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Sundance Update: The Fest at Midpoint

By: cwalton on January 21, 2008 at 1:00PM Comments

The word from Sundance so far: lots of attendees, not so much hype. Unlike past years, the focus has been more on the movies than the marketing and the tie-in after-parties (which is good news, since this is a film festival). Getting some press still on the movie front is The Wackness, set in 1994 with Ben Kingsley as a stoner shrink, Josh Peck as his young pot-dealing patient and a small role...

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Cloverfield: New Photo

By: cwalton on January 18, 2008 at 4:15PM Comments (6)

The movie's out finally, the reviews have hit the 'Net (as of this post, 78% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), and a new photo's popped up (courtesy of 1-18-08.com). So what will it mean for the box office? I'm guessing whether you dig the shaky cam effect or not, Cloverfield 's still going to be a monster hit at least for the first weekend. I'll go in for a $37 million Fri - Sun...

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Sundance 2008: Opening Night

By: cwalton on January 17, 2008 at 6:39PM Comments

Mid-January...no Golden Globes show...perhaps no Oscars...BUT, one annual movie tradition is alive and kicking. And due to the never-ending writers' strike, 2008's Sundance Film Festival may be more interesting than usual. Tonight's the opening night up in Park City, Utah, and the premiere movie event (actually held an hour west in Salt Lake City) is for In Bruges, a grubby gangster...

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Want More Iron Man?

By: cwalton on January 15, 2008 at 3:11PM Comments (3)

This in from Stacie Hougland: Someone must think Robert Downey Jr.’s gauntlet-sheathed arm is a fascinating subject, as several new photos of it have popped up around the web lately. The first two stills below were just released this week by Marvel, and I leave it to you to judge what exactly he's doing with that outstretched appendage. (Do my eyes deceive me, or is that a six-pack...

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The 2008 Golden Globes 'Show'

By: cwalton on January 13, 2008 at 10:48PM Comments (1)

You know it's a surreal year for movie fans when NFL commentators Cris Collinsworth, Jerome Bettis and Tiki Barber are offered up as part of the pre-show entertainment for the Golden Globes. Um, yeah...so, the awards show did go on...sort of. On television, Nancy O'Dell and Billy Bush, co-anchors of NBC's Access Hollywood, were the hosts, commentators, and the closest thing to live...

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The Real Meaning Behind the Cloverfield Title?

By: cwalton on January 11, 2008 at 1:53PM Comments (6)

Less than a week remains til we find out if producer J.J. Abrams' creature feature Cloverfield really will be a mega-monster at the box office. The mystery isn't just what kind of "thing" is freaking out all those anonymous New York City partygoers. I'd like to know, and you might, too - what's with the title? Nothing's a sure bet, but here at the Fandango offices,...

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Juno Hits No. 1

By: cwalton on January 9, 2008 at 4:23PM Comments (1)

This in from Stacie Hougland: The phenomenon that is Juno is like, totally topping charts and busting records everywhere. It hit number one at the box office (Monday only) with a $1.4 million gross in its expansion to 1,925 theaters, edging out National Treasure 2 and I Am Legend, which earned $1.3 mil and $1.1 mil respectively on twice the number of screens. Having made a reported $52 million on...

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10 Movies to See in 2008

By: cwalton on January 7, 2008 at 11:03AM Comments (3)

Happy New Year everyone! Hope everyone had a great, and movie-filled holiday. 2007 was truly a year to remember at the cinema. Money-wise, it will go down as the biggest in history. But more importantly, for movie fans, there were also just so many good films that came out. 2008 has its work cut out for it (especially with the writers' strike still ongoing), but there are a lot of movies to...

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Casting Calls for Street Fighter and Wolverine

By: cwalton on December 28, 2007 at 1:52PM Comments (1)

This in from Lizerne Guiting: Casting tidbits: No more “Superman to the rescue!” for Smallville star Kristin Kreuk, who’s reportedly been cast as Street Fighter’s Chun-Li. Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li begins filming in Thailand in March 2008. The release is 2009…still a long way before we find out if Kreuk’s “spinning bird kick” lives up to...

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Keira Is The Duchess

By: cwalton on December 27, 2007 at 11:38AM Comments (5)

This in from Stacie Hougland: The teaser trailer is out for The Duchess, starring that queen of period pieces Keira Knightley. In it, she dons a tall wig and hoop skirts to play Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, a controversial 18th century aristocrat known for her beauty and style, extramarital indiscretions, gambling habits and championing of women's rights. Wanna peek? Here's Keira on...

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Eva Green: The Next Wonder Woman?

By: cwalton on December 21, 2007 at 1:31PM Comments (9)

This in from Lizerne Guiting: Eva Green, the Bond beauty turned witch queen, is rumored to have recently auditioned in Sydney for The Justice League. We’ve seen her navigate the skies in The Golden Compass, but will she be doing the same as Wonder Woman? Model Megan Gale was reported to have been cast in that part, but who really knows? It’s all just speculation, but both beauties...

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Jackson spawns The Hobbit

By: cwalton on December 19, 2007 at 11:44AM Comments (2)

This in from Lizerne Guiting: LOTR fans have two things to look forward to in 2010 and 2011—Tolkien’s The Hobbit and its sequel, just announced for production in 2009. But instead of working behind the camera, Peter Jackson is producing rather than directing, claiming he couldn’t meet the release dates and didn’t want to delay them for fans (the drama from the lawsuit he...

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New Blade Runner DVD Tuesday!

By: cwalton on December 17, 2007 at 11:19AM Comments (1)

This in from Stacie Hougland: One of the most influential movies in cinematic history is being re-released on DVD Dec. 18 in honor of its 25th anniversary: Blade Runner. And man! Simply put, this newly restored and remastered version looks amazing. Director Ridley Scott says the restoration process began in 2000 and involved digging deep into the archives to uncover missing footage, improving the...

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International Poster: The Dark Knight

By: cwalton on December 14, 2007 at 6:27PM Comments (1)

Here's the new international poster for The Dark Knight, and it's freakin' awesome. Knight star Christian Bale made an appearance last Saturday at the Aero Theater in L.A. for an all-night movie marathon of his work. [Note to Baleheads: The line-up was 3:10 to Yuma, I'm Not There, Batman Begins, American Psycho and The Machinist...and yes, watching that last one -- about an...

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And the Golden Globe Noms Go to...

By: cwalton on December 13, 2007 at 10:25AM Comments (2)

The nominations are in for The Golden Globes -- the oh-so-important arbiter of things to come on Oscar night. (Now we'll see if there's actually a ceremony with the writers still on strike). Who got the nods? Check below for the major movie categories. I just have one comment. Not to carp or complain, but dang, no musical nod for Once? Yeah, ok, I constantly plugged it on this blog, but...

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