Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Highest-Grossing Films of the Year

The Highest-Grossing Films of the Year

Holiday box-office bust extends year-long trend

Holiday box-office bust extends year-long trend - NYPOST.com

Lessons from 2010's box office

Movies, box office: Lessons from 2010's box office - latimes.com

3-D movies: 3-D movie ticket prices keep box-office sales up as attendance drops

3-D movies: 3-D movie ticket prices keep box-office sales up as attendance drops - latimes.com

Online Film Critics Society announces 2010 nominations

Online Film Critics Society announces 2010 nominations

'Airplane', 'Empire', 'Malcolm X' Among Those Chosen By Library of Congress

'Airplane', 'Empire', 'Malcolm X' Among Those Chosen By Library of Congress

‘Blue Valentine’ Review: Another Depressing, Anti-Marriage Offering from Hollywood



'Blue Valentine' Review: Another Depressing, Anti-Marriage Offering from Hollywood

2010 in Music and Movies: Not the Worst Year Ever

2010 in Music and Movies: Not the Worst Year Ever

'Empire Strikes Back' among 25 film registry picks

'Empire Strikes Back' among 25 film registry picks - delcotimes.com

Monday, December 27, 2010

Audiences Rejecting Bad Movies Like Never Before

NYT: The Era of Bad, Unoriginal Movies Coming to a Close?

'I Am Number Four' Trailer (HD)

Every 2010 film I've seen so far

Winter's Bone
Leaves of Grass
Toy Story 3

Iron Man 2
Despicable Me
Shrek Forever After
How to Train Your Dragon
Clash of the Titans (2010)
Salt
Valentine's Day
Robin Hood
Date Night
Sex and the City 2
The Book of Eli
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
The Bounty Hunter
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
The Wolfman
Get Him to the Greek
Takers
Predators
Hot Tub Time Machine
Kick-Ass
Killers
Cop Out
Edge of Darkness
Death at a Funeral
Legion (2010)
The Crazies
The Back-Up Plan
Green Zone
When in Rome
She's Out of My League
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Daybreakers
Brooklyn's Finest
Leap Year

From Paris with Love
The Losers

Splice
The Ghost Writer
Youth in Revolt

Repo Men
Avatar: Special Edition
Jonah Hex
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl Who Played with Fire

Babies
City Island
The Last Station

The Secret in Their Eyes
I Am Love
Solitary Man
Greenberg

Please Give
The Runaways
After.Life
The Descent, Part 2
A Prophet


(Films in bold are worth watching again)

'Paranormal Activity 2' Arrives on DVD Feb. 8

Terror Comes Home When the Record-Breaking* Supernatural Thriller 'Paranormal Activity 2' Arrives with a Shocking Unrated Version and Newly Found Footage

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Film review: Nothing works in 'How Do You Know'

Film review: Nothing works in 'How Do You Know'

Top 10 Movies For Grownups of 2010

A lot of Top 10 lists are released this time of year. One of the most interesting is the annual AARP list of Top 10 Movies For Grownups, which automatically disqualifies 90 percent of the films Hollywood releases each year.

"The films featured on our Top 10 list provide a daring group of must-see performances for the grownup audience," said Meg Grant, West Coast Editor of AARP The Magazine. "From drama and period-pieces, to family comedies and romance, 50+ actors and filmmakers have provided true entertainment this past year. We are proud to honor and recognize their achievements."

The Top 10 Movies for Grownups of 2010:

Get Low
The King's Speech
Secretariat
The Company Men
RED
The Kids are All Right
City Island
Casino Jack
Letters to Juliet
Another Year

Follow the link below to learn more about the films or visit aarp.org/movies to view the slide show of the Top 10 Movies for Grownups® of 2010.

AARP The Magazine Announces the Top 10 Movies For Grownups of 2010

Fandango Comes to iPad with New Moviegoing App

Fandango Comes to iPad with New Moviegoing App

Why it Took Me This Long to Purchase a Blu-ray Player

Why it Took Me This Long to Purchase a Blu-ray Player

A View on Piracy from the Independent Filmmaker

A View on Piracy from the Independent Filmmaker

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

'Pink Panther' Director Blake Edwards Dead at 88

He was probably best-known as "Mr. Julie Andrews" and the director of 'The Pink Panther' films starring Peter Sellers, but Blake Edwards had a long and distinguished career in Hollywood.

Here are some of my favorite Blake Edwards' films:

Operation Petticoat (1959)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
The Pink Panther (1963)
A Shot in the Dark (1964)
The Great Race (1965)
The Party (1968)
Darling Lili (1969)
The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
10 (1979)
S.O.B. (1981)
Victor Victoria (1982)

'Pink Panther' Director Blake Edwards Dead at 88

Writer-director Blake Edwards dies at 88

Blake Edwards: Writer-director Blake Edwards dies at 88 - latimes.com

Yogi Bear 3D Movie Trailer

2011 SAG Awards nominees list

2011 SAG Awards nominees list - theenvelope.latimes.com

'King's Speech,' 'Fighter' and HBO actors reign at SAG noms

&'King's Speech,' 'Fighter' and HBO actors reign at SAG noms - theenvelope.latimes.com

'Tron: Legacy' movie review by Betsy Sharkey

'Tron: Legacy' movie review by Betsy Sharkey - latimes.com

Mel Gibson's 'The Beaver' will wag its tail in March

Mel Gibson's 'The Beaver' will wag its tail in March

On Location: New book presents a photographic history of filming in Los Angeles

On Location: New book presents a photographic history of filming in Los Angeles

Video: Every Film Released in 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Threats to American Parental Rights Brought to Light by 18-year-old Director's Eye-Opening Documentary



Threats to American Parental Rights Brought to Light by 18-year-old Director's Eye-Opening Documentary

Nickelodeon is 2010's Top-Ranked Cable Network, Marks 16 Years as Number One

Nickelodeon is 2010's Top-Ranked Cable Network, Marks 16 Years as Number One

Lionsgate Shines With 8 Golden Globe Nominations

Lionsgate Shines With 8 Golden Globe Nominations

'Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon' Trailer - Official (HD)

The James Bond Chronicles: ‘Dr. No’ (1962)

The James Bond Chronicles: 'Dr. No' (1962)

Activist Hollywood Wrong Again: No Cancer Increases in ‘Erin Brockovich’ Town

So what if the money is not based on real facts? Julia Roberts looks good, especially in that push-up bra.

Activist Hollywood Wrong Again: No Cancer Increases in 'Erin Brockovich' Town

Monday, December 13, 2010

Every new movie I've seen this year

I try to watch at least 100 new releases every year, but I'm behind so far with 2010 releases, although I have been watching a lot of foreign films released in recent years and watching some classics I've never made the time to watch before. Here is a list of all the new films I've watched this year.

Toy Story 3
Clash of the Titans (2010)
Valentine's Day
Robin Hood
Date Night
Sex and the City 2
The Book of Eli
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
The Bounty Hunter
The Wolfman
Get Him to the Greek
Predators
Hot Tub Time Machine
Kick-Ass
Killers
Cop Out
Edge of Darkness
Legion (2010)
The Crazies

The Back-Up Plan
Green Zone
When in Rome
She's Out of My League
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Daybreakers
Brooklyn's Finest
Leap Year
From Paris with Love
The Losers

Splice
The Ghost Writer
Youth in Revolt
Repo Men
Avatar: Special Edition
Jonah Hex
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl Who Played with Fire
Babies
The Last Station
The Secret in Their Eyes
I Am Love
Solitary Man
Greenberg
Please Give
My Name is Khan
The Runaways

(The films in bold I recommend watching.)

'The American Dream' Trailer

The American Dream Trailer from American Dream on Vimeo.

Weekend Box Office Results for Dec. 10-12

'The Tourist' Tanks Despite Johnny Depp & Angelina Jolie; 'Narnia 3D' Opens Very Weak #1; 'The Fighter' and 'Black Swan' Strong

AFI Top 10 Film/TV Awards Official Selections

http://www.deadline.com/2010/12/afi-top-10-filmtv-awards-official-selections/

'Black Swan' Leads with a Record 12 Nominations for the 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards

UPDATE: 'Black Swan' Leads with a Record 12 Nominations for the 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Best Animated Film of 2010?

I'm going out on a limb here: "Toy Story 3" will sweep the 2010 "Annie" Awards, honoring the best in animation.

The 2010 nominations for Best Animated Features are: "Despicable Me" (Illumination Entertainment); "How to Train Your Dragon" (DreamWorks Animation); "Tangled" (Disney); "The Illusionist" (Django Films); and "Toy Story 3" (Disney/Pixar).

Winners will be announced at the 38th Annual Annie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at UCLA's Royce Hall, in Los Angeles.

For a complete listing of Annie Award nominations, tickets and event information, visit www.annieawards.org

Nominations Announced for the 38th Annual Annie Awards

Monday, December 6, 2010

'Tangled' tops week box office

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/tangled/news/1921410/box_office_guru_wrapup_tangled_takes_crown_over_weak_frame/

Sean Penn Goes Down In Plames: Untrue Lies, Says Washington Post

Sean Penn Goes Down In Plames: Untrue Lies, Says Washington Post

'I Love You Phillip Morris' Trailer HD

Is George Lucas Really Casting Dead Hollywood Stars in a New Film?

Is George Lucas Really Casting Dead Hollywood Stars in a New Film? Spout

Disney Closes Deal for Miramax Sale

Disney Officially Closes Deal for Miramax Sale - indieWIRE

Lindsey Vonn channels Sharon Stone



No, that's not Sharon Stone on the cover of the latest issue of ESPN magazine. It's Lindsey Vonn, the American alpine ski racer who won a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics. It's not the first time the 26-year-old showed off her assets. She was also featured in a special swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated featuring Olympic stars. Hey, a girl's gotta keep busy between Olympics.

Friday, December 3, 2010

'Red Riding Hood' Trailer

Critic: 5 most famous lesbian scenes in film

Associated Press movie critic Christy Lemire recaps five of the most famous lesbian scenes in movies in her latest column.

Lemire's picks:

"Mulholland Drive"
"Wild Things"
"Bound"
"D.E.B.S."
"Cruel Intentions"

Conspicuously absent is Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried in "Chloe," released earlier this year. It's a pivotal scene in the movie and one of the most graphic sex scenes ever filmed.

Also, where's "The Hunger," the 1983 vampire film featuring a seduction scene between Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon?

Let the debate begin.

5 most famous lesbian scenes

Movie review: 'The Warrior's Way'

Movie review: 'The Warrior's Way' - latimes.com

Movie projector: 'Tangled' to rule lazy post-Thanksgiving weekend

Movie projector: 'Tangled' to rule lazy post-Thanksgiving weekend

After 'Black Swan,' Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis go for some casual sex



After 'Black Swan,' Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis go for some casual sex

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Holiday gift guide 2010: Four TV and movie classics

Holiday gift guide 2010: Four TV and movie classics

Holiday gift guide 2010: DVDs for the family

Holiday gift guide 2010: DVDs for the family

'True Grit' Theatrical Trailer



It's hard to top John Wayne, but this remake of one of the Duke's best films looks promising.

'Catfish' on DVD Jan. 4

From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: 'Catfish'

Netflix and FilmDistrict Announce Agreement to Stream First-Run Theatrical Films to Netflix Members

Netflix and FilmDistrict Announce Agreement to Stream First-Run Theatrical Films to Netflix Members

Does Pennsylvania Consider Actor Mark Ruffalo a Terrorist?

Does Pennsylvania Consider Actor Mark Ruffalo a Terrorist?

Monday, November 29, 2010

'Empire Strikes Back' Director Irvin Kershner Dies At 87

The director of what most fans consider to be the best of the "Star Wars" films has dies.

Irvin Kershner, who directed "The Empire Strikes Back," died Saturday at his Los Angeles. He was 87.

In addition to "Empire," Kershner directed several other notable films, including "Never Say Never Again," "RoboCop 2," "Eyes of Laura Mars," and "Raid on Entebbe."

Kershner was not know for his productivity, having directed just 17 feature films in 35 years, and was not known as a favorite of film critics.

Read - 'Empire Strikes Back' Director Irvin Kershner Dies - here

Tribute to Leslie Nielsen





'Airplane!', 'Forbidden Planet' actor Nielsen dies - pottsmerc.com

Top Ten Movies-On-Demand Titles Week Ending November 21, 2010

Rentrak Announces Top Ten Movies-On-Demand Titles Week Ending November 21, 2010

‘Fair Game’ Review: Sean Penn’s Propaganda is Neither Fair Nor Game

Audiences are staying away in droves from this latest Sean Penn clunker, which has earned just $5 million at the box office, but cost $22 to produce.

'Fair Game' Review: Sean Penn's Propaganda is Neither Fair Nor Game

'Harry Potter' and 'Tangled' top Thanksgiving weekend box office

From Brandon Gray's analysis of the Thanksgiving weekend box office receipts:
Families were out in force as Harry Potter and the "Deathly Hallows Part 1" and "Tangled" dominated the Thanksgiving box office with a potent one-two punch, followed by "Megamind" in a distant third. "Burlesque," "Love and Other Drugs" and "Faster" each posted modest numbers, and overall weekend business was slightly down from the same period last year when "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" and "The Blind Side" led.
Daily Box Office Results Index - Box Office Mojo

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cool It Trailer (HD)

Fox to test premium pricing for DVD kiosk rentals

The $1 movie rental may be a victim of its own success. Studios want more of your money.

Fox to test premium pricing for DVD kiosk rentals starting with 'Knight and Day'

Bah, Humbug: 5 Better Scrooges Than Jim Carrey - and 5 Worse Ones

Bah, Humbug: 5 Better Scrooges Than Jim Carrey - and 5 Worse Ones

'Cars 2' Official Trailer 1



Of all the Pixar releases, "Cars" was my least favorite. And this trailer for "Cars 2" doesn't do anything for me.

Pixar needs to avoid cranking out inferior sequels as "product" for its parent company, Disney, and concentrate on original stories.

'Wizard of Oz' Remake? Why?

How do you improve on perfection? Some films should never be remade.

Warner Bros Wants Zemeckis For 'Wizard of Oz' Remake Based On Original MGM Script

'Harry Potter-Deathly Hallows' Breaking Box Office Records Before Release

'Harry Potter-Deathly Hallows, Pt 1' Breaking Box Office Records 36 Hours Before Release

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Movies I Never Want To See Again

I will sit though just about anything, but if you're thinking of renting on of these films, take my word for it and pick something else.

Robin Hood (2010) - How could Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe, who gave us "Gladiator" in 2000 sink to this level in just 10 years? The absolute worst re-telling of the Robin Hood legend since Mel Brooks' "Robin Hood: Men In Tights." Crowe looks bored throughout this insufferably long and dark movie. He has no chemistry with Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian and there are so many bad actors with bad accents impersonating French and British noblemen that you have no idea who anybody is or how they fit into the plot. Paging Kevin Costner.

Date Night - Steve Carell and Tina Fey are best enjoyed in small doses on TV screens. Neither can carry a film, especially this cliche-filled remake of "The Out-of-Towners" about a suburban couple getting into misadventures in New York City. There's a scene where Carell and Fey attempt to entertain a mobster in a strip club that is so painful to watch, you have to cover your eyes. The only mildly-amusing part of this 1 hour, 28-minute snooze-fest is a cameo by Mark Wahlberg. Go out on a real date instead of wasting time with this awful movie.

Hot Tub Time Machine - It's as dumb as the title, but not in a good way. I did not laugh once during this 1 hour, 40 minute disaster of a movie that is so desperate for laughs it keeps bringing in Chevy Chase, who hasn't made anyone laugh in 20 years. Nothing works in this "Back To The Future" for slobs rip-off. And what is John Cusak doing in this movie? He should fire his agent.

Repo Men - An interesting premise that falls apart quickly in this disappointing sci-fi/action film starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker as futuristic "repo men" who take back internal organs from people who can no longer afford to keep up with their payments for life-saving medical treatments. This might be a sneak-peek at ObamaCare, but I'd rather watch Nancy Pelosi reading the 2,000-page bill than sit through this clunker again.

Harry Brown - I wonder which studio executives green-lighted this project: Let's remake "Death Wish" with an geriatric British cast headed by 77-year-old Michael Caine playing the part of Charles Bronson. That's "Harry Brown" in a nutshell. You worry throughout the movie that one of the cast members will break a hip. In one scene, Caine collapses on the sidewalk with shortness of breath as he chases after a young punk. I kid you not. This might play well in a retirement home, but it will put everyone else to sleep.

Valentine's Day - An all-star cast (Julia Roberts, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Patrick Dempsey, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah) phoning in their performances in a movie that will swear you off romance for good. Nothing funny, nothing romantic, nothing you haven't seen before. Just a stale box of assorted chocolates.

New Documentary Exposes the threats to American Parental Rights



New Documentary Exposes the Threats to American Parental Rights

Sunday, November 14, 2010

'Megamind' tops weekend box office again

The DreamWorks computer animated feature "Megamind" topped the box office for the second weekend in a row, earning an estimated $30.1 million, bringing its two week total to nearly $90 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com

The comedy features the voice talents of Will Farrell, Tina Fey and Brad Pitt.

Although "Megamind" is bringing in a lot of extra income from higher 3D prices (64 percent of its business coming from 3D screens), some theaters have been discounting the normal $3 charge for 3D screenings to just 99 cents.

I was a bit surprised that "Skyline" did so poorly because it had a great trailer and alien-invasion movies tend to do much better. It opened at No. 4 with a paltry $11.7 million.

And no amount of hype could draw much of a crowd to "Morning Glory" featuring the 60-something leads of Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton plus the adorable Rachel McAdams. It took in less than $10 million in its first weekend.

From BoxOfficeMojo.com:
WEEKEND TOP 5 STUDIO ESTIMATES, NOVEMBER 12-14, 2010

Rank. Movie Title (Distributor)
Weekend Gross | Theaters | Total Gross | Week #

1. Megamind (Paramount (DreamWorks))
$30.1 million | 3,949 | $89.8 million | 2

2. Unstoppable (Fox)
$23.5 million | 3,207 | $23.5 million | 1

3. Due Date (Warner Bros.)
$15.5 million | 3,365 | $59.0 million | 2

4. Skyline (Universal)
$11.7 million | 2,880 | $11.7 million | 1

5. Morning Glory (Paramount)
$9.6 million | 2,518 | $12.2 million | 1

Monday, November 8, 2010

Liberal paranoia: 'Fair Game'

Peter Rainer on the liberal paranoia fantasy, "Fair Game" - "Preachy, sketchy, disjunctive, and with a blistery, solarized sheen that makes it look microwaved rather than photographed, "Fair Game" is a movie that for the most part trades on the Wilsons' notoriety instead of delving into the heart of it."

The movie attempts to blame George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for the "outing" of Valerie Plame, but the reality is that columnist Robert Novak exposed her CIA cover, not the administration. The film made $651,082 in limited release and like most films targeted to a far-left audience, it will fail.

'Fair Game': movie review

'Megamind' movie review

'Megamind' starring Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt: movie review - CSMonitor.com

Box Office Totals for Weekend of November 5, 2010

Rentrak Announces Official Box Office Totals for Weekend of November 5, 2010

'Reel Journalism With Nick Clooney' Film Series Debuts 2010-2011 Season with Special Guest Juan Williams

'Reel Journalism With Nick Clooney' Film Series Debuts 2010-2011 Season with Special Guest Juan Williams

'The Hunt For Gollum' - LOTR Prequel

Kelly McGillis, 'The Accused' open Greater Reading Film Festival

Kelly McGillis, 'The Accused' open Greater Reading Film Festival

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Free screening of 'Sita Sings the Blues' Nov. 8 at Albright College

"Sita Sings the Blues," a full-length animation feature based on the classic Indian epic, the Ramayana, will be shown on Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, at 8 p.m. in Albright College's Memorial Chapel.

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m., film creator Nina Paley will present a lecture in which she will discuss the creation of the film, as well as her arguments concerning copyrighting and ownership of art. The lecture will be held in the Campus Center South Lounge. Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information, click here.

The film can be viewed in its entirety online at www.sitasingstheblues.com

Albright College International Film Series November Events

Albright College News - Albright College International Film Series November Events

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Danno from 'Hawaii Five-0,' actor James MacArthur, dies at 72

Danno from 'Hawaii Five-0,' actor James MacArthur, dies at age 72 of natural causes in Florida | San Francisco Examiner

Recommended on DVD: 'Youth In Revolt'

"Youth In Revolt" is one of the smartest and funniest coming-of-age comedies in years, but it tanked at the box office earlier this year, earning just $15 million. Michael Cera plays the familiar teenage geek bouncing between divorced parents and their oddball partners. His life takes on meaning when he falls for an attractive girl (Portia Doubleday) while hiding out with his mother and her shady boyfriend (Zach Galifinakis) at a campground. The film takes another bizarre twist when Cera develops and alter-ego to help him woo the girl, with explosive consequences. There are dozens of laugh-out-loud scenes in one of the best comedies of the year. Steve Buscemi and Fred Willard are hilarious in supporting roles.

Albright College International Film Series November Events

Albright College News - Albright College International Film Series November Events

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

James Cameron plans 2 'Avatar' sequels

When your last film earns $2.8 billion at the box office worldwide, it's a sure bet you'll be working on a sequel.

James Cameron has announced plans to make two sequels to his blockbuster hit "Avatar," which eclipsed Cameron's "Titanic" to become the biggest movie of all time.

The sequels, which will also be shot in 3-D, are scheduled for release in late 2014 and 2015.

From The Hollywood Reporter:
"We'll continue to follow the same people on the same planet," producer Jon Landau said Wednesday during Paul Kagan's 3D Media Markets conference in New York. But, he allowed, "We might go underwater."
Read more about Cameron's plans here.

'Inside Job' movie review

Inside Job: movie review - CSMonitor.com

'Batman 3, The Dark Knight Rises', steps into the light

Batman 3, The Dark Knight Rises, steps into the light - CSMonitor.com

'The Soprano State' - Trailer

'Inception' Wins Hollywood Movie Awards

'Inception' Wins Hollywood Movie Awards

'Shrek Forever After' Now DreamWorks Animation's Highest Grossing International Release of All Time

DreamWorks Animation Reports Third Quarter 2010 Financial Results

'Predators' Tops Weekly Blockbuster Hit List of Top 10 Renting DVDs

'Predators' Tops Weekly Blockbuster Hit List of Top 10 Renting DVDs