Monsters vs Aliens

Monsters Vs Aliens

Wild opens this weekend, heralding the triumphant return (and likely second Oscar nomination) of Reese Witherspoon. It’s actually only the highest profile of three performances by the actress this fall. She’s also in The Good Lie, which opened in October, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming Inherent Vice. As if that weren’t enough, she also produced Gone Girl. It’s a fortuitous few months, especially given what many consider a years-long fallow period. We’re only now emerging from the unfortunate wake of How Do You Know, This Means War, and smaller failures like Devil’s Knot. It’s about time. And, as every American knows, a good year for Witherspoon is a good year for us all. So, to celebrate, let’s watch a cartoon! Monsters vs. Aliens opened just over two years after the star won her Oscar for Walk the Line. It was her only feature film in 2009, stuck between 2008’s Four Christmases and 2010’s How Do You Know. She’s the lead, the only technically human major character in a film about blobs and space cockroaches. Yet given the way animation isn’t taken too seriously, particularly the stuff directed toward children, no one seems to talk about the film’s massive success in the context of Witherspoon’s career. Monsters vs. Aliens wasn’t only her biggest hit during the post-Oscar slump, it made more money worldwide than anything else she’s done.

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It’s hard to have a wedding in a movie where something terrible doesn’t happen; it wouldn’t really be that fun to watch otherwise. It’s not totally unrealistic – after all, crazy people get married too. If we actually lived in a world of mutants and superheroes, they too would get married and it would probably go as well in real life as it does in the movies. Here are some of the most extreme weddings in films – weddings that, provided the bride and groom survive (and not all do), are going to produce some incredibly crazy offspring.

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There’s an old maxim that states that everyone in show business is fake. The traditional interpretation of that is that everyone in Hollywood is ready to be kind to your face, but stab you in the back and probably piss on the wound. That may be an exaggeration, but in the case of these 6 comedians, though, they really are fake. As in literally fake. Their public personae are carefully crafted, and you only occasionally see the real person behind it. Most of the time it’s just an extension of the person’s actual personality, but some of them are completely and totally fictitious people. For example, Bono is an experimental attention-seeking robot. Or take Neil Patrick Harris, who is actually a shaved ferret. You had no idea, right? Here are six comedians that almost never break the fourth wall to reveal their true selves.

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Welcome to the 2009 Reject Report Box Office Year in Review, and what a record-settiing year it was. As it turns out, the race for the title of 2009 Box Office Champ remains up in the air as we speak.

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While 2009 may have been a weak year for movies overall, animated films shined in a way they haven’t in a very long time.

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Yesterday, Variety published the list of films that have made the cut of 20 for the race to get the Best Animated Feature Oscar. Allow me to break this down for you…

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Rob Hunter loves movies. He also loves working as a server at the Alamo Drafthouse Theater carrying $5 shakes, black-bean burgers, and root-beer flavored cookies to happy, cinema-loving patrons. These two joys come together in the form of cash money payments that he receives every week and immediately uses to buy more DVDs. This week… Away We Go, Monsters vs Aliens, The Hills Run Red, and more!

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Well, the box office numbers are in and it’s not that big a surprise for a lot of people this weekend as that Zac Efron movie 17 Again finished on top of the charts with $24 million, basically what was expected.

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Are you as surprised as I am that Fast and Furious did as well as it did? It not only set the April record — it shattered it by a $30 million margin. Not only that, it looks like this flick also set the spring record, beating 300 by a couple of million.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

The Fat Guys bemoan the fact that certain studios have been withholding screenings of their films, while Neil unleashes a fit of rage against the quirky indie comedy Gigantic. He’ll never look at his dear Zooey Deschanel the same again.

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Call us Colonel Nathan Jessep because we’re saying you can’t handle the truth. It doesn’t matter whether it’s crap or not, moviegoers are adamant in their devotion to computer animated films.

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As correctly predicted by myself, it was indeed the attack of the 50-foot woman in 3-D at the box office. Monsters vs. Aliens won the weekend with a haul of $58 million, topping Watchmen for the best weekend opening of 2009 so far.

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Monsters vs Aliens - 10 Things We Liked, 5 We Didn

We’ve already laid waste to Tokyo and kidnapped bikini babes off beaches, so it was definitely time to enlist with the Monster Army to fight Aliens. But did we enjoy the experience?

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This week, studios have Robert Fure all riled up – but probably not in the way you think.

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After a horrifying accident with a glowing meteorite turns Susan Murphy (voiced by Reese Witherspoon) into a giant, she’s drugged and imprisoned by the government in a secret facility run by General W.R. Monger (voiced by Kiefer Sutherland) where she meets some of the strange monsters our government has kept secret for years.

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Well, I am always happy to get a prediction right at The Reject Report, so I will take credit in advance for my daring prediction that Monsters vs. Aliens will win the weekend box office.

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Is there anything more worth celebrating than B-movies of the 1950s? The aliens, the UFOs on strings, the rubber-suited monsters. There’s nothing else like it in cinema, and the genre is back in the spotlight with this week’s releases.

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Today’s diversion: The 2009 movie preview reel that played during the credits of last night’s Academy Awards broadcast. It features shots from Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, Pixar’s Up, McG’s Terminator Salvation and Michael Mann’s Public Enemies.

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It is now Monday afternoon, time to wrap up our coverage of last night’s Superbowl advertising extravaganza. With an unprecedented amount of movie-related ads, this year’s Superbowl left the heads of many cinejournos spinning well into the late evening hours.

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The other day we brought you the 2D version of SoBe Lifewater’s Superbowl commercial, which features characters from the upcoming Dreamworks Animation feature Monsters vs. Aliens. And today they have released the 3D version of the trailer online for all to see — or at least those of us nerdy enough to have a pair of 3D glasses laying around the house.

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