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Scorsese Takes on Sinatra Biopic

By: Stacie Hougland on May 14, 2009 at 11:12AM Comments

Talk about your Oscar bait. Martin Scorsese is attached to helm a long-awaited Frank Sinatra biopic, years after negotiations first began, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to delving into the crooner's life, it'll give the director a chance to sketch out his portrayal of Dean Martin, whose biopic Scorsese has been working on for more than a decade. The big question is,...

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DVD of the Week: 'Taken'

By: Stacie Hougland on May 12, 2009 at 2:57PM Comments

When you think of Liam Neeson, "action star" doesn't immediately come to mind, as much as "serious Irishman who somehow brings credibility to roles like Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace" or "serious actor who makes movies about the Holocaust and Irish revolutionaries." This time, however, he brings a much-needed gravitas to Taken, which would have been a far...

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New on DVD: 'Benjamin Button.' Plus, 'Grease' and 'Saturday Night Fever'!

By: Stacie Hougland on May 5, 2009 at 1:48PM Comments

David Fincher's touching, melancholy tale about love, life, and the short time we all have on earth was mostly (and surprisingly) snubbed at the '09 Oscars -- with 13 nominations, it only won 3 in technical categories -- but this fable of a strange boy who ages backward is a terrific bit of storytelling with excellent performances that's definitely worth a look. Also New This...

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DVD of the Week: 'JCVD.' Plus 'Hotel for Dogs,' 'The Uninvited'

By: Stacie Hougland on April 28, 2009 at 10:47AM Comments

Mickey Rourke may have gotten all the love for The Wrestler earlier this year, but real-life kickboxing star Jean-Claude Van Damme deserves kudos and a comeback career with this super-meta, darkly comic experiment in which he plays...himself. As the film's aging, action has-been battling personal problems, other actors for roles, and his ex over child custody, he's in the wrong place,...

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Boldly Go and Enter to Win 'Star Trek' TV & Movies on Blu-ray!

By: Stacie Hougland on April 27, 2009 at 5:12PM Comments

If you're any kind of Trekkie at all (or Trekker, whichever you prefer), you already know brand-spanking-new collections of the first few Star Trek movies and Season One of the original series make their Blu-ray debuts in the next few weeks, and we have three copies of each to put in your hot little hands.Star Trek: The Original Series: Landing tomorrow, April 28, this seven-disc set contains...

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DVD of the Week: 'The Wrestler.' Plus 'Frost/Nixon' & More

By: Stacie Hougland on April 21, 2009 at 12:40PM Comments

The Wrestler Mickey Rourke might be better at playing lovable, difficult losers than any actor in the business -- go rent Barfly if you're not familiar with his past brilliance. He'll be best remembered now for his tour de force performance as down-and-out wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson, a once-beloved hero of the sport who's become practically homeless, shoots steroids...

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New on DVD April 14: 'The Reader,' 'The Spirit'

By: Stacie Hougland on April 13, 2009 at 6:39PM Comments

The '09 Oscars have come and gone, but now is when last year's winning and nominated movies come out on home video. In The Reader, Best Actress winner Kate Winslet takes on the complicated anti-heroine role of Hanna Schmitz, a onetime Nazi guard who has an affair with a young, D.H. Lawrence-spouting boy who re-enters her life when she's on trial for war crimes. Winslet's nuanced...

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New on DVD 4/6

By: Stacie Hougland on April 6, 2009 at 5:58PM Comments

The Tale of Despereaux Beautifully drawn, this is a darker, more sophisticated rat-in-the-kitchen tale than Pixar's loveable Ratatouille. The plot involving a rat who's too curious for his own good is a little uneven and deals heavily with grief and loss, but Despereaux (voiced by Dustin Hoffman) is awfully cute and the story will likely keep parents and kids engrossed. Kids might find...

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New on DVD, 'Slumdog,' 'Marley & Me'

By: Stacie Hougland on March 31, 2009 at 11:38AM Comments

Danny Boyle is one of my favorite directors. I just think he's terrifically talented, having put out great movies that are so varying in subject and tone, yet still stylish and original in their own ways: 1995's blackly comic Shallow Grave, depressing drug movie Trainspotting in '96, the '02 undead horrorfest 28 Days Later, and the sad, scary, beautiful Sunshine in '07....

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Poker, Stars, Movie Stuff & Charity!

By: Stacie Hougland on March 27, 2009 at 2:33AM Comments

Into poker? Into celebrities? Into rare movie memorabilia? Then hop on over to Palm Springs this weekend for a great event involving all three that, best of all, helps a great cause. Benefiting the Until There's a Cure AIDS awareness foundation, the Celebrity Charity Poker Weekend starts at noon on Saturday, Mar. 28, with a $100 buy-in at the Spa Resort Casino (although high rollers can head...

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New on DVD: 'Bolt,' 'Quantum of Solace'

By: Stacie Hougland on March 24, 2009 at 10:17AM Comments

If you're looking for family entertainment or high-octane action, you should be covered this week with two terrific new releases on DVD and Blu-ray this week. Disney's Bolt can't quite compete with Pixar's superlative animation, but when it comes to cartoon movie pooches, few can rival this one for utter charm and lovability. Miley Cyrus and John Travolta headline a great...

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New This Week on DVD: 'Twilight' & 'Punisher: War Zone'

By: Stacie Hougland on March 17, 2009 at 2:06PM Comments

This week's two big releases couldn't be more different -- even though both were directed by women. Catherine Hardwicke's pop-culture phenomenon Twilight thrilled romance-obsessed young girls everywhere, while Lexi Alexander's hyper-violent take on the Marvel character Punisher simply mauled viewers into submission, to their horror OR delight. "I vant tooo suck your......

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New on DVD: 'Milk.' Plus, Win Pinocchio Stuff!

By: Stacie Hougland on March 10, 2009 at 11:09AM Comments (1)

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New on DVD: 'Beverly Hills Chihuahua' and Watchmen Comics

By: Stacie Hougland on March 3, 2009 at 1:28PM Comments (1)

Few things are worse than talking animal movies. With the exception of Babe way back when, most of them are teeth-grindingly bad. What's the appeal of some poor pup looking like his mouth's been stuffed with peanut butter as Jim Carrey or Ellen hides behind the screen reading his words? There's something disconcerting about watching CGI-enhanced critters badly lip the voices of people...

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New on DVD Feb. 24

By: Stacie Hougland on February 24, 2009 at 10:10AM Comments

The best that Hollywood has to offer in the way of home entertainment this week is...:What Just Happened This vanity project impish satire gently sends up Hollywood with Robert De Niro starring as a down-and-out producer dealing with crazy exes, vicious studio bosses and snarly agents as he tries to save his failing film. Impressive cast includes Sean Penn, Catherine Keener and John Turturro....

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