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Want to be a Movie Star? Now Casting Opposite Streep, Martin and Baldwin

By: cwalton on January 7, 2009 at 10:46AM Comments (1)

Gotta love the information age, where all you need is an open Internet connection and your god-given talents to be the next Michael Cera or Christopher Mintz-Plasse (a.k.a. 'McLovin' from Superbad). That's right, you out there in cyberspace, if you're young enough to play a 17-year-old (preferrably, if you're a guy who's 15 - 17) and have some available free time between...


SAG Nominations Announced

By: cwalton on December 18, 2008 at 8:42AM Comments (2)

The latest awards nominations were announced this morning, this time for the Screen Actors Guild (the second most popular bellwether to Oscar glory after the Golden Globes). The full list is below...and the surprise nominees, it's pretty much in line with the rest of the critics awards so far. Missing from the lead actor category is Gran Torino's Clint Eastwood, but the odds-on...


Now Playing: 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' Trailer

By: cwalton on December 15, 2008 at 1:55PM Comments (3)

Chances are at least a few of you caught The Day the Earth Stood Still so that you could get a big-screen glimpse of Hugh Jackman in next summer's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The first trailer looks a lot more tough and gritty than the last X-Men movie, and Jackman going it alone seems to fend for himself just fine. In the clip below, we get a look at Taylor Kitsch as card-throwing Gambit,...


'Twilight' Quiz for Cast Autographed Baseball, Posters

By: cwalton on December 5, 2008 at 4:50PM Comments

This contest has ended. Thanks to all those who entered! And thanks for your patience, as we've determined and contacted our winners...congrats to our final four, Lauren M., Jamielyn B., Manda M. and Rebecca S.! P.S. In case you were wondering, too, check the questions below to see if you had the correct answers to the quiz part of our giveaway...and check back on our blog for more upcoming...


'Slumdog Millionaire' Wins NBR's Best Pic Award

By: cwalton on December 4, 2008 at 1:03PM Comments (1)

The National Board of Review, typically the first out of the gates during movie awards season, has just announced their winners, and (woohoo!), I'm happy to say that my two personal favorites of 2008, Slumdog Millionaire (go see it now!) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (go see it at Xmas!), have taken the prizes for, respectively, Best Picture and Best Director. Judging by NBR's...


First Look: Michael Mann's 'Public Enemies'

By: cwalton on December 1, 2008 at 6:23PM Comments

Empire Magazine has recently posted the first photos from Public Enemies, set for release July 3, 2009, directed by Michael Mann, and starring Johnny Depp as John Dillinger and Christian Bale as FBI man Melvin Purvis. The post says the film is sort of "Heat Part II," to which I say, freakin' fantastic. Anything that's closer in vein to Mann's classic Pacino-DeNiro crime...


'Dark Knight' for Best Pic, Supporting Actor

By: cwalton on November 24, 2008 at 5:48PM Comments

Let the awards battle royale begin. Warner Bros. has already started running the requisite For Your Consideration ads in the trades for The Dark Knight. The strange thing is, at this point, the comic book blockbuster really does seem like a viable contender to win Best Picture, and of course, Heath Ledger is a lock for at least a nomination as Best Supporting Actor. Cinematical posted the two...


Bond Stats, Bond Poll, and Bond Girls

By: cwalton on November 12, 2008 at 2:51PM Comments (1)

For all of you Bondamaniacs who like the numbers, here are a few Fandango stats from a Quantum of Solace poll we recently ran, tallied from over 1000+ Fandango users... - 93% of QUANTUM moviegoers will go on opening weekend- 78% say the edgier Bond, as played by Daniel Craig, makes them more interested in the franchise- 61% say they do not miss the campy one-liners and corny gadgets of the older...


New 'Watchmen' Teaser Poster and Footage

By: cwalton on October 23, 2008 at 1:40PM Comments

I'm going on record now to say that if Watchmen can live up to the graphic novel (and based on the recent preview screenings in L.A. and Portland, and Kevin Smith's reaction, it just might), then this will be one of the most groundbreaking and massive hits of 2009. Here is the latest, cool teaser poster, and below is a link to the new Watchmen preview from Spike TV's Scream...


The Five Scariest Movies of All Time, and Clips from 'Midnight Meat Train'

By: cwalton on October 2, 2008 at 3:25PM Comments (4)

October's here, your favorite haunted house is about to open its creaky doors, and the esteemed New Yorker magazine has just published its list of "the five scariest movies ever." And the winners are...Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Silence of the Lambs, The Body Snatcher, Night of the Hunter and Mulholland which I say, huh? No disrespect to David Lynch - I love...


Depp Cast in 'Lone Ranger,' 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Pirates 4'; More from Disney

By: cwalton on September 25, 2008 at 1:35PM Comments (3)

Yesterday's "Disney Showcase" at the Kodak theater featured a lot of surprise casting announcements, even more star appearances and a full-length screening of the well-received dog-meets-real-world cartoon Bolt (in theaters in November in Disney Digital 3D). One thing you can say about the studio...they do know how to "go big." The 10-hour presentation was like a combo...


The Popcorn Bowl: Who Can Watch Movies the Longest?

By: cwalton on September 17, 2008 at 2:16PM Comments (2)

When I was a sophomore back at USC during the stone age (circa 1992 when people still rented VHS tapes at Blockbuster and the phrase "Internet" was met with "Interwho?"), my roommates bet me the price of movie rentals, $50 bucks, and a free pizza that I couldn't stay up 24 hours straight watching movies with only a ten-minute break between flicks. Oh, if only I had been...


The Real Reason Shatner's Not in 'Star Trek'

By: cwalton on September 9, 2008 at 1:20PM Comments (8)

JJ Abrams has revealed why William Shatner won't make a guest appearance in the re-energized Star Trek movie, and the reason is...William Shatner. Apparently, the 'ol Captain didn't want to do a simple cameo, and desired that the story focus on him "significantly." Here is the direct quote from AMCtv's interview with Abrams: "The bigger thing was that he was very...


Two-Face a One-Off

By: cwalton on September 4, 2008 at 1:39PM Comments (2)

From Stacie Hougland: If you still had hopes that Two-Face would reappear in the next Batman installment, sorry -- Aaron Eckhart's dashing them. In an interview on, the actor claims his double-visaged character is "dead as a doornail."He continues: "I'm not coming back. I think unfortunately, Heath [Ledger] was supposed to go on and that didn't work out....


'Twilight' Author Shelves 'Midnight Sun'

By: cwalton on September 4, 2008 at 1:33PM Comments (6)

From Lizerne Guiting: It’s a sad week for Twilight fans. Author Stephenie Meyer is putting her book, Midnight Sun, indefinitely on hold after a partial draft was illegally posted on the Internet. I imagine many of her readers are also Harry Potter fans, so more sci-fi/fantasy entertainment delays are annoying. In Meyer’s blog entry she wrote, "I’d rather my fans not read...


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