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Scream Awards 2008

Posted in Movie events with tags on October 20, 2008 by funofmovie

A list celebrities all appeared at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles for Spike TV’s Scream Awards on Saturday night on October 18.

The 3rd annual Scream Awards honor the best in fantasy, sci-fi, comics and horror.

Of course the Ultimate Scream prize – Best Screamplay went to , the director of The Dark Knight. The movie claimed 12 prizes in total, including acting awards for – Best Superhero, – Best Supporting Actor and the late – Best Fantasy Actor and Best Villain for his portrayal of the Joker.


The Changeling Premiere

Posted in Celebrity news, Movie events, Movie releases, Movies with tags on October 7, 2008 by funofmovie

There’s no surprise that Angelina Jolie is in New York promoting her new movie Changeling.

The good thing is that she gave interviews and she talked about her new movie, her family and the twins.

About her role in The Changeling


Your worst fear is anything happening to your kids. The reason I didn’t want to do the film for a long time … every day I came home, and I was so clinging to my kids. I was grabbing them. And checking them in the night. It scares me.

Not nervous as much as I just took a deep breath because it¹s been so long. It felt a little strange.

Everybody’s great. The babies are getting big and healthy and developing personalities. We are a little bit [sleep deprived]. We have some help a couple of nights a week, so on those nights we catch up on our sleep.

I run around with all the other kids, and I’m breastfeeding, which I think is a part of your body’s recovery. I feel great [and] feel very happy that they’re healthy.

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2008 MTV Movie Awards

Posted in Movie events with tags , on June 5, 2008 by funofmovie

The MTV Movie Awards debuted in 1992 and immediately made its reputation by poking fun at mainstream Hollywood.

In 2008, the tradition continues with the funniest & most goofily entertaining awards show of the year which aired live on MTV on June 1, 2008.
Nominees were announced in early May for the 17th annual show, honoring a current crop of best movie performances – and the coveted Popcorn Award given in such categories as “Best Kiss,” “Best Villain,” and “Best Comedic Performance.”
Top contenders this year include “Superbad” which led the nominations for Best Movie; Best Comedic Performance (Jonah Hill); and three nods in the Best Newcomer category for Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Michael Cera.
The “Arrested Development” actor also picked up a Best Male Performance nomination for “Juno, ” which is also up for Best Movie, Best Kiss, and Best Female Performance for Ellen Page.
Traditional favorites included Johnny Depp – up for Best Comedic Performance in Pirates of the Caribbean (and also competing as Best Villain in Sweeney Todd with Angelina Jolie in the same category for her monster performance in Beowulf) ; Matt Damon for Best Male Performance and Best Fight in The Bourne Ultimatum; and Will Smith for his star turn in I Am Legend.
This year, Mike Myers hosted from Universal City’s Gibson Amphitheatre in California. This was Myers’ first appearance since hosting the awards show in 1997.

MTV Movie Awards On the Web

Meanwhile, around the Web, check out other assorted facts and info, video clips & photo galleries, along with the complete list of 2008 MTV Movie Award nominees & winners

2008 MTV Movie Awards Nominees & * Winners

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Cannes 2008: Tony Manero Review

Posted in Movie events with tags , , on May 20, 2008 by funofmovie

UK, May 20, 2008 Tony Manero is a film about a fifty-something man obsessed with John Travolta’s character in Saturday Night Fever, mimicking his mannerisms, his strut and, of course, his hip-swivelling dance moves. Far from being a gentle screwball comedy however, the subject matter could not be more serious. Set in Santiago de Chile, against the backdrop of General Pinochet’s dictatorship, the film is a gripping account of a society at its lowest ebb.
Raul Peralta is the disco dancing central character, a malevolent, monosyllabic man who believes he can escape the hopelessness of his situation by aping an American anti-hero. His every waking hour is dedicated to Tony Manero, working towards Saturday night when he hits the dancefloor of the local town hall to unleash his (none-too-impressive) moves.

“Tony Manero” gives it his best John Travolta.

As the film kicks off, Peralta encounters a dream opportunity – to perform as his hero in a televised contest to find the country’s greatest Manero impersonator. His efforts to succeed in the contest lead the film into extremely dark territory however, as Peralta cheats and thieves his way around town as he tries to perfect his act. ‘Tony’ is capable of the most horrendous acts of violence, yet the people around him have become so desensitised to violence that barely anyone bats an eye-lid.
It’s relentlessly depressing stuff, yet gripping all the same, and that’s largely due to Alfredo Castro’s hugely impressive performance in the lead role. Present throughout proceedings yet barely saying a word, Castro creates a brutal, spiteful, disgusting movie monster, yet one can’t help but be mesmerised by his quest to succeed. Around him the cast is also uniformly fine; the fear, sadness and pain of the times etched on the faces of dance partners and friends.

Peralta takes flight across the rooftops of Chile.

These same people are obviously involved in some kind of underground activity against the dictatorship, but this is only hinted at throughout the film, the point being that no matter what they did, it was impossible to escape the shadow if Pinochet’s regime.
At the same time Peralta’s obsession with American culture foreshadows what’s to come for Chile, the culture of violence continuing, only to then be swallowed up by the globalist interests of Uncle Sam, bringing with him McDonalds, Starbucks, Coca-Cola and the like. The result is an uncompromising film that’s difficult to watch, but sure to live long in the memory.


Cannes Film Festival 2008 preview

Posted in Movie events with tags , , on May 16, 2008 by funofmovie

Only two weeks ago, a sense of panic hung over this year’s Cannes Film Festival. A delay in announcing those films competing for the Palme d’Or triggered fears that the line-up would be hopelessly weak.
This nervousness proved unfounded. Both in the main competition and in other sections, there’s a feast of work by proven auteurs and interesting newcomers.
As always when no British film is competing for the Palme d’Or, there’s been hand-wringing. But Cannes is a venue for great cinema, whatever its origin. Most of the films unveiled when the festival opens next Wednesday have never been seen anywhere, so any speculation about favourites to win prizes is premature.

1 The Changeling

Clint Eastwood’s directing career continues to flower in his late seventies, and this period piece, set in 1920s Los Angeles, looks promising. Angelina Jolie plays a mother whose son is kidnapped then returned to her. But she realises that the rescued child is not her own. John Malkovich plays a supportive priest.

2 Che

Steven Soderbergh first emerged as a world-class director in Cannes with sex, lies and videotape. He’s a restless talent who likes to stray outside his own comfort zone, and he’s done it again with this two-part film about Che Guevara, starring Benicio del Toro, with a total running time of more than four hours.

3 Linha de Passe

There’s a strong South American contingent in Cannes this year, so it’s appropriate that the continent’s leading filmmaker, the charismatic Walter Salles (Central Station, The Motorcycle Diaries), should have a Palme d’Or contender. Co-directed with Daniela Thomas, it’s a story about four brothers, set in the teeming urban jungle of São Paulo.

4 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Inevitably, this will generate more column inches than any other film in Cannes. It’s the fourth in the series (and the first in almost two decades), and it remains to be seen if director Steven Spielberg can still infuse the franchise with the same magic and charm. Look for teen star Shia LaBeouf to assume the mantle of Indy from 65-year-old Harrison Ford (pictured).

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‘Blindness,’ spectacle as Cannes opens

Posted in Movie events with tags , on May 15, 2008 by funofmovie

CANNES — The Festival de Cannes fixed its gaze on the world premiere of Fernando Meirelles’ “Blindness” on Wednesday night as Sean Penn led his jury into the Palais des Festivals.

While a plague of blindness hits an unnamed city in Mereilles’ thriller, the Palais red carpet was seeing stars as the film’s talent — Julianne Moore, Danny Glover and Gael Garcia Bernal — gave festgoers quite the sight for sore eyes. Cate Blanchett, Eva Longoria and Faye Dunaway added Hollywood glam to the black-tie evening.
Although the official lineup was announced fashionably late this year, the opening ceremony, broadcast live by Gallic pay TV channel Canal Plus, started on time. French funnyman Edouard Baer animated the evening with references to Dany Boon’s record-breaking boxoffice hit “Welcome to the Land of the ‘Shtis” and a warm welcome in English, telling the crowd in a thick French accent: “My heart is full of love and emotion.”
Fest toppers Gilles Jacob and Thierry Fremaux put the Cannes lineup on a diet this year with fewer films in the official selection than usual, and the opening-night festivities were equally trimmed down compared to last year’s 60th anniversary hoopla. Opening-night guests were given a taste of the films to come with a sampling of clips from the films in Official Selection screened for the audience.

The low-key ceremony stuck to tradition as the Sean Penn-led jury — Israeli/American actress Natalie Portman, Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron, French director Rachid Bouchareb, German actress Alexandra Maria Lara, Italian actor-director Sergio Castellitto, Iranian director Marjane Satrapi, French actress Jeanne Balibar and Thai helmer Apichatpong Weerasethaku — took their seats onstage.
As the lights went out in the Palais theater, Penn talked about his vision for this year’s fest: “We’re going to be sending love letters to some movies. Those who don’t get them, don’t be discouraged,” Penn said, adding, “I’m making a plea to those distributors who don’t get awards: Stand behind your films as you are now. We’re going to do our best,” the actor-director said.
A montage of Penn’s career was followed by a live musical interlude courtesy of 1960s rock-folk star Richie Havens. Penn tapped his foot to the beat of Havens’ “Freedom” as the singer chanted “Freedom, clap your hands,” and they did.
Prolific Gallic director Claude Lanzmann then headed into the spotlight to declare the 61st edition of the fest officially open, but not before a lengthy speech that seemed to run almost as long as his nine-hour documentary “Shoah.”
After the screening of “Blindness,” guests headed to the Carlton Hotel for an official dinner presided by French Cultural Minister Christine Albanel and fest president Jacob.
Despite a modest start, the opening-night energy and plethora of talent set to head to in town for the event look to add weight to the fest as days go by.

Cannes ’08: Jack Black unleashes plushie furry ‘Panda’ fury

Posted in Cartoon news, Movie events with tags , , on May 15, 2008 by funofmovie

Only plushophiles busy “yiffing” and “scritching” could have missed Jack Black delivering a low roundhouse kick before a pack of 40-50 burly extras in panda suits at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday.

The not-so-high kicks and sloppy karate chops were delivered during a well-attended press-op to notify the world of the international premiere of “Kung Fu Panda.”

“And now I will teach you kung fu,” Jack told the crowd of assembled paparazzi and video crews.

Black gives voice to the “Kung Fu Panda” hero Po, following in the animated footsteps of Jerry Seinfeld, who last year donned a bee costume to publicize DreamWorks’ “Bee Movie.”

See all the kung fu inaction and White’s resort wear-inspired white pants in the clip below.
And how could we forget? Black also used his day in the sun to spill the beans on “Kung Fu Panda” co-star Angelina Jolie’s growing international brood.