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Female Buddy Comedy Ideas: More Where 'The Heat' Came From

Posted By Annette Bourdeau on Jun 27th 2013 12:53PM
Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock are each pretty amazing on their own. So just imagine how great a movie starring both of them as cops hunting down an evil drug lord will be! "The Heat," out this week, promises plenty of laughs with a team like Bullock and McCarthy at the helm. Bullock has demonstrated her comedic chops in flicks like "Miss Congeniality" and "The Proposal," while McCarthy... read more

12 Totally Random Predictions for 2012

Posted By Annette Bourdeau on January 01, 2012
I know what you're all thinking. Oh, great: more totally random predictions that will never actually happen. What a waste of time! Well, you're right and you're wrong. I'm not one to gloat, but one of my totally random predictions from 2011 came to be (for your reference, check #2). Yes, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively found love in 2011. So am I an oracle? Probably not. After all, BiebGa still...

2011 Oscar Bait: The Most Obvious Academy Award Suitors

Posted By Annette Bourdeau on January 01, 2012
Ah, mid-December -- a great time to catch quality flicks. As any movie buff knows, December is the prime time for studios to roll out their juiciest Oscar bait, so it's fresh in the minds of Academy voters in the new year. You're apt to find a lot of movies -- sorry, "films" -- that integrate plenty of classic Oscar bait like "true events," mental illness, period settings and quirky...

Scarlett Johansson 'Without Makeup' in 'We Bought a Zoo,' and Other De-Glammed Actresses

Posted By Annette Bourdeau on December 12, 2011
It's hard to imagine glamor-puss starlet Scarlett Johansson picking up kangaroo crap, isn't it? After all, audiences are conditioned to see her driving male co-stars wild with skin-tight leather suits and raspy whispers, not up to her knees in mud trying to keep a bunch of exotic animals happy....

Bursting at the Seams: 'New Year's Eve' and Other Movies With Too Many Stars

Posted By Annette Bourdeau on December 12, 2011
Sarah Jessica Parker. Ashton Kutcher. Halle Berry. Hilary Swank. Zac Efron. Robert De Niro. Jessica Biel. Katherine Heigl. Jon Bon Jovi. Sofia Vergara. Michelle Pfeiffer. What do all of these celebs have in common? They're all jammed into 'New Year's Eve,' the latest movie to stuff as many stars as humanly possible onto the screen. This isn't the first time Hollywood has corralled a hefty...

Charlize Theron vs. Julia Roberts as Evil Queens -- Who Wins?

Posted By Annette Bourdeau on December 12, 2011
Everyone's been buzzing about the two upcoming 'Snow White' flicks on the horizon, 'Snow White and the Huntsman' and 'Mirror, Mirror,' excitedly debating details like who will make the best heroine (Kristen Stewart or Lily Collins!) or the most dashing Prince Charming (Armie Hammer or Chris Hemsworth!) My favorite discussions, though, revolve around who will make the most deliciously evil...

Michael Fassbender: Everyman, Chameleon, Sex Symbol

Posted By Annette Bourdeau on November 11, 2011
That Michael Fassbender is quite the chameleon, isn't he? He's like a male Kate Winslet, seamlessly dashing between contemporary and old-timey roles. Few (if any) actors today are as versatile. From Spartan times to the swingin' '60s, it seems as though Fassbender has tackled almost every major movie-friendly era. So it's no surprise that iconic director David Cronenberg cast Fassbender as...

Bella and Edward's 'Breaking Dawn' Mishap, and Other Movie Honeymoons Gone Awry

Posted By Annette Bourdeau on November 11, 2011
ZOMG, Bella and Edward are getting married! Their love has overcome all obstacles, and these two crazy kids (OK, one crazy kid and one sparkly old guy in a crazy kid's body) are finally gonna make the ultimate commitment in 'Breaking Dawn, Part 1.' To be followed, of course, by an extra-romantic super-sparkly honeymoon. Or not....

It's 11-11-11: Movies That Made Numbers and Dates Terrifying

Posted By Annette Bourdeau on November 11, 2011
When you think about it, numbers are pretty darn scary. Remember how terrifying they were staring up at you from complicated math exams in school? Stupid numbers in stupid equations that just wouldn't solve themselves! Dates with significant numbers and sequences do a pretty good job of getting us all riled up. Case in point: The year 2000. Don't act like you didn't think about stockpiling...

Why We'll Never Get Sick of 'Harold & Kumar'

Posted By Annette Bourdeau on November 11, 2011
Shortly after its 2004 release, 'Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle' became an enduring cult classic. And, really, why not? Two stereotype-defying stoner dudes on a quest for tiny burgers is a pretty awesome concept. Plus, the original 'Harold & Kumar' gave us one of the best comebacks in recent history. That's right: NPH. Legen – wait for it – dary!...

Elizabeth Olsen and Other Stars Who Stepped Out of Their Siblings' Shadows

Posted By Annette Bourdeau on October 10, 2011
When Elizabeth Olsen started garnering buzz for her performance in 'Martha Marcy May Marlene,' a lot of people reacted with "There's another Olsen sister?'" In an age where being a famous person's sibling is almost a career in itself (yes, I'm looking at you, Khloe Kardashian. And you, Trace Cyrus. Et vous, Ali Lohan), it's almost astonishing that the world's most famous twin sisters, Ashley...

Why Staying Loyal to the Original Movie Might Save 'Footloose'

Posted By Annette Bourdeau on October 10, 2011
Sometimes remakes are a good idea. Case in point: Baz Luhrmann's stylized 1996 take on 'Romeo + Juliet.' The story has been told countless times before on both stage and screen, but Luhrmann masterfully brought something new to the table without compromising the integrity of the original story. This elusive combination is tough to pull off, which is why we have so many sub-par remakes...

Stranger Than Fiction: 'Machine Gun Preacher' and Other Far-Fetched Plots Inspired by Reality

Posted By Annette Bourdeau on October 10, 2011
Stop me if you've heard this one before: a drug-dealing biker dude gets out of jail. He's reunited with his wife and daughter, but doesn't seem too interested in them. He gets back into the hard stuff, robs drug dealers at gunpoint and comes this close to murdering a hitchhiker with his bare hands. Fast-forward a few minutes, and all of a sudden biker dude has found God, completely reformed...

Laughing in the Face of Death: '50/50' and Other Terminal Illness Movies That Buck Convention

Posted By Annette Bourdeau on September 09, 2011
You'd think a movie about a young man battling a terminal disease would be a huge downer -- a la 'Dying Young' -- but '50/50' isn't your average death's door tearjerker. The funny new flick offers plenty of laughs along with the tender moments, and manages to find humor in an incredibly depressing situation....

Hot Stuff: 'Bucky Larson' and Other 'Sexy' Boys on Film

Posted By Annette Bourdeau on September 09, 2011
There are plenty of movies about sexy ladies. Flicks about sexy men -- or men with sexy jobs, at least -- are a bit harder to come by. That's why it's so surprising to see two on the horizon: this week's 'Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star' and 'Magic Mike,' which is set to hit theaters next year....

Tom Cruise's Ladies, Past and Present: Oh, the Horror!

Posted By Annette Bourdeau on August 08, 2011
You rarely hear the phrase 'Tom Cruise sure has a type!' After all, at first glance, his bevy of past and present leading ladies (Katie Holmes, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman and Mimi Rogers) appear to have very little in common. They're certainly attractive, but in very distinctive ways. We've got a teen queen, Spanish siren, regal redhead and a handsome older woman (I dare not say 'cougar,'...

The Hottest New Action Stars of 2011

Posted By Annette Bourdeau on September 09, 2011
Move over Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Statham and Jovovich. There's a new crop of hot young action stars muscling in on your territory. Many of this year's most anticipated action flicks star established actors who are newcomers to the genre, like Ryan Reynolds in 'Green Lantern,' Seth Rogen as 'The Green Hornet' and James Franco in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes.' Naturally, there are also...

Pizza Delivery Guys on Film: They Just Don't Get No Respect

Posted By Annette Bourdeau on August 08, 2011
Pizza boys get no respect, huh? The latest long-suffering pizza boy to hit the big screen -- in this week's release '30 Minutes or Less' -- certainly isn't an exception. Jesse Eisenberg follows up his career-making turn as kid billionaire Mark Zuckerberg in 'The Social Network' with a role as a dirt-poor delivery guy named Nick who has to put up with constant flack about his job. His...

Joe Pesci and Jeff Bridges? Annette Bening and Mickey Rourke? Fantasy 'Change-Ups' We Want to See

Posted By Annette Bourdeau on August 08, 2011
Another body-swapping comedy? Sweeeet! That's right, Hollywood paid attention to all the dough those 'Freaky Friday' flicks brought in, and is hoping a bro swap will prove to be just as magical at the box office as the classic mother-daughter switch. This week's release, 'The Change-Up,' stars Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds as a settled daddy and a wild young bachelor, respectively, who...

Five '80s Classics We Want to See on the Smurfin' Big Screen

Posted By Annette Bourdeau on July 07, 2011
You'd be forgiven for feeling a bit of '80s nostalgia this summer. With 'The Smurfs' and 'Transformers' taking over the box office and 'Teen Wolf' on the tube, it'd be hard not to feel a little wistful for the Saturday morning cartoons of your youth. There's certainly no shortage of classic '80s kids fare being remade into movies, some more successfully than others. 'The Chipmunks' flicks...

'Friends With Benefits': When Sex and Friendship Collide on Film

Posted By Annette Bourdeau on September 09, 2011
There's no escaping the concept of friends with benefits (FWB) these days. It has even inspired two big releases this year: 'No Strings Attached,' starring a 'Black Swan' diva and a former teen heartthrob, and 'Friends With Benefits,' starring, well, a 'Black Swan' diva and a former teen heartthrob. The latter hits theaters this week, with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis playing the FWBs...

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