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When it was first announced that Adam Sandler and his friends were going to be providing the voice cast for the upcoming animated monster movie Hotel Transylvania, I didn’t panic. Even though Adam Sandler movies have been traveling on an increasingly downward slope to the point where he’s now one of the most embarrassing figures in Hollywood, and even though these are the guys who are responsible for the crime against humanity that was Grown Ups, I didn’t throw a fit. And that’s mainly because the movie is being directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, who has done pretty universally amazing animated work on things like Samurai Jack, Dexter’s Laboratory, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Surely he wouldn’t mess this movie up, right? And Sandler and his buddies won’t have near as much opportunity to goof off, throw a bunch of half-baked, juvenile crap at the screen, and call it a day when working in the world of animation. So there wasn’t much to fear here, right? Well, I must have either missed the fact or blocked out the fact that Miley Cyrus is going to be voicing the character of Dracula’s daughter Mavis, because now I’m really starting to get scared about this movie. There are few things in the world I find more gratingly incompetent than the sound of Disney actresses trying to deliver comedy on Disney TV shows. If Cyrus brings the comedic sensibilities of Hannah Montana to the big screen, where comedic delivery means shouting things as […]

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I have to hand it to the marketing team behind the upcoming Hunger Games adaptation. They don’t seem like they’re going to rest until every man woman and child on the planet knows what their movie is. What to do once all the casting minutiae of every tiny role your film has to offer has already been reported in the trades? How about get your leading lady a cover story in Entertainment Weekly? Sounds like a plan to me. And because of their due diligence, we all now get our first look at Jennifer Lawrence dressed up as Katniss Everdeen. First reaction… yep, looks about right to me. She’s got dark hair pulled back into a braid. She’s got her bow and arrows. The Mockingjay pin is securely fastened to her collar. I’ll be interested to see if the Internet can find anything to complain about when it comes to this picture. Maybe they should have smeared a little dirt on her face or something? The author of the original novels Suzanne Collins, at the very least, seems to think that Lawrence was the perfect choice for the role. When talking to the young actress she said, “I feel like when you said yes the world got lifted off my shoulders.” That’s some pretty dramatic praise. I guess the other girls going after the role weren’t looking so good. But why would there have been any question as to whether Lawrence would take this career-making job? She explains, “I knew […]

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Entertainment Weekly has posted a list of the 25 Greatest Working Directors, and as usual the selections include a few head scratchers. Part of the problem may be that the guidelines are fairly non-existent. How many great films does a director need to make? What percentage of their films have to be considered great? Why are 22 of the 25 “greatest” directors white males? EW’s only explanation/definition of the category is as follows: “As the Oscars approach to honor excellence from the past year, we’re counting down the most talented, in-demand filmmakers behind the camera today.” So basically… they have to be living directors. But here’s a quick sampling of the living directors who didn’t make the list… David Cronenberg, Alfonso Cuaron, Steven Soderbergh, Ridley Scott, Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan-wook, Kim Ji-woon, Ang Lee, Michael Mann, Mel Gibson, Sion Sono, Kiyoshi Kurasawa, Takashi Miike, Jacques Audiard, Jason Reitman, Ed Zwick. Read on to see who beat out all these losers…

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This week’s Culture Warrior is getting its bunker ready for Y2K.

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Are you as sick of lists as we are? Before you answer, please note that it’s a trick question of sorts. We at FSR are not in any way sick of lists. Lists are our bread and butter. They’re reason we get up in the morning. They’re the sex in our sandwiches. And so on.

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Okay, we all know how this works. Entertainment Weekly puts out a list ranking something… anything… Best Movies, Funniest Titles, Best Use Of A Vagina… and the denizens of the web work themselves into a frothy frenzy over the errors, mistakes, omissions, insults, and travesties within.

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The monster issue that is the Entertainment Weekly 2008 Summer Movie Preview is on newsstands and in mailboxes everywhere. Find out why we just can’t quit this damn thing.

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