Book Watch: <i>Film Firsts: The 25 Movies That Created Contemporary American Cinema</i>

What was the first film to kick off the current CGI-boom? How about the first film to turn the Sundance Film Festival into independent cinema's premiere event? Or maybe the first film to take full advantage of the Internet as a marketing tool? All of those film firsts -- plus many more -- are covered in the new Praeger-published book Film Firsts: The 25 Movies That Created Contemporary American Cinema, written by TWoP's lead film critic, Ethan Alter.

Movies Without Pity Awards Week 5: The Best of the Rest

by Ethan Alter February 6, 2012 11:00 am
Movies Without Pity Awards Week 5: The Best of the Rest

We've arrived at the fifth and final week of voting in our second-annual Movies Without Pity Awards. And, just like Oscar night, we've saved the biggest categories for last. Think The Artist really is the best movie of the year, as the Academy seems poised to decide? Or would you cast your vote for its fellow nominees Moneyball, War Horse or The Tree of Life instead? Or maybe you'd like to pick a movie completely overlooked by Oscar, like, say Attack the Block, The Muppets or Margaret.

Movies Without Pity Awards Week 4: Support This!

by Ethan Alter January 30, 2012 11:00 am
Movies Without Pity Awards Week 4: Support This!

The Oscar nominations released their picks for the year's best supporting performances last week. Tell us whether you think they were right by registering your vote in Week 4 of the Movie Without Pity Awards, which leads off with Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. But why stop there? You can also tell us who you though was the year's Worst Supporting Actor and Actress. For example, we would have placed My Week with Marilyn's Kenneth Branagh in the latter category, as opposed to what Academy voters wound up going with.

Movies Without Pity Awards Week 3: Alien Invasion

by Ethan Alter January 23, 2012 11:00 am
Movies Without Pity Awards Week 3: Alien Invasion

The Oscar nominations are announced tomorrow, but in the meantime, you can register your own opinion on the best and worst of the past year in film via The Movie Without Pity Awards.

Captain America: Other Retro Comic Book Movies

by Ethan Alter July 21, 2011 2:08 pm
<i>Captain America</i>: Other Retro Comic Book Movies

Most comic-book movies set their virtuous heroes and dastardly villains loose in the present day. But there are also quite a few that rewind the clock and transport audiences back to another time and place. Case in point: the latest Marvel movie Captain America: The First Avenger, which takes place almost entirely during the early years of World War II and pits Cap against a squad of Nazi-affiliated soldiers led by a Hitler-esque bad guy, Johann Schmidt a.k.a. The Red Skull. Here are some of the other comics-inspired features that double as period pieces. (One note: We're looking at outings involving colorfully clad heroes only, so more serious comic-to-film translations like From Hell and Road to Perdition have been left on the cutting room floor.)

<I>Friends With Benefits</I>: Annoying Things Couples Only Do in Movies

Spoiler alert (in case you haven't seen No Strings Attached or any other rom-com in your life): at the end of Friends With Benefits, Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are going to fall in love. What's also obvious? All of the annoying, unrealistic crap they're going to do to lead them to that point, which we see all the time in these kinds of movies. Real-life couples don't do things like jump over fences and stand at the Hollywood sign in order to push each other to be daring, as these two fated lovers do in the FWB trailer. And before we begin: We aren't about to shit on the classics, which is why we're going to point out the modern films that ripped off these ideas and made them the pathetic clich├ęs that they've become.

After <i>The Lorax</i>, What Dr. Seuss Books are Left to Turn Into Movies?

Movies based on children's books by Dr. Seuss have done very well in Hollywood. How the Grinch Stole Christmas was a Jim Carrey blockbuster in 2000, as was the animated Horton Hears a Who in 2008. Mike Myers' The Cat in the Hat, on the other hand... well, two successful movies out of three ain't bad. But now that the news has broken that Universal will be releasing a 3D animated movie based on ecological parable The Lorax in 2012, one has to wonder how many movies ol' Theodor Geisel's oeuvre has left to give us. We looked over his body of work and called out some of the most marketable titles. Expect to see one or more of these in theatres by 2015.

5 Kid's Shows That Could Actually Make Watchable Movies

by Mindy Monez June 3, 2009 10:06 am
5 Kid's Shows That Could Actually Make Watchable Movies They turned Transformers into a movie franchise; they turned Land of the Lost into a movie; they're turning Thundercats, Where's Waldo? and Stretch Armstrong into movies. Clearly, these things are just going to keep happening. Every single thing you remember from a past decade will be announced as a movie sooner or later. Slap wraps will be a movie. Girl Talk: The Next Zit Sticker will be a movie. Crystal Pepsi will be a movie. And you know what? I surrender! We might as well start preemptively embracing these things and hoping for the best before they're announced -- it lessens the blow that way. Here are five kid's shows you liked when you were younger that will inevitably be adapted into live action films, as well as some casting suggestions that we can hopefully all live with.

Father Knows Worst: Classic TV Shows Make Bad Movies…Or Do They?

by Rebecca Bellotto April 16, 2009 5:18 pm
Father Knows Worst: Classic TV Shows Make Bad Movies…Or Do They?

The Interweb is all abuzz today with news of a Father Knows Best movie in the works at Fox/New Regency. Will the new script dissect the show's oft-criticized paternalism, or skew its overly-rosy view of American life? Nope -- it's going to have a wacky grandpa! Apparently the original plot is going by the wayside in favor of a new dad fighting with his more conservative, live-in father over parenting style, which sounds just hilarious. After all, it's easy to remake these classic TV shows as movies, right? Hmmm... Read on to relive the worst '50-'60s TV reboots ever to appear on the silver screen, and take a gander at some remake ideas we'd rather sit through...

Roeper To Depart "At The Movies"

by DeAnn Welker July 21, 2008 12:33 pm
Roeper To Depart "At The Movies"

Richard Roeper announced Sunday that he will be leaving At the Movies With Ebert & Roeper after eight years, after failing to reach a contract with Disney-ABC for a ninth season. For Roeper, it hasn't been the same since co-host Roger Ebert became sick and was unable to be on the show for most of the past two seasons.

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