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October 2010

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The Town, Social Network, Hereafter Still Box Office Strong

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Hereafter increased its theater count over the weekend and that drove it to the fifth spot this weekend.¬† The Social Network still shows a low drop-off, as does The Town, which continues its march towards $100 mil. I’m still wondering whether The Town has the stuff to make the top ten. It doesn’t seem to be going away. Going for it: Actor-turned-director makes good on promise, large ensemble cast of…

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Photorealistic Tintin details revealed

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Empire has been gradually teasing a dozen close-up details of Steven Spielberg’s and Peter Jackson’s Tintin, and our first glimpse of the photo-realistic animation style looks impressive. Slashfilm has assembled the tiles onto an overlay of the iconic pose of intrepid Tintin and his loyal fox terrier Snowy, and I believe we might get to see the full frame filled in tomorrow, November 1. We’ll be sure to keep an…

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Director George Hickenlooper Found Dead at 47

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A shocking bit of news today. Director George Hickenlooper, whose Casino Jack starring Kevin Spacey was opening this year, has died from what appear to be natural causes. Hickenlooper was found dead this morning. A regular commenter at Jeff Wells’ Hollywood-Elsewhere, many of us felt that we “knew” him. He is best known for his great documentary, Hearts of Darkness about the making of Apocalypse Now. He also directed Factory…

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Special Halloween Version of the Moviegasm Podcast

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We decided to stop talking about films that haven’t opened and talk instead about the films we consider to be the great horror films. We also give recommendations for Halloween horror viewing, although other than Ryan’s shout-outs, our are fairly conventional. It would be considered rated-R for language. Happy Halloween everyone. [display_podcast]

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13 Scariest Horror Soundtracks

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The mid-’70′s through the mid-’80′s saw scores for horror films reach a pinnacle of brilliantly chilling extravagance Sasha and I have chosen 12 composers who gave us goosebumps in 13 films. Which frightening music of the night have we forgotten? Psycho (1960) — Bernard Herrmann Jaws (1975) — John Williams Halloween (1978) — John Carpenter The Exorcist (1973) — Steve Boeddeker & Mike Oldfield (Tubular Bells) The Shining (1980) —…

EW: 127 Hours, the “delirium of enlightenment”

EW: 127 Hours, the “delirium of enlightenment”

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Of 127 Hours, Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman says, “the darker it gets, the more enthralling it becomes.” 127 Hours is as gripping a tale of stranded ingenuity as Cast Away, as Aron works to save himself by adjusting to his new reality… And he keeps himself chipper by rambling a diary of his experience into a camcorder. His words amount to a ruefully snarky monologue of fate from a member…

BFCA Scores: Made in Dagenham, Love & Other Drugs

BFCA Scores: Made in Dagenham, Love & Other Drugs

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Once again, I’m breaking down by¬†category¬†the Broadcast Film Critics scores. Last year’s cutoff for Best Picture was 85. Neither Made in Dagenham nor Love and Other Drugs has managed to start out with anything better than a 3-star rating, but it’s early yet. Sitting on a miserable 61 and 59, respectively, Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls and Kevin Spacey’s Casino Jack appear to have crapped out. Best Picture Candidates Toy…

Martin Scorsese’s Top Eleven Horror Films of All Time

Martin Scorsese’s Top Eleven Horror Films of All Time

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This is an old Daily Beast story as a reader kindly reminds me. THE best Halloween post on the net. Martin Scorsese’s top ten horror films, in case you’re looking for something spooky to watch. As usual, Martin Scorsese shows us all how it’s done. 1. The Haunting 2. Isle of the Dead 3. The Uninvited 4. The Entity 5. Dead of Night 6. The Changeling 7. The Shining (“You…

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Rabbit Hole Belongs to Kidman

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ICS’ Erik Anderson reviews Rabbit Hole: Eckhart does very good work, running the gamut¬†from subtle to (sometimes a bit too) explosive. Wiest is gentle here, offering sage advice in the face of her daughter‚Äôs nastiness. I was reminded of her character in Edward Scissorhands, a bit hopeful, a bit na√Øve but always with good intentions. The film really belongs to Kidman though, as she is so fearless in this role….

Todd McCarthy on the Year’s Best Films, Social Network and Carlos

Todd McCarthy on the Year’s Best Films, Social Network and Carlos

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Todd McCarthy has delved into two of what he considers the year’s best films. He goes deeply into Carlos and The Social Network and then tosses in the others he thinks fit the bill, which should give us a loose idea of what top ten lists might start shaping up to look like: Assayas, like Fincher, obsessively tracked down virtually everything it was possible to learn about his subject. But…