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“Superman/Shazam!” looks and sounds gorgeous on Bluray

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: There’s not too much to say about a 24 minute slugfest. The story is pretty simple: Black Adam shows up, Billy Batson becomes Captain Marvel, action and thematic elements occur. Most of the entire second and third acts of this extended short film is basically a smackdown[...]

The Top 10 Scariest Horror Films from the last 20 years

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: The goal of this list is pretty simple. I’m sure we’re all sick and tired of seeing countless ‘scariest movies of all time’ lists every Halloween that basically include some combination of the same several movies. Among the movies that will not be on this list: “Psycho,”[...]

‘Paranormal Activity 2’ scores a record $6.3M on midnight showings

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: After scoring a record $6.3 million in midnight showings alone, “Paranormal Activity 2” ended its first day with $20.1 million. For what it’s worth, that means that “Paranormal Activity 2” had one of the lowest ‘midnight-to-opening day’ multipliers in history. Only “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”[...]

Cartoon movies are having a hard time getting “G” ratings these days

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: “The Lion King” had a major character’s father being murdered onscreen, another major character being eaten alive by hyenas, and a young child snuggling up beside the corpse of the above-mentioned recently deceased father. “Tarzan” opened with a blood-stained cabin containing two corpses and an infant being[...]

Why Peter Jackson directing ‘The Hobbit’ may not be so positive

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: I’ve been down this road before, but now that it’s official, it’s worth repeating. After years of speculation and attempted pawn-offs, Peter Jackson is in fact directing “The Hobbit.” As of yesterday, MGM and Warner Bros. have reached a deal to fund two films based on “The[...]

‘The Social Network’ remains firmly locked as Oscar front-runner

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: A handful of new releases were not enough to dethrone the buzzy and generally terrific ‘founding of Facebook’ drama “The Social Network” from the top spot this weekend. Dropping a measly 30%, the David Fincher picture grossed $15.5 million in its second weekend. With a ten-day total[...]

The 3D format remains a tool, not a new genre

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: There’s a new article out from Anne Thompson, who I usually enjoy, regarding the alleged downturn of 3D. Basically the gist is that 3D is in peril, and the big savior of the format will be “Tron: Legacy.” The piece itself is harmless, and to be fair[...]

“Wall Street 2” is a genuine mainstream hit with $19 million

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: The funny thing about long-delayed sequels is that it’s generally pretty easy for them to top the opening weekends of their predecessors purely due to inflation. So while “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps” is a genuine mainstream hit with $19 million on 3,565 screens ($5,330 per[...]

“Superman/Batman Apocalypse” sounds wonderful on Blu-ray

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: It is perhaps unfair for me to be overly critical of “Superman/Batman Apocalypse,” as I was not a fan of the comic book story arc from which it is adapted from. The early Jeph Loeb issues of the “Superman/Batman” comic were full of fan-friendly moments and epic[...]

‘Devil’ is a great old-fashioned throwback of a horror film

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: “Devil” is a deliciously old-fashioned throwback of a horror film. It is a myth, a ghost story told around a campfire, and a deliciously entertaining piece of pop entertainment. It is overly moralistic and quite heavy-handed in spots, but it succeeds in its very limited ambitions. It[...]
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