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Dreamworks Exposé Reveals Steven Spielberg’s Bizarre Work Habits; Rep Denies Book’s Accuracy

March 31st, 2010 No comments

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Eccentricity can often be a characteristic of highly ambitious creative people and Steven Spielberg, the celebrated filmmaker of movies like E.T. and Jurassic Park, is no stranger to having his private side revealed publicly; usually in the form of a tell all book. Peter Biskind certainly didn’t spare any punches in his 1999 book Easy Riders, Raging Bulls when he described him in the opening chapter, writing: Read more…

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Screenwriter Apologizes For ‘Battlefield Earth’

March 30th, 2010 No comments

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J.D. Shapiro has written many screenplays throughout his career in Hollywood, including the 1993 Mel Brooks‘ comedy Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He also happens to be the screenwriter who penned the 2000 John Travolta starring mega bomb, Battlefield Earth, which recently won the Razzie Award for the “Worst Film of the Decade.” In addition to accepting the award in person, he recently wrote an open letter Read more…

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FLOP POP FIZZLE, The Obligatory Weekend B.O. Report: ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ & ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ Disappoint With Less Than Expected Openings

March 30th, 2010 No comments

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How to Train Your Dragon took over as the reigning 3-D champ, taking in $43.5M. It was enough to easily take the number one spot, although its earnings were chump change compared Alice in Wonderland, which  took in over $116M in its debut weekend. When the less than projected opening caused shares of Dreamworks SKG to drop, Jeffries & Co. analyst Brian Shipman sent a note to worried investors to reassure them that there was still hope that the movie Read more…

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VULTURE DROPPINGS OF THE WEEK: Spring Break Movies

March 29th, 2010 No comments

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The recent box office success of Valentine’s Day means there will be plenty more holiday themed new releases where that came from. A sequel is already in the works titled New Years that will also be directed by Garry Marshall and feature some of the same characters. Hollywood loves to exploit the holidays for a good reason. After all, most of these movies don’t require a genius to come up with a screenplay. It’s as simple as adding seasonal decorations to a few hackneyed sitcom scenes. The resulting movie will at least  fool some pour souls to let go of some of their hard earned money for the sake of holiday Read more…

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THE WEEKEND MARQUEE: ‘Dragon’ Competing With ‘Alice’ In A Crowded Post ‘Avatar’ 3-D Landscape; ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ Hopes To Score With Nostalgic Gen X-ers; ‘Chloe’ = An Erotic Dud

March 27th, 2010 No comments

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Dreamworks’ kids pic How To Train Your Dragon is the latest movie to stake a claim for 3-D box office that has been dominated by Avatar and more recently, Alice in Wonderland. If there was any Hollywood executive who saw the 3-D revolution revolution coming, it was Dreamworks Animation Chief Jeffrey Katzenberg. As early as 2007 Read more…

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BLIND ITEMS: Kim Cattrall Dishes About Cyrus’s ‘Sex’ Cameo, Chloë Sevigny Blasts ‘Big Love’, Demi Moore Thinks ‘G.I. Jane’ Is Underrated, Katherine Heigl Apologizes For Blaming Writers For Emmy Snub

March 26th, 2010 No comments

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Just like the episode of Sex and the City where Samantha finds herself driven to the edge when she has to cater to the PR needs of a rich 16 year old socialite, Kim Cattrall found herself envious of teen pop star Miley Cyrus on the set of Sex and the City 2. Cyrus apparently Read more…

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New Trailer For ‘Predators’

March 25th, 2010 No comments

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The Blockbuster Won’t Die: James Cameron And His Plans To Keep ‘Avatar’ Relevant, As Well As Calm The 3-D Craze

March 25th, 2010 No comments

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Tim Burton‘s 3-D epic, Alice In Wonderland, is in its third week of box office glory, much to James Cameron‘s chagrin. The writer/director was enjoying a monopoly in Imax theaters and on 3-D screens across the country before Alice waltzed into town. With the help of the higher 3-D ticket prices, Avatar enjoyed multiple weeks at the top of the box office and became the highest grossing film of all time, not adjusted for inflation. Now it’s #8 on the chart and Read more…

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Director Jay Roach Confirms ‘Austin Powers 4′

March 25th, 2010 No comments

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Hard to believe that it’s been over a decade since the last over-stuffed, overly in-jokey installment of the Austin Powers franchise. Goldmember, released in summer of 2002, featured cameos from just about every major media personality and entertainer (from Katie Couric to Tom Cruise) and approximately zero laughs. But creator and star Mike Myers laughed all the way to Read more…

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Michael Caine Reveals He Turned Down Hitchcock, Nixes The Idea Of Retiring From Acting

March 24th, 2010 No comments

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Some actors strive for excellence in all of their work, turning down parts that don’t meet their high standards. Others have a philosophy more like that of Glee star Jane Lynch, who told the New York Times:

I basically do everything I’m offered lately.

Michael Caine has shared a similar philosophy for most of his career, appearing in nearly 150 films since since he started in the 1950s. In 1986 he even missed the chance to attend the Academy Awards where he won for Best Actor for Woody Allen’s Hannah and her Sisters because he was in the middle of filming the shlocky horror sequel Jaws: The Revenge. Despite his track record, Caine recently revealed that he actually declined the chance to star in a movie directed by film legend Alfred Hitchcock. Read more…

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