Tuesday, July 19, 2005

The Official Devil's Rejects Site now has 17 clips from the film.


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Frozen water in a Martian Crater


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Woodward and Bernstein, fresh from their reunion tour discuss cover-ups and political machinations with Jon Stewart.


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The Daily Show's Samantha Bee outlines our nation's sophisticated network of operatives modeled after a sorority house


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The Daily Show - more Rovemania.


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More top-notch reportage from Weekly World News: "TEXAS -- the state that executes more killers than any other -- has decided to save money by using other prisoners to gas murderers to death with their farts."


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Letterman's Top Ten Slogans For The New Gay Soda ... "Buy it in the bottle, get it in the can"


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The Weekend Warrior's box office predictions for the week.
  • The top 12 did $147.4m in 2003, and $138.9 in 2004. The general trend has been about 5% above 2003 (2004 was crazy and unpredictable, and useless for modeling), so a reasonable expectation for the Top 12 would be $154-$155, which is consistent with last week's $155.6. Weekend Warrior is calling for $141.2 million for the top 10, which would be about $146 for the Top 12, which seems about ten million light to me.
  • His forecasts for the carry-overs are all reasonable, so my guess is that he may be about $10 million low on the new releases.
  • There are essentially five new releases this week. The Island and Bad New Bears will be debuting on about 3000 screens each. The new Rob Zombie flick will be on about 1500 screens. Hustle and Flow will clear 1000, and that Penguin thing will expand to 500 and hit many markets for the first time.
  • I would guess that the penguin thing will make the Top 10. It was #12 last week, and will be in four times as many theaters. Word of mouth is not just good, but downright gushing!


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This week's movies (expanding to 500 screens): March of the Penguins - 93% good reviews. And not just good reviews, but GREAT reviews. Who would have guessed that a Penguin documentary would be a kick-ass movie which has been filling theaters in limited release.


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This week's movies: The Bad News Bears - 60% good reviews. While conceding that this is a bad idea, I have to admit that the previews were pretty funny, as Billy Bob essentially plays Bad Santa again.


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This week's movies: The Devil's Rejects - 82% positive reviews. None of the major reviewers has weighed in yet, but this quote probably tells you all you need to know: "In the genre of low-budget hillbilly slasher movies, it's a masterpiece."


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This week's movies: The Island - 80% good reviews. I'm certainly shocked to see 80% positive reviews for a big, noisy Michael Bay movie. That number will undoubtedly decrease, but it still seems to be an indicator that the movie is OK.


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This week's movies Hustle & Flow - 87% good reviews. Looks to me like one of those terrific movies which will have to struggle for box office.


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FilmJerk's invaluable Early Report for July 19


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Dave Barry's nominee as headline of the day: "Homo up for new challenge"
  • I know that strange last names are not really that funny, especially to the owners, but I'm sure glad I didn't have to go through school with that one.


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The trailer for Two for the Money
  • Two For the Money is a drama of high stakes set in the adrenalized world of wheeler-dealers whose fortunes are won and lost betting on sports. Matthew McConaughey stars as Brandon Lane, a former college football star whose uncanny ability to predict the outcome of a game introduces him to an unexpected new career when his gridiron glory is sidelined by a crushing injury. Brandon's talent makes him a prime candidate for recruitment by Walter Abraham (Al Pacino), the head of one of the biggest sports consulting operations in the country. Walter hires the small town ex-athlete and grooms him into a shrewd front man. Brandon soon begins to enjoy his status as a Manhattan golden boy and finds himself growing comfortable with Walter's high-rolling lifestyle. The surrogate father/surrogate son relationship fattens Walter's business and personal accounts...until Brandon's golden touch begins to falter at the same time that Walter's manipulation of his protege crosses the line. With millions of dollars on the line, Brandon and Walter engage in a deadly game of con versus con, each one trying to maintain the upper hand while everyone in their world, including Walter's wife, Toni (Rene Russo), are drawn into the escalating duel-where ultimately everything isn't what it appears to be."


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The first trailer for An Unfinished Life , the new film from Lasse Hallstrom, starring Redford, Morgan Freeman, and ... (wait for it) ... J-Lo.
  • "Set against the rugged ranchlands of Wyoming, 'An Unfinished Life' is the story of a modern-day Western family, as stoic as they are divided, learning the true meaning of forgiveness. Robert Redford stars as Einar Gilkyson, a tough-skinned, retired rancher who long ago turned his back on memories. Still in shock from his only son's death a decade ago, Einar has let his ranch fall into ruin along with his marriage. Now, Einar spends his days caring only for his hired hand, and last trusted friend, Mitch (Morgan Freeman), who was gravely injured in an encounter with a grizzly bear. Einar intends to live out his days in this heartbroken solitude... until the very person he blames for his son's accident comes to town: his daughter-in-law Jean (Jennifer Lopez). Jean shows up broke, on the run and with a girl name Griff (Becca Gardner), who she swears is the granddaughter Einar never knew he had. Suddenly, Einar's quiet life is turned upside down as anger and accusations resurface. But slowly, miraculously, 11 year-old Griff's curiosity about Western life, and her longing for family and a father figure, begin to chip away at the stone that has become Einar's heart - opening up the way for unexpected connection, adventure, mercy and true reunion"


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"I took an eighty-year-old taxidermied monkey, set it on fire in the pool and filmed it from beneath with an underwater camera. 'It was beautiful."


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Oh joy of joy. Oh dream of dreams. The Smurfs will be featured in a 3-D CGI animation film. Very illuminating article. I didn't know that the Smurfs are Belgian! Has anyone ever seen them eating waffles?


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An entire blog dedicated entirely to mocking and debunking Morgan Spurlock. Morgan Spurlock Watch.
  • I'm not sure whether I mentioned this before, but just in case you aren't already aware of it, Suoper Size Me is basically bunk. Oh, yeah, it's true, but meaningless, and draws the wrong conclusions. If you repeat Spurlock's experiment in every detail, but drink diet soft drinks instead, you will actually lose weight, as several journalists have already noted. What Super Size Me actually proves is this: no matter what you eat, even if you live off celery and vitamin pills, you will gain weight if you simply drink enough soft drinks to make your calorie intake greater than your calorie burn. If you take the apple and tuna fish diet that Christian Bale used to lose 60+ pounds for The Machinist, and add a dozen 16 oz bottles of Pepsi per day, you will actually gain weight.


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Borowitz: ROVE BLOWS SURPRISE PARTY FOR FIRST LADY ... President "Hopping Mad" Over Advisor's Latest Leak


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Pamela Anderson is reportedly set to wed Tommy Lee for the third time. They have reportedly told friends the wedding would happen "this week."


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Buffy wants to show her breasts. No problem for me. She can even come down to the house and show 'em to me personally, if that will make her happy. Anything to please.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm never against any celebrity showing thier rack (except maybe Kirstie Alley in her current condition and Rosanne Barr anytime ewww...)

Anyway this is someything SMG should have done back like in the 1st-2nd season of Buffy.

She was damn hot back then, now her career consists of doing crappy Japanese horror movie remakes and those two stupid Scooby Doo films and now she wants to "shock" people so they take her as a serious actress give me a break.

A case of too little, too late. And for that matter what's she gonna show, it's not like she is packing up top like she used to, Selma Blair gives her a run for her money these days, and that's the sad realism of all of it.

Call me when she starts doing Lesbian porn the scene in Cruel Intentions worth watching and she showed a penchant for it, so why not?

 

Coming Soon! reports from Comic-Con International 2005


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Borowitz: NEW HARRY POTTER BOOK DESTROYS AN ENTIRE RAINFOREST ... 650 pages, tens of million of copies. You do the math.


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