Tag Archives: Scott Mendelson

Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete” is an over-the-top piece of Mexican myth-making

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: It is easy to dismiss the angry political threads running through Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete.” While it’s easy to simply say that ‘it’s just a comedic throwback to the exploitation films of the 1970s’, one must remember that those films did indeed tackle the political and social issues[...]

‘The Expendables’ is subtly patriotic but not nationalistic, says Bill O’Reilly

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: It’s a common tactic brandished on the Right, and occasionally used by the Left, to create a straw-man argument and then bring on someone to validate or combat said viewpoint. Bill O’Reilly himself has been famous for his annual ‘War on Christmas’ series that seems to crop[...]

The Moments that Mattered: Summer Movies

HollywoodNews.com: We’ll see if my schedule allows me to do a compressive ‘end of summer’ box office wrap-up, but since summer 2010 doesn’t officially end until September 3rd, I figure I’ve got time. But for now, here is a rundown of the various scenes, performances, moments, and miscues that[...]

Fourth ‘Mission: Impossible’ film to not be titled ‘Mission: Impossible’?

By Scott Mendelson hollywoodnews.com: Long story short, Paramount is doing all kinds of tinkering with the fourth ‘Mission: Impossible’ picture, in a bid to cut down costs (yes, Randy, I know…), and/or ‘reboot the series’. As ‘Variety’ reported the other day, the two big change is that co-star Jeremy Renner will[...]

Wes Craven’s ‘My Soul to Take’ releases official trailer

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: Usually when I see a trailer for an upcoming movie, I discuss how the film looks, how it might play out, and the stylistic choices that went into the construction of said trailer in terms of what the studio is trying to sell. However, here presents an[...]

‘Expendables’ explodes, ‘Eat Pray Love’ is bountiful, while ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ lacks ‘Game Genie.’

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: Proving once again that films aimed at older audiences have theoretically stronger legs than those aimed at teens, ‘The Expendables’ and ‘Eat Pray Love’ both had strong weekend multipliers and both performed at or above realistic expectations. With all the hub-bub regarding ‘the guy movie vs.[...]

‘The Expendables’ outdraws a strong ‘Eat Pray Love’ while ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ does cult geek business.

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: ‘The Expendables’ was number one in its first day of release, taking in $13.3 million. The Sly Stallone and friends ensemble looks heading for an opening weekend of around $35 million. Although the picture cost $82 million, distributor Lionsgate is only on the hook for[...]

Harvey Weinstein up in arms as ‘The Tillman Story’ gets an R-rating

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: Distributor Harvey Weinstein, director Amir Bav Lev, and producer John Battsek is up in arms today because their upcoming documentary, “The Tillman Story,” has been slapped with an R-rating for ‘excessive language’. Apparently, the critically-acclaimed look into the death of Pat Tillman in Afghanistan and subsequent cover-up[...]

Ryan Reynolds narrates “Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics” trailer

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: This comes out on DVD on November 9th. It apparently screened at the Comic Con last month, and I haven’t heard any real word of mouth either way. It’s narrated by Ryan Reynolds, and I can only hope it’s as good as the delightful Kevin Burns documentary[...]

‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ is deeply rooted in pubescent romantic fantasy

By Scott Mendelson HollywoodNews.com: In many ways, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” is the equivalent of the “Twilight Saga” for boys. It is deeply rooted in pubescent romantic fantasy, albeit this time from the male’s point of view. It is foolish and shallow about the ways of relationships, pandering to the[...]
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