Movie News 16/1

 

 

  • Ledger 2008’s biggest news story    “Australian actor Heath Ledger beat all-comers in a 2008 movie poll released on Thursday, sweeping the biggest news story, most missed star and best villain categories thanks to his posthumous hit film “The Dark Knight.” … But teen vampire movie “Twilight”, a favourite with young girls around the world, gave Ledger and “The Dark Knight” a run for the money.  “Twilight” beat “Sex and the City” as the best chick flick of 2008, while actor Robert Pattinson was voted breakout star of the year and Pattinson and his “Twilight” co-star Kristen Stewart won the best on-screen couple with 41 percent of votes.”

 

  • Five questions with Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, stars of ‘Marley and Me’    “The connection between Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson extends beyond the big screen, where they play husband and wife in “Marley & Me.” They serve each other Diet Cokes, finish each other’s sentences and laugh knowingly as the other tells stories. Sharing the set with 22 dogs (that’s how many play Marley in the movie) has a way of testing actors as it brings them closer, just as Marley does with the couple whom Aniston, 39, and Wilson, 40, play in the film.”

 

 

  • 2009 Movie Guide: Where the Wild Films Are    Includes info, images and trailers of Coraline, Watchmen, Monsters vs. Aliens, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Star Trek, Terminator Salvation, Land of the Lost, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Whiteout, Where the Wild Things Are, The Wolfman, Sherlock Holmes etc.

 

  • Cruise Nailed Over Hitler’s Ball    I can’t say I really understand this story.  How could Pritikin tell it was a replica of the globe he owned? Wouldn’t both globes hold some similarity because they would be from the same period and place?  Or was there something special about this globe, other than its belonging to Hitler?

 

  • Will Smith voted 2008’s top money-making movie star     “Actor Will Smith, star of “Hancock” and “Seven Pounds”, was voted the top money-making movie star of 2008, dethroning Johnny Depp in an annual poll released on Friday of movie theater owners and film buyers.”

 

  • No comparison between Benjamin Button book and movie     “If you’ve seen or read about The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the new Brad Pitt-Cate Blanchett film, you likely know it’s “based” on an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story about a man who ages in reverse — born old, he gets younger as the years go by.  Fitzgerald said he was inspired by a remark of Mark Twain’s to the effect that it was a pity the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end.  Having seen the movie and read the story, which Scribner has conveniently reprinted in a little movie tie-in paperback, I’d say there’s no comparison. As a book guy it pains me to admit it, but the movie is better. A lot better.”

 

 

  • Why everyone lies about their movie’s budget    “The problem that journalists have in reporting about movie budgets is that nearly everyone they ask about a movie’s budget tends to — how do I put this nicely — offer a whopper of an untruth. In other words, shock of all shocks, people in Hollywood lie. The studio chief who made the movie gives you a low-ball number. The head of a rival studio, eager to make a competitor look bad, gives you a wildly inflated number. Most journalists have reported that Baz Luhrmann’s recent film, “Australia,” cost $130 million. 20th Century Fox insists that it cost less, saying it received a hefty subsidy from the Australian government, knocking $30 or so million off that figure. But every rival studio chief I spoke to about the film said with great authority, as if they’d seen a host of internal Fox documents, that the film cost $170 or $180 or $200 million, just to throw out the three different figures I got from three different executives.”

 

  • Clint Eastwood shines up his ‘Gran Torino’     “I think the movie will surprise some people, the nuance of it,” Eastwood said as he sat back on a couch in his office. “If it was just a kick-ass movie, well, I wouldn’t want to do that. I’ve done those kinds of movies. These days, I would only do the movie if it had something to say. I didn’t want it to be Dirty Harry at 78.”

 

  • Drink from me and live forever – the art of the movie tagline    “Taglines are also proof that in the minds of Hollywood marketing executives, the IQ of the average moviegoer is about 63. Either that or the IQ of the average tagline writer is 63. How else to explain this sentence on the poster of the 1977 movie “Suspiria”: The only thing more terrifying than the last 12 minutes of this film are the first 92. Or this gem, from the 1982 action film “Silent Rage”: Science created him. Now Chuck Norris must destroy him. Other taglines seem painfully obvious (See “The Matrix Revolutions”) or intentionally cryptic. I’m still trying to figure out what this tagline means, from the 1998 film “Urban Legends”: It happened to someone who knows someone you know … you’re next.”

 

  • Iconic Movie Dresses     Includes Cate Blanchett’s red dress in Benjamin Button and Keira Knightley’s green dress in Atonement.
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~ by vanityandpride on January 17, 2009.

2 Responses to “Movie News 16/1”

  1. Coraline looks pretty good; it’s amazing how many big name actors they get for these animated flicks

  2. Yeah, I agree. Just from that picture the animation looks really pretty.

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