Someone Told: ‘Tell No One’ Quietly Rakes in the Cash

François Cluzet in Tell No One We’re not talking about an arthouse success on the order of The Visitor ($9 million and counting at the box office), but THR’s Steven Zeitchik reports that Guillaume Canet’s French thriller Tell No One has quietly pulled in nearly $1.7 million in just under 4 weeks from only 77 (read…)

A Little More ‘TR2N’

The original Tron – annoyingly squeezed Last week I passed along the Comic-Yawn report about footage to a sequel to Tron that I had never heard anything about. You didn’t care, but after thinking about it a little, the 5th grader inside of me got a bit excited, especially over word Jeff Bridges was in (read…)

New Beverly Nights: Glorious ‘Bastards’

  Every balanced cinematic diet can use a little junk food… Enzo G. Castellari’s The Inglorious Bastards, aka Counterfeit Commandos, aka Deadly Mission, aka Hell’s Heroes, aka G.I Bro (!!), isn’t likely to show up on any respected critic’s top 10 list, but it also offers more amusement per dollar budgeted than any children’s cartoon, high-concept (read…)

Crappy Bootleg ‘Che’ Trailer

From YouTube via Cinematical, here’s a crappy, blurry, Spanish bootleg trailer of The Argentine, the first half of Steven Soderbergh’s Che. I normally hate these kinds of things, but it’s Soderbergh so here you go. I’m still not watching it, but don’t let that stop you. Alas, as THR noted yesterday, the 4 hour epic (read…)

When you wallow in muck…

…you see nothing but muck all around you. In this case, Defamer takes a peek at the new trailer for Disney’s The Princess and the Frog and, instead of noting the hand drawn animation, they claim the firefly at the end is a racial stereotype straight out of “Song of the South 2: Cajun Vacation.” (read…)

Tom O’Neil Won’t Back Down

Awards Daily’s Sasha Stone points us back to Tom O’Neil’s claim that Melissa Leo is a diva. Thelma Adams, the author of the original interview, has weighed into the comments section to tell him he’s wrong. The comments are listed in reverse order with the newest at the top so scroll down to see what Ms. Adams said…or (read…)

I Wanna Be Remade-d

So, Howard Stern wants to remake the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. The original channeled some of the anarchic energy of punk rock into a goofy teen rebellion picture. Tell me: what popular music of today has any danger in it whatsoever? Are you going to incite revolution with The Ting Tings? I (read…)

Weekend Forecast: 8/1/08

Courtney Hunt’s Frozen River It’s another sketchy week at the multiplex, so I’m leading off with the limited releases again: Frozen River. Melissa Leo (21 Grams, TV’s Homicide: Life on the Streets) stars as a single mother who turns to smuggling illegal Chinese and Pakistani immigrants from Canada across the frozen St. Lawrence River in (read…)

Tom O’Neil’s Brown Derby

The once proud LA Times takes a breath in between Shia LaBeouf updates just long enough for Tom O’Neil to take a dump all over Melissa Leo, the actress currently seeing the first waves of Oscar buzz for her performance in Frozen River. At issue for Tommy O is a Huffington Post interview with Thelma (read…)

Noir Zeal

Richard Widmark in Jules Dassin’s Night and the City (1950) Heads up. Our friends over at MovieZeal are launching Noir Month on Friday. That’s right. 31 days of wall-to-wall noir action with daily reviews and articles from Evan, Luke and Phillip plus a host of guest writers including many names that will be familiar to readers (read…)

Attention LA: Original ‘Bastards’ at New Beverly Wednesday

Enzo G. Castellari’s Quel maledetto treno blindato (aka Inglorious Bastards), the inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film will play at LA’s New Beverly Cinema Wednesday and Thursday night along with Castellari’s La Battaglia d’Inghilterra (aka Battle Squadron). Bastards tells the story of a group of 5 GIs facing court-martial in France. When their convoy is attacked, they (read…)

Keys and White find ‘Another Way to Die’

Keys. Alicia Keys. Billboard says the new Bond theme song will be called Another Way to Die and it will be recorded by Alicia Keys and Jack White, the first duet in Bond soundtrack history. I like Jack White a lot, but I’m not sure I like him for a Bond theme. I also hate the (read…)

‘Bastards’-Watch

More than a week has gone by without any Inglorious Bastards news, but Variety saves the day by reporting that Universal Pictures is close to partnering with the Weinstein Company on bringing the World War II flick to a screen near you. Near the end of the short article, Michael Flemming and Tatiana Siegel realize (read…)

Action!

Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris in Return of the Dragon (aka Way of the Dragon) With an eye toward the action scenes in The Dark Knight, Dennis Lim offered up an interesting video slideshow in Slate yesterday illustrating the evolution of fight scenes through the ages. See Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston fighting old school (read…)

‘Dark Knight’ Raises ‘Titanic’? and Other Stories

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the news in the last 24 hours or so. The LA Times speculates on whether The Dark Knight will surpass Titanic’s hallowed $600.8 million domestic box office mark, but unless you account for inflation (ticket prices averaged $4.69 in 1998 compared to an expected $7 this year), it (read…)

Movies You May Have Missed: 7/29/08

It’s time once again to look past the obvious Tuesday DVD releases and shine a spotlight on movies you may have missed as they made their way through theaters. First up, the kind of film that Movies You May Have Missed was invented for. The Band’s Visit (2007) **** Eight Egyptian men representing the Alexandria Police (read…)

PS Hoffman vs. JC Reilly

While I’m still trying to scrape Step Brother from the bottom of my shoe, the folks at the Vulture scratch their heads over the divergent career paths of John C. Reilly and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The two actors started out on similarly promising paths and they even appeared in several films together including Paul Thomas (read…)

The Watercooler: 7/28/08

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in X-FIles: I Want to Believe First of all, thanks for helping make last week the busiest week ever at LiC. Traffic sagged during June, but it has been crawling back and last week was a record breaker. I’ve said it before: this wouldn’t be nearly as much fun if (read…)

Happy Belated Birthday Mr. Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick would’ve turned 80 years old yesterday. He was the director I latched onto in high school when I first began to look at movies as an art form. Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb was the movie that did it and that’s why I keep the (read…)

Leo Rising

Misty Upham and Melissa Leo in Frozen River It seems strange to say an actress is on the rise when she’s been in 70 film and television productions including 21 Grams, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada and most famously TV’s Homicide: Life on the Streets, but buzz is building around Melissa Leo. She stars in (read…)

Polish Brothers Navigate Indie Waters

Michael and Mark Polish – Photo by Stephanie Diani for The New York Times “The studios have really priced themselves out of a certain type of movie. They either want to make it for a limited amount of money, or they’ll go through the roof. We actually were in a meeting with a studio where (read…)

Review: Step Brothers (2008) * 1/2

1.5 laughs

Ridley Scott’s ‘Not-tingham’

Filming was supposed to begin in mid-August on Ridley Scott’s Nottingham starring Russell Crowe as the Sherriff, but The Hollywood Reporter‘s Gregg Kilday says the film has been put on hold due to “script concerns, location logistics and the current labor unrest.” In a statement from Universal, the studio claims that everyone remains committed to (read…)

Comic-Yawn Saturday

Kevin Smith plans to appeal the latest decision by the MPAA to give Zack & Miri Make a Porno an NC-17. This is apparently the 3rd time the MPAA has come back with the adults only rating and according to /film, Smith says he’s edited it all he can. Apparently at issue is some “thrusting” (read…)

When I’m wrong, I’m wrong…And I’m wrong.

Counting Friday’s estimates, The Dark Knight is approaching the $262 million mark and should be very close to $300 million by the end of the weekend [Update: The Dark Knight crossed $300 million on Sunday]. It has made as much money in 8 days as the current number one film, Iron Man, made in 28. (read…)

Comic-Con Friday: Watchmen is ‘Nipply’

“Mr. Moore, will you sign my DVD of Watchmen Babies?” Anne Thompson spoke to Zack Snyder prior to the Watchmen panel at Comic-Con on Friday and, though the panel itself sounded like a snooze (read about it here if you must), Anne dug up some interesting information. A year or so ago when Watchmen first (read…)

Review: Man on Wire (2008) *****

Image ©2008 Jean-Louis Blondeau / Polaris Images “If I die, what a beautiful death. To die in the exercise of your passion.” – Philippe Petit “It was so beautiful. It was like he was walking on a cloud.” – Annie Allix It’s difficult to watch a man walking a tightrope between the two towers of (read…)

Friday Filler: Lose Your Breakfast

Everything’s for sale, including the golden years of my movie youth. Click the picture above to link to a JC Penney commercial that will supposedly be playing in movie theaters this weekend. Then wash the aftertaste out of your mouth by watching the original in less than 7 minutes below. Whatever happened to John Hughes anyway?  Source: (read…)

Comic-Con Thursday

Still quivering in post-coital bliss over the vigorous tonguing they received from Hugh Jackman (plugging the upcoming Wolverine movie in a surprise visit), the Comic-Con masses in San Diego were sent into new convulsions of ecstasy by some unannounced footage from the sequel to Tron featuring Jeff Bridges. Referred to as Tr2n, reports vary as to (read…)

Aronofsky’s ‘RoboCop’ – I’d Buy That For a Dollar

I yawned when MGM announced it might reboot RoboCop last spring (and don’t even get me started on the execrable Red Dawn) and I didn’t pay much attention when Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for Dream, The Fountain and the upcoming The Wrestler) was tossed around as a name, but word today that he has signed on to (read…)





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