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 -

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

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.


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 -

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

Albright College International Film Series November Events

Albright College News - Albright College International Film Series November Events