Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Best Films of 2011

"The Artist"

"Hugo"

"Drive"

"Everything Must Go"

"Midnight in Paris"

"Higher Ground"

"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"

"Source Code"

"Bridesmaids"

"Win-Win"

"Super 8"

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Bad Movies I Liked in 2011

Most of the films on the list below made various critic lists of the worst films of 2011, but not mine. There was some redeeming quality in each of these 10 films. Something that made me laugh or kept my attention for a couple of minutes. I can't say that about the really bad films of 2011.

So here's my list of bad films that I didn't mid watching:
"Season of the Witch"

"Dylan Dog: Dead of Night"

"Sucker Punch"

"SetUp"

"Green Lantern"

"Just Go With It"

"Arthur"

"Red State"

"Drive Angry"

"Battle: Los Angeles"

'Prometheus' - Official Trailer

Top Ten Movies-on-demand Titles Week Ending December 18, 2011

Rentrak Announces Top Ten Movies-on-demand Titles Week Ending December 18, 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

'Hobbit' Trailer Makes Critic Cry

Christianity Today Entertainment Blog: 'Hobbit' Trailer Makes Critic Cry

The Worst Movies of 2011

Here are the worst films of 2011, in no particular order. In other words, all of them stunk up theaters. I stopped at 20, but I could have kept going.
"Bad Teacher"

"Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star"

"Red Riding Hood"

"Zookeeper"

"The Dilemma"

"Jack and Jill"

"The Hangover Part II"

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1"

"Beastly"

"Your Highness"

"Big Momma: Like Father, Like Son"

"Larry Crowne"

"The Eagle"

"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"

"I Don't Know How She Does It"

"Mars Needs Moms"

"Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked"

"New Year's Day"

"Abduction"

"30 Minutes Or Less"

Reel Life

'The Hobbit' trailer: 5 signs that Peter Jackson is back to his best

'The Hobbit' trailer: 5 signs that Peter Jackson is back to his best

Peter Rainer: The best films of 2011

Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor offers his list of the best films of 2011 ... and it includes several surprises.

The best films of 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Official 8-Minute Trailer

Jennifer Aniston tops 'Hottest Woman of All Time' list

Jennifer Aniston tops 'Hottest Woman of All Time' list

Lousy Films = Lousy Box Office Numbers

When the top-grossing film, "New Year's Eve," only brings in $13.5 million, you know it's a bad weekend for Hollywood.

Rentrak Announces Official Box Office Numbers for Weekend of December 9, 2011

'Young Adult' - Trailer

American Film Institute Announces AFI AWARDS 2011 Official Selections

American Film Institute Announces AFI AWARDS 2011 Official Selections

Red Pages Announces Hot 100 Celebrities for 2012

Red Pages Announces Hot 100 Celebrities for 2012

Top Ten Movies-on-Demand Titles Week Ending December 4, 2011

Rentrak Announces Top Ten Movies-on-Demand Titles Week Ending December 4, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' - Official US Trailer

Best and Worst Films of 2011

I'm starting to compile my list of 10 best and 10 worst films of 2011.

So far, I'm pretty sure "Bad Teacher," "The Hangover Part II," "Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star," "Red Riding Hood," "Zookeeper," "The Dilemma," "Jack and Jill," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," and "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1" will make the list.

The difficult part will be keeping the list to 10.

As for the best, "Hugo," "Drive," "13 Assassins," "Everything Must Go," "Hanna," "Source Code," "Bridesmaids," "Win-Win" "Super 8" and "Midnight in Paris" are looking like sure bets.

Any suggestions for either category?

Monday, December 5, 2011

39th Annie Award Nominations Announced

What is the best animated feature of 2011?

The mainstream Hollywood releases ('Cars 2', 'Kung Fu Panda 2' 'Puss In Boots' and 'Rio' were mediocre at best.

'Rango' could be a favorite based on Johnny Depp's voice work alone, but the soon-to-be-released 'The Adventures of Tintin' could be the surprise winner.)

The nominees are:
'A Cat in Paris' (Folimage)
'Arthur Christmas' (Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations)
'Arrugas' (Perro Verde Films, S.L.)
'Cars 2' (Pixar Animation Studios)
'Chico & Rita' (Chico & Rita Distribution)
'Kung Fu Panda 2' (DreamWorks Animation)
'Puss In Boots' (DreamWorks Animation)
'Rango' (Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies)
'Rio' (Blue Sky Studios)
'The Adventures of Tintin' (Amblin Entertainment, Wingnut Films and Kennedy/Marshall)
Last year's top film was 'How to Train Your Dragon' from DreamWorks Animation This year's winner will be announced Feb. 4.

39th Annie Award Nominations Announced

'Super 8' Tops Movies-On-Demand Titles

Rentrak Announces Top Ten Movies-On-Demand Titles Week Ending November 27, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

'Breaking Dawn' rises to $283.5M worldwide debut

While reviews were mixed, the teenage girls (and their middle-aged mothers) still showed up in droves to see the latest "Twilight" installment in theaters.

"Breaking Dawn Part 1" opened huge with $139 million in domestic tickets sales on its first weekend.

'Breaking Dawn' rises to $283.5M worldwide debut - phillyBurbs.com

Monday, November 14, 2011

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Johnny Depp: Why Won't Middle America Pay to See My Bad Movies?

Let's face it: When he's not wearing a pirate outfit, Johnny Depp is boring to watch on the big screen. Some recent examples: 'The Tourist'; "Public Enemies"; "The Libertine"; "Secret Window"; "From Hell;" "Sleepy Hollow."

Math Genius Johnny Depp: Middle America Doesn't Appreciate 'Intelligent Films'

'Crazy Stupid Love' tops Movies-on-Demand Titles

Rentrak Announces Top Ten Movies-on-Demand Titles Week Ending November 6, 2011

'IndoctriNation' exposes anti-Christian bias in public schools

IndoctriNation Trailer from IndoctriNation on Vimeo.

'Happy Feet 2' Dances Onto IMAX Screens This Friday

'Happy Feet Two' Dances Onto IMAX Screens This Friday

L.A. Elementary School Invites Porn Star To Read To First Graders

Hi, kids ... have you seen any of my movies?

Only in L.A. would school officials consider a porn star a role model they'd introduce to students.

L.A. Elementary School Invites Porn Star To Read To First Graders

'Immortals' Tops Weekend Box Office With $32M

Despite tepid reviews, the gods were smiling on "Immortals" this weekend as the "300" clone took in $32 million at the box office.

Rentrak Announces Official Box Office Numbers for Weekend of November 11, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

'Safe House' - Trailer

Columnist: It's Time for Hollywood Conservatives to Come Out

"Did you hear the news? Chuck Woolery came out of the closet! No, not that closet. Coming out of that closet in Hollywood gets you applause for your bravery. Instead, Woolery came out recently to admit that he is a … wait for it … conservative!"

Kregg Janke: It's Time for Hollywood Conservatives to Come Out

Monday, November 7, 2011

'Fear of a Black Republican' Trailer



Learn more about the new documentary here.

'Puss In Boots' Tops Weekend Box Office Again

Dreamworks' 'Puss In Boots' took in $33 million in its second weekend to top $75 million overall at the box office. I suspect a lot of people on the East Coast who lost power over the Halloween weekend finally got out to see the move this past weekend.

Rentrak Announces Official Box Office Numbers for Weekend of November 4, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

John Lasseter Honored With Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame



Mr. Pixar, two-time Academy Award-winning director John Lasseter, is the latest recipient of a start on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Lasseter was honored Nov. 1 by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Lasseter is chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and principal creative advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering.

From a press release from Disney:
The celebration was emceed by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Leron Gubler, with special guest speaker, actress Bonnie Hunt. Also joining the celebration were Owen Wilson, Brad Paisley, Emily Mortimer, John Ratzenberger, Patton Oswalt, Don Rickles, Randy Newman and Cheech Marin. Key Disney and Pixar executives in attendance included Studio Chairman Rich Ross, Studio President Alan Bergman, Production President Sean Bailey, Disney and Pixar Animation Studios President Ed Catmull, Pixar General Manager Jim Morris, among many other prestigious guests.

Lasseter’s star is the 2,453rd on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is located in front of the historic El Capitan Theatre. The event was followed by an exclusive luncheon specially prepared by celebrity chef Guy Fieri.

Lasseter made his feature film directorial debut with the now classic "Toy Story," which was the first-ever feature length computer animated motion picture. He subsequently directed the international box office hits "A Bug’s Life," "Toy Story 2," "Cars" and "Cars 2."

Creatively overseeing all films and associated projects from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, his executive producing credits include the Oscar®-winning and nominated Pixar films "Monsters, Inc.," "Finding Nemo," "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," "WALL-E," "Up" and "Toy Story 3."

He also served as executive producer for Walt Disney Animation Studios' Academy Award®-nominated features "Bolt," "The Princess and the Frog" and "Tangled," as well as the studio's most recent release "Winnie the Pooh." Lasseter is also the executive producer of Pixar's new animated feature "Brave," which will be released in 2012.

A graduate of CalArts with a BFA in film, Lasseter is the only two-time winner of the Student Academy Award® for Animation for his student films "Lady and the Lamp" and "Nitemare."

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Big News From Disney/Pixar

Circle Tuesday, Nov. 1, on your calendar. That's a big release date for some favorite Disney/Pixar releases on DVD/Blu-ray

In addition to "Cars 2" making its debut on DVD/Blu-ray, "Toy Story 3D," "Toy Story 2 3D" and "Toy Story 3 3D" will hit stores.

Start your Christmas shipping early with these family favorites.

Top Haunted Attractions in U.S. Are Both in Pennsylvania



Just in time for Halloween, Hauntdworld.com has released its 2011 list of the Top 13 Best Haunted Attractions in the United States.

And topping the list? A pair of haunted attractions in suburban Philadelphia: The Bates Motel and Pennhurst Asylum, both operated by the same company.

Here's what Hauntdworld.com has to say about the best haunts in the U.S.:
1. Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride and Pennhurst Asylum Haunted Attraction in Philadelphia, PA Pennsylvania: The Bates Motel Haunted House & Hayride is a unique haunted attraction for several reasons: The Haunted Hayride is located deep in a 200-year-old forest full of overgrown trees creating the ultimate dark trail even during a full moon. This puts customers on edge even before ever entering the first hayride scene. Combined with a digital custom soundtrack, pyrotechnics and continuous scares throughout the ride, this hayride attraction is sure to create the ultimate haunting experience of your life! To read a more detailed article about this attraction, visit their website at www.TheBatesMotel.com. Additionally, The Pennhurst Asylum is one of the scariest haunted attraction sites in the world, mostly due to the setting of this haunt. It's located in a 100-year-old, abandoned mental institute. The building itself will instill real fear and true horror in anyone. The Asylum has been investigated by professional ghost hunters and featured on Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters several times. This attraction is truly haunted. To read a more detailed article about this real haunted house visit their website at www.PennhurstAsylum.com. Bates Motel and Pennhurst Asylum are owned and operated by the same company and are within a short drive of each other. These have to be number one on our list for locations to get scared this Halloween.
To review all 13 haunted attractions, visit Hauntworld.com

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Greater Reading Film Festival, Nov. 3-6

The Greater Reading Film Festival returns to Reading, Pa., on Nov. 3-6, 2011.

For more information on the films and other events, visit the Berks Arts Council website.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Oscar-studded film highlights divide between Dems, GOP

George Clooney's latest film, "The Ides of March," bombed at the box-office, just like every other left-leaning political film released by Hollywood. Columnist Drew Zahn offers some analysis on why liberals in Hollywood can't related to mainstream Americans.

Oscar-studded film highlights divide between Dems, GOP

'Margin Call' Trailer

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

100 Best Movie Lines in 200 Seconds

'Mighty Macs' follows same underdog path as team

A movie filmed in Chester County opens in theaters on Friday.

'Mighty Macs' movie follows same underdog path as team - dailylocal.com

Dracula and Frankenstein: Forgotten Monsters in the Age of 'Twilight'?

Dracula and Frankenstein: Forgotten Monsters in the Age of 'Twilight'?

Why Prequels Are The New Sequels

Why Prequels Are The New Sequels - CinemaBlend.com

Media Won't Punish Sarandon for 'Nazi' Comments, Audiences Will

Media Won't Punish Sarandon for 'Nazi' Comments, Audiences Will

Director Promises Not to Amp Up Eco-Messages for 'Avatar' Sequels

James Cameron Promises Not to Amp Up Eco-Messages for 'Avatar' Sequels

Sunday, October 16, 2011

'The Walking Dead: Season 2' - Official Trailer



Season 2 premieres tonight at 9 p.m.

'Real Steel' tops weekend box office again

Another $16.3 million for "Real Steel" this weekend, just enough to keep it No. 1. Second place goes to the remake of "Footloose" at $16.1 million. Rounding out the top three spots is another remake, "The Thing" which took in $8.7 million

Rentrak Announces Official Box Office Numbers for Weekend of October 14, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Another left-leaning political film flops at the box office

Interesting theory by the Los Angeles Times why the left-leaning "Ides of March" bombed at the box office on its opening weekend despite the star power of ultra-leftist George Clooney.

"March" finished a distant second to "Real Steel" with a disappointing $10.4 million at the weekend box office.

Here's my take: The audience for liberal subject matter is just too small to support these films.

L.A. Times: Political Films Flop Because They're Not Partisan Enough

'The Mighty Macs' Trailer



'The Mighty Macs' is based on the true story of the 1971-72 Immaculata College team that started in obscurity but became the original Cinderella story in women's basketball.

'The Debt' on DVD Dec. 6

From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: 'The Debt'

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Arthur C. Nielsen Jr., TV ratings guru, dead at 92

The man responsible for the cancellation of thousands of television shows, has finally checked out.

Arthur C. Nielsen Jr., head of TV ratings firm, dies at 92 - Obituaries - MiamiHerald.com

D'oh! Salary dispute could end 'The Simpsons'

Say it ain't so, Homer.

After 20 years on the air, the show that made the Fox Network may be coming to an end?

The show could become a victim of declining ratings and greedy voice actors.

From The Los Angeles Times:
This season, "The Simpsons" has averaged 7.1 million viewers. That is a drop of nearly 19% from five years ago, when the show averaged 8.7 million viewers. In the coveted category of viewers ages 18 to 49, ratings for "The Simpsons" have fallen 17%.

Most shows experience ratings declines as they age. The conundrum is that production costs rise at the same time because producers and actors typically get big raises the longer a program stays on the air.
Read the full story at the link below:

Salary dispute could end 'The Simpsons'

'The Playboy Club' Canceled - Morality in Media's Efforts Victorious

'The Playboy Club' Canceled - Morality in Media's Efforts Victorious

Are Disney's 3D Re-Releases Helping People Change Their Minds About 3D?

The reason Disney's re-release of 'The Lion King' in 3D did so well at the box office ($80 million so far) is because it was such a great story to begin with. The 3D enhanced the film for a newer audience, but you started with a great film.

Are Disney's 3D Re-Releases Helping People Change Their Minds About 3D? - CinemaBlend.com

Top Ten Movies-On-Demand Titles Week Ending September 25, 2011

Rentrak Announces Top Ten Movies-On-Demand Titles Week Ending September 25, 2011

'The Lion King' Blu-ray Review

'The Lion King' Blu-ray Review: Perfect Film Beautifully Presented

Spike TV's 'SCREAM Awards 2011' Bids Farewell to the 'Harry Potter' Franchise

Spike TV's 'SCREAM Awards 2011' Bids Farewell to the 'Harry Potter' Franchise With Special Tribute

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

America's Best Haunted Attractions Are Both In Pennsylvania



Just in time for Halloween, Hauntdworld.com has released its 2011 list of the Top 13 Best Haunted Attractions in the United States.

And topping the list? A pair of haunted attractions in suburban Philadelphia: The Bates Motel and Pennhurst Asylum, both operated by the same company.

Here's what Hauntdworld.com has to say about the best haunts in the U.S.:
1. Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride and Pennhurst Asylum Haunted Attraction in Philadelphia, PA Pennsylvania: The Bates Motel Haunted House & Hayride is a unique haunted attraction for several reasons: The Haunted Hayride is located deep in a 200-year-old forest full of overgrown trees creating the ultimate dark trail even during a full moon. This puts customers on edge even before ever entering the first hayride scene. Combined with a digital custom soundtrack, pyrotechnics and continuous scares throughout the ride, this hayride attraction is sure to create the ultimate haunting experience of your life! To read a more detailed article about this attraction, visit their website at www.TheBatesMotel.com. Additionally, The Pennhurst Asylum is one of the scariest haunted attraction sites in the world, mostly due to the setting of this haunt. It's located in a 100-year-old, abandoned mental institute. The building itself will instill real fear and true horror in anyone. The Asylum has been investigated by professional ghost hunters and featured on Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters several times. This attraction is truly haunted. To read a more detailed article about this real haunted house visit their website at www.PennhurstAsylum.com. Bates Motel and Pennhurst Asylum are owned and operated by the same company and are within a short drive of each other. These have to be number one on our list for locations to get scared this Halloween.
To review all 13 haunted attractions, visit Hauntworld.com

Monday, September 19, 2011

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How '300' Should Have Ended

5 More Disney Classics That Should Get 3D Re-Releases

5 More Disney Classics That Should Get 3D Re-Releases, After The Success Of The Lion King 3D - CinemaBlend.com

Disney's 'The Lion King' Reigns Once Again

The No. 1 film at the box office this weekend? How about 1994's "The Lion King" re-released in 3-D format?

The Lion King earned $30.15 million from 2,330 locations, which is the fourth-highest September opening ever - not bad for a 17-year-old traditional animation film.

Look for Disney to open up its vaults once again the re-release a bunch of its hand-drawn animated classics in 3-D format.

Disney's The Lion King Reigns Once Again

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Albright College International Film Series Events for September

Albright College International Film Series Events for September

'Drive' Trailer

'Entourage' Farewell

'Entourage' Farewell: Hollywood Wish-Fulfillment With a Surprising Moral Center

'SUPER 8' on DVD Nov. 22

Acclaimed Filmmakers Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams Join Forces to Create an Extraordinary Tale of Youth, Mystery, and Nostalgic Adventure: 'SUPER 8'

'Waiting for ‘Superman' Screening, Panel Discussion at Albright College on Sept. 25

The acclaimed documentary film 'Waiting for 'Superman' will be shown for free on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Albright College in Reading, PA, followed by a panel discussion on the American education system.

The film begins at 5:15 p.m. in Klein Lecture Hall, followed by the panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel will be Louis Shucker, an attorney in private practice and a school board member, and Thomas Beveridge, a retired elementary principal from Pottsville, Pa., who supports charter schools. Joseph Yarworth, Ph.D., chair and assistant professor of education at Albright, will serve as moderator.

Film and Panel Discussion to Examine America's Public Education System