Academy drastically changes best picture voting rules

According to a new post from Steve Pond over at The Wrap, instead of simply voting for their favorite film for best picture next year, Academy voters will rank all 10 nominees in order of preference. If a single film receives more than 50% of the #1 votes, it will be the winner. If there (read…)

Poster: The Invention of Lying

I can’t tell a lie. I’ve hated every scrap of marketing for Ricky Gervais’ upcoming comedy The Invention of Lying. I hated the laugh-free trailer and I hate this lethargic new poster (click it to see the whole thing). There’s nothing about it that says “this is a movie you need to see.” At all. (read…)

Pencil in Bong Joon-Ho’s ‘Mother’ for 2010

In advance of it’s North American premiere at the Toronton International Film Festival, Screen Daily is reporting that Bong Joon-Ho’s Mother (which we just trailered a couple of days ago and which is much anticipated here around the LiC head offices ) has been picked up for US distribution by Magnolia Pictures with a plan (read…)

Rambo Two too, Morer Badderer Boys, Disney: Marvelous

News of sequels to Rambo and Bad Boys plus Disney buying Marvel fill me with ennui.

The Watercooler: (sound of crickets chirping)

The movies have taken a break from releasing anything I was interested in so I took a break from movies this weekend. It’s been awhile since I haven’t watched so much as a DVD between Friday and Sunday, but there it is. I may still pop in a DVD this evening – Blu-ray copies of (read…)

Review: Take Out (2004) ****

Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou’s “Take Out” tells the story of an illegal Chinese immigrant desperate to repay the cost of smuggling him into the country by working as a deliveryman for a tiny Chinese restaurant in Manhattan.

Trailer: Mother

Sorry to keep clobbering you with trailers, but things are kind of slow. Slow or not, I’ve been looking forward to getting a feel for the latest film from Bong Joon-ho (The Host) for a while now and it’s good to finally see a trailer with English subtitles. I have to say, I like what (read…)

Trailer: The Men Who Stare at Goats

The trailer for Grant Heslov’s The Men Who Stare at Goats starring George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor and Kevin Spacey.

Trailer: Agora

Alex Billington over at FirstShowing has snagged the new trailer from the official Agora website for your embedding pleasure. I’m using the YouTube version instead because I have better luck rescaling the size of their videos, but I wanted to give credit where credit was due. You’ll remember that Alejandro Amenabar’s film stars Rachel Weisz (read…)

Poster – Capitalism: A Love Story

In case you forgot it was a Michael Moore movie, here’s the new poster for Capitalism: A Love Story to remind you.

The Downfall of Avatar Day

I promised myself I wasn’t going to watch another one of these goddamn viral Downfall mashups, but people kept telling me this one was awesome. Maybe it’s because I haven’t seen one for months or maybe the writing is just especially good, but this one made me laugh. A lot. Rather than repost all the (read…)

Spielberg boards Crichton’s posthumous ‘Pirate Latitudes’

Spielberg is developing an adaptation of Michael Crichton’s upcoming posthumous novel Pirate Latitudes and he may end up directing. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

Weekend Forecast: *Ding* We are experiencing a lull

Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock As far as the movies are concerned, summer is pretty much over and there will be at least a couple of weeks before fall is ready to begin in earnest. In the mean time, the calendar feels filled with odds and ends – films that don’t quite fit in anywhere else (read…)

Trailer: Motherland

Gigantic Digital is a company dedicated to bringing independent cinema to the folks who live between New York and Los Angeles and who often don’t get a chance to see everything that comes down the pipeline. On Wednesday, Gigantic debuted the SXSW award-winning documentary Motherland. Filmmaker Jennifer Steinman follows six women united by the loss (read…)

Soderbergh! The Informant! Hamlisch! The Soundtrack!

Marvin Hamlisch spreads the cheese for the soundtrack to Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant starring Matt Damon. Can’t wait.

Stonehenge: ‘Tis a Magic Place

iTunes has the new Spinal Tap short ‘Stonehenge: Tis a Magic Place’

Avoiding ‘Inception’ spoilers just got harder

Christopher Nolan has done a remarkable job keeping a lid on the details of his upcoming sci-fi psychological suspense flick Inception, but here we are a year away from the film’s release and cats are being let out of bags. Hints have been dropped here and there, but In Contention’s Kris Tapley claims to have (read…)

Where the Wild Things Are: All Is Love

Old news by internet standards but All Is Love, the first tune from Karen O’s soundtrack to Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are, went live on Myspace today. It’ll be available for purchase beginning tomorrow. The great Carter Burwell is composing the score while Karen O is contributing the songs. The first listen didn’t (read…)

Teaser Trailer: Inception

The teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi mystery thriller Inception pretty much kicked Avatar‘s ass in the trailer duel before Inglourious Basterds on Thursday night and it got the best crowd reaction. People laughed though because it played right after Shutter Island which also stars Leonardo DiCaprio. I was a little disappointed it didn’t run (read…)

The Watercooler: “Say ‘auf wiedersehen’ to your Nazi balls.”

I’m trying to decide whether to see Inglourious Basterds again this evening (review) so I figured I’d toss up the Watercooler a little early. I haven’t dug into the reviews yet, but it seems pretty clear reactions are still divided even if there are more positive voices. One thing is clear, audiences showed up for (read…)

Review: Inglourious Basterds (2009) **** 1/2

Once upon a time in Nazi occupied France… Inglourious Basterds is a rambunctious, revenge fueled, “what if” rewrite of history that could only have been made by a cinematic savant like Quentin Tarantino. Here is a man who views the world through a camera lens winning World War II with the power of sound and (read…)

Jar-Jarvatar Day: Post game recap

Avatar just sashayed off the screen, lovingly tongue-massaged my eyeballs, gave me a 3-D lapdance, made me a Manhattan and then gently spooned me until I fell into a blissful, childlike slumber. When I awoke, it was waiting for me with a plate of eggs Benedict and my nearsightedness had been cured. I shit you (read…)

Trailer: Youth in Revolt

I never ran the original poster for this because frankly I’ve grown a bit weary of Michael Cera’s shtick, but after catching the trailer for Youth in Revolt before Inglourious Basterds, I’m kind of sold. It’s still Cera, but there’s a twist. I never read C.D. Payne’s novel, but the trailer entertained. Check it out (read…)

Scorsese’s ‘Shutter Island’ shuttered for 2009?

Nikki Finke is reporting that Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Shutter Island starring Leonardo DiCaprio has been bumped from Oscar friendly October 2009 to February 19th, 2010. According to a Finke insider, though the film tested in the 80s/low 90s (whatever that means), Paramount doesn’t have the coin to properly market an awards flick this year. Being (read…)

‘Glourious’ Friday

I’m still mulling over Inglourious Basterds, but the good news is that it’s terrific. It’s much slower, talkier and in a way more serious than I expected, but damnit it works. I haven’t dug into the negative reviews yet, but its safe to say a certain movie blogger who was morally outraged by the movie (read…)

Trailer – Capitalism: A Love Story

SlashFilm spotted the trailer for Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story and you can enjoy it after the jump. There’s an important point to be made here, but if this trailer is any indication, Moore buries it once again in a series of smirky stunts. This guy needs to stop being the star of his (read…)

Trailer: The Wolfman

Emily Blunt in The Wolfman Thanks to Ryan at AD for reminding me there’s more than one trailer in town this morning. If not for the cast that includes Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt and Anthony Hopkins, I wouldn’t be too interested in Universal raiding their archives once again, but this trailer for The Wolfman (read…)

Trailer: Avatar

I have yet to get the Avatar trailer at Apple to work, so if TrailerAddict doesn’t work well for you you can view it at a French language MSN site a wily commenter at Awards Daily found a link to. The best part is you don’t have to hear James Cameron’s wretched dialogue. I have (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Send up the Basterd signal

As another summer winds down, there have been a number of terrific limited releases, but it falls to Quentin Tarantino to rescue what has mostly been a disappointing season for mainstream cinema. Can he do it and in the process save the floundering Weinstein Company? Opening Wide: Inglourious Basterds. Reviews out of Cannes for the (read…)

Zemeckis is a Blue Meanie

Proof positive that Robert Zemeckis is content to simply spin his creative wheels and play with his stupid and creepy 3-D mocap technology, THR reports he’s kicking the tires on a Disney remake of The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine. Recently deceased graphic designer Heinz Edelman is spinning in his grave. I know there’s no point in (read…)

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