I was almost going to make a joke about how long we have until this movie comes out but then I realized I was thinking of the 2,372 other films Marvel has coming out in the next 20 years or so.Read More
Despite the fact that it sounds totally made up, this is fantastic news that is real: Directorbro Judd Apatow is teaming up with Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Pee-wee Herman, to make "an untitled Pee-wee Herman feature," Variety reports. While Apatow doesn't plan on directing the film -- the director's chair is as yet unfilled -- his production company Apatow Productions will be backing the movie, which is to be written by Reubens and Paul Rust, who played one of the titlular Basterds in Inglourious Basterds and starred in I Love You Beth Cooper.Read More
Despite -- or maybe because of -- the almighty publicity blitz that has accompanied the movie since December, Kick-Ass has been garnering surprisingly good reviews, with a 76% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 67% score on Metacritic: Not stratospheric numbers, mind you, but a surprise to some who had been following Kick-Ass' progression.
But one influential reviewer is dragging down those numbers, and the film's backers have to be taking notice: Roger Ebert. Ebert himself acknowledges that he tends to give higher-star reviews than most critics -- or even himself in his "first 10 or 15 years on the job" -- which makes his 1-star takedown of Kick-Ass, which he calls "morally reprehensible," all the more devastating.Read More
After seeming to show so much promise in the nominations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has not followed through on its promise "to recognize and include some of the fantastic movies that often show up in the other Oscar categories, but have been squeezed out of the race for the top prize."
What this statement meant, when you strip out all the language designed not to offend, is this: to recognize and include genre movies, that is, science fiction, fantasy, action, and animation (yes, I know animation is a medium and not a genre, but Hollywood hasn't figured that out yet).
Much to my should-not-have-been-surprise, when the last award was announced, despite multiple nominations in more than ten categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, and both Screenplay awards, genre movies were snubbed in almost every award except the technical ones.Read More
2009 was a good year for geek movies. Of course, there were a few notable exceptions, but we are a culture that can occasionally embrace such duds as secret cinema gold, and usually forget the rest. Usually. Yesterday's announcement of the 82nd Academy Awards nominees shows that Hollywood has also noticed that Science Fiction, animation, and, um, Quentin Tarantino stepped up to the plate and slammed out quite a few home runs this year. This year's awards ceremony includes the 2nd animated nominee for best picture in history, the first Wallace and Gromit movie since 2005, and... Well, we'll be honest with you. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was nominated for an award. But its just Sound Mixing! Nobody even knows the difference between that and Sound Editing. The rest is much more exciting, we promise. Follow the jump for the things we are most excited about in this year's Academy Awards. Read More