‘Museum’ Beats ‘Terminator’ at the Box Office

In what is probably not really a surprise to anybody, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian beat Terminator Salvation for the top spot at the weekend box office. Negative reviews destroyed Terminator Salvation‘s hopes of a big box office and it came in with an unimpressive $43.01 million, way below many expectations. Star […]

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‘Precious’ Post Sparks Race Debate

Sasha Stone from Awards Daily recently posted my article 6 Reasons Why ‘Precious’ Will Be Nominated for Best Picture and it has sparked an intense debate about race and movies in America. A lot of the initial responses were very anti-Mo’Nique because her body of work at this point has been less than commendable. the_movie_guy […]

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Cannes Palme d’Or Awards Predictions

Cannes wraps up for good tomorrow with the final awards announcement coming sometime in the afternoon. Having not been at the festival I only have reactions from those who were there to gauge how the jury might be leaning. One thing to remember is that the Cannes jury more often than not disagrees with international […]

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Slow Saturday, How About Some Chaplin?

After scanning through my RSS and Twitter feeds there isn’t a whole lot to write about today, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to shamelessly plug some of the pages on Film Misery that you may not have visited yet. Check out the Career Appreciation page where you can vote for which Chaplin film […]

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Cannes Day 10 – Final Day Wrap Up

It seems like the last day of competition screenings turned out to be a boring one in Cannes. The two competition films that screened got mostly negative reviews and the other film that everyone was anticipating was a disappointment. More details below. Screenings and Reviews: Gaspar Noe’s Enter the Void proved not to be a […]

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Vulture Looks at the Cannes Awards Race

Dennis Lim of New York Magazine’s Culture Vulture is calling Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon the frontrunner for this year’s Palme d’Or. He says the film: …has an edge, as the most obviously cerebral film in a competition overflowing with genre titles. He also cals Tahar Rahim from A Prophet the frontrunner for Best Actor […]

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NEW IN THEATRES: John Connor and Sasha Grey

Another summer weekend, another film looks to steal number one at the Box Office. At this rate it’s going to be whichever film somehow manages to hang on to number one for more than one week. It probably won’t be until later in the summer that that happens. Here are Three to See for the […]

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4 New ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ TV Spots

4 New Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince TV spots were recently released and Trailer Addict has them for streaming. I get more and more excited for this movie every day. It looks like it has more complex visual effects than previous Potter films have had. It could possibly be a strong contender in the […]

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Cannes Day 8 – ‘Basterds’ and ‘Wild Grass’

As I mentioned earlier the reviews of Inglourious Basterds came in mixed, but mostly positive. The other film that screened today was Wild Grass, which also had a mostly positive response. Screenings and Reviews: The press conference for Basterds seems like it was nothing but laughs and fun. Brad Pitt joked about how he got […]

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10 Things You May Not Know About Charlie Chaplin

1) According to legend Chaplin’s infamous tramp costume was assembled when he took various costume pieces from other stars in the Keystone male dressing room. He borrowed Fatty Arbuckle’s enormous trousers, Charles Avery’s size extra small jacket, Ford Sterling’s size fourteen shoes, and a small derby hat belonging to Arbuckle’s father in law. This has […]

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‘Inglourious Basterds’ is a Hit!

Tarantino’s long awaited WWII film saw its first screenings at Cannes this morning and so far word is very positive. The first review I came across was Chris Hewitt from Empire who raved about the film: Tarantino has made a career out of subverting expectations – this is the man who made a heist flick […]

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Cannes Day 7 – ‘Broken Embraces’ ain’t Broke

One of my most anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festival, Pedro Almodovar’s Broken Embraces, screened today to very mixed reviews. Also, today came some mid-festival discussion of the awards possibilities at this point. Screenings and Reviews: Broken Embraces opened to reviews that can once again be described as “polite” but not “ecstatic.” It didn’t […]

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News and Links 5/19/09 – Shakespeare and Beards

Casting News: ComingSoon.net reports that Ralph Fiennes is making his directorial debut with one of Shakespeare’s lesser known works, Coriolanus. William Hurt, Vanessa Redgrave, and Jessica Chastain have signed on to the movie. Fiennes will play the title role. This inspires me to go back and watch th 1984 BBC version of the play with […]

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NEW ON DVD: Noticing a Pattern

I’ve noticed a pattern in the last couple of weeks of New on DVD columns. It seems to go one new release, one classic re-release or Blu-Ray release, and one Criterion. This week is much of the same: Three to See on DVD for May 19, 2009: 1) Valkyrie (2008) Directed By: Bryan Singer Starring: […]

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Cannes Day 6 – Anti-Antichrist

Two more competition films screened today Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist and Ken Loach’s Looking for Eric. There has still to be one film that has received unanimous praise (besides the opening night film Up), but a lot of strong contenders for the Palme d’Or have emerged. Screenings and Reviews: More dislike for Lars Von Trier’s […]

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