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The Critical Word on 'Indy 4'

By: cwalton on May 19, 2008 at 4:55PM Comments (1)

Indy 4 screened yesterday at Cannes and for critics all over, and the reactions have been mixed, although most acknowledge that this is a fun, if not classic summer movie ride. Some of us at Fandango were also able to catch the screening, and personally, I think your own reaction will be based on your expectations. If you're looking for a great, unforgettable movie with a sound script and...

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Set Visit Preview: Megan Fox in 'Jennifer’s Body'

By: cwalton on May 16, 2008 at 4:07PM Comments (1)

From Lizerne Guiting: What happens when Carrie meets Nightmare on Elm Street meets … Juno? A supernatural teen horror comedy called Jennifer’s Body, that’s what.Written by Juno scribe Diablo Cody and starring Megan Fox as the titular Jennifer, Body tells the tale of a virginal Minnesota cheerleader (Fox) who transforms into a flesh-consuming demon after a rock band sacrifices...

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Contest: Win the New 'Indiana Jones' Trilogy DVD Box Set

By: cwalton on May 14, 2008 at 12:55PM Comments

From Stacie Hougland: Thanks to everyone who participated in our Indy Jones trilogy DVD box set giveaway, and congratulations to our three winners. Be sure to check the blog regularly, as we should have more of these movie contests up soon.Here's a wrap-up of what was all included in the new DVD trilogy set, which hit stores last week: All three films: Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Temple of...

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At the 'Sex and the City' Premiere

By: cwalton on May 13, 2008 at 1:53PM Comments (4)

From Stacie Hougland: Filed under the "What were they thinking" category....Any guesses as to what this is? a) yard clippingsb) Mariah Carey's wedding cake topperc) a fancy saladIf you answered "No way, that's Sarah Jessica Parker's fug hat at the UK premiere of Sex and the City" instead,...

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First Look: Samuel L. Jackson as The Octopus

By: cwalton on May 13, 2008 at 1:49PM Comments

Take a look below at the first pic of Samuel L. Jackson as the Octopus, the nemesis of superhero The Spirit. This one's taken from the latest Comic Con magazine. Jackson fans, who were able to catch a fun glimpse of him as agent Nick Fury at the very end of Iron Man, can see him in The Spirit when it releases Christmas 2008 (moved up from its January 2009 date, due to the buzz for the Frank...

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Disappearing Movie Critics

By: cwalton on May 9, 2008 at 5:06PM Comments (2)

I started off as an intern at Newsweek, and one of the greatest things about my job was that, out of the L.A. office, I was sometimes able to go to movie screenings with one of my personal idols, David Ansen. I know that's not the same as hearing the words Brad Pitt or George Clooney. But for someone like me, the chance to watch movies with Newsweek's movie critic was a huge deal. I grew...

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More 'G.I. Joe' Cast Photos

By: cwalton on May 8, 2008 at 4:56PM Comments

As a kid in the late '70s, early '80s, I loved stuff like Voltron, Marvel comics (especially Iron Man, Captain America and the Avengers), the comic book G.I. Joe and later the animated movie and t.v. show, and early on, Speed Racer (Racer X in particular) and the cartoon Submariner. It's great to see how some of these childhood favorites are starting to translate into full-fledged,...

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Trailer Debut for 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'

By: cwalton on May 7, 2008 at 3:22PM Comments

Star Wars fans -- at least those with cable -- can catch the new trailer for the upcoming big-screen animated flick Star Wars: The Clone Wars on all the Turner networks (TNT, TBS, CNN, Boomerang, Cartoon Network) starting Thursday at 7:58pm in all U.S. time zones. We'll see how the cartoon actually fares as a feature film in August (it's a prelude to an animated show that will run next...

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New on DVD: 'Teeth'

By: cwalton on May 6, 2008 at 4:55PM Comments

From Stacie Hougland: Cult movie fans will want to snap up the sharp little horror film Teeth, which serves up an ancient myth about female sexuality and male fears in the form of a darkly campy black comedy. "People are squirmy about the V-word," says the film's costume designer on the commentary, and few movies could incite the squirm as much as this one. Jess Weixler makes an...

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Marvel Sets More Movie Release Dates

By: cwalton on May 5, 2008 at 4:42PM Comments (2)

Now that Iron Man is a bona fide blockbuster ($102+ million over the weekend, second best non-sequel debut opening ever, more than $201 million worldwide), expect more from the house that is Marvel Comics. Iron Man was the first movie produced fully in-house by the legendary comic imprint (and then distributed by Paramount Pictures), and it definitely will not be the last. Marvel today announced...

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Summer Movie Season Blasts Off

By: cwalton on May 2, 2008 at 2:38PM Comments (2)

It's official. Summer movie season, with the opening of Iron Man last night, has begun, and it's quite the kickoff. The movie's currently the top-rated movie of 2008 on Rotten Tomatoes, and while forecasters have warned that the release of Grand Theft Auto IV may cut into this weekend's box office, the movie industry should relax a little. Last year's box office was one for...

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First Look: 'Land of the Lost'

By: cwalton on April 29, 2008 at 3:37PM Comments (1)

Maybe it's just me, but there's still something to be said for going the CGI-less route. For every great digital effect (e.g. the superhero outfit in Iron Man, which, like the movie and its lead star, is fantastic), there are many more that don't quite fit the bill (say, the not-so-legendary walking dead in I Am Legend). Those who loved the Land of the Lost t.v. show will be glad to...

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DVD of the Week: 'The Golden Compass'

By: cwalton on April 29, 2008 at 2:28PM Comments

From Stacie Hougland: I know what you're saying. Really? Yes, it caused controversy. No, it didn't do well at the box office. Yes, it's convoluted to the point of incomprehensibility. But in spite of itself, the embattled The Golden Compass, out now in single and two-disc platinum series, is one outstanding DVD that should not be dismissed, especially by fans of the fantasy genre. The...

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Poll: Favorite Summer Movie Location?

By: cwalton on April 25, 2008 at 6:38PM Comments

Upcoming is the release of Iron Man and the kick-off of summer movie season. I'm sure you all have your most anticipated summer movies, but we'd also like to ask,Thanks for the votes! See more movie location photos and road trips in our Summer Movie Guide. We hear Indy's fond of this spot in Hilo,

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Actress Fox Tops FHM's 'Sexiest Woman' Poll

By: cwalton on April 24, 2008 at 3:16PM Comments (1)

Yes, as hard as it is to believe (and we know it's a stretch, right?), it is official, the readers of FHM magazine find Megan Fox (the it-girl from Transformers) to be the "sexiest woman in the world" (more news here). Congrats to Ms. Fox, and we'll see you next at the movies in the Diablo Cody-penned project, Jennifer's Body (guess who plays Jennifer?). Also making the list...

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