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Friday
Jan272012

'The Crow' reboot underway, again

Relativity Media and The Weinstein Company have agreed on a settlement regarding their dispute over the seemingly doomed remake of cult 1994 classic The Crow, reports Deadline

The dispute originated from a disagreement over the 2009 film Nine, when Relativity accused The Weinstein Company of failing to live up to commitments regarding the distribution of the film. They consequently decided to proceed with a different distributor for their remake of The Crow despite both companies already having an agreement in place. An out of court settlement was agreed ahead of what was looking like a lengthy battle and both parties now seem committed to the project having moved quickly to sign F. Javier Guttierez to direct and Jesse Wigutow (It Runs in the Family) to write the script, with Mark Wahlberg and Channing Tatum previously rumored to take the lead role.

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Wednesday
Jan252012

'Jeff Who Lives at Home' trailer - Jason Segal attempts to soil my good name

You know, I’ve had a pretty good run with the name Jeff. Yeah, my initials JVC are the same as the major electronics company, but it could have been worse; I could have been named Michael Bolton. Still, it irks me to see the Duplass brothers try to ruin the good thing I have going. Their new film Jeff Who Lives at Home portrays we Jeffs as the type who live at home with our parents until we’re well into our 30s. It’s not true, I tell you! If I wasn’t pretty sure this would be a good movie, I might be offended. 

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Wednesday
Jan252012

'Hangover' stars to get $15 million a piece to make part III

It looks like The Hangover III could be getting the go ahead soon, with the three main stars set to sign on for a substantial pay increase, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis are each asking for $15 million (against backend) to sign on for the second sequel and it looks as though Warner is ready to pay. The studio is short of all-but-guaranteed hits, having already kissed goodbye to one major franchise following the final installment of Harry Potter and with Christopher Nolan’s Batman series coming to an end this summer.

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Tuesday
Jan242012

84th annual Academy Award nominees list: Hugo and The Artist lead a field of predictable candidates

Earlier today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released the nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards, which will air about a month from now, on Feb. 26 (on a Sunday at 7pm EST). While I tend to get excited about the Oscars every year, this year is especially fascinating because there just weren’t any huge standout films. There were many good films, but few that blew me away. Looking at the list of nominated films, it looks like nostalgia for the golden age of movies has gotten the best of Academy members, as I noted earlier on Digital Trends. The two most nominated films of the year were Hugo and The Artist, both of which harken back, in different ways, to the earliest days of cinema. 

I’m not quite ready to make my picks for the big show, but I’ve broken out and listed all of the nominees in every category below, splitting them the awards into four categories: the big awards, acting, technical, and everything else. In the next couple weeks, we’ll make our predictions on who will take home the prize in each category. But first, I have to find a way to go see The Artist and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Interestingly, some very good movies are not on the list. Young Adult, Pariah, Like Crazy, Shame, and We Need to Talk About Kevin are four exceptionally good films with truly amazing performances by Charlize Theron, Adepero Oduye, Anton Yelchin, Michael Fassbender, and Tilda Swinton. Are they too dark for the Oscars? Perhaps they missed the cutoff date? It looks like the Harry Potter series won’t be getting a Return of the King sweeping victory either. The Oscars are as political as ever. I was a bit disappointed that Neither Drive nor The Ides of March got much (if any) love from the Academy. Both were critically acclaimed and fascinating films starring Ryan Gosling. 

But, without further delay, here are the actual nominees for the 2012 Oscars. 

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Monday
Jan232012

'The Artist' is only the latest movie to irk audiences into demanding a refund

It’s been hard not to hear buzz surrounding the 2011 black-and-white silent film The Artist. It has taken awards from Cannes, The European Film Awards, The Golden Globes, The Hollywood Film Festival, and several million other festivals and ceremonies. Despite a limited release, The Artist posted very high box office numbers and has enjoyed mostly positive reviews from critics, earning a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. Of course, even when it seems like a movie is pleasing everybody, it just can’t please everybody.

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Sunday
Jan222012

'Red Tails' review - The dogfights are amazing, but the script never takes off

During World War II, the United States military was racially segregated much like the rest of the country. The “Tuskagee Airmen,” or 332nd Fighter Group, were the only African Americans allowed to pilot during the war. They were awesome and earned much acclaim from their missions in Italy and their work protecting fleets of bombers across Europe. Red Tails (IMDB page), produced by George Lucas, is an attempt to tell their story. If you’re looking for an honest retelling though, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Red Tails spends most of its screen time concentrating on aerial battles and grand speeches about racism, but fails to show the actual struggles these men all went through under the rule of Jim Crow.

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Sunday
Jan222012

'Underworld: Awakening' review - Selene, the magnificent invincible vampire

Step right up, folks. On display today is Selene (Kate Beckinsale), the great invincible vampire of the Underworld series. You can throw her off a building, drop an elevator on her, or throw a 20 foot werewolf at her, but nothing can harm her. Like Alice from the Resident Evil movie series (which is going into its fifth installment this year), Selene hardly speaks, is being hunted for no good reason, and is asolutely impossible to kill. Every Underworld film throws more and more vampires, lycans (werewolves), and armed humans at her, but she just keeps shooting and bullet-timing her way from scene to scene. There’s no stopping her.

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Saturday
Jan212012

'Haywire' review - A superb action film that's destined to be a cult classic

Have you ever seen a classic Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee movie? Remember the surprising speed and spontaneity of the fights Lee or Chan would have? When those men fought, you could feel the pain. Haywire’s Gina Carano exudes the kind of authenticity of the great action stars of old. And she should, being an actual award-winning mixed martial artist. Thanks to an adept script by Lem Dobbs (The Score) and creative directing by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven), Haywire might be the grittiest action thriller since Taken

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Friday
Jan202012

First look at 'Bomb Girls,' a new miniseries following women who built bombs during World War II

If you like the look of Mad Men and Pan Am, you’re going to love Bomb Girls. Set at a munitions factory in 1940s Toronto, this new six-part miniseries airing on Canada’s Global TV network follows several women who went to work while the nation’s men were fighting in Europe and the Pacific. I went into the first episode not really knowing anything about who was involved and was taken for a pleasant ride. It has its awkward moments, but I I’ve been impressed with the overall quality of the show—especially its music.

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Thursday
Jan192012

'We Need to Talk About Kevin' review - Tilda Swinton tries her hardest to raise a sociopath

I am not a parent, and after seeing We Need to Talk About Kevin, I think I may hold off on the whole children thing for a while. Lynne Ramsey’s new film is simultaneously chilling and thrilling. In the course of two hours, we watch an entire family develop and fall apart due to one child, but the experience is anchored by his mother Eva Khatchadourian, played by the talented Tilda Swinton.

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