Not that anyone really cares, but the Teen Choice Awards apparently took place tonight. I mean how can you take any award show seriously that has a category like “Choice Bromantic Comedy” and where Step Up 2: The Streets can win Best Dramatic Film of the year?! The show will air on Monday at 8:00pm et/pt on FOX, but we have the list of movie related winners below.

Action Adventure:
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Drama: Step Up 2: The Streets
Chick Flick: 27 Dresses
Bromantic Comedy: What Happens in Vegas
Comedy: Juno
Horror/Thriller: I Am Legend
Action Adventure: Hancock
Summer Movie Comedy: Get Smart
Actor – Drama: Channing Tatum, Stop-Loss
Actress – Drama: Keira Knightley, Atonement
Actress – Action Adventure: Rachel Bilson, Jumper
Actor – Comedy: Ashton Kutcher, What Happens in Vegas
Actress – Comedy: Ellen Page, Juno
Actor – Horror/Thriller: Will Smith, I Am Legend
Actress – Horror/Thriller: Jessica Alba, The Eye
Villain: Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd
Breakout Female: Ellen Page, Juno
Breakout Male: Drake Bell, Superhero Movie

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This Week in DVD is a new column on /Film compiling all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fry’s.

The Good

BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Editions)
What The Animatrix did for The Matrix, Gotham Knight does for Nolan’s Batman series. This straight-to-DVD anthology collects six animated segments, each with their own unique Japanese anime style, and acts as a segway of sorts from Batman Begins to The Dark Knight. The quality of the shorts are varied, with specific ones noticeably excelling in animation, story, and the amount they add to the Batman mythology, while others are a little more dull and feel essentially like filler. Overall though, there’s still enough here to appeal to die-hard and even casual fans. (That is, as long as you know what you’re in for.)
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The 2-disc set includes a sneak peek at Wonder Woman, an audio commentary, a documentary about Batman’s villains, a documentary about Bob Kane and the creation of Batman, and four episodes from Batman: The Animated Series.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$12.99

*Does NOT include 2-Disc Special Edition, which costs $19.99 at Target, $22.99 at Best Buy and Circuit City, and $24.99 at Fry’s.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Steelbook box art, plus a free character guide (with purchase of the 2-Disc Special Edition).
Where? Best Buy.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Bonus episodes of Batman Beyond.
Where? Target.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free Batman patch.
Where? Circuit City.

THE RUINS
(Available as regular and Unrated Editions)
While not a great movie by any stretch of the imagination, The Ruins deserves special notice for being one of the few horror films in recent years to tackle such a clichéd set-up—a group of good-looking American teenagers venture to a foreign country and get into all sorts of crazy shenanigans (in this case involving evil plants)—and manage to not completely suck at executing it. (Take that, M. Night Shyamalan!) In fact, just about everything that most horror films fail at, this movie exceeds at to some degree. So if you’ve become bored with all the J-horror remakes and want to see some good old-fashioned, suspense-filled, gore-laden, psychologically-twisted fun, then The Ruins is pretty much your only option (as far as new releases go).
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: An audio commentary, a making-of featurette, a look at the development of the plants, a featurette about the set design, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and the original theatrical ending.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $13.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Save $5 when you buy any two of the following: The Ruins, Stop-Loss, and Superhero Movie.
Where? Best Buy.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free $5 gift card with purchase of both The Ruins and Stop-Loss.
Where? Target.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Save $5 with purchase of both The Ruins and Stop-Loss.
Where? Circuit City.

STOP-LOSS
Director Kimberly Peirce’s follow-up to Boys Don’t Cry isn’t a flawless movie, as has been noted by audiences and critics in regards to its sloppy political message, but its heart is in the right place, and the sincere performances keep the picture engaging all the way through. The story focuses on the act of stop-lossing, which involves a solider being forced to return to duty after already serving his full term. As far as movies portraying the Iraq war go, this is one of the more successful efforts.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: A commentary, a making-of featurette, a boot camp featurette, and deleted scenes.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$17.99 $16.99 $13.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Save $5 when you buy any two of the following: The Ruins, Stop-Loss, and Superhero Movie.
Where? Best Buy.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free $5 gift card with purchase of both The Ruins and Stop-Loss.
Where? Target.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Save $5 with purchase of both The Ruins and Stop-Loss.
Where? Circuit City.

BATMAN BEGINS (LIMITED EDITION GIFT SET)
For those of you who don’t yet own Batman Begins (anybody?) or just love splurging on cool box sets, Warner Bros. has seen fit to milk the release of The Dark Knight even further with this gratuitous but welcome limited edition gift set, which also marks the first time the movie’s been made available on Blu-ray. In addition to the Two-Disc Special Edition of the film, it comes with an exclusive sneak peek of The Dark Knight, a ticket to see The Dark Knight in theaters (up to $7.50), a 128MB flash drive including 18 images from The Dark Knight, a Batman Begins lenticular, and five collectible Batman Begins post cards.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Aside from all the box set goodies (listed above), the special features are the same as what was found on the previous two-disc release.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$27.99 $25.99 $29.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Joker lithograph.
Where? Best Buy.

THE X-FILES: REVELATIONS
For those of you who need to take a break from all the Dark Knight hype, don’t forget that there’s another fanboy-favorite sequel coming out soon with The X-Files: I Want to Believe. Big-time fans of the show probably won’t need this new set, since they likely own all the DVD seasons already, but for those of you who are interested, creator Chris Carter and producer Frank Spotnitz have hand-picked 8 of the show’s best episode, each of which connects to the new movie and acts as an introductory guide for unfamiliar viewers. Plus, if you take advantage of the free movie ticket to see the new film, it basically only costs you $5. What do you have to lose?
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: This two-disc set comes with a ticket to see The X-Files: I Want to Believe (up to $8.50), a series introduction, 8 episode introductions (which explain their relation to the upcoming film), and footage from the Q&A panel at WonderCon.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$14.99 $13.99

The Bad

SUPERHERO MOVIE (EXTENDED EDITION)
The spoof movie genre gets yet another savage beating with Superhero Movie, although thankfully it’s not as severe as the self-inflicted eye-gouging you’d receive upon watching Meet the Spartans, Epic Movie, or Date Movie. At least here they attempt in places to actually spoof the genre at hand, even if it is rarely successful. It’s essentially a carbon copy rip-off of Spider-Man, minus the action, and come to the think of it, the laughs as well.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: An audio commentary, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and two featurettes.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$17.99 $19.99 $13.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Save $5 when you buy any two of the following: The Ruins, Stop-Loss, and Superhero Movie.
Where? Best Buy.

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
Stargate Atlantis (Season 4) – Monk (Season 6) – Sleepwalking – Psych (Season 2) – Fearless (Director’s Cut) – The Mummy (2-Disc Deluxe Edition) – The Mummy Returns (2-Disc Deluxe Edition) – The Mummy (Universal Legacy Series) (1932) – The Batman (Season 5) – Van Helsing (2-Disc Collector’s Edition)

Discuss: What are you planning to rent or buy this week?

The Specials


$7.99 – Live Free or Die Hard, 28 Weeks Later, Little Miss Sunshine, Once, The Last King of Scotland, and more…

$5.99 – Borat, Waiting…, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, American Beauty, Idiocracy, American Psycho (Unrated), Reservoir Dogs (15th Anniversary Edition), Syriana, Stripes (Extended Cut), and more…

$19.99 – Veronica Mars (Seasons 1-3) [Ed. Note – If you haven’t yet seen this show, you’re missing out.]


$5.99 – Superman II (The Richard Donner Cut), V for Vendetta, Blade, Blade II, and more…

$6.99 – Equilibrium, The Warriors (Ultimate Director’s Cut), and more…


$8.99 – The Fly (Special Edition), Wall Street (Special Edition), Tora! Tora! Tora!, Predator, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The French Connection, Alien, and more…

$4.99 – Boys Don’t Cry, Sexy Beast, Raising Arizona, TAPS, and more…

SXSW Movie Review: Stop-Loss

Stop-Loss

Directed and co-written by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry, The Last Good Breath), Stop Loss dramatizes the U.S. military’s “stop-loss” policy that allows the military to postpone the honorable discharge of U.S. soldiers and send them back to Iraq and Afghanistan for another tour of duty (usually a year to eighteen months). Alas, Stop Loss proves the adage that “good politics don’t make good art.” Stop Loss suffers from a serious case of implausibility and contrivance that fatally undermines whatever insight Peirce hopes to shed on the stop-loss policy and its unfairness toward the soldiers who serve in the U.S. military in foreign countries.

Sergeant Brandon King (Ryan Phillippe), leads his men, including his best friend, Sergeant Steve Shriver (Channing Tatum), Tommy Burgess (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac ‘Eyeball’ Butler (Rob Brown), Al ‘Preacher’ Colson (Terry Quay), and Rico Rodriguez (Victor Rasuk), down an alley to hunt down suspected terrorists or insurgents in Iraq. Pinned down in an ambush, King loses several men, but saves Shriver and Rodriguez from almost certain death. With his tour of duty almost done, King returns to his small hometown in Texas. There, he receives the Bronze Star for his bravery in saving his men and a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat. After celebrating with Shriver, Burgess, Shriver’s fiancé, Michelle (Abbie Cornish), his parents, Ida (Linda Emond) and Roy (Ciarán Hinds), King returns to the army base for debriefing.

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Channing Tatum Confirmed for G.I. Joe’s Duke?

Eleven days ago, the character of Duke in Stephen Sommers‘s much hated-on G.I. Joe was said to be down to three actors: Lost‘s Matthew Fox, Fantastic 4‘s Chris Evans and Channing Tatum from the upcoming MTV-does-Iraq-War flick Stop-Loss. AICN now says that Tatum is definitely Duke.

Tatum is 27, he was born in Alabama and if you’ve recognized him in anything it was probably the wobbly Shia LaBeouf flick A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints or the rare, naughty Anne Hathaway debacle Havoc. Slashfilm’s resident diehard G.I. Joe fan, Peter, is returning from Sundance shortly, so I’ll let him unleash the expletive-barking hounds of hell on this casting truthiness if he feels it necessary, but to me, Tatum is fine. I’ve seen the movies above, and I’ve seen him pop out a tear in the trailer to Stop-Loss, and all I really needed to see was the above photo to know he’s fine for this role.

Sommers coming aboard automatically zapped this movie into low-brow Cartoon Land, and no actor this side of George Clooney or Josh Brolin was going to save it. Tatum can pull off the role of an arrogant, affable cocky co-leader with a large firearm hanging off his shoulder. Let’s just hope he doesn’t bump into Rambo from Rambo because that would take more than the crime cleanup crew from Sunshine Cleaning to wipe up with a sponge and broom.

Stop-Loss Movie Poster

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MTV’s Movie Blog has posted the official one sheet for their satellite film branch’s Iraq War drama Stop-Loss. Starring Ryan Phillipe, Timothy Olyphant and Abbie Cornish, the film is also notable for lead roles played by Brick‘s Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum. One wonders if the movie will end up being remembered more for starring two guys from G.I. Joe (Gordon-Levitt is confirmed, Tatum is rumored) rather than for making an important statement about the struggles of modern day U.S. soldiers.

Back in October, we posted the trailer, which has the unfortunate soundtrack of Drowning Pool’s “Bodies (Hit the Floor),” but offers a new angle compared to recent war films: that of a young solider refusing a “stop-loss,” a real-life mandate that suddenly orders a soldier to once again return to battle after completing required deployments. Think of it like being told “no summer break” when you were in high school and multiply it times an inferno.

While the film, set for March 28, is directed by Boys Don’t Cry‘s respected Kimberly Peirce, the poster shares far too much similarity with MTV’s 1999 teen football-and-hormones drama Varsity Blues. Compare the two after the jump.

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Stop-Loss Movie Trailer

Stop-LossMTV has the trailer premiere for Kimberly Peirce’s Stop-Loss. Ryan Phillippe returns to Texas after a tour in Iraq, but when he is ordered to return for another tour of duty, he refuses. The film co-stars Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Timothy Olyphant and Abbie Cornish.

While the America seems to be getting sick of the “Iraq War” series of movies, this one somehow seems more poignant than most.

Peirce’s last film, 1999′s Boys Don’t Cry was critically acclaimed, and even won an Academy Award for star Hilary Swank. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down with The Lookout stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Matthew Goode and writer/director Scott Frank to discuss the new film. I apologize for the unusually low quality recording, we had to make due as my professional digital recorder broke during the interview.

  • Miramax’s deceptive marketing
  • The story’s evolution over the last 20 years
  • Scott Frank’s decision to become a director
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s decision to transition into dark indie films
  • Matthew Goode’s decision to break out from Romantic Comedies
  • Scott Frank on Quirky Character Traits For No Reason vs. Character Traits that drive the story
  • Researching the characters
  • Making a movie about a character with a head injury, and NOT a movie about head injuries
  • The media’s obsession about “What’s Next”
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Stop Loss and Killshot
  • Scott Frank on his upcoming projects: A western and “Fourty Four”
  • Mathew Goode on Brideshead Revisited
  • The Appeal of working with a First Time Director
  • Rediscovering Jeff Daniels as Lewis
  • Shooting in the cold Winnipeg winter
  • Editing The Film
  • Scott Frank’s dislike for DVD extended cuts
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Surprises of a First Time Director: Compromises

The Lookout hits theaters on March 30th 2007.

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