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August 2008

James Marsh’s remarkable documentary “Man on Wire” is a reminder that in a rigid world filled with rules and regulations, true beauty can come from the most indefinable of acts. After French highwire walker Philippe Petit was arrested for walking across the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center in 1974, the press only […]


Man on Wire

by Eric Melin on August 28, 2008

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James Marsh’s documentary about a Frenchman’s riduculously dangerous and illegal highwire walk between the Twin Towers in 1974 is otherworldly. Go see it now.


By now you’ve probably heard that there is a legal battle brewing over who has the rights to “Watchmen.” This New York Times article (ironically entitled “Scene Stealer” – obviously they know I’m excited for it) features an accurate timeline of the project and goes over the repercussions of a ruling. Can a judge actually […]


Jason Sudeikis (“30 Rock,” “Saturday Night Live”) is so good as the rock-band manager in the new movie “The Rocker” that he pretty much steals the show. Being rockers ourselves, we wanted to do something a little different than the normal junket interview. Sudeikis was in town promoting “The Rocker” (starring Rainn Wilson), so we […]


Top 10 Zombie Movies

by Eric Melin on August 26, 2008

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After Lawrence, KS Scene-Stealers sitegoer Tony Sams’ kickass list of Top 10 Voyeuristic Films two weeks ago, we have decided to really open Top 10 Tuesdays up to the community. This week, Aaron Hale from Kansas City weighs in with a list he submitted of his favorite zombie movies. If you’d like to submit a […]


Hamlet 2

by Eric Melin on August 22, 2008

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Steve Coogan tries very hard to elevate this parody beyond a one-note joke, but it is never quite as funny as it should be.


The fact that there’s not one believable moment in all of “Hamlet 2” doesn’t mean that it’s not a funny movie. Thanks to the oddball choices of its star Steve Coogan—who plays the most obtuse drama teacher in all of history—sometimes the film moves beyond the stage of trying too hard and into the realm […]


Tropic Thunder

by Eric Melin on August 21, 2008

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This Ben Stiller-directed comedy may be an uneven parody, but it is so right on most of the time that it hurts to laugh.


Satire is a tricky thing, and Ben Stiller used to do a lot more of it than he has lately. The actor is extremely good at playing the put-upon everyman who finds himself in the middle of chaos (“There’s Something About Mary,” “Meet the Parents”), and he’s made a lot of money starring in mainstream […]


Bizarre casting news from Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Bastards” (but not really that bizarre when you consider its the guy who gave new life to John Travolta’s dead career): Mike Myers will play British military mastermind General Ed Fenech in QT’s much-anticipated World War II mercenary pic. That’s probably the best news Myers could have after […]


Wow. One of the greatest and most underappreciated stand-up comics of all time is apparently getting the biopic treatment. What’s crazier is that one of the biggest A-list names in Hollywood has taken an interest. Bill Hicks was a brilliant satirist who was way ahead of his time. He wasn’t afraid to address topics that […]


Yesterday “The Dark Knight” surpassed the $471 million mark, which means that it has overtaken “Star Wars” (and all of its re-issues) as the second-highest grossing film of all time in the U.S. Next up? 1997’s “Titanic,” which sits atop the all-time grossing list at a safe distance of $600 million—an amount that seems almost […]


This is part of Eric’s live coverage of the Siggraph 2008 Festival in Los Angeles as it appears on DigitalContentProducer’s LiveBlog. Check it out for the full details and all of Eric’s articles. A lot of focus this year at Siggraph has been on stereoscopic 3D and its emergence as a new language of filmmaking. […]


This is part of Eric’s live coverage of the Siggraph 2008 Festival in Los Angeles as it appears on DigitalContentProducer’s LiveBlog. Check it out for the full details and all of Eric’s articles. “Live-action 3D is the future/Teach it well and let it lead the way,” Whitney Houston once sang, I believe. Oops, wrong bad […]


Last night I went to the enormous Nokia Theater in in downtown Los Angeles where hundreds of Siggraph attendees and Hollywood filmmakers gathered to pay tribute to legendary Hollywood effects guru Stan Winston, who died this past June.  Watching the promo reel of Winston’s work made me realize something that Sony Pictures Imageworks’ Ken Walston said was […]