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Director John McTiernan Won’t Live Free, Might ‘Die Hard’

Tuesday, October 5 by

It's not unheard of for a huge flop to kill a director's career. But usually, there's no jail time involved. Unfortunately for director John McTiernan, Rollerball isn't your usual flop.

McTiernan (Die Hard, Predator, The Hunt for Red October) was sentenced to one year in federal prison for lying about his involvement with Anthony Pellicano, a private investigator he hired to illegally wiretap producer Charles Roven. Roven and McTiernan worked together on Rollerball, and apparently when the film went south, so did their relationship.

McTiernan's attorney argued that he should not be sent to prison, in part, because he is on an anti-depressant medication not approved by the federal Bureau of Prisons. The judge sarcastically responded that "(McTiernan) won't be the only depressed man in prison."

Daaaaaamn! Yippee-ki-yay, motherf**ker! (Hit Fix)

Gizmo Loves the Ganja

Monday, October 4 by

WTF Video Of The Day: Gizmo Loves The Ganja 420 – Watch more horror
As Topless Robot so aptly put it, good luck keeping this guy from eating after midnight.
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Grab Your Inhalers: Zack Snyder Directing ‘Superman’

Monday, October 4 by

Superman rescues mini Snyder. It doesn't matter why.
Zack Snyder is the lucky S.O.B. who has landed the directing gig for the Christopher Nolan-produced Superman: The Man of Steel. The Watchman and Sucker Punch director beat out Tony Scott, Jonathan Liebesman, Duncan Jones, Matt Reeves, Darren Aronofsky, Robert Zemeckis, and Nolan's own brother Jonah, who wrote the script. Daaaaaamn, that's cold, Chris. He's your brother. Your brother!
Family squabbles aside, Warner Bros. is a huge fan of Snyder. He's already directed three films for them, if you count the animated owl movie, and has proven he can handle major tent poles. Will Superman look awesome? Almost definitely. Will there be much emotion underneath the gloss and slow motion? We can only hope that Christopher and Jonah Nolan educate him in the way of story. That is if Jonah can quit giving him the raspberry for stealing his gig. (Deadline)

Universal Hires Tony Gilroy To Point Shaky Camera At Jason Bourne

Monday, October 4 by

"MEEOOWWW!!!! KITCH!! KITCH!!"
Last fall, it seemed like the Bourne series was sunk when Paul Greengrass pulled a bitchfit and removed himself and star Matt Damon from a fourth Bourne film. That doesn't seem to bother Universal too much. Despite the fact that he directed Duplicity, they've just hired Tony Gilroy to direct the next chapter. Gilroy, of course, wrote each of the previous films as well as the newest script. Not sure if they plan to use Damon, recast, shoot a prequel, or go the tried-and-true route of using a cardboard cut-out. You really can't tell the difference if you shake the camera around enough. (Deadline)

9 Films About Small Town Secrets

Monday, October 4 by

Every town has a secret. While most are trivial matters, like the true age of the oldest building or the amount of led in the drinking water, some secrets are so shocking that they must be hidden from the outside world at all costs.

In Wes Craven's new film, My Soul to Take, the town of Riverton, MA, has such a secret. It seems a serial killer who died years ago is somehow managing to kill teens from beyond the grave. That's the kind of information that, if made public, could decimate attendance at the annual Blueberry Festival. But when it comes to Hollywood towns, Riverton is not alone. Here are nine of our favorite fictional towns with secrets from the world of cinema.
Derry, Maine – IT (1990)

Look at James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Rose Byrne Hold Umbrellas In ‘X-Men: First Class’

Monday, October 4 by

Today I have for you some boring pics from the set of X-Men: First Class. I take that back. If you love 60's styling and umbrellas then these pics are going to make your Monday. In them we see James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Rose Byrne as Charles Xavier, Mystique, and Moira McTaggart, respectively, braving the drizzle.
Yes, Xavier has hair and the ability to walk at this point in his life and Mystique is blue and clothed. The question we're all asking ourselves is, what will Jennifer Lawrence look like when she's, you know, all Mystique-y? Rebecca Romjin didn't look three-quarters bad wearing next to nothing. Of course, First Class takes place in the 60s so one might expect a fuller figure to be in vogue. God knows all of you would love to see Christina Hendricks show up in "Mad Men" with only blue pasties as her attire. 
Check out the X-Men umbrellas after the jump…

Will Arnett Almost Opened ‘Running Wilde’ With Suicide, Dishes On Future Episodes

Monday, October 4 by

Will Arnett as a billionaire is hilarious, right? “Running Wilde” shows each week how Steven Wilde (Arnett) blows his money in competition with fellow billionaire Fa’ad (Peter Serafinowicz), and creates a wacky surreal world of servants and caretakers. It was actually going to be a lot darker if Arnett had his original vision.
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Monday, October 4 by

Disney started their Blu Ray venture with classic animation titles like Sleeping Beauty, which they restored to amazing color and detail. You could see the original brushstrokes and texture of the cels. Now they’re hitting their ‘90s era rebirth with the Oscar nominee Beauty and the Beast.

First Look At ‘The Thing’ Prequel Doesn’t Show The Thing. Or Does It?

Monday, October 4 by

With The Thing prequel headed to theaters whether you like it or not, it was only a matter of time before we got a look at how they're planning to diminish the memory of the excellent John Carpenter film. These pics show stars Joel Edgerton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Mr. Eko, and Eric Christian Olsen running around the Norwegian camp and killing an off-screen The Thing with fire. Unless they're Things themselves. Now I don't know who to trust. Quick, say something un-Thing like!! (HitFix)
Check out the Anartic-y pics after the jump…

Blu-Ray Review: ‘American Beauty’

Monday, October 4 by

I’ve been concerned that some of the Dreamworks movies released on Blu-ray through Paramount have been underdeveloped examples of the format. Sure, the Spielberg movies were filmed with an intentionally grainy style, but that may only work when projected on film. It seems they have HD-worthy titles in their catalog though, as American Beauty shows off the format, and a decade-old film in new clarity and detail. If only the ‘90s viewers could see their suburban despair in this high quality.

‘The Event’ Episode 3 Preview

Monday, October 4 by

As you know, I was not thrilled with the premiere of “The Event,” but I knew I’d have to keep watching it. The second episode definitely picked up the excitement, not for any story complexity or alien revelations, but at least some surprise stabbings and icky arm implants. Tonight, “The Event” gets more outrageous and more intelligent, making it more fun to watch.
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‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’ Actress Brittany Daniel

Monday, October 4 by

Brittany Daniel we all remember from the horribly apt and now cult classic comedies Joe Dirt and Broken Lizard's Club Dread. This past month she came back to Paddy's Pub in "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" as Carmen, the now post-op transexual ex-lover from Mac's tainted past. From these pictures of Brittany, I can see there is nothing dangling between her legs, but then again you never know till you know.
A word from Brittany: "I never go for the stereotypically good-looking guy."
More pics of Brittany without a penis after the jump…

Fantastic Fest Reviews: ‘Legend of the Fist’, ‘Ip Man 2′, ‘Agnosia’, ‘Bunraku’

Monday, October 4 by

Legend of the Fist
One of my great joys at FantasticFest 2010 was getting to see new Hong Kong movies on the big screen. I usually pick them up on DVD long before their cursory theatrical release in an arthouse, so this was like being in Hong Kong and seeing the latest blockbusters. Hong Kong films are so polished now. They no longer feel like the secret world of films you’d have to really love to put up with the dirty, faded copies available. They even do shaky cam just like Hollywood movies.

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen is another retelling of the Bruce Lee movie Chinese Connection (original title Fist of Fury). Jet Li did it as Fist of Legend and others have too. In this version, Donnie Yen picks up as Chen after avenging his master in a dojo full of Japanese fighters. He goes from World War I to Shanghai in 1925, still dealing with Japanese/Chinese politics. He takes on the persona of a masked warrior to defend Chinese notables, so he can fight by night and romance by day.
More reviews after the jump…

Full Length ‘True Grit’ Trailer Is Intense, Features Bear On A Horse

Monday, October 4 by

What is this? ‘The Wicker Man‘? Hot on the heels of last week’s True Grit teaser comes the full length jump off. This time around we see a lot more…

Mary-Louise Parker Talks Dirty About Upcoming Rough Sex on ‘Weeds’

Monday, October 4 by

Mary-Louise Parker is great at vamping up her sex appeal on “Weeds” in her little boots and sun dresses. If you’re an admirer like I am, you’ll love this season’s eighth episode. When Nancy Botwin (Parker) rolls her Winnebago into town, she hooks up with a local bartender and, because it’s Showtime, you see everything and then some. He spanks her pretty little bottom and she hits back!
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