"Winter's Bone" Movie Review! See Why I'm Calling This One of the Year's Best! 

“Winter’s Bone” arrives in theaters just in the nick of time during a blockbuster summer movie season when vampires and werewolves are hailed, while character and plot development are shunned. Harrowing and uplifting at the same time, I reckon “Winter’s Bone” will leave you in a permanent redemptive state.

At the heart of the movie is a strong performance from Jennifer Lawrence who was named one of the New York Times “50 People to Watch.” She stars as Ree Dolly, a 17 year-old who is wise beyond her years. Read More...

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"Wicked" Defies Gravity, May Soon Become a Big-Screen Musical! Yay! 

"Wicked," the movie based on the super-successful musical is one step closer to becoming a reality! According to Deadline Hollywood, "the musical's producer Marc Platt, book writer Winnie Holzman, and songwriter Stephen Schwartz have begun meeting with filmmakers."

And directors JJ Abrams, James Mangold, Ryan Murphy, and Rob Marshall are some of the helmers who have either met with the creators or have thrown their hat in the ring.

This is exciting news! I love "Wicked" and have always imagined the big screen version of it! But the big question, will Universal hire the musical's original stellar cast Idina Menzel (Elphaba) and Kristin Chenoweth (Galinda)?

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"Despicable Me" Steals Box-Office Crown! See the Top 10 Films for the Weekend! 

Moviegoers found "Despicable Me" well, not quite despicable. The first foray of Universal Pictures into the 3-D animated territory made an estimated $60.1 million at the box-office debuting at No. 1. (Check out my review of "Despicable Me" right here)

Previous weekend's box-office darling, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," slipped to No. 2 with $33.35 million and so far, has made $237 million in just its first 12 days. Industry experts are expecting the third installment to surpass the second flick, "New Moon," which grossed $296.6 million last year. (Check out my review of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" right here)

Entering at No. 3 is "Predators" from producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimrod Antal. Starring Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, and Topher Grace, the reboot of the popular 80s franchise made a respectable $25.3 million. (Check out my review of "Predators" right here)

Here's the estimated list of the Top 10 box-office films for the weekend of July 9th:

1. "Despicable Me," $60.1 million.

2. "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," $33.35 million.

3. "Predators," $25.3 million.

4. "Toy Story 3," $22 million.

5. "The Last Airbender," $17.15 million.

6. "Grown Ups," $16.4 million.

7. "Knight and Day," $7.85 million.

8. "The Karate Kid," $5.7 million.

9. "The A-Team," $1.8 million.

10. "Cyrus," $1.4 million.

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"Predators" and "Despicable Me" Movie Reviews 

Two big films are opening this weekend, we have "Predators" for sci-fi fans and "Despicable Me" for the whole family. Both are good, but one is better. Which one? Find out below and have fun at the movies:

Here's more info on "Predators" from Yahoo:

Royce, a mercenary, reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they've been brought together on an alien planet... as prey. With the notable exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers -- mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members -- human "predators" that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators.

Genres: Action/Adventure and Science Fiction/Fantasy
Release Date: July 9th, 2010 (wide)
Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Cast and Credits
Starring: Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Danny Trejo, Walton Goggins
Directed by: Nimrod Antal
Produced by: Robert Rodriguez, Alex Young, Elizabeth Avellan

And here's "Despicable Me:"

Cast and Credits
Starring: Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Danny Trejo, Walton Goggins
Directed by: Nimrod Antal
Produced by: Robert Rodriguez, Alex Young, Elizabeth Avellan

Genres: Comedy, Kids/Family and Animation
Release Date: July 9th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for rude humor and mild action.
Distributors: Universal Pictures

Cast and Credits
Starring: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Kristen Wiig, Will Arnett, Danny McBride
Directed by: Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
Produced by: Nina Rappaport-Rowan, Christopher Meledandri, Janet Healy

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Latest Movie News -- More "Avatar" Footage, "Captain America" Costume, and "Sherlock Holmes 2" 

From "Avatar" to "Sherlock Holmes 2," exciting news made specially for you. I scoured the interwebz, so you don't have to!

First, James Cameron wants you to spend more money on "Avatar." Coming to theaters on August 27th, you can see 8 minutes of additional footage as the No. 1 film of all time returns to theaters! You know you want to. Check this link for international dates!

Also, Mister "Captain America" himself, Chris Evans, talked about his costume with Empire Magazine. He said:

"It’s an amazing costume. Given the fact that his costume is red, white and blue, and it’s tight, and it could be kind of flash and over the top – and given the fact that the movie takes place in the ‘40s and ‘50s – they’ve done a really good job of making it look really cool."

So it's not the tight spandex red, white, and blue we've all been accustomed to seeing the superhero wearing. Instead, it's sort of like a vintage "Captain America" if you may. Check out the concept art for the Marvel film right here.

And it's not elementary my dear Watson that "Sherlock Holmes" would get a sequel! Now, Jude Law aka Mr. Watson revealed that he and Robert Downey Jr. may return to Baker Street sooner that we think! We learned exclusively from Empire that:

Talking us through his chockers-looking schedule for the rest of the year, Law revealed that principal photography will kick off in the autumn. "It looks likely that we're going to shoot the second Sherlock Holmes in October," he told Empire's own Damon Wise, suggesting that Guy Ritchie and his writers aren't too far off a completed script and some intriguing casting announcements.

Finally, for all those anti-"Twilight" folks, 20th Century Fox is distributing a movie made you! It's called "Vampires Suck" due in theaters August 18th. Fox is taking advantage of the "Twilight" phenomenon by releasing this spoof.

From writers/directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the guys who gave us the unforgettable classics like "Date Movie," "Epic Movie," "Meet the Spartans," and "Disaster Movie." I'm sure "Vampires Suck" would, ahem, suck.

Here's the movie's synopsis from IMDB:

A spoof of vampire-themed movies, where teenager Becca finds herself torn between two boys. As she and her friends wrestle with a number of different dramas, everything comes to a head at their prom.

Take a bite out of the trailer below, it's mildly amusing:

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