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Tuesday
Feb212012

Jennifer Aniston Requested Topless Scene Be Removed from New Film

Eric Charbonneau/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- You won't see Jennifer Aniston's breasts in her new film, Wanderlust. She went topless for a scene in the comedy, opening Friday, but a source tells TheWrap.com that Aniston demanded that it be pulled from the film in deference to her co-star and boyfriend, Justin Theroux.

In the scene, Aniston reveals her chest to TV news cameras. The version that made the final cut shows Aniston topless from behind, with her bosoms censored on TV news broadcasts.

A rep for Aniston denies the actress insisted that the nude version be removed from the movie, telling TheWrap.com, "The scene is how it was always supposed to be." A spokesman for Wanderlust studio Universal says, "The scene was shot a bunch of different ways, and we have the best possible version."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Feb102012

Movie Review: ‘Safe House’

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There’s this incredible moment in Safe House when…THE CAMERA STOPS @#$%& SHAKING!

It is simply incredible how a perfectly good, gratuitously violent, well-acted action flick can be ruined by the decision to make this movie feel as if you’re watching it while doing 60 MPH in a Big Wheel on a dirt road littered with gravel. Seriously?

As for the plot, well, read the preceding paragraph -- that’s really all you need to know.

As for the rest of it, Denzel Washington’s performance as CIA operative-turned-traitor Tobin Frost is as fine a performance as Washington ever gives, which is just about as good as you can get. Ryan Reynolds, as a young agent in charge of the safe house to which Frost is initially brought after turning himself in, makes up for the horror show that was Green Lantern.  And though some of the action sequences and hand to hand combat scenes are brutal, they’ll please any fan of stunt choreography.

Even so, the only way to truly enjoy Safe House is to bob your head while looking at the screen to offset the overzealous camera shake. The technique makes it seem as if director Daniel Espinosa was attempting to overcompensate for a weakness in the story, which ironically would’ve felt significantly more realistic and organic without the constant camera manipulation. Having said that, it’s always a joy to watch Denzel act, whether it’s through a shaky camera or a telescope.

Rating: Three out of five stars.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Nov042011

Movie Review: ‘Tower Heist’

Bobby Bank/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Despite his misdeeds and all the misfortune he wrought for so many families and businesses, we can thank incarcerated financial fraudster Bernie Madoff for at least one thing. Without him, we wouldn’t have the gift of Tower Heist.

Ben Stiller is Josh Kovacs, the thoughtful, affable manager of one of New York City’s finest apartment buildings. Besides catering to the obscenely wealthy, the building is home to billionaire investor Arthur Shaw, a hometown boy from Queens who cultivated the ability to charm the hell out of his clients while robbing them blind without batting an eyelash.  More about him in a moment.

Josh oversees a large and eclectic staff of service professionals, including his dopey brother-in-law Charlie (Casey Affleck); a Jamaican cleaning lady named Odessa, played by Precious star Gabourey Sidibe; a former Burger King employee-turned-elevator operator named Enrique (Michael Pena); and the doorman, Lester, played by Stephen Henderson.

Within the first 10 minutes of Tower Heist, we meet all of these characters and learn what a great guy Josh is…especially when he’s asked to essentially evict Mr. Fitzhugh (Matthew Broderick), a Yale grad and father of two who was downsized and has lost everything. Josh arranges for Mr. Fitzhugh to stay in the building for a few more days. Aww.

For all of his good intentions, Josh made one terrible mistake. Unbeknownst to his staff, he asked Mr. Shaw to invest his staff’s pensions -- a total of $20 million. This foolish decision comes back to bite him when Mr. Shaw is busted by the FBI for bilking his investors.  Josh slowly realizes the great guy who owns the penthouse is, in reality, a great big (insert your own expletive).

Shaw needs to get his staff’s pensions back.  But how?  Enter Eddie Murphy’s Slide, a career criminal Josh went to school with when he was six years old.  Josh assembles a team consisting of Slide, Charlie, Mr. Fitzhugh and Odessa -- who, as luck would have it, knows how to crack a safe.  Together, they concoct a caper to retrieve the stolen money.

If this entire setup sounds ridiculous to you, that’s because it is ridiculous.  It’s also incredibly entertaining. Murphy makes one of the better decisions of his recent career in doing a comedy where he doesn’t have to do all the heavy lifting. Stiller, Affleck, Broderick and Pena are all hilarious, with an honorable mention for Gabourey Sidibe, who’s surprisingly funny after turning in one of the last decade’s most memorable dramatic performances in Precious.

However, the person who may deserve the most credit for Tower Heist is director Brett Ratner.  He shows a level of maturity with this film that he’s never before displayed, taking a ridiculous story and keeping it grounded in reality by masterfully playing to all of his actors’ strengths.

Rating: Four out of five stars.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Aug252011

Hathaway Dissed (Again) -- 'Life' Ranks Worst Accents In Movie History

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Fresh from stinging criticism of her Oscar hosting duties earlier this year, barbs over her playing Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises and a box office bomb in her new drama One Day, Anne Hathaway just got more bad news. Her British accent in the film has just landed her on a none-too-flattering ranking compiled by Life.com: its "Worst Accents in Movie History" list.

The website puts Hathaway's One Day English accent alongside such infamous linguistic lapses as Mickey Rooney's racist Chinese intonations in 1961's Breakfast at Tiffany's, Keanu Reeves' attempted Indian accent in 1993's Little Buddha, and Kevin Costner's Sherwood Forest-by-way-of-SoCal accent in 1991's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Aug092011

News of 'Dirty Dancing' Remake Draws Outrage

Ron Wolfson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Fans of the 1987 cult classic Dirty Dancing are seeing red following Monday's announcement by Lionsgate Studios that they have greenlighted a remake.

The Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey romance was hugely popular when it was released and became one of the most profitable films of all time, grossing $214 million worldwide. (It cost only $6 million to make.) It also left its mark on popular culture. How often have you heard the phrase "Nobody puts baby in a corner" or the song "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"?

That may explain the vitriolic comments on Twitter Tuesday.

"Lionsgate has announced a 'Dirty Dancing' remake. OF COURSE THEY HAVE. DIE IN A FIRE, MOVIE INDUSTRY," Linda from Seattle tweeted.

"Nothing will EVER compare to Dirty Dancing. I don't even know why they're gonna try to remake it. #PatrickSwayze will always be a legend," Alyssa Reale from Ohio wrote on her Twitter feed.

Many fans echoed Reale's comments, that no one could possibly fill the dancing shoes of Swayze, who died from pancreatic cancer in 2009, or recreate the chemistry between him and Grey.

That doesn't mean Hollywood won't try or that the betting for the lead actors hasn't already begun.

According to Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, Justin Timberlake is the frontrunner to fill Swayze's iconic role, followed closely by Thor star Chris Hemsworth and Derek Hough from Dancing with the Stars.

Hough's close pal from the show, Carrie Ann Inaba, is already leading the campaign for him to win the role.

"If they do a dirty dancing remake - THEY BETTER USE DEREK HOUGH," she tweeted Tuesday.

Inaba is also rooting for Glee star Lea Michele to play love interest Baby, the role that made Grey famous.

But Paddy Power has Michele at number two after rising star Emma Stone. Julia Roberts' niece Emma Roberts is in third place.

With Footloose, another '80s musical remake set to roll after the Fame redux flopped at the box office, it's understandable that there's not a whole lot of excitement in the Twittersphere about a Dirty Dancing remake.

But if there's a ray of hope, it's Kenny Ortega, who choreographed the original and went on to helm the High School Musical movies and Michael Jackson's final screen bow, This Is It.

Ortega is set to direct the new Dirty Dancing, which Lionsgate announced will also be set in the '60s and includes some of the same music from the original.

For Ortega, it's about discovering the next Swayze.

"The opportunity to direct Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me," he said in a Lionsgate press release. "Patrick Swayze set the bar for men dancing in the movies as Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire did before him. I believe everywhere you look there is evidence that the talent is out there and I can't wait to begin the process of discovering the next breakout triple-threats."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
May062011

Blind Film Critic Takes Internet by Storm

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Tommy Edison reviews films and posts his critiques online, but with one major difference from other reviewers: he was born blind.

After posting his first review a few weeks ago, his videos have steadily grown online as people enjoy his humor and his reviews.

"I've always liked film," Edison, who is a traffic reporter for a Connecticut radio station, told ABC News. "It's always been something I've enjoyed."

Along with his friend Ben Churchill, who directs and produces the videos he posts, they have created a rating system starting with one eye for a bad movie to four eyes for a great movie.

Churchill shot and edited the video critique of their first movie review, Scream 4, and they posted it online. Since then, his reviews of films like Scream 4 and Water for Elephants have been viewed by several thousand Youtube users.

Edison, who lives in Milford, Conn., believes that, although he can't see the movie, he is able to pick up on other cues like dialogue, sound editing and music choice that other reviewers may miss.

"Content is king with film," he believes. "For example, in the Water for Elephants review that I did, I talk about the part where the elephants are doing all sorts of tricks and circus things and whatever…it's gratuitous. It added nothing to the story."

His favorite movie is Goodfellas. "It's so well written, and the narration is great in it...Just boom, boom, boom, it keeps on moving. It's just wonderful," he said.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
May052011

John Travolta's Wife and Daughter to Join Him in New Gotti Film

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- John Travolta's new project is turning into a real family affair.  The actor's wife, Kelly Preston, will co-star with her hubby in the upcoming film about mobster John Gotti, reports RadarOnline.com.  The film's executive producer, Marc Fiore, says Preston will portray Victoria Gotti, the wife of John Gotti, played by Travolta.  In addition, the couple's real-life 11-year-old daughter, Ella Bleu, will reportedly appear as the couple's daughter.  Lindsay Lohan, initially said to have been cast as Gotti's daughter, Victoria, will instead play his daughter-in-law.

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Sunday
Apr102011

'Hop' Tops Box Office for Second Week

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- For the second week in a row, the Easter bunny’s teenage son finds himself ahead of the pack at the box office.

Hop, the film featuring the voice of Russell Brand about a rabbit looking to become a rock star, raked in $21.7 million at the box office. It was a one-two finish for Brand, who also stars in Arthur, which pulled in $12.6 million to place second in the weekend box office rankings.

Hanna ($12.3 million), Soul Surfer ($11.1 million) and Insidious ($9.7 million) rounded out the top five at the box office.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Apr092011

Film Director Sidney Lumet Dead at 86

Sidney Lumet / Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sidney Lumet, director of 12 Angry Men, Network and Dog Day Afternoon, died Saturday morning. He was 86.

His stepdaughter, Leslie Gimbel, told The New York Times that Lumet died of lymphoma.

The director was a five time Oscar nominee for The Verdict, Prince of the City, Network, Dog DaAfternoon and 12 Angry Men, and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 2005.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Apr082011

Will Lindsay Lohan Play Gotti's Daughter?

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- TMZ is reporting Lindsay Lohan is close to signing her first big post-rehab movie deal. The gossip site says Lohan could play Victoria Gotti, the daughter of famed New York City Mafia figure John Gotti, in a biopic.

John Travolta recently signed a deal to play the so-called "Teflon Don" in the project, which apparently has been re-titled Gotti.

Gotti became the head of the Big Apple's powerful Gambino crime family in the 1980s, earning his slippery nickname by dodging convictions in a host of criminal cases. In 1992, he was convicted on various charges ranging from fraud to murder, and died in prison in 2002.

Victoria Gotti, 48, was reportedly never involved in the "family business."  She's probably most famous for being a writer, and as the foul-mouthed matriarch of the now-defunct reality show Growing Up Gotti.

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