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The Business: ‘The Academy’s New President; Making Great TV…and a Successful Marriage’

August 31st, 2009 No comments

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The Business from KCRW: “The producers of the hit show Ghost Whisperer on making great TV…and a successful marriage.  Plus, we talk to the newly-elected president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.”

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FLOP POP FIZZLE, The Obligatory Weekend B.O. Report: ‘Final Destination’ Finishes Off The Competition

August 30th, 2009 No comments

BOX_OFFICE_8_31It was a fight to the finish between the two competing horror movies at the box office this weekend. The Final Destination, which was smartly marketed with the tagline, “Death Saved The Best for 3D”, beat out Halloween II and easily slashed its way through the rest of the competition, Read more…

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VULTURE DROPPINGS OF THE WEEK: The ‘Halloween’ Series

August 28th, 2009 No comments

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Its Friday! Which means it’s time once again for the weekly video round-up of my favorite pop culture atrocities, misfires and entertaining trainwrecks. This week’s theme: The Halloween Series!

Rob Zombie‘s reboot sequel is hitting theaters today, so I thought I’d take a look back to the original series. In 1978, John Carpenter wrote (along with Debra Hill), directed and composed the music for Halloween, starring a then-unknown Jamie Lee Curtis. According to IMDb, it was shot in 21 days on a teeny budget of $300,000 (cheap even for that time). When Halloween opened on October 25, 1978, Read more…

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THE WEEKEND MARQUEE: ‘Inglourious’ Horror Flicks

August 28th, 2009 No comments

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The Weinstein Company may be celebrating for the second week in a row now that Halloween II is invading theaters. Last weekend, Bob and Harvey Weinstein scored big with Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds and they’re hoping that Rob Zombie‘s second stab at the Michael Myers reboot will take them to the top of the box office again. It could happen– but that’s if it can Read more…

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New PETA Short Featuring Jiminy Glick (Martin Short) And Ronald McDonald (Andy Dick)

August 28th, 2009 No comments

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Robin Williams Is Back And Raunchier Than Ever

August 28th, 2009 No comments

On Jimmy Kimmel‘s late night chatfest, Robin Williams proved that not even heart surgery can slow him down.

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Shelley Duvall: The Update You Didn’t Want

August 27th, 2009 35 comments

shellyEver since she retired from acting 1992, I often wondered what happened to Shelley Duvall. She added so much quirk and rich dimensions to many classic films of the 1970s and 1980s, including Robert Altman‘s Nashville, Popeye and 3 Women; Woody Allen‘s Annie Hall; and Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining, among others. She also produced and hosted one of my favorite shows growing up, Showtime’s Faerie Tale Theatre, which ran from 1982 to 1987. After that she Read more…

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‘Heathers’: Coming Soon To A TV Near You

August 27th, 2009 No comments

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It appears that Winona Ryder‘s dream of a Heathers sequel has gone up in smoke. According to Variety, Gary Lucchesi, president of Lakeshore Entertainment–the company that owns the rights to the 1989 cult favorite, has made a deal to turn it into a TV series. He said, Read more…

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Lauren Bacall Blasts ‘Twilight’: Tells Granddaughter To, “Watch ‘Nosferatu’ Instead”

August 26th, 2009 No comments

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At the ripe age of 84, screen legend Lauren Bacall has still got her wits about her. Not only has she managed to stay hip by appearing in provocative indie films like Dogville, but she has also been quite outspoken with her opinions on the current state of Hollywood.  Earlier this week, she told AP reporters: Read more…

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Mad About ‘Mad Men’

August 25th, 2009 No comments

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We see a series of Quentin Tarantino-esque close ups of milk being poured into a pan. The stove is turned on and there’s a sizzle as the milk starts to heat up. Watching over the stove with a cigarette in  his mouth, Don Draper drifts off into LaLa land. As his mother’s death flashes before his eyes, the milk starts to burn and he’s jolted back to reality. He then joins his pregnant wife, who is lying awake in bed, unable to fall asleep, and asks him, Read more…

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