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Every year has its share of great movies (check out our top 10 films of the year here and vote for your fave here) and not-so-great movies... and 2010 was no exception. There were the sure-fire winners that totally failed with critics, like "The Tourist" and the reboot of "A Nightmare on Elm Street," and there were the films that never had a chance, like "Case 39" and "Furry Vengeance"... as well as, apparently, anything with Katherine Heigl and/or Josh Duhamel.
It's kind of mean to kick these flicks while they're down, so we decided to go to an outside source for some hard data. In other words, we checked out RottenTomatoes to see which flicks were the 25 lowest rated of 2010. Then we made a convenient little poll out of the 25 films to see which one you decide is the worst. Hit the jump to vote in the poll, and let »
- Terri Schwartz
Movie notes - Emma Stone has switched from her red hair color and is back to her natural blond locks. The 22-year-old star will star as Gwen Stacy in the new Spiderman movie.She recently said to MTV: "My natural hair is blonde, so it's kind of nice. I looked in the mirror and said: 'Oh my god, it's me again! It's been so long!'" It was recently denied that Stone is to appear in new movie 21 Jump Street. Breast empowerment for Kristen?Burlesque star Kristen Bell says it didn't come naturally to her to act sexy in the new film. The 30-year-old actress, who has starred in flicks such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall and When in Rome, plays Christina Aguilera's rival. But Bell admitted she wasn't comfortable playing a sexy role. She told UK newspaper the Daily Record: "At first I wasn't comfortable with it at all. »
Oh, cheese, glorious cheese! Christina Aguilera gets off a bus from Iowa -- yeah, like she’s from Iowa -- in Los Angeles with nothing but a coupla bucks in her pocket (which almost immediatetly get stolen, natch) and aspirations of stardom. As a dancer. Or maybe a singer. But something flashy, anyway: it’s L.A., after all! That big Hollywood sign really is right there, shining like a beacon over the city. And then there’s the club she stumbles into one night... well, the club she tremblingly hesitates to spend the 20 bucks it takes to get in, her being so poor and broke. But The Burlesque Lounge -- that’s what it’s called, darlings -- is like something out of the dreams she must have had as an urchin on the streets of Weimar Berlin. I mean, Alan Cumming himself is right there, in eyeliner and »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Sci-fi flick shakes off a cloak of media invisibility to take advantage of gap before Potter-mania hits cinemas, while live opera ruffles feathers in the arthouse
The new kid on the block
In industry parlance it's what they call a smash-and-grab raid: a film that scoops some quick cash, often taking advantage of a temporary gap in the market, before making a relatively swift exit. And the weekend before the new Harry Potter picture certainly qualifies as a gap in the market: it's the least competitive period for new releases so far this year. And so, despite a lack of A-list talent, and absent of the internet buzz that can propel a low-budget genre film to significant multiplex success, sci-fi flick Skyline debuted with a respectable £1.21m.
An international reviews embargo ensured that the alien-invasion picture escaped a certain amount of critical attention, but Twitter postings on Friday suggested the »
- Charles Gant
Ever since Veronica Mars, we’ve had a soft spot for Kristen Bell, to the point where we even forgive her when she makes crap like When In Rome. She just seems like a fun person to hang out with, and in a recent interview, she proves she’s pretty down-to-earth too. Bell is engaged to Dax Shepard and says that when it comes time for their big day, their plan is to keep it low-key and private. Bell has no plans to have a huge, lavish wedding and explained “I get enough attention as it is on a daily basis from being in this business. I’m not craving that idea of, ‘I want to be a princess for the day’. I think I get enough of that. I see enough pictures of myself.” It’s nice to hear that once in a while, especially in the age where so often, »
- Liz Black
Continuing our intense coverage of the American Film Market this week, we’ve got posters and synopses for Step Up 4Ever 3D, Brother’s Justice, Hybrid, and Something Borrowed. In what has to be one of the hardest titles to type in the history of film, Step Up 4Ever 3D lacks a director and hasn’t even started production yet but Summit Entertiainment has released a promo poster and brief synopsis. Underrated actor Dax Shepard (Parenthood) makes his feature screenwriting and directorial debut with the comedy Brother’s Justice, starring Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold, and Jon Favreau. We’ve also got the Kate Hudson-starred Something Borrowed, directed by Luke Greenfield (The Girl Next Door), and One Missed Call director Eric Valette’s Hybrid which is about a murderous, serial killer car (seriously). Hit the jump for the posters and fairly thorough synopses.
Here’s the synopsis for Step Up »
- Adam Chitwood
Update: Theo Stevenson (pictured) was selected as the most horrid boy. Horrid enough, at least, to play the title character in Horrid Henry: The Movie. If you saw Fred Claus, he played the 6-year old version of Santa. The "Horrid Henry" books are about the boy who leads The Purple Hand Gang in battling the tyranny of adults. Anjelica Huston (When in Rome, Queen Clarion in the "Tinkerbell" DVDs) will play Miss Battle-Axe, "ER" star Parminder Nagra (Ella Enchanted) will be Miss Lovely and Richard E. Grant (Penelope) will play a rival headmaster. Wild Child director Nick Moore has scheduled filming to last seven weeks and is planned to be released this summer in 3D.
Horrid Henry is the second most popular book character in the United Kingdom (first would be Harry Potter). The books have sold 16 million.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Filed under: Reviews, Cinematical, Festivals
When you think of actor Dax Shepard, you might remember him in 'Idiocracy,' 'When in Rome,' 'Baby Mama' or more recently, the TV show 'Parenthood.' He plays comic roles, sometimes as a humorously not-so-bright guy. You don't think "action hero" or "martial-arts star." But in the movie 'Brother's Justice,' co-directed by Shepard and David Palmer, Shepard wants to change that perception. He's ready to be the next Bruce Willis or Jet Li, if only someone will give him the chance.
The movie is shot documentary style, with the cast all playing themselves. Shepard and his old friend, producer Nate Tuck, decide they want to make a movie Dax has thought up called 'Brother's Justice,' an action film in which Dax plays the hero. They approach a number of people to enlist in their project: Dax's agent, »
- Jette Kernion
The plot summary reads, "Together, they fight to realise Dax's true passion while facing rejection at every turn. With maniacal conviction, Dax journeys on a bizarre path that becomes increasingly nonsensical and destructive, all at the expense and exploitation of his personal and professional relationships."
Brother's Justice will be screened as part of this weekend's (22-24Oct10) Hollywood Film Festival in Los Angeles. »
It’s horror mad this week (probably because our favourite creepy celebration is just around the corner) so expect lots of blood, psychologically disturbing material and… Kristen Bell? Okay, she’s not in the horror film but does feature highly this week with the release of:
When in Rome – Another Rom-Com with a bit of a twist. Kristen gets to travel to Rome and find the one she loves, along several others including Danny Divito. She takes coins from a fountain which brings love and therefore creepy, stalker men who have fallen under her spell.
Brooklyn’s Finest: Two policemen are just trying to get by in life in a rough neighbourhood. They have to face undercover tasks as well as keeping a straight head through the torment they face everyday. Added with this they have their families to look after. »
Weekend Box Office
1Jackass 3D$50 million2Red$22.5 million3The Social Network$11 million4Secretariat$9.5 million5Life as We Know It$9.2 million6Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4.2 million7The Town$4 million8My Soul to Take$3.1 million9Easy a$2.6 million10Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$2.3 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
There were some big surprises at the box office last week as the new romantic comedy Life as We Know It, which was supposed to debut at the top of the charts only took second place. Instead, David Fincher's The Social Network held strong and took the number one spot for a second week in a row. But this weekend the "Facebook Movie" had a tough time retaining its top position against two highly anticipated new movies, Red starring Bruce Willis, which is based on the popular comic book and Jackass 3D, the final film in the big screen trilogy based on the groundbreaking MTV reality series. »
Predicted Weekend Box Office
1Jackass 3D$28.1 million2Red$22.5 million3The Social Network$10.8 million4Life as We Know It$7.9 million5Secretariat$7.8 million6Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4.4 million7The Town$4.2 million8My Soul to Take$3.1 million9Easy a$2.6 million10Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$2.3 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
Last weekend, most Hollywood insiders predicted that Katherine Heigl's new romantic comedy Life as We Know It would take the top spot at the box office. But the movie came up short and failed to find as large an audience as was expected. While David Fincher's The Social Network held the number one spot for the second week in a row. The "Facebook Movie" will have stiff competition this weekend from two highly anticipated new movies, Red starring Bruce Willis, which is based on the popular comic book and Jackass 3D, the final film in the big screen trilogy based on the groundbreaking MTV reality series. »
There had been plenty of skepticism over how a sequel to Wall Street would perform after an interlude of 23 years, and many questioned the wisdom of moving the release back from April to autumn to accommodate a world premiere at the Cannes film festival in May. In the end, backers 20th Century Fox will be reasonably happy with a debut of £1.78m for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, including two days of previews totalling £583,000.
Lead actor Shia Labeouf had previously not proved especially bankable outside his Transformers and Indiana Jones franchises, with UK debuts for Eagle Eye and Disturbia running at a respective £1.10m (2008) and £728,000 (2007). Nor can Michael Douglas be relied on to deliver audiences: his thriller The Sentinel bowed to £628,000 in 2006, while comedy The In-Laws was even more lacklustre, »
- Charles Gant
Weekend Box Office
1The Social Network$15.5 million2Life as We Know It$14.6 million3Secretariat$12.6 million4Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$7.01 million5My Soul to Take$6.9 million6The Town$6.3 million7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$4.6 million8Easy A$4.2 million9Case 39$2.6 million10You Again$2.4 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
While David Fincher's The Social Network took the top spot at the box office last weekend as predicted, the big surprise was that Cloverfield director Matt Reeves's much-talked-about new film, Let Me In, didn't even crack the top five and only earned about $5.3 million in its debut. This weekend three new films have entered the box office race all trying for that coveted number one position. The new crop of movies include, the romantic comedy Life as We Know It starring Katherine Heigl, the Disney film Secretariat and the Wes Craven movie My Soul to Take.
Repeating in the top spot this »
Predicted Weekend Box Office
1Life as We Know It$15.5 million2The Social Network$13.4 million3Secretariat$13 million4My Soul to Take$9.1 million5Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$7.2 million6The Town$6.4 million7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$5.5 million8Easy a$4.7 million9You Again$3.3 million10Let Me In$1.7 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
As predicted last week, David Fincher's The Social Network took the number one slot, as well as the praise of most critics. But the big surprise last weekend was that Cloverfield director Matt Reeves's new film Let Me In, which was supposed to give the "Facebook movie" a run for it's money, didn't even crack the top five and only earned about $5.3 million. This weekend will see three new movies entering the charts, including the romantic comedy Life as We Know It, the Disney film Secretariat and the horror movie My Soul to Take, which are all sure to »
First of all, any movie that kills off the smashing Christina Hendricks in the opening 20 minutes deserves to be shot down on the basis of that alone. But that’s only the tiniest of the many cinematic crimes of Life as We Know It, which pretends to be something hip and fresh and is in fact relentlessly conventional, even retrograde. It’s practically a right-wing wet dream, in which people who don’t even have sex are being punished for daring to live lives just the teensiest step outside what a certain narrow -- and narrowminded -- slice of American conservatism perceives to be normal. Liberal Hollywood? Hah! Life as We Know It is as hideously offensive as, say, Knocked Up -- both share the cheery theme of “People who aren’t ready to be parents and don’t want to be parents should just suck it up and deal with it, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Weekend Box Office
1The Social Network$23 million2Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$10.8 million3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$10.1 million4The Town$10 million5Easy a$7 million6You Again$5.5 million7Case 39$5.35 million8Let Me In$5.3 million9Devil$3.6 million10Alpha and Omega$3 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
There were some big surprises at the box office last week as Zack Snyder's Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole fell short of its predicted number one debut and was upset by the return of Michael Douglas's Gordon Gekko in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. But with three new movies entering the box office race this week including the Oscar-worthy film The Social Network and the highly anticipated horror flicks Let Me In and Case 39, Mr. Gekko definitely had some trouble trying to stay on top of the charts for a second week in a row.
Debuting at number one this week »
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps outbid holdover The Town and disappointing newcomers Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole and You Again to take first place this week. Overall business was up five percent from last year, when Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs led in its second week. The return of Gordon Gekko netted $25.8 million through its first seven days, which was more than double the first-week attendance of 1987 predecessor Wall Street (which was playing in a fifth of the theaters). While Wall Street 2's weekend tally set a gross record for an Oliver Stone movie, it fell behind World Trade Center for the seven-day period. The Town finished in second place for the week, despite coming in third on the weekend. The Ben Affleck crime drama was off 36 percent to $21.2 million, and its per theater average of $7,355 was tops among all nationwide releases. In 14 days, The Town »
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Predicted Weekend Box Office
1The Social Network$30 million2Let Me In$15 million3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$10.7 million4The Town$9.6 million5Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$9.3 million6Easy a$6.7 million7Case 39$6.3 million8You Again$4.3 million9Devil$3.2 million10Resident Evil: Afterlife$2.9 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
While most people were predicting that Zack Snyder's computer animated 3D family film Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole would be the number one movie last weekend, they were surprised to find that "greed is still good" as Oliver Stone's long awaited sequel to his classic '80s film Wall Street, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps rose to the top of the box office with $19 million. But with three new movies entering the box office race this weekend including Oscar bait like David Fincher's The Social Network and the highly anticipated horror films Let Me In and Case 39 staring Renée Zellweger, »
HollywoodNews.com: After weathering two romantic comedy misfires at the box office, “When in Rome” ($33 million) and this weekend’s opener “You Again” ($8.4 million), actress Kristen Bell is looking to dip her feet into more dramatic roles.
Speaking to Pa, Bell said “It’s funny because once you do a comedy then the next opportunities you get are sort of in that line.”
Meaning – she’s pigeon-holed in romantic laffers.
“I would love to do something dramatic but right now comedy is more kind of where my wheel house is.”
Perhaps her fortune will change once the musical Sony/Screen Gems film “Burlesque” is released on November 24. In the film, Bell stars alongside Cher and Christina Aguilera. The actress has shown her chops for more dicey fare when she appeared as a pickpocket who gets beaten up on David Milch’s western series “Deadwood.” In 2002, Bell starred in the Broadway »
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