News and Links 5/14/09 – Trailers Galore!

Casting News: Mila Kunis and Mark Ruffalo will join Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Taraji P. Henson, Common, Leighton Meester, Kristen Wiig, Ray Liotta and Jimmi Simpson for the upcoming movie Date Night. Quite the glut of big names. The film is for FOX and will be directed by Shawn Levy. Comingsoon.net […]

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REVIEW: Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Kid’ (1921)

Grade: A In the opening slide of the film The Kid it is described as “a picture with a smile, and perhaps a tear.” There may not be a kinder, more appropriate way to describe Charlie Chaplin’s first ever feature length film. The Kid is a masterful blending of Chaplin’s comic genius, which he had […]

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Cannes Day One – Much Love for ‘Up’

Over in France, the first day has wrapped up at the Cannes Film Festival and so far only one film has been officially screened, the out-of-competition Up. It is the first time in the festival’s 62 year history that an animated film has opened the competition, and judging by initial word, it may be one […]

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Top 10 Websites for Cannes Festival Coverage

The start of the Cannes Film Festival is just a few hours away and if you’re like me you are probably out there scanning the blogs and the social networking sites, wishing you could be there yourself. I thought I would make keeping up with Cannes easier by compiling the best sites on the net […]

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NEW ON DVD: Everything Old is New Again

This week sees the release of some great classic films on Blu-Ray and some not so great movies from earlier in 2009. Three to See on DVD for May 12, 2009: 1) Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collections In honor of last weekends release of the 11th Star Trek film, the previous 10 are being […]

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REVIEW: ‘Star Trek’ has Converted Me

Grade: B+ For the past few years summer movie entertainment has been tiring. We have seen a lot of half-hearted attempts to re-vitalize film franchises with the primary goal being the box office take, rather than great filmmaking. It has gotten to the point where I just grit my teeth, buy the ticket, and sit […]

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‘Star Trek’ Tops at the Box Office

The trekkies were not enough to outnumber the the X-Men fans, as Star Trek opens about 10 million dollars behind last weekend’s Wolverine. I still hold out my belief that Star Trek will have an overall bigger gross than Wolverine because of repeat viewings by fans and positive reviews inspiring more people to see it. […]

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‘The Princess and the Frog’ Gets a Trailer

Disney’s return to hand-drawn animation just had it’s trailer released: The Princess and the Frog trailer to me looks promising. Disney has been playing up the nostalgic feel with their trailers lately. (Remember the Wall-E trailer from last year where they began it by highlighting Pixar’s best work?) This trailer definitely has the feel of […]

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You think you know Chaplin?

In honor of this month’s Career Appreciation of the great Charlie Chaplin, I have created the first Monthly Quiz featuring questions about Chaplin and his films. You don’t have to be an expert to give it a shot. Try to do it without consulting IMDB or Wikipedia. Launch the Charlie Chaplin Quiz!

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‘Whatever Works’ Gets a Trailer

EDIT: About 5 minutes after I said I couldn’t find an embeddable version, I got an e-mail from CastTV where they have one, so here it is: Whatever Works, one of my most anticipated films of the summer, just got a new trailer. Larry David looks great and I still think that the combination of […]

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IN THEATRES: Do I even have to?

As I reported in yesterday’s “Other News” update, Star Trek is already controlling over 80% of online ticket sales. I wouldn’t be surprised if it did better than the other top 10 films this weekend combined, even with Wolverine still in the mix and the fact that the “X-Men” film is in about 250 more […]

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Greatest Poem Ever Written

Poem written by a second grader (as told by my friend who is an elementary school teacher). Roses are red, Violets are blue, No one can stop the dynamic duo of Batman and Robin. Someone give this kid a Pulitzer.

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New Photos from ‘The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus’

/Film has posted four stills from Terry Gilliam’s upcoming film The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus featuring the late Heath Ledger. Ledger’s death came in the midst of filming and Gilliam finished his character using a combination of Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp, and Jude Law. Here’s what the IMDB synopsis says: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus […]

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Confessions of a Non-Trekkie

I spent most of my life as a closet nerd. Growing up in an athletic family and having a group of jock friends, I had to hide the fact that I was having geek tendencies in order to avoid ridicule. I pretended I was not going to LAN parties on weekends, I disguised my comic […]

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Other News 5/5/09 – Girls, Trekkies, and Car Crashes

News and Links for May 5, 2009 Cinematical has compiled a month-by-month look at this summer’s girls on film. It’s a good read, but not enough pictures. /Film has posted a sneak peak at Disney’s upcoming return to hand-drawn animation, The Princess and the Frog. Looks fantastically nostalgic. Cinema Blend has reported that even it […]

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