The Halloween Watercooler

Title Weekend Gross % Change Total Gross Estimated Budget Week Saw 3D $22,500,000 – $24,200,000 $20 1 Paranormal Activity 2 $16,500,000 -59.40% $65,658,000 $3 2 Red $10,811,000 -28.10% $58,905,000 $58 3 Jackass 3-D $8,425,000 -60.50% $101,578,000 $20 3 Hereafter $6,320,000 -47.40% $22,161,000 $50 3 Secretariat $5,071,000 -27.60% $44,774,000 $35 4 The Social Network $4,700,000 -35.40% (read…)

Three-Way Halloween Moviegasm: 84% better than candy corn

In the spirit of Halloween, Sasha Stone, Ryan Adams and I talk about some of our favorite scary movies. Listen below or check us out on iTunes. Happy Halloween! [podcast][/podcast]

Clip – Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Alex Gibney’s Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer infuriated me for a couple of reasons. On one hand, it’s another story about a bright, motivated, talented politician being brought down by his inability to keep his pants zipped (see: Bill Clinton), but on the other hand it’s a reminder that personal lives (read…)

Just in time for Christmas, it’s Super There Will Be Blood!

This is 37% funnier if you wasted hours and hours of the late 80’s playing Nintendo like I did, but I think it’s still pretty funny. I love the big boss finale. via: Vimeo. Thanks to Joel for the heads up.

Halloween Forecast: Boo!? No, just boooooooooooooo

Another strange movie weekend this week as there’s only one new wide release (Saw 3D); a handful of limited releases I was interested in seeing and had several chances to see but didn’t quite get around to (Hornet’s Nest, Rileys, Monsters, Bellamy); and a couple of expansions including the terrific but controversial Catfish (****) and (read…)

Poster: Rabbit Hole

Click to enlarge When a trailer debuts, a poster usually isn’t too far behind and vice versa. Here’s John Cameron Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole with Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest. As the poster says: in select theaters December 17. via: Hitfix

AFI Fest 2010: What you need to know

Free tickets for AFI Fest 2010 presented by Audi (11/4 – 11/11) were made available to AFI members this morning and they will be made available to the general public tomorrow. More info is available at AFI.COM/AFIFEST or by calling 1-866-AFI-FEST. You can access descriptions, information and schedules for all films playing at the festival (read…)

IDA Documentary Award nominees include The Oath, Exit Through the Gift Shop

The International Documentary Association has announced the 2010 IDA Awards nominees and two of my favorites are included. Exit Through the Gift Shop, Banksy’s exploration of the nature of art, and The Oath, Laura Poitras’ chilling look at two men caught up in the post-9/11 hunt for terrorists received nominations in the Distinguished Feature category (read…)

Three-Way Moviegasm: Episode 5

It’s time again for The Three-Way Moviegasm with Awards Daily hosts Sasha Stone and Ryan Adams plus your truly. This week: (0:00 – 14:30) Celebrating the DVD release of my favorite movie of the year: Winter’s Bone (14:30 – 30:40) A taste of what to expect from Danny Boyle’s survival story 127 Hours starring James (read…)

Oscar nominated short doc ‘Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner’ comes to HBO

Unless you lived in Washington in the late ’80s and early ’90s like I did, you probably have no idea who Booth Gardner is. Suffice it to say he was Washington’s 2-term Republican governor and instantly forgettable as far as history is concerned. Unfortunately for Mr. Gardner, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1994, (read…)

Lynch’s AFI Fest selections include Kubrick, Bergman, Wilder, Hitchcock & Tati

In addition to creating AFI Fest’s creepy official image and providing the music for the equally creepy promotional video (above), first time AFI Fest Guest Artistic Director David Lynch’s duties also include selecting a group of films for the festival’s special side bar featuring Eraserhead, Lynch’s debut film which he made as a Fellow at (read…)

The Watercooler: Supernormal Box Office Activity plus LiC’s Halloween pre-rave

I hate to slide down this slippery slope because the box office horse race is the least interesting part of a movie’s lifetime, but occasionally interesting stories present themselves within the numbers and it’s worth taking a closer look. This week I consider whether the surprising performance of a certain horror sequel will lead to (read…)

Trailer/Poster: Mena Suvari in Hemingway’s ‘Garden of Eden’

Click image to enlarge On Tuesday I passed along the press release announcing Roadside Attractions’ acquisition of Garden of Eden, the adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s novel starring Mena Suvari and Jack Huston, and yesterday Apple debuted the poster and trailer which you can stream after the jump. Here’s the Apple blurb which is a bit longer than (read…)

Carlos (2010)

“My name is Carlos. You may have heard of me.” – Edgar Ramirez in Olivier Assayas’ Carlos (This review refers to the 3-part, 330 minute version of Carlos. A 166 minute version is also available) Olivier Assayas’ epic Carlos is a long but always fascinating ride that paints an entertaining and occasionally thrilling gloss on (read…)

Trailer: Nicole Kidman in ‘Rabbit Hole’

Apple has the trailer (now streaming after the jump) to John Cameron Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as a couple dealing with the loss of a child. The film debuted to strong reviews at Toronto in September: Peter Debruge, Variety “Grief may be the topic under examination, but humor — incisive, observant (read…)

Weekend Forecast: More Clint, more Carlos, more Paranormal Activity

Paranormal Activity 2: This time there are multiple security cameras, a dog and a baby. It’s kind of a weird Weekend Forecast this week. The only new wide release is Paranormal Activity 2 (***), the sequel to last year’s horror phenomenon. Other than that, Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter (****) is going wide. You may have noticed (read…)

US Poster/Trailer: Made in Dagenham

We saw the UK trailer for Made in Dagenham back in August and now Apple has the US version plus a small version of the poster. See, the thing is, the Brits are great at making these gently uplifting crowd-pleasers – and they’ve made a very good one here – but Americans are kind of (read…)

Baldwin addresses those pesky heterosexuality rumors

This is the perfect movie-related post to honor Spirit Day. What the hell is Spirit Day? Well it’s today and according to GLAAD, you’re supposed to wear purple not only to honor the teenagers who have taken their own lives in recent weeks as a result of anti-LGBT bullying, but as “a way to show (read…)

The State of the Web and the State of the Blog

This is probably going to be a state-of-the-blog post with a little opinion mixed in. It’s been a while since I’ve written one because, as tempting as they are, I kind of hate them. For better or for worse, I try to subscribe to a philosophy best described by a quote from The Good, The (read…)

Trailer: Outside the Law

Because I’m a dope, I’ve managed to miss every opportunity I’ve had to screen Rachid Bouchareb’s Outside the Law here in LA, yet everywhere I go I keep hearing how great it is. Apple’s got the trailer and here’s the blurbage: From writer-director Rachid Bouchareb (Days of Glory aka Indigenes) comes the film Outside the (read…)

Press Release: Roadside Attractions picks up ‘Hemingway’s Garden of Eden’ starring Mena Suvari

ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS ENTERS HEMINGWAY’S GARDEN OF EDEN **Adaptation of Hemingway’s final novel, in theaters Dec. 10** (Los Angeles,  Oct. 19) – Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. rights to Hemingway’s Garden of Eden, directed by John Irvin and starring Mena Suvari, Jack Huston, Caterina Murino, Richard E. Grant, Matthew Modine and Carmen Maura.   The screenplay was (read…)

Trailer: Javier Bardem in Inarritu’s ‘Biutiful’

As far as I know, this is the first US trailer for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Biutiful which debuted at Cannes in May. I have to admit I’m not crazy about the director though I thought Amores Perros was fantastic. Javier Bardem is always someone to get enthused about though so naturally this is on LiC’s (read…)

Poster: The Fighter

Everyone appears to be much more pleased with the extended trailer for The Fighter that ran during last night’s episode of Mad Men than they were with the first one. I’m guessing people will be pleased with this simple, stylish and dignified poster for same. Directed by David O. Russell from a screenplay based on (read…)

AFI Fest announces World Cinema & Midnight Selections

Since I don’t travel the world going to film festivals, my favorite part of AFI Fest is the World Cinema section which cherry picks a number of the best films the world has to offer in a given year. It’s my first chance to see some of the films that have been buzzed about since (read…)

The Gotham Nominations: Winter’s Bone gets three

With these nominations for The Independent Filmmaker Project’s 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards, awards season has officially begun whether you like it or not. The only surprise for me is the inclusion of Matt Reeves’ Let Me In. I liked it, but there were a bunch of other films I’d much rather have seen (read…)

Episode 4 of the Moviegasm was not faked. We promise.

The latest episode of The Three Way Moviegasm is live and available for downloading. Joining me once again for a lively chat about movies are Sasha Stone and Ryan Adams of Awards Daily. This week: Fighting the bad buzz around Hereafter (0:00 – 22:00) Making the case for How to Train Your Dragon (22:00 – (read…)

Watercooler: ‘Jackass 3-D,’ ‘Hereafter,’ ‘Carlos’ and ‘Paranormal Activity’ 1 year later

At the box office this weekend, Jackass 3-D nearly doubled the average open of the first two films in the franchise with an estimated $50 million. That’s the best domestic weekend ever for a film in October (not accounting for inflation) and pretty impressive even factoring in the 3-D price gouging. The Social Network meanwhile (read…)

Barbara Billingsley, Actress: 1915 – 2010

Barbara Billingsley died today at the age of 94. I grew up on reruns of Leave it to Beaver and of course she’ll always be June Cleaver, but I love that she is forever immortalized in her brief but classic appearance in Airplane! Here’s the LA Times obit.

Trailer/Poster/Website: Danny Boyle’s ‘127 Hours’

Click to enlarge Danny Boyle’s highly buzzed 127 Hours starring James Franco opens November 5. Check out the trailer after the jump and the website here.

Press Release: Gotham Independent Film Awards nominations streaming live Monday

ELVIS MITCHELL TO HOST LIVE WEBCAST OF IFP’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY GOTHAM INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS™ NOMINATIONS ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 18th Streamed live around the world via UStream TV at 1:00 pm ET / 10:00am PT New York, NY (October 15, 2010) – The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers announced (read…)

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