July 2009

“Dying is easy, comedy is hard.” George Bernard’s famous quote is turned upside down by Judd Apatow in his return to the director’s chair. After the success of “Knocked Up,” Apatow took some time off to produce a gaggle of films for friends and proteges. Some worked (“Saving Sarah Marshall,” “Super Bad”), and others were [...]


If you had to pigeonhole it, you could certainly call “(500) Days of Summer” a romantic comedy. It’s got its fair share of romance and, at times, it can be pretty funny. But it more often than not, the movie does what other romantic comedies can never seem to do convincingly: It celebrates those special [...]


We have an autographed poster from the new Jeremy Piven-led movie “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard,” which opens nationwide on Aug. 14. Want it? If you want it, all you have to do is fill out the form below. We’ll have a random drawing on Monday, Aug. 17 to determine the winner. This poster [...]


Warren J. Cantrell‘s Top 10 lists are becoming a regular feature here at Scene-Stealers. Cantrell’s unique voice has already given us Top 10 Reasons Why “Predator 2″ is the Best of the Franchise and Top 10 Movies Ruined by a Female Presence, so it’s only fitting that he follow those man-tastic lists up with a [...]


Wow. I’ve been on my fair share of game shows, but this is something special. He may not have won the game, but John certainly made an impression this afternoon on “Jeopardy.” It’s not just his attention-grabbing sparkly new scarf either. Check out the way he wrote his name. Well played, sir. It kind of [...]


We have an autographed poster of “The Hurt Locker,” signed by director Kathryn Bigelow and star Jeremy Renner and we want you to have it. If you want it, all you have to do is fill out the form below. We’ll have a random drawing on Monday, Aug. 10 to determine the winner. This poster [...]


“The Hurt Locker” is one of those movies where the story arc just kind of sneaks up on you when you’re not looking. It’s a lot like the situation that its principal characters find themselves in every day. Bomb defusers must always be alert. A man on a cell phone peeking out from a doorway [...]


We have 50 ‘admit-two’ passes to Jeremy Piven‘s new comedy “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard.” We want you to have one of them. Piven plays a hard-charging and hard-drinking salesman in this movie, so to win tickets, we want you to sell something to us. At the bottom of this post is an object. [...]


Top 10 Worst Sequels

by Eric Melin on July 21, 2009

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Our Top 10 list today comes from Will Dawson, whose Top 10 Worst James Bond Flicks list still generates lots of comments. J.D. and I both did a Top 10 list of that rare thing—the successful sequel—a while back (Eric’s Top 10 Best Sequels & J.D.’s Top 10 Best Sequels), and Will is looking at [...]


We have one EA “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” videogame for Xbox 360 and we want one of our Scene-Stealers readers to have it! If you don’t have Xbox 360, we are also giving away the Wii version here. All you have to do is fill out the form below. We’ll pick a winner [...]


We are giving away tickets to the KC advance screening of “(500) Days of Summer” starring Zoey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt right here. But in case you don’t live in Kansas City (or you like beach balls), here’s you chance to win some collectible promotional memorabilia from the movie. We have five “(500) Days of [...]


J.D. is back again with Eric to review the sixth Harry Potter movie. This series has been a contentious one in the past, with Eric being consistently disappointed and J.D., who has read all the books, wondering what the hell is wrong with him. But wait, there’s more! For Eric’s more detailed print review of [...]


The sixth filmic adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s enormously popular book series arrives in theaters with an inordinate amount of baggage from five movies of myth-building and expectations, so it almost seems set up to fail. While “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” is only the second film (along with “Prisoner of Azkaban”) to deliver a [...]


It’s a timely week to be writing this because after this past weekend’s domestic box office take, we have a new number-one movie on this list. Comedies are not usually as big a box office draw as an action/adventure or superhero/fantasy film, but due to a minimal amount of money spent on casting, sets and [...]


You know, these kinds of sites bug the crap out of me. It is utterly ridiculous to watch a film and count the dirty words, instances of nudity, or whatever little moment trips your moral compass up. It’s even sillier to then print them out on a website, completely free of context, and try to [...]