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Friday Roundup

Posted by thelanetrain on October 17, 2008

Oh man, was this week killer or what?  So aside from learning all about some dude named Joe and how he lays pipe (heh heh) at the third presidential debate, there’s been nothing else to focus on, right?  Well, there’s this, but other than that, has anyone else been keeping tabs of anything not economy or election related?  Oh wait, I have.  Even though I haven’t updated in a while (I told you I was going on hiatus!), there’s actually a fair amount of big name news to report…after you click below at least!  I’ll dish on Oliver Stone’s new movie, a possible showdown on SNL, and Madonna’s divorce (for reals, not like that BS from the summer).

After The Jump: The Friday Rundown

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Facebook the Movie? No No No No No….

Posted by thelanetrain on August 28, 2008


The LA Times put out quite the disturbing article today.  Apparently, mega-writer Aaron Sorkin is penning a Facebook movie.  That’s right, we’ve moved right into an age where the most sprawling, life-sucking, omnipresent social networking site is now considered grounds for commercial cinema.  According to the article, Sorkin is working with Sony Pictures and producer Scott Rudin to write the script about how a Harvard reject named Mark Zuckerberg started what is arguably today’s most influential website (behind Yahoo and Google, of course).  Facebook, of course, has not signed on with the project yet, claiming that they are constantly approached by hundreds of studio-types who would like to make a movie based on the site’s founding, but Sorkin has already begun conducting essential film research by, doing what else, starting a Facebook group.

Leave your wall posts below and I’ll poke you if I want to be your friend.

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Movie Review: Tropic Thunder

Posted by thelanetrain on August 17, 2008

So as I posted ever so briefly two nights ago, Tropic Thunder is the best comedy of the summer.  It’s arguably funnier than that movie about the stonerfucks, and it makes fun of so many things: the movie business, actors, war movies, veterans, children, etc…  The list goes on and on.  But what makes Tropic Thunder so great is that unlike a lot of other comedies which put the bulk of the work upon one, two, or a few principals (like Step Brothers, or The Love Guru), Tropic Thunder makes every character equally amusing to watch and truly uses the ensemble cast to its full potential.  Plus, Tom Cruise is fucking hilarious to watch as a foulmouthed movie exec.

After The Jump: The full review

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Tropic Thunder is This Summer’s Best Comedy, No Questions Asked

Posted by thelanetrain on August 16, 2008

A full review will come tomorrow when I’m awake and the movie has set in a little more, but for real, I just got home from Tropic Thunder and it was awesome.  If anyone is still doubting this movie, consider how fucking awesome its cast is:

  • Ben Stiller
  • Robert Downey, Jr.
  • Jack Black
  • Nick Nolte
  • Matthew McConaughey
  • Bill Hader
  • Tom Cruise
  • Steve Coogan
  • Danny McBride
  • and cameos by Tobey Maguire and Christine Taylor

I mean, for real, turn off The Olympics for a hot second (or at least after Phelps makes history (again) tomorrow) and go see this flick.  It’s totally completely awesomely worth it.

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Opening Today: Tropic Thunder

Posted by thelanetrain on August 13, 2008

Zoolander? Check.  Ironman? Check.  Kung Fu Panda? Check.  Total comedy winner?  That has yet to be determined, but from what the critics have been saying, Tropic Thunder is being hailed as a major comedic success among a summer full of mediocre fare (comedically).  Will this finally be the movie that takes down the batman?


Check back in a few days for a complete review if I decide to go out and see this flick.  In the meantime, enjoy this promotional trailer:

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Quote of the Day

Posted by thelanetrain on August 13, 2008

“That was special, but it was also strange because she’s (sister Jamie Lynn) always been the baby, and now the baby was having a baby. It was mind-boggling. I was shocked a little bit. But it was really cool.” – Britney Spears, on becoming an aunt.

Haha, the baby is having a baby.  So clutch Brit!

But seriously, it looks as if the tabloid queen slash popstar is on her way to making a huge comeback.  Britney recently gave an interview to OK! Magazine regarding her new drama-free ways and offered tidbits on her new album and hopes for her boys.  She says her new album will be released in the next 6-9 months and that she wants a normal life for Sean Preston and Jayden James.

In a related story, Spears was also rumored to have been chosen to play a killer lesbian stripper in an upcoming Quentin Tarantino movie, but those reports have been denied by her publicist.  Dammit…

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Batman Set to Become Greatest Movie Ever

Posted by thelanetrain on August 11, 2008

There must be a lot of people who love Batman.  Or Heath Ledger.  Or superhero movies.  Or all three of those things combined.  Or perhaps a lot of people thought nothing else was good at the theatres so they just decided to see The Dark Knight over and over again.  Whatever the case, The Dark Knight is shaping up to be one of the biggest, most successful films of all time.  Not even a bunch of dumbfuck stoners could stop the Batman from continuing its recordbreaking pace.  For the fourth week in a row, The Dark Knight finished #1 at the box office, raking in a mere $26 million this past weekend, but moving its total gross to $441.5 million, surpassing box office hits like Shrek 2, Star Wars Episode I, and even E.T. The Dark Knight is now the third highest grossing film of all time, surpassed only by Star Wars and Titanic.

On another note, Pineapple Express, which many critics thought would be able to take down The Dark Knight finished respectably at the #2 spot.  And that girlie movie about pants with Ugly Betty and Serena?  A pitiful fourth place.

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Movie Review: Pineapple Express

Posted by thelanetrain on August 11, 2008

I saw this movie this past Saturday in a theatre full of loud kids and potential definite stoners.  Those who say that this is the ultimate stoner movie have clearly not seen enough Cheech and Chong, but the premise and plot make it a film that would probably be enjoyed more if the viewer was baked.  The comedy comes in typical Rogen-esque doses, with long pop-culture laden monologues and dialogues between characters interrupted intermittently by the laughter of the audience, but it totally works.  And while this movie cements the fact that Seth Rogen is the go-to guy for movies with fat stoners, I really can’t complain too much about the way the elements fit in this particular picture.

After The Jump: The full review

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Caped Crusader Bags Another Weekend at the Top

Posted by thelanetrain on July 28, 2008

It should be no surprise that thanks to this weekend’s so-so new releases, The Dark Knight remained at the top of the box office.  It raked in over $75 million and almost became the highest grossing summer movie this season.  By the time this post is completed, there is no doubt in my mind it will be, but as of now, Iron Man still holds that title.  Step Brothers, the Will Ferrell and John C. Reiley comedy, debuted at the #2 slot, taking in half of The Dark Knight‘s gross.  Rounding out the top five were Mamma Mia!, The X Files: I Want To Believe, and Journey to the Center of the Earth.

After The Jump: This weekend’s top ten movies

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Weekend Movie Preview: Immature, Paranormal, and Some Teenagers

Posted by thelanetrain on July 25, 2008

Three brand new movies out this weekend for your viewing pleasure.  First, there’s Step Brothers, the latest Will Ferrell comedy that proves there’s no limit to how stupid you can be (on film, at least).  Also, sci-fi freaks and die-hards will be most likely flocking to The X-Files: I Want To Believe, which marks the first time Agents Scully and Mulder have reunited since the series’ end.  And finally, for those who favor more non-commercial fare, the documentary American Teen, which shadows the lives of five Indiana high schoolers in their senior year, is sure to please your palate.  I’ll just assume anyone who goes and see one of these three movies has probably seen The Dark Knight already.

After The Jump: Plot Details and Reviews

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