2009 MTV Movie Awards Winners

2009 MTV Movie Awards

There are a lot of Award shows in Hollywood. Some of them are serious presentations, awarding accomplishment and talent: the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes..etc. Other award shows are nothing more than pure spectacle. The MTV Movie Awards falls into the latter category. Every year we post the award winners, and every year we complain about how some tween heartthrob, this year – Zac Efron, beats out some insanely talented actor, this year Robert Downey Jr, for Best Male Performance. Or how Twilight beat out both The Dark Knight and Slumdog Millionaire to win Best Movie.

But truth is, we love to bitch about the MTV Movie Awards, which explains why I’m posting these results. It’s certainly not that we give credence to this list of winners. Any award show which gives out five statues to Twilight can’t be taken seriously. So leave your comments below. Be smart, clever, funny, and biting.

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This Week in DVD is a column that compiles 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

This may just be one of the most profane, crass, disgusting, and downright twisted shows to ever air on television. Those are just a few of its praise-worthy traits. It’s also gut-achingly hilarious. A live action equivalent of an R-rated cartoon, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia follows five ignorant, self-centered, arrogant douchebags who own a bar but rarely work in it, opting instead to find tasteless new hijinks to engage in on a daily basis. At the start of the show, each episode would tackle a different hot button issue (like racism or teenage drinking), but now the creators have gotten into a rhythm of outright insanity regardless of if they’re playing with a taboo. Some people haven’t taken kindly to this change, claiming that the utter ridiculousness of Season 3 detracts from what made previous seasons entertaining. Personally, even though I believe Season 1 featured the series’ greatest episodes by far, I also think this is the bar the show needs to remain at for seasons to come. Season 3 features 15 episodes.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Two episode commentaries (with creators/stars Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glen Howerton), a behind-the-scenes featurette (‘Sunny Side Up: Volume 2’), a gag reel, and two comical featurettes (‘Meet the McPoyles’, ‘Dancing Guy’).

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$27.99 $29.99 $27.99
Amazon – $25.99

The Big Lebowski is one of my top ten favorite movies of all-time, but it wasn’t always that high on the list. This is a movie you come to appreciate the more times you watch it, as the subtle details of the characters/plot and instantly quotable dialogue make return visits that much sweeter. Instead of getting tiresome, the comedy only gets funnier and more rewarding, as does Jeff Bridge’s outstanding performance playing “The Dude” and of course John Goodman’s as Walter Sobchak. After a lackluster Collector’s Edition release, this 10th Anniversary Edition DVD should really tie the room together.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: A video introduction and a bunch of featurettes (‘The Dude’s Life’, ‘The Dude Abides: The Big Lebowski Ten Years Later’, ‘Making of The Big Lebowski’, ‘The Lebowski Fest: An Achiever’s Story’, ‘Flying Carpets and Bowling Pin Dreams: The Dream Sequences of the Dude’, ‘Jeff Bridges Photo Book’).

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $14.99
Amazon – $13.99

*Does not include Limited Edition bowling ball set, which costs $23.99 at Amazon, $26.99 at Best Buy, and $29.99 at Circuit City and Fry’s.

Here’s the Limited Edition bowling ball set…

Despite my love of Tina Fey, the trailers for this movie didn’t do much for me so I passed on it in theaters. But according to the mostly positive critical and audience response, this lightweight and predictable comedy has a strong enough dynamic between Fey and Amy Poehler to make for an entertaining rental. So if you’re looking for something to watch with a certain significant other where you don’t have to pay much attention (hint, hint), Baby Mama seems like a solid choice.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: An audio commentary (with Fey and Poehler, among others), deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and a couple featurettes (‘Saturday Night Live: Legacy of Laughter’, ‘From Conception to Delivery: The Making of Baby Mama’).

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $14.99
Amazon – $17.99

Ugly Betty revolves around the life of a sweet, not-so-gorgeous, not-so-thin girl named Betty Suarez, working as best she can amongst the beautiful models that surround her at the offices of the high-fashion magazine Mode. I still haven’t gotten around to watching Ugly Betty, unfortunately, but I’ve heard nothing but positive things about it. If you watch it, how about offering me some incentive to check it out in the comments?
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Deleted scenes, a blooper reel, and a bunch of featurettes (‘On Set with the Besties’, ‘The Suarez Tour’, ‘Wilhemina Slater: Love to Hate Her’, ‘Las Pasiones de Telenovelas’, ‘I Heart Betty’).

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$36.99 $39.99 $37.99 $35.99
Amazon – $37.49

What? Free $10 Target GiftCard with purchase of both Grey’s Anatomy (Season 4) ($36.99) and Ugly Betty (Season 2).
Where? Target.

What? Buy both Grey’s Anatomy (Season 4) ($36.99) and Ugly Betty (Season 2) and save $10.
Where? Best Buy, Circuit City.

Directed and written by Tarsem Singh (making his first movie since The Cell came out eight years ago), The Fall has been accused of suffering similar problems to his previous film, focusing more on visuals than on story and oftentimes feeling self-indulgent because of it. But even if it doesn’t succeed as a movie, it does succeed as a work of art, offering a “visually sumptuous fantasy world of exotic bandits, evil tyrants, dream-like palaces and breathtaking landscapes.” [Rotten Tomatoes] The film currently holds an 8.2 out of 10 on IMDB.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Two commentary tracks (one with the co-writer/director Tarsem Singh, one with star Lee Pace, co-writer/producer Nico Soultanakis and co-writer Dan Gilroy), deleted scenes, and 2 featurettes that take an artistic look at the film’s production.

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$18.99 $19.99
Amazon – $18.99

The Bad

(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Editions + Digital Copy)
I’m normally sympathetic to audience/critic responses to movies when placing DVDs in The Good or The Bad sections, but regardless of this film’s 64% ranking on Rotten Tomatoes and 7.0 rating on IMDB, I cannot in good conscious label The Forbidden Kingdom as good. This is a bad movie, no question about it. Entertaining? Maybe… For some. But between the godawful dialogue, clichéd and predictable storyline, frustratingly artificial style, and overall raping of the Asian culture, it was hard for me to feel anything other than a combination of boredom and pain while watching it. As the first Hollywood pairing of martial arts legends Jackie Chan and Jet Li, this movie could not have been more disappointing.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Extras on the 2-disc include a commentary (with director Rob Minkoff and writer John Fusco), deleted scenes, a bunch of featurettes (‘The Kung Fu Dream Team’, ‘Dangerous Beauty’, ‘Discovering China’, ‘Filming in Chinawood’, ‘Monkey King and the Eight Immortals’), a Previsualization featurette with commentary by Rob Minkoff, and a blooper reel.

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $14.99
Amazon – $17.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (including Amazon).

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
How the West Was Won (Ultimate Collector’s Edition)Cool Hand Luke (Deluxe Edition)Smallville (Season 7)Grey’s Anatomy (Season 4)Child’s Play (Chucky’s 20th Birthday Edition)Pumpkinhead (Collector’s Edition)Pet Sematary (Special Collector’s Edition)HecklerC.S.I. Miami (Season 6)Medium (Season 4)Wings (Season 7)

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

The Specials
NOTE: Some deals may be in-store only.

Exclusive: Free $5 Target GiftCard with purchase of Smallville (Season 7) ($39.99).

$7.50 – The Princess Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Remember the Titans, and We Are Marshall.

Exclusive: Free exclusive Visions comic book included with purchase of Smallville (Season 7) ($37.99).

$19.99 – It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Seasons 1 & 2), Arrested Development (Seasons 1 – 3), My Name is Earl (Seasons 1 – 2), How I Met Your Mother (Seasons 1 – 2), American Dad (Seasons 1 – 3), and The Riches (Season 1).

$29.99 – The Simpsons (Seasons 1 – 10).

$7.50 – Hot Fuzz, Eastern Promises, Borat, Fracture, The Number 23, Legend (Ultimate Edition), Crank, O Brother Where Are Thou?, Invincible, Talladega Nights, and more…

$6.99 – Snatch, The Mask of Zorro, Hitch, Spanglish, A Knight’s Tale, Click, Tears of the Sun, Stranger than Fiction, Desperado, Marie Antoinette, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, Silent Hill, Ali, Rudy, Meatballs (Special Edition), and more…

First Look: Baby Mama

Baby Mama

Universal has sent us the first photo from the new comedy Baby Mama, which stars Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Greg Kinnear, Dax Shepard, and Sigourney Weaver. Writer turned director Michael McCullers‘ (Austin Powers 2 and 3) feature film debut tells the story of “two women, one apartment and the nine months that will change their lives.” Yeah, doesnt sound that interesting to me either.

Tina Fey is funny, and good to look at on screen, but her true talents are behind a computer keyboard. Her work writing SNL was a highlight of the show, and Fey wrote (er adapted) one of the best teen comedies in the last 10 years: Mean Girls (remember when Lindsay Lohan was still “family friendly”?). If Fey was attached as writer, than I’d have a lot more faith. But truth be told, Baby Mama was penned by the same guy who wrote both the 2004 big screen adaptation of Thunderbirds and Undercover Brother.

I received an email last month from someone who claimed to have seen a test screening of the film. This is what he said: “It’s an average, decent comedy. Like Knocked Up but nowhere near as good.” Take that for whatever it is worth. Check out the full photo and newly released plot synopsis after the jump.

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wattsNaomi Watts will star in an adaptation of Amy Sutherland’s Kicked, Bitten and Scratched: Life and Lessons at the World’s Premiere School for Exotic Animal Trainers for First Look Pictures. Todd Louiso (Love Liza) and Jacob Koskoff are scripting it into a romantic comedy.

fey and poehlerFormer SNL Weekend Update duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will co-star in the comedy Baby Mama. Fey will play a single executive whose desire to have a child and keep her career leads her to hire a surrogate mother, played by Poehler. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me co-writer Michael McCullers will make his directorial debut.

Rob SchneiderRob Schneider is in talks to join frequent collaborator Adam Sandler in You Don’t Mess With the Zohan. The script by Judd Apatow, Robert Smigel and Sandler centers on a Mossad agent (Sandler) who fakes his death so he can move to New York and become a hair stylist. Schneider would play an East Yistannen cab driver.

bustaRapper Busta Rhymes’ new movie Order of Redemption started shooting yesterday WITHOUT Rhymes. Apparently the NYPD scared the rapper away: “The production agreed that Busta Rhymes would not be participating in the scenes shot here after the Police Department raised public safety concerns.” Director Jeff Celentano is pissed: “This is tremendously unfair to Busta, who has been nothing but professional during this project. This is a bigger loss for the city of New York.”

Ashton KutcherNeil LaBute (In the Company of Men) is in negotiations to direct and Ashton Kutcher is in talks to co-star in Screen Gems’ thriller Lakeview Terrace, which follows an LAPD officer (Samuel L. Jackson) who will stop at nothing to force out the interracial couple (Kerry Washington & Kutcher) that moved in next door.