UPDATE: Late Tuesday night, The Weinstein Company officially picked up The Details.
When the Sundance Film Festival first announced their out of competition films, one I was particularly excited for, based solely on its description, was The Details. Written and directed by Jacob Aaron Estes (Mean Creek), The Details stars Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, Kerry Washington and Dennis Haysbert in a dark comedy about a snowball of suburban drama set off by worm-hungry raccoons. Surprisingly, the film actually lives up to that wild one-sentence description providing laughs, shocks and a very well-balanced film considering it makes light of death, infidelity and more. Read the full review after the jump. Read More »
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The 2007 Razzie award winners (or should I say losers?) have been announced. Check out the results:
Worst Picture: Basic Instinct 2 (Sony/Columbia)
Worst Actress: Sharon Stone for Basic Instinct 2
Worst Actor: Marlon Wayans & Shawn Wayans for Little Man
Worst Supporting Actress: Carmen Electra for Date Movie and Scary Movie 4
Worst Supporting Actor: M. Night Shyamalan for Lady in the Water
Worst Director: M. Night Shyamalan for Lady in the Water
Worst Screen Couple: Shawn Wayans & either Kerry Washington or Marlon Wayans for Little Man
Worst Remake Or Rip-off: Little Man (Rip-off of the 1954 Bugs Bunny cartoon “Baby Buggy Bunny”)
Worst Prequel or Sequel: Basic Instinct 2
Worst Screenplay: Basic Instinct 2 (Screenplay by Leora Barish & Henry Bean, Based on Characters Created by Joe Ezsterhas)
Worst Excuse for Family Entertainment (New Category, Saluting the Celebs We’re ALL Sick & Tired Of!): RV (Sony/Columbia)
Here is a run down of Awards Per Picture:
Basic Instinct 2 [4 “Wins”]
Worst Picture, Worst Actress, Worst Sequel, Worst Screenplay
Little Man [3 “Wins”]
Worst Actor, Worst Screen Couple and Worst Remake/Rip-Off
Lady in the Water [2 “Wins”]
Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Director
I think they’re being a little too hard of Lady in the Water. But then again, I was one of the few people who enjoyed the film. What do you guys think was the worst movies and performances of the year?