Celebrating 17 Years of Film.Biz.Fans.

the Blogs

recent Posts

  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Sundance '11 Review: Kevin Smith's 'Red State' An Ambitious, Greatly Flawed Stab At Horror

    From our reviews correspondent over at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, James Rocchi.

    Read More »
  • Caryn James
    0 comments

    TV: Skins Returns, Resembling The Little Fockers

    Since MTV’s Skins premiered last week, the show about sex-drug-and-alcohol-fueled teens has hit the headlines in a snowball of outlandish responses, beginning with an inflammatory front-page story in the New York Times. According to the story, unnamed MTV executives suddenly worried that the show might violate child pornography laws, which say children cannot be shown in sexually explicit or suggestive situations. And (whoops!) MTV had already made a big deal of the fact that its actors are actual teenagers. Since then, several advertisers dropped out of the series, including Taco Bell, GM and Wrigley. (Even though the first show had a substantial audience for MTV, over 3 million viewers.)

    Read More »
    More: TV Reviews
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    Production Watch: Olsen's Red Lights, Cheadle in War Machine, Petunia Shoots in NYC

    - Get her while she's hot. Sundance It-Girl (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Silent House) Elizabeth Olsen just joined Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy in Red Lights, from director Rodrigo Cortes (Buried). The non-twin Olsen sister tells Risky Business she found the thriller after reading "script after script after script." She will play Weaver's student: “Robert plays a world renowned psychic and Sigourney is a psychology professor…Cillian Murphy is my love interest, though that’s not a huge part of the story.” Olsen will take a break from NYU -- "my education is always a priority" -- to shoot Red Lights. The Psych major "find[s] mental illnesses fascinating."

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Sundance '11: IFC Goes On 'The Ledge'; Sundance Selects Gets 'Buck'; Fox Searchlight Does 'Homework'

    Yep, more acquistions and if these stories seem dry as toast, bear in mind, these are the films that have risen to the top of the Sundance heap and will be trying to take that buzz beyond Park City.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Sundance '11: Isiah Whitlock Jr From 'The Wire' Does His Best Omar Impression In 'Cedar Rapids' Clip

    "Cedar Rapids" opens in a couple of weeks, but Fox Searchlight is feeling pretty good about the film, and not without reason. The first trailer for the film was a winner and with a cast featuring Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Sen. R. Clayton ‘Clay’ Davis from “The Wire”) Sigourney Weaver, Alia Shawkat, Rob Corddry, Stephen Root and more, you'd have to fuck up pretty hard to mess it up. So no surprise that the studio has taken the film to Sundance to get some good buzz building in advance of its release, and have also given MTV an exclusive, and pretty amusing, clip.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Sundance '11 Review: 'I Saw The Devil' Is Ugly, Gratuitous, Sad, Brutal, Complex, And Terrific

    Revenge flicks are generally easy for audiences to get behind -- show a person devastatingly wronged and we're down to see him get some payback. The directors, just like us, don't necessarily take a deep look into the utter meaninglessness of violent retribution, that is aside from some thrown around lines like "It won't bring her back, Michael!" Instead, we're all more interested in the thrill. There's been a few pictures to examine its fruitlessness, (Jeff Nichols's "Shotgun Stories" comes to mind) but leave it to Ji-Woon Kim, the Korean director who somehow is responsible for one of the best Westerns in the last decade (TIFF 2008 hit, "The Good, the Bad, the Weird"), to really critique the genre and give it some depth with the hearty punch to the face titled "I Saw The Devil."

    Read More »
  • The Lost Boys
    0 comments

    Video: Kevin Smith Introduces "Red State" At Sundance

    Video of what happened after the movie coming soon.

    Read More »
  • Leonard Maltin
    0 comments

    German Film History Uncovered

    A beautiful poster for Das alte Gesetz (The Old Law), from 1923, a seeming precursor to The Jazz Singer about a rabbi’s son who becomes a successful stage actor.

    Read More »
    More: Journal
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Duncan Jones Admits He Was Intimidated By 'Superman' Scale; Backed Out Of Talks On His Own

    'Moon' Director Also Talks Turning Down 'Dredd'What would you rather have: a filmmaker who's aware of his experience and limitations, but doesn't want to take a risk? Or a director who seizes an opportunity despite what might be a lack of skill-set self-awareness? Is the former just a move by a wise and mature filmmaker? Is the latter simply having self-confidence? Both obviously have their drawbacks, but self-awareness is an unusually new and cognizant level of consideration that sometimes doesn't register in careerist Hollywood.

    Read More »
  • Women and Hollywood
    0 comments

    Sundance is Here and The World Discovers Women Can Direct

    It feels like "Groundhog Day." The most visible film festival in the US and one that showcases independent films and SURPRISE there are women making great films around town. It's not news that there is a disparity between the movies released around the country on a weekly basis and the films that appear at film festivals, including Sundance. The local multiplexes are dominated by big action thrillers, sequels, romantic comedies, animated fare, 3-D extravaganzas - you get the drift. They try and target these to the widest audience to make the most bang for the buck before the next film comes along to take over.

    Read More »