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Mean Magazine has created a new series of online short films called CineMash, which lets celebrity talent mash up their favorite scenes from classic movies. In past weeks we’ve posted Sid and Nancy starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and directed by Marc Webb (the director of 500 Days of Summer) and Cheech & Chong enter the computer world of Tron to settle a heated debate about the price of cannabis. This week Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant of the notorious fake police square Reno 911! join forces with Aziz Ansari and Rob Huebel of Human Giant, the sketch comedy troupe, to recreate a pivotal scene from the cult favorite action flick Point Break. Check it out after the jump.

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2009 Saturn Awards Winners

The Dark Knight

Last night, the Academy of Science-Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films held the 35th annual Saturn Awards. The Dark Knight was the big winner of the night, taking home five awards, including Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film, Best Supporting Actor (Ledger), Best Writer, Best Music and Best Special Effects. Iron Man, Battlestar Galactica, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button each won three awards. A full listing of winners is available after the jump
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WEEDS (season 5)

Two episodes deep into the fifth season of Weeds, let’s take a look at where Nancy Botwin is headed—it’s disturbing and bleak, and involves being forcibly bent over a table. And what of her dysfunctional brood? Spoilers ahead. /Film will consider posting regular Weeds wrap-ups if there is enough reader interest. Let us know.

Over the last three days, I’ve read complaints online from a number of Weeds viewers who feel that the second episode, “Machetes Up Top,” is simply too dark. To be honest, I’m surprised I haven’t come across more of these sentiments; but we’re now in the fifth season, and the majority of viewers who have stuck around expect such testy slaps. For many, pleasurable guilt is part of the show’s appeal: Weeds is famously a love/hate series in and outside the tube. Since its debut in 2005, the series has embraced the modern, twisted anti-hero, one named Nancy Botwin molded in the fresh and hot shape of a drug-peddling MILF. Four years later, the television landscape is peppered with all kinds of charming killers, drug-pushers, gluttons, and sex fiends. And for better or worse, Weeds has confronted the trend and its anti-hero competitors by playing likability limbo hardcore. In 2009, the show’s writers appear dead-set on subjecting her to masochistic, highly self-destructive behavior and situations. How low can a mom get.

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Taraji P. Henson has been cast in the Will Smith-produced reimagining of The Karate Kid. Henson, who was nominated for an Oscar for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, will play Jaden Smith’s character Dre’s mother Sherry.

Forced to relocate to China to keep her job, Dre finds it hard to fit in and gets in an altercation at his school. Jackie Chan plays the Mr. Myiagi character, renamed Mr. Han , who agrees to teach Dre martial arts in order to defend against the students of Li Quan Ha’s Fighting Dragon School of Kung-Fu.

The original film befitted from an A-level acting. Pat Morita’s performance in the first Karate Kid was good enough to earn him an Oscar Nomination. Does an Oscar-nominated actress give this remake any credibility? As long as the film is still titled “The Karate Kid”, I vote “No.”

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Clash of the Titans

Warner Bros Pictures has issued an official press release announcing the beginning of principal photography on Louis Leterrier‘s Clash of the Titans. I’ve included the whole press release after the jump, and it is actually worth reading because it includes a detailed cast and crew breakdown, and plot synopsis. The film is currently scheduled to hit theaters on March 26th 2010.

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Just to update the story we posted a couple days ago , Michael Bay has NOT joined twitter. The REAL Bay posted a message on the online message board of his official website stating that he “will never have a Twitter account”.

“Twitter. Never. What a waste of time,” wrote Bay.

The confusion began when MichaelBay.com, the official site of the film director added a link directing fans to the director’s twitter account. I contacted Bay’s official webmaster, who “confirmed” that the account was legit. Who knows exactly where the lines got crossed, but it turns out the account is not real.

A Little Context for the New Kick Ass Photos

HitFix have published three new official images from Matthew Vaughan’s Kickass, one of which you can see above. I think I can  more or less where each fits in the screenplay, and thought I might provide you a little bit of context to clue you in, the better to understand the images.

In the first you see Aaron Johnson as Dave Lizewski, the titular Kickass, in full costume and posing with two batons.  As he’s looking into the lens, I thought it most likely comes from an early scene in which he poses in front of a mirror.  The scene begins with Dave in his underwear, looking lost and alone, but a package has arrived and when he opens it, he pulls out his Kickass gear, suits up and is immediately transformed.

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Delgo Sets Record for Worst Wide-Release Opening Ever

Jonathan Crow at Yahoo Movies reports that this weekend, a small animated film named Delgo opened on 2,160 screens and made a paltry $511,920. According to Crow’s break down, that’s an average of about $237 per screen, or about two people in the theater per showing. By comparison, Doubt made $507,226 this weekend, but it only played on a miniscule 15 screens. This means that Delgo essentially breaks a record for the worst opening ever for a wide release film (Head on over to Box Office Mojo’s list of “Worst Openings at the Box Office for 2,000+ theaters” to see who else made the list).

According to the movie’s IMDB page, Delgo’s plot summary is as follows: “In an exotic divided land, Delgo, an adventurous dreamer but naive teenager, must rally his group of troubled youth and some unlikely friends to protect their world from conflict between the terrestrial Lockni people, who harness the mysteries of the land, and the winged Nohrin people, who rule the skies.” Sounds like a standard animated film plotline geared towards kids, but the reason the movie failed seems to be two-fold: Lackluster execution and virtually non-existent marketing.

Check out Crow’s post for a detailing of how the movie was conceived and created. It’s a tragic story about the hardships of independent filmmaking and the occasional futility of independent distribution.

Discuss: Did you see Delgo this weekend? Have you ever even heard of Delgo?

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