Ben Affleck to Direct Ken Grimwood’s Replay?

About five years ago my dad recommended I read a book called Replay, by Ken Grimwood. He said it was one of the best books he’d ever read and he gave me his semi-worn copy, published back in 1988. It sat on my bookshelf for the longest time until I wound up sick for a few days and needed some reading material. Here’s what I know: my dad was right, Replay is a fantastic novel. Granted, it’s a little dated, but the

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Trailer Tuesday: Second True Grit Preview Smells Like Oscar

Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and the Coen brothers are four names that would drive any cinema lover to the movies expecting great things. Okay, wait. I take that back. After Jonah Hex, I can’t quite put Josh Brolin in that context, but you get where I’m going – these names, when linked together, probably mean we’re going to get a picture that will be receiving Oscar nominations come January 2011. Honestly, after the first trailer for Joel and

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Movie Review: Hereafter (C)

I oftentimes find myself grossly swindled by movie trailers, but in the case of Clint Eastwood’s new “supernatural” thriller, Hereafter, the plodding, head-scratching trailer matched the contents of Dirty Harry’s movie to the letter. I read a review this morning opining that only Clint Eastwood could have directed such a lovely movie about life-after-death, but I wholeheartedly disagree on both points: This isn’t a movie about life-after-death (more on that later), and Clint Eastwood absolutely couldn’t be the only director

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Trailer Tuesday: Drive Angry 3D

Ugh, I can’t decide which has me more riled up – the actual contents of this trailer, Nicholas Cage’s craptastic and heavily hairplugged acting, or the fact this surefire box office bomb is suckling at the shriveled old 3D teat. Seriously! Will someone please set fire to every pair of 3D glasses and smack some sense into an obviously cash-strapped Nicholas Cage? I’d rather watch a weeklong marathon of The Nanny than have to sit through something as equally, if

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Movie Review: Red (B)

After seeing Red, the new action comedy based on the comic book series of the same name, I just have six words on the tip of my tongue: Helen Mirren is one hot grandma. I know people who are 65 years old, just like Mirren, who look like they’re already have one foot in their casket, whereas Mirren could don a bikini and turn heads at the beach. But let’s be honest, Helen Mirren isn’t just a pretty face and

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New Katniss Casting Rumors for The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games movie, still without a confirmed director (although Gary Ross was thought to be in negotiations), apparently has a finished, Suzanne Collins-penned screenplay. We know this because two actresses, Kaya Scodelario and Lyndsy Fonseca, have let it slip they’re in possession of The Hunger Games script. Scodelario tweeted the revelation and Fonseca exposed as much at the New York Comic Con. If this is true, and it seems to be legit, the folks in the casting department at

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Trailer Tuesday: Blue Valentine

Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams are easily two of the best actors working in Hollywood, so the pairing of the duo in Blue Valentine, a film more than a decade in the making and an entry at the Sundance Film Festival last January, seems at once natural and wonderful.These two exceptional performers were seemingly star-crossed to display their talents alongside each other. Gosling mesmerized me when I saw him in The Believer at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, three years

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Movie Show Podcast Online

In case you missed the movie show on Friday, October 8, 2010, you can listen to the podcast by following this link. We talked movie ratings, Let Me In, The Social Network, Life As We Know It and what’s coming soon to theaters and DVD. Give the show a listen and make sure to let us know if you think we’re full of crap in the comments section of this post. If you have topic ideas, we’d love to hear

Movie Review: Life As We Know It (C)

Life As We Know It isn’t an average, ho-hum movie by any fault of its lead actors, the lovely Katherine Heigl (Killers) and the dreamy Josh Duhamel (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), both of whom, while not close to Oscar-worthy, can succeed when blended with the right co-star. These two have great chemistry in Life As We Know It, but the movie barely grunts out a C grade because it’s schizophrenic.  Is it a romcom? A dramedy? A serious film?

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Happy Birthday to Me! Zach Snyder Directing Superman Reboot!

In case you haven’t heard, Christopher “King Midas” Nolan, the God behind Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Inception (not to mention Memento, Insomnia and The Prestige) has handpicked Zack Snyder, the wunderkind behind 2007’s awesome, 300, 2009’s not-so-awesome-but-worthy-effort, Watchmen, and the recently released Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, to direct the forthcoming reboot of the Superman franchise. Despite all the rumormongering now taking place, this makes me extremely pleased. One of my earliest memories of cinema-going as

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