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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Men in Black III,' 'Moonrise Kingdom' & More

May 21st, 2012 1:00pm EDT
Men in Black
I didn’t end up watching “Battleship” last week, because I wasn’t in the mood to knowingly subject myself to a bad movie that night. Friends who caught it, told me that it’s as terrible as they thought it would be, giving it a D grade. Critic Matt Patches hilariously called it “as stiff and lifeless as the plastic pieces used to play (the board game).” After hearing things like that I’m glad I didn’t bother with “Battleship.”

This week includes the release of the highly anticipated blockbuster “Men in Black III,” but I’m more interested in Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” since it feature...
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First Look: Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom' Shows Offbeat, Quirky Promise (Video)

January 13th, 2012 12:00pm EST
Moonrise Kingdom Official Trailer
If you're a fan of Wes Anderson and his offbeat, quirky films, then viewing this trailer is a must. Judging a book by its cover or in this case a movie by its trailer, 'Moonrise Kingdom' looks like the total package!

The coming of age comedy is set in a fictional 1960's New England town, Moonrise Kingdom, and follows a pair of young lovers (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) from an island off the New England coast as they head for the hills and throw their small town into a frenzy.

The all-star cast consists of Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman,...
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'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' Blasts Off On Blu-ray & DVD Friday, September 30

September 13th, 2011 9:26pm EDT
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon
Spectacular action, stunning visual effects, non-stop thrills and fan-favorite characters including Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Sam Witwicky rocketed Transformers: Dark of the Moon into the stratosphere, with the latest installment of the wildly popular Transformers franchise surpassing its predecessors to earn over $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office. From Paramount Pictures in association with Hasbro, the breathtaking film redefines the scale, scope and emotional impact of what a blockbuster can be with the ongoing epic story of the mighty Autobots in a thrill-packed adventure that...
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Review: 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' Repeats A Tired Formula

July 2nd, 2011 10:45am EDT
Transformers 3
If we’re lucky, Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” is the last film in his series. His bloated, 154 minute mess, borders on beating a dead…robot…in disguise… (Sorry, had to go there).

Does the third “Transformers” movie advance the story for Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and his robotic friends? Yes. But does it do so in a fresh and engaging way? No.

“Dark of the Moon” repeats the same tired formula as its predecessors: poorly written dialogue, superficial female eye candy, and needlessly dangerous heroics.

Bay starts “Dark of the Moon” on the planet Cybertron, the home ...
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Review: 'Transformers Dark Of The Moon' 'Two Jews On Film' Are On Different Planets With This SciFi Epic (Video)

June 29th, 2011 10:40am EDT
Transformers Dark Of The Moon
By Joan Alperin Schwartz: 'Transformers - Dark Of The Moon' presented in 3D is directed by Michael Bay.

First, I'll start with the good stuff. And yes, there is 'good stuff'. In fact, I think this is the best 'Transformers' of the series...which may or may not be saying much...depending on how you felt about the other two.

Here it goes...In no particular order...What I liked about this film...

1) The backstory...We find out from archival news footage that President Kennedy didn't send our astronauts to the Moon just to take a few steps for Mankind, but to investigate an alien space s...
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65th Annual Tony Awards Round-Up: Winners, Fashion & More

June 13th, 2011 8:31am EDT
Neil Patrick Harris
"South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone's hit musical "The Book Of Mormon" swept the board at the 2011 Tony Awards on Sunday, scooping nine top honors including the prestigious Best Musical.

The critically-acclaimed show, about two Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda, was nominated for 14 prizes at the New York ceremony, which celebrates the best of Broadway.

Host Neil Patrick Harris opened the awards show at The Beacon Theatre with a comical song-and-dance number titled "It's Not Just For Gays Anymore," and Hugh Jackman, a previous Tony Awards host, later joined the actor onstage...
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Check Out 'Almost Famous Untitled The Bootleg Cut' On Blu-ray Jan. 30

January 26th, 2011 7:39am EST
Almost Famous
Writer and director Cameron Crowe’s acclaimed coming-of-age story "Almost Famous Untitled The Bootleg Cut" bursts onto the scene on Blu-ray exclusively at Best Buy on January 30, 2011.

Inspired by Crowe’s real-life experiences as a teenage rock journalist in the 1970s, "Almost Famous" tells the story of William (Patrick Fugit, Saved!), a 15-year-old music fan who gets a dream assignment to travel with an up-and-coming band and write a cover story for Rolling Stone. Filled with both drama and comedy, the film is an entertaining and touching ode to 1970s rock & roll and features outstandi...
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Best Movies Set In Cold Locations

December 26th, 2009 11:56am EST
Fargo
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...
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Storm Coming? Warm Up To These Winter Movies

February 18th, 2009 4:32pm EST
Groundhog Day
It's snowy, it's blustery and for a lucky few it's in the 40s. Welcome to the middle of winter. Save portions of the south, this is absolutely the time when a working DVD player can save sanity and stave off cabin fever. So, in the spirit of the don't-you-dare-go-outside season, power up that TV and pop in some of the best winter movies.

First, negate all Christmas movies that could jump into the list. They not only get their own season, they get their own holiday. Now it's time to pay tribute to some of the seasonal gems that don't have to rely on elves and trees to pull the plot alon...
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Place Your Bets: Who Will Win An Oscar?

February 3rd, 2009 3:32pm EST
Kate Winslet
With the biggest gambling day of the year, Super Bowl Sunday, having just passed, it's time to turn our attention to best gambling day to beat Vegas: Oscar night.

Yes, Oscar night. You can bet on the Oscars on various websites, at various casinos, and probably in many illegal outlets as well (though we discourage this practice). What does each betting spot have in common? They probably have no idea how to handicap the race, giving the savvy better tremendous odds of winning big.

Whether it's Frances McDormand getting 6-1 for "Fargo", Helen Hunt 8-1 for "As Good As It Gets" or M...
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'Burn After Reading' Out On DVD & Blu-ray Dec. 23

November 5th, 2008 5:00pm EST
Burn After Reading
Intelligence is relative in this hilarious new spy comedy from Joel and Ethan Coen, the Academy Award® -winning directors of No Country for Old Men and The Big Lebowski. Academy Award® winners George Clooney and Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, and Academy Award® winner Tilda Swinton star in this brilliantly clever and endlessly entertaining comedy of errors. Burn After Reading is available on DVD December 23rd!

When a disc filled with some of the CIA's most irrelevant secrets gets in the hands of two determined, but dim-witted, gym employees, the duo are intent on exploit...
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'Burn After Reading' Is Entertaining But Not Oscar Worthy

September 15th, 2008 10:05am EDT
Burn After Reading
The biggest challenge for an Oscar winner, be it a writer, actor, or director, is the first project following the ultimate Hollywood triumph. Expectations are so high and buzz is so great, it can create an almost impossible set of standards to live up to.

This is the case with the Coen brothers' latest release, "Burn After Reading." Though an entertaining enough way to kill two hours on a Saturday afternoon, you can be sure this will not be the film to earn the duo their next little gold man.

The story is of a former CIA agent's (John Malkovich) "top secret files" that fall in...
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Coen Brothers Spotlight: From Their Beginnings To 'Burn After Reading'

September 12th, 2008 11:37am EDT
Coen brothers
Many things come to mind when thinking about the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. Dark witty humor, highly stylized production and costume designs, reoccurring actors, clever and often poetic dialogue, and above all some of the best character names in celluloid history.

Just look back at some of the brothers' most memorable characters: The Snoat brothers in Raising Arizona, Bernie Bernbaum and Eddie Dane in Miller's Crossing, Lou Breeze in Barton Fink, Norville Barnes in The Hudsucker Proxy, the Swedish-Americans Marge Gunderson and Jerome Lundegaard in Fargo, Jackie Treehorn and Jesus Q...
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Pitt & Clooney Star In New Coen Brothers Pic, 'Burn After Reading'

June 27th, 2008 6:27pm EDT
Burn After Reading
A dark spy-comedy from Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen. An ousted CIA official's (Academy Award nominee John Malkovich) memoir accidentally falls into the hands of two unwise gym employees intent on exploiting their find.

Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, Fargo), Burn After Reading also stars Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton.

Check out the trailer:

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Amy Adams' Characters Use Feminine Grace & Strong Will To Get What They Want

March 13th, 2008 2:01pm EDT
Amy Adams
For years, Hollywood has celebrated a certain type of empowered women - a strong nosed, uber self-confident, in-your-face fighter who is going to take on the establishment using whatever means necessary to get what she wants. The archetype of this character is Erin Brockovich who famously said "They're called boobs, Ed", and screamed her way from a legal secretary to the chief factor in toppling a billion dollar company that was poisoning its customers.

But in the tradition of Melanie Grifiith's Working Girl, Amy Adams has popularized a new type of woman: one who uses her feminine grac...
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Watch The Trailer For 'Miss Pettigrew,' Starring Frances McDormand

January 6th, 2008 10:30am EST
Miss Pettigrew
A sophisticated and heartfelt comedy, Miss Pettigrew stars Academy Award winner Frances McDormand as Miss Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess, who finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job in 1939 London.

An attempt to gain new employment catapults her into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse (Academy Award nominee Amy Adams). Within minutes, Miss Pettigrew finds herself swept into a heady high-society milieu – and, by the end of the day, discovers her own romantic destiny.

'Miss Pettigrew' comes to ...
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George Clooney And Friend Injured In NJ Motorcycle Accident

September 22nd, 2007 9:26am EDT
George Clooney
WEEHAWKEN, N.J. (AP) - George Clooney and a companion were injured on Friday when their motorcycle collided with a car on a narrow road across the Hudson River from New York City.

Clooney suffered a broken rib and scrapes while his passenger, Sarah Larson, broke her foot in the 3:30 p.m. collision. The two were treated at Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen and released, Clooney's spokesman, Stan Rosenfield, said.

''He's doing fine,'' Rosenfield said. ''He has a broken rib, it's very painful and it'll take a long time to heal.''

Clooney and Larson were traveling north an...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 23

June 23rd, 2007 3:00am EDT
Selma Blair
Happy Birthday to singer Jason Mraz (1977), "A Dirty Shame" actress Selma Blair (1972), French footballer Zinedine Zidane (1972), DeBarge singer Chico DeBarge (1966), TV screenwriter Joss Whedon (1964), Testament singer Chuck Billy (1962), "Aeon Flux" actress Francis McDormand (1957), Misfits singer Glenn Danzig (1955), Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter (1941), and country singer June Carter Cash (1929; d. 2003).
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'Little Miss Sunshine,' 'Half Nelson' Top Spirit Award Nominations

November 28th, 2006 2:19pm EST
Little Miss Sunshine
Don Cheadle and Felicity Huffman just announced the 2007 Spirit Award nominees at a press conference. Nominees for "Best Feature" are American Gun, The Dead Girl, Half Nelson, Little Miss Sunshine and Pan's Labyrinth.

Other major nominations are:

BEST DIRECTOR

Robert Altman

A Prairie Home Companion

Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris

Little Miss Sunshine

Ryan Fleck

Half Nelson

Karen Moncrieff

The Dead Girl

Steven Soderbergh

Bubble

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Shareeka Epps

Half Nelson

Catherine O’Hara

For Your Consideration

Eliz...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 23

June 23rd, 2006 3:00am EDT
Selma Blair
Happy Birthday to singer Jason Mraz (1977), "A Dirty Shame" actress Selma Blair (1972), French footballer Zinedine Zidane (1972), DeBarge singer Chico DeBarge (1966), TV screenwriter Joss Whedon (1964), Testament singer Chuck Billy (1962), "Aeon Flux" actress Francis McDormand (1957), Misfits singer Glenn Danzig (1955), Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter (1941), and country singer June Carter Cash (1929; d. 2003).
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And The Oscar Goes To ...

March 6th, 2006 9:45am EST
George Clooney
Although Brokeback Mountain wound up walking away with a few Academy Awards last night, the big winner was Crash, which took home statues for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Original Screenplay and Best Achievement in Editing. Thrice-nominated George Clooney won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Syriana. Read more for a complete list of winners ...

78th Annual Academy Awards Winners:

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote

Terrence Howard - Hustle & Flow

Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain

Joaquin Phoenix - Walk the Line

David S...
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Complete List of 2006 Oscar Nominations

January 31st, 2006 10:58am EST
Best Actor nominee Heath Ledger
As expected, Brokeback Mountain is a favorite among Oscar voters, rounding up eight nominations, including those for best motion picture, director, actor, and supporting actor and actress. Crash and Good Night, And Good Luck follow with six nominations each. Walk the Line was surprisingly shut out of the best motion picture category, but the film earned five nominations, as did Capote, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Munich. Continue reading for a complete list of Oscar nominees...

78th Annual Academy Awards Nominations:

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Philip Seymour Hof...
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'Brokeback Mountain' Garners Most SAG Nominations

January 5th, 2006 11:15am EST
Brokeback Mountain
Nominations for the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2005 in five film and eight primetime television categories were just announced. Brokeback Mountain leads the pack in film with four nominations, followed by Capote and Crash (each with three nominations).

The film nominees are:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Russell Crowe / CINDERELLA MAN – Jim Braddock

Philip Seymour Hoffman / CAPOTE – Truman Capote

Heath Ledger / BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN – Ennis Del Mar

Joaquin Phoenix / WALK THE LINE – John R. Cash (

D...
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Sundance Film Festival To Feature Films With Jennifer Aniston, Justin Timberlake

December 1st, 2005 1:44pm EST
Jennifer Aniston
The Sundance Institute just announced the line-up of films screening in the out-of-competition Premieres Section of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, taking place January 19-29, 2006, in Park City, Utah. The Festival opens with the world premiere of Friends With Money, written and directed by Nicole Holofcener and starring an ensemble cast that includes Jennifer Aniston, Scott Caan, Joan Cusack, Catherine Keener and Frances McDormand.

“Holofcener is one of the finest independent filmmakers and this film is perhaps her most accomplished and appealing work to date,” said Geoffrey Gilmor...
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