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Will 'Watchmen' Live Up To The Hype?

March 3rd, 2009 9:01am EST
Watchmen
2008 was the year of the comic book movie, but this genre has only grown in popularity over the years thanks to the X-Men and Spider-Man series. In truth, they were enormously popular in the 70s and 80s due to Superman and Batman rocking the big screen, but all of these comic books are well known and ingrained into pop culture. On average most people do know who Bruce Wayne is and what happened to his parents one tragic night, or that Kal-El is the last of his kind.

Yet it is not just mainstream comics getting the attention; 300 and Sin City proved otherwise. The newest entry into the...
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Jessica Alba Shows Off Her Post-Baby Shape In Campari Calendar

December 3rd, 2008 5:07pm EST
Jessica Alba
New mom Jessica Alba will be showing off her post-baby body in a new Campari calendar. The sexy star has posed for top photographer Mario Testino in a form-fitting black swimsuit and evening attire, and the choice shots will feature in the limited edition 2009 calendar.

Only 9,999 copies will be available.

The Sin City star, 27, gave birth to baby daughter Honor Marie Warren in June, and admits the chance to pose for the pictures was a welcome break from the norm: "It's nice to dress things up and feel sophisticated and sexy."

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Spike TV Announces Nominees For 'Scream 2008'

September 15th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
SCREAM 2008
It will be one "dark knight" this October as Spike TV presents the third annual "SCREAM," a celebration of the best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy and comic genres.

Taping on Saturday, October 18 from The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA, "SCREAM 2008" will premiere on Spike TV Tuesday, October 21 (9:00- 11:00 PM, ET/PT). Show host, presenters and musical performers to be announced shortly.

"We're incredibly honored to have the support of such luminaries in the creative community to help determine the nominees for 'SCREAM 2008,'" says Casey Patterson, senior vice president, event prod...
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Rosario Dawson Stars In New Web Series, 'Gemini Division'

July 30th, 2008 5:00pm EDT
Rosario Dawson
From NBC.com and the makers of CG-animated series Afterworld, comes a new online series Gemini Division, starring actress and comic book creator Rosario Dawson!

Blending live actors with CG backgrounds and effects, Gemini Division stars Dawson (Death Proof, Sin City) as a New York City detective whose investigations uncover a global conspiracy.

Wired Magazine describes Gemini Division as a "female first-person confessional about a biotech run wild."

Check out a sneak peek of the trailer that was featured at this year’s Comic Con!

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Movie Adaptations: Why They Succeed Or Fail & The Direction They're Headed

July 15th, 2008 8:46am EDT
A History of Violence
Jaws. Ghost World. Eyes Wide Shut. A History of Violence. Road to Perdition. The Crow. Planet of the Apes. What do these seven movies have in common? It's a lesser known fact, in some cases more than others, but none of these movies were movies first. These, as with many other films, were adapted to the screen from other media.

Film adaptations have been made since the early days of cinema, but the last decade or so has seen a definite increase in their popularity, with the growing success and popularity of comic book adaptations to the ever quickening transition of best selling novels...
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Graphic Novels We'd Like To See As Films

July 8th, 2008 10:44am EDT
graphic novels
With graphic novels becoming widespread with the arrival of big movies such as "300," "Sin City," and "V for Vendetta" that gathered huge audiences, new interest arose in the stylistic hard cover comics. A graphic novel is a type of comic book usually aimed at adults with a long and complicated story that eventually does have a distinct ending. It can also be a collection of comic books bound into a single collection under a particular story arc. In any case, the world is becoming more enamored with comic book as blockbusters like "Iron Man" and "The Dark Knight" keep coming along, but ther...
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Things We Don't Want To See In 'The Dark Knight'

June 11th, 2008 8:45am EDT
The Dark Knight
There were eight years between "Batman & Robin" (1997) and "Batman Begins" (2005), which became a blockbuster hit, and it was no wonder considering the extremely negative backlash "Batman & Robin" received. With cringe-worthy puns from all of the main actors - George Clooney, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone, etc. - and a lack of any plot substance or inner contemplation the previous movies had showed, it seemed like the Batman movies would be given an early grave.

Then Christopher Nolan signed on to the "Batman Begins" project, a film loosely based off of "Batman: Year One" written by...
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The 'That Guy' Encyclopedia, Letters A Through K

May 7th, 2008 8:30am EDT
Chris Cooper
Hey, isn’t that...? You know, that guy. The guy that always plays someone in the military. He was in, uh, Syriana, The Kingdom... Oh yeah! He was the father of the emo kid in American Beauty!

Throughout cinematic history, there has been a plethora of actors that, for some reason or another, never become a household name. So here is a cheat sheet of sorts, a brief encyclopedia on "That Guy."

After reading this you can impress your friends! Win the movie game (the one where you name an actor, someone names a film he or she was in, next player names another actor in that film, etc....
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Comic Con Movie Sneak Peek: 'Wanted,' 'Hellboy 2' & More

April 25th, 2008 8:30am EDT
Wanted
Starpulse writer Dee Doyle braved the crowds and costumes at Comic Con last weekend to get the dirt on anticipated films Wanted, Hellboy 2, Harold & Kumar Escape To Guantanamo Bay and Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D. The various panel discussions proved there's tons of action, special effects and hilarity to look forward to this summer (and this weekend!):

"Wanted": Unimpressive Overall & Just Another Action Flick

When a movie is said to be loosely based off a comic book, this can mean it is similar to the comic but certain elements are changed, or in the case of the upcomi...
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The Best & Worst Films By Quentin Tarantino

April 24th, 2008 8:30am EDT
Quentin Tarantino
The serendipitous career of eccentric movie producer, director and writer Quentin Tarantino is a complex one. Tarantino has made a name for himself by creating nonlinear storylines and filming multiple perspectives from different characters in his movies - a technique that strays from the more commonly used straight-time storyline.

His films are not off the wall, but they invoke an element of surprise that comes from the small details within a scene that catches one off guard and by adding mysterious elements that never get explained. A good example of this was in Pulp Fiction when M...
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Capcom Confirms 'Street Fighter' Movie Cast

March 19th, 2008 4:57pm EDT
Kristin Kreuk
SAN MATEO, Calif -- March 19, 2008 -- Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, is proud to confirm the main cast for its live-action Street Fighter movie based on the hugely popular video game series.

The story revolves around fan-favorite Chun-Li, who will be portrayed by actress Kristin Kreuk (of Smallville fame). Michael Clarke Duncan, Neal McDonough, and Taboo of Black Eyed Peas are also on board to round out this all-star cast. The film will be made in conjunction with Hyde Park Films, and will be distributed by 20th Century Fox for a scheduled 2009 worl...
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Top 10 Movie Scenes That Make Us Cringe, Part One

February 19th, 2008 12:00pm EST
Suicide Club
There is a special place is our hearts for movie scenes that make us turn away and cover our eyes. But we find ourselves in a Catch 22 of sorts. We don't want to look, and that makes us want to look even more. These following movie scenes have taken us to that strange place: fear mixed with fascination. Here is part one of the "Top 10 Movie Scenes That Make Us Cringe."

Sin City

The Good ol' Ax to the crotch move

I saw "Sin City" in the theater four times. There was one scene that made everyone absolutely howl, gasp and blurt out multiple obscenities toward the screen every si...
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Taking Your Joystick To The Movies: Video Games That Should Be Made Into Films

January 18th, 2008 11:32am EST
Metal Gear Solid
Let's face it, video game movies usually suck (see article here). For every guilty pleasure such as Resident Evil there is a House of the Dead, Street Fighter, and Mario Brothers stinking up this niche genre. What keeps going wrong?

What I'm here to do, gentle reader, is provide you with a list of video games that I think could become potentially worthwhile movies. This is, of course, assuming they aren't made by Paul Anderson or Uwe Boll.

We don't need big-name stars or directors. All it would really take is a production team who took the source material seriously and a cast th...
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Clive Owen Stars In 'Shoot 'Em Up,' On DVD & Blu-Ray Jan. 1; Win A Copy!

December 31st, 2007 1:00pm EST
Shoot
Brace yourself for explosive action that starts with a bang and never slows down as Shoot 'Em Up arrives on DVD from New Line Home Entertainment on January 1, 2008.

This sexy, action-packed thriller stars Clive Owen (Sin City, Children of Men) as a mysterious loner who joins forces with an unlikely partner (Monica Bellucci; The Matrix films, The Passion of the Christ) to protect a rescued newborn baby from an evil, ruthless criminal (Paul Giamatti; Sideways, The Illusionist).

-Enter here for your chance to win one of five copies of 'Shoot 'Em Up' on DVD!

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Jessica Alba: First Expecting, Now Engaged

December 27th, 2007 4:52pm EST
Jessica Alba
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pregnancy has been an engaging experience for Jessica Alba. The 26-year-old actress, who announced earlier this month that she's expecting, is now engaged to her boyfriend and the baby's father, producer Cash Warren.

''I can confirm that they are engaged,'' Alba's publicist, Brad Cafarelli, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Thursday. The couple is expecting their first child in late spring or early summer, Cafarelli said.

Alba stars in the thriller ''Awake,'' and recently appeared in ''Good Luck Chuck'' and ''The Ten.'' The sex symbol first gained fam...
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Humanity's Last Hope Rests On A Gun-Legged Go-Go Girl In 'Planet Terror,' On DVD Oct. 16

September 21st, 2007 1:51pm EDT
Planet Terror
Busting at the seams with outrageous action sequences, deliciously over-the-top characters and gross special effects, Robert Rodriguez's (Sin City, Once Upon a Time in Mexico) Grindhouse Presents Planet Terror explodes onto DVD as a two-disc extended and unrated edition on October 16 from Genius Products LLC. and The Weinstein Company.

Rose McGowan (Charmed, Scream, The Black Dahlia) and Freddy Rodriguez (Bobby, Six Feet Under) give stunning performances as go-go girl-turned-vigilante Cherry Darling and one-man wrecking crew El Wray as they try to save the world from a horde of flesh-...
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Jessica Alba Takes A Comedic Turn In Her Latest Flick, 'Good Luck Chuck'

September 18th, 2007 2:47pm EDT
Jessica Alba
LOS ANGELES (AP) - In her latest movie, Jessica Alba falls into a penguin pond, stabs Dane Cook with a dental tool and accidentally tears off her skirt by closing it in a car door.

Alba plays Cam, a clumsy penguin-keeper who captures Cook's heart in ''Good Luck Chuck,'' in theaters Friday.

The role represents a departure for Alba, who gained fame as an action star - first on TV's ''Dark Angel,'' then in films such as ''Fantastic Four'' and ''Sin City.''

The 26-year-old actress, whose current crop of projects includes a horror film and a romantic comedy with Mike Myers, talked...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 16

September 16th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Alexis Bledel
Happy Birthday to singer Teddy Geiger (1988), "Dr. Dolittle" actress Kyla Pratt (1986), singer Katie Melua (1984), "Gilmore Girls" actress Alexis Bledel (1981), Australian singer Shannon Noll (1975), "Deuce Bigalow" actress Amy Poehler (1971), Latin singer Marc Anthony (1968), "Saturday Night Live" actress Molly Shannon (1964), singer Richard Marx (1963), actress Jennifer Tilly (1958), "Sin City" actor Mickey Rourke (1956), magician David Copperfield (1956), actor Ed Begley, Jr. (1949), actor George Chakiris (1934), "Forbidden Planet" actress Anne Francis (1930), "Columbo" star Peter Falk (...
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Marvel's First Family Of Superheroes Reunite To Face Their Greatest Challenge Yet

September 13th, 2007 7:15pm EDT
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Catch a wave of "terrific adventure" and "non-stop action" (CBS-TV) in the fun and fantastically entertaining follow-up to the worldwide hit film as Q4 kicks off in true Fox style on October 2, 2007 with the DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BD) release of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. The world's premiere superhero team, The Fantastic Four, meets their greatest challenge yet as the enigmatic, intergalactic herald, The Silver Surfer, comes to Earth to prepare it for destruction. As the Silver Surfer races around the globe wreaking havoc, Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben must unravel the mystery o...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 10

August 10th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Antonio Banderas
Happy Birthday to "Sin City" actress Devon Aoki (1982), actress Angie Harmon (1972), TV & movie actor Justin Theroux (1971), "The Legend of Zorro" star Antonio Banderas (1960), "Desperately Seeking Susan" actress Rosanna Arquette (1959), actor Daniel Hugh Kelly (1952), R&B singer Patti Austin (1948), Jethro Tull singer Ian Anderson (1947), Ronettes singer Ronnie Spector (1943), singer/actor Eddie Fisher (1928), American singer Jimmy Dean (1928), actor Vernon Washington (1927; d. 1988), singer/actress Rhonda Fleming (1923), and 31st President of the United States Herbert Hoover (1874; d. 196...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 20

June 20th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Nicole Kidman
Happy Birthday to Marilyn Manson/Nine Inch Nails/A Perfect Circle bassist Jeordie White (aka Twiggy Ramirez; 1971), "Sin City" director Robert Rodriguez (1968), "Eyes Wide Shut" star Nicole Kidman (1967), Duran Duran bassist John Taylor (1960), Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony (1954), "The Big Lebowski" actor John Goodman (1952), The Commodores singer/solo artist Lionel Richie (1949), "American Graffiti" actress Candy Clark (1947), Canadian singer Anne Murray (1945), actor Danny Aiello (1936), actress Olympia Dukakis (1931), guitarist Chet Atkins (1924), and legendary "Robin Hood" star Err...
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Lionsgate Conjures The Spirit With Odd Lot Entertainment And Visionary Filmmaker And Graphic Novelist Frank Miller

May 16th, 2007 5:00pm EDT
Frank Miller
SANTA MONICA, CA (May 16, 2007) - Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, announced today that it has secured domestic and U.K. distribution rights to the live action comic book adaptation The Spirit, directed and written by Sin City and 300 creator Frank Miller and based on the classic series by comic master Will Eisner. Lionsgate will partner on the project with Odd Lot Entertainment, which is producing and co-financing, and Batfilm Productions, which is producing. Gigi Pritzker and Deborah Del Prete (The Wedding Planner, the upcoming Suburban Girl) a...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 9

May 9th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Billy Joel
Happy Birthday to pop group Simple Plan's lead singer Pierre Bouvier (1979), "Sin City" actress Rosario Dawson (1979), rapper Ghostface Killah (1970), music producer Kevin Saunderson (1964), Depeche Mode singer David Gahan (1962), 'piano man' Billy Joel (1949), actress Candice Bergen (1946), "The Simpsons" producer James L. Brooks (1940), British actress Glenda Jackson (1936), "Big Fish" actor Albert Finney (1936), and Canadian country music star Hank Snow (1914; d. 1999).
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 23

April 23rd, 2007 3:00am EDT
John Cena
Happy Birthday to Slovakian tennis player Daniela Hantuchova (1983), "Sin City" actress Jamie King (1979), WWE champ John Cena (197), Mexican singer Patricia Manterola (1972), "CSI NY" actress Melina Kanakaredes (1967), sitcom actor George Lopez (1961), Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark (1960; d. 1991), "One Day At A Time" actress Valerie Bertinelli (1960), filmmaker Michael Moore (1954), "Three's Company" star Joyce DeWitt (1949), actress Sandra Dee (1942; d. 2005), "The Six Million Dollar Man" star Lee Majors (1939), singer/songwriter Roy Orbison (1936; d. 1988), American singer Ray Peter...
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 12

April 12th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Claire Danes
Happy Birthday to "The Family Stone" actress Claire Danes (1979), "Spring Break Shark Attack" actor Riley Smith (1978), Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman (1978), "Sin City" actress Marley Shelton (1974), "Charmed" actress Shannen Doherty (1971), Indigo Girl Amy Ray (1964), Everclear singer Art Alexakis (1962), country star Vince Gill (1957), Cuban-born actor Andy Garcia (1956), Canadian musician Pat Travers (1954), "Partridge Family" actor David Cassidy (1950), late night talk show host David Letterman (1947), "Married: With Children" actor Ed O'Neill (1946), jazz pianist/composer Herbie Hancoc...
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'Grindhouse' Hits Theaters Early

April 5th, 2007 10:07am EDT
Grindhouse
Dimension Films will sneak Grindhouse, from acclaimed filmmakers Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, into theatres with exclusive late-night engagements in 13 cities tonight. Two of the most renowned filmmakers go back to back with Grindhouse, a double bill packed to the gills with guns and guts.

The unprecedented project from the longtime collaborators (From Dusk Till Dawn, Four Rooms, Sin City) presents two original, complete films as a double feature.

Grindhouse exclusive late-night engagements begin tonight in the following markets, and will be released nationwide by Dimen...
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Opening April 6: Grindhouse

April 3rd, 2007 1:38pm EDT
Grindhouse
Kill Bill director Quentin Tarantino and Sin City director Robert Rodriguez join forces to offer a cinematic tribute to the blood-soaked exploitation epics of yesteryear with this hyper-violent coupling of two 60-minute features punctuated by a collection of outrageous trailers. Continue Summary

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Superheroes Come To Starz April 4 - May 4 In Anticipation Of 'Spider-Man 3'

April 2nd, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Spider-Man 3
Comic books are set to attack Starz in advance of the anticipated theatrical release of Spider-Man 3. Beginning Wednesday, April 4, you can see sneak-peeks of the superhero movie and enter the "Starz Spider-Man 3 Sweepstakes." Later in the month, watch the premiere of the Starz-exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the movie, "On the Set: Spider-Man 3" and "When Comic Books Attack," a day-long marathon of comic-book inspired films.

"On the Set: Spider-Man 3" features interviews with Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, plus behind-the-scenes footage and clips from the film. This exclusive s...
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Bruce Willis Would Like To Erase 'Hudson Hawk' From Memory

March 9th, 2007 11:06am EST
Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis is desperate to forget his embarrassing film flops. The Die Hard star would love to go back in time and erase certain movies from the Hollywood history books.

Bruce said: "There are some films I would love to go back and delete. There is maybe a handful of films that I really regret doing - but mostly I am con tent with what I have achieved in my career."

The 56-year-old revealed that the movies he is most ashamed of are Hudson Hawk and The Bonfire of the Vanities - films that the actor made in the early 90s.

Bruce's movie career has enjoyed a revival in recent y...
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Opening March 9: 300

March 6th, 2007 3:09am EST
300
Sin City author Frank Miller's sweeping take on the historic Battle of Thermopylae comes to the screen courtesy of Dawn of the Dead director Zack Snyder in this CG-heavy adventure starring Gerard Butler as Spartan king Leonidas and Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo. When King Leonidas and his 300 Spartan warriors fall to the overwhelming Persian army... Continue Summary

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