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It would be easier to dismiss the showiness of the overwhelmingly manic, pulsating style of 127 Hours if it weren’t so perfectly characteristic of its protagonist. With his earnest zest for life and self-proclaimed superhero status, Aron Ralston refuses to let anything keep him in one place for too long—save for, you know, a big rock. Viewers already know exactly how the movie is going to end the moment his arm gets lodged against that boulder, but the tale remains thrilling all the same. Boyle’s cinematically charged approach ensures that not a sensation or hallucinatory memory goes by without the viewer experiencing it in as intimately vivid of detail as the medium will allow, appropriately putting the emphasis on Ralston’s emotional journey rather than the pat how-will-he-escape narrative one. It’s a rare example of an inspirational true story that doesn’t ring false, never feeling clouded by the need to please audiences or adhere to the same emotional artifice as most films of its ilk. That the story ends on a note of life-affirming triumph is of course the expected conclusion, but unlike the phony “heartwarming true story” garbage that studios like Disney churn out at least once a year, 127 Hours earns it.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A commentary with Danny Boyle, Christian Colson & Simon Beaufoy, and deleted scenes. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as 2 featurettes (“Search & Rescue”, “127 Hours: An Extraordinary View”), a God of Love short film by Luke Matheny, and a digital copy of the film.

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50 Movie Spoilers of 2010 in 3 Minutes

Our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series — 50 Movie Spoilers of 2010 in 3 Minutes, in one take. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 50 Christmas Movie Spoilers in 3 Minutes100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes, 50 Disney Spoilers in 3 Minutes and 50 Comedy Spoilers in 3 Minutes.  Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.

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As the movie industry evolves, so to do the Razzies. The anti-Oscars, which infamously recognize the worst movies of the year, have announced their short list of eligible films which includes a brand new category: Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3D. What films are eligible for that award as well as Worst Film of the Year and more? Find out after the jump. Actual nominations will be announced January 24, the day before Oscar nominations. Read More »

Burlesque Movie Trailer #2

Screen Gems has released a second movie trailer for Steven Antin‘s contemporary musical Burlesque (if you missed the first movie trailer, you can watch that at the link). I’m not a big fan of musicals, and when I have liked a film musical, it has usually been of the more cinematic variety. Burlesque is obviously a musical of the stage show-variety. I was also once interested in this project because it was announced that screenwriter Diablo Cody was doing a draft of the script, but I don’t see her name listed in the early credits, and the film doesn’t look to have any of her signature touches. Basically, this is a long way of saying, this just isn’t my thing.

But I’m sure some of you are interested. Watch the second trailer now embedded after the jump thanks to Vlicious (found via FirstShowing).

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Last week, Screen Gems released the first movie trailer from Steven Antin‘s contemporary musical Burlesque. We now have a three and a half minute clip featuring Christina Aguilera in her live-action big screen film debut, singing “Something’s Got A Hold On Me.” I’ve never been a huge fan of movie musicals, only the ones that employ a more cinematic style. This scene is more like a bad but well-lit music video. I couldn’t make it all the way through the clip, maybe you can? Watch the clip now embedded after the jump.

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Movie Trailer: Burlesque


A movie trailer for Steve Antin’s Burlesque has just debuted. Those interested to see Christina Aguilera’s theatrical debut should hit the jump for the trailer and for a plot synopsis of the film. Burlesque hits theaters on November 24, 2010.
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Eight New Photos: Burlesque

Screen Gems has released the first high resolution production photo of Christina Aguilera in her live-action big screen film debut Burlesque. USA Today is calling the photo a “first look” but there have been other low res photos and set videos online in the past. Check out eight photos from the movie after the jump. I’m sure a movie trailer won’t be far behind.

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At ShoWest I was handed an promotional booklet listing all of Sony’s upcoming releases, and noticed a few unreleased photos for films to be released in Late 2010-2011. After the jump you can see photos from the Adam McKay-directed Will Ferrell-starring comedy The Other Guys, the Untitled James L Brooks Comedy starring  Reese Witherspoon, a logo for Burlesque, Easy A and Takers. Please excuse the low-fi quality of the images as they were snapped with an iPhone.

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Entertainment Tonight ran a behind the scenes feature on Christina Aguilera‘s live-action big screen film debut Burlesque. Steven Antin‘s contemporary musical tells the story of Ali, “an ambitious small-town girl with a big voice” played by Aguilera, who “tries to escape a hollow past by performing in a neo-burlesque club in Los Angeles.” The film hopes to be Moulin Rouge meets Cabaret, with established songs that will be updated and worked into dance numbers.   Cher makes her big screen return as Tess, the proprietor of the club, alongside Stanley Tucci. The film also stars a red-haired Julianne Hough, and a brunette Kristen Bell.

Antin wrote the script, which was later revised by Erin Brockovich scribe Susannah Grant. No mention is made of Diablo Cody‘s screenplay involvement in the Variety story, which makes me wonder if any of her contributions have made it to the final draft. Antin has described neo-burlesque as “a contemporary take on the traditional burlesque that derived from vaudeville, with singing, dancing, comedy and more tease than striptease.” Antin’s sister Robin created the burlesque troupe The Pussycat Dolls in 1995. Watch some early footage and behind the scenes interviews from ET, after the jump.

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Jennifer Hudson made a splash on American Idol, then quickly went on to win an Oscar for her debut role in Dreamgirls, but we haven’t seen much of her onscreen since. Now she’s got a follow-up role to her big breakthrough: in Winnie, she’ll play Winnie Mandela, wife to South African president Nelson Mandela.

Directing is South African filmmaker Darrell J. Roodt, who was behind Yesterday and Sarafina! The script is from Roodt, Andre Pieterse and Paul L. Johnson, from the biography Winnie Mandela: A Life, by Anne Marie du Preez. Winnie Mandela fought apartheid alongside her husband, and was jailed for demanding his release, but she faced legitimate legal troubles down the road. Variety also reports that Hudson is expected to sing the theme for the film.

After the break, another Winnie movie, more for the Christina Aguilera film Burlesque, and Stephen Root bolsters two already solid casts. Read More »