Monday, January 31, 2011

Katherine Heigl, Jon Bon Jovi & More Celebrating 'New Year's Eve'

Though she was originally set to star in Garry Marshall's first holiday-themed ensemble romantic comedy Valentine's Day, actress Katherine Heigl wanted $3 million for her role in the film. Since that salary would've been higher than any of the other stars in the film (including Julia Roberts), she was left out in the wind. But now apparently she's ready to play ball with Marshall again as Deadline reports Heigl has landed a role in New Year's Eve, the newest holiday ensemble film set to follow intertwining stories of a group of New Yorkers as they�navigate their way through bittersweet drama and romance over the course of New Year's Eve.

Heigl is playin a caterer who encounters her ex-lover at a party, a role that previously belonged to Halle Berry but the actress has dropped out for unknown reasons. In addition, while we were at Sundance last week, ...

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2011 Razzie Award Nominations

CAROLINE: Just for fun, I thought we'd talk about the Razzie Award nominations which were announced today.RYAN: The Razzies are always held the night before the Oscars, which this year is Saturday, February 26th. And the nominations never disappoint.CAROLINE: I love how they nominate actors for multiple roles in different movies. Like, Ashton Kutcher, you were horrible in both Killers and Valentine's Day.RYAN: And I love it when the actors themselves show up to receive their Razzies, a la Sandra Bullock last year for All About Steve, and Halle Berry for Catwoman.CAROLINE: I'm a little annoyed that they nominated all four ladies from Sex and the City 2 for Worst Actress. That movie has become such an easy target. I myself quite liked it.RYAN: So did I! And I loved Twilight: Eclipse too; that is so not even close to being the worst movie of last year. Sometimes I think they just nominate stuff for fun and to be provocative, when I'd rather they nominate real bad movies like The Nutcracker in 3D. CAROLINE: Totally. Thought I wholeheartedly agree with their inclusion of The Bounty Hunter. What a piece of crap! Here's the complete list of nominees: WORST PICTURE The Bounty Hunter The Last Airbender Sex & the City 2 Twilight Saga: Eclipse Vampires Suck! WORST ACTOR Jack Black, Gulliver's Travels Gerard Butler, The Bounty Hunter Ashton Kutcher, Killers and Valentine's Day Taylor Lautner, Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Valentine's Day Robert Pattinson, Remember Me and Twilight Saga: Eclipse WORST ACTRESS Jennifer Aniston, The Bounty Hunter and The Switch Miley Cyrus, The Last Song Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis & Cynthia Nixon, Sex & the City 2 Megan Fox, Jonah Hex Kristen Stewart, Twilight Saga: Eclipse WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Jessica Alba, The Killer Inside Me, Little Fockers, Machete and Valentine's Day Cher, Burlesque Liza Minnelli, Sex & the City 2 Nicola Peltz, The Last Airbender Barbra Streisand, Little Fockers WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR Billy Ray Cyrus, The Spy Next Door George Lopez, Marmaduke, The Spy Next Door and Valentine's Day Dev Patel, The Last Airbender Jackson Rathbone, The Last Airbender and Twilight Saga: Eclipse Rob Schneider, Grown Ups WORST EYE-GOUGING MISUSE OF 3D (Special category for 2010!) Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty GaloreClash of the Titans The Last Airbender Nutcracker 3-D Saw 3-D (aka Saw VII) WORST SCREEN COUPLE/WORST SCREEN ENSEMBLE Jennifer Aniston & Gerard Butler, The Bounty Hunter Josh Brolin?s face & Megan Fox?s accent, Jonah Hex The entire cast of The Last Airbender The entire cast of Sex & the City 2 The entire cast of Twilight Saga: EclipseWORST DIRECTOR Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer, Vampires Suck! Michael Patrick King, Sex & the City 2 M. Night Shyamalan, The Last Airbender David Slade, Twilight Saga: Eclipse Sylvester Stallone, The Expendables WORST SCREENPLAY The Last Airbender, written by M. Night Shyamalan, based on the TV series by Michael Dante DiMartino and Brian Konietzko Little Fockers, written by John Hamburg and Larry Stuckey, based on characters created by Greg Glenna & Mary Roth Clarke Sex & the City 2, written by Michael Patrick King, based on the TV Series created by Darren Star Twilight Saga: Eclipse, screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer Vampires Suck! written by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer WORST PREQUEL, REMAKE, RIP-OFF OR SEQUEL (Combined category for 2010) Clash of the Titans The Last Airbender Sex & the City 2 Twilight Saga: Eclipse Vampires Suck!Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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Due Date Tells Us To Surrender to Fate

Albeit compared to a poor imitation of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Todd Phillips’ follow up to 2009′s The Hangover is buffeted by the opposite, yet complimentary acting styles of Robert Downey Jr. and Zack Galifianakis. Downey Jr., with his usual stoic/acerbic delivery, and Galifianakis, with his lovable brute persona, mask, for the most part, the [...]

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Black Swan: Dramatic Film Paragon.

As far as I know, there is no known credo about the masochism of being a ballerina. But maybe after Darren Aronofsky’s�Black Swan, there is a chance of such a phrase being coined. Gradually weaving in elements of the surreal and sinister, the style Aronofsky became esteemed for with Requiem for a Dream is ever-present [...]

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Weinstein Company Announces Plans for Another 'Scary Movie'

Though the first installment of the spoof franchise was legitimately funny, Scary Movie has since become just another cheap attempt to snag cash from the most easily entertained of audiences. The last installment of the parody series was released in 2006, but The Weinstein Company apparently revealed on Facebook (via ComingSoon) that they are planning a Scary Movie 5. Perhaps the company is counting on Scream 4 reinvigorating the audiences who like to see horror films like that parodied, but recently, the series has turned away from lampooning horror movies to simply skewering various sects of pop culture.

No word on who will write or direct the next installment of the comedy series (honestly, it probably doesn't matter), and it's unclear if Anna Faris will return to the franchise that launched her career. Though she hasn't gone on to do many better films, her status as a full fledged comedic actress ...

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British Actor Henry Cavill is Officially Superman: The Man of Steel!

We've known since October that director Zack Snyder would be at the helm of the new Superman: The Man of Steel. However, many of us have been waiting anxiously to find out who will don the cape and soar through the sky as Superman. Well, wait no longer as Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures announced that British actor Henry Cavill ("The Tudors," The Count of Monte Cristo) has landed the coveted superhero role as Krypton's last son Kal-El. Although I'm not familiar with most of his previous work (he'll also be leading The Immortals later this year) he does seem to have the looks to become The Big Blue Boy Scout.

Here's what director Zack Snyder had to say about their new Superman:

?In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to ...

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All Good Things

The story of Robert Durst has been continuously swept under the rug and then resurfaced at the will of the New York District Attorney and the media. But now, once and for all, the tale of murder, deception, and mental instability has been solidified in Andrew Jarecki’s (of Capturing the Friedmans fame) All Good Things. [...]

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Box Office Results

1. "True Grit," $15 million. 2. "Little Fockers," $13.8 million. 3. "Season of the Witch," $10.7 million. 4. "Tron: Legacy," $9.8 million. 5. "Black Swan," $8.4 million. 6. "Country Strong," $7.3 million. 7. "The Fighter," $7 million. 8. "The King's Speech," $6.811 million. 9. "Yogi Bear," $6.81 million. 10. "Tangled," $5.2 million. RYAN: And the winner is... True Grit! At least at the B.O. this weekend. And I'll have you know it's the first western to make over $100 million since the '90s.CAROLINE: It's sort of a dated genre. I'm not thrilled with westerns but there is buzz for this one and it is awards season and I'm just happy that neither of the two new offerings opened at #1.RYAN: Season of the Witch was quite a disappointment but I'm surprised more country fans didn't get out for Country Strong. CAROLINE: I actually liked that one more than Nic Cage's movie; however, only slightly.RYAN: I didn't get out to see Country Strong like I had hoped to this weekend. And at this rate, I doubt I'll even catch it in the theater. CAROLINE: You so don't need to run out to see it.RYAN: But I love a musical. CAROLINE: But it's not your typical musical nor is it that good. But this time last year, if you remember, Avatar was still freaking out all over the box office.RYAN: That's right! CAROLINE: No such blockbuster this time around.RYAN: We'll have to wait till summer arrives for the big guns.Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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Black Swan: Dramatic Film Paragon.

As far as I know, there is no known credo about the masochism of being a ballerina. But maybe after Darren Aronofsky’s�Black Swan, there is a chance of such a phrase being coined. Gradually weaving in elements of the surreal and sinister, the style Aronofsky became esteemed for with Requiem for a Dream is ever-present [...]

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New Superman: Henry Cavill Cast As The Caped Hero

Yummy Superman! Henry Cavill, best known for playing Charles Brandon on Showtime's The Tudors, will play the caped hero in the new Zack Synder directed film, Superman: Man of Steel. Warner Bros. announced the casting decision today in a statement.  Director Zack Snyder expressed his opinion on the casting saying,  “I also join Warner Bros., Legendary and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry. He is the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield.” The film is set to hit theaters in December 2012.  The story was developed by David S. Goyer and Inception director Christopher Nolan (who is also one of the producers of the film). We're excited to see Cavill in the role.  What do you think of this latest Superman?

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SAG Awards Backstage: Nominees And Presenters Get Pampered In The Green Room

By Kelly Marino
With this year's SAG Awards just around the corner, it's only appropriate that the committee makes sure everyone is comfortable during the ceremony right? Which in most cases would mean making sure everyone is provided with snacks and water and are aware of where the exits are, should they need to escape for [...]

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Mark Waters to Helm Beatles-Centric Time Travel Comedy 'Get Back'

Back in November of 2009 we heard that actor Jason Lee (The Incredibles, Dogma) was looking to make his feature directorial debut with Get Back, a story about two music-obsessed friends who time travel to 1966 London to prevent John Lennon from meeting Yoko Ono, who they blame for the break-up of the Fab Four. But things get complicated when one of the guys gets caught up in a love triangle between the infamous lovers. However, Variety now reports Mark Waters (who is currently shooting Mr. Popper's Penguins with Jim Carrey) will now direct this promising time travel comedy featuring British imported band The Beatles.

The script appeared on the 2007 Black List, and while the project sounds like a great idea, I'm wondering if producers will need to secure likeness rights for the Fab Four. Obviously since this film is about breaking up John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and ...

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

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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SAG Awards Red Carpet Rolled Out With Angie Harmon's Help

By Kelly Marino
It?s been 24 hours since we last visited the Shrine, and what was once a parking lot has now been cleared for tomorrow?s SAG Award arrivals thanks all the hard workers. The bleachers can now be installed for all the screaming fans, and the red carpet is ready to be rolled out. And [...]

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Emily Browning & Kristen Stewart in 'Snow White & the Huntsman'?

Yesterday we found out Universal had found their titular male lead for their gestating re-telling of the classic fairytale Snow White and the Huntsman. With Viggo Mortensen in place to assist Snow White and Charlize Theron in line to terrorize her, the fairytale beauty has yet to be cast. When news of Mortensen's casting surfaced yesterday, it was said Universal was interested in finding a fresh face in the way Paramount found young Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit. Well apparently Deadline and THR have some new information that pegs Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) and Kirsten Stewart (The Twilight Saga) as the contenders.

Apparently Emily Browning just tested last week for the lead role but many have pegged Kristen Stewart to be the top choice. If Universal is looking for a huge audience then Stewart is obviously the way to go. Of course, Browning looks to make a big splash in Sucker ...

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New Superman: Henry Cavill Cast As The Caped Hero

Yummy Superman! Henry Cavill, best known for playing Charles Brandon on Showtime's The Tudors, will play the caped hero in the new Zack Synder directed film, Superman: Man of Steel. Warner Bros. announced the casting decision today in a statement.  Director Zack Snyder expressed his opinion on the casting saying,  “I also join Warner Bros., Legendary and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry. He is the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield.” The film is set to hit theaters in December 2012.  The story was developed by David S. Goyer and Inception director Christopher Nolan (who is also one of the producers of the film). We're excited to see Cavill in the role.  What do you think of this latest Superman?

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THE DILEMMA

CAROLINE: The new Ron Howard movie, The Dilemma, is being billed as a hilarious comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, but in actuality it's kind of a serious movie.RYAN: Really? That surprises me. I didn't get to attend the screening with you, sadly, but as you know, I have only one question - how was Winona Ryder?CAROLINE: That's hardly where I want to begin.RYAN: But you know I love her! I'm so excited that she's having a career renaissance lately what with this movie and Black Swan. CAROLINE: She's perfectly fine. She looks good - too good to be playing Kevin James's wife, that's for sure.RYAN: Yeah, that's not so realistic. And Jennifer Connelly is Vince Vaughn's wife?CAROLINE: No, she plays his live-in girlfriend, but part of the movie is his planning to propose. And Jennifer Connelly is so gorgeous I almost had to look away a few times. She's just beautiful. A little too skinny though.RYAN: So is the movie not that funny?CAROLINE: It starts off hilariously with the four of them at dinner and Vince Vaughn doing one of his signature rants. The audience was howling. But the movie takes a turn when Vince sees Winona, his best friend's wife, making out with another man, who's played by Channing Tatum. Then the movie basically becomes a morality tale about friendship, marriage, love, betrayal, addiction and loyalty.RYAN: Wow. Did it make you LOL at all?CAROLINE: Oh sure. There are some funny moments, but honestly, the comedy probably only makes up about 20% of the movie. The rest is pretty intense. It's really a movie for people in their late 20s, 30s and 40s who can relate to marriage and infidelity and that sort of thing. I don't think the kids will like it.RYAN: This is all so interesting because I just assumed this was a romantic comedy.CAROLINE: I'd still call it a comedy, even a bromance, but it has that Ron Howard heaviness, like in Parenthood. Also, it's quite long at almost 2 hours. Ron needs to be a little more judicious in the editing room.RYAN: So no poop jokes?CAROLINE: Ha, no. It's much more adult than that, which I appreciated. There's no bathroom humor. I liked the cast a lot, but the movie dragged a little and was a lot more serious than I thought it would be. But it's certainly relatable in some ways. I think we've all debated what we would do if we caught a good friend's spouse cheating.RYAN: For sure. How's Vince looking?CAROLINE: A little bloated, but not bad for him. I always enjoy him in movies. This one got a little heavier than it needed to be, and some of the scenes weren't entirely believable or realistic. And I would have preferred someone other than Kevin James in the best friend role too. He's amusing but nothing special.-- BOTTOM LINE --CAROLINE: This movie isn't nearly as much of a comedy as it leads you to believe. It's funny in parts, but also pretty intense in others as you watch the characters make different ethical decisions. I enjoyed it to some degree, but also felt like it was a little bit of false advertising. Great cast, though I'd say you really don't have to see it on the big screen. You'd be just as happy watching it at home.-- RATING --Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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Streisand & Rogen Team Up For My Mother's Curse

Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) is back with a new comedy.  The comedy My Mother's Curse will star Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen as mother and son.  The script is currently being penned by Dan Fogelman (Cars) who is said to be writing it based on his own experience traveling with his mother.  The story is reportedly about a man (Rogen) who invites his mother on a cross-country trip to sell his new product and reunite her with a lost love. Paramount Pictures is attached to the project and aims to start shooting this spring.

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Kate Hudson is Pregnant!

Wow lots of Hollywood celebrities are getting pregnant these days, now it’s Kate Hudson‘s turn. “Almost Famous” star Kate Hudson and beau Muse front man Matt Bellamy are expecting a baby, that’s what people from their camp announced. “It was not planned, but they are excited and embracing it,” sources informed US Weekly that first [...]

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Trailer Tuesdays!

RYAN: There's only one movie coming out this weekend and I know you're just dying to see it since it stars your all-time favorite actor, Nicolas Cage.CAROLINE: I can smell the sarcasm dripping off you. The movie is Season of the Witch, and it looks like my worst nightmare realized - a war movie set in ancient times with witches and other tomfoolery. Let the crappy January releases begin, people!RYAN: I, unlike you, actually enjoy Nicolas Cage, and I even tend to like his bad films like Ghost Rider. But I'll admit that Wicker Man was one of the worst films of all time.CAROLINE: Well, I've never seen anything so painful as this Season of the Witch trailer. What in God's name is Nicolas Cage THINKING!?!? How the mighty have fallen.... RYAN: I do detest war movies, but I love witches so I hope it balances it out.CAROLINE: I mean, it looks looks like a slick, decently produced movie but not for an A-list star. This is the kind of movie that should be a vehicle for some new actor trying to make a name for himself in Hollywood. Poor Nicolas. He just needs a paycheck bad. RYAN: Well, I hope it's at least mildly entertaining. We're getting to attend the premiere tonight, which is cool. I'll keep my fingers crossed that this isn't the end of Nic Cage's career. But the fact that it's a January release doesn't bode well.CAROLINE: I predict I'll be taking a nap during this movie. Check the trailer here: Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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SOMEWHERE

RYAN: Somewhere is the latest movie from writer/director Sofia Coppola and it stars lil' Elle Fanning, sister of Dakota, and... what's his name?CAROLINE: Stephen Dorff.RYAN: Oh right.CAROLINE: It's not inappropriate for you to forget his name because he's pretty much a has-been at this point. I've thoroughly enjoyed some of Sofia Coppola's movies in the past, especially Lost in Translation, so I was really looking forward to this one; but it disappointed me. It's really slow, not dramatic enough and ultimately just not that satisfying.RYAN: Here's my problem with Sofia Coppola as a director: she's now going out of her way to make a statement with the choices she makes in framing, camera angles and cinematography. The very first shot of the movie is static with a car doing racing laps in and out of frame, and it just felt like she was trying to make art for art's sake. It's not creative, it's just stupid.CAROLINE: The movie is about a famous actor who theoretically has the life we all dream of, but it turns out he's actually pretty lonely, he drinks too much and doesn't have many real friends. He also has a daughter, and from the trailer I assumed that they're estranged until she has to come stay with him for a few days... but it turns out he already sees her semi-regularly, so her staying with him isn't all that dramatic or different. She's just with him a little longer than usual. The stakes weren't high enough for me.RYAN: Totally. I kept waiting for a big dramatic reveal or something interesting to happen, and it didn't. However, there is some growth for the character and I felt like he'd learned something by the end.CAROLINE: Yes, but it wasn't enough for me. I kind of enjoyed the movie as a slow study of this dude's life, but ultimately I was just underwhelmed.RYAN: My biggest problem was that whether or not you thought the story was there, her direction does a disservice to it. She's too precious with her material.CAROLINE: There are so many scenes without dialogue, and some of them are unnecessarily long. I read an interview where Stephen Dorff said the script was only 48 pages when he first got it. I'm sorry but it's not that hard to set up a camera and shoot a guy drinking a beer or sitting by the pool.RYAN: Yeah, Sofia kind of phoned it in this time.CAROLINE: I can be down with a moody, meditative movie, but I'm not that impressed with this one. And here's something weird - he spends a lot of time with this one guy in the movie, and I just assumed he was friend; but later I read an article saying it was his brother. The movie does nothing to illustrate that.RYAN: Really?? I had no idea that guy was his brother. Now I'm confused.CAROLINE: I know. Elle Fanning is fine in her role. She's kind of picked up where her sister let off now that Dakota's too old for parts like this. For Hollywood's sake, I hope there's another Fanning sister to take Elle's place once she pubertizes.RYAN: I will say that she redeems herself from The Nutcracker in 3D with this performance.-- BOTTOM LINE --RYAN: It's a very slow, not that compelling movie. It's nowhere near the caliber of Lost in Translation or even The Virgin Suicides. If you're a fan of independent film, and by that I mean slow and low budget with very little dialogue, then this is for you. Or if you just want to keep up with the Sofia Coppola canon.CAROLINE: I didn't hate it, but I thought I was going to like it a lot more than I did. This movie is a rental at best.-- RATING --Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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Mark Waters to Helm Beatles-Centric Time Travel Comedy 'Get Back'

Back in November of 2009 we heard that actor Jason Lee (The Incredibles, Dogma) was looking to make his feature directorial debut with Get Back, a story about two music-obsessed friends who time travel to 1966 London to prevent John Lennon from meeting Yoko Ono, who they blame for the break-up of the Fab Four. But things get complicated when one of the guys gets caught up in a love triangle between the infamous lovers. However, Variety now reports Mark Waters (who is currently shooting Mr. Popper's Penguins with Jim Carrey) will now direct this promising time travel comedy featuring British imported band The Beatles.

The script appeared on the 2007 Black List, and while the project sounds like a great idea, I'm wondering if producers will need to secure likeness rights for the Fab Four. Obviously since this film is about breaking up John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and ...

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2011 Critics' Choice Movie Awards

RYAN: The results of the first big awards show of the year are in! And I was lucky enough to attend the ceremony in Los Angeles.CAROLINE: Maroon 5 played at the show, and tons of celebs were in attendance - Natalie Portman, looking way more pregnant than I thought she would, Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Christian Bale, Colin Firth, Jonah Hill, Aaron Sorkin, Kevin Spacey, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Renner, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm and those oh-so-ubiquitous Kardashians.RYAN: And so many more! I literally bumped into Ryan Gosling at one point and almost wet myself. And the after party was one of the coolest I'd ever been to in my life!CAROLINE: The cool thing about the CCMAs for us is that as members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, we actually got to vote for these awards. And I'm proud to say that many of the movies I voted for went on to win.RYAN: I think you did a better job of picking them than I did, but there were a lot of worthy winners last night. Here's the complete list:Best Picture: The Social NetworkBest Actor: Colin Firth, The King?s SpeechBest Actress: Natalie Portman, Black SwanBest Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The FighterBest Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The FighterBest Young Actor/Actress: Hailee Steinfeld, True GritBest Acting Ensemble: The FighterBest Director: David Fincher, The Social NetworkBest Original Screenplay: David Seidler, The King?s SpeechBest Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social NetworkBest Animated Feature: Toy Story 3Best Cinematography: Wally Pfister, InceptionBest Art Direction: Guy Hendrix Dyas, InceptionBest Visual Effects: Inception Best Sound: InceptionBest Action Movie: InceptionBest Comedy: Easy ABest Picture Made For Television: The PacificBest Foreign Language Film: The Girl With The Dragon TattooBest Documentary Feature: Waiting For SupermanBest Song: If I Rise, 127 HoursBest Score: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social NetworkCheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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'The Rite' Stars Talk Real-life Exorcisms And How To Avoid Getting Possessed

If it's not enough to watch Anthony Hopkins get all creepy and possessed in the new thriller "The Rite," you should know that the exorcisms and exorcists depicted in the film are based on real events and people!
When MTV News caught up with the film's other stars, newcomers Colin O'Donoghue and Alice Braga, we [...]

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Lindsay Lohan Over the Clubbing Scene

According to Lindsay Lohan‘s friends, the actress is quitting the clubbing scene forever. The original “Mean Girls” star realized that going into clubs bring more temptation for her so to stay sober she will forget about hanging out in these places. Lindsay even told, “I’ll just have water, thanks!” Well this is definitely the right [...]

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Saoirse Ronan Cast In ?The Hobbit?

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David and Victoria Beckham Expecting 4th Child

Good news for the A-list couple David Beckham and Victoria Beckham was confirmed today – and that’s Victoria is pregnant and expecting their 4th child. Posh Spice’s recent pregnancy was first rumored when she met with Emma Bunton in a party organized by Gordon Ramsey. However, Victoria said in a recent interview for Vogue magazine [...]

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Box Office Results

1. "No Strings Attached," $20.3 million. 2. "The Green Hornet," $18.1 million. 3. "The Dilemma," $9.7 million. 4. "The King's Speech," $9.2 million. 5. "True Grit," $8 million. 6. "Black Swan," $6.2 million. 7. "The Fighter," $4.5 million. 8. "Little Fockers," $4.4 million. 9. "Yogi Bear," $4.1 million. 10. "Tron: Legacy," $3.7 million.CAROLINE: I'm kinda surprised No Strings Attached managed to beat out The Green Hornet. Good for Natalie!RYAN: Well there was the risk if her movie totally bombed, she could lose momentum in the Oscar race. Now she must be thanking her lucky stars. CAROLINE: Black Swan has really done amazingly well for an indie film - at #6 this weekend. And it's so much better than No Strings. RYAN: But some people must have been in the mood for a light rom com. CAROLINE: The weekend winner only cost $25 million to make so all involved had a very good weekend. RYAN: Oscar nominations are announced Tuesday and Natalie's sure to be among them. CAROLINE: She must be so overjoyed with all the positive attention and being pregnant and everything. RYAN: It's definitely a red letter moment for her. CAROLINE: The Green Hornet came in at #2 but dropped considerably. RYAN: It's not the kind of superhero movie that's guaranteeing an immediate sequel. CAROLINE: That might be a good thing.Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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'Jackass 3.5' Trailer: A Sneak-Peek At 85 Fresh Minutes Of Insanity

You can't keep this sort of insane, troubling, hilarious, cringe-inducing footage locked away in an editing suite. If you create a literal crotch rocket that shoots a fiery projectile from one man's groin to another man's buttocks, that footage must see the light of day.
Jackass 3.5 (Exclusive Trailer Premiere)
Johnny Knoxville and his stunt-crazed pals understand [...]

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SEASON OF THE WITCH

RYAN: Let the January releases begin! Season of the Witch stars Nicolas Cage, and it's exactly the kind of crap we expect to see now that Oscar season is over. Why don't you tell everyone how excited you were to see this movie?CAROLINE: [laughs] We got to attend the premiere, which would normally be a thrill; but for a movie like this, I couldn't care less. I knew this movie would stink, and it did. The after party was very cool and fun though, and we had a Nicolas Cage sighting. He's taller than I thought.RYAN: He looks exactly like his Madame Tussauds wax figure that often stares at me when I walk across 42nd street.CAROLINE: If you've seen the trailer for Season of the Witch, you know exactly what you're going to get with this movie. The best word I can use to describe it is silly. It's a witchy supernatural historical war movie with knights that drags on way too long and really has no point in the end.RYAN: I like Nicolas Cage and tend to see all of his movies even if I know they're going to be bad, but this one is just really stupid.CAROLINE: I'm so glad you can admit it. The only other remotely famous person in the movie is Ron Perlman, and as I was watching, I kept thinking, "Why on earth did Nicolas Cage agree to do this movie?" Of course we all know the answer is he needs the dough bad. RYAN: The movie has some things going for it, visually anyway. It has some beautiful shots and the costumes are well done. And I liked the witchcraft stuff.CAROLINE: I know you're into fantasy and witchcraft, but I'm so not into this genre. Plus I hated all the historical battle crap - that's for boys. The only thing I can think to say was decent about it is that they didn't get over-the-top cheesy with the dialogue.RYAN: But it annoyed me how they swore and used expressions that we use today. I was like, "Hmm, did people really talk like that during the Crusades?" I think not.CAROLINE: And I'm sorry but Ron Perlman looks like an ape. There's just no other way to describe him.RYAN: He's odd looking for sure, but I thought Nicolas Cage looked pretty good. And I liked the actress who plays the witch. She did a great job of looking innocent and victimized, but with just a little twinkle in her eye she could switch to evil.CAROLINE: Can we discuss how gross this movie is though? I was seriously shocked by some of the images. It's almost like a horror movie. I do not need to see corpses rotting with Black Plague over and over again.RYAN: OMG it was disgusting! It was incredibly gory and difficult to look at. Nausea-inducing, even. I can't believe I was even able to eat my popcorn. It seemed like every five minutes was another horrible decaying human flesh moment.CAROLINE: Ohhhh, I so don't care about this movie, and I can't imagine why we're still talking about it.RYAN: I just want to say that some of the effects were really good though. It seemed to have a decent budget; the effects, especially with the wolves and at the end, were better than I expected for a movie like this. -- BOTTOM LINE --RYAN: I'm kind of the target audience for this movie given that I like Nicolas Cage and I love witch trials and fantasy stuff, but this movie didn't strike a chord with me at all. I can't even recommend seeing it on DVD; you'd probably stop watching after 30 minutes. It's just stupid.CAROLINE: I love that we can agree on this. It's not a poorly made movie, but it's totally lame. I wish I'd been able to nap during it; that would have made the movie go a lot faster. It felt way too long and it ultimately went nowhere. Maybe teenage boys will like it, but I can't imagine anyone else caring. -- RATING --Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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CASINO JACK

RYAN: Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey stars in this flick, based on the true story of Jack Abramoff who was a naughty lobbyist in Washington DC.CAROLINE: I haven't yet viewed the screener for this and I know you attended a screening a while ago. Now Kevin's up for a best actor Golden Globe. Did you like him in it?RYAN: You know, I found him equal parts annoying and enjoyable. I like him overall as an actor. He's usually very good and I walked away from this picture liking him but he was pretty cheesy in moments.CAROLINE: I'm sorry. Picture?RYAN: That's how fancy people in Hollywood used to refer to movies.CAROLINE: I know. But we're not fancy nor are we in Hollywood right now.RYAN: Here's the thing about Kevin in this movie - the very thing that most irritated me about his performance I ended up liking. And it's due to the screenplay. His character quotes movies a lot, which we and many of our friends do for fun but he quotes and does impressions and some just didn't' work.CAROLINE: That's fair. How was the movie overall?RYAN: It's okay. I didn't love it but I certainly didn't hate it. I don't want to give anything specific away but there was one point about halfway through where I thought about walking out because I was bored but then the story turns a corner and it get's almost Coen-Brothers-exciting and I was hooked from then on.CAROLINE: That's cool.RYAN: Yeah. It just takes a little too long to take off.CAROLINE: Who else is in it?RYAN: Well there's Jon Lovitz.CAROLINE: Where the hell has he been hiding out?RYAN: Exactly. But who better to play an out of shape, skeevy character. He's fine in this. And I don't mind him sparingly. And there's also Kelly Preston who I enjoy.CAROLINE: I wonder how she got in the business. So is this something I have to see?RYAN: Well I'd say it's not bad to watch on DVD at home. It's a little bit of that "I can't believe this actually happened" like I Love You Phillip Morris... but not as good and not with Ewan McGregor.CAROLINE: Fair enough.-- BOTTOM LINE --RYAN: It's just a pretty random but straightforward biopic about a somewhat despicable guy. If you like to see the GG nominated movies and you're a fan of K.Space, I'd say rent it.-- RATING --Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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COUNTRY STRONG

CAROLINE: Country Strong is the new Gwyneth Paltrow movie in which she stuns and awes us all with her incredible singing voice. And you may remember she performed the movie's title track at the CMAs last year.RYAN: Of course! She did a great job.CAROLINE: She looked nervous as hell, but she sounded pretty good. Though we already knew she could sing from that train wreck of a movie, Duets, that her dad directed years ago.RYAN: I was sadly unable to attend the screening of Country Strong with you but am considering shelling out mine own $13 to see it this weekend. You know how I adore a movie musical. Is it worth it?CAROLINE: Honestly, it's not worth your money in the theater. It's basically a Lifetime movie that happens to star an Oscar winning actress. But given your personal love of movies with singing, it might be worthwhile for you.RYAN: Oh no, I'm bummed. I wanted it to be really good.CAROLINE: Honey, it's a January release! It didn't have a chance in hell of being really good.RYAN: But didn't it have an awards qualifying run in late December?CAROLINE: Yes, but I'm convinced that the only reason they did that was so Gwyneth wouldn't be humiliated that she had a January release on her hands. And the only nomination the movie has gotten so far is for Best Original Song.RYAN: All right, so what's so bad about it?CAROLINE: Well, it's not the worst thing I've ever seen, and I did enjoy the music, but it's sooooo cheesy. Gwyneth's character is such a hot mess that I actually hated her at times. She's a whiny, indulgent, self-pitying, drunk country music star who shamelessly cheats on her husband, who's played by Tim McGraw. And what happens at the end is bananas, but I won't tell you what it is.RYAN: Is Gwyneth good at least?CAROLINE: Sure. And she sings very well too. She allows herself to look a little undone in the movie - bad makeup, messy hair, etc. - which is necessary for the character. She looks thin to me though. Her face is drawn, and I think she'd look younger and prettier with a little more weight on her.RYAN: Speaking of younger, Leighton Meester from TV's Gossip Girl plays the ingenue on tour with her. How does she do?CAROLINE: She's pretty good, and her voice is nice too. I really liked the lead guy though, who was also just in TRON: Legacy. He's very hot and totally reminded me of Brad Pitt in Thelma & Louise. He's totally believable as a country singer, but apparently he'd never sung or played the guitar before making this movie, which shocked me.RYAN: So it sounds like there are some good things about the movie. I think I might like it.CAROLINE: Don't get your hopes up, honey. Go in with low expectations and you might enjoy it, but there's no getting around its cheesiness. This is a glorified TV movie at best. Not sure why Gwyneth wanted to be in a flick with a bunch of B-listers and virtual unknowns, but maybe she just really wanted to sing.-- BOTTOM LINE --CAROLINE: This movie didn't disappoint me because I wasn't expecting much from it, but it's really lame in parts. If it didn't have some decent singing, I probably would have hated it. The story is melodramatic and overwrought, and the ending is kind of insane. Plus it went on about 15 minutes too long. I thought it ended two or three times but it kept going. Country music fans will no doubt flock to see it, but for the rest of us, it's �ber cheese.-- RATING --Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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More Sundance Sales: 'Another Earth' & 'The Guard' Get Picked Up

We've already heard about plenty of sales for films premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival (see all our coverage right here). From comedies like My Idiot Brother to dramas like Martha Marcy May Marlene, there's plenty of Sundance films getting picked up. Now we have a couple more to add on as Fox Searchlight announced yet another acquisition today with Another Earth, a science fiction sort of romance starring Brit Marling and William Mapother ("Lost"). Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Classics decided to pick up the new crime thriller The Guard starring Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda) and Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges).

Another Earth (directed by Mike Cahill) follows Rhoda Williams (Marling), a bright young woman accepted into MIT's astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. A brilliant composer, John Burroughs (Mapother), has just reached the pinnacle of his profession and is about to have a second child. On the ...

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The Rite Set To Top Weekend Box Office

The Rite is set to top the box office this weekend, even with The King's Speech and 127 Hours expanding into even more theaters. The Rite is set to open in 2,985 theaters this weekend and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, hopes to capitalize on the success of similar horror flick The Last Exorcism released last summer. Fox Searchlight is upping the theater count of 127 Hours from 69 to 916 - pretty much re-releasing the film completely. The other big box office flick The Mechanic opens in 2,700 theaters and should come in at number 2, but could also find itself in a race for that spot with The King's Speech.  Since the Colin Firth historical film is doing so well in the Oscar race, The Weinstein Co. has decided to almost double its release from 1,680 to 2,553 theaters. What are you planning on seeing this weekend (Jan. 28)?

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'The Rite' Stars Talk Real-life Exorcisms And How To Avoid Getting Possessed

If it's not enough to watch Anthony Hopkins get all creepy and possessed in the new thriller "The Rite," you should know that the exorcisms and exorcists depicted in the film are based on real events and people!
When MTV News caught up with the film's other stars, newcomers Colin O'Donoghue and Alice Braga, we [...]

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Michael Fassbender to Play an Android in Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'

We've got a double-dose of exciting news regarding Ridley Scott's Prometheus today, so let's get right into it. Heat Vision reports that rising star and extremely talented actor Michael Fassbender has landed a role in Ridley's return to sci-fi, the former Alien prequel turned original sci-fi. They don't have any details on his character, but do say that he will play an android. The other news is that Fox has rescheduled the film from its March release to June 8th, 2012, taking a strong early summer spot that Disney's John Carter of Mars originally had before it moved up to March 2012. This seems like it will be an epic return to sci-fi for Ridley.

Fassbender has been on the rise since appearing in Hunger, Fish Tank and Inglourious Basterds. He plays Magneto in X-Men: First Class, stars in Cary Fukunaga's Jane Eyre, Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method ...

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Sundance Institute Partners with Kickstarter to Develop Indie Films

Sundance Institute today announced a new program to connect its artists with audiences by offering access to top-tier creative funding and marketing. The funding component was announced as a partnership with Kickstarter, the largest platform in the world for funding creative projects online (visit the website). A few weeks ago, on a whim I decided to give some money to a project called A Year Without Rent, which received enough to reach its goal. There's a film at Sundance this year called The Woods funded by Kickstarter as well and this news only means great things to come for the website as well as the future of independent cinema.

A new way to fund and follow creative projects, thousands of people pledge millions of dollars to projects on Kickstarter every month. In exchange for support, backers receive tangible rewards crafted and fulfilled by the project's creator. Support is neither investment, charity, ...

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The Green Hornet

Seth Rogen+ Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou= ONE HILARIOUS MOVIE opened this January, The Green Hornet. Seth Rogen played the role of Britt Reid who is the son of the owner of the newspaper ‘The Daily Sentinel’. Britt was often scolded by his father because of his happy-go-lucky attitude as if he has been stuck in [...]

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Emily Browning & Kristen Stewart in 'Snow White & the Huntsman'?

Yesterday we found out Universal had found their titular male lead for their gestating re-telling of the classic fairytale Snow White and the Huntsman. With Viggo Mortensen in place to assist Snow White and Charlize Theron in line to terrorize her, the fairytale beauty has yet to be cast. When news of Mortensen's casting surfaced yesterday, it was said Universal was interested in finding a fresh face in the way Paramount found young Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit. Well apparently Deadline and THR have some new information that pegs Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) and Kirsten Stewart (The Twilight Saga) as the contenders.

Apparently Emily Browning just tested last week for the lead role but many have pegged Kristen Stewart to be the top choice. If Universal is looking for a huge audience then Stewart is obviously the way to go. Of course, Browning looks to make a big splash in Sucker ...

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Morgan Spurlock Skewers Movie Advertising, Gets Turned On By Juice In 'The Greatest Movie Ever Sold'

In his breakout 2004 documentary "Super Size Me", filmmaker Morgan Spurlock attempted to show the world just how bad McDonald's is for you (particularly if you eat it all day, every day.) Now, Spurlock is going after all the big guns in his latest, "The Greatest Movie Ever Sold," an expose on the world [...]

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'Alien'-Inspired 'Prometheus' Eyeing Michael Fassbender For Lead Role

At least when "X-Men: First Class" star Michael Fassbender decided to pass up on Universal's upcoming "Snow White and the Huntsman," he did it to move on to bigger and potentially better things. Variety is reporting that Fassbender has been offered a role in Ridley Scott's upcoming (allegedly non-"Alien" prequel), "Prometheus," as a man named [...]

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Mark Heyman Writing Sci-Fi 'Age of Rage' for Director Marc Webb

We know that director Marc Webb (seen above) is currently out directing Spider-Man for Sony, but that also means he's got some big projects lined up. Fox Searchlight has another one in the works called Age of Rage, a "sophisticated sci-fi project" that Marc Webb is attached to direct. Heat Vision reports that Mark Heyman, an executive from Darren Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures who help co-write Black Swan, is now attached to write the screenplay. He's already set to write Machine Man for Aronofsky as well and is known for his expertise in "elevated genre," as this kind of project is referred to. So what is Age of Rage all about?

Age of Rage is set in a post-apocalyptic society where all the adults have died and a group of teens sets about trying to establish a new society. So it kind of sounds like a mix between Logan's Run and something ...

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Viggo Mortensen Joins Universal's 'Snow White and the Huntsman'

With an evil queen already line up with Charlize Theron in talks to take the villainous role, Universal seems to have finally found their titular huntsman after names like Johnny Depp and Tom Hardy were connected to the role previously. Variety reports Viggo Mortensen is in talks to take the lead male role in this new version of the classic fairytale in Snow White and the Huntsman. Keep in mind that this has nothing to do with the other Snow White project that's been set up at Relativity Media with Tarsem Singh (The Fall) directing. The studio still has to find their Snow White, and it doesn't sound like it will be a known name.

As a matter of fact, Universal is looking for a new face much in the same way Paramount found Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit (and now she has an Oscar nomination). The project is still on ...

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David and Victoria Beckham Expecting 4th Child

Good news for the A-list couple David Beckham and Victoria Beckham was confirmed today – and that’s Victoria is pregnant and expecting their 4th child. Posh Spice’s recent pregnancy was first rumored when she met with Emma Bunton in a party organized by Gordon Ramsey. However, Victoria said in a recent interview for Vogue magazine [...]

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Sundance Institute Partners with Kickstarter to Develop Indie Films

Sundance Institute today announced a new program to connect its artists with audiences by offering access to top-tier creative funding and marketing. The funding component was announced as a partnership with Kickstarter, the largest platform in the world for funding creative projects online (visit the website). A few weeks ago, on a whim I decided to give some money to a project called A Year Without Rent, which received enough to reach its goal. There's a film at Sundance this year called The Woods funded by Kickstarter as well and this news only means great things to come for the website as well as the future of independent cinema.

A new way to fund and follow creative projects, thousands of people pledge millions of dollars to projects on Kickstarter every month. In exchange for support, backers receive tangible rewards crafted and fulfilled by the project's creator. Support is neither investment, charity, ...

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Blue Valentine Will Make You Blue

Love is the most elusive, most talked about, most scrutinized subject of any truly interesting film. Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine explores the concept with a refreshing perspective not seen since the dysfunctional relationships studied in Bonnie and Clyde, Sid and Nancy, or The Graduate–the fundamental difference with Blue Valentine being that Cindy (Michelle Williams) and [...]

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Casting Director Confirms Saoirse Ronan is Also Cast in 'The Hobbit'

Over the last few months, we've started to finally see casting come together on Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, his epic two-part adaptation of the seminal J.R.R. Tolkien classic. Another name to add to the growing list is Saoirse Ronan, the 16-year-old actress who starred in Jackson's The Lovely Bones, as well as Atonement, City of Ember, The Way Back and the upcoming Hanna. The news comes from IFTN (via ComingSoon) as they interviewed casting director Ros Hubbard, who worked on the LOTR and The Hobbit, and revealed that Ronan is joining. "Saoirse's family will go too, everyone is very close and very loving on those sorts of jobs."

It's not official confirmation, but Hubbard doesn't miss a beat when Saoirse Ronan's name is mentioned and even talks about how "it's not like typical studio movies at all" and she's moving down to New Zealand with her family for the filming. That ...

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

'American Idol' Winner Carrie Underwood's 'Soul Surfer' Meets Jaws In New Trailer

As "American Idol" continues its latest search on Thursday evening for the next big thing in pop culture, both contestants and the show's producers might want to take time out to peep the new trailer for "Soul Surfer." Why? Well, aside from showcasing a bit of shark-vs-human-arm action that's reason enough to warrant a viewing, [...]

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All the King?s Horses and All the King?s Men Managed to Put The King?s Speech Together Again

The drama that surrounds a monarchic dynasty knows no limits, particularly in the case of King George VI, as well as his elder brother, King Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne to marry American divorc�e Wallis Simpson. Like so many descendants of the throne, King George VI (formerly Albert Frederick Arthur George, which rolls right [...]

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?Eclipse,? ?Sex and the City 2,? Jennifer Aniston Land Razzie Nods

Well, I’d like to tell you I’m surprised but…I ain’t. Some of the biggest box office hits of 2010 have been nominated for Razzies this year, which goes to show you that just because it makes bank…doesn’t make it good. The Golden Raspberry Awards aka The Razzies, highlight the worst movies of the year and [...]

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Paul Giamatti Reveals His Role In Hangover 2

Paul Giamatti revealed to MTV News that he will be playing a "bad guy" in the new highly anticipated Hangover 2.  He confirmed in a recent interview that he already filmed his scenes in Bangkok with Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, and Zach Galifianakis. "I just did it with the three guys, who were great," he revealed.  "They kind of swore me to secrecy. I play a bad guy in it." He didn't have any other information about some of the other cameos because he was just onset with the three main characters. Ken Jeong is also set to come back for part 2, so it will be interesting to see what bad guy Giamatti plays and how it will all fit into the film. The Hangover 2 is expected to hit theaters on May 26, 2011.

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Naomi Watts Lands Desk Job as FBI Secretary for 'J. Edgar' in Biopic

Though the role was once a consideration for Charlize Theron, the actress chose to take the part of the evil queen in Snow White and the Huntsman instead of a supporting role in Clint Eastwood's biopic J. Edgar. However, now we have word on what lovely actress end up taking part in the story of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover as Variety reports Naomi Watts has stepped up to fill the gap in the cast. The Australian actress will play Helen Gandy, a Justice Department file clerk who ended up being Hoover?s personal secretary. She loyally worked for Hoover starting in 1918 and stayed in that position until Hoover passed away in 1972.

Dustin Lance Black (Milk) is behind the script with Leonardo DiCaprio in the titular role as the man who founded the FBI in 1935 and is responsible for putting together an elite organization tasked with investigating and ...

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All Good Things

The story of Robert Durst has been continuously swept under the rug and then resurfaced at the will of the New York District Attorney and the media. But now, once and for all, the tale of murder, deception, and mental instability has been solidified in Andrew Jarecki’s (of Capturing the Friedmans fame) All Good Things. [...]

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THE GREEN HORNET

RYAN: I was not that interested in seeing The Green Hornet because I wasn't feeling a superhero comedy from the likes of Seth Rogen; but I happily stand corrected.CAROLINE: This movie is much better than I anticipated, though its first half is infinitely better than its second. But I was surprised at how much I enjoyed myself.RYAN: I have a prejudice that a superhero needs to be a hot, buff dude, and we all know Seth Rogen is hardly that. But The Green Hornet himself is more of a vigilante than a superhero, so it actually works.CAROLINE: Yeah, this movie reminded me of Kick-Ass in a lot of ways. He's basically just a regular guy who starts to fight crime; he doesn't get bitten by a radioactive spider or anything like that. And the real "superhero" of the movie, if there is one, is Kato the sidekick, who's played by the Taiwanese pop star, Jay Chou. He was cute.RYAN: But he can't act, let's be honest.CAROLINE: Well, he can barely speak English but they did that on purpose. It's part of his charm. But his character is totally bad ass and awesome. He makes the coolest inventions.RYAN: There's also a great cameo early in the film from James Franco.CAROLINE: And I thoroughly enjoyed Christoph Waltz, who plays the villain. This is the first movie we've seen him in since his Oscar winning role in Inglourious Basterds. He's great, albeit kind of short.RYAN: I like him too, though they did something to his teeth that grossed me out. He does a great job of playing despicable. Then there's Cameron Diaz who's terribly miscast as Seth Rogen's assistant. This is probably the worst casting since Katie Holmes in Batman Begins. CAROLINE: They must have intended Cameron to be the sexy Pepper Potts type that Gwyneth Paltrow is in the Iron Man movies, but it so didn't work. Cameron is too old for the role. I love her, and she does a fine enough job, but she's completely wasted in this. This role did not need to go to a huge A-lister; it should have gone to some up-and-coming younger type.RYAN: The 3D in this movie isn't remarkable, but it's pretty good. I couldn't tell if it was shot in 3D or converted after the fact, but I think it's the latter.CAROLINE: Hardly any of the movie even looked like 3D to me. Only a few action scenes. I was a little underwhelmed by that.RYAN: But the action itself is great. I'm impressed any time I see an original action sequence, and there was some really cool stuff in this movie.CAROLINE: Agreed. The first two action sequences blew me away and made me really like the movie. But the final action sequence was a little drawn out for me. It felt a little silly and over-the-top. The whole second half of the movie dragged for me. It got bogged down by the plot, and I just wasn't that interested. Overall, I enjoyed myself throughout, but they definitely could have shaved it down a bit. -- BOTTOM LINE --RYAN: My expectations for this movie were very low but I wound up liking it, partially because it isn't a traditional superhero movie. It's more of a buddy comedy with great action. I was entertained the whole time.CAROLINE: It has some laugh-out-loud funny moments, but not at the expense of the action. Guys and girls alike will enjoy this movie. Seth Rogen has the capacity to annoy me, but he's kind of meant to be annoying in this, so it works. Like I said, I didn't like the second half as much, but overall it's entertaining and fun and I was surprised at how much I liked it. A pretty solid January release.-- RATING --Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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'Game of Thrones' Writers Explain Why The Show Isn't 'Lord Of The Rings' Redux

Continuing with our "Game of Thrones" coverage ? which has recently included snippets from interviews with stars Emilia Clarke, Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, and author George R.R. Martin ? today's installment touches on some general info for those who haven't yet read Martin's glorious "A Song of Ice and Fire" book series but are curious [...]

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First Look at Thundercats Reboot

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Kate Hudson & James Franco Join Different Linda Lovelance Biopic

Honestly, I don't know how James Franco has time to sleep sit on the toilet for more than a few seconds everyday. We just recently heard that Franco will direct and star in an adaptation of The Night Stalker along with the plethora of other projects in the works. Now Deadline reports Franco is in discussions to play pornographer Chuck Traynor in a biography of Linda Lovelace, the porn star turned anti-porn advocate. In addition, Kate Hudson apparently has the offer to play the titule role in Lovelace. The two will play the husband and wife who made waves in the adult film industry with the infamous 1972 porno Deep Throat.

After quitting the business, Lovelace changed her name to Linda Boreman and then revealed that Traynor had forced her into prostitution and pornography through physical abuse and apparently hypnotism. Written by W. Merrit Johnson, the film is actually an adaptation ...

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CASINO JACK

RYAN: Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey stars in this flick, based on the true story of Jack Abramoff who was a naughty lobbyist in Washington DC.CAROLINE: I haven't yet viewed the screener for this and I know you attended a screening a while ago. Now Kevin's up for a best actor Golden Globe. Did you like him in it?RYAN: You know, I found him equal parts annoying and enjoyable. I like him overall as an actor. He's usually very good and I walked away from this picture liking him but he was pretty cheesy in moments.CAROLINE: I'm sorry. Picture?RYAN: That's how fancy people in Hollywood used to refer to movies.CAROLINE: I know. But we're not fancy nor are we in Hollywood right now.RYAN: Here's the thing about Kevin in this movie - the very thing that most irritated me about his performance I ended up liking. And it's due to the screenplay. His character quotes movies a lot, which we and many of our friends do for fun but he quotes and does impressions and some just didn't' work.CAROLINE: That's fair. How was the movie overall?RYAN: It's okay. I didn't love it but I certainly didn't hate it. I don't want to give anything specific away but there was one point about halfway through where I thought about walking out because I was bored but then the story turns a corner and it get's almost Coen-Brothers-exciting and I was hooked from then on.CAROLINE: That's cool.RYAN: Yeah. It just takes a little too long to take off.CAROLINE: Who else is in it?RYAN: Well there's Jon Lovitz.CAROLINE: Where the hell has he been hiding out?RYAN: Exactly. But who better to play an out of shape, skeevy character. He's fine in this. And I don't mind him sparingly. And there's also Kelly Preston who I enjoy.CAROLINE: I wonder how she got in the business. So is this something I have to see?RYAN: Well I'd say it's not bad to watch on DVD at home. It's a little bit of that "I can't believe this actually happened" like I Love You Phillip Morris... but not as good and not with Ewan McGregor.CAROLINE: Fair enough.-- BOTTOM LINE --RYAN: It's just a pretty random but straightforward biopic about a somewhat despicable guy. If you like to see the GG nominated movies and you're a fan of K.Space, I'd say rent it.-- RATING --Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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Joe Manganiello leads Superman Reboot Rumours

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

First Promotional Poster of Oscar Hosts

First photo of the two hosts posing with Oscar.  The first promotional shot released online of James Franco and Anne Hathaway getting ready for their big hosting night. Not only is James Franco hosting the big night, he's also been nominated in the Best Actor category for his work on 127 Hours.  Franco is also getting some advice from a veteran host - Jon Stewart.  Stewart has hosted the show twice before and offers these words of advice, "Let me tell you what they love. Go at it with the attitude that you're above it all," joked Stewart. "They love it. [Do it] with an ironic detachment bordering on contempt. They will eat it up." We'll have to wait for Oscar night to see if Franco takes his advice!  We're excited to see these two hosting - hopefully their young perspective brings some much needed excitement to the LONG ceremony!

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Oscar Nominees Revealed

The much-anticipated list of nominees for the prestigious 83rd Academy Awards revealed. Here are the list of nominees: Best Picture ?Black Swan,? Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers ?The Fighter? David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers ?Inception,? Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers ?The Kids Are All Right,? Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey [...]

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The Tourist: A Hitchcock Spectacular It Is Not

If Angelina Jolie sitting in a Parisian cafe sipping tea, Johnny Depp sitting on a train reading a book, or Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp sitting together on a boat in Venice is Florian Henckel von Donnersmark’s idea of an action-packed spectacle–or a fitting homage to the master of suspense thrillers himself, Alfred Hitchcock–then this [...]

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Kate Hudson is Pregnant!

Wow lots of Hollywood celebrities are getting pregnant these days, now it’s Kate Hudson‘s turn. “Almost Famous” star Kate Hudson and beau Muse front man Matt Bellamy are expecting a baby, that’s what people from their camp announced. “It was not planned, but they are excited and embracing it,” sources informed US Weekly that first [...]

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New ?Superman? Casting Begins, New Supes Still in Question

Director Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan have begun casting for the upcoming, a hopefully better, Superman movie. A “wide net” has been launched to find a new Superman for the highly anticipated super-reboot. Both Snyder and Nolan, along with Warner Bros are looking to find an “up-and-coming actor or TV star between 28 and [...]

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Oscar Nominees Revealed

The much-anticipated list of nominees for the prestigious 83rd Academy Awards revealed. Here are the list of nominees: Best Picture ?Black Swan,? Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers ?The Fighter? David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers ?Inception,? Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers ?The Kids Are All Right,? Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey [...]

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Ready to Scream?

Here’s another trailer of the upcoming 4th installment of the hit suspense-thriller Scream… Ready to scream again fans? Watch this trailer: Source: YouTube The film is directed by Wes Craven and reunited Scream alumni Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and ex husband David Arquette plus new casts Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Adam Brody and lot more.. [...]

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Kate Hudson & James Franco Join Different Linda Lovelance Biopic

Honestly, I don't know how James Franco has time to sleep sit on the toilet for more than a few seconds everyday. We just recently heard that Franco will direct and star in an adaptation of The Night Stalker along with the plethora of other projects in the works. Now Deadline reports Franco is in discussions to play pornographer Chuck Traynor in a biography of Linda Lovelace, the porn star turned anti-porn advocate. In addition, Kate Hudson apparently has the offer to play the titule role in Lovelace. The two will play the husband and wife who made waves in the adult film industry with the infamous 1972 porno Deep Throat.

After quitting the business, Lovelace changed her name to Linda Boreman and then revealed that Traynor had forced her into prostitution and pornography through physical abuse and apparently hypnotism. Written by W. Merrit Johnson, the film is actually an adaptation ...

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THE DILEMMA

CAROLINE: The new Ron Howard movie, The Dilemma, is being billed as a hilarious comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, but in actuality it's kind of a serious movie.RYAN: Really? That surprises me. I didn't get to attend the screening with you, sadly, but as you know, I have only one question - how was Winona Ryder?CAROLINE: That's hardly where I want to begin.RYAN: But you know I love her! I'm so excited that she's having a career renaissance lately what with this movie and Black Swan. CAROLINE: She's perfectly fine. She looks good - too good to be playing Kevin James's wife, that's for sure.RYAN: Yeah, that's not so realistic. And Jennifer Connelly is Vince Vaughn's wife?CAROLINE: No, she plays his live-in girlfriend, but part of the movie is his planning to propose. And Jennifer Connelly is so gorgeous I almost had to look away a few times. She's just beautiful. A little too skinny though.RYAN: So is the movie not that funny?CAROLINE: It starts off hilariously with the four of them at dinner and Vince Vaughn doing one of his signature rants. The audience was howling. But the movie takes a turn when Vince sees Winona, his best friend's wife, making out with another man, who's played by Channing Tatum. Then the movie basically becomes a morality tale about friendship, marriage, love, betrayal, addiction and loyalty.RYAN: Wow. Did it make you LOL at all?CAROLINE: Oh sure. There are some funny moments, but honestly, the comedy probably only makes up about 20% of the movie. The rest is pretty intense. It's really a movie for people in their late 20s, 30s and 40s who can relate to marriage and infidelity and that sort of thing. I don't think the kids will like it.RYAN: This is all so interesting because I just assumed this was a romantic comedy.CAROLINE: I'd still call it a comedy, even a bromance, but it has that Ron Howard heaviness, like in Parenthood. Also, it's quite long at almost 2 hours. Ron needs to be a little more judicious in the editing room.RYAN: So no poop jokes?CAROLINE: Ha, no. It's much more adult than that, which I appreciated. There's no bathroom humor. I liked the cast a lot, but the movie dragged a little and was a lot more serious than I thought it would be. But it's certainly relatable in some ways. I think we've all debated what we would do if we caught a good friend's spouse cheating.RYAN: For sure. How's Vince looking?CAROLINE: A little bloated, but not bad for him. I always enjoy him in movies. This one got a little heavier than it needed to be, and some of the scenes weren't entirely believable or realistic. And I would have preferred someone other than Kevin James in the best friend role too. He's amusing but nothing special.-- BOTTOM LINE --CAROLINE: This movie isn't nearly as much of a comedy as it leads you to believe. It's funny in parts, but also pretty intense in others as you watch the characters make different ethical decisions. I enjoyed it to some degree, but also felt like it was a little bit of false advertising. Great cast, though I'd say you really don't have to see it on the big screen. You'd be just as happy watching it at home.-- RATING --Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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Ready to Scream?

Here’s another trailer of the upcoming 4th installment of the hit suspense-thriller Scream… Ready to scream again fans? Watch this trailer: Source: YouTube The film is directed by Wes Craven and reunited Scream alumni Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and ex husband David Arquette plus new casts Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Adam Brody and lot more.. [...]

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CASINO JACK

RYAN: Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey stars in this flick, based on the true story of Jack Abramoff who was a naughty lobbyist in Washington DC.CAROLINE: I haven't yet viewed the screener for this and I know you attended a screening a while ago. Now Kevin's up for a best actor Golden Globe. Did you like him in it?RYAN: You know, I found him equal parts annoying and enjoyable. I like him overall as an actor. He's usually very good and I walked away from this picture liking him but he was pretty cheesy in moments.CAROLINE: I'm sorry. Picture?RYAN: That's how fancy people in Hollywood used to refer to movies.CAROLINE: I know. But we're not fancy nor are we in Hollywood right now.RYAN: Here's the thing about Kevin in this movie - the very thing that most irritated me about his performance I ended up liking. And it's due to the screenplay. His character quotes movies a lot, which we and many of our friends do for fun but he quotes and does impressions and some just didn't' work.CAROLINE: That's fair. How was the movie overall?RYAN: It's okay. I didn't love it but I certainly didn't hate it. I don't want to give anything specific away but there was one point about halfway through where I thought about walking out because I was bored but then the story turns a corner and it get's almost Coen-Brothers-exciting and I was hooked from then on.CAROLINE: That's cool.RYAN: Yeah. It just takes a little too long to take off.CAROLINE: Who else is in it?RYAN: Well there's Jon Lovitz.CAROLINE: Where the hell has he been hiding out?RYAN: Exactly. But who better to play an out of shape, skeevy character. He's fine in this. And I don't mind him sparingly. And there's also Kelly Preston who I enjoy.CAROLINE: I wonder how she got in the business. So is this something I have to see?RYAN: Well I'd say it's not bad to watch on DVD at home. It's a little bit of that "I can't believe this actually happened" like I Love You Phillip Morris... but not as good and not with Ewan McGregor.CAROLINE: Fair enough.-- BOTTOM LINE --RYAN: It's just a pretty random but straightforward biopic about a somewhat despicable guy. If you like to see the GG nominated movies and you're a fan of K.Space, I'd say rent it.-- RATING --Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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COUNTRY STRONG

CAROLINE: Country Strong is the new Gwyneth Paltrow movie in which she stuns and awes us all with her incredible singing voice. And you may remember she performed the movie's title track at the CMAs last year.RYAN: Of course! She did a great job.CAROLINE: She looked nervous as hell, but she sounded pretty good. Though we already knew she could sing from that train wreck of a movie, Duets, that her dad directed years ago.RYAN: I was sadly unable to attend the screening of Country Strong with you but am considering shelling out mine own $13 to see it this weekend. You know how I adore a movie musical. Is it worth it?CAROLINE: Honestly, it's not worth your money in the theater. It's basically a Lifetime movie that happens to star an Oscar winning actress. But given your personal love of movies with singing, it might be worthwhile for you.RYAN: Oh no, I'm bummed. I wanted it to be really good.CAROLINE: Honey, it's a January release! It didn't have a chance in hell of being really good.RYAN: But didn't it have an awards qualifying run in late December?CAROLINE: Yes, but I'm convinced that the only reason they did that was so Gwyneth wouldn't be humiliated that she had a January release on her hands. And the only nomination the movie has gotten so far is for Best Original Song.RYAN: All right, so what's so bad about it?CAROLINE: Well, it's not the worst thing I've ever seen, and I did enjoy the music, but it's sooooo cheesy. Gwyneth's character is such a hot mess that I actually hated her at times. She's a whiny, indulgent, self-pitying, drunk country music star who shamelessly cheats on her husband, who's played by Tim McGraw. And what happens at the end is bananas, but I won't tell you what it is.RYAN: Is Gwyneth good at least?CAROLINE: Sure. And she sings very well too. She allows herself to look a little undone in the movie - bad makeup, messy hair, etc. - which is necessary for the character. She looks thin to me though. Her face is drawn, and I think she'd look younger and prettier with a little more weight on her.RYAN: Speaking of younger, Leighton Meester from TV's Gossip Girl plays the ingenue on tour with her. How does she do?CAROLINE: She's pretty good, and her voice is nice too. I really liked the lead guy though, who was also just in TRON: Legacy. He's very hot and totally reminded me of Brad Pitt in Thelma & Louise. He's totally believable as a country singer, but apparently he'd never sung or played the guitar before making this movie, which shocked me.RYAN: So it sounds like there are some good things about the movie. I think I might like it.CAROLINE: Don't get your hopes up, honey. Go in with low expectations and you might enjoy it, but there's no getting around its cheesiness. This is a glorified TV movie at best. Not sure why Gwyneth wanted to be in a flick with a bunch of B-listers and virtual unknowns, but maybe she just really wanted to sing.-- BOTTOM LINE --CAROLINE: This movie didn't disappoint me because I wasn't expecting much from it, but it's really lame in parts. If it didn't have some decent singing, I probably would have hated it. The story is melodramatic and overwrought, and the ending is kind of insane. Plus it went on about 15 minutes too long. I thought it ended two or three times but it kept going. Country music fans will no doubt flock to see it, but for the rest of us, it's �ber cheese.-- RATING --Cheeky & Fresh Movie Reviews

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