressed, excited, upset, »

- Lisa Schwarzbaum

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Flicks on 6 – (500) Days of Summer, District 9

28 December 2009 5:10 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

It’s the holidays, so these are a little late. Sorry, please don’t cancel your subscription, it’s how I pay the bills … if bills were free.

For “Keep It Local” on Koin Local 6, we tackled DVD reviews of Tuesday, December 22. That meant chatting about All About Steve, District 9 and my pick of the week … (500) Days of Summer.

As for (500) Days of Summer … it’s one of my favorites this year. And the Blu-ray is loaded with plenty of extras.

Full Coverage of (500) Days of Summer

Scorecard Review of (500) Days of Summer)

Reel Reviews Video Review of (500) Days of Summer & The Ugly Truth

Video Interview with Zooey Deschanel & Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The Songs, Soundtrack & Dancing of (500) Days of Summer

(500) Days of Summer – Blu-ray review

Related posts:(500) Days of Summer and The Ugly Truth – Video Review'>(500) Days of Summer and The Ugly Truth – Video Review (500) Days of Summer'>Joseph Gordon-Levitt »

- Jeff Bayer

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(500) Days of Summer – Blu-ray

28 December 2009 3:54 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Blu-ray Review

(500) Days of Summer

Directed by: Marc Webb

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Clark Gregg

Running Time: 1 hr 36 mins

Rating: PG-13

Due Out: December 22, 2009

Buy (500) Days of Summer [Blu-ray] on Amazon

Plot: A boy (Gordon-Levitt) ready to fall in love meets a commitment phobic girl (Deschanel) and the two proceed to dance in and out of love over the course of 500 days.

Who’S It For? Do you think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is just a little bit of a romance? Are you sick of the standard fair of The Proposal being considered a quality romantic comedy? If so, then you’re the one to buy (500) Days of Summer.

Full Coverage of (500) Days of Summer

Scorecard Review of (500) Days of Summer)

Reel Reviews Video Review of (500) Days of Summer & The Ugly Truth

Video Interview with Zooey Deschanel & Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The Songs, Soundtrack & Dancing of (500) Days of »

- Jeff Bayer

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Bazmann’s Christmas Address

25 December 2009 7:00 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

It’s been a great year for the British film industry. It kicked off with the British invasion of the Oscars, with notable wins for Kate Winslet, and Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire. The huge amount of British Actors plying their trade successfully in Hollywood continued to grow, with Scot Gerard Butler particularly in demand with parts in Gamer, The Ugly Truth and Law Abiding Citizen.

British filmmakers have been responsible for some of the more interesting films this year. Duncan Jone’s Moon was a brilliant yet under appreciated sci-fi drama. Fish Tank and Harry Brown lead the way for low budget drama. Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus finally found a distributor. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince became the highest grossing British movie of all time.

British film festivals Raindance and the BFI London Film Festival saw record attendances, and showcased some great films from home, »

- Barry Steele

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Five

23 December 2009 10:10 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Hippie Hippie Shake

Opens: 2010

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller, Max Minghella, Emma Booth, Lee Ingleby

Director: Beeban Kidron

Summary: Follows the love story of Oz editor Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier. Neville and his cohorts launch the London edition of Oz amidst the 1960s counterculture and are subsequently put on trial for distributing a sexually explicit issue.

Analysis: One of the most troubled productions in Working Title's history, 'Hippie' began development back in 1998 but failed to get beyond script stage both in 1999 and in 2002 when "Elizabeth" helmer Shekhar Kapur was attached to direct. Filming finally got underway late 2007 with director Beeban Kidron in charge and shooting seemed to proceed without issue aside from feminist author Germaine Greer being vehemently unhappy about being depicted on film.

Actually the film scored quite a bit of free press for a skinny dipping scene where full-frontal shots of actress Sienna Miller shooting the sequence »

- Garth Franklin

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Gerard Butler Trying Romatic Comedy Again in The Bounty Hunter Trailer

20 December 2009 7:37 AM, PST | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Gerard Butler captured Hollywood's attention by starring in the abdominal-laden action movie 300, but this year he stepped into romantic comedy territory with The Ugly Truth. Butler's at it again in The Bounty Hunter, Andy Tennant's latest romantic comedy after directing Fool's Gold and Hitch. Butler teams with Jennifer Aniston in a story about a bounty hunter whose next assignment is his ex-wife. Check out the first trailer below:

Next Showing:

Link | Posted 12/20/2009 by Ryan

Jennifer Aniston | Andy Tennant | Gerard Butler »

- Ryan Gowland

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The Bounty Hunter Movie Poster

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

Madhouse Entertainment and Columbia Pictures just released this brand new movie poster for the upcoming romantic comedy “The Bounty Hunter” aka The Bounty by director Andy Tennant (Fool’s Gold, Hitch) and starring Gerard Butler (How to Train Your Dragon, The Ugly Truth), Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Natalie Morales (Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps) and Jennifer Aniston (Marley & Me, Love Happens). “The Bounty Hunter” will be in theaters everywhere on March 19, 2010. Synopsis: A bounty hunter (Gerard Butler) must track down his bail-jumping ex-wife (Jennifer Aniston). Stay tuned to for the latest movie news and more from “The Bounty Hunter” and Jennifer Aniston. »

- Brian Corder

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Trailer and Poster for The Bounty Hunter Starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler

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

The first trailer and poster for The Bounty Hunter have come online and both have led me to two conclusions: 1) Someone wanted to top the awfulness of The Ugly Truth and B) Gerard Butler should’ve killed his agent a long time ago.  The “high-concept” comedy is about a bounty hunter (Butler) who’s tasked with bringing his ex-wife into custody.  I don’t even need to describe what happens from there because you already know what happens and that’s a bad sign.

You can check out the trailer after the jump along with the poster.  I’ve also included a spruced up version to make the film look more appealing and perhaps reach a wider demographic.

Click over to Yahoo! Movies to see the trailer in HD.


- Matt Goldberg

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'The Bounty Hunter' Handcuffs a Trailer

18 December 2009 8:15 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

The Bounty Hunter, a movie that sparked a million "Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston Sitting in a Tree!" tabloid covers now has a trailer. It debuted on Yahoo! Movies and wants desperately to be noticed among Iron Man 2, Alice in Wonderland and Clash of the Titans. So let's notice it!

I have to say this for The Bounty Hunter -- it's not The Ugly Truth. Hunter has guns! Guns that are being fired at people! Such glimpses of semi-automatic bliss are a promise of action beyond "Oh my God, I can't believe I ever married You" histrionics. The fact that people are waving guns and crashing cars hints that once upon a time, this may have been a script where the heroine had actually committed a crime (a "cool" crime like stealing cars or robbing banks), skipped bail, and crossed paths with a bounty hunter. Love ensued between two sleazy characters. »

- Elisabeth Rappe

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Sr Pick [Video]: 2009 Movie Trailer Mash-Up

16 December 2009 9:03 AM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Last week in one of our Screen Rant picks, we showcased a 4-minute long video highlighting a total of 50 movie trailers from the last couple of years. It wasn’t advertising any movies in particular but acted more like of a trailer for a singular movie all on its own – one that could give both Michael Bay and Roland Emmerich a run for their money!


Today we have another similar video, only this time it’s a mash-up of trailers for the movies of 2009. It’s a lot shorter – so for those of you slacking off work it won’t take long!   – but just as well put together. It highlights all kinds of movies (and their trailers), from Sherlock Holmes to The Ugly Truth, from Transformers 2 to The Men Who Stare At Goats – radically different movies all mashed together into one coherent piece.

So here’s the mash-up, courtesy of Hollywood. »

- Ross Miller

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First Poster For Gerard Butler And Jennifer Aniston's 'The Bounty Hunter'

16 December 2009 6:54 AM, PST | AMC - Script to Screen | See recent AMC - Script to Screen news »

To say Gerard Butler has had a busy year would be a bit of an understatement.  In 2009 alone the actor (whose major break out role was the lead in "300") had no less than 3 major film releases ("Law Abiding Citizen", "Gamer" and "The Ugly Truth") and has 7 other projects already lined up.

His next appearance in your local AMC theater will be along side Jennifer Aniston in the new comedy "The Bounty Hunter ".

In the film, Butler plays a Bounty Hunter (betcha didn't see that coming) who takes on the job of hunting down his ex-wife (Aniston) who has skipped bail.

The first poster for the film has arrived online:

This will be Butler's second romantic comedy, and Aniston's... well... 500th.

Source: Coming Soon  


- John Campea

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Marc Forster & Gerard Butler Taking on Machine Gun Preacher?

16 December 2009 12:20 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Once Gerard Butler fought for Sparta in 300 his career took off from what was previously spotted with brief appearances in films, to starring roles in blockbusters. His recent bouts in romantic comedies like The Ugly Truth show that Butler isn't ready to be pigeonholed into one genre just yet, and it looks like he might be  diversifying even more as the gossip blog Oh No They Didn't snagged a story from a local Pennsylvania website about Butler potentially starring in a film called Machine Gun Preacher. Said to be directed by Marc Forster the story chronicles the life of real life minister, biker and soldier Sam Childers. Read on! After time spent riding his Harley-Davidson, doing drugs, and enjoying women, somehow Childers found comfort in God, and now he spends his time helping oppressed and threatened children in African countries like Sudan. Machine Gun Preacher, being written by Jason Keller, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Female Critics Weigh In on 2009's Best

14 December 2009 4:02 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has weighed in on their picks for the best of 2009. And if the Oscars plays out anything like this list, early next year should be a great time for women in Hollywood. Kathryn Bigelow and The Hurt Locker picked up 6 nods from the association, including the top spots of Best Film and Best Director. Anne Thompson has since weighed in on that pick, sure that the female director will win the Best Director Oscar this year, becoming the first woman to ever receive that honor. But Bigelow wasn't the only winning woman the Awfj picked out of the crowd.

Screenplay nods went to (500) Days of Summer and Up in the Air -- two of my favorite scripts of the year, An Education won Carey Mulligan some acting love, Inglorious Basterds won a handful of awards including Best Editing for Sally Menke, and Meryl Streep »

- Monika Bartyzel

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It’s The 80’s Again: Romancing The Stone & Overboard Remakes

11 December 2009 12:46 PM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Almost exactly a year ago, we brought you news that 20th Century Fox was remaking the Michael Douglas adventure film, Romancing The Stone ,with Eagle Eye’s Daniel McDermott penning the script. Now the film has a director in the form of  The Ugly Truth’s Robert Luketic (insert personal opinion here).

To make matters worse, it also seems like Hollywood is about to remake the 1987 Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn romantic team-up, Overboard!


It looks like the Romancing The Stone remake will hit the big-screen first, as the producer of the film, Emma Watts, was recently named  President of Production at 20th Century Fox. With Luketic involved, one would imagine that the comedy quota of the remake will be ramped up and the adventure angle will be … er… god knows, really!

In the original Rts, Douglas played a fortune-hunter who becomes involved with Katheleen Turner’s romance novelist in »

- Niall Browne

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Katherine Heigel To Star In Two 80's Remake

9 December 2009 6:40 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

With every one of these remake posts, a little part of me dies violently. Well, it looks like Robert Luketic ("The Ugly Truth," "Monster-in-Law") may direct the in-development "Romancing the Stone" remake. Is it me, or does that seem like a step down?  Granted, Robert Zemeckis wasn't big yet at the time he made his version, but I just can't see Luketic following the same path. Maybe in ten years he'll be remaking Zemeckis' own "Polar Express" using motion capture again. I kid, but also, how true does that seem? Also, Sony wants Katherine Heigl to star in a remake of "Overboard," which starred Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russel back in 1987. Shoot that is a long time ago, it needs to be updated! What is the connection here? Word on the street is that Robert Luketic, who directed Heigl in "The Ugly Truth," may want her to star in the "Stone" remake, »

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'Romancing the Stone' Moves Towards Production

8 December 2009 9:05 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Last December we reported that 20th Century Fox had hired Daniel McDermott (Eagle Eye) to write a remake of the 1984 Michael Douglas/Kathleen Turner film, Romancing the Stone. We were a tad snide with our editorializing.

With increasingly good reason, it would seem. Pajiba is reporting that the film is moving forward, and that Robert Luketic (Legally Blone, The Ugly Truth) could be tapped to direct the project. Luketic is perhaps not the most respected director in Hollywood. As Pajiba describes it: He directed The Ugly Truth and Monster-in-Law, two very bad movies that apparently allowed him to fall on his ass backwards up the Hollywood ladder.

Luketic also has Barbarella in development, a film in which few seem to have any confidence, chiefly because of his involvement.

All of which begs the question: Why bother with this Romancing the Stone remake at all, since it's likely to be just »

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The Ugly Truth Director Luketic Eyes Romancing The Stone Remake

8 December 2009 2:03 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Fans of Romancing the Stone-- which includes pretty much everyone raised in the 80s-- are assuming the worst today, having heard the news over at Pajiba that Robert Luketic is likely to direct the remake of the 1980s film. The jump-to-conclusions fear is that Luketic would cast the stars of his last film The Ugly Truth in the lead roles, meaning that the duo of Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner would be replaced by Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl. Blech, I know. But really, there's no reason to assume he'll cast them and not the pair from his earlier movie Monster-in-Law-- that would be Michael Vartan and Jennifer Lopez-- or even the two leads in his next film Killers, Heigl and Ashton Kutcher. There are limitless ways that this could be awful! What's clear, though, is that by hiring Luketic the producers are going for straight middle-of-the-road »

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New Remakes: 'Romancing the Stone' and 'Overboard'

8 December 2009 10:02 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

If there's one (living) Hollywood couple I wish was still working together it's Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas. If only to make another sequel to Romancing the Stone. Never mind that the first follow-up, The Jewel of the Nile, was a disappointment. There could have been a really great franchise there had its stars not broken up, with subsequent films involving one-off stories set in different, romantic parts of the world. Of course, Danny DeVito would be necessary for each film, too, but really it was the chemistry -- good and bad -- between Turner and Douglas that makes those movies work.

Alas, we'll never get that third installment of the original series. But we are, no surprise, getting a remake, as Monika disappointedly told us a year ago. And Pajiba has an update on the project, which appears to be moving forward with Robert Luketic (The Ugly Truth) directing »

- Christopher Campbell

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