Sunday, November 28, 2010

Ingrid Pitt, Thanksgiving And 'Burlesque' In Today's Twitter-Wood

Holidays never come without a few grievances, and Nina Dobrev, Mindy Kaling and Ice-T all sounded off with frustrations today, from Christmas music being played too early to NPR stories about traffic and notions of what Thanksgiving is or isn't about in general.
Edgar Wright, meanwhile, shared a quick memorial note about about the passing of [...]

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway Experiment with Love and Other Drugs in Six New Clips

20th Century Fox has released six new clips from Love and Other Drugs, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway and Oliver Platt. In the film, an unlikely romance occurs between perpetual players Maggie (Hathaway) and Jamie (Gyllenhaal), leading to many awkward moments and humorous situations, such as Anne Hathaway disrobing in front of Gyllenhaal, only to startle his couch-bound roommate. Check out the clips below and see all of our Love and Other Drugs trailers in the gallery! Love and Other Drugs opens on November 24th. Six Clips from Love and Other Drugs

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Malin Akerman Replaces Lindsay Lohan in Linda Lovelace Biopic

Throughout her trials (literally and figuratively), tribulations and troubles, director Matthew Wilder was optimistic about keeping Lindsay Lohan onboard Inferno, the biopic surrounding famed Deep Throat porn star Linda Lovelace. The actress replaced Anna Faris on the project back in May, but since then she's been faced with a myriad of issues in court, rehab and more. Now that Lohan is supposed to remain in rehab until 2011, Wilder has been forced to replace her. The Wrap reports Malin Akerman has stepped up to take on the role which has been described as tawdry, but containing potential for a powerful, and darkly dramatic performance.

As for the risque nature of the role itself, if you've seen Akerman's work in The Heartbreak Kid, Watchmen or Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, you know that the actress doesn't have much of a problem taking her clothes off on camera. Frankly, I don't ...

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Emma Stone talks preparing for Spider-Man

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?Clown,? ?Aftershock? Lands Distribution

Cross Creek Pictures along with Vertebra Films will unite to finance and ultimately distribute two horror movies with Hostel director Eli Roth producing. The first feature is Clown, a movie about….(ugh, I hate clowns) clowns. Jon Watts is directing with a screenplay he co-wrote with Christopher D. Ford. Clown follows a loving dad who puts [...]

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Mark Wahlberg Confirms He'll Star In 'Uncharted: Drake's Fortune' Movie: MTV Exclusive!

Mark Wahlberg is no stranger to starring in movies based on video games -- he played the title role in the 2008 adaptation of the first-person shooter game "Max Payne." And he's also quite comfortable to working with writer-director David O. Russell -- they've collaborated together on "Three Kings," "I Heart Huckabees" and this year's [...]

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Forbes Top Ten Highest Earning Female in Hollywood

Forbes released its list of Top Ten Highest Earning Female in Hollywood. And guess who take the top spot? Well, let’s start with Number 10 until you see the Richest Female in Hollywood for 2010. 10. Judge Judy -$46 Million 9. Taylor Swift – $46 Million 8. Miley Cyrus – $48 Million 7. Ellen DeGeneres [...]

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

'Zombieland' Writers Reese & Wernick Directing 'Doc and Howie'

Now this is an interesting turn of events. Screenwriting duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote Zombieland and are working on the new G.I. Joe sequel and Deadpool scripts as well as the Cowboy Ninja Viking adaptation at Disney, are to make their feature directing debut a script that, oddly, is not their own. THR's RiskyBiz reports that the project is a comedy called Doc and Howie, which was shortened from its original longer descriptive title Doc and Howie Whack a Granny when it was on the Black List. TV writer & producer Steve Leff wrote the original screenplay. Interested to see what these guys can do as directors next.

Described as being in the tone of Harold and Kumar, Doc and Howie is about two guys - Doc and Howie - who accidentally kill an elderly woman when they neglect to help her carry her groceries up the stairs. ...

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Malin Akerman Replaces Lindsay Lohan in Linda Lovelace Biopic

Throughout her trials (literally and figuratively), tribulations and troubles, director Matthew Wilder was optimistic about keeping Lindsay Lohan onboard Inferno, the biopic surrounding famed Deep Throat porn star Linda Lovelace. The actress replaced Anna Faris on the project back in May, but since then she's been faced with a myriad of issues in court, rehab and more. Now that Lohan is supposed to remain in rehab until 2011, Wilder has been forced to replace her. The Wrap reports Malin Akerman has stepped up to take on the role which has been described as tawdry, but containing potential for a powerful, and darkly dramatic performance.

As for the risque nature of the role itself, if you've seen Akerman's work in The Heartbreak Kid, Watchmen or Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, you know that the actress doesn't have much of a problem taking her clothes off on camera. Frankly, I don't ...

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Smokin?: Denis Leary To Join ?Spider-Man? Reboot

Funnyman Denis Leary has begun talks to join the upcoming Spider-Man reboot from Sony Pictures. If the talks go well, Mr. Leary would play police captain George Stacy. Gwen, as Spider-Man fans will tell you, is Spidey’s love interest. Gwen Stacy will be played by hot stuff, and pretty funny to boot, Emma Stone. Cap’n [...]

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Review: Tangled

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New Poster and Trailer for Unknown Released!

Warner Bros. has released a new poster for Unknown, starring Liam Neeson, January Jones, Aidan Quinn and Frank Langella. The thriller, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (responsible for the horror flicks House of Wax and The Orphan), is set for release on February 18th, 2011. Check out the poster below and hit the jump for the film's trailer and an official synopsis! Click the thumbnail to view larger and check out a few production stills in our Unknown pictures gallery! Unknown Trailer Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (January Jones) suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired, and on the run. Aided by an unlikely ally (Diane Kruger), Martin plunges headlong into a deadly mystery that will force him to question his sanity, his identity, and just how far he’s willing to go to uncover the truth.

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South Korea, 'Buffy' Without Joss Whedon And Thanksgiving In Today's Twitter-Wood

Joss Whedon isn't the only one out there with an opinion on the new "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" reboot from Warner Bros. Former "Buffy" actress Amber Benson contributed some perspective yesterday with a possible explanation for the current situation.
On a more serious note, tension between North Korea and South Korea has been on a lot [...]

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Charlestown: So Intimidating, It Only Needs to be Called The Town

There is something about Boston that makes it rife for serving as the setting for corruption and criminal activity. I always figured Detroit would probably be worse for thuggery, but evidently Boston has more famous former residents. I mean, I guess you could count 8 Mile in Detroit’s column, but somehow it just doesn’t have [...]

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Natalie Portman Gets More Than a Wardrobe Fitting in a Creepy New Black Swan Clip!

Fox Searchlight has released a new clip from Black Swan, showing off director Darren Aronofsky's dark tone and clever sight gags for this new breed of ballet movie. Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis star as rival dancers in this new psychological thriller that sees Aronofsky return to his Requiem for a Dream roots. Check out the new clip below and see all of our Black Swan trailers in the gallery! Catch Black Swan in theaters on December 1st. Black Swan Wardrobe Fitting Clip

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'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2': First Photo From The Epic Finale!

Warner Bros. and I seem to have our minds in the same place. See, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" has been out for a whopping five days, which means it's clearly the right time to start looking forward to "Deathly Hallows - Part 2." Fortunately, WB has appeased my desire to gaze [...]

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Trailer Tuesdays!

RYAN: Talk about a slow week at the movies! The only trailer we have to talk about is Saw 3D. CAROLINE: That's what happens during Halloween week. I would have thought at least one other movie would be coming out, but other than stuff in limited release, there's nada.RYAN: Originally Saw 3D was supposed to come out last weekend against Paranormal Activity 2, but someone wisely pushed it back a week so it wouldn't have to compete. Which was a smart move since PA2 killed at the box office this weekend with $41 million.CAROLINE: Having only seen the first Saw movie years ago, I really have no interest in seeing the seventh.RYAN: [laughs] I know these movies aren't your bag. But I've seen them all, so I figured I'll continue the tradition, especially since this one's in 3D. Plus it's apparently the last one. They're calling it "the final chapter."CAROLINE: I certainly hope so. Enough is enough already. It's not fun to watch people being tortured, and that's all I see in this trailer.RYAN: I also watched the reality show Scream Queens on MTV, so I'm looking forward to seeing the winner in this movie. That was the prize - a role in Saw 3D.CAROLINE: I hope you very much enjoy seeing it without me.RYAN: I probably won't love it, but I'm happy to see it for free. These movies are very gory, but I usually find a little something to enjoy. Check out the trailer here: Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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DUE DATE

RYAN: Due Date is a new broad comedy from Warner Bros. starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis and directed by Todd Phillips of The Hangover fame.CAROLINE: We're not used to seeing Mr. Downey Jr. in comedic roles lately, so that's one thing this movie has going for it. But other than that, I really wasn't looking forward to it because of how unfunny the trailer is.RYAN: Robert Downey totally makes it worthwhile though. He's one of my favorite actors, and he's so easy to look at. And he's been so nice every time we've interviewed him on the red carpet.CAROLINE: Absolutely. I'll see basically anything he's in. But overall, I didn't love this movie.RYAN: I didn't either, but I think RD Jr. gives a strong performance.CAROLINE: He was great, and I loved seeing him be full out comedic like this. He actually made me laugh harder than Zach Galifianakis sometimes, just because you're not necessarily expecting him to be funny.RYAN: He has some lines that wouldn't have been as funny in the hands of other actors. And I definitely thought he was funnier than Zach G.CAROLINE: I was fully prepared to hate Zach G. in this movie because he kind of annoys me in general and I don't really get him, but he actually won me over. I found him a little bit endearing. He really commits to the character, with his funny walk and the help of some horrible acid wash jeans.RYAN: There is definitely fashion humor in this movie. I laughed whenever I saw what Zach was wearing. His Lilith Fair t-shirt is priceless. His hair does some acting too, and much is made of it throughout the movie.CAROLINE: I laughed out loud a few times early on, but then the laughs became fewer and further between. There are several groan-worthy moments too. It got waayyy silly and over the top at times, and a few scenes were just flat-out gross.RYAN: Yeah - I don't mind suspending disbelief every so often, but in this movie I actually got frustrated by some of the outrageous things that happened. I really liked the supporting cast though, and definitely would have liked more of Juliette Lewis.CAROLINE: She's so good. I love how she randomly pops up in Todd Phillips movies.RYAN: To me she's fast becoming the best character actress out there. I also didn't hate Jamie Foxx for a change.CAROLINE: Well, his part is pretty small so he didn't have time to annoy us. It was kind of fun seeing him in this, especially since he didn't overstay his welcome. And there's also Michelle Monaghan as RD Jr.'s very pregnant wife. She didn't have a ton to do, but I always like her.-- BOTTOM LINE --CAROLINE: Even though the laughs were there in parts, it's no great shakes. I think I was only able to enjoy it as much as I did because of the chemistry that RD Jr. and Zach Galifianakis had. They're fun to watch. RYAN: It's not a total waste of time by any means, but it's not like it's laugh out loud hilarious throughout. And it's not Oscar worthy even though it's coming out during Oscar season. I like Robert Downey Jr. enough to see anything he does, and he doesn't disappoint in this. But I think you can enjoy this movie on TV just fine; it's not a must see in the theater.-- RATING --Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Howl: A Somewhat Lackluster Homage to Allen Ginsberg

Certain moments in history, particularly the repressed, scandalized era of the 1950s in the United States, appear to be more exciting than they actually are when translated to film. Good Night, and Good Luck, Far From Heaven, and Pleasantville are just a few examples of how a filmmaker is extremely hard-pressed to make the fifties [...]

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Mark Wahlberg Will Not Be Starring in the Remake of 'The Crow'

Back in October there was quite an outcry in the comments about whether or not Mark Wahlberg should take the lead role in the gestating remake, or rather an all-new adaptation, of James O'Barr's comic book The Crow. Well, everyone who absolutely hated the idea can breathe a sigh of relief as Cinematical recently spoke with the actor whilst promoting David O. Russell's The Fighter where he revealed that he would not be part of the project. However, in his speaking about the project, it was revealed that his involvement was once very much a possibility, but a change of the guard behind the camera seemed to turn him away from it.

Wahlberg told Cinematical, "We never committed to making the movie. They talked to me about it and there was a director attached who I was a fan of, and he's no longer doing it. We just thought about it ...

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Mark Wahlberg Confirms He'll Star In 'Uncharted: Drake's Fortune' Movie: MTV Exclusive!

Mark Wahlberg is no stranger to starring in movies based on video games -- he played the title role in the 2008 adaptation of the first-person shooter game "Max Payne." And he's also quite comfortable to working with writer-director David O. Russell -- they've collaborated together on "Three Kings," "I Heart Huckabees" and this year's [...]

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Aronofsky Talks About His Interests in Directing 'The Wolverine'

With Black Swan arriving in theaters in a few weeks (December 3rd), and production beginning next April on The Wolverine, director Darren Aronofsky is showing up in the news a lot as he's being interviewed and asked constantly about the project. It was confirmed a few weeks ago that the title of the new Wolverine movie, with Hugh Jackman back as Logan, would be titled just The Wolverine and it isn't actually a sequel, more of a "one-off." SuperHeroHype got a few quick words out of Darren (see below), but the video segment from Dave Poland's interview on Movie City News is a must watch for those wondering why he took this on.

Darren didn't have too much to reveal because he hasn't really started working on The Wolverine since he's still finishing his promo tour for Black Swan, but he is looking forward to starting it. Even if you're already ...

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Jeremy Renner Confirms Takeover of 'Mission: Impossible' Series

Because of the lukewarm box office reception of this year's action comedy Knight and Day starring Tom Cruise, Paramount thought it best to bring in another young agent to work with Cruise's character Ethan Hunt for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and potentially take over the franchise. We already know that man is Jeremy Renner, but now, straight from the actor's mouth, we have some confirmation that the plan is for Renner to relieve Tom Cruise of his IMF duties. The actor recently spoke to MTV and confirmed the plans for the franchise to fall into his lap, but there are no solid plans for another new sequel just yet.

Renner revealed, "It's a franchise to potentially take over. I can't predict the future and what they want, but that's certainly the idea." However, whether or not a straight-up hand-off of the series will show up in the fourth installment of ...

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DUE DATE

RYAN: Due Date is a new broad comedy from Warner Bros. starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis and directed by Todd Phillips of The Hangover fame.CAROLINE: We're not used to seeing Mr. Downey Jr. in comedic roles lately, so that's one thing this movie has going for it. But other than that, I really wasn't looking forward to it because of how unfunny the trailer is.RYAN: Robert Downey totally makes it worthwhile though. He's one of my favorite actors, and he's so easy to look at. And he's been so nice every time we've interviewed him on the red carpet.CAROLINE: Absolutely. I'll see basically anything he's in. But overall, I didn't love this movie.RYAN: I didn't either, but I think RD Jr. gives a strong performance.CAROLINE: He was great, and I loved seeing him be full out comedic like this. He actually made me laugh harder than Zach Galifianakis sometimes, just because you're not necessarily expecting him to be funny.RYAN: He has some lines that wouldn't have been as funny in the hands of other actors. And I definitely thought he was funnier than Zach G.CAROLINE: I was fully prepared to hate Zach G. in this movie because he kind of annoys me in general and I don't really get him, but he actually won me over. I found him a little bit endearing. He really commits to the character, with his funny walk and the help of some horrible acid wash jeans.RYAN: There is definitely fashion humor in this movie. I laughed whenever I saw what Zach was wearing. His Lilith Fair t-shirt is priceless. His hair does some acting too, and much is made of it throughout the movie.CAROLINE: I laughed out loud a few times early on, but then the laughs became fewer and further between. There are several groan-worthy moments too. It got waayyy silly and over the top at times, and a few scenes were just flat-out gross.RYAN: Yeah - I don't mind suspending disbelief every so often, but in this movie I actually got frustrated by some of the outrageous things that happened. I really liked the supporting cast though, and definitely would have liked more of Juliette Lewis.CAROLINE: She's so good. I love how she randomly pops up in Todd Phillips movies.RYAN: To me she's fast becoming the best character actress out there. I also didn't hate Jamie Foxx for a change.CAROLINE: Well, his part is pretty small so he didn't have time to annoy us. It was kind of fun seeing him in this, especially since he didn't overstay his welcome. And there's also Michelle Monaghan as RD Jr.'s very pregnant wife. She didn't have a ton to do, but I always like her.-- BOTTOM LINE --CAROLINE: Even though the laughs were there in parts, it's no great shakes. I think I was only able to enjoy it as much as I did because of the chemistry that RD Jr. and Zach Galifianakis had. They're fun to watch. RYAN: It's not a total waste of time by any means, but it's not like it's laugh out loud hilarious throughout. And it's not Oscar worthy even though it's coming out during Oscar season. I like Robert Downey Jr. enough to see anything he does, and he doesn't disappoint in this. But I think you can enjoy this movie on TV just fine; it's not a must see in the theater.-- RATING --Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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Yawn: Darren Aronofsky Inks Deal with Fox, ?Wolverine? Starts Soon

Fancy pants director, Darren Aronofsky, has signed a two-year contract to create movies for 20th Century Fox in combination with his Protozoa Pictures production firm. Aronofsky’s upcoming ballet thriller Black Swan, starring Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman, comes out in December. He’s slated to direct the Marvel Comics blockbuster The Wolverine under the agreement. The [...]

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?Clown,? ?Aftershock? Lands Distribution

Cross Creek Pictures along with Vertebra Films will unite to finance and ultimately distribute two horror movies with Hostel director Eli Roth producing. The first feature is Clown, a movie about….(ugh, I hate clowns) clowns. Jon Watts is directing with a screenplay he co-wrote with Christopher D. Ford. Clown follows a loving dad who puts [...]

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Zooey Deschanel as Betty Brant?

There is news spreading around that “500 Days of Summer” star Zooey Deschanel is possibly to play the role of Betty Brant in the upcoming reboot of Spider-Man starring not Tobey Mcguire but Andrew Garfield. Director Marc Webber is said to be the one who is eager to cast Zooey in this film since he’s [...]

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Steven Soderbergh to Helm ?Man From UNCLE?

Big shot Steven Soderbergh is close to a deal with Warner Bros. studio to helm the studio’s remake of The Man From U.N.C.L.E..A movie nobody wanted. The Oscar-winning director along with writer Scott Z. Burns (who wrote Soderbergh’s upcoming flick Contagion) will unite for the steaming heap spy movie. The film is� based on the [...]

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Christian Bale Says 'Dark Knight Rises' Will Likely Be His Last Batman Flick

There are few movies out there right now that are more eagerly anticipated than "The Dark Knight Rises," the third installment in Christopher Nolan's critically acclaimed Batman franchise. But other than the title, some love-interest casting rumors, and the fact that "Inception" star Tom Hardy has joined the cast as a probable foe for Christian [...]

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Natalie Portman Gets More Than a Wardrobe Fitting in a Creepy New Black Swan Clip!

Fox Searchlight has released a new clip from Black Swan, showing off director Darren Aronofsky's dark tone and clever sight gags for this new breed of ballet movie. Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis star as rival dancers in this new psychological thriller that sees Aronofsky return to his Requiem for a Dream roots. Check out the new clip below and see all of our Black Swan trailers in the gallery! Catch Black Swan in theaters on December 1st. Black Swan Wardrobe Fitting Clip

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Daniel Day-Lewis Cast as Abraham Lincoln in Spielberg's Biopic!

Since the project has been gestating for years now, it wasn't much of a surprise when we learned that Liam Neeson was no longer attached to Steven Spielberg's biopic of Abraham Lincoln, the iconic 16th President of the United States. Before his departure from the project was official though, Spielberg assured us that his take on the president's life was still on the way. Since then we've heard that the director would next tackle an adaptation of the forthcoming sci-fi book Robopocalypse, but a press release from DreamWorks pegs Spielberg as directing the biopic in the fall of 2011 and reveals that the stellar Daniel Day-Lewis will play Abraham Lincoln. Brilliant!

Today Spielberg announced the news himself with Stacey Snider, Co-Chairman and CEO of DreamWorks. The director said, ?Daniel Day-Lewis would have always been counted as one of the greatest of actors, were he from the silent era, the golden age ...

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FAIR GAME

RYAN: Fair Game, the new Naomi Watts/Sean Penn Oscar contender, is quite dramatic.CAROLINE: It's based on the true story of the CIA agent, Valerie Plame, whose identity was outed by the White House after her husband dared to contradict George W. Bush. We're all familiar with the basics of the story from a few years ago, but it was great to learn all the details. It's a really interesting movie.RYAN: I was hoping it'd be a little more action-packed like Alias, but it's really more of a straightforward retelling of events. There's a lot of technical jargon and insider CIA terms that were a little confusing at times.CAROLINE: Really? I thought it was so good. I loved Alias too, but that was so not real life. I loved seeing what this woman's job was and how she had to lie to everyone she knows, saying she worked for a venture capitalist firm. Meanwhile, she's traveling the Middle East with fake identities and running these crazy missions. It's so fascinating and badass. And I appreciate that Naomi Watts actually resembles the real life Valerie Plame. RYAN: I felt like Sean Penn had the juicier role. He gives yet another Oscar worthy performance as Naomi Watts's husband, who used to be an ambassador and is the only person in her life who knows what she really does for a living. He has several great, intense speeches that remind us what a phenomenal actor he is. I was waiting the whole film for Naomi to get a speech like that, but she never really did.CAROLINE: Sean Penn really is amazing. His performance is what fired me up in the trailer and made me want to see this movie. He and Naomi Watts were great together too. This movie is definitely very fact-based and in some ways is like watching the news, which normally would bore or annoy me; but I really didn't mind it here. I loved all of the intrigue and political cover ups.RYAN: It's crazy and unfair what happened to her, so I'm glad her story is getting the big screen treatment. It's so compelling to watch.CAROLINE: She and her husband both wrote books on the topic and the movie is largely based on those. I'm glad they were able to make something out of their outrage because this is a story that really needs to be heard. I'm just so angry for her; I couldn't believe what they did to her career. It's so dangerous and wrong. This movie will definitely get you riled up.RYAN: It was also infuriating to relive the whole George Bush/WMD debacle and that we were lied to about why we went to war, and shocking that the government would reveal Valerie Plame's identity just to shift the focus off of their mistakes. It just aggravates me to think about it.CAROLINE: Don't let it ruin your day, honey. Other fun things about the movie - a small appearance from Ty Burrell, the hilarious dad from TV's Modern Family, and Callie's ex-GF from Grey's Anatomy.RYAN: Not to mention the original Fiyero from Broadway's Wicked, Norbert Leo Butz, who's also a Tony winner for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. -- BOTTOM LINE --RYAN: I was into this movie, but it was a little bit slower paced than I expected. I was bored a few times, but I wasn't disappointed. I think it's worth seeing and I really enjoyed it; I was just hoping for a little more action.CAROLINE: I got exactly what I was expecting with this movie, which is a fascinating and shocking story of political intrigue. I'm not sure it's a must see on the big screen, but for those who are interested, it's completely worthwhile. Great story, great cast, great performances. Another great movie from director Doug Liman, who I've loved since Swingers. -- RATING --Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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'Cowboys & Aliens' Trailer Commentary, Courtesy Of Director Jon Favreau

By now, you've probably had a chance to check out the trailer for director Jon Favreau's sci-fi Western comic-book adaptation "Cowboys & Aliens," which stars Daniel Craig as a badass amnesiac cowboy who becomes reluctant allies with a nasty Harrison Ford to defend a town from some ill-meaning E.T.'s.
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Emma Stone talks preparing for Spider-Man

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Trailer Tuesdays!

RYAN: I'm thrilled that yet another one of most anticipated movies of the year, Burlesque, is coming to theaters tomorrow. My favorite movie genre is the musical, and we're lucky if we get one per year; and this week we're getting two!! But I digress... let's talk Burlesque first.CAROLINE: As a heterosexual person, I am not nearly as excited for Burlesque as you are. You know I love musicals, but this looks like such campy cheese. It looks the PG-13 version of Showgirls, and I'm already over it.RYAN: But shouldn't your love of musicals override all that? I want you to be excited!CAROLINE: I'm excited for the dancing, for Cher and Stanley Tucci and to see how bad Christina Aguilera's acting is, but that's about it.RYAN: Well, Madonna was great in her movie musical, Evita, so don't count Xtina out yet. And I'm a huge Christina Aguilera fan, so I'm super excited to see what she does with this role. This movie is so up my alley; even if it's just a big Christina music video, I'll be happy. But honestly, I think this movie looks more like Chicago than Showgirls.CAROLINE: Gasp!! How dare you compare this film to the Oscar-level brilliance of Chicago!?RYAN: I'm just saying, the cast is very worthy. Don't forget Alan Cumming's in there too.CAROLINE: Fine. I'm excited for the actors, but I'm going in with zero expectations for the movie. I suspect it will be utter crap. Watch the trailer here: RYAN: Next up is Love & Other Drugs, starring Anne Hathaway, who's probably my favorite actress right now, and Jake Gyllenhaal.CAROLINE: You definitely like Anne more than me; sometimes she drives me bananas. But I'm psyched for this movie nonetheless since she's not so irritating in the trailer.RYAN: I have the best expectations for this movie; I really want it to be a good romantic comedy.CAROLINE: It's kind of a '90s period piece in that it takes place when Viagra is first introduced to the world. As for the rom com angle, I think this movie is more of a romantic drama but they want us to think it's a rom com.RYAN: Hmm. Well, I'm hoping it'll be funny. I so enjoyed Morning Glory and I want it to be just like that.CAROLINE: The supporting cast looks good - Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria, Judy Greer. If the movie's as good as its cast, I'll be happy. Check out the trailer here: RYAN: And finally, the other movie musical this week is Tangled, the Disney retelling of Rapunzel, which is their first princess movie in computer animated 3D. This movie brings back the songwriter from The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, so the music is sure to be fabulous. I can't wait!CAROLINE: You know I'm not a fan of the animated kids' movie, but this one looks pretty cute. And what a coup for Mandy Moore to get the lead role. Same goes for the guy from TV's Chuck. RYAN: Who doesn't want to escape into a happily-ever-after kind of movie like this? I've been so excited for this movie just from hearing they were doing it, before I even saw the trailer. So you can imagine my joy when the trailer was actually great.CAROLINE: They're totally downplaying the musical angle in the trailer though. There's no singing in the ones I've seen. I read that they want the movie to appeal equally to girls and boys, so that must be why. RYAN: It's too bad they have to do that, but whatever gets people to the theater. I think this is a going to be a big hit for Disney. Watch the trailer here: Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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Jeremy Renner Confirms Takeover of 'Mission: Impossible' Series

Because of the lukewarm box office reception of this year's action comedy Knight and Day starring Tom Cruise, Paramount thought it best to bring in another young agent to work with Cruise's character Ethan Hunt for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and potentially take over the franchise. We already know that man is Jeremy Renner, but now, straight from the actor's mouth, we have some confirmation that the plan is for Renner to relieve Tom Cruise of his IMF duties. The actor recently spoke to MTV and confirmed the plans for the franchise to fall into his lap, but there are no solid plans for another new sequel just yet.

Renner revealed, "It's a franchise to potentially take over. I can't predict the future and what they want, but that's certainly the idea." However, whether or not a straight-up hand-off of the series will show up in the fourth installment of ...

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Kate Moss is the Best Dressed Woman of the Decade

Kate Moss is named as the Best Dressed Woman of the Decade in Vogue’s world’s most sartorially stylish celebrities list. The 36-year old supermodel has been a household name for young people who wants to look stylish and chic. She’s one of the most influential model in the industry whose style “tousled sexiness a la [...]

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Box Office Results

1. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1," $125.1 million.2. "Megamind," $16.2 million.3. "Unstoppable," $13.1 million.4. "Due Date," $9.2 million.5. "The Next Three Days," $6.8 million.6. "Morning Glory," $5.2 million.7. "Skyline," $3.4 million.8. "Red," $2.5 million.9. "For Colored Girls," $2.4 million.10. "Fair Game," $1.5 million.RYAN: I love a good Harry Potter weekend and this one earned the franchise the highest grossing opening weekend ever!CAROLINE: I'm not surprised. It's the start to last book in the series and there's also higher ticket prices.RYAN: I don't know that prices are that much higher since July '09 but maybe in some cities.CAROLINE: In New York for sure.RYAN: Regardless, Hollywood counts this as the sixth best opening weekend in history and I'm so psyched because I love this movie so much.CAROLINE: I bet there are other die hard HP fans like you out there who probably saw it multiple times as well.RYAN: I've seen it four times even before the weekend began and when I was out this weekend, seeing people in Gryffindor colors and overhearing them talk about the movie I almost wanted to interject.CAROLINE: Aren't you glad there's one more to look forward to in July?RYAN: Yes. But it's so bittersweet since it'll be the last one ever. You know I'd take a new one every year.CAROLINE: It's funny how there's, like, a $110 million gap between the numbers 1 and 2 in the top ten this weekend. And it's not even Russell Crowe's new movie.RYAN: Yeah. The Next Three Days pretty much tanked.CAROLINE: It was really lame of them, as would be the case for any movie, to open the same weekend as a new Harry Potter.RYAN: Amen.Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

MORNING GLORY

RYAN: The new Rachel McAdams movie, Morning Glory, co-stars Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton, not to mention one of my personal favorites, Patrick Wilson.CAROLINE: We've been looking forward to this movie for months due to our enormous love for Rachel M. I enjoy the rest of the cast too; but I'll see anything Rachel does.RYAN: This was written by the same woman as The Devil Wears Prada, which for me is the kind of movie you can watch over and over again on cable.CAROLINE: Morning Glory is similarly themed, in that it's about a young woman's career trajectory and getting a job where you're in over your head. I liked that it's about TV production, a field we've both worked in, but I found it a little unrealistic that Rachel McAdams plays a 28-year-old who's executive producing a national morning show.RYAN: The entire film is totally implausible, honestly, not just the set up and premise. I had to suspend my disbelief big time; but once I did I found I could just go with it, and I thought the movie was a lot of fun.CAROLINE: It's definitely cute, but I wasn't as into it as I thought I'd be. I was expecting more. The premise is so great, and I was hoping for huge laughs. Maybe my expectations were too high; but with this cast and trailer, how could they not be?!RYAN: But I thought there was such great banter and it was so well written.CAROLINE: The cast is great, and I laughed a few times, and I love that it's set in NYC... but I don't think it was that well written, at least in the last 30 minutes or so. It got sooooo hokey at the end.RYAN: It's more of a career underdog story than a romantic comedy, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Clearly I liked it more than you; I've already seen it twice.CAROLINE: I did like the love story between Rachel McAdams and Patrick Wilson. All of their scenes were great, and I thought they kept their relationship very realistic. But, without giving too much away, the relationship between her and Harrison Ford gets totally ridiculous and I didn't buy it at all.RYAN: I found Harrison Ford's delivery a little dry, but Diane Keaton has a lot of funny lines. And I loved the supporting cast of the people in the office, like the guy from TV's Mad About You. They all reminded me of people I've worked with before.CAROLINE: The office scenes were fun. Like I said, it's a cute movie, but not a great one. I was expecting it to deliver on a higher level.RYAN: See, I thought it was great. I don't know why I liked it so much more than you, but I could totally see myself lounging on the couch watching this again when it comes out on cable. It's funny and poignant; though I agree that it got a little over-the-top at the end. And I really liked the soundtrack and Rachel's wardrobe and Louboutins.CAROLINE: Another unrealistic thing. She'd never be able to afford those shoes. -- BOTTOM LINE --RYAN: I was totally into this movie, and would happily see it again. I have the same feeling as with The Devil Wears Prada; I could totally watch it over and over.CAROLINE: I liked this movie, but I didn't love it. I'm a bit underwhelmed, and I'm surprised at the cheesy turn it took toward the end. The ending didn't necessarily ruin the movie for me, but I thought it was pretty unbelievable and definitely knocked the movie down a few pegs. But I did love the cast and some of the scenarios, and I enjoyed myself. I'm just not going to rave about it. It could be a rental.RYAN: Here's my rebuttal - I just think romantic comedies these days are so formulaic and predictable that it's nice to see a different slant on the genre. I'd rather see a few more movies like this than just flat-out rom coms. I think this one is really fun and worth seeing on the big screen. -- RATING --Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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Original Dragon Tattoo Director Niels Arden Oplev Talks Crap

Awww snap. It’s gettin’ real, son. Euro-snob directors are taking aim at the Stars and Stripes and our track record for mediocre films. That ain’t cool, yo! The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev has talked smack on Sony Pictures for their mishandling of the upcoming US remake. Oplev says that “the [...]

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Howl: A Somewhat Lackluster Homage to Allen Ginsberg

Certain moments in history, particularly the repressed, scandalized era of the 1950s in the United States, appear to be more exciting than they actually are when translated to film. Good Night, and Good Luck, Far From Heaven, and Pleasantville are just a few examples of how a filmmaker is extremely hard-pressed to make the fifties [...]

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MEGAMIND

RYAN: This is going to be a noteworthy post simply because you actually attended a screening of an animated movie with me. Possibly your first of the year?CAROLINE: Perhaps. I've really been avoiding the kids' movies lately. I'm not sure why I made an exception for Megamind, which features the voice talents of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt.RYAN: And then there was the voice of the sidekick who we couldn't figure out for the life of us. I thought it was Nathan Lane and you thought it was Tom Arnold. Turns out it was David Cross from TV's Arrested Development.CAROLINE: Luckily for me, Megamind was a very cute and enjoyable kids' movie. I didn't get bored, which is unusual for me with an animated film. But that could be partially due to my missing the first ten minutes of the movie due to a subway mishap, so I was only the in the theater for about 80 minutes.RYAN: I'm sorry you missed the beginning; it was so fantastic. I liked learning the superheroes' back stories. But I'm so glad you liked the movie! I thought it was a lot of fun too, and the animation is incredible.CAROLINE: Seriously. The quality of animated movies these days is just beyond. This one is from DreamWorks Animation, it's in 3D and it's so high quality. Plus it's got a fun story. I so much prefer Will Ferrell when I only have to hear him not see him.RYAN: [laughs] There are also some great one-liners in the movie for the adults, mostly from Tina Fey's character. I thought it was a unique, clever superhero story.CAROLINE: Totally. And even though what happens later in the movie can't really be called a twist, I didn't really see it coming and thought it was a nice message for the kids.RYAN: Thematically, it's very similar to the Broadway show Wicked...CAROLINE: Must you equate everything with The Wizard of Oz?RYAN: In this case, yes. You've got questions of good vs. evil, why does wickedness happen and can evil turn good in the end. I like all that stuff.CAROLINE: The movie even made me giggle a couple times. It's not hilarious, but it's funny at times and has a very sweet ending.RYAN: I think we're really in the age of animated movies right now. Even Danny Boyle, who directed the upcoming 127 Hours, is saying he wants to do an animated movie next. I think Megamind is the best looking animated movie I've seen since Beowulf, and the 3D is just fantastic. I think 3D actually looks better in animated films than it does in live-action ones. -- BOTTOM LINE --CAROLINE: As a typical hater of these kinds of movies, I was thoroughly entertained and I found the story very cute and the animation top-notch. I can't even believe I'm saying it, but I think kids and adults alike will enjoy this movie. I really liked it, and that's saying something.RYAN: I'm so happy you're saying this! I hope it encourages you to see more animated films in the near future. Needless to say, I really liked it too and I think it's worth your money to see it on the big screen for the 3D.-- RATING --Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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Eva Longoria and Tony Parker Divorce

Eva Longoria surprised everyone with the news that she filed for Divorce from her husband NBA superstar Tony Parker last Wednesday. She mentioned in her official statement that it’s because of “irreconcilable differences” and everyone was like “woah what just happened there?” They looked like a really cute and happy couple but I guess nothing [...]

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?Clown,? ?Aftershock? Lands Distribution

Cross Creek Pictures along with Vertebra Films will unite to finance and ultimately distribute two horror movies with Hostel director Eli Roth producing. The first feature is Clown, a movie about….(ugh, I hate clowns) clowns. Jon Watts is directing with a screenplay he co-wrote with Christopher D. Ford. Clown follows a loving dad who puts [...]

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Trailer Tuesdays!

RYAN: This is a banner week for me since my most anticipated movie of the year is finally coming to theaters. I am beyond excited for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1!!!CAROLINE: Yes, we're all well aware of your HP obsession by this point. I like the franchise too, so I'm psyched to check out the 7th installment. Can you believe it's the 7th?!RYAN: I know. I can't believe it's all coming to an end so quickly; but we still have the 8th and final movie to look forward to next summer. Meanwhile, the trailer for Part 1 is fantastic! I had chills the first time I saw it.CAROLINE: It's a good one, yes. But they always look pretty good to me. This movie looks much darker though.RYAN: Yeah, the trailer's intense. It's exactly what an amazing trailer should be - the fantastic tease of a film. How can you watch it and not be dying to see the movie?!?CAROLINE: We're not all as ginormous HP fans as you are, honey. But yes, a new Harry Potter movie is always a big event, and this one surely won't disappoint. Check out the trailer here: RYAN: Next up is The Next Three Days starring one Russell Crowe, whom I can't stand.CAROLINE: I don't mind him. I mean, we all know he's apparently a big jerk in real life but I still enjoy him in movies; and this one looks really exciting.RYAN: I theoretically don't care about this movie since this isn't really my favorite genre, but I do love Elizabeth Banks who plays the wife. It looks intense and somewhat intriguing, but I'm not dying to see it.CAROLINE: I'm pretty psyched for it. It's a remake of a French movie that I haven't seen, and I was way into the trailer the first time I saw it. It looks so action packed and dramatic. And I love Elizabeth B. too!RYAN: It might be a good Liam Neeson-ish role for Russell Crowe. And interestingly, Liam Neeson is in the movie too.CAROLINE: I know! I was so psyched when he turned up in the trailer. Looks like he has a small but pivotal role. I love that he's playing a bad-ass in so many movies now. Watch the trailer here: Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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Trailer Tuesdays!

RYAN: We've gotten the Halloween movies out of our system and now it's time for some real Oscar contenders, people. Between now and the end of December, we're looking at great new releases pretty much every weekend and I'm so excited!CAROLINE: Me too!! One of my most anticipated movies of the season, 127 Hours, comes out this Friday in limited release, so definitely look for it in your city. If it's not there this weekend, it'll be coming soon.RYAN: This is the movie where James Franco plays the guy who had to cut off his own arm after getting caught in a crevasse while hiking. Scary stuff. It's directed by Danny Boyle, so you know it's going to be amazing. CAROLINE: It's gotten great buzz for James Franco as well as the overall film. Danny Boyle is so fab. I'm really excited to see what he'll do with this story.RYAN: This is a definite Oscar contender. I just hope they don't focus too long on the actual cutting off of the arm.CAROLINE: Yes, please. I'm hoping that scene is short and sweet. Apparently some people have fainted after seeing it. Let's hope that doesn't happen to you.RYAN: [laughs] You know I've got a stomach of steel. You're the one who should be worried, honey. Check out the awesome trailer here: CAROLINE: Next up is Megamind. Ugh - another kids' movie.RYAN: Oh please, I don't want to hear it from you! You've barely seen any animated movies this year. Won't you make an exception for this one?CAROLINE: Possibly. I'm not a huge Will Ferrell fan, but I like Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt and some of the other voices in the movie. It just looks so silly.RYAN: It's from DreamWorks Animation, and it's in 3D, so you know it's going to be high quality. I think it looks really cute; even though Will Ferrell is generally annoying.CAROLINE: At least we know there's no chance of having to see him run around in his underwear in this movie. Thank God for small favors. Watch the trailer here: RYAN: There's also a new Tyler Perry movie coming out this weekend, which for once doesn't have his name in the title.CAROLINE: I think I will live a long fruitful life if I never see another Tyler Perry movie. This one could be better than his average though, since he didn't write it on his own. It's based on a play, and it's called For Colored Girls. RYAN: I'm thinking the best thing about this movie is the cast - Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Phylicia Rashad, Kerry Washington and Whoopi Goldberg to name a few.CAROLINE: So far I've heard very bad things about this movie. The trailer doesn't appeal to me at all, though I'm admittedly not the target audience. Tyler Perry just isn't very good, I'm sorry.RYAN: It looks so earnest. I've enjoyed some of his movies in the past though, so I'd see this one for free. But I'm not really that psyched for it. I much prefer his Madea movies.CAROLINE: They're making it like this is his first big Oscar movie, but with the buzz it's gotten so far, I'm thinking that won't be the case. His movies usually kill at the box office though so it'll be interesting to see what happens this weekend. Watch the trailer here: RYAN: Finally, we have Due Date, a comedy starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis.CAROLINE: I'm not sure how to feel about this one. I love RD Jr. of course, but I'm very lukewarm on Zach G. He's just completely unfunny in this trailer. I don't think I've ever laughed once watching it. RYAN: I don't know - I think it could be funny like The Hangover or something. It's from the same director, Todd Phillips. I loooove RD Jr. too, so I'm looking forward to it mostly for him. But Zach was really good in Dinner for Schmucks earlier this year, which you haven't seen yet. CAROLINE: Obviously I'll give it a shot, but I'm definitely going in with low expectations. I'm psyched for the supporting cast though - Juliette Lewis, Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan and Danny McBride. RYAN: Now you've got the right attitude! I think it'll make us laugh. Check out the trailer here: Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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Malin Akerman Replaces Lindsay Lohan in Inferno

It's official: Lindsay Lohan can't even keep a job playing a porn star. The troubled star, who is required to remain in rehab until January 3rd, has been replaced on the film Inferno, the story of 1970's porn phenom Linda Lovelace. Lohan will be supplanted by Watchmen star Malin Akerman. "We are withdrawing our offer from Lindsay Lohan," writer/director Matthew Wilder told E! Online, "We have stuck by Lindsay very patiently for a long time with a lot of love and support. Ultimately, the impossibility of insuring her--and some other issues--have made it impossible for us to go forward." Inferno is based on Ordeal: An Autobiography by Linda Lovelace with Mike McGrady. Check out the full synopsis for Inferno after the jump. Good Girl. Obedient Wife.Porn Slave.Deep Throat Was Only The Beginning…Linda Boreman was just twenty-one when she met Chuck Traynor, the man who would change her life. Less than two years later, the girl who wouldn’t let her high school dates get past first base was catapulted to fame she could never have imagined in her wildest dreams—or worst nightmares. Linda Boreman of Yonkers, New York, had become Linda Lovelace, international adult film superstar. The unprecedented success of Deep Throat made porn popular with the mainstream and made Lovelace a household name. But nobody, from the A-list celebrities who touted the movie to the audiences that lined up to see it, knew the truth about what went on behind the scenes.Enslaved by the man who would eventually force her into marriage so that he could control her completely, Linda was beaten savagely with regularity, hypnotized, and raped. She was threatened with disfigurement and death. She was terrorized into prostitution at gun and knifepoint. She was forced to perform unspeakable perversions on film. She made Deep Throat under unimaginable duress.Years later, Linda would come out of hiding to relate her side of the story—a modern horror tale of humiliation, betrayal, and violence that would rock the porn industry and put its teller in fear for her life...

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Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronofsky Split Up

After nine years which seem like eternity in Hollywood relationship, actress Rachel Weisz and director Darren Aronofsky broke up. “Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronofsky have been separated for some months. They remain close friends and are committed to raising their son together in New York City,” their publicists The two were never married but they [...]

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Trailer Tuesdays!

RYAN: We've gotten the Halloween movies out of our system and now it's time for some real Oscar contenders, people. Between now and the end of December, we're looking at great new releases pretty much every weekend and I'm so excited!CAROLINE: Me too!! One of my most anticipated movies of the season, 127 Hours, comes out this Friday in limited release, so definitely look for it in your city. If it's not there this weekend, it'll be coming soon.RYAN: This is the movie where James Franco plays the guy who had to cut off his own arm after getting caught in a crevasse while hiking. Scary stuff. It's directed by Danny Boyle, so you know it's going to be amazing. CAROLINE: It's gotten great buzz for James Franco as well as the overall film. Danny Boyle is so fab. I'm really excited to see what he'll do with this story.RYAN: This is a definite Oscar contender. I just hope they don't focus too long on the actual cutting off of the arm.CAROLINE: Yes, please. I'm hoping that scene is short and sweet. Apparently some people have fainted after seeing it. Let's hope that doesn't happen to you.RYAN: [laughs] You know I've got a stomach of steel. You're the one who should be worried, honey. Check out the awesome trailer here: CAROLINE: Next up is Megamind. Ugh - another kids' movie.RYAN: Oh please, I don't want to hear it from you! You've barely seen any animated movies this year. Won't you make an exception for this one?CAROLINE: Possibly. I'm not a huge Will Ferrell fan, but I like Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt and some of the other voices in the movie. It just looks so silly.RYAN: It's from DreamWorks Animation, and it's in 3D, so you know it's going to be high quality. I think it looks really cute; even though Will Ferrell is generally annoying.CAROLINE: At least we know there's no chance of having to see him run around in his underwear in this movie. Thank God for small favors. Watch the trailer here: RYAN: There's also a new Tyler Perry movie coming out this weekend, which for once doesn't have his name in the title.CAROLINE: I think I will live a long fruitful life if I never see another Tyler Perry movie. This one could be better than his average though, since he didn't write it on his own. It's based on a play, and it's called For Colored Girls. RYAN: I'm thinking the best thing about this movie is the cast - Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Phylicia Rashad, Kerry Washington and Whoopi Goldberg to name a few.CAROLINE: So far I've heard very bad things about this movie. The trailer doesn't appeal to me at all, though I'm admittedly not the target audience. Tyler Perry just isn't very good, I'm sorry.RYAN: It looks so earnest. I've enjoyed some of his movies in the past though, so I'd see this one for free. But I'm not really that psyched for it. I much prefer his Madea movies.CAROLINE: They're making it like this is his first big Oscar movie, but with the buzz it's gotten so far, I'm thinking that won't be the case. His movies usually kill at the box office though so it'll be interesting to see what happens this weekend. Watch the trailer here: RYAN: Finally, we have Due Date, a comedy starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis.CAROLINE: I'm not sure how to feel about this one. I love RD Jr. of course, but I'm very lukewarm on Zach G. He's just completely unfunny in this trailer. I don't think I've ever laughed once watching it. RYAN: I don't know - I think it could be funny like The Hangover or something. It's from the same director, Todd Phillips. I loooove RD Jr. too, so I'm looking forward to it mostly for him. But Zach was really good in Dinner for Schmucks earlier this year, which you haven't seen yet. CAROLINE: Obviously I'll give it a shot, but I'm definitely going in with low expectations. I'm psyched for the supporting cast though - Juliette Lewis, Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan and Danny McBride. RYAN: Now you've got the right attitude! I think it'll make us laugh. Check out the trailer here: Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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Mean Girls 2 Trailer Online

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Eva Longoria and Tony Parker Divorce

Eva Longoria surprised everyone with the news that she filed for Divorce from her husband NBA superstar Tony Parker last Wednesday. She mentioned in her official statement that it’s because of “irreconcilable differences” and everyone was like “woah what just happened there?” They looked like a really cute and happy couple but I guess nothing [...]

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Joss Whedon Responds To 'Buffy' Reboot: 'Leave Me To My Pain!'

Yesterday we got the news that Warner Bros. is rebooting the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" franchise with a new film.... but without the involvement of creator Joss Whedon, and presumably without "Buffy" film star Kristy Swanson and TV series headliner Sarah Michelle Gellar. We asked in a poll who you guys thought should play the [...]

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I

The end begins for millions of people who have come to love this wizard by the name Harry Potter and of course his dearest friends Hermione and Ron and the rest of the magical world. Now, for the first part of J.K Rowling‘s end for the successful Harry Potter book series comes Harry Potter and [...]

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Michael J. Bassett to Helm Psychological Horror Film Saint Mary's

At the beginning of November we found out that Solomon Kane director Michael J. Bassett would write and direct Silent Hill: Revelation 3D. Now THR has word on another horror flick in the filmmaker's future. The trade reports Bassett just signed on to write and direct a psychological, supernatural horror flick called Saint Mary's. He'll develop the screenplay with the story's creator Matthew Kingshott who was develping the project with UK producer and composer James Edward Barker (who will also write a score for the film). For details on the story which Bassett calls "incredibly interesting and potentially terrifying," keep reading.

The film would follow an evil presence in a disused mental asylum as a group of young people who are deliberately trapped inside the labyrinthine building find their deepest, darkest nightmares manifesting themselves before their eyes. It will likely be awhile before this project gets off the ...

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THE NEXT THREE DAYS

CAROLINE: I've been excited to see The Next Three Days starring Russell Crowe since first seeing the trailer a few months ago, largely because our girl Elizabeth Banks has a prominent role. But it also looked action packed and exciting.RYAN: Sadly, I didn't get to attend this screening with you, since I was at the third of four Harry Potter screenings I've attended in the past week. Did the movie live up to your expectations?CAROLINE: Partially. It's written and directed by Paul Haggis of Crash fame, so that's a major plus. But it's a really slow burn, and a little long. The really good stuff doesn't come till the last 30 minutes of the movie, and I was expecting it much sooner.RYAN: It's about a guy who plots to break his wife out of jail, right?CAROLINE: Yes, with an emphasis on the plotting. The bulk of the movie is Russell Crowe visiting Elizabeth Banks in jail, being convinced that she's innocent of the murder she was convicted of, and then plotting for months to bust her out. It doesn't necessarily drag; I was just surprised at how long it took to get to the actual prison break.RYAN: Yeah, that's weird. I would have thought the prison break would take up the bulk of the movie.CAROLINE: I think they could have done with a little less of the planning, and cut to the chase sooner. The movie is over two hours, which it didn't really need to be.RYAN: What about Liam Neeson's part?CAROLINE: It's very much a cameo; he only has one quick scene, but it's a good one. He plays a guy who's broken out of jail seven times and Russell Crowe turns to him for advice. Sometimes you definitely feel like Russell's in over his head and would never realistically be able to break his wife out of jail. He's a professor at a community college, for God's sake, not a criminal. But other times I was happy to suspend my disbelief and roll with it.RYAN: So how's the action once you finally get there?CAROLINE: It's very tense and exciting, naturally. The movie takes place in Pittsburgh and they shoot the city really well during the escape. I'm not gonna tell you if they're successful or not, but I was definitely nervous and on the edge of my seat. There are so many things that can go wrong. And I must say, Russell Crowe is great.RYAN: Ugh. I'm so over him.CAROLINE: I know he's a big jerk, but he's such a good actor. Not always the best American accent, but he's really good otherwise.RYAN: Anyone else famous in it?CAROLINE: Olivia Wilde has a little part, as does Brian Dennehy, who barely has any lines as Russell Crowe's father.-- BOTTOM LINE --CAROLINE: I totally enjoyed this movie, though I'm not gonna rave about it. It's very exciting at the end, but it takes a while to get there. I was kind of wondering what took so long. You do ultimately get some good suspense and action, but the movie definitely didn't need to be over two hours. I think true Russell Crowe fans will want to see this in the theater, but for the rest of the world, it would be something great to catch on cable.-- RATING --Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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Grade A for Easy A

Easy A starring Emma Stone is one funny if not the funniest film of high school set-up this year. Oh my gosh the whole film is really entertaining that everyone in the cinema can’t stop laughing, I know because I couldn’t contain my laughs in every scene. The script was totally great and the execution [...]

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Trailer Tuesdays!

RYAN: We're looking at a very supernatural week at the movies, starting with the sequel Paranormal Activity 2.CAROLINE: I so don't understand why this movie is being made. I mean, of course I realize it's because the studio wants it to make tons of dough like the first one did. But the whole point of the first one was that it was made for dirt cheap and it became an unexpected hit. Lightning isn't going to strike twice here. Anyone remember Blair Witch 2?RYAN: Seriously. And it's not the like the first one was even all that scary. But maybe they're hoping this will become a franchise like the Saw movies.CAROLINE: I suppose. I just wish they could leave well enough alone. Paranormal Activity was a gigantic hit without even being that great a scary movie. Let it be.RYAN: I'd still see the sequel. The trailer reveals very little, so I'm curious to see how they're going to handle the story.CAROLINE: Well, you're more of a horror fan than I am. I kind of wish they'd show us what to expect from the new movie in the trailer, but mostly it's just a re-hash of what happened with the last one. Check it out here: RYAN: Next up is the new Clint Eastwood movie, Hereafter. This actually came out in New York and L.A. last week, and is opening in the rest of the country this Friday.CAROLINE: I love a good Clint Eastwood movie, and I'm really psyched to see this one. It's been kept very hush-hush, so of course I'm super curious. He's teamed up with Matt Damon again; let's hope the movie's better than last year's Invictus. RYAN: I liked Invictus, but this does look more up our alley. You know I love anything with a supernatural or sci-fi element. And how amazing is that tsunami scene in the trailer?!CAROLINE: Crazy cool. I can't wait to see that on the big screen. Other than that, I don't know much about the movie other than Matt Damon plays a psychic. Is there anyone else famous in it?RYAN: Bryce Dallas Howard, honey! I love her, and she looks gorge in the trailer.CAROLINE: Oh yeah, and I also saw Jay Mohr in there. He's looking way puffy these days. Watch the trailer here: Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronofsky Split Up

After nine years which seem like eternity in Hollywood relationship, actress Rachel Weisz and director Darren Aronofsky broke up. “Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronofsky have been separated for some months. They remain close friends and are committed to raising their son together in New York City,” their publicists The two were never married but they [...]

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Howl: A Somewhat Lackluster Homage to Allen Ginsberg

Certain moments in history, particularly the repressed, scandalized era of the 1950s in the United States, appear to be more exciting than they actually are when translated to film. Good Night, and Good Luck, Far From Heaven, and Pleasantville are just a few examples of how a filmmaker is extremely hard-pressed to make the fifties [...]

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PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2

RYAN: Paranormal Activity 2 didn't screen for critics but it was Halloween and I was in the mood so I checked it out yesterday.CAROLINE: And how was it?RYAN: Well I was terribly annoyed by some A-hole in front of me who kept texting and each button he'd press on his phone beeped. I asked him to stop once and he did but resumed an hour later.CAROLINE: That is Beyond Rangoon and unacceptable. So how was the movie?RYAN: It was good. I mean, it was actually scary.CAROLINE: That's cool. We saw the first one together and it was just so slow and we felt like it didn't live up to the hype.RYAN: Totally. And I expected more of the same but this one actually picks up about a third of the way in and then maintains and is much creepier and freaky.CAROLINE: So it's heftier than just a lot of things going bump in the night?RYAN: Yeah and it's truly clever. It's actually 95% a prequel to the first one which is neat because the original actors are in it and then the last 5% is what happened next, after the first film so it really spans the story.CAROLINE: Does it explain some more about the first one too?RYAN: Absolutely and it's so effed up what happens. But I have to say one snarky thing.CAROLINE: Honey, this is a safe place. Share.RYAN: [laughs] The girl from the first one who's here again looks a lil chunkier to me now - though it's supposed to be a prequel. And then when it shows brief footage of the first one you see how much thinner she was and then you see her again and it's, like, whoa.CAROLINE: You'd think the producers would have encouraged her to get back to the same weight.RYAN: I didn't see production notes so we may never know.CAROLINE: Any other dish?RYAN: It's the same template - a haunting/possession seen through home movies and surveillance. The acting is all pretty good and it's crazy how a film can still be compelling when almost entirely shot within the same, like, six frames.CAROLINE: That is cool.-- BOTTOM LINE --RYAN: Much better than Saw 3D. And even much better than the first Paranormal Activity. It got me and I enjoyed it.-- RATING --Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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Swiss Director Ben Hibon Set to Helm Supernatural Thriller 'Pan'

If you joined the masses this weekend in theaters to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, then you're already familiar with the work of Swiss director Ben Hibon. Sure franchise helmer David Yates directed the film itself, but Hibbon is responsible for that sweet animated sequence where Hermione tells The Tale of The Three Brothers and the history/myth of the Deathly Hallows. Now Hibon is set to direct his own fantasy action thriller as Variety reports he's set to helm Pan, a story which we haven't heard about in nearly four years, that takes the classic fairy tale of Peter Pan and turns it completely on its head. Read on!

Ben Magid wrote the script which was picked up by New Line in 2006 and apparently was once considered to be a directing vehicle for Guillermo del Toro. The story uses J.M. Barrie's classic characters but with a ...

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Downey Jr Leaves 'Gravity' But Still 'Knows How to Talk to Girls'

As was previously mentioned as a possibility, Heat Vision now reports Robert Downey Jr. has officially dropped out of Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi film Gravity. But as one project loses the talent of Downey, another is fortunate to pick it up. Apparently the actor is circling an adaptation of a book written by a 9-year old boy. How to Talk to Girls, an advice book on how to deal with women, began as a school project for the young Alec Greven, but a publishing deal and three more books shows this is more than just child's play. Though a draft was previously written, the project is now being developed as a future vehicle for Downey. Read on!

It's not clear how a book written by a kid will translate to a film without simply being a hollow cinematic shell of the book itself, but that's Hollywood for you. Ben Karlin and Stu ...

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Good: Howard Shore to Score Peter Jackson?s ?Hobbit?

The title sounds kinda gross… Famed Lord Of The Rings composer Howard Shore has revealed that that he will return the series to score Peter Jackson’s upcoming Rings prequel The Hobbit. Shore said that he has been discussing reuniting with Peter Jackson for the two-part Hobbit adaptation since waaaay back in 2002. “It looks like [...]

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The Courage of a ?Conviction?

Where there’s Hilary Swank, there’s a dramatic–usually depressing–movie based on a true story. Conviction is no exception to the Swank rule of thumb. Also starring the increasingly amazing and filmically bankable Sam Rockwell as Kenny Waters, Betty Anne Waters’ (Swank) wrongfully accused and convicted brother, Conviction packs an emotional wallop that few other movies of [...]

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FAIR GAME

RYAN: Fair Game, the new Naomi Watts/Sean Penn Oscar contender, is quite dramatic.CAROLINE: It's based on the true story of the CIA agent, Valerie Plame, whose identity was outed by the White House after her husband dared to contradict George W. Bush. We're all familiar with the basics of the story from a few years ago, but it was great to learn all the details. It's a really interesting movie.RYAN: I was hoping it'd be a little more action-packed like Alias, but it's really more of a straightforward retelling of events. There's a lot of technical jargon and insider CIA terms that were a little confusing at times.CAROLINE: Really? I thought it was so good. I loved Alias too, but that was so not real life. I loved seeing what this woman's job was and how she had to lie to everyone she knows, saying she worked for a venture capitalist firm. Meanwhile, she's traveling the Middle East with fake identities and running these crazy missions. It's so fascinating and badass. And I appreciate that Naomi Watts actually resembles the real life Valerie Plame. RYAN: I felt like Sean Penn had the juicier role. He gives yet another Oscar worthy performance as Naomi Watts's husband, who used to be an ambassador and is the only person in her life who knows what she really does for a living. He has several great, intense speeches that remind us what a phenomenal actor he is. I was waiting the whole film for Naomi to get a speech like that, but she never really did.CAROLINE: Sean Penn really is amazing. His performance is what fired me up in the trailer and made me want to see this movie. He and Naomi Watts were great together too. This movie is definitely very fact-based and in some ways is like watching the news, which normally would bore or annoy me; but I really didn't mind it here. I loved all of the intrigue and political cover ups.RYAN: It's crazy and unfair what happened to her, so I'm glad her story is getting the big screen treatment. It's so compelling to watch.CAROLINE: She and her husband both wrote books on the topic and the movie is largely based on those. I'm glad they were able to make something out of their outrage because this is a story that really needs to be heard. I'm just so angry for her; I couldn't believe what they did to her career. It's so dangerous and wrong. This movie will definitely get you riled up.RYAN: It was also infuriating to relive the whole George Bush/WMD debacle and that we were lied to about why we went to war, and shocking that the government would reveal Valerie Plame's identity just to shift the focus off of their mistakes. It just aggravates me to think about it.CAROLINE: Don't let it ruin your day, honey. Other fun things about the movie - a small appearance from Ty Burrell, the hilarious dad from TV's Modern Family, and Callie's ex-GF from Grey's Anatomy.RYAN: Not to mention the original Fiyero from Broadway's Wicked, Norbert Leo Butz, who's also a Tony winner for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. -- BOTTOM LINE --RYAN: I was into this movie, but it was a little bit slower paced than I expected. I was bored a few times, but I wasn't disappointed. I think it's worth seeing and I really enjoyed it; I was just hoping for a little more action.CAROLINE: I got exactly what I was expecting with this movie, which is a fascinating and shocking story of political intrigue. I'm not sure it's a must see on the big screen, but for those who are interested, it's completely worthwhile. Great story, great cast, great performances. Another great movie from director Doug Liman, who I've loved since Swingers. -- RATING --Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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