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Julia Roberts: Oscar-Winning Chameleon

By: cwalton on December 12, 2007 at 11:01AM Comments (2)

Here's a post (and image) from Lizerne Guiting:Julia Roberts' age-defying genes never fail. At the premiere last night for Charlie Wilson's War, the actress showed up in a classic, simple black dress -- quite the opposite of the real Joanne Herring, the Houston socialite she portrays in the film.The last time Roberts appeared onscreen as a real-life character, she won an Academy...

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Must-See Movie: Sweeney Todd

By: cwalton on December 7, 2007 at 5:06PM Comments (3)

If you're a Tim Burton, Johnny Depp or Stephen Sondheim fan (and I'd guess a lot of moviegoers fall into one of those three categories), your time has come! Sweeney Todd has landed, and those who've seen it are going gaga over it. Check out the Variety review here. A couple of our trade folks also caught a special screening, and can't stop raving about it. Apparently, Johnny Depp...

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NBR's 'No Country' for Best Film

By: cwalton on December 5, 2007 at 4:19PM Comments (2)

And the Oscar goes to...well, we're not quite there. But, the National Board of Review -- traditionally the first critics group out of the gate -- has just announced their favorites. The verdict? It's good to be independent, and good to be bloody. No Country for Old Men, the Coen Brothers' modern day western-suspense-thriller, won Best Film, while Tim Burton was named Best Director...

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The Golden Compass Controversy

By: cwalton on November 30, 2007 at 2:38PM Comments (14)

Besides Hannah Montana 3D, there's another movie event happening this weekend. Here's more from Lizerne Guiting:Curious to see what the hubbub is, or are you a fan of The Golden Compass fantasy trilogy? Get a first look with this Saturday’s sneak previews happening in select areas. It’s no secret that the movie, based on outspoken atheist Philip Pullman’s first tome in...

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Here Comes Hannah

By: cwalton on November 30, 2007 at 2:30PM Comments (2)

For the preteens of America, and everyone related to them, Disney has the perfect idea of a holiday gift. Tonight at midnight (12:01 am Eastern Standard Time / 9:01 pm Pacific Standard Time), the concert sensation that is Hannah Montana (a.k.a. Miley Cyrus, teen superstar daughter to big daddy Billy Ray) becomes a movie sensation presented in "Disney Digital 3D" glory. Tickets go on...

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4 Cheers (and Indie Spirit Noms) for Juno

By: cwalton on November 28, 2007 at 10:36AM Comments (2)

The Indie Spirit Award nominations have been announced, and while it's good to see a truly independent, art house movie like I'm Not There lead the pack with 5 nominations (Feature, Director, Supporting Male, Supporting Female and the Robert Altman Award), I'm even happier that Juno received the second most nominations, with 4 for Feature, Director, First Screenplay and Female Lead....

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Bale as Terminator?

By: cwalton on November 26, 2007 at 12:39PM Comments (3)

Rumor has it that Christian Bale may be up for the lead role in the next Terminator movie. Aint-It-Cool-News is reporting that the Batman star is in line to play the grown-up John Connor in Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. Being a huge Bale fan, this is great news to me. Edward Furlong was capable and entertaining in the role (you could practically hear his teen voice cracking when...

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Why Enchanted Just...Is

By: cwalton on November 21, 2007 at 12:17PM Comments (3)

Going to see Enchanted this weekend? Here’s a preview from Lizerne Guiting. Also, be sure to check out Enchanted star Amy Adams in a little film on video called Junebug. It will come as no surprise to those who’ve seen her performance in this indie gem if the talented actress finally breaks through with her latest magical work… If Bee Movie’s laughs or Mr....

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An Emporium for Kids

By: cwalton on November 12, 2007 at 2:40PM Comments (1)

'Tis the holiday season, and time for some quality movies for the little ones. What's the word on Magorium? Here’s an early preview from Lizerne Guiting… This year's holiday fare is a little more colorful with Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, the latest from director Zach Helm. Kids under 8, and maybe some kids at heart, will find its silliness and mild sentiment...

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Buzz on Beowulf

By: cwalton on November 6, 2007 at 11:59AM Comments (3)

Way back in 1985, I remember sitting in a theater at the end of Back to the Future, during the finale when Doc and Marty are dealing with every unexpected force of nature imaginable to get McFly 'back to the future,' and my single thought was…'woah.' There's a sequence near the end of Beowulf, helmed by Future's director Robert Zemeckis, where I felt that same...

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Dan and Bella...For Love and Laughs

By: cwalton on October 31, 2007 at 1:45PM Comments (2)

Here's a blog post from our own Lizerne Guiting with some more on new movies coming your way... Chuck mentioned a variety of movie selections on the current box office, but in case you’re not in the mood for Saw horrors, Gangster thrills or CGI-ed Bees, here are two more picks that just might be your winning ticket. Dan in Real Life, which was second to Saw IV on its opening weekend,...

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Denzel, Cusack, Saw and Seinfeld

By: cwalton on October 29, 2007 at 5:16PM Comments

Here are some thoughts on the current box office. The safest bet in all of moviedom is Lionsgate's Saw franchise. It absolutely owned the Halloween weekend. Last year, this year (and next year, too), a Saw movie opened at number one. Saw IV hauled in $31.7 million. That's a smidge less than Saw III, but still more than Saw II. Secondly, though some analysts are worried that this was the...

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13 Scary Trailers

By: cwalton on October 25, 2007 at 10:51AM Comments (1)

Muahhhaaahaaa! Looking for some scary previews for some new and classic scary movies? Here are a few tricks and treats from our video vault: 13 ultra-creepy trailers for movies and videos that will get inside your heart (and likely pluck it out). Watch...and scream...and Happy Halloween! Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987) - Before Sam Raimi became Mr. Spider-Man, he directed the ultimate horror...

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The Brothers Affleck

By: cwalton on October 19, 2007 at 11:20AM Comments (1)

Wondering what to see this weekend? Guess who’s back on the scene (or at least behind the cameras)? Here’s a blog entry from Liz about the Affleck brothers, and their latest… Ben Affleck would probably like to forget some of his acting credits from the past few years. (After the whole "Bennifer" escapade and film choices like Jersey Girl, Gigli and Daredevil, he was...

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Hartnett the Horror Hero

By: cwalton on October 16, 2007 at 4:51PM Comments (2)

It's been almost a decade since Josh Hartnett arrived on the scene, but to look at him, you sure wouldn't know it. He still looks a lot like the football hero next door: a sort of perpetual Gen Y version of a younger Harrison Ford. In the years since he debuted as Jamie Lee Curtis's son in Halloween: H20, the laid-back actor has had his share of career ups (Sin City) and downs (Here...

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