Five Unexpectedly Great Philip Seymour Hoffman Performances

by Ethan Alter February 3, 2014 2:45 pm
Five Unexpectedly Great Philip Seymour Hoffman Performances

In recent years, it's been taken for granted that Philip Seymour Hoffman could do just about anything. That's the kind of trust a performer builds with both filmmakers and moviegoers when he or she is able to cultivate the kind of long and varied career that Hoffman enjoyed right up until his tragic passing on February 2.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, November 27, 2012

by Ethan Alter November 27, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Men in Black are back... and nobody cares.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

by Ethan Alter November 20, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Get your jungle boogie on with an eight-film Tarantino retrospective.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

by Ethan Alter June 12, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Just in time for summer, here's a healthy dose of Meatballs.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, December 13, 2011

by Ethan Alter December 13, 2011 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Where apes? There apes!

Cruise Can't Handle the Suit

by Odie Henderson August 27, 2008 9:39 am
Cruise Can't Handle the Suit Stop me if you've heard this before: Tom Cruise's troubled WWII movie Valkyrie is having problems. The film, which is in the can and tentatively scheduled for release on December 26th, is now the subject of a lawsuit brought on by twelve German extras. E! Online reports the actors were appearing in a "less than action packed sequence in Berlin" that turned into an injury packed tour de force: the actors fell out of an improperly loaded truck. I guess the force they toured was gravity. I know studios are cheap, but this is one case in which United Artists doesn't want to buy something that fell off a truck. It might cost them $11 million.

Flop of the Valkyries

by Odie Henderson April 23, 2008 12:04 pm
Flop of the Valkyries

You'd think Ishtar would have convinced celebrities that giving their movies odd names usually guarantees a flop. If the audience isn't sure how to pronounce the movie's title, they're going to opt for something easier to say. Ken Russell once came up with a provocative ad campaign for his dismal mess, Whore, wherein the poster said "if you can't say it, just see it." Perhaps United Artists can use the same tactic when (or should I say if) Tom Cruise's Valkyrie finally opens. What 12-year old boy (and believe me, Hollywood markets everything to 12 year old boys) can pronounce it, let alone knows what a Valkyrie is? Hell, Microsoft Word, which I believe is 12 years old now, doesn't even know. It keeps flagging that word as a typo.

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