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Review: 'The Bourne Legacy' Has Its Moments But Lacks Originality

August 8th, 2012 8:37am EDT
The Bourne Legacy
So what happens when Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass decide that they no longer want to be a part of the super successful franchise known as Bourne?

Do the producers say fine and walk away from their billion dollar cash cow or find another way to keep it going? Silly question, right?

Which brings us to "The Bourne Legacy," written and directed by Tony Gilroy (writer of the previous Bourne films) and starring Jeremy Renner as the new super spy who the evil CIA wants to kill. Sound familiar? Of course it does, and that's the problem.

You've seen this same plot before...many, many...

First Look: 'The Bourne Legacy' Trailer Asks, Who Is Jeremy Renner?

February 8th, 2012 3:40pm EST
The first trailer for the upcoming action thriller "The Bourne Legacy" has just hit the internet and all we can say is, Matt Damon who?

Okay, we're being facetious — we love you, Matt! Don't cut off our water supply! — but ever since it was announced that the folks behind the "Bourne" movies would be going ahead with the franchise even without superstar Damon's involvement, well, let's just say we were as skeptical as everyone else. But now that skepticism has been snuffed out.

All all it took was one high velocity nail to the frontal lobe from new "Bourne" headliner Jeremy Renner.


What?! Good Actors, Bad Ideas

April 1st, 2011 4:05pm EDT
Shark Attack
Remember that saying "the road to hell is paved with good intentions"? Even the best actors have their misses. Here's a list of some of my favorite bad performances, miscastings, and poor project choices - all the things that land great actors in bad situations. (But I still love them, regardless.)

John Barrowman, Shark Attack 3: Megalodon (2002)

Shark Attack 3: Megalodon is the worst movie that I have ever seen. I really wish that Mystery Science Theater 3000 was still around, because this flick belongs on that list.

While no one expects brilliance from a movie called Shark Attack ...

SAG Awards Fashion: Crimson Gowns, Bare Shoulders & More (Photos)

January 25th, 2010 1:30pm EST
SAG Awards Fashion
One-shouldered dresses and vibrant crimson gowns dominated the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards this weekend. Mariah Carey, "Mad Men" star Christina Hendricks, and other ladies captivated in red, while celebrities like "30 Rock's" Jane Krakowski and French actress Marion Cotillard were one of the many who opted for the single shoulder look.

Sandra Bullock was named Best Actress for her performance in The Blind Side. She won the same award at last week's Golden Globes. Mo'nique took home Best Supporting Actress for Precious, while Tina Fey and Julianna Margulies claimed...

Golden Globes Fashion 2010 - The Ladies

January 18th, 2010 11:45am EST
Golden Globes Fashion 2010
Many of the ladies sizzled on the red carpet at last night's Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Purple was a major pick of the evening, as Sandra Bullock, Fergie, Heidi Klum and Jane Krakowski demonstrated.

As usual black was a very popular color, and stars like Jennifer Aniston, Mariah Carey, Halle Berry, Heather Graham, Vera Farmiga and Penelope Cruz looked fab.

There wasn't a lot of bad fashion, although Tina Fey's billowing skirt was a bit too much, and Rita Wilson's flower pattern dress was simply too floral.

What did you think of last night's red carpet fashion? Who...

Universal's New Blu-ray & DVD 'Flipper' Discs Feature The 'Bourne' Trilogy

January 16th, 2010 8:17am EST
Bourne series
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has introduced dual-format discs containing both Blu-ray™ Hi-Def and DVD versions of some of Hollywood's most iconic films. An industry first, the new "flipper" discs will launch on January 19 with the blockbuster superspy thrillers The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, starring Matt Damon, premiering as individually packaged Blu-ray™ discs.

For the first time ever, consumers will have the ability to choose between Blu-ray™ and DVD formats, simply by flipping a single disc. With complete utility in one convenient packag...

Best Movies Set In Cold Locations

December 26th, 2009 11:56am EST
Often times, weather plays an integral role in films, whether it be that it helps to set the tone, has symbolic significance, or makes a kissing scene all the more steamy, like the passionate lip-lock between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in "The Notebook" (2004), whose sexiness skyrocketed thanks to it taking place during a downpour. Sometimes the weather even takes on a life of its own, like in the film "Twister" (1996), in which the tornado acts as just as much of a protagonist as both Helen Hunt's and Bill Paxton's characters.

So now, with winter officially getting its frosty self...

'30 Rock' Leads TV Nominations For 2010 SAG Awards

December 17th, 2009 10:58am EST
30 Rock
Hit comedy 30 Rock is leading the charge for the primetime TV categories at the 2010 Screen Actor's Guild Awards with three top nominations.

Tina Fey and her co-star Alec Baldwin are both up for Outstanding Performance in a Comedy Series honors in their respective categories, while the entire "30 Rock" cast has been nominated for the ensemble comedy prize.

Kevin Bacon (Taking Chance), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story) and Jeremy Irons (Georgia O'Keeffe) will battle it out for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries, against Kevin...

Why is Katie Holmes Still Famous?

August 19th, 2009 11:51am EDT
Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes owes her career to "Dawson's Creek," cut her real acting teeth in "The Ice Storm," embarrassed herself in movies like "Disturbing Behavior," didn't embarrass herself in "Thank You for Smoking, and even tried her hand at Broadway. But she has yet to do anything that warrants the media's massive favoritism and fixation on her (other than being a very convenient excuse for Tom Cruise, ahem).

Is it her looks?

Some may argue that her looks have gotten her to where she is and kept her there. She did pursue modeling prior to her work as an actress. But take a look at Katie durin...

Hyper-Masculine Action Films Are Violent, Ridiculous & So Much Fun

April 15th, 2009 12:52pm EDT
Fast & Furious
According to Hollywood and its demographic cinema box office soothsayers, the only people who have the ability to purchase tickets to and actively watch an action film are men and teenage boys. They believe that women, for the most part, cannot watch these films - unless their boyfriends, husbands, male friends, etc. have explicitly gave them entrance to the theater or made the magical DVD player start the film.

Either way, it is assumed that men are the ones with the keys to the magic that is "boom and vroom." Hollywood types with these lofty gendered assumptions are most definite...

Five Most Overrated & Underrated Political Films

November 14th, 2008 9:57am EST
We just went through the most fascinating and compelling election season ever in the television age. A lot of people are glad it's over, but there are those who simply can't get enough of the entertainment that is politics.

Unfortunately for the latter group, the only politics on TV right now involves Sarah Palin making the rounds and discussing the matters of a state with a population density that makes the Sahara Desert look like mid-town Manhattan. In other words, it's a snoozer.

So the last respite for these political junkies is the political movie. But which to choose? Th...

Joan Allen & Jeremy Irons To Star In O'Keefe Film

November 8th, 2008 12:00pm EST
Joan Allen
Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons are to portray husband and wife in a new Georgia O'Keefe biopic. Allen will play the acclaimed artist, while British star Irons will portray her husband of 20 years, photographer Alfred Stieglitz, in the TV movie.

The film, to be directed by Bob Balaban, will debut on Lifetime Television network late in 2009.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

'Death Race' Producers Accused Of Plagiarism

August 21st, 2008 9:22am EDT
Death Race
The producers of upcoming movie Death Race have been accused of copyright infringement.

Writer Adam Stone claims producer/director Paul W.S. Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt have been using his ideas for their movie. Stone claims the film is based on a script he previously pitched to Anderson and Bolt.

According to the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles federal court on Tuesday, Stone is seeking a court order to stop the film's release. Death Race is purported to be a remake of the 1975 film, Death Race 2000, but Stone claims it is based on his movie, Joust.

The picture, which...

Slideshow: Actresses With 'J'-Mazing Names

August 6th, 2008 8:30am EDT
Jada Pinkett
Names beginning with the letter "J" didn't make it into the 2007 list of the 10 most popular baby girl names. In fact, a "J" name doesn't appear on the list until number 43, and it's "Jadyn."

What happened to all the Jessicas and Jennifers? Well, there are several stars with a "J" in their names that are proud of their initial. They may sport the tenth letter in the alphabet, but they are number one in our eyes:

(Click photo to see next picture in the slideshow)

Jessica Simpson

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Jennifer Aniston

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'Death Race' Explodes Into Theaters August 22

July 21st, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Death Race
Jason Statham leads the cast of an action-thriller set in the post-industrial wasteland of tomorrow, with the world’s most brutal sporting event as its backdrop. A penitentiary full of felons has inspired the jailers to create a grisly pastime ripe for lucrative kickbacks. Now, adrenalized inmates, a global audience hungry for televised violence and a spectacular arena come together to form the Death Race.

Three-time speedway champion Jensen Ames (Statham) is an expert at survival in the harsh landscape that has become our country. Just as he thinks he has turned his life around, ...

Over 40 & Hot!

March 26th, 2008 2:01pm EDT
Michelle Pfeiffer
It is rude to ask a women her age. Most people are taught that lesson early in life, along with the lesson that it's rude to guess a woman's age. Fortunately for us, actresses have their ages posted all over the internet, so we don't have to ask or guess. What we can tell you is that they are all over 40, and all are very sexy. So for all you aspiring cougars out there, this is how it's done. The top 10 sexy actresses over forty are (in no particular order):

Joan Allen (51)

Relegated to motherly roles lately, it is Allen's portrayal of Pam Landy in the Bourne sequels that really get ...

WENN 2007 Movie Poll- The Nice List

December 28th, 2007 3:00pm EST
The Bourne Ultimatum
As the year nears its close, have you really seen all the 2007 movies that count? The film buffs at WENN locked themselves away in a dark room with a week's supply of popcorn and warm soda and decided to review the last 12 month's hits and misses at the cinema.

We battled over 300, chuckled about Knocked Up, went native as we recalled Into The Wild's highlights and then dressed up for Hairspray - and we came up with the definitive naughty and nice lists. So, if you're keen to check out one of the year's best films and avoid the worst, read on...

The Nice List

1. The...

Celebrity Birthdays, August 20

August 20th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Robert Plant
Happy Birthday to "Strange Days At Blake Holsey High" actor Robert Clark (1986), Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst (1970), Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell (1966; d. 2004), rapper KRS-One (1965), actor James Marsters (1962), actress Sophie Aldred (1962), "The Ice Storm" actress Joan Allen (1956), Hong Kong singer Agnes Chan (1955), musician John Hiatt (1952), Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott (1949; d. 1986), Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant (1948), journalist Connie Chung (1946), "Dr. Who" actor Sylvester McCoy (1943), scientologist Isaac Hayes (1942), singer Jim Reeves (1923; and 23rd Presiden...

Soundtrack For 'The Bourne Ultimatum' Features Moby's Remake Of The Movie's Theme Song

August 2nd, 2007 11:48am EDT
The Bourne Ultimatum
(New York, NY) The soundtrack for one of this summer's most anticipated action thrillers, The Bourne Ultimatum, starring Academy Award®-winner Matt Damon, was released July 31 on Decca. Composer John Powell (United 93, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity) once again scored original music for this latest installment in the Bourne series. A new version of Moby's hit song "Extreme Ways," which was the end-title song for the first two movies, is also featured.

Steeped in classical tradition, yet drawn to the idea of turning it on its head, John Powell has composed a series of acclai...

Joan Allen Feels Lindsay Lohan's 'Pain'

July 27th, 2007 3:29pm EDT
Joan Allen
The Notebook star Joan Allen is the latest celebrity to leap to the defense of troubled star Lindsay Lohan, insisting she "feels her pain". The 50-year-old doesn't underestimate the severity of the Driving Under The Influence charges leveled against Lohan following her arrest on Tuesday.

However pleads for fans to recognize the problems and pressures the Mean Girls star is dealing with before judging her too harshly. She says, "I feel very bad for her because I think she obviously has a lot of problems, and maybe is in a lot of pain. It's serious. I try and put myself in her position,...

Universal Pictures Challenges Moviegoers In 'The Ultimate Search For Bourne With Google'

July 17th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
The Bourne Ultimatum
Universal City, CA, July 12, 2007 — Universal Pictures, in collaboration with Google, today announced "The Ultimate Search for Bourne with Google," an online game inspired by Universal's Bourne action series (The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and the most recent film in the series, The Bourne Ultimatum). Players will assume the persona of a former CIA operative as they track rogue agent Jason Bourne across three continents. The game, which launched Monday, July 16, simultaneously in seven countries, allows participants to answer clues that will bring them one step closer to uncove...
READ MORE's Movies To Look For In 2007

January 1st, 2007 12:00pm EST
Spider-Man 3
Now that the book on 2006 has been officially closed, it’s time to set our eyes on the horizon ahead of us. 2007 will be a year full of superhero movies, long-awaited CD releases and over-hyped video game shipments – and just about everything coming our way this year in the entertainment field is a sequel. Here are the movies to look for in 2007:

The Buzz Favorites

Jump In! – Corbin Bleu returns from the runaway success of High School Musical to star in this movie about a Double Dutch tournament. Expect no one over the age of 25 to know anything about the movie, other than the ri...

Celebrity Birthdays, August 20

August 20th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Robert Plant
Happy Birthday to "Strange Days At Blake Holsey High" actor Robert Clark (1986), Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst (1970), Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell (1966; d. 2004), rapper KRS-One (1965), actor James Marsters (1962), actress Sophie Aldred (1962), "The Ice Storm" actress Joan Allen (1956), Hong Kong singer Agnes Chan (1955), musician John Hiatt (1952), Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott (1949; d. 1986), Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant (1948), journalist Connie Chung (1946), "Dr. Who" actor Sylvester McCoy (1943), scientologist Isaac Hayes (1942), singer Jim Reeves (1923; and 23rd Presiden...

Film Group Pays Tribute to Jessica Lange

April 20th, 2006 8:22am EDT
Jessica Lange
Oscar winner Jessica Lange was taken by surprise when she was honored by New York City's Film Society Of Lincoln Center on Monday night when her celebrity pals took to the stage to talk about her short-comings. The actress was paid the tribute by the renowned cinematic body in recognition of her contribution to film and television.

Kathy Bates took the stage with Joan Allen to make fun of Lange's perceived lack of a sense of humor, with Allen saying, "Remember that time in the make-up room (on Bonneville) when she told us not to buy from Exxon because their profits were too high. She'...

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