Of the Day – 08.17.10

Read of the Day:

  • The 10 greatest performances by a child actor. The list is way too modern, but a worthy read nonetheless. [Screen Rant]

News of the Day:

  • Sony Pictures has signed Rooney Mara to play Lisbeth Salander in the American remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I think she looks the part well enough. [Thompson on Hollywood]

Review of the Day:

  • Marshall Fine says The Tillman Story tells a profound story, but doesn’t light up the screen like it should. [Hollywood and Fine]

Free Movie of the Day:

  • Summer Under the Stars continues with Maureen O’Hara. Check her out in the Irish boxer story The Quiet Man on TCM tonight at 8pm CT/7pm ET. [TCM]

Movie Quote of the Day:

  • “Stop snoring! You’ll wake up the lice.” — Name the movie?
    Yesterday’s Answer: A Single Man (2009) – Quinn answered correctly.

Picture of the Day:

  • Several new images from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows have appeared online. [Coming Soon]

Video of the Day:

  • Another parody trailer of The Social Network has popped up, this one about Twitter. [Submitted by raguabros]

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  • Jose

    Agree on Mara looking the part, but can she act?

  • Andrew R.

    Top 10 Child Actor Performances-Wow, that IS way too modern, plus they left off the best performance ever. 9 of those performances are great, though. ( Bailee Madison in BROTHERS? Excuse me?)

    My Top 10 List with 5 Honorable Mentions:
    15. Dakota Fanning in Hounddog-hate the film, love the performance.
    14. Max Records in Where the Wild Things Are-one of 2009’s best has a great lead as well.
    13. Chloe Moretz in Kickass-Hit Girl is iconic at this point.
    12. Henry Thomas in ET-We sympathize with this kid’s love for his alien, and with good reason.
    11. Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine-Her Superfreak dance alone gets her on here.

    TOP 10:

    10. Stand By Me Boys-It’s my list. I can include all 4 in one spot if I want to. Besides, all four are brilliant as the nerd who hates his dad, the son of criminals who hates being stereotyped, the boy with an abusive father who worships him anyway, and the fat, nervous kid.

    9. Danny Lloyd in The Shining-Granted, he wasn’t as good as Jack Nicholson, but no one is. Freaking scary performance.

    8. Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun-This performance made American Psycho kind of hilarious (for me). I was just imagining Jim having grown up and going all cuckoo from trauma.

    7. Tatum O’Neal in Paper Moon-Her Oscar is ridiculous for one reason only: Cries & Whispers and The Exorcist came out that year. She’d have deserved it in quite a few other years.

    6. Kirsten Dunst in Interview with the Vampire-I’m not a big fan of the film even though Neil Jordan is a great director, but this performance…wow. She’s scary. And now she’s Spider Man’s love interest.

    5. Haley Joel Osment in Sixth Sense-“I see dead people.”

    4. Natalie Portman in The Professional-This is the performance that makes me anticipate Black Swan. She’s scary.

    3. Anna Paquin in The Piano-As the girl with the mute mother who struggles with affection, Paquin is brilliant. She wasn’t the best of 1993, but I have no problem with her Oscar.

    2. Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver-This performance inspired someone to shoot Ronald Reagan. Nuff said. She deserved the Oscar.


    1. Linda Blair in The Exorcist-Just imagine how difficult it must have been for this child to do all that thrashing, screaming, vomiting, lip-synching, cursing, and masturbating. Seriously. She deserved the Oscar. Congrats, Linda Blair. You are awesome.

  • Jackie Coogan in ‘The Kid’ would definitely have to be on the list as well. It’s kind of the original child star performance and one of the all-time greatest.

  • Jose

    I’d like to add Ivanna Baquero from “Pan’s Labyrinth” and Mary Badham as Scout in “To Kill a Mockingbird”

  • Andrew R.

    @Jose and Alex-Ivana Baquero and Mary Badham, yes. I can’t believe I forgot Baquero-put her in at 3.5. Mary Badham is 11.5.

    Jackie Coogan, no. But I haven’t seen the film.

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