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Christopher Meloni Joins Holding Patterns

It was recently announced that Freddie Highmore ("Bates Motel"), Odeya Rush (Goosebumps) and Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) signed on to star in the upcoming "Holding Patterns" comedy/drama. And now, Christopher Meloni (Man of Steel, "Law and Order") and Marg Helgenberger ("CSI") have joined the cast. The film follows a young man (Highmore) still living at home with his mother and stepfather who sets his sight on a girl (Rush) who works at his local coffee shop. The problem — she has a serious boyfriend. As the two become closer, the line between friendship and romance becomes blurred and they're forced to examine where their lives are going. The new movie is directed by Jake Goldberger (Don McKay, Life of a King) and produced by Alex A. Ginzburg (Hardcore) and Jim Young (The Words). It co-stars Jake Abel (The Host), Rita Volk ("Faking It") and Taylor John Smith (Wolves
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Freddie Highmore and Odeya Rush Join Holding Patterns

Freddie Highmore ("Bates Motel") and Odeya Rush (The Giver, Goosebumps) signed on for the upcoming "Holding Patterns" drama, which co-stars Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense), Rita Volk ("Faking It"), Taylor John Smith (Wolves) and Jake Abel (Percy Jackson). The story centers on Charlie (Highmore), who's in his mid-20s and still living at home with his mother and stepfather. Dealing with a lack of motivation, he has put all his eggs in one basket: Amber (Rush), the girl who works at his local coffee shop. The problem is, Amber has a serious boyfriend. As Amber and Charlie become closer, the line between friendship and intimacy is blurred, and the situation forces both of them to examine where they are in their lives. The new film is written and directed by Jake Goldberger (Don McKay, Life of a King) and produced by Alex A. Ginzburg (Hardcore), Tony Lee (Geezer) and Jim Young (The Words,
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Class Disparities and Prostitution Tackled in Early Female Director's Drama

Pioneering woman director Lois Weber socially conscious drama 'Shoes' among Library of Congress' Packard Theater movies (photo: Mary MacLaren in 'Shoes') In February 2015, National Film Registry titles will be showcased at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theater – aka the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation – in Culpeper, Virginia. These range from pioneering woman director Lois Weber's socially conscious 1916 drama Shoes to Robert Zemeckis' 1985 blockbuster Back to the Future. Another Packard Theater highlight next month is Sam Peckinpah's ultra-violent Western The Wild Bunch (1969), starring William Holden and Ernest Borgnine. Also, Howard Hawks' "anti-High Noon" Western Rio Bravo (1959), toplining John Wayne and Dean Martin. And George Cukor's costly remake of A Star Is Born (1954), featuring Academy Award nominees Judy Garland and James Mason in the old Janet Gaynor and Fredric March roles. There's more: Jeff Bridges delivers a colorful performance in
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"Return To Nuke 'Em High, Volume 1" - On Blu-ray and DVD March 18, 2014

Sneak Peek Troma director Lloyd Kaufman's latest "...satirical sci-fi comedy..." titled "Return To Nuke 'Em High", available March 18, 2014 from Anchor Bay Films on Blu-ray and DVD:

"...ripped straight from today’s headlines including the contamination and degradation of the world’s food supply, rampant bullying and love triumphing over prejudice, welcome to 'Tromaville High School' where, unfortunately, the glee club has mutated into a vicious gang of 'Cretins'.

"'Chrissy' and 'Lauren', two innocent bloggers, must fight not only the Cretins, mutants and monsters but also the evil 'Tromorganic Foodstuffs Conglomerate'. Will they save Tromaville High School and the world...?"

Cast includes Clay Von Carlowitz, Stefan Dezil, Gabriela Fuhr, Marc Quinnette, Mike Baez, Reiki Tsuno, Jim Sheppard, Debbie Rochon, William Dreyer, Ron Mackay, Brenda Rickert, Asta Paredes, Catherine Corcoran, Zac Amico, Vito Trigo, Babette Bombshell, Stan Lee, Adam P. Murphy and Tara E. Miller.

Click the images to enlarge and
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Uwe Boll's Suddenly Remakes a Classic: First Trailer

Director Uwe Boll and actor Dominic Purcell are reteaming for a third time in Suddenly. This remake of a 1954 film is currently filming in Squamish, British Columbia. And, an early trailer has been released for this thriller. The film involves an assassination attempt on the President of the United States. Posing as secret service agents, four assassins hole up in a nondescript house. However, the locals hear of their plan and a battle rages in a small town. Fans of thrillers can view the clip below. The reel shows actor Purcell as Barren, leading the plot against the president. Ray Liotta also stars as a local deputy. More details on Suddenly are below. Director: Uwe Boll. Producer: Kirk Shaw. Cast: Ray Liotta, Dominic Purcell, Erin Karpluk, and Don MacKay. The trailer for Suddenly is here: *the original 1954 film starred actor and crooner Frank Sinatra. Source: Suddenly at Boll World Sales  |  |  Advertise Here -.
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Box Office Predictions: Can No Strings Attached Attract an Audience This Weekend?

Box Office Predictions: Can No Strings Attached Attract an Audience This Weekend?
Predicted Weekend Box Office

No Strings Attached $21.5 millionThe Green Hornet $21 millionThe Dilemma $9.9 millionTrue Grit $8.6 millionThe King's Speech $7.7 millionBlack Swan $6.3 millionLittle Fockers $4.2 millionThe Fighter $3.8 millionTron: Legacy $3.2 millionYogi Bear $3.1 million

Two new films, The Green Hornet and The Dilemma, entered the box office race last week and shot right to the top of the charts. But with the new romantic comedy No Strings Attached, starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, opening this weekend, their reign over the box office could be short lived.

Predicted to debut at number one this week is the new romantic comedy from director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) called No Strings Attached. The film features an all-star cast that includes Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Ashton Kutcher (Killers), Lake Bell (What Happens in Vegas), Cary Elwes (Saw 3D) and Oscar winner Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda). Currently the movie has an average rating of a 4.1 on our site. Out
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This Week on DVD: The Crazies, Hot Tub Time Machine, The White Ribbon

Not a bad week for new releases on DVD and Blu-ray with Breck Eisner's The Crazies remake hitting stores today along with the '80s time travel comedy Hot Tub Time Machine and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Michael Haneke's Oscar-nominated film The White Ribbon is also finally out, plus Paul Schneider's directorial debut Pretty Bird, Sundance hit Bass Ackwards, and the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage. On Blu-ray we've got Criterion releases of The Leopard and Everlasting Moments, William Lustig's campy horror flick Uncle Sam, and Predator: Ultimate Hunter Edition. Will you be buying or renting anything this week? Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief [1] (+ Blu-ray [2]) The Crazies [3] (+ Blu-ray [4]) Hot Tub Time Machine [5] (+ Blu-ray [4]) The White Ribbon [7] (+ Blu-ray [8]) Creation [9] Pretty Bird [10] The Warlords [11] (+ Blu-ray [12]) Bass Ackwards [13] Stolen [14] (+ Blu-ray [15]) The Eclipse [16] (+ Blu-ray [17]) Suicide Girls Must Die! [18] Don McKay [19] (+ Blu-ray [20]) Everlasting Moments
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[DVD Picks of the Week] June 29th

Take your shirt off and jump in my hot tub because we need to go back in time to see what DVDs are worth watching this week:

Grab ‘Em Right Away:

Nothing. Yup, this week is barren.

Check It Out:

Hot Tub Time Machine

Directed by: Steve Pink

Written by: Josh Heald & Sean Anders

Starring: John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson & Clarke Duke

Why you should rent this: Because the film is a reason for us to get a ridiculous one crazy night ’80s comedy again. I’m definitely not one of those people who love this movie from top to bottom but I think it has enough funny moments to make it worth a rental to watch with a bunch of friends, maybe even play a nice drinking game with it. Craig Robinson and Clarke Duke stand out from the main cast. Craig Robinson plays the hysterical guy who
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'Clash Of The Titans' Crushes Box-Office Competition

Tyler Perry's 'Why Did I Get Married Too?' comes in second; Miley Cyrus' 'Last Song' profits at #4.

By Josh Wigler

Sam Worthington in "Clash of the Titans"

Photo: Warner Bros.

The Box-Office Top Five

#1 "Clash of the Titans" ($61.4 million)

#2 "Why Did I Get Married Too?" ($30.2 million)

#3 "How to Train Your Dragon" ($29.2 million)

#4 "The Last Song" ($16.2 million)

#5 "Alice in Wonderland" ($8.3 million)

While "Clash of the Titans" didn't quite cleave off the head of Medusa and turn the remainder of the box-office competition into stone, director Louis Leterrier's swords-and-sandals epic nonetheless claimed first place in theaters this weekend with an impressive $61.4 million haul, plus an additional $3 million earned from Thursday's midnight showings and $44.2 million gleaned from foreign markets.

The action-adventure film managed its $108.2 million result despite poor critical reception, indicating that the star power of "Avatar" leading man Sam Worthington and the movie's retroactive 3-D
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Making Don McKay

Making Don McKay
When coming up with initial concept for Don McKay, I specifically wanted to write a movie that was a little bit odd. Something that was unlike the same old generic movies I was so used seeing all the time and something that I myself would find to be an interesting change of pace. I really wanted the script to shift gears in unusual and unique ways. (Although now that I have been through the seven year process of trying to get it off the ground, I can confidently say the easiest way Not to get a movie made is to strive to make it unusual and unique.) Here was the goal -- to write a film noir of sorts, but instead of playing it straight, to somehow approach it as a partial humorous send up. I...
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News Shorts: March 24th 2010

The first official publicity still from Burke and Hare. Posters for Iron Man 2, Accidents Happen, The Losers, Mother and Child, Don McKay.

""Beauty and the Beast" and the recent "Alice in Wonderland" screenwriter Linda Woolverton will pen the script for "Maleficent", Tim Burton's live-action feature based on the villain in Disney's 1959 animated feature "Sleeping Beauty"..." ( full details)

"An 83-second teaser for "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" will run before prints of "Kick-Ass" in the UK this Friday..." ( full details)

""Austin Powers" director Jay Roach says Mike Myers is working on ideas for a fourth film and he'd be up for directing it..." ( full details)

"Louis Leterrier says as part of his deal to remake "Clash of the Titans", he penned plans for two further installments which "opens the door to Greek mythology"..." ( full details)

"Will Ferrell says that it looked like a sequel to "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" was coming together,
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News Shorts: March 24th 2010

The first official publicity still from Burke and Hare. Posters for Iron Man 2, Accidents Happen, The Losers, Mother and Child, Don McKay.

""Beauty and the Beast" and the recent "Alice in Wonderland" screenwriter Linda Woolverton will pen the script for "Maleficent", Tim Burton's live-action feature based on the villain in Disney's 1959 animated feature "Sleeping Beauty"..." ( full details)

"An 83-second teaser for "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" will run before prints of "Kick-Ass" in the UK this Friday..." ( full details)

""Austin Powers" director Jay Roach says Mike Myers is working on ideas for a fourth film and he'd be up for directing it..." ( full details)

"Louis Leterrier says as part of his deal to remake "Clash of the Titans", he penned plans for two further installments which "opens the door to Greek mythology"..." ( full details)

"Will Ferrell says that it looked like a sequel to "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" was coming together,
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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Eleven

One month, 280 films and 70,000 words later, my guide to the films of 2010 is now complete. I hope you've enjoyed reading it all - it's been utterly exhausting but an ultimately rewarding venture I've been single-handedly pulling together since early December. If you have liked it, my only request is that you help spread the word about it now that it's all done.

If you're a fellow blogger or site owner, please give it a plug on your site. If you're a reader, give it a mention on Facebook, Twitter or other online places you might venture. A lot of effort went into this, the greatest reward so far has been seeing it talked about and hearing your reactions. I'm glad many of you have gotten a lot of use out of the previous pages, so I hope you enjoy this final part:

Vincere

Opens: 2010

Cast: Filippo Timi, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Corrado Invernizzi,
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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Ten

St. Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold

Opens: 2010

Cast: Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, David Tennant, Gemma Arterton, Talulah Riley

Director: Oliver Parker, Barnaby Thompson

Summary: A rollercoaster-style treasure hunt for the legendary Fritton’s Gold ensues as the feisty and ever-resourceful schoolgirls of St Trinian’s face their most fearsome establishment rivals yet - the villainous Pomfrey and his sidekicks from the women-hating secret society known as AD1.

Analysis: While it didn't travel much beyond the UK, 2007's reboot of the "St Trinian's" franchise nearly doubled its £7 million production budget in sales in the UK alone - making it one of the top grossing independent British films of the past decade. Reviews were decidedly mixed but generally pretty weak at the time, so the greenlighting of a sequel surprised quite a few.

Despite a critical drubbing, the core audience of young British teenage girls seemed to be satisfied by
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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Nine

Shanghai

Opens: 2010

Cast: John Cusack, Gong Li, Ken Watanabe, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chow Yun-Fat

Director: Mikael Hafstrom

Summary: In the months leading up to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, an American man arrives in Shanghai to find his friend recently murdered. In investigating his friend's death, he stumbles upon a secret the United States government has been keeping and falls in love in the process.

Analysis: After being granted permission to shoot in the Chinese city, the $10 million production found its permit quickly being revoked by the Government who expressed concerns about the script. The result is Bangkok and the United Kingdom standing in for the real Shanghai which seems kind of against the entire point.

Cusack himself has emphatically endorsed the project in interviews, calling it a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity", but being stuck at the cash-strapped Weinstein Company means that its release plans are unsure beyond a vague promise of a limited bow around Easter.
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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Eight

A Prophet

Opens: February 12th 2010

Cast: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Hichem Yacoubi, Reda Kateb

Director: Jacques Audiard

Summary: Sent to prison, Malik El Djebena falls under the sway of a group of Corsicans who enforce their rule in the prison. As the 'missions' go by, he toughens himself and wins their confidence but uses his intelligence to discreetly develop his own network.

Analysis: Finally scoring a limited release in the Us in February, Jacques Audiard's violent and hard-edged prison drama won the Grand Prix at Cannes, scored Best Film at the London Film Festival, and is already the hotly tipped favourite to take the Oscar for Best Foreign Film late next month.

Reviews have been stellar around the world for the film which quickly became the most universally admired entry in the often hotly contentious first week of Cannes back in May. From a breakout performance by Tahar Rahim,
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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

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
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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

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
See full article at Dark Horizons »

The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

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
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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

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
See full article at Dark Horizons »
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