Celebrating 17 Years of Film.Biz.Fans.

the Blogs

recent Posts

  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    In Theaters: 'Paranormal Activity 2,' 'Hereafter'

    It's a slow one this week, folks. While we've had some interesting releases in the past month like David Fincher's "The Social Network," we're going to be in for a bit of a dry period for prestige pics until Halloween passes. With "Jackass 3D" trampling all over the competition last week, another low-budget sequel looks to clean up at the box-office. "Paranormal Activity 2" opens wide, quickly following up last year's shoestring sleeper original, which grossed nearly $200-million worldwide. Also going wide is "Hereafter," the Clint Eastwood-directed drama that opened in limited release last week. The art-house is also on the slow side this week, with Fredrick Wiseman's documentary "Boxing Gym" leading the small pack.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Ashley Jensen, Sheridan Smith, Gemma Jones, Anna Chancellor & Felicity Jones Join 'Hysteria'

    AKA The Maggie Gyllenhaal Vibrator ComedyAshley Jensen ("Extras"), Sheridan Smith ("Grownups"), Gemma Jones ("You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger"), Anna Chancellor ("Pride And Prejudice") and Felicity Jones ("Cemetery Junction") have joined Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce and Rupert Everett in the upcoming period sex comedy "Hysteria."

    Read More »
  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
    0 comments

    Blame It on Rio: José Padilha's "Bus 174" & "Elite Squad"

    Who is José Padilha: clear-eyed chronicler of society’s forgotten souls, or misanthropic peddler of pummeling law-and-order fantasies? It’s a question implicit in the critical reactions to Elite Squad (2007), the Brazilian director’s fictional follow-up to his 2002 documentary debut, Bus 174. (He also made the television documentary Brazil’s Forgotten Cowboys in 2003, which is currently not available within the United States.) Both take as their subject the drugs-and-gangs plagued slums of Rio de Janeiro, specifically examining how a poisonous atmosphere of street-level brutality, crushing poverty, bureaucratic incompetence, and governmental inertia pushes individuals to acts of cruel violence. The difference lies in who the subjects are. Bus 174 sought to flesh out the emotional and social traumas that drove the perpetrator of the infamous 2000 bus hijacking in downtown Rio. Elite Squad, on the other hand, focuses on members of the Batalhão de Operações Policias Especiais (BOPE), a select division of the Rio de Janeiro police force known for its take-no-prisoners approach to urban crime.

    Read More »
    More: new issue
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Review: 'Paranormal Activity 2' Should Appeal To Those Looking For A Cheap Scare

    And That's About It"Paranormal Activity 2" director Tod Williams doesn't follow in the footsteps of horror greats John Carpenter, Dario Argento, or George Romero. Instead he takes his plays from the book of his predecessor in the series, Oren Peli. But even with the bar set so low, fake documentary "Paranormal Activity 2" feels more like a direct-to-DVD knockoff from The Asylum instead of a proper sequel to the indie hit.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Well, Of Course: Warner Bros. Wants A Sequel To 'Inception'

    Keep On Dreaming GuysAustralian site What's Playing -- who have been on the ground level of a few scoops of late, including the latest "Alien" prequel plot details -- are reporting that Warner Bros. are eager to make a sequel to "Inception." Well, that's kind of "No shit, really?" news but we're not betting anything on it ever happening.

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    Who is Jack Huston?

    Jack Huston is popping up all over. Who is this guy? Any relation to Angelica, Danny, John, or Walter? Well, it turns out, all of the above.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham & Kathy Burke Join 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy'

    75% Of British Actors Now Employed By Spy Thriller It's Friday, and Friday can only mean one thing: it's time for the now-weekly updates on the cast of Working Title's new adaptation of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," courtesy of Baz Bamigboye from the Daily Mail! Bamigboye's been on top of the comings and goings in the Tomas Alfredson-helmed spy project all year. While a number of actors, including Ralph Fiennes, Michael Fassbender and David Thewlis were linked to the project, but dropped out for a variety of reasons, almost all the other casting confirmations, which include Gary Oldman as lead George Smiley, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Jared Harris and Svetlana Khodchenko, have all come from the writer's Friday column in the United Kingdom's worst newspaper.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    'The Hobbit' Cast Is Announced, Martin Freeman Is Bilbo Baggins & More

    Ian McKellan & Andy Serkis Expected To Return; James Nesbitt, David Tennant, Stephen Fry, Saoirse Ronan & Bill Nighy Up For RolesWhile the whole issue of where the two forthcoming "The Hobbit" films will shoot is waiting to be resolved, the first round of casting has been announced.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Stephen Norrington No Longer Involved With 'The Crow,' Says Actor Is Demanding Rewrite

    And No, It's Not Mark WahlbergIt seemed like a pipe dream at best, so we're not too surprised to learn that despite an offer being made, Mark Wahlberg is probably not involved in the forthcoming Nick Cave-scribed "The Crow" remake. But another actor apparently is and he has enough pull to demand a rewrite, and in the process, the film has lost director Stephen Norrington.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Does A New Alleged Script Report Spoil Several Key Elements Of Ridley Scott's 'Alien' Prequel?

    Oh Yeah, There's Forced Gay Space Sex TooAccording to a report posted a month ago on the Australian website What's Playing, which was taken down, and then unearthed by a reader who sent a screenshot of the original story to Latino Review and other publications (got that?) the upcoming Ridley Scott-directed "Alien" prequel is going to feature some kind of kinky futuristic sex we may have not seen before on screen. At least not in this context.

    Read More »