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Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the DVDs at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.

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THE WRESTLER
In what I’d argue was one of the biggest snubs in Oscar history, the Academy Awards’ failure to nominate The Wrestler for Best Picture showed not only a lack of appreciation for director Darren Aronofsky’s emotionally devastating, richly affecting tale of a lonely man trying to fill the empty void in his life, but also a lack of foresight. While movies like The Reader and Frost/Nixon are likely to be forgotten in less than five years, I predict this is a movie that will only grow in appeal; Mickey Rourke’s heart-wrenchingly honest performance ensures it.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: A ‘Within the Ring’ featurette, and a ‘The Wrestler’ music video by Bruce Springsteen.

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Notorious Video Clip

USA Today has an exclusive clip from Fox Searchlight’s upcoming Notorious B.I.G. biopic, Notorious. The clip features newcomer Jamal Woolard as Chris Wallace who proposes to Antonique Smith as Faith Evans, after knowing her for only nine days. Woolard says the central question of the movie is — is Biggie a “bad guy trying to be good, or a good guy trying to be bad?” Your thoughts in the comments below!

Notorious Movie Trailer

Fox Searchlight has released the first full length trailer for the Biggie Smalls biopic Notorious, which I think you’ll agree – is a lot better than the teaser trailer that was released in September. The trailer does a great job at getting you interested in learning about the man behind the music. And I generally don’t care about music biopics. Tell me what you think in the comments below.

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Official Plot Synopsis
: Notorious tells the story of the life of rapper Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G. The film stars multiple award winner Angela Bassett as Christopher’s mother Voletta Wallace, Derek Luke as Sean Combs, Anthony Mackie as Tupac Shakur and introducing Jamal Woolard as The Notorious B.I.G. After the overwhelming response to a year long aggressive and active worldwide search, Jamal Woolard, a Brooklyn native, was selected to portray the infamous rapper. Notorious is directed by George Tillman Jr.

In just a few short years, The Notorious B.I.G. rose from the streets of Brooklyn to become one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time. B.I.G. was a gifted storyteller; his narratives about violent life on the streets were told with a gritty, objective realism that won him enormous respect and credibility. His stories were universal and gave a voice to his generation.

Watch the trailer in High Definition on Apple.com. Notorious hits theaters on January 16th 2009.

Choose The Notorious Movie Poster

Fox Searchlight is letting fans pick the theatrical movie poster for the upcoming Biggie biopic Notorious. Which one would you pick? 1, 2 or 3? I like the concept of the third poster, but like the overall style of the first poster better.

Notorious Teaser Trailer

The teaser trailer for Fox Searchlight’s Biggie Smalls biopic Notorious is exactly what you would expect. A lot of fast cuts to the old school music Biggie. Is there any chance this film might be good? Leave your comments below.

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Official Plot Synopsis
: Notorious tells the story of the life of rapper Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G.  The film stars multiple award winner Angela Bassett as Christopher’s mother Voletta Wallace, Derek Luke as Sean Combs, Anthony Mackie as Tupac Shakur and introducing Jamal Woolard as The Notorious B.I.G.  After the overwhelming response to a year long aggressive and active worldwide search, Jamal Woolard, a Brooklyn native, was selected to portray the infamous rapper.  Notorious is directed by George Tillman Jr.

In just a few short years, The Notorious B.I.G. rose from the streets of Brooklyn to become one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time.  B.I.G. was a gifted storyteller; his narratives about violent life on the streets were told with a gritty, objective realism that won him enormous respect and credibility.  His stories were universal and gave a voice to his generation.

Notorious hits theaters on January 16th 2009.

Notorious

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly has a first look photo of Derek Luke as Sean “P-Diddy” Combs and Jamal Woolard as Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace) in Fox Searchlight’s upcoming biopic Notorious, which hits theaters on January 16th 2009. Looks authentic enough to me, but will the movie be worth watching?

Jamal Woolard as The Notorious B.I.G.

As announced earlier this month, Jamal Woolard will star as the lead role in Notorious, a big screen adaptation of the life of rapper Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G.

Fox Searchlight sent us a first look of Jamal as B.I.G., and I must admit, he looks pretty dead on.

Jamal’s casting isn’t without controversy. New York Times suggests that Jamal had this part in the bag even before Searchlight’s open casting call stunt last fall:

“Not part of the open call in New York in October, Mr. Woolard had been under consideration since November, and was quietly being groomed by the film’s director, George Tillman Jr., before being officially selected. “We set up a boot camp for three months just for him,” Mr. Tillman said from New York, where he is preparing to begin production with Robert Teitel, his partner in State Street Pictures.

Discuss: What do you think of Jamal Woolard as BIG?

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