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'Marshall' Co-stars to Reteam in 'Greek'

By: cwalton on April 23, 2008 at 3:55PM Comments (2)

For once, the movie lived up to the hype. Right before its release, all of the over-the-top marketing for Forgetting Sarah Marshall seemed a bit overkill. And weird. It could be me, but the whole plastering the city with "I Hate Sarah Marshall" graffiti almost made me not want to see it. But, it turns out the marketers, and the critics, were right. Sarah Marshall is everything it's...

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New on DVD: 'Cloverfield,' 'The Orphanage,' Charlie Wilson'

By: cwalton on April 22, 2008 at 3:40PM Comments (1)

From Stacie Hougland: DVD of the Week: If you can endure the stomach-churning first 10 minutes of shaky-cam, you're in for a sci-fi/horror thrill ride of monstrous proportions with Cloverfield.When a giant monster attacks Manhattan, a group of 20-somethings celebrating their buddy Rob's (Michael Stahl-David) going-away party find themselves on the run, first to Brooklyn, then back to the...

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Disneynature Launch for Earth Day

By: cwalton on April 22, 2008 at 2:41PM Comments

This in from Lizerne Guiting: Disney goes green with the launch of its new film label, Disneynature – to produce big-screen nature documentaries. The first film for the new label is Earth, narrated by Darth Vader voice James Earl Jones, which will premiere theatrically on Earth Day, April 22, 2009. France-based Disney exec Jean-Francois Camilleri, who co-produced March of the Penguins, will...

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New 'Spirit' Poster and Photo

By: cwalton on April 21, 2008 at 11:45AM Comments (3)

Fans of The Spirit -- or Eva Mendes -- take a look below, at Lionsgate's just-released teaser poster for the movie, and a sexy still of Mendes' jewel thief character Sand Saref. Comic book fans of Frank Miller's work (he's also the mastermind behind 300 and Sin City) already know what's on the way, but for those who are new to The Spirit world, the basic premise, based on...

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Poll: Worst Movie to Watch on a Plane?

By: cwalton on April 18, 2008 at 4:15PM Comments (1)

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (which opens wide on 04/25) features a subplot where our heroes are mistaken for flight-boarding terrorists, a bit of sick humor that could get cut out of the film if H&K2 ever ends up as an in-flight movie...which got us thinking...One minute you're on the plane to Amsterdam, the next

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Indie Buffs: It's the L.A. United Film Fest

By: cwalton on April 17, 2008 at 6:42PM Comments

From Stacie Hougland: If you're an indie film buff in the L.A. area, you might want to grab a seat at the Los Angeles United Film Festival, a three-day weekend of independent films and shorts and filmmmaker Q&A sessions. Among the films being shown are a documentary of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Union: The Business Behind Getting High, starring folks like comedian Joe Rogan (who opens...

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Indiana Jones and the 140+ Minute Run Time

By: cwalton on April 16, 2008 at 2:44PM Comments (3)

Jeffrey Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere posted last night that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is locked in, and that the final run time is somewhere in the 140 minute range. While that's -- thankfully -- short of the overly-extended third Pirates of the Caribbean (which rang in at 168 minutes), it's still been enough to get bloggers buzzing: is two and a half hours of...

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DVD of the Week: 'Juno'

By: cwalton on April 15, 2008 at 3:31PM Comments (1)

From Stacie Hougland: “My ease in teenspeak comes from being an exceptionally immature adult,” reveals Oscar-winning writer Diablo Cody in an extra on the Juno DVD, new today in single and two-disc versions. That’s pretty much the tone captured in its many bonus features. If you somehow missed the hype, the raved-about Juno tells the story of a smart-mouthed high schooler who...

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New! 'Incredible Hulk' Poster

By: cwalton on April 15, 2008 at 1:17PM Comments (2)

This in from Lizerne Guiting: Take a look at the just-released poster showing a forlorn Bruce Banner (Edward Norton), who ranked fourth in our survey of Most Anticipated New Character Portrayal. It’s got a lot going on in the background: helicopters with searchlights, explosions and tanks. Frankly, I like the dark green, which seems to fit the personality of the monstrosity, way more than...

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New 'X-Files 2' Photos

By: cwalton on April 11, 2008 at 6:23PM Comments (2)

From Stacie Hougland: The lid just loosened--just barely--on one of the most top-secret films of the summer, X-Files 2. The good folks over at X-Files News (who really have it covered for all things Mulder & Scully) have released a few brand new stills that may--or may not?--give away a few clues to the plot. "Honestly, Mulder. Can we just go inside for a cup of

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Charlton Heston: The Original Action Hero

By: cwalton on April 8, 2008 at 2:49PM Comments (3)

He had a reputation for playing every historical role known to cinema, but Charlton Heston (who passed away Sunday at age 84) was also the predecessor to a certain popular action hero. Dave Kehr's blog on the actor mentions the role of Henry Steele, the hero from 1954's Secret of the Incas. Like our man Indiana Jones, Steele is a grizzled adventurer who sports a fedora and leather jacket,...

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DVD of the Week: 'Walk Hard'

By: cwalton on April 8, 2008 at 2:38PM Comments (1)

From Stacie Hougland: There’s a sequence in the beginning of the music mockumentary Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story so jaw-droppingly, inappropriately hysterical, I had to pause it while howling like a lunatic or I’d have missed the next scene. Although the film can’t (and doesn’t) keep that pace up throughout, it’s my pick for DVD of the Week for the brilliant first...

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New 'Pineapple Express' Poster and Trailer

By: cwalton on April 3, 2008 at 11:43AM Comments (1)

This in from Lizerne Guiting: The Pineapple Express red band trailer is now available for your viewing enjoyment. Yep, it's cleverly random, but you don't need to be high as a kite to find it hilarious. Seth Rogen, James Franco (who pulls off a good stoner smile) and Danny McBride round out the cast of the August 8th release. Check out the poster (thanks to JoBlo) that has enough smoke in...

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DVD of the Week: 'Sweeney Todd'

By: cwalton on April 1, 2008 at 12:06PM Comments (6)

From Stacie Hougland: If you enjoyed Tim Burton’s stylized cannibal tale Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter as Gothic-horror partners in crime, the 2-disc DVD that comes out today is a little slice of heaven you’ll want to gobble right up. This movie version of Steven Sondheim’s classic stage musical tells the tale of a...

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Win in Our 'Titanic' Movie Contest!

By: cwalton on April 1, 2008 at 1:35AM Comments

Thanks to everyone who submitted entries in our silly sequels/April Fool's Titanic 2 contest, and congrats to all of you for your great ideas (now be sure to trademark them before Hollywood actually makes them into real movies). It was hard for us to pick a single best sequel, but, to quote Christopher Lambert's Highlander, "there can be only one" (or, in Highlander's case,...

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