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

the Blogs

recent Posts

  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    First Look: Tom Hardy In 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'

    Sorry, ladies. For those of you hoping for some suave Eames-esque pics of English heartthrob Tom Hardy, you may want to look elsewhere. Some new set photos have arrived for the highly anticipated (at least by us) "Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy" and Hardy has gone blond (or at least is wearing a pretty convincing wig) is sporting a very period specific hairdo. No slick hair and well cut suits here.

    Read More »
  • Spout
    0 comments

    Video: "Never Let Them Go: 2010 and the Movies"

    Last week I shared a great video montage called "Filmography 2010," which spliced together 270 of this year's films and in doing so found some trends and parallels among them. It was a nice glance and analysis in retrospect from someone who obviously appreciates cinema in all its forms. Since then I've seen a number of other videos that tried to do the same and missed the point. These are mostly random compilations of quickly cut shots set to cool music, and they represent a certain kind of movie watcher, the gorging consumer. And the videos are like a visual diarrhea that's been passed through those consumers.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Watch: Ryan Gosling Contemplates Love At First Sight In Clip From 'Blue Valentine'

    With a newly stamped R-rating, and a fresh release date bump, excitement is building for the Derek Cianfrance drama "Blue Valentine."

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Sony To Remake Austrian-German Thriller 'The Robber'

    Sony is falling in love with foreign language thrillers. With David Fincher in the midst of the English language version of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," Sony has their eyes on another acclaimed property that they hope to turn into a success on this side of the ocean.

    Read More »
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Exclusive: Damon Herriman Joins Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar'

    As production continues to gear up for a shoot early in the New Year, the cast of Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" continues to grow with yet another intriguing addition.

    Read More »
  • Caryn James
    0 comments

    Best on TV: Francois Ozon for Christmas

    It isn’t exactly Christmas-themed, but there is fake snow in Angel, Francois Ozon’s little-known 2007 film, with Romola Garai as a working-class girl named Angel Deverell who becomes a best-selling author. A rare film by Ozon in English, it is as stylized and theatrical as his Eight Women, and indulges its soap opera elements with a knowing wink. Angel rises from an ambitious young woman determined not to be a shopkeeper like her Mum, to become rich, famous and petulantly self-absorbed. She also displays some tough-minded Scarlett O’Hara elements, complete with a red dress and an embarrassing party scene. Michael Fassbender plays Angel’s misbegotten lover, a true artist, and Sam Neill is her loyal publisher. Based on Elizabeth Taylor’s novel, Angel has just been reissued on DVD and will also be shown on Sundance Channel on Christmas night at 9. It’s a colorful way to put your feet up and escape into a beautifully over-the-top world.

    Read More »
    More: Best on TV
  • Caryn James
    0 comments

    Christmas Oddity # 2 : Mr. Magoo Sings Dickens on Broadway

    Don’t scoff at Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol before you hear the conceit of this 1962 animated feature: Magoo is starring on Broadway in a musical version of Dickens’ classic. Three minutes in, the Magoo character vanishes into his portrayal of Scrooge, and you might as well be watching a first-rate Broadway show. There are memorable songs by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill (Funny Girl and other hit shows). And the story, which stays pretty true to Dickens – all the ghosts are there -- is funny and affecting. Magoo plays Scrooge straight, and turns out to be one of the better versions around. The film has its kitschy elements, but what Broadway musical doesn’t? It’s also as cheerful and heart-warming as Christmas is meant to be.

    Read More »
    More: Web Video
  • The Playlist
    0 comments

    Jack Black Says Muppet Cameo Will Be Meta; Jason Segel Trying To Land Lady Gaga, Says No 3D

    Disney’s new Muppet movie -- now called “The Muppet Movie” -- has had more actors attached to it than the Academy Awards. On the surface the plot is classic Hollywood but according to a recent interview with Jack Black, there’s an interesting kick to it. No, we're not talking about an “Inception” type kick, although we would like readers to pause for a moment and contemplate that story arc. Instead, Black will play someone very close and familiar.

    Read More »
  • Caryn James
    0 comments

    Christmas Oddity # 1: Creepy Santa in "Rare Exports"

    Like many of you I’ll be taking a break over the holiday weekend, but I leave you with a few off-beat recommendations to come back to, no matter what your mood: pre-ghost Scrooge, post-ghost Scrooge, or ready to escape into another world. First: Creepy Santa. Cheers!

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    Holiday Box Office Preview: True Grit vs. Little Fockers

    Every year the studios dream of scooping up Christmas holiday sugar plums. Will they find them this season? Anthony D'Alessandro makes a fearless holiday box office forecast:What present do the majors want to open under the Christmas tree? A box office full of cash. "There’s no better time of year for adult moviegoing then the week between Christmas and New Year’s,” says Paramount distribution exec vp Don Harris. “Good movies play well to everybody. The play’s the thing.”

    Read More »