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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- Garth Franklin

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The 15 Most Anticipated Films of 2010

27 December 2009 10:16 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

So you’ve unwrapped all of your Christmas presents, received three copies of District 9 from multiple uncommunicative family members, and the year of 2009 is about to be wrapped up. The debate is over: 2009 has been a great year for film. So what do you do now?

Why, start thinking about what’s around the corner, of course!

While there’s less in the way of interesting sci-fi, as 2009 will surely be remembered for, 2010 has plenty of interesting new films in store, as well as some remakes, reboots and sequels. Here’s a list of the 15 most anticipated films of 2010, in order of release, followed by a minefield of movies you might consider avoiding.

The Wolfman (February 12)

Originally scheduled for release this year and pushed back due to production delays, it seems that Joe Johnston’s The Wolfman is finally upon us. While news of reshoots and delays always send »

- John Cooper

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

27 December 2009 10:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Last Airbender

Opens: July 2nd 2010

Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Summary: A live-action film based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series. In a fantastic world where civilisation exists as four great empires, a reluctant young child sets out on a perilous journey to restore balance to a world torn apart by war.

Analysis: It has been quite the decade for M. Night Shyamalan, who started it as a household name with the label of a modern-day Hitchcock thanks to the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs". Today he's considered more of a one-trick pony and in some cases a punchline due to rampant stories of egomania run wild and a series of much derided onscreen flops like "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening".

Thus 'Airbender' marks a potential return to form for the helmer. An adaptation of the hit »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

27 December 2009 10:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Last Airbender

Opens: July 2nd 2010

Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Summary: A live-action film based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series. In a fantastic world where civilisation exists as four great empires, a reluctant young child sets out on a perilous journey to restore balance to a world torn apart by war.

Analysis: Its been quite the decade for M. Night Shyamalan who started it as a household name with labels of a moodern-day Hitchcock thanks to the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs". Today he's considered more of a one-trick pony and in some cases a punchline due to rampant stories of egomania run wild and a series of much derided onscreen flops like "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening".

Thus 'Airbender' marks a potential return to form for the helmer. An adaptation of the hit cartoon series »

- Garth Franklin

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Bazmann’s Christmas Address

25 December 2009 7:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | 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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Movies Forgotten In Time: I Come In Peace

25 December 2009 2:36 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Five years after his now legendary performance as Ivan Drago in Rocky IV, Dolph Lundgren was enjoying considerable success having starred in a trio of films that include Red Scorpion, (the original) The Punisher and as popular toy figure He-Man in Masters of the Universe. The films ranged from okay to just plain awful, but Lundgren had an onscreen presence that was more than just his six foot five frame. The guy had personality and for a native of Stockholm, Sweden, he could easily adopt an American accent. The nineties saw Lundgren in a string of action films that included Showdown in Little Tokyo with the late Brandon Lee, Universal Soldier with Jean-Claude Van Damme and the Keanu Reeves vehicle Johnny Mnemonic which to this day remains Ludgren's last film that had an American theatrical release. By the close of the decade Lundgren's films were only released straight to video sin the U. »

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Brittany Murphy Laid to Rest at Twilight

24 December 2009 12:25 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Brittany Murphy was laid to rest at twilight on Thursday in a private ceremony before family and friends at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles. The Kaddish, a traditional Jewish mourning prayer, was recited and the hymn "Amazing Grace" was sung. The actress, 32, died of apparent cardiac arrest in her and husband Simon Monjack's L.A. home early Sunday. The official cause of death will not be known for weeks pending toxicology results by the L.A. coroner. According to a statement released by the family, at the funeral Monjack called his wife his "soul mate." "He went »

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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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Roberts: 'Murphy's Death Is A Tremendous Loss For Hollywood'

22 December 2009 5:31 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Eric Roberts has joined the celebrities paying tribute to Brittany Murphy, branding the tragic actress "a genuine pleasure" to work with.

The Clueless star passed away on Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest in her Hollywood home.

Roberts worked alongside the actress in 2002 independent film Spun and again in Sylvester Stallone's upcoming action movie The Expendables, and he admits he's been left stunned by Murphy's untimely death.

In a statement, Roberts says, "I would like to offer my sincere condolences, deepest sympathy and prayers to the family of Brittany Murphy. I am saddened by her passing, She was a terrific young lady and an incredible actress.

"It was a genuine pleasure to have worked with such a talented individual. Brittany will be greatly missed by her family, friends and fans. Her untimely passing is a tremendous loss for Hollywood."

Murphy's cause of death has yet to be determined. »

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Expendables Raw Footage Scene

22 December 2009 10:56 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Remember this image that was released a while back of Sylvester Stallone standing over those dead bodies wielding a couple of pistols from his new movie, The Expendables? Well, AICN have stumbled across some new raw footage that I think leads up to that photo.

AICN point it the fact that you have to remember this clip has had no other effects added to it, it is simply one shot from a crane camera and therefore don’t be surprised when it looks a bit naff!

The Expendables is a clash of the 80s & 90s hard men and has a cast which, as well as Stallone includes Anold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li and flying the flag for the girls, Charisma Carpenter and now (I still can’t believe it), the late Brittany Murphy. It’s out summer 2010 and we are looking forward to »

- David Sztypuljak

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Exclusive! Eric Roberts Calls ‘Spun’ Co-Star Brittany Murphy’s Death ‘A Tremendous Loss for Hollywood’

22 December 2009 10:53 AM, PST | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

The tributes for Brittany Murphy keep coming in.

Eric Roberts, Brittany Murphy’s 2002 costar from Spun, wants you to know how much he enjoyed having the chance to work with the young actress, who suddenly died Dec. 20 at the age of 32.

“She was a terrific young lady and an incredible actress,” Eric tells HollywoodLife.com in an exclusive statement. “It was a genuine pleasure to have worked with such a talented individual.”

Eric not only got the chance to know Brittany on the set of Spun, but the two also recently reunited to work on one of her very last films, The Expendables, due out next spring.

“Her untimely passing is a tremendous loss for Hollywood,” he adds.

Eric’s feelings echo what others have also been saying about Brittany. Matthew Lillard, who co-starred with her in Summer Catch, The Groomsmen, and the upcoming Shrinking Charlotte, told HollywoodLife.com exclusively »

- Eunice Oh

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New The Expendables Raw Footage Emerges

22 December 2009 10:50 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A new YouTube video has surfaced with some unseen raw footage from The Expendables, which is set for a nationwide release on August 13, 2010. Click below to watch this brand new footage from this high-octane action film.The Expenables Raw FootageThe Expendables stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, David Zayas, Giselle Iti&#233, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brittany Murphy, Charisma Carpenter, Liam Hemsworth, Gary Daniels and will be released in theaters everywhere on August 13, 2010. »

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Summit Entertainment bumps up the Bruce Willis spy thriller ‘Red’

21 December 2009 12:39 PM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

Summit Entertainment has revealed that its upcoming big-screen adaptation of Red, based on the graphic novel by Warren Ellis, will arrive in theaters in October of 2010.

Starring Bruce Willis, Red centers on a retired black ops agent whose former employer sends a team of highly-trained and technologically advanced assassins after him.

The film was originally slated for November. Red will now face off against Saw VII and Prisoners.

Red also stars Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, John C. Reilly, Mary-Louise Parker and James Remar.

Parker plays the love interest, a federal pension worker who becomes embroiled in the Willis character’s struggle to stay alive.

DC’s Gregory Noveck exec produces with Jake Myers. Jon and Erich Hoeber adapted the script.

Related posts:New posters for Bruce Willis’ ‘Surrogates’ are out and the models are looking too skinny Bruce Willis to join ‘The Expendables’ – Joins Arnold Schwarzenegger in cameo-land One word describes the Bruce Willis, »

- Reel Loop News Staff

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Brittany Murphy obituary

21 December 2009 11:13 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From the age of five she was determined to be a Hollywood star

It has become something of a rite of passage for any young actress fresh on the Hollywood scene to be pencilled in to play Janis Joplin. Brittany Murphy, who has died unexpectedly aged 32, was one of several performers over the years who were attached to one Joplin biopic or another.

In this case, it was Piece of My Heart, for which Murphy auditioned successfully in 1999, but which was never made. It certainly was not much of a stretch to imagine her evoking the gusto and vulnerability required for that part.

Murphy was no run-of-the-mill star. In her first substantial role, as a greenhorn mentored by the coolest girl in school in the 1995 hit Clueless, she proved herself an inventive exponent of comedy. She demonstrated her versatility in dramatically intense films such as Girl, Interrupted and 8 Mile. She »

- Ryan Gilbey

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Actress Brittany Murphy Dead At 32

21 December 2009 7:00 AM, PST | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

Word first came in Sunday afternoon that actress Brittany Murphy was found dead after going into cardiac arrest. TMZ was the first to report that Murphy was delivered, D.O.A. to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California.

Brittany Murphy appeared in several television roles, but she is most remembered for her breakout role as Cher’s nerdy friend Tai in the 1995 film Clueless.  The movie also featured Paul Rudd, Alicia Silverstone, and Donald Faison.

Murphy went on to star in Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), Girl, Interrupted (1999), Sidewalks of New York (2001), Riding in Cars With Boys (2001), Spun (2002), 8 Mile (2002), Sin City (2005), and Happy Feet (2006), in addition to other movies and shows.

She co-stars in the upcoming Sylvester Stallone movie The Expendables. She married screenwriter Simon Monjack in 2007. Murphy died of cardiac arrest on Dec 20, 2009 at the age of 32. »

- Shannon Hood

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Brittany Murphy: a life in clips

21 December 2009 6:14 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Clueless and Sin City actor has died of a heart attack aged 32. We look back at her key roles on film

Brittany Murphy was not one of the world's great actors. Nor, in recent years, was she even especially visible. But she was a performer of immense charm, with a knockout smile and a chuckling, bee-bop voice it was difficult not to be won over by.

For a spell in the early 90s, Murphy established herself as one of Hollywood's freshest, most engaging mainstream leads – a doll-eyed ditz with a hint of vaguely filthy goofiness. She was Scarlett Johansson a half-generation older: she shared that actor's old-school Hollywood glamour, the big curves on a little frame, and the brains behind the fluff. Both even had singing careers. But while Johansson teamed up with some solid mentors, and got films of real credibility under her belt, Murphy struggled to cement a career that, »

- Catherine Shoard

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Interview: Brittany Murphy (The Dead Girl)

21 December 2009 4:43 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

What a strange bit of untimely news this morning. Who dies of a heart attack at age 32? Makes no sense. The above news headline isn't a case of bad taste -- I've decided to re-publish a Brittany Murphy interview we had on the site, which I had completely forgot that we had, but it serves as a reminder that the actress, known for bubbly roles as Jameson mentions in his intro below, and as of late, had some back to back films that went the direct to video route, should also be remembered for taking on some difficult, challenging indie parts as in Karen Moncrieff's film. - What a strange bit of untimely news this morning. Who dies of a heart attack at age 32? Makes no sense. The above news headline isn't a case of bad taste -- I've decided to re-publish a Brittany Murphy interview we had on the site, »

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Sin City actress Brittany Murphy dies at age 32

21 December 2009 1:12 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Hollywood actress Brittany Murphy has died at the age of 32 after going into cardiac arrest, it's been confirmed.

Among her many roles, Murphy played sex-siren barmaid Shellie in 2005's Sin City, adapted from a graphic novel by Frank Miller. It also starred Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen and Jessica Alba.

News of Murphy's death emerged following an emergency call earlier today from the Los Angeles home where she lived with her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, whom she wed in 2007.

Murphy, who also starred in Clueless and 8 Mile, was said to have been found slumped unconscious in the shower.

She had reportedly suffered cardiac arrest, meaning her heart had suddenly stopped functioning. Medics failed to revive her and she was taken to Cedar-Sinai Medical Centre where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

The actress was recently reported to have been fired from the Puerto Rico film set of thriller The Caller for 'difficult' behaviour, »

- David Bentley

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Brittany Murphy R.I.P.

21 December 2009 12:08 AM, PST | Screenrush | See recent Screenrush news »

It's our sad news to report that Brittany Murphy, the actor who had a break-out hit with Clueless and went on to star in the likes of Sin City, 8 Mile and Happy Feet, has died at the age of 32.

The story broke when Hollywood tabloid site reported that TMZ that Murphy died early Sunday morning after going into full cardiac arrest and being declared dead on arrival after being rushed to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

After her breakthrough in Clueless, Murphy got attention for her role in the 2001 thriller Don't Say A Word which led to key roles in Eminem's 8 Mile and starring roles in the comedies Just Married with then-boyfriend Ashton Kutcher, Uptown Girls with Dakota Fanning and Little Black Book.

Murphy received the most critical praise for her role in the 2006 indie drama The Dead Girl, released the same year as her voice could be heard as »

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