April 23, 2009
Five Favorite Films with Terrence Howard
The Oscar-nominated actor Terrence Howard has amassed an impressive resume since making his Hollywood breakthrough in the 1995 drama Mr. Holland's Opus (he also starred in that year's Dead Presidents), excelling at giving each and every one of his characters an extraordinary complexity that always seems to simmer right beneath the surface, whether as part of an ensemble (Crash, Lackawanna Blues), as a villain (Awake, Idlewild), a sympathetic figure (Four Brothers, August Rush), or a hero in waiting (Iron Man). In a discussion about Howard's favorite films, Rotten Tomatoes discovered that the actor's affinity for music runs close to his cinematic tastes (in addition to performing his own songs in Craig Brewer's Hustle & Flow, he released an album in 2008).
March 5, 2007
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Audiences Ride with Wild Hogs at #1
Moviegoers rallied behind the star-driven comedy "Wild Hogs," which raced to number one at the North American box office, zooming past all expectations from Disney. Meanwhile, Viacom saw less-than-stellar debuts from its serial killer drama "Zodiac" from Paramount Pictures and the southern fried saga "Black Snake Moan" from arthouse unit Paramount Vantage. Overall, the box office remained healthy and surged well ahead of last year's performance.
January 30, 2007
Sundance Interview: RT Talks With "Black Snake Moan"'s Craig Brewer
Craig Brewer first rocked Sundance in 2005 with "Hustle & Flow," a rap underdog story that took home the festival's audience award. Now he's back with "Black Snake Moan," a tale of sin, redemption and the blues starring Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci, and Justin Timberlake.
January 25, 2007
Sundance Review: ?Black Snake Moan? Is Red Hot; ?Year of the Dog? Is Quirky And Warm
Read on for short reviews of films playing at Sundance: "Black Snake Moan," starring Christina Ricci, Samuel L. Jackson, and Justin Timberlake, is a powerful tale of sin, redemption, and the blues, and "Year of the Dog," starring Molly Shannon, is a quirky ode to dog lovers.
August 2, 2006
Terrence Howard to Play "Iron Man" Pal?
So we have a release date, a director, and a villain for "Iron Man," and now comes word on a potential sidekick. Seems that "Hustle & Flow" actor Terrence Howard is being courted to play pilot Jim Rhodes, an ally who eventually becomes known as "War Machine!!"
May 23, 2006
MTV Movie Awards Builds a Cast
With Hollywood's most anticipated blockbuster only weeks away and stars lining up to attend, MTV: Music Television today announced that Colin Farrell, Jessica Simpson, Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Amanda Bynes and Dane Cook will join the star studded cast of presenters at the "2006 MTV Movie Awards."
April 26, 2006
Get Your Goofy MTV Movie Awards Noms Right Here
You thought the awards season ended with the Oscars? Please. MTV's just gearing up for their movie awards, which will be broadcast worldwide on June 8th -- but we have all the nominations listed just a click away. (Interesting to note that not only were Paris Hilton & Rob Schneider nominated for awards, but also that "Hustle & Flow" earned three noms -- a movie produced by "MTV Films.")
March 6, 2006
The Day After The Oscars: A Recap
So, it's the day after the Oscars. You might be stinging from the upset wins of last night (Three 6 Mafia, Oscar-winners?? No acting honors for "Brokeback?"), or maybe you actually won the office pool by picking dark horse "Crash" for best pic. Either way, the 78th Annual Academy Awards show was a doozy.
January 31, 2006
2005 Oscar Nominations Are In!
Like most pathetic movie geeks, I was up at the crack of dawn (ok, 8:30am eastern time) to see how my nomination prediction ballot would measure up. (I was perfect on all 20 acting nods and all 10 screenwriting nods, but I erroneously predicted that "Walk the Line" would get nominated over "Capote" for Best Picture, and I picked Croneberg for director over Benett Miller.) Anyhow, here are the nominations for us to rant and rave about for the next five weeks...
January 13, 2006
Ohio Film Critics Offer Up Their Year-End Picks
The film critics of Central Ohio have chimed in with their own year-end picks, and they came up with quite a few solid surprises, actually. How about "A History of Violence" as best film of the year?
January 10, 2006
Online Film Critics Offer Their Annual Nominations
The OFCS, which is hosted right here at Rotten Tomatoes and (full disclosure) includes yours truly as a member, announced their year-end nominations yesterday ... and we hope you'll find a few solid surprises among the more familiar (yet obviously deserving) nominees. The winners will be announced on Monday the 16th.
January 6, 2006
DGA & SAG Chime in with Their Nominations
Yesterday we got the year-end nominations from the Writers Guild and the Producers Guild, so simple logic dictates that today should bring news from the directors (DGA) and the actors (SAG). As always we thank Movie City News for divulging every single nomination on the planet.
January 3, 2006
Chicago Critics Announce Their Nominations
Thanks to Movie City News for sharing the scoop on the Windy City critics and their favorite flicks of 2005.The Chicago film journalists will announce their year-end winners on January, 2006.
December 22, 2005
Phoenix & Toronto Critics Offer Their Year-End Favorites
It's tough to keep up with all the critics' awards being tossed out this time of year, but Movie City News sure helps out a whole lot. This time we have the year-end picks from critic's groups in Phoenix, Arizona, and Toronto, Ontario.
December 21, 2005
Southeastern Critics Chime in With Their Picks
The 2005 Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards announced their annual awards on Monday, Dec. 19, in Atlanta, Ga. Forty-two members in nine states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia) voted in the 14th annual SEFCA poll.
December 13, 2005
Awards Season Gets Rolling with Crix Picks
If you're a fan of the late-year awards season, be sure to add Movie City News to your hit list, because they deliver some consistently excellent coverage. Mid-December is when most of the critics' groups start doling out their accolades, and so far we've gotten input from reviewers' groups in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington.
December 12, 2005
BFCA Nominees Announced; "Brokeback" Leads Pack
The Broadcast Film Critics Association announced its Critics Choice Awards, and "Brokeback Mountain," Ang Lee's revisionist western, leads the pack with eight nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor (Heath Ledger), Best Supporting Actor (Jake Gyllenhaal), and Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams).
November 18, 2005
More Hustle & More Flow
Actor Terrence Howard sat down with the MTV folks and announced that there will indeed be a sequel to "Hustle & Flow," which just goes to show that you can't keep a good pimp down.
November 10, 2005
Critical Consensus: "Zathura"'s Got Game, "Get Rich" Dies Tryin'
This week's wide releases raise a number of questions. Is "Zathura" a game worth playing? Is 50 Cent's movie debut, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," the cinematic equivalent of a trip to the candy shop? Is "Derailed" a speedy locomotive, or is it true to its name? What do the critics have to say?
July 25, 2005
"Chocolate" Remains Sweet at the Box Office
Fending off a handful of newcomers this past weekend was "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," and the family-friendly confection proved to have some serious staying power at the box office. The Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration pulled in an estimated $28.3 million in its sophomore session, thereby snagging the #1 spot for two consecutive weekends.
July 23, 2005
Box Office: Michael Bay Haters Rejoice - The Island Sinks
Michael Bay haters (I'm not one of them) can cherish this weekend. His newest explosion-fest, The Island, bombed at the box office with an estimated $4.4M on Friday, according to Showbizdata. It took the third spot behind last Friday's chart toppers, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Wedding Crashers. For the weekend, The Island will likely gross $12-14M, making it the worst debut for a Michael Bay film. His average opening for his last five films is an explosive $36M. His last five films also have a spectacular average gross of $147M; The Island, which has a production budget of $120M, will be lucky to make a third of that.
July 22, 2005
Ricci to Play Witherspoon's "Penelope"
Christina Ricci will star in producer Reese Witherspoon's "Penelope," says Variety. First-timer Mark Palansky will direct the "modern-day fable about a woman under a curse who tries to end a lifelong string of bad luck."
July 18, 2005
"Charlie" Sells a Lot of Golden Tickets to Snatch the Box Office Prize
Another summer weekend, another massive opening. Knocking "Fantastic Four" out of the number one spot, Tim Burton's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" pulled in just over $55 million during its first three days of release. Pretty impressive numbers, especially considering how many kiddies were at home with their noses joyously stuck in the brand-new "Harry Potter" book!
January 31, 2005
"Forty Shades of Blue" Takes Top Award at Sundance
Ira Sachs' "Forty Shades of Blue" took the grad prize for drama at Sundance, the New York Daily News reports. "Hustle & Flow," directed by Craig Brewer, won the audience prize; "Why We Fight," directed by Eugene Jarecki, received the documentary award. Amy Adams, who stars in "Junebug," and Lou Pucci, starring in "Thumbsucker," received special jury prizes for acting.