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The Best of A Decade : The18 Greatest Movies Of 2000-2009

April 19th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
The Best of A Decade :  The18 Greatest Movies Of 2000-2009
It may have been just a few years since these films were released, but the early seminal films of the 21st century have been able to hold their own against Hollywood heavyweight classics. From Roman gladiator epics to unconventional family road trips and all the hamburger phones, bottles of Merlot and deadly coin flips inbetween, the films of the early aught's first decade have already made a strong case for cinematic storytelling in the new millenium. Here are the best movies of 2000-2009.

Gladiator (2000)

Ridley Scott’s thrilling Roman battle epic about revenge and redemption surely ent...
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Boston Mobster Whitey Bulger, Inspiration For Martin Scorsese's 'The Departed,' Given Two Life Sentences In Prison

November 14th, 2013 6:34pm EST
Whitey Bulger Mugshot
Mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger was been given two life sentences plus five days in prison during sentencing for 31 federal charges, including the murders of 11 people, racketeering, extortion and money laundering.

The notorious Boston gangster was charged with 19 murders but only found guilty of 11 of them back in August, along with the other charges.

Bulger, now 84, had eluded capture for over 16 years after going on the run in 1994. He was on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list during those years. Bulger was captured with girlfriend Catherine Grieg in Santa Monica, California in 2011.

Boston...
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'Ray Donovan' 1.7 and Whitey Bulger

August 13th, 2013 8:52pm EDT
Ray Donovan
Just as Showtime's Ray Donovan is really picking up steam, the Whitey Bulger trial in Boston comes to a head with a verdict.   Showtime must be delighted with the coincidence - it almost makes up for the Showtime (Viacom-CBS) dispute with Time Warner which has deprived New York City viewers of Ray Donovan, Dexter, and much more.  On that issue, I say a pox on both your houses - Viacom and Time Warner, you both are worth billions, give the viewers a break, one or both of you accept a little less, and get on with it.  (See my comments on this in The Christian Science Monitor.)  But I digress-...
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Check Out 'The Ultimate Gangster Collections' From Warner Bros. On Blu-ray May 21

May 17th, 2013 6:27am EDT
Ultimate Gangster Collection
Warner Bros. is in the midst of celebrating its 90th anniversary and is releasing two great gangster collections just in time for Father's Day.

Eight of the studio's greatest gangster films, including one of Paramount's best, will be released in "Ultimate Gangster Collection: Classic" and "Ultimate Gangster Collection: Contemporary."

The four films in the Classic Collection have been remastered for their Blu-ray debuts. They include:

-"The Public Enemy" starring James Cagney
-"White Heat" starring James Cagney
-"Little Caesar" with Edward G. Robinson as hoodlum Rico Bandello
-"The Pet...
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Must-Have For Film Lovers: 'Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection: Best Pictures'

January 29th, 2013 1:09am EST
Warner Bros. 20 film collection best pictures
Warner Bros. is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, and the film studio is comemmorating the milestone by releasing several box sets, including the newly released 20-film collection featuring "Best Pictures."

The "Best Pictures" compliation is now available in stores and online (get it HERE at the WB shop). The collection features a variety of films from different eras, giving viewers a glimpse through time via some truly remarkable films.

1929-1942 (A New Era)

The Broadway Melody (1929)
Grand Hotel (1932)
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Gone With The ...
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'The Expendables' And The Top 10 Ensemble Casts

August 17th, 2012 3:07pm EDT
The Expendables
The Expendables 2 comes out this weekend, featuring an ensemble cast of action stars from the past 30 years. It got us thinking: What were the best ensemble casts in recent films? Here's our list:

The Magnificent Seven: Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn, Brad Dexter, Horst Buchholtz. This western remake of Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" featured some of the greatest action stars of their generation - certainly an Expendables of the time. It's the second most shown film on television, next to "The Wizard of Oz."
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Martin Scorsese In Talks To Develop Frank Sinatra Biopic

April 9th, 2012 4:33pm EDT
Martin Scorsese
Director Martin Scorsese has set his sights on shooting a Frank Sinatra biopic, revealing he has already met with writers to develop the project.

The Goodfellas filmmaker is hoping to bring the Rat Pack star's life story to the big screen but Scorsese reveals he's struggling to come up with a focused script, although he hasn't ruled out developing a Sinatra TV miniseries.

He tells ETOnline.com, "I'm talking to one or two writers now. The problem is the biography. Where do you start? ...I met this writer who I think could do a lot with it, but (we) have to get a hold of the story. It's t...
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Mark Wahlberg To Expand Burger Chain To The U.K.

March 21st, 2012 8:07am EDT
Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg's burger chain is heading to the U.K.

The actor and brothers, New Kids on the Block singer Donnie and chef Paul, launched Wahlburgers last year in their native Boston, Massachusetts and the restaurant has become such a huge success, The Departed star is set to take his high-class burgers to Britain and Ireland.

He says, "We do higher-end burgers. Yesterday, we sold 1,300. It's run by my brother, Paul, who is a five-star chef. We're opening a bunch of them in Britain and Ireland this year."

And the movie star admits he is stunned by the success of the fast food chain - al...
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Mark Walhberg Takes His Kids To Watch Tattoo Removal

February 20th, 2012 8:23am EST
Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg took his children to observe his tattoo removal session in a bid to dissuade them from indulging in body art.

The Departed star decided to get rid of his "six or seven" inkings before he started shooting boxing movie The Fighter in 2010 to avoid sitting in the make-up chair for hours having them covered them up.

The actor decided to take his two eldest children along with him to watch the painful removal process in a bid to make sure they stay away from tattoos in the future.

He tells the Today show, "(All the tattoos) have meaning to me, but it's both personal and profe...
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'The Blind Side' Tops Most-Rented Movies Of All Time List

December 15th, 2011 8:52am EST
The Blind Side
Sandra Bullock's "The Blind Side" has emerged as the most-rented DVD movie of all time, according to bosses at online film library Netflix.

Officials at the movie delivery service have compiled a group of the Top Ten Most-Rented Movies of All Time and the 2009 Academy Award nominee has topped the list.

Coming in second place was "Crash" and Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson's film "The Bucket List" was third.

Rounding out the top five were "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "The Hurt Locker."

Also making the list were crime thriller "The Departed," "No Country for Old Men," "Ince...
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Mark Wahlberg Wants His Brother For 'Wahlburger' Reality Show

September 30th, 2011 10:29am EDT
Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg is struggling to persuade his chef brother to turn the family-run new burger diner in Boston, Massachusetts into the site of a new reality TV show - because his sibling fears it will turn the restaurant into a joke.

The movie star and producer and brother Donnie are backing their sibling Paul financially as he realises his dream of opening his own fast food restaurant, Wahlburgers.

The Departed star recently revealed a TV series chronicling the restaurant venture is in the works, although he would only be taking on a behind-the-scenes role.

The place opens for business o...
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Watch Classic Scenes & See the Full List of Every Best Picture Oscar Winner Ever

February 27th, 2011 8:50pm EST
The Artist
2011 (84th) The Artist (Watch scenes)
2010 (83rd) The King's Speech (Watch scenes from this film!)
2009 (82nd) The Hurt Locker (Watch scenes from The Hurt Locker)
2008 (81st) Slumdog Millionaire
2007 (80th) No Country for Old Men (Watch classic scenes from No Country for Old Men)
2006 (79th) The Departed (Watch classic scenes from The Departed)
2005 (78th) Crash

2004 (77th) Million Dollar Baby (Watch classic scenes from this film!)

2003 (76th) The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King (Watch more scenes from it!)

2002 (75th) Chicago
2001 (74th) A Beau...
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Biggest Oscar Surprises Of The Last 10 Years... What's Next?

January 19th, 2011 12:34pm EST
Whale_Rider
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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Leonardo DiCaprio Attacker Gets Plea Deal

November 13th, 2010 10:30am EST
Leonardo DiCaprio
A woman accused of slashing Leonardo DiCaprio's face with a broken bottle in 2005 will serve two years in jail after pleading no contest to the charge.

Aretha Wilson initially pleaded not guilty to a felony count for assault with a deadly weapon.

Reports suggested she mistook the Titanic actor for a former boyfriend when she approached him at the Hollywood party.

However, she returned to Los Angeles County criminal court on Friday and altered her plea, and she is now expected to serve two years behind bars before being deported back to her native Canada.

Wilson had previously faced up t...
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Asthma Kept Martin Scorsese From Mob Life

September 18th, 2010 4:00pm EDT
Martin Scorsese
A childhood illness saved Martin Scorsese from a life of violent crime in his native New York, according to his longtime cinematographer.

The director was raised in Little Italy in the 1940s and 50s, when the Manhattan neighborhood was ruled by the mob.

And he admitted to Michael Ballhaus, his director of photography on movies "Goodfellas", "The Departed" and "Gangs of New York," that he would have turned to crime had a bout of asthma not forced him to stay indoors.

Instead, Scorsese spent hours watching television and cultivating his love of film.

Ballhaus tells GQ magazine, "(Scorsese...
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'The Town' With It All: The Best Boston Based Films

September 17th, 2010 11:00am EDT
town
On Tuesday night, Boston’s historical Fenway Park switched it up a bit and went from baseball to the box office, as Ben Affleck held the premiere of his highly anticipated crime thriller, The Town, inside the world famous stadium.

Along with the cast and crew of The Town, Matt Damon was also in attendance to support his long-time pal. Set in Charlestown, MA, The Town centers upon four masked bank robbers that have romantic, legal, and life threatening problems surrounding them. Affleck wrote, directed, and starred in the thriller, and with its Friday opening, it won’t take long to find out...
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Leonardo DiCaprio's Attacker: 'He Started It'

August 23rd, 2010 8:39pm EDT
Leonardo DiCaprio
The woman accused of slashing Leonardo DiCaprio's face with a glass during a 2005 Hollywood party insists the actor started the altercation by threatening her.

Aretha Wilson allegedly hit the "Inception" star during a house party thrown by Paris Hilton's ex-boyfriend, film producer Rick Salomon. DiCaprio was allegedly hospitalized after the attack, which left him needing 17 stitches to close up a large cut across his face.

Wilson, 40, who was previously ordered to stay at least 500 yards away from DiCaprio, is being held on $150,000 bail and was arraigned in a Los Angeles court earlier t...
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Check Out 'Edge Of Darkness' On Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand & Digital Download

May 8th, 2010 7:04am EDT
Edge of Darkness
"Edge Of Darkness" is a mystery starring Mel Gibson as a detective looking into his political-activist daughter's death and uncovering layers of governmental conspiracies in the process.

The bullet that killed his daughter was meant for Boston cop Thomas Craven. That's what police brass and Craven himself think, but that's not what the investigation finds. Clue after clue and witness after witness, the search leads him into a shadowy realm where money and political intrigue intersect. If Craven wasn't a target before, he - and anyone linked to his inquiry - now is.

Mel Gibson stars in hi...
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Hollywood East: Boston Becomes Entertainment Hotbed

March 9th, 2010 9:52am EST
Tom Cruise
After finishing up his stint in Boston, Mass., filming the new movie "Knight and Day" co-starring Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise thanked the city for its kindness and he reminisced about his runs along the St. Charles River. While there's no "St." in Charles, just like the pink and yellow polka-dotted sweater Grandma gave you for Christmas last year, it's the thought that counts.

With A-list films such as "The Proposal," "The Departed" and the upcoming Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale movie "The Fighter" being filmed in Boston and its surrounding cities over the past few years, it's clear that ...
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The Golden Age Of Black Talent In Hollywood

March 2nd, 2010 10:05am EST
Are Black Men The Dominant Leading Actors Of This Era
Hollywood has always had its share of big-name black talent, from Sidney Poitier to Hattie McDaniel to Louis Gossett, Jr. But looking back, none of those big names owned Hollywood like Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, or Audrey Hepburn did. Poitier, McDaniel, and Gossett, Jr. were immensely talented pioneers, but they were vastly outnumbered by their peers in the industry. Unfortunate as it was, they were the exception in Hollywood, not the rule.

This was probably due in part to the social fabric of America at the time. It can’t have been easy for Sidney Poitier, even with his incredible tal...
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Martin Scorsese Wants Kathryn Bigelow To Win An Oscar

February 19th, 2010 2:55pm EST
Martin Scorsese Wants Kathryn Bigelow To Win An Oscar
Legendary directory Martin Scorsese is so impressed with Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-nominated war film The Hurt Locker he has tipped her to win the Best Director prize at next month's Academy Awards.

Scorsese took home the prestigious award in 2007 for The Departed after losing out five times. And the filmmaker is hopeful Bigelow will follow in his footsteps, and make Oscar history as the first female Best Director.

The longtime Bigelow fan says, "Maybe (she will win). I've always been a fan of hers, over the years. (Her film) Blue Steel. She's good, she's really good."

- Click her...
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The Best And Worst Of Martin Scorsese

February 17th, 2010 9:48am EST
Shutter Island
With Shutter Island about to open, cineasts are holding their collective breath wondering if the latest film from legendary director Martin Scorsese will add to his legacy or continue what some perceive as a decline from the Robert De Niro era to the Leonardo DiCaprio years. Take a look back at the best and worst of Scorsese's four-decades-plus career:

THE WORST

THE COLOR OF MONEY (1986)

Paul Newman and Tom Cruise star in this superfluous sequel to the 1961 pool hall classic, The Hustler. Cruise is in full-on cocky mode (whether that's good or bad is up to you), while Newman seems to...
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Our Favorite Short Celebrities

February 3rd, 2010 2:39pm EST
Reese Witherspoon
In honor of our shortest month, February, we compiled a list of some of our favorite short celebrities - starting with the lovely Reese Witherspoon (5' 2").

Verne Troyer, 2' 8"

Notable Works: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Love Guru

Danny DeVito, 5'

Notable Works: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Be Cool, Drowning Mona, Batman Returns

Gary Coleman, 4' 8"

Notable Works: Diff'rent Strokes

Mickey Rooney, 5' 3"

Notable Works: Boy's Town, Baby Face Nelson, The Black Stallion

Peter Dinklage, 4'5"

Notable Works:...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Dear John,' 'From Paris With Love,' 'Frozen'

February 1st, 2010 12:00pm EST
From Paris With Love
I returned to the movies last week to see Mel Gibson's thriller "Edge of Darkness." A large part of me was anxious to see it since I knew Gibson plays a Boston cop whose daughter is murdered in front of him. As Gibson's character, Detective Thomas Craven, launches his own investigation into his daughter's untimely demise, he starts unraveling threads to a conspiracy involving big business and government in Massachusetts.

While this sounds like a promising plot that could be quite engrossing, in execution the film falls flat in creating the necessary tension. The pacing for most of the...
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'Edge Of Darkness' Preview

January 27th, 2010 5:30pm EST
Edge of Darkness
Warner Brother's newest suspense action thriller, Edge of Darkness hits theaters on Friday, January 29th and we think it's a must see for all those who have been craving a long overdue Mel Gibson flick.

Mel plays Thomas Craven, a veteran homicide detective for the Boston Police Department whose daughter is murdered on the threshold of his house, compelling him to believe that he was supposed to be the target. He soon suspects otherwise and heads up an investigation into his only daughter's secret life which leads him into the world of government conspiracy, corporate schemes and murder...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies -'When in Rome,' 'Edge of Darkness' & More

January 25th, 2010 10:59am EST
Edge of Darkness
I took a break from the movies last week, since nothing in theaters was particularly calling out to me as worthwhile. Instead I saw a release on video I wanted to catch: the new "Family Guy" "Star Wars" parody "Something Something Something Dark Side." I found "Dark Side" to be pretty hilarious, although perhaps not quite as novel as "Blue Harvest." As a lifelong "Star Wars" fan, I've always had an appreciation for shows and movies that deftly lampoon the series.

This last week in January Kristen Bell portrays a workaholic skeptical about love in the romantic comedy "When in Rome," Me...
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The Ten Greatest Movies Of The Decade

December 17th, 2009 9:30am EST
The Ten Greatest Movies Of The Decade
So far, we've given you lists of the Ten Greatest TV Shows, Songs, and Albums of the decade. Now it's time to turn our focus to the Silver Screen.

This decade, moviemaking became incredibly fractured. After the Indie Boom of the nineties there suddenly wasn't much of a difference between an independent/art film and the mainstream movies from blockbuster studios. Many of these studios were now attempting to make their own indies, blurring the lines and resulting in more failures than successes.

Of course, there were still plenty of good movies to go around. The following is a list ...
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The Toast Of Beantown: Boston's Best Movies

October 30th, 2009 10:32am EDT
The Boondock Saints
In 1999, Troy Duffy showed audiences that New York City isn't the only major metropolitan place where mob violence and nefarious dealings happen on film. Using Boston as a backdrop for his cult hit "Boondock Saints," Duffy gave the city a gritty image that reignited interest in the area.

"Boondock Saints" follows the MacManus brothers, a pair of vigilantes who decide to carry out their own brand of violent justice on the criminals of Boston. As a proud Boston resident, I'm thrilled to announce the premiere today of "Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day," which brings the MacManus brother...
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Check Out 'Body Of Lies' On DVD Feb. 17

February 14th, 2009 7:52am EST
Body of Lies
The CIAs hunt is on for the mastermind of a wave of terrorist attacks in Body Of Lies. Roger Ferris is the agencys man on the ground, moving from place to place, scrambling to stay ahead of ever-shifting events. An eye in the sky a satellite link watches Ferris. At the other end of that real-time link is the CIAs Ed Hoffman, strategizing events from thousands of miles away. And as Ferris nears the target, he discovers trust can be just as dangerous as it is necessary for survival.

Leonardo DiCaprio (as Ferris) and Russell Crowe (as Hoffman) star in "Body of Lies," adapted by William M...
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Spotlight On Oscar's Best Pictures

January 7th, 2009 12:15pm EST
Oscar
January is the start of award season which means it's a tense time in Tinsel town! Actors are either being recognized or shunned for their tremendous work, agents are either celebrating with their stars or firing their "has-been" actors and we are betting on who is going to take home the Oscar! The stars, the fashion, the ambiance, the parties and actually taking home an Oscar along with the bragging rights that come along with it make this time of year so exciting!

The category of Best Picture is a huge deal and to be a part of the movie that wins is an honor! To say that you starre...
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