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Blu-ray Review: 'The Cabin In The Woods'

September 18th, 2012 12:00pm EDT
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Ready to head out to the woods for a little blood and gore outdoor fun? Then choose your category and place your bets as we review to the new to Blu-ray "The Cabin In The Woods," out Sept. 18 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The wooden review door opens below!

Title: "The Cabin in the Woods"

Grade: 2 1/2

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford

Director: Drew Goddard

Rating: R

Runtime: 95 minutes

Release Company: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Website: www.lionsgatebluray.com

The Flick: Even though I was mocked for my review of "The Cabin in the Woods"...
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'Killing Them Softly' Could Earn Brad Pitt His First Oscar

May 25th, 2012 10:01am EDT
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After Killing Them Softly received a 10 minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival, it appears Oscar buzz is growing early for a man that has yet to hoist an Academy Award: Brad Pitt.

Killing Them Softly, which also stars Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini and Richard Jenkins, follows a mob enforcer (Pitt) sent to clean-up a mob-protected poker game after a robbery. The film has received some flak for being set in 2008 and centering on the recent economic downturn, with some wondering if the story was taking shots at President Obama.

"Only part of that is true. The movie sets Obama's 2...
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'The Cabin In The Woods' Turns The Horror Genre On Its Head

April 14th, 2012 10:00am EDT
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'The Cabin in the Woods,' written by Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer & Avengers) and Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) who also directed, is one of the most clever horror films I've seen in a really long time.

Without giving too much away, here's the scenario: Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods and really horrible things start to happen to them. But trust me, it's not what you think or what you've come to expect from your classic horror film.

For me, the highlight of the film involves a group lead by Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins and if I told you their involvement it w...
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'The Cabin In The Woods' Gets An 'A' For Effort But Falls Short

April 13th, 2012 4:00pm EDT
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On the one hand I applaud the attempt by both co-writers Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon to reinvigorate the horror genre by mocking certain conventions and creating all new ones. But in its wry attempt to be a step ahead of typical slice and dice fare, "The Cabin In The Woods" at times comes off as too clever and as a result never feels like its letting the audience in on the joke.

The set up is pure "Evil Dead" cabin retro, with four young and naïve kids heading out to an isolated log hut to do a little partying. The initial addition is in the form of a gang of suit and tie desk jockeys w...
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Q&A: 'The Cabin In the Woods' Stars Fran Kranz And Kristen Connolly Discuss Joss Whedon And Acting In Horror

April 12th, 2012 6:00pm EDT
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When Fran Kranz and Kristen Connolly first signed on for the Joss Whedon-penned horror flick The Cabin in the Woods, they immediately knew they were going to be part of something special. Helmed by Drew Goddard making his directorial debut, the film tells the story of five college friends who travel to a remote cabin in the woods for a relaxing weekend getaway. They soon discover unimaginable terrors there, and together they must survive long enough to learn the truth behind the mysterious cabin.

Originally shot in 2009 under MGM, the film sat on the shelf for two years because the studi...
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Review: 'The Rum Diary' A Lackadaisical Booze Cruise

October 29th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
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I left the screening of The Rum Diary feeling as if the pacific ocean itself had washed over me. There was a warmth in my belly, and this sort of slack smile on my face as I pondered what I would write about this film. My feelings are mixed. I'm wholly aware that as a film, with character arcs and a plot and a message, it sort of falls a bit flat. But as an experience, well, it's a different story.

The Rum Diary follows the many Caribbean adventures of Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp). Depp channels the snappish cadence and befuddled eyebrows of his Fear and Loathing in Las Vegasperformance, but di...
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Rachel Bilson Stars In Waiting For Forever - On Blu-ray & DVD May 3rd (Watch Trailer)

March 13th, 2011 11:10am EDT
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Don't miss your chance for love when Waiting for Forever comes to Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. From the producer of Walk the Line, Waiting for Forever tells a story of childhood love that knows no bounds. This Dove family approved film is available May 3rd just in time for Mother's Day.

Rachel Bilson (Jumper, The O.C.) and Tom Sturridge (Pirate Radio) lead an all-star cast in this unforgettable love story. Sturridge creates a mesmerizing and unforgettable character in Will, the quirky street performer with a free spirit and a heart of pure gold. The o...
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Our Favorite Character Actors

February 1st, 2011 11:00am EST
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Have you ever been watching a movie when an actor you have seen countless of times appears on screen but you just can’t think of who they are or where you have seen them? As frustrating and distracting as that is, that’s the beauty of IMDB, the instant gratification of knowing their name and entire film resume. That’s also the beauty of this article, we’re going to give you our favorite character actors and tell you where you have seen them and why they are the best.

Anthony Anderson - This guy will be in any TV show, any movie, any commercial, anytime. And he's good at it too- he can be...
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Biggest Oscar Surprises Of The Last 10 Years... What's Next?

January 19th, 2011 12:34pm EST
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Every year, the Oscar nominations seem all sewn up. There are so many predictors – winners of critics’ awards, Golden Globe nominees and winners, BAFTA nominees and the SAG nominees. Yet somehow, almost every year, a nominee slips in out of nowhere, and pundits shake their heads asking, “Where did that come from?”

This year’s Oscar nominees will be announced next week, Jan. 25. We won’t speculate yet, but there are bound to be some surprise nominees, even to the pundits.

Let’s take a look back at the last 10 years and look at what was particularly surprising among the major Oscar nomin...
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Overlooked Films #3: 'Let The Right One In'

September 29th, 2010 10:49am EDT
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This weekend, moviegoers will finally get to see the much-hyped and surprisingly well-reviewed film “Let Me In” directed by “Cloverfield” director Matt Reeves. The marketing for the film has been relentless over the past few weeks and consensus from fans and critics alike is that it is one of the best horror movies to come out in years.

The novel from which the movie was adapted is called “Let the Right One In” by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist and was adapted into a Swedish film in 2008. When the film finally made its way to the U.S. it was one of the best reviewed and most talked a...
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Fall Movie Preview Part 2: October

August 31st, 2010 1:31pm EDT
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September will offer some interesting and intriguing titles for moviegoers, but October is when the Oscar race will officially begin. More than a handful of titles that are already garnering awards buzz will be released in October which is not always the strongest month for Oscar hopefuls.

The most-anticipated October release is director David Fincher’s new film “The Social Network” which depicts the creation and exploitation of Facebook by Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg who has matured quickly in each of his last few roles. The cast includes Andrew Garfield and...
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Rachel Bilson: Skirt? Check. Bra? Check. Blouse…Blouse?

April 9th, 2010 3:15pm EDT
Rachel Bilson
Rachel Bilson brought some sex appeal to last night's premiere of "Waiting for Forever" at the 15th Anniversary of the Gen Art Film Festival. But we're not sure what's going on with the bustier-inspired dress. What do you think?

Directed by James Keach, the film stars Bilson, Blythe Danner, Richard Jenkins, and Tom Sturridge. It centers on Emma (Bilson) and Will (Sturridge), who play long lost best friends—or so Emma thinks. When her mediocre TV show is canceled and news of her father’s illness spreads, Emma’s forced back to her hometown, where she meets a new set of unexpected struggles ...
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'Mad Men' Star Vincent Kartheiser: 'I Like This Season Most Of All, It's Really, Really Brilliant'

August 13th, 2009 10:31am EDT
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The critically acclaimed and Emmy award winning series "Mad Men" is returning for its third season (Sunday, August 16 at 10 p.m. on AMC). Vincent Kartheiser, who plays the dastardly, at times, Pete Campbell -- who we last saw left alone on his office couch, rejected by Peggy Olsen (Elisabeth Moss) after being told that he not only had a child with her, but she had given the child away -- joins us to discuss the motivations behind Pete's actions and looks ahead to this upcoming third season.

Mike: I want your opinion on this. Why do I, in this weird way and I don't think I'm supposed to, ...
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Scott Porter Discusses 'Bandslam,' His Duet With Hugh Grant & More

August 11th, 2009 9:57am EDT
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Scott Porter, who stars in the upcoming film "Bandslam" (opening Friday, August 14) joins us to discuss his character, Ben Wheatly, whose musical inspiration seems to stem from a slight misinterpretation of Bruce Springsteen songs. We also catch up on what Jason Street -- Scott's character from "Friday Night Lights" -- is up to these days (not to mention we discover, in a pretty traumatic way, Scott knows a thing or two about football himself), the story behind his duet with Hugh Grant in the "Pop Goes My Heart" video from "Music and Lyrics" and why every character he plays seems to wind up...
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Mega Oscar Diary

February 23rd, 2009 9:22am EST
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Before we get started on the Mega Oscar Diary, let's go to a few random ramblings from the cadre of pre-shows around the dial:

-Philip Seymour Hoffman's hat probably came with a matching set of fingerless gloves.

-Those who were unable to see the Los Angeles CW affiliate's pre-show missed this exchange.

-The CW's Female Host: What is the role you'd love to do next. If you could do anything following 'The Wrestler' what would it be?

-Mickey Rourke: (Slowly eyes her up from head to toe with a knowing smile and walks off.)

-I know a lot of people care about fashion, ...
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2009 Oscar Predictions: Who Should Win & Who Will Win

February 20th, 2009 10:42am EST
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After months of speculation, it's finally time to man up and throw down with some hardcore Oscar predictions. But before we tell you who will and should win the Oscar on Sunday night, let's address the whole secrecy notion surrounding this year's event.

You may not have heard (which is probably part of the point) but the Academy has decided to surround this year's ceremony in mystery. Mainly, they've refused to reveal who will be presenting Oscars this year and have gone so far as to forbid its presenters from appearing on the red carpet. Why? Because they think fashionistas will b...
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An Idiot's Guide To The Oscar's Best Actor Award

January 28th, 2009 10:16am EST
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(TJAGS is a weekly column) "Whatever happens, whether it includes Mickey or I, or not, at this next thing ... we know that the TV people have got their dog fight. But, they're idiots."

- Sean Penn, during his acceptance speech for Best Actor at the Screen Actors Guild Award Ceremony

I am not what Sean Penn would probably classify as a "TV person" (I do like TV, though, if that's what he meant); luckily though, I am kind of an idiot. So, yeah Sean, you're right! We do have a dogfight for the Best Actor Academy Award on February 22. In fact, if recent reports are to be believed, it ...
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Oscar Nomination Reaction: The Snubs, Surprises & Who Shouldn't Have Been Nominated

January 23rd, 2009 9:55am EST
The Dark Knight
There's nothing better than a good surprise on Oscar morning, and this year we had one in almost every category. Before we get to the snubs, the surprises and who shouldn't be nominated, let's take a look at what type of a morning this was:

This was the morning that The Academy once again showed how out-of-touch it is. By not dominating "The Dark Knight", the Oscars continued to show that it doesn't care about nominating movies people actually like. There was absolutely no reason this film shouldn't get nominated: It has a 94% percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it got an A from audi...
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Final Oscar Nominee Predictions

January 21st, 2009 10:46am EST
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The time has come, after several months of campaigning and voting, we're finally set for the big day. No, not the inauguration. Please. We're talking about Oscar morning.

Those fifteen minutes at the crack of dawn where overly-caffeinated celebs awkwardly read the names of the top five in each category. Always gripping. Also, this is prime time for predictions. All the returns are in, the precursor season is over, so there's not excuses left. Without delay, here are my final Oscar Predictions.

Okay, one delay. I should note that I hate being right. I hate getting predictio...
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2009 Early Oscar Nomination Predictions

December 23rd, 2008 12:10pm EST
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The first major precursor award nominations were handed out this morning as the Screen Actors Guild revealed their 15th set of nominations.

This marks the end point of the first phase of the Oscar race as many of the critics awards have been handed out and the more reliable industry awards are starting to trickle in.

This is a perfect time to take a look at the locks, likely nominees, longshots and losers of the Oscar season thus far.

Best Picture

The Locks:

Slumdog Millionaire is the most certain nominee in this category after sweeping through the critics awards, p...
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Early Oscar Predictions

September 12th, 2008 10:29am EDT
The Dark Knight
With today's release of the Coen Brothers' "Burn After Reading" we can officially declare Oscar season open.

The movie has everything that Oscar loves: big stars who are actually good actors (three of them Oscar winners), an Oscar pedigree team behind the scenes, and a release in the fall. While this broad comedy may not exactly be Oscar bait, it does serve as a good line of demarcation between films released purely for profit and those released to win awards (and mostly to make money).

Even though a large majority of awards contenders are released in the fall, there are always a...
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'The Visitor' Works Out America's Demons Following Sept. 11, 2001

April 21st, 2008 4:11pm EDT
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(Hollywoodchicago.com) – “The Visitor” is a subtle film. Created by the unique talent of writer and director Thomas McCarthy – who also generated the equally subtle world of “The Station Agent” – this new work explores the nature of who belongs where.

It’s outside the artificial borders of countries and city states and more toward the intuitive virtues of the emotional state that bonds us to each other.

Richard Jenkins – best known as the recurring dead father on “Six Feet Under” – plays the role of a lifetime as Walter Vale: a burnt-out professor of economics at a Connecticut uni...
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Opening April 11: The Visitor

April 8th, 2008 4:49pm EDT
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A lonesome widower and college economics professor finds his mundane existence suddenly shaken up when he befriends a pair of illegal immigrants, one of whom has recently been threatened with deportation by U.S. immigration authorities, in the sophomore feature from The Station Agent director Tom McCarthy.

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TV On DVD Recommendation: 'Six Feet Under'

February 8th, 2008 2:08pm EST
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A very eclectic recommendation for a very eclectic series that those without premium channels have only heard about. Alan Ball's ("American Beauty") landmark HBO series "Six Feet Under" seamlessly blended family drama and whimsical fantasy into the morose confines of a funeral home.

"Six Feet Under" tells the story of the Fisher family. They are a Southern California clan no more dysfunctional than the usual 21st Century family with a few wrinkles: they run a funeral home and their patriarch, Nathan Fisher, Sr., (Richard Jenkins) is hit by a bus in the series premiere.

As the fa...
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Adam McKay Discusses The Writers Strike and What Makes Comedy Successful

January 24th, 2008 10:25am EST
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Adam McKay is a big player in the world of comedy. The former SNL head-writer co-wrote and directed Will Ferrell in the films Anchorman and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Now he's taking on a greater role as a producer, helping people's visions be seen by a larger audience. In part 2 of this two part Starpulse Q and A, Adam McKay shares some of his picks for the best new directors, actors, and writers and discusses what is, in his opinion, that makes for good comedy.

How do you think the writer's strike is gonna play out?

You know, there's what I think will happen and ...
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