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

the Blogs

recent Posts

  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    Clooney's Favorite Films Inspire Mini Movie Trailer Marathon: From President's Men to The Sting

    Happy Monday from George Clooney! He's shared his 100 favorite films (from 1964-1976, "the greatest era in filmmaking by far"). Among the collection (which he's gifted to friends for Christmas) are the following classics (it won't surprise you that Clooney has good taste): All The President's Men (also a favorite of Aaron Sorkin's), American Graffiti, Badlands, Bonnie & Clyde, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, Chinatown, A Clockwork Orange, Cool Hand Luke, Dog Day Afternoon, Easy Rider, The Exorcist, Godfather I & II, The Graduate, Harold and Maude, Jaws, Last Tango in Paris, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Midnight Cowboy, My Fair Lady, Network, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Rosemary's Baby, The Sting, Taxi Driver and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. If that list doesn't make you want to have a movie marathon, what possibly could? It also makes one wonder what happened to the art of the movie poster. We've put together a mini-marathon of their trailers below. You're welcome:

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    New Looks At Ben Kingsley & Jude Law In Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo'

    It has been a while since we've seen anything from Martin Scorsese's upcoming 3D family adventure "Hugo." Granted, the director has been busy executive producing "Boardwalk Empire," putting the finishing touches on the massive documentary "George Harrison: Living In The Material World" as well as editing Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret." However, the first trailer for the film was released in July and is now somewhat of a distant memory, but with the movie gearing up to land next month the marketing campaign is likely just moments away from starting in full swing.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    David Cronenberg Says 'A Dangerous Method' Is An "Intellectual Ménage à Trois"

    Still Hoping To Make 'Eastern Promises 2' With Viggo MortensenIt has been a very busy fall so far for David Cronenberg. His latest film "A Dangerous Method" has been traveling the globe, premiering at the end of August at the Venice Film Festival, going to Telluride and then TIFF last month for its North American debut and now, hitting the New York Film Festival. For a director whose filmography generally displays a tendency towards the freakier end of the spectrum, his new movie is bit straighter than we're used to from Cronenberg. Starring Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen and Keira Knightley, the film centers on the relationship between Carl Jung (Fassbender) and Russian-Jewish patient Sabina Spielrein (Knightley), which turns sexual, ultimately causing a rift between Jung and his mentor Sigmund Freud (Mortensen), but also catalyzing strong findings in regards to Jungian psychoanalysis.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    NYFF ’11 Review: ‘Corpo Celeste’ Is A Quietly Moving Coming-Of-Age Tale

    The subtle, affecting “Corpo Celeste” is the story of Marta (Yle Vianello), a 13-year-old Italian girl who has spent the last decade growing up in Switzerland. She returns to Calabria (an act that’s described in the press materials as a “return emigration”), in southern Italy, to be bombarded with family and thrust into the rites of Catholic confirmation. She doesn’t stumble across a conspiracy or gain a magic key that transports her to another dimension but you hang on her every move, action, and glance, just the same.

    Read More »
  • Leonard Maltin
    0 comments

    Return Engagement: “Doug Loves Movies”

    As often as not, these days, when someone stops me it’s to say how much they love playing “The Leonard Maltin Game” on Doug Benson’s popular podcast Doug Loves Movies. Doug was playing this challenging trivia game with a variety of fellow standup comics and movie-buff actor friends for several years before I caught onto it. I made my first appearance on the show and had such a good time I’ve been back twice. My most recent episode has just been launched online, and it’s free to download at iTunes or at www.douglovesmovies.com.

    Read More »
  • Spout
    0 comments

    Self-Help Doc "Finding Joe" Combines "You Can't Take It With You" and "What the #$*! Do We Know?!"

    I was looking over this year's top-grossing documentaries and was shocked to see that within the first five (non-IMAX) titles is "I Am," Tom Shadyac's crudely made first-person film of his spiritual rebirth. It occurred to me that this weekend's new release "Finding Joe" has enough in common with Shadac's sleeper hit to potentially be a long-tail success as well. "I Am" follows Shadyac, the guy who directed such comedies as "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," "The Nutty Professor" and "Bruce Almighty," in a quest for enlightenment following a cycling accident that left him near dead. He started getting rid of his material assets and sought a more fulfilling life by following his heart rather than his mind, or dollar signs. Mythologist Joseph Campbell might say he woke up and started following his bliss. That's exactly the message of "Finding Joe," a motivational commercial in the form of a documentary, which is based on Campbell's teachings.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    George Clooney’s Smoke House Partner Grant Heslov Says 'Our Brand Is Crisis' Is Likely Next

    Director For The Film Being SoughtWith “Ides of March” hitting theaters this Friday, writer/producer Grant Heslov is nearing the home stretch of a lengthy press tour that began in late August with its Venice Film Festival premiere. Directed by George Clooney, the political thriller is based on the play “Farragut North” by Beau Willimon, and follows the exploits of a twenty-something presidential campaign spinmeister/wunderkind named Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling) and the dirty pool he plays to get his candidate (Clooney) the nomination against a rival senator. Paul Giamatti , Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood round out the solid supporting cast of the starry project, and Heslov's next producing effort is not wanting in star power either.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up 'Hysteria,' The Vibrator Comedy You Can Watch With Your Mom

    If vibrator comedies become a popular new subgenre in the vein of "frat comedies" and "spoof comedies," perhaps we'll have to revert back to the classic comedy titles we have in our DVD collection while the trend passes.

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    Now and Then: The Transformation of Michael Bay to Sunday Hangover Auteur

    Now and Then: The Transformation of Michael Bay to Sunday Hangover Auteur

    Occasioned by the DVD release of Transformers: Dark of the Moon last week, and a few too many drinks Saturday night, Matt Brennan’s “Now and Then” column celebrates director Michael Bay, Sunday hangover auteur. Trailers below:

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    'Real Steel' Soundtrack Features New Tracks By 50 Cent & Timbaland; Tunes By Beastie Boys & More

    The rock 'em, sock 'em futuristic fighting robot movie "Real Steel" swings into theaters this weekend, and tomorrow the soundtrack will drop with some tunes to get you pumped for the pugilistic pic.

    Read More »