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'Drive' Dominates The 2011 Satellite Awards

12/19/2011 10:28am EST
Drive Movie
Action thriller Drive was the toast of the 2011 Satellite Awards on Sunday night, winning four of the ceremony's top honors.

Nicolas Winding Refn was named Best Director, while the movie's lead Ryan Gosling fought off competition from stars including George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gary Oldman and Brad Pitt to take home the Best Actor prize.

Albert Brooks landed the Best Supporting Actor trophy, and Refn's movie also won the Best Sounding Editing prize.

However, Drive missed out on the Best Picture Of The Year award, which went to Clooney's The Descendants. The film, a top tip for ...

Palm Springs International Film Festival To Honor Gary Oldman

12/16/2011 12:22pm EST
Gary Oldman
British actor Gary Oldman is to be honored for his career with the International Star Award at the Palm Springs Film Festival next month.

Oldman started out working in theatre in 1978 before moving into films, and he shot to fame with his acclaimed portrayal of punk icon Sid Vicious in 1986 biopic Sid & Nancy.

He has since enjoyed a variety of roles in blockbuster movies, including the Batman and Harry Potter franchises, and Palm Springs officials are to celebrate his contribution to Hollywood by handing him the prestigious award, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Festival chairman...

George Clooney, Brad Pitt, And Gary Oldman Dress Up As Infamous Villains For Photo Shoot

12/13/2011 3:00pm EST
George Clooney
George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman and Rooney Mara have shed their clean-cut images to channel creepy and villainous characters from Hollywood history for a magazine photoshoot.

The Up in the Air star has taken on the unpleasant role of tyrant Captain Bligh from Mutiny on the Bounty, while Pitt has opted to do his best impression of horror film actor Peter Lorre and portray Eraserhead's Henry Spencer for this week's issue of The New York Times Magazine.

Clooney says, "I picked Captain Bligh because I liked his hat. Bad guys don't think they're bad guys. In film, the best evil perfor...

Check Out The Hilarious 'Kung Fu Panda 2' On DVD & Blu-ray Dec. 13

12/10/2011 7:16am EST
Kung Fu Panda 2
The saga of Po continues in "Kung Fu Panda 2." The new adventure finds the newly anointed Dragon Warrior (voice of Jack Black) teaming with The Furious Five to safeguard the Valley of Peace.

When a new adversary launches a treacherous bid to seize control of China and obliterate the martial arts, Po must look back to his enigmatic origins in order to unleash his true potential and defeat his most powerful opponent to date.

Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Michelle Yeoh provide addition voices for this sequel directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson from a screenplay by Jon...

Gary Oldman Says More George Smiley Films Are In The Works

12/8/2011 9:23am EST
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
One of the major literary franchises that has yet to become a movie blockbuster is John le Carre’s George Smiley series. That is about to change. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy opens in America this week, after a successful run in England earlier this year. Gary Oldman plays MI6 espionage expert George Smiley, and he says they’re already planning to film more books.

“I think they're seriously now talking about it,” Oldman said. “Smiley's People with probably a slight cross pollination of Honorable Schoolboy, but I think it would be Smiley's People.”

Tinker Tailor had been produced once befor...

Review: 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' Slow, Drawn-Out And Distinctively Drab

12/6/2011 4:00pm EST
Tinker photo
I’m all for films that take their time. There’s nothing quite like the bravery of a picture that dares to engage by fleshing out those quiet moments and infusing character insights that longingly linger. In his previous film "Let The Right One In," Swedish filmmaker Tomas Alfredson wielded this delicate bravado like a master swordsman, bringing his slow and methodic style to the done-to-death tale of vampires to illicit freshness. Problem is that in his latest outing "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" the long book and material upon which the film is based and the unrushed pacing of Alfredso...

Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,' 'New Year's Eve,' & More

12/5/2011 11:00am EST
Trailer Talk Dec. 9
Things pick back up again this week with the release of the espionage thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the Garry Marshall ensemble piece New Year's Eve, the Charlize Theron dramedy Young Adult, the raunchy Jonah Hill comedy The Sitter, the Madonna directed romance W.E., the middle age drama I Melt With You, and the tragic tale We Need to Talk About Kevin.

MY PICK FOR THE WEEK: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


During the dark days of the Cold War, George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a veteran spy, is called out of retirement to help expose a Soviet mole within MI6.


'Drive' And 'War Horse' Lead 2011 Satellite Awards Nominations

12/2/2011 9:18am EST
Drive Movie
Action thriller Drive and Steven Spielberg's latest epic War Horse lead the International Press Academy's nominations for the 2011 Satellite Awards with eight nods apiece.

Both movies are up for Best Film, alongside The Artist, The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, Moneyball, Midnight in Paris, Shame and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy while Drive's Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks are among the nominees for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.

Competing with Gosling for the Best Actor trophy will be George Clooney (The Descendants), Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar), Michael Fassbender (Sh...

Gary Oldman Sad To See Sid Vicious Hotel Close

11/25/2011 11:00am EST
Gary Oldman
Actor Gary Oldman is sad to hear New York's fabled Chelsea Hotel is closing, even though his experiences there were far from pleasant.

The Dark Knight star stayed there briefly while researching the role of Sid Vicious for the 1986 biopic Sid And Nancy - but the cockroaches in his room drove him out.

He explains, "They (producers) put me up there when we did Sid And Nancy, because they wanted me to absorb the character and Sid and Nancy lived in the hotel.

"I stayed there one night, and when I turned on the light, there were cockroaches crawling over the phone. I immediately checked o...

'Dark Knight Rises' Shoots Riot Scene In NYC

11/4/2011 8:40am EDT
The Dark Knight Rises
Chaos descended on the streets of New York City this week as director Christopher Nolan filmed riot scenes for his new Batman movie.

Shocked bystanders watched as a crowd of extras and actors waving fake guns charged along a Manhattan road in a scene for The Dark Knight Rises, which stars Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader.

Almost 1,000 extras, along with actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt wearing a Gotham City Police Department uniform, took part in the shoot close to the city's financial district.

Filming will continue in the area over the weekend and posters have been put up around the ne...

Watch The Official 'The Dark Knight Rises' Trailer

7/18/2011 3:00pm EDT
The Dark Knight
On Friday we were so close to showing you the first trailer for the third and final Batman movie directed by Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises. However, the trailer turned out to be a bootleg and was subsequentlypulled from the internet. However, now we can offer you the official trailer direct from Warner Bros.!

The trailer features a voiceover from Liam Neeson, who played Ra's Al Ghul in Batman Begins. He apparently died in the first film, but it wouldn't surprise us if he returned.

As mentioned on Friday, Gary Oldman's character Commissioner Gordon seems to...

'The Dark Knight Rises' Trailer Hits The Web, Gets Pulled

7/14/2011 1:00pm EDT
A bootleg video of the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises has hit the web. The trailer will be seen this weekend before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

There is a definite sense of finality within the trailer. Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman, who happens to also play Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series) is laying on a hospital bed in dire straits. He appears to be talking to Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) and begging for the return of Batman. There is a flash of Bane (Tom Hardy) but no shot of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who will be playing John Blake.

The Dark Knight Rises wil...

Two Jews' Reviews 'Harry Potter & Deathly Hallows-Part 2': One Gives Standing 'O' To Final Epic Adventure (Video)

7/14/2011 12:00pm EDT
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
'Two Jews on Film' By Joan Alperin Schwartz: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2' is the final adventure in the 'Harry Potter' series. The film is directed brilliantly by David Yates and cleverly adapted for the screen by Steve Klos.

This is not only the last film in the franchise, but it is the best.

From the first shot...where we see Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) holding his sword up to the darkened sky, followed by Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) staring out into the gloomy courtyard at Hogwarts, you're in for one great ride.

For those of you who haven't read the books ...

Check Out 'Red Riding Hood' On Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand & Download June 14

6/14/2011 6:23am EDT
Red Riding Hood
Amanda Seyfried stars in "Red Riding Hood," a dark retelling of the classic fable, set in a medieval village where a werewolf has been terrorizing the citizens.

Though the night has become a more and more dangerous time for the villagers, who never know when the beast will leave more bodies strewn in its wake, Valerie is a girl on the brink of womanhood, and is so preoccupied with her love and lust for an orphaned woodcutter that she risks leaving herself vulnerable -- both literally and figuratively.

Meanwhile, the townspeople hire a werewolf hunter (Gary Oldman) to track down the mons...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'The Hangover Part II,' 'Kung Fu Panda 2,' & More

5/23/2011 10:00am EDT
The Hangover Part II
Johnny Depp set sail again last week as Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the fourth entry in the series. After viewing the movie, I can honestly say that it’s not the best in the franchise, but certainly not the worst either. While nothing can really top the first one in my mind, this one gets back to the spirit of the original.

Captain Jack runs into an old love interest, Angelica (Penelope Cruz), who convinces him to join her on a quest for the Fountain of Youth. Sparrow unwittingly climbs aboard the vessel of Angelica’s father, Blackbeard (Ian M...

Marion Cotillard & Joseph Gordon-Levitt's 'Batman' Roles Revealed

4/19/2011 8:49pm EDT
Marion Cotillard
Oscar winner Marion Cotillard will play high-powered socialite Miranda Tate in the latest Batman film.

She and her Inception co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt signed to reteam with director Christopher Nolan last year, but details of their characters in The Dark Knight Rises have been kept under wraps - until now.

Speculation suggested Cotillard would portray Talia Al-Ghul and Gordon-Levitt The Holiday Killer, but now it appears both will play straightforward characters.

According to, Cotillard's Miranda Tate is a Wayne Enterprises board member eager to help Batman's alter-ego...

Review: 'Red Riding Hood' 'Two Jews On Film' Meet The Wolf (Video)

3/11/2011 11:10am EST
Red Riding Hood
'Red Riding Hood' is directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight Part 1). It stars Amanda Seyfried as Valerie, aka Red Riding Hood.

Once upon a long time ago in a desolate mountain village somewhere in England, lives Valerie, a beautiful girl with big red lips and a peaches and cream complexion. Valerie spends her days roaming around the majestic snow covered forests surrounding the place she calls home. She isn't looking for her Prince Charming however... She's already found him. His name is Peter (Shiloh Fernandez) and he's a hot sexy village hunk who enjoys chopping wood and looking m...

Brad Pitt Tops Robert Pattinson To Win Hottest Vampire Poll

7/9/2010 2:26pm EDT
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt has shown his teeth and 'bitten' Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson in a poll to find the hottest Hollywood vampire.

Pitt's Louis de Pointe du Lac from 1994's Interview with the Vampire has earned him the top spot in a new monster list, putting him just ahead of Pattinson by a handful of votes.

Pitt scored 44 per cent of the 1,000-plus votes, just one per cent more than Pattinson, who plays Edward Cullen in the Twilight franchise.

Kiefer Sutherland came in third for his role as a neck-biting teenage rebel in The Lost Boys, ahead of Dracula star Gary Oldman and Bla...

Check Out 'The Book Of Eli' On Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand & Download

6/15/2010 7:42am EDT
Book Of Eli
In a post-apocalyptic America where the once-picturesque countryside has become a desolate and violent wasteland, one man (Denzel Washington) fights to protect that sacred tome that could hold the key to the survival of the human race.

A warrior not by choice but necessity, Eli seeks only peace but, if challenged, will cut his attackers down before they realize their fatal mistake. It's not his life he guards so fiercely but his hope for the future; a hope he has carried and protected for 30 years and is determined to realize. Driven by this commitment and guided by his belief in some...

Daniel Radcliffe Fears 'Harry Potter' Will Return - In 30 Years

5/27/2010 11:59pm EDT
Daniel Radcliffe
"Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe fears he won't be the last kid to play the boy wizard - he has a sneaking suspicion the franchise will be re-imagined for a new generation when he's in his 50s.

The young Brit worries that movie executives won't be able to resist remaking the Potter films as J.K. Rowling's hit books continue to top bestseller lists around the world.

He tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "The books will be around for decades to come which makes me wonder if, in 30 years time, we will be seeing remakes of all these movies.

"I have a very dark suspicion that that will ...

'The Book of Eli' Shows Us The Power Of Faith

1/15/2010 12:00pm EST
The Book of Eli
I should probably start this review off with a disclaimer: I've always loved Denzel Washington as an actor, and even though I haven't seen all of his movies, I can't think of a single one that I hate.

That being said, "The Book of Eli" directed by the Hughes brothers is a thoroughly entertaining and delightfully original story set in the post apocalyptic world. It's not necessarily the appearance of the world or the reason for its destruction that are so new. In fact, the most refreshing aspect is the conflicting motivations of its main opposing forces.

Religious undertones are pres...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies -'Book Of Eli,' 'Lovely Bones' & More

1/11/2010 10:08am EST
I'm really glad that I finally got the chance to see James Cameron's "Avatar" in 3-D. Visually Cameron creates an incredibly convincing alien world, paying attention to even the smallest details in the environment.

The vibrant jungle scenes bring out the advantages of 3-D and convinced me that as a medium it isn't just a lame gimmick, but rather an opportunity for filmmaking to mature in the coming years.

"Avatar" kept me glued to the screen, captivating me from the moment it began until the moment it finished. While the story and dialogue were predictable, I didn't necessarily c...

Movies To Watch In Early 2010

12/17/2009 10:00am EST
Shutter Island
2009 is starting to wrap up with a few big blockbusters left for the Christmas season, but now it is time to look forward into 2010 to see what's coming up. The early months of a year may usually be quiet for movie goers, but there are some great new films releasing in January, February, and March. Take a look at the films you'll be wanting to buy tickets for in early 2010!

January (in order of release date)

"Daybreakers," rated R, is being released January 8th and stars Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, and Sam Neill. This movie is taking advantage of the current vampire popularity, but thi...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Twilight Saga: New Moon,' 'Planet 51' & More

11/17/2009 9:59am EST
Twilight: New Moon
Vampire junkies of all ages hooked on the Twilight saga will get their fix this week with release of "New Moon." Further excitement about the premiere has generated among those obsessed with the series, since rumors of an off-screen romance between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have recently been confirmed.

Aside from the vampire romance "New Moon," other films hitting theaters this week include "Planet 51," "The Blind Side," "Broken Embraces," "Red Cliff," "Mammoth," and "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans."


The natives of Planet 51 live in perpetual fe...

Must-See Holiday Movies

11/4/2009 9:35am EST
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
The holidays are approaching, and if people are not busy running around thinking of Christmas or Hanukkah gifts, they're considering what to do with their family when they actually have to entertain everyone.

Every year there are big blockbuster films that come out around Thanksgiving and Christmas purposely devoted to people looking to enjoy time with their families, or to escape from them for a few blissful hours.

Here's a look at some of the movies coming out for the holiday season:

November 6 - Disney's A Christmas Carol

Disney is no stranger to taking beloved tales and ma...

Top 10 Films With Numbers In The Title

9/26/2009 1:52pm EDT
In honor of the recent Tim Burton film 9 we're spotlighting numerals and numbers in film. What they have contributed to movies over the years goes beyond simply differentiating an original from a sequel.

For the most part this list excludes sequels. Sorry. It's just too easy. Also, much too simple are the straight up number films. But the English language loopholes are definitely abused throughout this top ten to reflect the best and, well, most viewed options. Check them out!

1. The First Wives Club.

This is the smartass chick's chick flick with a message. Bette Midler. Goldie ...

Five Tremendous Quentin Tarantino Films

8/19/2009 11:00am EDT
Inglorious Basterds
This week we finally get to see one of the most highly anticipated movies of the summer: "Inglorious Basterds." Like all Quentin Tarantino aficionados, we've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this World War II action epic since it was in development.

Tarantino's films have had a profound impact on those that have an appreciation for cinema. His use of excessive violence as a form of social commentary, his references to classic movies, and his nontraditional narrative structure has remarkably influenced modern moviemaking since he hit the scene in the early 1990s.

With the rele...

No Scrooge Here: Zemeckis Offers Early Peek At 'Christmas Carol'

7/27/2009 12:42pm EDT
One hundred sixty six years after Charles Dickens published his classic "A Christmas Carol," what could possibly be brought to the Christmas dinner table that hasn't already been done by Alastair Sim, The Muppets, and just about every community theater in the country? Incredible 3D animation, duh! Or at least that's what Disney is hoping pulls audiences in for "Disney's A Christmas Carol" come November 6.

To promote the film, the "Disney's A Christmas Carol Train Tour" is currently traveling across the country with stops in over 20 cities. Director Robert Zemeckis and Walt Disney Studios...

'The Unborn' Comes To DVD & Blu-ray July 7

5/15/2009 6:00pm EDT
The Unborn
From the co-writer of The Dark Knight and the producers who brought you The Texas Chainsaw Massacre comes a terrifying glimpse into the life of the undead in this chilling thriller that will haunt your soul. Writer and director David Goyer (The Dark Knight, Blade: Trinity) gives a terrifying glimpse into the life of the undead in The Unborn, a supernatural thriller that follows a young woman pulled into a world of nightmares when a demonic spirit haunts her and threatens everyone she loves. Own two versions on one disc, including the unrated cut too terrifying for theaters. Starring Odett...

'The Unborn' Is In Theaters Friday; Check Out These Other Great Babysitter Flicks

1/6/2009 5:00pm EST
The Unborn
Writer/director David Goyer (Blade: Trinity, The Invisible, Batman Begins) gives a terrifying glimpse into the life of the undead in The Unborn and follows a young woman pulled into a world of nightmares when a demonic spirit haunts her and threatens everyone she loves.

Starring Odette Yustman, Meagan Good, Cam Gigandet and Gary Oldman, The Unborn is a thrilling tale of one woman's survival as she fights a family curse and struggles to shut a doorway from beyond our world that has been pried open by someone who was never born.

In The Unborn Odette Yustman plays the babysitter, h...