Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Celebrating 17 Years of Film.Biz.Fans.

the Blogs

recent Posts

  • Leonard Maltin
    0 comments

    movie review: Bad Teacher

    I’ve always liked Cameron Diaz, who brings a spark to every part she plays, but she’s only as good as her material, and Bad Teacher is bad news for her and her fans. I was wary going in, as I tend to be whenever a Hollywood movie announces through its advertising how “outrageous” it’s going to be. The only outrageous thing about Bad Teacher is that director Jake Kasdan and two writers who earned an Emmy nomination for television’s The Office (Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg) could turn out such an obvious, heavy-handed, unfunny comedy.

    Read More »
  • Leonard Maltin
    0 comments

    movie review: A Better Life

    A Better Life has more to offer than good intentions: it’s sincere and credible, which is more than I can say about an awful lot of movies. Yet something about it kept me at arm’s length: I felt the filmmakers’ presence instead of losing myself in the story. Is that because, like director Chris Weitz, I am not part of the world he’s depicting but an outsider looking in? Or is it because the trajectory of this melancholy film is so predictable?

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    New Look At Gary Oldman In 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'

    Will this be the year the Academy finally gives Gary Oldman his due? It seems that those anticipating Tomas Alfredson's "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" think that this could be the film that finally sees the actor holding the Oscar gold. And even if it isn't, with a fantastic cast in place and some great source material to work with, this promises to be one of the highlights of the fall movie season.

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    Ten-Year-Old Cult Classic Wet Hot American Summer May See Sequel

    On the endless list of sequels in the works you can add cult DVD fave Wet Hot American Summer, director and co-writer David Wain told Jeff Goldsmith. A decade after the film’s release, Wain says: “the prequel would be the same summer… so it would be 40 year olds playing 16 year olds. And yeah, we’re in the early stages of thinking about that.”

    Read More »
  • Shadow and Act
    0 comments

    American Black Film Festival 2011 Preview - "Shanghai Hotel"

    The Shanghai Hotel will make it's world premiere at the American Black Film Festival (July 6-9) this year. The film, directed by Jerry Allen Davis, deals with the issue of trafficking women as sex slaves.

    Read More »
  • The Lost Boys
    0 comments

    Jesus, Pixar

    Don't let this happen again:

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    'Fright Night' Gets Comic-Con Screening One Month Before It Hits Theaters

    With Marvel officially confirming they won't be attending the San Diego Comic-Con this year, much of the conversation around this year's event -- which will also see Disney and Warner Bros. skip out -- is just how important placating the geeks is to a film's overall box office. There are arguments on both sides, and we'll leave that for another day, but one thing is clear: if a studio believes they have a winner on their hands, they will court the Comic-Con crowd to help get the word out.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    L.A. Film Fest Review: 'The Destiny Of Lesser Animals' Is A Study In Identity

    The Filmmakers Also Talk Bringing The Production To Ghana In “The Destiny of Lesser Animals” director Deron Albright and writer/lead actor Yao B. Nunoo paint an unhappy picture of life on the coast of West African nation Ghana. Boniface Koomsin (Nunoo) is a police inspector in the Cape Coast region, but is trying his best to break free and return to the bright lights, big city of New York, where he spent time as a young man. But following his deportation back to Ghana after 9/11, he finds it much harder to return to the States and desperate, saves his paychecks for a counterfeit U.S. Passport that, no sooner does it finally reach his hands, is stolen.

    Read More »
    More: Review
  • Hope for Film
    0 comments

    Guest Post: Jennifer Fox “PART 4: How MY REINCARNATION Broke All Kickstarter Records”

    Two weeks ago Jennifer Fox shared with us some of the lessons she learned crowdfunding (1st six here, next 14 here, next 9 here).

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Interview: 'Bad Teacher' Director Jake Kasdan Says People Want To See Cameron Diaz Be Bad

    Jake Kasdan -- the son of filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan -- has stepped into his own right as a director, and is a perennially underrated Hollywood player, easily drifting between big budget Hollywood fare like the underrated teen comedy "Orange County," smaller, darker stuff like the satirical "The TV Set" and his debut feature, the whip-smart detective film "Zero Effect." He has also worked frequently with comedy giant Judd Apatow, most notably on the beloved cult shows "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared," and of course, he directed the outrageous musical comedy "Walk Hard."

    Read More »