Sunday, October 16, 2011

This Week's Links

From the Maddow Blog:
Politics Goes to the Movies: 'The Ides of March'

According to Entertainment Weekly, George Clooney ran into President Obama at a fund-raising event last spring as he was finishing up production on his new political thriller The Ides of March (which, full disclosure, includes a cameo performance by one Rachel Anne Maddow). When he told the President about the film, according to Clooney, Obama asked, “Should we screen it?” to which Clooney replied, “Absolutely not!" When you get a look at The Ides of March, you see what he means.

From Flavorwire:
Open Thread: Are Movie Trailers Too Dishonest?

Over the past couple of months, your Flavorwire (and many, many, many other publications and websites) has been singing the praises of Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn’s brutal, brilliant, ‘80s-tinged existential action movie. But over the weekend, The Hollywood Reporter broke the story of an audience member who was litigiously less impressed. Michigan moviegoer Sarah Deming is suing Drive’s distributor, FilmDistrict, because they… hold on, you’re gonna love this… “promoted the film Drive as very similar to the Fast and Furious, or similar, series of movies.”

That’s right, folks: Ms. Deming is taking FilmDistrict to court because Drive couldn’t fulfill its promise to reach the artistic heights of the Fast and Furious pictures.

Our Favorite Horror Hybrid Movies for Halloween

For film fans who are not entirely obsessed with the horror genre, October can be a long and lonely month indeed, since we’re seemingly expected to spend our every spare movie-viewing moment consuming horror movies as a kind of extended Halloween celebration. The trouble is, some of us just aren’t that nuts about horror movies—but there’s all of these “31 Days of Horror” and “October Horror Movie Challenge” threads, and nobody wants to be the killjoy who spoils the party. But remember this, fellow indifferent film fanatics: the nice thing about the horror genre is that it’s adaptable. Elements of the scary movie not only can be easily combined with those forms you’re more at home with, but have been. After the jump, we’ll take a look at a few of our favorite horror hybrid movies.

10 Disappointing Movie Comedy Teams

Nestled among this week’s new theatrical releases is The Big Year, a rather syrupy looking Bucket List riff co-starring Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson. Let’s be clear: we have not yet seen it. But we’re not holding out much hope for a movie that puts those three guys together and cannot find one single laugh to put in a trailer. How could you combine three men as (granted, not always reliably) funny as these and not come up with a laugh riot? Quite easily, turns out. The recent cinema is all but littered with pictures that teamed up established comedic talents and thus sounded like sure-fire crowd pleasers, but which ended up tickling the funny bones of neither critics nor moviegoers. After the jump, we’ll run down ten comic combinations that misfired.

Javier Bardem Is (Officially) Your Next Bond Villain

Javier Bardem, who crafted one of the most chilling screen villains in recent memory with his Oscar-winning turn in No Country For Old Men, has confirmed that he’s taking on another nefarious role: Bond villain. Rumors have circulated for months that the once-and-forever Anton Chigurh was circling the latest Bond movie, known for now only as Bond 23, which will mark Daniel Craig’s third time in the role. Oscar-winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty) will direct.

Trailer Park: Superheroes and Sleeping Beauties

Welcome to “Trailer Park,” our regular Friday feature where we collect the week’s new trailers all in one place and do a little “judging a book by its cover,” ranking them from worst to best and taking our best guess at what they may be hiding. We’ve got eight new trailers this week, running the gamut from a big-budget superhero all-star tentpole to indies about cross-dressing and prostitution. Check ‘em out after the jump.

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