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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 defined the summer just past. Because sometimes, discussing the ‘parts’ is more fun than discussing the ‘whole’. I’ll try to avoid divulging plot twists and the like, but consider this a SPOILER WARNING.
Funniest moment of the summer: the demonstration goes horribly wrong in ‘Splice.’
No fair spoiling it here, but there’s a moment about halfway through the otherwise taut and terrific sci-fi horror picture where Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley are giving a corporate presentation regarding their recent scientific endeavors. Let’s just say it’s easily the most outrageously funny scene of this nature since ‘ED-209′ told that unlucky executive to put down the gun in ‘Robocop.’
Best moment in a bad film: The action climax of ‘The Last Airbender’
There are no more heartbreaking disappointment this summer than watching M. Night Shyamalan, the man who made two of the best films of the last fifteen years (‘The Sixth Sense’ and ‘Unbreakable’), completely and utterly fall apart in every way. But even in this horribly-acted, poorly paced, and terribly-written tragedy, there were those moments when you realize what M. Night Shyamalan might have been able to deliver if he was willing to play director-for-hire on any other action picture. Long, fluid takes of hundreds of warriors throwing supernatural weapons and magic at each other, with every bit of it crystal clear and every beat easy to understand: this is the stuff of real movie magic. As bad as the film is, the action finale of ‘The Last Airbender’ is a bravura action sequence that only makes the movie’s failure that much more unfortunate. Ironically for a man who was once destined to be the next Spielberg/Lucas, I today speak of Shyamalan in the vein of Luke Skywalker and Padmé Amidala trying to convince people that Anakin Skywalker still has ‘some good in him’.
Most astonishingly inept technical choice: ‘Salt’s’ theme song sing-along.
I’ve written about this elsewhere, but there was no more head-slappingly boneheaded decision this year by a filmmaker then whomever chose to have a orchestral theme song for the Angelina Jolie spy thriller that literally has singers chanting ‘Salt! Salt! Salt!’ when Jolie goes [...]

SXSW 2011 officially open for submissions

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s appropriate that, as details of a “Kick-Ass” sequel start to hit the wires, we turn our attention to the festival which helped launch Matthew Vaughn’s superhero comedy last spring: South By Southwest (SXSW).
Festival organizers announced today that the 2011 SXSW has begun accepting submissions and registrations for next year’s event. Filmmakers are invited to submit their new features, short films and title sequences to the annual event. The 2011 SXSW Film Conference and Festival will take place March 11-19, in Austin, Texas.
“Across the board, the films screened at SXSW 2010 were so exciting, innovative, and entertaining, that we can’t wait to see what 2011 will bring,” said Janet Pierson, SXSW Film Conference and Festival Producer. “Look for our complete lineup and conference schedule in early February 2011.”
Submissions may only be entered via the official SXSW website, at http://sxsw.com/film. Complete rules and regulations, as well as additional information on the submission process, can be found in the Submission FAQ, at http://sxsw.com/film/screenings/submission_faq.
Submission deadlines and fees are as follows:
Early Submission Period: Monday, August 2 – Thursday, November 4, 2010
Features – $40
Shorts – $25
Title Sequence Design – $10
Texas High School – $10
Late Submission Period: Friday, November 5 – Thurs, December 2, 2010
Features – $60
Shorts – $40
Title Sequence Design – $10
Texas High School – $10
Last Minute Deadline Period: Friday, December 3 – Thursday, December 9, 2010
Features – $100
Shorts – $50
Title Sequence Design – $15
Texas High School – $10
Alongside our Film Festival, the SXSW Film Conference features over 80 informative and entertaining panels, workshops, mini-meetings and mentor sessions. The program presents topics that cover the film spectrum, with an emphasis on the intersection of the Film and Interactive worlds. 2010 participants include creative leaders and industry experts, as well as talent like Michel Gondry, David Gordon Green, Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Val Kilmer, Jeffrey Tambor, Robert Rodriguez and Ruben Fleischer.
Once again, the community can help shape the conference programming, by voting and commenting on panels they’d like to see via the PanelPicker™ interface. Voting begins Monday, August 9, and will run through Friday, August 27. To find out more about the SXSW PanelPicker, visit http://panelpicker.sxsw.com.
For more information about next year’s film portion, visit http://www.sxsw.com/film.
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Thursday Summary: Mariah Carey, Dennis Hopper

By Andy Pemberton
HollywoodNews.com: Here is a lot of news in one place.
New details surrounding Gary Coleman’s death have emerged with his attorney saying the child star of “Diff’rent Strokes” and his wife divorced in 2008, and Utah authorities releasing a tape of her frantic 911 call after he struck his head in a fall. The Post reports that the Utah hospital released a statement revealing that Coleman had completed an advanced directive granting Price permission to make medical decisions for him. “An advanced healthcare directive remains in effect regardless of a patient’s marital status, unless modified by the patient,” the statement said. /AP, NYP 21
Jack Nicholson and Val Kilmer were among the actors who joined dozens of Dennis Hopper’s relatives, friends and Taos locals to remember the two-time Oscar nominee at a memorial Mass on Wednesday in New Mexico. Nicholson described his “Easy Rider” costar as “an all-around guy.” “It was a very singular relationship I had with him, like nobody else. We were soul mates in a way. I really miss him,” Nicholson said. /AP
The prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of American teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba is now wanted by Peruvian cops for the murder of a 21-year-old woman—exactly five years to the day after Holloway vanished. Joran van der Sloot, 22, is believed to have brutally stabbed Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez in his Lima hotel room before rolling her corpse into a blanket and checking out Sunday. /NYP 1, 4; DN 1, 5; USAT 6A
Mariah Carey is pregnant, according to RadarOnline.com. The pop diva, 40, dropped out of Tyler Perry’s latest movie because of her condition, and has gone to great lengths to hide her baby bump from photographers, the Post reports. /NYP 18
Paul McCartney performed at a White House on Wednesday night, and sang the Beatles’ song “Michelle.” After serenading the first lady with the words, “I love you, I love you, I love you,” McCartney joked that he just might be the “first guy ever to be punched out by a president.” President Obama presented the former Beatle with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. /AP, USAT 2D
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Hollywood Movie Roundup: “Shrek” Always, but not 4ever

BY Kevin Crust
HollywoodNews.com: The summer fare keeps coming with nary an original idea in sight. This week’s offerings boast a distinct “Saturday Night Live” vibe, featuring a showdown between prominent alums and current cast members.
SHREK FOREVER AFTER
“Shrek the Third” disappointed animation fans so expectations are on hold for what is promised as the “final” installment, released in the now de rigueur three dimensions. The stars, including Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas, are back as the big green guy gets into trouble after entering into an ill-advised contract with the nefarious Rumplestiltskin.  Director Mike Mitchell (“Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo,” “Sky High”) takes the helm. Josh Klausner and Darren Lemke wrote the script.
The reviews are split fairly evenly between critics who believe there is still a bit of magic in Far, Far Away Land and those who are ready to stick a fork in it. Those that do find some remaining charm — including Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times, Stephen Holden of the New York Times and Claudia Puig of USA Today — attribute it to the continuing antics of the series’ enduring characters and performers. John Anderson of Variety, on the other hand, notes the unfortunate borrowing of plot from “It’s a Wonderful Life” and labels the “dead-eyed” “Shrek” a franchise that time has passed by — visually, musically, comedically, and, especially, technologically. The Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern is dazzled by one enchanting set piece, but otherwise grouses that “Shrek” tries both audience’s patience and love.
Even with inflation and the higher ducat price for 3D, the fourth installment of the ogre opera will likely fall short of the second and third “Shrek” films that earned $108M and $123M, respectively, in 2004 and 2007. Nevertheless, “Forever’s” expected $90-105M haul will easily earn the week’s top spot over such holdovers as “Iron Man 2″ and “Robin Hood.” With the release slate cleared of family films for four weeks until “Toy Story 3″ arrives, DreamWorks is aiming to eclipse “Shrek the Third’s” tally of $323M.

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Will Forte‘s “MacGyver” parody makes the leap from SNL skit to big screen movie as the resourceful former Special Forces operative is called upon to save Washington, D.C. from nuclear annihilation. Kristen Wiig, Val Kilmer and Ryan Phillippe co-star. Forte teamed with SNL writers John Solomon and Jorma Taccone on the script. Taccone also direted.
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“MacGruber” is a bomb, while “The Square” rivets with unpredictable thrills

By Sean O’Connell
MacGruber (*1/2 out of 4)
If Pixar and its animated output is Hollywood’s safest bet, then full-length features derived from brief “Saturday Night Live” skits have to be the industry’s riskiest gamble. It’s possible you’ll end up with a “Blues Brothers” or a “Wayne’s World,” comedies that extend their single-joke premise and expand the universe for their potentially amusing characters. But more often than not, you’re destined for an unimaginative dud like “The Ladies Man,” “It’s Pat,” “A Night at the Roxbury,” “Superstar” and, now, “MacGruber.” Why do studios continue to green light such projects? Russian roulette players have better survival rates.
The running gag in a “MacGruber” sketch is that the incompetent hero, played by Will Forte as a poor-man’s version of Richard Dean Anderson’s television adventurer MacGuyver, usually explodes right before he does something lewd or ridiculous. In a recent episode, a bomb MacGruber meant to disarm goes off right before he French kisses his grandmother (Betty White).
Without network censors breathing down their necks, Forte and his team (which includes writer-director Jorma Taccone and co-writer John Solomon) are able to show you how far they’re willing to go in a “MacGruber” sketch. It ain’t pretty. What starts as a smart send-up of 1980s action thrillers — with the deepest homage paid to Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo series — rapidly devolves into the usual, disgusting piss and shit jokes writers use as lame crutches. If MacGruber has his back against the wall and he feels he has exhausted all options, he’ll graciously offer to give another man a blowjob. In fact, he won’t take no for an answer. And when MacGruber needs to distract heavily armed terrorists, he strips naked and sticks a stalk of celery up his ass. Do these jokes make you laugh? You’re in luck. They’ll be repeated multiple times throughout this blessedly short “comedy.”
There’s not much to say about the acting in “MacGruber.” Forte’s his earnest, uninformed self, though he does affect an aggressive side when he stands off against Ryan Phillippe, cast as an all-American soldier and the straight man to Forte’s renegade. Phillippe’s presence kind of strips the usually funny Kristen Wiig of any motivation. She’s supposed to be MacGruber’s right-hand woman, but then she morphs into his love interest. She looks like she wishes she had funnier lines. So does Val Kilmer, who has a few inconsequential scenes as MacGruber’s arch nemesis, Dieter [...]

SXSW: Festival preview, and off to a rough start

BY SEAN O’CONNELL
We all have computer horror stories, where laptops die at the worst possible time. Here’s my latest.
Roughly 24 hours before I’m due to board a plane for Austin to cover my first South By Southwest Film Festival, an annual Mecca for lovers of film, music and interactive technologies, when my own modest piece of technology – my laptop – bit the dust. I’ve never tried to cover a film festival without a laptop. I imagine it would be like running a marathon without sneakers. You could do it, but man, would it be painful.
The HP technicians, while courteous, aren’t miracle workers. And so while my computer heads to places unknown for “surgery,” I’m off to Texas with a borrowed computer in hand to sample the best that SXSW has to offer.
Planning for a festival that boasts the size and scope of SXSW can be difficult. Even limiting myself to the festival’s film program – and avoiding the top-notch music and technology presentations – means having to make tough calendar decisions. Do I stick with the plan to see Edward Norton in the Sundance fave “Leaves of Grass,” or run to the recently announced screening of “Predators,” the Robert Rodriguez-produced summer blockbuster? (Having committed to interviews, I have to stick to the former, but you see what kind of conundrums one faces when mapping out a fest as extensive as this.)
A cursory scan of the schedule reveals any number of must-see events, including:
The World Premiere of Matthew Vaughn’s “Kick Ass,” a superhero story about ordinary folks donning tights and capes to fight crime.
The exclusive first look of “Predators,” a continuation of the sci-fi franchise starring Adrien Brody, Topher Grace and Laurence Fishburne.
The World Premiere of “MacGruber,” an extended “Saturday Night Live” sketch starring Will Forte, Val Kilmer and Kristen Wiig. Speaking of “SNL,” James Franco’s behind the scenes documentary “Saturday Night” plays SXSW this year, but on Sunday. Why not Saturday night?
Sundance Film Festival favorites like “Leaves of Grass,” “The Freebie” and “Cyrus,” an offbeat comedy starring Jonah Hill and John C. Reilly.
The World Premiere of “Barry Munday,” in which “Watchmen” star Patrick Wilson plays a man who loses his testicles, then learns he has fathered a child.
“Micmacs,” the latest from “Amelie” director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, which left last year’s Toronto International Film Festival with rave reviews.
Interesting documentaries like “American Grindhouse,” “The White Stripes: Under [...]

“MacGruber” moved back a month

Universal Pictures announced today that “MacGruber,” the comedy based on Will Forte’s recurring “Saturday Night Live” character, will open one month later than planned: Friday, May 21, as opposed to Friday, April 23. This pits “MacGruber” against Paramount’s “Shrek Forever After,” which already had claimed that weekend. 
 
In “MacGruber,” Forte plays a clueless soldier of fortune who somehow has earned the rank of Green Beret, Navy SEAL and Army Ranger. On his latest mission, he faces off against Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer), and is assisted by Dixon Piper (Ryan Phillippe) and Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig).
Also receiving a release date is Universal’s “Fast Five,” the fifth installment in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker return in their starring roles for the latest adventure. The movie hits theaters on Friday, June 10.

MacGruber leads SXSW 2010 Features Lineup

BY STAFF
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is thrilled to announce the complete features lineup for this year’s Festival, March 12 – 20, 2010 in Austin, Texas. Over the course of nine days, 119 features will screen at the festival, with 55 of those having their world premieres at SXSW 2010. These films were selected from a record 1,572 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,206 U.S. and 366 international feature-length films.
Among the major films added to the lineup are: Rogue’s MacGruber, from director Jorma Taccone; Mark Duplass’ Cyrus, Bernard Rose’s Mr. Nice, Tim Blake Nelson’s Leaves of Grass, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Micmacs, Michel Gondry’s The Thorn in the Heart, Alexandre O. Philippe’s The People vs. George Lucas, Shane Meadows’ Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee, Steven Soderbergh’s And Everything Is Going Fine, Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas’ American: The Bill Hicks Story, Mike Woolf’s Man on A Mission, Jacob Hatley’s Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm, Mark Landsman’s Thunder Soul, Daniel Stamm’s Cotton, Chris D’Arienzo’s BARRY MUNDAY, and Floria Sigismondi’s The Runaways. They join previously announced films such as Opening Night film Kick-Ass, as well as narrative features Cold Weather and Elektra Luxx, and documentaries Hubble 3D, Lemmy, SATURDAY NIGHT and The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights.
“It was an incredibly competitive year with record submission numbers, and although we had to make really tough decisions, we are extremely excited about this lineup. I’m in awe of the talent on display throughout all the sections,” says Film Conference and Festival Producer Janet Pierson, “We feel we’ve achieved a great balance that continues our tradition of screening films across all budget lines and styles, and we take particular pride in witnessing the evolution of SXSW alumni as well as the vitality of fresh voices.”
The festival’s main competition categories once again find 8 Narrative Features and 8 Documentary Features, vying for their respective Grand Jury Prizes. The Narrative Feature Competition includes: Brotherhood, directed by Will Canon, Dance With The One, directed by Mike Dolan, Earthling, directed by Clay Liford, Helena from the Wedding, directed by Joseph Ifantolino, The Myth of the American Sleepover, directed by David Robert Mitchell, Phillip The Fossil, directed by Garth Donovan, Some Days are Better than Others, directed by Matt McCormick and Tiny Furniture, directed by Lena Dunham. The Documentary Feature Competition includes: Beijing Taxi, directed by Miao [...]