The occasionally snobby (in a good way) Dave Kehr takes a surprisingly sober stab at Enzo G. Castellari’s The Inglorious Bastards recently come to 3-disc DVD set. “A product of that brief, heady period when Italian genre movies challenged Hollywood for dominance of the Western world’s drive-ins and grindhouses, “The Inglorious Bastards” is a slapdash (read…)

NY Mag’s Vulture notices that the viral Tropic Thunder website for Simple Jack has disappeared. They suggest that concern from disabled rights advocacy groups may have convinced DreamWorks to take the site down. I still think the website was mocking Hollywood, but as Vulture notes, the movie’s tagline “Once upon a time…there was a retard” (read…)

In the spirit of those awkward local news segues where they jump from a tragedy to a tacky local interest puff piece without batting an eyelash, this seems like a perfectly horrible time to point out a supremely crass (and excellent) fake website [UPDATE: Perhaps bowing to pressure from advocacy groups for the disabled, DreamWorks has killed Simple Jack.] (read…)

I’m not Batman Here I am talking about box office again. The buzz among box office types this morning is that, despite coming in #2 on Friday, The Dark Knight edged ahead of The Mummy: Tomb of Dragon Emperor in the final stretch to claim the #1 spot for the third weekend in a row, (read…)

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…)

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…)

  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…)

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…)

…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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

There has been much discussion over the exit of Ebert and Roeper from At the Movies and Ebert himself finally addressed the matter this morning at Roger Ebert’s Journal. “I was surprised how depressed I felt all day on July 21, when Richard and I announced we were leaving the Ebert & Roeper program,” he (read…)

We’ve had musicals become movies. We’ve had movies become musicals. We’ve had movies become musicals become movie musicals. Now we’re looking at the first sequel to a movie musical based on a musical based on a movie. According to Variety’s Michael Fleming, New Line Cinema has asked John Waters to write a treatment for Hairspray (read…)

Kind of a slow news day so far. Almost makes you wish someone would get accused of smacking his or her mom around so we could analyze it and talk about it until it turned out to maybe not be exactly true. Allegedly. Sort of.

Michael J. Smith Sr. in Lance Hammer’s Ballast This story is about 1000 years old by Internet standards (July 3), but I just stumbled across it and it’s interesting. Though busy IFC has been snapping up projects left and right lately, one recently slipped through its grasp. According to IndieWIRE’s Anthony Kaufman, Lance Hammer backed (read…)

A New Face: Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy) Proving that smart movie publications can make lists too, Filmmaker Magazine just posted the 10th annual list of 25 New Faces of Independent Film in their Summer 2008 issue, which is online now and will hit newsstands at the end of the month. In the official press (read…)

Anne Thompson reported this morning that the new hosts of At the Movies would be E! Entertainment’s Ben (son of Jeffrey, grandson of Leonard) Lyons and Turner Classic Movies host Ben (grandson of Herman, great nephew of Joseph L.) Mankiewicz. Normally I try to post items I have an opinion on. In this case, I’ve (read…)

MTV’s Larry Carroll spoke with Zack Snyder about his eagerly (and/or nervously) anticipated adaptation of Alan Moore’s Watchmen. I’m almost as skeptical as anyone, but Snyder continues to say the right things: “I feel like the thing with Watchmen that’s really important is the way it deconstructs superhero mythology, and I think that cinema now (read…)

This is absolutely the last box office post I run for a while. I promise. Initial estimates had The Dark Knight clearing $157 million over the weekend. This figure was revised downward to $155.3 million on Sunday, apparently accompanied by griping from previous record holder Sony who claimed the numbers were still inflated. Well, the (read…)

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