Where the Wild Things Are

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James Gandolfini Sopranos

The world lost a robust acting presence on Wednesday. It was obvious looking at James Gandolfini that the big guy was powerful, but his work was often so fragile and nuanced that he had no trouble crawling into our veins. No one did vulnerable tough guys quite as well as he did, leaving his footprint on television and film screens alike. With that in mind, we put the entirety of his career to our panel of writers, asking simply: what is James Gandolfini’s best performance? Their answers (and a place for your own) can be found below.

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Paul Dano interview

“I don’t really know what kind of actor I am,” Paul Dano said when we spoke to him a few weeks ago while discussing his latest film, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Farsis‘s mildly dark romantic comedy Ruby Sparks. When Dano stated such, it came as a bit of a surprise, particularly because Dano has always come off as an actor who goes fairly deep into a character, from reading books to finding a character’s favorite band. What was also obvious is that he isn’t the artistically tortured character we see him play in the film. The character, Calvin, is a bit of a jerk: a narcissistic, condescending, and neurotic nerd who wants control over everything. Dano, who spoke of his fear over expectations and other Ruby Sparks-related themes, seemed satisfied leaving all that control in the hands of all the accomplished directors he’s worked with. Here’s what Ruby Sparks’ star Paul Dano had to say about the nice surprises you get when making a film, his process for creating a character, and the time he wrestled with Spike Jonze on the set of Where the Wild Things Are:

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Many folks have been anticipating the DVD and Blu-ray release of Spike Jonze’s visionary adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are. Well, it has hit the streets, and it’s time for the wild rumpus to start. Because the movie is more for adults who remember what it was like to be a kid, I’m sure the audience is old enough to play the game. Who wouldn’t want to be king of the Wild Things, after all?

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After an unplanned week off, I am indeed back with another edition of This Week in Blu-ray. In this edition, we’ll take a look at great movies for the kid inside of us, of both the classic and contemporary variety. We’ll also have a go at some movies with questionable releases — films that deserved better — and at least one movie in which the world is destroyed. So bring your Wolfgang Petersons and I’ll bring my Roland Emmerichs, and we’ll have a party.

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Rob Hunter loves movies. He also loves nudity in PG-rated movies. 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 features Clash of the Titans, 2012, Elvis, The Wraith, Bitch Slap, and more!

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The documentary filmed by Spike Jonze will find a place on DVD shelves next to that movie directed by Spike Jonze.

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Finally a story about the plight of an indie musician. And who better to play him than Paul Dano.

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In the last month of the past decade, we put our readership through the ringer. We unleashed list after list of our favorites of the decade and the year. And if you can suffer through one more round of awesomeness, it will all be over. For now.

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We see them plastered in lobbies and wish we had them all on our walls. Pieces of art with the purpose of selling us on a movie. Here they are: the best movie posters of 2009.

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Rob Hunter recalls a year of marketing with 15 of the most exciting slices of cinema to hit big screens this year. The best trailers.

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The year is about over. And while we’re on the cusp of laying down our epic Year in Review, we thought we’d start you off with something easy — a gigantic montage.

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Music videos are basically movies these days. More bands are working on films. Here are a few more that should definitely pick up the baton and try their hand at scoring.

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Welcome to another edition of the Reject Report, and there is one movie, just one movie, that anyone really is focusing on this weekend. It is Michael Jackson’s This Is It, and it goes wide into 3,481 locations on Wednesday.

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Have you seen anything this year worthy of next year’s Oscars? If so, what? What do you think should get nominated? Who should win? Bethany Perryman wants to know.

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The big shock is how easily Paranormal Activity won the weekend. It hauled in $22 million, compared to only $14.8 million for Saw VI, which was itself only barely ahead of Where the Wild Things Are.

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The winning Paranormal Activity continues to roll, and Saw VI will be rolling out, as well as Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant and the reissue of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare before Christmas (in limited release). And we also have Astro Boy.

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In Where the Wild Things Are, childhood logic is never illogical and to act as a child is not the same thing as being childish.

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This week on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we spend 5 minutes talking about movie news and another 4 hours talking about Jaws. You’re welcome.

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Where the Wild Things Are was the weekend’s big winner, with an opening haul of $32 million. Frankly, though, I thought there was no way this movie was going to do a worse opening than Couples Retreat last week.

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